Red Deer Coun. Buchanan apologizes to city, residents, businesses, staff, council for COVID social media posts

During Red Deer City’s Aug. 24 council meeting, Coun. Buchanan issued a public apology to Red Deer residents, businesses, staff and Council.

By a majority vote on July 26, Council accepted the findings in the investigator’s report, which conclude that Coun. Buchanan breached three sections of the Code of Conduct Bylaw.

Buchanan said he met in-person on July 19 with Catherine Bulek-Lachman, Public Health Officer / Executive Officer, AHS Environmental Public Health to offer a personal apology for his actions on social media on Jan. 27.

Coun. Buchanan had been suspended from all council committees and all deputy mayor rotation duties until sincere apologies were provided. Council unanimously passed a motion stating they were satisfied with the apologies, fulfilling the requirements of the third sanction allowing Coun. Buchanan to resume his duties on council committees and return to the deputy mayor rotation.

The last remaining sanction is for Coun. Buchanan to complete a social media course selected and paid for by the City of Red Deer that aligns with typical media training for city staff.

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