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YMCA coming to Red Deer… to operate Northside Community Centre

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From the City of Red Deer

Council to review budget for Northside Community Centre

At Monday’s regular City Council meeting, Council will review the operating budget for the Northside Community Centre.  The City has entered into an Operating Agreement with the YMCA of Northern Alberta that will see the YMCA lease and operate the facility when it opens in July 2019.

“The YMCA approached us earlier this year about establishing a presence in the community,” said Shelley Gagnon, Recreation, Parks and Culture Manager.  “As a result, we explored an operating model that would see them operate the Northside Community Centre.”

Over the past two years, the design for the Northside Community Centre has been refined and the facility will include multi-purpose space that can act as both gymnasium and special event gathering areas, culture programming space, flexible office/meeting rooms, fitness studio, and kitchen teaching space, interactive technology and play space, and a youth drop in area.

As construction nears completion and the building set to open, Council will consider the annual operating budget for the facility: $848,685.

“With the Operating Agreement with the YMCA in place and construction well underway, the budget is the final piece of the puzzle,” said Gagnon. “We’re looking forward to getting theNorthside Community Centre open in July to serve the residents of North Red Deer and thebroader community.”

More information regarding the agreement with the YMCA, including in-person media availability with The City of Red Deer and YMCA representatives, will be available at the October 29 Council meeting, or see the FAQ.

FAQ

The City of Red Deer has entered into an agreement with the YMCA of Northern Alberta that will see the YMCA operate the Northside Community Centre.

  1. Who is the YMCA of Northern YMCA?With over 2,000 volunteers and staff working together across Northern Alberta who believe in helping children and families reach their full potential, the YMCA of Northern Alberta is a charity dedicated to strengthening the foundations of community.

    For over 111 years they have cared for kids, shaped leaders for tomorrow and helped generations of people come together to find support, get healthier and make friends for life. Their mission is to create life-enhancing opportunities for the growth and development of all people in spirit, mind and body.

    As one of 47 Member Association across Canada, the YMCA of Northern Alberta currently provides programs and services in Edmonton, Grande Prairie and Wood Buffalo.

  2. What type or programs and services will be offered at the Northside Community Centre?Programming will be determined by the YMCA, but the Northside Community Centre features multi- purpose space that can act as both gymnasium and special event gathering areas, culture programming space, flexible office/meeting rooms, fitness studio, and kitchen teaching space, interactive technology and play space, and a youth drop in area.

    The YMCA will operate the facility seven days a week, including holidays. The programs and services that will be offered assume that:

    • ?  The Centre will be a gathering place for community
    • ?  The facility will host a mix of local residents, residents from other areas of the city and user groups
    • ?  The schedule will be responsive to needs and evolve over time
    • ?  The Centre will serve individuals, families, agencies and rental groups
    • ?  Programming will serve the unique needs of the surrounding communities
    • ?  In order to offer a broad range of programming options without diminishing attendance at other City facilities, programming will be complementary especially with the GH Dawe Community Centre given its close proximity
    • ?  Programming will serve and be welcoming to every person – all ages, backgrounds, and circumstance.
  1. Why was the YMCA selected to operate the Northside Community Centre?The Northside Community Centre was originally envisioned to be a City-operated facility, but the YMCA approached The City in the spring and expressed interest in establishing a presence in the community through the possible operation of the Northside Community Centre. Over the summer, Administration explored this operating model, which led to the negotiation of the agreement.

    The City of Red Deer and the YMCA of Northern Alberta are strongly aligned through their focus on healthy, vibrant, inclusive communities where children, adults and families can thrive. The YMCA works with children, youth, adult and families at all ages and stages of their lives, to help them develop and achieve their potential. As a result, they increase their overall health and wellness, develop leadership abilities, and increase their motivation and resilience. Their participation in the YMCA contributes to an increased sense of connection and belonging to each other, to their YMCA community and ultimately to their local and global community.

  2. How will this benefit the community?In addition to the strong alignment between the YMCA and The City of Red Deer when it comes tobuilding healthy, vibrant, inclusive communities for children, adults and families, the YMCA’sproposed services and programs for the Northside Community Centre directly align with the Recreation Parks and Culture department mandate. They also meet six of the 10 Social Policy Framework Community Goals.

    As a well-known and established organization, the YMCA also brings extensive experience in housing, poverty prevention and reduction, employment services, and child care, that has the potential to extend beyond the Northside Community Centre.

    Further, the YMCA’s service delivery model is built on a foundation of fostering social change. With intentional program design to address community needs and risks, the YMCA is able to respond with a broad spectrum of opportunities to deliver social outcomes.

  3. When will the Northside Community Centre open?Construction is underway and we expect the facility to open by July 1.

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Today’s politicians could learn a thing or two from the movies.

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Christopher Walken (actor) played the part of an owner of a gold mine in the move “The Rundown”. In this role he demanded to know “what is wrong with those people” who worked in his mine. He paid them, built them a town, put shirts on their backs.

Never mind the low wages, the hard labor, and the brutality of life, what is wrong with them?

“Total Recall” involved a mine owner with the same problem.

These are extreme cases of fiction but it is only the location and the exaggeration of the issue that is fiction.

Today under the guise of fiscal stewardship we suffer many the same maladies depicted (albeit exaggerated), in these movies.

Political leaders maintain too small a circle of influence, and begin to believe that, what is right for their circle, is right for everyone. If they do well, everyone will do well. Like the mine owner in the movie, today’s politicians believe it.

Current Prime Minister Trudeau, actually, in my opinion, believed it when he tried to fix the boondoggle an international Canadian based, business got into by seeking a special prosecution agreement. Later he realized he was wrong.

When cities handed off development to large developers, they became subservient to the developers, many believe, and start to preach, what is good for the developers are good for their cities.

Locally we have spent many tens of millions, of tax-payers money, on roads and services, fire halls, police stations, transit, public meetings, studies and planning to accommodate the developers.

In Red Deer, our population increased by 195 people, since 2015, while we built 1299 new homes, our house assessments depreciated 2 % eliminating any new tax base. Did we learn anything? No we are still accommodating the desires of large developers.

Premier Jason Kenney has the same problem as Christopher Walken’s character. “What is wrong with those people?”  As the mine owner, lining his pockets or those of his investors was paramount. He controlled everything, if you needed food you bought from his store at his prices. Education was only for young people too young to work in the mine. He ripped them off by underpaying, because he intimidated “those people”.

Premier Kenney has owners of big businesses,coal mines and oil and gas companies with eyes on profits, demanding more and easier access to money. Like the fictional mine owner controlling his town, Kenney thinks he owns the province.

He went after “those people”, our pension, “What’s wrong with those people?” He cut their minimum wages. “What’s wrong with those people?” He is bringing in Bills that will allow longer hours (12 hour work days) without overtime pay. He is cutting public education so private enterprise can make profit. He is privatising more segments of health care so private enterprise can make profit. “What’s wrong with those people?” He is restricting free speech, the right to protest, and the right to assemble.

In the movies the characters are 2 dimensional and it appears that in politics the characters are also only 2 dimensional. But “those people” are 3 dimensional and will eventually rise up and take control back.

Politicians like actors are not the only 2D characters in these scenarios, they need supporting underlings. In the movies they are directed and led, told what to do, when to do it, and how to do it. It seems in politics it is very much the same.

In the movies, The Rundown and in Total Recall, the owners were done in by greed, in the political arena many politicians went too far.

Today’s politicians should watch a few movies they might learn a thing or two.

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Whisker Rescue Society fundraiser “Please Give so Kitties Can Live”

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From the Whisker Rescue Society of Alberta

Hairball Madness

Whisker Rescue is proud to support 3 fantastic people who have offered to get Mohawks as a fundraiser for the Whisker Rescue Society of Alberta. They will be gathering donations and have their golden locks trimmed on July 13th at 1:pm at 22 Durand Crescent Red Deer.

We at Whisker Rescue are asking for everyone to please support them with donations in their effort. Lenn Opseth and his 2 grandsons, Brylan (10) and Anthony (8) Hawkings are so generously shedding their hair so very deserving kitties can live.

Donations help this very crucial organization save lives of kitties one life at a time which is struggling each day. Whisker Rescue Society is 100% volunteer run, we have no paid staff. I am asking for everyone, friends and family who can and would like to donate to this very worthwhile cause to support these 3 wonderful, generous people.

Every dollar raised goes towards the kitties and they thank you. God Bless you and kitty kisses to all. We could kiss you right meow!!

With Covid-19 this year, we are desperately low on donation dollars due to not being able to do so much of our fundraising. Every bit you can donate to this wonderful cause means so much and we thank you. Tax receipts given for donations of $20 and up!

Whisker Rescue is a non-profit charitable organization based out of Red Deer, Alberta, that strives to provide basic needs such as shelter, food, medical attention, and adoption opportunities to stray, homeless & surrendered cats in our care.

We are a no-kill organization that relies on volunteers to give every cat that enters our adoption program the time, patience, love and cuddles they need until their forever homes can be found.

Our Services Include:
• A warm kennel and cuddles from our volunteers and vet staff.
• Time spent nurturing and bottle-nursing kittens without mothers.
• Food and supplies such as litter, litter boxes, blankets and toys for foster homes.
• Medication for cats and kittens suffering from diseases and infections (i.e.. Upper Respiratory)
• Financial assistance to families (when funds are available) to assist in spaying or neutering their own cats to help control stray populations.

Donations can be made by:

Phone 403-347-1251

email [email protected] 

e-transfer to [email protected] 

Paypal

Cheque – Mail to:

Box 27138
Red Deer, AB T4N 6X8.

Thank you for your support! We could kiss you right MEOW

 

 

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