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Two days left to apply for priority tickets for 2021 World Juniors

While Team Canada is going for gold in the Czech Republic this weekend, hockey fans from all over the world are hoping to get in on tickets for next year’s World Junior Championship in Red Deer and Edmonton.

The deadline to get in for the priority ticket draw is this Sunday, Jan. 5 at 11:59 p.m.

Riley Wiwchar, executive director of the 2021 tournament, says aside from Canada, they’ve had entries from countries like Russia, Finland and the USA, just to name a few.

“You talk to people everywhere around the world, and for some reason, they always mention Red Deer ’95. I don’t know why that is, but the stories keep coming about how great that tournament was,” says Wiwchar, who is from Comox, B.C. “We’re hoping to build on that legacy next year and have people talking about (Red Deer/Edmonton) 2021 for years to come.”

The two pools for next year’s World Juniors haven’t yet been set, but what’s known is that Canada will play its pool games in Edmonton. The home squad will play two pre-competition games in Red Deer, however.

Otherwise, fans in Red Deer will bear witness to 16 total games; the two pre-comp matchups, 10 preliminary round games, two quarter-finals, and a best-of-three relegation round. Red Deer ticket packages start at $490, while the two Edmonton packs start at $495 and are for eight games apiece, including either the bronze or gold medal game.

“The hockey history in Edmonton and Red Deer is so fantastic. Red Deer has shown itself to be a great community with hosting the Memorial Cup, the Canada Winter Games, and the World Juniors in 1995,” Wiwchar adds. “That (tournament) kind of kick-started this pandemonium around what the World Juniors is now.

When Alberta last hosted the World Juniors in 2012, Hockey Canada received over 175,000 entries for the priority ticket draw, which is the only way to guarantee your way in to watch the competition unfold.

For more information on the ticket draw, head to

Merry Christmas and Happy 2020

The best time of year is finally here. Everyone gathers with their families to honor and celebrate the blessed event. This is the perfect opportunity to unite with each other, share all the best we have in our lives. Christmas is the time to touch every heart with love and care, to receive and send blessings, and to breathe the magic in the air.

We wish every person happiness, grace and love. May the Christmas bells signify the joy of the new life, peace, and fresh start. May your world be filled with warmth and good cheer this Holy season, and throughout the year.

May the closeness of friends, the comfort of home, the unity of our nation, and success in all your beginnings renew your spirits this festive season.

Merry Christmas to all of you.

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CommunityNOW: CARE Learn to Skate

This year marks the seventh year of the ‘Learn to Skate‘ program, put on by the Central Alberta Refugee Effort and The City of Red Deer.

The program is offered free of charge to immigrant youth and all equipment is provided for them. In addition to learning basic skating skills, students will also have an opportunity to try hockey.

Watch the video below for our friends at ABC Country Restaurant to learn more…

Santa shows us what Christmas is all about!

Santa has arrived at Bower Place Shopping Centre and is ready for you to capture some family memories with him!

rdnewsNOW spent some time with Santa recently, and with the help of Bower Place, we shared some Christmas magic with those around us! Watch and see how spreading Christmas cheer can be so powerful at this time of year.

Spirit of Giving

Spirit of Giving

Magic of Christmas

Power of Giving

[EXTRA] Santa Sights and Sounds

Funny Santa Moments

Visit with Santa at Bower Place this holiday season:

Monday – Saturday
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Monday, December 24
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Piper Creek Optimist’s Battle of Alberta fundraiser returns for 2020

RED DEER – The Hockey Alberta Foundation is excited to once again partner with the Piper Creek Optimist Club of Red Deer for the fourth straight year to present the Battle of Alberta Fundraiser at Bo’s Bar & Stage, benefiting the Every Kid Every Community (EKEC) program.

In three years, the Battle of Alberta event has raised over $50,000 for EKEC, as well as $15,000 for additional youth programs in Central Alberta.

Once again, two grand prizes will be available to win through a raffle:

Four tickets to the January 11 Calgary Flames game against the Edmonton Oilers at the Scotiabank Saddledome, and a limo ride from Red Deer to Calgary, and back.

Four tickets to the January 29 Edmonton Oilers game against the Calgary Flames at Rogers Place, and a limo ride from Red Deer to Edmonton, and back.

Only 400 tickets will be sold. The draw for both grand prizes will be done on Saturday, January 4 at Bo’s Bar and Grill. You do not need to be present on January 4 to win either of the grand prizes.

Raffle tickets are $40 each (plus online fees). Your ticket will also grant you entry to Bo’s on January 4, as well as an appetizer buffet, one beverage courtesy of Molson Coors, a chance to win the early bird prize, and door prizes throughout the night.

The night also features a Hockey Hot Stove, sponsored by MNP, with former Calgary Flame, two-time Stanley Cup Champion Jamie Macoun, and Kevin McClelland, a four-time Stanley Cup champion with the Edmonton Oilers.

Doors for the event will open at 5 p.m., with the Early Bird Draw at 6:30 p.m., and the final draw at 9:30 p.m. You must be in attendance to win early bird and door prizes.

All proceeds from the event will go to the Every Kid Every Community program, as well as other youth initiatives in Central Alberta.

Tickets can be purchased online, or by emailing the Piper Creek Optimist Club.

The Hockey Alberta Foundation would like to thank all of the generous sponsors of this event: the Piper Creek Optimist Club of Red Deer, Bo’s Bar and Grill, MNP, Viking Projects Ltd, Vada Capital, Gavin Heintz – Century 21 and the Molson Coors Brewing Company.

Sponsorship opportunities for the 2020 Battle of Alberta fundraiser are still available.

Raffle license #548400. Maximum 400 tickets sold. Each grand prize is valued at approximately $2,000

RDC speakers’ series to challenge “celebrity effect” on information

Red Deer College says the next installment of its Perspectives: Canada in the World speakers’ series will challenge the myths, assumptions and pop culture influences on how we consume information.

On Tuesday, March 24, Professor Timothy Caulfield will lead session where he will challenge the celebrity-dominated worldview that has a profound influence on people’s ideas about health, beauty and success. Caulfield will also debunk common health myths and provide practical, evidence-based recommendations for audience members.

“In a fast-paced society where access to information is immediate and abundant, Red Deer College invites guests to pause and consider what they are reading, hearing and learning,” the college says in a release.

Caulfield is a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, a professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health, and a Research Director of the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta. His academic research focuses on topics including stem cells, genetics, research ethics, and the public representations of science and health policy issues.

Caulfield is the author of two national best-selling books: The Cure for Everything: Untangling the Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness and Happiness and Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything? When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash. In 2017, he published his most recent book The Vaccination Picture.

He is also the host and co-producer of the award-winning documentary television show, A User’s Guide to Cheating Death, which has been shown in over 60 countries and is currently streaming on Netflix.

To purchase tickets for the March 24 event at the RDC Arts Centre (7 p.m.), or for more information, visit

Newcomers to Red Deer invited to “Learn to Skate” in January

There are few things more Canadian than skating on a frozen sheet of water, laughing with friends, playing a game of shinny, and warming up with a mug of hot chocolate. That experience is worth sharing, especially with youth who are new to Canada! That is why Central Alberta Refugee Effort and the City of Red Deer have once again teamed up to organize three days of skating for over 50 newcomer youth.

This year marks our Seventh year of the ‘Learn to Skate’ program. The program is offered free of charge to immigrant youth and all equipment is provided for them. In addition to learning basic skating skills, students will also have an opportunity to try hockey.

C.A.R.E would like to thank everyone who has helped make this event possible: The City of Red Deer, RCMP, Red Deer Pond Hockey, St. John Ambulance, Riverside Meadows Community Association, Lindsay Thurber High School & many more community volunteers.

About the ‘Learn to Skate’ event

The ‘Learn to Skate’ event was started in 2012 at the request of a newcomer student who really wanted to learn how to skate. Many immigrant youth feel too embarrassed to attempt skating with their Canadian peers and this program gives them the space and time to practice with other youth who are also only beginning to learn. Each year the youth express how thankful they are to have been given the opportunity and how much fun they had.

About the Central Alberta Refugee Effort (C.A.R.E)

C.A.R.E is an immigrant settlement agency based in Red Deer, Alberta. For over 35 years. C.A.R.E has supported the successful settlement of all newcomers to Canada by providing a variety of services and programs. Our office is located at #202, 5000 Gaetz Ave, Red Deer and more information is available online at

‘Learn to Skate’ event plan

On January 2, our event program will include a beginner skating lesson and time to practice. (1-3 p.m. at Servus Arena)

On January 3, the youth will have the opportunity to practice skating outdoors at Bower Ponds (1-3 p.m.). Several volunteers will also be skating around and offering a helping hand.

On January 4, the youth will continue to practice skating and Red Deer Pond hockey will be teaching hockey basics and organizing a game of shinny for those who are interested (1-3 p.m. at the Riverside Meadows outdoor rink at 6021 57 Ave.)

Hunting Hills Bike-a-thon raises over $32,000

It isn’t easy, but students at Hunting Hills High School are breaking the stigma around mental health one revolution at a time.

On Thursday, more than 400 students,100 staff and 50 other community members kicked off the annual 24-hour bike-a-thon which is once again raising awareness and thousands of dollars for Vantage Community Services, the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre, and the school division’s Step Up program.

Grade 12 student and event co-chair Dana Im said everyone is affected my mental illness in one way or another.

“When all of us are biking for one cause, that’s when the stigma starts to break,” said Im. “It has changed since I was in grade nine; I have seen a change in all students, and through all the things we’ve been through, I feel like we have broken that stigma.”

Over the last several years, Hunting Hills students and staff have had to cope with a number of cases of suicide, which spurred the event’s creation in the first place. Jon Davies, the school’s Leadership teacher, said students have been resilient in the face of some considerable tough circumstances.

“There are struggles day to day or year to year. I don’t know if I’d say that we’ve bounced back, but we work through our experiences,” he said. “Mental health is probably the defining issue of these teenagers. They probably understand it better than we do, and they realize how important it is to take a leading role in it. Every year of this event is incredibly inspiring.”

Thalia Andasol, another of the event’s co-chairs, agrees that the event is making a huge difference.

“This is making students at our school know that they can talk and be heard, and that everyone has a struggle,” she said. “l think I’m one of those students who has difficulty expressing things, so I’d say don’t wait until the last minute to find someone, even if you don’t think there’s anyone who wants to listen.”

To participate in the bike-a-thon, every student had to raise a minimum $50. The early total raised is over $32,000.

If you or someone you know need mental health-related assistance, here are a few resources:

Psychologists’s Association of Alberta


Distress Centre


Canadian Mental Health Association – Central Alberta Division (Red Deer)

Vantage Community Services (Red Deer)

Primary Care Network (Red Deer)

Local vigils planned for National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Central Albertans are encouraged to take time Friday to honour those who have experienced gender- based violence.

It’s been 30 years since the tragic mass shooting at cole Polytechnique de Montral on Dec. 6, 1989, that saw the lives of 14 young women violently cut short by an armed man.

The senseless act of targeted violence shook the nation and led Parliament to designate December 6 as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women.

Local vigils are planned to mark the anniversary and raise awareness of the role we all play in creating a culture of respect and taking meaningful action to ensure that similar tragedies like the one in Montreal never happen again.

The vigils will take place at Red Deer City Hall from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., and at the Lacombe Memorial Centre from 6:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.

They will feature guest speakers and are a partnership between the Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter (CAWES). Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre (CACAC), and Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre (CASASC).

CASASC executive director Patricia Arango says it’s an opportunity to remember all women killed because of their gender.

“We need to keep bringing people together to remember and reflect on what is happening,” says Arango. “We need to keep involving the community in this kind of reflection and create an awareness everywhere and every day that its possible. My interest is to make sure that people understand it happens in other places, but also in Red Deer.”

Arango hopes events like these help people be more sensitive to and aware of gender-based violence.

“Sexual assault crimes against women are preventable,” says Arango. “We need to work together to protect each other, and respect each other. Then one day we can see less and less crime against women.”

Arango says statistics indicate more than 63,000 Canadian women report gender-based violence each year.

“It’s a Wonderful Life’ live radio drama coming to Red Deer

RED DEER – Ignition Theatre, celebrating fifteen years of theatrical excellence, is pleased to continue its annual holiday tradition with what has become its most popular and anticipated production.

It’s a Wonderful Life: The Live Radio Drama, adapted for the stage by Tony Palermo, based on the original motion picture screenplay, is running for two nights only from. Dec. 20-21 at the Memorial Centre. Curtain is 7:30 p.m. nightly.

All tickets are $25 and are available online at or at the theatre box office one hour prior to curtain.

It’s a Wonderful Life: The Live Radio Drama represents Ignition Theatre’s sole annual fundraiser. With a cast and creative team comprised entirely of volunteers, all box office proceeds will contribute directly towards Ignition’s professional, regular season programming.

A 50/50 draw will take place during each performance’s intermission, supporting both Ignition and Improv Jelly, who will be performing this season’s live commercials, synonymous with 1940’s radio drama.

This year, $1 from ticket sold will be donated to the Stonewall Community Foundation on behalf of Ignition Theatre & Central Alberta Theatre.