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Supporters of Time is Muscle raise much needed funds for Cardio Cath Lab

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From Haley Hay and Vanessa Higgins-Nogareda
The second annual Time Is Muscle event was a full house (approximately 300 people) and a sea of red – a color worn in solidarity for the cause in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

$54,000 was generously donated in the form of silent auction items to raise funds in addition to a 50-50 and vacation raffle.

An awareness video entitled “It’s About Time” by Harley Hay Studios emphasized the need for a Cardiac Catheterization Lab and Red Deer Hospital expansion. The issue was well described on the video by patients, family members, physicians and concerned community members.

The Heartbeats Band produced by Harley Hay and Dave Parfett rocked the night away with songs each containing heart in the title from each era, accompanied by a video montage of images and icons of those periods.
The Sheraton Red Deer hotel served a delicious heart themed meal.

The H’Art gallery featured 16 local artists and over 160 pieces of various mediums including paintings (three of which were live), photography, ceramics, glassworks, jewelry, and wearable art.

Guests goofed around inside the fun photo living room.
A memory wall was erected in honour of those who have passed from cardiovascular disease by way of photos and name cards.
“We would like to thank the Central Alberta Community for its generosity and support for improved cardiac care in our region. We sincerely hope guests enjoyed the heart themed dinner, show, dance and H’Art Gallery! We would like to thank the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation for their partnership, Title Sponsors Joan and John Donald, Platinum Sponsors the Sheraton Red Deer Hotel and Dr. Gustavo Nogareda. The event would not have been a success without its many dedicated volunteers; special appreciation to Brooke Gamache, Patty Harvey and Norana Hedlund. Gratitude to the Heartbeats band for making the show so memorable!” – Directors Harley Hay and Vanessa Higgins-Nogareda
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Everyone’s invited to World Refugee Day Community Dinner

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Please join us at our World Refugee Day Event on June 22nd from 4pm – 7pm. Speakers, entertainment, community dinner. Children’s activities. Come and welcome some of the people who came here under refugee status and make new friends.

We are commemorating the day on June 22 at Gaetz United Church – Pioneer Hall.

Please join us in giving a warm welcome to the refugees in our community. World Refugee Day offers an opportunity for everyone to show support for people forced to flee.

The event is free.

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Alberta paving the way for newcomers to get to work

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From the Government of Alberta: Ensuring fairness for newcomers

Bill 11, the Fair Registration Practices Act, will help newcomers get their credentials recognized, so they can quickly get to work in their fields to help grow the economy and create jobs.

The act is a key part of the government’s Fairness for Newcomers Action Plan.

Highly trained immigrant professionals can sometimes spend years jumping through regulatory hoops while their skills atrophy.

This can result in a significant loss of economic productivity for the Alberta economy. If passed, the Fair Registration Practices Act would cut red tape, remove barriers, speed up the process where possible, hold professional bodies accountable, and increase fairness and transparency.

Our goal is to get all Albertans back to work. Too often, we hear stories of ‘doctors driving cabs’ syndrome – and we are taking action to make sure newcomers’ credentials are evaluated and assessed objectively and in a timely manner.” Jason Kenney, Premier

“It’s important for Alberta’s professional bodies to maintain high professional standards while allowing qualified newcomers to fully contribute to our economy. And not only that, giving newcomers the chance to pursue the careers they’ve trained for is, simply put, the right thing to do.” Jason Copping, Minister of Labour and Immigration

“The settlement sector in Alberta has been advocating for fair recognition of newcomer qualifications for decades. The proven detrimental impact of underemployment of newcomer professionals is felt not only within their own families, but throughout society as well. We are certain that fair recognition of credentials will improve the quality of life of all Albertans, and are grateful this legislation is being introduced so quickly by the new government.” Anila Lee Yuen, president & CEO, Centre for Newcomers

The proposed bill would:

  • Provide the authority to create a Fair Registration Practices Office.
  • Reduce the red tape associated with the assessment of foreign credentials.
  • Work with regulators to ensure registration practices are transparent, objective, impartial and fair.
  • Maintain Alberta’s high professional standards.

Bill 11 would require regulatory bodies to:

  • Assess applications and communicate assessment decisions within specific time frames for interim registration decisions and within reasonable time frames for final registration decisions.
  • Submit reports regarding fair registration practices to the minister responsible for the act.

“ASET is the regulator of engineering and geoscience technology practice in Alberta, and is committed to fully objective criteria for certification, and a level playing field for all applicants. Having long since adopted high standards of fairness in our admissions practices, ASET applauds the initiative for fair assessment of all applicants.” Barry Cavanaugh, CEO, Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta

If passed, the legislation would come into force on proclamation.

Quick facts

  • According to the Conference Board of Canada, Canadians would earn up to $17 billion more annually if their learning credentials were fully recognized.
    • Immigrants are the largest group, with an estimated 524,000 international credential holders affected by a lack of learning recognition.
  • Provinces such as Ontario, Manitoba and Nova Scotia already have fairness legislation to ensure that professional regulatory organizations have fair registration practices.
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