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Blackfalds is spending $2,000 per resident to expand Multi-Plex and Library… Will Red Deer “bite the bullet” to compete?

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Submitted by Opinion Blogger Garfield Marks

July 3 2019, and the town of Blackfalds announced they are expediting  moving forward on twinning their Multi-Plex to the tune of $15 million, and $5 million to expand their library. This is only a few years after opening their $15 million Abbey Centre. 
Blackfalds moved construction up a few years to avail themselves of economic savings. Construction costs are down while the industry has slowed and the residents will save money.
Granted it is still $2,000 per resident as Blackfalds only has 10,000 +/- residents.
The city of Red Deer is delaying discussing building an Aquatic Centre, 18 years after opening the Collicutt Centre.
Blackfalds, population of 10,400 will spend $1,500 per person twinning their multi-plex just a few short years after spending $2,000 per person on the Abbey Centre. $500 per resident on the library.
2013 population of Blackfalds was around 7,500.
In just a few years Blackfalds is committing about $4,000 per resident on recreational facilities.
Red Deer, population 101,002 is looking at spending less than $1,000 per resident on recreational facilities in decades.
Blackfalds was named the fastest growing city by population in Canada.
Red Deer is stagnant in population, increasing by only 1% in the last 3 years.
Red Deer needs to build an Aquatic Centre with a 50m pool. Red Deer is in need of a new multi-plex. Red Deer has a shortage of recreational facilities north of the river. Red Deer is in need of an identity.
Red Deer is afraid of investing in itself. The price of $100 million is high and can be lowered, but if the price was $101 million it  would be only $1,000 per resident. Blackfalds had a population of 6,500 when it started building the Abbey Centre, or $2300 per resident. Now a few years after opening they are investing another $1500 per resident in twinning their multi-plex.
Red Deer is abdicating it’s leadership role in Central Alberta. Penhold, Sylvan Lake and Blackfalds have all invested in their recreational facilities in recent years and have maintained population growth while Red Deer has ceased investing in new facilities, and seen a decline in population.
I would suggest that we bite the bullet, proceed with an Aquatic Centre that can hold provincial and national competitions and attract tourist and investment dollars. Build it north of the river by Hazlett Lake and offset the costs with sponsorships, like we did with the Collicutt Centre. 
Or we can just welcome mediocrity and obscurity.
Just saying.

Garfield Marks

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Blackfalds

Attempted Robber learns not to mess with patrons at the Blackfalds Motor Inn

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From Blackfalds RCMP

Blackfalds RCMP lay charges following robbery attempt

On Nov. 1, 2019 the RCMP took one male into custody following an attempted robbery at the Blackfalds Motor Inn.  The male is facing several criminal code charges and the investigation into the incident continues.

At 12:42 a.m., the RCMP responded to a 911 call that a male fired a shot in the bar and that he was being held by bar patrons after he attempted to rob the bar.  Responding officers took the adult male into custody and launched an investigation.

It was determined that one shot appears to have been fired, but not towards any person.  Another shot from the gun was discharged during a struggle for the gun.  Nobody in the bar was injured from either of the gun shots.

27-year-old Ryan Allan Bell from Red Deer is charged with 14 criminal charges, most being firearms related.  They include discharge firearm while being reckless, careless use of a firearm and using a firearm in the commission of an offence.

He remains in custody and is next scheduled for court in the Provincial Court of Alberta in Red Deer on Nov. 7, 2019.

The investigation into this incident remains ongoing.

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Province announces a new High School for Blackfalds and plans for a new Middle School in Red Deer

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Minister LaGrange, Minister Panda and Minister Sawhney announce provincial school capital funding at Nose Creek School in Calgary.

From the Province of Alberta

Building schools for the future

Following through on its commitment to continue building new schools, the province has announced 25 new school projects.

The Budget 2019 capital plan supports 15 new schools, including brand new high schools in Calgary, Edmonton, Leduc, Blackfalds and Langdon. Six schools are slated for replacement and four will receive modernization or additions. Together, the 25 projects will receive $397 million.

“We made a promise to Albertans that our government will continue to build new schools, and we are doing exactly that. Through our significant investment in new schools, replacements, modernizations and infrastructure upkeep, our children will continue to learn in up-to-date and safe spaces. This will result in better success in our classrooms. The future is bright for Alberta students.”

Adriana LaGrange, Minister of Education

“These 25 projects confirm our government’s commitment to continue to build schools across the province. Alberta Infrastructure will continue to deliver key infrastructure projects to build prosperity for Albertans.”

Prasad Panda, Minister of Infrastructure

Budget 2019 also includes $1.4 billion over four years to continue work on previously announced school projects across Alberta, which includes $123 million for about 250 new modular classrooms to address the most urgent needs for additional space across the province. There are more than 60 projects underway in the province. Twenty-seven are expected to be open for the 2020-21 school year, and the remaining projects are in various stages of planning and construction.

The province will also provide $527 million to school divisions for plant operations and maintenance to support the day-to-day upkeep of school facilities. Additionally, $194 million will support the capital maintenance and renewal of existing school buildings through the Infrastructure Maintenance and Renewal Program.

“I am pleased that the government chose to make this announcement here in Calgary-North East. Students and families in my community will be relieved to hear that they will be getting the new high school we have needed for a long time. I’m proud that this critical funding was included in Budget 2019, as this was one of my first and most important motivations for why I wanted to represent Calgary-North East at the legislature.”

Rajan Sawhney, Minister of Community and Social Services and MLA for Calgary-North East

“On behalf of our students and the Calgary Board of Education, we would like to thank Minister LaGrange and Minister Panda for this important investment in school capital. We are pleased they chose to come to Calgary to make this provincial announcement and look forward to new CBE schools that will benefit students in north Calgary and in the growing community of Auburn Bay.”

Marilyn Dennis, chair, Calgary Board of Education

The 25 capital projects are:

Community School Authority Project Type/Name
*Beaumont Conseil scolaire Centre Nord (Greater North Central Francophone Education Region) new school (K-12)
*Blackfalds Wolf Creek Public Schools new high school (9-12)
Buffalo Head Prairie Fort Vermilion School Division Blue Hills Community School addition & modernization
Calgary – Auburn Bay Calgary Board of Education new elementary school (K-4)
Calgary – Auburn Bay Calgary Board of Education new middle school (5-9)
Calgary – north Calgary Board of Education new high school (10-12)
Carstairs Chinook’s Edge School Division Carstairs Elementary School addition
Cochrane Calgary Catholic School District new elementary/junior high school (K-9)
Condor & Leslieville Wild Rose School Division David Thompson solution modernization/replacement
*Edmonton – south east Edmonton Public Schools new high school (10-12)
Edmonton – Windermere-Keswick Edmonton Public Schools new elementary/junior high (K-9)
*Edmonton – Heritage Valley Town Centre Edmonton Catholic Schools new high school (10-12)
Edmonton – Windermere/Keswick Edmonton Catholic Schools new elementary/junior high (K-9)
*Fort Chipewyan Northland School Division Athabasca Delta School modernization/replacement
*Grande Prairie Peace Wapiti School Division Harry Balfour School replacement
*Langdon Rocky View Schools new junior/senior high school (7-12)
*Leduc Black Gold School Division new high school (10-12)
Legal Conseil scolaire Centre Nord(Greater North Central Francophone Education Region) new elementary/junior high school (K-9)
Morinville Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools Morinville Community High School CTS modernization
Morrin Prairie Land School Division Morrin School replacement
Peace River Conseil Scolaire du Nord-Ouest(Northwest Francophone Education Region) École des Quatre-Vents replacement
*Red Deer Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools new middle school (6-9)
Smoky Lake Aspen View Public Schools H.A. Kostash replacement
*St. Albert St. Albert Public Schools Bellerose Composite High School addition & modernization
Whitecourt Living Waters Catholic Schools new elementary school (K-3)

*Design funding

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