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What do you do if you find this?

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A Red Deer Resident was shocked and saddened to find a mess of needle debris on a popular walking trail Thursday afternoon.  Laura Anderson came upon this scene on the path system in her Bower neighbourhood about 2:30 Thursday.  She took a couple of photos so she could show her son what to look for and educate him on how dangerous needles are.  Laura says her 8 year old son uses this path virtually everyday.

If you find needles, there is a correct protocol to follow.   You can find this information posted on the City of Red Deer website….

Found Needles

Discarded needles are a problem for many cities, and Red Deer is no exception. The City acknowledges the work of community agencies who provide needles to intravenous drug users, but the collection of those used needles is a challenge. The City and a number of agencies are working on the issue.
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Read the Needle Disposal Guide here (pdf)

City crews regularly clean up needles to keep public places safe, and a process has been developed to help members of the public know what to do if they find a needle or other drug paraphernalia.

I found a needle. What do I do?

Always treat each needle as contaminated. You have a couple of options if you find one:

  1. I’m too nervous to pick it up or I am unequipped to pick it up.
    • Cover or mark the needle with an object.
    • Call 403-342-8238 for disposal.
  2. I’m willing and equipped to pick it up.
    • I have gloves, tongs or pliers, and a hard sharps container (or plastic bottle with lid).
      • Needle pickup kits are available at your nearest fire hall.
    • Put on latex, rubber or leather gloves. Use tongs or pliers to carefully pick up needle with tip pointed away from you.
    • Put sharps container on stable surface (do not hold it while putting needle inside). Put needle point down into the container and close lid.
    • Do NOT place container in garbage. Dispose of at nearest needle disposal location:
      • Fire stations 1 (4941 46 Street), 2 (5839 67 Street) & Headquarters (4340 32 Street) have 24-hour drop boxes
      • Many pharmacies accept needles
      • Turning Point (4611 50 Avenue)
      • Brown needle drop boxes located through parks and trails
    • Wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer once you’re done

If you get pricked by a needle:

  • Flush the area with flowing water.
  • Wash the wound well with soap and warm water.
  • Seek medical attention for an assessment of the risk of infection and appropriate treatment.

 

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Recreation centres back to regular hours October 1 – Includes links to updated schedules

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From the City of Red Deer

City recreation centres to return to regular hours of operation

Starting October 1, the Collicutt Centre and G.H. Dawe Community Centre, will return to regular hours of operation.

In July, The City began a gradual, phased plan to re-open facilities and resume recreation and culture activities and programs, in line with the provincial health orders, restrictions and guidelines. With a better understanding of community demand and our new operating environment, we are able to return to regular hours of operation at the Collicutt Centre and the G.H. Dawe Community Centre.

Set to open September 14, hours at the Recreation Centre will be limited as we monitor and respond to demand. With the opening of the Recreation Centre, hours of operation at the Michener Aquatic Centre will also be modified to provide broad public access to aquatic amenities. Hours for specific facilities are available here.

“This is a significant step forward in our re-opening plans and we are excited to see that citizens and user groups are increasingly using our facilities,” said Barb McKee, Recreation Superintendent. “While we remain focussed on ensuring the health and safety of both users and staff, we are looking forward to increasing access to our facilities, through the change in hours, increased services and our fall programming.”

Citizens can participate in programs and activities in two ways:

  • Activity Reservations – With no drop-in access or classes, all activities must be pre-booked. Everything from lane swimming to walking on the track requires an Activity Reservation – this means customers need to plan ahead and sign up in advance before arriving at a recreation facility. For more information and to pre-book, visit reddeer.ca/reserve. Reservations are available 14 days in advance.
  • Fall programming – Registration for fall programs is open. These are programs that recur for a set period of time (e.g., swimming lessons). Create a custom online Activity Guide to find and register for programs.

Amenities and facilities continue to open. As previously announced, the Recreation Centre will open September 14 for registered programs, facility rentals and Activity Reservation. Also on September 14, fitness areas at the G.H. Dawe Community Centre will be available for use, through Activity Reservations.

Also effective October 1, the temporary discount for facility passes and admission will no longer be available. In early July, entrance fees were temporarily reduced to better reflect reduced hours of operation, service and program offerings.

“As we planned our gradual re-opening of amenities, we knew program and services would initially be limited, which is why we offered a temporary discount,” said McKee. “As we continue to increase our service levels, we also need to return to regular admission rates to ensure sustainability.”

The existing Activity Reservation Pass will not be available for purchase as of October 1. Anyone who purchases an Activity Reservation Pass in September will be offered a prorated credit as of October 1 toward the purchase of a new pass. More information about facility admission rates and passes is available here.

Visitors to recreation facilities are asked to wear a mask when a distance of two metres from others cannot be maintained. Mask wearing during intense, physical activity is not recommended.

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Fire destroys downtown transitional housing building

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From the City of Red Deer Emergency Services

Downtown residential fire

Red Deer Emergency Services crews remain on the scene of a structure fire at a transitional housing building at 5129-50 avenue. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire remains under investigation. The Sylvan Lake Fire Department provided mutual aid with a specialized aerial ladder truck.

The fire displaced an estimated 20 residents. The residents were shuttled to a temporary reception centre at G.H. Dawe Community Centre and were put up at a local hotel overnight.

Due to fire and water damage, the building was destroyed and will be torn down. Investigators will remain on scene overnight.

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