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Pictured here is a group connected to the Lacombe-based Dementia Friendly Community Initiative during a visit to the Ellis Bird Farm. photo submitted

Dementia Friendly Community Initiative is having an impact

‘Each program has been tailored for all the different needs that individuals with dementia have.’

Unpredictable wildfire behaviour in British Columbia’s southern Okanagan has forced the evacuation of the entire community of Olalla and an evacuation alert for Keremeos, just a few kilometres to the south. A Unit Crew conducts planned ignitions above Yellow Lake near Olalla this recent handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-BC Wildfire Service

Alberta fire crews provide backup for southern B.C. wildfires

Two unit crews have been sent ahead of inclement weather

Coast-to-coast vintage car tour stopping in Stettler. (File photo)

Classic car tour making Stettler stop

A group of vintage car enthusiasts on a coast-to-coast tour of Canada…

Paul Merriman, minister of health, speaks to media at the Legislative Building in Regina on Oct. 27, 2021. Saskatchewan says it will be sending people to Alberta to get privatized surgeries, but the cost of travel won’t be covered by the government. Merriman says the Saskatchewan Party government will begin paying a Calgary clinic this fall to perform 20 knee and hip surgeries a month for those on Saskatchewan’s surgical wait list. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michael Bell

Saskatchewan to send patients to Alberta for privatized surgery, won’t pay for travel

Saskatchewan will begin paying a Calgary clinic this fall to perform 20 knee and hip surgeries a month

Paul Merriman, minister of health, speaks to media at the Legislative Building in Regina on Oct. 27, 2021. Saskatchewan says it will be sending people to Alberta to get privatized surgeries, but the cost of travel won’t be covered by the government. Merriman says the Saskatchewan Party government will begin paying a Calgary clinic this fall to perform 20 knee and hip surgeries a month for those on Saskatchewan’s surgical wait list. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michael Bell
The federal government is adding new passport service locations across Canada as a loud backlash over long wait times continues. People line up outside the Guy Favreau federal building while waiting to apply for a passport in Montreal, Sunday, June 26, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Feds announce four new passport service sites as backlog continues

Nearly 1.1 million applications for new and renewed passports have been filed since April

The federal government is adding new passport service locations across Canada as a loud backlash over long wait times continues. People line up outside the Guy Favreau federal building while waiting to apply for a passport in Montreal, Sunday, June 26, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Environment and Climate Change Minister Steven Guilbeault rises during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on June 17, 2022. Canada’s environment minister says releasing treated oilsands tailings into the environment isn’t the only solution being considered to clean up the massive, toxic ponds. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Patrick Doyle

Releasing oilsands tailings into river only one solution being considered: Guilbeault

Comments come as investigators from UNESCO arrive in Alberta to consider threats to Wood Buffalo Park

Environment and Climate Change Minister Steven Guilbeault rises during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on June 17, 2022. Canada’s environment minister says releasing treated oilsands tailings into the environment isn’t the only solution being considered to clean up the massive, toxic ponds. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Patrick Doyle
An aerial view of Fort Chipewyan, Alta., on the border of Wood Buffalo National Park is shown on Monday, Sept. 19, 2011. A United Nations body that monitors some of the world’s greatest natural glories is in Canada again to assess government responses to ongoing threats to the country’s largest national park, including plans to release treated oilsands tailings into its watershed. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

UNESCO team in Alberta to judge if Wood Buffalo Park should go on endangered list

Move considered ‘likely’ after Mikisew Cree First Nation first brought concerns to UNESCO’s attention

An aerial view of Fort Chipewyan, Alta., on the border of Wood Buffalo National Park is shown on Monday, Sept. 19, 2011. A United Nations body that monitors some of the world’s greatest natural glories is in Canada again to assess government responses to ongoing threats to the country’s largest national park, including plans to release treated oilsands tailings into its watershed. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Alberta Justice Minister Tyler Shandro announces new COVID-19 measures for Alberta in Calgary on September 15, 2021, while in his previous role as health minister. The Alberta government continues to make its case for a made-in-Alberta police force saying it would add hundreds of front-line officers to the province's smallest detachments. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Alberta Justice Minister Tyler Shandro announces new COVID-19 measures for Alberta in Calgary on September 15, 2021, while in his previous role as health minister. The Alberta government continues to make its case for a made-in-Alberta police force saying it would add hundreds of front-line officers to the province's smallest detachments. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Spittin Chiclets podcast personality and former professional hockey player Paul Bissonnette signs a bottle of Pink Whitney for a fan at Wine and Beyond Red Deer on Friday. (Photo by Ian Gustafson/ Red Deer Advocate)
Spittin Chiclets podcast personality and former professional hockey player Paul Bissonnette signs a bottle of Pink Whitney for a fan at Wine and Beyond Red Deer on Friday. (Photo by Ian Gustafson/ Red Deer Advocate)
A photo of the vehicle suspected to have been involved in the July 6 fatal hit and run south of Red Deer, taken just prior to the collision. (Photo contributed)
A photo of the vehicle suspected to have been involved in the July 6 fatal hit and run south of Red Deer, taken just prior to the collision. (Photo contributed)
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Canadian department store Zellers hopes to make a comeback next year, a decade after the discount chain shuttered most of its locations. A Zeller’s store is shown Thursday, January 13, 2011 in St.Eustache, Que. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

The return of Zellers: Hudson’s Bay to resurrect Canadian discount retail chain

It also comes amid an ongoing lawsuit over a Quebec family’s use of the Zellers brand

Canadian department store Zellers hopes to make a comeback next year, a decade after the discount chain shuttered most of its locations. A Zeller’s store is shown Thursday, January 13, 2011 in St.Eustache, Que. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
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Body found in North Thompson River confirmed to be missing Alberta man

Jacob Wall and his truck were recovered from the river by RCMP

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Gas prices are displayed in Carleton Place, Ont., on May 17, 2022. Statistics Canada will release its July reading of the consumer price index this morning. Economists are expecting inflation already peaked given the significant decline in gas prices since June. RBC is forecasting the year-over-year inflation rate fell from 8.1 per cent in June to 7.7 per cent in July. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Canada’s inflation rate slows to 7.6% in July as gas prices fall

Average hourly wages rose by 5.2 per cent in July compared with a year ago

Gas prices are displayed in Carleton Place, Ont., on May 17, 2022. Statistics Canada will release its July reading of the consumer price index this morning. Economists are expecting inflation already peaked given the significant decline in gas prices since June. RBC is forecasting the year-over-year inflation rate fell from 8.1 per cent in June to 7.7 per cent in July. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
A Canada Border Services Agency officer speaks to a motorist entering Canada at the Douglas-Peace Arch border crossing in Surrey, B.C. on Monday, August 9, 2021. One-quarter of front line employees surveyed at Canada’s border agency said they had directly witnessed a colleague discriminate against a traveller in the previous two years. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

One in four border officers witnessed discrimination by colleagues: internal report

Figures drawn from survey conducted as part of an internal Canada Border Services Agency evaluation

A Canada Border Services Agency officer speaks to a motorist entering Canada at the Douglas-Peace Arch border crossing in Surrey, B.C. on Monday, August 9, 2021. One-quarter of front line employees surveyed at Canada’s border agency said they had directly witnessed a colleague discriminate against a traveller in the previous two years. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A proposed model of the passenger train. (File photo)

Environmental groups raise concerns about proposed Calgary-to-Banff passenger train

Concerns include wildlife deaths along the rail line and the fragmentation of wildlife habitat

A proposed model of the passenger train. (File photo)
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney answers questions during a press conference as premiers meet on the final day of the summer meeting of the Canada’s Premiers at the Fairmont Empress in Victoria, B.C., on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Premier Jason Kenney kicks off campaign to attract skilled workers to Alberta

“What did the Albertan say to the Vancouverite? You’re hired,” reads one of the displays.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney answers questions during a press conference as premiers meet on the final day of the summer meeting of the Canada’s Premiers at the Fairmont Empress in Victoria, B.C., on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Crews from the Stettler Regional Fire Department were kept busy on Aug. 14 with two calls just over a half-hour apart. (Stettler Regional Fire Department Facebook photo)

Stettler Regional Fire crews kept busy with back-to-back calls

One person was left dead and another severely injured in the first…

Crews from the Stettler Regional Fire Department were kept busy on Aug. 14 with two calls just over a half-hour apart. (Stettler Regional Fire Department Facebook photo)
Martine Huijssoon, owner of Old MacDonald Kennels near Ponoka, and Mona. (Photo submitted)

Alberta animal shelters running out of room and funds

“Saving one dog will not change the world. But surely, for that…

Martine Huijssoon, owner of Old MacDonald Kennels near Ponoka, and Mona. (Photo submitted)