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Red Deer Rustlers stacking up the wins

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  • From the Red Deer Senior AA Rustlers

    RED DEER SENIOR RUSTLERS STAY UNDEFEATED WITH PAIR OF WINS

    The Red Deer Senior Rustlers move to a 6-0 record after back-to-back wins Saturday and Sunday.

    The Red Deer Senior Rustlers sit atop the North Central Hockey League with a perfect 6-0 record after a pair of 7-2 wins over the Whitecourt Wild and Bonnyville Senior Pontiacs on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, respectively.

    The Rustlers kicked off the first of back-to-back games Saturday night at home with a 7-2 win over Whitecourt, the team’s last game at the Penhold Regional Multiplex until December 8.

    The squad hit the road early the next morning to face the Senior Pontiacs in Bonnyville, and, after a delayed start time due to a broken-down bus on the way to the game, skated to an identical 7-2 victory.

    Assistant Captain Jonny Li lead the way offensively over the weekend, with two goals and an assist in each game.

    “This is the first time we’ve had to play on back-to-back days this season, so coming away with four points feels pretty good,” Li said after Sunday’s win. “Today was definitely a bit of a test for us, as we came in cold with little to no warm-up, but nobody used that as an excuse and everyone came out hard right out of the gate.”

    Aaron Dyck put up back-to-back wins for the Rustlers, with 18-save and 28-save performances on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. He and Brett Bothwell both hold identical 3-0 records so far this season.

    Up next for the Rustlers is a pair of road games on Friday, November 9 against the Wild in Mayerthorpe, and Saturday, November 10 in Camrose against the Daysland Northstars. Puck drop is 8:15 p.m. for both games.

    Photos courtesy Dennis Berg 

    For more information on the Red Deer Senior Rustlers, contact rdsenioraarustlers@gmail.com, or follow the team on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.


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    November 19 2018 Red Deer 2019 Capital Budget Meeting; Item Aquatic Centre

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  • Red Deer Multi-Use Aquatic Centre conceptual model from MacLennan Jaunkains Miller Architects

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    After perusing the agenda for Red Deer’s November 19 Budget meeting, I would say it is obvious that people want a 50m pool.
    20 years ago it was hoped for, and there was discussion about it being incorporated into the Collicutt Centre. 15 years ago it was hoped to be incorporated into the downtown Recreational Centre.
    4 years ago the discussion started about being built by Hazlett Lake in the north-west corner of Red Deer.
    There have been serious concerns about the downtown location. Bussing, parking, traffic and size have brought at least 4 councillors to withdraw support for the downtown location.
    The cost is phenomenal and mysterious and holding back support. 2013 the number tossed about was $85million plus demolition, streets, lights etc.etc. Now 5 years later the number could be $110million plus demolition, streets, lights etc.etc.
    Yellowknife is budgeting $50 million, UBC cost $39 million, Markham and Saskatoon cost $56 million in 2018 dollars.
    Why do we need a Rolex if a Timex will do? The term Taj Mahal is used when talking about Red Deer structures from Public Works to Bus Stations, is that necessary?
    Out of the 7 largest cities in Alberta, Red Deer is the only city that cannot host a 50m swim. We are talking about Fort McMurray and Grande Prairie and Lethbridge doing what Red Deer cannot and unwilling to do.
    The number of pools is a great concern. We have had only 4 pools since 2001, and if we only renovate a current pool then we will be down to 3 pools for a couple of years then be at 4 pools for another 32 years. If we build or renovate a pool every 25 years. The goal was 4 pools for 60,000 residents but we will probably be at 4 pools for 150,000 residents in 32 years.
    The city recently replaced one ice rink downtown, the college opened a new ice rink recently and the city wants to build another rink in the near future. Interesting because the number one activity of Red Deer residents is swimming, even the Red Deer Advocate posted that a few weeks ago. 60% prefer the Collicutt Centre.
    When Red Deer Lodge was renovating their pool, they offered free passes to the downtown pool, a couple of blocks away, and had few if any takers.
    The downtown location is wrong, the cost given is wrong, the delay offered is wrong, so where is the disconnect?
    E-mail legislative services@reddeer.ca and ask or tell them what you think. I did.
    Just saying.


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    Calgary voted against bidding for Olympic Games, would Red Deer have voted against bidding for Canada Games?

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  • Calgarians have voted against bidding for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games. Besides the boosterism of the few, the bid never really resonated with the populace.
    This bid also undeniably fell victim to the unpleasant baggage weighing down the Olympic movement. The cynical narrative is familiar by now. Cities spend billions more than initially proposed to host a two-week party that leaves little long-term positive economic impact. According to reporter Jamie Strashin of CBC news.
    There would have meant billions spent for this event and yet the perception is that there would be negligible long term benefit.
    Another question that was being asked, would the Olympics have delayed other much needed projects, more important to the residents of Calgary?
    Would Red Deer residents, if having the opportunity, would they have followed Calgary in voting against the bidding for the 2019 Canada Games? Will the two-week party in February leave little long-term positive economic impact?
    Has other projects, more important to Red Deerians been delayed or cancelled, until after the Canada Games? Will there be any quantifiable benefits to the average joe in Red Deer having these games?
    I know that the Canada Games does not have the same baggage and is only in the tens of millions not like the billions, in total, by various governments, for the Olympic games, but Calgarians still did not believe they would see any long term economic benefit.
    They can watch the ceremonies, races and events on television like almost everyone else no matter where it is located.
    Will Red Deer be able to show that the Canada Games will give us long term economic benefits without delaying other projects nearer and dearer to our hearts? Will we be scrambling to catch up after it is over?
    Perhaps we should start having plebiscites before we commit our tax dollars to these big events? Just saying.


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