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Chantel Downes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Chantel Downes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Chantel Downes is a graduate of The King's University, with a passion for writing and storytelling. Originally from Edmonton, she received her degree in English and has a minor in communications.

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Recent Work by Chantel

Alberta city wants free driver medical exams for seniors

Alberta city wants free driver medical exams for seniors

City of Cold Lake council recently deliberated over the cost of mandatory driver's license medical exams for people 75 and older. 
Government of Alberta invests $144,000 to boost Cold Lake regional airport

Government of Alberta invests $144,000 to boost Cold Lake regional airport

The Alberta government announced a $1.13 million investment to support the development of regional airports across the province.
More concerns over Highway 28 upgrades not getting funding in Alberta's budget

More concerns over Highway 28 upgrades not getting funding in Alberta's budget

"The omission of funding for Highway 28 improvements in the capital plan is deeply disappointing and raises serious questions about the government's commitment to addressing the infrastructure needs of our region."  
Northern Alberta Tactical Fighter Training Squadron marks end of operations

Northern Alberta Tactical Fighter Training Squadron marks end of operations

Last week, 4 Wing Cold Lake, the 419 Tactical Fighter Training Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) marked a significant transition in its operations with a moving cessation of operations ceremony.  
Cold Lake mayor disappointed highway connecting town to Edmonton will receive no improvements

Cold Lake mayor disappointed highway connecting town to Edmonton will receive no improvements

Highway 28, which connects Edmonton to Cold Lake through Bonnyville and Smoky Lake received no funding in the recent Alberta budget.
City of Cold Lake hears detox facility needed in Lakeland as meth "off the charts"

City of Cold Lake hears detox facility needed in Lakeland as meth "off the charts"

“The meth use in our community is off the charts, with 90 per cent of individuals out of 100 per cent of everyone in our shelter, I think it would be safe to say 97 per cent suffer from meth induced psychosis.”  
Some Northern Alberta towns navigating increased crime

Some Northern Alberta towns navigating increased crime

Over the past year, some communities in the Lakeland region have been faced with an increase in criminal incidents, raising concerns for many people across the area.
ASIRT finds Cold Lake officer was justified when discharging firearm

ASIRT finds Cold Lake officer was justified when discharging firearm

A report released by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has concluded that an officer’s actions were justified when he responded to a break-and-enter call in Cold Lake in 2020, which resulted in him discharging his firearm.
Cold Lake using water testing to help unveil substance abuse trends

Cold Lake using water testing to help unveil substance abuse trends

“Ethyl sulfate will be tested for; this will indicate levels of alcohol. Cotinine will also be tested for; this will indicate levels of nicotine. As for the additional chemicals being tested for, they range from amphetamines to fentanyls, opiates, psychedelics, benzodiazapines and other pharmaceutical products.”  
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