Current News

PLANT DISEASE ISSUE

There is an outbreak of ‘Black Knot’ in our community which is affecting a number of residential as well as wild plants and trees. This picture explains what it looks like, and the following link describes how you need to sterilize your tools and treat it in order to limit its spread and damage. If you have further questions, please contact the Town office.

Please see link below for more information.  

http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$departm…/deptdocs.nsf/…/faq7622

GIS Map Link

Below is a link to our GIS system which is a geographic information system or geographical information system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of spatial or geographical data. Please feel free to use it.

http://gis2.orrsc.com/Qlogin/disclaimer.htm?qlogin=Magrath

FIBREOPTIC SERVICE IN MAGRATH

Further to our community’s recent fibreoptic sign-up initiative, we received this information from Axia Inc. on February 9th:

Right now we are conducting engineering and viability assessments for candidate communities that have reached the 30% mark. We will then determine which communities are prioritized to begin fibre design and construction based on the percentage of expressions of interest in each community. Successful communities will be announced when our teams are ready to put shovels into the ground later this Spring/Summer. Those that are not in the top Axia communities for 2016, will make up the top of the list for 2017 fibre implementation.

The more overall expressions of interest your community has by March 31st, 2016 will determine where your town is placed on the construction planning list. You can help to get to the top of the construction planning list by encouraging all your friends and neighbours (and anyone who hasn’t already signed up) to express their interest at https://www.axia.com/magrath

Thanks to everyone that has signed up thus far, and it if you can encourage others in our community to do so, that would be great.

THE SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP

The Sustainable Agriculture Education Partnership (SAEP) was incorporated by the Town of Magrath in January 2016. This partnership was initiated by the Town of Magrath and Westwind School Division in collaboration with representatives from leading agriculture corporations, the University of Lethbridge and Lethbridge College. The capital portion of this project is also being supported by Cardston County.

The standalone Career and Technology Studies facility that is currently under construction near the high school will be housing the partnership both during and after completion of our schools modernization. The main goals of the SAEP are to develop curricula and programs that will enable young people to catch a higher vision of the future of global agriculture and that will encourage them to take up careers in the increasingly international and technology-dense agriculture sector. Its wider goal is to encourage the increasing diversification of our local and regional agricultural economy in collaboration with other regional private and public sector business and education partners. Adult education and specialized training are other areas of focus.

It is expected that this Magrath-based pilot project will eventually serve as a prototype for other similar initiatives throughout Western Canada and beyond. If you have questions about any aspect of this project, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of Council or call the Town office.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/cors93cpwjakrpt/SAEP%20Business%20Plan%2020-Dec-15.pdf?dl=0