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RCMP clarify police response to anti-racism demonstration in Red Deer

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From Alberta RCMP 

Alberta RCMP Statement: Police response to anti-racism demonstration

 The Alberta RCMP would like to acknowledge online discussions that have taken place over the past weeks regarding a recent event in Red Deer. Our intent is to clarify our role at this event and to explain how a comment made by one of our officers was taken out of context.

On September 20, an anti-racism demonstration in Red Deer resulted in three assaults taking place.

The first assault occurred while organizers were arriving to set-up for the event. The RCMP were not yet on site at this time but were contacted, and upon arrival spoke to the victim.

The second assault took place during the event. The RCMP did not witness this assault but once police officers became aware of what had happened, they separated the parties, provided assistance to the victim, and identified the suspect. A video of the assault was then posted online with comments that police stood by and did nothing, which is incorrect. To clarify, once again, the police did not witness the incident but once we became aware of it, we took immediate action and an investigation was initiated.

While investigating the second assault, police became aware of a third assault. This incident remains under investigation.

When the September 20 Red Deer demonstration was posted on Twitter, video footage of comments made by S/Sgt. Chris Smiley were highlighted. We must be clear that the comments made by S/Sgt. Chris Smiley were widely misattributed to the Red Deer demonstration. S/Sgt. Smiley’s comments were made on September 10 in relation to events that took place in Ponoka. At both the Red Deer and Ponoka events, RCMP officers were focussed on ensuring the demonstrations could occur in a peaceful manner and addressing issues that interfered with this basic right.

It’s important to reiterate that all Albertans have the right to peaceful assembly and demonstration. The Alberta RCMP is a neutral party and we have a duty to ensure all Albertans’ rights are upheld. In the event of an unlawful act that threatens the physical safety of the demonstrators and the general public, the RCMP will take measured steps to ensure that those who unlawfully interfere with or threaten the safety of any person or property will be held accountable in accordance with the laws of Canada.

If you have a complaint about unlawful behaviour, we ask that you please contact your local detachment. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

The Alberta RCMP is proud to be Alberta’s Provincial Police Service and we are proud of our employees who devote their lives to Albertans each and every day. We have worked hard to build trusting, safe relationships with the communities that make Alberta strong. We are committed to being transparent and accountable.

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Children’s Fest is back in the park in 2022!

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Groups and organizations come together to host the 16th Annual Central Alberta Children’s Festival

Never Grow Up!

After 2 years of re-imagined festivals we are excited to be hosting the 16 th Annual Central Alberta Children’s Festival back in the park. This family-friendly event is held over two days the first weekend of June. The festival is an opportunity for children and their families to get first-hand knowledge and exposure to the arts, to allow their creativity and imaginations to blossom.

June 3rd and 4th Rotary Recreation Park 4501 47A Ave, Red Deer will come to life with music, dancing, children running and laughing enjoying tons of interactive fun!

The community planning committee has been busy putting together a great two days that will enchant and engage children of all ages. With support from various community partners, the festival brings affordable, culturally diverse, and exciting entertainment through featured artists and interactive fun. We strive to allow families to actively engage in learning and playtime by fostering their imagination and creativity. From dancing, ultimate fort building, Laser Chase, Imaginate where you will learn from local artists, glitter tattoos, and performances this children’s festival has it all.

Live shows include:

 Beppie a JUNO nominated recording artist and an award winning music educator based out of Edmonton,

 LANCE CARDINAL ᐊᐧᒐᐢᐠ First Nations artist, designer, and entrepreneur. Lance recently began a new role as Indigenous consultant and designer for the Edmonton Oilers, writing the new pre-game land acknowledgement video and designing the new Turtle Island Logo.

 The Joe Show – Start with a little magic. Add some breathtaking illusions. Stir in appearances from an amazing collection of animal friends with ventriloquism, Sprinkle in a healthy dose of jokes, laughter and fun, and you have the recipe for an amazing show known as the Joe Show

With our admission fee of only $7 per person, or $25 per family or anytime pass $40.00 for a family, every family can enjoy the world-class entertainment and all activities. Included with the admission, families will also have access to free
snacks and water (bring a bottle!), The Central Alberta Children’s Festival welcomes kids ages 0 – 99!

For more information on the festival visit www.centralalbertachildrensfestival.ca

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Run or Hike for more than your health at the Run/Hike for Hospice on June 5, 2022

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With less than one month to go, registration and planning for the 15th Annual Run/Hike for Hospice, presented by RSM Canada, is in fully swing! Choose to hike, walk, or stroll the 1km or 4km within the beautiful Kerry Wood Nature Centre Sanctuary or run 5km along the city’s scenic riverside trails.

“Run/Hike for Hospice is an opportunity to celebrate the journey of life for a loved one or just get outside and spend time with family and friends. The event also raises funds in support of end of life care in Central Alberta,” shared Jerri Taylor, Executive Director of the Red Deer Hospice. “It is a key fundraiser for us, our goal for Run/Hike for Hospice this year is to raise $35,000 in donations and pledges and we are happy to report we are half way there!”

Registration for teams and individuals is open at www.reddeerhospice.com and is just $25 per individual. At the event (and included with your registration) you can expect live music, a burger and plenty of other snacks as well as a t-shirt (while supplies last). Virtual options are available for those who just aren’t ready to be back in a crowd.

IN-PERSON Participants can join us at the outdoor event which will take place at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre Sunday June 5th, 2022. Choose to Hike 1km or 4km within the beautiful Kerry Wood Nature Centre Sanctuary or Run 5km along the city’s scenic riverside trails.
Registration           9:00am
Race Start              10:00am

VIRTUAL Participants are encouraged to complete a Run or Hike in their own time & pace at any destination of their choice while raising funds for Red Deer Hospice.

RACE PACKAGE PICK UP, PLEDGE DROP OFF
Stop by the RSM parking lot (546 Laura Avenue, Red Deer County) just down from the Gasoline Alley Farmer’s Market to pick up your Run Hike for Hospice Race Package or drop off any offline pledges you’ve been collecting!

Friday June 3rd       4:00pm – 7:00pm
Saturday June 4th    10:00am -1:00pm 

Register
Register online by purchasing your tickets.  Registration fee is $25.
Free for kids ages 12 and under (registration is still required to get a shirt).
For those registering after May 1st, we will have a limited quantity of shirts available on a first come, first served basis.

Fundraise
Help support Red Deer Hospice by collecting pledges & fundraising on our behalf. CanadaHelps.ca makes it easy for you and your team to collect donations virtually.  You can even customize your fundraising page and share about your personal connection to Red Deer Hospice.  Prizes will be awarded for top fundraisers!
​Don’t want to fundraise yourself? Donate to one of our Hikers or Runners that is already registered!
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What else can you do to celebrate the life of a loved one & raise awareness around end of life care in Central Alberta?:
  • Print off one of our pre-made window hangers to help let your neighbors know you are supporting Red Deer Hospice.
  • Have someone you are Running or Hiking in honor of? Feel free to send us a picture along with their name to [email protected] and we will share it with everyone in our public “In Honor Of Album” (found on our Website & Facebook Event).
  • Make a connection with us on social media by tagging @RedDeerHospice on FB or @rdhospice on Instagram & using the #hikeforhospicerd2022 or #runforhospicerd2022


​For more information, contact our Event Coordinator at 403-309-4344 ext 109 or by email.

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*For those registering after May 1st, we will have a limited quantity of shirts available on a first come, first served basis.

 

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