Mayor Spence 2017

City Mayor's Blog

I am very proud to be the first Mayor for the City of Warman.

From the first time I came to visit Warman over 30 years ago it has been very apparent Warman's charm comes from it's people.  The residents of Warman welcomed my family back then, and they continue to share their friendly community with all who come to live here or visit this fine City.  I am pleased to  have this kind of oppurtunity to share on a monthly basis, the good news and positive actions taking place in our community, the City of Warman.  Grab a cup of coffee and read on what is current and happening in the City of Warman.

Oct 21

Election 2019: Go Out and Vote!

Posted on October 21, 2019 at 11:39 AM by Erin Legg

“Every election is determined by the people who show up.”
– Larry J. Sabato


vote pic 1Did you know …

Canada has been a democracy since Confederation in 1867. Who has been allowed to participate in this democracy has evolved since that time.

At the time of Confederation, eligibility to vote was restricted on a number of issues. Voters had to be male and own property of a certain value. Some non-property owners were also permitted to vote, depending on the amount of rent they paid monthly or annually, but the amounts were high enough that they excluded many. The property-based qualifications for voting were gradually removed beginning around 1900, but was not completely removed until 1948.

For more than 50 years after Confederation, women in Canada were not permitted to vote. That changed for federal elections (and provincial elections in Nova Scotia) in 1918. The provincial laws giving women the right to vote in provincial elections were also introduced around this time, including Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan in 1916, BC and Ontario in 1917, and Nova Scotia in 1918. Quebec was last province to allow women to vote in 1940.

vote pic 2Why vote …

  • Voting is the most important way to make your voice heard on the issues that concern you.
  • Voting gives you an opportunity to be part of decision-making that affects your life.
  • If YOU don’t vote others will make the decisions for YOU!
  • Decisions are made on your behalf every day on matters surrounding healthcare, education, and housing, as well as on global issues like defence and environment and local issues such as bins and leisure facilities.

Here are a few helpful reminders as you get ready to cast your ballot.

Do:

  • Vote if you are a Canadian citizen and at least 18 years old on election day.
  • Bring ID with you to prove your identity and address.
  • Be patient and respectful. The voting process may take time.
  • Ask Elections Canada workers on site or visit elections.ca to answer any of your questions.

Don't:

  • Film or take pictures inside the voting place.
  • Show, film or take a picture of a marked ballot.
  • Vote more than once. An eligible voter is entitled to one vote.

Go out and vote. It is your democratic right. Take advantage of it.

Mayor Spence 2017


Sep 23

Our Furry Friends

Posted on September 23, 2019 at 4:50 PM by Erin Legg

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." — Albert Camus

Ah, autumn — there are so many reasons to absolutely love the season. Fall has arrived! Although we would like to see summer last for a lot longer than it did, you can’t deny the splendor that fall brings. All around us, the beauty of autumn reminds us that each season, as it turns, is majestic. So enjoy the colours and the temperatures, because before we know it the wind will blow the leaves away and bring in the snow.

September 2019 1

Politics seem to be taking over this fall, so let’s change the conversation to “Our Fury Friends.”

I have been very fortunate over my lifetime to have had many great furry friends. In our household our pets live a long time. All have been with us somewhere around 20 years! I don’t know if we have just been lucky, or what, but every pet has been with us for a long time.

I firmly believe in adopting your furry pal from a local animal rescue. There are so many animals living in over-crowded facilities just looking for a good home. They desperately need a family, so if you are going to invite a new furry pal into your family why not check the animal shelters first?

Last year a mama cat give birth, unbeknownst to us, under our deck. Into September we started noticing kittens playing in the yard. The mama cat had made our neighbourhood home all summer. She was beautiful. I am sure she was a pet to someone at one point.

September 2019 2Once we discovered them, we quickly became aware of how hard it is to re-home stray animals. From September until December, the mama cat and her kittens stayed in our yard. We lured them onto our deck into a warm home (a big dog crate) covered in blankets and heated with a lamp because it was getting really cold outside. We started to feed them, and in turn they quickly began to trust us. I have to say, my 14 year old inside cat, Deagan, was far from impressed with this new living arrangement. We spent hours on the phone, on social media, and talking to friends trying to coax someone to invite these beauties into their home. Animal shelters were filled to the brim – they weren’t even an option. Even after offering to neuter and vaccinate all the kittens we still couldn’t find a place for them to go.

Finally, after two months of trying, we got lucky and found a farm that would take them all. I only had them three and a half months, and wow, I had the hardest time giving them up.

Mayor SpenceFall seems to be the time of year when stray animals are noticed huddled or hiding, looking for a warm place to live. One furry pal can change coming home to an empty house to coming home. I know from my own experiences the greeting at the door or cuddling while reading a book is always better when it involves a furry pal.

~Sheryl


Aug 27

The Tans Will Fade, But The Memories Will Last Forever

Posted on August 27, 2019 at 4:15 PM by Erin Legg

“Summer should get a speeding ticket."

collage 1A cheesy quote, yes, but very true this year! We endured a long winter, just waiting for these summer months to come, and in a blink of the eye it is already starting to feel like autumn!

This summer we received many amazing photos of the City of Warman captured by residents. We really do have a beautiful community. Please keep these incredible photos coming.

This fall, Warman City Council will welcome our new Youth Council Representative, Janelle Johnston. Over the past six years, Council has worked alongside six youth representatives, each with a one-year term. These eager youth residents bring the voice of our younger demographic to the table.

Our youth play a very important role in our community. The opportunity to sit on City Council is valuable to both us and to them – after all, these are our future leaders.

collage 2A few ways you can develop young leaders include:

  1. Teach them about confidence. ...
  2. Be a great example. ...
  3. Take part in youth engagement programs. ...
  4. Teach kids to be organized. ...
  5. Encourage them to make the world a better place. ...
  6. Explain that failure isn't always a bad thing. ...
  7. Allow them to make their own decisions.

There are other opportunities for our youth to grow their leadership skills. For example, the upcoming Youth Leadership Summit taking place on September 27 from 9 until 4. By participating in this event, kids will learn the skills to become a good youth leader in their community. This forum will help them to develop their unique leadership skills by providing motivation and encouraging the kids to become goal-driven. Our community benefits from dedicated youth leaders who help others find the right direction.

For more information call 306.933.2210, and to register go online at warman.ca – My Recreation Account.

Thank you to all the young leaders we’ve worked with over the years, and we look forward to a year with Janelle, the City of Warman’s 2019-2020 Youth Representative.

Summer always leads us to autumn, which means back to school and back to schedules. As you go about your daily routines, make sure to take the time to admire the changing of the season.

Mayor Spence

“A fallen leaf is nothing more than a summer’s wave goodbye.” – Unknown

~ Sheryl