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Crime Prevention for Business During the COVID-19 Crisis

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March 27, 2020

As businesses close and are sending staff home, this will mean that businesses are empty and there are fewer “eyes on the street” to notice and report suspicious activity to the RCMP. The Central Alberta Crime Prevention Centre, in partnership with the RCMP,  would like to remind businesses to consider the following crime prevention tips during this time:

  • In addition to exterior lights, keep the lights on inside so that when the RCMP are doing their patrols at night, they can see inside your business. Also, remove anything, like posters, retail display racks and similar, from the windows as to not obstruct the view into your business.
  • Remove all cash and receipts. Don’t leave donation boxes on the front desk, cash boxes with “floats”, or safes at your business. Empty out cash registers and leave them open or put the empty cash try out to show there is nothing in it.

    Full Astragal on an Exterior Door

  • Remove client or staff personal information that could be stolen and used for identity theft.
  • Don’t leave any valuables visible or accessible. Remove computers, projectors, and other valuables from your office and take them home.
  • Remove all alcohol products from display and put the inventory in a locked storage area, or remove it from the premises.
  • Consider posting an “All Valuables & Cash Removed” sign on your door.
  • Remove material around the exterior of the property, such as wood pallets, bricks, ladders, or metal poles, that may be used to gain entry.
  • To increase security, consider installing security film on accessible windows and glass doors to increase glass integrity from blunt force, and we always recommend full astragals on exterior doors to discourage the use of tools to pry open the door. Also, exterior doors  should be adjusted so there isn’t a gap for a tool, such as a crow bar, to be easily inserted.
  • Ensure the emergency contact list is up to date on any alarm monitoring system.
  • Make regular site visits to monitor your shop/business. Consider not doing this on a regular schedule so observers cannot figure out an established pattern.
  • And if you are working from home, you may wish to check out our “Crime Prevention For Your Home During the COVID-19 Crisis” for safety tips for your home.

Should you want any further information on how to secure your business while you are shut down, please don’t hesitate to visit our website, call us at 403-986-9904, or email us at [email protected].

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Two days left to join “Wine Survivor” for The Lending Cupboard! Join a team or make your own

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TLC SURVIVOR CHALLENGE IS BACK – WITH A TWIST!

WHAT IS IT?

A game of elimination with the potential to win lots of wine & more! That’s right this time around we have added a twist! Wine not your thing, maybe its craft beer or a favorite spirit? This year the winners will be awarded liquor store gift cards so they can make their own choice!

WHAT CAN YOU WIN?

NEW THIS YEAR!! As a team member, you have TEN chances to win a boat- load of wine, spirits and more! In the end the winners get to choose.

HOW DOES TLC WIN?

Fifty percent of the registration fee supports TLC!

HOW DO YOU PLAY?

Join a team or pick 5 friends and start your own team. Each team must appoint a Team Captain who will keep the other team members informed.

Each team must have 6 members and they will give their team a fun name. TLC will assign each team member their own unique number once we receive the Team Registration Form.

Your team will not be registered until ALL team members have submitted their $40 registration fee. No exceptions!

Your team captain will collect your money and email addresses.

Your registration fee and email address must be submitted to your team captain no later than Wednesday, October 21st, 2020. (Challenge launch date is Friday, September 18th, 2020)

All teams must be registered, paid in full and delivered to TLC no later than Wednesday, October 21, 2020 (TLC is opened Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00am to 4:30pm).

You can increase your odds of winning by joining more than one team! Just remember that you will need to pay the $40 registration fee each time you join a team.

HOW DO YOU WIN?

This is a game of elimination – YOU DO NOT WANT YOUR NAME/ NUMBER TO BE DRAWN!

Draws will begin on Monday, October 26th, 2020 and will be held daily until the final draws are made on Friday, October 30th, 2020.

The team Captains will receive an email each draw day showing the standing of each team. The team captain will then forward the information on to their individual team members.

As long as one member of your team remains you are still in the game – you have six chances to win!

The first team to be eliminated will be our “Biggest Losers” and each team member will receive two $20 liquor store gift card.

EXAMPLE:

Based on 100 teams entering:

The Biggest Loser = each team member will receive 2 gift cards ($240 team value) 9th Place Finish = each team member will receive 4 gift cards ($480 team value)
8th Place Finish = each team member will receive 5 gift cards ($600 team value)
7th Place Finish = each team member will receive 6 gift cards ($720 team value)
6th Place Finish = each team member will receive 8 gift cards ($960 team value)
5th Place Finish = each team member will receive 10 gift cards ($1,200 team value) 4th Place Finish = each team member will receive 12 gift cards ($1,440 team value) 3rd Place Finish = each team member will receive 14 gift cards ($1,680 team value) 2nd Place Finish = each team member will receive 16 gift cards ($1,920 team value) Final Surviors

1st Place Finish = each team member will receive 23 gift cards ($2,760 team value)

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We hope to have a minimum of 100 teams involved but of course the more teams the larger the prize so connect with your family, friends and colleagues.

Please spread the word and let’s see how many teams we can put together for this great cause!

TEAM LEADER INSTRUCTION SHEET

Thank you for putting together a team(s) for The Lending Cupboard’s Survivor fundraiser. The more teams that we have, the larger the prize AND the more money The Lending Cupboard (TLC) receives to further support our community!

The following is a list of the things that are required of you as the Team Captain in your group of six people:

  • You and your members should pick a fun name for your team. Put this name in the designated spot on the registration form, along with your name as Team Captain.
  • Make sure you have correct email addresses for all team members as this is the way that you will communicate.
  • Please collect $40 from each team member.
  • The $240 total team entrance fee can be paid via cash, debit, Visa or MasterCard or cheque made payable to The Lending Cupboard.
  • If paying by debit, Visa or MasterCard – it might be easier for you as team captain to have your members pay you, than you could pay TLC via your desired card.
  • Team members need to have their money to you by Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at the latest (the sooner the better). Once you have collected the registration fees you must deliver the full package to The Lending Cupboard by Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at the latest. We are open Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 9:00am to 4:30pm for drop off. Please ask for Dawna, Janice or Kathy when you do your drop off.
  • Each team member will be assigned their own unique ticket number and you, as team captain, will be emailed a copy of your teams’ registration form with your team’s assigned numbers on it.
  • Once the draws start on October 26th, 2020 as team captain you will be mailed the results after each draw – you can then forward the results onto your team members so they can follow along.
  • The final draw date is Friday, October 30th, 2020. This is the day that the winners will be announced! If your team is a winning team, you will be notified of the date and location where you will be presented all the cards that your team has won!

    If you have any questions or concerns, please email one of the following:

    Dawna Morey

    [email protected]

    Janice Shimek

    [email protected]

    Kathy Cole

    [email protected]

THE BIGGEST WINNER is THE LENDING CUPBOARD AND OUR COMMUNITY!!

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Good Luck and Thank You for Supporting The Lending Cupboard!

Why Support The Lending Cupboard?

The Lending Cupboard is a registered charity that provides equipment to enhance quality of life by maintaining mobility, independence and dignity to people in Central Alberta. Since 2006 The Lending Cupboard (TLC) has been providing medical equipment to those who need it. Whether your needs are short term or long term, minor or more serious, we are here to help.

We lend out medical equipment for: extreme sports injuries, those recovering from illness or surgery, end of care, children, youth and adults, senior citizens.

Equipment available through the TLC: Air cast, bed rails, bath chairs, bath lifts, commodes, toilet risers, crutches & canes, hydraulic lifts, toilet safety rails, transport chairs, walkers, wheelchairs, super poles, roho cushions.

 

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The Ross Street Patio – A Summer to Remember

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“If you wish to make a space safe and vibrant you must occupy that space.”

If you happened to visit the Ross Street Patio installation over the summer, you likely would have seen just that; a vibrancy that was created through positive, collaborative engagement. 

 

  The Ross Street Patio installation has been a mainstay in Red Deer’s downtown for close to a decade. The area, located on the north lanes of Ross Street adjacent to the Cenotaph Park offers beautiful greenery in the form of planters, flowers and trees as well as patio tables with umbrellas and benches. Each year the City of Red Deer with the support of the Downtown Business Association create this lovely space for citizens to gather and enjoy a coffee or snack, enjoy programming in the form of live music and other entertainment, and take in the sights and sounds of a more bustling city centre. 

  The summer of 2020 saw a massive increase in foot traffic to the area, possibly more than any summers in the past. The spring was a time of uncertainty for many of the businesses in the area, and the restaurants in the area were making preparations to open their doors to the public after being closed for months due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Restaurants and bars were given the green light to reopen their doors in late May and by early June most had.

   Over the course of the following few weeks, these businesses began setting up their own patios within the boundaries of the Ross St. Patio. Tribe, Tacoloft, Occam’s Razor, and The Velvet Olive Lounge/Capitol Package Store are all very different food and beverage joints with one thing in common: they were all neighbors sharing the same uncertainty. 

   And then, it happened. What began as a conversation on the patio with Kyle Key, owner of the Olive and the Capitol Package Store, and musician Paeton Cameron, and a few others, became what would be remembered as one of the greatest summers on the Ross Street Patio to date.

   The Velvet Olive had previously been “the spot” for live music downtown. With open mic nights for musicians to have space to show off their talents, and other live music events weekly. Unfortunately due to the Covid-19 pandemic these live music venues were prohibited from showcasing live music inside their establishments, leaving musicians with essentially nowhere to play, and left music lovers longing to hear live music again. 

 “Let’s do it outside.” 

   It was a thought, then a conversation, and then it was happening. On a warm Thursday night, Kyle, Paeton, and friends put up a tent directly in front of the restaurants, plugged in a couple speakers, and invited musicians to sign up for the first ever “Open Mic Night” – outdoors, on the Ross Street Patio. It didn’t take long before the people began to gather, safely and respectfully, to listen to the live music they had been starved of for months. And it didn’t take long for the other businesses to see the benefits and reap the rewards. By the following Thursday, Tribe, Tacoloft, and Occam’s Razor all offered to support the live music by pitching in on costs, promotions, and maintaining the space. Before long there were up to 3 live music events per week that were programmed by the businesses. This was in addition to the programming created by the DBA and made the Ross Street Patio the most popular space in town. And the businesses all reported a remarkable increase in foot traffic and sales as a result of its popularity. Over the next few months the area had garnered such attention that photographers and film crews began attending to document the successes, and the citizens of Red Deer were calling to make reservations at the establishments, sometimes weeks in advance. 

  One of the last great events to take place on the “Ross Street Stage” was a collaboration between the 4 businesses, four breweries, and 11 local musicians. The “Save Our Stages – Originals Open Mic” night on Sept 18 was broadcast live over the internet. Each of the 11 musicians was invited to play 3 songs, all originals, to the excited crowd that filled the seats of the businesses’ patios and the Ross Street Patio seating. Filmed and broadcast by the team at Hot Shoe Studio the event was a huge success, culminating in a show of support by the local RCMP. As the sun set, approx 10-12 RCMP patrol vehicles slowly passed the Ross Street Patio with lights flashing and sirens sounding as a salute to the citizens of Red Deer and the businesses for doing their part to make the downtown safe and vibrant, by occupying that space. The cheers were deafening, and the tears of joy were real. What a summer, and what a city.

 Thanks to the City of Red Deer for providing the space. Thanks to the Downtown Business Association for the support and additional programming. Thanks to the businesses for breaking down their silos and working together for the greater cause. And thanks to the citizens of Red Deer for showing up, supporting local, and being generally good in the world. 

I’ve never been more proud to be a Red Deerian, and I can’t wait for next summer. 

To watch the full Originals Open Mic video click here: https://youtu.be/8fzMIT8pIyE

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