Medicine Hat Minute: Profits Generated, Chess Records, and Stage Three Soon
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This Week In Medicine Hat:
It's going to be a pretty quiet week at City Hall overall, with summer just around the corner. Excitingly, however, from today Council meetings are returning to the Council Chamber and are once again open to the public!
- The first meeting back in the Chamber will be today's regularly scheduled City Council meeting at 6:30 pm which will receive reports from Committees, the Public Library 2020 Annual Report, the Parks & Recreation Master Plan, and several land-use amendments.
- On Wednesday, there will be a meeting of the Municipal Planning Commission at 2:30 pm, while the Energy & Infrastructure Committee will meet at 3:30 pm on Thursday, though no agenda is available for this meeting yet.
Last Week In Medicine Hat:
- Alberta hit the 70% first-dose target that meant that the two-week waiting period before Stage 3 started. Coincidentally, that threshold was hit on June 17th, meaning most provincial restrictions will cease on July 1st. The Province hasn't yet officially clarified what they mean by "most restrictions", so we'll keep you updated.
- High electricity prices continue to generate big profits for the City, but there won't be the usual dividend this year as the City's finance department announced they are changing how they account for the performance of various business units. Electricity revenue was already $24 million higher than expected by the end of April, but the City is now combining electricity and gas into one line item, meaning the City's electricity profits are simply covering (some of) the City's ongoing gas losses.
- On the lighter side, Hatters will once again have the opportunity to play on the world's largest chess set, thanks to the Medicine Hat Chess Club and generous sponsors. Did you know that the longest possible Chess game is 5,949 moves long?
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