From the Editor

Election candidates - we thank thee

October 16, 2017 - 11:45am Updated: October 16, 2017 - 5:19pm

It’s Election Day.

For newsies like me this means a late night at the office compiling results and reactions from across Central Alberta (with pizza in the newsroom).

But for dozens of candidates it means a long night of anxiety as they wait to see whether the last month they’ve spent on the campaign pays off with a seat in municipal office.

From my view, whether they are elected or not, the time they’ve invested is time well-spent.

Looking back on a wild week in Red Deer

May 28, 2017 - 11:34am Updated: May 28, 2017 - 12:13pm

I’ve been in the news business for more than a decade.

Over that time, I’ve experienced the many high and lows that come with gathering facts and presenting them to listeners/readers/viewers in central Alberta.

I can’t recall many weeks that were as eventful in the news biz as the one I just experienced… and it was a short week, no less.

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A few thoughts on a few things

May 14, 2017 - 1:31pm Updated: May 14, 2017 - 9:46pm

As the weekend winds down and we all get ready to start another busy week here in Red Deer central Alberta, here’s are some quick thoughts from yours truly on some of the latest happenings in our great region…

- First, a shout out to my amazing mom and all the other mothers out there who make the world a wonderful place: Happy Mother’s Day! (I posted this on Sunday... so it's not late!!)

Expedia thinks we're nice, why don't we?

April 22, 2017 - 4:43pm

It was to be expected.

This week a blogger for Expedia.ca listed Red Deer among the “34 Most Breathtaking Places in North America.”

It’s pretty cool to see our fair city catch someone’s attention that way, don’t you think?

However, as soon as someone said nice things about Red Deer, the cynical naysayers just had to weigh in.

“If you add the crime... the place isn't all that great”

“This place is not great”

“Whoever compiled that list is a total hack who needs to get out more”

OPINION: Let's get the wheels rolling on ridesharing

April 14, 2017 - 8:35pm Updated: April 15, 2017 - 8:14am

Now that I’ve used ridesharing for the first time, I’m convinced.

The sooner it can come to Red Deer, the better.

Recently, my wife and I spent a few days in San Diego. While we spent a lot of time on foot walking around the beautiful coastal city, we also took advantage of ridesharing on several occasions to get where we wanted to go.

From start to finish, the ridesharing experience couldn’t have gone better for us.

Looking back at #Rebels25

April 7, 2017 - 4:42pm

The Red Deer Rebels 25th Anniversary season is officially in the books.

In the end, the team accomplished pretty much what everyone expected of them: finish top three in the division and make the playoffs.

It certainly wasn’t as boring a journey from game one to game 79, a game seven loss. Here are some of the moments that stand out most in my mind from the season that was:

“#Mooners1500”

He’ll never admit it, but Cam Moon had a lot of fun celebrating what was a big milestone in his legendary career.

OPINION: We need hospital expansion, but don't be mad that we're "just getting a courthouse"

March 18, 2017 - 12:34pm Updated: March 18, 2017 - 1:38pm

I’m not certain of very many things in life, but here are a few:

- The sun rises in the east and sets in the west

- The Cleveland Browns will always be bad at football

- Whenever something good happens, people will find a way to complain about it

When it comes to the last point, you need look no further than how some Red Deerians responded to this week’s provincial budget.

Finally, after more than a decade of lobbying from local lawyers and City of Red Deer officials, the province announced $97 million over four years for a badly-needed new courthouse.

Left in the dark by Alberta's new energy efficiency program

March 4, 2017 - 1:24pm Updated: March 5, 2017 - 9:59am

Talk about bad timing.

Last week, my wife and I showed some initiative by changing all of the light bulbs in our house from those power sucking, heat producing filament bulbs to the fancy new, energy efficient, and rather pricy, LED bulbs.

It cost us about $100 to do, but it felt good, you know, to make some changes to help consume less electricity and save us money in the long run.

Little did we know, however, we could have saved even more money by letting the government do it for us, albeit using money from the new carbon tax.

Information vs. Privacy, a journalist's dilemma

February 9, 2017 - 8:14pm Updated: February 9, 2017 - 9:22pm

People want information. They want it all and they want it now.

As journalists, we get it. Providing our audience with accurate, timely information is the foundation of what we at rdnewsNOW do every day.

Sometimes, though, you have to take a moment to think about what’s right.

This week, RCMP announced charges in Red Deer’s first homicide of 2017. They did not release the name of the victim.

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By: Troy Gillard

Troy Gillard is the Editor for RDNewsNOW.com. He has been in radio news for 10 years, including the past four as News Director for BIG 105 and 106.7 The Drive FM. He can be reached at [email protected]