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The Edmonton Institution for Women in Edmonton is shown on November 11, 2020. Canada's prison ombudsman is calling for alternatives to incarceration in a new report that shows the number of COVID-19 cases behind bars more than doubled in the second wave. Correctional investigator Ivan Singer says outbreaks at more than a dozen federal institutions between early November and Feb. 1 saw new cases climb to 880, compared to 361 in the first wave. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

COVID-19 cases more than double in federal prisons during second wave of pandemic

COVID-19 cases more than double in federal prisons during second wave of pandemic

The Edmonton Institution for Women in Edmonton is shown on November 11, 2020. Canada's prison ombudsman is calling for alternatives to incarceration in a new report that shows the number of COVID-19 cases behind bars more than doubled in the second wave. Correctional investigator Ivan Singer says outbreaks at more than a dozen federal institutions between early November and Feb. 1 saw new cases climb to 880, compared to 361 in the first wave. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
A police robot approaches a pickup truck inside the grounds of Rideau Hall in Ottawa on July 2, 2020. The Manitoba military reservist who pleaded guilty to eight charges related to an incident at Rideau Hall last summer is to be sentenced in an Ottawa courtroom today. Corey Hurren, 46, rammed through a gate at Rideau Hall and headed on foot toward Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s home at Rideau Cottage while heavily harmed on July 2 last year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Crown seeks six-year prison sentence for Ranger who rammed gate at Rideau Hall

Crown seeks six-year prison sentence for Ranger who rammed gate at Rideau Hall

A police robot approaches a pickup truck inside the grounds of Rideau Hall in Ottawa on July 2, 2020. The Manitoba military reservist who pleaded guilty to eight charges related to an incident at Rideau Hall last summer is to be sentenced in an Ottawa courtroom today. Corey Hurren, 46, rammed through a gate at Rideau Hall and headed on foot toward Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s home at Rideau Cottage while heavily harmed on July 2 last year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam looks at a giant screen showing data during a technical briefing on the COVID pandemic in Canada Friday January 15, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Top doctor says vaccines could allow toughest restrictions to lift before September

Top doctor says vaccines could allow toughest restrictions to lift before September

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam looks at a giant screen showing data during a technical briefing on the COVID pandemic in Canada Friday January 15, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
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In this Feb. 23, 2020 image taken from Glynn, Ga., County Police body camera video, authorities, rear, stand over the covered body of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, who was shot and killed while while running in a neighborhood outside the port city of Brunswick, Ga. Father and son Gregory and Travis McMichael were arrested on murder charges in May, more than two months after the incident. A third man, William “Roddie” Bryan Jr., who shot cellphone video of the incident is charged with murder for joining the chase. (Glynn County Police via AP)

Memorials, lawsuit mark death anniversary of Ahmaud Arbery

Memorials, lawsuit mark death anniversary of Ahmaud Arbery

In this Feb. 23, 2020 image taken from Glynn, Ga., County Police body camera video, authorities, rear, stand over the covered body of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, who was shot and killed while while running in a neighborhood outside the port city of Brunswick, Ga. Father and son Gregory and Travis McMichael were arrested on murder charges in May, more than two months after the incident. A third man, William “Roddie” Bryan Jr., who shot cellphone video of the incident is charged with murder for joining the chase. (Glynn County Police via AP)
Rocky Mountain House RCMP are searching for a male who allegedly pointed a rifle at a peace officer. (Photo courtesy of RCMP)
Rocky Mountain House RCMP are searching for a male who allegedly pointed a rifle at a peace officer. (Photo courtesy of RCMP)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

Red Deer schools added to COVID-19 alert and outbreak list

Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School has been added to a growing number…

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer said in a statement Tuesday that officials are worried about recent COVID-19 outbreaks in the community. (Photo by Advocate staff)

Veer cautions Red Deer may not move forward with reopening if active cases remain high

The rise in active COVID-19 cases could mean a delay of reopening…

Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer said in a statement Tuesday that officials are worried about recent COVID-19 outbreaks in the community. (Photo by Advocate staff)
Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw reported 11 additional deaths over the past 24 hours. (photography by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta

Red Deer active COVID-19 cases drop slightly

Province reports 267 additional COVID-19 cases, 11 new deaths

Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw reported 11 additional deaths over the past 24 hours. (photography by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta
The question of whether there will be an adequate vaccine supply still hangs over the next stage of the Alberta roll out. Seniors age 75 and older are eligible to book appointments starting Wednesday. (Black Press file photo).

Questions about vaccine supply hang over central Alberta’s rollout

Bookings for vaccines for people age 75 or older start Wednesday

The question of whether there will be an adequate vaccine supply still hangs over the next stage of the Alberta roll out. Seniors age 75 and older are eligible to book appointments starting Wednesday. (Black Press file photo).
A smudge ceremony will be held at Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre on Wednesday to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Week. (File photo by Advocate staff)

AHS urges Albertans to seek medical care when needed

Alberta Health Services is telling Albertans to seek medical care if they…

A smudge ceremony will be held at Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre on Wednesday to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Week. (File photo by Advocate staff)
Sentencing delayed in the stabbing death of Samantha Sharpe, of Sunchild First Nation. (Red Deer Advocate file photo)

Central Alberta man not criminally responsible for killing his father in 2020: judge

Psychiatrist testified Nicholas Johnson was psychotic when he killed his father

Sentencing delayed in the stabbing death of Samantha Sharpe, of Sunchild First Nation. (Red Deer Advocate file photo)
More businesses want to call Red Deer County home. (Red Deer Advocate file photo)
More businesses want to call Red Deer County home. (Red Deer Advocate file photo)

Business booming in Red Deer County despite COVID

County council approves business applications

More businesses want to call Red Deer County home. (Red Deer Advocate file photo)
More businesses want to call Red Deer County home. (Red Deer Advocate file photo)
About 800 members of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees were reprimanded by AHS for participating in a province-wide wildcat strike to protest government health care cuts last fall. (Advocate file photo).
About 800 members of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees were reprimanded by AHS for participating in a province-wide wildcat strike to protest government health care cuts last fall. (Advocate file photo).
Red Deer County council approved the 2021 paving contract. (File photo Advocate staff)

Red Deer County may consider ramping up road work

2021 contract awarded to Border Paving Ltd

Red Deer County council approved the 2021 paving contract. (File photo Advocate staff)
Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Anne Kirker is expected to sentence Satnam Singh Sandhu on Friday. Red Deer Advocate file photo

Updated: Sylvan Lake man pleads guilty to manslaughter for strangling wife in 2019

Kulvinder Sandhu was strangled and died in hospital several days later

Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Anne Kirker is expected to sentence Satnam Singh Sandhu on Friday. Red Deer Advocate file photo
NDP Leader Rachel Notley is asking for the provincial government to do more to support healthcare with its upcoming budget. (Photo from Facebook)

Notley calls for more health care spending in 2021 Alberta budget

NDP leader Rachel Notley is asking for increased investment in health care…

NDP Leader Rachel Notley is asking for the provincial government to do more to support healthcare with its upcoming budget. (Photo from Facebook)
Red Deer-Mountain View MP Earl Dreeshen filed a petition in the House of Commons against the carbon tax being applied to agricultural industries. (Advocate file photo).
Red Deer-Mountain View MP Earl Dreeshen filed a petition in the House of Commons against the carbon tax being applied to agricultural industries. (Advocate file photo).
A hoverboard was the origin of a structure fire in Penhold over the weekend. (Photo courtesy of the Town of Penhold)

Hoverboard causes structure fire in Penhold

A hoverboard catching fire Saturday led to a structure fire in Penhold.…

A hoverboard was the origin of a structure fire in Penhold over the weekend. (Photo courtesy of the Town of Penhold)
Parliament Hill is shown in Ottawa on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. The Trudeau government has agreed with the Senate that Canadians suffering solely from grievous and irremediable mental illnesses should be entitled to receive medical assistance in dying — but not for another two years. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Government agrees people with mental illness should have access to MAID — in 2 years

OTTAWA — The Trudeau government has agreed with the Senate that Canadians…

Parliament Hill is shown in Ottawa on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. The Trudeau government has agreed with the Senate that Canadians suffering solely from grievous and irremediable mental illnesses should be entitled to receive medical assistance in dying — but not for another two years. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Dr. Bonnie Henry gives her daily media briefing regarding COVID-19 for the province of British Columbia in Victoria, B.C., Monday, December 7, 2020.  THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

British Columbia reports 1,428 new COVID-19 cases, eight more deaths in three days

VICTORIA — Public health officials in British Columbia are reporting 1,428 new…

Dr. Bonnie Henry gives her daily media briefing regarding COVID-19 for the province of British Columbia in Victoria, B.C., Monday, December 7, 2020.  THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward