Red Deer Minute: Moose Encounter, Hyperloop Project, and Dream Centre Open

Red Deer Minute: Moose Encounter, Hyperloop Project, and Dream Centre Open


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


This Week In Red Deer:

  • Today, City Council returns from their Christmas Break and will meet at 10:30 am. On the agenda are some committee appointments that will be discussed in a closed (secret) meeting, followed by a bylaw amendment to potentially loosen the development requirements for Capstone. This is likely a good move as the developer who was supposed to break ground in the fall of 2021 has long since left town. Currently, there are no announced projects for Capstone beyond the privately funded Prairie Sky Gondola project, which is currently on hold.

  • The Public Art Commission will meet on Wednesday at 5:00 pm. The meeting will begin with the election of a Chair and Vice-Chair, followed by a closed session to discuss the City Hall Public Art Review.

  • As cell reception issues persist in the city, we have confirmation that construction on the new cell tower near Timberlands Fire Station is complete and the tower is officially in service. This should be a significant improvement for the whole NE side of the city. Hopefully, there will be no more calls dropped in the Clearview roundabout!


Last Week In Red Deer:

  • Some news that will deeply affect the future of Red Deer was quietly announced. The company behind a proposed hyperloop high-speed transit project between Edmonton and Calgary has confirmed that there will be a stop in Red Deer. The stop was a stipulation that the provincial government made in order to approve the project, which added a billion dollars to the total cost. Not being included in a generational project like this would have been devastating for the city.

  • Red Deer’s long-awaited addiction recovery centre has finally opened. After years of roadblocks from the City, the Red Deer Dream Centre is accepting clients in the building that was formerly the Lotus Nightclub. The centre is a 40-bed treatment facility, but at the moment can only handle 8-10 clients. They are, however, scaling up their operations. A social enterprise, DC Brew, which sells locally roasted coffee, has also been set up to help fund the centre.

  • A wildlife story put Red Deer on the map when a bull moose chased a man up a tree in Anders and kept him there for quite a while. Thankfully, no one was hurt, and some great video footage was taken. The bull moose was spotted in and around Anders for the next few days. It’s a good reminder to be cautious around wildlife!




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