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Opioids Don’t Discriminate


From Turning Point Society of Central Alberta

Many people are under the impression that opioid use affects only homeless people, or people with previous addiction problems.  That stigma is causing a big problem.  The fact is opioid use is a global crisis, and it’s impacting Central Alberta residents, no matter their race, age, income, education or background.  

Research indicates stigma is one of the main reasons people avoid treatment and support.  Turning Point Society of Central Alberta and agency partners are working to break the stigma, by providing information about opioid use.  They’re working to address the judgments about people who use drugs, and they’re providing a safe, supportive environment for people to seek help.

That’s one of the reasons Turning Point brought a special exhibit to Red Deer called Opioids Don’t Discriminate.  This interactive event aims to reduce stigma, judgments and biases about people who use opioids, and those affected by opioid drug use.  The aim is to create a better understanding about opioid drug use, local available support and what people can do if they or someone they know is using opioids.

Please take the time to watch this video produced here in Red Deer explaining “our” shared challenge and inviting conversation that could lead to solutions.

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Downtown Red Deer Car Boot Sale



From the Red Deer Downtown Business Association

Think of the Downtown Car Boot Sale like a garage sale, but without the garage!

Load up your car, truck, or van with any items from your house that you wish to sell (or that you would normally put out in a garage sale) and come down to Little Gaetz Avenue on event day.

To be a vendor at the Downtown Car Boot Sale, just complete the vendor application form on our website:


Booths are $10 (maximum of two).

Everyone is invited to shop the Downtown Car Boot Sale!  It is an open street event.



For information on things happening downtown visit,

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Lacombe’s “Chairs for Charity” exploding in popularity



Lacombe's chairs for charity

Thank you to NOWCO HOME HARDWARE IN LACOMBE for submitting this post


Nowco Home Hardware has organized Chairs for Charity for the 2ndyear and it will run from July 19-31. The project started last year as a collaboration of downtown businesses to decorate downtown during Lacombe Days and raise money for a local charity. In 2018, forty five downtown businesses each bought and painted a chair to raffle off. The chairs were left on display during the 4 days of Lacombe Days and over $3100 was raised for the lunch program at J.S. McCormick School.

This year Deanna Nowochin, who has spearheaded the event wanted things to be bigger and better, so all Lacombe businesses were invited to participate in the event. This year there will be 75 chairs on display around Lacombe from July 19-31. The event was extended this year to ensure there was ample time for people to hear about Chairs for Charity and purchase tickets. The charities benefitting from 2019’s project are Lacombe Minor Football and the breakfast program at Terrace Ridge School.

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This year we have 2000 tickets available, with a fundraising goal of $10,000. Raffle tickets will be sold for $5 each and can be purchased at any participating business. You can see a full list of participating businesses and photos of their chairs at www.chairsforcharitylacombe.comor by searching “Chairs for Charity Lacombe” on Facebook.

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