|City all in for an Earth Hour challenge|
The city wants residents to turn off all unnecessary power and lights for an hour on March 29.
The municipality is taking part in Fortis Energy’s Energy Your Way challenge.
The winning municipality will be given a $2,500 grant to be used towards an energy efficient upgrade project in the city. Full Story >
|City losing curfew bylaw|
The City of Brooks will no longer have a curfew for youth.
City council is expected Tuesday morning to examine a new community standards bylaw draft, combining a handful of existing bylaws related to expectations of residents.
An unsightly premises bylaw, noise bylaw and curfew bylaw were expected to be included.
Last week city staff confirmed aspects related to a youth curfew have been dropped from the draft.
“There have been some changes to the draft bylaw since it was last on the city committee agenda. Council hadn’t formally discussed the bylaw at our last meeting as we ran out of time,” said city manager of administration Amy Rommens. Full Story >
|Council denies first reading of land use amendment|
A city resident has had her dreams quashed by county council.
Dawn Thurmeier, aka, The Pet Nanny, purchased 12.8 acres in Cassils where she wants to open a kennel with six dogs maximum but the business won’t get off the ground.
At their meeting last Thursday, council denied first reading of a bylaw to rezone land from acreage residential (AR) to rural business (RB).
According to the county’s Land Use Bylaw kennels are not permitted on land zoned as AR. They are discretionary on land zoned rural business. Full Story >
|No money for Bassano facility|
Bassano residents have said in pretty much every social gathering that the future of their town depends on the construction of a new continuing care centre to help kick start their economy.
It looks like they’re going to have to wait. There was no money in the budget for the facility.
Many residents, such as Bassano mayor Tom Rose, hoped Budget 2014 would have made reference to a new health care facility in town to replace the hospital and Playfair Seniors Lodge.
What the budget did do was provide $31 million for the installation of fire sprinklers in seniors housing and $228 million over three years to improve, replace and construct new affordable seniors housing and seniors lodges. Full Story >
|Online presentation an eye-opener for parents|
Brooks Junior High School officials had their eyes opened when they recently found out how many students were online.
Investigations reveal sixty-five percent of Grade 7 students and 95 per cent of Grade 9 students are online.
“We were surprised,” said BJHS principal Jim Burchell.
BJHS, Brooks RCMP and Safe Communities committee came together last week for a presentation for parents on the pitfalls of social media and the online world.
The presentation stems from discussion last year around the Grasslands board table after reports on online bullying and social media amongst BJHS students. Full Story >