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Leadership Team sets these top 6 Community Safety Priorities

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Collaborative team announces community safety priorities

The Systems Leadership Team (SLT), a group of community leaders working collaboratively on a coordinated approach to broad community safety issues, announced their “Top 6 in 6” – the priorities they will be focusing on in the next six months.

These priorities were developed following a Safety Summit that took place in June. Over 100 people participated in the Summit, providing feedback to inform the direction for SLT. Using this information, along with data from past community consultations, SLT developed Community Safety Action Areas, and priorities within each action area. The “Top 6 in 6” are the immediate priorities SLT will focus on in the next six months.

  • System Innovation: A central coordination model that enhances collaboration and facilitates knowledge sharing to identify gaps and prevent unnecessary duplication of services.
    • 1) Top 6 in 6 priority: Create a central coordination, governance and integration model that enhances collaboration and knowledge sharing.
  • People-Centred Approaches: Strengthen and streamline population-based strategies, which include trauma and culturally-informed practices, to better focus on client needs.
    • 2) Top 6 in 6 priority: Ensure intake processes are streamlined.
    • 3) Top 6 in 6 priority: Develop a trauma-informed workforce to enhance outcomes for clients.
  • Community Mobilization: Enhanced communication between agencies, systems, and greater community to create common understandings and facilitate/create opportunities for community change.
    • 4) Top 6 in 6 priority: Enhancing communication between systems, agencies, and community.
  • Coordinate New and Existing Resources: Create innovative funding opportunities and data integration strategies to support long-term sustainability and more efficient use of allocated resources.
    • 5) Top 6 in 6 priority: Drive data and information sharing, retention and access.
    • 6) Top 6 in 6 priority: Ensure long-term funding stability/innovation.

SLT is focused on community safety, identifying system gaps, potential solutions and opportunities for strategies that enable a more collaborative approach to the community safety challenges Red Deerians are currently facing. It is made up of representatives from The City of Red Deer, Red Deer RCMP, Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools, Red Deer Public Schools, Urban Aboriginal Voices Society, Alberta Health Services – Central Zone, Children’s Services – Central Region.

In the coming months, a Community Integration Team, an operational team of the SLT, will be working to implement these action items.

SLT leader quotes:

“Community safety is The City’s number one priority, and our work with SLT is critical to ensuring that efforts across the community are coordinated and we are working collaboratively to achieve the same goals and outcomes. These SLT priorities will transform how our systems integrate and function to serve our citizens in the long-term. Combined with the solutions and actions we have heard from the community through our recent crime and community safety engagement initiatives, I am confident that we can make strides toward improving safety for everyone in Red Deer.” – Allan Seabrooke, City Manager, The City of Red Deer 

“The RCMP strongly values the SLT partnership and recognizes the importance of working collaboratively in the community. With this collaborative approach at the core of the SLT mandate, we are now ready to implement our immediate priorities, which will have broad reaching impact across the community. There are many agencies involved in community safety who will play a role in delivering these priorities, and our role as system leaders will be to ensure these agencies have the necessary resources and support in place. It’s only when we’re working together that we will start to see progress on our community safety goals. ” – Gerald Grobmeier, Superintendent, Red Deer RCMP      

“Being a member of the System Leadership Team (SLT) has demonstrated Red Deer Catholic Regional School Division’s continued willingness to work with other local agencies and organizations for the betterment of our community.  The SLT is a dedicated group of people who strive to develop innovative and necessary solutions to create a safe place for everyone in our community.  Our ability to work collaboratively together to share knowledge and expertise exemplifies our commitment to improving our community.” – Paul Mason, Superintendent, Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools

“Red Deer Public School District sees great value in coordinating our community’s work around community safety. By working proactively and collaboratively today, we can build a stronger community for tomorrow. So many agencies in our community are working so hard on key issues, and by working in a more coordinated way, we can be more effective!” – Stu Henry, Superintendent and Chad Erickson, Student Services – Associate Superintendent, Red Deer Public School District  

“Urban Aboriginal Voices Society (UAVS) is excited to be coming together with system leaders to enhance community safety. Our hope is that through increased collaboration and implementation of priority actions, we will be able to speak and act with a united voice on issues and concerns affecting our community.” – Maggie Loney, Co-Chair Leadership Circle, UAVS

“Alberta Health Services (AHS) is pleased to be a member of the Systems Leadership Team in Red Deer and we look forward to continuing to work with our partners on these priority areas over the coming months. The issue of community safety is multi-faceted, and enhancing it is a big job. No single approach nor one organization working alone will have all the answers. But by working together towards common goals, we can build on each other’s strengths and resources, and enhance the way we all work as one. Together we can create opportunities for positive, meaningful change within our community.” – Janice Stewart – Chief Zone Officer, AHS, Central Zone

“The turnout and input from community agencies and organizations showed passion to work collaboratively to build a healthier and safer community. It is exciting to see contributions from the summit come together to create an action plan. I want to thank participants for laying the groundwork to serve our community better. ” – Peggy Olstad, Associate Director, Childrens Services – Central Region

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Holiday residential cart collection schedules

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Cart collection schedules have been adjusted for residents with Friday cart collection to accommodate the Christmas Day and New Year’s Day statutory holidays, which both fall on a Friday this year.

Residents with regular Friday collection will have their December 25 and January 1 cart collection rescheduled as follows:

  • Lancaster Green, Lancaster Meadows, Laredo, and Lonsdale will be moved to the following Monday.
  • Davenport, Deer Park Estates, Deer Park Village and Devonshire will be moved to the following Tuesday.
  • Rosedale Estates, Rosedale Meadows, Vanier East and Vanier Woods will be moved to the following Wednesday.

Collection schedules will return to normal on Friday, January 8, 2020. See Holiday Cart Collection Schedule (pdf) for further details.

Residents with a collection day other than Friday will have no collection changes over the holidays.

Questions? Contact The City by calling The Blue Line at 403-340-BLUE (2583) or visiting www.reddeer.ca/carts .

Other reminders:

  • Carts must be set out before 7 a.m. for pickup
  • Wrapping paper, tissue paper and Styrofoam are not accepted in Blue Carts, as The City’s recycling program is currently unable to process these materials.
  • Large quantities of cooking fat, oil and grease are not accepted in the Green Cart, as large quantities do not break down in the composting process.
  • For reminders of what carts to place out when, sign up for notifications with Notify Red Deer, sign up today at www.reddeer.ca/notifyreddeer
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Face coverings now mandatory in Red Deer for all indoor public spaces and pubic vehicles

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City Council passes temporary mandatory face covering bylaw in Red Deer

Face coverings are temporarily mandatory in Red Deer after City Council approved a bylaw today, mandating face coverings for indoor public places and public vehicles.

The bylaw will officially come into effect on November 30, 2020; however, The City strongly encourages citizens to wear a face covering in accordance with the bylaw starting today.

The decision to proceed with a short-term face covering bylaw came after in-depth discussions on the topic over the past few weeks and during last week’s Special City Council Meeting. During this meeting, a number of amendments were considered by City Council, triggering the need for the third reading at today’s regular City Council meeting.

“Mandating temporary face coverings in Red Deer is a short-term measure to be responsive to the evolving pandemic in Red Deer and across the province. We know this is a divisive issue in our community, and although the Province has yet to mandate masks across Alberta, City Council believes this temporary measure is critical if we want local case numbers and hospitalization to remain flat,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “Through this bylaw, we are putting into action, the recommendations of health officials because the safety, health and wellbeing of all citizens continues to be our number one priority.”

At this time, the bylaw has a sunset clause of March 1, 2021, and will expire on this date.

The bylaw mandates all citizens must wear a face covering in indoor public places and public vehicles with the exceptions noted in the bylaw. This includes any place, whether publicly or privately owned, where members of the public have access as of right or by implied invitation.

The bylaw does not apply to several groups including children under nine, those who are disabled, and anyone eating/drinking, or engaging in heavy labour or physical fitness activities. It applies to passengers in public vehicles, like taxis or rides for hire, but not to drivers where there is a barrier installed in the vehicle. Businesses affected by the bylaw are required to display signage.

The fine for not wearing a face covering in a public place is $50.

“This decision is about protecting public health and safety, protecting our health care system, and doing whatever we can to help stabilize the local economy and prevent potential future lockdowns that could result in further business impacts and closures,” said Mayor Veer. “We are all feeling the pressures of COVID-19; citizens, businesses and Albertans alike are significantly affected. The City will continue to do everything we can to support our local citizens and businesses by putting measures in place that could minimize the spread of COVID-19.”

A mandatory face covering bylaw is just one of the municipal measures being taken to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Red Deer. The City also continues to adapt its many operations to be responsive to the changing circumstances, increase communication with citizens and businesses and to continue to seek information and support through the Province of Alberta.

Red Deer is now one of approximately nineteen other Alberta municipalities, including Calgary, Edmonton and Lethbridge, to have a mandatory face covering bylaw in place.

For more information about the new bylaw and other COVID-19 restrictions, please read our Face Coverings in Public Places (Mandatory Mask) Bylaw FAQ (pdf)  or visit www.reddeer.ca.

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