Medicine Hat Minute: Show Horses, Big Pedal, and Private Economic Development
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This Week In Medicine Hat:
City Council has a very slow week ahead with no meetings scheduled after the Energy And Infrastructure Committee Meeting that was planned for Thursday was cancelled.
Make sure to check out the All Breed Horse Show down at the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede. The event will run from Friday at 8:00 am until Sunday evening and will host several horse-related events with prizes up for grabs.
- Then again, if you prefer pedals to ponies, the Great Big Pedal is tonight at 6:30 pm. Co-hosted by Bike Medicine Hat and Tourism Medicine Hat, it starts from Kin Coulee Park and offers three choices of route, so cyclists of all ages and abilities can participate. If you do want to participate, though, you must fill out the waiver at the above link before arrival. It wouldn't be a government event without a waiver, would it?
Last Week In Medicine Hat:
- The City of Medicine Hat has announced that Invest Medicine Hat, the City's economic development organization will be privatized. We're in favour of economic development being done by the private sector, rather than government but, in this case, it appears the City intends to keep funding the organization, it will just no longer technically be a part of the City, which introduces transparency and accountability questions (particularly given one of the people bidding for the funding contract is the *current* head of Invest Medicine Hat at the City). The City should just abolish Invest Medicine Hat and let existing private sector organizations and businesses handle economic development instead of using taxpayer money - that would be a proper privatization.
- With less than two weeks left to go, the Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede spent the weekend gearing up to host its first post-pandemic rodeo. Will you be attending this year's event? What are you looking forward to most?
- The Highway 3 Twinning Development Association has announced a survey asking residents of the Highway 3 corridor for input. They hope this input can inform the completion of twinning Highway 3 from the B.C border to Medicine Hat. The planned twinning was announced last July to be tapering off east of Taber, making it only to Burdett.
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