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Local school features full-ﬂedged ‘MicroSociety’ Aspen Heights Elementary is the only school in Canada to offer program BY EVAN BUHLER Red Deer Express
ne would not expect to hear kindergarten to Grade 5 students talk about ﬁnances and politics, but at Aspen Heights Elementary School that is exactly what you hear in the hallways. With student-run banks, businesses, elected government, police, post ofﬁce, newspaper and non-governmental organizations, MicroSociety is a school program in which the students create a real world microcosm inside their school. “We get to learn all kinds of things like banking, responsibility, problem solving, how to work as a team and how to do things in the real world,” said Kade Kully, a Grade 4 student and public relations person at the Buzz, the marketing and newspaper business at Aspen Heights. Three times a week for one hour Kindergarten to Grade 5 students forget about tests and homework and focus on running businesses, holding down a job and paying taxes. “We make sure everyone has a job,” said Mackenzie Ryan, a Grade 4 student and deputy prime minister of the Aspen Heights MicroSociety. Achieved through a means of employment ads and a job fair held at the beginning of the school year there is always the perfect job for every student. Students must apply for the job and go through an interview process, and complete a work performance assessment conducted by their manager. Each student earns a wage in the school’s own currency, ‘stingers’ and makes deposits in the bank. When visitors arrive to Aspen Heights to witness MicroSociety they are escorted to the visitor centre and shown a presentation by the prime minister and deputy prime minister about MicroSociety. Guests are also given a cheque for 20 stingers, which must be cashed at the bank in order to make purchases at the local businesses. With the aid of a government ofﬁcial, visitors are shown all that MicroSociety has to offer.
UNIQUE LEARNING - Zachary Coker-Steel gets a new hairdo complete with coloured hair gel at the spa, as part of Aspen Heights MicroSociety. All the students from Kindergarten to Grade 5 have jobs, run the government, the bank, and the police force. “I like watching everyone have fun when they see MicroSociety,” said Grade 5 student Jordan Raugust, prime minister of the Aspen Heights MicroSociety. Teachers assist students in setting up for each marketplace day then sit back and let the students take over. “I help them prepare and then I can walk away and walk the halls, because they are in control,” said Allen Baile, a Grade 4 teacher at the school. Once the marketplace is open, students are free to walk around and enjoy the many businesses that include Worm Wranglers, a hardware and garden store. Moose on the Loose is like Aspen Heights’ version of Wal-Mart selling a variety of products that include clothes, movies and toys. The Buzz is a marketing and printing store where students
can have their own business cards designed and printed as well. Dream Catchers gift shop, the Book Nook, J&A Smoothies and Penguin Avenue are just a few of the other ventures that the students operate. Students can even get their hair and nails done, or have a massage at the spa while listening to The Sting, Aspen Heights’ own radio station. Students can make requests for two stingers to hear their favourite song played over the intercom. For students that want to be active, they can visit the wellness centre and play ﬂoor hockey or indoor soccer. The Royal Aspen Mounted Police roam the halls looking out for students’ safety, and are not afraid to hand out ﬁnes for litterbugs or unruly students. Ad-
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Council moves forward with rezoning for Aboriginal facility BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express City council has given ﬁrst reading to rezoning land east of Lion’s Campground for an aboriginal cultural centre and housing development. A public hearing is set for the June 10 meeting when nearby businesses and stakeholders will be able to offer their input as well. At this week’s council meeting, ofﬁcials with the Red Deer Native Friendship Society were thrilled with council’s unanimous support to pass ﬁrst reading. The facility would be called the Asooahum Centre. Council was told that Lions Campground, the surrounding park system and trails would still be fully accessible. Since September 2012, a joint steering committee has worked with City staff to identify appropriate land space
for this project. Over 20 sites were explored as possible options. Ultimately, the City-owned site on Riverside Dr. was recommended as the most suitable site that aligns with the vision of the Asooahum Centre and the long-term vision for City planning.
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City pushes for current dispatch system BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express The City of Red Deer will continue to push for the Province to leave ambulance dispatch as is. The Province has announced plans to transfer dispatch services to Calgary this October, but City council has opted to continue advocating for the status quo. The decision to centralize ambulance dispatch came on the heels of a recommendation from the Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA) in March. “This move towards centralization means the dissolution of the ambulance dispatch business in Red Deer,” said City Manager Craig Curtis. “We urge the Province to reconsider this decision.” Curtis said that City ofﬁcials have met with local MLAs and provincial representatives in a bid to convince them the dispatch service works best out of Red Deer. “Right now, Red Deer’s dispatch technology enables us to dispatch ambulance and ﬁre at the same time ensuring a high level of service,” said Curtis. “Following a transfer of services this will no longer be possible because of technology limitations. This increases critical dispatch processing time and the chance for human error impacting the service our customers receive.” The City is asking the Province to consider a model of ﬁve centres. Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer (central), Peace River (north), and a southern location. “I believe the more than 320,000 citizens we serve through our dispatch service
deserve nothing less than the best and I will persist in advocating for our citizens health and safety,” said Mayor Morris Flewwelling, adding that the City is awaiting word from the province by June 5. “We’ve been carrying on a fairly active advocacy.” Flewwelling added that if the Province chooses not to reverse their decision on the service, “We will ensure our EMS continues to provide the service Red Deerians expect.” Councillor Cindy Jefferies said Red Deer offers an ideal spot for dispatch service given its proximity to so many in surrounding communities. “I think that puts us in a good spot to provide services or to provide back-up if Calgary or Edmonton (needed) it for one reason or another.” Councillor Tara Veer agreed. “We have an integrated service that has been a model for the rest of Canada; for other municipalities in establishing how they want to integrate their ﬁre and ambulance services. “I think we need to do all that we can to ensure we take every step along the way to maintain that level of service.” Councillor Dianne Wyntjes said that in trying to convince the Province to continue dispatch service, the City was being an advocate not just for Red Deer but for Central Alberta at large. “In this case, there’s a saying – if it’s not broken, don’t ﬁx it. We should be the backup, we should continue our dispatch. That will only add to the level of service in EMS versus changing it.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Westerner Days line-up announced BY ERIN FAWCETT Red Deer Express A family fun-ﬁlled tradition is set to take place in July in Red Deer. Westerner Days takes place July 17-21 at Westerner Park. The event kicks off with the annual pancake break-
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Coast Lumberjack show, Doo Doo the Clown, Bandaloni and the Copper Cowboy, among others. A number of rides for kids, youth and adults will be found on the midway. And the popular pony chuckwagons also take place nightly at 6 p.m. with the ﬁnals getting started at 2 p.m. on July 21. For those with an interest in agriculture, a variety of shows and competitions will also be held. Westerner Days will host a miniature horse show, a miniature donkey show, the Alberta Goat Classic as well as beef shows. A number of off-site events will also be happening over the course of Westerner Days including daily pancake breakfasts, a chili
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YOUNG SUPPORT - Friends and supporters of the Michener Centre gathered alongside 32 St. last week, including young Emily Ratkovic, 3, to rally against the closure of the facility. Jenna Swan/Red Deer Express
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Property Tax Notices are in the mail This year’s Property Tax Notices are in the mail, and property owners are encouraged to pay early to ensure their payment is processed on time and avoid late penalties, ofﬁcials say. Property tax payments are due on or before June 28. Those who choose to pay property taxes in one lump sum can do so by coming in person to the City Hall cashiers or dropping payment off in an envelope in the City Hall night depository located on the east side of the building. The last day for in person payments at City Hall is
June 28 by 4:30 p.m. “Many property owners choose to pay their taxes using internet banking, telephone banking or in branch banking with their ﬁnancial institutions, said Deb Stott, controller-property taxation with the City. The June 28 deadline does not apply to property owners who are enrolled in the City’s Tax Installment Plan (TIP) as of June 15. Property owners can join TIP by ﬁlling out an application. Details are available from the Revenue & Assessment Services department or by visiting the web site at www.reddeer.ca/TIP. Property owners who miss the payment deadline will have to pay a six per cent penalty on the outstanding property taxes owing. For example, if $2,000 is left unpaid after the due date, a
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OPINION The right choice City council’s move to grant ﬁrst reading to rezoning land for the Red Deer Native Friendship Society’s new facility is a welcome decision. The proposed location, found after extensive research into potential spots, is east of the Lion’s Campground. A public hearing is set for the June 10 meeting when nearby businesses and stakeholders will be able to offer their input as well. This move comes after a lengthy, at times draining and emotional discussion which has been going for quite some time. Last year, council voted down a plan to build the facility in Clearview North after much vocal public disapproval of the proposal. Feelings of discontent had surfaced, and much of the blame had been directed at council. Looking back at that contentious period, it was disappointing to see how some residents reacted – you had to question what the real reasons were for some of the really harsh criticism against the project. During that particular meeting, Mayor Morris Flewwelling had to remind those in attendance of the real reason they were there – to work together to ﬁnd a suitable spot and keep their personal views and emotions in check. That’s why this week’s passing of ﬁrst reading on the issue was good news – and it was good to see ofﬁcials with the Red Deer Native Friendship Society so excited about the move as well. There is still
a public hearing to go through, plus second and third readings of the rezoning, but there was no containing the optimism in Council Chambers Monday evening. Many supporters applauded once the unanimous support for ﬁrst reading was given. The facility, if approved, would be called the Asooahum Centre. Stakeholders say the housing and culture site includes outdoor space for programs and ceremonial uses. There would also be a community garden, ofﬁce space and other interpretive elements. Since September 2012, a joint steering committee has worked with City staff to identify appropriate land space for this project. Over 20 sites were explored as possible options. The RDNFS will start work on the design with the help of the community when they host a design charette in late June. At that time, the RDNFS would also need to apply for the appropriate permitting needed prior to any construction. Although we don’t foresee there being as many naysayers this time around, council may hear concerns about removal of trees to build the facility and the potential impact on the land – the river bank in particular. City Manager Craig Curtis did point out that similar work has been done in the past on other facilities in the Waskasoo Park System but natural settings have always been replenished and the cultural richness of the City expanded.
Adjusting to the silence and wonder of the great outdoors Moving just west of Red Deer has been quite the experience for this Red Deer born and raised guy.
WEBER In April, I began renting a suite in Poplar Ridge (okay, it’s not exactly in the middle of nowhere, but still very much feels like rural living to me). Having lived in cities for most of my life, including Calgary and Vancouver and of course Red Deer, it has proved a welcome albeit interesting and even challenging new setting. First of all, there’s the silence. This is something I have grown used to over the past several weeks, but at ﬁrst it was extremely noticeable. It’s not that Red
Deer is really a noisy, bustling, frantic urban setting, but when you ﬁnd yourself well outside of the City, the quiet has a subtle power all its own. Secondly, the sounds of nature, particularly at night, are amazing as well. I remember ﬁrst noticing the crickets – there’s something about it that immediately melts away the stress of any day. There is also a pond near the house where mallards tend to gather, and I’ve grown to enjoy their ‘conversations’ so to speak. It all blends together in a kind of soothing masterpiece of nature. And of course it’s completely foreign to those living in a city. I’ve also noticed myself developing a growing appreciation for nature. Often I’ll be driving home and be absolutely amazed at the brilliance of a sunset. Many times already I’ve pulled over and taken pictures – something I rarely if
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ever even thought of doing when living in the City. Other times I’m struck by the stark beauty of a moonlit night. Just recently I was taking my garbage out and happened to look up at the sky. Against the dark sky, clouds were sailing past the moon and the sight was – and I know this will sound a tad melodramatic – majestic. I could have pulled out a chair and sat there for sometime just watching. There were moments when the light of the moon glowed behind the darker clouds which made its luminosity that much more dazzling. I couldn’t help but think how this was something I again rarely if ever noticed in the City. Stars are another story. As we all know, the so-called ‘light pollution’ of communities gets in the way of city dwellers enjoying the awesome sight. When there are few lights around to get in the way, the night sky offers - time
and again – a striking display of constellations plus it’s of course much easier to spot certain planets as well. It’s amazing how fast the pace of life is these days – we often aren’t aware of it until we ﬁnd ourselves in situations where there is the gift of silence. Sometimes it’s an ‘uncomfortable’ gift. I’ve talked to people who live alone and say they always like to have some source of noise in the house – perhaps the radio or TV. It can provide a sense of comfort, perhaps. Often, the thought of being alone with our thoughts – in absolute peace and quiet – seems attractive but can almost be too much in our age of non-stop distractions. We are used to noise. Many people who live hurried, stressed out lives ﬁnd it hard to virtually grind to a halt when vacation time rolls around. The
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very thing we sometimes need the most is the hardest to ‘adopt’ even for just a couple of weeks. I guess where that’s my new ‘digs’ are making such a profound difference in my life. The second I turn onto the road that takes me to my turn-off, I feel calmer. Things begin to slide into a more reasonable, calmer perspective. I pass wide open ﬁelds, small ponds lining sections of the highway, and patches of shrubbery and trees. Perhaps Mother Teresa said it best in her reﬂections of the miracles we ﬁnd in creation. “We need to ﬁnd God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, ﬂowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence. We need silence to be able to touch souls.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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CitySpeak DIANNE This week, Express reporter Erin Fawcett has asked Councillor Dianne Wyntjes questions regarding council’s approval of the Waste Management Master Plan.
Council recently endorsed the City’s Waste Management Master Plan as a planning document, what can you tell us about it? “Each of us holds the power to make a choice or decision and take an action about our consumption. The Waste Management Master Plan is about the community’s focus to reduce each person’s, family or business amount of waste we send to our landﬁll,” said Wyntjes. “Through community and stakeholder conversations and studying our community waste practices, we identiﬁed what goes into our landﬁll. The most signiﬁcant waste diversion opportunities lie with organics, both yard waste and food waste. According to the research of what’s going into our landﬁll, up to 40 per cent of residential waste can be diverted through an organics diversion program. The review of Red Deer practices also suggests and estimates the greatest diversion opportunities are cardboard, paper and food waste for our commercial sector. Any program changes will have a phased implementation with education and promotion of the changes.
You made a public confession in council a few meetings ago that you don’t compost. Care to comment? “I recycle, but confess, while our household is good at composting our leaf and yard waste, I don’t receive a passing grade for composting kitchen waste. But with our Waste Management Plan, my education and increased awareness of practices and new habits, composting of kitchen waste will be happening at our household,” said Wyntjes. “Citizens should also be aware that we don’t need to wait for organics pick up by the City. We can start composting now in our backyards. Composting is the controlled process and our practice and habit of turning kitchen, leaf and yard waste into humus like material called compost. Humus is the top organic layer of soil. The compost conditions the soil and is rich in nutrients which will reduce or eliminate our need to use chemical fertilizers.” She added in addition to reducing waste going to the landﬁll, or even waste into a curbside organics program, backyard composting has beneﬁts to people who like to garden or those who want to avoid chemical fertilizer. “Hearing from our City staff, I understand there’s been a lot of interest from citizens, just like me, who want to learn how to compost in their backyard with tips and techniques and where to put the compost,” said Wyntjes. “I’m also hearing composting is quite easy. So here goes with a quick education on composting. Get a kitchen catcher or composting bin to store the organic waste from your kitchen. Know the difference between green materials, brown materials and what’s not recommended. Green materials are uncooked vegetables and fruit scraps, tea leaves and bags, coffee grounds, egg shells, fresh green lawn clippings and leaves, and disease free yard and garden waste of plants and ﬂowers. Brown materials are coffee ﬁlters, paper egg cartons, dried brown leaves and lawn clippings, shredded newspaper and brown paper bags, cardboard in small pieces and dryer lint.” She added what’s not recommended and not for composting is meat, ﬁsh, bones, fats and oils, dairy products, cooked foods, pet waste and kitty litter, diseased plant material, ripened weed seeds and quack grass. “I’ve been given the tip that to compost, you need both greens and browns. And use twice as many browns as greens. Find an outside location that’s easy to access year-round. Well-drained and sunny is best. The composting site can be on soil, grass, gravel or concrete. You can purchase a bin or build one that contains all the materials in one spot, but you don’t have to use a container for composting to be successful,” said Wyntjes. “Add the green and brown material, and water. Your compost should be as damp as a wrung out sponge. As your kitchen and yard waste accumulate, stir or turn the compost to assist the decomposing process.”
Exactly one month ago today the Benalto Train Station made its historic return journey to its home of origin. It now rests meters away from its new and ﬁnal location. There are so very many people and organizations to thank for helping our tiny community begin the process of bringing the station back to its roots. Without the interest and support of all the electronic and print media in our surrounding area we could not have shared this exciting, historic move with the world...and we mean world. Calls have come in from far and wide in support of this project. Without the tremendous outpouring of funding donations large and small, and offers of help from volunteers this would have been impossible to achieve. Donations are gratefully welcomed by the Benalto Booster Club, Box 135, Benalto,
AB TOM OHO. Without the assistance and guidance of Sylvan Lake RCMP and Red Deer County Protective Services Patrol Ofﬁcers the station’s journey would have been much more perilous for Wade’s Housemoving crew, the Fortis Line Lift Team, and for all who were caught in the long line of trafﬁc behind the station. To all of you drivers who were slowly following this 28 ft. high, 75 ton building and allowed it to safely arrive we extend our great thanks for your patience and understanding. Benalto will be celebrating its Centennial next June 6th, 7th, and 8th, 2014 and we invite one and all to come and share our thanks to you for your support of this special place in the hearts of Central Alberta.
Dave More, Co-chair, Benalto Centennial Committee Benalto
Conservative government woes It has been the unwritten mission statement of the Conservative Party of Canada under Stephen Harper that ‘THE END JUSTIFIES THE MEANS.’ Whether it be attack ads, in-and-out ﬁnancing, robo-calls, excessive election expenses, exaggerations, statements at variance with the truth, lists used in votersuppression, stone-walling, ﬁring, denying, lawsuits, and distraction. The party members supported it because they believed in the end goals. Now the members themselves feel victimized by the same tactics targeted at the opposition members and the general public at large. First it was the abortion issue, and then it was freedom of speech by Conservative MPs, Senate-gate, the PMO, and then the prime minister himself. The recent Caucus speech by the prime minister was their supposed salvation, the answer, the clearing-of-the-deck, and the ﬁnal solution but it was a realization that they were now just another set of pawns to be used in the game of politics and that they were the political caste that they were campaigning against. The Conservatives have been viliﬁed for pushing things until they killed the goose that laid the golden egg. Ten percenters, attack ads, election expenses (eg. Labrador), robo-calls, etc. but now the goose called the Conservative base may now be mortally wounded, will the base continue to ﬁnance a government that is involved in cover-ups and clampdowns on important conservative issues?
I live in Alberta where it was once considered treasonous to disparage the Conservatives. Now thanks to actions of our Conservative prime minister and our Conservative premier, the word ‘conservative’ has become so toxic that one feels the need for a Haz-Mat suit to use it in conversation. The provincial Conservatives are running to the Wildrose while the federal conservatives are wondering around feeling gobsmacked looking for an avenue of escape. The federal conservatives once believed they were members of a team with an altruistic goal, but now feel that they were just tools used by a few to obtain and maintain power for the beneﬁt of the few. By paying lip service to the hopes and aspirations and the deep beliefs of the members they obtained the goal, and by using dubious moves and by distancing themselves from and suppressing voices of the grassroots conservative base they hope to maintain their power. Conservatives may have hesitantly supported the actions of suppression, condemnation, exaggerations, untruths, attacks, but are now awakening to fact that they may have been the victim of these same actions and they do not like it. We have been told all our lives: “What goes around, comes around” and “You reap what you sow” and the Conservative base forgot these sayings but are now feeling them and are beginning to see that the end does not justify the means. Thank you.
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Reliving one of the worst storms to ever hit Central Alberta The recent terrible tragedy at Moore, Oklahoma is a reminder of the incredible destructive power of tornadoes. Tornadoes are relatively rare in Central Alberta, but unfortunately, not rare enough. Many will remember the Pine Lake tornado on July 14, 2000, which is the worst natural disaster in Central Alberta’s history and one
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was astounding. Fifty businesses were destroyed or damaged, as were several residences, barns, garages and other structures. There were many remarkable sights. Walter Good watched a cook stove ﬂy over his head. His wife’s dishpan got wrapped around the top of a telephone pole by the wind. A bundle of pitchforks were blasted out of one of the hardware stores and were later found more than a kilometre away. Two people were severely injured, but miraculously no one was killed. Jack Fuller rushed to the middle of a store to avoid ﬂying glass when the roof began to blow off. He was hit by a piece of timber and crawled towards the door. As he reached it, the front wall fell outwards. He ended up with cuts and bad bruises. The storm proceeded north-eastwards, tearing up the countryside and heavily damaging several farms. As it proceeded across Gull Lake, witnesses saw a waterspout estimated to be as much as 30m high. As the storm roared through the Wetask-
iwin area, further tragedy struck. Three men were killed when the granary in which they had taken refuge was swept away by the whirlwind. There was an incredible rain after the tornado had passed. This turned the torn up ground into a quagmire. In some areas, the hail pounded crops into a pulp and in at least one case, pounded a huge hole in a farmer’s roof. In looking at the devastation along Rocky’s Main St., a witness described it as looking like “A warshelled area, lacking only the shell holes”. Damage was estimated at $250,000, the equivalent of several millions of dollars in today’s money. Still, people marveled that the loss of life from the storm had not been greater. Moreover, almost everyone who had been injured in the storm had a complete recovery. The man who had described the storm as “Three minutes of hell unadorned” added “Three weeks of reconstruction” and “Three years to wipe out the loss” and ﬁnally “Three cheers for all the laddies who were carrying on.”
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Hand-knotted rugs to be on display in City BY ERIN FAWCETT Red Deer Express An event that will showcase works of art from Pakistan will be onhand in one Red Deer store. The Fair Trade Oriental Rug event is set to take place at Ten Thousand Villages from June 21-29. More than 100 handknotted Bunyaad rugs will be on display and available to purchase. From intricate ďŹ‚orals to hand-spun natural dye wool tribals, every Bunyaad rug has been designed by highly skilled and fairly paid adults, said Leslie Jodoin, manager at Ten Thousand Villages in Red Deer. â€œWhen artisans know they are paid for every knot they tie, they are empowered to focus on the ďŹ ne details of intricate rugs that will last for generations,â€? she said. â€œItâ€™s a huge deal for us to get this here.â€? Bunyaad works with more than 850 families throughout 100 villages in Pakistan. â€œThese families are mak-
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paid a fair wage, as well as the men. Thatâ€™s huge because in that country jobs in their villages are hard
FAIR TAPESTRY â€“ Chris Hume, volunteer for Ten Thousand Villages, holds a fair trade red Chobi natural dye rug handmade Jenna Swan/Red Deer Express in Pakistan.
to come by and jobs for women are harder to ďŹ nd,â€? said Jodoin. â€œItâ€™s an amazing story.â€? She added these rugs are meant to be heirlooms. â€œWe donâ€™t see the quality of these types of rugs here. They are meant to be passed down to your family. These rugs can last up to 125 years. They truly are works of art.â€? An â€˜Introduction to Oriental Rugsâ€™ seminar will be held at the Red Deer store, located at 4925 48 St.) on June 21st at 7 p.m. The one-hour seminar is ideal for anyone considering an Oriental rug purchase or who would like to learn more about the art of rug making, rug care and even room design. Refreshments will be served and admission is free. Reservations are strongly encouraged. â€œThe story behind how these rugs are made is quite incredible.â€? Participants at the event will learn how to make a knot. They will also learn the different patterns from the different regions in Pakistan.
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Summer shaping up with numerous events With the installation of the Ross Street Patio beginning this week, residents can expect the program of free concerts and special events to kick into high gear signifying the ofﬁcial start to Red Deer’s summer. The City of Red Deer is launching its series of free concerts and special events, hosted from June through September, with the ofﬁcial opening of the patio on June 7 beginning at 11:45 a.m. and continuing through the lunch hour. And that’s just the beginning of a summer ﬁlled with weekly concerts and events, all free to the public. “Summer is always amazing in Red Deer,” said Peter McGee, special events programmer for the City. “Add world-class entertainers to our amazing parks and public spaces, and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate our thriving cultural scene.” McGee said there will be two streams
to the summer events including Summer Sundays at Bower Ponds, a four-concert afternoon series that runs June 23, July 7, Aug. 11 and Sept. 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. In the downtown, the City is organizing weekly musical or cultural performances during the Wednesday night downtown market and again at lunchtime every Thursday, both on the Ross Street Patio. Continuing this year are the evening concerts. They will be held on July 5, Aug. 2 and Sept. 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. and coincide with First Friday activities held throughout the downtown. “Last year’s concerts and events added vitality and activity to the downtown,” said Charity Dyke, downtown coordinator for the City. “The downtown is our City’s living room and the best living rooms always come with live music and loads of activity.” For details on all conﬁrmed performers
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CITY BRIEFS The Red Deer Regional Health Foundation is pleased to announce a new scholarship. The newest scholarship will be awarded annually in the amount of at $1,000 or more for a Central Alberta resident enrolled in a Licensed Practical Nursing, Health Care Aide, or Unit Clerk program. This scholarship has been made possible by an anonymous donor who has had occasion to be admitted to the hospital and found the medical staff to be excellent and realized
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DOWNTOWN FARMERS’ MARKET For the fourth year running, the Downtown Farmers’ Market will once again provide an opportunity for market enthusiasts and foodies to shop local. Continuing every Wednesday until Oct. 9, the market will be open from 4-7 p.m. This year, the market will once again be located on Little Gaetz Avenue, spanning from Alexander Way (48th St. to Ross St. keeping 49th St. open to trafﬁc). As a recent accredited farmers’ market of Alberta, the downtown market welcomes back many local and fresh producers from around Central Alberta. As well this year, returning vendors such as ice cream trucks and ﬂower shops offer a diverse and delectable sampling of Red Deer’s bountiful producers. “Our Downtown Market is thriving, every year we grow and get better. This has deﬁnitely become the place to be on Wednesdays to shop local,” says Sandy Dempsey, market manager.
The 2013 Business of the Year Awards nominations are open at the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce. The Business of the Year Awards is organized by the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce and is held annually in conjunction with BDC’s Small Business Week. There are three categories for awards, which are presented to exceptional businesses within the Red Deer area. The categories include Business of the Year for businesses with one to 15 full time equivalent employees; Business of the Year for businesses with 16 to 49 full time equivalent employees and Business of the Year for companies with 50 or more full time equivalent employees. All companies, Chamber members and non-members are eligible to apply for an award in their respective category. The Awards are given based on the following criteria: customer service, growth, awards, innovative approach to market or product development, media recognition, outstanding features, future expectations and contributions to the community. Nominations will be open until July 26th. Online nomination forms can be completed by visiting www.reddeerchamber.com/ nominate. Nomination forms can also be obtained at the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce ofﬁce or a PDF is available on the web site. The Business of the Year Award event will be held on Oct. 15 at the Red Deer College Arts Centre & Foyer.
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POLICE BRIEFS RCMP INVESTIGATE FLIGHT FROM POLICE
by Erin Fawcett
Red Deer RCMP continue to search for a suspect who allegedly ﬂed from them as they tried to initiate a trafﬁc stop. On May 24th at 8:15 p.m. Red Deer RCMP members were on patrol in the downtown core in Red Deer when they spotted a stolen Ford F-350. Police were able to catch up to the vehicle at the intersection of 50th Ave. and 60th St. Police initiated a trafﬁc stop in the lower Fairview neighbourhood, the suspect vehicle initially stopped for police and then reversed into the front grill of the police vehicle and ﬂed from the scene colliding with another police vehicle. The suspect vehicle then hit a civilian vehicle that was parked on the side of the road. The vehicle, with four passengers, then left the scene believed to be heading out of the City. The suspect is described as Native, about 20-yearsold with long curly hair. There were no injuries sustained as a result of this incident.
On May 27th at 10:30 p.m. Red Deer RCMP General Investigation Section received information that Garnet Colby Mcinnes (also known as Colby Mcinnes), 22, would be at a location in Red Deer with the intent of traveling to Lacombe. Red Deer GIS located a vehicle containing Mcinnes and followed it to a residence in Lacombe.
GARNET COLBY MCINNES The residence was contained by Red Deer RCMP, ALERT’s Red Deer Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) and Lacombe Police Service. The south Emergency Response team (ERT) was contacted and deployed to Lacombe. As the ERT team was deployed in
the vicinity of the residence in Lacombe, Mcinnes exited and surrendered to police. There were several other occupants of the residence arrested without incident. The ﬁrearm in the picture was seized, along with many others, through the course of this investigation as a result of the tips Red Deer RCMP received. Investigators believe that at various times during the course of this investigation, Mcinnes was possession of these weapons.
Red Deer RCMP have laid several charges against Mcinnes in relation to the armed and barricaded incident which occurred on May 14th. He is charged with kidnapping while using a ﬁrearm, breach of probation, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, two counts of robbery with a ﬁrearm, two counts of uttering threats and two counts of failing to comply with recog-
nizance. He is also charged with three counts of extortion while using a ﬁrearm, three counts of forcible conﬁnement and three counts of pointing a ﬁrearm.
ARRESTS MADE AFTER DRUG BUST Red Deer’s Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) wrapped up a month-long drug trafﬁcking investigation with charges against four people and the seizure of over $60,000 in illegal drugs. With help from the Red Deer RCMP, CFSEU-Red Deer executed search warrants at an apartment in the downtown and a business in northeast Red Deer on May 16. The team seized 6,300g of marihuana, with an estimated street value of $63,000. The search also led to 28g of cocaine, a small amount of cash, and drug trafﬁcking paraphernalia. Ronald Allan Rue, 43, and Christina Charchuk, 49, both of Red Deer are each charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafﬁcking and one count each of trafﬁcking marijuana and possession of property obtained by crime.
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SUSPECT FACES MORE CHARGES A Lacombe County man is facing additional charges after initially being arrested last year. On May 17th, the Blackfalds RCMP laid additional charges against Emyr Morris, 29, of Lacombe County. He is facing further counts of break and enter, indecent act and criminal harassment charges. Morris was initially arrested back in November 2012 for similar type offences in the Clive area. The initial charges pertain to the case involving a suspect entering a home and leaving behind pornographic material and leaving biological material on women’s undergarments. Following these events becoming public additional Lacombe County residents came forward reporting bizarre and troubling similar type events. Blackfalds RCMP continued to work diligently on this case and linked Morris to three additional homes in the area. He is scheduled to appear in Red Deer provincial court on May 31.
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TRAVEL England’s enduring charm – modern and historical BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express There’s nothing like standing near an ancient circle of stones to put one’s life in perspective. I’m speaking of the mysterious Stonehenge, near Salisbury, England. The structure’s grandeur, not in the least eroded by wind and rain of the centuries, speaks to the timelessness of much of what I took in during a trip to the fabled, historically-rich country. London, for example, is an intriguing tapestry of the modern and the wonderfully historic. From the majestic Westminster Abbey to the luminous St. Paul’s Cathedral, there’s an endless list of treasures to experience. Every time you turn around, it seems there is something of historical signiﬁcance. Towards that end, walking tours are a fabulous way to really experience the city, and there’s a wealth of them to enjoy. Jack the Ripper’s London was fascinating, albeit much of what remains from those terrifying days in the fall of 1888 is long gone. Some of those Whitechapel lanes where ﬁve prostitutes were brutally mur-dered are haunted by the images and moods of Victorian London, when poverty gripped those that called this area home. Also fascinating is the Literary Bloomsbury walk, which takes visitors through ‘intellectual’ London. Here is where authors like Virginia Woolfe challenged the restrictive nature of early 20th century London society. T.S. Eliot’s long-time ofﬁce is also pointed out, as is the church where poet Sylvia Plath was married. But it was the unexpected that continually caught my attention. Walk along several busy modern London thoroughfares and tucked away of to the side will be a Victorian alleyway, complete with original cobblestones – a striking contrast. Or consider the university city of Oxford, with its majestic array of ‘dreaming spires’. Wandering around these sites, replete with centuries of intellectual power and creativity, is an absolute joy. It was here that folks like J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis produced their legendary works, The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Chronicles of Narnia.
I stood in Lewis’ living room where he did his correspondence, walked around gardens, and spent a few moments taking in the picturesque pond just a few yards from the front of the house. A dream come true for an avid Lewis fan. Another simple pleasure in Oxford was Addison’s Walk near Magdalene Col-lege - a favourite jaunt for both Lewis and Tolkien. Another city of tremendous beauty is Bath with its gleaming limestone architecture and connection to legendary author Jane Austen. I had a similar sense of wonder standing in the room where George Frederick Handel wrote Messiah in a mere three weeks, or wandering the halls and quaint rooms of the home where Charles Dickens’ penned several of his classics. Here, in these places, pieces of history unfold and enrich us still. Exploring places like Trafalgar Square, the crammed Camden Town market, the haunting gloom of the Tower of London, and the bustling Piccadilly Cir-cus offered their own perspectives of London as well. Other fascinating areas and spots include east London’s Whitechapel streets where the Salvation Army was born to the sophisticated air of Bloomsbury, to the Marylebone district which features the famed Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum – it’s all here. Take a walk through the beautiful Hyde Park, and picture King Henry VIII trekking around this very area, which were once his own personal hunting grounds. The regal Hampton Court, located on the southern edge of London, and which Henry called home for a while, is also well worth a visit. Check out the charming shop in classy Mayfair where famed playwright Os-car Wilde picked up his cigarettes (while scandalizing London society in the 1890s). This is also where Winston Churchill bought his favourite cigars. But little can match the magniﬁcence of Westminster Abbey, where each English monarch, save two, has been crowned for nearly 900 years. Tombs are plentiful as you wander the breathtaking church, including those of royal lineage including Mary Queen of Scots and her rival Elizabeth I to legendary writer Geoffrey Chaucer (The Canterbury Tales) and famed scientist Sir Isaac Newton. Many famous writers and leaders
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Local youngster takes on worthy cause BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express At just ﬁve years of age, Red Deerian Addison McMahon knows plenty about lending her hand to support local causes. Addison is busy these days making key chains to sell in support of the upcoming Relay For Life, an annual fundraiser held in June in support of the Canadian Cancer Society. Addison already knows that she wants to be a doctor or veterinarian when she grows up, because she wants to help. She’s enjoyed designing the keychains, and has also had some help from her little brother Ben, who is three. Ben likes to make hockey-themed ones, including some with Red Deer Rebels colours. For the kids’ mother, Marni McMahon, it’s essential to develop a desire in her children to help contribute to community
causes. “People think that what she’s doing is so awesome - for a ﬁve-year-old to want to participate in something like this.” For Marni, her involvement with Relay for Life goes back a few years. “About ﬁve or six years ago, I started participated with a Relay for Life team with co-workers and friends. “When my kids came along, they always participated as well in one way or another.” This year, Addison said she wanted to join Marni’s team for the all-night, 12hour event, which runs at CrossRoads Church on June 14, kicking off at 7 p.m. Relay For Life is described as an inspirational, non-competitive fundraising event that brings folks together to celebrate life and ﬁght cancer. Teams of 10-15 people fundraise individually and as a team to help raise funds for the Canadian
Cancer Society. Teams gather and take turns walking laps all night. Each team keeps at least one member on the track at all times, while all around them the party is in full swing. Ofﬁcials say teams stay overnight in the decorated tent city, united to enjoy music, food, activities and entertainment and to celebrate life. Meanwhile, Addison is excited about taking part in Relay for Life this year, both as a fundraiser and by taking turns doing the laps with her mom. She also has a knack for raising money for the cause. “She’s the only child on our team, and she’s raised the most money,” explains Marni, who works at Michener Services. Addision has raised more than $1,300. Marni’s team is called Breast Wishes, and their theme this year is ‘Saving One Boob at a Time’, she
adds with a chuckle. “We’re going to be super heroes.” Marni added that it’s important for her family to take part in Relay for Life because cancer has touched their family. “It’s a small effort I can put in every year to do my part towards helping raise money for research and fundraising for cancer. When you are at the event, seeing everyone support each other and how emotional it is for families, how it brings everyone together – it’s just awesome to see. It’s a great experience,” she said. “It’s a good time – even in the rain.” The last couple of events has seen the team raise more than $8,000 per year. To support Addison and Marni and their team, check out http://convio. cancer.ca or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about this year’s Relay for Life, contact Nancy Kumm at 403-309-5432 or email her at email@example.com. firstname.lastname@example.org
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YOUNG FUNDRAISER - Addison McMahon, 5, shows some of the keychains she’s been working on as a means to raise funds for this year’s Relay for Life fundraiser. Mark Weber/Red Deer Express
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Reconciliation commission heading to City The Remembering the Children Society is hosting the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Feast to Remember the Children of Red Deer Industrial School next month. The event is set for June 6-7 and will be hosted at the Red Deer College, followed by the Remembering the Children Ceremony on June 8 at the Fort Normandeau Interpretative Park. RDC will be the scene of the twoday event that will bring the Truth & Reconciliation Commission to Alberta for the ďŹ rst community hearing of ďŹ ve this summer. The public is encouraged to learn about this â€˜untaughtâ€™ aspect of Canadian history and the legacy of Indian Residential Schools. Some 2,000 Grades 4â€“12 students will take part in sessions at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery and the College. On June 8, Fort Normandeau will be the site of a feast to remember the children of the Red Deer Industrial School (1893-1919), which was located across the river from the Fort. This is a partner event of the Red Deer Centennial Committee and is an important part of recognizing Red Deerâ€™s history, ofďŹ cials say. In June of 2012 the â€˜Remembering the Childrenâ€™ Society welcomed the City of Red Deer and County citizens to participate in the third of four ceremonies planned for remembrance of the children who attended the Red Deer Industrial School. Previous ceremonies included the placing of the wooden grave markers on loan within the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery and the 2010 Fort Normandeau gathering of about 500 people which began with a spiritual
blessing of the graves located on the banks of the Kinickinik (Sylvan) Creek followed by a feast at the park. Archival records were displayed and memorial stones were distributed to the families as remembrances while the names of the children were read from school records. Sunnybrook United Church also hosted the ceremonies beginning on June 30, 2012 beginning with the Eldersâ€™ spiritual blessing and followed by acknowledgements from the City and County of Red Deer, government representatives, the United Church and leaders from the First Nations Treaty 6 &7 and the MĂŠtis Nation of Alberta. â€œThese ceremonies involving the United Church as a strong supporter, recognize the importance of acknowledging the injustices perpetrated on the children who attended the Red Deer Industrial School,â€? said Richard Lightning, Ermineskin Band, Hobbema. â€œOur communities still suffer the effects of the Residential School era,â€? he said. First Nations and MĂŠtis representatives have worked with the United Church of Canada in the formation of â€˜Remembering the Children Societyâ€™ which began as a working group who produced a guide book to help other communities recover residential school cemeteries and history, and now organizes these events. Remembering the Children Society (RTCS) president Charles Wood announced the fourth and ďŹ nal commemoration of the First Nations and MĂŠtis children who attended the Red Deer Industrial School. This commemoration is part of the 100th anniversary events for the City
of Red Deer as well. â€œWe are pleased to have had excellent help and cooperation from the City of Red Deer, the Sunnybrook United Church, the United Church of Canada, the Red Deer College, the Red Deer Friendship Centre, the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery, the Truth & Reconciliation Commission, the First Nations Treaty 6 & 7 and the MĂŠtis Nation of Alberta,â€? said Muriel Stanley Venne, vice president of the Society. This event will involve RDC hosting an educational program also involving the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery â€“ â€˜Project of Heartâ€™ for students Grades 4-12 from the surrounding area, the City of Red Deer and Hobbema. â€˜Project of Heartâ€™ is an inquirybased, hands on, collaborative, intergenerational, artistic journey of seeking truth about the history of Indigenous (Aboriginal) people in Canada. Highlights include activities ranging from interactive exhibitions, survivor/author sessions, ďŹ lm screenings, cultural teachings and artistic expression of learning. Concurrently the formal hearings and statement taking will hear from former students and descendants presenting to the Truth & Reconciliation Commissioner Wilton Littlechild. Evening entertainment will also include First Nations drummers and dancers, and folk singers such as Phyllis Sinclair and MĂŠtis jiggers and dancers. The public is welcome to all parts of the event with the ďŹ nal commemoration to be held at Fort Normandeau on June 8. - Weber
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