ECA Review 2018-08-23


ECA Review 2018-08-23

6 A u g u s t 2 3 ' 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


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As white nationalism and anti-

Semitic acts of violence rise worldwide,

on a recent European trip, I was interested

to hear and feel local sentiments.

Stops included the heart and soul of

Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany—

Nuremberg and Munich.

Tour guides in Germany did not

fudge the facts about Nazi Germany

nor justify the complacency of their

ancestors towards Hitler.

Seems in the early 1970s, the government

became concerned that their

younger generations were forgetting

the frightful history of six million

Jews exterminated by Germans. To

stop the growing ignorance, a visit by

all 15 year-old students to a concentration

camp became mandatory.

As one interpretative guide

explained, there were three reasons

why the Jews were persecuted in

Germany. First, even as early as the

1100s, evidence was uncovered

showing the church historically persecuted

Jews for not accepting the


Second, Adolf Hitler hated Jews and

they were his perfect scape goat to

dehumanize and solidify fear and

hatred towards a common enemy.

And lastly, the Jews were persecuted

because of envy.

After World War I, anyone who

wanted to join a guild had to swear on

the Bible, which a practicing Jew

would never have done. At the same

time, Bible-believing Christians

understood it to be wrong to loan

money with interest or go into debt.

Without an opportunity to take up a

trade, industrious Jews started banks

and used debt to fund new mercantile

activities, getting rich in the process.

Austrian interpretative guides mentioned

its country’s torrid past with

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Hitler, but the passion and fervour

shown by German interpreters didn’t

seem as evident. In fact, Austria has

elected a far-right wing government

and its first action was to close the

border to refugees.

At the wedding of Austria’s Foreign

Affairs Minister’s daughter, invited

guest President Vladimir Putin of

Russia seemed to have a very warm

and cozy relationship with this highranking

Austrian politician.

Austria was a willing subject to

Adolf Hitler during World War II and

Austria’s flirting with Russia and their

ardent stance against refugees leads

one to ponder their memories of


Hungary is doing their race-purity

policy by refusing refugees and

enacting strong anti-immigration

laws. They offer married couples who

commit to having three children in 10

years, a 32,000 euro cheque to purchase

a home.

Hungarians average income per

year is 800 euro. The hope behind the

three-child policy—one replaces mom,

one replaces dad and one grows the

population and expands the economy

without immigration.

Attacks against Jews and other religious

minorities are on the rise

throughout Western countries, and

that includes Germany and Canada.

One German interpreter told a

recent story where thousands of Nazi

followers gathered for a rally in the

centre square of Bamberg. It was

thwarted when the local Priest rang

the church bells for hours making it

impossible for speakers to be heard.

Ironically, the Priest was charged

and found guilty under German law of

obstructing freedom of speech, but

who said democracies weren’t messy.

But, alas, the future can be more

than messy when we forget the past.

Pickle recipe lives for

another generation

by Lois Perepelitz

On one of the hottest days of the year

I was chopping up four litres of yellow

beans to make pickles. My place has

some nice shade trees so it usually

stays cool during the day, but by the

time I had the beans cooking and the

brine boiling it was getting very warm

in here.

It made me wonder how they did it in

the old days.

With all the heat we have been

having I have been watching the

weather reports to see if we have been

breaking any records.

I was surprised to see that we did not

break very many at all. I noticed that

most of the records were set in the

1930’s .

In the 1930’s the women would have

been cooking on the good ole wood

stove. They would have needed to get

that fire going pretty hot to get things

boiling on the top of that stove.

Having that kind of heat in a room

on a plus 30 Celsius day must have

been horrible.

The women of that time would not

just be making one or two small

batches of their favourite pickles, they

would have been canning the winter

supply of veggies and fruits.

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Rights should be sacred

with cannabis laws

Dear Editor,

Cannabis becomes legal in Canada

in October, and it continues, to be a

contentious issue. Presently municipalities

are amending their bylaws to

comply with the legislation.

Under the Alberta Gaming and

Liquor Act, citizens of a municipality

may, by plebiscite, opt out of retail

liquor sales. The citizens of Cardston,

Ab. following a plebiscite, have not had

retail liquor sales, for many years.

Unfortunately, our provincially

elected officials in Alberta, in enacting

the Alberta Cannabis Act, did not

include a similar opting out clause, as

did the provinces of Saskatchewan and


Perhaps our Alberta government,

does not respect the rights of

Albertans to make that decision on

their own ?

Albertans, through a democratic

vote, in a plebiscite under proper election

rules, should be able to decide

whether they may opt out of cannabis

retail sales.

I believe the non- inclusion of this

clause is a direct infringement of citizens’

rights under Section 7 of the

Charter Rights and Freedoms.

Section 7, which states “Everyone

has the right to life, liberty and security

of the person and the right not to

be deprived thereof except in accordance

with the principles of

fundamental justice” was specifically

JoYCe Webster


BoNNY WilliAMs

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included in the Charter so the rights of

citizens, be protected and not trampled,

by Governments.

Citizens of a municipality should

have the right to decide whether to opt

out. I question whether the Alberta

Government is forcing an agenda upon

their citizens, and removing Albertans

democratic right to decide.

Is the Government of Alberta, in

pushing the cannabis agenda and not

including an opting out clause, hoping

municipalities for financial reasons

and a possible long battle in the

courts, hoping they will simple opt out

of the fight for their democratic rights?

On August 15, the Village of Alix

council voted unanimously to have a

public vote under proper election rules

on the cannabis issue, so our citizens

may have the democratic right to

decide if they want a retail cannabis

store in their community.

The citizens of Alix, both pro and

con, on this issue, are being afforded

the right to decide and not have the federal

and provincial governments,

make the decision for them.

I urge all Albertans to contact their

members of the Legislative Assembly

and members of Parliament and make

their feelings known.

Do not allow, your democratic right

to be infringed by the federal and provincial


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