Medicine Hat Minute: Downtown Fire, City Manager, and Terry Fox Fundraising
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This Week In Medicine Hat:
The City is observing a holiday today to coincide with the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. Most parks and recreation facilities, as well as offices, will be closed. Transit and waste collection services will operate as normal. Classes will take place at schools across the city.
- On account of the national day of mourning, today’s City Council meeting is cancelled. The next Council meeting will take place on October 3rd.
- There are no other Committee meetings being held this week. Originally, there was a Corporate Services Committee meeting scheduled for Thursday, but it has been cancelled.
Last Week In Medicine Hat:
The Royal was destroyed in a fire. The historic downtown gathering spot has a 120-year history. The former Royal Hotel reopened just over three years ago as a live music venue after a closure in 2019. A GoFundMe has been set up for the owner and her 15 staff in the hopes that it can be rebuilt.
- For the first time in almost 40 years, Medicine Hat did not have a Terry Fox Run. The Terry Fox Foundation was unable to get in touch with the local organizer of last year’s run or the long-standing group involved in the event. Despite there not being a formal event, the community raised more money for the Foundation this year than last.
- The permanent City Manager position was discussed in-camera at a Council Committee meeting. Apparently, the likelihood of bringing on a City Manager before early 2023 is low. Medicine Hat has been without a permanent top administrative position for an entire year, though Mayor Linnsie Clark said she feels progress is still being made and no stagnation or stalling is occurring.
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