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Wear blue on October 24 in support of children – October is Child Abuse Prevention Month

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From the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre

October is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Alberta Child Advocacy Centres’ speak up for our children

October is Child Abuse Prevention Month and Child Advocacy Centres’ across Alberta are helping kids in their communities find their voice.  Alberta is proud to have eight of the 27 Child Advocacy Centres’ in Canada, these centres’ are fully operational or in various stages of future development.

Child Advocacy Centres’ are a safe place where children and youth who have experienced abuse can go to tell their story and be supported throughout the entire disclosure, investigation, judicial and healing journey. By supporting children, youth and their non-offending caregivers we provide them with customized supports that best suit their needs and will allow them to heal at their own pace. Children are resilient; we see it every day as they show their courage and strength in telling their story.

By wearing blue to show your support we are sparking the conversation around child abuse and creating a community where children are believed and feel safe in telling their story.

It is everyone’s legal and moral duty to report child abuse and we all need to equip ourselves with the tools to recognize abuse and speak up for our children. Studies suggest that child abuse is still highly underreported to authorities.

On October 24, 2019 wear blue in support of the children within our communities who need us to be their voice and help build safer and stronger communities.

The Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre is a not for profit organization rooted in the protection and recovery of today’s most innocent and vulnerable – our children. The Centre is comprised of a collective that is driven by the courage to support children, youth, and their families affected by abuse, enabling them to build enduring strength and overcome adversity. We work in a collaborative partnership with the Central Region Children's Services, Alberta Health Services, Alberta Justice, Alberta Education, the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre and the RCMP. Together we harness our collective courage to provide children with supported recovery. It takes courage and bravery for a child to share their story of abuse, for families to bring their children forward, to believe, to listen without judgement, and to seek justice. Supporting the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre today is an investment in the promise and possibility of a healthy future for our children and our community.

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Blackfalds

Blackfalds Town Council approves Arena and Library Expansion – Video and photo galleries included

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From the Town of Blackfalds

The Town of Blackfalds is moving forward with the Arena and Library Expansion

The Town of Blackfalds is excited to announce that the Arena and Library Expansion project will be proceeding and shovels will be in the ground in June of 2020 with a completion date targeted for Spring of 2021.

At their May 26 regular meeting, Council voted 4 to 3 to approve the final and guaranteed maximum price of the $24.6M capital budget which includes $18 M for the arena (which includes a $1 M contribution by the Junior A team) and $6.6 M for the Library.

Over the last year, the Town participated in various engagement opportunities including public open houses and meetings with stakeholders, school boards, and other organizations. The consultations prompted changes and additions to be incorporated into the design to improve the functionality of the facility which also resulted in increased costs.

Town of Blackfalds Mayor Richard Poole is proud of the work that Administration and its contractors ACI Architects, Eagle Builders and Delnor Construction undertook in the last 2 months to review those areas where costs could be reduced to come up with a target value design, “I support this project for a number of reasons,” asserts Mayor Poole. “First of all, this will be an excellent value for our community when it is built. It will be second to none and I believe it will be a project our community will be proud of, and, as Councillor Taylor stated, it will ‘enhance business opportunities within our community.’ The Abbey Centre continues to receive praise and compliments from community members throughout Alberta and I am confident Blackfalds will duplicate that success with this facility.”

Mayor Poole added, “I am also excited about the opportunities that the AJHL will bring to the community. The new Library is going to be one of the largest in central Alberta and, for a community under 20,000, this will be an attraction that we will not only be extremely proud of, but given the provisions of the facility, will allow for progressive programming even in a post-COVID era. In addition, by awarding the construction contract to Eagle Builders, we are providing jobs for many central Alberta families. I am thrilled to be working with such great partners like Eagle Builders, Delnor and ACI with whom we have had a great relationship in the past.”

The guaranteed maximum price ensures that the Town will not pay any more than the $24.6M and therefore, if the cost of the project does go up, the risk will be to Delnor and Eagle Builders, and not the municipality. CAO Thompson echoed some of Council’s words, “We want to provide a high quality facility to our community similar to our past successful projects, and not have to cut corners.”

A gallery of final design concepts can be viewed on the Multi-Plex Arena web page at blackfalds.com/tourism-recreation/multi-plex-ice-arena.

A small ground breaking ceremony will take place on Friday June 19 and will celebrated by invitation only to ensure physical and social distancing.

If any organizations are interested in sponsorship, please see the sponsorship brochure at http://blackfalds.com/tourism-recreation/multi-plex-ice-arena.

 

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No active cases of COVID-19 in Central Alberta!

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Information from covid19stats.alberta.ca

Big news for Central Alberta as this region is reporting NO confirmed active cases of COVID-19.

The first stage of opening up the province has not had an adverse effect in Central Alberta.   While opening up the economy could very well result in a number of new cases, after two full weeks that has not happened!

Here’s the Central Alberta breakdown.  Locations are listed by the number of ‘active’ cases in each region.

  • Red Deer City – 37 cases – 0 active
  • Red Deer County – 15 cases – 0 active
  • Mountain View County – 9 cases – 0 active
  • Kneehill County – 4 cases – 0 active
  • Ponoka County – 3 cases – 0 active
  • Wetaskiwin City – 8 cases – 0 active
  • Vermilion River County – 6 cases – 0 active
  • Stettler County – 3 cases – 0 active
  • Lacombe County – 3 cases – 0 active
  • Camrose City – 2 cases – 1 death – 0 active
  • Lacombe City – 2 cases – 0 active
  • Beaver County – 2 cases – 0 active
  • Clearwater County – 2 cases – 0 active
  • City of Lloydminster – 1 case – 0 active
  • Camrose County – 1 case – 0 active
  • Minburn County – 1 case – 0 active
  • MD of Wainwright – 1 case – 0 active

The “day and case status” graph below shows just how the situation in Alberta is improving drastically.  Just a month ago, there was an equal number of active and recovered cases.  Now there are only 400 active cases in the entire province.  Over 6,500 Albertans are considered recovered.

Central Alberta continues has been the least affected region in the province.   In fact, the number of confirmed cases was reduced by 1 from 99 to 98 in Central Alberta as Alberta Health deducted one of the cases from the County of Red Deer.   Here are the numbers from each zone.

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