Medicine Hat Minute: Innovation Centre, International Students, and Fixed Rate Utilities
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This Week In Medicine Hat:
Today, there will be a meeting of City Council - the first since the holiday break. The meeting will begin at 3:45 pm with a closed session to discuss collective bargaining, government relations, and a pending land sale. At 6:30 pm, the meeting opens up to the public. The agenda includes a Notice of Motion that directs Administration to provide recommendations to Council regarding the departments and business units in the Invest Medicine Hat Division.
- The Administrative and Legislative Review Committee will meet on Wednesday at 3:45 pm. No agenda is available for this meeting yet.
- On Thursday, at 3:30 pm, the Energy and Infrastructure Committee will meet. No agenda is available for this meeting yet, either.
Last Week In Medicine Hat:
The Corporate Services Committee heard that 80% of residential and small to medium businesses have signed up for fixed-rate power contracts, the highest percentage in Alberta. Medicine Hat ranks just ahead of the Calgary zone, which has 78.6%. This trend was driven by an expected increase in power prices in the winter of 2022 and the ability to lock in rates at lower prices.
- A new Innovation Centre has opened to assist local businesses. The centre, located at the Medicine Hat College, provides a facility for small to medium businesses to test new technologies before making a purchase decision. There will be a focus on the specific needs of local businesses and industries, helping them grow by integrating new technologies and innovating for the future.
- Medicine Hat ranked 22nd among the top 50 Canadian cities for international students. A recent report evaluated cities based on factors such as diversity, graduation rates, rent costs, tuition, internet speed, and living expenses. Medicine Hat performed poorly in terms of diversity and annual percentage of graduates. However, the report noted that Medicine Hat had affordable housing and low-cost tuition, making it a great place to study for most students.
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