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Difference between politicians and bureaucrats is important.


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The main difference between politicians and bureaucrats is that politicians worry about results and the bureaucrats worry about the process. Who do we want to take the leadership role?

For several years after the Conservatives were elected to govern, journalists and M Ps were going on about boys in short pants from the PMO were running the show, telling M Ps, Cabinet Ministers and Senators what to say and who to talk with. For Canadians it was extremely frustrating seeing our elected officials becoming bobble headed puppets spewing prepared talking points.

This was the most obvious example but the same was happening with Premiers and Mayors, across the country.

The result is distressing as governments grew, and with more and more bureaucrats specialized in more restricted areas, the bigger picture got lost. We end up with bubbles, the Ottawa bubble, the provincial capital bubbles, and the city hall bubbles. Most bureaucrats live near where they work, and politicians seldom do, living in ridings a fair distance away. Bureaucrats stay while politicians come and go.

Even in city halls, it often seen in how or where the elected officials are treated and situated in the building or in the hierarchy. Management is symbolically raised above the elected councillors, and nearer the centre of power. Chances are the councillors will be separated from the mayor by departments, floors or wings.

There is a separation between politicians and bureaucrats and a need to separate the governance from the operations and that is understandable. But it is when the governing officials are treated as less than equal, you create the systemic and chronic problems. It has been known, that Prime Ministers treat their M Ps with little respect, relying on bureaucrats in the PMO, Premiers treat MLAs in the same manner, and often times Mayors treat the councillors, so it appears we become govern by bureaucrats.

How do we accomplish anything? Who do we talk to with our personal issue or concern? You can seek out a high level bureaucrat or you can find an Advocate to raise the profile of the issue. Advocacy groups can be very effective, the Downtown Business Association is very effective and it has the extra bonus of having city hall located within it’s boundaries.

The Canadian Taxpayers Association, seems like a good start but they have a limited membership and a limited scope, basically not paying taxes, so they will not help the single tax payer in distress. They have a lot of money and influence, but are not really representative of the Canadian taxpayers. Like many advocacy groups they restrict themselves to certain issues.

Every bureaucrat and department has a drawer or file for issues or project to languish and be forgotten. That issue you discussed with your elected official, who supported your cause, probably went into that drawer or file, never to be seen again. The elected official, went on to the next person, and the cycle continues.

Individually, we are shackled to a system, created and nurtured by bureaucrats, and we hope will be changed, altered and improved after every election. It seldom changes. Listen to or watch the Prime Minister, Premiers or Mayors after an issue arises, and where they turn to for advice? Seldom an elected official but their closest bureaucrat, which will be brought forward to the elected officials, usually as a fait d’accompli. Except in some minority governments, where they have to earn support.

So, if the bureaucrats, run the show, why do we bother with the time and costs of having elections? Why not just elect a Mayor, a Premier and a Prime Minister? The Mayors could meet chaired by the Premier, then the Premiers could meet and be chaired by the Prime Minister. It would be cheaper, but it would destroy an illusion of democratic equality.

Perhaps, our politicians could remember why they are there, demand equality and not accept being dismissed by other political offices and bureaucrats, and take over leadership roles. Then this letter would not be needed, but unfortunately, it is needed now. I think the result is the more important and the process is there to achieve the needed result. That I think has been forgotten.

Politicians, please remember why you were elected? It was to lead, not to get lost in the process. Can you do that, because we need you to? Burst those bubbles and represent your constituents, the process will adapt, if you do. Thank you.


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Winners announced for Red Deer Hospital Lottery

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The Red Deer Regional Health Foundation has announced the winners of the 2024 Red Deer Hospital Lottery Dream Home and Tiny Home prize packages, as well as the Mega Bucks 50.

The Mega Bucks 50 jackpot reached $607,200.00, which makes Carolyn Pelerine of Cochrane, Alberta the winner of $303,600.00.

In addition, the luxurious Tree Hugger Tiny Home Prize Package, complete with accessories by Urban Barn and valued at $163,798.00, is now owned by Mary Vincent of Red Deer.

The coveted Sorento Dream Home Prize Package, which includes furnishings and accessories by Urban Barn and boasts a total value of $1,072,624.00, has been awarded to Maxine Rumohr of Sylvan Lake.

The highly anticipated draw took place at 10:00 a.m. Thursday at the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation office, located within the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre, with an announcement following live on Facebook, allowing participants and supporters to join in the excitement virtually.

“We are delighted to congratulate the winners of this year’s Red Deer Hospital Lottery,” said Manon Therriault, Chief Executive Officer of the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation. “The funds raised from this lottery will significantly contribute to enhancing patient care and services at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who participated and supported this important cause.”

Proceeds from the Red Deer Hospital Lottery and Mega Bucks 50 will contribute to acquiring critically needed, state-of-the-art equipment for several units at the Red Deer Hospital.

This year’s lottery will fund equipment such as a phototherapy system, which allows parents to hold and soothe their infant while undergoing phototherapy, a cardiology case cart to monitor cardiac rhythms during stress testing, and other equipment to help provide excellent care for patients in the emergency and operating rooms at the Red Deer Hospital.

The winners of a variety of electronics were also drawn today. A full list of winners will be available in the coming days on the official lottery website at Prize winners who have not already been notified will receive a letter in the mail with instructions on how to claim their prizes.

The keys to the Sorento Dream Home and the Tree Hugger Tiny Home will be presented to the winners at a special ceremony this summer.

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The Grand Opening is TODAY!

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A Day Filled With Hope – Years in the Making!
For years the CACAC has been walking hand-in-hand with many different partners, community members, donors, policy makers, and leaders in research and advocacy towards this moment.The Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence now stands in the heart of Central Alberta, the first Centre of its kind in North America, creating space for different strategic partners to operate alongside one another in the best interest of children, youths, and families who have experienced any form of abuse.

Now, during this momentous chapter in our history, we invite you to join us for the Grand Opening of the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence. 

We’re excited to welcome you and your family to the Grand Opening of the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence today!

Today’s events are family friendly, and there’s something for everyone!

From Noon to 5:00PM the public is welcome to come and see everything the building has to offer at the SKCOE Open House! Staff from every organization from within the SKCOE will be there to answer questions. This is a great opportunity to learn about why this Centre is so important for Central Alberta.

Beginning at 7:00PM, the public is also invited to the formal program at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, which is the building immediately North West of us across the parking lot. The formal program will have many messages and presentations from dignitaries, and you can pick up our Champions of Courage pin, which was minted for the Grand Opening only! Following the program there is a ribbon cutting ceremony.

There is a lot to celebrate, so come out and say hi!

When: Thursday, May 16

Where: Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence, and Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, Main Campus of Red Deer Polytechnic, Red Deer, AB.

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Open House

7:00 PM – Formal Program at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to follow.

How to get to the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence

Please note that there will also be parking available at the lot directly North of the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

Detailed RDP Parking Map

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