Medicine Hat Minute: Increased Enrollment, Parks Survey, and Cancarb Back Online
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This Week In Medicine Hat:
There will be a meeting of the Public Services Committee this morning at 8:00 am. The Committee will discuss a letter sent to the Mayor’s office by a resident concerning animal welfare. The letter notes that winters are very cold and that animals are often kept outside. It asks the City to consider restrictions on the length of time that animals can be kept outdoors and on chains. The Committee will also receive a Managing Director’s Service Area Update about the Together Again Festival, Alberta Day, and the Transit Electronic Fare Management System. The meeting will close in-camera, with a confidential discussion about the Monarch Theatre.
- On Thursday, there will be a meeting of the Energy and Infrastructure Committee at 3:30 pm. No agenda is available.
- The City of Medicine Hat is conducting a survey to find out what residents think of the city's parks, trails, and natural areas and to see what suggestions they have for future amenities. City representatives will be conducting the surveys in-person until September 5th at sites including Kin Coulee, Southridge Community Park, and the Ranchlands neighbourhood.
Last Week In Medicine Hat:
- Despite inflation increasing costs, enrollment at Medicine Hat College has increased for the coming term. The college said there is emergency funding available as well as a robust financial aid program to help. Meal plans and on-campus resources like an athletic centre are also ways to offset the costs of living while attending classes, according to the school.
- Cancarb, a major manufacturing facility in Medicine Hat, was kept offline longer than expected after the company discovered that substantial maintenance was needed, but is now back up and running. The facility's heat generator, which was first installed in 2000, was taken offline along with other areas of the plant as part of a routine 7-year maintenance cycle. While the facility was initially brought online, other significant repairs were discovered by the company with respect to the plant's steam generator. With the plant finally resuming normal operation, the facility is once again producing 42 megawatts of electricity through its heat recovery generator.
- A new veterinary clinic has opened in Medicine Hat. The Horizon Vet Clinic sees dogs and cats and is located beside Princess Auto. Despite starting from scratch (ha!) and having just opened last week, they already have 150 clients. The clinic is staffed with one part-time and two full-time technicians, two receptionists, and two veterinarians. Sounds like they are already helping to ease the veterinarian shortage in Alberta.
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