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TUES AM NEWS (MARCH 31)
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RED DEER HOUSE FIRE - 
   RED DEER EMERGENCY CREWS RESPONDED TO A HOUSE FIRE IN MORRISROE MONDAY AFTERNOON.  THE BLAZE CAUSED EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO A HOME AT #2 MCCULLOUGH CRESCENT AROUND 4:30 PM.   PLATOON CHIEF PAT MULROONEY SAYS 16 FIREFIGHTERS WERE ON SCENE.   THE BLAZE STARTED ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE HOME AND SPREAD TO AN INTERIOR BEDROOM AND UP INTO THE ATTIC.  MULROONEY SAYS FIREFIGHTERS WERE LUCKY TO GET IT OUT AS QUICKLY AS THEY DID AS IT WAS FULLY ENGULFED WHEN THEY ARRIVED.  THE FOUR RESIDENTS IN THE HOME MANAGED TO ESCAPE WITH NO INJURIES.  THE CAUSE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION. 
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RED DEER CITY COUNCIL (MON MEETING) :
JACKPOT CASINO PARKING - 
RED DEER CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS WERE PACKED AS DOZENS OF PEOPLE CAME OUT TO A PUBLIC HEARING AT CITY HALL ON MONDAY NIGHT.
THE JACKPOT CASINO WANTS TO BUILD A PARKING LOT ACROSS 50TH STREE IN THE PARKVALE NEIGHBOURHOOD AS THEY HAVE HAD ISSUES WITH PROVIDING ENOUGH SPACES
MAYOR TARA VEER SAYS IN THE END SHE WAS SWAYED TO SUPPORT IT AS IT DOES NOT CHANGE THE PERMANENT ZONING OF THE AREA.
THERE WAS VOCAL OPPOSITION TO THE LOT, AS SOME WOULD HAVE PREFFERED THE CITY STICK TO THE ORIGINAL ZONING INTENT FOR RESIDENTIAL HOMES.
AN AMENDMENT WAS PASSED TO GIVE A 9 YEAR TEMPORARY ACCESS TO THE JACKPOT CASINO TO BUILD A 43 SPACE PARKING LOT ON THE ADJACENT PROPERTY IN PARKVALE.
AN APPLICATION WILL NOW COME BACK TO CITY COUNCIL ONCE A DEVELOPMENT PERMIT IS READY. 
 
INGLEWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL -  A REVISED NON-BINDING AGREEMENT HAS BEEN SIGNED BETWEEN THE CITY OF RED DEER AND THE  PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD.
THEIR ORIGINAL AGREEMENT CALLED FOR A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE CITY, SCHOOL AND LIBRARY BOARD TO OPERATE A PUBLIC SERVICE AT THE FUTURE INGLEWOOD SCHOOL.
COUNCILOR LAWRENCE LEE SAYS THE DOOR IS STILL OPEN TO THEM IN THE FUTURE TO SIGN ON.
THE LIBRARY BOARD DOES NOT FEEL THEY HAVE THE RESOURCES OR BUDGET AT THIS TIME TO TAKE ON ANOTHER PROJECT.
THE VISION IS TO HAVE THE SCHOOL LIBRARY ALSO SERVE AS A PUBLIC ONE TO PROVIDE SOUTHEAST RED DEER WITH A BRANCH.
THE AGREEMENT SIGNED MONDAY CALLS FOR A "FLEXIBLE" COMMUNITY SPACE THAT WOULD FEATURE A KITCHEN AND/OR GYMNASIUM WITH PUBLIC ACCESS.
 
BUILDING CANADA FUND - RED DEER HOPES SOME GRANT FUNDING WILL BE HEADING IT'S WAY NOW THAT THEY'VE APPLIED FOR THE BUILDING CANADA FUND.
94 MILLION DOLLARS HAS BEEN SET ASIDE FOR COMMUNITIES UNDER 100,000 TO APPLY FOR.
THE CITY IS LOOKING FOR GRANT FUNDING ON THE 30TH AVE ROUNDABOUT AND RIVERVIEW PARK BANK STABILIZATION PROJECTS.
THEY'VE ALSO SIGNED ONTO THE COUNTY OF RED DEER'S REQUEST FOR EXPANSION AT THE REGIONAL AIRPORT.
THE MINIMUM ANY ONE PROJECT CAN RECEIVE IS $50,000, WHILE THE MAXIMUM CAPS OUT AT 3 MILLION.
THE DEADLINE TO APPLY IS APRIL 2ND.
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SYLVAN LAKE URGENT CARE -  AFTER YEARS OF LOBBYING THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT FOR AN URGENT CARE CENTRE, THE TOWN OF SYLVAN LAKE IS FINALLY GOING TO GET ONE.

IT WAS ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY (MON) THAT SYLVAN WILL BE ONE OF THREE COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE PROVINCE TO RECEIVE ONE.

URGENT CARE COMMITTEE CHAIR SUSAN SAMSON SAYS IT WILL PROVIDE URGENT CARE FOR NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES AND SOME OBSERVATION BEDS AS WELL.

SHE SAYS THE PRELIMINARY GROUNDWORK FOR THE PROJECT HAS ALREADY BEEN DONE SO THEY NOW NEED TO WORK WITH HEALTH MINISTER STEPHEN MANDEL TO WORK ON THE PROJECT'S DETAILS.
OVERALL, THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT IS BUDGETING $3.4 BILLION OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS FOR WORK ON HOSPITALS AND HEALTH-CARE CENTRES.

THE PROVINCE SAYS THE MAJORITY OF FUNDS WILL BE SPENT ON ONGOING AND NEW CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS.

IT SAYS MAINTENANCE FUNDING WILL ALSO INCREASE.

PREMIER JIM PRENTICE SAYS HEALTH CARE PLAYS A VITAL ROLE IN THE LIVES OF ALL ALBERTANS, EVEN IN CHALLENGING FISCAL TIMES.

THE 2015-16 BUDGET TABLED LAST WEEK INCREASED TAXES AND FEES ACROSS THE BOARD, WHILE RUNNING THE LARGEST DEFICIT IN ALBERTA'S HISTORY AT $5 BILLION.

PRENTICE HAS SAID THE CHANGES AS NECESSARY TO MAKE UP FOR LOST OIL REVENUE.
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WETASKIWIN DEATH -  MOUNTIES IN WETASKIWIN ARE HOPING MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC MIGHT HAVE SOME INFORMATION REGARDING THE DISCOVERY OF A DECEASED PERSON FOUND INSIDE A PARTIALLY BURNT HOLIDAY TRAILER EARLY YESTERDAY MORNING. (MON)
THE DISCOVERY WAS MADE AROUND 5AM WITH AN AUTOPSY NOW SLATED TO TAKE PLACE IN EDMONTON TODAY (TUE) TO HOPEFULLY HELP DETERMINE THE EXACT CAUSE OF DEATH AND IDENTITY OF THE DECEASED.
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MISSING RED DEER WOMAN -  POLICE ARE ASKING FOR THE PUBLIC'S HELP IN FINDING A 33 YEAR OLD RED DEER WOMAN MISSING FOR ABOUT TEN DAYS.
ORSOLYA BAUNOK WAS LAST SEEN SATURDAY, MARCH 21ST. 
SHE'S DESCRIBED AS HAVING A SLIM BUILD, FIVE FOOT NINE, WITH SHOULDER LENGTH DARK BROWN HAIR.
IF YOU KNOW OF HER WHEREABOUTS YOU'RE ASKED TO CALL RED DEER RCMP.
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RED DEER STABBING - 
RED DEER MOUNTIES ARRESTED A MAN SUNDAY AFTERNOON AFTER A STABBING IN RIVERSIDE MEADOWS.
AROUND 1:40 PM, RCMP RESPONDED TO A 911 CALL OF A FIGHT BETWEEN TWO MEN IN THE PARKING LOT OF CHEERS PUB.
THE INCIDENT BEGAN ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE PUB WHEN ONE MAN WAS STABBED BEHIND THE EAR WITH A BROKEN GLASS OBJECT.  THE ALTERCATION THEN MOVED ACROSS THE STREET INTO THE PARKING LOT.
THE TWO MEN WERE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL AND TREATED FOR MINOR INJURIES.
29 YEAR OLD KEITH ANDREW PRATT OF RED DEER FACES A CHARGE OF ASSAULT WITH WEAPON.
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RED DEER WEEKEND CRASHES -  CHARGES ARE PENDING AGAINST A 51 YEAR OLD RED DEER MAN ACCUSED IN A SERIES OF SUSPECTED DRUNK DRIVING COLLISIONS ON 67TH STREET SUNDAY AFTERNOON.
IT STARTED JUST BEFORE 5 WHEN RCMP RESPONDED TO A COMPLAINT THAT AN EASTBOUND TRUCK STOPPED AT A LIGHT WAS HIT FROM BEHIND BY A CAR.
IT'S ALLEGED THE DRIVER OF THE CAR THEN BACKED UP INTO ANOTHER VEHICLE AND DROVE AROUND THE TRUCK, GRAZING THE VICTIM.
POLICE SAY THE CAR THEN DID A U-TURN AND HEADED WESTBOUND UNTIL HITTING A THIRD VEHICLE AND GETTING PINNED.
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RED DEER BAR CHECKS - IT SEEMS THAT A CRACKDOWN ON LOCAL BARS A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO IS HAVING AN EFFECT.
THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMPLIANCE TEAM MADE SOME UNANNOUNCED STOPS AT BARS AROUND RED DEER ON FRIDAY NIGHT AND FOUND NO VIOLATIONS.
IN FACT THEY NOTED A NUMBER OF IMPROVEMENTS AS THEY CHECKED FOR OVER-SERVING AND UNDERAGE MINORS.
THE P.S.C.T WAS CREATED IN 2013 TO ENSURE DRINKKING ESTABLISHMENTS WERE FOLLOWING GAMING, LIQUOR AND FIRE CODE REGULATIONS,
THEY MAKE REGULAR VISITS TO BARS AND PUBS AROUND RED DEER.
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WESTERNER UPDATE - OFFICIALS WITH WESTERNER PARK IN RED DEER ARE EXCITED ABOUT 2015.

THAT ACCORDING TO KENT OLSON, BOARD CHAIR AND PRESIDENT OF THE WESTERNER PARK EXPOSITION ASSOCIATION WHICH HAD IT'S ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING THIS WEEK.

OLSON SAYS THEIR PRIORITIES MOVING FORWARD WILL INCLUDE BEING MORE ENGAGED WITH THE COMMUNITY, MORE CONSULTATION WITH STAKEHOLDERS AND BE MORE RELEVANT FOR ALL CUSTOMERS IN ALL AGE GROUPS.

OLSON SAYS 2015 WILL ALSO HAVE A MORE AGGRESSIVE CONCERT SCHEDULE WITH 14 SLATED FOR THIS YEAR.
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WILDROSE SUPERINTENDENT -  AFTER SEVERAL MONTHS OF SEARCHING, THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR THE WILDROSE SCHOOL DIVISION HAVE FOUND A NEW SUPERINTENDENT TO TAKE OVER FROM OUTGOING SUPER BRIAN CELLI.
BRAD VOLKMAN WILL START WITH THE DIVISION AUGUST 1ST BUT WILL SPEND A FEW DAYS AT THE END OF THIS SCHOOL YEAR GETTING AQUAINTED WITH STAFF AND ADMINISTRATION.
VOLKMAN COMES TO THE WILDROSE SCHOOL DIVISION FROM THE PRAIRIE ROSE SCHOOL DIVISION IN SOUTHEAST ALBERTA WHERE HE WAS MOST RECENTLY DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT.
CELLI ANNOUNCED HIS RETIREMENT LAST SEPTEMBER BUT IS STAYING ON TO THE END OF THIS SCHOOL YEAR.
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PARENT LINK CENTRES - 
LAST THURSDAY'S PROVINCIAL BUDGET BROUGHT SOME GOOD NEWS TO CENTRAL ALBERTA FAMILIES WITH THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THREE NEW PARENT LINK CENTRES IN THE PROVINCE.
ONE WILL BE IN EDMONTON CITY CENTRE AND THE OTHER TWO IN SYLVAN LAKE AND INNISFAIL.
THE INNISFAIL PARENT LINK CENTRE WILL ALSO SERVE SPRING VIEW, MARKERVILLE, PENHOLD, SPRINGBROOK AND BOWDEN AND BE OPERATED BY MCMAN YOUTH AND FAMILY COMMUNITY SERVICES.
THE SYLVAN LAKE PLC WILL ALSO SERVE ECKVILLE AND BENALTO AND BE RUN BY THE TOWN OF SYLVAN LAKE FCSS.
GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS SAY THE PLC'S PROVIDE PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS WITH FREE RESOURCES AND SUPPORT TO FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN FOR WORK IN EARLY INTERVENTION AND PREVENTION.
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MONDAY PM NEWS (MARCH 30)

 

 

EMERGENCY SERVICES PUT OUT A BLAZE IN MORRISROE
 

Red Deer fire crews responded to a fire on McCullough Crescent at around 4:25 this afternoon. When crews arrived, the home was fully involved with flames coming out of the roof, burning from the inside.
 

Firefighters quickly gained control of the fire and although 4 people were home at the time, nobody was injured. The fire was contained to just the one building and right now a cause has not been determined.
 

As of 5:35 PM crews were still cleaning up, so motorists were asked to avoid the area.

 

 

RED DEER CITY COUNCIL APPROVES A PARKING LOT FOR THE PARKVALE NEIGHBOURHOOD

 

A proposal to build a 9 year temporary parking lot in the Parkvale neighbourhood for the Jackpot Casino has been approved.
 

This was decided by Red Deer City Council after holding a public hearing that was well attended. Arguments for and against were heard with many in support of the lot as they do not see any other use for the area.
 

The site in question is located across from the Jackpot between 4643 & 4637 50th street. Administration had recommended that Council deny the application, as the zoning only allows single family homes & duplexes.
 

It was implied that the casino may be forced to relocate if they do not get more parking spaces, as they must provide safe and adequate parking according to the AGLC. It was pointed out that they would need the Alberta Gaming & Liquor Commission's approval to relocate, as their business license was issued for the downtown area.

 

Council in the end voted 5 to 3 in favour of an amendment from 10 years to 9. Mayor Veer, as well as Councilors Buchanan, Wong, Lee, & Mulder voted in support of the motion.

 

Councilors Johnston, Handley and Wyntjes voted against the amendment. Councilor Harris was absent from tonight's proceedings.

 

The third & final reading passed 6 to 2 after Councilor Wyntjes voted in favour. City Council will now await a development permit to come back to the table for final approval.

 


LOCAL LIBRARY BOARD WILL NOT PARTNER ON INGLEWOOD SCHOOL PROJECT

A revised non-binding agreement has been reached between the City of Red Deer and the Red Deer Public School Board.

Their original agreement called for a partnership between the City, School & Library Board to operate a public service at the future Inglewood School.

City Councilor Lawrence Lee says the door is still open to them in the future to sign on.

The Red Deer Public Library Board does not feel they have the resources or the budget to take on another project after opening the E'cole Barrie Wilson branch.

The vision is to have the school library also serve as a public one, to provide southeast Red Deer with a branch.

 

The agreement signed Monday calls for a "flexible" community space that would feature a kitchen and/or gymnasium with public access.
 

 
CITY COUNCIL APPLIES FOR "BUILDING CANADA FUND"

Red Deer will apply for some grant funding hoping to offset the cost of some major infrastructure work.

Under the "Building Canada Fund", the City is looking for dollars for the Riverview Park bank stabilization & work on the 30th Ave roundabout project.

In order to apply for these funds, a city needs to have passed a motion at their council table.

They've also signed onto the County of Red Deer's request for expansion at the Regional Airport.

This may in fact be the last time Red Deer qualifies for the "Building Canada Fund", as cities must have a population under 100,000.

The deadline to apply is April 2nd, with the latest census to begin on April 1st.

Red Deer's population in 2014 was 98,585.

 

 

URGENT CARE CENTRE APPROVED FOR SYLVAN LAKE

 

After years of lobbying the provincial government for an urgent care centre, the Town of Sylvan Lake is finally going to get one.

 

It was announced today that Sylvan will be one of three communities across the province to receive a facility. The centre will provide urgent care for non-life threatening injuries and some observation beds as well.

 

The preliminary groundwork for the project has already been done so they now need to work with Health Minister Stephen Mandel to map out further project details. 

 

 

DEAD BODY FOUND IN A BURNED TRAILER

 

Mounties in Wetaskiwin are scratching their heads after finding a dead body in a burned holiday trailer this morning.

 

The discovery was made at around 5:00 with an autopsy set for tomorrow.

 

The RCMP hopes this will help determine the exact cause of death and identity of the deceased.

 

 

MAN CHARGED IN PARKING LOT STABBING INCIDENT

 

A Red Deer man was arrested following a stabbing in Riverside Meadows yesterday. RCMP responded to a fight between two men in the parking lot of Cheers pub in the afternoon.

 

The altercation began across the street when a man was cut with some broken glass, and the fight then moved across the street into the parking lot.

 

The two were taken to hospital and treated for minor injuries and 29 year old Keith Pratt of Red Deer faces an assault with a weapon charge.

 

 

COLLISIONS LEADS TO ARREST OF SUSPECTED DRUNK DRIVER

 

A 51 year old Red Deer man was arrested after a series of suspected drunk driving collisions on 67th Street yesterday.

 

Shortly before 5:00, RCMP responded to a complaint of a man in an eastbound truck being hit from behind by a grey Bonneville while stopped at a light.

 

When the victim got out of the truck the suspect vehicle allegedly backed up into another vehicle, then drove around the truck, grazing the victim. The car then made a u-turn and headed west where it hit another vehicle, and became pinned until police arrived.

 

 

TIME RUNNING OUT TO APPEAL SAPUTO EXPANSION 

 

Those who are against the expansion of a local dairy plant have until April 10th to file an appeal. Earlier this month, the Municipal Planning Commission approved the application to expand the Saputo Dairy Plant on Gaetz avenue near the city's downtown.

 

The proposal would see a 4 thousand square meter expansion to the building. You can contact the city to make your appeal or learn more.

 

 

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS WOMAN? -- RED DEER MOUNTIES ARE LOOKING FOR YOUR HELP IN FINDING A MISSING 33 YEAR OLD WOMAN. ORSOLYA BAUNOK WAS LAST SEEN SATURDAY, MARCH 21ST. POLICE BELIEVE SHE MAY BE IN CALGARY. SHE'S DESCRIBED AS FIVE FOOT NINE, WITH A SLIM BUILD AND SHOULDER LENGTH DARK BROWN HAIR. IF YOU KNOW WHERE SHE IS, PLEASE CONTACT RED DEER RCMP. (PHOTO COURTESY OF RED DEER CITY RCMP)

 

 

 

 

 


MON AM NEWS (MARCH 30)
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ROZE BURK TRAGEDY -
   SOME SAD NEWS TO REPORT ABOUT A MISSING 68 YEAR OLD RED DEER COUNTY WOMAN.
A FAMILY FACEBOOK POSTING REVEALS ROZE (ROSE) BURK WAS FOUND DECEASED FRIDAY MORNING IN THE EVANSBURG AREA, NORTH OF DRAYTON VALLEY (WEST OF EDMONTON).
A PLANE APPARENTLY SPOTTED HER VEHICLE.
BURK WAS LAST SEEN AT RED DEER'S DEER PARK CO-OP ON MARCH 12TH.
THE FAMILY IS REQUESTING PRIVACY AT THIS DIFFICULT TIME AND SAY AT THIS POINT THEY HAVE NO ANSWERS TO ALL THE QUESTIONS SURROUNDING HER DEATH.
THE FAMILY ALSO HAS ISSUED A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS THAT HELPED IN THE SEARCH.
THEY ARE CURRENTLY WORKING ON PLANS FOR WHEN A FUNERAL SERVICE WILL BE HELD.
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MISSING 23 YEAR OLD - LOCAL MOUNTIES ARE ASKING YOU TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR A MISSING RED DEER MAN.
23 YEAR OLD STAN CARDINAL HAS NOT BEEN SEEN SINCE THE MORNING OF MARCH 13TH AT HIS HOME IN ORIOLE PARK.
HIS FAMILY HAS NOT HEARD FROM HIM EITHER SINCE THEN AND THERE IS NOW CONCERN FOR HIS WELL-BEING.
CARDINAL IS DESCRIBED AS ABORIGINAL, 6 FEET TALL, 185 POUNDS, BROWN HAIR, BROWN EYES AND A MEDIUM BUILD.
IF YOU KNOW WHERE HE IS, CALL RED DEER CITY RCMP.
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O'CHIESE STABBING -   A 17 YEAR OLD MALE IS FACING CHARGES AFTER RCMP FROM ROCKY WERE CALLED TO A REPORT OF A STABBING ON SATURDAY MORNING.
AT AROUND 1:45 IN THE MORNING, THEY WERE CALLED TO BREAK UP A FIGHT AT A HOUSE PARTY ON THE O'CHIESE FIRST NATION.
ANOTHER 17 YEAR OLD MALE WAS STABBED DURING THE ALTERCATION AND HAD TO BE TRANSPORTED TO CALGARY BY STARS AIR AMBULANCE.
POLICE CONTACTED HIS MOTHER TO LET HER KNOW HE WAS BEING TREATED FOR A NON-LIFE THREATENING WOUND.
THE 17 YEAR OLD ARRESTED REMAINS IN CUSTODY TO APPEAR BEFORE A JUDGE TO HEAR CHARGES.
AUTHORITIES ARE NOT RELEASING NAMES AS THEY FALL UNDER THE YOUTH CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACT.
TWO OTHER YOUTHS RECEIVED MINOR ABRAISONS AND CUTS IN THE INCIDENT.
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IN POLITICAL NEWS...
NEW WILDROSE LEADER
BRIAN JEAN WILL LEAD THE WILDROSE PARTY INTO THE NEXT ELECTION AS HEAD OF ALBERTA'S OFFICIAL OPPOSITION.
THE FORMER FORT MCMURRAY MP DEFEATED DREW BARNES & LINDA OSINCHUK IN A PARTY VOTE IN CALGARY ON SATURDAY.
JEAN CAPTURED ABOUT 55 PERCENT OF NEARLY 5000 VOTES CAST BBY TELEPHONE OVER THE PAST TWO WEEKS.
THE 52 YEAR OLD  TAKES OVER FROM INTERIM LEADER HEATHER FORSYTH WHO STEPPED IN AFTER DANIELLE SMITH LEFT IN DECEMBER TO JOIN THE PC'S.
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POLITICAL NOMINATIONS:
PETER DEWIT HAS WON THE PC NOMINATION IN THE RIDING OF LACOMBE-PONOKA AFTER DEFEATING CHALLENGERS, LARRY HENKELMAN, WAYNE REMPLE AND MLA ROD FOX.  ALSO RUNNING IN THE LACOMBE-PONOKA RIDING IS DOUG HART UNDER THE NEW DEMOCRATS.
ELSEWHERE, FORMER WILDROSE LEADER DANIELLE SMITH WILL NOT REPRESENT THE PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVES AFTER LOSING TO OKOTOKS TOWN COUNCILOR CARRIE FISCHER.
SMITH AND FOX WERE TWO OF 11 WILDROSE M.L.A.'S WHO CROSSED THE FLOOR TO THE CONSERVATIVES LAST YEAR.
THE ALBERTA PC'S HAS 83 OF 87 CANDIDATES IN PLACE FOR THE STILL TO BE ANNOUNCED PROVINCIAL ELECTION.
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RED DEER COUNCIL MEETS MONDAY - RED DEER CITY COUNCIL WILL MEET THIS AFTERNOON FOR THEIR REGULAR MEETING.
ON THE AGENDA TODAY IS AN UPDATED VERSION OF THE TRAFFIC SAFTEY ACTION PLAN. FIRST PUT TOGETHER IN 2006, THIS DOCUMENT LOOKS FOR WAY TO REDUCE THE SEVERITY AND FREQUENCY OF TRAFFIC COLLISIONS.
THE TABLE WILL ALSO REVIEW SECOND AND THIRD READING OF A BORROWING BYLAW FOR THE RIVERLANDS DISTRICT.
24.5 MILLION DOLLARS WAS SET ASIDE IN LAST YEAR'S CAPITAL BUDGET TO DEVELOP 25 ACRES IN THE GREATER DOWNTOWN AREA.
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JACKPOT CASINO PARKING -  ON MONDAY, CITY COUNCIL WILL MAKE A DECISION ON WHETHER OR NOT A SECTION OF LAND TO THE EAST OF THE JACKPOT CASINO WILL BE TURNED INTO A PRIVATE PARKING LOT FOR THE COMPANY.
A PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE  HELD AT SIX TO HEAR CITIZENS THOUGHTS ON THE PARKING LOT  PROPOSAL.
MEMBERS OF THE PARKVALE COMMUNITY HAVE EXPRESSED THEIR DISPLEASURE WITH THE POTENTIAL LOT, AND SAY THE PROPERTIES CURRENT ZONING DOESN'T LIST PARKING LOTS AS A POSSIBLE USE.
IF APPROVED, THE LOT ACROSS FROM THE CASINO ON 50TH STREET WOULD FEATURE 41 REGULAR STALLS AND TWO ACCESSIBLE SPACES
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TIMBERLANDS NORTH LOT DRAW - THOSE LOOKING TO BUY A HOME IN TIMBERLANDS NORTH WILL WANT TO MARK APRIL 30TH ON THEIR CALENDARS.
THAT'S WHEN THE CITY OF WILL HOLD A DRAW AT WESTENER PARK FOR THE 98 AVAILABLE LOTS IN THE NORTHEAST RED DEER NEIGHBOURHOOD.
APPLICATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED BETWEEN APRIL 13TH AND THE 24TH ON THE FOURTH FLOOR OF CITY HALL BETWEEN 8:30 AND 4 PM.
THOSE LOOKING TO APPLY FOR THE DRAW WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY A $5000 REGISTRATION FEE.
WHEN THE CITY HELD A DRAW ON PHASE 1B OF TIMBERLANDS SOUTH LAST MARCH, THE 42 LOTS WERE SOLD WITHIN HOURS.
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SYLVAN POOL ROOF PROTECTION -  THE TOWN OF SYLVAN LAKE IS TAKING STEPS TO PROTECT THEIR AQUATIC CENTRE AND FUTURE MULTIPLEX FROM HEAVY SNOW LOADS.
THIS WAS DECIDED AFTER CORROSION WAS DISCOVERED ON FOUR SUPPORT COLUMNS DURING AN INSPECTION OF THE BUILDING.
THEIR COUNCIL APPROVED $140,000 FOR ENGINEERS TO UNDERTAKE THE STUDY AND COMPLETE STRUCTURAL SHORING OF THE COLUMNS.
THE POOL WILL NOT NEED TO CLOSE FOR THIS, HOWEVER SWIMMING TIMES MAY BE CANCELLED WHILE WORK IS BEING DONE
IT WAS IN JANUARY OF 2014, WHEN HEAVY SNOW CAUSED A ROOF COLLAPSE ON ONE OF THE TOWN'S ARENAS.
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FUTURE SHOP CLOSURES -  RED DEER'S FUTURE SHOP IS ONE OF THE SIXTY-SIX THAT HAVE CLOSED FOR GOOD

SPOKESMAN ELLIOT CHUN CONFIRMED TO US THAT THE STORE ON 22ND STREET IS NOW CLOSED, EFFECTIVE SATURDAY MORNING

THE REMAINING 65 OF THEIR 131 STORES WILL BE CONVERTED TO BEST BUYS.
COUNTRY-WIDE 500 FULL TIME JOBS AND 1000 PART TIME POSITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO BE LOST

THE NEARBY BEST BUY ON 19TH STREET WILL REMAIN OPEN.

THE FUTURE SHOP LOCATIONS SET TO BECOME BEST BUYS WILL RE-OPEN AFTER A ONE WEEK RENOVATION.
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TARGET CLOSURES -  TARGET IS PLANNING TO CLOSE ALL OF ITS CANADIAN STORES EVEN FASTER THAN ORIGINALLY PLANNED.

A COURT-APPOINTED MONITOR SAYS ALL 133 LOCATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WILL BE PERMANENTLY SHUT DOWN BY AS EARLY AS MID-APRIL, ABOUT A MONTH AHEAD OF SCHEDULE.

SOME OUTLETS HAVE ALREADY SHUT DOWN.

SEVENTEEN CEASED OPERATIONS EARLIER THIS MONTH, AND ANOTHER SIX WILL CLOSE TODAY.

TARGET ANNOUNCED IN JANUARY THAT IT WOULD BE LEAVING CANADA, JUST TWO YEARS AFTER IT MOVED IN TO THE COUNTRY.
RED DEER'S TARGET IN BOWER PLACE WAS ORIGINALLY SLATED TO CLOSE ON APRIL 4TH.
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WESTERNER AGM -   A NEW OUTLOOK AND DIRECTION IS FALLING INTO PLACE FOR RED DEER'S WESTERNER PARK THIS YEAR.

THE PARK'S BOARD HELD IT'S ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING LAST WEEK AND OUTLINED A NEW APPROACH TO DOING BUSINESS, INCLUDING MORE CONSULTATION WITH STAKE HOLDERS AND MORE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT WITH ALL AGE GROUPS AND CUSTOMERS.

WESTERNER PARK ALSO HAS A NEW GENERAL MANAGER IN PLACE AFTER THE RESIGNATION OF JOHN HARMS IN MAY OF LAST YEAR.
DARRELL KOMICK (COMIC) WAS HIRED OUT OF CALGARY EARLIER THIS MONTH.
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PARENT LINK CENTRES
-  CENTRAL ALBERTA FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN GOT SOME GOOD NEWS IN THURSDAY'S PROVINCIAL BUDGET.
THREE NEW PARENT LINK CENTRES WILL BE CREATED IN THE PROVINCE WITH ONE IN EDMONTON, ONE IN INNISFAIL AND ONE IN SYLVAN LAKE.
THE SYLVAN LAKE PARENT LINK CENTRE WILL BE RUN BY THE TOWN'S FAMILY AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES AND ALSO SERVE ECKVILLE AND BENALTO.
THE NEW INNISFAIL PLC WILL BE RUN BY MCMAN YOUTH AND FAMILY COMMUNITY SERVICES AND ALSO SERVE SPRING VIEW, MARKERVILLE, PENHOLD, SPRINGBROOK AND BOWDEN.
GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS SAY THESE FACILITIES WILL HELP THEM PROVIDE EARLY INTERVENTION AND PREVENTION FOR YOUNG CHILDREN THROUGH FREE RESOURCES AND SUPPORTS FOR THEIR PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS.
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SUNDAY NEWS (MARCH 29)

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YOUTH HOSPITALIZED AFTER A STABBING ON THE O'CHIESE FIRST NATION - A 17 YEAR OLD MALE IS FACING CHARGES AFTER RCMP FROM ROCKY WERE CALLED TO A REPORT OF A STABBING ON SATURDAY MORNING. AT AROUND 1:45, THEY WERE CALLED TO BREAK UP A FIGHT AT A HOUSE PARTY ON THE O'CHIESE FIRST NATION. ANOTHER 17 YEAR OLD MALE WAS STABBED DURING THE ALTERCATION AND HAD TO BE TRANSPORTED TO CALGARY BY STARS AIR AMBULANCE. POLICE CONTACTED HIS MOTHER TO LET HER KNOW HE WAS BEING TREATED FOR A NON-LIFE THREATENING WOUND. THE 17 YEAR OLD ARRESTED REMAINS IN CUSTODY TO APPEAR BEFORE A JUDGE TO HEAR CHARGES. AUTHORITIES ARE NOT RELEASING NAMES AS THEY FALL UNDER THE YOUTH CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACT. TWO OTHER YOUTHS RECEIVED MINOR ABRASIONS AND CUTS.
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PC PARTY NOMINATION VOTES AROUND ALBERTA ON SATURDAY -
PETER DEWIT HAS WON THE PC NOMINATION IN THE RIDING OF LACOMBE-PONOKA AFTER DEFEATING MLA ROD FOX. ELSEWHERE, FORMER WILDROSE LEADER DANIELLE SMITH WILL NOT REPRESENT THE PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVES AFTER LOSING TO OKOTOKS TOWN COUNCILOR CARRIE FISCHER. MLA GARY BIKMAN ALSO LOST IN HIS RACE FOR THE PC NOMINATION IN THE CONSTITUENCY OF CARDSTON-TABER-WARNER TO BRIAN BREWIN. BRUCE MCALLISTER WAS THE ONLY FORMER WILDROSE MEMBER STILL RUNNING FOR A SEAT. THE CHESTERMERE-ROCKY VIEW MLA HAS NOW BEEN ACCLAIMED AFTER TORY CANDIDATE JAMIE LALL WAS DISALLOWED FROM THE RACE ON SATURDAY NIGHT.
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WILDROSE PARTY PICKS A NEW LEADER -
BRIAN JEAN WILL LEAD THE WILDROSE PARTY INTO THE NEXT ELECTION AS HEAD OF ALBERTA'S OFFICIAL OPPOSITION. THE FORMER FORT MCMURRAY MP DEFEATED DREW BARNES & LINDA OSINCHUK IN A PARTY VOTE IN CALGARY ON SATURDAY. JEAN CAPTURED ABOUT 55 PERCENT OF NEARLY 5000 VOTES CAST BY TELEPHONE OVER THE PAST TWO WEEKS. THE 52 YEAR OLD  TAKES OVER FROM INTERIM LEADER HEATHER FORSYTH WHO STEPPED IN AFTER DANIELLE SMITH LEFT IN DECEMBER TO JOIN THE PC'S.
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FUTURE SHOP CLOSES -
RED DEER'S FUTURE SHOP IS ONE OF THE SIXTY-SIX THAT HAVE CLOSED FOR GOOD. SPOKESMAN ELLIOT CHUN CONFIRMED TO US THAT THE STORE ON 22ND STREET IS NOW CLOSED, EFFECTIVE SATURDAY MORNING THE REMAINING 65 OF THEIR 131 STORES WILL BE CONVERTED TO BEST BUYS. COUNTRY-WIDE 500 FULL TIME JOBS AND 1000 PART TIME POSITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO BE LOST THE NEARBY BEST BUY ON 19TH STREET WILL REMAIN OPEN. THE FUTURE SHOP LOCATIONS SET TO BECOME BEST BUYS WILL RE-OPEN AFTER A ONE WEEK RENOVATION.
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FIREFIGHTER'S CHARITY BOOT DRIVE -
MOTORISTS IN NORTH RED DEER CAN EXPECT TO SEE SOME MINOR TRAFFIC DELAYS ALONG EASTBOUND 67TH STREET OVER THE WEEKEND. TODAY, EASTBOUND 67TH STREET WILL BE DOWN TO ONE LANE BY FIRESTATION 2 AS LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS CONDUCT A CHARITY BOOT DRIVE. IN ADDITION TO THAT, FOUR LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS WILL CAMP ON THE ROOF OF THE FIREHALL FROM UNTIL TUESDAY FOR A CHARITY SUPPORTED BY THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIREFIGHTERS. SO FAR THEY'VE RAISED $6000 AFTER ONLY A DAY UP ON THE ROOF.
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RDC SUPPORT STAFF SIGN NEW COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT -
RED DEER COLLEGE SUPPORT STAFF HAVE RATIFIED A NEW THREE YEAR COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT. THIS DEAL WILL SEE THE ROUGHLY 300 EMPLOYEES RECEIVE A $1550 LUMP SUM ALONG WITH A TWO PERCENT WAGE INCREASE RETROACTIVE TO JULY 1ST OF 2014. THE A.U.P.E SUPPORT STAFF WILL ALSO SEE AN ADDITIONAL 2.25% WAGE INCREASE COME INTO EFFECT ON JULY 1ST OF THIS YEAR. THE ALBERTA UNION OF PROVINCIAL EMPLOYEES REPRESENTS ABOUT 8,500 WORKERS AT 16 POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS ACROSS THE PROVINCE.
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APPEALS BEING TAKEN FOR DAIRY PLANT EXPANSION - THOSE WHO ARE AGAINST THE EXPANSION OF A LOCAL DAIRY PLANT HAVE UNTIL APRIL 10TH TO FILE AN APPEAL. THE RED DEER SUBDIVISION AND DEVELOPMENT APPEAL BOARD WILL TAKE SUBMISSIONS UNTIL THEN ON THE DOWNTOWN PLANTS PROPOSAL. EARLIER THIS MONTH, THE MUNICIPAL PLANNING COMMISSION APPROVED THE APPLICATION TO EXPAND THE SITE AT 5410 50TH STREET. THE PROPOSAL WOULD SEE FOUR AREAS ADDED TO THE SAPUTO DAIRY PLANT THAT WOULD TOTAL JUST OVER A THOUSAND SQUARE METRES. CALL THE CITY (403) 342-8132 IF YOU WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION.
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SATURDAY NEWS (MARCH 28)

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MISSING 23 YEAR OLD - LOCAL MOUNTIES ARE ASKING YOU TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR A MISSING RED DEER MAN. 23 YEAR OLD STAN CARDINAL HAS NOT BEEN SEEN SINCE THE MORNING OF MARCH 13TH AT HIS HOME IN ORIOLE PARK. HIS FAMILY HAS NOT HEARD FROM HIM EITHER SINCE THEN AND THERE IS NOW CONCERN FOR HIS WELL-BEING. CARDINAL IS DESCRIBED AS ABORIGINAL, 6 FEET TALL, 185 POUNDS, BROWN HAIR, BROWN EYES AND A MEDIUM BUILD. IF YOU KNOW WHERE HE IS, CALL RED DEER CITY RCMP.
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TIMBERLANDS NORTH LOT DRAW -
THOSE LOOKING TO BUY A HOME IN TIMBERLANDS NORTH WILL WANT TO MARK APRIL 30TH ON THEIR CALENDARS.  THAT'S WHEN THE CITY OF WILL HOLD A DRAW AT WESTENER PARK FOR THE 98 AVAILABLE LOTS IN THE NORTHEAST RED DEER NEIGHBOURHOOD. APPLICATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED BETWEEN APRIL 13TH AND THE 24TH ON THE FOURTH FLOOR OF CITY HALL BETWEEN 8:30 AND 4 PM. THOSE LOOKING TO APPLY FOR THE DRAW WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY A $5000 REGISTRATION FEE. WHEN THE CITY HELD A DRAW ON PHASE 1B OF TIMBERLANDS SOUTH LAST MARCH, THE 42 LOTS WERE SOLD WITHIN HOURS.
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ALBERTA PREMIER STOPS IN RED DEER ON FRIDAY - PREMIER JIM PRENTICE WAS AT WESTENER PARK ON FRIDAY TO EXPLAIN HIS REASONING BEHIND THE BUDGET INTRODUCED ON THURSDAY. IN HIS SPEECH, PRENTICE NOTED THE STRENGTH AND DIVERSITY OF THE RED DEER REGION IS SOMETHING THE REST OF THE PROVINCE SHOULD LOOK UP TO: PRENTICE ALSO SAYS THEY NEED TO CONTINUE MAINTAINING INFRASTRUCTURE TO AVOID THE ISSUES THEY RAN INTO IN THE NINETIES: THE PREMIER SPOKE OF THREE LEVERS AVAILABLE TO HIM WHILE PUTTING TOGETHER THE BUDGET. THOSE WERE USING THE SAVINGS IN THE HERITAGE TRUST FUND, RETAINING SPENDING AND INCREASING REVENUE, EXAMPLES OF WHICH WE SAW LAID OUT IN THURSDAY'S BUDGET. WHEN ASKED WHY CORPORATE TAXES DID NOT GO UP, PRENTICE TOLD THE RED DEER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LUNCHEON THAT THIS WOULD HAVE STYMIED BUSINESS IN ALBERTA.
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LACOMBE-PONOKA PC MEMBERS VOTE TODAY -
PC SUPPORTERS WILL BE CASTING BALLOTS FOR THEIR PARTY CANDIDATE IN THE LACOMBE-PONOKA RIDING TODAY. LOCAL BUSINESSMAN PETER DEWIT IS CONFIRMED TO BE SEEKING THE TORY NOMINATION IN THAT CONSTITUENCY. ALL OTHER PC CANDIDATES THROUGHOUT CENTRAL ALBERTA HAVE ALREADY BEEN VOTED IN OR ACCLAIMED.
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WILDROSE LEADERSHIP VOTE - THREE HILLS WAS THE SITE LAST NIGHT OF THE WILDROSE PARTY'S OFFICIAL CAMPAIGN LAUNCH. OFFICIALS SAY THE EVENT INCLUDED THE APPEARANCE OF WILDROSE LEADERSHIP CANDIDATE BRIAN JEAN WHO WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL IN THREE HILLS. THE PARTY WILL HOLD IT'S LEADERSHIP VOTE THIS EVENING IN CALGARY.

 

FORMER WILDROSE LEADER DANIELLE SMITH WILL ALSO LEARN THIS EVENING IF SHE HAS WON THE PC NOMINATION IN THE RIDING OF HIGHWOOD.
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FCSS GRANTS SET ASIDE FOR LACOMBE - FOUR NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS IN LACOMBE WILL BENEFIT FROM FCSS GRANT FUNDING THIS YEAR. OFFICIALS WITH THE CITY OF LACOMBE SAY 22 THOUSAND DOLLARS WILL BE DOLED OUT BETWEEN BIG BROTHERS-BIG SISTERS, NEIGHBOURHOOD PLACE, YOUTH UNLIMITED AND VOLUNTEER LINK.
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EARTH HOUR -
TODAY MARKS EARTH HOUR AND THERE ARE A COUPLE OF WAYS YOU CAN GET INVOLVED AROUND RED DEER. BOTH THE COLLICUT AND THE DAWE CENTRE WILL BE HOLDING "EARTH HOUR" SWIMS FROM 8 TO 10 PM FOR ONLY A TOONIE. THEY'LL ALSO HAVE ENERGY-EFFICIENT GIFT BASKETS TO GIVE AWAY TO THOSE WHO COME OUT TO THE LOW LIGHT SWIM.
 

OTHER CITY FACILITIES WILL ALSO TURN OFF ANY UNNECESSARY LIGHTS TO REDUCE ELECTRICITY DEMAND. FIRST STARTED IN AUSTRALIA IN 2007, EARTH HOUR IS NOW CELEBRATED AROUND THE GLOBE. LAST YEAR, THE CITY SAW A 2.85% REDUCTION IN POWER USAGE FROM 8:30 TO 9:30 PM.

 

 

FRI PM NEWS (MARCH 27)
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ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT ARRESTED -
RCMP HAVE ARRESTED A SUSPECT IN THE ARMED ROBBERY OF THE BANK OF MONTREAL ON 67TH STREET TWO WEEKS AGO. SOON AFTER THE ROBBERY, THE SUSPECT WAS IDENTIFIED AS 56 YEAR OLD PATRICE GAUTHIER WHO WAS LATER LOCATED AT A RESIDENCE IN THE GLENDALE NEIGHBOURHOOD YESTERDAY. GAUTHIER FACES THREE COUNTS AND WILL MAKE HIS FIRST APPEARANCE IN RED DEER COURT TODAY. (FRI)
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ALBERTA PREMIER IN RED DEER ON FRIDAY - JIM PRENTICE WAS IN RED DEER TODAY, THE DAY AFTER OUTLINING THE ALBERTA 2015 BUDGET. PREMIER PRENTICE WAS ASKED ABOUT A NEW COURTHOUSE ON FRIDAY AND SAYS A PLANNING STUDY IS IN THE WORKS. PRENTICE PROMISED TO FUND INFRASTRUCTURE AND HONOUR EXISTING UNION CONTRACTS, SPEAKING TO A CROWD OF ABOUT 200 AT THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LUNCHEON. THE PREMIER ALSO RESPONDED TO THURSDAY'S MOVE TO FILE A COURT INJUNCTION TO PREVENT HIM FROM CALLING AN ELECTION. HE SAYS HE WILL LEAVE THIS IN THE HANDS OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO DECIDE. THIS YEAR'S BUDGET WILL SEE 59 NEW TAXES, FEES AND INCREASES AS ALBERTA LOOKS TO TAKE A SEVEN BILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT.
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LANE REDUCTIONS ON 67 STREET ON SATURDAY - EASTBOUND 67TH STREET WILL BE REDUCED BY ONE LANE NEAR FIRE STATION 2 THIS WEEKEND. CITY OFFICIALS SAY THE PERIODIC CLOSURES WILL BE THROUGHOUT THE DAY ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AS THE RED DEER FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION HOSTS A BOOT DRIVE FOR CHARITY. IN ADDITION TO THAT, FOUR FIREFIGHTERS WILL CAMP ON THE ROOF OF STATION 2 FROM SATURDAY TO TUESDAY FOR A CHARITY SUPPORTED BY THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIREFIGHTERS. A CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT STATION 2 ON SATURDAY AT 11:30.
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WILDROSE OFFICIAL CAMPAIGN LAUNCH -
ALBERTA'S WILDROSE PARTY IS HOLDING THEIR OFFICIAL CAMPAIGN LAUNCH FROM THREE HILLS TONIGHT. OFFICIALS SAY THE EVENT WILL INCLUDE AN INTRODUCTION OF OLDS-DIDSBURY-THREE-HILLS WILDROSE CANDIDATE NATHAN COOPER AND THE ATTENDANCE OF WILDROSE LEADERSHIP CANDIDATE BRIAN JEAN WHO WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL IN THREE HILLS. WILDROSE MEMBERS WILL VOTE ON THEIR NEW LEADER TOMORROW.
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LACOMBE-PONOKA PC NOMINATION VOTE ON SATURDAY - PC SUPPORTERS WILL BE CASTING BALLOTS FOR THE PARTY'S CANDIDATE IN THE LACOMBE-PONOKA RIDING TOMORROW. LOCAL BUSINESSMAN PETER DEWIT IS CONFIRMED TO BE SEEKING THE TORY NOMINATION IN THAT CONSTITUENCY. ALL OTHER PC CANDIDATES THROUGHOUT CENTRAL ALBERTA HAVE ALREADY BEEN VOTED IN OR ACCLAIMED.