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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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Photo club focuses on Arctic images

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If you’ve ever imagined grabbing your camera and heading off to photograph remote parts of the northern hemisphere, the Northwest Passage, Iceland or the remote Islands off of the shores of Scotland, the central Alberta photo club has a presentation you need to see.
Adventure Canada will share their experience photographing in Canada’s north and its coastlines. The company hosts tours on smaller cruise ships bringing photographers to shore via zodiacs.

“The club brings in different speakers to please the variety of individual needs of its members,” says Scotty Roxburgh, the club’s president, adding, “and we like to stimulate each level of photographer to move outside of their individual comfort zone.”

“Adventure Canada provides a variety of experts on their cruises to educate individuals about the remote areas they visit, professional photographers along with historians, marine biologists, culturalists, archaeologist, authors, artists,” Roxburgh said. He thinks the cruise will interest more than just the club members, so tickets for the March 3 presentations at Golden Circle event will also be available to the public at the door or online at http://centralalbertaphotographicsociety.com .

Dr, Scott Forsyth, is an expert landscape photographer and he’ll share how he creates images, demonstrate setting up and photographing in remote areas, discuss composition, available light and post processing to achieve great images. The session runs from 2 until 5 pm Saturday returning at 7 pm with David Newland sharing his experiences of travelling the Northwest Passage through his Story and Song, a musical and spoken-word performance of original songs, along with photographs, inspired by the sights and sounds of the Canadian Arctic.

Roxburgh’s club, the Central Alberta Photographic Society, goes by its acronym nickname, CAPS, and is having a banner year, providing and organizing compelling presenters and interesting and rewarding outings. Membership includes beginners and experts and all levels in between, all enthusiastic about capturing images of great experiences. Think snowy owls. X-country ski championships. Beautiful Alberta landscapes. Ice bubbles at Lake Abraham.

As members get comfortable with their cameras, getting that great shot gets more compelling; the opportunities to take interesting photos keep expanding and they get together for some really enjoyable and instructive activity. Often outside, in fresh air.

Last month, more than a dozen members of the club covered the 2018 Haywood Noram/Peavy Mart Western Canadian Championships at Riverbend, taking thousands of images and providing organizers and athletes with a collection of more than 3,000 moments captured. Roxburgh says he’s pleased with how well the membership gels socially this year with good attendance and lots of enthusiastic participation.

Details of the Adventure Canada and Northwest Passage in Story, Song and Photograph are available at http://centralalbertaphotographicsociety.com

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Get your tickets now for the Red Deer Hospitals Lottery

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The Red Deer Hospitals Lottery helps to raise funds for programs, services and the purchase of medical equipment. This year, the funds will be used to purchase new technologically advanced patient beds.

What’s in a bed? Springs, foam, air, water, feathers? …new technology for hospital beds has far more options than these! If you or a loved one has stayed in a hospital you quickly discovered that one-size does not fit-all in terms of a bed.

Innovations have improved safety, comfort and functionality while reducing pain, pressure points and skin breakdown. Red Deer Hospital Lottery 2018 is dedicated to providing this new technology for patients at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre.

These new beds will extend to fit a larger compliment of the population served by the Red Deer Hospital. They will also lower, allowing easier access for shorter patients. This helps to prevent falls and slipping. Air surfaces can be adjusted to the firmness the patient requires to suit his/her comfort and therapy needs. New bed fabric – considerably more breathable – will lead to enhanced comfort and reduced sweating. Plus, unique air inflation options will make repositioning in bed easier for immobile patients. This not only optimizes patient comfort, it reduces strain and effort by caregivers while repositioning or performing other care activities.

From a safety perspective, newer beds have sensitive alarms that tell staff if a patient is about to get up without assistance. This alerts the nursing staff to attend to the person’s needs much sooner than the inevitable “bump” of a patient falling against something. The same alarm will identify when the mattress needs to be inflated to a therapeutic setting, which also supports patient comfort and safety. Finally, our new beds will have a very practical safety feature: a light under the bed illuminating the floor and any potential tripping hazards while not distracting from the need for sleep.

Red Deer Hospital Lottery 2018 is continuing to support this exciting technological advancement at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre, as the 2017 campaign was able to fund for half the beds required, with 49 left to purchase!

The 2018 Red Deer Hospital Lottery Dream Home, designed by Sorento Custom Homes, combines classic design with modern luxury. This $839,895 corner lot bungalow features 2,917 sq ft of developed living space, high vaulted ceilings, a screened sunroom, private side entrance, and a big double garage. But, there’s more! Enjoy your cozy main floor library, or start the day fresh in your own yoga room. Plus! This year’s home comes with furnishings provided by The Brick valued at $35,000. Our Dream Home is located in the gorgeous new community of Laredo, on the south east corner of Red Deer.

Todayville is proud to be a sponsor of this year’s Red Deer Hospitals Lottery.

Click this link to view all of the fabulous prizes up for grabs in this year’s Red Deer Hospitals Lottery. 

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wed21feb - 25All DayThe 2018 Red Deer Gem & Mineral Show(All Day)

thu22feb7:00 pm- 10:00 pmPaint Night7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

fri23feb - 25All Day2018 Central Alberta Film Festival(All Day)

sat24feb11:00 am- 2:00 pmInternational Mother Language Day Event11:00 am - 2:00 pm

sun25feb8:30 am- 3:00 pmRBC Training Ground QualifierCOULD IT BE YOU?8:30 am - 3:00 pm

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