Local briefs – March 22

Canadian youth are invited to speak out about global issues through the online Kaleidoscope Real World Video Challenge.

Youth invited to speak about global issues

Canadian youth are invited to speak out about global issues through the online Kaleidoscope Real World Video Challenge.

Youth 18 and under are asked to create a short video under five minutes explaining why they think active global citizenship is important and what makes them global citizens. This could be about a global issue or something in your community.

The video challenge is a joint initiative of the provincial and regional councils for International Co-operation, acting collectively as the Inter-Council Network and funded in part by the Canadian International Development Agency.

The deadline for submissions is March 31. First place winners in each age category (13 and under; and 14 to 18) will receive a video camera (or up to $500 equivalent) and will present their videos at the Kaleidoscope National Gala and Youth Conference in September in Ottawa.

For more information about the contest, visit www.videochallenge.ca

Dark Hour scheduled

Do get left out in the dark on Earth Hour 2011 on Saturday.

The City of Red Deer is encouraging residents and businesses to turn off unnecessary lights and power sources between 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. to take part in the World Wildlife Fund’s environmental sustainability awareness initiative. City facilities will flick off lights and non-essential power sources where possible, including City Hall, without reducing services.

Go Beyond the Hour is this year’s theme, encouraging people to think not only about Earth Hour but the entire year for ways to reduce energy consumption and make an environmental difference in their daily lives.

“(Earth Hour) is important to just remind people and keep in mind the one hour is a small thing and it does make a difference,” said Bailey Doepker, evironmental program specialist. “By participating in that and thinking about what you can do throughout the year and big changes can occur from that.”

In 2010, Red Deer city businesses and residents reduced power consumption by 4.5 per cent, saving 16,310 kilowatt hours, while in 2009 power was reduced by 2.5 per cent, saving 8,800 kilowatt hours during Earth Hour.

The Town of Olds will join the global initiative by also encouraging its residents and businesses to participate. In 2010, 4,000 cities participated in more than 120 countries.

For more information about Earth Hour, visit www.wwf.ca/earthhour or www.earthhour.org

Deadline for Women of Excellence nears

The March 31 deadline for nominations for the 2011 Women of Excellence Awards is fast approaching.

The annual awards ceremony organized by Red Deer and District Community Foundation, has been moved from November to June.

This year it will be held on June 13 at the Capri Trade and Convention Centre.

Janice Wing, foundation CEO, said fall is a “crazy busy” time of year for events that include the release of the foundation’s Vital Signs community survey report for Red Deer. Moving the Women of Excellence gala to June made sense.

“It’s an important event. We don’t want it to get lost. We want people to be able to come and participate,” Wing said.

“It’s absolutely inspirational.”

The date change was announced at the November awards ceremony and the 2011 response has been as good as ever, she said.

Ticket orders for the gala are now being accepted.

Tickets are $100 each.

For more information about the nomination process go to http://reddeeranddistrictcommunityfoundation.ca/initiatives/women-of-excellence/ or visit the foundation office at Suite 108 Scott Block, 4818 50th Ave.

A complete nomination package must be received by Collins Barrow Chartered Accountants and Consultants by 4 p.m. on March 31.

Envelopes should be marked “Women of Excellence” and sent to the attention of Marsha Smalley at 300, 5010 43rd St. in Red Deer, T4N 6H2.

Regional science fair coming

Young scientists will gather at Bower Place Shopping Centre on Friday and Saturday for the Central Alberta Regional Science Fair.

Qualifying students come from the region running north to Ponoka, south to Carstairs, east to Stettler and west to Rocky Mountain House.

Public viewing of the science projects happens on Saturday from 12 to 4 p.m. and awards will be presented on Saturday between 4 to 5 p.m.

Regional science fairs are organized by Youth Science Canada. For more information go to ysf-fsj.ca.

Real estate council suspends local associate

A Red Deer real estate associate has been suspended for failure to co-operate with an investigation by the Real Estate Council of Alberta.

Keith Andrew Fraser, an associate with Worth Metro Realty in Red Deer, was suspended by the council on Friday.

Natalie Scollard, communications co-ordinator with the council, said Fraser will be suspended until he co-operates with the investigation.

She could not provide any details about the investigation, but said that the final decision of the council will be made public.

Real Estate Council of Alberta regulates the provincial real estate industry to protect consumers and provide services that enhance and improve the industry.

RCMP plan presentation on mass market fraud

As part of Fraud Prevention Month, Red Deer City RCMP will be holding a presentation on mass market frauds on Wednesday.

Mass market scams are frequently reported to the RCMP as several people fall victim to this type of fraud.

The presentation will provide information to help attendees recognize mass marketing scams and tips on how to avoid becoming a victim.

The brief presentation will be followed by a question and answer session. Handouts will also be available.

The presentation will be held at the Red Deer City RCMP North Office at 6592 58 Ave. from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

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