Over 100 representatives from counties, rural crime watches, and concerned citizens attended a session at the Alberta Legislature on Monday, November 27th regarding how to combat rural crime. The Director with Raven Crime Watch says it spoke volumes to have concerned citizens from across the province there in Edmonton.
Concerned citizens from across the province are starting to make some noise in order to generate change when it comes to rural crime.
Over 100 people were in the legislative gallery on Monday, November 27th in Edmonton as silent delegates regarding how to combat rural crime.
Director with Raven Crime Watch Alison says United Conservative Party MLA's introduced most of the delegates from Red Deer County, all the way to Knee Hill County, and up to Lakeland County.
She says this is only the beginning.
Alison says she and some of her representatives were then contacted that day by the Chief of Staff for the Minister of Justice department and they had a separate meeting with the Acting Minister of Justice Marlin Schmidt.
Minister Schmidt and his staff listened to their concerns and has promised to have a follow up meeting in the Red Deer County area.
She says multiple MLA's of the United Conservative Party talked about the rural crime issue and read out quotes from the multitude of letters that have been sent.
Alison says they are going to continue to fight but they still need support. She encourages concerned rural citizens to send letters to your local ministers, MLAs and MPs.
Meanwhile, a rural crime task force has also been launched by the United Conservative Party with town hall meetings to be announced in the near future.
A total of $9224 dollars was raised and 2200 pounds of food was collected during the Olds Fireman Bucket Challenge on Thursday, December 14th. Proceeds from the first annual event will benefit the Mountain View Food Bank, the Olds & District Christmas Angels Society and Chinook Arch Victim Services.
The big unveil for the newest Habitat for Humanity home in Mountain View County is on Friday, December 15th. One side of the finished duplex in Olds will be the new home for a deserving family. The home dedication is at noon and it is located at 4826 52nd Street.
Mountain View County Council approved the project budget for 2018 at $29.2 million dollars. It is comprised of $26 million in capital projects, $2.2 million of operating projects and $842,000 of liability expenses. Reeve Bruce Beattie adds, that will carry the county through until spring when the provincial government requisitions will be handed down.
The 22nd annual Innisfail RCMP Charity Checkstop will run from 10am until 4pm on Saturday, December 16th. Donations of new clothing, food, new toys and cash will be accepted. Proceeds will benefit the Food Bank, the Innisfail Christmas Bureau and the Women's Outreach Society.
Next week the Olds & District Christmas Angels will start to sort and fill Christmas Hampers for families. Stuff The Bus Chair Heather Deboer says the 3rd annual event on Saturday, December 16th is their last push to collect toys and cash donations.
Olds council approved the fall 2017 NU2U grant allocations earlier this week. The organizations receiving grant money this fall from NU2U are $5000 to the Olds & District Hospice Society, $6150 to Olds High School and $2000 to the Youth Empowerment (YES) Program. Councillor Mary-Jane Harper noted during the Monday, December 11th meeting that since 2011 over $206,000 dollars has been redistributed by NU2U to other community groups & organizations.