December 17th, 2017

Election 2017

Cypress County Ward 1: Hilda/Schuler candidates’ questionnaires

By Tim Kalinowski on October 12th, 2017

1. What is the right balance, in your opinion, between preservation of agricultural lands and subdivision development in Cypress County? 2. Cypress County has a number of undeveloped road allowances, gravelled grid roads and highways which all require regular maintenance at an enormous cost to taxpayers. What would be your highest priority if elected in ... Read More »

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Ward 8, Cypress County candidates’ questionnaires

By Tim Kalinowski on October 12th, 2017

Cypress County Ward 8 Redcliff/ Hwy. 523 North 1. What is the right balance, in your opinion, between preservation of agricultural lands and subdivision development in Cypress County? 2. Cypress County has a number of undeveloped road allowances, gravelled grid roads and highways which all require regular maintenance at an enormous cost to taxpayers. What ... Read More »

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Local students vote this week

By Tim Kalinowski on October 12th, 2017

Medicine Hat News Nearly two dozen schools across the city and region will be taking part in a student vote Thursday and Friday this week for local the municipal election. Ciara Schauerte, a Grade 9 teacher organizing the vote for Alexandra Middle School, felt it was important for students to become engaged in local politics ... Read More »

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Council remuneration broken down

By Gillian Slade on October 11th, 2017

gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade How much a city councillor or the mayor gets paid per hour depends on how much time they spend on council business but it could be as low as $17.54, or as high as $32 when benefits are included in remuneration. The mayor’s position is full-time with a base salary of $68,500 ... Read More »

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Cypress County Ward 7 Seven Persons North/Desert Blume election questionnaire

By Tim Kalinowski on October 11th, 2017

1. What is the right balance, in your opinion, between preservation of agricultural lands and subdivision development in Cypress County? 2. Cypress County has a number of undeveloped road allowances, graveled grid roads and highways which all require regular maintenance at an enormous cost to taxpayers. What would be your highest priority if elected in ... Read More »

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Mayoral hopefuls go head to head

By Collin Gallant on October 6th, 2017

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant Four candidates vying to be mayor appear to have accomplished what they wanted at Thursday’s election forum. Incumbent Ted Clugston worked to defend his record while being set upon by three challengers on issues of service cuts, city spending and council transparency. John Hamill, the loquacious former alderman, reintroduced himself to the electorate ... Read More »

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Moritz says city must grow, or fall behind

By Collin Gallant on October 6th, 2017

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant Immanuel Moritz says the time is right for him to move from an observer of politics to a city council seat with a pro-growth agenda he says will be accountable to residents. “I’ve always liked politics, talking to people and getting their viewpoints — I usually have a viewpoint and I like to ... Read More »

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Business talk dominates again

By Collin Gallant on October 5th, 2017

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant Nine council candidates discussed support for incentive packages to attract business, tax rates and city budgeting, as well as transit changes and their priorities, if elected, during a Chamber of Commerce election forum on Wednesday. They showed varying levels of support for business incentives, such as tax breaks and discounts on infrastructure costs ... Read More »

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Council candidates talk business

By Peggy Revell on October 4th, 2017

prevell@medicinehatnews.com @MHNprevell Unsurprisingly, it was economic development and financial policy dominating the first municipal election forum hosted Tuesday evening by the local Chamber of Commerce at the Medicine Hat College Theatre. With topics like job growth, diversification, off-site levies, the boom/bust cycle and sustainable municipal finances, incumbents Robert Dumanowski, Julie Friesen, Jamie McIntosh and Jim ... Read More »

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Varying ideas for boosting energy revenue

By Collin Gallant on October 4th, 2017

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant Two high-profile projects from late in the current council’s term are off the official agenda this week as the municipal election enters its final two weeks. A presentation on proposed helium exploration was nixed from Monday night’s council agenda. As well, a planned ribbon-cutting on a $55-million north-end power plant set for Friday ... Read More »

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