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Proposed changes to Town Traffic Bylaw

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The Town of Drumheller is updating its current Traffic Bylaw to help modernize and update the document which was previously passed in 2003.
Council gave first reading of the proposed bylaw amendments, which would see definitions for new technologies and modes of transportation added to the document, and update references to provincial traffic laws and regulations which have changed over the last nearly two decades since it was initially passed.
“The old Traffic Bylaw is just that-old and outdated,” says Director of Protective Services Greg Peters. “The appearance of the new draft bears little resemblance to the previous version.”
Protective Services held a community engagement and open house in mid-October to gather feedback from residents on the proposed changes; about 16 to 18 residents attended this event, and Mr. Peters notes the suggestions and comments are still being reviewed.
“We want to have people to have lots of feedback,” says Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Darryl Drohomerski.
He notes by holding these information sessions, it allows administration the opportunity to better communicate and explain proposed changes to the public, any impacts the changes may have, and why the changes are being implemented.
CAO Drohomerski notes some of these changes will add definitions for new technology, such as electronic scooters or e-scooters, which did not exist in 2003 when the previous Traffic Bylaw was passed.
The new bylaw will also expand on other definitions and subsections in order to cover a broader range of scenarios municipal enforcement officers may encounter. CAO Drohomerski adds the context for some of the proposed changes stem from complaints the Town has received over the years, which he notes have been escalating.
One such proposed change prompted by complaints was implementing a section regarding bus parking, which would no longer allow school bus drivers to park their unit in front of their residence.
CAO Drohomerski notes the Town has received numerous complaints regarding safety concerns over the years-for both pedestrian and vehicular traffic-due to traffic being unable to see around buses parked on residential streets during non-school hours.
He explains school buses are classed as commercial vehicles and are not permitted to park on residential roads and says the “status quo cannot exist in the future.”
It is anticipated the proposed new Traffic Bylaw will come back to council for further consideration in December.


Importance of Remembrance Day not lost on area students

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The first Remembrance Day was observed over a century ago in 1919, a year after the First World War ended, and schools in Drumheller and surrounding area are making sure the importance of observing Remembrance Day is not lost on students.
Along with special Remembrance Day assemblies, some schools are also engaging students with various in-class lessons and activities focused on Remembrance Day.
Greentree School students have been learning in-class about Remembrance Day over the last few weeks, Grade 2 students are learning about the roles previous generations played during the Second World War, while Grade 6 students are learning about the Highway of Heroes in Ontario, and researching significant Canadians involved in the war.
Students are also working on art projects for The Royal Canadian Legion’s Remembrance contest, which will be displayed during the Remembrance Day assembly. Principal Shelley Friesen shares students will recite poems and sing songs during the assembly, with some younger students pinning poppies on a cross. Members of the Drumheller Royal Canadian Legion Branch 22 will also attend as guest speakers.
Drumheller Valley Secondary School (DVSS) students will also have artwork displayed, recite spoken word pieces, and lay wreaths during their own Remembrance Day commemoration, and student members of the local Sea Cadets will also play a role throughout the day’s activities. The ceremony was held virtually in 2020 and 2021, and a “documentary-like” ceremonies put together by students and teachers were shared to the school’s YouTube channel; the focus of the 2020 ceremony was on the end of the First World War in 1918 and also touched upon the Spanish Flu, while the 2021 ceremony focused on Canada and the Korean War.
DVSS teacher Peter Bjel adds he has shared various stories during commemoration ceremonies in previous years-how the local agriculture community played a vital role during World War II, stories of soldiers returning home to nearby communities following the Korean War, and the unveiling of Drumheller’s cenotaph in 1936 “when war clouds were looming once again over Europe.” He says, with the ongoing conflict in the Ukraine, this year’s Remembrance Day is “notably poignant.”
Morrin School Principal Don Yavis says students have been holding in-class discussions about the meaning behind Remembrance Day and working on art projects which will be displayed in the school’s gymnasium during their assembly. Students will sing songs and recite poems during the assembly, and Grade 12 students will also read the names of area soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice from a roll call. Mr. Yavis notes the public is welcome to attend the assembly and members of the Morrin Royal Canadian Legion Branch 67 and Royal Purple will also be in attendance.
Delia School held its Remembrance Day assembly on Friday, November 4. Principal Ryan Duckworth shares the responsibility of organizing and planning the ceremony is given to a different class every year, traditionally a senior high class. This year the responsibility was given to junior high social studies teacher Blair Raugust and Grade 9 students, and Mr. Duckworth says it was a “very thoughtful program.” Elementary students from Grade 1 to 6 performed songs, while Grade 9 students carried the flags, recited spoken word pieces, and marked the Last Post.

Health Foundation reaches goal for Laparoscopic Tower purchase

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The Drumheller Area Health Foundation put out the call and the Drumheller community answered.
Today the Drumheller Health Centre has a new Laparoscopic Surgical Tower for the Operating Room.
The Foundation asked donors to support a Laparoscopic Surgical Tower for the Operating Room at the Drumheller Health Centre in the fall of 2021 and by April 2022, the Foundation had the funding for this piece of equipment.
The purchase was made October 2022, the Laparoscopic Surgical Tower arrived at the hospital and was put into service. Local donors supported the project donation in the area of $160,000 to make the purchase.
“The new Laparoscopic Surgical Tower provides the best technology available to the Drumheller Health Centre ensuring surgeons have the best visual field during complex procedures. The ability to take photos and videos during procedures to share with colleagues in consultation is a great tool to have as a physician. We are grateful that the community is so responsive in meeting the needs of the hospital,” Dr. Rehan Masood, Board Director, Drumheller Area Health Foundation.
This vital piece of equipment is required for all laparoscopic surgeries, such as hernia, gall bladder, colon, appendix, and gynecological. More surgeries are conducted laparoscopically, in order to have smaller incisions, which leads to less pain, less complications, and quicker recoveries for patients.
The tower purchased for the Drumheller Health Centre is the best technology available, so the surgeon has a high-definition camera and a large monitor to ensure a high visual field during surgery. Videos and photos can also be taken of procedures for teaching purposes and for consultations with other physicians. The advantage of having a second Laparoscopic Surgical Tower at the Drumheller Health Centre is that both Operating Rooms can be utilized at the same time with two laparoscopic procedures being conducted simultaneously.
“The Drumheller Area Health Foundation is so grateful to all the donors for stepping up to ensure the Laparoscopic Surgical Tower could be purchased and arrive at the Drumheller Health Centre within 12 months. We saw businesses, individuals, community groups, and agricultural families answer the call and provide funding to make this tower a reality for the Operating Room,” Trisha Hampton, Executive Director, Drumheller Area Health Foundation.


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