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Task Force calls for end to cap on long-term care beds

Sixteen advocacy, health care and seniors groups are calling on the Prentice government to eliminate its cap on the number of long-term care beds and increase funding for care and medically trained staff at seniors’ facilities.

On Tuesday, Public Interest Alberta’s Seniors’ Task Force, whose members represent Central Alberta Council on Aging, United Nurses of Alberta, Friend of Medicare, and many others, released a Long-Term Care position paper saying Alberta is short 6,000 long-term care beds. READ

Festival of Trees raised more than $1M for maternity care

Red Deer’s Festival of Trees 2014 raised $1.07 million to improve maternity care at Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre. READ

Wildrose Party executive vows to continue fight

While the Wildrose Party suffered a major blow on Wednesday, there remains a sentiment to fight on. READ

Farm shop destroyed in fire

A large farm shop was destroyed in a Tuesday night blaze east of Penhold. READ

Lighting up the festive season

Snowmen frolic in bumper cars and Santa Claus rides the ferris wheel nightly in Andy and Dawn Legault’s front yard. READ

Rental vacancy in Red Deer up slightly

A slowdown in the flow of people coming to Alberta and an increase in the number of apartments available for them to live in has removed some of the sizzle from the province’s hot rental market — including in Red Deer. READ

Lacombe moving ahead with performing arts centre

While a proposed new concert hall for Red Deer was pushed far into the future, Lacombe is plowing ahead with plans for its first performing arts centre. “We have tremendous support from the community,” said Lacombe city Coun. Grant Harder. So far, this includes a municipal grant from the City of Lacombe, which approved this week $25,000 towards planning the performing space and coming up with estimated project costs. This grant will be matched by the Lacombe Performing Arts Centre Foundation through various community fundraisers, including a big band concert in April. READ

Mail bombing trial extended by a week

An extra week has been added to the trial of a man accused of sending a bomb that killed a disabled mother in Innisfail. RCMP allege that Vicky Shachtay, 23, died in an explosion shortly after receiving a package delivered to the doorstep of her home on Nov. 25, 2011. READ

Police seek suspect in laptop theft

Police are looking for a woman who stole a laptop from Future Shop on Nov. 20. Red Deer RCMP say the suspect entered the store around 4:30 p.m. and discussed the laptop with staff. When the laptop was taken to the cash register for payment, the woman grabbed it and ran from the store to a waiting vehicle. READ

Fifteen-year-old missing

Red Deer RCMP is requesting the public’s help in locating a 15-year-old youth who has been missing for nearly a week. READ

Red Deer man jailed four years for hit-and-run collision

A Red Deer man has been sentenced to four years in prison for a hit-and-run collision that left a woman so badly injured that her leg had to be amputated. READ

Stolen vehicle involved in collision in Penhold

Two people sustained non-life-threatening injuries in a collision in Penhold early Monday morning that closed a section of Hwy 2A for more than an hour. READ

Suspects sought in connection with break-in at underground parking garage

RCMP are looking for public assistance to identify a man and a woman who broke into an underground parking garage on Ironside Street at about 6 a.m. on Dec. 5. READ

RCMP hunting for suspects who broke into parking garage

Red Deer RCMP are seeking public help to identify two men who broke into an underground parking garage in Deer Park late Thursday night. READ

Charities hard at work in Christmas season

With only 10 days left until Christmas, local charities are in the homestretch of their busiest season of the year. READ

Gay teen thankful for support

Even with supportive friends and family, coming out as gay can be challenging. And coming to terms with her own identity was a real struggle for one Central Alberta teen. READ

Ankle bracelet program extended to March

Red Deer’s program to monitor domestic violence offenders with GPS ankle bracelets has been extended until the end of March. But Alberta’s grim economic outlook has likely put the program at risk beyond spring, said Ian Wheeliker, executive director of Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter. READ

First school-based gay-straight alliance in Alberta was in Red Deer

Gay-straight alliances are a hot topic throughout Alberta, but a Red Deer high school was the first in the province to permit one of these organizations to form. READ

Olds College to help students’ mental health

Olds College students will soon have access to an Internet-based program to help them stay mentally healthy. BreathingRoom is an eight-module program that students will be able to access at any time online. READ

Wildrose Party constituency association board resigns

The members of a contested constituency association board in Wildrose Party’s Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre have resigned. Edwin Erickson, who was elected constituency president during a fractious annual general meeting in October, said he and 14 other board members are calling it quits. READ

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