Medicine Hat Minute: Accessible Cycling, Environmental Framework, and Advance Voting Begins
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This Week In Medicine Hat:
There are no meetings at City Hall this week, on account of the holiday. The next meeting - a regular meeting of City Council - will take place on Monday, June 5th.
- If your long weekend plans involve sticking around the local area, Tourism Medicine Hat wants to hear from you. Participating in their “Camp at Home” social media campaign could win you a prize. All you need to do is share a photo of your long weekend experience on Facebook or Instagram and tag @tourismmedicinehat. Setting up a fort in your living room or backyard counts too!
- Advance voting begins on Tuesday! If you’ve already decided who to vote for, you can cast your ballot early, between May 23rd and May 27th. To find your advance polling station, use this tool from Elections Alberta.
Last Week In Medicine Hat:
Danielle Smith held a campaign event and more than 300 supporters packed the parking lot of her headquarters. She thanked volunteers, and explained to the crowds how the UCP’s economic policies will be beneficial to people in the riding and the larger region. Smith expressed support for a new junior high in Brooks, a health centre in Bassano, and the twinning of Highway 3. Later, she expressed her gratitude that so many people had come out to support her at noon on a workday.
- The City has launched the engagement phase of the development of its new Environmental Framework. The Framework is intended to ensure that environmental considerations are involved in the city’s decision-making. An in-person engagement session has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 30th, at the Kin Social Room, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Questions can also be submitted online at the Shape Your City website.
- A new accessible cycling program for seniors has launched in Medicine Hat. The Cycling Without Age program offers “trishaw” rides to those with mobility challenges. Trishaws are essentially bicycle-powered rickshaws, where one to two riders can sit up front while a third sits in the rear seat, which is connected to the foot pedals. Two seniors’ residences - Cypress View Foundation and Masterpiece Southland Meadows - can pre-book a trishaw ride and a volunteer will arrive at the specified time to pilot the ride, free of charge. So far, seniors are loving the program and there are plans to expand it.
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