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Council approves pay increase

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    Drumheller town council have given themselves a raise to compensate for federal tax changes this year which saw their take home pay reduced.

    Council approved an updated remuneration and expense allowance policy which will see their annual salary increase by $2,000 for the mayor and about $1,000 for councillors. The recommended changes came from an independent committee appointed by council last summer, headed by chair Denise Lines, who presented the committee’s report late last year ahead of the tax changes which occurred January 1, 2019. The changes from Bill-C44 eliminated a tax break on one third of Canadian elected officials' pay, previously allocated for tax-free general expenses. 

    “We’ve been keeping an eye on what municipalities across the country have been doing to address this issue and council has reviewed the draft policy on a couple occasions as we’ve gone back and forth amending it,” said corporate services director Barb Miller at the September 16 meeting.

    Administration completed their evaluation of the report this summer and made the recommendation to adopt the policy as it was presented

    Miller said the benefits of the policy “ensures fair and equitable remuneration” and will help attract qualified candidates in future elections. Miller said councillors often miss work or take time to meet with constituents and the remuneration reflects the importance of council’s position. 

    “I think it’s fair when we ask for a committee of people from the community to evaluate what remuneration should be given to councillors -- I think that's about as fair a process as you can get,“ said councillor Tom Zariski.

    The recommendations also included a two-day reduction in the number of per diem days mayor and council could claim annually, down to 7 per councillor and 10 for the mayor. 

    Previously, councilor pay cost the town $20,930.25 annually and $39,947.70 for the mayor. The new rate has now increased to $21,976.76 for councillors and $41,945.09 for the mayor.

Update: CrossIron Mills incident reportedly resolved

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The shooting incident earlier this evening at CrossIron Mills is reportedly resolved according to RCMP.

Global Calgary and have both said on Twitter report that RCMP say the shooting incident which started just after 7 p.m. on Monday has been resolved.

One person so far has been confirmed to be injured in the shooting at the mall in Rocky View County. A press release issued by police around 8:30 p.m. said they were evacuating the mall store by store.



CrossIron Mall shooting suspect currently at large, mall being evacuated

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Airdrie RCMP and Calgary Police Service are currently on scene at Cross Iron Mall in Rocky View County. At approximately 7:11 p.m., RCMP received a report of shots fired at the mall. One male has been injured and the suspect is still at large.

 In a press release at  8:29 pm, RCMP said the mall is currently in "Shelter in Place" and officers are clearing the mall store by store. If you have a family member/friend in the mall please know that they will not be released until the mall has been deemed safe.
RCMP are asking that everyone stay away form this area so that they can do their jobs safely.

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