February 26, 2020 - Lethbridge Sun Times/Shopper - page 2 CITY NEWS City News In Brief

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Harder named committee chair Lethbridge Member of Parliament Rachael Harder has

been appointed chair of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics in Ottawa. The committee’s mandate is to review the effectiveness,

management and operations relating to four Officers of Parliament: the Information Commissioner; the Privacy Commissioner; the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner; and the Commissioner of Lobbying. “I feel incredibly honoured to serve as the chair of the

Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics and I take this position with great seriousness,” said Harder in a statement released to the media on Feb. 19. “It is my belief that public office holders need to be held accountable and that the protection of privacy is of utmost importance to Canadians.” Harder said she intends to use her new position to work

for full disclosure of the facts surrounding Prime Minister Trudeau’s attempts in late 2018 to coerce then Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould into offering a deferred prosecution agreement to SNC Lavelin after the federal director of prosecutions had previously declined to offer such an agreement. Trudeau was later found to be in violation of the Conflict

of Interest Act for these attempts by Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion.

Radio-a-thon surpasses goal The Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation had a

record-breaking week. The foundation held its annual Care from the Heart

Day Radio-a-thon on Feb. 13 and raised more than $352,000, surpassing the goal of $250,000. Jason VandenHoek, executive director for the CRH

Foundation, says Care from the Heart Day continues to be a success because of the generous citizens of southern Alberta. “We are once again thankful for the outstanding

support of our community,” he said in a news release. “Because of this support, we can continue to ensure that the best of care is available at the Chinook Regional Hospital.” Costco Wholesale Lethbridge also added an

additional $100,000 to its donation, for a total of $189,740. “Because we exceeded our fundraising goal and saw

the biggest increase in funds raised of all stores in Western Canada, Costco Lethbridge was awarded an additional $100,000 by Costco Canada to support the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation” said Bryan Storey, membership supervisor, with Lethbridge’s Costco, in the news release. “We can’t thank our members enough for their

support.” During the radio-a-thon, six local radio stations

broadcast live from the atrium of the Chinook Regional Hospital, encouraging listeners to make a donation. KiSS 107.7,106.7 Rock, Country 95.5, B-93.3, 94.1 Juice FM and 2Day FM 98.1 all participated.

Old Hollywood theme for Celebrate Downtown gala

The Heart of Our City Committee will be holding its

fifth annual Celebrate Downtown gala on May 1 at the Multicultural Centre. Lethbridge residents are encouraged to nominate the

city’s greatest downtown champions, who will be recognized for their achievements at the gala. “We’re absolutely kicking it up a few notches,” said

gala co-chair Clara Piedalue at a special launch event on Friday. “We are going to be recognizing in seven categories this year.” Categories include the Unsung Hero Award, the

Transformation Award, the Innovator Award, the From the Heart Award, Event of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and the People’s Choice Award for overall downtown champion. The Celebrate Downtown gala is free of charge to

attend, and will have an Old Hollywood theme this year, said Piedalue. “There is going to be some red-sash velvet ropes.

There’s going to be a little red carpet. And, obviously, we’re going to spoil our nominees.” Piedalue encouraged everyone who could to come out

on May 1 to show the downtown some love. “We wanted to launch Celebrate Downtown on

Valentine’s Day, because, downtown, we have a crush on you,” she said. “We are vibrant together. We’re vulnerable together. And we’re stronger together. And that’s what Celebrate Downtown is all about. It’s coming together as a city, and bringing the heart of our city together to celebrate downtown.” Nomination forms can be found at

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Keeping kids safe from falls

Take these steps to ensure your home is not an accident waiting to happen Courtney Epp

Alberta Health Services D

id you know that most fall- related injuries to children

under the age of five happen in the home? And as children grow older, where they fall changes. Infants and young toddlers typically fall around the home — from furniture, beds, change tables, high chairs or down the stairs and older toddlers tend to fall while walking, running or crawling around the house. And while most falls in children don’t cause serious injury, nearly 5,000 children from birth to nine years were admitted to a hospital, and more than 165,000 visited an emergency department as a result of a fall in 2010, making falls a leading cause for hospital admissions and emergency room visits from injury in those from birth to age nine. (The Cost of Injury in Canada Report) Home should be a safe place for

Children also have a natural curiosity about their environment and love to explore. So what can you do to keep kids safe from harmful falls in the home? Follow this checklist: • Get on your child’s level. Take time to get down on the

ground and look around to see the world through your child’s eyes to identify hazards around your home. • Buckle your child in their high

chair or stroller every time. This will prevent your child from

falling out as they move, wiggle and reach. • Always set car seats

and other carriers down on the floor, never on top of furniture. • Always keep one

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hand on your child when they are on a high surface, such as a changing table or other furniture, to prevent them from falling to the ground. • Never use a baby

walker with wheels — use stationary activity

centres instead. Baby walkers with wheels are

banned for sale in Canada because they put children at serious risk of falling down stairs and getting to areas of the home they wouldn’t normally be able to reach. • Use stair gates in your home. Always use hardware-mount gates

children to develop, learn and grow. However, children are vulnerable in this environment because heights, space and structures are often built for adult use and comfort, sometimes creating hazards for kids.

at the top of stairs. Pressure-mount gates can be used at the bottom of stairs. Install gates properly, according to the manufacturer’s instructions and with locking mechanisms placed on the side away from the child. Also use the correct gates. Once your child’s chin is in line with the top of the gate or when they are two years old, the gate Nominations close on April 3.

4-H youth gets scholarship A southern Alberta youth rancher has received a

$20,000 scholarship from 4-H Canada along with a mentorship to help her through her education in agribusiness. Courtney Taylor of Warner has developed a passion for

animals through her family cattle ranch. Growing up with cattle, horses, pigs, sheep and many other animals, Taylor joined two 4-H clubs as soon as she could. After four years of primarily working with sheep and beef, Taylor switched her focus to beef and dairy. “I have always been involved with 4-H. You can join

when you are nine years old but I had an older sister who joined when she was nine and both of my parents did 4- H so it has always been a family thing,” says Taylor. “When my sister started all four siblings got a heifer and so we took our heifers to open shows that we could go and show at, so I started showing mine at age five and started 4-H as soon as I could.” Dedicated to ranch life, Taylor has been an active member of 4-H through various programs, along with

is no longer effective. • Place all furniture away from

windows and balcony door handles. Remember, children can climb

even before they are able to walk. Climbing on furniture gives children access to windows and balcony door handles where they can fall from significant heights. • Use window stops or guards and keep balcony doors locked. A window screen can easily tear or

get pushed through if your child is pressing on it. Keep windows locked when possible and use window stops, which prevent windows from being opened wide enough for a child to fall through. Or, use window guards that act as a barrier in front of the window. Make sure to use window guards that have a release mechanism so they can be fully opened in case of an emergency. Tenants living in apartment buildings should check with their municipality to see if there is a window safety bylaw. This may mean that a landlord must provide window stops or guards for you. • Keep stairs and high-traffic areas

in your home free from clutter and tripping hazards such as toys and books. In areas such as the bathroom and

kitchen, wipe up any water spills right away to prevent slipping. No caregiver wants their child

injured in their own home. For more information on how to keep your home a safe place for children to develop, learn, and grow or to learn more about why injury prevention matters, visit Parachute — Canada’s national charity for injury prevention at Courtnay Epp is a Health

Promotion Facilitator with Alberta Health Services and can be reached via e-mail,

being a community volunteer through various organizations. When Taylor received the news about the 4-H

scholarship, she was taken back as she initially didn’t believe she would get it due to the wide range of experience found across the country. Taylor is excited about the financial assistance to help her through her current education at the University of Saskatchewan. She is looking forward to the experience she will gain through the mentorship.

Fire damages westside home Just after noon Feb. 14, a call to 911 alerted the

Lethbridge Fire and Emergency Services to heavy smoke coming from a home on the westside. Multiple stations responded and the fire was contained

to a storage room. The house had significant smoke and heat damage. Investigators were on scene until 7 p.m. and the fire

remains under investigation. There were no injuries reported as no one was home at the time the fire occurred. Further information will be released upon conclusion of the investigation.

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