Red Deer Minute: Science Grant, Arts Advocacy, and New Committee Considered

Red Deer Minute: Science Grant, Arts Advocacy, and New Committee Considered


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


This Week In Red Deer:

  • There will be a meeting of City Council this morning at 10:30 am. The agenda includes a development permit for a proposed new five-storey, 148-suite apartment building in Clearview Ridge. Council will also consider implementing Committee of the Whole meetings as a less formal tool for Council discussions and decision-making. In addition, Administration has prepared a Long Term Business Financial Systems Plan in response to a motion arising from a Council meeting in January 2024. The plan includes four phases aimed at improving financial governance, systems, and processes, with a focus on achieving a sustainable financial position for the City. Council is being asked to endorse the plan and approve its implementation.

  • With rising temperatures in Red Deer, the Mustard Seed is urgently seeking public assistance in the form of bottled water donations. The organization has already depleted several hundred cases of water in the past week and is now out of bottled water to support those living on the streets. Contributions can be made at the Red Deer Community Support Centre from Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

  • The Red Deer Arts Council is advocating for a dedicated arts centre in the city, which will be a key topic at the first Creative Conversations event on July 9th. This series, sponsored by the Downtown Neighbourhood Alliance, aims to gather community input on enhancing Red Deer's arts and culture scene and revitalizing downtown. The group says there is a need for a mid-sized performing arts venue. While an arts centre is not in the City's current 10-year capital plan, the group hopes to initiate incremental progress through these community discussions. Red Deerians are invited to take part in the conversation on Tuesday, from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the Red Deer Arts Council office at 4919 49th Street.



Last Week In Red Deer:

  • The Downtown Business Association has implemented a "parking partners" program to alleviate parking challenges for customers in downtown Red Deer. Businesses now have two options to assist customers with parking - they can either help navigate the new parking system or pay for their customers' parking fees directly through the City of Red Deer's website. While some business owners disagree with the added responsibility, the Downtown Business Association thinks many will appreciate the program. This initiative aims to ease parking difficulties faced by customers since the removal of parking meters last fall. The City said that any parking tickets issued while businesses process payments will be vacated if records show a payment was made.

  • The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame has added Kelly Blackshaw, Al Lucas, Kerry Moynihan, and Stephen Ohene-Adjei to its Board of Directors following their recent annual general meeting. Blackshaw, a co-founder of KidSport Society Alberta, has extensive experience in sports and business leadership. Lucas, active in Central Alberta's non-profits and sports, brings a media background. Moynihan, with over 40 years in sports management, has held senior roles in various sports federations. Ohene-Adjei is an accountant and former wrestling coach.

  • Red Deer Polytechnic has secured a $125,000 grant from Actua to support its Red Hot Science program, aimed at fostering STEM education among K-12 students. This initiative, funded through Canada's Strategic Science Fund, offers hands-on learning experiences like coding, robotics, and lab experiments in biology, chemistry, and physics. Last year alone, the program engaged 2,500 youth, including 300 Indigenous participants, through collaborations with Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools and Indigenous communities.




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  • Common Sense Red Deer
    published this page in News 2024-07-08 00:09:39 -0600