The Task Force is NOT studying climate change.
I hope everyone had a great summer, in between all of the rain we experienced this year.Now it’s time to get back into a routine with school and extra curricular activities.
There seems to be some confusion around the Climate Change Taskforce which was established back in December of 2015 as a direct result of the Alberta Government’s Climate Leadership Plan. The Town of Hanna, Special Areas Board and Cactus Corridor Economic Development Corporation formed this taskforce to monitor and Investigate how the Climate Leadership Plan and impending coal fired generating station closure will affect our community and surrounding region. The taskforce has hired a consulting firm (Urban Systems) to do two studies, one study will measure the impacts of what the closure would mean to Hanna, while the second study will investigate potential economic development opportunities that may become available in the region.
The Task Force is NOT studying climate change. Webster’s dictionary defines taskforce as; “a temporary grouping under one leader for the purpose of accomplishing a definite objective”. Our “objective” is to be proactive to best prepare our region for the inevitable closure of the generating station, whether it is prior to 2030, or as a result of the federal legislated closing in 2040.
It is important for the Town of Hanna and area to be leaders in the province regarding these issues. The Town has been in communication with the Government of Alberta regarding these studies and have specifically asked for assistance to fund them. The Minister of Economic Development and Trade,Hon. Deron Bilous, told us in a meeting held in late June, that “He wants to work closely with Hanna throughout this process” and as a result the Task Force is hopeful that the Province will provide funding toward these studies.
Public Consultation Invitation - If you have concerns about the closure of the generating station or ideas for opportunities we can explore for Hanna and area, I encourage you to attend one of the Community Public Consultations:
September 20 – Hanna Community Centre
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm or
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
September 21 – Hand Hills Lake Community
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
How would you like to volunteer for the Hanna Museum?
I would also encourage you to attend the Hanna Historical Society (Hanna Museum) meeting on September 22nd at 7:00PM at the museum grounds. Our museum is operated 100% on volunteers, and they are always looking for
assistance in every facet of their operation. So if you are interested in learning how you might be able to help, please attend this general meeting.
Chris Warwick, Mayor