Medicine Hat Minute: Passports Strengthened, Vaccine Milestone, and Delayed Budget Debates
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This Week In Medicine Hat:
There are three meetings scheduled at City Hall this week, starting with a Public Services Committee meeting today at 8:00 am. At this meeting, Council is set to receive a presentation by the Managing Director on several items of interest including the Recreation Facilities Engagement Program, the Repatriation of Future Remains, and a Statement of Acknowledgement, Recognition, and Respect.
- Later today, there will also be a meeting of the Energy and Infrastructure Committee at 4:00 pm. At this meeting, Council will receive a service update by the Managing Director, however, there is not much to report as Council has not yet decided whether this item will be discussed in-camera (in secret) or in public.
- On Tuesday, there will be a meeting of the Corporate Services Committee at 11:00 am. Council is scheduled to receive a Marcom Gold Medal Award, both for the City website and myMH portal. Council is also set to discuss a number of items including a service update, outstanding Committee items, and Committee orientation items.
Last Week In Medicine Hat:
- There wasn’t much progress regarding the City budget last week, after questions surrounding the Invest Medicine Hat scandal dominated Monday’s meeting. As a result, the new City budget won’t be voted on until the meeting on December 6th.
- Medicine Hat crossed a milestone in the fight against COVID-19 with over 50,000 first doses of vaccine administered in Medicine Hat so far. The City of Medicine Hat’s Director of Emergency Management, Merrick Brown, says it's a significant achievement.
- Somewhat related, the Restriction Exemption Program got a little tighter as the Alberta government announced that Albertans now have to show proof of vaccination via a scannable QR code if they want to access non-essential activities and events such as restaurants, fitness facilities, and movie theatres.
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