Medicine Hat Minute: Public Engagement, Convention Business, and Transit Terminal Safety
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This Week In Medicine Hat:
The Public Services Committee will meet this morning at 8:00 am. A presentation will be given to the Committee regarding the Parks and Recreation Master Plan update and the Committee will establish a budget to recruit a Community Inclusion Coordinator who will focus on promoting Truth and Reconciliation. The Managing Director will also provide a Transit Update. The Committee will finish the meeting in-camera (in secret) to discuss a Curling Club update and a downtown washroom strategy.
- A Council Committee of the Whole meeting will be held this afternoon at 3:45 pm. The entirety of the meeting is closed to the public while Council Committee Conceptual Options and Council Strategy and Policy Development are discussed.
- The Medicine Hat Spectrum Festival is looking for volunteers and board members to help put on its 31st annual event. The Festival runs from June 2nd to 4th at Kin Coulee Park. Between 7,000 and 10,000 attendees are expected.
Last Week In Medicine Hat:
Medicine Hat police have reported that the downtown transit terminal has become much safer due to proactive measures taken to curb illegal activities and drug use. After health restrictions from the pandemic resulted in reduced transit services, the building became a significant issue for police. In April 2022, transit services hired security guards to work out of the terminal to conduct patrols and monitor security cameras, resulting in a decrease in crime.
- Medicine Hat has officially been named as a host city for the Annual Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses this summer. It will be the biggest convention ever hosted by the city. Between 8,500 and 9,000 participants are expected to attend the convention at Co-op Place over two weekends in June. Many hotel rooms and campground spaces have already been booked up.
- Teams from four local organizations in Medicine Hat participated in the Root Cellar's “Canstruction” event. The teams purchased canned and boxed food items to donate to their local food bank, but before handing them over, they used them to design and build a themed artistic sculpture. This year's theme was “games”, and teams had only eight hours to construct their sculptures. Mayor Linnsie Clark was on hand to judge the art projects.
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