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Here comes Santa Claus Parade down Drumheller lanes

    The Santa Claus Parade, organized by the Downtown Drumheller Committee, is returning after being absent from the snowy streets of town last year.
    Sadly, concerns from insurance providers prevented the parade from commencing during the previous holiday season. Thankfully, those concerns have been cleared up and residents will be treated to an afternoon of holiday festivities.
    “It’s a way to get people into the spirit of Christmas,” said Roxanne Clark of the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce. “We encourage people to come downtown to enjoy the festivities.”
    The parade starts Saturday, December 3 at 1:00 p.m. Afterwards there will be hot dogs and hot chocolate provided by the Drumheller Legion. The money collected will go to the Salvation Army.
    A Christmas movie will play at the Napier Theatre after. Rather than the standard admission fee, residents will be able to enjoy the featured film by donating an item for the food bank.
    Any organization or business wishing to participate in the parade can find further information and register online at, or can phone Roxanne Clark at the Chamber of Commerce at 403-823-8100. There is no fee to register.
    The only stipulation for floats is to not have Santa Claus on them. He will be making a special appearance later on.

Hearing date set for Facebook libel charge

    A date for the preliminary hearing for a Drumheller woman who has been charged with defamatory libel is nearly a year  away.
    An agent for Karen MacKinnon appeared on her behalf in provincial court in Drumheller last Friday, November 18.
    MacKinnon was charged last spring of posting messages on Facebook which were allegedly defamatory. In August of this year she elected to have her case tried in a Court of Queen’s Bench with a judge and jury.
    On Friday, the court scheduled a two-day preliminary hearing date for October 29-30, 2012.

Town Council reviews Rocky View County water proposal

    Town Council was presented with a proposal from Aqua 7 Regional Water Commission, formerly Kneehill Water Commission, to modify an existing agreement so that Drumheller water would be distributed to the entirety of Rocky View County.
    The Town of Drumheller currently has an agreement where 2200 m³ of water is provided to the hamlet of Kathryn.
    Aqua 7 would have the water, plus an extra 5020 m³ per day, sent instead to a reservoir near Balzac where it could then be distributed to all of Rocky View County, including Cross Iron Mills.
    When Mayor Yemen was initially contacted in July, 2011, he was informed that the need for water in Rocky View was urgent.
    However, at a recent meeting at the end of August Rocky View County confirmed that they would not need Drumheller water for another five years, when growth in the region would increase demand.
    Colin Kloot, lawyer for the Town of Drumheller, spoke about the liability issues that could arise were Council to agree to the proposal. Were Drumheller water to become contaminated, and therefore contaminate the reservoirs in Rocky View County, due to negligence the Town could be liable for a great deal of money to commercial and industrial users who could claim loss of profits.
    Council did not make a decision regarding the proposal from Aqua 7. Members of Council requested that administration investigate issues such as liability, provincial statutes regarding water transmission to other counties, insurance increases, and if the cost to other users of Drumheller water would decrease.
    Council will discuss the proposal further at a future meeting.


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