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Hanna Council pens letter of nonsupport for solar project

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Concerns about a possible solar project in the Town of Hanna has prompted the Town Council to write a letter of non-support to the developer.
The council made the motion at its December 12 meeting. It was moved by Councillor Warwick that “the mayor provide a letter of non-support to PACE Canada LP for their proposed solar farm development (Harvest Sky Solar).”
PACE Canada LP has been working on developing a solar project near the Hanna airport. The Harvest Sky Solar Farm is a 21 MW installation proposed to use a 360-acre site north of the Ag Centre and airport. The technology boasts a reduction in carbon emissions and could potentially remove over half of a million tonnes over the 30-year life of the project. It could provide local construction jobs as it is being built, as well as 2-3 operations and maintenance equivalents over the life of the project.
There have been concerns from the community prompting the council to write the letter.
“The glint and glare,” Mayor Dan Povaschuk said is a concern. “This will be the first solar project that will be built this close to an unmanned airstrip.”
He noted that the council had concerns about an emergency response plan and communicating this with emergency services in the community. It does have a draft Emergency Response Plan on its website.
“It is a lot of little things. There was nothing glaring, just a lot of things,” he said, noting that there has been a segment of the community that is not supportive and has been outspoken.


Royal Tyrrell enjoys record breaking year

Royal Tyrrell Museum

For the second year in a row the Royal Tyrrell Museum had over half a million people explore through the dino exhibits. In 2023, over 526,000 visitors paid admission to the prehistoric museum, surpassing the 2022 record of 501,000 attendees by over 25,000.
August long weekend is generally the busiest day of the year for admissions, with this past year being no different. 6,745 guests visited the museum on Saturday, August 5, 2023.
On Thursday, October 5, 2023, a massive Triceratops skull was added to the “Fossils in Focus” exhibit. It is considered to be the most complete and best preserved Triceratops skull in Canada. With over seven years and 6,500 hours of careful preparation, the 69 million year old specimen is a must see for all who love dinosaurs.

Jason Martin, Director – Operations & Finance, for the Royal Tyrrell Museum tells the Mail: “All staff and committed supporters of the Royal Tyrrell Museum contribute to our growing visitation. The Museum’s commitment to renewing our permanent galleries, expanding our offerings like senior programming and adult events help us engage a diverse audience to ensure that there is something for all ages at our facility.”

Amanda Ragsdale - Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The Hills Have Fists

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Ed Whalen would have described it as a ring a ding dong dandy, as Real Canadian Wrestling put on a show to an appreciative crowd who braved the weather for some wrestling action. The promotion was at the Stampede Barn at the Ag Society on Saturday, January 13. Billed as ‘The HIlls have Fists', they had a full card of fighters battling good and evil in the ring. The card even invited a three fighter belt match as Black Swan, champion Kat von Heez and Ava Lawless went toe to toe for the women’s championship.


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