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WALKING WITH OUR SISTERS
Room to breatheBY MARY-ANN BARRRED DEER ADVOCATE
Millions of dollars more will flow to Central Al-berta school boards following the announcement by Premier Rachel Notley on Thursday to restore edu-cation funding for the 2015-16 school year.
The previous Progressive Conservative govern-
ment told school boards in its March budget that boards needed to reduce non-teaching costs. It also said boards couldnt cut teaching jobs or use re-serves, and that there would be no new funding for 12,000 new students expected in the next school year.
Those 12,000 students will now be funded. And the newly-elected NDP government said it will restore funding to non-teaching resources such as transpor-tation grants, teacher aides and inclusive education.
And restrictions on school boards using reserves in the next school year budget have been removed.
The two per cent funding increase to cover sal-ary increases and a one per cent lump sum payment negotiated previously will be maintained, and an ad-ditional $103 million for the next school year will be provided by the new government.
Dogs involved in Rocky attack to be destroyed
BY ADVOCATE STAFF
Three dogs have been ordered euthanized after a Rocky Mountain House judge convicted the dogs owner of eight charges laid following vicious dog at-tacks on a community trail.
In Rocky Mountain House provincial court on Wednesday, dog owner Brandi Reeves of Rocky Mountain House pleaded guilty to her role in an April 27 incident in which two dogs were attacked by the dogs owned by Reeves.
Jenna Ellefson was walking her five-year-old Bel-gian shepherd Dakota when it was attacked by the three dogs.
With the help of three high school students and two men passing by, they managed to repel the dogs initial assault and chase off the three roving dogs. One of the dogs returned and tried again to attack Dakota.
Further on down the trail, Theresa Kokesch was walking Shelly, a six-year-old golden Labrador, when the three dogs began attacking it.
Kokesch managed to repel the attack, but Shelly was badly hurt.
Both Shelly and Dakota needed extensive veteri-nary care.
Photo by JEFF STOKOE/Advocate staff
Corky Larsen-Jonasson, right, and other volunteers work to set up the Walking With Our Sisters exhibit at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery on Thursday. The memorial to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls from across Canada opens to the public on Monday June 1st at the museum located at 4525-47A Avenue. The exhibit will be on display until June 21st, National Aboriginal Day.
BY MURRAY CRAWFORDADVOCATE STAFF
Keeping the Calgary Young Offenders Centre open is welcome news for Central Alberta lawyers, who were concerned about the planned closures impact on the rehabilitation of youths charged with crimes.
Local defence lawyers are relieved by the deci-sion. Jason Snider, president of the Red Deer crimi-nal defence lawyers association, said the proposed closure was an egregious example of centralization.
The centralization of services that should stay lo-cal is a continuing concern to the justice community as a whole, said Snider.
There were some financial reasons why the CY-OC was targeted for closure, but there were other so-cietal reasons it should stay open. Particularly with
regard to the Youth Criminal Justice Act that has an emphasis on rehabilitation and reintegration to the community.
On Thursday, a press release from Alberta Justice said the move will ensure young offenders have ac-cess to necessary rehabilitative and custody services, while remaining close to their families.
Taking youth from a locale and transporting them hours away from their supports has a very det-rimental effect on their rehabilitation, said Snider. We saw the same thing in Red Deer when they closed the youth wing at the Red Deer Remand Cen-tre ... you lose that immediacy and the ability for the family to be involved in the youths rehabilitation while they are in custody.
The youth wing of the Red Deer Remand Cen-tre closed in 2004. Youths who are held in custody after they are arrested in Central Alberta are sent to either the Edmonton or Calgary young offenders
centres.The CYOC closure made no sense from actu-
ally preventing them from becoming criminals in the long term, said Snider.
It is very welcome news and a positive sign that perhaps the government is taking a more humanistic and rehabilitative approach to justice rather than just a dollars and cents view.
Premier Rachel Notley announced on Thursday the CYOC would remain open. The previous Progres-sive Conservative government had announced plans to close the CYOC in March.
After the New Democratic Party was elected on May 5, Alberta Justice announced the closure was put on hold pending a review to be completed by May 31.
It will remain open at an estimated cost of $3 mil-lion a year.
SCHOOL BOARDS PLEASED THAT EDUCATION FUNDING RESTORED
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Lawyers relieved young offenders centre will stay open
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EDUCATION: Reserves also an option
Notley made the announcement in Calgary with the Education Minister David Eggen.
For the Red Deer Public School District, this will see the 2014-15 provincial operating funding of $94.7 million go to $98.9 million next school year, or an ad-ditional $4.2 million (a 4.5 per cent increase).
The Red Deer Catholic Regional Division will see funding increase by $3 million, from $78.6 million to $81.6 million (up 3.9 per cent).
Chinooks Edge School Division will receive a 3.1 per cent increase in operating funding, with this years funding of $102.4 million increasing to $105.7 million next year.
Wolf Creek School Division will see a 2.9 per cent increase, going from $70.2 million to $72.3 million.
Wild Rose School Division will see a 2.6 per cent increase, from $51.5 million to $52.8 million (2.6 per cent increase).
Clearview School Division will go from $26.9 mil-lion to $27.5 million (1.9 per cent).
St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Separate Re-gional Division will see a 4.7 per cent increase, from $31 million to $32.5 million.
Bev Manning, chairperson of the Red Deer Public school board, said they will still need to move for-ward cautiously.
It doesnt mean that all is well with the world
but it certainly does mean that weve been restored a little bit and were feeling a little bit more hopeful about how were going to accommodate the growth at least that were expecting in the fall.
And to be able to breathe a little bit. I was feel-ing pretty stressed there for a little while.
She was appreciative that the new government has recognized local board autonomy. If they have to draw on reserves, the local board is in the best posi-tion to make that decision, she said.
School board budgets were originally to be in to the province by the end of this month. However, that deadline was recently extended to June 30.
Manning said they expect 75 to 100 new students in the fall, although the final number wont be known until Sept. 15.
She said the districts budget isnt finalized, but they dont expect to go back now and make a lot of changes. They had anticipated that the NDP would come through on their campaign promises.
Well perhaps hold that new money centrally and be able to address hot spots throughout the district as they occur.
Its good news from the government but its not going to create a lot of money for the district, and they still need to move ahead cautiously because it is a time of financial restraint, and we un