Local briefs – June 19

Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter will share in $1 million in provincial funding announced Thursday for child care.

Women’s shelter to get funding for child care

Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter will share in $1 million in provincial funding announced Thursday for child care.

So far, about $743,000 will be distributed to 23 women’s shelters across the province to create child care for victims of domestic violence.

The Red Deer shelter will use $43,000 to create nine child care spaces for families working with the RCMP’s domestic violence unit, Crown prosecutors, the domestic violence court co-ordinator, or the shelter’s outreach worker.

“These spaces are specifically for women who are in these types of meetings and their time is occupied. Obviously it’s very difficult to meet with police or the Crown when a child is tugging at you,” said Ian Wheeliker, executive director at Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter Society. The shelter already has a child support program for women using the shelter. These new child care spaces will be used for women who are not in shelter but involved in domestic violence cases.

Wheeliker expects the program to be operating within a month.


Two suspects arrested in Morrisroe drug bust

Two Red Deer residents have been arrested in connection with a drug bust at a home in Morrisroe on Wednesday.

Red Deer city’s RCMP street team, crime reduction team and the general investigation section executed a search warrant on a house along McIntosh Avenue at about 4:30 p.m.

Red Deer RCMP report finding and seizing more than one kg of marijuana.

A 22-year-old man and a woman aged 30 were arrested without incident.

Police say traffic charges are pending against the pair.

RCMP continue to investigate.


Superintendent to advise school boards association

Chinook’s Edge School Division Superintendent Jim Gibbons will become the senior education advisor to the Alberta School Boards Association following his retirement from the school division in June 2010.

Gibbons announced his retirement at the June 3 board meeting.

Gibbons is a senator at the University of Calgary, chair for the Council on Alberta Teaching Standards, member of the steering committee for Inspiring Education: A Dialogue with Albertans, Canadian representative for the American Association of School Administrators Board, past president of both the Canadian Association of School Administrators and the College of Alberta School Superintendents, former associate faculty member with San Diego State and Royal Roads University and EXL Award winner for leadership in education.

“I am looking forward to continuing the important work of providing excellence in public education through ASBA, but my decision to retire as superintendent of Chinook’s Edge was a tough one,” Gibbons said.

“When I retire next year, I will have had 34 years in education — and never a bad one. Chinook’s Edge is really a progressive, supportive and successful school division, full of remarkable individuals who are working hard on behalf of our students,” he said.


Nature centre selling rain barrels on June 27

Save rain for a sunny day by spending $70 on a rain barrel.

Rain barrels are for sale from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 27, at Red Deer’s Kerry Wood Nature Centre.

Only cash is accepted.

“Using rain barrels helps reduce the amount of drinking water people use outdoors,” said Pam Vust, environmental initiatives co-ordinator for the city. “It is an easy and affordable way for residents to cut back on their use of treated water during the summer.”

The barrels will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

The nature centre had been selling rain barrels left over from the city’s sale last year, but they have since sold out.

“We’ve seen a huge demand for rain barrels this year,” said Todd Nivens, programs co-ordinator for the nature centre.

Rain barrels are sold at various retailers.

Vust said individuals can also make their own, but they must make sure their barrel hasn’t been used to store fuel or chemicals.

It should also be mosquito tight and childproof.


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