Plugging Away

Pipestone Flyer

    The results are in for 2014's Family Day Unplugged challenge and in spite of reporting an increase of almost 2,300 unplugged hours the City of Leduc still fell a few rungs down the ladder in rankings.

    In 2013 Leduc residents reported a total of 12,585.25 hours spent unplugged from electrical devices and spending quality time with family playing board games, exercising, or spending time with friends. This year there were reportedly 14,846 hours invested in some of the same activities but the City fell from 5th place to 9th place in the rankings this year. 

    Total ranking calculations are based on the population of the municipality and the hours that are logged in as being spent unplugged. Last year Thorsby and Warburg were not even on the list and this year they placed ahead of Leduc in 7th and 8th place respectively.

    Beaumont probably felt the shift of positions most keenly as they had held first place in the regional unplugged rankings for the previous three years and this year they fell to second place with Drayton Valley/Brazeau County taking top spot with 38,906 hours.

This is the fourth year the the City of Leduc has participated in the Family Day Unplugged Challenge and this year we were participating with 22 other municipalities within the Edmonton Evergreen FCSS region.

    “Each year we host this event in our community asking residents to take a basic approach in how they connect with family, friends and themselves; turn off the TV, put the phone away and power down computers,” says Leduc Mayor Greg Krischke. “On Family Day, it’s a great time to take a step back from technology and remind ourselves of more organic ways to spend quality time, whether it’s alone or with others.”