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The Canadian Association of Energy Contractors (CAOEC) said earlier this week it was predicting a solid year in 2023. It is projecting about 6,400 wells will be drilled in Western Canada, a 15 per cent boost over this year, which was up 22 per cent over 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)

Hopes high for a good 2023 for energy industry

Energy contractors association predicts drilling to increase 15 per cent

The Canadian Association of Energy Contractors (CAOEC) said earlier this week it was predicting a solid year in 2023. It is projecting about 6,400 wells will be drilled in Western Canada, a 15 per cent boost over this year, which was up 22 per cent over 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)
Some local sports groups will be left scrambling because of the unexpected two-week shutdown of the Kinex Arena. There is a problem with its ice maker. (Black Press file photo)
Some local sports groups will be left scrambling because of the unexpected two-week shutdown of the Kinex Arena. There is a problem with its ice maker. (Black Press file photo)
This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, yellow, emerging from the surface of cells, pink, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. People who had COVID-19 are more susceptible to nightmares and those who had more severe infections had more bad dreams, according to a new study involving a Université Laval researcher. THE CANADIAN PRESS/NIAID-RML via AP

Alberta reports 40 more COVID-19-related deaths

The Government of Alberta announced an additional 40 COVID-19-related deaths over the…

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, yellow, emerging from the surface of cells, pink, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. People who had COVID-19 are more susceptible to nightmares and those who had more severe infections had more bad dreams, according to a new study involving a Université Laval researcher. THE CANADIAN PRESS/NIAID-RML via AP
Iron Ridge Junior Campus Grade 7 students Hailey Cookson, Emmersyn Burt, Ben Adey, and Evan Sponja unveil the name of Iron Ridge Secondary Campus the new high school for Blackfalds. The name reveal was part of a groundbreaking ceremony May 27. (Black Press File Photo)

New Blackfalds high school set as grade 9 to 12 school

Iron Ridge Secondary Campus to open in September of 2024

Iron Ridge Junior Campus Grade 7 students Hailey Cookson, Emmersyn Burt, Ben Adey, and Evan Sponja unveil the name of Iron Ridge Secondary Campus the new high school for Blackfalds. The name reveal was part of a groundbreaking ceremony May 27. (Black Press File Photo)
Red Deer and District Chamber of Commerce CEO Scott Robinson (Photo contributed)

Inflation-fighting measures could have gone further, but should still help Central Alberta businesses: Chamber

Utility rebates and temporary halt of gas tax will offer some relief, says CEO Scott Robinson

Red Deer and District Chamber of Commerce CEO Scott Robinson (Photo contributed)
AMA Board Chair Cheryl Dick with AMA CEO Michelle Chimko with a new AMA EV student training vehicle and a new EV charging station. (Contributed photo)

AMA commits to adding more EV charging stations

The Alberta Motor Association has introduced a number of new services for…

AMA Board Chair Cheryl Dick with AMA CEO Michelle Chimko with a new AMA EV student training vehicle and a new EV charging station. (Contributed photo)
Nicholas Milliken, Minister of Mental Health and Addiction along with Alberta Premier Danielle Smith. Milliken announced significant funding for Alberta’s 2-1-1 line on Wednesday. (photography by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)

Province increases investment in 211

The Alberta Government is doubling its funding for 2-1-1 to significantly increase…

Nicholas Milliken, Minister of Mental Health and Addiction along with Alberta Premier Danielle Smith. Milliken announced significant funding for Alberta’s 2-1-1 line on Wednesday. (photography by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Demetrios Nicolaides, Minister of Advanced Education is sworn into office, in Edmonton on Tuesday April 30, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Province announces financial support for low-income learners

Alberta has topped up a program that supported low-income youth in their…

Demetrios Nicolaides, Minister of Advanced Education is sworn into office, in Edmonton on Tuesday April 30, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Red Deer Food Bank executive director Mitch Thomson appreciates the $20 million in provincial funding to help Alberta food banks in 2023 and 2024 — a time of unprecedented need and rising costs. (Contributed photo)

Red Deer Food Bank appreciates first-ever promise of provincial funding

Unprecedented need is happening alongside fast-rising grocery costs

Red Deer Food Bank executive director Mitch Thomson appreciates the $20 million in provincial funding to help Alberta food banks in 2023 and 2024 — a time of unprecedented need and rising costs. (Contributed photo)
A free Frost Street Patio Party will be happening in downtown Red Deer’s Ross Street Patio on Friday. (A new ice sculpture was unveiled in 2021 on the Ross Street Patio in this Advocate file photo.)
A free Frost Street Patio Party will be happening in downtown Red Deer’s Ross Street Patio on Friday. (A new ice sculpture was unveiled in 2021 on the Ross Street Patio in this Advocate file photo.)
RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki makes her way to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security, in Ottawa, Monday, Oct. 31, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Alberta justice minister calls for firing of RCMP commissioner

Updated: Alberta has lost confidence in Commissioner Brenda Lucki, says minister

RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki makes her way to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security, in Ottawa, Monday, Oct. 31, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Sylvan Lake Advanced Ambulatory Care Service has had to shorten its hours on Wednesday morning because of doctor shortages. (Black Press file photo)

Sylvan Lake urgent care centre closed again

Sylvan Lake Advanced Ambulatory Care Services will be temporarily closed Wednesday morning

  • Nov 22, 2022
Sylvan Lake Advanced Ambulatory Care Service has had to shorten its hours on Wednesday morning because of doctor shortages. (Black Press file photo)
Medical community responds to provincial move to lift cap on patient visits. (Black Press file photo)

Health community responds to government move to lift patient cap

Lifting cap does not address health care workforce shortages says Friends of Medicare

Medical community responds to provincial move to lift cap on patient visits. (Black Press file photo)
PACE Canada LP is planning a 14-megawatt solar farm in Caroline. Construction is expected to start in fall 2023. (Photo contributed)

Solar energy project planned for Caroline

Construction on solar panel farm expected to start fall 2023

PACE Canada LP is planning a 14-megawatt solar farm in Caroline. Construction is expected to start in fall 2023. (Photo contributed)
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City of Red Deer is launching a customer service survey

Red Deerians can help enhance customer service at the City of Red…

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Red Deer County has added electric vehicles to its fleet. (Photo contributed)

Red Deer County adds electric vehicle to fleet

County takes advantage of federal and provincial grant programs to reduce costs

Red Deer County has added electric vehicles to its fleet. (Photo contributed)
A window exhibit titled — What I Was Wearing When It Happened — has been set up by the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre in downtown Red Deer. (Contributed)
A window exhibit titled — What I Was Wearing When It Happened — has been set up by the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre in downtown Red Deer. (Contributed)
Alberta NDP opposition leader Rachel Notley (centre) with Red Deer South NDP candidate Michelle Baer (left) and Red Deer North NDP candidate Jaelene Tweedle. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).

Alberta NDP leader Rachel Notley considers Red Deer hospital shortages among the worst in province

Notley wants Premier Smith to ‘detail’ her commitment to public health

Alberta NDP opposition leader Rachel Notley (centre) with Red Deer South NDP candidate Michelle Baer (left) and Red Deer North NDP candidate Jaelene Tweedle. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).
PROBUS CANADA has clubs in eight Alberta communities. (Image from Facebook)
PROBUS CANADA has clubs in eight Alberta communities. (Image from Facebook)