Medicine Hat Minute: Hazardous Roads, Winter Recreation, and a New Board Member
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This Week In Medicine Hat:
There are no meetings at City Hall this week on account of the holidays. Committee meetings begin again on January 12th.
- For those looking to make winter recreation part of their plans, the Cypress Hills Provincial Park Visitor Centre is open extended hours until January 8th to provide updates and information on activities available in the area. Sledding, skating, winter camping, ice fishing, and snowshoeing are just a few of the outdoor pursuits available within a short drive from Medicine Hat.
- The City’s Christmas tree recycling program is underway. There are three locations - the Medicine Hat Mall parking lot, the Kipling Street depot, or the Northlands Co-op parking lot - where you can drop your tree off until January 31st. All tinsel and decorations must be removed from the tree prior to dropping off.
Last Week In Medicine Hat:
Gas prices in Medicine Hat were among the cheapest in the Province with prices ranging from 111.9 cents per litre to 115.9. Nearby Lethbridge had prices around 125.9. Alberta as a whole has the lowest gas prices in the country thanks in part to the removal of the provincial fuel tax. The average price in Alberta is currently around 11 cents lower than the same time last year.
- Motorists contended with difficult driving conditions. Snow and frigid temperatures, followed by a warm-up, freezing rain, and then more snow created hazardous roads. Over two days, City police attended to 25 collisions. Medicine Hat Transit cancelled bus routes and even the Swift Current Broncos postponed their trip to the city to play the Medicine Hat Tigers on account of the travel conditions.
- A former local MLA has been appointed to the board of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta. Lyle Oberg, a medical doctor, former Brooks MLA, and former Alberta finance minister under Ed Stelmach, will serve in the role until December 2025. Oberg has been involved in several cannabis projects as well as an endeavour involving the use of psilocybin for mental health.
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