Red Deer city Coun. Buck Buchanan says he will follow whatever protocols are recommended while he’s in Arizona. (Contributed photo).

Red Deer city councillor says he’s pretty much self-isolating in Arizona

Meetings are cancelled, ‘where is the irresponsibility?’ he says

A Red Deer city councillor who’s taken heat for continuing to stay in Arizona, despite calls for Canadians to return home, says he’s pretty much self-isolating in Phoenix anyway.

Buck Buchanan said most of his municipal meetings are now cancelled in Red Deer. Since he and his wife are sticking close to the home they co-own in Arizona, “whether I’m here or there, where is the irresponsibility?

“I can’t do anything anyway in Red Deer, except sit in our house…”

The Buchanans are booked to fly back to Canada on April 4, after spending a few weeks at their winter home in Phoenix.

They attended a family wedding. The councillor also played a St. Patrick’s Day gig, as part of a bagpipe band.

On Thursday, the city councillor stated he’s in no hurry to return to the cold and snow for his two weeks in self-isolation, and that he might travel to see a few other places in the U.S.

Some Advocate readers were critical of his judgment during a pandemic.

On Friday, Buchanan responded that he’s mostly hanging around in his backyard in Phoenix, and will follow whatever local protocols are put forward.

He intends to keep an eye on how long flights to Canada are available, with the border closure.

So far, Buchanan hasn’t noticed the mass closures of shops and restaurants in Arizona as are happening in Red Deer. But he said staples, such as bread and milk, are becoming scarcer in stores.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Alberta predicting 400 to 6,600 deaths from COVID-19 in months to come

Alberta predicting 400 to 6,600 deaths from COVID-19 in months to come

Alberta RCMP have reported being threatened with COVID-19

Some members of the public are threatening RCMP by claiming to have COVID-19 and coughing on them.

25 new cases Tuesday in Alberta, provincial total at 1,373

Premier Jason Kenney to provide more information later in the evening

Just An Observation: There are still distractions out there

You won’t lose you marbles over this one, but you may gain some

VIDEO: How doctors in Canada will decide who lives and dies if pandemic worsens

Officials in several provinces have been developing guides so that doctors don’t feel alone

UPDATE: How the coronavirus is impacting the Bashaw area

Precautions, advisories, and cancelled community events

A message from the publisher

Support local news and purchase a subscription

WATCH: Update from Prime Minister Trudeau

April 8 briefing from Ottawa

COVID-19 world update: Joy in Wuhan as lockdown lifted; Pope denounces profiteers

Comprehensive update of coronavirus news items from around the world

Liberals asked to help cover overruns on projects delayed by COVID-19

$5 billion in federal funding for 607 projects

COVID-19 sparks rise in online child predators, says UNICEF chief

Canada’s efforts to help young girls and women recognized

More help on way for those not eligible for emergency aid programs

A retooled Canada Summer Jobs program to be announced

Most Read