New Member: Serenity Float Centre Inc.

Serenity Float Centre is opening in Medicine Hat and is hoping to spread serenity across the city in the form of relief from pains and stresses of our day to day lives or existing aliments. Serenity Float Centre is about helping people to realize the importance of taking a moment of time for themselves, to let their bodies rest and heal. We are proud to be supplying Ocean Float Rooms, brought over from the United Kingdom. With a very premium product, that features a star lit ceiling. We offer a great space to relax after your float with a cup of tea, or some lemon water. As well, we will be the only supplier of Zend. Kava promotes an all-natural & effective way to relax and de-stress. What brought me to this business? I was working in a high stress safety critical industry when I came across a float add that caught my eye. I went for my first float in Calgary in early December with a friend and I have been hooked ever since. When my situation changed, I decided to jump into the unknown with both feet. Let’s work together and get Medicine Hat floating.

Business Beat: Starting a Business? Consider the Bootstrapping Method

Bootstrapping is truly one of the most effective and low risk modes to start a business. While the term bootstrapping may sound old world, there is nothing outdated about it. Among methods of starting a business, bootstrapping, which leverages personal savings and the selling of products or services to fund initial business operations, is a great approach for those looking to advance a business idea without owing money to financial institutions or investors. Bootstrapping allows for a staged approach to building a business.First, this startup method differs from traditional means that focus on attaining loans and wooing angel investors, by using personal savings to fund initial operations. Next, by starting small and talking to customers, bootstrapping allows the perceptive entrepreneur to test ideas, raise money sale by sale, gain exposure and get the desired market insights so important to a needs-driven business model. Finally starting lean, and without debt, allows the entrepreneur full control over business finances, empowers robust business decisions and ensures that the business bottom line is in an attractive state for future investment. Today, the entrepreneurial startup has many options to assist with a bootstrap strategy.Crowdfunding platforms, social media and growth in makers markets allow the creative and committed capitalist to move ideas forward, without risking high levels of cash. Read More...

Cypress County to Receive Grant Money for Rural Water Project

The Government of Alberta is funding critical water projects across Alberta as part of the ongoing commitment to provide clean drinking water and wasterwater treatment to rural Albertans. More than $131 million from Water For Life and the Alberta Municipal Water/Wasterwater Partnership grant programs will support 29 water infrastructure projects across the province. Once projects get underway, the investment will help sustain approximately 900 jobs. The Hamlet of Schuler in Cypress County received a grant of $599,441 from the Water for Life program for a portion of waterline to be replaced.

Project guidelines for these two programs are as follows:

Alberta Municipal Water/Wastewater Partnership (AMWWP)
  • AMWWP assists eligible Alberta municipalities with the construction of priority water supply and treatment and wastewater treatment and disposal facilities.
  • Under AMWWP, grant levels start at 75 per cent up to a population of 1,000 and decline thereafter to "0" at 45,000.
  • The program is available to:
    • cities with an official population under 45,000
    • towns
    • villages
    • summer villages
    • eligible hamlets within counties, municipal districts, Metis settlements, the Special Areas and improvement districts
    • regional commissions
Water for Life (W4L)
  • Regionalization of water supply systems started in the 1960s in the Edmonton area. In 2004, Alberta Environment and Parks completed a comprehensive province wide risk assessment report of municipal waterworks systems that identified options for communities, such as individual plant upgrades, regional water pipelines, remote facility monitoring and technical support and regional operational consortiums.
  • There is a higher capital cost to implement regional systems but, in the long term, regional systems provide the best overall benefit.
  • The W4L initiative was initiated in 2006 and is an ongoing program.
  • The objective is to support the development of new regional water and wastewater systems under AMWWP that are more cost effective and/or environmentally desirable than independent systems.
  • The W4L strategy initiative is available only to new regional water or wastewater systems or to new extensions of existing regional water or wastewater systems (to service new customers).
  • Commissions/municipalities are required to demonstrate the regional alternative is cost-effective and economically justified compared to alternative facility solutions. Environmental requirements, efficiencies in management and operational practices are also taken into account. Pipelines for new regional systems (water or wastewater) are funded at 90 per cent.
For more information on these programs click here.

New Member: RenoVisions Contracting

As a local leader in Medicine Hat Home Renovation, Home Improvements and Home Repair services, RenoVisions Contracting makes it easy to update your home at a price that’s easy to afford. My name is Phil Scott and I own and operate RenoVisions Contracting here in Medicine Hat, Alberta. I’m one of those rare individuals who was actually brought up in Medicine Hat. I live here in the Hat with my wife, two grown boys and, somehow, am now a (very young!) grandfather. I’ve always worked with my hands. There’s something very satisfying about having a vision of the way something should be created and then making that vision a reality. That’s what I do every day. Make homeowners dreams come true. And I’ve been doing this for over 20 years. We take care of everything from your free quotation to completion, including all permits and approvals. We guarantee workmanship you can trust – and guarantee quotes that you can bank on! In short, our reputation has been built on trust, honesty, value for money and our knowledgeable down to earth approach as to how we conduct our business.

New Member: Earls

Earls was born in 1982. Quite simply and obviously we are a restaurant - a kitchen with great food; a bar with great drinks.

But on a deeper level, we love hospitality and all that it entails and our business is to bring all of that together in one place. We are inspired by the world around us - both near and far. From chefs in London, to farmers in our local regions - our partners and inspirations inform our choices and our offer to you. As a team we aspire to give a great experience whether it’s for a quick lunch out of the office, Friday night with your friends or a date, we want you to have a great time. Welcome to Earls. Kitchen + Bar

Member News: Vote for APA for the Field Law Community Fund Program Grant

We are looking your support and vote for both of our submitted applications for an online grant that would allow us to either tutor children/youth for the 2017-2018 school year or send students to our APA summer camps at no cost to families who otherwise could not attend. The way it works is there is a voting process, where the community determines what applicants receive funding for the ideas and projects they submitted. We are up against 120 other programs throughout Alberta and only one or two are selected. We are the only program from Medicine Hat. The administrator said the qualifying panel were thrilled with our ideas. She also said that each person can vote up to 3 times on different devices. Please take a second to vote to help out children in our community that can not afford the help that they deserve. It's as simple as click here to vote for tutoring grant and here for a camp grant. No personal information needed. 

Value Added Benefit: Pattison Outdoor Advertising

Own the streets of Medicine Hat with Pattison Outdoor! Save 50% off or more on transit signs, bus shelters & horizontal billboards. Advertising contracts from only 4 weeks to 1 year. Savings starting at $900 up to $2650! Also as an added bonus; if 52 weeks are purchased, production costs are covered for 3 creative changes within the 1 year time period.

Alberta Carbon Offset Program and Unharvested Crops

Producers currently involved in, or who wish to participate in, the Alberta Carbon Offset Program – Conservation Tillage Protocol may have unfavourable field conditions left by unharvested crops or wet fall and spring conditions. Tillage may be the only option to deal with issues such as ruts left in the field or fire breaks.

“If you till 10 per cent or more of your field, that field won’t be eligible to receive carbon offsets for the year that you tilled,” says Paul Jungnitsch, greenhouse gas offset agrologist, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. “It will not affect fields that you have not tilled. You will be eligible again in the following year if you continue to direct seed.” 

According to the Conservation Cropping Protocol, discretionary tillage operations of up to 10 per cent of that field (excluding sloughs, waterways, buildings, and forested areas) may be worked to address field specific management issues, such as ruts caused by wet field conditions or fire breaks. All tillage must be documented and the area estimated with this information disclosed in project documentation. 

“When you do your reporting, be aware that your field may be subjected to an audit. If reported incorrectly, it can affect your carbon offsets as well as those of other farms as they have to be aggregated together into a project.”

Burning a field will not disqualify the field, unless the fire break 10 per cent or more of the workable acres.

“Keep in mind that carbon offsets are currently paying around $0.75 to $1.50/acre depending on your location,” says Jungnitsch. “You won’t want to reduce the size of your fire break just to earn carbon offsets. If your fire becomes out of control, the costs can be extensive. If your fire break is 10 per cent or over, report it. You will not be able to claim that field for that year, but will be eligible the following year if you continue to direct seed.”

The new vertical tillage units have caused some confusion. Because there are so many variations when it comes to equipment and settings within the units themselves, vertical tillage is usually treated as a regular tillage unit. Jungnitsch recommends checking with the aggregation company to make sure that is what they are doing.

“Tools such as the Alberta Soil Information Viewer can help estimate the area that was tilled. You can click on your field and use the measuring function to determine your area.”

The information contained in this article is the interpretation of AF. Offset projects must comply with the most recent quantification protocols and program requirements published by Alberta Environment and Parks, who manage Alberta’s carbon offset system. For more information contact the Ag-Info Centre at 310-FARM (3276).

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