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Policy win for Chamber

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Two electricity policy resolutions the Drumheller & District Chamber of Commerce (DDCC) co-sponsored with the Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce have been approved by members of the Alberta Chambers of Commerce (ACC).
The resolutions, Alberta’s Electricity System: A Balanced and Fair Playing Field for All Customers and Electrifying Alberta’s Grid were presented on May 28 at the ACC Annual General Meeting & Policy Session in Lethbridge.
Both resolutions received strong support and will now be included in the ACC’s policy book for the next three years. The Alberta Chamber will advocate to the province for the recommendations put forward in the policy resolutions.
DDCC President, Deana Hannem noted, “The cost of electricity, specifically distribution and transmission fees, have been a recurring complaint from our business community. We are excited to have these policy resolutions adopted and hope changes will be made with continued advocacy to the provincial government by the Alberta Chambers of Commerce.”
The DDCC previously put forward a similar policy resolution on distribution and transmission fees in September 2020 to the ACC, but it was not adopted. The Drumheller & District Chamber of Commerce worked with the Grande Prairie Chamber to revise the policy recommendations based on feedback received in the fall of 2020.
DDCC Executive Director Heather Bitz reported, “Approval of the policy by members of the Alberta Chambers of Commerce is a major policy win for a small Chamber of Commerce like ours. We are thankful for the support of the Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce in helping us create the policy and ultimately getting it approved.”
To read the policy resolutions, visit the Drumheller & District Chamber of Commerce website drumheller

Freson Bros. supports Drumheller Minor Soccer Club


Drumheller Minor Soccer Club (DMSC) received a donation of $1,500 from Freson Bros which will help support the purchase of new soccer shirts for all 135 players and coaches. Players range between the ages of four and 14 in the DMSC house league; DMSC also has a provincial competitive co-ed mixed team of players between the ages of 10 and 14. Although the spring season of soccer will be wrapping up at the end of June, head coach Brad LeDrew notes the club is planning to hold a six-week outdoor fall season in September.

Red Deer County man charged with theft of livestock

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Three Hills RCMP with the Alberta RCMP Serious Crimes Branch Livestock Investigation Section has charged a Red Deer County man with cattle theft after investigation.
On Thursday, June 9, police attended a legal land location and seized cattle, after an investigation into the abandoned animals.
On the property, investigators located three horses, two bulls, three cows and two heifers.
With the assistance of Livestock Identification Services Inspectors, two animals were confirmed stolen. The identity of the stolen cattle was confirmed through registered cattle brand(s).
Donald Bezjack, 62, of Red Deer County has been charged with theft of cattle under $5,000, fraudulently take/hold/keep/purchase/sell cattle found astray, unsafe storage of a firearm, possession of property obtained by crime less than or equal to $5,000 and unauthorized possession of a firearm/prohibited weapon or restricted weapon.
Bezjack was released from custody on an undertaking and will be appearing in provincial court in Drumheller on July 22.
The investigation relating to the seized items is ongoing.
The Alberta RCMP Serious Crimes Branch Livestock Investigation Section and the Three Hills RCMP would like to thank the Red Deer County residents for their support and assistance during the investigation.
Livestock Investigators remind all livestock owners to brand cattle and horses and to report all missing and/or stolen livestock. A registered brand is the primary means of animal identification.
Three Hills RCMP remains fully committed to building safer communities by working in partnership with our communities, as well as through investigative and enforcement efforts to achieve this goal.
Anyone with information on cattle theft is urged to contact the Livestock Section of the RCMP at 403-701-1462 or their local police.
If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at or by using the "P3 Tips" app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.


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