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Red Deer Polytechnic Athletics Recap

The Red Deer Polytechnic Kings and Queens Basketball teams split their weekend series with the Ambrose University Lions. The RDP Queens Hockey team earned three of a possible four points against the SAIT Trojans. Kings Hockey recorded a win and a loss against the University of Alberta Augustana Vikings.

Here is a summary of what happened this week:

Queens Hockey | Friday, February 25 | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

The Red Deer Polytechnic Queens Hockey team outshot the SAIT Trojans 54-17, but dropped the game 2-1 in a shootout. Brenna Reid, a first-year Bachelor of Kinesiology student, scored the Queens’ lone goal. For more details on this game, please read the recap online.

Queens Hockey | Saturday, February 26 | SAIT

The first place Queens (9-2-2) defeated the Trojans 6-1 in Calgary. Natalie Buttle, Mary Hirsch, Alli Soyko and Madison Sansom scored singles. Wainwright’s Monica Bowtell added two goals for RDP. Queens goalie Madison Fox turned aside 12 shots for the win in net. The game recap can be found online.

Kings Hockey | Friday, February 25 | University of Alberta Augustana

The Red Deer Polytechnic Kings Hockey team defeated the University of Alberta Augustana Vikings 5-4 in double-overtime. RDP’s Tucker Scantlebury and Chance Longjohn scored. Jacob Kendall, a first-year Bachelor of Education Elementary student, added a pair of goals in regulation time. Hayden Clayton sealed
the win in the extra frame. Kings goaltender Kristian Lyon made 41 saves, earning the win. Please refer to the online recap for more details about this contest.

Kings Hockey | Saturday, February 26 | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

The RDP Kings were edged 4-3 by the Vikings. Clayton, Scantlebury and Mathieu Lapointe struck for the Polytechnic. Kendall finished the regular season as the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) scoring leader with 21 points.

The third place Kings (9-4-2-1) will host the sixth seed Briercrest College Clippers (3-12-1-0) in the best-of-three quarter-final series, beginning March 4. For more information, please read the game recap.

Queens Basketball | Friday, February 25 | Ambrose University

The Red Deer Polytechnic Queens Basketball team was downed 69-62 by the Ambrose University Lions in Calgary. Queens Player of the Game Sophie Melin scored 19 points. Amy Szymanek added nine points and eight rebounds for the Queens. The game recap can be located online.

Queens Basketball | Saturday, February 26 | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

The Red Deer Polytechnic Queens wrapped up regular season competition with an 83-74 victory against the Lions at home. United Kingdom’s Lauren France scored a game high 25 points. The first-year RDP Bachelor of Arts Psychology student went seven-for-17 from three-point range.

The fifth seed RDP Queens (7-9) will play the fourth place Rattlers (8-8) in Medicine Hat in a division quarter-final on March 4. Please refer to the online game recap for more details about this home contest.

Kings Basketball | Friday, February 25 | Ambrose University

The Red Deer Polytechnic Kings Basketball team fell 87-81 to the Ambrose University Lions. Fifth-year Tyronn King dropped 23 points. Stauffer’s Kevin Szymanek recorded a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. For more details, please read the online recap.

Kings Basketball | Saturday, February 26 | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

The Kings had a great home performance and defeated the Lions 95-78. Eduardo Crespo led the Kings with 20 points. Graduating student-athletes King (13 points) and Cody White (15 points) made significant contributions in the victory. RDP’s King led the league throughout the season with 24.6 points per game.
On March 4, the third place Red Deer Polytechnic Kings (9-7) will host the sixth seed Briercrest College Clippers (5-11) in a division quarter-final. The recap can be found online.

For more information on Red Deer Polytechnic Athletics, the student-athletes and teams, please visit:

City of Red Deer

Annexation allows City of Red Deer to build new “Gasoline Alley” commercial district along QE2

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Annexation with Red Deer County approved

This week, The City received approval from Cabinet that the annexation for land north of the Queen’s Industrial Business Park and west of Highway QEII from Red Deer County was approved.”Our City Council is thrilled with the Government of Alberta’s green light on this annexation. This pivotal move sets the stage for Red Deer’s next 30 years, transforming our northwestern gateway. Leveraging Highway QEII for commercial expansion will redefine Red Deer’s economic landscape. We extend our heartfelt appreciation to Red Deer County for their collaboration and to the local landowners for their invaluable contributions to these fruitful discussions,” said Mayor Johnston.On June 22, 2021, Council gave direction to administration to prepare a Notice of Intent to Annex for this area of land. This annexation, encompassing approximately 216 hectares, addressed The City’s deficiency in highway fronting commercial land. On February 14, 2022, Red Deer City Council passed a resolution endorsing a Notice of Intent to Annex, therefore supporting for the proposed annexation and directing administration to begin the formal annexation process.

Following that, the application was prepared for the annexation of approximately 216 hectares of land from Red Deer County. Based on landowner consultation, the proposed annexation area was altered from the Notice of Intent to Annex Land to include the entirety of one of the landowners’ parcels.

Then in April of this year, the annexation was moved to the next step, when both Red Deer City Council and Red Deer County Council passed a resolution endorsing The City to submit an Annexation Application and Negotiations Report to the Land and Property Rights Tribunal. A Land and Property Rights Tribunal hearing was held on June 20, which allows the Tribunal to receive information and evidence from interested parties. After considering the submissions from all parties, the Tribunal made an annexation recommendation to the Minister of Municipal Affairs for the decision to be made.

Now that the annexation was successfully approved by the province, area structure plans will be prepared and adopted by bylaw, by Red Deer City Council. These annexed lands are intended to be developed as a regional commercial development along Highway 2, providing The City with a significant economic development opportunity.

“Securing this annexation approval has been a great success, thanks to all the collaborative partnerships involved. As we move forward, we’re enthusiastic about the potential economic boost this annexation will bring, especially in addressing our shortage of commercial land along the highways,” said David Girardin, Major Projects Planner.

Annexation is used by municipalities to realign jurisdictional boundaries to ensure a sufficient land supply for long-term development. The Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) between The City and Red Deer County provides guidance for all annexations.

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MNP steps in to help youth “Move Your Mood” at the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence

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Ribbon Cut at the Newly Named MNP Move Your Mood Studio in the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence

The ribbon has been officially cut, and a new name announced for the MNP Move Your Mood Studio inside the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence.

The MNP Move Your Mood Studio held its naming ceremony and ribbon cutting on Tuesday, November 21st. Move Your Mood, an Alberta Health Services program, occupies a portion of Floor 2 inside the new Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence on the main campus of Red Deer Polytechnic.

The new MNP Move Your Mood Studio has a large space for classes and physical activity, complete with a climbing wall, physical activity gaming wall, and kitchen.

A significant contribution was made on behalf of the partner group from MNP’s Central Alberta region. This contribution reflects their commitment to investing in the communities that they are a part of.

“On behalf of the Central Alberta partner group and our entire team across the region, we are elated to celebrate the MNP Move Your Mood Studio,” says Patrick Wigmore, Regional Managing Partner for MNP in Central Alberta. “At MNP we truly believe that making a positive difference in the communities where we live, work, and play is a fundamental part of who we are. Our partners throughout the region believe that pooling our efforts together to create a greater impact for organizations like Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre and in turn, Move Your Mood, will leave a lasting legacy of positive impacts in Central Alberta. The decision to support the CACAC was unanimous.”

Move Your Mood is a research-based program that promotes physical activity and healthy lifestyle practices to improve the mental and physical well-being of participants. The MYM program provides opportunities for participants to experience how to move their bodies, fuel their bodies, practice mindfulness, and build positive coping strategies.

“We would like to thank MNP for their generous donation to the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence and helping make this dream come true for children and youth in our community. We are grateful and honoured to share the name of the MNP Move Your Mood Studio and look forward to the opportunities this space will provide our entire community in the future. The space will be up and running in the New Year.” – Denise Fredeen, Health Promotion Facilitator at Move Your Mood.

The MNP Move Your Mood Studio will be a shared space for all children and youth accessing services at the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence. The Studio will be a place where children and youth can learn positive coping strategies to improve their mental and physical wellness through interactive opportunities. There will be opportunities for them to play, practice mindfulness, be physically active, learn how to make healthy snacks and take part in creative activities.

The space will provide professionals in the building an opportunity to create positive connections and teach children and youth skills they can continue to be active and healthy for life. The space will also provide opportunities for prevention work with students in the community and a space for future training of RDP students and MYM Coaches.

To learn more about the MNP Move Your Mood Studio and its programming, please email
[email protected] or visit

About MNP: National in scope and local in focus, MNP is one of Canada’s leading professional services firms — proudly serving individuals, businesses, and organizations since 1958. Through the development of strong relationships, we provide client-focused accounting, consulting, tax, and digital services. Our clients benefit from personalized strategies with a local perspective to fuel success wherever business takes them. For more information, visit

About CACAC: The Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre is a not-for-profit organization rooted in the protection and recovery of today’s most innocent and vulnerable – our children. The Centre is comprised of a collective that is driven by the courage to support children, youth, and their families affected by abuse, enabling them to build enduring strength and overcome adversity. We work in a collaborative partnership with the Alberta Children and Family Services, Alberta Health Services, Alberta Justice, Alberta Education, Red Deer Polytechnic, the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre and the RCMP. Together we harness our collective courage to provide children with
supported recovery. For more information on CACAC and the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence, please visit:

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