Your Weekly Tune Up
Plan Ahead for the Construction Season
To help inform residents of upcoming, in-progress and completed construction projects, city staff have relaunched the interactive project map ahead of the 2022 construction season. The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) map includes major construction projects taking place in parks, with utilities and on roadways over the next several months. Residents can use the map to see important infrastructure upgrades and learn more about each one. Each project on the map includes a description, an expected start and end date, and information about the project cost. Staff will continue to update the Major Projects map as projects progress throughout the year.
Supporting Women’s Economic Recovery
Between July and October 2021, the Premier’s Council on Charities and Civil Society engaged with civil society organizations and experts, women with lived experience and Indigenous Elders on how to help women in Alberta recover from the impacts of COVID-19. That engagement informed the council’s report on Supporting Women’s Economic Recovery, which identifies specific challenges facing women under such themes as gender-based violence, mental health issues and economic security. The report also provides advice on how the Government of Alberta can support civil society organizations in addressing these challenges. Alberta’s government will work with partners in civil society to assess the report in full and develop an action plan based on the recommendations.
EMS 10-Point Plan
AHS EMS continues to address ongoing system pressures and create capacity within the system, working on the initiatives first outlined in the EMS 10-Point Plan. This work is focused on managing high volumes of EMS calls, freeing ambulances for urgent care needs and ensuring our EMS workforce is robust and well supported. Work is also underway on the overarching Provincial Service Plan, which will guide the next five years of EMS operations. EMS is engaging with their people, as well as the public and other partners, to understand current experiences and perceptions of EMS. This will then guide the identification of areas for potential improvement, now and over the coming years. This engagement launched in mid-March and, since that time, EMS has already heard from thousands of Albertans, including patients and families, elected officials and AHS staff. Updates are available on the EMS Together4Health page and anyone is invited to sign up and take part.
Fuelling Our Business Community
2022 Home & Leisure Tradeshow
Join us on April 22 - 24 at the Cypress Center, Medicine Hat
Each year the Chamber invests time and resources into creating a quality trade show for our community, and we are proud to host not only the longest running, but the largest trade show in Medicine Hat. Bringing business together under one roof provides a fantastic experience for everyone.
The Power of Community
Taking action to better support children and youth
The past two years have been challenging for children, youth and young adults as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions. Young adults struggling with addiction have also been particularly hard hit by these events.
Alberta’s government is responding by making significant investments to improve mental health and addiction care and help youth and young adults recover from the challenges they face. Alberta’s government is also enhancing safety planning, oversight and reporting to improve the safety of children and youth receiving intervention services. Read More
Save the Date for Vital Conversations: June 21
Each year, the Community Foundation of Southeast Alberta (CFSEA) hosts a Vital Event which is a periodic check-up that measures the vitality of our community. This year, CFSEA is hosting the 2022 Vital Conversation on June 21st from 11 am to 1 pm to facilitate a discussion with community members to learn more about trends impacting local quality of life. In advance of this session CFSEA is encourage you to complete a survey and be entered to win a $100 gift card.
Enriching Your Business
Fill Up On Funding
Financial fuel for Alberta municipal transit systems
Alberta is committing $79.5 million, which is being matched by the federal government, for a total of almost $159 million to support 26 Alberta municipalities. This funding, under a new program called Alberta Relief for Shortfalls for Transit Operators (RESTOR), will provide a top-up to assist municipalities that are feeling the financial pinch from low ridership over the last two years.
Medicine Hat will receive $627,653 of the total funding. Read More
Grants support first responders’ mental health
Non-profit service providers and Canadian-based researchers can apply for funding through the Supporting Psychological Health in First Responders program. Up to $1.5 million is available for the program in 2022-23. Funding amounts can vary, depending on the scope of services or research projects. The application deadline is June 13. Read More
Advocacy in Action
Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce Advocating for You
The Chamber evaluates emerging issues and we want to encourage members to submit their concerns via the business issue submission form on our website. When a business submits an issue, it enables us to continue our work in identifying barriers to business success and growth within our region. It also allows us to create recommendations and facilitate conversations to create an atmosphere that is conducive to business and sustainable community growth.
Next Level Events
Elevate Pitch Competition Keynote Speaker: Arlene Dickinson
Happening on April 19, 2022, from 11a.m.-2:30p.m., this no-cost, virtual event will give Alberta-based entrepreneurs and innovators the opportunity to practice their pitch and get exposure to potential investors. You're invited to experience the pitch process in real time!
After the pitch competition, there is also opportunity for you to ask Arlene Dickinson business-related questions during the Q&A at the event! Register Here
Chief medical officer of health COVID-19 update – April 13, 2022
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Startup Women Podcast: Latest episode on How to: HR & Hiring
Conference Board of Canada: Unemployment rate reaches record low in March
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