Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Update

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Update

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A move is afoot to get hay from the Prairies to drought-stricken parts of Ontario and Quebec.

The HayEast 2012 program consists of farm groups from Alberta and Saskatchewan working with the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, Mennonite Disaster Services and the Quebec Farmers' Association.

Mark Wales, president of the Ontario federation, says there is a pressing need and farmers in Alberta and Saskatchewan are offering to help.

But he says the program also requires the support of the federal and provincial governments, the railways, corporate partners and other stakeholders. (The Canadian Press)



City council in Red Deer will decide next month whether to reduce, increase or eliminate fluoride in drinking water.

Or it may allow residents decide the issue in a plebiscite next year.

Earlier this week, the two sides of the fluoridated water debate was argued before city council decides on October 29th.

James Beck, a professor of medical biophysics at the University of Calgary, says fluoride is ineffective in fighting cavities, unsafe and unethical.

Dr. Digby Horne, chief medical officer of health for the Central Zone, argues that water fluoridation is a safe and cost-effective method of reducing dental caries or cavities. (Red Deer Advocate)



A detailed autopsy report will determine how the Crown proceeds with a criminal charge laid after a Saskatchewan man died after a street fight in central Alberta.

William Johnstone-Vince, who is 22, was charged with aggravated assault after police were called for a second time to break up a fight between two groups of people outside the Sheraton Hotel in Red Deer.

Mounties say one man was severely injured during the second fight and died six days later. Realtives have identified him as Jake Thue, a building contractor.

But Crown prosecutor Jason Snider says Johnstone-Vince may have a reasonable case for self defence and wants to see the medical report before deciding what to do next. …

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