ECA Review 2021-07-29


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July 29, 2021

Volume 110

No. 30




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Stu Salkeld

Local Journalism Initiative reporter

ECA Review



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Castor town council wants more

information about a youth program

before deciding on a request to help

fund the program in question. The

topic was discussed at the July 12 regular

meeting of council.

Town Chief Administrative Officer

(CAO) Christopher Robblee presented

councillors with a funding request

from the Gus Wetter School After

School Program. The letter was sent

by Ellyn Schaffner.

“Gus Wetter School has been running

a very successful and much

needed after school program for students

in Grades 1 to 6 and would like to

continue operating this service,”

stated Schaffner’s letter dated July 5.

“We want the program to be managed

by our highly capable and

devoted educational assistant, Tess

Breum, but because of dwindling budgets,

the program has come to a

crossroad. If we are unable to secure

additional funding to help manage the

cost of the program, our program may

be shut down.”

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The Halkirk Elks held a Classic Car Poker Rally in Halkirk, Alta. on Sat. July 24. It was complimented by a long-table steak supper on Main

Street where 90 people attended. The poker rally had 25 vehicles and 44 people with the grand prize highest poker hand being won

by Cindy Stuckless who won a $100 gift certificate to the Halkirk Hotel. Second prize went to Jim Groundwater and third to Dallas Lang.

The oldest car was a 1930 Chevrolet owned by Neil Brown of Erskine while the oldest truck was a 1970 Chevy owned by Dan and Char


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Stettler town council .......... 2

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

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

Iddesleigh fire .................... 4

Starland council ................. 4

Nana’s blog ........................ 6

Letters/Viewpoint .......... 6 - 7

Real Estate/Homes ............. 9

Wardlow news .................... 9

Classifieds/Careers ........... 10

Obituaries ........................ 11

Agriculture ....................... 12



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Stu Salkeld

Local Journalism Initiative reporter

ECA Review

Stettler town council set the date for

the public auction of residential properties

with unpaid tax bills. The

decision was made at the July 20 regular

meeting of council.

Councillors read two memos from

Assistant Chief Administrative

Officer (CAO) Steven Gerlitz and tax

clerk Rachel Morbeck regarding four

residential properties and three

mobile homes with unpaid property

tax bills.

A staff memo presented to councillors

noted the four residential

properties in arrears included, with

their assessed value, 5809 50A Avenue

assessed at $260,920, 5822 50 Avenue

assessed at $174,490, 5908 Spruce Park

Crescent assessed at $112,550 and 4002

68 Street assessed at $280,470.

The staff memo listed the three

mobile homes as #40 6017 52 Avenue

assessed at $15,820, #43 6017 52 Avenue

assessed at $26,030 and #50 6017 52

Avenue assessed at $24,460.

Gerlitz noted municipalities by law

must follow a process when auctioning

property to recover unpaid taxes: the

property owners must be given a

notice about the tax arrears situation,

councillors have to set a reserve bid

and the sale must be publicly advertised

with the property owners given a

copy of the ad. The last step is to hold

the sale.

As well, a number of rules apply to

such sales, according to Morbeck’s

memo to council: Section 418 of the

Municipal Government Act (MGA)

states that the public auction

must be held between

April 1, 2021 and March 31,

2022, Under Section 419 of

the Municipal Government

Act (MGA) council must set

a reserve bid that is as close

as reasonably possible to

the market value of the

parcel and any conditions

that apply to the sale, the

tax recovery process can be

stopped by payment of all

tax arrears prior to the sale,

the town may apply for ownership

of the property if it is

not sold at the public auction

and after the town

takes title to the property

the property owner can

regain title to the property

if all taxes are paid before

the town sells the property.

The staff recommendation

for both sets of

properties was to set the tax

recovery auction for Nov.

23, 2021 and use the

assessed values above as the

reserve bids.

CAO Greg Switenky

stated that residential taxes

must be two years in

arrears to go to the

recovery stage, and mobile

homes one year in arrears,

so the town doesn’t start the

recovery process if a property

owner is, for example, a

month late with their taxes.

Switenky also noted the

mobile home sales involve

Agriculture disaster declared,

first time in 20 years


The Special Areas Board declared a

state of agricultural disaster for

Special Area No. 2, 3, & 4 on Fri. July

23, 2021.

Prolonged drought conditions continue

to create significant challenges

for producers in the region.

It is the first time the Special Areas

has declared an agricultural disaster

in over 20 years.

“Dry conditions are not new to the

Special Areas, but above-average temperatures

and ongoing moisture

deficiencies throughout the region has

devastated crops and pasture.

Many producers are struggling to

find enough grass, water, and feed for

their cattle,” said Special Areas Board

Chair Jordon Christianson.

The Special Areas covers over five

million acres in east-central Alberta

and the region has been dealing with

significant moisture deficiencies for

over a year.

The lack of spring runoff created

new challenges as regular water

sources have dried up, especially with

June’s extreme heat event and the

ongoing lack of precipitation.

Producers are seeing wide-ranging

crop losses on hay, pasture, range, and

field crops.

Declaring a municipal agricultural

disaster does not impact the Special

Areas financially but brings recognition

to the situation local producers

are dealing with.

The Board is looking to provincial

and federal governments to provide

just the mobile homes themselves,

and not the property

they sit on. The CAO

pointed out the value of

mobiles homes as compared

to houses is noticeably


Councillors unanimously

approved the staff recommendation

for the tax sale

to be held with the reserve

bids noted.

information on agriculture relief programs

in response to crop failures and

persisting drought conditions.

Agriculture and Forestry Minister

Devan Dreeshen has been helping producers

access alternate feed sources,

including advising AFSC crop

adjusters to complete early assessments

on standing crops and pastures.

Producers are encouraged to reach

out to their Agricultural Fieldman for

resources on managing pastures and

water supplies during drought


For further insurance or

Agricultural Disaster program information,

contact AFSC at 1-877-899-2372

or visit their website

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Kneehill County councillor says residents

want Horseshoe Canyon on ballot

Stu Salkeld

Local Journalism

Initiative reporter

ECA Review

A Kneehill County councillor

told his peers that residents

want a question about the

future of Horseshoe Canyon on

the upcoming municipal election

ballot. The issue was

discussed at the July 20 regular

meeting of council.

Coun. Jim Hugo, in the

agenda memo for this item,

stated, “I have been asked by

residents to bring forward a

‘request for decision’ for a referendum

question on our future

involvement in Horseshoe

Canyon to be on the ballot for

this fall’s municipal elections.”

“I was asked to bring this forward

by certain residents,” said


Coun. Ken King noted


councillors heard a detailed

report in May from the

Horseshoe Canyon focus group

about plans for the attraction,

the county appears to be

moving forward with plans and

wondered what the referendum

question would be?

Hugo answered that residents

want a moratorium on local tax

money being spent on the

attraction until a complete

financial disclosure is made on

Unkempt property is

responsibility of owner

Stu Salkeld

Local Journalism

Initiative reporter

ECA Review

Stettler County council

turned down a request from a

property owner who was sent a

$1,200 bill after the municipality

had to cut tall, unkempt

grass. Councillors made the

decision at their July 14 regular


Tax and Assessment Clerk

Sharon Larsen stated the

county billed a property owner

in Buffalo Sands Estates for

cutting unkempt grass and the

property owner, whose name

was removed from documents,

requested councillors waive

those charges.

“On June 22nd, 2020 several

unsightly property complaints

were filed with Protective

Services located at lots: 49, 51,

53 and 55 on Buffalo Lane in

Buffalo Sands Estates,” stated


Larsen stated county staff

inspected the lots in question

and they did have tall uncut

grass which violated the

Nuisance bylaw. “The owner of

the four lots in question belong

to the same person residing in

Calgary,” stated Larsen.

When the county contacted

the property owner, noted

Larsen, it was revealed the

ratepayer was unable to clean

up the lots due to health


She stated the county

arranged to have the lots

cleaned up Nov. 4, 2020 and

sent the bill to the property

owner, totalling $1,278.90.

Coun. James Nibourg asked

how much time the property

owners had to arrange the

grass cutting and Director of

Municipal Services Andrew

Brysiuk answered the county

usually handles tall grass complaints

fairly quickly.

However, he also noted the

county contacted the property

owner, the property owner

refused to cut the grass and the

enforcement order was

approved four months later.

Nibourg stated property

owners are responsible for

maintaining their properties.

Coun. Ernie Gendre asked if

council waived the bill, who

ends up paying it? Nibourg

answered that question by

saying the rest of the county


Councillors defeated the

property owner’s request by a 1

to 6 vote.

Taxes forgiven

Councillors granted tax forgiveness

on a request from a

resident who had a building

destroyed by fire.

Council read a report filed by

Larsen stating a property

owner had a fire that destroyed

a building and the owner subsequently

asked that they not

have the building on their tax


“On April 15, 2021 the ratepayers

had a fire on their

property where they lost a large

truck shop (8,200 sq ft),” stated

Larsen’s report. “The ratepayer

has asked if the county would

consider a reduction in the

taxes by prorating the value. As

a result of the fire and insurance

dealings they have lost

their building, renters and sale

of the property.”

Larsen explained the property

was properly assessed at

the time the building was still

in existence, and only council

has the authority to forgive a

tax bill.

Councillors unanimously

approved forgiving $1,801.58 in

tax revenue on the destroyed

building from the unknown

property owner’s tax roll. “I

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for school-aged childcare. funding is indeed getting cut.

Schaffner stated the program

offers a place for kids to childcare service deficit for Richard Elhard stated they did

“In Castor, there was a Both Robblee MISSION and Mayor

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or are busy and in need of siblings in a family at a cost of day to day.

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many parents, and students. $5,000 respectively, as student

This program strives to meet numbers ebb and flow. Some

the physical, social and emotional

days we have 16 students and

needs of children who other days we have one,” she rent budget, how it’s currently

attend by providing age appropriate


funded, when the after school

activities in a safe and During discussion council-

program last raised its user

caring atmosphere.”

lors wanted to know where the fees and more information

Schaffner stated Castor parents

after school program cur-

about its programming.

don’t have many options rently gets its funding, if


the county’s activity at the


Reeve Jerry Wittstock

stated the county is currently

running a pilot

project on parking at the

canyon which is showing a

steady clientele, but more

will be known after the

study is complete.

Wittstock stated attractions

often start small and

develop over many years

and a small municipal

investment could attract

much private investment in

years to come.

Coun. Wade Christie

stated recreation is important

to every municipality,

and rarely do such attractions

generate profit.

Christie added he feels the

canyon has a lot of potential,

as Reader’s Digest recently

listed 40 “hot spots” to visit

and Horseshoe Canyon was

on that list.

Coun. King stated the

canyon focus group is public

and anyone concerned about

the canyon could have been

involved in its work.

Also, King pointed out the

focus group and the county’s

strategic plan identify the

canyon’s future, including

the fact Kneehill County is

planning no major development

for it.

Hugo stated residents say

when they look through past

budgets they can’t figure out

what’s being spent at the

canyon. King responded

that if councillors don’t

understand some projects



they are welcome to ask

questions during the budget


Councillors unanimously

accepted Hugo’s presentation

as information.

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Coincidentally, councillors

received a request from

a recreational business near

Horseshoe Canyon asking

for their support in a grant


Kneehill County received

a request from campground

operator Devon Dekeyser

asking for a letter of support

for an application to Travel

Alberta’s investment


“Devan Dekeyser has

received several development

permits from Kneehill

County to establish a campground

at this location. His

latest permit allows him to

add an additional 26 RV

sites, cabins and a car wash.

He is looking to expand further

and will be applying for

this grant,” stated staff.

During discussion it was

stated demand for camping

is growing in the canyon

area and Dekeyser is

responding to that demand.

“It is nice to see a private

entity expanding in that

area,” said Wittstock.

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agreed to support

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It was all hands on deck for a grass fire that erupted the afternoon of Thurs. July 22 between Iddesleigh, Alta. and

Princess, Alta. According to officials, 4,804 acres were burned with an additional flare-up of 13 acres on Mon. July

26. The cause stems from a farmer’s tractor that caught fire but the specifics of how the fire erupted are yet to be

determined by an investigation at this time. Fifteen departments spanning three counties attended the scene as well

as an Electra Air Tanker dispatched from the Pincher Creek area to tackle the coulees. The land affected is owned by the

Eastern Irrigation District as part of their community pasture lease program but no people or animals were harmed.

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Personal cannabis facility coming

Terri Huxley

ECA Review

In order to allow a personal cannabis

facility to exist within Starland

County, the land use bylaw needed a

quick update as personal use was not


Council underwent a public hearing

at the latest council meeting held Wed.

July 21 where no letters nor anyone

from the public attended to share their


Starland needed to change the bylaw

to allow for the addition of a ‘Medical

Marihuana Production Facility’ to the

rural Small Holdings District as discretionary


Second and third reading of the

bylaw was passed once the hearing


Prior to this change, these types of

facilities were only allowed as a discretionary

use within the Agricultural

Intensive District and Rural Industrial

Districts pointed towards large-scale

commercial operations.

Glen Riep contacted Health Canada

to ask about some specifics as to how

this personal facility would work.

The applicant requested the need for

720 plants to be used for personal use

annually. The building these plants

are housed in uses three-phase power

as well.

Coun. John Rew asked how someone

would use three plants per day at that


This was also asked by Riep to

Health Canada representatives who he

said didn’t have an answer for him

with ‘no clarity anyway’.

Riep also asked the department

about who would be monitoring this

facility but again - no solid answer was


“They can’t give any real guidance

so it’s a joke,” said Rew.

Coun. Watts said the plant has multiple

uses and may be used for oil and

other products - again for personal


“You can’t tax something that isn’t

meant to be sold,” she said.

Rew asked if this facility can be

taxed but administration felt it was not

as it was intended for personal use.

Bitcoin company complying

Hut 8 Holdings has agreed to comply

with the county’s request to pay up on

their taxes after communications

exchanged in the last couple of weeks.

The company requested for the outstanding

balance of $272,200.74 to be

waived since they did not realize they

needed to pay property tax and had

recently taken over the mining service

from Bitfury Technology Inc.

Since then with the decision to still

pay from council, Hut 8 agreed to pay

the full amount.

Declare an ag disaster?

Coun. Jackie Watts prompted

council to discussion to determine if it

was a good idea to proclaim an agricultural

disaster for the county.

Watts shared that Cypress County

has already done so and more are yet

to follow as crop conditions worsen.

Reeve Steve Wannstrom spoke with

the county’s agricultural fieldman

about it and they felt that the county

has not reached this point yet and that

‘we shouldn’t be jumping the gun.’

She also added that ‘It starts to shed

light on the situation’ including that of

poor feed crops, stating her family is

already hurting when it comes to little

feed left for livestock which many

others in the province can relate to.

Council agreed to check out the

Rural Municipalities of Alberta advocacy

group for a guide on what

constitutes a need for this declaration

to proceed and when.

It noted that even though a municipality

may declare an agricultural

disaster due to drought, flooding, etc. it

does not trigger automatically

increased funding from the province

or feds.

Waterline tender chosen

Four bids for the CLV Waterline

Replacement tender were received.

The lowest bid for the project came

in at $169,827 although the county has

a budget of approximately $297,000 in

Municipal Sustainability Initiative

(MSI) funding.

This bid from Elite Site Services

based in Black Diamond won the


Administration expects there to also

be up to $50,000 in engineering costs

and contingency added.

The county hopes to not only get the

line installed but get a good start on

phase two by installing and connecting

the line to a central building

with the extra savings made as they

must use up $245,000 in MSI or else it is

returned and future funding could

become slimmer.

Start time is slated for September

and will take roughly two weeks to


Volleyball club given $1,800

The 18-2 Beach Volleyball club based

near Delia, Alta. asked the county to

support their club through the

Starland Amateur Team Grant.

With 36 players within three age

divisions, they asked for $50 each,

amounting to $1,800 in support.

Majority of players reside in

Starland County and its villages.

Administration shared that this

grant has between $10,000 and $12,000

allocated each year and is typically

given on a first-come first-serve basis.

Local clubs in the past such as figure

skating, curling, baseball and hockey

on occasion have utilized this grant.

Council accepted 18-2’s request, fulfilling

the full amount.

Tax incentive application

Council accepted a tax incentive

application from BluEarth Renewables

in regards to the Hand Hills Wind


Of the two options presented to the

company, they opted for the latter

which was to have the project granted

a 50 per cent tax deferral for years one

to 10 and to be paid back in full during

years 10 to 15.

Newspaper contract

Starland agreed to accept a threeyear

contract with the Drumheller


The county will also have the option

to renew for an additional two years.

This contract in total comes to

$67,074.92 over three years and

includes all newspaper editions to ratepayers

within Starland with a section

dedicated to content such as public

hearings, payment deadlines, job

advertisements, events notices, and

other types of information.

Council minutes will no longer be

required nor financial statements as

these items will be posted on the county’s

website instead.

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Morrin village council discussed the condition of farm equipment on

display around town at their July 21 regular meeting.

ECA Review/S.Salkeld

Stu Salkeld

Local Journalism Initiative


ECA Review

A former mayor sent a

letter of concern over a

sewer line issue to the

Village of Morrin, and the

acting council dealt with the

matter at the July 21 regular

meeting of council.

Morrin’s Official

Administrator (OA) Harold

Johnsrude noted that the

village received a letter from

Gerald E. Masuch of

Masuch Law LLP on behalf

of former Mayor Howard

Helton regarding a sewer

line issue.

Johnsrude authorized the

CAO to deal with the issues

mentioned in the letter and

also authorized the village

to contact a lawyer who specializes

in municipal issues

to advise.

The ECA Review obtained

a copy of the letter following

the meeting and it stated in

part, “It would appear to our

office, and to the Helton’s,

that the Village of Morrin is

being inconsistent in regard

to its sewer line maintenance


“In September of 2020, the

Village conducted an inspection

of the lateral line

adjacent to our client’s

house [Helton’s]. This

inspection could not be completed

because the camera

encountered a “blockage”

approx. 26 ft. into the

Village’s lateral line.

“Because the blockage

was in the Village’s lateral

line, the Village should have

followed its policy to remove

the blockage, and to reinspect

the line with

cameras, and to take appropriate

remedial action.

“We appreciate your comment

in your May 25, 2021

letter indicating that

“repairing the sewer lateral

line is a last resort due to the

resulting damage in existing


“That being said, if the lateral

is not functioning

properly and blockages continue

to occur, the lateral

must be repaired.”

“As you are aware,

another blockage occurred

on May 8, 2021, resulting in

the sewer backup into our

client’s basement.

“…using a snake our

client determined the

blockage occurred the same

distance as the previous

blockage in September 2020.

“… our client is so concerned

that further sewer

backups will occur that he

has had to install a portable

outdoor toilet on his property.

Surely, you cannot

suggest that anyone is

expected to live in this manner.

… “It is reasonable to expect

that the Village will co-operate,

and will conduct the necessary

camera tests, and to do so in a

timely manner. We would

request that you confirm that

the Village will in fact, cooperate

and conduct the

necessary tests.

“In the interim, we take the

position . . . the Village is negligent

if it fails to investigate the

problem with the lateral, and

repair the same.

“Therefore, we hereby put the

Village on notice that legal

action for damages will be commenced

against the Village,

unless the Village takes appropriate

steps to resolve this


Dangerous machinery

Public Works Foreman Dave

Benci, during his regular

report, voiced concern about

pieces of agricultural equipment

on display around


Benci stated he’d been contacted

by residents concerned

about the condition of displays

including a thresher, a swather

and a manure spreader who

pointed out the machinery has

loose, sharp parts that could

fall off.

CAO Plachner stated kids

tend to play on and around the

displays and the equipment

does have sharp, rusty parts.

Benci stated he contacted the

local historical society for

advice and he came to the conclusion

that at least one of the

displays, the thresher, was

beyond repair and probably

should be removed.

He stated the thresher has

Central Alberta’s Largest Liquidation of Fine Antiques


Antique Mall Red Deer Inc.

been on display for about 50


Benci also stated he preferred

Johnsrude instruct him by resolution

in case residents get

angry that the displays were


OA Johnsrude noted if the

display was donated to the village,

the donors may be

offended that it was removed

unless they were notified first

to which Benci stated he would

need to look into that.

Johnsrude asked if the displays

could be fenced off, to

which Benci responded the displays

still require grass cutting

and their condition is still dangerous

to village staff.

Staff will report back with

more information at the August

council meeting.

Golden Hills Lodge activity coordinator Aiden Gillespie, wearing the safety vest, wanted something unique for

his residents. As pandemic restrictions continued to be eased he thought of a mini ‘Cruise’ event on July 24 since

the annual Three Hills Cruise Weekend is not being held this year. Model A owner Dan Wiebe, right, and Lodge

resident George Foxall had opportunity to appreciate and check 19 vehicles ranging from a handful of Model A

Fords, a high-end Cobra, a 2006 Humme and half a dozen motorbikes.

ECA Review/D. Nadeau

LOCATION: 5902-54 Ave.,

Red Deer, AB

Starting: Wed., August 4, 2021 @ 9:00 am

Closing: Tues. & Wed., August 10 & 11, 2021 @ 9:00 am MST


COLLECTABLES! Furniture, Collectibles, Bronzes,

Photographs, Artwork, Fine China and MUCH MORE!

Justice Minister and Solicitor General Kaycee Madu speaks with 45 residents of the

Drumheller-Stettler constituency at the Munson Community Hall Fri. July 23 to hear

concerns/opinions about rural crime in the area as well as ways to modernize the Police

Act. Additionally, he updated the public on the progress of the government’s study on

the feasibility of establishing a provincial police service to replace the RCMP in Alberta.

Since the beginning of July, Minister Madu has been meeting with municipal councils,

Indigenous leaders and other stakeholders throughout the province. Associate Rural

Economic Development Minister Nate Horner seated beside Madu also attended.

ECA Review/T.Huxley

VIEWING: AUG 2-9, 2021 10 am – 4 pm

REMOVAL: AUG 12-14, 2021 10 am – 4 pm





BLACKFALDS, AB 403-885-5149 1-800-371-6963

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The opinions expressed are not necessarily

the opinions of this newspaper.


Governments matter

Brenda Schimke

ECA Review

The private sector was all but useless

in addressing COVID-19. If

governments hadn’t brought in strict

health measures, COVID would have

remained rampant, businesses would

have been overwhelmed with sick

employees and more and more customers

would have died. Recovery

would have taken decades rather than


Only one drug company, Pfizer, created

a vaccine without government

investment, but

Pfizer’s private


returned billions

within months as


became their only




supply chains

were completely

ill-suited to

address the emergency.


private sector

needed and

received substantial

financial aid

from governments

during the shut-down.

The Canadian government focussed

their rescue programs initially on

people, not big corporations (as they

had done during the 2008 financial economic

meltdown). Employees,

households, small and medium-sized

corporations and charities received

direct support and because of that, a

1930’s-style depression did not happen.

The COVID pandemic de-bunked the

long-held view created by President

Ronald Reagan and Britain’s Prime

Minister Margaret Thatcher that “government

is the problem”. A crisis

proved that nothing is farther from the


Democratic governments may not

always be efficient, or may not always

do what you want them to do, but they

are the only entity able to save people

from themselves and maintain businesses,

services and infrastructure

during a crisis.

The pandemic has highlighted that

It’s a disturbing

trend when so many

voters on the far right

believe a society can

function with everyone

just doing their own



society’s true foundation is not the

wealthy one per cent, multinational

corporations, or the stock market, but

uncorrupted, democratic


Jeffery Kaufman, a Canadian journalist

reporting from London, said,

“the relentless attacks on democratic

governments has been paused during

the pandemic. We have now seen that

the only solution to something of this

scale [the pandemic] is government


Hopefully the pandemic will give all

Canadians, and especially those dissatisfied

Albertans, pause

to consider where

we would be

today if not for

federal programs

and investment.

With no vaccines

(100 per cent

financed by the

federal government)

and no

public health

guidelines, we’d

be like Brazil

with overwhelmed

hospitals and

hundreds of thousands

of deaths.

We certainly would not be enjoying

our ‘freedom summer’.

For that matter, without the federal

government stepping up to the plate

every time there is an agricultural

disaster, we wouldn’t have very much

agriculture left in this country either.

It’s a disturbing trend when so many

voters on the far right believe a society

can function with everyone just doing

their own thing. That truly is the definition

of chaos and madness.

The COVID-19 pandemic and frequent

agricultural disasters should

open our eyes to the importance of the

federal government, but will it?

American President Abraham

Lincoln said ‘no nation can stand when

it’s at odds with itself’.

I would further argue, ‘no free

nation can stand when its people

believe personal rights of a powerful

minority trump democratic principles,

or that government is the problem’.

Do get out and vote

Dear Editor,

When Albertans go to the polls in

October for municipal elections there

will be three extra boxes on which to

register your say.

Besides the issues of daylight savings

time and choices for Senate there

will be the matter of equalization


Jason Kenny has stated that the

results of this vote could maximize our

leverage with Ottawa in regard to

these transfers.

Of course, maximizing a leverage of

zero is still zero and furthermore, I

doubt if an Ontario carpet bagger like

Kenny would really be all that earnest

in pushing it to the limit anyway.

Is this wealth transfer all well and

good with you or is it not?

Turn to Freedom, Pg 7


Words can still haunt

by Lois Perepelitz

“The abuse didn’t make you strong.

You overcame it because you are

already strong. Let’s not give abusers

credit for making us strong.” - Vassilia


When this quote popped up on my

Facebook page I quickly hit

‘share’, in the hopes that a special

family member would see

it. This woman had been mentally

abused by her husband

for 20 years before she finally

left him.

It wasn’t bad at first,

although we did notice how

often he got his way in things.

We started to get upset when

he started to tell her she was

stupid and didn’t know how to

do anything.

We didn’t understand how or why

this intelligent, strong woman would

put up with this. When we tried to talk

to her about it she would get defensive

and shut us out. We didn’t know what

to do, but we wanted her to know that

we were there for her whenever she

wanted us.

So, we shut up and watched and


We watched and worried as he took

control of the finances so that he could

make sure he got all the toys and

things he wanted first and to heck with


When the utility companies would

start phoning and wanting their

money he would shout at her to handle

it and make her feel like it was all her


fault, watched as he told her what to

wear and what to do and not do,

watched as she lost more and more

weight, because she was always so

tensed up waiting for him to start

shouting about something that she

couldn’t eat.

It got so bad that she

ended up in the hospital.

This ended up being a

blessing because the doctor

kept her there until she was

both physically and mentally


Two days after she was

discharged from the hospital

she finally left her


That was five years ago.

She is a healthy, strong confident

woman again, but

this summer I realized that his words

can still haunt her.

Someone made a teasing remark and

I saw a look flash across her face that

told me he had used those same words

but without the laughter behind them.

I can only hope that someday she

will only hear the laughter behind the

words and not his voice.

It is not always the way you say the

words, it is the words themselves that

are what is important.

You might be saying them with love

but the other person might be hearing

another voice saying them in another


Maybe if we all make our words kind

ones they will overpower that other







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Now or never for

Alberta’s Fair Deal fight:

Barnes and Loewen

Will Jason Kenney stand up

for Alberta, or capitulate to

Ottawa’s plans to phase out

Alberta’s oil and gas industry?

That’s the question thousands

of Albertans are asking, following

Ottawa’s announcement

of a forced transition plan for

Alberta’s energy workers. The

federal government is now

holding consultations on its,

“Just Transition,” plan, which

include invite-only stakeholder

sessions for union leaders and

government officials.

Meanwhile the workers and

their families that depend on

this industry to make ends meet

are invited to, “submit their

comments by email.”

“It’s a rigged consultation

process designed to promote the

Trudeau government’s ideological,

anti-Alberta agenda,” said

Independent MLA Todd

Loewen. “When Trudeau

expressed his admiration of

China’s “basic dictatorship,”

this is what he was talking

about. Clearly, the Trudeau

government wants to do as he

Freedom of movement promise

Cont’d from Pg 6

Without wasting ink to deliberate

here what that limit could

be or where that limit could

end, suffice to say he’s simply

not the right person for that job.

It’s conceivable that from

Jason Kenny’s standpoint the

whole thing might be little more

than an exercise in helping to

solidify his base and distance

his party from the NDP. But for

Albertan’s it is still an opportunity

to speak and I believe it’s

worth putting in your two cents

at the ballot box. If for nothing

else, just to drive home the point

to the ROC (rest of Canada) that

the colonists are getting


Stop and ask yourself, when

was the last time Quebec shared


once said which was to “phase

out” large portions of the

Alberta economy and the jobs

and the provincial and national

economic benefit that goes with


“This is the day we all knew

was coming, everyone it seems

except Premier Kenney,” said

Independent MLA Drew

Barnes. “In 2019, Albertans

voted for a government pledged

to stand up for our province and

fight back.

Every day since then, Ottawa

has moved closer to phasing out

oil, and every step of the way

Premier Kenney has promised

that better days are yet to


“For Albertans, it’s now or


According to Statistics

Canada’s latest Labour Market

Survey for June, Alberta lost

37,000 full-time jobs last

month. Our unemployment

rate jumped to 9.3 per cent,

third worst among Canadian

provinces, behind only

Newfoundland and Prince

the profits from it’s hydro electric

energy industry with us?

Has Ontario ever shared the

wealth from it’s auto assembly

industry with us?

The answer to both these

questions is... Never!

In actual fact the only thing

we have gotten in return from

Central Canada is

Parliamentary legislated road

blocks to our industrial and economic


As well, we have met with

the stymied freedom of movement

of our commodities by

resentful jurisdictions such as

British Columbia. Ostensibly

under the guise of their concern

for the environment, but

all the while trampling all

over genuine environmental



For Immediate Release

September 28, 2020

Edward Island. The Canadian

unemployment rate fell to 7.8

per cent.

“There is no reason for

Alberta to have the third

highest unemployment in

Canada. Worldwide, oil and gas

consumption continues to

increase. Alberta has the

highest environmental and

safety standards. Yet, thousands

of our workers remain on

the sidelines while our industry

serves as Justin Trudeau’s

punching bag,” said Loewen.

“The best thing we can do for

the environment and for the

safety and human rights of

workers, is displace oil from

other parts of the world with

Alberta Oil and Gas”.

“Alberta used to be the engine

of the Canadian economy. We

used to be the leading place to

come for those seeking opportunity

and a fresh start,” said

Barnes. “Those days will never

return unless the Premier of

Alberta starts standing up for

our province and fighting


concerns themselves.

How come? Remember that

the freedom of movement of

goods and services was and

remains central to the premise

and the promise of the

Confederation partnership.

Can you honestly say that

Confederation is fair to Alberta

and Saskatchewan after 116

years since our territories first

agreed to sign on?

No matter the why or the

wherefore, do get out and vote

on equalization. It’s the only

tool we have.

Lee Hudson


Buffalo Lake South Shore Intermunicipal

Development Plan Mediation Process


County of Stettler and the Summer Villages of Rochon Sands and White

Sands recess ongoing mediation, until January 14, 2021.




USE BYLAW 2009-559

PURPOSE: The purpose of Bylaw No. 2021 – 682 is to

consider an application to amend Land Use Bylaw 2009-559,

Part VIII “Land Use District Map”, by re-designating Quarter

Southwest, Section 13, Township 36, Range 11, West of the

4th Meridian within in the Town of Coronation, from Urban

Reserve (UR) to Highway Commercial (HWY-C) as shown on

the plan below:

A Public Hearing will be held in the Town of Coronation

Office, at 5015 Victoria Ave, Coronation AB, on Wednesday,

August 11, 2021 commencing at 7 p.m. Council will hear

from any person claiming to be affected by the proposed

bylaw. The time limit of oral presentations is subject to the

direction of the Chairperson.

Persons wishing to submit a letter, petition or other

communication concerning these matters in advance of the

Public Hearing, may do so provided they are legibly written.

Submissions will be received up to Friday, August 6, 2021,

at 4:00 p.m. Submissions should be addressed to: Town of

Coronation, P.O. Box 219, Coronation AB, T0C-1C0. A copy of

the proposed bylaw may be inspected by the public during

regular office hours, from 8:00am to 4:30pm, at the Town of

Coronation Office, at 5015 Victoria Ave, Coronation Ab.

This notice is given pursuant to Sections 606 and 692 of the

Municipal Government Act.

First Publication: Thursday, July 29, 2021

Quinton Flint, CAO

Chief Administrative Officer

Notice Of Election And

Requirements For Voter Identification

Local Authorities Election Act

(Sections 12, 35, 46, 53)


Summer Village of White Sands, Province of Alberta

Notice is hereby given that an election will be held for the filling of the following offices:

Councillor - Three Positions

Voting will take place

Saturday, July 31, 2021 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Voting Stations will be located at the Community Hall, 8 Front Street, White Sands

In order to vote, you must produce identification for inspection as required by Section 53

of the Local Authorities Election Act. See requirements below.

Dated at the Summer Village of White Sands in the Province of Alberta, this

22nd day of July, 2021.

Judy Peelar, Returning Officer

Elector Eligibility to Vote

A person is eligible to vote in accordance with Sections 12(b) and 47 of the Local

Authorities Election Act:

• is at least 18 years of age, a Canadian Citizen and is named on a certificate of title as the

person who owns property within the summer village; or

• is at least 18 years of age, a Canadian citizen and is the spouse or adult interdependent

partner of a person who owns property with the summer village.

Voter Identification

On Friday, September 25, 2020, the County of Stettler, the Summer Village of Rochon Sands

and the Summer Village of White Sands mutually agreed to recess


mediation until

will be required in order to vote in accordance with Section 53 of the Local

Authorities Election Act:

January 14, 2021.

• identification must be one or more of an Alberta driver’s license or a document that has

All three parties concur, a recess will allow the time required to properly and



name and Summer Village address on it (utility bill or tax notice)

review current plans while looking towards the future. A consultant for the County of Stettler

will complete an Area Structure Plan, which will be made available to all members of the

BLSSIDP in January.





Potentia Renewables Inc. (PRI) will be

forming a Community Liaison Committee

(CLC) for the Jenner Wind Power

Projects (Jenner Projects), three new

electrical generation projects near the

town of Jenner. The Jenner Projects will

include three (3) phases: Jenner Wind

Power Project (JWPP) with 22 turbines,

Jenner Wind Power Project 2 (JWPP2)

with 13 turbines, and Jenner Wind Power

Project 3 (JWPP3) with 20 turbines. A

map of the Projects’ location is available




The CLC will discuss the construction,

operation, maintenance and

decommissioning of the Jenner Projects. It

will be an ongoing opportunity for two-way

communication and information sharing

between PRI (the project developer) and

the community. Participating in the CLC

allows you to represent your community

and / or interest group or share your

expertise in a particular area, and does not

mean that you have to support or endorse

the Projects. AECOM has been hired as

the third-party facilitator to coordinate and

chair the CLC.


The CLC is expected to consist

of between three (3) and eight (8)

community members plus PRI

representatives. CLC members will

be responsible for attending a total of

nine (9) meetings between 2021 and

2024. The first CLC meeting will be held

virtually on the evening of August 18,

2021 (tentative). Future meetings may

be in person as current COVID-19 health

and travel considerations allow.

If you are interested in becoming a

CLC member, please email us with the

following information:

• Name

• Contact information (including address)

• Any previous involvement in the Jenner


• Any organizations / groups you represent

• Your interests / concerns with the


• Why you want to join

The CLC application submission

deadline is August 9, 2021.

Submit your application email to:






• Local residents, occupants and

landowners within 2 km of the Jenner

Projects’ boundaries

• Local businesses or industry


• Local social, community or

environmental groups

• Other interested parties


For more information, please contact:

Alicia Evans

CLC Facilitator




Mike Hopp showing off his skills at the annual Verdant Valley Draft Horse Competition held on Sat. July 24 that

earned him second place. More than 300 people came to watch the event unfold. First place winner is Emily

Hopp of Indus, Alta. who at just 13-years-old was competing in her first chore horse competition. Third place

went to Elson McDougald of Verdant Valley, Alta. located east of Drumheller, Alta. The activities were put on by

the Verdant Valley Agricultural Society.

ECA Review/Lynn Hemming

Wardlow youth

world champion


Kendal Pierson of Wardlow, Alta. is

this year’s National High School

Rodeo Finals Rodeo Breakaway World


She attended the international event

held at the Lancaster Event Center in

Lincoln, Nebraska, USA which took

place from July 18 to July 24, 2021.

On the final night, Pierson made an

incredible time of 2.13 seconds,

landing her in first

place both for the

final performance

and average at 7.04

out of 136 competitors

in that category.

This is the first

time since 2003 an

Albertan has

become World

Champion and

Pierson is the sixth

Canadian to win a

title since 2000.

Jeff & Alison Southworth, bringing 19 years of experience

• Water well drilling & servicing • Well pump installation

and servicing • Pressure systems • Backhoe services

for water lines • Water well Chlorination

• Ritchie waters • Pasture Wells

Emergency services • 24 hr on call

Serving the east central Alberta region

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Holly Moir of the Town of Stettler picked up her prize of $500 Heart

of Alberta Dollars at the Stettler Board of Trade Centre recently.

Her name was drawn last week from the entries in the Downtown

Construction Contest. Moir loves to shop local and is excited to spend

her winnings.

Lynne Jones who

resides in the

County of Stettler

was the other

lucky winner of


ECA Review/

Stettler Board

of Trade

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.

NE-18-40-16-W4M, containing 160 acres more or less

(hereinafter called the “Lands”).

FEATURES: Quarter near Halkirk; 150 acres is broken and in hay; three sides of

the property are fenced and treed in.

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

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

condition or environmental status.

2. Title to the Lands shall be transferred subject to the reservations, exceptions

and encumbrances contained in the existing certificate of title, except for Mortgage

202 152 122 which shall be discharged by the Vendor.

4. Buyer to be responsible for all costs associated with the registration.

5. Tenders will be received by the lawyer noted below up to but not after 12:00

o’clock noon on August 9, 2021. Tenders should be forwarded to Simonin Law

Office in a sealed envelope marked “Mueller Tenders”. A certified cheque equal

to 10% of the purchase price payable to Simonin Law Office 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.

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

funds on or before September 30th, 2021 (“Possession Date”).

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

8. Tender price shall be excluding G.S.T.

9. The highest or any tender not necessarily accepted.

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


Dora J. Simonin Barrister & Solicitor

Suite A, 4819 - 51 Street, Box 1630

Stettler, Alberta T0C 2L0


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Offering For Sale

two beautiful, recently renovated Senior’s

Life Lease Units in Oyen’s Prairie Estate.

These two-bedroom, one bathroom, 875 sq. ft. open

concept floor plan features brand new vinyl plank

flooring, new paint and a private balcony. Owning

your own Prairie Estate Life Lease Unit is similar to

condominium ownership, however, has the advantage

of a guaranteed buy-back. Interested

parties must be 50+ to

qualify for purchase.

The Life Lease Units

are attached to the

Oyen Lodge and

managed by the

Acadia Foundation.

For more information

regarding the

purchase of this unit please, contact

Sandy at 403-577-7973 or email

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Located southwest of Oyen, Alberta, Canada

Deadline for tender submissions is Noon MST Tuesday August 31 2021

(+/- 1760 ac) Deeded land locations currently In crop land :

NW 17-26-05 w4 (+/- 160 ac)

SW 17-26-05 w4 (+/- 160 ac)

NE 18-26-05 w4 (+/- 160 ac)

NW 18-26-05 w4 (+/- 160 ac)

NW 20-26-05 w4 (+/- 160 ac)

SW 20-26-05 w4 (+/- 160 ac)

SW 28 36 09 W4

NE 20 36 9 W4

117 quarters in grass

south of Youngstown

16 quarters in grass

south of Hemaruka

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I have more Farm and Ranch

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(+/. 320 ac) Grazing lease locations :

GL 84540

Carrying capacity - 50

NE 29-26-05 w4

SE 29-26-05 w4

Additional Information :

24 quarters in grass

south of Hemaruka

12 quarters of

farm land south of


“I have buyers looking for

farm and ranch land. If

your thinking of selling

give me a call”

NW 29-26-05 w4 (+/- 160 ac)

SW 29-26-05 w4 (+/- 160 ac)

NE 17-26-05 w4 (+/- 160 ac)

NW 08-26-05 w4 (+/- 160 ac)

NE 24-26-06 w4 (+/- 160 ac)


- 3 oil / gas surface leases - $6232.50/yr - Very high water table

- Yard site NW 20-26-05 w4 - 40 + gal/min water wells

- Natural gas, water and power - Borders highway 570

- Numerous outbuildings - Taxes- $1685.14

- Corrals - Grazing lease payment - $264.00

- Dugouts - Grazing lease taxes - $77.00

• Highest or any tender not necessarily accepted.

• The successful bidder will be asked on acceptance to sign a land

purchase agreement based on the accepted tender terms.

• The closing date and payment of the purchase price shall be within 50

days following.

• The purchaser must be a GST registrant and will be responsible for GST


• Each party is responsible for their respective closing costs .

• Will be sold as a complete package.

• Will be sold with a rental agreement for the 2022 crop and can be

negotiated for future years If required.

• For more Info please call 403-325-0345

Please submit the bid to :

Wes and Brandie Dundas

Box 247 Hussar, Alberta T0J 1SO

Or by email:


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The Government of

Alberta is putting in a jumpstart

$150M to increase

rural and remote communities’

connection to

broadband internet.

In the announcement

made July 22 at the

University of Alberta

Augustana Campus in

Camrose, the funding will

be used to begin construction

on broadband

expansion projects as soon

as possible with details on

the hows will be announced

in the coming weeks.

The total cost of

expanding rural broadband

internet to underserved

areas of the province is estimated

at $1 billion and

Alberta’s government is

working with the federal

government and the private

sector to share the cost.

In an exclusive interview

with Associate Rural

Economic Development

Minister and Drumheller-

Stettler MLA Nate Horner,

he felt the east central

region will most definitely

be on the list of places to be

invested in.

“There definitely will be.

There are three principles to

be followed by the Minister

as they are looking where to

go first. And that will be

maximizing private investment,

the number of

households and small businesses

that can be reached

and the third piece will be

that there is some ensuring

regional fairness and equity

to make sure that every

corner of the province sees

some benefit and


“I’m very excited because

in this new role of rural economic

development it’s hard

to touch all of rural in such

an impactful way that this

will and can.

“It affects everything

from health to education, of

course businesses and post-

COVID we are seeing all of

these little houses get

snapped up in all of these

villages and the first question

they ask is ‘How’s the

internet? Can I run my business

from there?’. I think it

will be very meaningful and


Slow and/or spotty

internet connection was of

massive concern brought

forward from educators,

parents and students

amongst rural areas during

the pandemic.

“A lot of the schools themselves

have pretty decent

internet with most having

fibre internet but one thing

we noticed during the pandemic

was when schools

were forced to go online - the

families, we heard from

non-stop. It didn’t have the

capacity. That’s the one

thing we have noticed in the

east country is that they

already did a lot of distance

learning so it should just

make it easier for families in

rural communities to keep

their kids in the rural


Currently, about 80 per

cent of Indigenous communities

and 67 per cent of

rural communities do not

have access to the highspeed

internet targets set by

the Canadian Radiotelevision



Commission (CRTC).

Approximately 201,000

Alberta households – the

equivalent of 12 per cent of

the population – do not have

access to target speeds set

by the CRTC.


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Developed many lasting friendships

Doug Stannard was born on Dec. 6,

1948 to Nancy and Bill Stannard in

Coronation, Alta., the place he was

happy to call home for the next 72


Doug passed away July 16, 2021 at

Ponoka Hospital.

He worked at Bells Foods after

school and in the summer.

He joined Army Cadets and spent

one summer at Cadet Camp in Vernon,


Doug played hockey with the

Coronation Royals and later with the

Coronation Old-timers.

He also bowled in the old bowling

alley which was in the basement of the

old Elks Hall.

In 1969 he met Judy Siebold of

Castor, Alta. and they were married

Aug. 28, 1971.

When first married Doug was

employed with UGG and later the Feed


Mark was born in 1974 and Doug

changed occupations and went to work

for McKenzie Motors, obtaining his

automotive mechanic license in 1978.

Todd was born in 1979 and shortly

after that Doug went to work for the

County of Paintearth as a mechanic

and then moved into the oilfield

working for Nova, Novalta, Fletcher

Challenge and Rindal Oilfield.

He returned to work for McKenzie

Motors and worked there until his

retirement in June of 2012.

He developed many lasting

friendships over the years.

The most notable was with

the “gang” from Novalta

being Pat Gorcak, Dennis

Bossert and Allden

Schlosser. They had many

“tea times” together after


When the Lions Club was

formed in Coronation, he Stannard

became a member.

He enjoyed family time,

Cub Scout activities when the boys

were involved, and watching both

Mark and Todd play basketball.

He always made sure that there was

an annual family vacation.

In his retirement, he enjoyed reading

a good book, quite often related to

World War II or a good western.

TV was also a pastime, watching lots

of history documentaries and “The

Dukes” movies.

He was predeceased by his parents

Bill and Nancy Stannard; parents-inlaw,

Robert and Catherine Siebold;

daughter-in-law Solveig Runars; and

brother-in-law Barry Claridge.

He is survived by his loving wife

Judy, sons Mark (Janine), Todd

(Krista), his grandchildren

that were the apple of his eye:

Chelsea, Austin, Damon,

Liam, Carter, Ashlyn and

Gina; and his great-grandchildren,

Alexis and Brielle.

He is also survived by his

sister Eileen Claridge and her

family; sister-in-law Linda

(Charlie) Brenner; brothersin-law

Earl (Alison) and

Larry (Erin) Siebold and

their families; aunty Esther

Evans and her family and

Doyle and Stannard cousins.

Funeral services were held at the

Coronation Community Hall with

long-time friend Jim Campion as

master of ceremony.

Ed Rye, Larry Siebold and Janine

Stannard gave loving tributes of Doug.

Doug was laid to rest at the

Coronation Cemetery with pallbearers

as Allden Schlosser, Dennis Bossert,

Troy Claridge, Jim Dafoe, Ted

McKenzie and Ed Rye.

Honourary pallbearers were his

beloved grandchildren, Buzz Slemp

Enjoyed socializing with family,

friends and neighbours

and Pat and Sheila Gorcak.

Friends gathered in the community

hall for a time of fellowship and a luncheon

by the Coronation Community.

Memorial donations may be made to

Alzheimer Society or the Coronation

Hospital Auxiliary.

Condolences can be sent to the

family at

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Robin Gravely

Jan. 21, 1957 – July 13, 2021

Robin Gravely was the youngest of

four children born to Tom and Kay


He grew up with his sister Sue

(Sissy), his brothers Marty (Herman)

and Guy (Gege) and niece Halley


He made many memories

with his schoolmates and

was friends with many of

them still.

Robin worked on the Wark

farm and neighbouring

farms as a young man, going

on to be a pipeline operator

for CJ Enterprises, and a

chemical hauler/truck driver

for Dean’s Oilfield, Terraco, Gravely

KDK Trucking and was a

contract operator for Esso at Big


The past 15 years Rob hauled fuel for

Five Star Fuels and then Co-op. Rob

made many lasting friendships from

his work.

Robin married his soulmate and

partner Gwenda on Oct. 15, 1983.

They farmed for 15 years while

raising the loves of their life: Marley,

Katelynn and Sara.

Marley and her partner of 20 years,

Devin Tetz live in Penticton.

Rob and Gwenda loved spending

time with them out there.

Katelynn is a hairstylist in Red Deer

and Rob looked forward to visits from

her and hearing about all that was

happening in her world.

Sara and Tyrell Carstairs and

grandchildren Karter, Hadleigh, Nora

and Dawson lived just down the road

so Rob and Gwenda enjoyed lots of

time spent with all of them.

Rob enjoyed socializing with friends

and neighbours, coffee at the Botha

store, going to toy and antique auctions,

junking, and road tripping in


He and Gwenda enjoyed a couple

trips to Vegas with friends, Mexico

with Marley and Katelynn, Hawaii

with friends, Texas for a wedding with

friends and many good memories at

Buffalo Lake with friends.

Robin was diagnosed with Stage 4

lung cancer in May of 2020 and battled

his disease with grace, strength and

hope until his passing at

home surrounded by his


‘We walked him home and

he struggles no more.’

Robin is survived by his

loving wife Gwenda; daughters

Marley (Devin) Tetz of

Penticton, Katelynn Gravely

of Red Deer and Sara (Tyrell)

Carstairs of Botha; sister

Susan (Larry) Strandquist of

Stettler; brothers Marty

(Louise) of Rochon Sands and Guy

(Bev) of Calgary and his much loved

grandchildren: Karter, Hadleigh, Nora

and Dawson.

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Farm anniversary marks 120 years

by Reg and Pat Weatherill

Reg Weatherill, his wife

Pat and their families have

been farming the northeast

part of Lacombe County for

120 years.

It all started when Reg’s

grandparents, Will and

Minnie Weatherill started

on a wagon ride to Alberta

from The Sunshine State of

South Dakota in 1901.

The family built a 18’ x 24’

house from poplar trees.

They worked the land with a

team of three oxen and one

horse along with a breaking


The horse served as a

workhorse and a saddle


Will also did custom

The photo of the binder shows Wilfrid Weatherill at age 11 in 1930

where he tied a string to the camera and placed on a stook and took

his own selfie. The combine photo is of Wilfrid’s son Reg and wife Pat

taken in the same field 90 years later. ECA Review/Submitted

Regional irrigation

partnership work

Special Areas Board

The investigation into developing

irrigation in the region is moving forward

this summer into more detailed

technical work.

This work, which is being completed

through a partnership including the

Special Areas Board, Municipal

District (M.D.) of Acadia, Alberta

Agriculture & Forestry, and the

Canada Infrastructure Bank, is

expected to help clarify what the

opportunities are for investment in

large scale, greenfield irrigation infrastructure

in the region.

“Our council and staff have been

working really hard to develop irrigation

opportunities - we know how

important opportunities like these are

to the future of our region,” said Jason

Wallsmith, Chief Administrative

Officer (CAO) of the M.D. of Acadia.

“Our council is excited to see the

progress being made to fully understand

what the options are and how we

can bring irrigation projects to the

M.D. and larger region.”

Over the summer, the project will

focus on investigating areas of technical

and financial feasibility

including potential project scale;

potential environmental, social and

economic impacts; potential revenues,

capital and operating costs; potential

investment models; water availability

and regulatory considerations;

broader community impacts; and local

producer considerations.

“Living in east-central Alberta, we

understand how critical it is to secure

a reliable supply of water,” stated

Jordon Christianson, Special Areas

Board chair.

“As a part of this partnership

project, we are working hard to understand

the technical, financial, and

regulatory factors

which impact

our ability to

develop irrigation

in this region in a

financially feasible


breaking for other homesteaders.

Will was also a blacksmith and ran a

business in Tees, Alta.

Will Weatherill’s mom, known as

Grammie, came up to Alberta in

March 1909 and lived on a quarter of

land nearby. She was, for many years,

the neighbourhood midwife, talented

seamstress and milliner. The catalogue

was her fashion guide.

The original house was built in 1915

and moved off in 1997.

On Dec. 27, 1939, Wilfrid Weatherill

was married to Mary de Zaeyer and

they raised their six children on the


Wilfried Charles Weatherill enlisted

in the army on April 5, 1942 and served

with the HQ 1st Canadian Army

Transport Section in England,

Belgium, Holland, France and

Germany receiving the defence medal,

the Canadian volunteer service medal,

and the World War 1939 - 1945 medal.

He returned to the farm at Tees on

Sept. 13, 1945.

Wilfrid was a member of the Clive

Legion Branch 171 for 33 years before

he died in a car crash on March 11,


This is when

Reg continued

the farm legacy

planting acres of

wheat, barley,

canola with a

cow/calf operation

and working

in the oilfield for

Cactus drilling

and later running

Reg Weatherill

Contracting Ltd.

The family’s

community spirit

can be seen today

with their

involvement in

4-H Beef clubs,

the Legion

branches, agriculture


sports clubs and



Wilfrid and

Mary had six

children which



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grew to 13 grandchildren, 25

great-grandchildren and

one great, great-grandchild.

Each member is finding

their own niche in life, however

farming runs deep in

all of them.

As Paul Harvey said,

“And on the eighth day - God

looked down on his planned

paradise and said, “I need a

caretaker”, so God made a


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What a fantastic weekend

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