May 9, 2018
Hopefully spring is here following an endless cold winter.
I want to keep you updated on the Coal Affected Community front. The Hanna Learning Centre (HLC) in conjunction Urban Systems are meeting with groups and individuals who have ideas or activities that may assist to diversify our economy. The first idea moving forward is that of a livestock hub - an action team is being recruited. There are a number of projects approaching public release so stay tuned. If you have an idea you would like to share please contact the HLC at 403-854-2099.
The Federal Government has established a Task Force on the Just Transition for Canadian Coal-Power Workers and Communities. Members of the Task Force are scheduled to meet with municipal officials, industry, and economic development agencies in Hanna on May 16th & 17th.
Another item I want to bring to your attention is the Town’s role in the Federal government decision to legalize the use of recreational cannabis. The Federal and Provincial Governments have set a framework for municipal decisions. Town Council will need to decide which land use districts cannabis can be sold in, hours of operation for retail stores and the locations or areas where cannabis can be consumed. Council is interested in your feedback prior to setting any local regulations. I urge you to attend the Cannabis Community Information Session the Town is hosting on May 16th at 7:00 pm in the Hanna Legion.
The Town is also hosting an on-line survey from May 16th to May 31st to allow residents to provide input. A paper copy of the survey can be picked up at the Town Office. Details on the Information Session and Survey are later in the newsletter.
Let your voice be heard.
Chris Warwick, Mayor