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Tara Veer outlines position on hospital expansion, infrastructure and key priorities

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  • The following was supplied to Todayville by Tara Veer and published on September 28:

    Views on the Red Deer Regional Hospital- What is your position on the need for hospital expansion in Red Deer?

    “Even though Hospital infrastructure is completely under the decision-making jurisdiction of the Provincial Government, the needs of our community are a priority for the City.

    There are numerous examples over the past four years of the City strongly advocating to the Provincial Government to fulfill our local provincial infrastructure needs; The Hospital is one of them and most certainly will continue to be a priority until we secure the expansion of the Red Deer Regional Hospital.

    When our City team met with various Premiers and Ministers over the past term, our consistent phrase in representing Red Deerians to the Provincial Government has been, “When you build Red Deer, you build Alberta”. Infrastructure expansion in our community not only benefits Red Deerians, but all Albertans by building service capacity. Most importantly, building capacity in the Red Deer Regional Hospital ensures patients in Red Deer and region have more equitable access to health care services closer to home instead of being forced to travel to Edmonton or Calgary, especially in critical situations.”

    What has Council done to support our community in this infrastructure & service need for Red Deer?

    “Over the past few years our community has raised various concerns about critical provincial infrastructure needs for Red Deer, examples include the need for expanded courthouse to fulfill community safety objectives and Polytechnic University status for Red Deer College. In response to our community, City Council adopted these as advocacy matters to add the City’s voice to our community’s concerns to the Provincial Government.

    Following a public meeting initiated by local Emergency Room Doctors last winter, the people of Red Deer became acutely aware of the critical need for infrastructure and service expansion at Red Deer Regional Hospital. When the Hospital didn’t receive additional funding in the Province’s 2017 budget this past spring, many of our citizens were very upset.

    In response to community concern, City Council adopted an official advocacy motion requesting the Government of Alberta to prioritize the Red Deer Regional Hospital on their capital plan. As Mayor, I have written to the Minister of Health to formally submit City Council’s position on behalf of our community. We are also currently in the process of seeking letters of support from the Mayors and Councils across the Central Zone region. Once we have received letters from all participating municipalities, we will formally add these to our submission to the Minister of Health.

    I have also met and spoken with our local MLA’s and the Minister of Health regarding our community’s expectations regarding Hospital infrastructure on multiple occasions. If citizens of Red Deer would like to add their voice to our community and Council’s advocacy efforts, we encourage citizens to contact the Minister of Health and your local MLA (Kim Schreiner or Barb Miller if you live in Red Deer).” 

    If you’re re-elected as Mayor on October 16th, will you continue to prioritize this issue?

    “Absolutely. One of the greatest leadership successes of the past term was our ability to advocate successfully for long-awaited infrastructure & service needs of Red Deer. Over the past four years alone, we have successfully helped to secure Provincial decisions to:

    Keep Michener Centre open

    Keep ambulance dispatch in Red Deer & area

    Re-purpose the former Red Deer Nursing Home site for affordable seniors housing

    Expand the runway at the Red Deer Airport

    Expand the capacity at the Red Deer Courthouse

    Rebuild the QE2 and Gaetz Avenue interchange

    Partner with the City to integrate local affordable housing

    Currently, the established advocacy priorities of Council are Red Deer Regional Hospital expansion, Polytechnic University status for Red Deer College, and emergency shelter capacity. It is essential that these areas remain a priority until these local needs are fulfilled by the Provincial Government.

    Over my term as Mayor I have demonstrated myself as a strong advocate for the needs of Red Deer to decision-makers in the Provincial Government, and if Red Deerians choose to re-elect me I will continue to work with Council, our community and partners to secure results for the people of our city.

    I invite you to visit my full campaign website at www.veerforreddeer.ca to learn more about my leadership record, 2017 platform, and my thoughts on issues that Red Deerians are discussing.

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    Central AB Child Advocacy Centre one step closer to reality

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  • Red Deer, Alberta, June 15, 2018: The Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre is thrilled to announce that the next phase in planning for its new Centre of Excellence on Red Deer College’s main campus is now underway.

    On Thursday, June 14, RDC’s Board of Governors approved a resolution to move forward to request Government of Alberta approval through an Order in Council to lease a portion of land on the RDC campus to the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre. This request builds on the memorandum of understanding that CACAC and RDC entered into earlier this year, and it represents the partners’ commitment to work together to explore options that will meet the needs of Central Albertans.

    Mark Jones, Chief Executive Officer of the CACAC, together with the centre’s staff and service partners, couldn’t be more pleased with this announcement. “Supporters of the centre have worked tirelessly since the formation of the coalition group who were determined to help with the desperate need for child advocacy in Central Alberta. We are collectively changing the way Central Alberta responds to child abuse. We opened in our temporary facility November 2017, and the statistics have been staggering of how many cases have been processed. The need for our planned Centre of Excellence is proven, and we are going to be working hard to raise the funds to bring it to fruition. These children need us, the community needs us, and the future of our society depends on it.”

    The Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre is a not for profit organization, governed by a board of directors that works in an integrative partnership with the Central Region Child and Family Services, Alberta Health Services, Alberta Justice, Alberta Education, the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre, and the RCMP to better service children, youth and families impacted by sexual abuse and the most serious/complex cases of physical abuse and neglect.

    The centre has professionals onsite dealing with the criminal, child protection, medical and psychological needs of child victims and their families. Onsite professionals include police officers, physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, and crown prosecutors with the common goals of: improved timeliness in the coordinated assessment and investigation of child abuse cases; increased access to support and therapeutic resources for the child and their family; enhanced collaboration among partners; more efficient and effective use of resources; increased knowledge and awareness of child abuse in the community.

    Working collaboratively, we achieve greater results than any partner could on their own. It blends investigation, treatment, prevention, education and research with expertise to provide an integrated practice approach: wrapping around children and always “working in the best interests of the child”.

    Learn more about the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre by clicking this link.

     


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    Meet some amazing local artists at the ‘Open Studio’ Tour June 23/24

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  • The Red Deer Arts Council is thrilled to announce its third Open Studio Tour, June 23 and 24, 2018!

    This is a self guided tour of artist studio spaces and free to the public.

    Nineteen visual artists in fourteen studios bring you this amazing experience. They will open the doors to their private art studios from 1 to 4:30 p.m., and welcome the public to see the process of creating fine art as each artist demonstrates their processes. From sculpted clay to sculpted metal, from paintings to silk, from jewellery to glass, the fascinating techniques and works of some of Red Deer and area’s most recognized artists will be on display for visitors.

    You can download or print the tour brochure and a map to help find all the studios, and artist bios to read before arriving on scene. The artists will not only demonstrate the processes they use, but happily take questions about their media, style, technique or anything related to art. Artists love to answer questions about their art!

    Each studio is also offering a door prize for visitors. The draw will take place at a reception at Troubled Monk Brewery at 5551 45 Street. You will have the opportunity to enjoy the Brewery’s tour and tasting to find out about their own brand of locally made, hand crafted products. Tour visitors are invited to RSVP to the Arts Council by June 19th by phone at 403-348-2787 or by email at reddeerartscouncil@gmail.com – to be eligible for this special reception.

    Here’s a list of the participating artists:

    Red Deer Artists

    Teena Dickerson
    Teena Dickerson Metal Artist Studio
    DEMO: Teena will be demonstrating bronze casting.

    Suzanne Le Beau
    Spirit of Clay Ceramics Studio
    DEMO: Suzanne will be demonstrating the process of pouring liquid clay (slip) into plaster molds , as well as  the process of taking them out of the molds and altering them.

    Shirley Rimer
    Works In Clay
    DEMO: Shirley will be demonstrating some of her clay work upon request, throughout the Open Studio tour.

    Marlene Kallstrom-Barritt
    Kallstrom Studio
    DEMO: Marlene will be working on various paintings of the “Ascending” series. “

    Candice Meyer
    Candice Meyer Studio
    DEMO: Candice will be demonstrating the process she goes through to make her jewellery.

    Darcy Gusse Edinga
    Silk Concepts
    DEMO: Darcy will be demonstrating painting on silk.

    Trenton Thomas Leach and Holly Elliott
    Rogue Art and Design
    DEMO: Trent will be demonstrating stained glass. Holly will be demonstrating photos applied to various mediums

    Susan Barker and Issy Covey
    The Kitchen Studio
    DEMO: Issy will be hand building her clay ceramics. Susan will be  painting.  Susan will also show her wheelthrowing studio.

    Betty Schnell
    Betty’s Studio DEMO: Betty will be demonstrating painting a landscape.

    Wendy Meeres
    Art and Lampwork Beads Studio
    DEMO: Wendy will be demonstrating glass bead-making.

    Marianne Harris
    Paintwerx Studios and “Away To Play”
    DEMO: Marianne will be demonstrating miniature watercolours with special effects.

    ­­­­­­­­­­­­­Jeri Lynn Ing
    Gallery IS Studio
    DEMO: Jeri Lynn will be demonstrating her process of applying layers of acrylic paint and collage on canvas to create large abstract flowers and landscapes. There will be a few different art pieces in different stages of development to better show the viewer her process.

    Vivian Williamson
    Calligraphic Art Works Studio
    DEMO: Vivian will demonstrate the process she goes through to do decorated letters on watercolour paper as well as calligraphy on a watercolour background.

    Out of Town Studios

    Pat Matheson
    The Farm Studio
    DEMO: Pat will be demonstrating the Raku-fire process which involves removing his pieces from a red hot kiln – lots of fire, smoke and fun!

    Bobbie Seright Palanuik
    Veranda Gallery and Gardens Studio
    DEMO: Bobbie will be demonstrating her work with pastels/oil.

    Learn more about the Red Deer Arts Council by clicking here or going to Facebook.

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    wed30may - 26sepmay 303:30 pmsep 26ATB Financial Downtown Market(may 30) 3:30 pm - (september 26) 6:30 pm

    sun10jun - 24jun 1010:00 amjun 242018 Edgar Farms Asparagus Festival10:00 am - 4:00 pm (24)

    sun17jun - 1juljun 1710:00 amjul 1- 4:00 pm2018 Edgar Farms Asparagus Festival10:00 am - (july 1) 4:00 pm

    tue19jun7:00 pm- 11:30 pmSebastian Bach w/ Guest The Standstills & Sweetgrass- June 19th7:00 pm - 11:30 pm

    tue19jun - 15juljun 198:00 pmjul 15Freewill Shakespeare Festival8:00 pm - (july 15) 10:30 pm

    wed20jun9:00 am- 11:00 amAlliance MeetingsTopic: Red Deer’s Community Safety Strategy9:00 am - 11:00 am

    wed20jun5:45 pm- 8:00 pmRed Deer County Eco-Buffer and Shelterbelt Workshop5:45 pm - 8:00 pm

    thu21jun - 3juljun 216:30 pmjul 3THE WORKS ART & DESIGN FESTIVAL6:30 pm - (july 3) 12:00 am

    fri22jun - 1juljun 227:30 pmjul 1- 9:15 pmEdmonton International Jazz Festival7:30 pm - (july 1) 9:15 pm

    fri22jun - 23jun 229:00 pmjun 23A Weekend With St. James Gate I Bo's Bar & Stage9:00 pm - 1:00 am (23)

    sat23junAll DayRed Deer Highland Games(All Day: saturday)

    sat23jun4:00 pm- 8:00 pmOlds Beer Festival4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    sun24jun11:00 am- 2:00 pmOne Eleven Jazzy Brunch11:00 am - 2:00 pm

    mon25jun - 3sepAll DayRip ‘N Rec Summer Pass returns for youth in Red Deer(All Day)

    tue26jun5:00 pm- 6:30 pmUnited Way Central Alberta Annual General Meeting5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

    tue26jun - 22juljun 268:00 pmjul 22Freewill Shakespeare Festival8:00 pm - (july 22) 10:30 pm

    wed27jun - 1juljun 279:00 amjul 1- 8:00 pmWestern Canadian Breeders Championships9:00 am - (july 1) 8:00 pm

    wed27jun2:00 pm- 3:30 pmMayor’s Garden Party2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    sat30jun9:00 am- 12:00 pmRed Deer Roundup 5k/10k/15k Run9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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