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Economic Recovery Taskforce established

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The Town of Drumheller and the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to establish an Economic Recovery Task Force to assist local businesses to get through the COVID-19 crisis and be ready when the situation returns to normal.
There have been a number of programs being offered by local, provincial, and federal governments as well as through financial institutions. The task force is offering support for businesses to navigate these various programs.
"As the local Chamber of Commerce representing the business community, we are pleased to partner with the Town of Drumheller to create an economic recovery task force,” said Chamber executive director Heather Bitz. “It is critical we provide necessary resources and support to the business community to ensure its continuity during and after the COVID-19 crisis."
The Taskforce is also able to assist non-profits and charitable organizations access programs.
According to a press release, the program aims to provide businesses, non-profits, and charitable organizations with telephone or online support with information and eligibility about financial aid programs launched by the Governments of Canada and Alberta. It will also provide information and eligibility about the FCSS Grant program for charitable and non-profit organizations, as well as information and eligibility about the Town of Drumheller’s deferral programs.
It also aims to provide information about the Canada Revenue Agency’s filing deadline changes and payment deferral program, along with information about mortgage, lines of credit and other debt deferral programs offered by Canada’s largest lenders.

“Next to our residents, our local businesses are the heart and soul of this community. We have established an economic recovery task force to assist in navigating the various deferral programs offered by the federal and provincial governments,” said Town of Drumheller Mayor Heather Colberg.
They have formed a team of professionals from throughout the valley for the taskforce, offering all kinds of expertise from program advice to grant application help to
legal advice.
More information, including contact information of taskforce supports, is available at here.


Council defers business license fees

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To support local businesses, Drumheller Town Council deferred business license fees as the community deals with the COVID-19 pandemic.
     Council made the motion at the Monday, March 30 Council meeting. The fees have been deferred for 90 days or until the Province ends the State of Emergency. Mayor Heather Colberg said this is one way to support local businesses, which are being hit hard by the current situation.
    “Next to our residents, our local businesses are the heart and soul of this community. We have established an economic recovery task force to assist them in navigating the various deferral programs offered by the federal and provincial governments,” said Colberg. “Last night council agreed to defer business license fees.”
    She said the town will continue to support businesses as well as the nonprofit sector deal with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
     “We will also be helping charitable and non-profit organizations with grant funding applications recently announced. We are committed to helping them stay in town,” she said. “Our community has come together during these trying times and we cannot forget about our business community, charitable and non-profit sectors.”
    The best way to weather the COVID-19 pandemic is to be prepared and follow the public health orders in place.
    “COVID-19 is in communities surrounding us so we need to be ready for our first case. We need to maintain our cleaning efforts and understand unacceptable behaviour is no longer acceptable. If you see neighbours on the street who are not 2 metres apart, ask them to separate,” said Director of Emergency Management Darwin Durnie.
    “In all the reports I’m reading from around the world, the key to flattening the curve for COVID-19 is to clean, clean, clean and stay home. We are doing our best to maintain these strict protocols.”

Turkeys trot from custody

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Two daring and wily turkeys that have been evading law enforcement for some time have again made their great escape.

The pair of jail-breakers had made their debut escape from an unknown facility last year and have been on the run ever since. Witnesses reported sightings of the duo in the northwest area of Hanna but the cunning pair was always one step ahead of law enforcement.

Residents have been torn on the subject of the escapees. Some praised the feathered fiends as being modern day heroes while others smacked their lips and made innuendos to Thanksgiving.

A specialist in the apprehension of fowl creatures was brought in and the madness finally came to an end on March 23. The specialist, using complex and mind-bending techniques, was able to re-capture the pair. Something law enforcement has failed at doing for almost a year.
The pair were remanded into custody. However, while being moved to a maximum security facility, one that specializes in holding the cunning likes of these two, the pair made another daring escape by breaking out of the stock trailer they were being transported in.

The pair has not been seen since. However, sources within law enforcement doubt this will be the last of them.


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