Red Deer will host the 2019 Canada Winter Games from February 15th through March 3rd. It will feature over 150 events in 19 sports as the city welcomes up to 3,600 athletes. Details about the MNP Canada Games Torch Relay were unveiled during a press conference on Tuesday, May 15th.
The MNP Canada Games Torch Relay will stop in the town of Olds on January 31st, 2019.
At a press conference at the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday, May 15th the route for the upcoming winter games torch relay was announced.
It will officially start in Ottawa from the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill this fall and will visit nearly 50 communities across the country before arriving in Red Deer for the opening ceremonies on February 15th.
Lyn Radford, 2019 Canada Winter Games Board Chair, says this is the first time the entire country will be involved in the torch relay.
She notes the Canada Winter Games torch relay will also visit Rocky Mountain House on January 24th and Innisfail on January 30th.
Radford describes it as a uniquely branded torch.
She was pleased with the turnout for the press conference.
According to Radford, the 2019 Canada Winter Games will be the largest event to be hosted in Red Deer's history.
Radford emphasizes the fact that the torchbearer nomination deadline is 4pm on June 30th.
Visit www.canadagames.ca/2019 to find out more about the torchbearer nomination criteria and to find the nomination forms.
(Photo submitted: Randy Mowat, Senior VP, Marketing MNP, and Mackenzie Van Damme, creator of Waskasoo & the first torchbearer for the MNP Canada Games Torch Relay and Lyn Radford, 2019 Canada Winter Games Board Chair all present the torch that will travel across the country starting fall 2018)
RCMP have recovered over $300,000 worth of stolen merchandise after executing a search warrant involving stolen property north of High River at a commercial location.. A 26-year-old Calgary man and a 27-year-old Didsbury woman have been arrested and released. They face on charge each. A 37 year old man from Black Diamond has been arrested and faces nine total charges. A 44 year old man from Black Diamond is now wanted for numerous offences in relation to this incident.
Corporal Courtney Harding says Olds RCMP scheduled several additional RCMP members to work in order to ensure public safety for the annual Oldstoberfest event. Enforcement and crime prevention included bike patrols by Olds RCMP and foot patrols as well as a police presence at the Oldstoberfest venues and grounds during the festivities. According to Corporal Harding, overall the RCMP members reported it was a good event with minimal issues until the later hours of each evening.
The Innisfail Legion was sold out on Wednesday, September 19th for the Innisfail Eagles 5th annual sportsman's dinner. Long-time Hockey Night in Canada host Ron MacLean was the headliner for the evening's hot stove lounge discussion.
Margaret Erickson with the Olds Institute's Age Friendly Committee says they are hoping to see improvements at crosswalks in the town of Olds in order to make it more accessible for pedestrians and seniors.