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Updates and information during the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 Resources and Helpful Links - UPDATE May 5 2021MD Bighorn residents can access services through both the Towns of Canmore and Cochrane for supports and referrals during this pandemic.Town of Cochrane has MANY supports available; accessed through https://www.cochrane.ca/COVID-19 or calling FCSS at 403-851-2250The Town of Canmore Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) has launched the Here for You campaign with personalized supports and referrals to help you get through these challenging times. Visit us online http://bit.ly/hereforyoucanmore to learn more about our services or to get in touch with us. You can also contact FCSS Program Coordinator, Teryl Divorski at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 403-678-7127 to learn more about the various supports available.
COVID-19 Resources and Helpful Links - UPDATE Dec. 2020The health and well-being of our community is a top priority. Here are some resources and helpful links to help you connect with the information you may need as the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve. *We are listing links and information on COVID-19 resources and supports on several web pages for Food, Recreation Options, and Social and Mental Health Supports. Follow the active links in the Spotlight News Flash link below:
The COVID-19 status map shows the level of risk in regions and information about local health measures. It also shows the rate of COVID-19 cases and the number of active by cases.Regions are defined by municipal boundaries. Each region is either:a municipality of 10,000 or greater population: a city, town or municipal district (or county)communities smaller than 10,000 are included in the surrounding municipal district. Communities include First Nations reserves, Metis Settlements and towns.Regions are designated as open, watch or enhanced relaunch status. All regions must continue to follow Alberta’s public health measures and guidelines, regardless of relaunch status.November 24,2020 Enhanced public health measures Mandatory restrictions are in effect to protect the health system and slow the spread of COVID-19.
PLAYGROUND RE-OPENINGJune 16, 2020Playgrounds have re-opened in the MD of Bighorn. Please be aware that the COVID-19 virus can persist on surfaces for up to several days and the MD does not sanitize playground equipment. Follow Alberta Health guidelines on personal hygiene before and after visiting playgrounds. Stay home and do not use the playgrounds if you or your family are feeling unwell. Continue physical distancing practices by staying a minimum 6 feet away from others, avoid sharing toys, and limit contact with individuals outside of your household. Use playgrounds at your own risk.
2020 TAX RATE BYLAWMay 13, 2020On May 12, 2020, Council approved the 2020 Tax Rate Bylaw. To provide some financial relief to MD of Bighorn residents and businesses, Council has approved a reduction to the municipal tax rates for this year. In addition, Council deferred the due date for the collection of property taxes from June 30, 2020 to August 31, 2020. Late penalty charges we will be applied for overdue accounts starting on September 1, 2020. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
UPDATE TO MD OFFICE CLOSURE & MEETING CANCELLATIONS May 1, 2020 The MD of Bighorn Administration office will continue to be closed to the public until May 31, 2020. Updates will be provided as new information is received. Council, Board, Committee and Commission meetings have been cancelled until May 31, 2020. This timeline will be reassessed depending on events with the ongoing pandemic.
UPDATE TO MD OFFICE CLOSURE & MEETING CANCELLATIONSApril 1, 2020The MD of Bighorn Administration office will continue to be closed to the public until April 30, 2020. Updates will be provided as new information is received. Council, Board, Committee and Commission meetings have been cancelled until April 30, 2020. This timeline will be reassessed depending on events with the ongoing pandemic.
PRE-AUTHORIZED UTILITY PAYMENT PLAN (PUPP) FOR BOW VALLEY RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSESMarch 31, 2020For MD of Bighorn residents and businesses in Exshaw, Dead Man’s Flats and Harvie Heights, currently registered for the Pre-Authorized Utility Payment Plan (PUPP), you may opt out of the program, at this time, without penalty. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
LATE PAYMENT PENALTIES WAIVEDMarch 31, 2020In an effort to provide some financial relief to MD of Bighorn residents and businesses in Exshaw, Dead Man’s Flats and Harvie Heights, Council has approved waiving late utility bill penalties from March 31, 2020 to June 1, 2020. The late payment penalty of 6% will not be applied to billings issued during this period. While those that have the ability to pay their utility bills are encouraged to do so; for those who are unable, payments may be deferred during this time without penalty. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
SOCIAL SUPPORT DURING COVID-19 March 17, 2020 During self-isolation, remember to be a good neighbour. If there is someone in your community that is aged, has health compromises, may have mobility issues, or no family close by; please check on them. There are many ways to do this without coming into physical contact with people, please do not go to someone’s door to check on them, find a different way to communicate. If you know someone that you are concerned about but don’t know how to contact them, the M.D. may be able to help connect you; call the office at 403-673-3611 (403-233-7678 Calgary Direct Line). Here are some tips for you to consider as a method of keeping yourself safe. First and foremost, follow the advice from our public health officials that you are hearing about on television and on the radio. Wash your hands often, disinfect your personal spaces, doorknobs and handles in your home, including your phone, cell phone/iPad or other devices. Keep a social distance (2 m/6.5 feet) and avoid face to face meetings. But, make sure you have a supply of any medications you rely on. Purchase products you readily need but don’t go overboard. Canada has a healthy supply of goods. Most important. If you feel ill, STAY HOME. Stay away from people and places where the public frequent. Do not go to the doctor or the emergency room unless necessary. Our Province is leading by example. We all need to cooperate and help reduce the spread of this virus. Be considerate of others. Be careful. Protect yourself. Stay home if possible. If you have concerns, dial 811 and be prepared for it to take some time to get through.Up to date information on COVID-19 is on the Alberta Health Services Website and 211 is a good source of information on the supports and services available in your area.
MD OF BIGHORN RESPONSE TO COVID-19March 17, 2020The Municipal District of Bighorn has implemented a COVID-19 preparedness plan to ensure the continuity of local government and services to our residents. The first action is to limit our staff to public contact. Most staff will work remotely from home. All employees will work in smaller groups using social distancing measures. There should be no disruption in the public contacting MD staff.The MD of Bighorn Administration office is closed to the public as of March 17th. A small cohort of staff will remain in the office to manage regular day to day services. You may still contact the office via phone 403-673-3611 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. As of March 17, 2020, all Council, committee, board and commission meetings are cancelled for the next 30 days. This timeline will be reassessed depending on events with COVID-19 and direction from provincial authorities. The MD’s Emergency Operations Centre has been activated. Please check our website for regular updates. Go to Alberta Health Services for the latest news releases and information about COVID-19 and actions being taken to protect the health of Albertans.