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Why I Am Running For City Council

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Hello Red Deer,

I have decided to put my name forward to run in the City Council Election on October 16, 2017.

Before I get to telling you why I am running, I want to tell you on what pretenses I am not running.

I am not a politician. I am not running in the City Council Election to become one. I am also not using City Council as some sort of stepping stone to a different political career.

I am not running in hopes of boosting or otherwise furthering my business or that of friends. Neither from name recognition nor from favourable city policy. In fact, I don’t have a business. With that said, I understand business is vital to any community and supporting them needs to be a priority of council. It just won’t be businesses associated with me personally.

I am not running for the money or the need of a job. I have a job I love: teaching high school students, and occasionally instructing at Red Deer College.

I am not running because I think the city is falling apart around us or that past or current Council has done a poor job. I believe, all things considered, we live in a pretty great city and obviously Council, and more importantly city workers, are a significant part of that.

Those statements above are fundamental to my candidacy. Who someone is not is sometimes just as important as who they are. Now, here are the reasons I am running, which help define who I am as a candidate:

I am running because I want to make a difference for Red Deer. I want to help our great city become an amazing city. We are on the cusp of significant changes for a community of our size. The decisions we make today are going to significantly impact the livability of Red Deer for generations to come.

I am running because I want the city that our family has called home to continue to be a great place to raise a family when our children grow up.

I am running because I have experience with policy and bylaws. I have been involved in creating, debating, passing and denying policies and motions in the field of education. Council work is not easy. Nor is it meant to be a place where everyone raises their hand and agrees with everyone else. It is a place for intense and passionate debate, ultimately, if done correctly, resulting in actionable and meaningful direction. A vital component of this work is understanding government systems and the role they should and should not play. I am well versed in this.

I am running because, while I think Council has done a pretty good job, we can do better. If elected, I would be one of the youngest members (at the age of 34) on Council. This is important. When you have a body of people making decisions for a diverse city populous, it too must be diverse.

I am running because I want to plant trees that I will never live to see fully grown. As stated above, I don’t have a short term goal or personal invested interest in becoming a City Councillor. This allows me to, if elected, to make decisions with the future in mind. Our kids’ future, not necessarily my future. It’s this type of thinking that ensures Red Deer continues to invest in planning like our well-known trail system.

I am running because I believe I am a good candidate for you and our city.

If you would like to learn more about my candidacy, what I stand for, or have questions, please visit: www.unland.ca

Come October 16, you will have your say in the future of Red Deer. If, like me, you believe that the above beliefs and values are what you want to see on City Council, make me one of your eight selections on Election Day.

I won’t let you down.

Your neighbour,

Brice Unland

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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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wed14feb - 4aprfeb 146:00 pmapr 4TRIPLE T -Act/Dance/SingYouth 6 Create Your Own Play!6:00 pm - (april 4) 7:45 pm

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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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