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

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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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Looking After Myself

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Sue Ann went to the doctor. While the doctor addressed the issue at hand, he also did a bunch of tests. Sue Ann was in the 225-pound weight range and not surprisingly when the test results came back her blood sugar value was very high. The doctor started her on metformin right away and went through some trial and error to get the right dose and combination of mediation for her condition. She started out losing about 10 pounds every 6 weeks.

Before she knew it, she was down 30 pounds. She met with a dietitian to learn the best healthy eating strategies.  She now journals her food intake and plans her meals. She met with the RDPCN family nurse to learn more about her blood sugar and how her lifestyle choices affect it, to plan her exercise activities and for overall support and motivation. Sue Ann states she often loses motivation at about 3 months into any lifestyle intervention but this time she has the drive and support to keep going.

Sue Ann has made great progress. Sue Ann has a deteriorating spine syndrome so losing weight has really decreased her back issues. She feels so much better, more energetic and more confident. She has gone from a size 18 to a size 10 and lost 3 inches off her top, her waist and her hips. Her blood sugar is now in the normal range. She has a plan and is willing to put in the hard work to accomplish her plan. Her doctor says she likely will be able to come off her medications next year- another motivating factor. Sue Ann is very thankful to all the team members that have helped her make these positive changes!

To learn more about the RDPCN programs, visit www.reddeerpcn.com

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Changes Coming to Red Deer Festival of Trees

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Red Deer Regional Health Foundation Board modifies this year’s event.

On the recommendation of Alberta Health Services, the Foundation Board of Directors has decided to modify this year’s Festival of Trees. The event will be revised, while still raising funds to provide critical equipment for the operating room at the Red Deer Regional Hospital.

The public will be welcomed to participate in the Tree Room and Silent Auction virtually and in person, however Candy Cane Lane, Mistletoe Magic, Festival of Wines, Preview Dinner and the Gift Shop will not be taking place.

“The health and safety of our guests, sponsors, volunteers and staff is our number one priority,” said Dustin Eckstrand, Foundation Board Chair. “However, we still need support to enhance healthcare in Central Alberta so we hope the community will help us fund equipment for the operating room at our hospital despite these changes.”

The public can also support Festival of Trees by purchasing tickets for the Christmas Jingle Cash Lottery. The top prize is $25,000 cash plus an early bird prize of $5,000. Tickets start at $10 and are available online at https://www.reddeerfestivaloftrees.ca/jingle

We thank everyone for their understanding and are grateful to our sponsors and volunteers for their support. We look forward to providing a safe celebration that features some of our traditional festivities.

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