Red Deer Minute: Recovery Community, Physician Agreement, and No Shelter Update

Red Deer Minute: Recovery Community, Physician Agreement, and No Shelter Update


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


This Week In Red Deer:


Last Week In Red Deer:

  • Red Deer City Council has failed to provide the public with an update on the location of a homeless shelter. After a four-hour, in-camera meeting, Council issued a press release that said more work was needed to answer the Province’s questions about whether the location is the right one. This is the third time the release of information has been postponed despite a location having been selected on September 12th. The Province must approve the site selection, and while it seems that they are hesitant, Mayor Ken Johnston denied this was the case. No timeline has been provided for approval or for the release of more information.

  • Health Minister Jason Copping was in Red Deer to announce a new agreement with doctors. The Province and physicians agreed to an average pay increase of 4% over a three-year contract term with some specialties seeing even larger increases. In addition to higher rates of pay, the Province agreed to invest $252 million in targeted areas that include recruitment, retention, information technology, and rural initiatives. In exchange for the Alberta Medical Association dropping its lawsuit against the government, the Province agreed to repeal the legislation which allows it to unilaterally rip up its contract with doctors.

  • Premier Jason Kenney and local MLAs toured the Red Deer Recovery Community, which is nearing completion. Clients could begin using the 75-bed facility as early as mid-November. The Recovery Community provides people with resources to help them recover from addiction and allows clients to stay for up to a year to access services. Treatment will be free for Albertans.




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