Farm Credit Canada Agriculture Outlooks

Canadian producers need to focus on building resilience into their business to maintain or grow their operations in turbulent times, according to Farm Credit Canada (FCC) chief agricultural economist. During the first six months of 2018, a lower Canadian dollar helped boost farm revenues, offsetting increases to interest rates, fuel and fertilizer prices. But the Canadian economy relies on the strength of export sectors. Trade tensions, currently pushing the Canadian dollar lower, could continue to pressure the loonie below the $0.78 projected 2018 average and may limit future interest rate hikes in 2018.  Read More

Municipal Development Plan Survey Closes on July 31st

The City of Medicine Hat is undertaking a comprehensive update to its guiding vision, the Municipal Development Plan. This initiative, myMH, will result in a new 30-year citywide plan to be adopted in 2019, putting in place visionary policies to help make Medicine Hat stronger, greener, more vibrant and connected. A survey is open until July 31st to collect ideas from the public. The City has engaged the public by holding sessions with advisory boards and stakeholder groups, attending the Chamber of Commerce 2017 fall trade show, providing guidelines for community led kitchen table conversations, holding a My Big Picture photo contest, holding a public briefing for the Municipal Planning Commission, organizing a public event at the Esplanade and Cultural Centre in 2018 and launching a public survey

Medicine Hat Included in Rural Transportation Pilot Projects

The Government of Alberta will be expanding a pilot program for rural transportation with a new bus line between Medicine Hat and Lethbridge. The government is investing $700,000 that will connect 12 communities across the region. The route will include stops in Redcliff, Seven Persons, Bow Island, Burdett, Grassy Lake, Purple Springs, Taber, Barnwell, Cranford and Coaldale. See a map of the Rural Transportation Pilot Projects here.

Canadian Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Federal Cabinet Changes

Cabinet changes announced by the Canadian government have been welcomed by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCC). "At a time when the Canadian economy is under attach by our most important trading partner and ally, it is vital that we focus on fundamentals," said The Hon. Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the CCC. "The government must act quickly to implement existing trade agreements, identify even more markets for our exporters and take concrete steps to encourage investment and ease the regulatory and tax burden on businesses. Today's cabinet appointments are a step in that direction, but there is still much work to be done." Read More

Preparations Underway for Demolition of 210 South Railway Street

City staff and contractors began this week for the demolition of the building at 210 South Railway Street. Last February, City Council approved an agreement between the City of Medicine Hat and the Orphan Well Association (OWA) to demolish the building known as the Hitch'n Post in the interest of public health and safety. Phase one of the project, to prepare the building for demolition, begins this week and includes the abatement of hazardous materials. Demolition of the building will occur in August once abatement is completed. Following demolition and site clean-up, the OWA will install an enhanced Soil Gas Management System to manage the methane associated with the old well.  Read More

Stampede Summer Jam Recognized During Alberta Music Week

The provincial government has declared July 19-26, 2018 Alberta Music Week. The week recognizes and celebrates the contributions and accomplishments of Alberta's musicians, producers and performers. The declaration comes with $300,000 in additional funding for music in Alberta. Stampede Summer Jam, which is a collaboration of local musicians performing an energetic outdoor concert with a 'Grand Ole Opry' type format, took place on July 23, 2018 at the Stampede Grounds.

Business Beat: Understanding the Patent Process

Navigating the process to obtain a patent is complicated and so this month we invited Dan Polonenko to help answer some questions to help local entrepreneurs and business owners understand more about the patent process. Dan is registered Canadian and U.S. patent agent in Gowling WLG's Calgary office with a practice that includes patent drafting and prosecution in the fields of health, medical devices, oil,gas, energy, environmental equipment and technologies and process engineering. What is a patent? A patent is a legal grant of a commercial monopoly provided by a Government Patent Office. An issued patent is valid and enforceable in the country wherein that country's patent office issued the patent. Read More

New Member: Advanced Energy Advisors

Advanced Energy Advisors focus is to provide energy efficiency testing, inspection and consulting to businesses and homeowners. Saving money & energy in how we live and work making the future brighter.

Member News: Customer Appreciation Day a Success at Dunlop Truck Centre

Over $1,300 was donated to the YMCA of Medicine Hat's "Strong Kids Campaign from Dunlop Truck Centre's Customer Appreciation Day. Approximately 150 industry professionals, local business owners and curious members of the community converged on Dunlop Truck Centre for its Customer Appreciation Day BBQ on June 20th. The event was a way for the heavy truck dealer to say thank you for 13 years of continued support. It was also a fundraiser for the YMCA of Medicine Hat in support of its 2018 Strong Kids Campaign. A total of $825 was raised through the sales of 50/50 tickets. In addition, Dunlop later presented the YMCA with a $500 donation. These funds will help families in Medicine Hat send their kids to camp. “Thank you to Dunlop Truck Centre for their recent donation of $500 and support through 50/50 sales at the Customer Appreciation Day to the YMCA of Medicine Hat Strong Kids Campaign,” said Helene Nicholson, Philanthropy Director at the YMCA of Medicine Hat. “The Strong Kids Campaign provides financial assistance for anyone facing barriers that make paying regular membership or program fees a challenge. Through donations to the Strong Kids Campaign opportunities are provided for kids to experience a week-long camp, such as the YMCA Day Camp, YMCA Elkwater Overnight Camp or YMCA Swim Lesson Camp.”

Biotechnology, Electricity and Sustainable Transportation Challenge

Up to $70 million is available through the Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) Biotechnology, Electricity and Sustainable Transportation (BEST) Challenge. ERA's BEST Challenge is open to technology developers, industry, industrial associations, small and medium-sized enterprises, research and development organizations, post-secondary institutions, municipalities, not-for-profit organizations, government research labs and individuals. Collaboration and engagement with Alberta's post-secondary and research institutions is encouraged. Proposals can address a single industry or span across multiple industries. Eligible technologies can come from anywhere in the world, but projects must be piloted, demonstrated or implemented in Alberta. Projects are selected through a competitive process and the application deadline is September 13, 2018. Interested applicants can visit ERA's website to learn more.