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Red Deer County Launches “Community Well-Being” Survey

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By Sheldon Spackman

Officials with Red Deer County want to gauge the satisfaction levels around a number of different recreation, culture, and family support services that they offer their residents. So starting October 17th, County staff will begin conducting a Community Well-Being Survey to find that out.

The last consultation process of this type took place in 2004, with the information gathered at that time helping to drive decision-making for over a decade. However, much has changed since then, so County staff now want to find out what residents want the County’s recreation and culture priorities to be over the next five to ten years.

Questionnaires will be mailed out to every household in the County but the survey will also be available online. If a resident does not receive a package, they are encouraged to contact the County office and one will be sent to them.

All the information provided in the survey will be confidential, with combined responses to be shared with County Council, helping to set priorities for recreation, culture, and individual and family support services for the coming years.

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CP NewsAlert: Statistics Canada says economy looks to have grown in second quarter

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OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says the economy appears to have grown in the second quarter of the year despite two months of setbacks.

The agency says its preliminary estimate is that the economy grew at an annualized rate of 2.5 per cent between April and June.

Real gross domestic declined by 0.5 per cent in April and the agency says today that May saw a decline of 0.3 per cent.

Statistics Canada says its preliminary estimate is that real GDP grew by 0.7 per cent in June as pandemic restrictions started to ease across the country.

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The Canadian Press

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Canadian women’s eight crew captures rowing gold; first in event since 1992

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TOKYO — The Canadian women’s eight rowing crew has captured gold at the Tokyo Olympics.

The eight rowers crossed the line first in Friday’s final in a time of five minutes 59.13 seconds at Sea Forest Waterway. It’s Canada’s first gold in the event since the 1992 Barcelona Games.

New Zealand grabbed silver (6:00.04), while China took bronze (6:01.21).

Canada will leave the Tokyo Olympics with two rowing medals, after Victoria’s Caileigh Filmer and Hillary Janssens of Surrey, B.C., took bronze in Thursday’s women’s pair.

The double-podium performance comes after Canada secured just one medal — in the lightweight women’s double sculls — at the Rio Games five years ago.

Canada made two other finals at the pandemic-delayed Games.

Conlin McCabe of Brockville, Ont., and Kai Langerfeld of North Vancouver, B.C., just missed the podium with a fourth-place finish in the men’s pair, while Jessica Sevick of Strathmore, Alta., and Gabrielle Smith of Unionville, Ont., were sixth in women’s double sculls.

Canada qualified 10 boats at a Games for the first time since the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, and fielded a gender-balanced crew for the first time.

The Canadian Press

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