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100 Women Who Care continue outstanding community support


What a night!
A full house – 130 filled the room at our Monday meeting. The energy was electric!
12 nominations were  in the hat and  three worthy charities were “pitched”:
  • RDRHC LIfeline Program – Eleanor Sugarman
  • The Lending Cupboard – Lori Shatto
  • The Salvation Army – Red Deer – Jean Stinson
The votes were tallied and The Salvation Army had the most. The scope and breadth of the many programs they provide is staggering. For decades and decades, the Salvation Army has been caring for the most vulnerable in our community. Did you know that they provide lunch hampers for kids to ensure that they have food for the weekend? This, and so much more.
Stacey Carmichael from Turning Point Society let us know how our September donations impacted their Women’s Program. Some of her stories about the women they assist were hard to hear, but ultimately they are stories of resiliency and hope. Thank you, Stacey. You and your staff are doing such important and challenging work. Our community is a better place because of it.
To top it all off, the enthusiasm for our “extra” donations to the Red Deer Christmas Bureau exceeded all expectations! A great big thank you to Gail Bellanger for transporting our donations from the meeting on Monday night to the Christmas Bureau on Tuesday morning. Gail and Susan enjoyed a tour of the Bureau’s facility and learned so much about this amazing organization from their volunteer manager (15 years and counting!) Teresa Kutynec. More than 200 volunteers ensure that more than 1000 kids have a happy Christmas.  1000+ Christmas food hampers, 70+ refurbished trees with lights and decorations, baby baskets for new moms – the list goes on.

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Our donations included:
  • 160 toys
  • 62 Books
  • 120 Stocking Stuffers
  • $900 cash
Thanks for all your generosity!


When a $708,000 building permit is only worth $176.70.



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The city reported total building permit values for November. It made many sit up and take a second look.

For example a $708,000 building permit for building a stage for Rogers Hometown Hockey really means temporarily assembling a stage with an arbitrary value of $708,000.

The city did not spend $708,000 building a stage but they did collect $100 for the permit and $76.70 for the completion report.

When you look at the $11.5 million in building permits announced by the city for November you could assume that there would be $11.5 million in construction to be done in the next year.

Not if the permits cover items like temporary assembling of structures for events.

Including such items I believe inflates the value of actual building permits. In this instance it was a double edged sword as it inflated the total value but created concern of value for money if the city had spent $708,000 to build a temporary stage.

The value of the release also gives us insight to government hypocrisy or the possibility thereof.

Another permit is for $1.2 million for Alberta Health Services to renovate their Administration Offices. This during talks of rollbacks in pay and lay-offs for front workers and nurses.

$1.2 million would pay for a lot of nursing.

Governments of all levels manipulate their reporting and sometimes it comes back to haunt them, like this one.


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Kipp Scott’s Top 7 Winter Car Care Tips



Getting your winter tires put on is something we generally think about as a way to prepare our vehicle for winter weather but is that the only thing you can do to avoid being in an accident this winter?

Here are 7 tips to help you keep your vehicle in top-notch condition this winter:

1. Make sure you check your wiper blades. Wiper blades usually have a lifespan of a year; however, it is always recommended to get a new pair for the winter months.

2. Check your battery. Batteries have a harder time operating during the winter months than they do during the summer. If your battery is already weak during the summer, it could quickly could turn into a dead battery as soon as the temperature drops.

3. We put antifreeze in our cars for two reasons – one is to keep the engine from overheating and the other is to protect the engine block from cracking during extreme cold.

4. For every 10 degrees of temperature drop, tires will drop 1-2 pounds of pressure. It is important to keep your tires within the recommended PSI to maintain traction, handling and durability.

5. Wax the Headlights and the Taillights! Unnecessary little detail? Think again. Did you know that the slippery surface which results after waxing the lights makes it less likely for an icy coat to build up on them? This helps make it easier and quicker for you to clear your car after a night-long snowstorm and, also makes your vehicle more visible to other drivers.

6. Windshields get dirty very quickly on those wet wintery roads and you can go through fluid very fast. Make sure you top it up regularly and have an extra jug on hand, in case you run out.

7. Use full synthetic oil. Synthetic motor oil’s main reason for working so well in the winter is because of its abilities to withstand the extreme temperatures. The chemical makeup of synthetic oil makes it much less likely to congeal or freeze up.

Our highly qualified technicians are always happy to provide you with exceptional service in a timely manner. Allow them to demonstrate our commitment to excellence –

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