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Crime Prevention for Your Home During the COVID-19 Crisis

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March 27, 2020

More and more of us are working from home and practicing social distancing during this COVID-19 crisis. This means there are more “eyes on the street” in our neighbourhoods to notice and report suspicious activity. However, this could create some new challenges, such as increased “back alley” and vehicle activity. Here are some tips from the Central Alberta Crime Prevention Centre, in partnership with the RCMP, to improve your security at home during this time:

  • Remove all valuables (including coins, empty bottles, medications, bags, sunglasses, etc.)  from your vehicles and lock your doors every night. If you are leaving a vehicle parked on the street or garage pad, be sure to remove your garage door opener.
  • Store empty bags of bottles in your garage or a locked storage unit. Leaving them in plain view in your backyard or  back alley just encourages thieves to come on to your private property, and return to check if you have put more bags out.

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  • If you are storing an RV in your back yard, remove propane bottles and batteries, and don’t leave any other valuables in it, even “just overnight” because you are leaving in the morning.
  • If you are storing a trailer in your back yard, consider a lock hitch or tire lock.
  • Cut down bushes to 2′ or less, and trim tree canopies up to 6′ to increase sightlines into and from your property. Trim bushes away from doors and windows to remove hiding places for people who shouldn’t be there.
  • If leaving sliding doors or windows open for fresh air, leave them open them 6″ or less, and consider using inexpensive dowels inside the frame to ensure the window/door cannot be pushed open further from the outside.
  • Consider installing motion detector lights that you, or your neighbours, can see to alert you to suspicious activities.
  • If you are in your back yard, do NOT leave your overhead garage door open or your garage man door unlocked.
  • Implement the RCMP’s #9PMRoutine every night to reduce those “the one time I forgot” times and ensure your home is secured for the night.
  • If you own a business and it is currently closed, you may wish to check out our other article, “Crime Prevention for Your Business During the COVID-19 Crisis“.

Please continue to REPORT all suspicious activity to the RCMP non-emergency line at 403-343-5575. Should you want further information, please visit our website, call us at 403-986-9904, or email us at [email protected].

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The Mustard Seed is in Urgent Need of Bottled Water

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News release from The Mustard Seed

Summer is here and as temperatures are rising in Red Deer, The Mustard Seed is in desperate need of bottled water to keep Red Deer’s most vulnerable safe from the sweltering heat.

For those experiencing homelessness, the extreme heat can pose a dangerous risk. Insufficient water when temperatures rise can lead to exposure-related illnesses such as heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and even death.

The Mustard Seed is working hard to ensure that those in need of water are provided for – but we can’t do this alone. We urgently need your help to respond to the increased need for water and other summer essentials found here:

Items Needed:

  • Rain Ponchos
  • Travel-Size Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Hair Brushes
  • Deodorants (Men & Women)
  • Individual Kleenex
  • Ladies Underwear (Small – Medium Size)
  • Men’s Boxershorts (Medium – Large Size)
  • Backpacks
  • Razors
  • Travel-Size Body Wash
  • Hair Care (Gel preferably)
  • Reusable Water Bottles
  • Toilet Paper
  • New Blankets
  • Tooth Brushes
  • Baby wipes
  • Reusable Bags
  • Insect Repellant
  • Travel-Size Sunscreen
  • Q-tips
  • Flipflops: (Men’s sizes 7 – 13 & Women’s sizes 6 – 10)
  • Hats

School Lunch Program:

  • Granola Bars
  • Nut-free Snacks
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Celery
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Deli Meat

In dire situations like this – whatever you can give makes a huge difference in the lives of those in need.

All donations will be gratefully received at the Community Support Centre, Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Thanks to your generosity, we can provide vital services and resources that help keep our most vulnerable community members in Red Deer safe.

About The Mustard Seed:

The Mustard Seed is a Christian non-profit organization that has been caring for individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty since 1984. Operating in five cities across Alberta and British Columbia, The Mustard Seed is a supportive haven where people can have their physical, mental, and spiritual needs met and grow toward greater health and independence.

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Primary Care Network launches ‘Year of the Garden’ to encourage more activity and healthier eating

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By Mark Weber

Summer is here as is the joy of spending time outdoors – and an exciting Primary Care Network program has been designed with that goal in mind.

“The City offered us one of their garden plots on the north end in Normandeau,” explained Lynsey Hermary, a recreation therapist with the PCN, adding that space is being offered to any PCN patients or staff to use.

Essentially, it’s all about encouraging folks to get outside more, while of course growing healthy food and spending time in nature.

“It is located directly behind the Save on Foods on 67th St, access is along 68th (Nash St) and we are garden plot number B12.” The plot numbers are marked on the stakes.

“We recommend that everyone who uses it, marks off their section, and is then responsible for weeding, pruning and harvesting their area,” notes the PCN web site. It’s also an incredibly practical activity to take part in, with the ongoing high costs of food – particularly healthy food, added Hermary.

Meanwhile, there is plenty of room at the plot as well, and it’s been exciting to see people utilize the space. “This is a brand-new program – we just got it up and running (recently),” she said, adding that the City of Red Deer web site offers tips on the
gardening side of things as well.

A PCN-hosted Westerner pancake breakfast is also slated for July 20th

Looking forward into the summer, staff are also excited to announce they will be hosting a pancake breakfast on July 20 from 7 to 9 a.m. to celebrate Westerner Days. It will be held at the park beside the PCN office which is located at 5120 – 47th St.

“You’ll see our PCN staff and some of our physicians out flipping pancakes, and there will be some entertainment,” said Bonnie St. Dennis, office and IT administrator at the Red Deer PCN.

“There is no charge to attend, but donations are welcome which will go to support PCN programs involving the City’s vulnerable populations.”

Staff also wished to remind residents that they have the PCN bike corral each Saturday at the Farmer’s Market.

“We really encourage people to ride their bicycles down to the market, and they can then leave them for us to watch,” said Lorna Milkovich, the PCN’s executive director. “It’s a nice option to help people get out and get more active, too.”

And another key local event PCN staff are helping to promote is the Dr. Walter Reynolds Memorial run which is set for Sept. 18 th.

More information about the family-friendly event, which will be held at Bower Ponds, can be found at www.drreynoldsrun.ca. As the web site explains, it was in August of 2020 that, “A wonderful person was taken from us while working at the Village Mall Walk-in Clinic.

“The community of Red Deer suffered a tremendous loss when Walter was taken from us. A hole in the hearts of many as he was loved by all who knew him, from his patients to his colleagues, friends and family. The purpose of this run is to remember Dr. Walter Reynolds and what he stood for: respect, love, kindness and community.

“In Walter’s name, ALL funds raised through this race will be donated back into the community which he loved. The Red Deer Hospice Society and Red Deer Youth Sports initiatives will be the organizations benefiting from this year’s event. Our goal is to see this race become an annual event and spread the love through the community.”

Also looking ahead, St. Dennis pointed out that although the PCN’s Health Cafes won’t be running again until the fall, anyone can check out the PCN web site (under the Patient Resources tab) and view previous Health Cafes which cover a wide range of health topics with experts offering guidance and information. Meanwhile, the local PCN offers a wealth of programs aimed at bolstering virtually all aspects of healthy living.

Primary Care Networks are made up of groups of family physicians working with other health care professionals such as nurses, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, exercise specialists, social workers, and mental health professionals.

Red Deer PCN supports the communities of Red Deer, Blackfalds and Penhold.

For more information, call the local PCN office at 403-343-9100 or check out www.reddeerpcn.com.

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