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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 to learn more about my leadership record, 2017 platform, and my thoughts on issues that Red Deerians are discussing.

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It’s Smile Cookie Week! Support Reading College at Tim Hortons Red Deer Locations



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It’s the sweetest way possible to support an absolutely fantastic cause!  This is Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Week.  All Red Deer Tim Hortons locations are donating proceeds from the sale of Smile Cookies to The Foundation for Red Deer Public Schools for Reading College.  Support young students working through the summer to improve their literacy skills in this wonderful program…. Pick up some cookies this week!




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Enhance your board members’ skills with the Board Leadership Central Alberta Conference



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Your board is crucial to the success of your organization- here’s an opportunity to boost your board members’ skills to help them excel at carrying out their roles and meeting your organization’s commitments and mandates!

The Board Leadership Central Alberta Conference takes place on September 29th from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm at the Golden Circle in Red Deer. (4620 47 A Ave.)

The conference will feature valuable learning sessions, panel discussions on strategic planning tips, networking opportunities with other board members and take-aways to share at future board meetings and strategy sessions.

Keynote Speaker – Amber Mack

“What’s Your Why?”

Your “why” is the thing that inspires you, as well as those around you, to take action, engage people to join you, and make a difference!








Full agenda for the day is as follows:

8:30 am – 9:00 – Registration

9:00 – Welcome Remarks –Trinesh Padiyachi, General Manager, Cosmos Bottle Depot

9:10 – Keynote – Amber Mack: “What’s Your Why?”

10:15 – 10:30 Break

10:30 – 11:50 Breakout Sessions:

A. Understanding Financial Statements/Risk Management – Don Oszli, Partner, Pivotal LLP

B. Roles & Responsibilities for Board Members – Milena Santoro,CMM, CMP, PIDP, CWP,

12:00 – 1:15 – Lunch with guided facilitation

1:30 – 2:30 – Panel discussion “Cause & Effect: The Importance of Strategic Planning” Moderator –Linda Wilson; Panelists – Dr. Marc Jerry, Melina Santoro, and Anne Waddell

2:30 – Closing


To find more event information, and to book your spot, click here


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