My parents will be in town this weekend, and I’m trying to figure out where and what I should take them to. I take great pride in my tour guide role, but I’m struggling a little. None of the hockey teams are playing home games and it’s supposed to rain. If you have any ideas, let me know in a reply to this email!
Why Mission may buy body armour for its firefighters
Firefighters in Mission could soon be equipped with body armour. 📷️ Shutterstock
Burning buildings aren’t the only risk that firefighters face on the job.
Mission may soon outfit its firefighters with body armour following a series of worrying interactions in recent years.
Mission city staff have recommended the municipality immediately spend $15,000 on the body armour. They cite four different events over the last two years, including an “attempted axe attack” on a deputy chief attending a burning complaint and a recent standoff in which crews responded to an outbuilding fire only for the situation to turn into a police standoff.
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Abbotsford’s communications department will see a new member added. 📷️ Getty Images
Abbotsford to spend $137k on a communications officer
Abbotsford city hall will spend more than $130,000 to add another body to its communications department for a year, but the plan triggered rare opposition around the council table last week.
The city will spend $137,000 to hire one communications staffer who will be tasked with providing information to residents about city programs and services, Abbotsford’s financial manager Kamal Basatia said Monday. “This provides more opportunity for residents to learn about the work the city is performing.”
Mayor Ross Siemens described the city’s current two-person communications department as “very lean” compared to other municipalities. Those staffers respond to media requests and provide information through city press releases and social media channels.
Council has already approved the additional body, though the matter returned to the council table Monday as part of a comprehensive update to the city’s five-year financial plan. Coun. Simon Gibson said the project’s cost didn’t seem like an efficient use of money.
In response to a question from Coun. Mark Warkentin about how the project will be evaluated after the pilot project concludes in a year, city manager Peter Sparanese said: “The performance measures are articulating the things we have achieved—or that you have achieved as council over the previous year.”
Coun. Patricia Ross said the position was needed. She said she regularly hears from residents complaining about a lack of information regarding city works and activities, and could result in more and better feedback on what can be done better.
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Learn: The Mission Library will be hosting a talk on sustainable cemeteries on Wednesday, Nov. 8. Details online.
Hockey: The Vancouver Giants will play the Red Deer Rebels on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at the Langley Events Centre. Details and tickets online.
Dance: The Bez Arts Hub in Langley is hosting an all-ages community dance party? Expect to party like it’s your cousin’s wedding. Details online.
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