Local briefs – April 6

Red Deer College has launched a new lab assistant program in response to workforce demands in the health-care industry.

RDC launches new lab assistant program

Red Deer College has launched a new lab assistant program in response to workforce demands in the health-care industry.

The 23-week Medical Laboratory Assistant Certificate Program will train students to collect, process, and prepare patient specimens, enter data, perform clerical and reception services, perform electrocardiograms and urinalysis, and carry out basic laboratory procedures.

Following 16 weeks of classroom and lab study at RDC, and seven weeks of practicum, students will be eligible to write a national certification exam.

The program will prepare RDC graduates for work in hospitals, community health centres, and public or private clinical laboratories. Applications for the program opened on Thursday and classes begin Oct. 12.

Vimy Ridge Day to be observed

First World War General Alexander Ross characterized the 1917 Battle of Vimy Ridge as the birth of a nation.

On Friday, various branches of the Royal Canadian Legion will host special events to recognize the gains Canadian troops made for their country in the famous battle, along with the 3,598 soldiers lost and 7,004 wounded.

Members of the Sylvan Lake Legion have planned a march to the cenotaph at 2 p.m., followed by a social event at their branch quarters.

The Red Deer Legion will host a lunch including presentations in its canteen, starting at 11:30 a.m. There will be no charge for the lunch, but people must have picked up a ticket in advance to attend. Tickets are available until the branch closes at 9 p.m. on Wednesday.

Please note that not all Legion branches have planned Vimy Ridge Day activities. People should therefore contact their local branches for details. April 9 was declared Vimy Ridge Day by the Government of Canada in 2003.

Warning issued about motorcycles

Red Deer City RCMP are warning drivers to be aware of motorcyclists on city streets, after some warmer-than-usual temperatures have seen a return of bikers.

Drivers play a large part in motorcycle safety, and as such should look twice for motorcyclists at intersections or when changing lanes and never underestimate their speed, an RCMP news release said.

Common driver mistakes in vehicle-motorcycle crashes include making a left turn across the path of an oncoming motorcycle, making an improper lane change, and committing a stop sign violation.

The RCMP are also reminding motorcyclists to stay out of blind spots, wear the right protective gear, slow down and obey posted speed limits, and be aware of road hazards such as potholes and loose gravel.

“Sharing the road is one of the keys to having other road users respect you as a motorcyclist,” the news release stated.