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Health changes would first need clear public mandate

Editorial 1-3-11 Health changes would first need clear public mandate Although Premier Alison Redford continues to hold a large lead over her opposition party rivals, at least according to recent polls, it would be a mistake for the new Alberta leade

With future planning City finds better way

It was inevitable the City of Red Deer would move to bring planning services under its own roof at City Hall.

Big changes coming on Red Deer council

The 2010 civic election is still more than four months away but residents in the City and in Red Deer County have already been put on notice that big changes are in the wind. In the County, Mayor Earl Kinsella has announced his retirement.

Future dangers of gravel pits

I was intrigued by a May 26 Letter to the Editor in the Express from Annette Gray complaining about the cost of a load of gravel and praising the prosperity gravel brings. Yes, our society is built on gravel.

City must speak loudly for its homeless youth

The fallout of the May long weekend continues with reports that youth were once again partying too hard and making one fine mess in wilderness areas in and around Rocky Mountain campgrounds.

Growing seniors' alarm must be taken seriously

Last week the provincial government sent out a press release announcing five Albertans and three organizations have been honoured for their exceptional volunteer service to seniors. None of those honoured were from Red Deer.

Province aims high but misses the mark

The City of Red Deer has led the country with its efforts to end homelessness. In the province, Calgary and Edmonton followed Red Deer's lead.

Canada a grand idea gloriously indefinable

During the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games slam poet Shane Koyczan, between all the pageantry and glitz, gave the world his take on what defines Canada.

Public art by locals

The renovations to the G.H. Dawe Community Centre, costing at least $29.9 million, are nearly complete. Come September the upgraded facility will at last be reopened for Red Deerians.

Aquatic centre idea should be flushed

The City is already busying itself with the 2010 budget – holding public meetings and forums. That is fine. It is good strategic planning. So now, let us ask some questions.