A newly approved policy by City of Wetaskiwin council will have all public buildings close their doors on Remembrance Day until 1 p.m. out of respect for Canadian soldiers and the international occasion.
Within the policy, which was approved during council’s Jan. 23 meeting, public buildings are defined as, “all buildings owned or operated by the City of Wetaskiwin which are commonly and usually accessible by members of the general public, and includes, but is not limited to, City Hall, the Civic Building, the Memorial Centre, Manluk Centre, Wetaskiwin Civic Centre Twin arenas, the Drill Hall, the Curling Rink/Gymnasium/Arts and Crafts Centre, and the Municipal Library.”
The policy was approved by council with little discussion on the matter. However, Coun. June Boyda did speak up to say what she though of the policy and why it is something important for the city to have.
“I think it’s important we recognize this day and allow the opportunity for our city staff who wish to partake in the Remembrance Day ceremonies the ability to do so,” said Boyda.
“It really represents our democracy and ability to be here in city hall right now doing what we’re doing … We should honour those who fought for those rights,” she added.
The policy excludes public buildings necessary for Remembrance Day ceremonies.