City seeks wider contact tracing picture

Cold Lake, AB - The City of Cold Lake will ask the Government of Alberta to consider allowing the Federal Government’s contact tracing application, or to harmonize the provincial and federal tracing applications.

“Our City is close to the Saskatchewan border, and home to CFB Cold Lake, both of which create a demand for inter-provincial contact tracing,” Mayor Craig Copeland said. “We feel the ability to provide a voluntary contact tracing application that allows for a nationwide picture will save valuable resources occupied with contact tracing, while also aiding economic recovery by allowing for safe interprovincial travel and trade.”

Cold Lake City council recognized the Government of Alberta for its quick work to develop and deploy the ABTraceTogether application. The later release of the federal application created concerns over the ability to coordinate between the two applications and ensuring a critical mass of people on a platform to aid in the contact tracing process.

Although the federal application may have been introduced later, it has the capability to monitor movement throughout Canada.

The City of Cold Lake passed a motion to urge the Provincial Government to expedite either harmonizing the provincial tracing application with the federal application, or enabling the federal application in Alberta.

The issue was raised, and passed in council, after a Notice of Motion was brought forward by Councillor Chris Vining.

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Thursday, December 3, 2020