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April 13, 2015 edition of the Red Deer Advocate

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  • Red Deer AdvocateMONDAY, APRIL 13, 2015

    Your trusted local news authority www.reddeeradvocate.com

    Four sectionsAlberta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A3Business. . . . . . . . . . . . . C4,C5Canada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A5,A6Classified . . . . . . . . . . . . D1-D3Comics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . D4Entertainment . . . . . . . .D5,D6Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B1-B6

    INDEX

    PLEASE RECYCLE

    Artifacts tell pre-confederation story

    Some artifacts found at Parliament Hill are shedding some light on life in the area in the 19th century.

    Story on PAGE A5FORECAST ON A2

    WEATHER Sunny. High 11. Low 0

    BY SUSAN ZIELINSKIADVOCATE STAFF

    Adapted recreation programs geared to chil-dren with developmental delays are now available through the City of Red Deer.

    The groundwork began about a year ago when parents with the local chapter of the Alberta Autism Society approached the city for a swim program.

    By January, four children were part of a six-week adapted aquatic class at G. H. Dawe Community Centre. This spring adapted classes are available for T-ball, basketball, parent and tot yoga, a pre-school play group, along with more swimming and summer camps.

    Jackie Muddle said her son Chase, 6, has height-ened senses and all the splashing and activity in a typical swim class was over stimulating.

    He couldnt concentrate on learning how to swim when there was so much going around, said Muddle, of Red Deer.

    The adapted aquatic program at G. H. Dawe had fewer children, skills were broken down for easier learning, and a schedule using pictures helped to communicate with the young swimmers.

    A lot of the kids learn best visually. They dont learn as well through hearing so having a visual schedule helps to communicate better, especially if the child is non-verbal. Its comforting them too because they know whats coming. It kind of helps to reduce the anxiety, Muddle said.

    Instructors understand the stress children may experience and how they may react and work with them to get them back on track, she said.

    These kids when they have sensory issues, its just overwhelming to put your face in the water, never mind blowing bubbles.

    Three swimming instructors at G. H. Dawe have been trained to teach adapted classes.

    Come fall, the six-week swim class will be extend-ed to 12 weeks.

    Its great that theyre included in the program-ming because its such a life-saving skill, said De-nise Papineau, with the Dawe aquatic program.

    Siblings were also able to participate in the adapt-ed swim program which is open to all children. All the citys recreation programs, including adapted, are inclusive.

    Its all about inclusion. We want everyone to par-ticipate in it, Papineau said.

    Red Deer parent Jessica Schurman said her daughter Matea, 6, became more comfortable in the water, had fun, and made a new friend.

    She learned some new songs. And she started to dive under the water. Thats something she typically hadnt done before. She learned the skills to go all the way under the water and open her eyes looking for different objects so that was really big for us, Schurman said.

    BY SUSAN ZIELINSKIADVOCATE STAFF

    Construction will likely begin on the citys first major roundabout at 30th Avenue and 67th Street in late May.

    But it wont be fully connected to those busy roads until summer 2016.

    Its going to be the first multi-lane roundabout like this in Central Alberta so were aware its going to be new for people. But we think its going to work well and well try and make sure everyone is as com-fortable as possible before they have to use it. Hope-fully theyll agree with us, said Cory Edinga, city project engineer, who was fielding questions on the roundabout at the citys Lets Talk event held Satur-day at Bower Place.

    One focus of the education campaign will explain the difference between a roundabout and a traffic circle.

    Edinga said unlike a traffic circle, a roundabout doesnt require possible lane changes while driving in the circle.

    In a roundabout, its like any other intersection. You get into the appropriate lane before you get to the roundabout. You dont actually have to change lanes. You just follow the lane and exit where you want to exit.

    He said roundabouts are proven to reduce the se-verity of collisions compared to signalized intersec-tions because the tight circles require slower speeds and collisions are often side-swipes.

    BEACH PARTY

    Photo by ASHLI BARRETT/Advocate staff

    Ruby Lindsay-Roberts, 7, shows off her hoola hooping skills at the third annual Spring Break Beach Party at the Red Deer Public Librarys Dawe Branch on Saturday. Children were invited to take in puppet shows, scavenger hunts, crafts and other spring and summer-themed activities.

    BY THE CANADIAN PRESS

    MAYCROFT Jim Prentice says it was disap-pointment with previous Progressive Conservative administrations in Alberta that ultimately led him to re-enter public life.

    The incumbent Tory premier didnt mention any of his predecessors by name in an interview with the Canadian Press as his campaign bus rolled through southern Alberta last week.

    But he made it clear his concern wasnt limited to former premier Alison Redford, who resigned after her government was rocked by a series of spending scandals.

    I was disappointed by what I was seeing in our government over the last several years before I ran, Prentice said. Albertans were disappointed and so was I.

    Prentice is the seventh person to serve as premier since the Progressive Conservatives took power in 1971.

    He will attempt to extend that four-decade dy-nasty May 5, having just brought down a budget that hikes taxes for the first time in years and runs a re-cord $5 billion deficit. He pitched his plan as an at-tempt to get the province off the roller-coaster of oil prices that has dictated the governments fiscal fate in years past. Prentice was asked if he felt any anger towards his predecessors, particularly Redford and the controversies that surrounded her use of govern-ment aircraft.

    Yeah, I was very concerned, the same way all Albertans were concerned, he said. I was con-cerned about what was going on with the airplanes and everything else, and so we were all disappointed and clearly our province was headed in the wrong direction and it was time to set things right and that is why I ran.

    Disappointment with government led Prentice back

    to public life

    Please see PRENTICE on Page A2

    Adapted recreation programs now available in Red Deer

    Photo by ASHLI BARRETT/Advocate staff

    Danielle Woods helps her son, Owen Woods, 5, put toppings on a pizza pinwheel during the first adapted Little Chefs class at the G.H. Dawe on Saturday.

    Please see ADAPTED on Page A2

    First major roundabout on its way

    Please see ROUNDABOUT on Page A2

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    PAGE B1PAGE B1

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    ROUNDABOUT: Primary considerations

    He said pretty much any community in North America now is considering roundabouts as one of the primary considerations for intersections.

    What people have found, and this is from all over the States, from Europe, from Eastern Canada, is that they perform really well compared to signalized intersections.

    Roundabouts keep traffic flowing and in the grow-ing northeast sector of the city, it will adapt to traffic patterns as traffic networks change in the area, he said.

    We needed a traffic solution because one of the most congested areas in the city right now is 30th Av-enue and 67th Street. We needed a different solution to keep the traffic moving. Right now there are too many lights in a concentrated area, said Mayor Tara Veer. She said several solutions were considered, including traffic lights, fly-overs and different ways to configure that intersection.

    We know there are mixed views on roundabouts in the community. Both Sylvan Lake and Red Deer County have had strong success with the round-abouts theyve put in recently. So were going to try it in Red Deer and see how our community responds to it.

    Construction of Red Deers roundabout, connect-ing roads, and underground utilities will cost about $17 million.

    szielinski@reddeeradvocate.com

    ADAPTED: Unique needsShe said having an instructor and class that can

    adapt to the unique needs of children really helped her daughter.

    (Matea) likes to do her own thing. She likes to be on her own schedule and they were really, really accepting of her. There was no, you have to get over here and you have to do this.

    Both Mateas mother and father joined her in the water, which is encouraged in adapted classes.

    At the first adapted Little Chefs class, held on Saturday at G. H. Dawe, children, used dough, to-mato sauce, cheese and other fixings to make pizza pinwheels.

    Owen Woods, 5, of Red Deer, came prepared wi