City council will decide in 2018 whether to establish a conservation plan for parkland and the St. Albert river valley.
Prompted by debate over a condo development in the Braeside neighbourhood, Coun. Sheena Hughes has put forward a motion to protect natural areas in St. Albert. The motion will come to council in the new year.
Hughes said she wants to see the city establish a definition for the river valley and set a boundary for where development can occur. She said she also wants to identify areas that are currently developed but that council doesn’t want further development to occur in.
Although the city has an environmental plan, Hughes said there is no parkland conservation policy to protect natural areas against development.
“Green space and park space in St. Albert, to me, is just a really important asset and jewel that needs to be protected,” she said.
“When this came forward, I thought the least we can do is recognize we have this gap and we need to develop a plan that acknowledges and protects it.”
Heron issues blood donation proclamation
Mayor Cathy Heron kicked off a campaign for blood donation over the Christmas holidays on Monday by proclaiming Dec. 1 to Jan. 15 as the Canadian Blood Services Give Life Holiday Campaign.
Heron said Canadian Blood Services contacted her to help out with their holiday campaign. Canadian Blood Services territory manager Liz James received the proclamation from Heron and council on Monday.
Heron said while four per cent of eligible Canadians donate blood, less than one per cent of eligible St. Albertans donate.
“I was saddened to hear that and I think we need to do our part … to promote this and increase it at least to the national average of four per cent,” she said.
She added she will be donating blood at one of the blood donor clinics coming up after Christmas. There will be a clinic at the St. Albert Seniors Association on Jan. 6 and at the St. Albert Inn on Jan. 10.