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THE 100 MILLION DOLLAR ANNOUNCEMENT – First Phase of Red Deer Regional Hospital Expansion to start in 2021!

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The Government of Alberta announces a major $100 million first phase expansion of the Red Deer Hospital.

First phase of Red Deer hospital expansion announced

The Alberta government is committing $100 million to begin expansion of the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre.

LIVE: Announcing a much-needed expansion for the Red Deer Hospital

Posted by Jason Kenney on Wednesday, 26 February 2020

This capital funding is in addition to the $20.6 billion annual budget for health services, the highest ever in the province and the highest per capita of all provinces.

“For years, residents of central Alberta and Red Deer have been calling for their hospital to be expanded. Our government is the first to listen. I’m proud to announce funding will be made available as part of Budget 2020 for the first phase of the Red Deer hospital expansion.”

Jason Kenney, Premier

The Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre is the busiest hospital outside Edmonton and Calgary and has operated beyond its design capacity for many years.

The funding will expedite work to finalize the project scope, construction schedule, operating budget, and expansion of health care services at the facility.

“Past governments wasted years on half-measures and planning that we are completing now. This initial $100-million commitment is our promise to Red Deer that we will get this done right, and as soon as possible.”

Tyler Shandro, Minister of Health

“Designing, planning and building health infrastructure provides good jobs for Albertans. We are committed to getting the front-end work of this project right so that the people of Red Deer and surrounding areas have a hospital that meets their needs.”

Prasad Panda, Minister of Infrastructure

“The Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre is one of the busiest hospitals in Alberta and is the primary health-service provider for our citizens, the regional population, and every Albertan travelling along the central QEII corridor. Today’s announcement by the Government of Alberta responds to this longstanding infrastructure need of our community. The lives, health and well-being of our loved ones matter most of all, and this vital investment and expansion will help ensure access to care and improved health outcomes that the people of Red Deer and central Alberta critically need.”

Tara Veer, mayor, City of Red Deer

“This is excellent news for Red Deer and all of central Alberta. The Red Deer community has long advocated for improvements to the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre, and this initial funding commitment clearly demonstrates our government’s willingness to listen to, and act upon, the concerns of Albertans from all across the province.”

Adriana LaGrange, Minister of Education and MLA for Red Deer-North

“This is great news for central Albertans! Thank you to the leadership of Premier Kenney and Minister Shandro in hearing the concerns of central Albertans and taking decisive action to improve access to much-needed health services in our community.”

Jason Stephan, MLA for Red Deer-South

Quick facts

  • The Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre provides a full spectrum of acute care, including advanced surgery, internal medicine and diagnostics, as well as obstetrics, pediatrics, oncology, critical care and emergency care.
  • Approximately 50 per cent of patients seen at the hospital are referred from outside Red Deer.
  • The population of the Red Deer area is expected to increase by 24 per cent to 358,000 by 2035.

 

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Alberta environmentalists oppose possible crane, swan hunting season

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EDMONTON — Alberta environmentalists are opposing the provincial government’s consideration of a hunting season for sandhill cranes and tundra swans.

The Canadian Wildlife Service proposed in December that a sandhill crane hunt be allowed in Alberta.

Provincial Environment Minister Jason Nixon told the magazine Alberta Outdoorsmen that he has asked his department to find ways to open seasons for both water birds.

Nissa Pettersen of the Alberta Wilderness Association says there’s no need to open a season for sandhill cranes.

She says that despite their healthy numbers, the birds reproduce slowly and are rapidly losing the wetlands where they live.

The Alberta government has rejected hunting seasons for sandhill cranes three times in the past.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 3, 2020

 

 

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Alberta man charged with assaulting peace officer in COVID-19 threat

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LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — Police in southern Alberta have charged a 27-year-old man with assaulting a peace officer after he allegedly coughed in their face.

Investigators say it happened Thursday evening in Lethbridge, Alta., after police responded to a domestic assault.

They say he was taken into custody and, during the arrest, coughed directly into the officer’s face.

Police allege the man told the officer he hoped he would get infected and admitted he’d been exposed to a person with COVID-19.

The man’s name has not been released.

Police say he remains in custody for the assault charge and two counts of failing to comply with a release order.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 3, 2020

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