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Westerner Days, Phony Lawyer Charged & Live Entertainment!

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1:21 pm – Officials with Catholic Social Services and the Central Alberta Refugee Effort (C.A.R.E.) in Red Deer, are hoping you can help them find a missing man. 22 year old Heri Lumwanga has only been in Red Deer for one month and speaks no English, only Swahili and a little French. He has a medical condition that requires daily medication and he hasn’t been seen since July 18th. He’s 5’6, 140-150 lbs. If you see him, contact Lusambiya at 403-598-3625, Elisabeth at 403-598-0194 or Red Deer City RCMP at 403-304-7764.

10:09 am – On July 11, 2017, Blackfalds RCMP located and recovered a stolen mini excavator, a stolen John Deere tractor and an outboard boat motor from a rural location near Blackfalds. The John Deere tractor and mini excavator have been returned to their owners. Police have not been able to identify the owner of the boat motor and are seeking the public’s assistance to locate the owner. Investigators are asking anyone who may have information regarding this occurrence to contact Blackfalds RCMP at (403) 885-3300.

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10:01 am – From Live Theatre, to Rappelling down a Red Deer high rise, to a mobile escape room, there’s lots to do in and around Red Deer this weekend. Check it out Here!

9:54 am – Swing Dancing at “Cool Beans” tonight from 7:00 – 9:30 pm, hosted by the Red Aces Dance Club! Details Here.

9:43 am – It’s the Bard on Bower tonight with a live theatrical performance of “Two Gentlemen of Verona” on the Bower Ponds stage,  7:00 – 9:30 pm. Read More.

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9:39 am – A BBQ and live music at the Bower Branch of ATB today from 11 – 3 in support of their Financial Literacy program! Read More.

9:12 am – Check out the festive atmosphere with some live music on the Alexander Way Parklet today from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. Read More.

9:02 am – Going to be out and about today and over the weekend? Know where the road and trail closures are, so you don’t encounter any traffic delays! Details Here.

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8:50 am – Red Deer RCMP worked with Sylvan Lake RCMP to arrest and charge a woman after a stabbing on July 13, while a number of other recent arrests by Red Deer RCMP involved crimes in progress that were reported by citizens, including frauds, the recovery of several stolen vehicles and a break and enter in progress. Read More.

8:42 am – A Red Deer man faces 12 Criminal Code charges after a months-long RCMP investigation in which the suspect is alleged to have defrauded a number of victims between December 2016 and April 2017 while representing himself as a lawyer. Read More.

8:32 am – It’s day three today of Westerner Days at Red Deer’s Westerner Park. The gates open at 12 noon with tonight’s musical entertainment including Jamie Woodfin, Ken Stead and Tom Cochrane with Red Rider. The shows start at 8 pm on the Enmax Centrium Main Stage. Read More.

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Alberta seeing spike in syphilis cases

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Syphilis rates way up in Alberta

Rates of syphilis in Alberta on the rise

Infectious and congenital syphilis rates have escalated across the province over the past five years, with a sharp increase in 2018.

The rapid increase in syphilis cases has spurred Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, to declare a provincial outbreak and encourage Albertans to get tested and protect themselves.

“We need to emphasize for all Albertans: Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are a risk to anyone who is sexually active, particularly people who have new sex partners and are not using protection. I encourage anyone who is sexually active to get tested regularly. Anyone in Alberta can access STI testing and treatment for free.”

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health

In response to the sharp rise in 2018, a provincial outbreak coordination committee composed of Alberta Health, Alberta Health Services (AHS) and other provincial health officials has been activated. Over the next three months, the committee will develop a coordinated strategy and determine concrete actions to increase STI testing, promote public awareness and reduce the overall number of syphilis cases in Alberta.

“Sexual health is an important part of overall health. We are working with community partners to remove stigma and increase awareness about STI testing services throughout Alberta. If you are sexually active, make regular STI testing part of your health routine.”

Dr. Laura McDougall, Senior Medical Officer of Health, AHS

 

A total of 1,536 cases of infectious syphilis were reported in 2018 compared to 161 in 2014, almost a tenfold increase. The rate of infectious syphilis has not been this high in Alberta since 1948.

Congenital syphilis, which occurs when a child is born to a mother with syphilis, is a severe, disabling and life-threatening disease. While congenital syphilis cases were rare before the outbreak, there were 22 congenital syphilis cases between 2014 and 2018, one of which was stillborn.

Consistent and correct condom use is important protection against STIs such as syphilis. Like other STIs, the symptoms of syphilis may not be obvious. Health experts recommend sexually active people, regardless of gender, age or sexual orientation, get tested every three to six months if they:

  • have a sexual partner with a known STI
  • have a new sexual partner or multiple or anonymous sexual partners
  • have previous history of an STI diagnosis
  • have been sexually assaulted

Prenatal care including syphilis testing is available for all Albertans. It is critical that anyone who is pregnant seeks early prenatal care and testing for syphilis during pregnancy.

Anyone experiencing STI-related symptoms should seek testing through their local health-care provider. Call Health Link at 811, visit a STI or sexual health clinic or speak to a family doctor to find testing and treatment options.

 

Quick facts

  • 2018 case counts for infectious syphilis by AHS zone:
    • South Zone: 31 cases, an increase of 138.5 per cent compared to 2017
    • Calgary Zone: 206 cases, an increase of 7.3 per cent compared to 2017
    • Central Zone: 88 cases, an increase of 266.7 per cent compared to 2017
    • Edmonton Zone: 977 cases, an increase of 305.4 per cent compared to 2017
    • North Zone: 208 cases, an increase of 324.5 per cent compared to 2017
  • For further breakdown of STI 2018 numbers, see the 2018 STI and HIV Summary Report.
  • Alberta Health works with AHS and community organizations towards prevention, health promotion, outreach testing, education, harm reduction, and addressing stigma. Previous actions include:
    • Grants to the Alberta Community Council on HIV to support community organizations across the province to prevent and reduce STIs, reduce harm associated with the non-medical consumption of substances and support health in their own geographic locations.
    • Alberta Health has provided three one-time grants totalling a combined $2 million since 2017 to combat the rising rates of STI, including syphilis, focusing on raising awareness and education, reducing stigma and increasing testing and treatment.
    • Since 2016, Alberta Health Services and Alberta Health have been working with over 100 provincial partners to develop innovative approaches to increasing access to STI services across the province.
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City of Red Deer

Environmental Master Plan steers Red Deer’s sustainable future

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From The City of Red Deer

City Council adopted an updated version of the Environmental Master Plan, a document which will guide Red Deer’s environmental strategy now and into the future.

The Environmental Master Plan (EMP) was originally released in 2011 and serves as a guide to improve environmental sustainability in Red Deer by setting goals and providing short-, medium- and long-term strategies. The EMP is designed to provide The City and the people of Red Deer with a road map to improved environmental performance. The updated plan outlines clear goals and measurable targets, as well as suggested actions for The City to undertake during implementation.

“The EMP refresh is a higher-level document that was designed to provide a foundation for strategic decision making in the future. We focused on six areas: air, ecology, energy, waste, water and community design, which combined transportation and built environment from the previous plan,” said Nancy Hackett, Environmental Initiatives Supervisor, “Each of the sixareas have specific targets and metrics, but we refined the plan to 20 actions that providebroader direction.”

A variety of public engagement sessions provided key community insight that was used to assess current conditions and determine future focuses and goals for the plan. In addition to sessions with targeted community groups, a Community Engagement Group took part in monthly, in-depth sessions to discuss Red Deer’s focus areas, targets and actions for the future.

Now that the plan has been adopted, City Staff will begin implementation to ensure Red Deercontinues on its’ path of reducing its environmental footprint.

A full version of the EMP is available on the City’s website at reddeer.ca/EMP.

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