Wetaskiwin city council already began discussing Canada Day 2018, during their regular meeting July 17.
Councilor June Boyda was the lone absentee from the meeting.
Canada Day plans
During regular council meetings, city councilors give “attendance reports,” a run-down of events, meetings and activities each councilor attended recently.
During her report, councilor Patricia MacQuarrie stated that Canada Day in the City of Wetaskiwin was “fantastic,” with lots of people enjoying the warm weather that day.
Mayor Bill Elliot echoed that sentiment during his report. He said he’s received lots of feedback about the July 1 celebration and everything was vey positive. He noted the Fusion group was very happy and gave out over 1,000 hot dogs to guests.
The mayor noted that, looking ahead to Canada Day 2018, July 1 falls on a Sunday, and Canada Day celebrations usually start around 11 a.m. That’s the same time that many local churches hold their services.
Elliot said the city should plan ahead to talk to the ecumenical group, an association of local churches, to see if churches could hold their services earlier so that local citizens don’t have to make a choice between attending church and attending Canada Day.
The agenda item noted councilors attended events like the Ponoka Stampede, Jean Baker’s 100th birthday party and the Wetaskiwin Leduc Chamber of Commerce meeting.
The reports were accepted for information.
Opened their doors
Elliot reported the City of Wetaskiwin was excited to see some new businesses open this summer.
He noted a new bakery, some fashion stores and a nail and spa business have all opened for business recently in the city.
Positive ticketing barbeque
The mayor also noted he recently attended an event organized by the Protective Services department, including the community peace officers.
The “Positive Ticketing Barbeque” was held July 15 at the fire hall adjacent the football field. The purpose of “positive ticketing” programs is to recognize positive, friendly, constructive, helpful and respectful behaviour in the community, especially among youth.
Many communities have embraced positive ticketing programs to offset the impression that the only time citizens interact with police is during a negative situation.
Elliot said the free barbeque featured a bouncy castle for kids. “So it was a pretty good day, all in all,” he said.