MESSAGE FROM MAYOR AND COUNCIL – JUNE 5, 2020

With the warming weather we can get out more and take care of our physical health, but it is equally important to take care of our mental health.  Even though things are moving forward and returning to something resembling normal, this is still a particularly stressful time.  Many of us are experiencing higher levels of anxiety, and anyone with mental health issues to begin with are likely struggling right now.  Take care of yourself, and take care of your family, friends, and neighbors.  Give them a call, ask them what their “impossible task” is today and help them with it.

And if you find yourself struggling, reach out to your loved ones or any of the resources available to you.  The Government of Alberta has many resources you can access at https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx

Stay connected and talk to friends and family about your feelings and concerns. Take care of yourself and each other.  Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate.  Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly and get plenty of sleep.

Stage 2 of Alberta’s Relaunch is just around the corner and we are excited and anxious to move forward.  Please continue to follow the posted guidelines at our playgrounds and other outdoor facilities to protect you and your family.   And remember to continue to practice physical distancing when you are outside of your home.

Before heading out this weekend, make sure you have taken precautions and know what is open and what is still closed or restricted.  We must all continue to be cautious and adhere to the recommendations from the experts.  We are all looking forward to Stage 2, let’s keep it on track!

Thanks to everyone in the Crowsnest Pass, we still have no confirmed cases!  Keep up the good work!

Stay safe, stay healthy! We are all in this together!

Check out Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy at https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-relaunch-strategy.aspx

MESSAGE FROM MAYOR AND COUNCIL – MAY 15, 2020

It’s the long weekend!

Most of us are looking forward to a fun-filled weekend.  Whether you are planning to sit back and relax, go camping, or visit family, remember the importance of physical distancing, hand washing, and staying home when sick.  It is also important to remember that the restriction on gatherings of more than 15 people is still in place.

We are just beginning Stage 1 of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy, which is great news!  We must all continue to be cautious and adhere to the recommendations from the experts.  If we work hard at keeping safe, we can move more quickly into Stage 2!  We certainly don’t want to have to start closing things down again.

Please keep in mind that each business will have to evaluate whether they are reasonably able to re-open with the guidelines that are in place to protect customers and employees.  Please support our local businesses whatever their plan may be.  We will get through this together!

Thanks to everyone in the Crowsnest Pass, we still have no confirmed cases!  Keep up the good work!

Stay safe, stay healthy! We are all in this together!

Check out Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy at https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-relaunch-strategy.aspx

MESSAGE FROM MAYOR AND COUNCIL – MAY 8, 2020

As we move closer to Stage 1 of Alberta’ Relaunch please remember to continue to protect yourselves and your loved ones from COVID-19.

If we move along too quickly, we risk a resurgence in cases in the province.  We have been very fortunate to have avoided any confirmed cases here in the Pass so far and we want to keep it that way!

Now that some of the restrictions have been lifted, we need to be as vigilant as ever and continue to follow the public health measures put in place to protect us.  Remember, we can’t move on to further stages in the Relaunch if we are not careful and see an unsafe hike in numbers of COVID-19 cases.

We are all excited to be able to access our Provincial Public Lands and Parks again, and many of us are relieved to be able to reschedule the much-needed health-care appointments – and even more excited to see us move into the next stages!

We must continue to practice social distancing, continue to take precautions when heading out for activities, wash our hands regularly, avoid touching our faces, and maintain physical distancing when we do go out.  Please remember that gatherings of more than 15 people are still not permitted under public health orders. 

We would like to give a very heartfelt thanks to everyone in the Crowsnest Pass for their continued diligence and support during this time and into the relaunch phases.  From our hard-working front-line workers to our teachers who are working extra hard to get adjusted curriculum to the students to every single resident who is trying to stay home as much as possible and taking extra precautions when going out – we wouldn’t be virus free if it weren’t for all of your hard work and sacrifices.  Thank you!!

Stay safe, stay healthy! We are all in this together!

Check out Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy at https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-relaunch-strategy.aspx

MESSAGE FROM MAYOR AND COUNCIL – MAY 1, 2020

Premier Kenney’s introduction of the Alberta’ Relaunch Strategy is very positive news; we are all looking forward to getting back to normal.

We are all excited to get out on the golf course or head out to the back country but please don’t let your guard down and don’t try to get back to normal too quickly. 

As we move forward, it is just as important that we continue to be vigilant and follow all of the public health measures put in place to protect us.  We don’t want to end up moving backwards; we still have no confirmed cases within the Crowsnest Pass – let’s keep it that way!  The Government of Alberta has put the phased relaunch in place to ensure that we don’t experience an overwhelming resurgence of cases in the province.

We must continue to practice social distancing, continue to take precautions when heading out for activities, wash our hands regularly, avoid touching our faces.  Please remember that gatherings of more than 15 people are still not permitted under public health orders. 

Stay safe, stay healthy! We are all in this together!

MESSAGE FROM MAYOR AND COUNCIL – APRIL 24, 2020

With temperatures on the rise, we are looking for ways to enjoy the beautiful outdoors.  It is still important to remember to practice social distancing when out enjoying this spring. 

Please remember that gatherings of more than 15 people are not permitted under public health orders. 

When planning your outdoor adventure, make sure to take some precautions.  Plan activities just with the people in your household.  If possible, plan your outing during non-peak hours, and continue to maintain distance with anyone you meet. 

The best options for outdoor activity are where everyone is physically distanced and there is no contact with frequently touched objects or surfaces.  Things like going for walks or bike rides, flying kites, gardening, and hiking are good choices to enjoy the weather and get some exercise in the fresh air.

Activities to avoid are those that require or are likely to include contact with frequently touched objects or surfaces.  Things like backyard BBQs, drinks with friends, picnics and other gatherings, and activities that use shared equipment like horseshoes and bocce ball are not recommended.

Any activity that involves only the members of your household does not require physical distancing as long as they are not required to be self-isolating.

And remember, the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to wash your hands frequently, don’t touch your face, and maintain social distancing at all times.

Stay safe, stay healthy! We are all in this together!

MESSAGE FROM MAYOR AND COUNCIL – APRIL 17, 2020

It is particularly important to recognize and show empathy to those dealing with difficult situations and just as important to recognize that you may not be aware that they are dealing with a difficult situation.

Please have patience with everyone around you. Sometimes there is more to the story than meets the eye. It is not always obvious if a visit from a secondary homeowner is essential, or that the person purchasing multiple packages of toilet paper is buying supplies for their neighbor who is self-isolating, or if that person coughing in the store has allergies or a pre-existing illness and has already been cleared by 811 or their doctor.

Remember, we are all in this together and if we continue to work together, we will come out of this a stronger community.
We are urging all secondary homeowners to please choose one residence to remain in during this time. Whether you live in the Crowsnest Pass and have a secondary home elsewhere or your secondary home is here, travelling back and forth between properties can increase the exposure of the people of both communities and to yourselves. Please limit your travel to essential travel only.

Also remember that our local businesses are offering many services such as take-away food, deliveries, call-in shopping and more and they are working very hard to support you right here in the Crowsnest Pass. Please understand the risks they take every day to provide essential services to our community and have patience with our front-line service workers. Remember, they are not there to take your abuse or your insults and they shouldn’t have to ask for you to please respect their personal space. They are risking their health everyday to provide for your needs, so please show them some respect.
The situation we are in requires a conscious choice to stay home and stay safe.

We continue to express our gratitude to our front-line workers for going to work every day to provide essential services. Thank you to our devoted medical and support staff, police, emergency services, municipal staff, retail employees and everyone helping others.

We hear of numerous good deeds and acts of kindness every day - people delivering food, sewing masks, calling on friends to check in, shopping for their neighbors that can’t get out. Good job everyone! We encourage everyone that has a good news story to submit it to kim.uhersky@crowsnestpass.com and we will share your stories on our social media platforms.

Stay safe, stay healthy! We are all in this together!

Mayor Painter and your Councilors

Press Release – Municipal Council to defer penalties on Utility and Property Tax Payments

April 1, 2020 - For Immediate Release – To assist residents in the Crowsnest Pass who are financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Municipal Council made a motion at the March 31 Council Meeting to defer the penalties for Utility and Property Tax payments as follows:

  • 2020 tax penalties will start accruing September 1, 2020 instead of July 1, 2020
  • Utility penalties will be suspended April 1, 2020 and resume July 1, 2020

The Municipality still encourages anyone who can pay their bills to continue to do so to help the Municipality maintain their cash flow for operations.  Please note that this is a deferral for penalties, the regular charges for utilities and property taxes will still be levied as per usual.

 

Press Release – COVID-19 Update- Municipal office and playgrounds closed

March 24, 2020 - For Immediate Release – Effective immediately, the Municipal Office will be CLOSED to public access to help protect the health and safety of our employees and the public.  We will still be in the office to assist you via phone or email.  If you have documents or cheque payments to bring in, you can drop them off in our drop-box located at the front of the building.

Additionally, under the recommendations of AHS and AEMA, all playgrounds/play structures are CLOSED to the public.

Our community walking and hiking trails remain open at this time; however, it is important that you continue to maintain social distancing.  Stay at least 2 meters away from other users on the trail and do not use it as an opportunity to get together in a group. 

We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding as we work together to protect the health of our community.

We will be continuously monitoring the situation and providing updates as needed.

For up-to-date information, instructions, and resources about COVID-19, please visit a reliable source such as Government of Alberta (alberta.ca), Alberta Health (https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16944.aspx), Health Canada (https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html) and the World Health Organization (https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019).

If you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms, stay home, self-isolate and call Health Link 811 if your symptoms worsen.

Press Release – Crowsnest Community Library Closed

March 18, 2020 - For Immediate Release – In response to the State of Public Health Emergency announced by the province, the Crowsnest Community Library is now closed to all public use.

The RCMP detachments are also closed to public access.  Please see this communication for details: RCMP Detachment Public Closure Info Sheet

We will be continuously monitoring the situation and providing updates as needed.

For up-to-date information about COVID-19 in Alberta, please visit Government of Alberta’s website at https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx?utm_source=google&utm_medium=sem&utm_campaign=Covid19&utm_term=beinformed&utm_content=v3&gclid=Cj0KCQjw3qzzBRDnARIsAECmryp0JYkMjLOrA5y0RQ3aN3DIR3Mr97ZLWWfP_zf5Vrh4GqdwGZ1llCcaAnrTEALw_wcB

If you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, stay home and call Health Link 811 for instructions.

Press Release - Pass Powderkeg Closure and Crowsnest Community Library Access Restriction

To further reduce the potential spread of COVID-19, the Municipality has made the decision to close Pass Powderkeg Ski Area and restrict access to the Crowsnest Community Library effective immediately.

The Crowsnest Community Library will continue to accept returns and any members who have books ready for pick-up will be able to access them at the front desk, browsing will not be permitted, nor will there be any access to the computers.  No new holds/orders will be permitted as Chinook Arch Regional Library has suspended the delivery of books.

We will be continuously monitoring the situation and providing updates as needed.

For up-to-date information about COVID-19 in Alberta, please visit Government of Alberta’s website at https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx?utm_source=google&utm_medium=sem&utm_campaign=Covid19&utm_term=beinformed&utm_content=v3&gclid=Cj0KCQjw3qzzBRDnARIsAECmryp0JYkMjLOrA5y0RQ3aN3DIR3Mr97ZLWWfP_zf5Vrh4GqdwGZ1llCcaAnrTEALw_wcB

If you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, stay home and call Health Link 811 for instructions.

Press Release - COVID-19 Update- Municipal Facilities

March 16, 2020 - For Immediate Release – Under the recommendations of the Province to help limit the potential spread of COVID-19, public access to the following Municipal facilities is suspended until further notice:

  • MDM Community Centre
  • Crowsnest Sports Complex
  • Gymnastics Facility
  • Elk’s Hall

We are evaluating all other Municipal facilities.

Community Registration Night and Volunteer Appreciation Night will be rescheduled to a later date.

We are working to contact all user groups affected by these closures. 

We will be continuously monitoring the situation and providing updates as needed.

For up-to-date information about COVID-19 is Alberta, please visit Government of Alberta’s website at https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx?utm_source=google&utm_medium=sem&utm_campaign=Covid19&utm_term=beinformed&utm_content=v3&gclid=Cj0KCQjw3qzzBRDnARIsAECmryp0JYkMjLOrA5y0RQ3aN3DIR3Mr97ZLWWfP_zf5Vrh4GqdwGZ1llCcaAnrTEALw_wcB

The current risk level in Alberta for contracting COVID-19 is still low.  However, If you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, stay home and call Health Link 811 for instructions.