Join the national volunteer challenge

Celebrate Canada’s 150th

Volunteer Central urging people to join Volunteer Challenge

Volunteer Central is encouraging people to join a nation-wide movement by taking the Canada 150 for 150 Volunteer Challenge.

Volunteer Ottawa has partnered with volunteer centres across Canada to encourage Canadians to give back to their community and country in recognition of Canada’s 150th anniversary.

The goal is to have Canadians give 150 hours of volunteer time during 2017.

To register for the challenge, create a volunteer profile, track hours, tell volunteer stories, and find volunteer opportunities in Central Alberta go to

Those who contribute the most hours in each province and territory will be invited to Ottawa to be recognized in a ceremony in early 2018.

Special recognition will be awarded to the new Canadian, aboriginal, youth and senior who contribute the most hours.

Participants must be at least 13 years old.

Giant Tiger coming to Red Deer in June

The discount store Giant Tiger will be opening a location in Red Deer in June.

The store will be at 6751 50th Ave., and occupy 15,500 square feet, Giant Tiger Stores Limited announced on Wednesday.

Giant Tiger is a Canadian-owned family discount store, providing family fashions, groceries and everyday household needs.

Through a master franchise agreement with Giant Tiger Stores Limited, The North West Company operates the Western Canada franchises. It has stores in some other Alberta locations, including Edmonton and Calgary.

Community events and programming are planned during the grand opening on June 24.

Teen arrested in connection with Eastview break-in

A 17-year-old Red Deer male was arrested for breaking into a home in Eastview.

RCMP were called shortly after 4 p.m. on Sunday, after the victim returned home to discover that someone had smashed a rear window and stolen a number of items. She immediately reviewed her security cameras and then identified the suspect as he continued to move through the neighbourhood.

RCMP arrested the suspect without incident, and the stolen items were returned to their owner.

The youth, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, faces a charge of breaking and entering to commit an offence. He is set to appear in Red Deer provincial court this week.

Crown to appeal to Supreme Court in case of man shooting brother

RED DEER — The case of a man whose conviction was overturned in the shooting of his brother is heading to Canada’s highest court.

The prosecutor’s office in Red Deer, says the Crown is seeking leave from the Supreme Court to appeal a decision that set aside a murder conviction against John Wayne Mock.

The Alberta Court of Appeal ruled last October that Mock was not criminally responsible in the death of his brother Timothy Mock.

John Mock admitted from the start that he shot his brother three times in their home in February 2012.

His defence was that he should not be held criminally responsible due to mental illness.

A jury convicted him in 2013 of second-degree murder and he was sentenced to life in prison, but the Appeal Court determined Mock was “actively ill.”

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