Who Are the Fools In Medicine Hat?

Well despite the day of pranking that is ahead the City of Medicine Hat has apparently dropped a bombshell on their junior franchise.

At risk of being “fooled” by this hoax I will press publish for your consideration while I continue to investigate the stories authenticity.

From the City of Medicine Hat:

City serves Tigers with notice to vacate Canalta Centre
Posted Date: 3/31/2016 12:30 PM
For Immediate Release
March 31, 2016

Medicine Hat – The City of Medicine Hat provided notice to Tigers ownership today that without a permanent license agreement in place, the team is required to immediately vacate the Canalta Centre and restore any occupied space to its previous condition by April 7 at noon.

“We are disappointed that a fair and reasonable permanent license agreement has not yet been completed for use of the Canalta Centre,” said Mayor Ted Clugston. “The Tigers are part of the history and the fabric of our community. We want to see them make the Canalta Centre their home for many years to come.”

A temporary access agreement was put in place on August 21, 2015, to allow the Tigers to move into the Canalta Centre in time for the 2015-16 Western Hockey League season. The temporary access agreement was renewed 11 times over the course of the season, with the most recent agreement expiring March 24.

“City Council has an obligation to all City residents and taxpayers to manage the City’s assets and resources in a legally and financially responsible manner,” said Clugston. “We must look out for the best interests of all residents.”

In the absence of a long-term license, outfitting of the home team dressing room and other spaces dedicated for the home team was delayed.

SMG continues to be available to the Tigers to negotiate and finalize a long-term license agreement for use of the Canalta Centre. Once that agreement is reached, the Tigers will be welcomed back to the Canalta Centre and work can begin to outfit the team spaces.