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Cathy Ellis

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Banff to educate and enforce social distancing rules

Banff to educate and enforce social distancing rules

“I’ve got to say, for the most part, Banff residents have been really good at following the rules, but we still are receiving the occasional complaint."
Banff, Canmore quieter following pleas for visitors to stay home during COVID-19 crisis

Banff, Canmore quieter following pleas for visitors to stay home during COVID-19 crisis

“It’s very clear and they have every intent of enforcing the rules; no parking on highways and the shoulders.”
Banff landlords stepping up on rent relief

Banff landlords stepping up on rent relief

“We identified housing as the number one priority for staff on temporary lay-off, because we wanted to make sure that they’d have a place to stay that they could still afford,” said Gordon Lozeman, president and CEO of Banff Lodging Co.
Survey says: Albertans against removal of Alberta Parks sites, reduced services in 2020 budget

Survey says: Albertans against removal of Alberta Parks sites, reduced services in 2020 budget

“Half of Albertans also oppose the announcement to transfer facilities and [have the] management of parks removed from the system to third parties and reduce government services,  such as the closure of two popular visitor centres in Kananaskis and ending cross-country track setting in three areas in Kananaskis."
Banff Ti'nu residents offered rent reductions and deferrals

Banff Ti'nu residents offered rent reductions and deferrals

“This particular request is directed to landlords to try to prevent an unnecessary housing crisis from occurring. What we don’t want to see is people losing their housing because they can’t make rent during this emergency."
Town of Banff asks residents to not flush disposable wipes

Town of Banff asks residents to not flush disposable wipes

“Toilets are not trash cans. If you flush anything, but toilet paper and human waste, it will cause major problems,” said Paul Godfrey, the municipality’s director of operations.
Parks Canada enforcing strict measures to stop visitation in Banff, Yoho and Kootenay during COVID-19 crisis

Parks Canada enforcing strict measures to stop visitation in Banff, Yoho and Kootenay during COVID-19 crisis

“Parking is not permitted on highways and roadways and Parks Canada will be collaborating with local police forces or the RCMP to enforce parking restrictions."
Parks Canada, Canmore, Banff take aggressive measures to slow spread of COVID-19 crisis

Parks Canada, Canmore, Banff take aggressive measures to slow spread of COVID-19 crisis

Parks Canada shuts down public access in national parks; Canmore declares state of local emergency
Field fire department holds Parks Canada’s feet to the fire

Field fire department holds Parks Canada’s feet to the fire

“This is a public safety issue. There is the real concern of immediate impact on the level of response for incidents on the Trans-Canada Highway."
Town of Banff offers deferred tax payments to help residents, businesses during virus crisis

Town of Banff offers deferred tax payments to help residents, businesses during virus crisis

Banff property owners can defer their property tax payments after town council voted to allow suspension of monthly payments in light of COVID-19, while the province of Alberta has has cancelled its increase to the education tax levy that was approved with the UCP's 2020 budget earlier this month