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Maclean’s ranks Mountain View County last in Canada, MLA Cooper weighs in

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Recently elected Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills MLA Nathan Cooper is criticizing Maclean’s magazine for ranking Mountain View County last in its ranking of 415 of “Canada’s Best Communities” this year.
    Mountain View County, which includes the towns of Olds, Sundre, Carstairs, Didsbury, was ranked last in Maclean’s annual list, which assesses cities based on factors like crime, economy, affordability, amenities, and culture.
    While hundreds of communities across Canada are not even included in the list, Drumheller being one of them, the area’s MLA, Nathan Cooper, has written Maclean’s editorial staff saying he has taken issue with their opinion of Rocky View County. He says they used inaccurate information in their assessment, including misleading population numbers and incorrectly listing zero doctor’s offices in the area.
    “Unlike the majority of the communities listed, Mountain View County is a larger rural municipality, surrounding five significant population centres, none of which were included in your list,” he wrote, adding that the population is probably closer to 40,000 people when all the municipal populations are included, rather than the 13,000 Maclean’s listed.
    “Attempting to describe Mountain View County in isolation of the towns and villages makes about as much sense as crafting a federal equalization formula that includes western oil and gas revenues, while excluding the true value of central and eastern hydro energy revenues.”
    Outside of Mountain View County, Alberta’s highest ranked community was St. Albert at the 23rd spot, and Canmore at 28. Communities in Ontario accounted for 9 of the top 10 spots on the ranking, with Burlington, Grimsby, and Ottawa ranked as the top three communities in Canada.


Town, union reach four-year agreement

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    The Town of Drumheller and its employee union have reached a four-year deal which will see wage increases for some town employees , after council ratified the collective agreement at their meeting on Monday, August 19.

    Wages will increase at about 2 per cent per year until the end of 2022, when the agreement expires, for an 8.9 per cent increase by the end of the agreement. 

The union, Local 4604, consist of staff in bylaw enforcement, Badlands Community Facility and Aquaplex employees, RCMP office staff, and support staff including administrative assistants, office assistants, and town support staff like program coordinators. 

“Council recognizes the important contribution our inside workers make

to our organization and thanks both bargaining teams for their hard work on creating this agreement,” Mayor Heather Colberg said in a press release.

    Town Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Barbara Miller says the town is happy to have reached a deal they believe is is fair to taxpayers and employees. She notes that union agreements are typically only two or three years long, so a four year deal “provides stability.”

    “It takes into consideration the challenges of the operational budget constraints while also recognizing employee contribution,” Miller said. 

"Fecal incident" forces Aquaplex closure

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Staff at the Drumheller Aquaplex have a mess on their hands  as they clean up after a "fecal incident" in the pool, they said on social media today.

"Please be patient with us as we disinfect the pool from a fecal incident," the Aquaplex said in a post online.

The pool is closed for the evening but is scheduled to open at their regular time at 8:30 tomorrow morning.


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