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City of Red Deer mandates mask use only on City Transit for now


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From the City of Red Deer

City Council passes bylaw for mandatory face coverings in City transit vehicles

 Masks are required in City transit in Red Deer starting August 31, 2020, after City Council gave third reading to a Mandatory Mask Bylaw at today’s regular Council meeting.

The bylaw requires masks to be worn when riding City transit vehicles. The bylaw comes into effect on August 31, 2020, and at this time, extends until December 31, 2020.

City Council also considered mandatory masking in public spaces beyond City transit; however, this bylaw was not adopted at this time. City Council may consider it in the future, as a mechanism to be responsive should the situation change. This would be done with direction and guidance from Provincial Health Authorities.

“The topic of masking is a divisive issue in our community. Today’s decision by City Council acknowledges the need for continued diligence in protecting the health and wellbeing of all Red Deerians while respecting the ever changing realities of COVID-19 and its impact on our community,” said Mayor Tara Veer.

Under the bylaw, face coverings means a medical or non-medical mask or other face covering to create a barrier that limits the transmission of respiratory droplets.

“Following City Council’s decision, masks are mandatory when people are riding City transit; however, for the time being, masks are not mandatory in other public spaces,” said Karen Mann, Emergency Management Coordinator. “We still encourage citizens to use masks voluntarily when needed, and when 2 metres of physical distancing cannot be maintained in public spaces.”

The fine for non-compliance is $50; however, The City’s preference is to educate prior to issuing tickets and fines.

After 15 years as a TV reporter with Global and CBC and as news director of RDTV in Red Deer, Duane set out on his own 2008 as a visual storyteller. During this period, he became fascinated with a burgeoning online world and how it could better serve local communities. This fascination led to Todayville, launched in 2016.

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Southside Dodge donates new van to Ronald McDonald House

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Matt Swainson (Vice President & General Manager, Southside Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram) -left , Lori Rechlo (General Manager, Ronald McDonald House Charities Alberta – Red Deer House) – right

Submitted by Sarah Heibein, Stakeholder Relations Manager, Central Alberta Ronald McDonald House

We’ve received a donation of use of a Dodge Caravan from Southside Dodge- they’ve been an incredible support of us over the years.  Attached is the photo we took at the dealership when we picked up the keys on Friday.

Ronald McDonald House Charities Alberta, Red Deer House is truly grateful to Matt Swainson and his entire team at Southside Dodge for their steadfast support of our work to keep families together during the unimaginable hardship of the need to travel for medical treatment for their sick or injured child. Our House is not a nice to have, but a need to have, and we are honoured to work with such an amazing community partner in Southside. The use of the 2021 Dodge Caravan will help us to keep our operating costs down so that we can focus on our work to keep families close.

We have operated in the city for over 8 years, ensuring there is a safe and comfortable place for families to rest while they focus on the recovery of their child(ren).

We are grateful to everyone in Red Deer who supports us!  😊

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Smiles Thru Lindsey reaching out with a new video message and urging Albertans to look out for each other at this challenging time

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The holiday season is well behind us, we’re heading into the coldest part of the winter, and although the days are starting to grow longer there’s still a definite lack of daylight in our lives.  The winter blues are a real thing and this year we have COVID, a whole new serious problem to add to our mental health issues.

COVID is also the reason the Smiles Thru Lindsey team has not been able do public events for many months.  Unable to reach out physically through school visits and fund raisers, Smiles Thru Lindsey is reminding Central Albertans to check in on each other.  Also, please follow the Smiles Thru Lindsey Facebook page .  They’ll lead you to the resources you or your loved ones need right away.

Meet Lindsey and the Smiles Thru Lindsey team in this powerful video.  …And remember to check in on the people in your life.

If you’d like to help Smiles Thru Lindsey with a donation please click here.

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