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By Masha Scheele

Rappel firefighter program eliminated

The provincial government announced it will cut an elite firefighting program whose members have trained in Hinton for decades.

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Council to reduce budget by $1.6M

Council requested a new report and recommendations on the 2020 budget from town administration, including a taxation requirement reduction of at least $1.6M.

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Town prepares to take over golf course asset

After discussing what kind of role council will play in how the Hinton Golf Club (HGC) is operated long-term, council decided to pursue an “ASH” style operating model in 2020.

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Tentative deal pulls CN workers off the picket line

Teamsters and Canadian National (CN) reached a tentative agreement to renew the collective agreement for more than 3,000 conductors, train persons and yard workers on Nov. 26 after a weeklong strike.

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School divisions lose three grants

The provincial education budget remains stable at $8.2 billion, but according to both school divisions in Hinton, the reallocation of grants to address the previous year’s shortfall, as well as increased enrollment across the province this year, has resulted in a negative financial impact.

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Local talent shares musical journey

All but one local artist returned for the second night of Journey Into Christmas, a production that showcased Hinton’s talent in two music-filled nights.

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Alberta reconsidering Daylight Savings Time

The province recently put out a survey asking Albertans their opinion on abolishing the time change. The survey’s two options included keeping the time change or adopting daylight savings time (DST) all year round, not providing an option for those who would like to see a switch to permanent standard time.

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Assault and unlawful confinement case postponed

The court case of Collin Glaser and Jesse Lablanc came to an abrupt halt on Nov. 6, three days into the trial, when the defence lawyers discovered a piece of evidence in their possession and new representation was requested.

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Draft budget includes $2M increase

As presented at the first of four public meetings on Nov. 16, the draft 2020 budget is $2 million dollars more than the 2019 budget, representing a 16.64 per cent overall increase.

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CGP funds three local non profits

Council approved funding through the Community Grant Program (CGP) to three out of five applicants in its second intake of 2019. While the five CGP applications added up to a total request of $39,000, the total funding available for this second intake was $29,727.

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