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Spills and Smiles: New Canadians Take to the Ice!


The Central Alberta Refugee Effort (C.A.R.E) exists to help immigrants and refugees adjust to their new home in Central Alberta and become productive members of our society.

This week C.A.R.E. held their Learn to Skate Program at a few of Red Deer’s ice surfaces including the G.H. Dawe Arena, Bower Ponds and the West Park Outdoor Rink.

The program began six years ago and gives new immigrant youth aged 10-19 the opportunity to experience this unique aspect of Canadian culture. All of the equipment is rented by C.A.R.E  and this allows the kids to try skating without spending a lot of money.

Rachel Pinno, Settlement Practitioner for Immigrant Youth at C.A.R.E, said, “Some positives of the program include the children talking about hockey and skating. The children get to do something fun over the break and they get to see a little bit of Red Deer as we hold these events at different facilities.”

Constable Derek Turner says, “Some of them come from different places  where the trust with police is not there. It’s good to try to build that up from a ground level. By doing events like this where we’re  hanging out like people.”

C.A.R.E would like to thank the City of Red Deer for partnering up along with the Red Deer RCMP and Red Deer Pond Hockey.

The program ran from December 28-30th.

Photos by Lloyd Lewis, Todayville



Lindsay has lived in Red Deer for over 22 years she made her way down from Grande Prairie when she was about a week old. She admires what Red Deer has to offer as a community. She is also passionate about photojournalism and the story it portrays.

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Red Deer Westerner Days Parade Map



From The City of Red Deer

Road closures/transit disruptions during Westerner Days parade

The Westerner Days Fair & Exposition parade will take place in downtown Red Deer on Wednesday, July 17 resulting in multiple road closures and traffic detours, along with transit disruptions.

Roadways on the parade route will be closed from approximately 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and parking will not be permitted along the parade route. Use the 2019 parade map (pdf) to plan your route and find the best place to watch the parade.

Westerner Days Parade Map 2019

There will also be transit disruptions during the parade:

  •   The last departure from Sorensen Station prior to the parade will be at 8:45 a.m.
  •   The last arrival into Sorensen Station prior to the parade will be at 9:10 a.m.
  •   The first departure from Sorensen Station after the parade will be at 12:15 p.m.
  •   There will be no transit service during the parade with a couple of exceptions:

o Route 12 and 2A South Connector will continue to run from Bower Mallo Bolt will depart at 9:15 a.m. from 49 Avenue and 54 Street

Transit users can visit to look up schedules, get up to date departure times and see where buses are in real-time with GPS tracking

For more information about transit service, visit

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Get involved in City’s plan to house the homeless



From the City of Red Deer

Citizens invited to participate in discussions about housing and homelessness

As part of the on-going community engagement phase of the new Community Housing and Homelessness Integrated Plan (CHHIP) development, residents are invited to participate in community conversations about housing and homelessness in Red Deer.

Starting July 15, a series of Design Labs will offer a place for creative, cross-disciplinary innovation in the development of the Community Housing and Homelessness Integrated Plan. Design Labs are an opportunity for citizens to collaborate, provide ideas and recommendations with others on their own areas of interest. These Design Labs will be hosted at a variety of times and locations across the community.

To learn more about the Design Labs and to register for a session, please visit:

Driven by a Council Ad Hoc Committee, the overall goal of the Community Housing & Homelessness Integrated Plan is to develop a strategic and innovative housing plan that will help achieve the community’s housing goals.

“These interactive, solution-focused conversations will build on what we’ve already heard through our survey and open house, and will provide us with valuable insight as the committee develops the CHHIP,” said Ryan Veldkamp, Social Planning Supervisor for The City of Red Deer. “As a community plan, it’s integral, that it is reflective of the community’s needs.”

For more information about the CHHIP, please visit our Community Housing & Homelessness Integrated Plan webpage.


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