Airdrie City council unanimously approved a request to rename the Gold Ice at Ron Ebbeson Arena the Murray Buchanan Ice in honour of the long-time Airdrie City councillor and volunteer who passed away in 2015.
“He was just such a great man. I can’t think of anything more appropriate,” Mayor Peter Brown said.
Buchanan served on council from 1986 until 2004 and again from 2010 to 2013. He was well known in the community for his love of hockey and sport. He was instrumental in the building of the Ron Ebbeson Arena, which opened in 1992 and served on the board of the Airdrie Minor Hockey Association for many years, including five as its president.
“He was a fan of every kid. He would literally spend day upon day upon day watching…kids getting a kick out of the sport,” Brown said.
The request to have the Gold Ice renamed in Buchanan’s honour was brought forward by his family. Sons Ian and Peter spoke to council about the contribution their father made to Airdrie.
“We thought maybe the way to go would be to rename the Gold Ice where he spent a lot of time watching the kids play hockey as well as having a little game to kick it off,” Peter said. “This is something that’s really close to the heart and something that he was very much involved with – getting the kids a place to play and then watching them grow as adults through hockey.”
A community event will be held in November to officially rename the Gold Ice the Murray Buchanan Ice. Planning between City of Airdrie staff and the Buchanan family is currently underway to make this happen. As well, staff is currently in discussions with Rogers to feature Buchanan during the Hometown Hockey broadcast on SportsNet taking place from Airdrie Dec. 16 and 17.
Council unanimously approved an amendment to the Land Use Bylaw to allow a UHaul dealership on Centre Avenue and First Street N.W., adjacent to Jet Wash Auto Spa. The amendment impacts only this location. A public hearing was held during the Oct. 2 council meeting during which a number of people spoke in favour of the application. No one spoke against; however, City staff acknowledged they had received some letters against the amendment.
Council unanimously approved four individual proclamation requests at its Oct. 2 meeting.
First, Oct. 7 has been proclaimed Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day in Airdrie and a request to light up City Hall in teal coloured lights has been approved. Trigeminal Neuralgia is a painful neuropathic disorder that occurs through mild stimulation of the face.
Oct. 16 to 22 has been proclaimed Waste Reduction Week in Airdrie to build awareness around issues of sustainable and responsible consumption.
Council proclaimed Oct. 15 as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day in Airdrie. City Hall will be lit up in pink and blue lights in support of families who have lost children during pregnancy and infancy.
Finally, one of the founders of the Stephen’s Backpacks Society will be recognized May 4, 2018. That day is proclaimed Yellow Hat Day in support of ending homelessness in Airdrie. Jim McPhee, former president and co-founder of Stephen’s Backpacks will also be recognized. City Hall will be lit up in yellow in honour of the day.