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City of Red Deer banning unvaccinated citizens from recreation and culture facilities

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News Release from The City of Red Deer

Provincial Restrictions Exemption Program adopted for City recreation and culture facilities

Facilities include:

  Collicutt Centre

  G.H. Dawe Community Centre

  Servus Arena – Walking track is open for use through Activity Reservations

  Kinex Arena

  Kinsmen Community Arenas

  Michener Aquatic Centre and Gymnasium

  Recreation Centre

  Setters Place at Great Chief Park (applies to use of indoor spaces only)

  Intermediate School

The City of Red Deer will adopt the provincial Restrictions Exemption Program, effective Monday, September 20, 2021. The program will apply at all City owned and operated recreation and culture facilities.

On September 15, 2021, the Government of Alberta declared a State of Public Health Emergency due to the rising hospitalizations and cases of COVID-19. As a result, they are implementing province-wide restrictions in an effort to reduce the impact of the pandemic.

In order to continue providing recreation and culture opportunities in a safe and responsible way, The City has decided to implement the Restrictions Exemption Program for all City owned and operated recreation and culture facilities.

Starting September 20, all vaccine-eligible visitors to City owned and operated recreation and culture facilities will require proof of vaccination, medical exemption or a negative rapid test result within 72 hours of a visit to facilities. From September 20 to October 25, proof of a single dose is considered acceptable as long as the dose was given more than two weeks before visiting facilities. After October 25, proof of full vaccination (two doses) will be required.

“As with all of the decisions we have made through our pandemic response, this one was not made lightly or easily,” says Barb McKee, Recreation Superintendent. “Ultimately, if we didn’t implement the program, we would be subject to additional restrictions that would significantly limit access and program options in our facilities. Our goal remains providing safe and accessible recreation opportunities, while also ensuring the safety and well-being of staff, customers and visitors.”

Acknowledging that not all Red Deerians may be able to immediately access their proof of vaccination, The City will allow access to facilities from Monday, September 20 to Monday, September 27 with verbal confirmation of vaccination.

“We recognize that not everyone will agree with this approach,” said McKee. “Our focus remains protecting the health and safety of our community in the best way that we can with the information and guidance we have today. Please remember to be kind and respectful to one another, and to our staff when you visit our facilities.”

The Restrictions Exemption Program also applies to all leaseholder spaces within City facilities. Lease holders will be responsible for sharing these new requirements with their customers. Third-party operators (e.g., River Bend, Bower Ponds, Heritage Ranch, Neighbourhood Activity Centres, etc.) will make their own decisions regarding their operations. Rental permit holders for City operated recreation and culture facilities will be responsible for sharing recreation facility requirements with their memberships and visiting teams. For organized sports, please check with your sport organization for more information about specific requirements.

As mandated by the Government of Alberta, masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces. Therefore, all visitors are required to wear a mask in City facilities, unless actively participating in activities. Effective September 20, anyone unable to wear a mask will be required to provide a medical exception letter from an authorized health professional. More information about mask exemptions is available at alberta.ca/masks

Refunds are available for customers who would like to pause or cancel their monthly pass or program registration. Please contact [email protected] or 403-309-8411 to request a refund.

Please visit www.reddeer.ca/RecUpdate for more information about the Restrictions Exemption Program at our facilities, and the Government of Alberta’s website for full details on the September 15 provincial announcement. https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-public-health-actions.aspx

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Updated 2021 Municipal Election and Referendum Results from the City of Red Deer

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Updated unofficial 2021 Election results

Following a recount of two voting stations which had not yet reported results, The City has updated unofficial results to reflect 100% of votes cast. A recount was performed earlier today after an isolated technical issue disrupted results reporting for Advance Vote at the Baymont by Wyndham Red Deer and the Mustard Seed. The recount did not change the outcome of the Election.

Red Deer saw an increase in voter turnout compared to the last Municipal Election. In the 2021 Election, 21,548 out of 71,475 eligible voters, or 30.15 per cent, cast their ballots, including 10,622 during the Advance Vote. This was an increase over 2017, which saw 19,265 of 66,897 eligible voters, or 28.8 per cent, cast their ballots, including 2,639 during Advance Vote.

Unofficial results of the 2021 Municipal and School Board Elections are as follows:

MAYOR FOR THE CITY OF RED DEER

Number of positions to be filled: 1

CANDIDATE VOTES
1 Johnston, Ken 11,611
2 Moore, Jeremy Richard 3,169
3 Buchanan, S.H. (Buck) 3,086
4 Magee, Bradley James 2,049
5 Hickey, Dwight G. 900
6 Allen, James 389

COUNCILLOR FOR THE CITY OF RED DEER

Number of positions to be filled: 8

CANDIDATE VOTES
1 Dawe, Michael 12,141

2 Jefferies, Cindy 11,304

3 Wyntjes, Dianne 8,961

4 Lee, Lawrence 8,310

5 Buruma, Bruce 7,067

6 Higham, Vesna 6,298

7 Barnstable, Kraymer 5,892

8 Doerksen, Victor 5,884

9 Krahn, Chad 5,122

10 Khan, Sadia 5,000

11 Williams, Dax 4,865

12 Somer, Janise 4,809

13 Huizing, Hans 4,687

14 MacDonald, Jason 4,677

15 Curtis, Craig 4,543

16 Olubwale, Sheyi 4,245

17 Barclay, Graham 4,061

18 Lydiard, Nicole (Nikki) 3,725

19 Campbell, Brenda 3,525

20 Harksen, Sarah 3,290

21 Engel, Grace Joy 2,540

22 Ratra, Harish 2,495

23 Spencer-Cook, Lisa 2,468

24 Campbell, Calvin 2,067

25 Milaney, Liam 1,634

26 Larocque, Lindsay 1,362

27 Mihaly, Jozef 1,353

28 Laloge, Ryan Andrew 1,317

29 Chapin, Matt 902

30 Coop, Stephen (Steve) 435

 

TRUSTEE OF THE RED DEER PUBLIC SCHOOL DIVISION

Number of positions to be filled: 7

CANDIDATE VOTES
1 Manning, Bev 6,074
2 Gould, Matt 5,272
3 Buchanan, Nicole 5,143
4 Macaulay, Dianne 4,781
5 Peacocke, Cathy 4,775
6 Sommers, Angela 4,581
7 Watters, Jim 4,473
8 Tweedle, Jaelene 4,185
9 Peters, Paul 3,892
10 Warkentin, Reg 3,550
11 Parisian, Meagan 3,358
12 Elliott, Kari 3,274
13 Davies, Nathan 3,082
14 Grills, Terri 3,024
15 Chapin, Matt 1,653
16 Swarek, Mark 937

 

TRUSTEE OF THE RED DEER CATHOLIC SEPARATE SCHOOL DIVISION, RED DEER AREA WARD

Number of positions to be filled: 5

CANDIDATE VOTES
1 Watson, Anne Marie 3,169
2 Pasula, Kim 2,956
3 Hollman, Murray 2,923
4 LeGrange, Monique 2,546
5 Leyson, Cynthia 2,489
6 Mariani, Vanessa 2,209

The Red Deer Catholic Separate School Division’s QEII Ward and Highway 11 Ward were both unaffected by the recount, as the two voting stations affected were within the Red Deer Area Ward. Unofficial results for the QEII Ward and Highway 11 Ward remain unchanged.

Official election results for the Municipal and School Board Elections will be announced at 12 noon on Friday, October 22.

The City also hosted a Senate Election and two Referendum questions on behalf of  The Province. Updated results noted below are unofficial results for Red Deer voters only; official results from all Alberta voters will be calculated and confirmed by Elections Alberta at a later date.

ALBERTA SENATE ELECTION

Number of positions to be filled: 3

CANDIDATE RED DEER VOTES
1 Pam Davidson 7,951
2 Erika Barootes 7,227
3 Mykhailo Martyniouk 4,896
4 Kelly Lorencz 3,002
5 Doug A. Horner 2,945
6 Ann McCormack 2,475
7 Nadine R. Wellwood 2,464
8 Karina Pillay 1,959
9 Rick Bonnett 1,837
10 Duncan Kinney 1,777
11 Jeff Nielsen 1,510
12 Sunil Sookram 1,229
13 Chad Jett Thunders Saunders 1,004

REFERENDUM QUESTION 1: EQUALIZATION

1 Yes 13,980

2 No 6,393

REFERENDUM QUESTION 2: DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME

1 Yes 11,523

2 No 9,580

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Mayor Ken Johnston wins big. Jefferies, Buruma, Barnstable, and Doerksen join council

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Results from Elections.RedDeer.ca

A new era begins with Mayor Ken Johnston at the helm after an overwhelming victory for Johnston as he outpaced all his competition combined, picking up over 50% of the votes cast in the Mayoral Election.

In the ultra competitive race for council seats, Michael Dawe led the way while Cindy Jefferies breezed back onto council picking up the second highest number of votes. After Dianne Wyntjes, newcomer Bruce Buruma managed to pick up the fifth spot, squeezing between incumbents Lawrence Lee and Vesna Hingham.  Former Red Deer Rebel Kraymer Barnstable worked his way onto council finishing seventh.  Victor Doerksen has successfully re-entered political life.  The former Red Deer South MLA edged out 21 other candidates for the 8th spot on City Council. Chad Krahn, Sadia Khan, Dax Williams, Janice Somer, and Jason MacDonald lead the pack of newcomers who didn’t quite break through in this election.

Matt Gould made a great impact with voters catching a seat on the Red Deer Public School Board in a very competitive election.

 

And Monique LaGrange is a new Red Deer Ward representative on the Board of Trustees for Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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