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Council reaffirms support for inclusivity

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At the Monday, March 11, 2024, Committee of the Whole Meeting, Drumheller Mayor Heather Colberg expressed to the public that council has no intention to immediately ban the decorative Pride crosswalk located by town hall.
On Friday, March 8, 2024, a post was made on social media page, where a concerned resident posted that the Town of Drumheller would be banning the Pride crosswalk at the next Committee of the Whole Meeting. This brought about discussion within the community. Many people were against it and called out the Town for being discriminative towards the LGBTQ community, taking to Twitter/X and Reddit to express their frustrations.
When the issue was discussed at the meeting, Mayor Colberg made a statement regarding the Request for Decision on the Flagpole, Banner and Decorative Crosswalk Policy.
“We get a lot of requests about flags, crosswalks, banners, proclamations and a whole lot of things. We’re trying to figure out: how do we create a policy that’s right for the community going forward? That’s how the policy came up in the first place,” explains Mayor Colberg. “As far as the process we go through, we ask Administration to review a Bylaw Policy to get us information, because they are the experts. In most cases, they look through a technical lens. Their job is to protect the municipality. Once they do their part and get that document to us, we don’t see the document until Fridays at 4 p.m. We didn’t even have a chance to discuss it.”
“I just want to be clear that whatever anyone read into that document, it has to come to this table. It has to go through the process,” continued Mayor Colberg. “It goes through the Administrative process and goes onto the agenda. Council gets it at four o’clock, we spend the weekend reviewing them and then we come here and we discuss them. After we discuss and give our input, Admin takes that document and revises it from our feedback. It goes back out to this council, where we go back over it one more time to see if there’s any changes required, and then I call for a vote.”
“It looks like we are being accused of making a decision but we can’t make a decision here. This is the Committee of the Whole Meeting. Our only ability here is to discuss the policy,” states Mayor Colberg.
The cost of maintaining the crosswalk was a concern for council, since the paint doesn’t last, but most council members were on board with keeping the crossing.
There were other suggestions mentioned for projects within the community that show how the Town welcomes inclusiveness, such as painted murals, Pride flags and even the possibility of a park or place for people to gather to be welcoming and accepting of each other.


Saints host zones

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The St. Anthony’s Saints Junior A Basketball team hosted the 2J South Central Zones last Friday, March 1.
Tough teams, including Red Deer Lake, George Freeman School of Strathmore and Dr. Elliott School of Linden were invited.
The Saints first played George Freeman and were playing well.
“We were right there with them and were five points behind at halftime,” said coach Gavin Makse. “ In the third quarter, we were down only by nine.”
The team got in foul trouble, and a few breakdowns saw George Freeman run away with a 56-41 victory,
In the second game, they faced Dr. Elliott from Acme for third place, a team they had played before.
“It was disappointing not to beat Linden in that bronze medal game. We came out firing, we had a great start and were up 12-3 at the end of the first quarter, and were still up at halftime,” said Makse.
“The second half, our offence went stagnant and our defence had some miscues, and they capitalized. Before you knew it we were down. They made a couple of threes, and we couldn’t make it close again.”
This wraps up the season for the Saints, who will celebrate the season with a trip to see the Harlem Globetrotters.

Avian Influenza Detected near Kneehill County

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On February 19, Avian Influenza (H5N1) was confirmed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency CFIA in a poultry flock in Mountain View County, closely adjacent to Kneehill County.
The information is now posted on the CFIA website, and according to this information, the CFIA has begun an investigation and has established quarantine and movement control protocols in the affected area, including areas within Kneehill County.
Avian influenza is highly pathogenic and presents a significant national concern as wild birds migrate to Canada because of its global spread in wild bird populations.
The CFIA website contains resources on avian biosecurity measures for poultry producers and owners with backyard flocks or pet birds. Anyone within the primary control zone is expected to adhere to the poultry movement restrictions and permitting process set by the Alberta Agriculture and Irrigation.
Those poultry owners with valid Alberta Premise ID registrations within the affected primary control zone should receive information updates from the Government of Alberta Office of the Chief Provincial Vet regarding the situation.
Kneehill County will continue providing updates for informational purposes as they become available. Kneehill County is not otherwise directly involved in the process, and any questions should be directed to the CFIA via their website or Alberta Agriculture and Irrigation via 310-FARM (3276).


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