Local briefs – October 28

An estimated 400 senior citizens are needed for feedback on Red Deer’s existing and emerging housing needs.

City seeking feedback

An estimated 400 senior citizens are needed for feedback on Red Deer’s existing and emerging housing needs.

A study is underway to look into what kind of housing would serve the older population.

“We’ll be gathering information directly from seniors and other stakeholders, so we’ll get a comprehensive picture of housing in our community,” said Linda Healing, community facilitator with the City of Red Deer.

The Seniors Appropriate Housing Committee launched the study to assess the housing situation and to develop policies and recommendations that will ensure appropriate accommodations in the future.

Investigating housing for seniors is considered vital by the city.

The research will continue to March.

Healing said it’s hoped that about five per cent of Red Deer’s seniors, or 400 people, will participate.

Surveys will be mailed out to seniors who are members of local senior-serving agencies. Any senior in Red Deer who would like to be involved can call 403-342-8100 to request a survey, participate in a focus group or take part in an in-person interview.

Car seat clinic in Ponoka

Ponoka area parents are invited to learn how to use child occupant restraints properly.

Ponoka RCMP traffic services and provincial sheriffs are hosting a clinic at Ponoka fire hall from 8 to 10 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday. Trained officers and sheriffs will inspect car seats and their installation.

The service is free and is great for anyone who might have questions.

Violent crime up last week

Crimes against people jumped significantly last week, RCMP statistics show. Assaults, thefts, domestic violence, frauds and drug investigations all increased. Assaults jumped to 35 from 29 while domestic violence complaints jumped to 44 from 31.

Drug investigations almost doubled to 17 while thefts hit 74, from 59 the previous week.

Other statistics included:

• 785 total calls for service;

• 16 auto thefts;

• 10 break-ins of businesses and residences;

• 136 bylaw infractions;

• 46 mischief calls;

• one robbery;

• 42 suspicious persons, vehicles or activities;

• 132 victim services assistance calls.

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