CityPage April 9, 2020 Edition

Posted On Thursday April 09, 2020

In this week's edition:

A Message to our Residents, Mail Call: COVID-19 Letters for the Archives, FST News, Public Hearing Postponed and more...


A Message to our Residents

As we settle in to our ‘new normal’ of physical distancing, self-isolation, working from home, helping our children with their online schooling or looking after our friends and neighbours who are in mandatory quarantine, it feels hard to catch our breath. Many in our community have faced job losses, our City staff included, and this means fear and uncertainty about what the future will bring.

City Council and administration are doing all we can to ease the burden and make safe choices for our community. This is not a short-term health crisis and we must continue to do our part to protect the vulnerable in our community. Yes, we have closed all recreation and culture facilities and changed access to administration buildings, but our staff are at work serving our community.

Community Wellness

•  Home Support staff are delivering medications to seniors through a partnership with Shoppers Drug Mart. As of April 4, over 80 deliveries have been made since we started the service on March 19.

•  Grocery delivery is available to seniors and all existing Home Support clients have been notified. We encourage family members to support their loved ones and the City will concentrate on those seniors that do not have a support system in place. Seniors and their families have voiced how extremely grateful they are to have this available to them. It has put many people’s minds at ease.

•  We have launched a resiliency project on social media encouraging the community to share what they are doing to get through this challenging time. We are asking members of the public to share videos, pictures, stories, recipes, etc. We will create a library and share the submissions with the community.

•  FCSS staff are still available on the phone or through email if you need information on available programs or if you need someone to talk to during this challenging time. Give us a call at 780-992-6267 or email FCSSinfo@fortsask.ca.

Public Works

•  We are committed to serving our residents and maintaining our services during this pandemic. Things like water, sewer, waste, road maintenance, transit, parks operations and maintenance continue as we make adjustments for staff to work from home, create new work schedules to maximize physical distance or divide our teams into different buildings to maintain operations. If you are struggling with waste collection at this time, please call the Waste Hotline at 780-992-6218 to discuss options that are available.

•  Effective April 14, local routes 582 and 583 will operate Monday to Saturday on a 60 minute frequency until June 28, 2020. Route 580 to Edmonton and the Green route 584 will not be impacted.

Fort Heritage Precinct

•  The Fort Heritage Precinct asks residents of all ages to document their experiences of the COVID-19 Pandemic in written form. History is happening; write it down. Any letters, journals, copies of digital correspondence, social media posts, etc., donated to the Fort Heritage Precinct that document the current pandemic will be accessioned and cataloged into our permanent collection for future research and exhibits, following the Privacy Act of Canada regulations. We will issue a call for donations of written documents. If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact the Fort Heritage Precinct Curator, Kyle Bjornson: KBjornson@fortsask.ca.

Local Businesses

•  For our local business community, we have created a COVID19 Resources for Businesses page on fortsask.ca and will continually update it as more information becomes available. #SupportTheFort resources are available to all Fort Saskatchewan based businesses at fortsaskchamber.com/support-the-fort.

Governance

•  Council continues to meet to make crucial decisions for our community response to COVID-19 and we are committed to continuing to conduct the business that is necessary in an open and transparent fashion while we make special accommodations for physical distancing and public gatherings.

Continue to do your part with Physical Distancing and Social Connection, hand-washing and self-isolating if you are ill. Thank you for continuing to be an innovative and caring community. Council continues to be impressed yet not surprised by how resilient and imaginative our residents are. Thank you for looking after each other.

If you or someone you know is struggling to cope at this time, please contact our FCSS department at 780-992-6267 or the Alberta Provincial support systems that are in place at bit.ly/AlbertaSupport.

Reach out. We are here to help. 780-992-6200 | fortsask.ca/council


Mail Call: COVID-19, Letters for the Archives

Fort Heritage Precinct

The Fort Heritage Precinct would like to invite Fort Saskatchewan residents of all ages to document their experiences of the COVID-19 Pandemic in written form. During these unprecedented times, it is important that events around the world and nation are documented on a local and individual level.

Personal correspondence, like letters written during WWII, can provide future historians and residents with a greater understanding of the how the COVID-19 Pandemic affected people in our community. Public health measures such as social distancing, quarantining, working from home, school and business closures, event cancellations, and the immediate and long range impact on the economy, has upended how we understand our world and interact with it. Letters, diaries, email correspondence, and Twitter threads, or however you may wish to document your experiences will be of immense benefit to documenting the City of Fort Saskatchewan’s history.

History is happening; write it down.

Any letters, journals, copies of digital correspondence, social media posts, etc., donated to the Fort Heritage Precinct that document the current pandemic will be accessioned and cataloged into our permanent collection for future research and exhibits, following the Privacy Act of Canada regulations.

We will issue a call for donations of written documents.

If you have any questions regarding our call for “COVID-19 Letters to the Archives,” please contact the Fort Heritage Precinct Curator, Kyle Bjornson: KBjornson@fortsask.ca or 780-992-6635.


FST News

Transit Holiday Service in April

Due to the statutory holiday, ETS Route 580 and ALL local service routes will not operate on Friday April 10, 2020. Service will resume on Monday April 13, 2020.

FST Fares Temporarily Suspended

Service on FST local routes and ETS Route 580 to Clareview is FREE.

Refunds and Reimbursements

Customers who have already purchased their April passes through retailers, will have options to exchange their April pass for a future monthly pass at City Facilities once they resume regular operations, or request a refund.

Local Service Reduced and Saturday Added

Effective April 14, our transit service is changing to hourly on weekdays and introducing Saturday service until June 28, 2020. Please refer to the revised schedule on our website or track the buses in real-time by downloading the Passio GO app from the Apple Store or Google Play.

More info: GoFortTransit.ca | 780-992-6218 | transit@fortsask.ca


Public Hearing Notice - POSTPONED

Bylaw C6-20 Land Use Bylaw Refresh

The public hearing for Bylaw C6-20 Land Use Bylaw Refresh has been postponed due to COVID-19.

Information on proposed changes to the Land Use Bylaw C6-20 can be found at fortsask.ca/LUB.

More info, please contact Planning and Development at 780-992-6198.


 

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   •   Visit fortsask.ca/COVID19

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