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2019 Games are over, so what now?

March 4, 2019 - 3:05pm Updated: March 6, 2019 - 3:45pm

Just like that, the 2019 Canada Winter Games have come and gone.

Albertans rejoiced alongside British Columbians and Quebecers, and Canada was united for two weeks in Red Deer.

But that spirit doesn’t have to go away. The legacy of the Games, in theory, should live on forever.

Around the Clock with Fred Penner

September 28, 2018 - 9:57am

This month on Around the Clock, rdnewsNOW spoke with a man who for close to five decades has entertained countless Canadians with his award-winning music, Winnipeg's own Fred Penner.

Winner of the 2018 Juno Award for Children’s Album of the year, the 71-year-old is performing two nights in a row here in Red Deer (details below), including once as part of Alberta Culture Days.

In addition to his live performances over the years, Penner is known for his TV show, Fred Penner’s Place, which aired on CBC from 1985-1997, and south of the border for a number of years.

Around The Clock: Pride Week Edition

August 19, 2018 - 2:44pm

In this, the inaugural edition of "Around the Clock" -- where rdnewsNOW asks a prominent community member 12 questions -- reporter Josh Hall spoke with Tanner Robinson, a 17-year-old going into grade 12 at Hunting Hills High School.

Tanner, who is from Red Deer, is now a senior member of the Queer Straight Alliance (QSA) at his school and agreed to this interview as part of Central Alberta Pride Week, which runs until August 19.

1. JH - When did you come out?

Life lessons learned at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup

August 7, 2018 - 10:14am Updated: August 7, 2018 - 11:28am

Monday night was a rough one for the Czech Republic team competing at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.

Following a surprise confidence-boosting victory over Canada in exhibition play Saturday, the Czechs were trampled 6-0 at Red Deer's Servus Arena by Team USA.

Admittedly, I was hesitant in asking to speak with the Czech captain Jaromir Pytlik afterward. After all, what 17-year-old wants to talk to a bunch of media strangers after getting squashed?

No need to get hopping mad over Peter Rabbit movie controversy

February 13, 2018 - 4:21pm

Let me get this straight.

People are upset about a scene in the new Peter Rabbit Movie – one which depicts CGI rabbits throwing a berry into Mr. McGregor’s mouth all the while knowing he’s pretty much deathly allergic to them. McGregor then chokes on the berry and has to stab himself with an Epipen before collapsing.

I woke up to this nonsense on Twitter Monday morning -- people calling for a boycott of the film and the filmmakers actually apologizing. Are you freaking kidding me?

Going forward, how can voter turnout be improved?

October 20, 2017 - 11:59pm Updated: October 22, 2017 - 11:27am

Prior to Election Day on Monday, I wrote a column encouraging -- nay -- imploring Red Deerians to vote.

However, I was under no false preconceptions that the majority of those eligible actually would. I may be an optimist, but I can still be a cynic.

Anyhow, in case you missed it, voter turnout in Red Deer this year was an abysmal 30.3 per cent.

But this conversation cannot end here -- we can and should continue to promote the benefits of voting, namely your license to complain. Turning out to vote even means going to the polling station and spoiling one's ballot. 

Get out and vote, please!

October 15, 2017 - 10:21am Updated: October 15, 2017 - 11:15am

About two and a half years ago, Albertans voted in a historic provincial election.

I had moved to Alberta just three months prior and in that time, I used a hospital for a broken toe, I set down roots where I planned for my daughter to go to school and I got to know what this province's issues and values were all about.

It tore me to shreds that I couldn't vote that May -- provincially, like municipally, one must be a resident of Alberta for six months before they are eligible to vote.


By: Josh Hall

Josh Hall is a reporter for rdnewsNOW
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