Red Deer Minute: Finding Efficiencies, Research Rankings, and Hospital Open House

Red Deer Minute: Finding Efficiencies, Research Rankings, and Hospital Open House


Red Deer Minute - Your weekly one-minute summary of Red Deer politics


This Week In Red Deer:

  • On Tuesday, at 12:30 pm, there will be a Special Meeting of City Council. The entire meeting will be held in-camera (in secret), and the topic of discussion will be the permanent shelter. There are no other Committee meetings this week.

  • Connor Bedard and the Regina Pats will be making their last regular season trip to play the Red Deer Rebels on Tuesday evening. The game has been sold out for a few weeks thanks to the anticipation surrounding watching the projected first overall pick in the upcoming NHL draft take the ice. More standing room tickets may be made available closer to game day.

  • FreshCo Port O’Call is now open in what used to be the downtown Safeway. This is the province’s 13th FreshCo - there are locations in Edmonton, St. Albert, Calgary, Grande Prairie and Fort McMurray.


Last Week In Red Deer:

  • Council received a report of 130 ways that the City has found efficiencies or innovations in how they do things. The report included items such as digitizing certain processes, moving furniture from one building to another, using solar and LED lights, and linking the City’s traffic cameras to their security system.

  • The Province hosted an open house about the expansion of the Red Deer Regional Hospital. Currently, the hospital is slated for completion in 2030 or 2031. Infrastructure Minister Nathan Neudorf was keen to share that hospitals are complicated to build and it's critically important for the planning to be done well on the front end. The 10-year timeline for the hospital includes six years for planning and design and four years for construction.

  • Red Deer Polytechnic was ranked 38th on the list of Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges 2022. The institution was ranked first place in annual growth in research income, attracting more than $2.6 million in investment in 2021. More than 70 projects were initiated at the college that supported innovation and economic prosperity across Alberta for 57 companies. The Polytechnic will host its 2nd Annual Research Showcase on campus on March 2nd, for anyone wanting to see what the institution has been up to.




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