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August 6, 2020

Volume 109

No. 32

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STETTLER

Council

discusses

lifted trucks,

jake brakes

Stu Salkeld

Local Journalism Initiative reporter

ECA Review

Helicopter pilot Glenn Chong, right, donated his time, skill and

amazing helicopter to help raise funds at the Whistlestop Cafe

Veteran’s Weekend Aug. 1 by Mirror, Alta. Volunteer and military

veteran Mike Barclay, left, stated funds were raised for veteran’s

organizations Can Praxis and The Veteran’s Association Food Bank.

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Town of Castor selling items related to tax recovery

Stu Salkeld

Local Journalism Initiative reporter

ECA Review

Items related a tax recovery sale will

be sold by the Town of Castor

according to rules set out by the provincial

government. The issue was

discussed by town council at their regular

meeting July 27.

Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)

Christopher Robblee presented council

with a memo describing a decision

needed regarding items of personal

property linked to a tax recovery sale;

that is, the sale of a property located at

4906 50th Ave to recover unpaid taxes.

The exact address is Lot 16-17, Block

2, Plan 8387T, across the street from

the town office.

“Pursuant to section 610 of the MGA,

a council must specify the means by

which items left behind in a tax

recovery are sold,” stated Robblee’s

memo to council.

Robblee stated a simple option councillors

had to dispense of the items was

to list them on a classifieds website or

on the town website. However, the CAO

stated his preferred method was to hire

an auctioneer and sell the items.

“Council could choose that only

require items that are over $5 dollars

be sold,” stated the memo.

“That council set minimum prices of

$5, $15 and over $20, and for administration

to setup a table by table selling

method.”

Robblee stated a chance was given to

the property owners to claim their

items. “They did not collect them,” said

Robblee at the meeting.

Coun. Brenda Wismer asked, “How

much stuff is in there?” Robblee

responded, “A lot.”

Town of Stettler council discussed

several issues of concern with the

local RCMP commander at the regular

meeting of council July 21.

Newly placed Stettler RCMP commander

Sgt. Tim Gaultois, along with

his superior, Staff Sgt. Mike Numan,

appeared before council to give an

update on the previous year’s activities

and a bit of a preview of future

priorities.

Numan explained he may be

Gaultois’ liaison between K Division in

Edmonton and the local detachment,

based out of Red Deer, but Stettler and

area is Gaultois’ responsibility.

“This is his show,” said Numan,

noting he and other RCMP resources

are there to support Stettler.

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During debate, councillors discussed

the estimated cost for an auctioneer to

handle the sale, and it was stated that a

professional auctioneer wasn’t necessarily

going to be a cheap thing to

accommodate.

Robblee also stated staff time was

also going to be needed to ensure the

sale proceeds.

Councillors eventually voted in

favour of option #2, only selling items

valued at over $5, and items under $5 in

value along with any unsold items be

considered garbage and treated

accordingly.

INDEX

Letters ........................................ 2

Kneehill county council .............. 3

Stettler county council ................ 4

Mirror news ................................ 4

Classified/Careers ....................... 6

Obituary ..................................... 7

Stettler news .............................. 7

Business Directory ...................... 6

Professional Directory ................ 7

Editorial:

Course

correction

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Stettler

county

protests at

Alberta

Legislature

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Legislature:

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Alberta

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OPINION

The opinions expressed are not necessarily

the opinions of this newspaper.

Course correction

B. Schimke

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Kenney rolled into power with the

attitude he knew best, consultation

with stakeholders was unnecessary

and everything done by the previous

administration had to go.

He threw out the Alberta Investment

Tax Credit which provided a 30-percent

rebate on equity capital invested

by start-ups in technology research,

development and commercialization.

He eliminated the Interactive Digital

Media tax credit.

He cancelled Ottawa’s Scientific

Research and Experimental

Development tax credit during a pandemic

when the importance of

scientific research could not be more

apparent.

The carbon tax

had to go as well.

For what? To

save a mere $400

million by 2022 - 23

and financially

support the government’s

goal to

cut corporate

taxes.

The argument

that corporate tax

cuts create jobs is

correct—the

problem is in this

season of globalization, jobs aren’t necessarily

created in the jurisdiction that

ponies up the tax savings.

That’s why tax cuts and tax credits

need to be very strategic.

Husky Oil, Ovintiv (formerly

EnCana), Total Energy, Murphy Oil

and other multi-nationals didn’t use

these tax windfalls to invest in

Alberta. Husky’s new investments are

in Saskatchewan; Ovintiv and Murphy

moved their head offices, major investments

and jobs out of the country; and

Total Energy is writing off $9.3B in

assets and divesting from the oil sands.

Corporate tax cuts strengthen the

status quo, fortifies existing monopolies

and effectively stymies

competition, entrepreneurship and

innovation. Start-ups don’t pay taxes.

Today, Kenney’s tune has changed

somewhat. He’s now introduced the

Innovation Employment Grant to help

with staffing costs for tech start-ups

and committed $175-million dollars to

help them access venture capital.

These start-ups will have lost two

years between the cessation of one program

and the start of another and

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unfortunately, the new programs are

full of red tape. Start-ups now have to

wade through applications, satisfy

requests for information, and wait for

approvals, denials and appeals.

The Notley support was favoured by

entrepreneurs. It gave the support necessary

for start-ups to attract private

venture capital while adding no red

tape. It functioned seamlessly through

the tax system.

Premier Kenney is also now using

the proceeds from the federal carbon

tax to fund important green initiatives.

Over $10.8 million has been spent on

hydrogen projects in Alberta.

Hydrogen is becoming the star of new

green fuels and its development is complementary

with Alberta’s highly

skilled oil and gas labour force.

Hydrogen is

Carbon taxes not only

force mature industries and

individuals to clean up their

acts, but these proceeds

from pollution give

companies in the new

economy a necessary

hand up.

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light, storable,

energy-dense

and produces

no direct emissions

of

greenhouse

gases or

pollutants.

Well-placed

government

fiscal policies

such as carbon

taxes and tax

credits are very

effective tools

to create jobs, reward innovation and

grow the economy of the future.

Carbon taxes not only force mature

industries and individuals to clean up

their acts, but these proceeds from pollution

give companies in the new

economy a necessary hand up.

Alberta’s oil and gas industry is

today’s economic engine because of the

significant financial largess and risk

sharing given to it by the provincial

and federal governments over many

decades.

Former Premier Notley was using

tax credits and the carbon tax to begin

the transfer of government largess

from the mature industries towards

the future industries—green, tech,

digital and artificial intelligence.

After thoughtlessly tossing out these

strategic future-focussed programs,

the UCP government is now quietly

doing a much-needed course

correction.

Schimke was Executive Assistant to

the Vice President of Finance at

Syncrude during its construction phase

to start-up (1975-1980).

Education system let us down

Dear Editor,

Today’s problems of racism, bigotry,

persecution and violence against

blacks, indigenous peoples/natives,

Jews, Irish, Hispanics, Mormons,

Chinese, Japanese, Muslims, women,

and other non-whites have been going

on for the past 400 years.

The reasons we still are contending

with these problems is that our educational

system has done a very poor job

of educating us about the histories and

the cultures of our diverse society.

It’s been a history of “white people”,

primarily those of white folks from

western Europe.

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MEMBER OF:

Seed growers are stakeholders

of seed-control industry

Dear Editor,

On July 22 in the House of

Commons, the question was asked by

the Member of Parliament for Battle

River Crowfoot, Damien Kurek, to the

Minister of Agriculture, Marie-Claude

Bibeau, “I have heard from a number

of farmers and certified seed growers

in my constituency who are concerned

about the prospect of what are called

“trailing seed royalties”. Can

the Minister of Agriculture commit to

full consults with producers on this

issue?”

The Minister of Agriculture

responded by saying that she “…is following

this issue closely and is

working with various stakeholders

and the producers who have a stake in

this matter.”

Primary producers feel that she

should not be only following the issue,

she should be on top of the issue.

The question is what stakeholders

and producers is the Minister talking

to and what sort of information is she

receiving?

If she is talking to or taking her

information only from the Canadian

Seed Trade Association (CSTA), comprised

of approximately 130 members

and like-minded people, she could be

or will be ill- informed to a large

extent.

If she, the Minister of Agriculture, is

consulting with primary producers

and seed growers she will be talking or

consulting with approximately 100,000

farm families from across Western

Canada alone.

This trailing royalty issue is a very

real concern, and if it is supported by

our government, it will bring another

crippling financial burden onto the

backs of primary producers.

If the Canadian Seed Trade

Association has their way, the CSTA

will have control of the seed industry

and the federal government could be

left with an excuse to shirk their

responsibility of regulating, administrating,

and efficiently funding our

public funded system.

Our present system is known as a

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renowned seed variety development

program, that is far more cost effective

and focused on food production, while

respecting the environment to the

largest extent possible.

This is to a large extent contrary to

corporate endeavours.

Presently, the approximate financial

cost comparison for single variety

development is $5,000,000 corporatefunded

versus $1,000,000

public-funded.

Who is expected to pay whatever the

cost is?

In the end the primary producer and

the consumer pay, and as a member of

both producer and consumer groups, I

reject the $5,000,000 corporate cost.

We should realize that the $5,000,000

would only be the beginning of everincreasing

costs of “value creation” of

corporate control.

It would be advantageous for our

producers, consumers and government,

if we maintain our present

public-funded system of varietal seed

development, which is more cost-effective

and efficient, quality focused and

environmentally acceptable.

If government refuses to properly

address this issue of seed-industry control,

then they must allow the primary

producers a vote, for primary producers

and seed growers are the

stakeholders in this issue.

People on the ground must have a

say. The seed industry should not be

controlled by corporations with the

corporate goals of dollar creation for

shareholders.

Under the present circumstances,

open consultations with primary producers

must be continued.

With resolve, we must seek a successful

resolution by including the

input of primary producers and

society.

There is an unwritten cheap food

policy in Canada. If that is going to

continue, now is the time to make that

policy work for ALL.

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Consort, Alta.

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Kneehill County moving ahead with

Horseshoe Canyon focus group

Stu Salkeld

Local Journalism Initiative reporter

ECA Review

One of the largest tourist attractions

in the region will get a boost from

Kneehill County after councillors

approved a terms of reference for a

focus group at their regular meeting

July 21.

Councillors read a memo from

Bowen Clausen, manager of parks and

agriculture services, describing the

proposed Horseshoe Canyon focus

Group.

“At the June 22, 2020 regular

meeting, council directed administration

to develop a terms of reference for

consideration, to form a Horseshoe

Canyon focus group to review the

Stettler County protests

at Alberta Legislature

Stu Salkeld

Local Journalism Initiative reporter

ECA Review

Dozens of rural municipalities,

including the County of Stettler, sent a

message to the provincial government

July 30 by protesting at the Alberta

Legislature.

The counties are frustrated about

what they see as too many tax breaks

too quickly for the province’s oil and

gas industry.

The latest problem comes from a

provincial committee set-up to look at

what amounts to more tax breaks for

large oil and gas corporations.

County of Stettler Reeve Larry

Clarke attended the protest with four

more councillors and three senior staff

and said 34 of 68 rural municipalities

were represented.

“We had a pretty good showing,”

said Clarke by phone July 31, as he prepared

to go baling on his tractor.

Calgary MLA and Minister of

Community and Social Services Rajan

Sawhney came out to listen to locallyelected

officials concerns.

Clarke stated the minister stated she

would take the rural representative’s

concerns back to the government.

The reeve stated the provincial government’s

committee reviewing

assessment has offered four options for

discussion, and the big energy companies

seem to prefer the fourth option,

which is a further 20 per cent drop in

their tax bills on top of over 35 per cent

they were already given.

“It’s serious,” said Clarke. “It’s

Horseshoe Canyon masterplan and

make recommendations to council as

to next steps,” stated Clausen in his

report.

“The recommended committee

makeup is shown in the ToR, however

administration would like direction

from council, in regards to the

appointment of members at large and

how council would like to do this.

“It is recommended that members

be appointed for their potential and

insightful contributions, as well as

those that will actively participate and

share productive viewpoints which

look at what is best for Horseshoe

Canyon and also for Kneehill County

and the region.

“It is recommended to use a thirdparty

facilitator that has experience

County of Stettler councillors and staff attended a protest at the Alberta Legislature July 30 to

show their mounting concern with the provincial government’s apparent plan to shift the tax

burden away from large oil and gas corporations and onto rural residents.

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riding on the backs of the rural communities,”

he said, noting he looks at

the region as one large community,

including town, county, hamlets and

lake properties.

He also noted small to medium sized

energy companies could even see their

tax bills go up as their assessment

increases.

“Next year I just don’t know where

we’re going to go,” said Clarke. “We’re

going to have to look at every tax

expense we have.”

The reeve noted Stettler County

could see $3 million to $4 million less

in revenue on top of a $4 million loss in

2019 and stated council is already wondering

how this could be absorbed:

doubling taxes for some ratepayers or

cutting services even further.

The reeve stated he understands the

difficulties the provincial government

and energy industry are under, but is

concerned that it appears too many

cuts are being made too quickly with

rural municipalities absorbing too

much of the costs.

He suggested a tiered approach

making changes slowly over time, with

more stakeholders, including the cities,

absorbing costs.

Clarke stated he hopes Premier

Jason Kenney understands the importance

of so many rural people

travelling to Edmonton to protest, as

it’s rather rare to see.

“This is the first time,” said the

reeve, noting he’s not aware of rural

municipalities ever organizing a protest

like this.

with recreational sites, but also to lead

the sessions from and with a neutral

and objective process that allows open,

productive and nonjudgmental or

reactive dialogue to occur.

“Facilitators have the experience

and capacity to work through difficult

or tense conversations and find

common ground from which all parties

can move forward in an agreeable

form.”

In the draft terms of reference

included for councillors, it was stated

under the heading “mandate,” “In

order to fulfill its purpose, the

Committee will play a vital role in:

Developing an understanding of the

current situation; Assisting in prioritizing

next steps and future initiative

and/or projects, etc. to Kneehill

County Council and; To engage stakeholder

opinions regarding

opportunities and concerns related to

initiatives in or around the Canyon.”

Clausen said possible members of

the focus group might include the

Nature Conservancy, the Royal Tyrell

Museum, the campground, Travel

Alberta and possibly a few others. He

pointed out that none of these groups

have been approached yet.

Clausen stated the 2020 budget

includes funding for this project.

Councillors approved the terms of

reference as presented in a 6 - 1 vote.

Road closure

Councillors approved the initial step

in closing a road near Horseshoe

Canyon at the July 21 meeting.

Barb Hazelton, manager of planning

and development, presented council

with a report on the proposed road

closure.

“Currently Kneehill County holds a

3.56-acre title to an area directly south

of Horseshoe Canyon that has been

fragmented by road plan 834 LK.

“This parcel contains portions of

the parking lot

and a small portion

of the canyon

itself. The

existing outhouses

are on the

boundary of the

road allowance.

The portion of

the undeveloped

township road

runs through the

parking lot, the

turn around, a

portion of the

canyon and some

of the enhanced

trail down to the

base.

“Administration

is proposing that

this portion of

Twp. Rd 28-4 be

closed and consolidated

into

descriptive plan

091 0342, Block 1,

Lot 2 that was

created following

the realignment

of the highway.

“We are also

proposing to close

road plan 834 LK

which completely

fragments the

current title. This

will also be consolidated

into

descriptive plan

091 0342, Block 1,

Lot 2.”

Councillors

approved first

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It will now be publicly advertised and

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Hazelton stated a closure like this

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TOWN OF CORONATION

Development Office

Notice of Decision

Notice is hereby given of the following

decisions in accordance with the Municipal

Government Act, RSA 2000, Chapter M-26,

and Bylaw No. 2009-559 and amendments

thereto, of the Town of Coronation:

Permit Application: 2020-006

Date of Decision: Jul 31, 2020

Building application:

Owner: Brenda Hillis and Russell Hillis

Property Subdivision Location: Lot: Plan:

8149AH.

Any person affected by this decision may

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Box 219, Coronation, Alberta, T0C 1C0.

Such an appeal to the Subdivision and

Development Appeal Board shall be in writing

containing a statement of the grounds of

appeal including an Appeal Fee of $40.00

and shall be delivered either in person or by

registered mail so as to reach the Secretary

no later than fourteen (14) days following

the date of publication of this notice. Appeals

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Council looking at parking, access signs near Buffalo Lake

Stu Salkeld

Local Journalism Initiative reporter

ECA Review

The County of Stettler will look at

signing options on the south side of

Buffalo Lake as the municipality continues

with its Bayview Street

extension.

An in-depth report was given to

councillors during their July 8 regular

meeting.

Several senior staff members contributed

to the Bayview Street

extension report, including Chief

Administrative Officer (CAO) Yvette

Cassidy, Director of Operations Rick

Green and Director of Municipal

Services Andrew Brysiuk.

Councillors looked at several issues

from the area including emergency

access and parking problems.

The report initially focused on

responding to a few questions that residents

of Rochon Sands Heights had

about the extension of Bayview Street,

which runs along the south side of

Buffalo Lake.

Staff also showed photos they took of

problems in that area.

Staff noted the Bayview extension is

scheduled to be completed in the fall of

2020, taking into account factors such

as bad weather.

The Rochon Sands Heights residents

also asked about traffic counts and

staff noted such counts were being

conducted.

As well, residents asked about several

types of signs, including “Local

Traffic Only” signs.

Two councillors, James Nibourg and

Les Stulburg, noted they were opposed

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to such signs as they aren’t completely

accurate; the roads are public, as is the

lake itself.

Nibourg also stated he felt suggestions

about placing a gate over the road

should be, in essence, ignored.

Nibourg stated it’s not legal for the

municipality to block a public road and

the request shouldn’t be discussed any

further.

He was also concerned about residents

in that area hiring steam trucks

to pressure wash the sides of their

homes.

Nibourg stated he was concerned the

trucks were overweight for the roads

involved but staff stated they didn’t

think that was the case.

Cassidy stated the county is pondering

erecting signs at the County of

Stettler and summer village boundary

clearly stating the weight restrictions.

Staff also presented information on

properties in that area and how they

were being used, including the parking

of RVs on public property.

A number of photographs were

shown of lots with a number of RVs

parked on them, and they discussed

instances where six or seven RVs were

parked on one parcel, in addition to one

parcel that had “port-a-potties” in use.

A number of the photos showed

campers parked on the shoulders of

narrow public roads, and councillors

discussed options for dealing with the

problem.

Ticketing and towing were both

mentioned.

Staff noted towing a vehicle requires

certain conditions, including breaking

laws such as blocking a fire hydrant,

having no license plate visible or

potentially causing a hazard to persons

or property.

Coun. Dave Grover stated RVs

parked on narrow roads, which could

block fire truck or ambulance access,

are a hazard to persons or property.

Councillors

also discussed a

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used where some

property owners

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antique car show Aug. 1, as part of their

Veteran’s Weekend, abiding by all pandemic

guidelines. Among the many awesome

vehicles was this 500 horsepower 1923

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• frequently asked questions

• school posters

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• links to health guidelines.

The resources in the school re-entry toolkit will help

families discuss changes with their children.

www.alberta.ca/k-to-12-school-reentry-2020-21-school-year.aspx


LEGISLATURE

ECA REVIEW HANNA/CORONATION/STETTLER, AB August 6'20 5

Re-entry toolkit online

Nate Horner, MLA

Drumheller-Stettler

The suspension of in-person

schooling in March has been hard for

many students

and their

families.

Kindergarten

to Grade 12 education

changed

significantly as a

result of the

COVID-19 pandemic,

and I

know that students,

parents,

teachers and

school boards are

doing their best

to adapt to a different

way of

learning.

However, we all

know that students

who attend

schools learn best

in the classroom

with their

teachers and

peers, and our

goal is to get us

back to normal

learning as soon

as possible.

With back to

school season

approaching,

many parents

have been eagerly

waiting to see

what school will

look like this

upcoming year.

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Alberta’s government

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OBITUARY

Family and fishing were his interests

Beer

Edward “Bill” William Beer

1950 – 2020

Edward William (Bill) Beer of

Erskine, Alberta passed away at

the age of 70 years after his brief

fight with cancer.

Bill was born Feb. 4, 1950 in

Stettler, Alta. to Ed and Mary

Beer and was raised on the

family farm near Erskine Alta.

with his brother Robert Beer.

Bill happily lived on the family

farm until his passing.

Bill’s life was spent farming for

himself and as a hired hand for

Lynn Combest for many years.

He also ran his own small

engine repair business.

He loved going fishing up at

Buffalo Lake and spending time

with his family and

grandchildren.

Bill is survived by his brother

Bob Beer; three sons: Ed

(Christine) Beer and their children

Kristen, Danielle, Jocelyn

and Ryder; Michial (Tatyana)

Beer and their children Tristan

and Anastasia; Rob (Andrea) Beer

and their children Alex and Ash

and great-granddaughter Hailee

(Danielle).

Bill was predeceased by his

parents Ed and Mary Beer and

his brother Brian Beer.

A private graveside service will

be held at the Erskine Cemetery

on Sat., Aug. 8, 2020 with Rev.

Ross Helgeton officiating.

Memorial contributions may be

made to the Central Alberta

Cancer Centre.

Condolences may be sent to the

family at www.stettlerfuneralhome.com.

Stettler Funeral Home

& Crematorium entrusted with

the care and funeral arrangements

403-742-3422.

The Wheatland Band performed at West Stettler Park as part of Entertainment in the

Park Wed. July 29.

ECA Review/S.Salkeld

Community policing important, says Nolls

Cont’d from Pg 1

Gaultois has 13 years experience

with the RCMP and worked in a

number of different places.

Traffic and community relations are

two priorities for the Stettler RCMP

and he already understands that

improper use of engine retarder

brakes, or “jake brakes,” and intersection

safety are two priorities for the

Stettler community.

He stated that organized crime

remains an issue even in rural Alberta

and the Stettler RCMP detachment

looks to tackle all aspects of it in this

area.

Looking at crime stats in the region,

Gaultois stated in the first quarter of

the fiscal year property crime numbers,

urban and rural, decreased by

20.68 per cent in the region.

Cont’d from Pg 2

I suggest reading ‘Canada

Moves West’ by Pierre

Berton, in particular

reading the section that is

entitled “The Men in

Sheepskin Coats”, pages

48-94, and the chapter entitled

“The Displaced People”

pages 184-188.

Hopefully, by reading

these chapter’s a person will

become motivated to read in

greater detail the history of

our great country.

We should not be like

many of our neighbours

south of the border who are

almost clueless about the

history of their own country.

For example, the majority

of people living today in

Tulsa, Oklahoma did not

know of the Tulsa Massacre

of 1921 until this year when

President Trump decided to

hold a rally in that city.

They don’t know of the

There was also a decrease in the

theft under $5,000 area.

Gaultois noted that the Stettler

detachment is currently short three

members but has two new members on

their way.

Coun. Malcolm Fischer asked if

impaired driving in Stettler is similar

to the numbers seen in other

communities.

Gaultois said he’s worked in lots of

different communities and stated

impaired driving numbers in Stettler

seem similar to the Edmonton region.

He said the Stettler RCMP plans to

address impaired driving.

Mayor Sean Nolls stated he felt

strongly that community policing is

important to a place like Stettler,

including things like foot patrols and

also being present in the school zones.

Read Pierre Burton’s ‘Canada Moves West’

Mia Lia Massacre committed

by US troops during

the Vietnam War.

They don’t know of the

Washita Massacre or other

massacres of native

Americans committed by

members of the the Custer’s

7th Cavalry.

They don’t know of

Buffalo Soldiers.

They don’t know of the

“Red Tails”, the Tuskegee

Airmen.

They don’t know of the

treatment of Japanese-

Americans during WWII.

They don’t know of “Jim

Crow Laws” or about voter

suppression.

They don’t know the story

behind “Hidden Figures”.

They don’t know that

American forces were twice

defeated while invading

Canadian territory during

America’s War of

Independence, and they

don’t know that American

forces were defeated five

times by the British,

Canadians and their Indian

allies during the War of

1812.

Sadly, this situation has

been the result of censorship

and punishment placed on

teachers who dared to teach

“other histories” not

approved by departments of

School safety important

Cont’d from Pg 5

new measures has been a key part of

This is great news for families in our Alberta’s response.

community. The decision to re-open To help prepare families, Alberta’s

schools has been made with the health government has developed a re-entry

and safety of students, teachers, and toolkit to help prepare parents and students

for what to expect in the new

all staff members being the highest

priority.

school year (See adv. page 4).

Health measures are being put in This toolkit includes videos for students

explaining some of the health

place, so no one has to feel unsafe

about returning to class.

measures, a guide for parents, frequently

asked questions, school

Each school will implement public

health measures, including frequent posters, a self-screening questionnaire,

and links to health guidelines.

cleaning of surfaces, introducing hand

sanitizers to school entrances and in The resources in the school re-entry

classrooms, grouping students in toolkit will help families discuss

cohorts, and adjusting schedules to changes with their children.

allow for greater physical distancing. As Alberta’s students prepare to go

While school may feel a little different

at first, these changes will allow Education will continue to work

back to school, the Minister of

a safe, near-normal return to class. closely with the Chief Medical Officer

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,

keeping Albertans informed on ensure that all schools are prepared to

of Health, as well as school boards, to

welcome students back.

The re-opening of our schools, and

our entire economy, is a result of the

hard work of Albertans to slow the

spread of COVID-19.

I know that many people in

Drumheller – Stettler will continue to

ensure the health and safety of

everyone while we move towards the

final stages of relaunch and begin our

economic recovery.

As students return to school, it is

important that each of us use the tools

we have to ensure that we can stop the

spread and safely get our schools up

and running.

Gaultois agreed, saying, “Just being

visible in the community makes a

difference.”

Coun. Al Campbell asked Gaultois

what the RCMP plans to do about lifted

or giant 4X4 pick-up trucks.

Gaultois noted he is a collision analyst

and there are regulations

pertaining to such vehicles and stated

he’s seen before what a misplaced

bumper can do to the occupants of

another vehicle in a collision, and it’s

not pleasant.

He said the Stettler RCMP plans to

address this.

Councillors concluded their meeting

with the RCMP with a roughly 40

minute closed session to discuss

“Stettler RCMP staffing – Third party

business interests.”

educations and by politicians

who wanted to

“sanitize” history in favour

of “white history”.

“White-washing” history

will not solve our problems.

Burying our heads in the

sand won’t help either nor

viewing the world through

“rosed-coloured glasses”.

George Thatcher

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The County of Stettler has been informed of the

Province of Alberta’s proposed changes to how

oil and gas properties are assessed. Models

proposed from their review suggest our County

(and many others in Alberta) will see a significant

revenue loss. Tax savings are being passed on to

large (assets over $500M) oil and gas companies,

with no mechanism being put in place to ensure

this money stays in Alberta.

Small to medium oil and gas companies, the

ones struggling in our own community, may see

raises in their assessment-having to pay more

taxes.

Proposals suggest our County would be looking

at a $3-4 million loss of revenue in 2021, not

taking into account the additional expected unpaid taxes we have already forecast ($2.7M), or the abandonments that

are currently taking place.

Our Province has given rural Alberta 4 weeks notice of their upcoming decision, right in the middle of busy farming

season. We need the support of our entire region and community to urge our government to reconsider a decision

that will see rural Alberta bailing out large oil and gas (they would see up to 109% savings), while small-medium sized

companies, the ones that live, work and support our communities, may actually see increases causing further hardship

in our region. The government’s new assessment model will devastate rural Albertan’s way of life.

What this revenue loss could mean to the County of Stettler: Drastic Tax Increases and Decreased

Funding

To maintain current services - we would have to raise $4 Million

• Double Residential Taxes

• Increase Farmland Taxes by 1.5 times the current amount

• Decreased funding for Senior’s Housing

• Increase in Utility Rates

and/or consider another reduction of services to save dollars

Note: The Province will have to increase Education Taxes to recover the shortfall

What a reduction of services could look like: Loss of Services, Recreation and Community

• Road closures

• Cancelling laneway snowplowing

• Closing Satellite Fire Departments in Big Valley and • Reducing rural snowplowing (main arteries only)

Byemoor

• Cutting Doctor Recruitment funding

• Cancelling Recreation Funding to the Town and • Cutting STARS funding

rural communities: Rinks, ball diamonds, halls • Eliminating Committees like Rural Crime

• Cutting Library Funding

• Eliminate rapid response clean up after weather

• Cutting Recycling

events

• Cutting Special Recreation Funding and Operational • Cancelling weed spraying

Assistance Grants

• Cancelling roadside mowing

• Reducing gravel program - gravelling main roads Ultimately, a loss of jobs

only

Our Goal: Save our Community and Rural Way of Life

The Province is proposing to download the rescue of Alberta’s oil and gas industry, and appears to be setting up big oil

and gas, on the backs of rural Albertans. There are other mechanisms for bailing out an industry. We understand the

pressure the energy industry is under but too many cuts too quickly will threaten the viability of rural municipalities.

Every company, industry and person in our province has benefited from oil and gas - the burden of responsibility needs

to be shared. We would suggest a fairer model which benefits all oil and gas not just large oil and gas, and a tiered

approach, over time, with more stakeholders including the cities and towns, absorbing costs.

In 2019 the County was told to issue a 35% tax reduction to shallow gas well operators, ($830,000). We wrote off $4M in

bad debts. Then the province issued a new invoice for Policing ($145,321 for 2020 increasing to $436,000 by 2024). We

are at $2.7M in bad debts to date for 2020.

If you live in rural Alberta, and the Towns and Villages who depend on rural Alberta, please help us be a bigger voice:

Contact Premier Jason Kenney: 307 Legislature Building, 10800-97 Avenue NW, Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2B6,

email: premier@gov.ab.ca

Contact MLA, Nate Horner: Box 1929, Bay 400, 300 South Railway Avenue East, Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y0,

email: Drumheller.Stettler@assembly.ab.ca,

Please CC the County of Stettler: Box 1270, Stettler, AB T0C 2L0, email: info@stettlercounty.ca

Need more information? Contact the County of Stettler 403-742-4441, or your area Councillor:

Reeve Larry Clarke: 403-740-5482, Deputy Reeve Les Stulberg: 403-740-5003, Councillors: Ernie Gendre: 587-282-1644, Dave Grover:

403-740-2973, Cheri Neitz: 403-740-3785, James Nibourg: 403-741-9493, and Wayne Nixon: 403-741-6129

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