Councillor candidate Ted Johnson wants to tackle crime

Johnson running for a spot on Red Deer City council

Councillor candidate Ted Johnson wishes to make Red Deer a safe place to live, tackling the issue of crime in the City.

Two summers ago, he was assaulted in downtown Red Deer a little after 7 p.m.

“A police man was not dispatched until after 9 p.m. so it was at that time I realized that crime was not a priority in this City,” said Johnson.

He made reference to a Maclean’s magazine article, which stated that Red Deer was among Canada’s most dangerous cities.

“This did not occur in a vacuum. It’s been a work in progress. The rate of increase in crime in Red Deer has gone up year after year after year, and it wasn’t until the article appeared that it seemed to provide some sort of embarrassment for the City council, so they then did some tweaking.”

He said a partial response was the motion put forward at City council which was a hybrid municipal police force with the RCMP, which he believed failed.

Johnson said if he were voted in he would aim for a new system with a municipal police force.

“If you look at Canada, the 10 safest cities, each one of them has its own municipal police force, not a contract service, their own. There’s a big difference between having your own or contracting the job out.”

He said he doesn’t believe fighting crime or crime reduction is part of the current council’s policies, as he said they’re more intent on social issues like affordable housing.

“Since when is affordable housing a municipal issue that can be dealt with at a municipal level? It isn’t,” said Johnson.

He also weighed in on a drug safe injection site.

“Red Deer has had for years a methadone clinic, and at the time that was going to be the be all and end all regarding Red Deer’s drug problem.

“Well, that didn’t happen did it? As far as a safe injection site, since when is giving an addict their addictions or making it permissible solving the problem? You don’t give a smoker cigarettes to cure their smoking habit.”

He said one of the fundamental reasons for the existence of the municipality is to provide policing service.

“If you cannot provide safety of people and security of their property you fail, and Red Deer is now known across Canada as an unsafe city, so my vision is to make Red Deer a safe city, and to do that we need a new direction,” he said.

Although Johnson doesn’t have a background in politics, he has been in Red Deer and Central Alberta for roughly 25 years.

He used to farm in the Rimbey area and was a co-owner for years of a pharmacy in Bentley, so his background is mainly in business and retail.

He said people should vote for him because of his direction and accomplishments.

“When I was in business I partnered with a pharmacist and we built a new facility from the ground up, and at the time we built it which was in a downturn in the economy, we rejuvenated the business district of Bentley because prior to that there had been nothing built for years,” he said.

People will be heading to the polls Oct. 16th to cast their votes.

carlie.connolly@reddeerexpress.com

Like us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RedDeerExpress/ and follow us on twitter at https://twitter.com/RedDeerExpress.

Just Posted

Red Deer’s Westerner Park announces major expansion

New 70,000 sq ft. building is in the works

City talks snow removal, transit and recreation reduction

Red Deer’s budget deliberations continue this week

WATCH: Lacombe and Red Deer Chambers prepare members for cannabis legalization

Luncheon speaker educates businesses on marijuana policies

Crime statistics released for final quarter of 2017

December of 2017 showed no hike in break and enters and a notable drop in theft of vehicles compared to December of 2016

UPDATE: Highway 2 lanes were closed due to milk truck fire near Millet

A southbound truck hauling milk and cartons collided with a bridge

WATCH: Red Deer Entertainment Awards honours Red Deer’s burgeoning talent

The awards looks to become more inclusive of the entire entertainment scene in year three

Barenaked Ladies, Steven Page, to be inducted into Canadian Music Hall of Fame

Canadian band to get top honours at 2018 JUNO Awards

B.C. out of the running for Amazon’s next headquarters

Toronto is the only Canadian city left in the running despite the province backing Metro Vancouver’s bid for new Amazon headquarters

Post interest rate hike debt tips

What to do about your debt and mortgages after the interest rate hike

Foreign workers sleeping in Alberta Burger King basement

Alberta Health Services said its inspectors found foreign workers sleeping in the basement of the Lethbridge restaurant

Court application halts release of bread price-fixing documents

Bread price-fixing documents won’t be unsealed Thursday, Loblaw says

Pharrell and N.E.R.D to headline NBA All-Star halftime show

11-time Grammy winner Pharrell and his hip hop-rock band N.E.R.D. will headline the halftime show at the 2018 NBA All-Star game in Los Angeles

Heritage Minister wants zero tolerance for harassment in entertainment industry

Heritage Minister Melanie Joly had two meetings to discuss harassment in the film, TV and theatre worlds

Newly freed Diab wants reforms to Canada’s ‘lousy’ extradition law

French authorities dropped terrorism charges against Hassan Diab who was suspected of taking part in an attack in Paris in 1980

Most Read