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Volume 110

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18 Fireworks pt at council meeting as

CAO’s last day of work discussed

Stu Salkeld

Local Journalism

Initiative reporter

ECA Review

While the COVID-19 pandemic

will limit fireworks for

New Year’s Eve this year, the

last Village of Big Valley regular

council meeting of 2020,

Sed. Dec. 30 had some fireworks

of its own as councillors argued

over the outgoing chief administrative

officer’s last day of work.

The meeting was held via

Zoom to meet pandemic rules.

As Mayor Clark German

addressed the agenda item titled

“Appointment of an Interim

CAO,” he noted that Chief

Administrative Officer(CAO)

Sandra Schell resigned previous

to the meeting. He stated

Schell’s last day of work was

Dec. 31 and the village would

need a replacement.

German noted the village has

already received seven resumes

so it shows there is interest in

the job.

The mayor noted it was

already discussed to assign the

CAO duties to the village’s

administrative support staff

member until a new CAO was

hired, adding that council could

assign the duties to anyone they

felt was “competent and fit.”

German also stated that

instead of loading that one

person with both jobs he suggested

Schell continue as CAO

on a contract basis until a

replacement was hired.

Coun. Harry Nibourg disagreed,

stating he felt the work

should be given to existing village

staff and stated he was

hesitant that someone who was

not actually a village employee

would have access to secure

information like computer

passwords.

German stated it’s not

unusual for temporary staff

such as consultants to have

secure access.

The mayor stated councillors

underestimate how much work

the CAO has, it could be one to

two months before a new CAO is

hired and he felt offering a contract

to Schell was the best

option.

Nibourg disagreed, stating

Schell’s resignation was

accepted and the CAO work

should be handled by the

remaining staff member at the

village office.

“It wasn’t our decision,” said

Nibourg.

Coun. Art Tizzard stated he

liked the contract idea, saying it

was a “win-win” scenario and

would give Schell a chance to

help the new CAO settle in.

Coun. Nibourg stated he disagreed,

adding that he was

questioning Schell’s integrity.

Tizzard responded by saying

if Schell was trusted when village

CAO, she should be

trustworthy now.

Nibourg countered by stating

the admin staff has lots of experience,

including past council

work, the village has had three

CAO’s in two years and it would

be best for everyone to have a

clean transition.

Schell spoke up and stated the

point was moot because, upon

hearing Coun. Nibourg’s comments,

she would decline any

contract work for the village

because working with some

people as CAO was not possible.

Nibourg responded, “Your

true intentions have come out,”

and also questioned Schell’s

honesty.

Schell responded, “I will say

publicly that I have done

nothing wrong.”

INDEX

Letters .................................2, 4, 7

Castor council ............................. 3

Stettler county council ................ 3

Stettler town council .................. 5

Clive council ............................... 5

Classifieds/Careers ..................... 6

Obituary ..................................... 8

Real Estate/Homes ..................... 8

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EDITORIAL

Fly away on WestJet

Brenda Schimke

ECA Review

Now we know for sure what many of

us suspected all along, Premier

Kenney cares more about WestJet

profits than people’s health or lives.

Throughout the pandemic, Kenney’s

mantra has been ‘livelihood and life’,

but his actions could be more accurately

described as ‘livelihood before

life’.

At a news conference in early

November, Kenney said he didn’t

believe tighter lockdowns were necessary—in

fact, he continued to point to

Alberta’s low death rates when compared

to other jurisdictions in Canada.

Doc Kenney’s denial of expert advice

worked well in a province with the

youngest population in Canada, until it

didn’t.

The first 500 COVID deaths took

nine months, the next 500 just 34 days.

Unfortunately, Doc Kenney’s pseudoscience

caught up to him by the end of

November and since then Alberta has

the dubious honour of having the

highest death rates per capita in

Canada.

But Kenney’s press conference on

New Year’s Day, where he took the

blame for Cabinet Minister Tracy

Allard’s personal decision to vacation

in Hawaii, sank to new lows.

Father Jason was disappointed in

his adult child, Tracy, but was not

about to discipline her by asking for

her resignation. Father Jason is just

like that parent at school where his

‘little Tracy” can do no wrong.

All, father Kenney asked of ‘Hawaiimama

Allard’ was to show appropriate

contrition on her return and sincerely

apologize to the millions of

Albertans—you know, all those who

followed the Alberta government’s

clear guidelines and didn’t make any

unnecessary foreign trips!

But father Jason went further, he

accepted personal blame for all and

any inappropriate COVID travel made

by his 63 UCP MLAs and his nonelected

leadership team. It’s like a

pardon before the public knows who’s

all guilty.

MAIL BAG

Father Jason said he hadn’t given a

clear directive to his ‘children’—and

so they couldn’t be expected to understand

that unnecessary travel actually

included vacations to the United States

and Great Britain—the world’s COVID

hotspots!

For snowbirds and thousands who

normally travel out of the country in

the winter, but instead followed guidelines

and hunkered down to brave

Alberta’s winter, there is righteous

outrage.

Many people believe politicians

check their brains and ethics at the

door as soon as they enter politics.

Kenney’s New Year’s Day press conference

gives strong support to that

belief. In his rebuttal, he applied his

standard political formula—deflect,

rationalize, blame Trudeau, point out

it wasn’t illegal, apologize and promise

it won’t happen again.

Politicians seem unable to grasp the

concept that ‘doing what they say, not

what they do’ breeds distrust and

contempt.

The essence of Kenney’s New Year’s

Day news conference was that ‘livelihood’

is more important than ‘life’.

Kenney’s recurring message was ‘fly

away on WestJet’. He applauded the

thousands of Canadians who have continued

flying domestically and

overseas through COVID and actually

said air travel is safer than going to a

grocery store.

Critical thinkers may ask, “if the

highly transmissible new COVID

variant from Britain didn’t come on a

plane with a human carrier, how did it

get to Canada—the jet stream? A bird?

An alien, perhaps?

No, it’s people like Kenney’s Chief of

Staff, Jamie Huckabay, who vacationed

in Britain, then snuck home via the

US, who are the potential spreaders of

the new COVID variant. World travel

is the reason we have a pandemic.

Kenney’s unwavering strategy

throughout the pandemic of ‘livelihood

before life’, and his frequent moral

lapses, reveals a man that cannot be

trusted.

Politicians immune?

Dear Editor,

For the past four years we have been

exposed to a Liberal/Trudeau

Government who believes they are

immune from public criticism,

immune from unethical behaviour,

immune from broken campaign promises

and immune from International

Chinese interference.

Now we find government officials of

all stripes apparently immune from

COVID virus ‘Stay Home’ policy set

apply only to politicians to enjoy.

This is an arrogance at it’s best and a

hypocrisy in the face of every other

Canadian.

Do these governments, both federal

and provincial believe that Canadians

are that ignorant of the rule of law and

blind to their behaviour?

I guess upcoming elections, both

federal and provincial will indicate

whether the public is aware or really

care?

out for all Canadians.

Gayle Smigg

Sunny warm destinations,I guess

Hanna, Alta.

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Open Letter to Premier

Dear Editor,

In light of your MLAs feeling free to

travel to Hawaii and Mexico, and your

chief of staff travelling to Great

Britain, then sneaking back to Alberta

via the U.S., it is time to completely lift

the lock-down in Alberta.

Albertans recognize that COVID is

very contagious and extremely nasty

for many, especially the elderly.

As a people “strong and free”, we are

quite capable of taking health precautions,

the main one of which is, stay

home if you are sick. We do have

enough sense to not visit the elderly

and immune-compromised if we even

have a sniffle.

If government wants to actually do

something, why not offer to cover two

weeks of pay for hourly wage earners if

they cannot work due to COVID?

If you are seriously concerned about

those in care facilities, you would

refuse to be intimidated by unions and

require those unions to give workers

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enough hours and pay so that the

workers don’t have to work in more

than one facility.

Please re-open Alberta businesses so

they can try to overcome the devastating

effects of your lock-down.

Suicides, financial loss, depression

and loneliness are real.

Why do you dismiss the wisdom of a

virologist like Dr. Modry, in favour of

your health officer, a bureaucrat who

is not a practicing physician?

Bonnie Henry let it slip that the

numbers allowed to gather in various

situations are not evidence-based.

There comes a point when you need to

trust the common sense of the

common people.

Rather than playing with numbers,

it is time to respect Albertans and end

the lock-down before our respect and

support for you totally evaporates.

Pat Holloway

Castor, Alta.

Albertans need recall

legislation now

The Canadian Taxpayers

Federation’s Alberta Director, Franco

Terrazzano, issued the following statement

regarding elected officials

traveling abroad:

“Premier Jason Kenney said he

doesn’t think he can sanction elected

officials for travelling abroad while

families and businesses were locked

down during the holidays, but voters

are certainly up to the job.

Albertans deserve the right to hold

politicians accountable and that’s why

we need recall legislation now.

“Kenney promised recall legislation

when he was vying for votes during

the 2019 campaign and he promised

recall legislation again during last

February’s throne speech, but he has

yet to deliver on those promises.

“Albertans should always have the

right to fire politicians when they misbehave

whether they raise taxes in the

middle of a pandemic, waste taxpayers’

money or fail to follow the advice given

to others.”

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ECA REVIEW HANNA/CORONATION/STETTLER, AB January 7'21 3

Debt moved to tax rolls, writes off others

Stu Salkeld

Local Journalism Initiative reporter

ECA Review

The Town of Castor council transferred

some unpaid bills to certain

property tax rolls, and wrote off some

bad debt.

The decisions were made at the Dec.

Interim CAO chosen

Cont’d from Pg 1

Nibourg stated the village

also has a standing request

to the provincial government

for an inspection or

investigation of some type

which was not mentioned

again.

Coun. Tizzard stated he

felt Nibourg was overlooking

his own part in

problems at the village

office.

“You’re the guy that

brought this stuff on,” said

Tizzard.

Nibourg countered

saying, “So

I’m to blame for

corruption at the

village?”

Tizzard

answered, “It’s

not corruption,

it’s harassment.

Nibourg

responded, “It’s

not harassment

to hold someone

accountable.”

Nibourg then

made a motion

that village

employee Gail

Knudson act as

interim CAO as of

STETTLER COUNTY

Gravel bylaw approved

Stu Salkeld

Local Journalism Initiative reporter

ECA Review

The County of Stettler approved

changes to its Land Use Bylaw (LUB)

pertaining to gravel operations after a

public hearing that featured several

members of the public speaking

against the proposed changes.

The public hearing was held and

bylaw decisions were made at the Dec.

9 regular meeting of council.

The public hearing, held via

YouTube to meet pandemic guidelines,

was held to gather information so

councillors could then “consider

second and third reading of Bylaw No.

1644-20 to amend Land Use Bylaw

1443-10 in order to clarify sections of

the bylaw pertaining to sand, gravel

and surface mineral operations.”

Staff noted there were no written

submissions either in favour or

opposed to the proposed LUB changes

and also noted there was no one registered

to speak in person to support the

proposed changes.

However, several people phoned into

the meeting to speak in-person against

the proposed changes.

Stephanie Larose Hadley stated she

was speaking on behalf of a trucking

company that would be impacted by

these changes.

Hadley said she felt there was a lack

of public consultation about these

changes and that the changes both

seemed excessive and would increase

costs for trucking companies.

She also stated she was curious why

these changes were being made at all.

Dec. 31, 2020 until a replacement

is hired.

Mayor German stated

there was no way the admin

support could learn everything

from Schell in one day.

Nibourg asked why wasn’t

the staff member trained

sooner?

Nibourg’s motion was

defeated by a 1 - 2 vote.

Another motion for

Knudson to act as interim

CAO beginning Jan. 1, 2021

was passed.

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CASTOR COUNCIL

14 regular meeting of council.

Town Chief Administrative officer

(CAO) Christopher Robblee presented

councillors with an agenda item entitled

“Accounts Receivable Transfer to

Municipal Tax Account,” and stated

these debts were owed to the town by

various parties and some of the debts

could be transferred to the party’s tax

More people called in to oppose the

changes, including Earl Marshall. He

stated he’s run a trucking outfit for

over 30 years and saw no need for the

proposed changes which he felt was

“an attack on the aggregate industry.”

Marshall also stated he was opposed

to making the company owner responsible

for what individual truck drivers

do, and pointed out County of Stettler

gravel trucks have also made mistakes

in the past.

Marshall stated he’s run seven

gravel pits and had operations close to

residences, and only ever had one complaint

and even before that complaint

came in Marshall stated a county

councillor went over to the home and

encouraged the person to complain.

After presentations, county development

officer Jacinta Donovan stated

that the proposed bylaw changes were

publicly advertised in local newspapers

and on the county website. Reeve

Clarke closed the public hearing.

During discussion, councillors discussed

the qualifications requirement,

especially for air quality issues, and

also specific routes within a pit to

address neighbour concerns.

Coun. Ernie Gendre stated he didn’t

want to see any more open pits left

unreclaimed.

Councillors didn’t make any

changes to the proposed LUB amendments

and unanimously approved

second and third reading of Bylaw No.

1644-20 to amend Land Use Bylaw

1443-10 in order to clarify sections of

the bylaw pertaining to sand, gravel

and surface mineral operations.

Attention Parents & Grandparents

2020 BABY REGISTER…to be published in the January 28 issue. Send

information along with baby’s photo. Please write your baby’s name on the back

of the photo if mailing or dropping off.

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roll, while in some cases that wasn’t

possible, so the bad debt would have to

be written off.

Robblee also explained in some

cases the town has paid money out and

was afterwards unable to recover

those funds, hence the debt owing.

The agenda memo noted invoice

numbers, amounts owing and tax rolls

(see chart right).

According to the agenda memo all of

the debts were transferable to tax rolls

with the exception of $371.54, which

had to be written off.

Robblee noted the Municipal

Government Act gives councillors the

authority to transfer certain debts to

tax rolls, but must be done through a

resolution.

He also noted that these issues usually

come to council once a year in

December.

He further added the town tried to

collect on the written off debts but

wasn’t able to collect the money.

Councillors unanimously transferred

certain amounts to tax rolls and

wrote off the amounts identified in the

memo.

Community Enhancement Fund of

Waste Connections of Canada Inc. and

Paintearth Regional Waste Management nt Ltd.

GRANTING GUIDELINES FOR 2021

For the 2021 granting cycle the Community Enhancement Fund of Waste Connections

and PRWML anticipates awarding grants up to $25,000 and invites applications for

eligible projects from not for profit organizations, registered charities, and community

groups that provide services to the Paintearth Region. The intent of this community

fund is to distribute its grant funds to as many groups as possible. Larger amounts may

be considered depending upon expressed need and granting capacity. Projects should

contribute to the development of a healthy and diverse community. The charitable

purposes of this community are to:

• Foster and promote awareness and appreciation for community-based philanthropy;

• Promote the growth, development, and success of community endeavours

Deadline for applications is Thursday, January 28, 2021.

To receive the application form, granting guidelines and/or to submit the application

form, please contact the following:

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Attention: Michael Simpson, PO Box 509, Castor, AB T0C 0X0

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Baby’s Name:

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Invoice#

Amount

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Prov.:

Tax roll

or Utility

Acct #

4411 $761.84 00380

4305 $171.00 01100

4308 $57.00 00680

4418 $1,118.00 00410

4312 $55.88 03940

4314 $57.00 00040

4317 $342.00 50142.001

4472 $200.00 01050

4348 $55.00 00120

4349 $330.00 01629

4322 $57.00 04770

4491 $342.00 01260

4429 $436.00 06140

4492 $57.00 50213.006

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Personal knowledge

of patients missing

Dear Editor,

I agree with Ray Cerniuk and his

opinion article entitled ‘I must agree

and disagree’, pg. 6, Dec. 3, 2020, when

it comes to the care in senior living

homes, that we need to follow the

money.

These seniors all pay for their care

and it’s something like the ‘WE’

scandal.

The government is going to give

money to upgrade these places but you

can bet little will go to improve conditions,

instead going into the pockets of

investors and CEO’s.

I also worked in one in the past.

These workers do their very best and

they certainly earn their wages.

It’s not unusual for one person to be

on one unit of 30+ patients with the

second person responsible for giving

out pills on two units with that same

person suppose to be the helping hand

on both units. But try to find them

when they are needed!

Food was really good before it was

let out to other companies. The same

with laundry that goes to a service but

you have no idea how much of the

senior’s clothing gets lost when it gets

mixed with bedding.

Find

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Dear Editor,

Hello there!

For some time now I’ve appreciated

your newspaper so much especially a

couple columnists, Brenda Schimke

and Herman Schwenk.

They are both

thought-provoking

and

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Even though I

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ECA REVIEW HANNA/CORONATION/STETTLER, AB January 7'21 5

Stettler approves incentive

for real estate agents

Stu Salkeld

Local Journalism

Initiative reporter

ECA Review

Stettler town council is

hoping an incentive for local

real estate agents will lead to a

boom in moving an inventory of

available municipal property.

The decision to approve a real

estate agent incentive was made

at the Dec. 15 regular council

meeting.

The proposed change to

Policy V-4(c) Marketing of

Residential/Commercial

Property was written by administration

and presented to

councillors by Director of

Planning and Development

Leann Graham, described in

the agenda memo as a strategy

“To encourage marketing of

Town of Stettler lands for residential

development.”

The proposed addition to the

policy would be referred to as

STETTLER TOWN COUNCIL

Section 3, and reads, “The

incentive remuneration of five

per cent of the sale price

(excluding GST) will be paid to

local agent/realtors who are

involved in the transaction

upon final payment and closing

of a Town of Stettler owned

property purchase.”

Graham noted the primary

focus of this strategy would be

to generate interest among

buyers in available town-owned

commercial property but also

include some residential

property.

Coun. Al Campbell stated the

town had problems in the past

with another incentive similar

to this one that ended up in a

lawsuit.

Graham responded that she’s

worked for the Town of Stettler

for 13 years and there hasn’t

been such an incentive while

she’s been there.

Campbell responded, “That’s

because we cancelled it.”

Murray Magill

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Marlene, Ian, Jody, Dwight, Christy,

Hudson and Ryker Magill would

like to continue to express our deep

appreciation to family, friends,

neighbours and the surrounding

communities for all that you meant

to Murray during his life. We

thank you for your loving support and kindness you

have shown over the last five years since the loss of our

husband, father, grandpa and friend. Family, friendships

and connections in the community were everything to

Murray and we are grateful to all that contributed to his

accomplished, happy and memorable life. Missing you

always, love you forever.

Graham added that while the

primary focus is selling commercial

property, the ultimate

goal is for the taxpayers to reap

the rewards of economic

development.

“Let’s get them sold and let’s

get positive taxation on these

(properties),” said Graham.

Graham further noted out-oftown

realtors could claim the

incentive if they purchase a

Town of Stettler business

license who would then be

asked to partner with a local

real estate agency.

Mayor Sean Nolls stated he

was happy to see an idea like

this come forward and will

make the town’s commercial

real estate more attractive for

local realtors.

“It will be a positive,” he said,

referring to the transformation

of vacant commercial land into

taxable properties.

Councillors approved adding

the real estate agent incentive to

Governance rules must be

followed by future committees

Stu Salkeld

Local Journalism

Initiative reporter

ECA Review

Clive council decided

the community must

follow rules for municipal

committees that

offer prizes after an issue

with the Communities in

Bloom (CiB) committee.

The decision was made

at the Dec. 14 regular

meeting of council.

Village Chief

Administrative Officer

(CAO) Carla Kenney presented

councillors with

two reports related to the

Clive CiB committee,

including an expense

submission for an

October CiB event and

the resignation of all CiB

board members.

Kenney stated the

expense reimbursement

was for $94.03 to a committee

member or

members who bought

prizes or materials

for a

Halloween

contest.

It was also

stated at the

meeting that a

committee

member also

won a prize in

the competition,

something

which is

frowned upon

by the village.

Kenney

stated that she

didn’t feel that

the reimbursement

request

met the public

scrutiny test.

CLIVE COUNCIL

Kenney’s report

included the resignation

letter from all CiB members,

which stated their

resignations were

related to village staff

requesting more information

about the

Halloween contest and

how the prizes were

awarded.

The resignation letter

was bluntly worded and

let village council know

the CiB members had

been offended by the

entire situation.

Coun. Susan Russell

stated she didn’t know

why people feel so

slighted when they were

asked many times to

form an official committee

and didn’t abide

by guidance from the

village.

Coun. Norma Penney

stated she was opposed

to reimbursing the

money as the village

shouldn’t let people buy

their own prizes.

Coun. Jeremy Whelan

stated he understood

Penney’s point and suggested

perhaps the

village needs to be more

involved when committees

are holding contests

that offer prizes paid for

with taxpayer money.

Coun. Russell stated

she wasn’t happy with

this situation, and

pointed out the Village of

Clive treats volunteers

very well and appreciates

them, and added

that she has volunteered

for the CiB committee

too.

Kenney stated when

the village was investigating

the expense claim,

she didn’t expect to get a

nasty letter in return.

She feels it’s a given that

organizers of events

don’t win prizes in that

event.

Councillors first

passed a motion to

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MAIL BAG

Trudeau gifting taxpayers broken

promises and higher carbon taxes

by Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director

& Franco Terrazzano, Alberta Director,

Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Merry Christmas taxpayers: we get

the gift of higher home heating bills

and gas prices, courtesy of Prime

Minister Justin Trudeau.

The Trudeau government recently

rolled out new plans to massively

increase the carbon tax while layering

on top a second carbon tax.

This new costly present from our

federal government comes shortly

after Ottawa promised it wouldn’t be

increasing taxes.

In the lead up to the 2019 federal election,

then-environment minister

Catherine McKenna told Canadians

that the Trudeau government had “no

intention” of increasing the carbon tax

beyond the $50 per tonne tax that was

scheduled for 2022.

Trudeau also blatantly lied to us.

Only a few months ago, Trudeau dismissed

the notion of increasing taxes.

“The last thing Canadians need is to

see a rise in taxes right now … we are

not going to be saddling Canadians

with extra costs,” said Trudeau this

past August.

It’s hard to square Trudeau’s

promise of no tax hikes with his recent

announcement of increasing the

carbon tax to $170 per tonne by 2030,

which represents a 467 per cent hike

from today’s carbon tax.

By 2030, every time you go to the

pumps, you’ll have to fork over nearly

Sneaky tax grab hits pockets in 2021

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation

is calling on Premier Jason Kenney to

reverse his plan to hike income taxes

through the de-indexation of tax

brackets.

“Kenney is reaching deeper into taxpayers’

pockets in 2021 with his sneaky

backdoor tax grab known as bracket

creep,” said Franco Terrazzano, the

CTF’s Alberta Director.

“The last thing Albertans need right

now is the provincial government

taking more of our money through a

sneaky backdoor tax grab.”

Bracket creep happens when governments

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inflation and taxpayers get bumped

into a higher tax bracket even though

we can’t actually afford to buy more.

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to erode the tax free portion of our

income.

Kenney introduced bracket creep in

the 2019 budget. The budget estimated

that de-indexation of the income tax

system would cost Albertans $196 million

in 2021.

As a Reform Party Member of

Parliament, Kenney wrote a column in

the Calgary Herald on Dec. 10, 1997,

referring to bracket creep as a “hidden

and regressive tax grab.”

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provinces, where you’ll have to pay on

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Clean Energy Canada heralded

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from the truth.

Trudeau’s party misled millions of

Canadians about its true intentions: to

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they fill up their minivans.

Federal Environment Minister

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zero” impact on our economy and

insists that rebates of collected revenues

will actually leave Canadians

better off.

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business by government regulation

and taxation.”

It’s bad enough that the feds are

increasing the carbon tax during the

middle of a severe economic downturn,

but Trudeau is adding insult to injury

by introducing a second carbon tax.

Trudeau’s second carbon tax was

released on a Friday one week before

Christmas and buried in so-called

clean fuel regulations.

The regulations will require producers

to reduce the carbon content of

their fossil fuels. But here’s the kicker:

if companies can’t meet Trudeau’s

requirements, they’ll have to pay his

second carbon tax.

Economists have already warned

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guys. The costs will be passed down to

families and consumers.

Trudeau’s second carbon tax will

“hit lower-income Canadians” and

“means many poor Canadians will

face rising food prices,” according to

University of Calgary economist Jack

Mintz.

The think tank Canadians for

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Trudeau’s second carbon tax will

increase the cost of gasoline by 10 to 19

per cent, all on top of the costs of

Trudeau’s current carbon tax.

Trudeau told us he wouldn’t be

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Prairie College instructor makes top nine in competition

Submitted

Denis Nassar-Baptista, Prairie

College’s Music and Songwriting

Instructor, was one of the top nine

OBITUARY

composers honoured in a national

Composition Competition by the

Orchestre Métropolitain based in

Montreal.

True farmer’s wife

The composition competition is in

honour of the legacy of Beethoven.

Nassar-Baptista shared the basis of

his approach to the composition he

submitted saying, “I’m very thankful

to God for being among the top nine

composers in a major national

competition.

“It was also something special to get

there with an orchestral piece based

on bird calls that I transcribed from

birds here in Three Hills.”

Francis Battah, Marie-Pierre

Brasset, Cristina García Islas and

Nicholas Ryan were selected as the top

four choices with Maggie Ayotte,

Alexander Blank, Patrick Giguère,

Dominique Lafortune and Denis

Nassar-Baptista as the five honourable

mentions.

Lydia M. Toews, our mother, grandmother

and great-grandmother was

born Dec. 4, 1921.

After 99 years, she passed away

peacefully at Linden, Alta. Dec. 27,

2020.

She was the first of a family of 10

children born to Aaron and Mary

Baerg Megli at Sunnyslope, Alta.

She grew up on the family farm

helping her father work with horses

and cows.

Cousin Frank Klassen joined their

family when she was five and she was

happy to have an older brother to walk

with to school, a mile across country.

Her parents took the family to

church in Linden every Sunday – a

privilege her father didn’t have.

At the age of 16, she gave her heart to

the Lord and mentioned at times the

meaningful direction He gave her life.

She was baptized, becoming a

member of the Church of God in

Christ, Mennonite, to which she

remained faithful. The church was

precious to her and she loved the Bible.

Through the years from youth on,

she was enthused about Sunday school

and Summer Vacation Bible School,

supporting those causes.

On April 16, 1944, Lydia married

Walter U. Toews and together they

experienced life to the fullest, with its

joys and hardships during 67 years

until Walter’s passing, August 2011.

They first set up housekeeping in an

upstairs room of the large Schartner

house, with a cow and chickens as livestock.

Following that they farmed at

Sunnyslope, Rocky Mountain House,

Linden, and Stettler, then retired at

Linden.

She was a true farmer’s wife,

planting a large vegetable garden surrounded

by shrubs and trees with

fruit.

While working together with her

children she spoke of godly principals

and lifestyles.

She was hospitable, practiced

respect to all mankind, including the

less fortunate.

We appreciate the home our parents

gave us and the spiritual concern they

had for their posterity. This union was

blessed with 11 children; 53 grandchildren;

111 great-grandchildren; and two

great-great-grandchildren.

Fond memories are her cheerful

voice and smile, welcoming and appreciating

a visitor or care shown her, and

will be cherished by her children:

Earl, Linden; George and Rosanna,

Stettler, Alta.; Janice andGerald

Unruh, Bonners Ferry, Idaho; Cecil

and Helen, Bow Island, Alta.; Anita

and Leonard Toews, Hythe, Alta.;

Grace and David Unruh, Stettler; Merv

and Wanda, Stettler; Lorne and Myra,

Beaverlodge, Alta.; Wayne and Sharon,

Stettler; Connie and Ray Unruh,

Stettler; Delbert and Melinda Ensz,

Bow Island.

Also siblings: Verda Toews; Ray and

Susanna Megli; Irvin and Irma Megli;

Viola and Jake Boese; Ethel and Noah

Toews; Orville and Helen Megli; Edith

and Howard Reimer and one sister-inlaw:

Agnes Toews.

She left us to join her parents; her

husband Walter; daughter Marilyn;

four grandsons; two grandsons-in-law;

one sister and one brother.

Condolences may be sent to the

family at www.sunsetltd.ca.

Sunset Funeral Service Ltd. in care

of arrangements, 403-650-1814.

LANDS FOR SALE BY TENDER

The registered owner hereby offers for sale by tender the following briefly described

property subject to the reservations, exceptions and encumbrances contained in

the existing certificates of title, but free and clear of any financial liens:

NE 24-40-17 W4, containing 159 acres more or less

(hereinafter called the “Lands”).

FEATURES: Quarter section near Gadsby; all native pasture; two dugouts and

fenced. Fences are in good condition.

The sale of the Lands is subject to the following terms and conditions:

1. Seller makes no warranties or representations about the property’s size/

measurement, condition or environmental status.

2. Buyer to be responsible for all costs associated with registration. Tender price

shall be excluding G.S.T.

3. Tenders will be received by the lawyer noted below up to but not after

12:00 o’clock noon on Friday, February 5, 2021. Tenders should be forwarded to

Simonin Law in a sealed envelope marked “Boxma Tender”. A certified cheque

or draft equal to 10% of the purchase price payable to Simonin Law and must

be received by Simonin Law within 3 business days of the Buyer being notified

of acceptance of their tender bid. If the successful bidder does not complete the

purchase after acceptance of their bid, the deposit shall be forfeited to the Seller.

4. The balance of the purchase price to be paid by solicitor’s trust cheque or

certified funds on or before Friday, March 19, 2021 (“Possession Date”).

5. Property taxes to be adjusted as of Possession Date.

6. The highest or any tender not necessarily accepted.

Please provide contact information, including a phone number, with the tender.

SIMONIN LAW

Dora J. Simonin Barrister & Solicitor

Suite A, 4819 - 51 Street, Box 1630

Stettler, Alberta T0C 2L0

403-742-3411

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3 Realtors - 1 Fee

Central Alberta Realtors Assoc. Calgary Real Estate Board

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2800 acres of pasture, lots of water,

good fences, small renovated house.

• Halkirk West: Pasture near Halkirk

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Three Hills - 403-443-0949

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Three Hills - 403-888-7775

If you are looking

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near future give

consideration to

moving to Three

Hills, a welcoming

community, give us a

call to learn more.

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Capital Realty

Acme - 403-813-8006

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