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3:11 pm – Lacombe City Council learned this week that the Lacombe Police Service saw increased calls for service for property crimes, family disputes and injury collisions over the past year. They also told council that there has been a decrease in drug charges, impaired driving and break and enter incidents. Read More.

3:04 pm – Lacombe City Council has approved new subdivision design guidelines moving forward. Read More.

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11:38 am – Brent Sutter, General Manager/Head Coach of the Red Deer Rebels Hockey Club, announced the selection of forward Kristian Reichel in today’s Canadian Hockey League Import Draft. Read More.

10:33 am – Innisfail Town Council has approved a number of changes for 56th Street. Details Here.

10:21 am – The Town of Sylvan Lake is continuing to work with the Summer Village of Norglenwold in it’s Annexation efforts. Read More.

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10:00 am – Your chance to improve your money managing skills happens at the Penhold Multi-Plex during a Financial Literacy Workshop starting at 7 pm tonight. Read More.

9:40 am – Downtown Red Deer will be pulsating today with live music on the Ross Street Patio from 4:30 – 6:30 pm today. Details Here.

9:35 am – Farm fresh produce from Central Alberta farms will be at Red Deer’s ATB Financial Downtown Market from 3:30 – 6:30 today. Read more.

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9:26 am – Red Deer’s annual Mayor’s Garden Party has been relocated to the Collicutt Centre today as a result of the inclement weather conditions expected this afternoon. Read More.

8:55 am – Get through the mid-week hump by checking out some live music at the Alexander Way Parklet today from 11:30 – 1:00 pm. Details Here.

8:36 am – Blackfalds RCMP are asking for the public’s help in finding 55 year old Gordon Denton, who was last seen on June 25th. Read More.

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8:27 am – Stettler RCMP responded to a report of 2 semi’s involved in an MVC at the intersection of Hwy 11 and Hwy 21 around 12:30 pm on Tuesday, June 27th. Mounties say one semi was travelling Northbound on Hwy 21 with the other travelling Westbound on Hwy 11. One of the semi’s failed to obey a stop sign, proceeding into the intersection causing the collision. Both drivers were taken to hospital with what is believed to be non-life threatening injuries. The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.

8:15 am – The Downtown Farmer’s Market means road closures in the city’s core today. Details Here.

8:05 am – Thousands of Central Alberta students are wrapping up the school year with many fun activities planned for their last full day of school today. At École Mother Teresa School in Sylvan Lake, Grade 3-5 students will showcase their many talents at the Elementary Talent Show being held in the Fine Arts Room. At Maryview School in Red Deer, the school will recognize student accomplishments over the past month and entire school year at a special “Shining Stars” Year-end Awards Assembly. At St. Martin de Porres School in Red Deer, students will participate in the final CREATE (Children Regularly Engaged Actively to Excel) Session of the year. Students will choose 3 sessions to participate in which they will focus on active living. The school will also hold the final assembly of the year with fine arts presentations, SMART draws, a year-end slideshow and presentations made to staff who are leaving.

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Liberals withdraw bill’s assault-style firearm definition, promise more consultation

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OTTAWA — The federal Liberals have withdrawn an amendment to their gun bill aimed at enshrining a definition of banned assault-style firearms.

They cite “legitimate concerns” about the need for more consultation on the measure.

Opposition M-Ps and some firearm advocates applauded the move, while a prominent gun-control group calls it a victory for misinformation about the now-pulled amendment.

The government’s guns bill introduced a controversial new definition of an assault-style weapon and the amendment would have defined what kind of firearms should be banned in Canada and added dozens of new semi-automatic rifles and shotguns to the list.

Opponents said the measure unfairly targeted many commonly used rifles and shotguns.

The Liberals were also under pressure from many of their own members to change or withdraw the definition of guns being banned.

Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino said in a written statement posted to Twitter that the government had committed to coming up with “a clear, standard definition of what constitutes an assault-style firearm.”

He says this is an emotional issue, and Canadians are counting on us to get it right.

Mendicino adds more discussions, including with Indigenous communities, are crucial.

MPs from all three main opposition parties expressed relief that the amendment was withdrawn, though the Liberals were still under heavy criticism for trying to push it through in the first place.

Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre declared his party’s efforts to be the sole reason the Liberals pulled the amendment.

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Michigan man says son, 6, ordered $1K in food from Grubhub

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CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man says he was left with a $1,000 bill after his 6-year-old son ordered a virtual smorgasbord of food from several restaurants last weekend, leading to a string of unexpected deliveries — and maybe a starring role in an ad campaign.

Keith Stonehouse said the food piled up quickly at his Detroit-area home Saturday night after he let his son, Mason, use his cellphone to play a game before bed. He said the youngster instead used his father’s Grubhub account to order food from one restaurant after another.

The boy’s mother, Kristin Stonehouse, told The Associated Press on Thursday that Grubhub has reached out to the family and offered them a $1,000 gift card. The company also is considering using the family in an online promotional campaign, she said. Grubhub officials did not immediately respond to a message from the AP seeking comment.

Keith Stonehouse said he was alone with his son while his wife was at the movies when Mason ordered jumbo shrimp, salads, shawarma and chicken pita sandwiches, chili cheese fries and other foods that one Grubhub driver after another delivered to their Chesterfield Township home.

“This was like something out of a ‘Saturday Night Live’ skit,” Keith Stonehouse told MLive.com.

He added: “I don’t really find it funny yet, but I can laugh with people a little bit. It’s a lot of money and it kind of came out of nowhere.”

Keith Stonehouse said his son ordered food from so many different places that Chase Bank sent him a fraud alert declining a $439 order from Happy’s Pizza. But Mason’s $183 order of jumbo shrimp from the same restaurant went through and arrived at the family’s house.

Stonehouse said it took the arrival of a few orders of food for him to realize what was going on. By that time, there was nothing he could do to stop the orders from coming.

Kristin Stonehouse told the AP that Mason is extremely intelligent and has been reading since he was 2 1/2 years old.

“He’s very smart,” she said. “He’s not your average 6-year-old.”

She said her husband had just used the Grubhub app on his phone to order dinner before she left and probably just left the app open. She said her son took the phone, hid in the basement and proceeded to order his feast.

She said she and her husband had a talk with Mason on Sunday morning and told him what he did was akin to stealing.

“I don’t think he grasped that concept at first,” she said.

To drive the point home, she and her husband opened up Mason’s piggy bank and pocketed the $115 he had gotten for his birthday in November, telling him the money would go to replenish their accounts. That didn’t seem to faze the boy.

“Then he found a penny on the floor and said he could start all over again,” she said.

Keith Stonehouse said most of the food went into the family’s refrigerators. He said he also invited some neighbors over to eat some of it.

He said he’s heard of things like this happening to other parents, but not at the level he experienced last weekend. He recommends making sure important apps are not readily available for children to click on when they’re using a parent’s phone. He said he’s changing his password.

“I knew this could happen, but you just don’t think your kid is going to do something like this. He’s definitely smart enough, I just didn’t expect it,” Keith Stonehouse said.

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