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Council Clips – June 20, 2023

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Debrief on Recent Water Restrictions
EPCOR provided an update on the water restrictions that were in place between June 9-16. The issue was not related to low supply or excessive demand, rather a suspected mechanical failure on a pressure reducing valve and four substantial water leaks were found and repaired. The water system in Canmore has enough access to water and can produce enough water for all anticipated demand.

Canmore and Area Mountain Bike Association Update (CAMBA)
The Town of Canmore and the Rocky Mountain Heritage Foundation (RMHF) entered into an agreement with CAMBA in 2017. The agreement formalized the relationship between parties for the design, construction, and maintenance of trails on Town of Canmore and RMHF lands. Over the years, CAMBA has undertaken additional trail work including the Bow Valley Kids Trails and the Benchlands Drop Zone. The initial $50,000 was intended as seed money, for which CAMBA would make its best efforts to match these funds through volunteer hours, donation of supplies and materials, sponsorships, and other grants. CAMBA provided a summary of their work in 2022 and details for proposed work in 2023.

Emergency Preparedness Update
Emergency response plans were created to guide us in helping the community when we experience extreme heat and/or wildfire smoke. As experienced during the heat wave of 2021, extreme heat can have very serious health consequences, including dehydration, heat stroke, and accelerated impacts from chronic diseases – all leading to increased hospitalization and sometimes death. Similar to extreme heat, wildfire smoke can cause significant health impacts and negatively affect buildings systems. Cooling and clean air centres are one measure to support a community during extreme heat or wildfire smoke events. It was determined that the Canmore Recreation Centre and Elevation Place have the best (although limited) capacity to act as a cooling or clean air centre. During these events, the Town of Canmore will communicate actions the community can take to mitigate the impact of extreme heat and wildfire smoke.

New Emergency Notification System
We just announced the launch of the Voyent Alert notification service in Canmore. Voyent Alert is a multipurpose notification service that will be used to communicate important information to our residents. Alerts can be received on the Voyent Alert app, or by email, text message, or phone call. Other Bow Valley communities also use this notification service and subscribers can select which updates to receive. Visit for more information or to sign up.

The Committee also received:

  • An update on some of the new Water Utility technology
  • Administrative and Councillor updates
  • Correspondence from Liricon and Plenary regarding the Banff to Calgary Passenger Rail and correspondence to the RCMP Re: Retroactive Payments, Alberta Premier Danielle Smith and NDP Leader Rachel Notley Re: Provincial Downloading, and Canadian Infrastructure Bank Re: Housing Infrastructure Financing
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