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DESCRIPTIONSeptember 17, 2015 edition of the Red Deer Advocate
Red Deer AdvocateTHURSDAY, SEPT. 17, 2015
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Students mourn fantastic kid
Students are mourning the death of a classmate who killed by a pickup truck driven by an off-duty police officer.
Story on PAGE A5FORECAST ON A2
WEATHER Sun and cloud. High 16. Low 2.
DELIVERS IN FIRST GAME
IN OILERS UNIFORM
BY CRYSTAL RHYNOADVOCATE STAFF
The City of Red Deer wants to build a community where everyone feels safe and able to fully partici-pate in the community.
Starting on Sept. 23, the city will host 10 communi-ty conversations that will shine the spotlight on how Red Deer is doing in its efforts to become a welcom-
ing and inclusive community. The sessions run until Sept. 30.
The community workshops are part of the citys commitment to UNESCOs Canadian Coalition of Mu-nicipalities Against Racism and Discrimination. The city became a signatory on March 18, 2013, joining 14 communities in Alberta and 63 in Canada.
The community conversations will help identify whats missing, whats available and inform an ac-tion plan to fill the gaps in Red Deer.
It is an opportunity for people to come and learn what the vision is from the city and learn about what the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism means, said Tymmarah Zehr, the the citys human resource specialist diversity and inclusion. We will talk about the different dimensions of di-versity.
A MOTHERS ANGUISH
Warming centre still looking for
a homeBY CRYSTAL RHYNO
Time is ticking on a place for homeless people to stay warm during the winter days.
Kath Hoffman, Safe Harbours executive direc-tor, said she was disappointed that council recently nixed a proposed temporary daytime warming site at 4934-54th Ave. in Riverlands, but she is confident a place will be secured before the snow falls.
She said she understands there are processes in place that must be followed and is encouraged that everyone in Red Deer wants to make sure there is a place for people to stay warm this winter.
The plan is to have the daylight centre open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 1.
But enough time will be necessary to have staff in place and trained.
We are hoping a solution will be found right away that will make everyone happy, she said. We are working hard on that and so is the city. Every-body has been going full on in trying to find a spot for us. We recognize the reality of when Safe Harbour comes, there might be more people around. There may be, but it will also be a place for those people to go into and staff right there to help.
She said a big part of the criteria for a warming centre is its location to services and amenities.
We have to consider people will be walking and it will be 30 below, said Hoffman. How far are they going to have to walk? It has to be easily accessible by foot. It cant be too far away from where that food is and all of that. Thats a big criteria that has to be met.
Hoffman said appropriate shelter space for the community is a big part of the plan to end homeless-ness.
They are an in the meantime solution as they are waiting for housing and as they are waiting for those resources, she said. Shelters are necessary and the appropriate space for this community is nec-essary.
Earlier this week Safe Harbour received $45,427 in provincial funding through the city to add 11 more overnight beds at Peoples Place on top of its 35 ex-isting beds between Nov. 1 and April 30, 2016.
What we know internally at Safe Habour is work-ing on a long-term solution to this so we arent put-ting on these Band-Aids at the last minute every year, said Hoffman. We know that for sure and that is a process and it takes time. At the same time we are working on the short-term solutions.
Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS
Cheyenne Dunbar breaks down as she speaks to the media about the murder of her daughter Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette and the girls father Terry Blanchette, in Blairmore, Wednesday. See related story on Page A3.
BY SUSAN ZIELINSKIADVOCATE STAFF
Access to midwifery care is getting a little easier in Alberta not so much in Red Deer.
Alberta Health Minister Sarah Hoffman an-nounced this week an additional $1.8 million to fund up to 400 more midwife-supported births, bringing the total to as many as 2,774 this fiscal year.
Government funding pays for the full course of midwifery care pre-natal, birth, labour and post-natal support.
Nicole Matheseon, president of the Alberta Asso-ciation of Midwives, said not all midwives are work-ing at capacity and the funding will allow each of Albertas 94 midwives to provide 40 courses of care.
Currently Prairie Midwives, the Red Deer mid-wives, are working at capacity, so they wont be tak-ing on any additional clients for this current funding year, Matheseon said on Wednesday.
But its certainly helping province-wide.Prairie Midwives has three midwives who serve
Red Deer and area.She said the funding will pay for midwifery ser-
vices for women due to give birth before March 31,
2016, so there isnt enough time to bring in more mid-wives.
But its not too late for some of the 700 women in Alberta on the wait-list for a midwife to get service, she said.
There are women who chose to transfer their care from a physician to a midwife.
Matheseon called the provincial funding a great short-term solution.
The government was very, very responsive and were so happy. We did go to them in the spring of this year and talk to them about what the additional needs for midwives in Alberta, and women in Alber-ta, are for this year.
Everyone should know that this is a very posi-tive announcement. It means we have a government thats supportive of womens choice and midwifery and growing that. Its a good first step, Matheseon said.
She said Alberta Association of Midwives will meet with provincial officials next week to discuss long-term planning for midwifery growth in Alberta.
Alberta has publicly funded midwifery care since 2009. In the past five years, the number of midwives practising in Alberta increased 163 per cent.
IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE TO COME
AND LEARN WHAT THE VISION IS FROM THE CITY AND LEARN ABOUT WHAT
THE CANADIAN COALI-TION OF MUNICIPALI-TIES AGAINST RACISM
Please see DIVERSITY on Page A2
Dialogue on diversity
Midwife funding very positive announcement for the province
RED DEER MIDWIVES AT CAPACITY
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Calgary: today, main-ly sunny. High 16. Low 5.
Olds, Sundre: today, mainly sunny. High 16. Low 1.
Rocky, Nordegg: today, sun and cloud. High 15. Low 2.
Banff: today, sun and cloud. High 13. Low 3.
Jasper: today, mainly cloudy. High 14. Low 4.
Lethbridge: today, mainly sunny. High 17. Low 6.
Edmonton: today, sun and cloud. High 16. Low 2.
Grande Prairie: to-day, sun and cloud. High 15. Low 5.
Fort McMurray: to-day, 30% showers. High 16. Low 5.
LOCAL TODAY TONIGHT FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
WEDNESDAY Lotto 649: 1, 2, 9, 12,
21, 39, Bonus 44
Western 649: 1,4, 20, 31, 43, 48, Bonus 25
Pick 3: 972Numbers are unofficial.
A mix of sun and cloud.
Partly cloudy. A mix of sun and cloud.
Sunny. Low 4. A mix of sun and cloud. Low 5.
HIGH 16 LOW 2 HIGH 19 HIGH 21 HIGH 20
UV: 3Extreme: 11 or higherVery high: 8 to 10High: 6 to 7Moderate: 3 to 5Low: Less than 2Sunset tonight: 7:46 p.m.Sunrise Friday: 7:14 a.m.
Zehr was hired in May to take the lead on the ini-tiative within city departments and in the communi-ty. She has worked in the field for nearly 10 years in Grande Prairie, Edmonton and as the Alberta Urban Municipalities Associations program manager for welcoming and inclusive communities initiatives. She recently completed her masters degree in In-ternational and Intercultural Communication. Her thesis was about newcomer integration into a host community.
The City of Red Deer is looking at the wide as-pect of diversity not just newcomers which is often
the focus with the welcoming and inclusive initia-tives, she said. They are looking at all the aspects which I think is phenomenal.
That includes newcomers, multi-culturalism, multi-faith, persons with disabilities, sexual gender minorities, aboriginal people, seniors, youth, women and other aspects.
Zehr said she hopes to find the hot topics that should be discussed in Red Deer and put a plan together to address them. In her four mo