Medicine Hat Minute: Candidates Finalized, Election Results, and Sad Council News
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This Week In Medicine Hat:
There will be only one Council meeting at City Hall this week - a meeting of the Public Services Committee at 12:15 pm today. The Committee will receive the City's Parks and Recreation Master Plan, as well as the Final Report of the Social Collective Ad Hoc Committee.
- With the nomination period for the City's upcoming municipal election over, the final list of candidates is now available. There are 5 candidates running for mayor, and 32 candidates running for 8 positions on Council.
- The City of Medicine Hat will formally observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as a statutory holiday on Thursday. The decision was made after the federal government passed Bill C-5, introducing the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as a new paid general holiday for federally regulated employees.
Last Week In Medicine Hat:
It was, of course, the federal election last Monday, and Canadians elected a government that looks a lot like the government before it - another Liberal-led minority. Locally, Glen Motz was re-elected as the MP for Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner with 65.4% of the vote.
- On Wednesday, the City announced sitting Councillor, Jim Turner, passed away suddenly on Tuesday. An earlier report by the Medicine Hat News, that Turner had "likely" died of COVID, was retracted by the paper. Turner served two terms as a Councillor and was seeking re-election for a third term. Flags were lowered to half-mast at all City facilities in his honour.
- A Restriction Exemption Program is being rolled out for select City facilities, including Co-op Place, the Esplanade, the Family Leisure Centre, and the Kinplex. There are, apparently, no plans to include the Hockey Hounds Arena at this time.
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