Leo Paré

Israel unveils plan for more West Bank settlements

Israel announced plans Wednesday to build more than 1,500 homes in Jewish settlements in east Jerusalem and the West Bank, dealing a setback to newly relaunched peace efforts hours after it had freed a group of long-serving Palestinian prisoners.

  • Oct 31, 2013

Songs, music included with art, photographs

Singing and musical performances will accompany some art and photography displays at Red Deer’s First Friday gallery openings for November.

Flood of security-related complaints overwhelms staff of info watchdog

Canada’s information watchdog has been flooded with fresh complaints that the Harper government is too often citing security to withhold documents requested under the Access to Information Act.

  • Oct 28, 2013

Trial dates coming for accused in drugs and weapons case

Trial dates will be set soon for a Sylvan Lake woman arrested a year earlier on drug trafficking and weapons charges.

  • Oct 25, 2013

Loblaw pledges aid to victims, families

Canadian grocery giant Loblaw Companies Ltd. said Thursday that it will provide long-term financial assistance to the surviving victims and families affected by a deadly factory collapse in Bangladesh.

Man dies of injuries after truck rolls

A Sundre man has died of injuries after his pickup truck rolled on the Trans-Canada Highway, west of Cochrane, just before midnight on Wednesday.

On photos of bagged game

For the first time I can recall in almost 48 years, a picture accompanying one of these columns has drawn a disapproving letter to the editor.

  • Oct 24, 2013

‘Positive’ a relative term with Cancer Bats

"Positive" is a relative term with the Cancer Bats. The three-time Juno-nominated hardcore metal/punk band has made a habit of stopping in Red Deer to convene with fervid local fans while touring Western Canada.

Fugitive is suspect in sex assault

Authorities say they believe a high-risk sex offender who fled Canada may be the suspect in the sexual assault of a 16-year-old boy. In a news release Tuesday, Seattle police said they were told that Michael Stanley met the teen at a grocery store and walked with him to an alley.

Man jailed for possession of stolen property

A Red Deer man who turned himself in after RCMP found stolen property at his home has been sentenced to four months in jail.

  • Oct 22, 2013

Calgary embraces Neshi, Iveson takes over in Edmonton

It was a coronation in Calgary on Monday as wildly popular Mayor Naheed Nenshi handily won re-election.

  • Oct 22, 2013

SLIDESHOW — The birds of Boundary Bay

Last week we made a quick trip Boundary Bay, an internationally recognized Important Bird Area on the Fraser River estuary.

Post-secondary funds defy logic

I write this letter to clarify recent funding shifts in Alberta post-secondary education (PSE) and to raise a voice of dissent against the ministerial handling of education funds. The minister’s tactics and explanations in these matters are bullying and highly motivated toward industry interests. These changes do little to serve the overall project of education as a way to benefit society; rather, the changes serve industry needs and further narrow the economic, political and cultural scopes of the province.

  • Oct 21, 2013

Annual LED Christmas Light Exchange coming

Christmas is fast approaching and one of the first signs is the return of the annual LED Christmas Light Exchange, presented for the fifth year by the City of Red Deer and the Kerry Wood Nature Centre.

  • Oct 16, 2013

Trustees must put children first

On Oct. 8, I attended the Red Deer Public School trustee candidates election forum. I have seriously debated sending this in as I know, without question, I will be offending some people. But here it goes.

  • Oct 16, 2013

Changing council’s composition will simply cost more money

Opinion leaders in Red Deer have taken a look at the city’s growth and are suggesting city councillors ought to represent distinct parts of the city, rather than the city as a whole.

Shakespeare’s double trouble

Thwack! Thwack! The hollow sound of rolled up newspaper striking craniums large and small resounded during the Red Deer College production of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors.

One driver in hospital after semis collide near Ponoka

A collision between a gravel truck and a semi pulling two trailers loaded with lumber on Hwy 2 south of Ponoka put one driver in hospital with undetermined injuries on Thursday afternoon.

Don’t discount value of Red Deer First

The presumption that the candidates who will run under the Red Deer First banner won’t represent the varied interests of voters is without substance.

  • Oct 8, 2013

Dad changes plea to guilty in death of son

A Calgary father charged with manslaughter in the death of his two-month-old son has changed his plea to guilty.

  • Oct 8, 2013