Medicine Hat Minute: Ale Trail, Theatre Negotiations, and Traffic Calming Measures

Medicine Hat Minute: Ale Trail, Theatre Negotiations, and Traffic Calming Measures


Medicine Hat Minute - Your weekly one-minute summary of Medicine Hat politics


This Week In Medicine Hat:

  • This is the last week with no meetings at City Hall. Council will be back from summer vacation one week from today.

  • The city is getting a FreshCo. The grocery store will open on Thursday in the Medicine Hat Mall, where the Sobey’s used to be.

  • Due to Canadian government legislation, much of the news content we share and comment on is being blocked on Facebook. We’ll have more information about our future plans in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, be sure to follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn, where we’re still posting regularly.


Last Week In Medicine Hat:

  • Local breweries announced that they are joining forces to promote Alberta beer through the Highway 3 Ale Trail tourism initiative. Medicine Hat Brewing Company has joined with other city breweries Hell’s Basement and Travois Ale Works, along with Spectrum Ale Works and Theoretically Brewing Company from Lethbridge, and others from Fort Macleod and beyond. The initiative hopes to raise the profile of area breweries - Calgary has its Barley Belt, Red Deer its Craft Beer Commonwealth area, Edmonton has its Happy Beer Street, and now, this area will try to attract thirsty tourists too.

  • The City announced new traffic calming measures as part of a pilot project to address speeding and improve safety. There will be several stages to the project. The first will involve curb extensions downtown at Third Street and Fourth Avenue SE to narrow the roadway and reduce the crossing distance for pedestrians. Later, there will be delineators installed to reduce the roadway along Eighth Street NE near St. Francis Xavier School, and speed humps installed on Ranchlands Boulevard. In 2024, mini roundabouts will be constructed on Eighth Street SE.

  • The City revealed it is once again in talks with a potential buyer for the Monarch Theatre. Negotiations are underway with an undisclosed buyer after they responded to the City’s request for proposals. The City says the process is taking longer than expected but that they remain hopeful the theatre will be part of the downtown community again soon.




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