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Town of Drumheller assesses impact of Provincial Budget

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    The Town of Drumheller was expecting a tight provincial budget and this has proven to be the case. Staff have been going through the budget which was released last week, to determine the impact on our community.
    The 2019 budget outlines a reduction in MSI (Municipal Sustainability Initiative) to municipalities as well as a reduction in the Grants in Place of Taxes (GIPOT) program by 24% in 2019/20 and a further 32% in 2020/21.
    MSI provides both operating and capital funds. The biggest reduction in funding is capital funds. Currently MSI funding supports the Street Improvement Program and other capital projects in our community.
    The GIPOT program is based on the property taxes the provincial government would pay on their buildings if the property was not tax exempt.  Currently the Town of Drumheller receives around $60,000 a year meaning a reduction of $14,400 in 2019 to $45,600 and then a reduction of $14,592 in 2020 to $31,008. This is a significant reduction in revenue for properties which the municipality still has to provide policing and fire protection.  
    “We are relieved vital community services such as FCSS have been maintained. However; the reduction in MSI and GIPOT will have a definite impact on upcoming budgets and on the amount of infrastructure projects to be carried out,” outlined Town of Drumheller CAO Darryl Drohomerski.
    “Administration and Council will be working hard to look at the 2020 budget to maintain the level of service to our residents whilst dealing with these budget implications.”


One year later marijuana edibles, concentrates approved for sale

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On October 18, the process of creating the legal marijuana market in Canada took a step forward, paving the way for edible products as well as extracts.
    As of Thursday, October 17 marijuana retailers will be able to sell cannabis edibles, cannabis extracts including vaping products and cannabis topicals.
    “This is really big,” said Rut Upadhyaya, manager of Choom in Drumheller. “Last year cannabis was legalized federally, and now you can see the whole market is expanding, Drumheller is going to have two stores. Consumers will have better products in more varieties. We have many customers who are coming in who are asking for concentrates and for edibles. For legal products, all we can offer is edible oils or capsules. But now all the high end licensed producers they will come in with products certified by AGLC, which will help customers get the satisfaction for the product which they don’t get out there in the grey market.”
    While this new line of products has been allowed, it will take some time before they will be on store shelves. The products still need to be approved by Health Canada, which will take about 60 days, meaning the products will be on the shelves midway through December at the earliest.
    Choom in Drumheller has been open for just a few weeks and Upadhyaya says there has been a great response. He believes the introduction of new products will continue that momentum.
    “It is really big and it is going to give the industry a big boost. Right now we have a very limited line of products. We have flowers, we have oils and we have capsules and seeds, but when concentrates come in it will be a different ball game altogether.”
    He says the biggest demand he is seeing in Drumheller is for the concentrates.
    “We have people coming in asking for shatter, asking for hash, and edibles and smoking oil concentrates,” he said.

Bantam Titans to battle for A division bronze

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The Bantam Titans will be battling Lacombe for the bronze medal this weekend on their home turf.
    The Bantam Titans have had a great season, earning their way into the top tier of the league. On Saturday, October 26, their playoff run began on a windswept snowy field in Sylvan Lake.
    “It was a different kind of game, the first time playing in the snow all year,” said coach Thomas Laffin.
    Coach Laffin explains they played Sylvan Lake in their first game of the season and Sylvan Lake won by 12 points. This time the contest was much closer with Sylvan Lake winning a 13-12 heartbreaker.
    “This was a significantly better game. There were some rough patches where we felt it was going against us, it was a tough game the whole way through,” said coach Laffin. “If it wasn’t for a couple of calls and three or four inches of snow, it could have been a different turnout.”
    This weekend the Titans will be playing Lacombe for the first time this season. Coach Laffin says they have scouted the team a little bit and know a little bit about their game.
    “We are coming up with a good game plan to go up against them,” said Laffin. “We are excited to still be in the playoff and going for third place.”
    “It has been a while since Drumheller was in A division. We are excited about that achievement and had an amazing season.”


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