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Town hires economic development manager

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Drumheller has a new economic development manager.

Sean Wallace is originally from New Brunswick and comes most recently from Tisdale, Saskatchewan where he was director of economic development.

“My background is in business attraction and direct foreign investment,” Wallace tells the Mail.

He sees tremendous potential for Drumheller with many positives.

“In Drumheller specifically we are definitely not moving away from tourism. We want to increase those numbers, but we also want to look at some of the other attributes we have that are advantages. We have a great location, we have absolutely city class services such as our local infrastructure. The people here are fantastic and friendly, we have a good labour market, good highways and willingness to see the community move ahead.”

He says economic development is not an easy job, but an important one and it encompasses everything.

He sees some opportunities some strong manufacturing opportunities.

“I’ll look to my background in foreign direct investment for that. When I say foreign… I count as anything outside of the Alberta borders,” he explains.

This could mean other businesses operating nationally, or even outside of Canada. He has done extensive work in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.

“I plan to translate these same strategies working here,” he said. “It won’t happen overnight. When you want to attract the big things, the big job generators and big dollar investments it takes a long time.”

So far he likes the valley.

“When I came here I thought this is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen in my life. I really have to concentrate when I am driving because I am always looking at stuff and I don’t think that is ever going to stop,”’ he said.

The economic development manager is a newly created position at The Town of Drumheller.


Tampering with election signs may lead to charges

 

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RCMP are reminding residents that even in a heated election cycle, removing or defacing election signs is a crime.

The Mail learned from readers this week numerous election signs belonging to a candidate have been removed. Corporal Gerald Sherk of the Drumheller RCMP tells the Mail while he has not received any complaints about stolen signs, he reminds residents this is still a crime.

“It would be the same if it was a mischief to the sign or theft if it were removed against someone’s will. If they put it up and someone takes it, it is technically a theft,” he said. “We would investigate. That is the whole part of a democratic society, everybody is allowed to promote their candidate  and who they would like to vote for, so removing someone else’s sign is still an offense.”

Throughout the province, police say they are taking these offenses seriously. The Alberta RCMP, Calgary Police Service, and Edmonton Police Service are urging all Albertans to call the police or Crime Stoppers if they see anyone vandalizing or stealing an election sign.

If you have information on this or any other type of crime, contact your local police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Crime Stoppers can also be contacted online at www.P3tips.com, or you can download the P3 Tips app for Android or Apple on your smartphone.

Warrant issued in relation to drug charges

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On April. 2, 2019, at approximately 9:30 p.m., Drumheller RCMP were called to an altercation between a post office worker and suspect trying to obtain a package of illegal drugs located in a mail box.

Multiple witnesses identified the suspect as Chad McCann. A warrant has been issued for his arrest on four counts of possession for purpose of trafficking with more charges pending.

Drumheller RCMP seized a package of drugs containing Methamphetamine, Cocaine and Fentanyl. McCann was on court conditions to not possess intoxicating substances from a previous charge at the time of this incident.

Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed this incident to contact Drumheller RCMP at 403-823-7590 or your local police detachment. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the "P3 Tips" app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store."


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