Community Centre/County Hall closure
The Strathcona Community Centre parkade will remain secured by police as the investigation in this area continues. Further investigation inside the parkade area is anticipated to take several days.
The remainder of the building has been turned over to Strathcona County. Plans for repairs and clean up are underway.
County Hall is expected to open late next week. Further assessment of the Community Centre is required before we can estimate an open date.
Updates will be posted once available.
Update from RCMP Alberta (3:30PM, November 8): RCMP Major Crimes Unit identified the male suspect in the Strathcona Community Centre event as Kane Kosolowsky; no further suspects are being sought. Investigation continues and RCMP advise there was no known threat to any school in the area. Further investigation into the Strathcona Community Centre parkade explosions are anticipated to take several days.
- Media statement - November 10, 1 p.m.
- Media statement - November 9, 4 p.m.
- Media statement - November 8, 6 p.m.
- Media availability statement - November 7, 3 p.m.
- Media availability statements - November 7, 11:30 a.m.
- November 6: Community Centre closure
Vehicles in the parkade
Vehicle removal timing is still unknown. As soon as we know how and when you can access your vehicle, you will be contacted.
If your vehicle is in the parkade, please ensure you take the following actions:
- contact your insurance company to determine your coverage and any action they require you to take once you receive your vehicle back;
- contact the County at 780-417-7100 to register your license plate and contact information
As there is no access to the Community Centre or County Hall, residents are encouraged to attend Remembrance Day services at Millennium Place rather than the County Hall cenotaph this year.
Council and Priorities Committee Meetings
Regularly scheduled meetings will proceed beginning with Priorities Committee Meeting on November 13 at 9 a.m at the Elk Island Public School Board (EIPS) Administration Building. The meeting starts at 9 a.m as per usual, and the building will be open at 8:30 a.m.
Please park in the visitor overflow parking lot when you arrive.
On November 14, Council will continue with budget deliberations. Location to be determined.
Access to support services
Family and Community Services will provide essential services at Millennium Place. Services can be accessed between the soccer fields and the gymnasium.
Please continue to monitor our website for updates on our services or call 780-416-6730.
- Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Last appointments will be taken at 6:30 p.m.)
- Friday, November 9, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Last appointments will be taken at 3 p.m.)
- Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Friday, November 9, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Women’s Group: Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Next Steps for Support: Friday, November 9, 2018 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tips to help children understand, and then process upsetting events
After a critical incident, parents and caregivers often look for advice on how to help children cope with the after-effects. There are some things that adults can do to help children process the event and ensure that children get the support they need, well after the crisis is over.
- Limit TV and social media time. While it’s important for adults to stay informed about the incident, media coverage may be confusing and frightening for children. Watching too many reports of the event can overwhelm children, regardless of their age.
- Listen to your child. Before responding to your child’s questions, try to discover what your child knows about the situation. Children can experience stress when they don’t understand dangerous experiences. Try to identify your children’s specific fears, and then talk to them to help ease their concerns.
- Give your child reassurance. Let them know that adults are doing everything they can to manage the event and keep everyone safe Be sure they know that if an emergency occurs, their safety is your main priority.
- Be alert for significant changes in behavior. Caregivers should be alert to any significant changes in children’s sleeping patterns, eating habits, and concentration levels. Also watch for wide emotional swings or frequent physical complaints. If any of these actions do happen, they will likely lessen within a short time. If they continue, however, you should seek professional help for your child.
- Understand your child’s unique needs. Not every child will experience a disaster in the same way. As children develop, their intellectual, physical and emotional abilities change. Younger children will depend largely on their parents to interpret events. Older children and adolescents will get information from various sources, such as friends and social media. Remember that children of any age can be affected by a disaster. It is important to provide them with support and calmness throughout the crisis period and afterwards.
- Give your child extra time and attention. Children need attention to know they are safe. Talk, play and, most importantly, listen to them. Find time to engage in special activities with children of all ages.
- Be a model for your child. Your children will learn how to deal with these events by seeing how you respond. The amount you tell children about how you’re feeling should depend on the age and maturity of the child. You may be able to disclose more to older or more mature children but remember to do so calmly.
- Watch your own behavior. Make a point of being sensitive to those impacted by the disaster. This is an opportunity to teach your children that we all need to help each other.
- Help your child return to a normal routine. Children usually benefit from routine activities such as set eating times, bedtime, and playing with others. Find out when your children’s school will return to normal hours. Ask teachers or counsellors how much time will be dedicated to discussing the event in an age-appropriate way.
Tips to support your own self care
After a critical incident, parents and caregivers can sometimes become preoccupied with the details of the event in order to assure safety and wellbeing for their loved ones and themselves. There are some common caregiving traps that can interfere with processing details of the event in a healthy way.
- Limit TV and social media
- In the aftermath of a critical incident there are often incorrect or fabricated pieces of information that are circulated via social media and news reports. Guard yourself against unhealthy speculation, gossip and preoccupation with the event.
- Talking about the event
- Debriefing with other adults about the situation and getting support to help you with your strong emotions is a healthy way of managing upsetting events.
- Strength of routines
- Sticking to schedules and established routines helps everyone in the family return to normal and stay on track. Predicable routines help all family members anticipate and plan their days.
- Taking time for self
- Being exposed to others distress can deplete your own reserves. In providing care and support to others, remember to take the time to care for yourself.
- Surrounding yourself with your tribe
- Connecting with those that are important in your life helps you to feel supported and safe. It is key to our mental health and sense of belonging to reach out to others.
- Minimize the amount of time spent thinking about the negative incident. It is helpful to engage in activities that distract your attention away from the event.
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