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Red Deer City Council To Ponder Partnership Regarding Central Elementary School

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By Sheldon Spackman

Red Deer City Council has a big decision to make on Monday, November 21st regarding the potential future of the former Central Elementary School.

Council is going to consider entering into a partnership with the 2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society and Red Deer Public School District to repurpose Central Elementary School and develop the Canada Games Celebration Plaza.

The Red Deer Public School District has offered Central Elementary School (also known as Gateway Christian School) to be purchased by The City of Red Deer for $1. The school was built in 1939 and is one of Red Deer’s most significant historical sites. However, it closed as a school in 2013 and currently houses tenants leasing office space.

In a release, City Manager Craig Curtis says “This is an exciting opportunity to develop a cultural centre in the heart of Red Deer’s downtown that will serve the community for decades to come and also protect a historically significant building.”

“Collaborating with The City and the Red Deer Public School District to repurpose Central Elementary School and develop the Canada Games Celebration Plaza will create a great community legacy that will remain in Red Deer following the 2019 Canada Winter Games,” said Scott Robinson, Chief Executive Officer of the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

Red Deer Public Schools Superintendent Stu Henry says “As our community has grown, the need for schools in the downtown core has diminished. We welcome the opportunity to re-purpose this great old school and have it become a community legacy to support arts, culture and sports but more importantly, to become a focal point for downtown Red Deer.”

If Council approves the partnership to repurpose Central Elementary School and construct the Canada Games Celebration Plaza, it is intended that the building will be used as the 2019 Canada Winter Games headquarters leading up to and during the Games. It would also be home to festival programming during the 2019 Games and following them, be used for broader community use such as providing a celebration space in the heart of the city. The Culture Services Centre and future opertational partners would also be relocated into the Canada Games Celebration Plaza.

(Rendering courtesy of the City of Red Deer)

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Canada ends scoring drought at men’s World Cup but can’t hold off Croatia

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Umm Şalāl ‘Alī – Canada wasted little time Sunday ending its scoring drought at the men’s World Cup via Alphonso Davies but could not hold off Croatia, losing 4-1 to end its hopes of reaching the tournament’s knockout round.

Ranked 12th in the world and runner-up to France four years ago in Russia, Croatia is filled with talent from top clubs and its class showed in rallying from an early 1-0 deficit.

Two goals by Andrej Kramaric and one by Marko Livaja accounted for the Croatian comeback. Lovro Majer added a stoppage-time goal in the 94th minute on a two-on-none attack.

The 41st-ranked Canadians started with a bang with a Milan Borjan goal kick finding Cyle Larin at midfield. Larin controlled the ball deftly with his foot and sent it over to Tajon Buchanan down the right flank. Buchanan surged ahead, took two touches, lifted his head and sent in a cross that Davies, soaring through the air high above fullback Josip Juranovic, headed home past goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic.

The Canadians came into the contest — the first-ever meeting between the two countries — needing at least a point to keep alive their hope of advancing out of the group stage with coach John Herdman calling it “one of those do-or-die games.”

Croatia also needed a result after tying Morocco 0-0 in its opener.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 27, 2022

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Canada ends scoring drought at men’s World Cup but can’t hold off Croatia

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UMM ŞALĀL ‘ALĪ, Qatar — Canada wasted little time Sunday ending its scoring drought at the men’s World Cup via Alphonso Davies but could not hold off Croatia, losing 4-1 to end its hopes of reaching the tournament’s knockout round.

Ranked 12th in the world and runner-up to France four years ago in Russia, Croatia is filled with talent from top clubs and its class showed in rallying from an early 1-0 deficit.

Two goals by Andrej Kramaric and one by Marko Livaja accounted for the Croatian comeback. Lovro Majer added a stoppage-time goal in the 94th minute on a two-on-none attack. 

The 41st-ranked Canadians started with a bang with a Milan Borjan goal kick finding Cyle Larin at midfield. Larin controlled the ball deftly with his foot and sent it over to Tajon Buchanan down the right flank. Buchanan surged ahead, took two touches, lifted his head and sent in a cross that Davies, soaring through the air high above fullback Josip Juranovic, headed home past goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic.

The Canadians came into the contest — the first-ever meeting between the two countries — needing at least a point to keep alive their hope of advancing out of the group stage with coach John Herdman calling it “one of those do-or-die games.”

Croatia also needed a result after tying Morocco 0-0 in its opener.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 27, 2022

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