Local briefs – May 18

Police are investigating what they call a suspicious grass fire in Oriole Park West late Sunday afternoon.

Suspicious grass fire in Oriole Park West

Police are investigating what they call a suspicious grass fire in Oriole Park West late Sunday afternoon.

When Red Deer City RCMP responded at about 5 p.m. to the fire in a green space north of Oak Street and west of Overdown Drive, Red Deer Emergency Services personnel were already on site.

Fire-medics were able to extinguish the fire, which burned an area about 21 metres by 15 metres, according to an RCMP news release.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call Red Deer City RCMP at 403-343-5575, or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


Club for seniors in Mirror awarded federal funds

The Mirror Jolly Seniors Social Club in Mirror, Alberta has been awarded a financial windfall to help enhance the facility.

Blaine Calkins, member of Parliament for Wetaskiwin, announced on Monday that the club will receive $21,000 in federal funding from the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.

The money will be used to repair shingles, windows and the pool table cover at the centre so the club can continue to offer activities for seniors such as breakfasts, coffees, floor curling and other programs.

The New Horizons for Seniors Program helps to ensure that seniors are able to actively contribute to and benefit from the quality of life in their communities.

“Canada’s seniors worked hard to make this country the strong nation it is today,” Calkins said.

“Our government is proud to support projects that engage seniors and keep them involved in their communities.”

The program offers three types of funding to organizations: Community Participation and Leadership funding to support community-based projects across Canada; Capital Assistance funding to help non-profit organizations upgrade facilities or equipment; and Elder Abuse Awareness funding to help non-profit organizations and coalitions raise awareness of the abuse of older adults on a national or regional level.

The Mirror Jolly Seniors Social club was one of 645 projects approved through the 2009-2010 call for proposals.

More than $8.5 million in funding through the Capital Assistance funding stream was provided.