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Administration recommended that

the town take title to these properties

as ‘the owners of the properties have

abandoned all responsibility

regarding the properties.’

Although the assessed value of the

property is higher than the tax

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Professional building included in tax recovery properties

Terri Huxley

ECA Review

Council passed a motion to take title

of seven different properties within

Hanna including the Professional

Building at their regular Tues. Feb. 9

council meeting.


tax arrears will be owed to the town,

by taking title to the property the

town will be in control of the


Once the town takes title to these

properties, they will be listed for sale

with the intent to have the properties


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A tax recovery public auction was

held Jan. 12 for these properties that

were not removed from the Tax

Recovery List through payment of tax


As the properties were not sold at

the auction, the municipality has the

option to take title to the properties

under tax forfeiture.

The owners of the properties have

not responded to any letters, invoices

or notices sent to them.

As the owners have abandoned the

properties, the town has been contracting

yard maintenance and snow

removal; however, as the invoices are

not paid, the costs have been applied to

the tax account.

“It’s a tough situation for council,”

said Chief Administrative Officer

(CAO) Kim Neill, “but at the end of the

day if we don’t take title to the properties

they will just sit there and nothing

will happen to them and they will continue

to deteriorate.

“It doesn’t mean that someone is

going to miraculously pay their taxes

and clear it up,” said Neill.

He added that the town may bring in

an appraiser for the professional


“It’s a big building, it’s a unique

building. I know it does need some

work but I know at the end of the day

that one has potentially some significant

value and we don’t want to short

sight it even though we won’t keep the


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County to support Trochu’s $20 million seniors project

Stu Salkeld

Local Journalism Initiative reporter

ECA Review

Kneehill County will move forward

with the process to support the Town

of Trochu’s proposed $20 million

seniors housing project. The decision

was made by a 5 to 2 vote at the Feb. 8

regular meeting of council and broadcast

on youTube.

After staff presentations and comments

from the Mayor Barry Kletke

and Trochu Housing Authority’s Sam

Smalldon, councillors passed a motion

from Coun. Ken King that Kneehill

County proceed with a process that

would allow completion of bylaws

required to support the Town of

Trochu to borrow up to $20 million for

up to four years for a seniors housing


Conditions included capital grants

being received, that life lease units be

90 per cent pre-sold and a four year

commitment from the date the town

and county sign an agreement.

Coun. Faye McGhee and Glen Keiver

were opposed.

County Chief Administrative Officer

(CAO) Mike Haugen stated staff recommended

turning down the town’s

request based on the risk to county


“The town does not have the

capacity to finance this borrowing

themselves without ministerial

approval, and have asked the county to


provide financial backing to allow

financing to occur and provide cash

flow during project construction,

should such be needed,” stated Haugen

in his report.”

Haugen noted the Municipal

Government Act (MGA) allows such a

request in a number of ways, but they

all require a bylaw and public hearing

process before third reading could be


“The Town of Trochu is proposing a

senior’s living complex be constructed

within the Town of Trochu...If the

project were to move forward and the

objectives of the business case were not

met, there may be negative consequences

that threaten the viability of

the Town of Trochu,” stated Haugen.

Baffled by province’s police tax rules

Stu Salkeld

Local Journalism Initiative reporter

ECA Review

Increased costs for policing across

Alberta may have been ordered by

Edmonton in 2019, but it’s the everyday

taxpaying Albertan who will be

ponying up for them.

How they will go about paying those

costs, though, has become a bit of a


Case in point: the Town of Bashaw

regular council meeting Feb. 4, where

Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)

Theresa Fuller brought back to council

a report on how the municipality can

collect the province’s new policing tax


The provincial government

announced late in 2019 that it was

boosting police service across Alberta

and that local taxpayers would foot the


At their last regular council meeting

Bashaw councillors rescinded their

previous attempt to pass on the costs

through a utility fee.

At that meeting, Fuller stated the

provincial government prohibits

municipalities collecting police funds

through utilities fees.

Councillors asked Fuller to investigate

other avenues.

She returned with a report that

stated it appears there are few options.

“Inquired from villages in Camrose

County, Clive and Alix,” stated Fuller’s

report. “Many of them are including it

as an expense within their operating


“Several of the villages are using

their Municipal Sustainability

Initiative Operating grant to pay for it.

“Proceeding this way ensures there

is not a tax increase, however operational

costs are then supported by a

grant; not a sustainable way to manage


“The Town of Bashaw is undergoing

a Municipal Accountability Program

review in April.

If we choose to proceed in the same

manner as the county, include it as a

requisition, it will be reflected against

us in our review.

“The municipal advisor assisting

with our review has informed us the

only recommended method is to

include it in operational costs as an


“In the event that we proceed with a

requisition, it could present a liability.”

Fuller noted the general public may

see it as the local council increasing

taxes. “It is unfortunate that it presents

an inaccurate picture of increased

taxes,” she stated.

Coun. Lynn Schultz stated he was

frustrated that it seems the province is

worried about taking the blame for

increasing taxes.

“I guess there’s nothing we can do

abut it,” said Schultz.

Coun. Darren Pearson suggested tax

bills, for example, should have a note

explaining the tax hike came from the

provincial government.

“As long as the people know why the

taxes are going up,” said Pearson.

Pearson then suggested increasing

tax rates on provincial government

property in Bashaw, to which he

received some laughter from fellow


The conversation closed by Fuller

noting Bashaw taxpayers would be

paying $23,000 more this year for


Haugen stated councillors should

keep in mind if they approved the

request, it may encourage other

groups to come forward with similar


Coun. Wade Christie stated he was

disappointed with the tone of the staff

memo and stated he contacted a

number of people in his division and

found the rural community is very

much in favour of a project like this.

He stated he felt the public hearing

process would illustrate this.

Kletke and Smalldon answered a

number of questions from Coun. King,

including the county wouldn’t be borrowing

money, simply guaranteeing

the town’s efforts to borrow money

and there is demand for this service in

the Trochu draw area.

A survey showed over 60 people

voiced interest in this project and a

timeline of five years was proposed to

accommodate the provincial government

grant process.

Other points made were the preselling

90 per cent of the life lease

units, design, construction of the

facility, and that newer facilities are

more attractive to residents than older

ones and that the project would not

proceed without government capital


Smalldon stated Covenant Health

has voiced interest in a facility in


Coun. Keiver asked how long it

would take to pre-sell 90 per cent of the

life lease units.

Smalldon stated, for this project,

perhaps six months.

Reeve Jerry Wittstock asked if the

total $32 million budget was an engineer’s

estimate, to which Smalldon

responded the figure was an estimate

including inflation from 2016.

CAO Haugen noted that any motions

put forth by council would be to proceed

with the process of passing

bylaws to accommodate a support

request, not approving the request, as

obligations such as bylaws and public

hearings must be met.

Coun. McGhee stated she liked the

project but wondered why county ratepayers

would be involved in what

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MDF plant will be between Three Hills, Trochu

Stu Salkeld

Local Journalism Initiative reporter

ECA Review

A fibre board manufacturer told

Kneehill County council their major

new mill be located between the communities

of Three Hills and Trochu.

The executives of Great Plains MDF

appeared before council in person at

their Feb. 9 regular meeting.

Brian McLeod, president and

chairman of the board, Wayne

Wasylciw, vice president of research

and development and Gerry Moore,

regional director of Alberta, gave

council a detailed update on the company’s

plan to build a roughly $850

million facility in Kneehill County and

beginning in 2021.

McLeod stated Great Plains plans to

build the world’s largest medium density

fibre board mill in Kneehill

County and also the first to use wheat

straw instead of wood to make the popular

construction material.

The president stated a few years ago

some principles of Great Plains got

together to talk about the future of the

MDF industry and pondered research


that confirmed agricultural fibre is in

large supply while wood is not.

Further, McLeod stated research

found, in some cases, agricultural fibre

is superior to wood fibre.

He stated the plant in Kneehill

County will provide about 380 jobs onsite,

1,000 jobs at the value-added

facility plus jobs at the head office

while the overall effect of the plant will

include 1,900 indirect jobs.

The plant will run 24 hours a day,

seven days a week for most of the year

and use 800,000 tonnes of wheat straw

per year.

Budget appears to include no tax increase

Stu Salkeld

Local Journalism Initiative reporter

ECA Review

Stettler county council passed their

2021 budget at the regular meeting

Feb. 10, and it appears to include no tax

increase to ratepayers.

The meeting was broadcast on the

county’s YouTube channel to meet

pandemic rules.

“The 2021 budget will be implemented

upon council’s approval,”

stated Director of Corporate Services,

Christa Cornelssen in her report to


“We received public input from the

budget survey and presented the

budget for public comment in


According to documents presented

at the meeting, total tax revenue for

2021 is projected to be $17,451,374.

As a requirement from the

Municipal Government Act, proposed

budgets were also included up to 2024.

In a public presentation Feb. 2, Chief

Administrative Officer (CAO) Yvette

Cassidy stated the county’s budget process

usually starts with councillors

looking at strategic priorities while

facing the reality the municipality

needs $150,000 of new revenue to balance

the budget.

“With no new revenue sources, this

budget presents the need for $150,000

in new revenue, which we anticipate

may be accumulated through growth

in assessment or through other revenues

like grant funding,” stated the

Feb. 2 written report.

“We plan to maintain current levels

of service throughout all operations

with regional agreements including

fire and emergency management being

re-negotiated in 2021 to adjust current

needs, expectations and to reflect

actual costs of providing these


During the presentation Cornelssen

stated the budget is balanced and

includes no tax increase from the

County of Stettler.

Readers should note municipalities

have no control over certain provincial

taxes such as education

requisition that could be hiked by the

provincial government and that

appear on a municipal tax bill.

Cornelssen stated property owners

could in theory see an increase in their

tax bill however, if their property

increased in value.

Coun. James Nibourg pointed out to

his peers that approving the budget is

one thing, which lists county services

and the tax money to pay for it, but

councillors still have to set the mill

rate in May.

Director of Municipal Services

Andrew Brysiuk stated that at this

point in the process it looks favourable

to keep the tax rate increase at zero.

He noted that county staff, when

developing the budget, felt that the

need for increased revenue was anticipated

to come from increased property


The budget passed by a 5 to 2 vote,

with Coun. Dave Grover and Coun.

Cheri Neitz opposed.


Water will be an important resource

at the mill, he noted, as it will require

about 1,300 square meters per day. The

company is currently in talks with the

Town of Three Hills about water

supply and noted the plant won’t

require potable water.

The president noted that once all the

banking and agreements have been

completed by the end of April, funds

from the lenders should be available

by early June followed by four months

of design and engineering with construction

to follow by October.

Great Plains has reached a tentative

agreement for three quarter sections

in Kneehill County, known locally as

the “Equity site,” located between

Three Hills and Trochu.

The mill will occupy two of the

quarter sections with the third set

aside for storage.

McLeod stated the county should

expect to see an increase in truck and

rail traffic, with resin needed in MDF

manufacture coming in by rail and

finished product going out the same


Straw will be trucked in and some

finished product going out that way


Coun. Wade Christie asked how

Great Plains deals with foreign material

in the straw. Wasylciw responded

everything that comes to the plant in a

bale gets used, one way or another.

Coun. Faye McGhee asked how

Great Plains is going to get the water it

needs for the mill. Wasylciw stated it

will have to be pumped as trucking

couldn’t get the job done.

Reeve Jerry Wittstock asked who

the major buyers of the MDF product

twill be. McLeod answered about 20

per cent will be sold in Canada, 50 per

cent in the United States and the rest

in Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

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“We want to know what the best

value we can and that may require

some outside expertise.”

Visitor Information Centre


Council agreed to enter into a memorandum

of understanding with the

Hanna Learning Centre and Business

Hub for a pilot management project.

The Business Hub will now take

over the management role for the

Visitor Information Centre (VIC) for

the 2021 summer season.

“I know their representatives are

really excited about the opportunity.

They are looking forward to it,” said

CAO Neill.

“There might be a few bumps along

the way as we move forward but we

have a good relationship with that

group and we will be able to move forward

in a positive direction.”

Council Procedural Bylaw

The review conducted by Municipal

Affairs in 2019 under the Municipal

Accountability Program, noted that

the Town of Hanna Council

Procedural Bylaw 998-2017 did not

comply with the Municipal

Government Act for several reasons.

Rather than amending this bylaw,

administration prepared a new one to

replace it.

One of the issues with the original

bylaw was Section 12 which stated ,

“nor shall a member resist the rules of

council or disobey the mayor or the

council…. and in case any member

should so resist or disobey, he may be

ordered by the council by a majority

vote to leave his seat for that meeting”.

According to section 153 (c) of the

Municipal Government Act, a member

of council has a duty to participate in

council meetings.

Bylaw 1002-2019 was adopted by

council and sent to Municipal Affairs

to confirm that the bylaw complied

with the legislation.

Municipal Affairs responded that

Section 3.75 allows for the removal of

“any person”, which could include

members of council.

First step in new career after pandemic?

Stu Salkeld

Local Journalism Initiative reporter

ECA Review

The Stettler Learning Centre offers

a bewildering array of options for

people ready to move on with life after

the COVID-19 pandemic.

Manager Erin Wilkie and Peggy

Vockeroth, student advisor stated the

umbrella organization, enjoying a

partnership with the Stettler & District

Community Adult Learning Council

and Campus Alberta Central, offers

regional residents an array of career

options that is truly astounding despite

coping with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s been positive and it’s been challenging,”

said Wilkie at the learning

centre office Feb. 11.

Wilkie stated if a curious resident

comes to the centre for academic

advising, the monthly New Futures

program could be very attractive, as

it’s intended for unemployed or underemployed

people of any age.

Municipal Affair’s position is that

the expulsion of a member of council

contravenes section 153 (c) of the MGA

by preventing a member of council

from performing their legislated


To comply with the recommendations

provided by Municipal Affairs,

administration has prepared bylaw

with changes saying “the chair may

cause to be expelled and excluded from

any meeting by any person, other than

Wilkie noted the program offers help

for people who may be unsure what

career path they should take, and

includes help like resumes, networking

and much more, with evening learning

options also available.

Wilkie stated the Stettler Learning

Centre embraces a “laddering” system

where students can place a piece or two

of their employment puzzle and then

move up into crafting more and more

of their big picture with expanded

learning, including general equivalent

diploma (GED), tutoring, literacy skills

such as English as a second language,

high school courses, and even into

apprenticeship or post-secondary education,

all available in one way or

another right in the Stettler Learning


Wilkie also pointed out many

learning options are available online

or in the evenings or both, so working

people and single parents can also get


Vockeroth also pointed out

a member of council, who creates any

disturbance during a meeting or who,

in the opinion of the chair has been

guilty of improper conduct and for that

purpose, the chair may direct that

such a person be removed from the


Bylaw 1002-2019 included a clause

that the bylaw be reviewed within its

fourth year – being 2023 – or at least

once in every council term which was

added to the new bylaw as well.

pre-trades courses that can lead into

career training for things like welding,

carpentry and electrician.

For those looking for a change in

careers but are worried about

finances, Wilkie stated many programs

are free of charge and many

grants and subsidies are available.

The Stettler Learning Centre moved

into its new location at 4911-51 street,

the former Vision Credit Union

building, in spring 2020, just as the

COVID-19 pandemic was gaining


An official grand opening had to be

postponed because of the pandemic but

the ladies are confident one will be

held as soon as possible.

Wilkie noted that with the COVID-19

pandemic and changes to the oil and

gas industry in Alberta, this could

very well be the time many Albertans

are also changing their career paths.

“Come on in, we can help you,” she




CN Dam given fresh look at fish restocking

Terri Huxley

ECA Review

Levi Neufeld, Hanna’s

Regional Fish & Wildlife Officer

spoke with Hanna town council

virtually Tues. Feb. 9 on the

stocking of fish at the CN Dam

on the east side of Hanna.

The Roundhouse Society

approached the officer in

September asking if it would be

feasible to reinstate fishing at

this reservoir.

Historically, pike and perch

were prevalent there.

Neufeld contacted the local

fishery biologists for this area,

noting to council that this provincial

government is all about

increasing fishing opportunities

across Alberta.

For instance, they are

stocking smaller fish at the

Carolside Reservoir this spring.

The biologists asked for the

history of the water body

including the water draws, the

depth and oxygen levels.

Before anything can be done,

Neufeld felt stakeholder support

was needed down the road.

“I don’t want to say that this

is for sure happening,” he said.

“These are just Steps A, B and

C that we have to look at and

maybe you know what it might

be worth investing more money

and time so that the provincial

government can look into it a

little bit more.”

Council accepted the presentation

for information at this

time and will bring up the

motion for a letter of support

towards this initiative later in

the spring.

Neufeld shared that no


funding was needed at this


A class from J.C. Charyk

School will be helping out as an

education component by using

an oxygen sensor to test the

oxygen levels which tells

whether it is feasible or not for

the fish to survive.

Neufeld asked councillors

and administration if they had

any contacts to supply extra

information on the history of

the dam in terms of ownership,

depth and oxygen levels so he

could forward that onto the


Henry Kroger Regional Water

Services Commission was suggested

while Neufeld has

already been in talks with

Ducks Unlimited.

Chief Administrative Officer

(CAO) Kim Neill added to the

Consort RCMP arrest three

involved in copper wire theft


Consort RCMP have

arrested three people in connection

with multiple copper

wire thefts from different

oilfield sites in eastern


Coronation, Consort and

Killam RCMP have been

investigating these thefts at

numerous sites throughout

all three jurisdictions since

August 2020.

On Feb. 10, 2021,

Coronation RCMP stopped a

vehicle in relation to the


Police located and seized

approximately 900 pounds of

copper wire and a rifle.

The following day, a

search warrant was executed

by Consort and

Coronation RCMP and

Medicine Hat ALERT on a

residence located on the east

side of Coronation.

Police located and seized

wire casings, break-in

instruments and tools used

to cut and strip copper wire.

Dylan Spencer Goddu (24)

of Coronation, Alta., Meggan

Rae Cole (28) of Killam, Alta.

and Randall James

Lawrence (37) of Fleet, Alta.

have been charged with possession

of firearm in a

vehicle and possession of

stolen property under


In addition, Goddu has

been charged with possession

of property obtained by

crime for the purpose of

trafficking under $5,000,

trafficking property

obtained by crime under

$5,000 and possession of

break-in instruments.

Goddu, Cole and

Lawrence have been

released from custody and

are scheduled to appear in

Coronation Provincial

Court on Mar.12, 2021.

If you have information

relating to this or any other

crime, please contact the

Consort RCMP detachment

at 403-577-3000.

Recover of stolen

vehicle, drugs

Drumheller RCMP were

conducting proactive patrols

in the 500 block of 3rd

Avenue West when an

officer located a vehicle

blocking the alley on Feb.12,

2021, at approximately 10:30


Further investigation

found that the vehicle had

been reported stolen out of


As a result of the investigation,

a search warrant

was obtained and executed

on a residence where the

stolen vehicle was located.

Drumheller RCMP

located a female inside the

residence who was subsequently

arrested as she was

found to have outstanding

warrants from Drumheller

and Calgary.

She was also found to be

in possession of the key for

the stolen vehicle.

Drumheller RCMP seized

20.6 g of suspected fentanyl,

12.7 g of suspected methamphetamine

and 16.5 g of

suspected cocaine.

Carrie Garson (22) of

Drumheller has been

charged possession for the

purpose of trafficking fentanyl,


and cocaine as well as possession

of property obtained

by crime exceeding $5,000,

and possession not

exceeding $5,000.

Also possession of a stolen

identity document and possession

of ammunition

contrary to order.

Failure to attend court

and comply with probation

and release orders were also

added as well as uttering


Garson was held for a

Judicial Interim Release

Hearing and was subsequently

remanded into

custody and will be

appearing in Strathmore

Provincial Court on Feb. 16,


Stolen vehicles

in Trochu area

Members of the Three Hills

RCMP located a stolen 2000 GMC

Sierra Feb. 8 near Trochu.

Police conducted a traffic stop

with the vehicle and two male occupants

were arrested without


Further investigation led police

to a rural property near Trochu,

Alta. where a search located a

stolen 2012 Cargomate utility

trailer and a 2010 Ford Focus.

In addition to the stolen vehicles,

police also seized a Chevrolet

Avalanche that had the VIN numbers


The investigation remains

ongoing; therefore, the suspect’s

names cannot be released at this



firearms seized

Two Hills RCMP executed a

search warrant at a rural property

in Lamont County, Alta. on Feb. 1,


The search resulted in the seizure

of five firearms, two have

been confirmed as stolen from

Vermilion, Alta.

and Donalda,


Police also

seized a side-byside

which was

reported stolen

from West Cove,

Alta. in April

2020, what is suspected

to be

cocaine and



several cartons of


Police located

printing equipment

and believe

that firearms

licences were

being manufactured

at this


Charges are

pending and the

investigation is


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people safety, property

safety,” said CAO Neill.

Coun. Gerald Campion

was connected to the dam as

he explained he grew up in

town learning how to fish

from there, gaining all the

necessary skills to become a

strong fisherman along the


“That’s where I learned

all of my fishing skills. It

was a fantastic pike reservoir

when I was young,” he


Mayor Chris Warwick

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Terri Huxley

ECA Review

The village of Elnora received

$35,175 from the Municipal Operating

System Transfer (MOST) grant provided

by the province of Alberta to

combat expenses associated with

COVID-19 disruptions.

As of Feb. 5, administration has been

able to allocate $14,405.05 to various

projects, the largest being foggers and

disinfectant at $12,400 for local businesses

to use on a request basis.

An ‘unexpected’ balance of $20,769.95

was left so council was tasked with

approving a new home for the money.

Council passed a motion to put the


remaining amount towards unpaid

property taxes to offset municipal loss

of revenue with future disbursements

to be determined at council’s


Still waiting

Three months later the village is still

seeking answers to questions posed to

MLA Devin Dreeshen during their

regular meeting discussion on Nov. 10.

Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)

Sharon Wesgate sent an email

regarding a few issues of importance to

council including the cost per

COVID-19 test, the status on rural

broadband and the heritage trust fund,

senior manors amalgamation concerns

and testing of a former burn pit with

needed clearance form Alberta


MDP draft review

Richard Mojave and Ron Barr of Red

Deer County Planning and

Development presented the draft copy

of the Municipal Development Plan

(MDP) to council.

With no changes needed, a date has

now been set for the public to have

their say on the matter Feb. 17.

Fire hall safety code repairs

Administration received an invoice

from C.Reed Construction for $3013.50

for repairs to the local fire hall


Nomination Period

including re-venting the heater,

removing mold and undertaking necessary

repairs due to water damage.

Perry Warner Plumbing has been

contacted and will replace the hot

water tank.

Council received this invoice as


Valo Network

Valo Network, an internet provider

came to council asking for a letter of

support in their effort to obtain money

from the Universal Broadband Fund.

Council agreed to have administration

forward a letter of support on

behalf of the company towards this


Help offered in demolishing derelict properties

Terri Huxley

ECA Review

The community of Coronation is getting

serious when it comes to creating

a town that attracts and retains


Blaine Brigley of League Projects

visited council virtually during council’s

Feb. 9 regular meeting for a

presentation on plans to help the town

clean up any unsightly properties,

forming a collaboration between the

two parties.

He previously sent a letter to council

noting the need to investigate the

beautification of municipal-owned

properties, and more specifically the

land owned with abandoned buildings

upon them.

Brigley offered help to clean up these

properties in an effort to increase the

beautification of the community.

“I’ve been slowly watching our town

gradually decline its expectations and

attention to our residences and businesses

within it.

“We need to get back to the


mentality that residents and business

owners care about the appearance of

their properties, and also what visitors

think about our town in regards

to this,” began Brigley’s letter.

“We want to be a place that has the

potential to attract more people to buy,

or perhaps even build a house or business

here with the hopes of trying to

sustain our population so that our

amenities like our school, hospital and

sports facilities remain open for us to


“Currently, I think there’s some

room for improvement in this area

and believe we need to start


By quickly going through the lots/

buildings for sale on the website, he

noted there could be between eight

and 10 old buildings/condemned

homes that could be knocked down,

cleared out and levelled for future


“I’m sure all the businesses here,

that have the means, would help out in

different ways in order to cut costs of

doing so as I know budgets are tight

Community engagement

Sgt. John Pike of the Coronation

RCMP Detachment would like to hear

from local community members in the

Coronation RCMP Detachment area

who may have any comments and/or

concerns about policing issues in the

following geographic areas including

the towns of Coronation and Castor,

County of Paintearth and the Village

of Halkirk.

A two-week period from Mon,. Feb.

15, to Fri. Feb. 26, Sgt. Pike will be

accepting input from community

members through either regular mail

at Coronation RCMP, 4909 Royal St

Coronation, AB T0C 1C0, or email at

Sgt. Pike will respond to the top 10

issues and concerns as presented and

publish his responses in the aforementioned

communities’ web pages and

local and social media.


Consolidations bylaw passed

At the last council meeting during

Committee of the Whole, Thurs. Feb. 4,

administration presented a draft

amendment to the consolidation bylaw

to expand its provisions and rename it

as the Consolidations and Corrections


Council accepted the new bylaw

which allows administration to not

only consolidate whole bylaws into one

but also allow for the administrative

consolidation of sections of bylaws,

repeal of bylaws that are inoperative,

obsolete, expired or otherwise


In addition, this bylaw allows

administration to correct clerical,

grammatical and typographical errors

without requiring council approval as

well as alter citations, titles, numbers

and arrangements without requiring

Council approval.

Despite the additional power, administration

will not be allowed to make

massive changes or intent behind the

bylaw which is still left for council’s


Ice plant shutting down

Much like the rest of Flagstaff

County and the east central region,

Forestburg is following suit in shutting

down the ice plant for the arena for the

remainder of the year.

With no income and no real end in

sight to reopen to the public, the decision

was made by the arena

association board to close.

but I doubt there’s ever going to be a

good time.

“There’s also many unsightly properties,

which, even though are not easy

to deal with, we have to find a way to

clean up so that there’s pride in people’s

property’s a

contagious thing on both ends of the


“By all means, this is not meant to

complain or paint a negative picture

towards our council or staff, but more

to try to recognize, initiate and offer

our help.”

Council agreed with Brigley, understanding

the need to have this started.

Administration suggested as a

starting point they begin looking into

the cost to have local businesses

remove the old, abandoned builds on

town-owned lots as well as having

council begin working on building a

new community bylaw that addresses

these issues more specifically.

OCTOBER 18, 2021

January 1, 2021 - NOON on September 20, 2021

Location of Local Jurisdiction Office

County of Stettler No. 6

6602-44 Avenue

Stettler, AB T0C 2L0

Phone: (403) 742-4441

Local Authorities Act

(Section 26)

Local Jurisdiction: County of Stettler No. 6, Province of Alberta

Notice is hereby given that the Nomination Period for the 2021 County

of Stettler Municipal Election begins January 1, 2021 and ends at NOON

on September 20, 2021. Nominations for the election of candidates for

the following offices will be received at the location of the local jurisdiction

office set out above, by appointment only.

Councillor 1 Byemoor Endiang Ward 1

Councillor 1 Big Valley Ward 2

Councillor 1 Botha Gadsby Ward 3

Councillor 1 Stettler Ward 4

Councillor 1 Erskine South Warden Ward 5

Councillor 1 Erskine Buffalo Lake Ward 6

Councillor 1 Donalda Red Willow Ward 7

Nomination Forms and Councillor Information Packages are

available on our website at Click on

Council/Elections/Running for Council.

You must make an appointment to submit your nomination papers.

Contact Doreen Nixon, Returning Officer, at 587-799-1132 or email A $100 fee must be paid when submitting

your nomination papers. Nominations will be accepted until Noon,

September 20, 2021. No late applications will be accepted.

Nomination papers may be submitted BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

with Doreen Nixon, at the County of Stettler Administration

Building, 6602-44 Avenue, Stettler, AB.



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A reckoning

Brenda Schimke

ECA Review

What a sorry state the world is in

today. Rich countries squabbling to get

their hands on every last vial of vaccine

to pacify their entitled citizenry.

The Canadian government reclaiming

part of its $440M vaccine purchases to

COVAX, the international vaccine

sharing facility—perfectly legal, but

morally suspect—to pacify Canadian’s

anger over vaccine production problems.

Singapore and New Zealand

doing the same thing and the U.S. not

contributing a

dime to COVAX.

The feds put

their early

efforts into

securing vaccines


multiple companies


multiple countries,

four times

what we need,

knowing that

the privatization

of vaccine production

in the

1990s left

Canada willfully

unprepared for

a pandemic.

As expected, when Canadians

weren’t receiving vaccines as quickly

as some first world countries, the electorate,

media talking heads, premiers

and opposition members all went


These international corporations

gleefully took pre-paid vaccine orders

from Canada and other countries, even

though it became obvious early on that

their production capacity couldn’t

come close to meeting their contractual

delivery commitments.

There is a silver lining, however.

Canadians now understand the importance

of home-grown vaccines and

production facilities.

Yet, will we remember that lesson


The federal government is investing

in a facility in Montreal and last week

Premier Brian Pallister of Manitoba

announced an agreement with

Providence Therapeutics of Calgary to

purchase millions of doses of their yetto-be

approved vaccine with a

commitment to fund a production

facility. Manitoba is providing critical

seed money for this private company to


It makes you wonder why an Alberta

company had to go to Manitoba to get

government investment?

Even though rich countries are best

positioned to buy their way to the top of

the list, it’s no magic bullet. Until

By 2022, poorer

countries will finally have

access to sufficient

amounts of vaccines and

then, and only then, will

we return to the world we

so desperately want.

enough people are vaccinated worldwide,

life will be restricted. Just look at

Newfoundland, an island that has kept

its cases very low with tight border

controls, yet today is fighting an explosion

in COVID cases.

I’m no scientist, but I do know science

takes time, multiple hypotheses,

experiments, failures, successes and

peer reviews. Solutions come slowly.

The international scientific community

has been stellar in the speed at

which they developed vaccines, but

that’s just the beginning of beating

back the COVID-19 virus.

Scientists are

still learning

about the virus’

behaviour. How

long does the vaccine’s


protection last?

How protective

are the vaccines

against the new

and ever evolving

variants? Can the

person receiving

the vaccine still

become infected

and asymptomatic?

Can that

vaccinated person

still transmit the

virus to someone


Right now, scientists only know vaccines

help reduce the severity of

symptoms and prevent deaths.

That means even after vaccination,

we must continue to follow all public

health measures including wearing a

mask, social distancing, limited social

contacts and personal hygiene.

We’re bored, impatient, angry and

ready to explode, but, alas, we need to

find ways to accept and cope with this

unwanted interruption until we’ve

beaten the virus worldwide. Especially

now as new, more dangerous variants

have arrived, compliments of entitled

Canadians still travelling


Summer is around the corner and

that gives us more freedom from the


Internationally-produced vaccines

will continue to arrive, albeit slower

than we want. By late 2021, we will

have domestic production in place and

hopefully a Canadian-produced vaccine

delivered from Manitoba.

By 2022, poorer countries will finally

have access to sufficient amounts of

vaccines and then, and only then, will

we return to the world we so desperately

want. I fear, without

dramatically changed expectations

and an abundance of patience, this

pandemic will be with us much longer

than need be and could easily lead to

social unrest and even violence.


Adding to my wish list

by Lois Perepelitz

There is a post going around good

old Facebook calling on Canada to

open its own factories and manufacturing

plants and quit buying so much

from other countries.

I totally agree.

Canada used to be so much more

independent. Our stores were

Canadian and the majority of

the products in them were

made in Canada.

We didn’t buy from other

countries what we could

make ourselves. We used

what we made and only sold

the surplus, and we didn’t

sell everything and then

have to go buy back what we


We used our own resources

and made almost everything

we needed from the lumber

for our buildings to our own blue jeans.

Yes, blue jeans, and that story is a

good example of our manufacturing


Who remembers GWG blue jeans

and jackets? To the people of my generation

they were the designer clothes of

the day. They were made by the Great

Western Garment Company.

The Great Western Garment

Company was founded in 1911 in

Edmonton, Alta. by Charles A.

Graham and Alexander Cameron

Rutherford, (Alberta’s first Premier).

The advertising slogan for their

jeans was “They wear longer because

they’re made stronger”. They were also

about 30 per cent cheaper than red tab


GWG provided clothing for the military

of both world wars producing

100,000 pieces of military clothing per


This made it the largest clothing

manufacturer in the British


So, what happened?

Well, probably a lot of things combined

but I can think of two.

Designer jeans – the people who

could afford it like having the

big names and bling on their

jeans, while the people who

couldn’t afford them just

wanted some inexpensive

good jeans to wear.

This left the plain good

quality jeans out in the cold

and the Great Western

Garment Company sold out to

Levi Strauss.


Since it is largely our fault

that we have lost so much of

our manufacturing, I guess it

is up to us to try and correct that.

We need to buy more made in

Canada products. They are not as easy

to find as they used to be but we just

need to look.

Shopping in Canadian stores is a

good place to look.

I try to buy Canadian products when

I can, especially foods. I like knowing

that the food I buy has passed our high

health standards.

I have added a few things to my wish


I wish we would quit selling our

companies to other countries.

I wish Canadian products were the

majority again.

I wish I could buy a pair of GWG


I wish I could know that the gas I put

in my car was 100 per cent Canadian.







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by Herman Schwenk

Intended for Week of Jan. 28, 2021

In the last column that I wrote I indicated

that my next column would be a

followup to the last one.

We have a very serious problem in

Alberta right now and it is only going

to get worse.

Our problems were

serious before the pandemic

and that has only

acerbated the problems.

Alberta is in serious

financial difficulty due

to political mismanagement

of our resources

and the pandemic as

well as the highest

unemployment rate in

the country.

Much of the blame is due to the

Trudeau governments misguided


emphasis on climate change and their

reckless use of borrowed capital to

alleviate the large loss of jobs due to

the pandemic.

Yes, any government would have

had to provide relief for these people,

but Trudeau has wasted billions of dollars

on programs that were not

properly targeted.

He didn’t seem to care; the

objective was to make himself

look good for the next election.

However, Alberta’s problems

are far more complicated than

just blaming our incompetent

Prime Minister.

Premier Jason Kenney must

share much of the blame for the

mess that Alberta is in today.

To me his leadership is wishywashy.

As soon as he was elected

as premier, he should have

started implementation of the

“Firewall” principals that I wrote

about in my last column.

What he has done instead is appoint

Kneehill ratepayer questions

Dear Editor,

If COVID-19 prevents a public

meeting, what is the communication

method that is available for the public

to use?

Council refuses to openly answer or

respond to questions posed in the

Three Hills Capital which is one of the

few models of media available.

What is the status of the county

financials? What rate of tax increase

can ratepayers expect?

With such short meetings, would it

not be fiscally responsible to combine a

council meeting with a committee of

the whole meeting?

KURAS, Kneehill Urban and

Rural Advocacy Society

a committee to study the possibility of

implementing a police force or starting

our own pension plan.

That is not decisive leadership. That

is kicking the can down the road and

will not get the attention of the Federal


He also did not demonstrate leadership

when he found out some of his

caucus and senior bureaucrats left

Alberta for a winter holiday when the

rest of us were told to stay home.

He dithered for three days before

taking decisive action.

His indecision started right after the

UCP founding convention when he

allowed party officials to start purging

Wildrose influence from the party and

effectively putting the old PC progressives

in control of what was supposed

to be a united party.

Many of us from the former

Wildrose Party thought that Kenney

would be a dynamic leader.

What a let down when we seen what

was really happening.

So, we are back where we started

when we formed the Wildrose Party.

I am optimistic that many of the old

grassroots Wildrose supporters are

still there. In addition, I think there

are many additional Alberta citizens

that have had it up to here with the

way Alberta has been disrespected by

the Trudeau and his cohorts that they

are willing to try something different

to bring about real change.

I think we are one step ahead of

where we were last time.

On June 29, 2020 a founding

Autocracy and kleptocracy

Dear Editor,

On Jan. 27, 2019, I wrote a letter to

the Mountain View Gazette concerning

the comments Jason Nixon made on

Jan. 22, 2021 where he said, “The

reality is we are not going to accept a

fake consultation process that is rush

and not done adequately with the community”

(re: Bighorn development).

In my second paragraph, I asked Mr.

Nixon who he “really” represented.

Real estate developers? Natural

resource industries? Bank and mortgage


Little did I know that Jason Kenny’s

UCP government would secretly

undertake to sell coal mining operations

in the most sensitive areas of the

eastern slopes of the Alberta Rockies

without any consultation with


Remember that Mr. Kenny did the

same thing with the closing of 167

public parks, and with the sale of some

of them to private development.

Where was the public consultation?

Mr. Kenny MO (Methods of

Operations) are strangely similar to ex-

President Donald Trump (decisions

made without consultations with the

public) and all were made for the benefit

of private businesses, for the

benefit of his family, or for the benefit

of his friends.

Mr. Kenny didn’t consult with the

doctors, the nurses and the teachers,

municipal governments, emergency

medical services, parent councils, et

cetera when decisions were made to

axe or curtail funding for them.

He even usurped the teachers’ pension

fund without consultation with

the teachers.

No consultation with the public concerning

funding of private schools

either, or with the creation of private

clinics using public funds.

However, like Trump, he used



diversions to distract Albertans from

criticizing him or his government.

For example, he has attacked Dr.

Tam, the chief federal government

medical officer, Prime Minister

Trudeau, and anyone else he believes

will score political points for him and

his supporters. Play the “tough guy


He even blames Trudeau for the lack

of vaccines in Alberta. Hmm?

The lack of vaccines is a problem

elsewhere (in Canada, in the US, in

Great Britain, and in the EU

(European Union).

Does that mean that Prime Minister

Trudeau is that powerful? That mean?

Now, he is going after Trudeau and

President Joe Biden for the cancellation

of Keystone even though Mr. Biden

said quite some time ago that he would

block that pipeline.

However, Mr. Kenny, as usual, fails

to mention that many US farmers,

ranchers, indigenous peoples and environmental

groups had been fighting

that proposed pipeline for years.

He also fails to mention that Canada

has two other pipelines being built

(both going to B.C.).

By the way, if his government was

short on cash, how come he spent $1.5

billion on that project, but had to cut

funding to public schools, to public doctors,

to public school boards, to

parent-school councils, to municipal

governments, et cetera, but has money

for private schools, private businesses

and for the “War Room”?

His latest piece of distraction is the

‘anti-energy commission’ headed by

Steve Allan. So far, this little project

has cost $3.5 million, and the purpose

of this project was to expose those

“nasty” people and organizations who

were out to destroy Alberta’s energy

sector. Hmm?

Lets’ see. Did Premier Kenny

mention there are several rich people

in America who have business interests

in the oil patch in Alberta, and

who also have vested interests in

attacking anyone who they perceive as

attacking the Canadian energy sector.

For example, Charles Koch (personal

wealth of $45 billion) and Mark Mills

(Manhattan Institute; Cato Institute).

Oh, and they’re supporters of

Donald Trump, the Tea Party, and the

Republican Party.

Mr. Trump was influenced to roll

back more than 100 pieces of environmental

legislation, such as opening-up

sensitive environmental areas in

Alaska to oil and gas development (deja

vu, eh?).

Bottom line, Mr. Kenny: We want to

see open consultations with Albertans

(not closed one with your friends and

associates) on the very topics that I

have mentioned. Let’s be “transparent”,


George Thatcher

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“Wildrose Independence Party of


This party is building on the old

Wildrose Party with one major change.

Their document that I copied from

their website states that their purpose

is Sovereignty.

This new party is already getting

some traction but if they campaign on

sovereignty instead of Independence

they likely will not garner enough support

to form government.

If they want to form government,

they will have to attract at least 40 per

cent of the voters in an election.

As well highlight how Alberta would

be independent without separation by

implementing the “firewall” principles

like Quebec has done.

The party in its mission statements

lists 14 principles that would guide the


To me the most important would be

what I think were what I have referred

to as the “firewall” principles and they


1.) Establish an Alberta Police Force,

2.) Establish the Alberta Revenue


3.) Establish our own Pension Plan,

4.) Establish our own Employment

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6.) Be governed by our own

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by Bruce Penton

After almost a full year

without their drug of choice,

thousands of Canadians will

finally be able to get their fix,

starting this weekend.

Live curling is back!

Like a heroin addict

having his or her

supply suddenly cut off,

Canadian curling fans

who might spend up to

12 hours a day in front

of their television sets

watching the world’s

best curlers in action

were forced to go


without when

COVID-19 swept the

globe last spring.

The competitive season was

nicely under way, with Kerri

Einarson of Gimli, Man., winning

the Scotties, and Brad

Gushue of St. John’s, NL taking

the Brier. Next stop for both:

The Worlds!

Einarson and her rink, in

fact, had already travelled to

Prince George, B.C., for the 2020

world championships

when the

event was cancelled.


and his mates got

the word about

their competition’s


Scotland cancellation

before they

had to leave the

east coast.

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except reruns for former

curling championships.

It’s hard to get excited about

Kevin Koe trying a doubleangle

raise takeout when it

happened two years ago and

you have already

seen the shot, and

memorized the rock

splatter, four or five


But starting this

Friday, Feb. 19, 16 of

the best women’s

rinks in Canada will

gather in a ‘bubble’ at

the Markin McPhail

Centre in Calgary

and play for more

than a week to determine

a 2021 Scotties’ champ.

TSN and veteran broadcaster

Vic Rauter will be on hand to

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Terri Huxley

ECA Review

In the battle over the burning of flax

straw within Starland County, council

was presented with a possible solution

at their regular meeting on Wed. Feb.


Fire Marshall and Municipal

Services Manager Glen Riep and

Agricultural Fieldman Alan Hampton

shared their introduction of a flax

straw fire burn operations and procedures

policy as an addendum to a fire


Because of varying opinions in the

county regarding flax straw burning,

the county originally rescinded their

burning bylaw for the offseason,

leaving the issue up to the provincial

Forest and Prairie Protection Act

The policy indicates that the directive

of it is to ensure the safety of all

properties against the spread of fire

and ensure all amenities of the surrounding

properties are not adversely

impacted by operations that include

the burning of flax.

It states that no burning should be

done within 50 metres of a primary or

secondary highway or right-of-way

and 25 metres from all other


The distance increases to no

burning within 100 metres of a residence

not occupied by the applicant

which includes urban centres and


Applicants are asked to only burn

up to 10 bales at a time or no more

than 50 piles/bales or aggregate total

of 250 cubic metres of material to be

burnt at one time.

Consecutive burns may be allowed

upon completion of the initial burn.

Council was concerned with

highway signage to alert passersby

that the smoke, if seen, is from a controlled

burn to avoid unnecessary

phone calls.

It was suggested the county either

provide some signage that can be

rented out or made a note in the policy

to have farmers create or purchase

their own.

Councillors were torn over making

this mandatory or leaving as a suggestion

as mandatory requires the county

to be liable.

“The strategy was to minimize as

much smoke as possible,” said Riep.

“Where we had the problems was

where 200 bales were lit at one time.

“The way we looked at it was that we

minimized the amount of product

being burned so it reduced your

amount of smoke period,” concluded


A motion was made and carried to

amend these additions to the permit

with a recommendation for permit

holders to put out signage.

McLaren Dam reservations

move online

In a pilot project spurred by the

county, it was decided to allow online

campground reservations at McLaren


Administration talked feasibility

and associated costs with the project

after they were asked to bring

thoughts and dollars to the table of

what it might cost to do this at the


Existing sites will be required to

have labelling or signs for the designation

of eight serviced sites.

The campground has 18 sites in total

that are serviced.

The eight chosen for online registration

will be specifically sectioned off as

reserved preventing any drive-up customers

from accessing the site.

Daily supervision is required to

ensure occupancy is correct which

administration will determine if a new

position will be created or a current

staff member may do.

Another stipulation is that laptops

or tablets are needed to access the

online information when the staffer is

checking sites.

Administration anticipates the signage

to cost around $2,000, $3,000 for

computer equipment for staff; existing

work-week staff time would cost $150

weekly; weekend time at $100 weekly

as well as on-call or after hour supervision;

and contract services would

amount to $5 per camper.

Prices will increase due to the

increased costs incurred by the


In a separate motion, all of

Starland’s campgrounds non-serviced

lots will be set at $25 as council felt

they should be equal and rounded-up,

with the possible addition of Tolman

Bridge Campground where their price

is $21.

Last year, the county did see a large

increase in revenue from campsites

comparing 2020 to 2019.

The Starland Recreation Area produced

$28,000+ in 2019 and rose to

$47,100.24 in 2020.

Michichi Recreation Area went from

$24,157.14 to $30,525.72 in 2020 while

McLaren Dam doubled its revenue.

This dam was sitting at $5,398.75 in

2019 and then jumped to $10,900.62 in


Tolman Campground

A lease agreement has been sent on

to Starland County from the province

to take over both portions of the

Tolman Bridge Campground for free.

Council agreed to enter into the

lease agreement for 20 years as long as

they get neighbouring Kneehill

County’s blessing to operate on their

side. When administration spoke with

Kneehill County, it was explained they

were favourable for Starland to run the

entire operation as their staff do not

venture into that area often.

The present caretaker for the campground

is also the attendant for

Midland Provincial Park, the Bleriot

Ferry and Dry Island Buffalo Jump.

Recourse for unpaid taxes

Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)

Shirley Bremer shared with council

during her CAO report that she submitted

feedback on Directive 067:

Eligibility Requirements for Acquiring

and Holding Energy Licenses and

Approvals, to the Alberta Energy

Regulator (AER).

She noted that with virtually no reasonable

means to collect unpaid taxes,

something needs to be put in the

requirement to keep them current or

they lose their eligibility to operate.

Starland County’s overall unpaid

non-residential taxes totalled $10.4M

over the past three years with $3.4M of

this amount owed by operational oil


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and gas companies.

A total of $4.8M is from 2020 alone,

which is nearly 45 per cent of

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With oil and gas companies not

taking responsibility for their tax payments

to municipalities it leaves the

municipality in a very vulnerable


“In addition, our requisitions are

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Travis Willerton, right, and vice president Josh Younker, left, presented Lawson and the

foundation with a cheque for $10,000 dollars towards the CT Scanner Project. The money

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March 6, 2021 • 4pm

Zoom meetings, parties keep us busy

by Teaghan Bertamini

and Kate Rice

The Kneehill 4-H Multi Club

is still working and

trying to stay connected

over Zoom


In the middle of

December and beginning

of January, 4-H

Alberta put on a fun

Google Classroom

activity called

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December; the members

did tasks and fun



Teaghan Bertamini, Myla

Denby and Ryley Lohner won

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At the end of January we had

a fun Christmas Party which

was done over Zoom. We did

some fun games including a

household scavenger hunt and a


During January some members

attended a virtual

multi-judging. Participants

judged hogs, replacement

heifers and market lambs.

In the Intermediate category

for hogs, Dawson

Denby got second,

Teaghan Bertamini

got third and Sharla

Berry got tenth.

In the Intermediate

category for market

lambs, Dawson Denby

got fourth and Pat

Leronowich tied for

seventh, eighth

and ninth.



Bertamini got third and

Dawson Denby got fourth

in Intermediate.

In the junior standings,

Myla Denby got fifth


We would like to say

congratulations to


everyone that participated

for the first time.

Kelli Becker organized this


A few members also attended

a virtual multi judging put on

by the University of Alberta.

4-H Alberta is also now putting

on webinars on the four

pillars of 4-H.

They have already completed

the Science and Technology and

Sustainable Agriculture and

Food Security. with

Environment and Healthy

Living, Community

Engagement & Communications

planned in the near future.

We would like to

congratulate two of

our senior members,

Garett Rice

and Garrett

Bertamini for completing

the youth

leader program.

On Sun. Feb. 7

we had our virtual

public speaking.

We had seven

presentations and

seven speeches.

Susan Esau, Laurie Watt,

Chelsea Pike, Katie Van Hienen,

Terri Huxley and Emily

Marston judged our public


We learned about the

Canadian Snowbirds to

Resilience and Hope in 2020

and even Canada’s Hidden


Everyone did an amazing

job and we were impressed

with all the detail put into

your public speaking.

The placings were as follows:

Public Speaking,




Friday, Feb 26

Junior – Curtis Berry, 1st;

Amy Gorr, 2nd; Matthew

Gorr Intermediate-1st;

Sharla Berry, 1st; and Jay

Price, 2nd.

Presentations: Junior

– Jesse Mandel, 1st; , Myla

Denby, 2nd; Intermediate –

Dawson Denby, 1st; Teaghan

Bertamini, 2nd; Bella Witt;

Senior – A group presentation

by Brynnleigh, Eryn

and Ryley Lohner, 1st.

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Feb 11 issue


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Home Grown High Quality Canadian Seed

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AC Metcalfe, Canmore, AB Wrangler, CDC Austenson

Peas: AAC Ardill, AAC Carver, CDC Meadow, CDC Forest (green)

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CWRS Red Wheat: Lentils: AAC CDC Brandon, Proclaim CDC Go, AAC Redberry, Sheba,

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