Last year for Canada Day Pa­rade?

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Patrick Ko­lafa

Due to li­a­bil­i­ties, the 2019 Canada Day Pa­rade may be the last one the Cham­ber of Com­merce will be host­ing.

The Drumheller and Dis­trict Cham­ber of Com­merce brought a del­e­ga­tion to Drumheller Coun­cil Com­mit­tee of the Whole meet­ing on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 3. Cham­ber ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Heather Bitz told coun­cil after this year, the Cham­ber has de­cided not to move for­ward with the pa­rade.

“It be­comes a grow­ing con­cern for our Cham­ber in terms of li­a­bil­ity for us. We have taken sev­eral mea­sures to in­crease the safety for the par­tic­i­pants and spec­ta­tors in­volved,” said Bitz. “We have to buy sep­a­rate in­surance for the pa­rade. Our reg­u­lar gen­eral li­a­bil­ity pol­icy doesn’t cover that, so we are buy­ing in­surance specif­i­cally for the pa­rade and that is in­creas­ing costs ev­ery year.”

Cham­ber vice pres­i­dent Jeff Hall was part of the del­e­ga­tion and he said while the pa­rade is one of the com­mu­nity’s flag­ship events, it comes with risks.

“We’ve taken dif­fer­ent steps to try to mit­i­gate that in terms of peo­ple walk­ing be­side floats to hand out candy and ban­ning wa­ter guns,” he said.

“This year at our strate­gic plan­ning, as a board of di­rec­tors, we talked about the pa­rade in gen­eral and the de­ci­sion was we think we’ve been the lead on the pa­rade long enough and we need to be able to pass that on to an­other or­ga­ni­za­tion if they are will­ing to pick up the ball.”

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