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Swift Current Swift Current care home construction slated for spring 2012


The construction of a personal care home in Swift Current is moving forward now a builder has been found. It had been talked about in May of this year but a meeting Sept. 13 should finalize more details on making it a reality. “A private business person from outside the city, a person who owns personal care homes elsewhere in the province, has decided to build in our city,” said Peggy Worrell, co-chair for the Personal Care Home Initiative in Swift Current on Tuesday. “This is a big step forward,” said

Worrell, to fill the gap in the need for alternative housing for seniors and adults who don’t require Level 3 care in a nursing home, but are unable to live without care. Swift Current is too big a centre to be without Level 1 or 2 care,

such as the personal care home in Gull Lake. Autumn House is a “non-profit personal care home operated by the Town of Gull Lake” with no current government funding and relies on charity and donations to assist with special events or equipment needed. However, co-chair Glenda Carleton points out the biggest concern remains to be accessibility for low-income seniors and adults who cannot afford the higher costs of private personal care homes. Worrell says while rates for the

new personal care home will not be reasonable for low-income residents, they will be working closely with the new owner to make sure the home meets the committee’s recommendations. Formed over a year ago, the Personal

Care Home Initiative committee united to raise awareness and generate the

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interest of a service club or church group to take on the task. They hope to disband in the near future, perhaps after successful lobbying of the government. Angela Nunweiler, a Personal Home

Care Consultant for the government’s health department has given “advice on what other regions do provincially to address low-income support.” The committee has been anxious for

the results of the Laura Ross Report, a seniors’ care strategy to guide them with recommendations for personal care homes which was supposed to have been released last spring by the Ministry of Health. The agenda for the next committee meeting Sept. 13 at the United Church will involve preparing a presentation for the Cypress Health Region Board about partnering to bring personal care homes to the city of Swift Current where none exist at present.

While this is not in the health board’s authority, the board also has supported the committee with mutual concerns and has appointed a representative to join the committee. The committee also plans to discuss

efforts of “lobbying the government to subsidize personal care homes”, to make it an issue for the fall election platform for candidates to debate the issue. Public response to the Personal Care Home Initiative in Swift Current has been positive, with some unaware the problem existed and many speaking loud and clear, “Why can’t my parents be placed in Swift Current?” so they can visit regularly without the concerns of added mileage and lack of personal visiting time. Couples and families shouldn’t be

separated, as Worrell liked to quote in the words of the late Jack Layton, “Making sure no one is left behind.”

Little has changed in Maple Creek’s bicycle bylaw


A reprint of a 1977 Maple Creek News article on

enforcing the bicycle bylaw has created a furor among many residents.Perhaps the headline Obey the law or lose your bicycle struck fear in the hearts of some cyclists. Apparently parents of young children became fearful their youngsters would be ticketed or have their bike impounded for riding on the sidewalk. While the bylaw states bicycles are not to be driven on

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bylaw regarding bicyclists remains similar to that of previous years, although bicycle registration fees have increased from $1 to


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sidewalks, bylaw enforcement officer Deanna Wood said exceptions to the rule will be made to allow children to ride on sidewalks for safety purposes. Earlier this month, council discussed the issue of bicyclists of all ages not abiding by the rules of the road and operating their bicycles in a dangerous manner. The town’s current

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