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Will we ever again know what is really happening here at home?


How do we get “Real” local news? Who asks the tough questions?
Who holds anyone to account?
Someone asked me about the rash of incidents in Red Deer involving holes being drilled into cars’ gas tanks. I knew nothing but this person living in Southern Alberta heard about it. Is it “Fake” news? Is it real?
Two days later over lunch, I was asked about finding local news as the questioner thought the local websites and papers dealt very little with local news and either dealt with entertainment or world news easily obtained elsewhere.
Then to end the week, another friend asked me about local accountability and how do we find the other side or the background of a story in Red Deer.
The week began with questions from a group of the Millennial generation, with divided opinions of the trustworthiness of Facebook, the popularity of Twitter, and a myriad of other sites and Apps.
Then the concerned parties were from older segments of society. Believe it but some were even older than me.
Have we seen the end of reliable journalism? Will we think that every article could be fake news planted by a foreign power hoping to influence our thoughts?
How many websites do we have to visit to find out what is happening across the street, down the road, or around the corner?
It is easy to wish for a single source but is it possible?
Reporting the news is expensive and time consuming, and news reporters need to be profitable. Advertisers need a larger market than a local media outlet specializing in local news can offer. So what do we do?
Surprising enough there is some desire for a step back to old time newspapers. Have breakfast at an A&W sometime and watch the newspapers flow around the room.
But there is a need for journalism, questions, investigative reporting, and stories that tell both sides of an issue?
How do we achieve it if it is possible?
Years ago I subscribed to the National Post, the Edmonton Journal and the Red Deer Advocate, and the standing joke was you would read a story first in the National Post, the second day it would be in the Edmonton Journal then the third day it would appear in the Red Deer Advocate.
I supported the local media, but it started to feel redundant if I was getting news late and not getting the local stories that I was hoping for. Like many I now get my news from various sources, including websites and apps but it reminds me a lot of the old rumor mill and you wonder what you can believe?
Will we ever have a trustworthy reporter who we can count on to ask the tough questions, know the facts and keep us informed about what is happening “Here”? I think those days are gone, do you?


Edmonton community members explore using the Emergency Room as an entry point to transitional housing



Is there a better way than simply releasing a person experiencing homelessness from the hospital back onto the street? It creates an endless cycle of emergency room visits and escalating costs, not to mention the challenges the patients face in having a successful recovery.

As we continue to look for solutions to homelessness in our city, a group of community members from different fields and backgrounds met recently to brainstorm and discuss alternatives to the practice of releasing patients into a state of homelessness.

That’s a long way of saying that if someone experiencing homelessness comes to an emergency room with a need for medical aid, the only alternative once treated is to release the patient back onto the street.  The chances of recovery are greatly diminished, while the probability of return visits increases.  The costs are severe, both to the person experiencing homelessness and to our ever-more expensive health care system.

Spearheading the initiative is Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti, a veteran emergency room physician at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and a Professor at the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta.

Watch this short video to hear from some of those involved and to better understand the concept and learn why there is a growing groundswell of support for this idea.


There are many ways that people can get involved with this initiative.  It’s common sense that housing and health are interconnected. Finding solutions to chronic homelessness and easing pressure on our health care system is something we can all get behind.

Please contact Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti directly to learn more about the project and how you can help:

Phone 780.932-7187


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Fort Normandeau Days August 24 and 25



Fort Normandeau

Post Submitted by Tanya Wells, Public Programmer & Special Events Coordinator, Kerry Wood Nature Centre & Historic Fort Normandeau

The rain has made everything so beautiful and green. It has been a little cool but this is the type of weather that can make for some great outdoor adventuring and family time!  We have some amazing events coming up at both of our sites.

Join us this weekend at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre for our Trash to Treasure program that runs from 10:00a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Join us at our Fort Normandeau site for Fort Normandeau Days, our biggest party of the season as we celebrate life at the crossing, circa 1885.  There will be battle demonstrations, performers, vendors and activities for the whole family!

Fort Normandeau Days is happening Both Saturday and Sunday, August 24 & 25 from noon until 5:00p.m. each day.

So many great events and programs to choose from.

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august, 2019

tue06augAll Daysun29sepHot Mess - Erin Boake featured at Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery(All Day)

sat24augAll Daysun25Fort Normandeau Days(All Day) Fort Normandeau, 28054 Range Road 382

sat24aug10:00 am12:00 pmRed Deer River Naturalists Bird Focus Group Walk10:00 am - 12:00 pm MST Three Mile Bend Recreation Area