Village of Clive supports City of Red Deer’s ambulance concerns

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Clive village council will send a letter of support to the provincial government to back up concerns the City of Red Deer has about recent changes to provincial ambulance dispatch services.

The decision was made at the Sept. 27 regular meeting of council.

Councillors read a letter of concern from the city asking for the village’s support.

The City of Red Deer has been a vocal critic of centralized ambulance dispatch changes.

In a press release last January, the city stated, “This transition took place in Red Deer on Jan. 12, and since that time, our communities and emergency patients have experienced delays and disruption in dispatch times and first responders have been exposed to additional risk.”

Councillors unanimously passed a motion, “ reaffirm Clive’s request to the Minister of Health to overturn AHS’ proposal to consolidate ambulance dispatch and to write a letter urging the ministry to undertake a third-party review of the provincial ambulance system and to establish regional integrated ambulance dispatch services.”

CAO report

Village Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Carla Kenney stated in her regular report to council that Kurt Bailey has accepted the position of Public Works Foreman beginning November 1.

The CAO noted the village office received one complaint regarding Hwy 12/21 construction which was forwarded to the contractor, Weaver group.

Chicken conundrum

Councillors passed second reading of the village’s revised Urban Hen Bylaw #552-21which allows for the keeping of the ubiquitous urban chicken.

Councillors previously received a request from the public that the bylaw be changed to allow a resident to keep up to six hens. The previous bylaw allowed four.

Councillors also added some wording under the Prohibitions section 4.c. “Keep a meat bird.” Urban hens are only kept for eggs.

Council questions

Councillors inquired about several items, including the condition of 47th Ave. following construction of the Hwy. 12/21 water pipeline, the overall condition of the 50th Street and 47th Ave. intersection and when the yard waste bin service will cease for the year.

Resources available

Councillors listened to a presentation by Gloria Derksen, executive director of the Central Alberta Victim and Witness Support, and board members, based out of Blackfalds but which covers the Clive region.

“Central Alberta Victim & Witness Support Society (CAVWSS) is a non-profit organization with an incredible team of staff and volunteers who offer direct and immediate support, information and referrals for victims and witnesses of crime and tragedy,” stated the representatives.

“In the event of trauma or victimization, know that you are not alone. Our trained advocates can assist in difficult times of crisis by providing caring, compassionate support and offering a wide realm of resources.

“Following an act of violence, crime or tragedy victims often feel overwhelmed by shock, fear and loss of control. Our team can assist during the critical and initial stages of crisis to meet this sense of urgency and offer support, information and referral to assist victims on their road ahead.

“CAVWSS offers support and crisis intervention 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to assist victims and witnesses of crime with a goal of reducing the emotional impact as a direct result of crisis and/or trauma.

CAVWSS is also a referral service, providing information and direction to appropriate referral services.”

They noted the society offers immediate crisis support for when an emergency or tragedy occurs, support services for ongoing help, court support for those times when incidents involve the legal system and referrals to other organizations and services.

Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, East Central Alberta Review

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