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Help shape the future of fitness at the Dawe


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Red Deerians, we need your help in shaping how fitness programs are delivered at the new G.H. Dawe Community Centre.When it opens in early 2023, the new G.H. Dawe Community Centre will see many upgrades, including:
  • Two NHL standard ice surfaces
  • Expanded fitness area, including a track and two fitness studios
  • Outdoor spray park with washroom facilities
  • Fully accessible change space
  • Pool deck party room
  • Dedicated preschool washrooms
  • Additional north entrance + site access from 67 Street
  • Additional parking

The addition of new fitness amenities and spaces brings an opportunity for new programs and services, and we want them to reflect the needs of the community. Residents are invited to share their ideas and suggestions for use of these fitness spaces through an online ideas wall and short survey:

“While the design and layout of the spaces are finalized, we are now working to develop programs and services for these new fitness amenities,” said Barb McKee, Recreation Superintendent. “We want our programs to reflect the needs of the community, so it’s important that we understand the experience and outcomes Red Deerians want from fitness programs at the new G.H. Dawe Community Centre.”

Feedback will be collected until November 29. A report back to the community will be available in early 2022 to share what we heard and how the feedback was used.

With the exception of the arena spaces, the G.H. Dawe Community Centre remains open during construction. Both drop-in and registered programs continue to be available. Facility information, including schedules, are available here.

For more information about the G.H. Dawe Community Centre project, please visit



Alberta Ombudsman can’t do anything about City of Red Deer complaint about 9-11 Dispatch

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Ombudsman Responds to Municipalities’ Complaint About Ambulance Dispatch

Marianne Ryan, Alberta’s Ombudsman took the unusual step of publicly commenting on a complaint received involving Alberta Health Services.

The City of Red Deer, along with the municipalities of Calgary, Lethbridge and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo filed a complaint to the Ombudsman regarding Alberta Health Services’ consolidation of ambulance emergency dispatch services.

The Ombudsman Act authorizes the Ombudsman to investigate administrative decisions of government ministries and many related bodies, but the Act specifically prohibits her from investigating decisions of Alberta Health Services (AHS).

“My office thoroughly analyzed the complaint and confirmed that the decision to consolidate ambulance dispatch services was indeed made by AHS. While many government-related bodies fall under my jurisdiction, AHS is not one of them,” stated Marianne Ryan, Alberta’s Ombudsman. “In fact, the Ombudsman Act specifically states that my powers of investigation do not apply to health authorities. My ability to investigate AHS decisions would require a change in legislation. While the issue being complained about clearly affects many Albertans, I am bound by my governing legislation to only investigate matters that are clearly within my jurisdiction.”

Investigations by the Ombudsman are conducted in confidence, and it is the Ombudsman’s general practice not to comment publicly on complaints, especially ones that are not being investigated.

“Given the substance of the complaint has been widely reported in the media and that it relates to an issue affecting a great many Albertans, I advised the mayors that I would be making a public statement.”

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14% of City Employees still unvaccinated as mandate comes into effect Monday

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Employee immunization policy comes into full effect Monday

On Monday, The City’s employee immunization policy takes full effect with proof of vaccination or proof of negative rapid antigen testing required, per the timelines outlined in The City’s Covid-19 Employee Immunization Policy implemented on October 5, 2021.

Starting Monday, City staff who have not submitted their immunization records must provide proof of ongoing valid negative rapid antigen testing, tests are valid for 72 hours.

As of today, 1,256 (86%) staff have submitted their vaccination records; however, this number may change as more staff continue to complete vaccination and send in records. The City has set up a process for those who opt for negative rapid antigen testing in lieu of being vaccinated.

“We are pleased with the number of employees who have provided their immunization records, and we anticipate the majority who have not, will choose to provide proof of negative rapid antigen testing come Monday,” said Tara Lodewyk, Interim City Manager. “Many thanks to the staff who have worked together to bring this to implementation. The policy respects the preferences of individuals without compromising the health and safety of our employees and our community. In creating good policy, we need to do what is best for the overall organization.”

The City will do its best to work with all employees to navigate the complexities of the policy; however, the small number of staff who choose not to submit immunization records or provide proof of negative test will not be able to work and unpaid for that time.

The COVID-19 Immunization Policy implemented on October 5 applies to all City of Red Deer staff. The City Manager is delegated the authority under the Municipal Government Act to make decisions and create policies, which includes safety and business operations for the City of Red Deer. The current Employee Immunization Policy falls within this authority.

City Council will receive a report in January about what a potential policy for members of Council may look like, as well as potential timelines for implementation.

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