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Red Deer emphasizes the need for needle clean-up and provincial drug strategy during 2019 AUMA Conference

September 27, 2019 11:13 AM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

The need for a provincial drug strategy and new approach to clean-up and disposal of needles were priority issues brought forward or advocated on by The City of Red Deer at the 2019 Alberta Urban Municipalities (AUMA) Conference, hosted in Edmonton this week.

As part of the conference, The City of Red Deer and City of Lethbridge each put forward respective resolutions directly related to the illegal drug crisis in Alberta.

“Crime and community safety are our top priorities, and we need the Provincial Government to implement a province-wide strategy to prevent the proliferation of and to ensure the clean-up and disposal of discarded needle debris,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “This week, Red Deer City Council put forward a resolution that emphasizes this need, highlighting the public health and safety risks and rising cost of needle debris clean-up and disposal. We called on the Provincial Government for accountability for their needle distribution programs.”

Throughout the conference, several meetings were held with provincial cabinet ministers to discuss a variety of topics, including continued support for Red Deer’s policing needs, Red Deer College’s transition to university status, and opportunities for The City to work with the Provincial Government on red tape reduction.

The 2019 AUMA Convention ran from September 25 until 27 with more than 1,100 elected officials, administrators and business partners in attendance. The conference enables members from across Alberta to participate in setting direction for advocacy and policy development, and to attend education sessions focused on municipal government.

For more information about AUMA, visit

Mayor Veer will be available for media interviews between noon and 12:30 p.m. Please contact Communications & Strategic Planning at 403.342.8147 to schedule an interview. For more information, please contact:

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer

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