May 15th, 2016
This Mayor’s Message is going to provide a bit of an update from the climate change task force which was formed in early December with the announcement of the NDP governments’ climate change strategy proposing the early closure of coal fired generating stations. The main goal of the task force is to investigate impacts and opportunities in the region. Two separate requests for proposals are being sent out, looking for companies to complete one study for the impacts and one study for opportunities. This initiative is being taken so that the Town and region will be prepared when the government starts to release the 195 million dollars to municipalities impacted by the coal-fired generating stations early closures as indicated in the Alberta 2016-17 budget. The task force recently released a media statement on the workings of the group (press release).
After months of a lack of communication from the Alberta government, discussions have become more frequent and meaningful with more to come in the near future. I would like to assure the residents of Hanna that the Town and the Task Force are working very hard to ensure that the Town of Hanna remains a strong healthy community now, and in many years and decades to come.
On a personal note, I have spent countless hours educating myself on the workings of the electrical generation system in Alberta so that I can be informed when I am speaking to the media and government officials.
Now more than ever is the time for all residents of Hanna to be united with a strong voice to ensure a prosperous future.
Chris Warwick, Mayor