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2 F e b r u a r y 1 5 ' 1 8 H A N N A / C o r o n a t i o n / S t e t t l e r , A b . E C A r e v i e w R R R R R Published by Coronation Review Limited PrairieView Misguided energy development by Herman Schwenk I attended an information meeting in the Castor Community Hall presented by Michele Del Colle from the Alberta Farmers Advocate. This was a very informative presentation. She explained in great detail how the developers proceed to get contracts signed for a wind farm project. The landowners are on their own when negotiating a contract for the installation of a wind generator on their property. The Surface Rights Act does not apply to renewable energy projects as it does for oil and gas projects. The agents who represent the developer do not have to be licensed land men and in most cases are not. They represent the interests of the developer, not your interest. Del Colle strongly recommended that you engage the services of a lawyer that has expertise in the area of contracts and property rights. She also explained the role and process of the Alberta Utilities Commission [AUC]. All projects have to be approved by the AUC. For the most part it is a paper process however, if a group of land landowners have concerns, applications can be made to the AUC to conduct a formal hearing. In that case the entire process can involve nine steps. The Farmers Advocate Office has produced a very good pamphlet that provides very detailed information on the issue of renewable energy in Alberta. The title of the document is “ Renewable Energy in Alberta” and can be obtained by phoning 310-3276. I would advise that you obtain a copy before discussing a renewable energy project with an agent from a developer. Whether we like it or not, this government is determined to impose their Climate Change Plan on the residents of this province. Understand the plan is about NDP ideology not climate. They insist on phasing out efficient clean burning coal-fired generating plants. The plan is to phase out these plants by 2030 and at that time have 30 per cent of Alberta’s electricity produced by renewable energy. They will spend billions of dollars to compensate the utilities for shutting down their generators long before they would normally retire these plants. These costs and the costs of subsidizing renewable energy will be built into the price we pay for electricity. This government does not seem to understand that polices that increase the cost of doing business or the cost of living will result in job losses and investment, nor do they seem to care. What we have is lots of pain and no gain for the taxpayer. The thing that really gets to me on this issue of the Climate Change Plan is that they are attempting to solve a problem that does not exist. It is based in the flawed concept that C02 emissions are the cause of climate change. As I have written in previous columns, real research scientists, not wannabe scientists like Al Gore or David Suzuki], have proven that C02 has historically never been a factor in climate change and isn’t this time either. C02 is such a small percentage of greenhouse gas that its effect on climate is miniscule. Climate change is caused by various solar activities. Our NDP government can spend billions of dollars that they don’t have, on their Climate Change Plan and all they will change is to destroy our economy as the government of Ontario has succeeded in doing to their economy. That government still hasn’t figured out that their Green Energy Act has been a colossal economic disaster. The only thing that will prevent an economic disaster in Alberta is a change in government. Hopefully that will happen before the damage is irreversible. 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It’s not just the Liberals who have There are ongoing arguments about trouble separating personal values which political party has a lock on from human rights. ‘Canadian’ and ‘family’ values. I would Former Prime Minister Harper tied argue none of them – values are personal, his ‘family’ values to funding health not corporate. initiatives in third world countries. In The latest example was Prime 1994 he cut funding to those organizations Minister Trudeau and his government’s helping the world’s most requirement that all vulnerable if they also provided organizations applying for subsidized abortions. summer students must check a box UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that says they concur with reproductive opined at the time, “The UN doesn’t rights, e.g. abortion. support abortion as a form of family His reasoning was reproductive planning, but in places where it is rights is a ‘Canadian value’. legal, it should also be safe”. 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E C A r e v i e w H A N N A / C o r o N A t i o n / S t e t t l e r , A b F e b r u a r y 1 5 ' 1 8 3 Renowned singer-songwriter performs to sold out crowds in Stettler Lisa Joy ECA Review His voice croons love. That’s the enduring magic that ebbs and flows in the melodies, in the catchy lyrics, in the deeply romantic anthems of love. Canadian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Royal Wood may be best known for his song “Juliet” about lasting love, the hope and the promise. In the sweet-sounding lyrics his voice cantillates, “You can be my Juliet then, And we can drift asleep in a lover’s pose, But never close our eyes, No we will survive.” Wood, accompanied by upright bass player Steve Zsirai, performed two shows at the Stettler Performing Arts Centre to sold out crowds Feb. 11 as part of his North American and European tour to promote his upcoming album Ever After The Farewell that will be released April 6. Wood released his new single “California Nights” in January, which is the first tract of the album and written by Wood, Jamie Scott and Luke Potashnick. “California Nights” draws the audience into a nostalgic glimpse at love, untamed youth and friendship. “When I wrote the song I was thinking about childhood, crazy fun times in Los Angeles and Nashville, just being with my friends,” said Wood during an interview in Stettler after his performance. “It’s a nostalgic piece.” The album is the result of a dichotomy of emotions for Wood. 2017 included the biggest highs and lows of his life – meeting and marrying the love of his life and the death of his father. Immersing himself into his creativity was cathartic and the result was his eleventh album Ever After The Farewell that he said captures the polar opposite emotions he felt while composing the music. “I said farewell to my father but I started the journey of ever after with my wife.” The man and woman’s hands on the cover of the album represent both Wood taking his bride’s hand in marriage and his father’s hand leaving his mother’s. The year, 2017 was a year of paradigm shifts for Wood. “Life showed me firsthand that I had never felt true grief before, nor did I understand love until now.” Indeed, Wood is driven by love and his latest album celebrates the timeless styles of Tin Pan Alley and Laurel Canyon, which he heart and / Icon and the Heart&Stroke word mark are trademarks of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada used under license. The heart and / Icon and the Heart&Stroke word mark are trademarks of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada used under license. “ created hits like “By the Light of the Silvery Moon (Gus Edwards and Edward Madden) and “Our House (Joni Mitchell) respectively. Wood played most of the instruments in the songs and to capture the rawest sound most songs were recorded the day they were written. Wood recorded the album on the Beatles EMI console where they made Abbey Road. Wood was born John Royal Wood Nicholson and his middle names, Royal Wood, which are his performing names, were chosen after his greatgrandfather Royal Rufus Wood who died in 1962. Canadian singer-songwriter Royal Wood performs at the Stettler Performing Arts Centre Feb. 11 to sold out crowds. He had two shows, one at 2 p.m. and a second one at 7 p.m. ECA Review/L. Joy Royal Wood was raised on a farm in Ontario and enjoys performing at smaller venues like Stettler. “I grew up in a small town, Village of Lakefield, with a high school of 400 plus kids. It’s small town, it makes it feel like family. You meet the woman backstage that made the soup, that baked the banana bread for you, and that doesn’t happen in the big city shows.” Wood has since bought the family farm where he grew up and is now an organic farmer and environmentalist. Wood picked up piano by ear when he was four and started writing songs 3” wide version Not enough women recognize the signs of heart attack and know what to do. My mom was one of them. Joannie Rochette, Olympic medallist Help change that. Share the signs. Raise funds for research. Join Joannie Volunteering is the ultimate 3.75” wide version exercise in democracy. You vote in elections, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in. Not enough women recognize the signs of heart attack and know what to do. My mom was one of them. Joannie Rochette, Olympic medallist Sponsored by R.E. Brigley’s Towing Help change that. Share the signs. Raise funds for research. Join Joannie when he was eight. “It’s all I ever wanted to do,” he said. Wood was inspired by the greats like Tom Petty, The Beatles, The Beach Boys and Cat Stevens. “When I was a kid my dad had my uncle’s music collection and there were all these old vinyls and the first time he played them Cat Stevens came on and that was it, that was when I knew I wanted to be a songwriter from that point on.” No one artist inspired him the most but if he had to choose one that inspired him the longest he said it would be the Beatles; John Lennon and Paul McCartney. In 2014 Wood’s single “Forever and Ever” was a Top 40 hit in Canada. In 2010 iTunes named him Songwriter of the Year. The same year he was nominated at the Junos for Songwriter of the Year. In 2013 he was nominated for another Juno for Adult Alternative Album of the Year. Wood has had success in Hollywood with his songs being used on several TV and movie soundtracks including ReGenesis, This is Wonderland, Playing House, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, and Food Network’s Surreal Gourmet. In May Wood will play at the internationally famous Massey Hall in Toronto – Canada’s most important concert venue that attracts top celebrities from around the world. But when you ask Wood what is the greatest accomplishment of his career, it’s clear it’s about the music. “The fact that I have been a selfemployed successful musician for almost 15 years now in an industry that doesn’t allow most people to do it,” he said. “ Professional Directory 410 2nd Avenue West, Hanna, AB JEFF M.FAUPEL, CPA, CA MONICA N. FAUPEL, CPA, CA Three Hills - Tues. Coronation - Wed. Oyen -Mon. 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Mon., March 26/18 Beef on a bun 12 noon - Meeting 1pm Castor LEGION HALL Those attending Annual Meeting will be eligible for Door Prize Draw 2018 Board of Directors - Nomination Committee are filling three (3) open Director Positions. Currently the committee has received three nominations - Vic Carey (incumbent), Gary Waltham (incumbent) & John Forrest (Incumbent). Nominations forms can be picked up at Paintearth Gas Co-op Ltd., completed forms must be received no later than 4:30pm Feb 27 2018 back at the office. Thank You For all the prayers, cards, food and memorial donations that the family received in honour of our mother and grandmother Laura Long. To all who attended the services and shared their special memories with us. To the extended Nichols family for the lunch after the prayer service. To the CWL for the luncheon following the funeral service. To Father Mirek for your kind words and to Veronica and Brenda for the beautiful music at both services. To Dean and staff at Parkview Funeral Chapel for the support and direction during this difficult time. To the staff at Castor Extendicare, Prairie Rose Assisted Living and Paintearth Lodge who gave Laura so much love and attention in her last years. We truly appreciate all the expressions of sympathy. Thank you. - The family of Laura Long

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