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Canada Day party at Bower Ponds

It was a party at the Ponds on Canada Day.

The 46th annual July 1 celebration at Bower Ponds, organized by Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society, was its customary crowd-pleasing, multicultural festival with local dancers, music, and tasty food. READ

Nova Chemicals' expansion on target for startup late next year

The workforce is ramping up on Nova Chemicals’ $1-billion polyethylene plant expansion. READ

Kelowna man facing third set of impaired driving-related charges denied bail

Bail has been denied for a Kelowna man facing his third set of impaired driving-related charges in seven months, the most recent one involving the death of a Springbrook father. READ

Two dead after Olds-area farm house destroyed by fire

Two people are dead following a fire that destroyed a home on an acreage southwest of Olds on Monday. READ

Inmate found dead in cell at Bowden Institution

A 34-year-old inmate serving a three-year sentence at Bowden Institution was found dead in his cell on Tuesday. READ

Witness who helped police in April asked to come forward

Red Deer RCMP are looking for a male witness who helped police in locating a suspect on April 29. READ

Red Deer Public Schools superintendent resigns to take job in Victoria

The superintendent for Red Deer Public Schools has called it quits after 26 years with the district. READ

Veteran paddler Mark Oldershaw to carry flag for Canada at Pan Ams

When veteran paddler Mark Oldershaw carries Canada’s flag into the opening ceremonies of the Pan American Games, he’ll be thinking about his grandfather. READ

Politicians give a nod to looming election on Canada Day

Canada’s federal leaders were waving the flag and priming their political messages Wednesday on a Canada Day that landed smack in the build-up to this year’s election campaign. READ

Saskatoon police finish search of jet diverted to city Tuesday night

Police in Saskatoon say there was no bomb on the latest Canadian plane that was the target of a threat. READ

From typewriters to Twitter: Marjory LeBreton on 50 years in politics

When Marjory LeBreton first entered the world of professional politics, she was a rarity. READ

Groups seek court order to ease new voter ID rules for fall federal election

A left-leaning advocacy organization and a national student group will be in Ontario Superior Court on Thursday and Friday hoping to relax voter identification rules for the looming federal election. READ

Business innovation has continued to fade despite billions in federal cash: memo

Spending billions of public dollars over two decades has done little to reverse Canada’s long decline in the key economic category of business innovation, the federal government acknowledges in a newly released document. READ

Cancer specialist Arthur Porter dies in Panama hospital, biographer says

Arthur Porter -- a cancer specialist who was facing fraud charges related to a $1.3-billion hospital project in Montreal -- has died, his biographer says. READ

Greek leader presses on with vote on austerity after creditors reject bid for quick deal

Eurozone finance ministers decided Wednesday to break off talks on more aid for Greece until after it holds a weekend referendum, even as the Greek government pressed ahead with plans to let the people decide whether to accept more austerity measures in exchange for a rescue deal. READ

Militants launch attacks on Egyptian army checkpoints in Sinai, killing at last 50 troops

Islamic militants on Wednesday unleashed a wave of simultaneous attacks, including suicide car bombings, on Egyptian army checkpoints in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 50 soldiers, security and military officials said. READ

Obama: Opening of US embassy in Havana marks 'new chapter’ in ties with Cuba

President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba will reopen their embassies in Havana and Washington, heralding a “new chapter” in relations after a half-century of hostility. READ

Confidential UN report positive on Iran compliance with preliminary nuclear accord

Iran has met a key commitment under a preliminary nuclear deal setting up the current talks on a final agreement, leaving it with several tons less of the material it could use to make weapons, according to a U.N. report issued Wednesday. READ

Anti-capitalist eco-crusader Naomi Klein featured at Vatican environment conference

The Vatican added yet another strange bedfellow to its expanding ecological alliance Wednesday, hosting Canadian anti-capitalist eco-crusader Naomi Klein at a conference on saving the planet. READ

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