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24-hour emergency department closure starts Thursday in Fort Macleod

Alberta Health services has given notice that the Fort Macleod Emergency Department will be temporarily closed from 8 a.m. Thursday, May 23, to 8 a.m. Friday, May 24. 

Patients seeking care are encouraged to go to the Pincher Creek Health Centre, Cardston Health Centre or Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge.

According to a media release from AHS Wednesday evening, this sudden closure is due to a lack of physician coverage. Nursing staff will remain on-site to provide care for long-term care residents.


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EMS calls will be re-routed to Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge, 49 kilometres away. An AHS media representative clarified with Shootin’ the Breeze that this shouldn’t mean any increase in transportation fees. 

Patients should still call 911 for health emergencies, and 811 for non-emergency health questions.



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Piikani RCMP ask for assistance locating Shaine Smith

Piikani Nation RCMP have requested public assistance to locate Shaine Smith, 33, of Lundbreck. He has a history of fleeing from police and operating a motor vehicle in a dangerous manner, and is bound by a Canada-wide driving prohibition.

A Piikani RCMP officer attempted to stop Smith on April 24, at about 1:45 p.m., and he fled at excessive speeds.

Smith was located a second time and RCMP say he intentionally drove at the RCMP cruiser, swerving at the last second before colliding with the officer.

His disregard for others on the road is a large concern for RCMP.


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Smith is wanted for the following offences:

— flight from police

— two counts of operating while prohibited

— dangerous operation

— breach of probation

Smith is described as

— about 5 feet 10 inches tall

— 170 pounds

— brown hair and blue eyes


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He is currently believed to be in possession of a 2004 gold-coloured Chevrolet Malibu with Alberta licence plate BWV 8504.

If you have any information regarding Shaine Smith’s whereabouts, please contact Piikani RCMP at 403-965-2000.


Alberta Crime Stoppers welcomes anonymous tips at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), online at, or through the P3 Tips app, which can be downloaded from the Apple Store and Google Play.

Please contact your local RCMP if you have information about this incident or any other illegal activity. If you see a crime in progress or an emergency, call 911.

Tips can also be shared anonymously through Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-8477, through the P3 Tips app (available from Google Play or the Apple Store), or online at Your anonymity is protected and you may be eligible for a cash reward if your tip leads to an arrest.