Petition for Michener Centre hits 11,000

A petition urging the government to reconsider a decision to close a central Alberta care home for the developmentally disabled has hit 11,000 signatures.

RED DEER — A petition urging the government to reconsider a decision to close a central Alberta care home for the developmentally disabled has hit 11,000 signatures.

The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees says it’s a milestone in the fight to keep the Michener Centre in Red Deer open

The province announced in March that it plans to move 125 of the centre’s residents to community group homes or seniors facilities.

Friends and family say Michener Centre is the only home many of their loved ones have ever known.

They say there aren’t adequate services in the community and people moved out of the centre won’t do well.

Red Deer MLA Mary Anne Jablonski has said she understands why the decision is hard for people to accept, but has added that the move will be done with care and consideration.

Union vice-president Jason Heistad says the signature drive will continue through the summer. About 8,500 of the petition’s signatures have already been tabled by opposition parties in the legislature.

“The Redford government must address the concerns over its decision to close Michener,” Heistad said in a news release Tuesday.

“There is no shame in listening to the public. There is no shame in turning a wrong into a right. Keeping Michener open for the residents who currently reside there is the right thing to do.”

Just Posted

Deadline for cabinet to decide future of Trans Mountain expansion is today

OTTAWA — The federal government is widely expected to green light the… Continue reading

Statistics Canada reports manufacturing sales fell 0.6 per cent in April

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales fell 0.6 per cent to… Continue reading

China suspends imports from Canadian pork company

BEIJING — China will halt imports from a Canadian company after food… Continue reading

New tool launched to shine light on ethnic media coverage of election issues

OTTAWA — A new tool launched Tuesday could help voters learn what… Continue reading

Manslaughter trial hears recording of accused praying for forgiveness

CALGARY — A trial for a man charged in the death of… Continue reading

Pro-pipelines rally draws crowd to City Hall

Canadian Taxpayers Federation says Canada missing out on billions in revenue

Manslaughter trial hears recording of accused praying for forgiveness

CALGARY — A trial for a man charged in the death of… Continue reading

UN high commissioner urges redress as Canada responds to MMIWG inquiry

OTTAWA — Canada’s response to the conclusions of the inquiry into missing… Continue reading

Prevention key focus of dementia strategy released by federal government

OTTAWA — The cornerstone philosophy behind the federal government’s long-awaited strategy for… Continue reading

Groups launch challenge of Quebec’s secularism bill one day after it becomes law

Less than 24 hours after it became law, groups representing Canadian Muslims… Continue reading

Poll suggests majority of Canadians favour limiting immigration levels

OTTAWA — New polling numbers suggest a majority of Canadians believe the… Continue reading

Raptors announcer credited with calming massive crowd after shooting

TORONTO — The Toronto Raptors’ play-by-play announcer is winning widespread praise for… Continue reading

Massive crowds, security concerns prove to be issues at Raptors parade

TORONTO — A shooting that sparked a stampede at a massive rally… Continue reading

Toronto mayor gives Raptors star Kawhi Leonard key to city

Toronto Mayor John Tory tried to woo Kawhi Leonard by presenting him… Continue reading

Most Read