Medicine Hat Minute: Vaccine Passports, Municipal Deadlines, and Aging Rec Centres
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This Week In Medicine Hat:
It’s going to be a busy week in federal politics because today is election day. Polls are open from 7:30 am until 7:30 pm. Check out Elections Canada, if you’re unsure where your polling place is.
- There are two meetings at City Hall this week, starting today with a Regular Medicine Hat City Council meeting at 6:30 pm. Council kick things off behind closed doors, receiving a report on Invest Medicine Hat. On Wednesday there will be a meeting of the Energy and Infrastructure Committee at 3:30 pm where, after a pair of capital allocations, they will move in-camera (in secret) as well.
- Today at noon also marks the nomination deadline for anyone wishing to run for Mayor, Councillor, or either Public or Catholic School Trustee in Medicine Hat. All candidates must have their signatures submitted by today at noon, and anyone who drops out of the race afterwards will still be on the ballot on October 18th.
Last Week In Medicine Hat:
- A report on how to deal with the City's aging recreation centres suggests the City should build new, amalgamated facilities. The recommendation comes in response to the costs of maintaining the current facilities: an estimated $42 million over the next 50 years.
- Despite voting in favour, Councillor Kris Samraj is criticizing the City's decision to provide upwards of $4.81 million in COVID relief to utility customers just before the 2021 municipal election. Samraj said that paying out the additional $310,000 in funding for condo residents amounts to a pre-election spending spree.
- Mayor Ted Clugston signed a proclamation at City Hall last Tuesday declaring September 2021 Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. The announcement aims to make Hatters aware of the risks to those diagnosed with prostate cancer, as well as the support treatments available.
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