Red Deer Minute: Recovery Summit, Inclusion Plan, and Conduct Code Breached

Red Deer Minute: Recovery Summit, Inclusion Plan, and Conduct Code Breached


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


This Week In Red Deer:

  • City Council is now on summer break, with no Council meetings scheduled until August 21st. There are no Committee meetings this week either.

  • On Saturday, local artists will be teaching Creative Capstone Art Classes at Canada 150 Square. The first session will run from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, and the second session from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm. These sessions are designed for adults, and they operate on a first-come, first-served basis, so arrive early to secure a spot.

  • Photo radar locations for August have been published. There will be mobile enforcement units in the neighbourhoods of Oriole Park, Johnstone, Kentwood, West Park, Grandview, Mountview, Sunnybrook, South Hill, Deer Park, Rosedale, Eastview, Clearview, Timberlands, Burnt Park Industrial, and Edgar Industrial. Specific traffic corridors and intersections are available online.


Last Week In Red Deer:

  • Councillor Cindy Jefferies was found to have breached Council’s Code of Conduct after contravening the rules of the Election Act. During the last municipal election, she accepted corporate donations totalling $2,400, despite corporate donations not being allowed under the Act since 2018. Council conducted the investigation internally and, as the Election Commissioner had previously investigated the matter and Jefferies had already repaid the donations, Council opted not to impose any further sanctions on her.

  • Council had a long discussion about a new Diversity and Inclusion Plan for the city. There was some tension as disagreements cropped up around the exact definitions of terms used in the Plan. Some Councillors expressed concerns that the proposed definitions may not be inclusive enough. The meeting was well attended by members of the community, and Council has directed administration to develop an implementation strategy for the City.

  • The Province has granted $50,000 in funding for the City to host a Recovery Summit. The Red Deer Recovery Summit will be a one-day forum that will include a combination of training and keynote speakers, with the aim of helping people understand why Recovery Oriented Systems of Care benefit the community. The Summit will likely occur in October, but the City says more money is likely needed in order to keep registration fees to a minimum.




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