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Use Todayville.com to tell the community how your business has adapted and what new products or services you’re offering.  

Share your story with Todayville.  And Todayville shares it with the community. Click below to access an easy to use form.  Fill it out and click SUBMIT. 

 

 As an example, we’ll share our own story, below.  We know there are a lot of businesses that may not be able to change their model.  But there are some who are, and we want to feature them. They are the heroes of our time.  They inform us, they feed us, they help us keep our homes running properly, all in an era of social distancing.

Today we’re starting this series off by telling our own story.  We invite you to tell us all a bit about yourself.

By Lloyd Lewis, President of Todayville, Inc.

Business Name:  Todayville Inc.

Contact: Duane Rolheiser 403-350-1155 or Lloyd Lewis 780-232-2863 — email info@todayville.com (monitored continuously)

What does your business do?

We have created a platform that allows everyone to have a voice and share information on an open platform. Our focus is this community and we create and publish stories that are unique and help inform. We also have regular contributors, including local businesses, who publish interesting and informative content about their companies and organizations. Todayville is an open platform that is not restricted to your group of followers.

There is no subscription fee.  We offer advertising and brand storytelling to help our clients (business, charities, and other organizations) increase their exposure in the region. Having a well-told story is key to marketing today, and our stories are easy to share in social media.  These are published within a mix of other stories of interest to the community. We are also an affiliate of Canadian Press and provides an up-to-date stream of provincial, national and international stories. This cross-pollination of stories in one place helps to break down the information echo chambers that many of us live in by bringing stories to diverse audiences who may not otherwise see them.

We’d encourage people to REGISTER on Todayville.com and write their own stories, or promote their events, meetings, gatherings, etc. Once registered, we review the registration and in no time, you’ll be able to post a story or an event direclty onto our site. Here’s our story.

How has COVID-19 affected you?

It’s affected us in a number of ways.  Our clients are local businesses, all of whom are struggling to pay their employees and keep them safe, pay their rent, renegotiate with suppliers, find supply chains to replace others that may have collapsed during this period, literally so may things that are more important than marketing and telling their story.

On the other hand, we have seen inredible increases in people coming to our site. Our footprint has been increasing continuously since we launched in the fall of 2016.  Covid-19 has created a new interest in current events.  We’ve also seen intense interest in local stories since we launched.   Trusted sources are suddenly becoming more and more important when lives are at stake.  We’ve worked really hard to be a good actor.  Our team has decades of experience in traditional news and media organizations, including CTV, Global, and CBC.  Both Duane and I have long histories in Red Deer.  I started my career in TV here in 1981 and have had a relationship with this market for almost 4 decades.  Duane started working here in 1992 as a reporter and has lived and raised a family here. We have both been really involved in this community for a long time.  This gives us a pretty deep understanding of this city and the people who live here. We want to help.

What are you doing to adapt?

We are doing a LOT more online meetings. If done properly, we’re finding them very effective.  Our focus right now is about helping our community communicate with one another and support one another.  We want to be inspirational and help promote how others are finding ways to adapt (where possible) and change course in a way that allows them to survive.

What kind of help do you need?

We want people to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.  We share the most relevant stories on our site to social media.  You can also bookmark our site so that we’re easy to find.  We want stories.  We also need businesses who want to take advantage of this period to advertise or send a message of hope to the community.  Some businesses will flourish during this time.  Others will struggle.  We have significant traffic on our site and if you have the means to promote yourself, now is a great time to do it.  We will provide really good value.  Also, tell your own story. We’d encourage people to REGISTER on Todayville.com and create content that can be read, enjoyed and considered by the entire community.  Our audience, this community, wants to hear your story.  It’s a way of bringing the community together.

What do you want the community to know?

We are a local business that started right here in Red Deer.  Our stories are generating tens of thousands of views each day.  If you want to tell your story or advertise your products and reach a wider audience, there is no better time! We want to help this community. We have been a part of it for decades.  Your story may be just the inspiration our readers need.  We’d love to help you tell your story. You can call me directly at 780-232-2863.  Duane is available at 403.350-1155.

If you want to publish a story, simply register and once approved, it’s a pretty simple process.  Here are some examples of “feature images” that you’ll want for your story. Try to create your thumbnail in a 16×9 format.  It should be a .JPG no more than about 200kb in size.  Online tools such as Canva make this pretty simple to do.

Let us know how we can help!  Click here to email us directly.

Thank you to Hotels Red Deer for helping make this series possible.

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Drive in Christianity!  Coming soon to a church near you!

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On March 20 more than 60 vehicles gathered on the corner of 39th Street and 30th Avenue at 10:15 a.m. for a unique experience.

It was not a family comedy, nor an adventure film that brought folks out, but rather the bold proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ by Pastor Ben Elliot of Deer Park Church (formerly the Deer Park Alliance Church) via FM transmission (88.5 FM) for those in the parking lot and nearby neighbourhood.

Four rows of cars filled the lot with anywhere from 1 to 4 people per vehicle for an hour.

“This week I had the privilege of being home and was invited to be part of a province wide conference call with Premier Kenney and Minister Dr. Deena Hinshaw,” said Elliott during his sermon on Sunday.  “I was nervous when I suggested what we were planning for our service and we got the thumbs up from everyone.  He also asked us as faith leaders to pray for government and ministry leaders to make good decisions in this difficult time.”

He added that the church was going to ensure that the maximum number of 15 people was observed with only 4 volunteer parking attendants, 3 musicians and 1 pastor.

More than 60 vehicles attended a drive in church service

“I know it is tempting to get out of your car and chat with your friend but please don’t, be like our youth and chat with them across a window,” said Elliott who is also head of the Red Deer Ministerial Association.  “We want to honor the restrictions while honouring God by gathering together.”

Elliott spoke on cabin fever, an experience citizens across Canada are well familiar with.

“Robert Service wrote about cabin fever in a poem called Pious Pete and we are well familiar with the phenomena,” he said.  “Even King David, in 1 Sam 25 was not immune to the effects of continual exposure to the same people, except he lived in a cave!”

Pastor Ben Elliott reflected on a believers role in this crisis

He noted that the good news is, that even while he was not in the public, David sought God and was corrected by God!  He concluded his message by challenging us to honor God by being agents of peace and his salvation in our families.

Meanwhile, this particular drive-in was one of many services throughout the city and one of many formats.

Churches like Crossroads have live streamed their services for some time to service their growing congregation and others have moved to youtube presentations for viewing anytime.

Unity Baptist Church in north Red Deer has gone to Zoom for their services.

“This morning there was 40 people who logged into the sermon,” said Kent Lindsay, a

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Unity Baptist congregant.  “It was a great interactive way to experience a service without being there.”

Meanwhile, prayer groups like the Red Deer Catholic Mens Group have moved to Whatapp for communication and alerting members to Zoom sessions with other believers for rosary prayers and other intercessions.

“There are many ways for believers to meet and encourage each other during this time,” said pastor Andrew Rilling of Deer Park Church.  “From live streams to youtube personal phone calls, to our drive in format, Gods people need to encourage each other.  His word is always working and He meets us in our needs.  As a believer and a pastor I am encouraged and know that God is always working among us.”

 

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Crisis Financial Management-From Where Should It Come?

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The news has been filled with Covid 19 stories, and none have been particularly brighter than the aid packages and measures announced by both the provincial and federal governments.

The combination of enhanced EI benefits, GST payments, Child Tax increases and deferment of tax payments and deadlines is superb. Alberta’s contribution of short term $ for workers affected by Covid 19, their announcement of renter assistance legislation (late fees, no evictions) is a good companion piece. Banks and utility companies (read communication, power, gas, water), have also   graciously deferred payments for the foreseeable future in addition to releasing additional credit for both business and personal clients. Student loan payments are frozen for 6 months.

These are all great ideas and measures and the key word here is DEFERRAL, not forgiveness nor cancellation.

During the 2008 banking crisis, governments around the world bailed out big businesses from banking institutions to car companies. In Canada, Chrysler paid their aid package back, but banks, who allegedly received close to $114 Billion dollars according to a Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives report, used public funds to shore up an already financially secure industry.

Now, amidst an international crisis, business entities are merely deferring payments for services and products assuming that the extra hardship that our Canadian work forces will not negatively impact their ability to ‘catch up’ on debt incurred despite bail out packages.

My father, a teacher was on strike for a month in the 1970s, and he told us that he never recovered from even a month without pay!

Imagine an average family with months of bills that may build up and the dollars that will have to be committed to repay balances on credit cards, mortgages, utilities and tax levies! Some may never recover.

Six months from now, will the companies who have promised to work with tenants and customers be so willing to cooperate with hardship?

I think not.

Utility companies charge exorbitant interest rates as do credit cards. Those with ‘weak’ credit, often pay more while those with good ratings are offered lower rates on loans.

Putting a moratorium on penalties is fine, but it will not have the impact that can truly make a difference in the lives of every day, working class individuals. The remedy is short term and does not involve every level of our society.

There is really only ONE solution to the present crisis to ensure that we, as a country can go back to work and pick up where we were before we hit the pause and panic button.

Biblically speaking, a year of jubilee occurred every 50 years and debt was forgiven. It provided a fresh start for everyone and reminded everyone that forgiveness was real and meant not just for a few.

This level of crisis involves participation and sacrifice by every level of our society from banks to government. Sadly, that would never happen today due to our incredibly interlinked international banking systems and ruling families (Rothschilds, Soros) who have built incredible wealth by NOT being compassionate.

However, in addition to the aid solutions already given, the following should occur:

  1. Immediate cancellation of interest on loans, mortgages, credit cards and utility bills until the crisis is over.
  2. Cancelation of foreclosures, evictions and already approved appropriations.
  3. Forgiveness of loan/rent payments by tenants, mortgage holders and credit card holders. Any debt accrued in this time frame is due with NO interest ever. This way, those with rental property or companies will not be penalized and therefore do not need to revert to payees already in hardship.
  4. For any student loan over 10 years old AND hardship by the student, total forgiveness. 100%

This is a partial list, but my point is that the very banks who were bailed out in 2008-10 should give back to the country, and not in the forms of extra debt but rather a real blessing Profits may actually dip, but their history of profits, even during the 2008 bailout (liquidity assistance), their profits were still $27 billion!

Given their proclivity for creating new ways to charge customers, there will be no long-term hardship to these architects of financial power.

We all have to give something for everyone to benefit otherwise, this is one more step on our way to economic dependency on government aid and a step towards socialism!

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