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Posted on: October 9, 2020

COVID-19 Status Update

COVID-19 Status Update

October 08 2020 
To aid in resident's understanding of Hinton Emergency Operation Centre, Hinton Town Council, and Town of Hinton Administration responses to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic event, this update gathers recent news into one document. While emergent issues and information will continue to be shared as necessary, weekly updates going forward will use this format to gather, but also distinguish between, actions in place in the community.  


Hinton Emergency Operations Centre

The Hinton Emergency Operations Centre has concluded it's SOLE. As result, we now operate entirely under the restrictions of the province. As such, this section will now be used to share changes in provincial statuses relevant to the community. This is provided for ease of access - please refer to the Provincial website for up to the minute information.


Physical Distancing, Provincial Group Restrictions, and Cleaning Practices Must Continue

It is essential that residents and businesses understand that suppression activities, in particular maintaining safe distances, must be maintained.

If not maintained, transmission will rapidly rebound, potentially producing an epidemic comparable in scale to what would have been seen had no interventions been adopted.

The Town, and Province, need your help to continue to restrict your activities in the interest of community health. Distancing, hand washing, and sanitizing is absolutely crucial.

Residents, businesses, and visitors choosing to remain non-compliant on physical distancing or gathering parameters can, and should, anticipate provincial fines being levied directly moving forward.

Events or Gatherings of 200 or more in an outdoor space and 50 or more indoors can, and will, be ticketed under provincial restrictions.

To view current Provincial Restrictions, please visit the Government of Alberta's COVID web site, available here.


Restrictions Being Considered in Edmonton

Dr, Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer of health, warned on Monday that additional measures may be necessary to bring the transmission rate down in Edmonton. It is anticipated that voluntary restrictions will be announced today.  

Learn more here. 

Chief Medical Officer of Health Update Today
Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's Chief Medical Officer of Health, will provide an update on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

 
View via the Government of Alberta Youtube here. 


Edson Forest Area Wildfire Update

Posted on Mon, Oct 05, 2020

The wildfire danger in the Edson Forest Area remains VERY HIGH.  There are currently two active wildfires in the area.

EWF056 is now extinguished and was located 1.5 km northwest of Grande Cache along the Smoky River. It was 0.01 ha in size.

EWF057 is now under control and located 22 km northwest of Hinton along a gravel road and is estimated to be 2.89 ha in size. There is currently one water truck, five firefighters and one helicopter on site working to extinguish the fire.

Both wildfires are under investigation and were reported by the public using 310-FIRE.

Since March 1, 2020, there have been 56 wildfires in the Edson Forest Area burning approximately 6 ha.  One wildfire occurred before wildfire season which makes a total of 57 since January 1st.


Read the rest of the update on the Government of Alberta Website. 

Canada Recovery Benefit (Federal)

The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are directly affected by COVID-19 and are not entitled to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. The CRB is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

If you are eligible for the CRB, you can receive $1,000 ($900 after taxes withheld) for a 2-week period.

Read more here.


COVID Test Results (repeated)

Albertans can receive their COVID-19 test results from AHS through an SMS text message or an automated phone call. Individuals who book a COVID-19 test through ahs.ca/covid or drop in for testing at an AHS assessment centre can now choose to get their results through these methods. Anyone who does not consent to receiving results via text message or through an automated phone call will instead receive their results through a call from an AHS team member.

Learn more on the AHS website here


Hinton Town Council 

The most recent Hinton Town Council meeting was Tuesday, October 6, 2020. It was livestreamed via Youtube.

Agenda items included Golf Course Asset Acquisition, Fortis Franchise fee, and a number of in camera items.

The next meeting is scheduled for October 13, 2020. Residents interested in taking part in Minute with Council can click here to submit their appointment notice (more information below). 

Minute with Council Access (repeated)

Early in the Town Response to COVID-19, Town Council meetings were moved to remote environments, closed to the public, and streamed online to allow for easy access by residents. However, one aspect of our Council meetings that was lost in this necessary response was Minute with Council.

Traditionally, Residents have been welcomed to speak to Council about issues, events, celebrations or concerns during Minute with Council. At the beginning of each Council Meeting, the chair of the meeting opens the floor to the public to speak and share with Council members, administration and meeting observers.

As we determine the "new normal" in this pandemic response, the Town of Hinton has established a procedure to take part in Minute with Council remotely, temporarily, as we prepare for further steps in our reopening plans.

This process is being established to avoid risks of public meeting teleconferencing, such as inappropriate or abusive interjections by anonymous or false identities.

We appreciate your understanding should this cause any inconvenience for you.

Please use this form to receive an invite code to join our proceedings remotely.
Should you encounter difficulty using the form, please call 780-865-6072.

Read more here.


Facility Opening Plans

For residents convenience, the Town of Hinton has prepared, and updated, the above image representing open statuses and plans for many core facilities.

For further reference on Community Services' statuses and updates, please view Friday's edition of ComServ (more information below).

Reopened

  • Athabasca Riverfront Park
  • Spray Park/Change Rooms
  • All Outhouses
  • Protective Services Building (RCMP)
  • Infrastructure Services Building
  • Government Centre
  • West Fraser Guild
  • Emergency Services Building

Reopened (Consult ComServ for Details)

  • Peoples Centre
  • Arenas
  • Pool
  • Courts/Other Indoor Facilities
  • Bouldering Wall will remain closed until precautionary measures are in place.
  • Hinton Municipal Library
    • Phase 3 Now in Effect

In Progress

  • Kinsmen Park Public Washroom Facilities

Even more committees need someone like you!

Read more here.

To apply, contact 780-740-8059 or Mfaiaz@hinton.ca

Applications are due by Friday, October 16, 2020.

Learn more and apply online at Hinton.ca/Committees


Community Grant Program Applications

The Town of Hinton is now accepting Community Grant Program Applications for the October 16, 2020 Intake Deadline.


The CGP provides for: 

  • One-time projects and initiatives;  

  • Operating expenses of organizations in their development stage once per fiscal year for up to three years (within the first five years);
  • Events that are primarily designed and delivered for the general public that attract visitors, significantly contribute to the local economy, and promote volunteerism.
Required documents include:
  • Financial Statements
  • List of Executives/Board Members
  • Last Filed Annual General Return
  • Only Applicable to Non-Registered Groups
    • a motion from eligible groups board indicating approval to sponsor ineligible group

Late/incomplete submissions will not be accepted

Visit hinton.ca/CGP to learn more. 


ComServ 10 Available

To aid is residents understanding of all of community services current status, plans, and programming, ComServ, a newsletter from Community Services and Strategic Services at the the Town of Hinton, will be issued every two weeks on Friday morning.

The most recent edition was released Friday morning. Included are updates to October Library Programming, FCSS Respite Care, and Pool bookings.

During the pandemic, the newsletter will be issued through both it's own channel and this (News and Announcements) channel. The newsletter may also be subscribed to directly via NotifyMe, available here, or downloaded online at Hinton.ca/ComServ.


Learn More

The next scheduled COVID-19 related update is Thursday, October 8, 2020.

Town of Hinton Previous Update (October 01, 2020)
Town of Hinton Previous Update (September 24, 2020)
Town of Hinton Previous Update (September 17, 2020)
Town of Hinton Previous Update (September 10, 2020)
Town of Hinton Previous Update (September 03, 2020)
Town of Hinton Previous Update (August 27, 2020)

Town of Hinton Previous Update (August 20, 2020)
Town of Hinton Previous Update (August 13, 2020)
Town of Hinton Previous Update (August 6, 2020)
Town of Hinton Previous Update (July 23, 2020)
Town of Hinton Previous Update (July 16, 2020)

Town of Hinton Previous Update (July 09, 2020)
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Town of Hinton Previous Update (June 18, 2020)
Town of Hinton Previous Update (June 11, 2020)
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