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RCMP Youth Academy

Applications are open for a seven-day training camp for youths in grades 10, 11 and 12 who have an interest in policing.

The deadline for applications has been extended to Nov. 10, with selections being made before Christmas.

There are 24 spots for the RCMP Youth Academy, which will be held at Bellerose High School from March 23 to 29. Each student will receive five work-experience credits.

The camp re-creates Depot, the RCMP training academy, and aims to show students the type of skills needed to become an officer.

Some of the activities youth will participate in include drill classes, a tour of “K” Division and learning handcuffing techniques.

Leaf collection

Residents who missed the first leaf pick-up of the season still have time to enlist city help in dragging away bagged leaves as St. Albert’s leaf pick-up program begins again.

The service is limited to residents with green organics carts and runs from Oct. 30 to Nov. 10. As long as leaves are in clear plastic bags or paper bags, city staff will collect them and bring them to Edmonton’s waste management centre for composting.

Bags need to be placed on the boulevard and should only contain leaves.

The leaf pick-up program is one of the city’s seasonal waste programs. A bulletin on the city’s website notes leaves can also be placed inside green organics carts, along with other yard waste such as branches and flowers.

Wily coyotes prompt safety tips

The city is warning residents to keep an eye on their pets after reports of coyotes being spotted in some neighbourhoods.

St. Albert is no stranger to coyote sightings, given how many parks and natural areas lie within city limits; earlier this summer, RCMP issued a warning that coyotes pose a danger to cats.

This month, the city spotlighted urban coyotes, suggesting residents keep their cats from roaming and supervise pets that are outside.

As for dogs, suggestions include leashing pets, keeping dogs in heat inside and cleaning up after your pets.

Coyotes are categorized in the city’s integrated pest management plan as one of St. Albert’s common pests. That management plan notes the city does not hunt, trap or interfere with coyotes unless they are sick or aggressive toward humans.

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