Medicine Hat Minute: Transit App, Candidate Forums, and Reconciliation Report Released
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This Week In Medicine Hat:
There is just one meeting at City Hall this week. The Energy and Infrastructure Committee is scheduled to meet on Thursday at 3:30 pm. No agenda is available for this meeting yet.
- As of November 1st, Medicine Hat Transit will be transitioning to a new route tracking system. The old app, DoubleMap, will be replaced by MyRide. The City says the apps will have similar functionality - riders can input their location and see the arrival time of the next scheduled bus. MyRide is intended to provide a foundation for additional trip-planning tools in the future.
- Happy Halloween! There are several haunted houses operating in the City today, ready to scare those looking for some spooky entertainment.
Last Week In Medicine Hat:
The City’s Truth and Reconciliation report was released. The report detailed actions the City of Medicine Hat should take to comply with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations. The list of 22 City actions could cost $500,000 and require multi-year budgeting. One of the actions recommended for the City is inclusion training aimed initially at Indigenous issues, but eventually extendable to all cultures, and made mandatory for all City workers. That training carries a price tag of $215,000. The report also says the City should take part in a blanket exercise and take Saamis Tepee guided tours twice in each four-year Council term, as well as undertake a review of its statement of acknowledgement and develop and share a local history of the impact of residential schools. Councillor Ramona Robins says money should not be the primary focus. The report will be discussed at the upcoming Council meeting on November 7th.
- Premier Danielle Smith opened her local campaign office. She is running in the byelection in Brooks-Medicine Hat to replace MLA Michaela Frey, who stepped aside. Three candidate forums are planned in advance of the November 8th election, including a business-focused forum hosted by the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce on November 3rd at Medicine Hat College’s Eresman Theatre. Former Brooks mayor and Alberta Party leader Barry Morishita, as well as NDP candidate Gwendoline Dirk, are also running for the seat.
- The Medicine Hat Legion launched its poppy campaign. All monies raised from the sale of poppies will go toward veterans and their families who are in need. Poppies can be purchased at a variety of locations, including at the mall near the food court, Canadian Tire, Walmart, and the Co-op on 13th Avenue.
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