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Alberta Union of Provincial Employees vice-president Bonnie Gustola criticized provincial government layoffs at a rally that drew more than 80 people at City Hall Park on Friday.
Photo by PAUL COWLEY/Advocate staff

More than 80 rally in Red Deer against government health, education cutbacks

Rally at City Hall Park organized by the Council for Canadians

Alberta Union of Provincial Employees vice-president Bonnie Gustola criticized provincial government layoffs at a rally that drew more than 80 people at City Hall Park on Friday.
Photo by PAUL COWLEY/Advocate staff
Alice Kolisnyk, deputy director of the Red Deer Food Bank, says the agency expects an increase in demand as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Every new subscription to the Red Deer Advocate includes a $50 donation to the food bank. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Support the food bank with a subscription to the Red Deer Advocate

The community’s most vulnerable members are always in need of a hand,…

Alice Kolisnyk, deputy director of the Red Deer Food Bank, says the agency expects an increase in demand as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Every new subscription to the Red Deer Advocate includes a $50 donation to the food bank. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)
The higher the education level, the higher the income of some 1.3 million post-secondary graduates surveyed between 2010 and 2015, with master's degrees paying off the most. But the findings also suggest that gender and timing matter. (Black Press Media File).

2020 high school grads won’t get their ceremony

Decision announced by Lindsay Thurber and Hunting Hills high schools, and Gateway Christian School

The higher the education level, the higher the income of some 1.3 million post-secondary graduates surveyed between 2010 and 2015, with master's degrees paying off the most. But the findings also suggest that gender and timing matter. (Black Press Media File).
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Peaceful anti-racism protest in Red Deer Sunday
WWII veteran celebrates 97th birthday
Anti-racism and counter protesters rally in Red Deer
Keaton Wildeboer, of Lacombe, participates in the Westerner Championship Dairy Showcase at Westerner Park on Thursday. More than 150 cattle will be on display at the event, which continues until Saturday, carrying on a tradition started in 1954. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)

Western Canada’s first dairy showcase since last fall begins in Red Deer

Western Canada’s first dairy showcase since last fall is currently being held…

Keaton Wildeboer, of Lacombe, participates in the Westerner Championship Dairy Showcase at Westerner Park on Thursday. More than 150 cattle will be on display at the event, which continues until Saturday, carrying on a tradition started in 1954. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)
"We are looking seriously at the spread and determining what our next steps should be," says Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, as the daily number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb.

427 new COVID cases is highest in Alberta ever

Central zone has 126 active cases of COVID-19

"We are looking seriously at the spread and determining what our next steps should be," says Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, as the daily number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb.
Car thief opening stolen car doors. 
(Black Press File Image)

Idling vehicles attracting thieves, RCMP warns

About one-third of stolen vehicles left idling unattended

  • Oct 22, 2020
Car thief opening stolen car doors. 
(Black Press File Image)
Police reveal a collection of drugs, cash and guns seized in an April 2016 bust. One of the men charged was sentenced to 27 months in prison on Thursday.
Advocate file photo

Red Deer man sentenced to 27 months for role in “dial-a-dope” operation

RCMP Priority Crimes Task Force broke up drug operation in April 2016 after four-month investigation

  • Oct 22, 2020
Police reveal a collection of drugs, cash and guns seized in an April 2016 bust. One of the men charged was sentenced to 27 months in prison on Thursday.
Advocate file photo
Cash and Cars lottery

Sylvan Lake woman wins major prize from Cash and Cars Lottery

Karin Plunkett of Sylvan Lake was a winner in the annual Alberta…

Cash and Cars lottery
Boards for the neighbourhood outdoor rink near Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School are in place for the skating season. Like last year, the city will maintain 77 outdoor rinks throughout Red Deer. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)

Boards going up at outdoor neighbourhood rinks

City of Red Deer will alert public when rinks are ready to use

Boards for the neighbourhood outdoor rink near Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School are in place for the skating season. Like last year, the city will maintain 77 outdoor rinks throughout Red Deer. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)
Red Deer RCMP say a 30-year-old man faces sexual charges against a teen. (File photo by Advocate staff)

RCMP’s downtown traffic stops lead to charges

Two traffic stops conducted by Red Deer RCMP officers on bike patrol…

Red Deer RCMP say a 30-year-old man faces sexual charges against a teen. (File photo by Advocate staff)
Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce. (Contributed photo)
Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce. (Contributed photo)
RCMP. (Black Press File Photo)

Calgary man dies in two-vehicle collision near Sylvan Lake

A semi truck collided with a SUV just east of Hwy. 781 on Hwy 11.

RCMP. (Black Press File Photo)
More than 400 COVID-19 cases reported in Alberta Wednesday, according to multiple reports. (File photo)

Over 400 additional COVID-19 cases Wednesday

3,372 active cases of COVID-19 in Alberta

More than 400 COVID-19 cases reported in Alberta Wednesday, according to multiple reports. (File photo)
Bucket of Halloween Candy with Jack o Lantern, Copy Space

Red Deer Queer Community Association hosting Halloween decorating contest

The Red Deer Queer Community Association is hosting a Halloween door decorating…

Bucket of Halloween Candy with Jack o Lantern, Copy Space
A 47-megawatt solar power project has been proposed for a site southwest of the Nova Chemicals petrochemical complex.
Map contributed

$52-million solar power project proposed for Joffre

Project to be built southwest of Nova Chemicals plant could be producing power by the end of 2021

A 47-megawatt solar power project has been proposed for a site southwest of the Nova Chemicals petrochemical complex.
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While proposed school curriculum changes are raising eyebrows, a provincial government spokesman says the document merely represents recommendations and will be reviewed by a group of hundreds of teachers this fall. (Jens Buettner/dpa via AP, File)

Critics tear down Alberta government’s leaked curriculum proposal

‘Children are framed as these empty vessels that need to be filled up with facts and dates’

While proposed school curriculum changes are raising eyebrows, a provincial government spokesman says the document merely represents recommendations and will be reviewed by a group of hundreds of teachers this fall. (Jens Buettner/dpa via AP, File)
AnnaMarie Lea, artistic director of Lacombe’s Cow Patti Theatre, thinks a lot of people would love to focus on something other than the pandemic, with a few hours of entertainment. (Contributed photo).

Some Red Deer-area shows will go on — with new pandemic precautions

Some theatrical productions are happening under new rules

AnnaMarie Lea, artistic director of Lacombe’s Cow Patti Theatre, thinks a lot of people would love to focus on something other than the pandemic, with a few hours of entertainment. (Contributed photo).
Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer will be at the legislature Thursday to urge members of the UCP caucus to drop the plan to consolidate EMS dispatch by Jan. 4. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Red Deer mayor takes EMS consolidation fight to Edmonton

Mayors of Red Deer, Lethbridge, Calgary and Wood Buffalo to address UCP caucus on Thursday

  • Oct 21, 2020
Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer will be at the legislature Thursday to urge members of the UCP caucus to drop the plan to consolidate EMS dispatch by Jan. 4. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)
Harold Lehmann, 91, used a stationary bike to cycle 24,900 miles over the past two years. (Contributed photo)

Red Deer senior uses stationary bike to cycle distance of world

Harold Lehmann cycled 24,900 miles over the course of two years

Harold Lehmann, 91, used a stationary bike to cycle 24,900 miles over the past two years. (Contributed photo)
A Blackfalds man was arrested in connection with a violent home invasion in Rimbey in April. (File photo by Advocate staff)

Bluffton armed robbery suspect arrested, say Rimbey RCMP

A 28-year-old man allegedly involved in an armed robbery in Bluffton has…

A Blackfalds man was arrested in connection with a violent home invasion in Rimbey in April. (File photo by Advocate staff)