Red Deer Minute: Remembrance Day, Rodeo Finals, and Dueling Vaccination Policies

Red Deer Minute: Remembrance Day, Rodeo Finals, and Dueling Vaccination Policies


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


This Week In Red Deer:

  • It’s going to be a slow week at City Hall, with just an Audit Committee meeting to be held on Thursday.

  • The City of Red Deer wants to know what you thought about the scooter pilot project, which ran through the summer until October 31st. While the City has heard from residents informally through social media, they have opted to post an online survey for further input from Red Deerians.

  • This Thursday is November 11th, Remembrance Day. It’s a day to remember and reflect on those who fought and died for our freedoms. We encourage all our readers to take time to reflect and honour all those men and women and thank them for their service. Additionally, the Royal Canadian Legion will be hosting a Remembrance Day Service at Servus Arena at 10:30 am.


Last Week In Red Deer:

  • Things got interesting at the very first meeting of the new Council on Monday after Councillor Cindy Jefferies and Councillor Victor Doerksen put forth duelling motions, each trying to bring Red Deer's vaccination policies for City staff and councillors into alignment, but in different ways. Councillor Jeffries introduced a motion to extend the City of Red Deer’s mandatory staff vaccination policy to apply to Council, whereas Councillor Doreksen’s motion instead seeks to pull the City’s mandatory vaccination policy for staff and replace it with other measures. Acting City manager Tara Lodewk said she will present more information around both motions at Council's next meeting.

  • Rodeo fans from across the country gathered in Red Deer last week to spectate Canada’s premier rodeo event, the Canadian Finals Rodeo. After a nearly 2 year hiatus since the fans have been able to attend the event, it kicked off November 3rd through 7th at Westerner Park. In addition to the rodeo action, guests could also enjoy other events, including nightly cabarets, post-performance buckle presentations, a daily western lifestyle trade show, and more.

  • In a City press release Friday morning, Red Deer’s Emergency Advisory Committee of Council announced they had passed a motion to renew the state of local emergency for up to 90 days, taking the SOLE through to Feb. 15, 2022.



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