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Council agrees to sell former town works shop

Public Works Shop

Drumheller Town Council has agreed to sell its former Infrastructure Works Shop for $900,000.
The shop was vacated in 2018 after the Town of Drumheller purchased the former TriCan building on Premier Way. This became the new Drumheller Infrastructure Services Shop and also houses the emergency centre. The purchase price was $1.73 million and the town took possession July 6, 2018.
At the time of the purchase, CAO Darryl Drohomerski notes the town had outgrown the former shop and it was at the end of its usable lifespan.
At Drumheller Town Council’s Monday, September 28 meeting council agreed to sell the former Infrastructure shop property for $900,000. An offer for the property came from developer Wellings 2019 Inc. According to the Request for Decision, it is a large senior’s housing developer of 55-plus properties.
“We are ecstatic that we have a developer who wants to develop housing for 55-plus,” said Drohomerski. “It’s a great show of confidence that Drumheller is a destination for seniors in Alberta.”
The conditions of the sale include the removal of all structures on site, rezoning the property to residential, and an environmental remediation report for the site. All work must be complete within 240 days of the acceptance of the offer.
The purchase of the new Public Works Building was funded through the Capital Reserve Building Fund and the proceeds from the sale of the former shop will be returned to this fund for future building replacements and improvement.


Dear COVID-19

DearCovid

My sister lives in London, England. She’s CEO of a tech company and works crazy hours and used to travel a lot. Since CoVID, she’s worked from home and hasn’t travelled at all since March. Well, not until now.

The UK had over 12,000 cases last week, but the rules in Europe vary from ours here. There are countries you can travel to that don’t require you to isolate on arrival or return. The travel corridor exemption. For example, Turkey. After months of isolation, my sister, her husband and her daughter decided to head there to a resort for a week of sun.

They were tested for fever and checked for symptoms at the airport. Anyone who screens positive is sent away. They wore masks on the flight, except for their toddler who wasn’t required to. The resort has strict number restrictions, the buffet meals are behind glass and staff must serve you. There are no evening shows to attend. Cutlery is sterilized and sealed. If shops are open, you cannot touch items. They must be handed to you.

She says it’s great for the economy. That people in Turkey have no government support or coverage on lack of income (imagine getting through CoVID without CERB?)

I admit, I’m eager to travel again, albeit likely only within Canada at this point. And most definitely not in the US. For years to come. The general push to slowly allow travel has begun. Slowly. Money is, of course, the driving force.

Representing more than 60 public and private tourism-related organizations, the European Tourism Manifesto alliance appealed to governments of the European Union’s (E.U.) member countries to urgently agree upon a harmonized set of travel restrictions. After all, the Travel & Tourism sector has been hit hard by CoVID.

But are people ready to travel? Aside from restrictions, second guessing, and worries about safety, there’s something called: “travel shaming.” Does that worry anyone? I admit, when my sister said she was going to Turkey for a week, I was like: “What?! Come again?” Mostly out of jealousy for her opportunity to go sit on a beach for a week, but also because when the stakes are high, we feel justified to shame others. Especially on social media.

First it was about COVID opinions in general. Then about breaking quarantine. About wearing masks, and now about not wearing masks. About sending kids to school, or choosing not to. Shaming those who travel, or those who don’t.

It’s easy to shame, criticize and judge from a keyboard. It’s a lot harder to be understanding, supportive and considerate of others. After all, we never fully know the story, especially of that stranger on a flight, the teen without a mask, or the neighbour unable to leave his house. Shaming is unproductive and the work of unhappy individuals. Don’t stoop to that level. If you want to travel, figure out how to do so safely for yourself and your family. If you don’t want to travel, don’t.

Remember, those who shame are filled with despair. Despair, as per Gandalf, is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not.

Drumheller RCMP investigating weekend assault

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On Sept. 26, 2020 at approximately 12:30 a.m., two Drumheller males were assaulted by two unknown male assailants in front of the Circle K gas station in Drumheller.
One of the assailants was reported to be in possession of a weapon believed to be a machete. One of the victims suffered non-life threatening injuries to the head and was treated at a local area hospital.
Both male suspects were dressed in black clothing.
Police do believe that this was an isolated incident, and it remains under investigation.
Drumheller RCMP are asking the public's assistance for any information in relation to this incident or identifying those responsible. Please contact Drumheller RCMP at 403-823-7590 or your local police. 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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