Home front – January 18

An Alberta organization that promotes press freedoms and excellence in journalism is modifying its website to better pursue its objectives.

Press body modifies website

An Alberta organization that promotes press freedoms and excellence in journalism is modifying its website to better pursue its objectives. The Alberta Press Council is adding a regular blog by its chair, and links to stories related to journalism and its member newspapers. The first blog, written by current chair Bauni Mackay, is titled Eroding the Right to Know and is now posted on the council’s website at www.albertapresscouncil.ca.

The council can be contacted by email at abpress@telus.net and by phone at 1-888-580-4104. The Alberta Press Council represents the Red Deer Advocate, Edmonton Journal, Calgary Herald, Lethbridge Herald and Medicine Hat News, as well as 109 weekly newspapers in the province. A non-governmental, non-profit organization composed of both public and press members, its mandate includes the protection and promotion of press freedoms, encouragement of public awareness of the press and its role, promotion of excellence in journalism, and facilitation of conflict resolution between the public and member newspapers.


Village marking centennial

The bustling village that once bordered the City of Red Deer marks its 100th anniversary this year. Local historian Shirley Hocken will give an illustrated talk about the various changes that have taken place since the Village of North Red Deer was incorporated, including its eventual absorption into the larger community on the south side of the river. Hocken’s presentation has been set for Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Snell Gallery of the Red Deer Library’s downtown site. There is no fee to attend the presentation, which is being hosted by the Central Alberta Historical Society. Call Don Hepburn at 403-342-2245 to learn more.


Arts council opening new office

The Red Deer Arts Council is opening its new office to the public for a chance to meet the board and staff. The council will host an open house from 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 28, to unveil its new office on the second floor or the Scott Block, at 4818 50th Ave. Snacks and refreshments will be available. This is an opportunity to see some great art and meet the council’s board and staff. For more information, call Diana at 403-348-ARTS (2787).