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4 O c t o b e r 5 ' 1 7 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 On the Other Hand Don’t be snookered! V I E W P O I N T S The opinions expressed are not necessarily the opinions of this newspaper. by B.P. Schimke The fight against the federal government’s proposed taxes on small business is picking up steam, but should all people who identify themselves as small businesses, small farmers or small “c” conservatives really be on that bandwagon? Or are we just helping SOME well-heeled dentists, financiers, accountants, wealth managers, venture capitalists, architects, doctors, lawyers or “consultants” to use a loop hole to stash away gobs of money to avoid taxes. In the Globe and Mail on Saturday there was a full-page ad pleading for small businesses and entrepreneurs to sign a petition to the Prime Minister. Half the page listed sponsors. I didn’t see one farmer identified, local grocery store owner or small oilfield reclamation owner. I did see names familiar to us from CBC’s Dragon’s Den, Arlene Dickinson and Brent Wilson, and a number of very well-heeled venture capitalists. If your small business pays your spouse and children even though they do no work for the firm, sign the petition. But if you are a small operation that pays your spouse and children because they actually work, these proposed tax changes are irrelevant. Your wage expenses continue to be legitimate write-offs. If you have great gobs of cash at the end of each fiscal year and keep that money in the company to invest in stocks and other investments for the sole purpose of building your retirement nest egg and avoid personal income tax, then sign the petition. But if you are a small “c” conservative who is planning to retire the old-fashioned way through RRSP’s that trigger personal tax rates when mail bag taken out, investing after tax-dollars in tax free accounts, or using the proceeds from the sale of your small business, farm or family home, assets purchased with after-tax dollars or business income, then this is not your fight. If you are a small business or a selfdescribed entrepreneur and believe you are the economic engine of the country and deserve special privileges because of the risks you take, as has been argued, then by all means support the fight. However, if you don’t buy the argument that these select few are so special that they should pay lower taxes on their retirement income than you and your family, then say no. The fight against these changes is being financed by a rich lobby group attempting to make their personal interests a populist outrage. Do we really want a tax situation in Canada like our southern neighbours where multi-billionaire Warren Buffett admits he pays less in personal income taxes than his secretary! The majority of small businesses, small farmers and entrepreneurs will not be affected because these changes are about net income and legitimate business expenses. Before you join this fight, check your net income and see if it’s really about you. And if you are a wage earner, there’s absolutely no tax saving loopholes for you whatsoever so why martyr yourself to this highly organized lobby group. This campaign is primarily about incorporated individuals hiding under the well-respected umbrella of small business to exploit the lower tax rates for their personal gain. Don’t be snookered. Glad common sense prevailed when raising my family Dear Editor Like James Brietzke, I also enjoy receiving your paper and the common sense of your opinion coloumns. What happened to common sense in our governments? They seem to have no relationship knowledge or don’t care for the ordinary Canadian. It seems the normal is to give themselves big raises but no thought to local problems and all seem more concerned about world problems. What happened to living according to our means. With the NDP, future generations will be digging deep to get out of debt and Trudeau seems more worried about other countries, giving money willy nilly except for Canada. Didn’t see the BC fire victims get any help from the federal government. As for Trudeau’s United Nations (UN) speech, if he’d stayed home, cut the red tape and actually had got rid of bureaucracy instead of talking it to death. It’s way past time. Schwenk’s right, every division has pyramids on top of pyramids that need to be cut. It was easy and profitable to form them but it’s going to take some party with a strong backbone to get rid of them. When it comes down to it, the last election left a lot of people out in left field as no party was worth voting for. The older I get, I’m glad I raised my family in the 60’s and 70’s when we had common sense. Clara Sharpe Munson, Ab. mail bag Graduate from medical school Dear Editor The Beach and Rooke families are proud to announce that “He is FINALLY DONE!!!!”. Dr. Michael Beach has joined the team at Drumheller Associated Physicians, taking on a family practice there. He completed his medical school training at the University of Calgary in 2014 where he pursued family medicine specialty with a focus on rural practice. He and his family have spent the past year in Edmonton where he completed anaesthesia skills training through the University of Alberta. Dr. Beach is accepting new patients in his Dr. Michael Beach and Registered Nurse and wife, Stephanie (nee Rooke) and their two-year old son. family practice in Drumheller and will be seen in the hospital working in the Emergency Room, providing anaesthetics in the operating room, caring for inpatients and providing labour analgesia in the form of epidurals. Mike is the husband of Stephanie (nee Rooke) who was raised on the family ranch near Pollockville, Ab.. She is a Registered Nurse and hopes to pursue her dream of establishing a lactation practice in some form in Drumheller. They have a two year old son who keeps them both hopping! They are all thrilled to be returning to rural Alberta. Congratulations and good luck as you put your medical degree and skills to work serving Drumheller and surrounding area!! 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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 O c t o b e r 5 ' 1 7 5 mail bag Greatest honour of entire life Dear friends, It has been one of the greatest honour and privileges of my life, to have served this community as mayor for the past three terms. During my tenure as mayor, I had the pleasure to meet many wonderful people who have invested themselves in our community. Our community is blessed to have a great number of caring individuals that serve as treasured volunteers. Whether they are members of one of our many notable organizations, event organizers, or assisting with someone in need, I applaud their individual efforts and commitment in making Stettler a better place to live. The greatest resource our community has is our people, the individuals who make up our community, that make Stettler incredibly special - and that is what I am most proud of. I have immensely enjoyed all the good people of our community that I have met, as well as the many friends and relationships I have made as Mayor. Being part of this community, attending fundraisers, business openings and other special events – it has all been very rewarding and humbling and I thank you for the opportunity. The previous two councils, as well as the current one, have worked tirelessly along with Town Administration to advance our community, and to set a strong foundation for our tomorrow. The Town of Stettler is and has always been about serving our community’s greatest needs. Our Mission Statement states that we strive to provide a high quality of life for our residents and visitors through the delivery of effective, efficient and affordable services that are socially and environmentally responsible. I am confident that under the direction of council, working together with the leadership of our CAO, Greg Switenky, the Senior Management Team, and all of the talented staff within the organization, the Town of Stettler will continue to work in unison to achieve this goal. The provision and delivery of basic municipal services is the core foundation upon which everything else can be achieved. You, the residents of Stettler, are fortunate to have a remarkable team of “behind the scenes” dedicated professionals working for you at the Town. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to contribute along with so many hard working, caring, fair-minded and committed individuals. Most importantly I leave with many lifelong friendships in place. It is with sincere appreciation that I thank them for the time, effort and passion that they have invested in making Stettler a great place to live, work and play. Stettler is our home and I am extremely proud of all the progress we’ve made on an affordable and priority basis. We have a lot, and get a lot of value for what we pay… especially in comparison to other communities our size. I hope you enjoy living in Stettler as much as I do! To my current team of councillors running again, I wish them the best of luck. I, as well, applaud the persons who have stepped up to allow their names to stand for a position that truly makes a difference. Civic duty is never easy. Setting aside personal opinions and sometimes actions, I know that they will collectively work hard to make a difference for our community. A special congratulations and thanks to Mayor elect Sean Nolls. May you serve the community with wisdom and compassion! Notice of Election and Requirements for Voter Identification Local Authorities Election Act (Section 35, 46, 53) LOCAL JURISDICTION: VILLAGE OF ALIX, PROVINCE OF ALBERTA Notice is hereby given that an Election will be held for the filling of the following offices: Office(s) - Councillor Number of Vacancies – 5 Voting will take place on the 16th day of October, 2017 between the hours of 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. The Voting Station will be located at the Alix Community Hall: 5008 – 49th Avenue, Alix Alberta. In order to vote you must produce identification for inspection. The identification must be one piece of identification issued by a Canadian government, whether federal, provincial or local, or an agency of that government, that contains a photograph of the elector and his or her name and current address or one piece of identification authorized by the Chief Electoral Officer under the Election Act for the purpose of section 95(1)(a)(ii) of that Act that establishes the elector’s name and current address. Dated at the Village of Alix in the Province of Alberta, this 19th day of September, 2017 Tanya Meston, Returning Officer Elector – Eligibility to Vote A person is eligible to vote in an election if he/she is: • at least 18 years old; • a Canadian citizen; • have resided in Alberta for 6 months immediately preceding Election Day; • the person’s place of residence is located in the area on Election Day • every voter must make a statement in the presence of an election officer at the voting station, in the prescribed form, that the person is eligible to vote as an elector and produce for inspection one piece of authorized identification verifying the person’s identity and residence. Voter Identification Identification is required in order to vote. The identification must be one piece of identification issued by a Canadian Government (federal, provincial or local), or an agency of that government, that contains a photo of the elector and his/her name and current address (Alberta’s driver license); or One piece of identification authorized by the Chief Electoral Office under the Alberta Election Act that establishes the elector’s name and current address. (Property tax notice, utility bill, bank/credit card statement for some examples.) Notice of Advance Vote and Requirements for Voter Identification Local Authorities Election Act (Section 35, 53, 74) LOCAL JURISDICTION: VILLAGE OF ALIX, PROVINCE OF ALBERTA Notice is hereby given that an Advance Vote will be held for the filling of the following offices: Office(s) - Councillor Number of Vacancies – 5 Voting will take place on the 11th day of October, 2017 between the hours of 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Voting Station will be located at the Local Jurisdiction Office: 4849 – 50 Street, Alix Alberta. In order to vote you must produce identification for inspection. The identification must be one piece of identification issued by a Canadian government, whether federal, provincial or local, or an agency of that government, that contains a photograph of the elector and his or her name and current address or one piece of identification authorized by the Chief Electoral Officer under the Election Act for the purpose of section 95(1)(a) (ii) of that Act that establishes the elector’s name and current address. Dated at the Village of Alix in the Province of Alberta, this 19th day of September, 2017 Tanya Meston, Returning Officer Elector – Eligibility to Vote A person is eligible to vote in an election if he/she is: • at least 18 years old; • a Canadian citizen; • have resided in Alberta for 6 months immediately preceding Election Day; • the person’s place of residence is located in the area on Election Day • every voter must make a statement in the presence of an election officer at the voting station, in the prescribed form, that the person is eligible to vote as an elector and produce for inspection one piece of authorized identification verifying the person’s identity and residence. Voter Identification Identification is required in order to vote. The identification must be one piece of identification issued by a Canadian Government (federal, provincial or local), or an agency of that government, that contains a photo of the elector and his/her name and current address (Alberta’s driver license); or One piece of identification authorized by the Chief Electoral Office under the Alberta Election Act that establishes the elector’s name and current address. (Property tax notice, utility bill, bank/credit card statement for some examples.) I am grateful for the friendship and working relationship that I developed with our local MP Kevin Sorensen and thank him for his service. I also would like to thank NOTICE OF ELECTION Local Authorities Election Act (Sections 12, 35, 46, 53) LOCAL JURISDICTION: CLEARVIEW SCHOOL DIVISION NO. 71 Notice is hereby given that an election and advance vote will be held for the following offices: Office(s) Number of Ward or Electoral Division Number Vacancies (All West of 4 th Meridian) Public School Trustee 2 Ward 3 Town of Stettler Corporation Limits Public School Trustee 1 Ward 4 Botha, Gadsby, Byemoor and areas, Halkirk and Halkirk west area ADVANCE VOTE our MLA for his continued fight for rural Alberta and those of us that choose to embrace the Alberta Advantage in a rural setting. Turn to Strong, Pg 14 Bounded by Range 16, Townships 33 to 41 Range 17, Townships 34 to 42 Range 18, Townships 34 to 39 Ward Date Time Location and Voting Stations Ward 3 Only October 4, 7 & 11:00 am to Town of Stettler Office 11, 2017 7:00 pm 5031 50 Street, Stettler Ward 4 Only October 12 & 10:00 am to Stettler Agriplex 13, 2017 8:00 pm 4516 52 Street, Stettler ELECTION DAY (October 16, 2017) Voting will take place on the 16th of October, 2017 between the hours of 10:00am to 8:00pm at the following locations: Voting Location Ward 3 Only Ward 4 Only Stettler Community Hall 5101 46 Street, Stettler X Stettler Agriplex 4516 52 Street, Stettler X Big Valley Community Hall #36 Main Street West, Big Valley X Botha Hall, 4921 51 Street, Botha X Byemoor Community Hall #2, 2nd Ave NW, Byemoor X In order to vote, you must produce identification for inspection as required by Section 53 of the Local Authorities Election Act. See requirements included. DATED at the Town of Stettler in the Province of Alberta, this 21st day of September A.D. 2017. Peter Neale, Returning Officer __________________________________________________________________________ ELECTOR-ELIGIBILITY TO VOTE A person is eligible to vote in a public school trustee election if he/she is: - at least 18 years old; - a Canadian citizen; - has resided in Alberta for the 6 consecutive months immediately preceding election day; and - is a resident of the respective ward on election day - every voter must make a statement in the presence of an election officer at the voting station, in the prescribed form, that the person is eligible to vote as an elector and produce for inspection one piece of authorized identification verifying the person’s identity and current residence. - every voter must declare they are eligible to vote for a public school trustee based on the voter’s faith and residency - a voter is eligible to vote at the voting station for the voting subdivision in which he/she resides or as included in this announcement. VOTER IDENTIFICATION Identification is required in order to vote. The elector must produce for inspection one piece of identification verifying the elector’s identity and current address. A sample listing of the most common types of authorized voter identification that are acceptable to verify identity and address in accordance with the Local Authorities Election Act include: • Operator/Driver’s License; • Government photo identification card (for non-drivers); • Bank/Credit card statement or personal cheque; • Correspondence issued by a school, college or university; • Government cheque or cheque stub; • Income/Property Tax Assessment notice; • Insurance policy or coverage card; • Statements of government benefits: pension plan, employment insurance, old-age security, social assistance, disability support or child tax benefits; • Utility bill: telephone, television, power, gas or water; • Vehicle ownership or insurance certificate. Other types of identification may be acceptable to verify identity and address, and the elector should check with the Returning Officer at the Clearview Public Schools at 403-742-3331. Readers may also access www.clearview.ab.ca and click on the “Trustee Elections 2017” link for further information on the election, candidate contact information, and other resources.