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Delia looking for new councillor

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One member of the Village of Delia’s three-person council has tendered their resignation and the village has announced it is accepting nominations to fill the vacancy.
Melody Christofferson, who has served as Deputy Mayor since her acclamation to council in October 2021, resigned on Wednesday, November 9-a day after the regular council meeting.
“Delia (council) still has quorum,” says interim Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and Returning Officer Bill Wulff. “The remaining council will take up (Ms. Christofferson’s) committee and board appointments.”
The Mail reached out to Ms. Christofferson for comment on her resignation but received no response as of press time.
Nominations for the vacant seat on council will be accepted until 12 noon on Tuesday, January 17, 2023; Mr. Wullf explains a by-election will only be called if two or more nominations are received.
If a by-election is called it will be held on Tuesday, February 14, 2023.
Those interested in putting their name forward can request a nomination package at the village office, or online at:
https://delia.ca/candidates-package-by-election-2023/


Wheatland County approves funding support for Holiday Train event

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For the first time since 2019, the Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train, which has 14 boxcars decorated with LED lights and, in total, is some 1,000 feet long, will make its annual journey from Montreal to Vancouver, stopping in communities along the CP rail network to provide free, live music in support of local food banks this Christmas season.
One of these stops is scheduled in the hamlet of Gleichen on Wednesday, December 7, and Wheatland County council approved providing a maximum of $5,000 in funding and in-kind resources for the event during the regular Tuesday, November 1 council meeting.
Correspondence regarding the planned stop was reviewed by council during the October 18 council meeting, and council directed administration to bring a request for decision back to the November council meeting for consideration.
The communities of Gleichen and Siksika Nation previously collaborated to host events in 2018 and 2019. Wheatland County council committed $2,500 of funding support in 2018, and $5,000 in 2019.
When the train last stopped in Gleichen in 2019, it is estimated some 1,500 people from the surrounding Wheatland County and Siksika Nation attended. The event helped raise a total of $9,211 in monetary donations and 435 pounds of food donations which supported the Siksika Support Centre Meal Program and Wheatland County Food Bank.
The CP Holiday Train event will be held at 3 Avenue and Crowfoot Street in Gleichen on Wednesday, December 7; the train is scheduled to arrive at 8:35 p.m. with performances by Alberta-born country music artist Tenille Townes, and Toronto-based Oji-Cree singer-songwriter Aysanabee between 8:45 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.
Council approved providing up to $5,000 in funding and in-kind resources such as Peace Officers and operation staff for the 2022 CP Holiday Train event.

Respiratory illness takes toll on student attendance

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Schools throughout Alberta, including Drumheller, are seeing elevated absenteeism this fall as respiratory illnesses spread.
Julia Harvie-Shemko, Communications Manager for Alberta Health Services (AHS) Central region says an increase in respiratory illness is typically expected over the winter.
“However we are experiencing more cases overall than we normally would at this time of year, indicating an early start to the respiratory illness season,” she said. “This is likely due in part to the fact that these illnesses were effectively suppressed over the past two years due to COVID restrictions. Similar trends are being seen across Canada and in other countries.”
“The increase in school outbreaks may also be caused, in part, to parents keeping their children home when sick more now than in the past.”
On November 2, AHS sent a letter to parents at Drumheller Valley Secondary School (DVSS) noting there was an outbreak at the school.
Symptoms of respiratory illness include cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss or altered sense of taste and smell, nasal congestion and fever. During the outbreak, it recommends students who are ill remain away from school until their symptoms have improved and they have been free of fever for over 24 hours.
“In line with past practice, ‘outbreak’ status is defined by the threshold of 10 per cent total absenteeism. It includes all respiratory illnesses; it is not specific to any illness as students are not routinely tested,” said Harvie-Shemko.
She adds for influenza and COVID-19, immunization is an important step in protecting yourself and those around you.
Information on booking an appointment for yourself or your children can be found in the Alberta Vaccine Booking System at: https://bookvaccine.alberta.ca/vaccine/s/


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