REAL COUNTRY NEWS
WED NEWS (JULY 26)
ON TODAY'S WEBCAST: AN ALBERTA HEAT WARNING, A RED DEER BODY FOUND DOWNTOWN, A PLANE CRASH NEAR PONOKA, AND A NEW RED DEER FIRE STATION GRAND OPENING....
RED DEER BODY
A MAN'S BODY WAS FOUND IN AN ALLEY IN DOWNTOWN RED DEER TUESDAY MONDAY AFTERNOON NEAR 55TH STREET.
A 64 YEAR OLD MAN'S BODY WAS DISCOVERED, ALTHOUGH RCMP DO NOT BELIEVE THE DEATH WAS SUSPICIOUS.
NO NAME HAS BEEN RELEASED.
PONOKA PLANE CRASH
A SMALL PLANE WENT DOWN IN A FIELD NEAR PONOKA YESTERDAY (TUES) AFTERNOON.
THERE WERE NO INJURIES WHEN THE LIGHT DUTY AIRCRAFT MADE AN EMERGENCY LANDING AROUND 2 PM JUST EAST OF PONOKA.
LOCAL FIRE CREWS WERE ON SCENE WHEN THE PLANE BURST INTO FLAMES ON IMPACT.
THE AIRCRAFT WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED BY THE FIRE.
TRANSPORT CANADA OFFICIALS ARE INVESTIGATING.
HALKIRK ROAD SIGNS SHOT
CORONATION RCMP ARE LOOKING FOR WHOEVER SHOT A BUNCH OF ROAD SIGNS NEAR HALKIRK LAST WEEK.
IT HAPPENED BETWEEN JULY 17TH AND 18TH AND FOR NOW MOUNTIES SAY THEY'VE GOT FOOTAGE OF A GREY CHEVY TRUCK.
NEW RED DEER FIRE STATION
RED DEER EMERGENCY SERVICES IS INVITING THE COMMUNITY TO COME OUT AND SEE THE NEW FIRE STATION NUMBER 3 IN LANCASTER TODAY (WED).
A GRAND OPENING IS SET FROM 3 TO 7 PM AT 100 LEES STREET IN LANCASTER.
THE OFFICIAL CEREMONY IS SET FOR 3 O'CLOCK, FOLLOWED BY A FREE COMMUNITY BBQ AT 4 WITH LOTS OF FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENTS.
IF YOU'RE GOING, YOU'RE ASKED TO PARK AT THE NEARBY NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL OR COLLICUTT CENTRE.
RED DEER VEHICLE FOR HIRE BYLAW
RED DEER'S PROPOSED VEHICLE-FOR-HIRE BYLAW IS MOVING AHEAD.
THE CITY IS GOING FORWARD WITH A REGIONAL SURVEY CONDUCTED BY CITY EMPLOYEES TO UPDATE RULES THAT REGULATE VEHICLES FOR HIRE LIKE TAXIS, LIMOUSINES AND UBER.
RED DEER COUNTY HAS ALREADY AGREED TO PARTICIPATE, WHILE SYLVAN LAKE, LACOMBE, BLACKFALDS, INNISFAIL AND LACOMBE COUNTY ARE YET TO PASS RESOLUTIONS.
SYLVAN LAKE NEXSOURCE CENTRE
SYLVAN LAKE IS DEALING WITH A MILLION DOLLAR SHORTFALL FOR THE NEW NEXSOURCE CENTRE.
SYLVAN MAYOR SEAN MCINTYRE SAYS THE 990 THOUSAND DOLLARS IS THE RESULT OF AN ADMINISTRATIVE ERROR, BUT HAS AN EASY SOLUTION.
MCINTYRE SAYS SEVERAL PROJECTS IN 2017 CAME IN UNDER BUDGET AND THE SHORTFALL WILL BE MADE UP FROM SURPLUSES FROM THOSE SAVINGS.
THE NEXSOURCE CENTRE OPENED THIS SPRING AND COST JUST UNDER 38 MILLION DOLLARS ($37.75 MILLION).
RED DEER STUDENT HONOURED
FORMER LINDSAY THURBER STUDENT POSHIKA DHINGRA IS ALREADY THE RECIPIENT OF A 2016 STARS OF ALBERTA VOLUNTEER AWARD AND A COMMUNITY BUILDERS AWARD AT THE 2016 MAYOR’S RECOGNITION AWARDS.
DHINGRA CAN NOW ADD TO HER LIST OF NOTABLE AWARDS, AS SHE HAS EARNED THE QUEEN ELIZABETH II GOLDEN JUBILEE CITIZENSHIP MEDAL.
THE CEREMONY CELEBRATES YOUTH LEADERS FROM ACROSS ALBERTA, RECOGNIZING THEM FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY SERVICE AND VOLUNTEERISM. RECIPIENTS ARE ALBERTA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS PREVIOUSLY SELECTED TO RECEIVE THE PREMIER’S CITIZENSHIP AWARD.
DHINGRA IS CURRENTLY A UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA STUDENT WORKING TOWARDS HER BACHELOR OF SCIENCE WITH HONOURS IN PHYSIOLOGY.
THE HEAT IS ON.
ENVIRONMENT CANADA SAYS A LARGE PART OF ALBERTA, INCLUDING THE RED DEER, EDMONTON AND CALGARY REGIONS ARE LOOKING AT TEMPS OF AT LEAST 30 DEGREES FOR THE NEXT COUPLE DAYS.
THE U.V. INDEX WILL ALSO BE HIGH WITH HEAT WARNINGS ISSUED IN MANY AREAS TO WARN US TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS WHEN HEADING OUTDOORS.
TUES NEWS (JULY 25 )
RED DEER WESTERNER DAYS WRAP UP
HERE'S AN INDEPTH LOOK AT ANOTHER GREAT WESTERNER DAYS IN RED DEER WITH AL REDEL, AS WESTERNER C.E.O BEN ANTIFAIFF DISCUSSES THIS YEARS EVENT.....
ON TODAY'S WEBCAST... ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL RED DEER WESTERNER DAYS, RED DEER SHOTS FIRED, RED DEER'S SPEED ON GREEN PROGRAM DELAYED AND ANOTHER AWARD FOR THE RED DEER ROYALS....
SUCCESSFUL RED DEER WESTERNER DAYS
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL WESTERNER DAYS FAIR IN RED DEER WRAPPED UP SUNDAY NIGHT.
THAT NASTY ALBERTA STORM DID IMPACT THE FINAL NIGHT ATWESTERNER DAYS, WITH HEAVY RAINS, STRONG WINDS AND HAIL FORCING THE FAIR TO SHUT DOWN A COUPLE HOURS EARLY AS A PRECAUTION.
BUT OFFICIALS SAY OVERALL, THE FIVE DAY EVENT WAS SUCCESSFUL YEAR.
THE ATTENDENCE AT WESTERNER DAYS WAS ABOUT AVERAGE, WITH JUST OVER 90 THOUSAND 5 HUNDRED (90,533), PEOPLE COMING THROUGH THE GATES, DOWN ABOUT TWO THOUSAND FROM LAST YEAR.
RED DEER SPEED ON GREEN
RED DEER'S "SPEED ON GREEN" PROGRAM WILL BE DELAYED.
ON MONDAY, CITY COUNCIL VOTED TO EXTEND THE WARNING TICKETS FOR SPEEDING THROUGH GREEN LIGHTS FROM AUGUST 11TH TO NOVEMBER FIRST.
THE DELAY WAS MADE AS THE PROVINCE IS ALSO REVIEW PHOTO RADAR PROCEDURES.
RED DEER EXAMINES ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE
THE CITY OF RED DEER WILL EXAMINE IT'S ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE AFTER SOME RECENT STORM POWER OUTAGES.
CITY COUNCIL DIRECTED ADMINISTRATION TO DEVELOP A PLAN TO STRENGTHEN BOTH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE ELECTRICAL INFRASTRUCTURE.
SOME RED DEERIANS WERE WITHOUT POWER FOR ALMOST A WEEK AFTER THE JUNE WINDSTORM, THAT IS ESTIMATED TO COST UP TO A MILLION DOLLARS IN ELECTRICAL INFRASTRUCTURE DAMAGE IN RED DEER.
RED DEER HOME INVASION
POLICE RESPONDED TO A REPORT OF GUNSHOTS FIRED AT A RED DEER APARTMENT ON THE WEEKEND.
EARLY SUNDAY MORNING (3 AM), RED DEER MOUNTIES WENT TO A HOME IN RIVERSIDE MEADOWS (53RD AVE - 58TH ST) WHERE MULTIPLE SHOTS WERE FIRED IN WHAT'S BELIEVED TO BE A TARGETED ATTACK.
RCMP HAVEN'T LOCATED ANYONE WHO WAS INJURED, ALTHOUGH THERE WERE NUMEROUS SHELL CASINGS, A BULLET HOLE IN A PARKED CAR AND A BULLET THAT TRAVELLED THROUGH THE APARTMENT AND LODGED IN A NEIGHBOURING APARTMENTS SCREEN DOOR.
POLICE SAY TWO MEN WEARING BANDANA'S OVER THEIR FACES UNSUCCESSFULLY ATTEMPTED TO ENTER THE APARTMENT WHEN UP TO NINE SHOTS WERE HEARD. TWO VEHICLES, EACH WITH TWO OCCUPANTS SPED AWAY, WHILE ANOTHER MAN, POSSIBLY HOLDING A HANDGUN WAS SEEN RUNNING FROM THE AREA.
YOU'RE ASKED TO CALL RED DEER RCMP IF YOU SAW ANYTHING.
ABRAHAM LAKE RESCUE
A WARNING FROM THE RCMP AND RESCUE WORKERS TO BE PREPARED IF YOU HEAD OUT ON THE WATER THIS SUMMER.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE RCMP RESPONDED TO A 911 CALL SUNDAY OF BOATERS IN DISTRESS ON ABRAHAM LAKE, WEST OF NORDEGG SUNDAY NIGHT DURING THAT BIG STORM.
MOUNTIES, ALONG WITH VOLUNTEER SEARCH AND RESCUE, PARK RANGERS, THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, EMS AND FISH AND WLDLIFE OFFICIERS RESPONDED.
CHALLENGES INCLUDED THE LATE DAY INTENSE STORM AND REDUCED DAYLIGHT, BUT A RESCUE BOAT MANAGED TO LOCATE TWO ADULTS IN THEIR SMALL RUBBER DINGHY.
THE 33 YEAR OLD MAN FROM SMOKEY LAKE AND A 22 YEAR OLD WOMAN FROM WILLINGDON WERE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL SUFFERING FROM HYPOTHERMIA.
THEY FACE CHARGES FOR NOT WEARING LIFE JACKETS AND OTHER CHARGES, INCLUDING ILLEGAL USE OF ALCOHOL ARE PENDING.
OFFICIALS WARN ALL OF US TO BE PREPARED AND BE SMARTER WHEN YOU HEAD OUT ON THE WATER, LIKE WEARING LIFE JACKETS, DON'T DRINK ALCOHOL AND BE AWARE OF THE WEATHER CONDITIONS.
INNISFAIL MOUNTIES MADE SEVERAL ARRESTS RECENTLY IN CONNECTION WITH STOLEN PROPERTY.
A 27 YEAR OLD EDMONTON MAN WAS CHARGED WITH BEING IN POSSESSION OF A STOLEN TRUCK AND HOLIDAY TRAILER, A 33 YEAR OLD RED DEER MAN IS CHARGED WITH BEING IN A STOLEN TRUCK, ALONG FIREARMS CHARGES AND A 34 YEAR OLD SUNDRE MAN AND A 35 YEAR OLD MAN FROM OLDS WERE ARRESTED ON A RURAL ROAD IN POSSESSION OF A STOLEN VEHICLE.
CONSTRUCTION TO REVAMP PONOKA'S OLD HOSPITAL SITE IS UNDERWAY THIS WEEK (STARTED MONDAY).
CONTRACTORS ARE STARTING PREPARATIONS TO DEMOLISH THE OLD HOSPITAL BUILDING ON THE NORTH END OF DOWNTOWN PONOKA ON 50TH STREET.
THEY'LL BE REMOVING HAZARDOUS MATERIALS, INCLUDING ASBESTOS, PRIOR TO THE FULL SCALE DEMOLITION, LATER THIS SUMMER.
THE REDEVELOPMENT OF THE FIVE ACRE SITE, INCLUDES A NEW EXPANDED PONOKA LIBRARY, TOWN ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES AND COUNCIL CHAMBERS, PLUS A LEARNING CENTRE FOR THE CAMPUS OF ALBERTA CENTRAL (CAC)
RED DEER ROYALS HONOURED
THE RED DEER ROYALS MARCHING BAND EARNED ANOTHER INTERNATIONAL AWARD.
THE ROYALS WON THE GOLD MEDAL AND A 10TH PLACE FINISH AT THE WORLD MUSIC COMPETITION IN THE NETHERLANDS ON SUNDAY.
260 BANDS FROM 30 COUNTRIES, WITH OVER 20 THOUSAND MUSICIANS WERE AT THE COMPETITION THIS MONTH.
LOONIE FLYS HIGHER
IT'S GOOD NEWS FOR ANYONE PLANNING A U-S VACATION ANYTIME SOON.
THE LOONIE CRESTED THE 80-CENT U-S MARK ON MONDAY AS THE U-S DOLLAR WEAKENED AND INVESTORS TOOK IN A POSITIVE REPORT ON WHOLESALE TRADE. OUR DOLLAR HASN'T BEEN THIS HIGH FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS.
THE DOLLAR IS ALSO GETTING A LIFT FROM A SOLID REPORT BY THE THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND.
IT EXPECTS CANADA TO LEAD THE G-7 THIS YEAR WITH ECONOMIC GROWTH OF 2.5 PER CENT, UP FROM APRIL'S PREDICTION OF 1.9 PER CENT.
MON NEWS (JULY 24)
ABRAHAM LAKE RESCUE
At approximately 7:30 p.m., on July 23, 2017, Rocky Mountain House RCMP received a 911 call of boaters in distress on Abraham Lake, located west of Nordegg, Alberta. RCMP immediately responded with assistance from Rocky Volunteer Search and Rescue, Park Rangers, Fire Department, EMS and Alberta Fish and Wildlife Officers. Emergency personnel faced reduced light conditions in the late evening hours and were also hindered by an intense storm that had moved into the area causing huge waves on the lake.
An Alberta Fish and Wildlife Officer and two Firemen were able to launch their rescue boat and navigate the shoreline locating two adults huddled under their small rubber boat positioned under a tree trying to stay warm. A 33 year old man from Smokey Lake, Alberta and a 22 year old female from Willingdon, Alberta were found to be in a near hypothermic state and were quickly shuttled to EMS for medical attention.
Earlier in the evening, the two outdoor enthusiasts took a small "dinghy" rubber boat out on the lake near the Klein River. Neither had a life preserver, rope or bailer bucket as required by law. Both were wearing shorts, t-shirts and sandals. Once out on the water, the wind blew them away from shore to the middle of the lake where the white-capped waves blew them further and further from shore. Fortunately, the waves did not capsize the small boat.
In this case, both have been charged for failing to have life jackets as required by the Canada Shipping Act and additional charges are pending. Alcohol was a factor in the incident.
Police wish to remind all recreational boaters and fisherman to exercise caution and take the necessary precautions when planning a wilderness expedition. Approved personal floatation devices and thermal protective wear should be worn at all times. Extra food, medical and camping supplies should also be packed in case of an emergency. Family, friends or neighbors should be advised of itineraries, destinations and expected return times.
This is the fifth Search and Rescue mission in the last few weeks in the Abraham Lake area.
RED DEER HOME INVASION
Red Deer RCMP are investigating a targeted home invasion early Sunday morning at an apartment building in Riverside Meadows, after a number of shots were fired but no injuries were reported.
Shortly before 3 am on July 23, RCMP responded to a report of multiple gunshots at an apartment building in the area of 53 Avenue and 58 Street. At this point in the investigation, RCMP believe the attack was targeted. To date, RCMP have not located any injured parties, but did locate numerous shell casings, a bullet hole in the bumper of a nearby parked car and a bullet that travelled through the targeted apartment and lodged in a screen door of another unit.
Reports indicate that two Caucasian men wearing bandanas over their faces attempted unsuccessfully to enter the apartment, and between seven to nine gunshots were heard; two vehicles with two occupants each were then seen speeding from the scene, while another man was seen running westbound from the area, possibly holding a handgun.
The two males seen attempting to enter the apartment are described as Caucasian, thin, wearing all black clothing; one was approximately 5’9” tall and the other was around 5’11”. The vehicles are described as a black SUV crossover and a grey four-door car.
“If you know the offenders responsible or have information about this dangerous incident, police are urging you to come forward immediately,” says Staff Sergeant Jeff McBeth of the Red Deer RCMP. “These suspects made a series of incredibly reckless choices with no regard for the safety of innocent bystanders, and we’re asking for your help to get these offenders and their guns off the street.”
RCMP continue to investigate. If you have information about this investigation, contact the Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or report it online at www.tipsubmit.com. If your information leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000.
SUCCESSFUL RED DEER WESTERNER DAYS
The 2017 Westerner Days Fair & Exposition has concluded with a total of 90,533 visitors. Saturday drew the largest crowd of the Fair with over 22,000 people going through the gates, followed closely by Thursday with over 20,000 attendees.
Wednesday’s Parade kicked off the festivities with 136 entries. The winner of the Grand Award, sponsored by Etek Office Supplies, was Blue Grass Nursery, Sod & Garden Centre with their princess themed float, complete with an enchanted forest and a Cinderella carriage. Honourable mention was Alberta Motor Association (AMA).
There were 48 chuckwagons competing in this year’s Red Deer Motors North American Pony Chuckwagon Championship. This year’s first place winner after five nights of racing was Lee Adamson with a total time of 6:26:45. Adamson was also the winner of the $2,500 Dash for Cash sponsored by Shek Interiors. Louie Johner came in second place with a total time of 6:27:46.
We All Play, a program sponsored by Stantec with their charity of choice Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre and NOVA Chemicals with their charity of choice, Family Services of Central Alberta, was back for 2017. This program helped over 150 different families experience Westerner Days. Passes, which included complimentary parking, food and admission, were distributed to families that would otherwise not be able to attend due to financial constraints.
Some of the Westerner Days entertainers also participated in Share the Fair, a program created to bring a taste of the fair to children who may not be able to attend due to an illness. Doo Doo the Clown, Bandaloni, and The Magic of Aaron Matthews participated, and the program was sponsored by Olymel.
A highlight of the Fair was Tom Cochrane’s performance with Red Rider on Friday evening in the ENMAX Centrium, which drew in over 4,600 fans. The concert, which was sponsored by Zed 98.9 FM, had a special guest appearance by Gordie Johnson of Big Sugar. Other headliners for the Fair included Jess Moskaluke, Chilliwack and Kim Mitchell, and Cole Hellman.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 13,583
Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 20,940
Friday, July 21, 2017 - 19,054
Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 22,467
Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 14,509 Total Attendance for 2017 - 90,53
Westerner Days 2017 Final Attendance Totals 90,533
Number of Rides: 40
Number of Food Vendors: 27
Number of Vendors in Holiday Inn 19th Street Market: 100+
Number of Main Stage Concert Attendees: 12,473
Number of Entertainment Acts: 29
Number of Livestock Shows: 13
Number of Fireworks: 2500+
Camrose Driver Lee Adamson captured the North American Chuckwagon Chamipnships at the Westerner.
ON TODAY'S WEBCAST... A NASTY STORM HITS ALBERTA, CONSERVATIVES IN ALBERTA VOTE TO UNIT THE RIGHT AND ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL WESTERNER DAYS....
UNITE THE RIGHT DEAL DONE
ALBERTA CONSERVATIVES VOTED OVERWHELMINGLY TO UNITE THE RIGHT ON THE WEEKEND.
IN A BID TO DEFEAT THE NDP IN THE NEXT PROVINCIAL ELECTION THE WILDROSE AND THE P-C'S BOTH VOTED BY A MARGIN OF 95 PERCENT IN FAVOR OF JOINING FORCES.
ON SATURDAY, THE WILDROSE ANNOUNCED THE RESULTS IN RED DEER, WHILE THE PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVES MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT IN CALGARY.
AN INTERIM LEADER OF THE UNITED CONSERVATIVE PARTY IS TO BE CHOSEN IN EDMONTON TODAY (MON), WHILE THE NEW PARTY IS TO SELECT A LEADER OCTOBER 28TH.
A FOUNDING CONVENTION WILL BE HELD TO GET CONSTITUENCY ASSOCIATIONS AND CANDIDATES READY FOR THE NEXT ELECTION IN THE SPRING OF 2019.
WESTERNER DAYS CONCLUDES
WESTERNER DAYS WRAPPED UP ON SUNDAY AND IT WAS ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR FOR RED DEER'S BIG SUMMER FAIR.
FINAL ATTENDENCE NUMBERS FOR THE FIVE DAY FAIR AROUND 90, 500, DOWN ABOUT TWO THOUSAND DROM LAST YEARS FAIR (2016 - 92,729).
THE RECORD ATTENDENCE AT THE WESTERNER WAS SET IN 2012 WHEN OVER 102 THOUSAND PEOPLE WENT THROUGH THE GATES (102,665).
ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE MOUNTIES MADE A DRUGS AND WEAPONS BUST.
ON FRIDAY (JULY 21ST) ROCKY RCMP EXECUTED A SEARCH WARRANT IN THE CREEKSIDE SUBDIVISION IN CONNECTION WITH AND A BREAK-IN.
POLICE SEIZED A COUPLE OF STOLEN GUNS, A LOADED SHOTGUN AND A SEMI AUTOMATIC ASSAULT RIFLE, ALONG WITH SEVERAL ILLEGAL DRUGS.
A 29 YEAR OLD MAN AND A 21 YEAR OLD WOMAN WERE ARRESTED.
LACOMBE MAIL THEFTS
LACOMBE POLICE ARE SEARCHING FOR SUSPECTS AFTER SOME RECENT MAIL THEFTS.
ON JULY 13TH, THREE MAIL BOXES WERE BROKEN INTO IN THE CEDAR CRESCENT AND COLLEGE AVENUE AREA OF LACOMBE.
AND ON JULY 16TH POLICE GOT A CALL ABOUT TWO MEN BREAKING INTO MAILBOXES ON KNIGHTSBRIDGE ROAD AND STEALING ALL THE MAIL.
LACOMBE POLICE ARE HUNTING FOR THE THIEVES WHO ESCAPED IN A YELLOW FORD PICK-UP.
BLACKFALDS RECOVERED GOODS
BLACKFALDS MOUNTIES HAVE RECOVERED SOME STOLEN PROPERTY, BUT CONTINUE TO SEARCH FOR THE THIEVES WHO TOOK IT.
RCMP FOUND A STOLEN JOHN DEERE TRACTOR, A MINI EXCAVATOR AND AN OUTBOARD MOTOR FROM A RURAL LOCATION NEAR BLACKFALDS.
WHILE THE TRACTOR AND EXCAVATOR HAVE BEEN RETURNED TO THEIR OWNERS, POLICE CONTINUE TO LOOK FOR THE OWNER OF THE BOAT MOTOR.
INVESTIGATORS ASK ANYONE WITH INFORMATION TO GIVE THEM A CALL.
ANOTHER NASTY STORM ROLLED THROUGH ALBERTA LAST NIGHT (SUN) WITH SEVERE THUNDERSTORM AND TORNADO WATCHES AGAIN IN MANY AREAS.
THERE WAS A STRONG WIND, POUNDING HAIL AND HEAVY RAIN IN MANY REGIONS AS SEVERAL DIFFERENT SUPER CELLS OF WEATHER RACED THROUGH THE PROVINCE.
THE WORST OF THE STORM HAS NOW MOVED INTO SASKATCHEWAN.
TAYLOR DRIVE CONSTRUCTION
THE FIRST PART OF RED DEER'S REVAMPED QE-2 - GAETZ AVENUE INTERCHANGE RE-OPENED ON THE WEEKEND ON THE SOUTH END OF TAYLOR DRIVE.
THE ENTIRE INTERCHANGE IS SLATED TO BE DONE IN THE FALL OF 2018.
DISCOVERY CANYON RE-OPENED
THE NEW AND IMPROVED DISCOVERY CANYON FAMILY RECREATION AREA OFFICIALLY RE-OPENED IN RED DEER ON FRIDAY.
DISCOVERY CANYON HAD BEEN CLOSED LAST YEAR WHILE UNGRADES WERE MADE TO IMPROVE THE SITE.
TAYLOR DRIVE REVISED RE-OPENING
Due to the recent rain in Red Deer, the opening of the new southbound lanes of Highway 2 at Taylor Drive will now take place on Sunday, July 23, 2017, not Saturday, July 22 as previously stated, weather permitting.
Crews will make the final preparations on Saturday night, July 22, 2017, and will begin moving traffic onto the new lanes at 5 a.m. on Sunday. Traffic will be shifted onto the new lanes in stages, and it is anticipated all traffic will be on the new lanes by 9 a.m.
Reduced speed limits will be in effect along Highway 2 through this transition period and minor delays are expected. Motorists are asked to drive safely and obey the speed limits through the construction zone.
The Highway 2 / Gaetz Avenue Interchange is scheduled to be complete in Fall 2018, weather permitting. For detailed project information, please visit Hwy2Gaetz.com.
Flatiron Constructors Canada Ltd., on behalf of Alberta Transportation, would like to thank local residents and road users for their patience.
For up-to-date information on construction and traffic delays, visit 511.alberta.ca or @511Alberta on Twitter.
WESTERNER DAY FOUR
The warm temperatures and sun in Red Deer brought the community together for the fourth day of Westerner Days Fair & Exposition on Saturday, July 22. With over 22,000 people in attendance, numbers were up 15% from last year’s Saturday’s attendance.
A big hit of the day was spotting the 90’s Crew flash mob who performed throughout the day on the Midway Boulevard. Five dancers busted their best moves to Vanilla Ice’s “Ice, Ice, Baby” song to promote the I Love the 90’s Tour, coming to the ENMAX Centrium September 19 at Westerner Park. If you were able to snap some photos of the Crew, post them to social media using the hashtag #TicketsAlberta or #WP90STOUR for your chance to win a pair of tickets to the show! Tickets are on sale now at TicketsAlberta.com or pick them up at the Tickets Alberta Box Office, which is open during Westerner Days in the lobby of the ENMAX Centrium.
If you haven’t seen all of the entertainment on the Central Alberta Co-op Family Stage, Real Country Adventure Alley, or Red Deer Advocate Midway Stage there is still time! One of the fan favourites is The Magic of Aaron Matthews of YTV who captivates his audiences with his magic tricks. You definitely don’t want to miss him! Shows are at 2:00pm, 4:00pm and 7:00pm today.
The Gypsy Vanner Feather Horse Classic saw 25 competitors in the AFSC Livestock Pavilion, while the Miniature Donkey Show finished up in the Stockemens Pavilion. The Junior version of the Miniature Donkey Show is happening today, accompanied by the Canadian Heritage Breeds Chicken Show.
The new Pony Steeple Chase Championship Series finishes their last race today, followed by the Canadian Cowboy Mounted Shooters at 1:15pm. A winner will also be determined in the Red Deer Motors North American Pony Chuckwagon Championships, happening on the Race Track at 2:00pm. After four nights of racing, Louie Johner remains in first place with a combined time of 5:10:99. Do not miss your chance to see if he takes home the championship!
The ENMAX Centrium Main Stage show for Saturday was Cole Hellman with opening act Jocelyn Alive. Presented by Big 105 FM and KRAZE 101.3, the concert had over 2,500 attendees of all ages who enjoyed the show.
Today is Servus Credit Union Family Day at Westerner Days. Families can receive admission and parking for a carload of up to six people for $32. Kids ten and under can ride all day for just $12.
Fore more information and full schedules, please visit westernerdays.ca.
Fair Attendance Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 13,583 Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 20,940
Friday, July 21, 2017 - 19,054
Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 22,467 (Record set in 2015 with 27,752) Total Attendance for 2017 - 76,044
Red Deer Motors North American Pony Chuckwagon Championships
Top Four Wagons for Saturday, July 22, 2017
Top Four Wagons Overall After Four Nights
PLACE DRIVER SPONSOR TOTAL TIME
1st Louie Johner Wei’s Westerner Wear, Red Deer 1:16:64
2nd Dale Young Calgary Flames Ambassadors, Calgary 1:16:67
3rd John Stott K Jochem Contracting, Innisfail 1:16:69
4th Lee Adamson A-1 Rentals, Camrose/Wetaskiwin 1:16:&4
WESTERNER DAY THREE
Day three of Westerner Days Fair & Exposition saw 19,054 guests come through our gates of Westerner Park to take in the sights, smells, and thrills of our annual Fair.
Tom Cochrane with Red Rider took over the ENMAX Centrium Main Stage show last night to put on an energy infused performance for over 4,600 fans. With a special guest appearance by Gordie Johnson of Big Sugar, the night was one many fans will not soon forget.
Cochrane’s opening acts were Jamie Woodfin, a local musician from Ponoka, and Ken Stead of Edmonton. A highlight of the show was a tribute for Kenny Shields, classic rock icon from the band Streetheart, who passed away yesterday at the age of 69. Friday’s concert was sponsored by 106.7 The Drive and Zed 98.9 FM.
Tonight, July 22, Coleman Hell takes the stage with opening act Jocelyn Alice. Sponsored by Big 105 FM and KRAZE 101.3 FM, this concert is sure to be a hit. Fans can pick up their reserved floor seats beginning at 4:00pm at the Tickets Alberta Box Office; these seats are free with gate admission.
Fair-goers were in high spirits as they took in the many attractions, including the Canine Stars Dog Stunt Show. From Frisbee tricks to dock diving, spectators were amazed at the agility and power of the furry four-legged stars and their trainers. Ethan Wilhelm, founder of the show, told the audience that almost all of the dogs in the show were rescues and he encouraged people to adopt their next companion. You can still catch the Canine Stars Dog Stunt Show at 2:30pm, 5:00pm, and 7:30pm on Saturday and Sunday.
On the Race Track, Louie Johner, sponsored by Wei’s Western Wear, narrowly took home 1st place for the third night in a row in the Red Deer Motors North American Pony Chuckwagon Championships. Behind him for overall standings after three nights are Lee Adamson, John Stott, and Garry Theil. The finals for the Chuckwagon Championships are Sunday at 2:00pm.
Those attending the Fair on Saturday should be on the lookout for the 90’s Crew. Post a video or photo of them using #WP90STOUR and be entered to win two tickets to I Love the 90’s Tour.
Sunday, July 23rd, is Servus Credit Union Family Day at Westerner Days. A great way to finish off the week, families can receive admission and parking for a carload of up to six people for $32. Kids ten and under can ride all day for just $12.
Fair Attendance Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 13,583 Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 20,940
Friday, July 21, 2017 - 19,054 (Record set in 2016 with 20,227) Total Attendance for 2017 - 53,577
Red Deer Motors North American Pony Chuckwagon Championships
Top Four Wagons for Friday, July 21, 2017
Top Four Wagons Overall After Three Nights
PLACE DRIVER SPONSOR TOTAL TIME
1st Louie Johner Wei’s Westerner Wear, Red Deer 1:19:43
2nd Kevin Desjarlais Ensign Well Servicing, Calgary 1:19:48
3rd Lee Adamson A-1 Rentals, Camrose/Wetaskiwin 1:19:69
4th Garry Theil Urban Underground Solutions/Knight CAAP Industries, Sherwood Park 1:20:31
DISCOVERY CANYON OFFICIALLY RE-OPENS
The new and improved Discovery Canyon officially re-opened today with a splash from 500 rubber ducks that took the inaugural swim down the water feature to mark the occasion.
Discovery Canyon, a Canada 150 legacy project, was closed for the 2016 season while upgrades were underway to improve site accessibility with new walkways, enhance mechanical features, and upgrade beach area.
Immediately following Friday’s official ceremony was a free community hot dog BBQ and family activities to celebrate the re-opening as well as Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation.
“The park upgrades we are celebrating today were made possible thanks to the financial contributions The City received from Western Economic Diversification Canada, through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “On this 150th anniversary of confederation, our city is left with a lasting legacy to commemorate this milestone in our nation’s history and heritage.”
“Discovery Canyon is a sterling example of the benefits made possible through recreation, and through this facility our community has improved opportunities for active healthy living,” said Barb McKee, Recreation Superintendent.
Discovery Canyon is open every day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. until the September long weekend (weather dependent). More information at reddeer.ca/discoverycanyon
FRIDAY NEWS (JULY 21)
KENNY SHIELDS PASSES AWAY
SOME SAD NEWS TO PASS ALONG, AS STREETHEART FRONTMAN & LEAD SINGER KENNY SHIELDS PASSED AWAY FRIDAY MORNING.
HE WAS 60 AND DIED IN A WINNIPEG HOSPITAL WHERE HE UNDERWENT CARDIAC SURGERY.
STREETHEART WAS TO PERFORME AT WESTERNER DAYS THURSDAY NIGHT, BUT CANCELLED THEIR 2017 TOUR DUE TO SHIELDS ILLNESS.
WESTERNER DAYS ATTENDENCE AFTER DAY TWO
The second day of Westerner Days Fair & Exposition saw the community come together in celebration for McDonald’s Kids’ Day, despite the rain that came down in the evening. Over 20,000 people entered the grounds to test out the rides, eat some fair food in the Grub Hub, and check out classic rockers Chilliwack and Kim Mitchell in the ENMAX Centrium.
The concert was clearly a Red Deer favourite. It kicked off at 8:00pm with 3,400 fans crowding the stands to see Chilliwack. Not long after, co-headliner Kim Mitchell took the stage, finishing the show off with a standing ovation.
Tonight’s ENMAX Centrium Main Stage show is Tom Cochrane with Red Rider, and openers Jamie Woodfin and Ken Stead. Fair-goers can get free reserved floor seating by going to the Tickets Alberta Box Office in the lobby of the ENMAX Centrium at 4:00pm today. These tickets are free with gate admission.
The Grub Hub has been a busy place this year, where attendees can chow down on all of the carnival classics, like corn dogs and mini donuts. A favourite this year is The Smokehouse, which offers mountains of meat sandwiches to fill your belly and delight your taste buds.
Fair attendees can win Grub Hub cash by participating in the Openhwy “Come Together and Get Social” contest, sponsored by Plato’s Closet.
While here, use #WesternerDays and #TicketsAlberta when posting on social media to win daily prizes! If you are a winner, we will notify you day of to pick up your prize at the Guest Services booth.
Visitors should make sure to visit the various livestock areas on the grounds. Check out the Red Deer Motors North American Pony Chuckwagon Championships at 6:00pm daily (except on Sunday, when they are at 2:00pm), or stop into The Little Red Barn and visit the petting zoo.
Be sure to participate in the Peavy Mart Ag-Mazing Scavenger Hunt, where you can be entered to win the Ultimate Urban Farm Experience prize package. Details are available at westernerdays.ca/information/raffles.
In addition to regular fair activities, some of the Westerner Days entertainers went to the Red Deer Regional Hospital and Ronald McDonald House to “Share the Fair”, presented by Olymel, a program designed to bring a taste of the fair to children who may not be able to attend due to an illness. Doo Doo the Clown, Bandaloni, and The Magic of Aaron Matthews participated.
“Most of the time the kids entertain me as I’m entertaining them,” says Bandaloni, the One Man Band. “[It raises my spirits to see the kids] however, it’s nice to see that there’s not many children here, which is a great thing.”
Check out the full Shaw TV segment about Share the Fair, featured on their YouTube channel (ShawTVRedDeer).
For more information, including event schedules, visit westernerdays.ca.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 13,583 Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 20,940 (Record set in 2016 with 23,133) Total Attendance for 2017 - 34,523
Red Deer Motors North American Pony Chuckwagon Championships
Top Four Wagons from Thursday, July 20, 2017:
PLACE DRIVER SPONSOR TOTAL TIME
1st Louie Johner Wei’s Westerner Wear, Red Deer 1:16:61
2nd Brian Cardinal Challard Pipeline, Rocky Mountain House 1:17:45
3rd Dale Young Calgary Flames Ambassadors, Calgary 1:17:50
4th Neil Salmond ABC Restaurant, Red Deer 1:17:51
Top Four Wagons Overall After Two Nights:
PLACE DRIVER SPONSOR TOTAL TIME
1st Louie Johner Wei’s Westerner Wear, Red Deer 2:32:43
2nd Lee Adamson A-1 Rentals, Camrose/Wetaskiwin 2:35:15
3rd Linda Shippelt-Hubl KFC/Taco Bell, Red Deer 2:35:45
4th Brent Lang Red Deer RV Parts, Red Deer 2:35:94
BLACKFALDS STOLEN GODS RECOVERED
– On July 11, 2017, Blackfalds RCMP located and recovered a stolen mini excavator, a stolen John Deere tractor and an outboard boat motor from a rural location near Blackfalds Alberta.
The John Deere tractor and mini excavator have been returned to their owners. Police have not been able to identify the owner of the boat motor and are seeking the public's assistance to locate the owner.
Investigators are asking anyone who may have information regarding this occurrence to contact Blackfalds RCMP at (403) 885-3300. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by internet at www.tipsubmit.com. You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers, and if you provide information to Crime Stopper that leads to an arrest(s), you may eligible for a cash reward.
ON TODAY'S WEBCAST: WESTERNER DAYS CONTINUES THROUGH SUNDAY, RAIN BRINGS RELIEF TO THE B.C. FIRES AND SMOKE IN THE AIR, A CENTRAL ALBERTA CRIME UPDATE, THE RE-OPENING OF DISCOVERY CANYON AND PARTS OF TAYLOR DRIVE...
WESTERNER DAYS (DAY THREE)
IT'S DAY THREE OF WESTERNER DAYS.
THE OFFSITE EVENTS CONTINUE WITH A BIG PANCAKE BREAKFAST FRIDAY MORNING FROM 7 TIL 10 AT RV WESTERN R.V. ON BURNT PARK DRIVE, WHILE A BOOT SCOOTIN' BBQ IS SET FROM 11:30 AM - 1 PM AT THE RED DEER AIRPORT AT SPRINGBROOK.
THE ENTERTAINMENT CONTINUED LAST NIGHT (THURS), WITH KIM MITCHELL AND CHILLIWACK PERFORMING AT THE CENTRIUM.
TONIGHT (FRI), TOM COCHRANE WITH RED RIDER, JAMIE WOODFIN AND KEN STEAD WILL BE ON STAGE (PRESENTED BY ZED 98.9).
SATURDAY, IT'S COLEMAN HELL AND JOCELYN ALICE.
THERE ARE MORE FIREWORKS TONIGHT (FRI), AS WELL AS TOMORROW (SAT) NIGHT, WEATHER PERMITTING.
THE NORTH AMERICAN PONY CHUCKWAGON CHAMPIONSHIPS CONTINUE TONIGHT AND TOMORROW NIGHT @ 6:00 (FRI - SAT) AND SUNDAY AT 2.
THE ATTENDENCE AT THE GROUNDS ON WEDNESDAY WAS ONLY ABOUT TWO HUNDRED LESS THAN LAST YEAR'S FIRST DAY AT JUST OVER 13, 500 (13,583 - IT WAS 13,739 IN 2016)
LAST YEARS ATTENDENCE AT THE FAIR WAS JUST UNDER 93 THOUSAND (92,729) AND OFFICIALS ARE HOPING FOR GOOD WEATHER TO ATTRACT EVEN BIGGER CROWDS THIS YEAR.
THE RECORD ATTENDENCE AT THE WESTERNER WAS SET IN 2012 WHEN OVER 102 THOUSAND PEOPLE WENT THROUGH THE GATES (102,665).
WESTERNER DAYS CONTINUES THROUGH SUNDAY.
UNITE THE RIGHT VOTES
AFTER THIS WEEKEND, ALBERTA CONSERVATIVES WILL KNOW IF THEY'LL BE KNOWN AT THE UNITED CONSERVATIVE PARTY.
IN A BID TO DEFEAT THE NDP IN THE NEXT PROVINCIAL ELECTION THE WILDROSE AND THE P-C'S ARE BOTH VOTING TO UNITE THE RIGHT.
THE WILDROSE UNITY VOTE TAKES PLACE ON SATURDAY (JULY 22ND) FROM 8 AM TO 4 PM DURING THE PARTY'S GENERAL MEETING AT THE RADISSON HOTEL IN RED DEER.
THE PC'S ARE SPENDING THREE DAYS VOTING ONLINE OR BY PHONE WHICH BEGAN YESTERDAY (THURS JULY 20TH) AND CONTINUING THROUGH SATURDAY.
THE UNITY DEAL HAS TO GET THE APPROVAL OF 75 PERCENT OF WILDROSERS AND JUST OVER 50 PERCENT OF PC MEMBERS.
RED DEER FAKE LAWYER
A MAN ACCUSED OF POSING AS A LAWYER IN RED DEER FACES A DOZEN CHARGES IN A FRAUD SCHEME.
RED DEER RCMP CHARGED 26 YEAR OLD CHANCE AARON SHAW WITH NUMEROUS FRAUD OFFENCES AFTER NINE VICTIMS COMPLAINED.
THE INCIDENTS HAPPENED BETWEEN DECEMBER OF LAST YEAR AND APRIL OF THIS YEAR.
THE SUSPECT WAS OPERATING UNDER THE BUSINESS NAME SS AND ASSOCIATES LLP.
SHAW IS TO APPEAR IN RED DEER COURT TODAY (FRI).
A 28 YEAR OLD CALGARY MAN DROWNED IN A CANMORE AREA LAKE ON THURSDAY.
BYSTANDERS TRYING TO HELP A MAN WHO CALLED FOR HELP WHILE HE WAS SWIMMING IN QUARRY LAKE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON.
THE MAN DISAPPEARED UNDER THE SURFACE AND WAS LOCATED SEVERAL MINUTES LATER UNDER THE WATER UNRESPONSIVE.
DESPITE ALL LIFE SAVING ATTEMPTS THE MAN DIED.
HIS NAME HASN'T BEEN RELEASED UNTIL HIS FAMILY IS NOTIFIED.
RED DEER ID FRAUD
RED DEER MOUNTIES ARE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR A WOMAN USING STOLEN I.D.
LAST THURSDAY (JULY 13TH) POLICE WERE CALLED TO A JEWELRY STORE IN THE PARKLAND MALL AFTER A FEMALE TRIED TO OPEN A STORE CREDIT CARD, USING A STOLEN DRIVERS LICENSE AND STOLEN CREDIT CARD.
THE STORE STAFF VERIFIED THE I.D. WAS STOLEN FROM A CALGARY FITNESS FACILITY AND ALERTED POLICE, ALTHOUGH THE SUSPECT TOOK OFF.
RCMP CONTINUE TO SEARCH FOR A WOMAN, ABOUT SIX FEET TALL, WITH BROWN HAIR AND A FLOWER TATTOO ON HER CHEST AND ROSARY TATTOO ON HER LEFT ARM.
CALL CRIMESTOPPERS OR RED DEER RCMP IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION.
INNISFAIL MOUNTIES HAVE CHARGED A RED DEER COUPLE WITH STOLEN PROPERTY CRIMES.
RCMP RECEIVED A COMPLAINT ABOUT A SUSPICIOUS TRUCK PULLING A HOLIDAY TRAILER WITH NO PLATE AT THE SPRUCEVIEW GAS STATION WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON ( 5 PM).
POLICE ATTEMPTED TO PULL IT OVER ON HIGHWAY 54, BUT THE SUSPECTS TOOK OFF AND AN RCMP HELICOPTER AND POLICE DOG WERE CALLED IN TO MAKE THE ARRESTS.
A 43 YEAR OLD MAN AND 36 YEAR OLD WOMAN WERE EVENTUALLY PICKED UP AT A RURAL PROPERTY IN THE MARKERVILLE AREA..
LACOMBE POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR A SUSPECT IN A BREAK - ENTER AND THEFT.
ON WEDNESDAY MORNING (JULY 19TH 9:40 AM) POLICE RESPONDED TO A REPORT OF A MAN BREAKING INTO AN ATTACHED GARAGE IN LACOMBE AND STOLE A 2005 GREY CADILLAC.
POLICE SAY A SHORT TIME LATER THE SAME SUSPECT WAS IN A STOLEN TRUCK AND IN A COLLISION NEAR A BUSINESS IN LACOMBE COUNTY.
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION YOU'RE ASKED TO CALL LACOMBE POLICE.
RELIEF FROM THE HAZE
SOME RAIN OVER B.C. AND ALBERTA HAS GIVEN A BIT OF RELIEF FOR FIREFIGHTERS AND THE SMOKEY CONDITIONS.
ALTHOUGH, THE WORST IS FAR FROM OVER IN B.C. AS THERE ARE STILL MORE THAN A HUNDRED FIRES STILL ACTIVE ACROSS THE PROVINCE, WHERE AIR QUALITY ADVISORIES ARE STILL IN EFFECT.
ALBERTA IS GETTING A BREAK FROM THE THICK HAZE FOR NOW, DUE THE RAIN.
AND POPULAR RESORT ALONG THE ALBERTA - B.C. BORDER IS BEING EVACUATED SO IT CAN BE USED AS A STAGING AREA FOR FIRE CREWS BATTLING THE NEARBY BLAZE (THE VERDANT CREEK BLAZE).
SUNSHINE VILLAGE IN BANFF NATIONAL PARK IS ABOUT TWO KILOMETRES FROM THE FLAMES AND THE RESORT SAYS ABOUT 150 GUEST WILL HAVE TO BE CHECKED OUT TODAY (FRI). STAFF ARE WORKING HARD TO FIND THEM OTHER ACCOMODATIONS. THE CLOSURE IS EXPECTED TO LAST BETWEEN TWO AND FIVE DAYS.
MONTFORT LANDFILL AIR TESTING
GOOD NEWS FROM THE CITY OF RED DEER.... INDICATING THE FORMER MONTFORT LANDFILL IS NOT IMPACTING THE INDOOR AIR QUALITY OF ADJACENT HOMES IN HIGHLAND GREEN.
TESTING OF THE FORMER MONTFORT LANDFILL SITE, ONE OF EIGHT FORMER LANDFILL SITES IN RED DEER TESTED, HAS BEEN TAKING PLACE OVER THE LAST YEAR. THE TESTS WERE DONE AFTER 2014 INVESTIGATIONS SHOWED POTENTIAL FOR EFFECTS TO THE GROUNDWATER AND SOIL IN THE IMMEDIATE AREA.
THE TESTING BETWEEN LAST DECEMBER (2016) AND MARCH OF THIS YEAR (2017) SHOWED NO CHEMICALS FROM THE FORMER LANDFILL AFFECTING THE AIR QUALITY IN AREA HOMES.
FURTHER ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING WILL BE DONE THIS YEAR (2017) AND A FINAL REPORT ON ALL OF THE TESTING WILL BE PRESENTED IN THE SPRING OF 2018.
OFFICIAL RE-OPENING OF DISCOVERY CANYON
THE CITY OF RED DEER IS INVITING THE PUBLIC TO A BIG OFFICIAL RE-OPENING OF DISCOVERY CANYON TODAY (FRI).
AT 11 THIS MORNING, THE MAYOR, CITY MANAGER AND RECREATION SUPERINTENDENT WILL CONDUCT A CEREMONY.
FOLLOWING THE CEREMONY WILL BE FREE HOT DOGS, GAMES AND FAMILY FUN ACTIVITIES.
Red Deer County Beautification Tour
Red Deer County’s 2017 Rural Beautification Tour. The tour takes place on Wednesday, July 26, and departs from the Cross Roads Church. There will also be a pickup location in Innisfail. Tickets are only $30 each, with cash, debit, or cheque accepted for payments. For more information visit www.rdcounty.ca
For over 30 years, Red Deer County has hosted a Rural Beautification Tour. This year’s tour is on Wednesday, July 26, in Division 4 (the southern portion of Red Deer County).
Lacombe adopts updated Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP)
After nearly two years of collaboration, public consultation and review, the Lacombe Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) has been adopted by both councils.
The process started in the fall of 2015, when the City of Lacombe and Lacombe County began the complete overhaul of the IDP. Stantec Consulting was hired to coordinate the plan and to help engage the public. The IDP is a high-level document that provides policy direction, ensuring development and growth are undertaken in a sustainable and responsible manner.
“Updating the IDP represents a significant accomplishment for Lacombe County and City of Lacombe citizens and businesses. The document is founded on shared values and principles that will foster solid, complimentary urban and rural land development and economic success. The IDP will mindfully guide all decisions for both councils well into the future providing stability and betterment for the region as a whole. The City is pleased to share another successful partnership with Lacombe County,” says Mayor Steve Christie.
“With this plan in place, the City and the County have a broad, mutually beneficial land use plan that provides a framework for long-term growth and development,” said Lacombe County Reeve Paula Law. “We are confident that this will help grow this region collaboratively as we explore future opportunities.”
While creating the plan, care was taken to identify future growth areas, reflecting the development pressures and challenges for those lands immediately adjacent the City boundary. With the help of an Alberta Community Partnership Grant, a detailed servicing study was conducted for some of the lands within the IDP plan area, identifying costs and opportunities for expanding City water and wastewater servicing to provide better guidance on growth within the IDP area.
Continued cooperation is needed to accommodate the Lacombe region’s growing population, to provide a framework for future development of long term growth areas, and to establish an annexation process, setting a smooth course towards a promising future for both municipalities. This comprehensive IDP is built on a solid partnership between the City and the County, and will continue to support the region’s vibrancy through collaborative governance.
ALBERTA MEN CHARGED IN PORN BUST
A three-month investigation by ALERT’s Internet Child Exploitation team has led to the arrest of 16 Alberta men for child pornography related offences.
The investigation, dubbed Operation Icebreaker, began in April 2017 and targeted suspects accessing child pornography in southern Alberta. In addition to the arrests, the investigation led to the identification of two underage luring victims.
All of the suspects are men and 11 of them hail from Calgary. None of the cases are linked other than the similar nature of the offences being committed.
Operation Icebreaker resulted in 25 search warrants executed between April 5 and June 1. More than 500 computers and electronic devices seized and forensic analysts are in the process of reviewing the large volume of data seized. To date nearly 7,000 photos and videos containing child pornography have been identified with some of the victims are as young as infants.
Operation Icebreaker was an initiative of the ICE team based in Calgary, which is an integrated unit comprised of officers from Calgary Police, Lethbridge Police, Medicine Hat Police, and RCMP. ICE investigates offences involving child pornography, any computer-related child sexual abuse, child luring over the Internet, voyeurism involving victims under the age of 18, and child sex trade/tourism.
Operation Icebreaker by the numbers:
• 16 suspects arrested;
• 56 charges laid;
• 2 victims identified;
• 25 search warrants;
• 27 production orders;
• 510 exhibits seized;
• 28 terabytes of data;
• 161 exhibits analyzed (to date);
• 19 million examined images;
• 6,800 child pornography images identified.
The 16 people accused are facing a total of 56 child pornography related charges:
• Adam Adler, 39, of Calgary;
• Marvin Agboro, 18, of Strathmore;
• Darian Blanchard, 21, of Red Deer;
• Brent Bulycz, 42, of Calgary;
• Curtis Brock, 27, of Airdrie;
• Yency Gomez, 38 of Calgary;
• Andrew Halliday, 28, of Red Deer;
• Ryland Jacklin, 28, of Airdrie;
• Kyle Jacobson, 32, of Calgary;
• Devin Lamont, 27, of Calgary;
• Mikael Macek, 25, of Calgary;
• Brandon McKnight, 23, of Calgary;
• Ole Olsen, 38, of Calgary;
• David Steele, 44, of Calgary;
• John Stewart, 47, of Calgary;
• 16-year-old young offender from Calgary;
More charges and more arrests are possible following the completion of the forensic examination.
Westerner Park Financial Support
Westerner Park has been granted $245,000 as part of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program and we are in the process of completing the upgrades to the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system in the Stockmens Pavilion.
The grant, funded by the Government of Canada, invests in projects that celebrate our shared heritage, creates jobs, and improves the lives of Canadians. Westerner Park matched the criteria for the Government of Canada’s grant in order to complete the project.
“Through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program we were able to upgrade the HVAC system in our second largest building on our property, the Stockmens Pavilion,” says Ben Antifaiff, CEO and General Manager, Westerner Park. “This has increased our ability to offer Central Alberta premier facilities and be your destination for celebration.”
Replacing the HVAC system is an extremely large project that included having the existing heating system removed, new duct work installed, energy efficient roof top units added, and upgraded gas and electrical connections. By making these upgrades we are able to increase the use of the facility by the public.
At just under 42,000 square feet, the Stockmens Pavilion houses over 140 events a year, supporting local charity fundraisers, agriculture events, and major trade shows, all of which generate substantial revenue for the Central Alberta region.
The upgrades to the HVAC system in the Stockmens Pavilion will be completed in time for the 2017 Westerner Days Fair & Exposition, beginning on Wednesday, July 19.
Ponoka Volunteers Invited to Help Build New Co-op Playground on July 20-22
The Town of Ponoka is inviting volunteers to help install a new playground in the Co-op Subdivision on July 20-22. Volunteers are needed to help with the installation of border material and pea gravel for the playground. A contractor, ATTPLAY Ltd., will begin installing the play features a few days before volunteers are needed to install the border material and pea gravel.
“We encourage volunteers to bring along sledge hammers, shovels, wheelbarrows, or even a skid steer, if they have them,’ says Wes Amendt, Director of Community Services for the Town of Ponoka.
The old playground equipment in the Co-op subdivision was removed last fall and the site has been prepared for installation of the new playground. A second new playground planned for the Westview neighbourhood in Ponoka is temporarily on hold until the Co-op playground is installed.
Both playground projects were originally scheduled for completion last fall. “Due to contractor issues, we decided to move ahead with a volunteer build to ensure the Co-op playground gets installed as soon as possible,” says Amendt. “We are working toward having the Co-op playground installed around the end of July so that families can enjoy playing on the equipment this summer,” he says.
Once the Co-op playground is completed, Amendt says his department will turn its attention to the Westview playground and announce updated plans.
If you are interested in volunteering with the installation of the Co-op playground, please contact Andrew Jones at 403-783-0136. The Co-op subdivision playground is located in the north end of Ponoka between 64 Avenue and 65 Avenue. The Westview playground is located on 51 Avenue Close in Riverside.
Update on the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre (June 2017)
The buzz surrounding the construction of the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre/Centre des Jeux du Canada Gary W. Harris is building. It has become a conversation topic for folks travelling up and down the QE2. Last week the sign went up on the west side of the building, so for many the mystery has been solved. But for those who want more details, here is a quick primer on the building; why it is important to RDC’s future and how it will support the Canada Winter Games in 2019.
Construction is on time and on budget and will be completed next summer. By the end of this summer it will be fully enclosed and weather-tight allowing for interior work to be completed.
A project of this magnitude is only possible thanks to the contributions of many people with a wide range of expertise, completing a vast array of tasks. Our new facility is no exception. Here are some numbers:
• Total cost of the Project: $88 million
• Number of people working on the centre: over 2000 during the project with most being from central Alberta.
• Size of the building: 250,000 sq. ft. To give some context, our current campus is 1 million sq. ft. sitting on almost 300 acres of land.
• Amount of glass: 250,000 pounds
• Length of electrical conduit: 9 km
In addition to the amount of materials required, the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre is being constructed in a smart, energy efficient way. Structural steel for the building was fabricated through earth-friendly processing, with 98% of the structural steel being made from recycled materials. During construction, temporary LED lighting was used. These LED lights reduced power consumption on the jobsite by more than 98,000 kWh, which is the equivalent to powering at least 10 homes for a year.
You may have noticed the numbering along the windows facing the highway. The numbers indicate the 10 metre increments along the straight stretch of the indoor track.
More than a gym, more than a rink and more than a recreation facility, the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre will provide our College and region with a comprehensive venue for teaching and learning, athletic, recreational and community activities, all vital components for the good health and well-being of central Albertans.
The Centre enables us to offer services to complement programming in the areas of Athletic Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapist Assistant, health promotion and wellness, sport simulation, intergenerational living, health entrepreneurship and sports administration.
The Centre will be an important part of our community’s ability to offer the Canada Winter Games to the entire nation in 2019 as it will be a competition venue for short track speed skating, wheelchair basketball, badminton, figure skating and squash.
Thanks to our partners, the communities of central Alberta and donors like Gary Harris and Jack and Joan Donald, this iconic facility will serve our learners and communities for generations to come. If you would like to learn more about the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, I encourage you to visit our website at http://www.rdc.ab.ca/centre for full details and video updates.
Joel Ward is President & CEO of Red Deer College.
RED DEER SCHOOL/PLAYGROUND ZONE CHANGES
Red Deer school and playground zones will follow new times starting August 1, 2017.
The City is changing the effective times of school and playground zones to make them easier to remember.
The following changes will come into effect August 1:
• School zones will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on school days
• Playground zones will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day
• Combinations zones (marked as both school and playground zones) will be converted to playground zones.
To make the changes easier for drivers, all signs will be equipped with a time tab noting the effective times of that zone. The speed limit in school and playground zones will continue to be 30 km/h during effective hours.
“The new times are really simple and cover peak play hours for schools and playgrounds,” said Wayne Gustafson, Engineering Services Manager. “This will make it easier for drivers and safer for pedestrians.”
The City currently follows the school and playground zone times set by the Alberta Traffic Safety Act. As allowed by the Traffic Safety Act, the City is moving to new times that better fit the needs of the community.
“There is a lot of confusion around the end time of playground zones and the definition of sunset in provincial standards,” said Gustafson. “We’ve eliminated that confusion, so drivers should have an easier time remembering the new times.”
More information is available at www.reddeer.ca/go30.
WESTERNER DAYS FAIR IN JULY
Westerner Days Fair & Exposition has over 20 agricultural events and attractions! This year’s shows will focus on creating an educational and entertaining experience for everyone. Westerner Park is proud to announce exciting new additions to our agricultural program for the Fair.
• 2017 Westerner Days Pony Steeplechase Championship Series – Don’t miss out on the action as the smallest race horses with the biggest hearts take centre stage.
• Ranch Hand Competition – This event is a throwback to the past when neighbouring ranches would come together and hold a competition to see whose cowboys were the best riders, ropers and all round toughest hands.
• Gypsy Vanner Feathered Horse Show – The Gypsy Vanner is a beautiful breed often referred to as a “people-sized” draft horse. The Gypsy Vanner is a wonderful family horse and is popular as a trail horse due to its unflappable nature.
• Equine Mounted Games – These relay type races are played on horseback, which is modelled after old military mounted troop exercises that were used to keep the soldiers' skills sharp. This is a fast-paced exciting sport that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat!
• Equine Experience – The Equine Experience will take you out of city life and immerse you in the world of horses. Walk through the barn to meet the horses, learn about the different breeds and how to take care of them.
• Xtreme Cowboy Competition – Learn good horsemanship by enhancing the relationship between a horse and a ride through obstacles that challenges the rider’s skills.
• Urban Farm – Through an interactive and experiential environment we will create a farm fresh experience right in the heart of Westerner Days. Learn some things that you can do in your own backyard. Tour our new Westerner Park Urban Farm and see what we are doing to help educate our community on ways to create a sustainable food future.
The AFSC Livestock Pavilion is the place to find exhibitors showcasing their cattle, goats, miniature donkeys and stock dog trials. The following people’s favourite events will return.
• Stock Dog Trials – A great competitive dog sport where herding dogs move sheep around a field, fences, gates or enclosures as directed by their handlers.
• Miniature Donkey Extravaganza II Show – This show is expected to be bigger and better than ever! We are excited to welcome exhibitors from all over Canada and the United States. Show runs Friday and Saturday with the junior show on Sunday.
• Beef Shows – On Friday, July 20 at noon the Maine Anjou Junior and Shorthorn Junior Show will kick off another exciting Beef Show being held in the Livestock Pavilion.
• Goat Shows – We’re excited to be hosting the “Kids Promoting Kids” Westerner 4-H and Junior Goat Show! Wednesday's Dairy Goat Show will feature Alpine, Toggenburg, La Mancha, Saanen, Nubian and Recorded Grade dairy classes.
• Canadian Heritage Breeds Poultry Show – The Canadian Heritage Breeds Association works to promote and educate people about the importance of heritage breed livestock. You will leave with a better understanding of what breeds are native to Canada and what we can do to preserve and protect them.
• Little Red Barn – The Little Red Barn will once again feature the Petting Pals Petting Zoo, home to over 70 different animals, presented by BIG 105 FM and Cosmos Bottle Depot!
• 19th Annual Westerner Days Red Deer Motors North American Pony Chuckwagons Championships – We are thrilled to have 48 wagons competing daily for top honours, presented by Walway Waste and 96.5 CKFM. Before ever race, the Canadian Cowboy Mounted Shooters will kick-off the pony chucks with a fast action entertaining event!
There is so much to see and do at the 2017 Westerner Days agricultural events and attractions.
Do not forget to buy your RAD and MEGA passes before the discounted prices expire on June 15 at 11:59 pm.
Learn more by visiting www.westernerdays.ca/tickets.
PREMIER IN RED DEER
PREMIER RACHEL NOTLEY JOINED NUMEROUS OTHER PROVINCIAL AND LOCAL POLITICIANS IN RED DEER YESTERDAY (THURS).
FIRST THEY SPOKE AT THE NEW RED DEER JUSTICE CENTRE THURSDAY MORNING (11 AM).
THE NEW 97 MILLION DOLLAR CENTRE IN DOWNTOWN RED DEER WILL INCLUDE A NEW COURTHOUSE AFTER BEING ANNOUNCED IN THE RECENT PROVINCIAL BUDGET.
THE FUNDING IS OVER FOUR YEARS WITH THE FIRST 25 MILLION FOR PLANNING IN 2017 AND 2018.
THERE WILL BE 12 COURTROOMS, UP FROM THE CURRENT 7, WITH THE POTENTIAL TO EXPAND TO 16.
RED DEER MAYOR TARA VEER SAYS THE NEW JUSTICE CENTRE WILL BE A HUGE HELP WITH THE GROWING NUMBER OF BACKLOGGED COURT CASES...
THE CITY HAS ALLOCATED THE OLD DOWNTOWN RCMP BUILDING AS THE PREFERRED SITE FOR THE NEW JUSTICE CENTRE, SINCE THE RCMP MOVED INTO THE NEW BUILDING IN 2011.
THE PREMIER ALSO JOINED OTHER POLITICIANS AT THE RED DEER AIRPORT THURSDAY AFTERNOON ( 1 PM) TO TALK ABOUT THE LONG AWAITED EXTENDED RUNWAY PROJECT.
THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE EXTENDED RUNWAY IS SLATED FOR MAY 12TH.
RED DEER COURTHOUSE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENT
A new justice centre with 12 courtrooms and space for dispute resolution services will be built to serve Red Deer and central Alberta residents.
Brian Mason, Minister of Infrastructure; Kathleen Ganley, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General; Rachel Notley, Premier; Tara Veer, Mayor of Red Deer; Barb Miller, MLA for Red Deer-South; Kim Schreiner, MLA for Red Deer-North.
The new Red Deer Justice Centre will address a prolonged space shortage in the current courthouse to help meet the region’s justice needs. Since the existing courthouse was built in the 1980s, the city’s population has almost doubled and the surrounding area’s population has also increased substantially.
The facility will increase the number of courtrooms in central Alberta from seven to 12 and create a Resolution Services wing. This section will provide dispute resolution, civil and family mediation, arbitration and other alternatives to court.
“With Budget 2017, our government is investing in critical infrastructure that will make a real difference in Albertans’ lives. The new Red Deer Justice Centre will resolve a long-standing space shortage in the community and ensure vital justice services are delivered effectively to residents of central Alberta.” Rachel Notley, Premier
“Making life better for Albertans means improving access to justice. This new facility is something the community has been requesting for several years and we are proud to fund it. This project is part of our government’s investment in the justice system and will help address pressures that have been building for many years.” Kathleen Ganley, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General
“We are excited to invest in the Red Deer Justice Centre. A new, modern facility will improve services in central Alberta and will meet the needs of the community. Investments in public infrastructure like this make the lives of Albertans better while stimulating economic activity and supporting jobs.” Brian Mason, Minister of Infrastructure
"We have been actively working with the Alberta government and local stakeholders for a number of years to resolve the critical need for court capacity in Red Deer. Community safety is a priority for citizens in Red Deer and this region, and this significant announcement acknowledges the province's support of this justice need. A new Red Deer Justice Centre, including 12 courtrooms, helps ensure more charges are upheld – an important part of the city's enforcement and community safety efforts."
Tara Veer, Mayor of Red Deer
Although the project is still in the planning phase, at least $97 million has been allocated for the new centre over the next four years. This initiative, as with other capital projects across the province, will create jobs and stimulate Alberta’s economy.
• The next step is to secure land and begin design work, which will be used to help plan the construction schedule.
• The new Red Deer Justice Centre will increase the number of courtrooms serving Provincial and Queen’s Bench courts.
• The new building will include 12 courtrooms immediately, with the potential to expand to 16 in the future.
• Enhanced security measures will separate prisoner, public and judicial/staff circulation.
• Specific services will include:
o civil, criminal, traffic, family and youth courts
o justice-related supports, including Crown and barrister assistance, as well as services from external groups, such as probation workers, Indigenous court workers, Legal Aid representatives, counselling staff and Elizabeth Fry/John Howard employees
o resolution services, such as civil and family mediation, arbitration and other alternatives to court.
THURS NEWS (MARCH 30 )
RED DEER JUSTICE CENTRE ANNOUNCEMENT
PREMIER RACHEL NOTLEY JOINED NUMEROUS OTHER PROVINCIAL AND LOCAL POLITICIANS IN RED DEER TODAY (THURS).
THE NEW 97 MILLION DOLLAR CENTRE IN DOWNTOWN RED DEER WILL INCLUDE A NEW COURTHOUSE WITH 12 COURTROOMS AND A RESOLUTION SERVICES WING, LOCATED IN THE FORMER DOWNTOWN RCMP BUILDING.
OFFICIALS MADE THE JUSTICE CENTRE ANNOUNCEMENT THURSDAY MORNING....The following audio includes Premier Rachel Notley,Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley and Infrastructure Minister Brian Mason....
THE PREMIER ALSO JOINED OTHER POLITICIANS AT THE RED DEER AIRPORT THURSDAY AFTERNOON TO TALK ABOUT THE LONG AWAITED EXTENDED RUNWAY PROJECT.
THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE EXTENDED AIRPORT RUNWAY IS SLATED FOR MAY 12TH.
NEW NEXSOURCE CENTRE TOUR
IT WAS AN EXCITING DAY IN SYLVAN LAKE YESTERDAY (WED) AS TOWN OFFICIALS SHOWED OFF THE NEW 33.5 MILLION DOLLAR NEXSOURCE CENTRE WITH A TOUR OF THE FACILITY FOR THE MEDIA.
THE NEW MULTI-USE RECREATION CENTRE INCLUDES TWO ARENAS, A FIVE SHEET CURLING RINK, SWIMMING POOL, THREE LANE RUNNING TRACK, SENIORS CENTRE, AND MANY OTHER MULTI-PURPOSE ROOMS.
SYLVAN LAKE'S DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY SERVICES RON LEBSACK SAYS THE NEW NEXSOURCE CENTRE IS GREAT FOR SYLVAN AND SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES...
SYLVAN LAKE DEPUTY MAYOR GRAHAM PARSONS TALKS ABOUT THE NEW FACILITY....
SYLVAN LAKE PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR DAVE BRAND TALKS ABOUT THE IMPRESSIVE NEW FACILITY...
THE NEXSOURCE CENTRE WILL OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AT 9 AM FRIDAY MORNING (MARCH 31) WITH A BIG GRAND OPENING PLANNED FOR THE MAY 12TH WEEKEND.
A HUGE INFRASTRUCTURE ANNOUNCEMENT IN LACOMBE YESTERDAY (MON) WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS UNVEILING THE 71 MILLION DOLLAR WASTEWATER PIPELINE TO BE BUILT IN CENTRAL ALBERTA BY MARCH OF NEXT YEAR.
THE 26 KILOMETRE PIPELINE WILL CONNECT RED DEER'S WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITY TO BLACKFALDS, LACOMBE AND LACOMBE COUNTY.
RED DEER MAYOR TARA VEER SAYS THE CITY BUILT CAPACITY INTO THE TREATMENT PLANT IN ORDER TO BE A REGIONAL SERVICE PROVIDER.
BLACKFALDS MAYOR MELODIE STOL AND LACOMBE MAYOR STEVE CHRISTIE SAY THE PROJECT IS MUCH NEEDED INFRASTRUCTURE TO SUPPORT COMMUNITY GROWTH.
LISTEN TO INTERVIEWS WITH POLITICIANS FOLLOWING THE MARCH 27TH ANNOUNCEMENT IN LACOMBE....
THE MEDIA TALKED ABOUT THE MULTI - MILLION DOLLAR PIPELINE WITH FEDERAL INFRASTRUCTURE MINISTER AMARJEET SOHI, ALBERTA INFRASTRUCTURE MINISTER BRIAN MASON, LACOMBE MAYOR STEVE CHRISTIE, BLACKFALDS MAYOR MELODIE STOL AND RED DEER MAYOR TARA VEER.....
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL KICK IN 32.6 MILLION DOLLARS, WHILE THE PROVINCE PROVIDES 27.4 MILLION WITH THE MUNICIPALITIES SUPPLYING THE OTHER 11 MILLION.
NEW BUSINESS WEBSITE
A NEW WEBSITE HAS BEEN LAUNCHED TO HELP CENTRAL ALBERTA BUSINESSES AND FOREIGN INVESTORS.
CENTRAL ALBERTA ACCESS PROSPERITY HAS A NEW WEBSITE ONLINE (WWW.ACCESSPROSPERITY.CA) TO HELP LOCAL BUSINESSES GROW AND ATTRACT FOREIGN INVESTORS TO THE RED DEER REGION.
THE NEW WEBSITE GUIDES VISITORS ON A PATH THROUGH CENTRAL ALBERTA'S KEY INDUSTRIES, WITH LINKS TO VARIOUS RESOURCES.
RED DEER YOUTH CENTRE NAME CHANGE
THE RED DEER YOUTH AND VOLUNTEER CENTRE CELEBRATED A 40 YEAR MILESTONE FRIDAY AND THE NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION MADE A MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT.
THE ORGANIZATION LAUNCHED A NEW NAME, BRAND AND WEBSITE. THE NEW NAME IS NOW YOUTH H.Q TO REFLECT THE MISSION THAT EVERY YOUTH HAS POTENTIAL AND THAT YOUTH H.Q. IS THEIR PLACE.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS CHAIR KRIS FLECKENSTEIN TALKS ABOUT THE NEW YOUTH HQ...
YOUTH H.Q. PROVIDES A VARIETY OF PROGRAMS AND SERVICES FOR OVER 17 HUNDRED YOUTH ANNUALLY, IN THE RED DEER AREA THROUGH BIG BROTHERS AND BIG SISTERS, THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB, THE 49TH STREET YOUTH SHELTER AND CAMP ALEXO.
OPPOSITION PARTIES IN ALBERTA ARE ACCUSING THE GOVERNMENT OF DRIVING THE PROVINCE OFF A FISCAL CLIFF WITH THURSDAYS BUDGET THAT INCLUDES A 10-BILLION-DOLLAR DEFICIT.
BUT FINANCE MINISTER JOE CECI (SEE-SEE) SAYS ALBERTANS WILL BE GRATEFUL THE GOVERNMENT IS MAINTAINING HEALTH, EDUCATION AND SOCIAL PROGRAMS.
RED DEER CITY OFFICIALS ARE THRILLED 97 MILLION DOLLARS HAS BEEN ALLOCATED FOR A LARGER NEW COURTHOUSE, WHILE WETASKIWIN OFFICIALS ARE PLEASED WITH 35 MILLION EARMARKED TO RENOVATE THE REYNOLDS MUSEUM.
ALTHOUGH LOCAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS AREN'T PLEASED NO NEW MONEY IS BEING SPENT TO EXPAND THE RED DEER REGIONAL HOSPITAL.
CITY OF RED DEER CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER DEAN KREJCI REACTS TO THE ALBERTA BUDGET...
RED DEER CITY MANAGER CRAIG CURTIS DISCUSSING THE ALBERTA BUDGET HANDED DOWN ON THURSDAY, MARCH 16TH....
FRI NEWS (MARCH 10)
NEW COURTHOUSE A BIG WIN FOR RED DEER
RED DEER MAYOR TARA VEER REACTS TO THE ALBERTA BUDGET...
A new Red Deer courthouse was announced during the provincial budget yesterday, acknowledging the ever increasing population Red Deer’s courthouse serves and demands on the judicial system. The City is still working through the budget details to determine how it will impact citizens, businesses and our community as a whole.
“The courthouse is good news for our community,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “Community safety is a priority for citizens in Red Deer, and a new courthouse helps ensure more local charges are upheld, which is an important part of The City’s enforcement and community safety efforts.”
The province’s capital budget is $9.2 billion with an investment of $97 million, over four years, for the new courthouse.
“The City will engage in further discussions with the Province in the coming weeks about the courthouse details, including the municipal land we’ve been holding in anticipation of this announcement,” added Mayor Veer.
The province kept their commitment with both capital and operating Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) funding streams remaining fairly consistent and Red Deer’s allocation being $23.7 million.
“It is our job as local government to do what we can to realize stability for businesses, residents and communities, and with MSI funding remaining relatively stable, The City can continue moving forward with local infrastructure projects such as roadway improvements and facility development in our community,” said City Manager Craig Curtis. “While we do not yet know how this funding will be funneled into our city, we remain hopeful that it will assist us in meeting the needs of our growing community.”
The province also referenced a continued investment in small and medium size enterprises. “We welcome this continued investment in local and community entrepreneurship as it aligns with our overall vision for Red Deer and a continued focus on economic development in our city,” said Mayor Veer.
There were no announcements specifically related to funding for social infrastructure, such as affordable housing and other social supports needed in Red Deer and central Alberta; however, the budget for FCSS, which increased last year, has remained constant.
In the coming weeks, The City will analyze the impacts of the education requisition for Red Deer and what this means for citizen’s property tax bill. The education requisition will be combined with the approved municipal operating budget when City Council considers the tax rate bylaw in April. Tax notices will then be mailed out in May.
The carbon levy remains an issue for The City because of its impact on the operating budget, but the programs referenced yesterday could help bring some of this money back to Red Deer.
“We await further details on potential energy-efficiency programs before we can fully understand how businesses, citizens and municipalities can apply. The City remains committed to environmental sustainability and we continue to discuss our position on revenue neutrality with the Government of Alberta and our municipal colleagues across the province,” said Mayor Veer.
Red Deer has identified many other community priorities not addressed in this budget such as Polytechnic University status for RDC, Red Deer Regional Hospital growth needs and local social infrastructure, such as affordable housing and other social supports. In the past few years, we have had several advocacy successes including the Highway 2 interchange, Red Deer Airport expansion, and now a new courthouse. We look forward to success in these additional community needs as we continue to work with the Government of Alberta.
Provincial and federal budget decisions affect the daily lives of Red Deerians. As the details of programs from the provincial budget are announced there may be other impacts to the community and organization. We will address these as they arise. On March 22, Red Deer City Council and administration will watch for infrastructure funding and affordable housing investment in the federal budget release to determine further impacts on and opportunities for Red Deer.
NEW RED DEER YOUTH HQ
The Youth and Volunteer Centre of Red Deer is pleased to announce that it has officially changed its name to Youth HQ... Red Deer - Lacombe MP Blaine Calkins comments....
Details on new Youth HQ:
The Youth and Volunteer Centre of Red Deer is pleased to announce that it has officially changed its name to Youth HQ to better represent the wide range of programs and services it provides to children and youth in central Alberta.
“Our new name, brand, and website are a reflection of our mission and belief that every youth has potential and that Youth HQ is their place,” said Kris Fleckenstein, Board Chair of Youth HQ. “We want to thank the community that has allowed us to reach our 40-year milestone of providing enriching opportunities for youth in central Alberta.”
Formerly the Youth and Volunteer Centre, Youth HQ is a grassroots non-profit organization affiliated with the Boys and Girls Club of Red Deer & District, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Camp Alexo, and the 49th Street Youth Shelter. By rebranding to Youth HQ – introducing a fresh visual identity and launching a new website – Youth HQ intends to gain greater public awareness of the organization’s programs and services while also appealing to children and youth in a positive and approachable way.
Youth HQ’s new name, brand identity, and website were developed by Reaction, a local web development and marketing firm. The project began in August of 2016 and was completed in early March of 2017.
“This new identity will provide a framework for Youth HQ to build greater recognition within the community and create awareness around the important services they make possible,” said Owner and Agency Director of Reaction, Mike Szyszka. “The use of bright colours, large text, and bold patterns create a friendly, approachable, and engaging look that supports the core messaging and speaks directly to the young audience they serve.”
Youth HQ is your place to…
make friends, ask tough questions, be heard, be yourself, and make a difference.
Youth HQ. This is your place.
To learn more about Youth HQ and its new branding, visit YouthHQ.ca.
ALBERTA BUDGET - RED DEER GETS A NEW COURTHOUSE
ALBERTA FINANCE MINISTER JOE CECI (SEE'-SEE) HAS DELIVERED A BUDGET WITH LOTS OF DEBT BUT PROMISES A HOSPITAL, NEW SCHOOLS AND MORE MONEY FOR SENIORS AND SOCIAL SERVICES.
THE BUDGET FORECASTS A 10.3-BILLION-DOLLAR DEFICIT THIS YEAR.
THAT'S SLIGHTLY LOWER THAN 10.8-BILLION DOLLAR SHORTFALL FORECAST IN THE FISCAL YEAR THAT CONCLUDES AT THE END OF THIS MONTH.
THERE ARE NO NEW TAXES, TAX INCREASES OR PROGRAM CUTS IN THE 2017-18 FISCAL PLAN.
THE BUDGET SETS ASIDE 4.5 BILLION DOLLARS OVER THE NEXT FOUR YEARS FOR INFRASTRUCTURE, INCLUDING 100 MILLION IN NEW MONEY TO HELP FIRST NATIONS ON RESERVES GET RELIABLE ACCESS TO CLEAN DRINKING WATER.
AFTER LOBBYING FOR YEARS, RED DEER MAYOR TARA VEER AND CITY COUNCIL ARE EXTREMELY HAPPY RED DEER WILL FINALLY GET A LARGER NEW COURTHOUSE AFTER BEING PROMISED 97 MILLION DOLLARS OVER FOUR YEARS FOR THE PROJECT IN THURSDAY'S BUDGET.
WETASKIWIN-CAMROSE MLA BRUCE HINKLEY PLEASED WITH PART OF THE BUDGET SINCE MORE THAN 35-MILLION DOLLARS WILL BE PUT TOWARDS RENOVATING THE REYNOLDS-ALBERTA MUSEUM IN WETASKIWIN. HE SAYS IT’S A BIG PART OF THE LOCAL ECONOMY
RED DEER FOOD BANK RECORD YEAR
IT'S A RECORD THE ORGANIZATION DOES NOT WANT TO BREAK.
THE RED DEER FOOD BANK IS ON PACE TO SERVE A RECORD 20 THOUSAND PEOPLE THIS YEAR.
ALTHOUGH DEMAND AT THE FOOD BANK HAS GONE UP EVERY MONTH FOR THE PAST 16 MONTHS IN A ROW, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FRED SCAIFE SAYS THE GOOD NEWS IS, DEMAND IN FEBRUARY, TYPICALLY ONE OF THE BUSIEST MONTHS, WENT DOWN ABOUT 8 PERCENT OVER FEBRUARY OF 2016.
THE RED DEER FOOD BANK CONTINUES TO BE OVERWHELMED BY THE GENEROUSITY OF CENTRAL ALBERTANS. FOR EXAMPLE, THEY RECEIVED ALMOST A MILLION POUNDS OF DONATED FOOD FROM GROCERY STORES LAST YEAR.
FRI NEWS (MARCH 10)
CANADA WINTER GAMES
THE 2019 CANADA WINTER GAMES UNVEILED THREE BIG ITEMS FRIDAY.
THE GAMES LAUNCHED IT'S WEBSITE (canadagames.ca/2019) , TWO NEW SPONSORS (PEAVEY INDUSTRIES AND KIPP SCOTT), AND THE NEW BRAND "THIS IS OUR MOMENT".
GAMES C.E.O. SCOTT ROBINSON SAYS IT'S ANOTHER GREAT STEP FORWARD TOWARDS THE NATIONAL EVENT.
ROBINSON ADDS ORGANIZERS ARE GETTING VERY EXCITED, WITH JUST UNDER TWO YEARS UNTIL RED DEER HOSTS THE CANADA WINTER GAMES.
RED DEER MAYOR TARA VEER SAYS THE BRAND IS A PERFECT FIT AND SHE SAYS THE COMMUNITY IS REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO HOSTING CANADA WINTER GAMES IN 2019.
GAMES BOARD CHAIR LYN RADFORD SAYS IN 2019 THE COMMUNITY WILL BE SHOWCASED TO THE NATION, ATHLETES WILL COMPETE AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL AND THOUSANDS OF VOLUNTEERS WILL MAKE A POSITIVE IMPACT.
SCOTT ROBINSON WITH THE 2019 CANADA WINTER GAMES TALKS ABOUT FRIDAY'S ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE WEBSITE (canadagames.ca/2019) , NEW SPONSORS (PEAVEY INDUSTRIES AND KIPP SCOTT), AND THE NEW BRAND "THIS IS OUR MOMENT"....
RED DEER MAYOR TARA VEER COMMENTS ON THE 2019 CANADA WINTER GAMES...
LYN RADFORD DISCUSSES THE 2019 CANADA WINTER GAMES COMING TO RED DEER....
HOSPITALS LOTTERY LAUNCHED
THE 19TH ANNUAL HOSPITALS DREAM HOME LOTTERY WAS LAUNCHED IN RED DEER TODAY (FRI).
145 PRIZES ARE UP FOR GRABS VALUED AT OVER 1.1 MILLION DOLLARS TO HELP PROVIDE FUNDING NEW TECHNOLOGY BEDS AT THE RED DEER REGIONAL HOSPITAL CENTRE.
THE DREAM HOME WORTH ABOUT 840 THOUSAND DOLLARS IS AT 105 LARRATT CLOSE IN LAREDO, BUILT BY SORENTO CUSTOM HOMES. IT'S A 35 HUNDRED SQUARE FOOT, 4 BEDROOM, 3 BATH LUXURY HOME. YOU CAN ALSO WIN A MINIMUM OF A HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS IN THE MEGABUCKS 50 DRAW.
THE EARLY BIRD DEADLINE IS MAY 14TH WITH THE DRAW MAY 30TH. THE TICKET CUT OFF IS JUNE 18TH AND THE MAIN DRAW WILL BE JULY 7TH.
ORDER TICKETS ONLINE AT HOSPITALSLOTTERY.COM OR CALL 403-430-1878 OR TOLL FREE 1-877-808-9005
RED DEER HOUSING ANNOUNCEMENT
A BIG HOUSING ANNOUNCEMENT IN RED DEER.
THE PROVINCIAL AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS ANNOUNCED EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS TO UPGRADE AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN THE CITY.
FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND COMES FROM THE PROVINCE AND THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THE PROVINCE HAS EARMARKED 14 MILLION FOR MORE THAN 300 PROJECTS IN RURAL ALBERTA.
THE FUNDING WILL BE INVESTED IN RENOVATIONS FOR 11 BUILDINGS AND HELP 24 FAMILIES IN RED DEER.
THE MONEY GOES TO PROPERTIES OWNED OR OPERATED BY THE WOMEN'S SHELTER, PARKLAND COMMUNITY LIVING, THE PIPER CREEK FOUNDATION AND RED DEER HOUSING AUTHORITY.
RENOVATIONS INCLUDE ENERGY EFFICIENCIES LIKE FURNACE UPDRADES, HOT WATER TANK REPLACEMENT AND NEW WINDOWS.
WORK ON 24 UNITS WILL BEGIN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND BE COMPLETE BY THE FALL.
THE ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE FRIDAY AT ONE OF THE UNITS IN NEED OF UPGRADES, AT A DUPLEX IN HIGHLAND GREEN.
RED DEER NORTH MLA KIM SCHREINER SAYS THIS FUNDING IS BADLY NEEDED TO HELP LOCAL FAMILIES.
ALBERTA SENIORS AND HOUSING MINISTER LORI SIGURDSON IN RED DEER FOR THE ANNOUNCEMENT SAYS THERE ARE MANY MORE PROJECTS THAT NEED HELP THROUGHOUT THE PROVINCE AS WELL.
REPORTERS TALKED WITH THE HOUSING MINISTER AND RED DEER NORTH MLA ABOUT AFFORDABLE HOUSING....
RED DEER HOSPITAL MEETINGS
THERE WAS STANDING ROOM ONLY AT TWO PUBLIC MEETINGS IN RED DEER ON TUESDAY DISCUSSING THE URGENT NEED TO EXPAND THE RED DEER REGIONAL HOSPITAL.
ABOUT 400 PEOPLE PACKED A MEETING ROOM IN TWO SIMILAR MEETINGS, THE 4 O'CLOCK MEETING WAS SO POPULAR WITH 250 PEOPLE, THEY HELD A SECOND MEETING AT 5:30 PM WITH ABOUT 150 PEOPLE ATTENDING AT THE BAYMONT INN, DOWNTOWN.
IT WAS CALLED "A STATE OF THE HOSPITAL ADDRESS" ORGANIZED BY LOCAL DOCTORS TO ALERT THE PUBLIC AFTER THE EXPANSION PLANS FOR THE RED DEER HOSPITAL FELL OFF THE AHS INFRASTRUCTURE PRIORITY LIST.
ONE OF THE ORGANIZERS, DR. KYM JIM WAS NOT SURPRISED BY THE STRONG TURNOUT AS CENTRAL ALBERTANS ARE NOT GETTING THE STANDARD OF CARE THEY NEED AND THEY HAVE TO TRAVEL TO GET A LOT OF SERVICES....
RED DEER CITY COUNCILLOR KEN JOHNSTON, WHOSE WIFE ISABELLE HAD A MAJOR HEART ATTACK IN NOVEMBER. WITH NO CARDIAC CATH LAB IN RED DEER, SHE WAS FLOWN BY STARS TO FOOHILLS HOSPITAL IN CALGARY TO BE TREATED. TODAY HER HEALTH IS FRAGILE AND SHE REMAINS HOSPITALIZED.....
CENTRAL ALBERTANS ARE BEING URGED TO CONTACT THEIR LOCAL MLA, HEALTH MINISTER SARAH HOFFMAN AND PREMIER RACHEL NOTLEY, PLUS USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO PUSH FOR CHANGE. LOCAL DOCTORS HAVE ALSO ASKED FOR A MEETING WITH HEALTH MINISTER SARAH HOFFMAN.
A RED DEER NEEDS ASSESSMENT SHOWS THE HOSPITAL IS SHORT 96 BEDS, THREE OPERATING ROOMS AND 18 EMERGENCY ROOM TREATMENT STRETCHERS.
DOCTORS SAY WITHOUT AN EXPANSION, THE NEED FOR OPERATING ROOMS, BEDS AND EMERGENCY TREATMENT SPACE WILL QUICKLY MULTIPLY.
A NON-PROFIT SOCIETY, FRIENDS OF CENTRAL ALBERTA HEALTH CARE IS BEING DEVELOPED TO PLAN A PUBLIC RALLY ON JUNE 3RD TO CONTINUE THE PUSH FOR CHANGE.
SYLVAN LAKE HEALTH CARE EXPANSION
IT'S THE ANNOUNCEMENT SYLVAN LAKERS HAVE BEEN WAITING SIX YEARS TO HEAR.
HEALTH MINISTER SARAH HOFFMAN WAS IN SYLVAN MONDAY AFTERNOON TO SHARE THAT EXPANDED HEALTH CARE SERVICE IS FINALLY ON ITS WAY....
THE SYLVAN LAKE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTRE WILL BE RENOVATED TO PROVIDE AMBULATORY CARE FOR INJURIES SUCH AS STITCHES AND BASIC FRACTURES, 16 HOURS A DAY, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK. LAB AND DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING SERVICES ARE ALSO ON THEIR WAY.
THE PROVINCE IS COMMITTING $2 MILLION FOR THE PROJECT, WHILE THE COMMITTEE IS HANDING OVER $197,000 FROM A TRUST FUND, RAISED THROUGH VARIOUS EVENTS OVER THE PAST SIX YEARS, TO PURCHASE NEW EQUIPMENT.
SYLVAN MAYOR SEAN MCINTYRE CALLS IT A MILESTONE FOR THE COMMUNITY AND IS A GREAT IMPROVEMENT IN HEALTH CARE FOR THE SYLVAN LAKE AREA....
WHILE 24/7 SERVICE WAS NOT ANNOUNCED ON MONDAY, MCINTYRE SAYS THAT’S AN ISSUE TO SAVE FOR ANOTHER DAY.
DR. BRAD BAHLER A LIFELONG SYLVAN RESIDENT SAYS THE IMPROVED HEALTH CARE IS NEEDED FOR THE SYLVAN REGION....
MEANTIME TODAY (TUES), ALBERTA'S FINANCE MINISTER JOE CECI WILL BE IN SYLVAN AT THE GRAND OPENING OF THE NEW BEACON HILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.
CECI IS ALSO VISITING RED DEER TODAY (TUES) AS HE CONTINUES HIS PROVINCIAL TOUR TALKING WITH COMMUNITY LEADERS AND ALBERTANS, TO GET INPUT LEADING UP TO THIS SPRINGS PROVINCIAL BUDGET.
MAYORS RECOGNITION AWARDS
IT'S NOMINATION TIME FOR RED DEER'S MAYORS RECOGNITION AWARDS.
IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE DESERVING TO BE RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTIONS, THE CITY IS NOW ACCEPTION NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2017 AWARDS.
THE MAYORS RECOGNITION AWARDS ARE A WAY TO RECOGNIZE INDIVIDUALS, GROUPS OR TEAMS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO THE OVERALL WELL-BEING OF OUR CITY.
THERE ARE FIVE CATEGORIES: ATHLETICS, VOLUNTARY SERVICE, FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS, COMMUNITY BUILDING AND THE MAYOR'S SPECIAL AWARD.
THE DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS IS FEBRUARY 28TH (9AM), THE AWARDS THEMSELVES WILL BE HELD JUNE 8TH.
STARS LOTTERY LAUNCH
THE 24TH ANNUAL STARS LOTTERY LAUNCHED ON THURSDAY (JAN. 12).
STARS OFFICIALS AND THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN SAVED BY STARS AIR AMBULANCE HELPED ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR THIS YEARS BIG STARS LOTTERY CAMPAIGN.
TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR A TOTAL OF 3,145 PRIZES WORTH 4.9 MILLION DOLLARS, INCLUDING 24 VACATIONS, SIX VEHICLES AND FOUR GRAND PRIZES OF A NEW HOME IN RED DEER, LETHBRIDGE, EDMONTON AND CALGARY.
THE RED DEER HOME IS A 2,830 SQUARE FOOT MODERN DESIGN HOME BUILT BY MASON MARTIN HOME IN LAREDO WORTH 870 THOUSAND DOLLARS.
THE TWO EARLY BIRD PRIZES ARE 50 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN CASH AND A 127 THOUSAND DOLLAR TRUCK AND TRAILER PACKAGE.
YOU CAN ALSO WIN THE LUCKY STARS 50/50 DRAW, (WITH THE CURRENT JACKPOT AT 1,240,000), THE WINNER GETS HALF.
THE STARS LOTTERY RAISES 11 MILLION DOLLARS EVERY YEAR TO KEEP THE BIG RED HELICOPTERS FLYING AND SAVINGS LIVES IN ALBERTA.
CARBON TAX - RED DEER MAYOR
RED DEER MAYOR TARA VEER DISCUSSES ALBERTA'S CARBON TAX....
2019 CANADA WINTER GAMES/UPCOMING ELECTION
RED DEER MAYOR TARA VEER TALKS ABOUT THE UPCOMING 2019 CANADA WINTER GAMES AND WILL THE MAYOR RUN IN THE UPCOMING MUNICIPAL ELECTION?....