World Immunization Week is an opportunity to highlight one of the most effective ways to fight preventable deaths worldwide: vaccines. Vaccines are inexpensive, immensely effective and easy to administer. The Global Poverty Project supports Canada’s leadership in funding crucial global vaccination programs, which has saved countless lives — something of which we can all be proud.
Our success in the fight against polio — a debilitating disease that has killed and paralyzed millions of children younger than five — shows just what we are capable of achieving. During the last two decades, international vaccination efforts have led to a 99 per cent decrease in global polio cases, putting us on the cusp of eradicating this horrible disease. The finish line is in sight, and when we reach it, polio will become the second disease — after smallpox — to have been wiped out completely.
But we are not there yet. Conditions preventing parents in the few remaining pockets of polio from accessing vaccines for their children are impeding global efforts to fight this disease. Recent outbreaks in the Middle East and in the Horn of Africa are stark reminders that polio anywhere continues to put the world at risk, and that we must not let up in our efforts to vaccinate children everywhere.
The World Health Organization estimates that vaccination campaigns for polio, supported by countries like Canada, prevent two to three million deaths annually. Vaccinations also prevent countless other infectious diseases and disabilities. By preventing such devastating diseases, people are able to lead healthier and more productive lives, and to contribute to their families, their communities, and ultimately, their economies.
Vaccinations are a key element of Canada’s leadership on maternal, newborn and child health. Canada, through Prime Minister Harper’s Muskoka Initiative, works to ensure every last child is reached. Canada committed a historic $250 million at the 2013 Global Vaccine Summit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, to create a polio-free world by 2018. We also work in partnership with the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in supporting organizations such as the Global Poverty Project and Rotary International in the fight to end polio forever.
In May, Canada will host a high-level summit on maternal, newborn and child health, at which Prime Minister Harper will seek to accelerate efforts on critical health issues that affect mothers and children. Immunization will figure into those conversations, with the progress we have made to eradicate polio standing out as a compelling example for further action.
With one final and monumental push, we can put an end to polio forever. Canada and the Global Poverty Project are committed to making that happen.
Christian Paradis is Canada’s Minister of International Development and La Francophonie. Dominic Mishio is the Canadian Country Director of the Global Poverty Project.
As the municipal election kicks off across Alberta, I wish all my colleagues the absolute best. I hope that this election will be civil and about ideas and ways to make our communities stronger. I announced back in June that I would not be seeking a third term and have moved on to lead the newest Country Office of the Global Poverty Project here in Canada.
At the Global Poverty Project we utilize the power of education, communication, advocacy, and campaigning to advance the movement to end extreme poverty. It takes citizens, government, corporations, and philanthropy to build this movement that will see this mission through once and for all.
We know that extreme poverty is a complex issue, and that it can't be eradicated over night or by one person. That's why building the movement needs to be Global and fueled by the inspiring story of progress to date. It is frequently believed that the number of those living in extreme poverty is increasing, but over the past 20 years, the number of those living in extreme poverty has been reduced by over 1 billion people. If we simply look at the past 6 years that I served on council the number has decreased from 1.4 billion to 1.2 billion. A reduction of 200 million people!!!
By telling the incredible story of progress, we work to inspire citizens into action and support them to take simple but effective action to see this number get to zero by 2030.
Over the next few months, you will see my website transform from a tool to help tell the story of what's taking place in Leduc City Hall to a website that will share the story of the role Canada is playing to end extreme poverty.
I've always appreciated your support in the City of Leduc and I now ask that you continue to support progress in the battle to defeat extreme poverty.
Join the movement! globalcitizen.org
Canada Country Director
Leduc’s high quality of life is attributed to recreation amenities, parks and Multiway Trail System, good shopping, and the city’s convenient geographic location, according to the 2013 Citizen Satisfaction Survey. Mayor and council heard a formal presentation from Banister Research on the survey’s overall results during their regular council meeting, March 11, 2013.
Highlights from the survey include:
- 88 per cent indicated they’re satisfied with the Leduc Recreation Centre and other city recreation facilities
- 81 per cent indicated they’re satisfied with water/sewer services
- 67 per cent of indicated they’re satisfied with winter road maintenance
“These surveys are essential to our overall operations, and insightful as we compare year-to-year the priorities identified by citizens on services, programs and amenities,” says Debbie Carter, general manager of Corporate Services with the City of Leduc. “We’re pleased with these results as we’re able to continue to enhance our successes and more accurately address areas of improvement.”
Banister Research and Consulting Inc. conducted 400 phone interviews with Leduc citizens, 18 years of age and older, from Jan. 24 – Feb. 10, 2013. A sampling strategy was used to randomly select numbers from the most recent Leduc telephone
Leduc City Council gave second and third reading introducing the city’s updated Land-use Bylaw 809-2013 during their regular council meeting, March 11, 2013.
“In the updated bylaw, Leduc can keep up to speed with development standards within the capital region,” says Ken Woitt, director of Planning and Development with the City of Leduc. “The Land-use Bylaw is now easier to read, interpret and enforce.”
In 2011, Leduc and Fort Saskatchewan received a $175,000 grant from the province’s Regional Collaboration Program (RCP) for partnering to update their respective Land-use Bylaws. In addition, the Capital Region Board created a Capital Region Growth Plan (CRGP) with common policy and principles that need to be incorporated into each municipal land-use bylaw.
Leduc’s updated bylaw includes:
Land-use bylaws are linked to other policy documents and regular updating is required. The city’s Land-use Bylaw regulates development and various development uses affecting every citizen as it outlines how a city can grow, what people can build and where and how they can build it.
The City of Leduc has partnered with Edmonton’s Athletes in Action to host its first Victory Triathlon, featuring five events on July 20, 2013.
“Hosting our first triathlon is an excellent opportunity for our city to try a new event,” says Leduc Mayor Greg Krischke. “Healthy, active living is a lifestyle we promote and support in a variety of ways, and the Leduc Triathlon is another great example as the Try-a-Tri event is specifically designed for everyone to participate.”
Registration is now open and will be capped at 300 participants. Leduc’s Victory Triathlon is open to six age groups (under 19, 20 – 29, 30 – 39, 40 – 49, 50 – 59, and 60 plus) in the following events:
This event will utilize the Leduc Recreation Centre, Wm. F. Lede Regional Park and Rollyview Road. Teams and individuals must register before July 16, 2013.
For more information, visit http://aiatriathlon.ca/?page_id=191 or call 780-980-7177.
The Leduc Recreation Centre (LRC) welcomes the 2013 Sledge Hockey Challenge which is a fundraising event in support of Valour Place - a temporary home in Edmonton for injured veterans, members of the Canadian Forces, RCMP and their families for rehabilitation.
WHAT: 2013 Sledge Hockey Challenge featuring,
The Soldier on Sentinels of Alberta vs. Edmonton Impact
WHEN: March 16, 2013 (7:30 p.m.)
WHERE: Leduc Recreation Centre
Sledge hockey is the Paralympic version of ice hockey with six players on the ice, including a goaltender. It follows the same rules as regular ice hockey.
This is a free event with a silent auction and all profits going to Valour Place.
For more information on this event, call the LRC at 780-980-7120.
Leduc Fire Services is teaming up with local schools to pilot the city’s new Children’s Fire Safety Education Program: Play Safe! Be Safe!
“We’re taking a proactive and effective approach to lower injuries and deaths caused by fire,” says Leduc Fire Chief Ernie Polsom. “It’s a multi-media fire safety program designed for children in Kindergarten, bringing our firefighters into their classroom.”
The city is investing $4,000 into this pilot program that will start this fall for the 2013/14 school year in local elementary schools. Those schools will receive the Children’s Fire Safety Program package that contains information, games and activities that focus on teaching children fire safety skills and concepts using four key elements:
Leduc firefighters will visit the Kindergarten classes to reinforce the key points and provide students the opportunity to ask questions, check out firefighter gear, equipment and a fire truck.
“The program package is an excellent teacher resource that can be incorporated into their curriculum,” says Polsom. “This interactive approach allows students to better absorb the new skills taught in the classroom, hence maximizing the program’s effectiveness.”
Communities in Bloom is a national organization dedicated to the promotion of green spaces in community settings.
The City of Leduc is a finalist in the International Challenge (Large) category of the 2012 National Edition of Communities in Bloom. Leduc has received a 5 Bloom rating and a special mention for Floral Displays during the National Awards Ceremonies at the Edmonton Capital Region on October 12th and 13th.
Judges Bob Ivison and Alain Capelle wrote: “The city of Leduc, Alberta, is just about 20 miles south of Edmonton and the first impression on entering the city is how bright and floriferous it is. This impression is further enhanced as you travel around the city. It is clear that the city provides a great deal of exemplar displays. This is backed up with a tremendous amount of community effort to keep the city colourful. The use of hanging baskets and planters, the innovative use of boats and the signage beatification scheme all adds to the impact. The cooperation between City, business and community is transparent and recognised by all parties".
The Daylily, Leduc’s civic flower, is an inspired choice. Daylilies are described as hardy perennials with showy blooms. What better plant to represent our community.For further information, please contact:City of Leduc, AB:Lyle DouglasTel: 780-980-7133E-mail: LDouglas@leduc.ca
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