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Nurses tend to a COVID-19 patient in the Intensive Care Unit at the Bluewater Health Hospital in Sarnia, Ont., on Tuesday, January 25, 2022. Nearly two and a half years since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, what started as a challenge related to high infection rates overloading hospitals has evolved into an acute labour challenge.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Nurses tend to a COVID-19 patient in the Intensive Care Unit at the Bluewater Health Hospital in Sarnia, Ont., on Tuesday, January 25, 2022. Nearly two and a half years since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, what started as a challenge related to high infection rates overloading hospitals has evolved into an acute labour challenge.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
A fossil is seen in an undated handout photo. Lisa Cormier, a school teacher from Prince Edward Island, was walking down a familiar path on the beach at Cape Egmont with her dog looking for sea glass, as she had for years, when she spotted the fossil, which looked like intertwined branches. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Lisa Cormier, *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Fossil found on P.E.I. older than first dinosaur to have walked the Earth

Lisa Cormier was walking her dog down a familiar path on the…

A fossil is seen in an undated handout photo. Lisa Cormier, a school teacher from Prince Edward Island, was walking down a familiar path on the beach at Cape Egmont with her dog looking for sea glass, as she had for years, when she spotted the fossil, which looked like intertwined branches. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Lisa Cormier, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
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Alert issued for suspects in random Saskatchewan stabbings expands to three provinces

RCMP in Saskatchewan have expanded an alert to neighbouring provinces for two…

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Town of Penhold’s Fall Festival is set to return after a two-year hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo via Facebook)
Town of Penhold’s Fall Festival is set to return after a two-year hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo via Facebook)
Pictured here are members of the Lacombe and District Special Olympics swim team in 2019. photo submittdd

Registrations open for Lacombe & District Special Olympics’ new season

Local affiliate covers Lacombe, Rimbey, Ponoka and Blackfalds regions

Pictured here are members of the Lacombe and District Special Olympics swim team in 2019. photo submittdd
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Hinshaw stresses importance of preventing spread of communicable diseases

With students returning to classrooms, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health is…

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The Trochu Fire Department was called to a fire early Sunday morning on School Road. (Photo via Facebook)

RCMP investigate fatal fire in Trochu

68-year-old man and 64-year-old woman have died

The Trochu Fire Department was called to a fire early Sunday morning on School Road. (Photo via Facebook)
Red Deer's Crime Severity Index increased slightly in 2021 over 2020. (File photo by Advocate staff)

Maskwacis man charged with second-degree murder

A 21-year-old Maskwacis man has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder.…

Red Deer's Crime Severity Index increased slightly in 2021 over 2020. (File photo by Advocate staff)
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RCMP say man dead following report of stabbing outside Banff, Alta., bar

BANFF, Alta. — A man from Alberta has died after a fight…

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Unpredictable wildfire behaviour in British Columbia's southern Okanagan has forced the evacuation of the entire community of Olalla and an evacuation alert for Keremeos, just a few kilometres to the south. A Unit Crew conducts planned ignitions above Yellow Lake near Olalla this recent handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-BC Wildfire Service

Crews protect power line to Jasper from lightning-sparked blaze

JASPER, ALTA. — Officials with Jasper National Park in Alberta say specialized…

Unpredictable wildfire behaviour in British Columbia's southern Okanagan has forced the evacuation of the entire community of Olalla and an evacuation alert for Keremeos, just a few kilometres to the south. A Unit Crew conducts planned ignitions above Yellow Lake near Olalla this recent handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-BC Wildfire Service
Police vehicles at Calgary Police Service headquarters in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, April 9, 2020, amid a worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

‘Modified racing vehicle’ crash on Calgary streets kills driver

CALGARY — Police in Calgary are investigating a fatal crash of a…

Police vehicles at Calgary Police Service headquarters in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, April 9, 2020, amid a worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
A special air quality statement was issued Friday morning for Red Deer and central Alberta. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)
A special air quality statement was issued Friday morning for Red Deer and central Alberta. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)
Defence lawyer Marie Henein attends a press conference in Ottawa on May 8, 2019. Henein is representing a Saskatchewan woman accused of faking her death and that of her son and crossing the border illegally into the United States.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Defence lawyer Marie Henein attends a press conference in Ottawa on May 8, 2019. Henein is representing a Saskatchewan woman accused of faking her death and that of her son and crossing the border illegally into the United States.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
A doctor examines a patient with a stethoscope in her doctor’s office in Stuttgart, Germany, Monday, April 28, 2008. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Thomas Kienzle

B.C. needs to invest in primary care to stem the bleeding of family doctors from rural areas

Primary care infrastructure in the province is largely funded through family doctors’ salaries

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A doctor examines a patient with a stethoscope in her doctor’s office in Stuttgart, Germany, Monday, April 28, 2008. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Thomas Kienzle
Former Vancouver Whitecaps soccer coach Bob Birarda arrives at provincial court for a sentencing hearing, in North Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday, June 8, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

‘I am so sorry’: Former Vancouver Whitecaps coach apologizes for sex offences

Birarda plead guilty to 3 counts of sexual assault, 1 count of sexual touching with four female players

Former Vancouver Whitecaps soccer coach Bob Birarda arrives at provincial court for a sentencing hearing, in North Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday, June 8, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Dan Craig, of Street Circus, performs during the CentreFest Street Performer Festival, which was held alongside the Meet the Street Festival, in downtown Red Deer. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)
Dan Craig, of Street Circus, performs during the CentreFest Street Performer Festival, which was held alongside the Meet the Street Festival, in downtown Red Deer. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)
NASA’s new moon rocket is illuminated by xenon lights as she sits on Launch Pad 39-B hours ahead of a planned launch at the Kennedy Space Center Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. This is scheduled to be the first flight of NASA’s 21st-century moon-exploration program, named Artemis after Apollo’s mythological twin sister. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Fuel leak ruins NASA’s 2nd shot at launching moon rocket

The $4.1 billion test flight is the first step in NASA’s Artemis program of renewed lunar exploration

NASA’s new moon rocket is illuminated by xenon lights as she sits on Launch Pad 39-B hours ahead of a planned launch at the Kennedy Space Center Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. This is scheduled to be the first flight of NASA’s 21st-century moon-exploration program, named Artemis after Apollo’s mythological twin sister. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)
FILE - A Russian construction worker speaks on a mobile phone during a ceremony marking the start of Nord Stream pipeline construction in Portovaya Bay some 170 kms (106 miles) north-west from St. Petersburg, Russia on April 9, 2010. Russian energy giant Gazprom said Friday, Sept. 2, 2022 that it can’t resume the supply of natural gas through a key pipeline to Germany for now because of what it said was a need for urgent maintenance work, just hours before it was due to recommence deliveries. Gazprom said it had identified oil leaks from four turbines at the Portovaya compressor station at the Russian end of the pipeline, including the sole operational one. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, File)

Russia’s Gazprom keeps gas pipeline to Germany switched off

In recent weeks, Nord Stream 1 has been running at only 20 per cent of capacity

FILE - A Russian construction worker speaks on a mobile phone during a ceremony marking the start of Nord Stream pipeline construction in Portovaya Bay some 170 kms (106 miles) north-west from St. Petersburg, Russia on April 9, 2010. Russian energy giant Gazprom said Friday, Sept. 2, 2022 that it can’t resume the supply of natural gas through a key pipeline to Germany for now because of what it said was a need for urgent maintenance work, just hours before it was due to recommence deliveries. Gazprom said it had identified oil leaks from four turbines at the Portovaya compressor station at the Russian end of the pipeline, including the sole operational one. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, File)
Parks Canada ecosystems scientist Megan Goudie (L) and aquatic specialist Shelley Humphries work on the project to reintroduce the native westslope cutthroat trout at Hidden Lake in Banff National Park near Lake Louise on Friday, Sept 1, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol

‘First time in 50 years’: Native trout returned to alpine lake in Banff National Park

The fish will join about 5,000 westslope cutthroat trout that have been released in Hidden Lake

Parks Canada ecosystems scientist Megan Goudie (L) and aquatic specialist Shelley Humphries work on the project to reintroduce the native westslope cutthroat trout at Hidden Lake in Banff National Park near Lake Louise on Friday, Sept 1, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol
Royal Canadian Air Force commander Lt.-Gen. Eric Kenny announced that he was delaying a ceremony to install a new commander at one of Canadas two fighter-jet bases, attributing the decision to an ongoing military police investigation into statements made during what he described as a call sign review board. Kenny speaks during an interview at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa on Friday, August 12, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle

Police investigation puts fighter pilot call sign meetings under microscope

The air force recently conducted a review of existing call signs to determine their appropriateness

Royal Canadian Air Force commander Lt.-Gen. Eric Kenny announced that he was delaying a ceremony to install a new commander at one of Canadas two fighter-jet bases, attributing the decision to an ongoing military police investigation into statements made during what he described as a call sign review board. Kenny speaks during an interview at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa on Friday, August 12, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle