At their meeting last night City Council passed a resolution to recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30th as a paid holiday to recognize the colonial legacy of residential schools, honor Indigenous survivors and is vital to the ongoing reconciliation process. The federal government recently passed legislation to make September 30th a federal statutory holiday.
Council received the Fire Chiefs report for August indicating five incidents. On August 4th they were called to a false alarm at Ecole McIsaac School where a heat detector had been set off accidently. On the 6th they assisted with the pick up and disposal of a large quantity of needles outside the Whitney Forum. On the 19th an alarm was set off on Hemlock by burnt toast and had to be reset and they assisted EMS on the 25th and 31st. The Fire Chief has met with primary health about needle use and disposal throughout the community. New recruits have been hired to begin this month to replace members who have left the Fire Department and conversations have begun to have another group come here for training in the spring through the northern lights training group.