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Second event of Ponoka’s Festival of Trees

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Ponoka’s Festival of Trees opens with sombre note on state of health care system

Among the glitter and excitement, appeal to attendees included a serious message

FILE - Kanye West arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Feb. 9, 2020, in Beverly Hills, Calif. The rapper Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, is no longer buying right-leaning social media site Parler, the company said Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Musk says Twitter has suspended rapper Ye over swastika post

Twitter has suspended rapper Ye after he tweeted a picture of a…

Olivier Jollet, the Executive Vice President and International general manager of Pluto TV, is shown at the Pluto TV Canada launch event in this undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Ryan Emberley courtesy of Pluto TV Canada *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Free, ad-supported service Pluto TV joins Canada’s streaming landscape

The executive in charge of Pluto TV says Canada’s newest ad-supported streaming…

Olivier Jollet, the Executive Vice President and International general manager of Pluto TV, is shown at the Pluto TV Canada launch event in this undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Ryan Emberley courtesy of Pluto TV Canada *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Commissioner Paul Rouleau listens to counsel question a witness at the Public Order Emergency Commission, in Ottawa, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. Lawyers for "Freedom Convoy" organizers won their bid to gain access to unredacted versions of 20 documents at the Public Order Emergency Act. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Emergencies Act hearings end with final words on transparency, accountability

After 300 hours of testimony, 9,000 exhibits and a few major revelations,…

Commissioner Paul Rouleau listens to counsel question a witness at the Public Order Emergency Commission, in Ottawa, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. Lawyers for "Freedom Convoy" organizers won their bid to gain access to unredacted versions of 20 documents at the Public Order Emergency Act. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
An electric vehicle is charged in Ottawa on Wednesday, July 13, 2022. Parkland Corp. says it is doubling the size of its previously announced electric vehicle charging network in western Canada.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Parkland to double size of announced EV charging network in western Canada

Parkland Corp. is doubling the size of its previously announced electric vehicle…

An electric vehicle is charged in Ottawa on Wednesday, July 13, 2022. Parkland Corp. says it is doubling the size of its previously announced electric vehicle charging network in western Canada.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
A restricted gun licence holder holds an AR-15 at his home in Langley, B.C. on May 1, 2020. Saskatchewan says it would consider reducing its funding for the RCMP if they were to assist the federal government with its proposed firearms buyback program. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Reducing funding for RCMP on the table for Saskatchewan amid firearm buyback debate

Saskatchewan says it would consider reducing its funding for the RCMP if…

A restricted gun licence holder holds an AR-15 at his home in Langley, B.C. on May 1, 2020. Saskatchewan says it would consider reducing its funding for the RCMP if they were to assist the federal government with its proposed firearms buyback program. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
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ALERT investigation in Camrose recovers 100 stolen vehicles, equipment

Ponoka, Wetaskiwin, Rimbey, Killam RCMP detachments assisted

  • Dec 2, 2022
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Trainees roll pipe off the catwalk during a training session to lay down drill pipe on a rig floor at Precision Drilling in Nisku, Alta., in a January 20, 2017, file photo. Two of Canada's largest oil and gas contract drilling companies have agreed to combine in a deal worth about $1.03 billion. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Profits in 15 sectors, including oil and gas, driving bulk of inflation: report

A new report by the Centre for Future Work found that growth…

Trainees roll pipe off the catwalk during a training session to lay down drill pipe on a rig floor at Precision Drilling in Nisku, Alta., in a January 20, 2017, file photo. Two of Canada's largest oil and gas contract drilling companies have agreed to combine in a deal worth about $1.03 billion. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Minister of Public Safety Marco Mendicino rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The federal government is preparing to consult the public on possible creation of a foreign agent registry as a means of preventing interference in Canadian affairs, Mendicino says.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Liberals to consult public on merits of a foreign agent registry, Mendicino says

The federal government is preparing to consult the public on the possible…

  • Dec 2, 2022
Minister of Public Safety Marco Mendicino rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The federal government is preparing to consult the public on possible creation of a foreign agent registry as a means of preventing interference in Canadian affairs, Mendicino says.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Workers with the HALO Trust organization use a detector as they perform demining operations in the village of Peremoha, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Patrice Bergeron
Workers with the HALO Trust organization use a detector as they perform demining operations in the village of Peremoha, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Patrice Bergeron
Commissioner Paul Rouleau listens to counsel question a witness at the Public Order Emergency Commission, in Ottawa, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. Lawyers for "Freedom Convoy" organizers won their bid to gain access to unredacted versions of 20 documents at the Public Order Emergency Act. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Government to un-redact text messages, notes of PMO staff at Emergencies Act inquiry

Lawyers for “Freedom Convoy” organizers have won their bid to get access…

Commissioner Paul Rouleau listens to counsel question a witness at the Public Order Emergency Commission, in Ottawa, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. Lawyers for "Freedom Convoy" organizers won their bid to gain access to unredacted versions of 20 documents at the Public Order Emergency Act. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
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Officer-involved shooting in Maskwacis

Investigation has been taken over by ASIRT

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Ambassador of China to Canada Cong Peiwu speaks as part of a panel at the Ottawa Conference on Security and Defence in Ottawa, on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Global Affairs calls in China ambassador over claims of secret police stations

A Global Affairs Canada official says the department has called in China’s…

Ambassador of China to Canada Cong Peiwu speaks as part of a panel at the Ottawa Conference on Security and Defence in Ottawa, on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Company logo flags wave in front of a Volkswagen factory building in Zwickau, Germany, April 23, 2020. Volkswagen AG says it has started searching in Canada for the site of its first battery factory in North America. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Jens Meyer

Volkswagen searching in Canada for first North American battery factory site

Volkswagen AG has started searching in Canada for the site of its…

Company logo flags wave in front of a Volkswagen factory building in Zwickau, Germany, April 23, 2020. Volkswagen AG says it has started searching in Canada for the site of its first battery factory in North America. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Jens Meyer
Children's backpacks and shoes are seen at a CEFA (Core Education and Fine Arts) Early Learning daycare franchise, in Langley, B.C., on May 29, 2018. Families in Nunavut are now paying an average of $10 a day for child care, the first jurisdiction to achieve the goal under a Canada-wide plan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

A look at how $10-a-day child-care plans have been rolling out across Canada

Families in Nunavut are now paying an average of $10 a day…

Children's backpacks and shoes are seen at a CEFA (Core Education and Fine Arts) Early Learning daycare franchise, in Langley, B.C., on May 29, 2018. Families in Nunavut are now paying an average of $10 a day for child care, the first jurisdiction to achieve the goal under a Canada-wide plan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A protester shovels snow in front of parked semi-trailer and pickup trucks on Rideau Street, on the 21st day of a protest against COVID-19 measures that has grown into a broader anti-government protest, in Ottawa, on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022. The Defence Department's top official says he told the military to prepare to intervene as "Freedom Convoy" protests gridlocked downtown Ottawa and several border crossings with the U.S. earlier this year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Military was told to prepare to intervene in ‘Freedom Convoy’ protests: official

The Defence Department’s top official says he directed the military to prepare…

A protester shovels snow in front of parked semi-trailer and pickup trucks on Rideau Street, on the 21st day of a protest against COVID-19 measures that has grown into a broader anti-government protest, in Ottawa, on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022. The Defence Department's top official says he told the military to prepare to intervene as "Freedom Convoy" protests gridlocked downtown Ottawa and several border crossings with the U.S. earlier this year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
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Ponoka Festival of Trees Family Fun Day on Saturday

The Town of Ponoka will be sponsoring Family Fun Day during Ponoka…

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5402 55 Street in Ponoka was previously a playground. The land is now for sale. (Town of Ponoka/council agenda)

Town of Ponoka has several surplus lands for sale

Brief items of interest from the Nov. 22 regular council meeting

5402 55 Street in Ponoka was previously a playground. The land is now for sale. (Town of Ponoka/council agenda)
Members of the Canadian Armed Forces march at a parade in Calgary on July 8, 2016. Internal emails submitted to a public inquiry show Liberal political aides scrambling earlier this year to determine the extent of support for "Freedom Convoy" protests from members of the Canadian Armed Forces. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Ministerial staff shared information about soldiers’ role in “Freedom Convoy”

Emails released through a public inquiry suggest federal Liberal political aides were…

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces march at a parade in Calgary on July 8, 2016. Internal emails submitted to a public inquiry show Liberal political aides scrambling earlier this year to determine the extent of support for "Freedom Convoy" protests from members of the Canadian Armed Forces. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh