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INDEX<br />

Big Valley council ....................... 2<br />

Stettler town council .................. 3<br />

Alix council ................................. 5<br />

Viewpoints .............................. 6,9<br />

Letter .......................................... 6<br />

Classified/Careers ....................... 8<br />

Crossword puzzle ....................... 8<br />

Obituary ..................................... 9<br />

Sports ....................................... 11<br />

RCMP ....................................... 12<br />

Special Areas ............................ 16<br />

Paintearth council:<br />

Solar and<br />

wind<br />

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ethics<br />

concerns<br />

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Local<br />

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Breeders<br />

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2 J anuary <strong>25</strong>'24 HANNA/CORONATION/STETTLER, AB. <strong>ECA</strong> REVIEW<br />

<br />

PAINTEARTH COUNCIL<br />

Solar and wind project ethics concerns<br />

<br />

Lane Koster<br />

<strong>ECA</strong> <strong>Review</strong><br />

JD Johnson, who was present at the<br />

Paintearth council meeting, along<br />

with his wife Sandra, wrote a 3-page<br />

letter to Paintearth County council<br />

expressing concerns with solar and<br />

wind farm ethics. The letter resulted<br />

in a lengthy and lively discussion at<br />

Paintearth County’s regular council<br />

meeting Jan 16.<br />

The province, and the Alberta<br />

Utilities Commission (AUC), should<br />

incorporate better ethics into the decision<br />

process, said CAO Michael<br />

Simpson.<br />

“Maybe we can bring forward something<br />

that will help,” stating<br />

administration would work on it over<br />

the next several weeks to approach to<br />

help the province with their decision.”<br />

The problem is when a landowner<br />

enters into an agreement with a solar<br />

or wind energy company, for which he<br />

gets some remuneration. Neighbours<br />

are impacted by the project visually or<br />

otherwise, but without remuneration.<br />

The Johnsons recommendation for<br />

the AUC is to “Get permission from all<br />

landowners within one kilometre of<br />

the proposed site first,” they stated in<br />

their letter.<br />

Coun. Terry Vockeroth said that if a<br />

landowner agrees his land can be used<br />

for a proposed solar or wind project,<br />

Snow removal policy tweaked<br />

Stu Salkeld<br />

Local Journalism Initiative reporter<br />

<strong>ECA</strong> <strong>Review</strong><br />

The Village of Big Valley’s official<br />

administrator tweaked the municipality’s<br />

snow removal policy to put it back<br />

in line with what was described as<br />

realistic staff capabilities at the Jan. 15<br />

regular meeting of council.<br />

In a phone call with the <strong>ECA</strong> <strong>Review</strong><br />

newspaper Jan. 16 Village Chief<br />

Administrative Officer (CAO) Colleen<br />

Mayne stated that Official<br />

Administrator (OA) Gene Sobolewski<br />

passed a resolution increasing the<br />

snowfall threshold which triggers village<br />

staff to begin clearing snow from<br />

Big Valley’s streets and avenues.<br />

Readers should note virtually all<br />

municipalities have a policy or bylaw<br />

that defines the exact depth of snow<br />

that, when reached, impels municipal<br />

staff to begin plowing snow.<br />

Mayne noted historically Big Valley<br />

used the figure of 7 cm for the snow<br />

plow threshold, but at a previous<br />

council meeting sometime in the past<br />

councillors were advised to lower that<br />

threshold to 2 cm, which Mayne noted<br />

is only about an inch of snow.<br />

“That’s unrealistic because we<br />

would have somebody out there every<br />

five minutes,” said Mayne by phone.<br />

The CAO noted Railway Ave. and<br />

Main Street remain snow plow priorities,<br />

with residential areas set to be<br />

plowed when the snow depth builds up<br />

to between three and six inches.<br />

Village by-election<br />

Regular readers of the <strong>ECA</strong> <strong>Review</strong><br />

will know the Village of Big Valley was<br />

placed under the auspices of an OA<br />

after two village councillors resigned<br />

in November, leaving the village<br />

without quorum and unable to conduct<br />

business such as paying bills.<br />

The OA will remain in place until a<br />

by-election is held to fill the two vacant<br />

council seats; provincial law dictates<br />

how soon the by-election must be held.<br />

“then up to a half million dollars will<br />

be spent doing surveys,” making sure<br />

the site does not infringe on indigenous<br />

grounds, environmental concerns and<br />

endangered plant and animal studies.<br />

If all the environmental impact studies<br />

are approved, only then does the AUC<br />

require a public hearing, which is<br />

mostly a formality.<br />

Most of the time the AUC approves<br />

the project, which leaves a community<br />

divided, said Vockeroth.<br />

This was the concern JD and Sandra<br />

Johnson elaborated upon in their<br />

letter, as well.<br />

Todd Pawsey, director community<br />

services, said he recently spent a day<br />

reviewing submissions to the AUC.<br />

“The AUC has heard comments<br />

along this line a hundred times since<br />

Alberta’s moratorium on solar and<br />

wind project. What they do with it<br />

remains to be seen. But, the best way<br />

to get in front of wind and solar applications<br />

is at the AUC level,” Pawsey<br />

claimed.<br />

Vockeroth noted that, as with oil and<br />

gas project, so with wind and solar<br />

projects, there are reputable companies<br />

and there are “bottom feeders”<br />

who are only interested in the money.<br />

They only go with minimum requirements<br />

of the law.<br />

“Companies need to involve the community<br />

more,” said Vockeroth, adding<br />

the AUC should explain to companies,<br />

BIG VALLEY COUNCIL<br />

An error occurred in the <strong>ECA</strong><br />

<strong>Review</strong>’s coverage of the Dec. 18 Big<br />

Valley council meeting; the actual date<br />

of the upcoming by-election should<br />

have been reported as Feb. 20.<br />

Sobolewski passed a resolution<br />

pointing this out.<br />

As there are two vacant council<br />

seats, a by-election will only be held if<br />

there are three or more valid candidates<br />

for the two seats. If two or fewer<br />

candidates step forward, they will be<br />

acclaimed.<br />

It should also be noted Coun. Dan<br />

Houle remains on council but plays no<br />

role until after the by-election when he<br />

can resume his duties.<br />

In related business, Sobolewski also<br />

passed a resolution appointing Cheryl<br />

Bartley as deputy returning officer for<br />

the by-election. Mayne has been<br />

appointed as returning officer.<br />

FCSS funding request<br />

Sobolewski approved an FCSS<br />

funding request of $2,000 from the Big<br />

Valley Ag Society to help defray the<br />

cost of public skating at the local arena,<br />

along with the Puck and Stick program.<br />

The request had come forward<br />

previously and had been tabled.<br />

Sobolewski noted at his first council<br />

meeting he was hesitant to spend taxpayer<br />

money; Mayne noted in her<br />

report public skating is a popular local<br />

activity and this request had been<br />

approved by council in past years.<br />

CAO report<br />

During her regular CAO report<br />

Mayne noted nominations are currently<br />

open for the two vacant village<br />

council seats, with nominations set to<br />

close at noon on Jan. 23.<br />

Mayne also notified Sobolewski that<br />

the Village of Big Valley is currently<br />

without a Public Works foreman, and is<br />

in the process of hiring one. However,<br />

until a new foreman is hired the<br />

County of Stettler has stepped in to<br />

help with many important duties that<br />

need regular attention, including water<br />

“if you want to put your project here,<br />

go talk to these people first. You’re<br />

going to have to talk to them,” rather<br />

not engaging with them over a six-year<br />

period.<br />

“Good companies don’t do that. I’ve<br />

read the contracts. Make no mistake.<br />

Those contracts are getting sold to<br />

bottom feeders.<br />

“Responsible companies get out<br />

ahead and do assessments before they<br />

go charging in signing up landowners,”<br />

said Vockeroth.<br />

Wind and solar issues<br />

Pawsey reported that wind turbines<br />

shut down at -30 C due to vibration<br />

issues. Solar panels do not generate<br />

power at night, nor under cloudy skies<br />

or snow-covered panels. The provincial<br />

government is right in placing a<br />

moratorium on new wind and solar<br />

projects until they get the power grid<br />

problem sorted out, said Pawsey.<br />

Pawsey also stated the county needs<br />

fire access at solar farm sites.<br />

According the Pawsey, AUC does not<br />

require this.<br />

“If a fire starts somewhere in the<br />

solar array it will have to burn to the<br />

other side before firefighters can<br />

respond,” Pawsey explained.<br />

“Storage batteries are the size of sea<br />

cans stacked together if a company<br />

decides to store electricity on site<br />

rather than sell it to the Alberta power<br />

and wastewater testing and snow<br />

removal.<br />

Mayne added that 2024 is a census<br />

year, and the Village of Big Valley will<br />

be looking to recruit one or two census<br />

workers.<br />

grid. If AUC doesn’t come up with<br />

storage battery guidelines, then the<br />

county needs to,” said Pawsey.<br />

If they burn, the Nickel Cadmium<br />

batteries the fire department needs<br />

access to control the spread of the fire<br />

while the batteries burn to the ground,<br />

which would take several days,<br />

explained Pawsey.<br />

Stettler<br />

Rife & Pistol<br />

Club<br />

will be holding its<br />

Annual AGM<br />

Wednesday January 31<br />

at 7:00 pm at<br />

the indoor range.<br />

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48 pt<br />

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Coronation R<br />

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Stettler • 403-740-2492<br />

NOTICE OF<br />

NOMINATION<br />

NOTICE<br />

DAY<br />

OF<br />

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OFFICE TO BE FILLED NUMBER OF WARD/ELECTORAL DIVISION<br />

OFFICE TO BE FILLED NUMBER VACANCIES OF WARD/ELECTORAL DIVISION<br />

Advisory Council Member<br />

VACANCIES<br />

1 Special Area No. 4 Subdivision No. 1<br />

Advisory Council Member 1 Special Area No. 4 Subdivision No. 1<br />

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<strong>ECA</strong> REVIEW HANNA/CORONATION/STETTLER, AB January <strong>25</strong>'24 3<br />

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STETTLER TOWN COUNCIL<br />

Town, County of Stettler greet new<br />

regional fire services manager<br />

<br />

Stu Salkeld<br />

Local Journalism<br />

Initiative reporter<br />

<strong>ECA</strong> <strong>Review</strong><br />

A key part of the new fire services<br />

agreement between the<br />

Town and County of Stettler<br />

was revealed at local January<br />

council meetings and it sounds<br />

like this fellow hit the ground<br />

running.<br />

The new Manager of Regional<br />

Fire Services Ivan Dykstra<br />

appeared at both the County of<br />

Stettler regular council meeting<br />

Jan. 10 and similar Town of<br />

Stettler meeting Jan. 16 to introduce<br />

himself as an experienced<br />

emergency services veteran<br />

with management experience.<br />

At the Stettler town council<br />

meeting Dykstra appeared with<br />

urban fire chief Mark Dennis<br />

who introduced him to council.<br />

Dykstra stated he’s built a<br />

15-year resume of fire and emergency<br />

department experience at<br />

rural and regional departments,<br />

including Parkland County, his<br />

first full-time job in emergency<br />

services.<br />

Dykstra noted he also spent<br />

some time working in the biotech<br />

sector before beginning his<br />

emergency services career.<br />

Dennis stated on Dykstra’s<br />

first day on the job the plan was<br />

STETTLER TOWN COUNCIL<br />

Unpaid taxes at very low level<br />

Stu Salkeld<br />

Local Journalism<br />

Initiative reporter<br />

<strong>ECA</strong> <strong>Review</strong><br />

Stettler town council heard a<br />

report on the level of unpaid<br />

property taxes in the municipality,<br />

and the result was<br />

heartening.<br />

The report was made at the<br />

Jan. 16 regular meeting of<br />

council.<br />

Councillors read a report presented<br />

by Assistant Chief<br />

Administrative Officer (CAO)<br />

Steven Gerlitz detailing the <strong>2023</strong><br />

tax receivables, including a<br />

comparison of the number of<br />

local properties that had unpaid<br />

property taxes in 2022 and those<br />

that had unpaid property taxes<br />

in <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

Gerlitz pointed out in <strong>2023</strong> one<br />

property was listed for tax<br />

recovery sale; that is, the property<br />

would go through a process<br />

under the Municipal<br />

Government Act (MGA) where<br />

the municipality in essence<br />

sells a property linked to an<br />

unpaid tax bill and applies<br />

funds to that unpaid bill.<br />

It was further noted in the<br />

report that in 2024 there are 10<br />

such properties that have an<br />

arrears total of just over<br />

$109,000. Additionally, in 2024<br />

the Town of Stettler will have 23<br />

properties on an instalment<br />

plan.<br />

In an email to the <strong>ECA</strong> <strong>Review</strong><br />

Jan. 17 Gerlitz stated the<br />

amount of unpaid property<br />

to begin adjusting the office to<br />

accommodate a new person.<br />

However, emergency calls<br />

began coming in that day and<br />

Dykstra put his skills to work<br />

immediately.<br />

Mayor Sean Nolls asked<br />

Dykstra his opinion of the<br />

Stettler fire hall.<br />

Dykstra responded it’s a nice<br />

building that’s well planned-out<br />

but could use a bit more space.<br />

Dennis added that he’s<br />

already been talking to Dykstra<br />

about 9-1-1 changes in Red Deer<br />

and how the Stettler Fire<br />

Department needs to re-work<br />

how its units show up in their<br />

system. He also stated important<br />

changes to emergency<br />

communications are also going<br />

to be a big assignment but<br />

Dykstra noted he’s already had<br />

experience with that.<br />

Nolls added the town will be<br />

looking for grant money to help<br />

with a proposed renovation to<br />

the Stettler fire hall and said<br />

Dykstra would be the perfect<br />

person to help with that.<br />

Councillors welcomed<br />

Dykstra to the community.<br />

At the County of Stettler<br />

meeting Manager of Municipal<br />

Services Andrew Brysiuk introduced<br />

Dykstra to council as the<br />

new manager of regional fire<br />

services, a position created by<br />

taxes in the Town of Stettler is<br />

quite low.<br />

“Our total tax receivable at<br />

Dec. 31, <strong>2023</strong> was 2.5 per cent<br />

($232,998 / $9,138,912). The<br />

$9,138,912 is our total property<br />

tax levy,” stated the email.<br />

“If you take out the properties<br />

currently in the tax recovery<br />

process and tax instalment<br />

plans, 70 properties remain.<br />

The tax receivable for those 70<br />

properties is $111,974.57 – 1.2 per<br />

cent of the total tax levy.”<br />

He further noted to council<br />

the Town of Stettler staff goes<br />

above and beyond when it<br />

comes to tax recovery; staff<br />

hand-deliver notices to properties<br />

and have personal meetings<br />

with property owners.<br />

He added that the Town of<br />

Stettler wants to work with<br />

people rather than use a heavyhanded<br />

approach.<br />

Councillors accepted the<br />

report as information.<br />

Child advocacy centre<br />

During the council reports<br />

portion of the agenda Coun.<br />

Gord Lawlor, Cheryl Barros,<br />

Scott Pfeiffer and Travis<br />

Randell all reported recently<br />

taking part in a tour of the<br />

Central Alberta Child Advocacy<br />

Centre (CACAC) in Red Deer<br />

with all of them agreeing the<br />

centre is quite impressive;<br />

CACAC representatives have<br />

appeared before Stettler town<br />

council in the past requesting<br />

funds to subsidize the social<br />

agency.<br />

the modernized fire services<br />

agreement the County and<br />

Town of Stettler negotiated and<br />

signed in <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

Brysiuk noted Dykstra had<br />

already conducted a fire investigation<br />

his first day on the job.<br />

County Chief Administrative<br />

Officer (CAO) Yvette Cassidy<br />

noted that on his second day on<br />

the job Dykstra also helped out<br />

with two medical calls.<br />

As he introduced himself to<br />

councillors Dykstra elaborated<br />

on his impressive fire services<br />

resume, noting he’d worked for<br />

Parkland, Clearwater and Red<br />

Deer rural municipalities and<br />

grew up on a farm milking<br />

cows.<br />

He explained later in the<br />

meeting he was born and raised<br />

in Holland and moved to<br />

Canada in his late teens.<br />

Coun. Les Stulberg chipped in<br />

that he was pleased to see a<br />

resume with so much fire services<br />

experience but he also<br />

liked seeing a candidate with a<br />

rural background because it<br />

suggests such an employee will<br />

easily see the point of view of<br />

County of Stettler residents.<br />

During discussion it was<br />

noted Dykstra hadn’t been able<br />

to visit various fire stations<br />

within the county yet, but it was<br />

on his list of assignments.<br />

According to presentations<br />

made to council and information<br />

on CACAC’s website the<br />

organization is a non-profit dedicated<br />

to supporting children<br />

and youth who suffered abuse<br />

or trauma; it was pointed out<br />

the organization is central<br />

Alberta-based, not solely Red<br />

Deer oriented and was further<br />

noted Stettler children and<br />

youth have benefitted from this<br />

agency.<br />

Coun. Lawlor related a story<br />

of two local youth who were<br />

abused but benefitted from the<br />

help of CACAC. Lawlor suggested<br />

he would be bringing up<br />

this organization’s request<br />

when the town begins 2024<br />

budget deliberations.<br />

Rodeo request<br />

Mayor Sean Nolls noted he’d<br />

recently attended a Steel<br />

Wheels Stampede board<br />

meeting and the topic of<br />

whether or not a rodeo would be<br />

held in Stettler this year was<br />

discussed.<br />

Nolls noted the rodeo board is<br />

concerned about the low<br />

number of volunteers they’re<br />

operating under, and stated<br />

they would like more people to<br />

join up. Nolls noted there’s a<br />

number of different jobs<br />

available.<br />

During discussion the mayor<br />

noted low volunteerism isn’t<br />

just an issue facing the Steel<br />

Wheels Stampede, but an issue<br />

facing many groups.<br />

Brysiuk noted that priorities<br />

for Dykstra agreed to<br />

between the town and<br />

county include policy<br />

review, equipment inventory<br />

and assisting with the<br />

hiring of a rural fire chief,<br />

another position created by<br />

the new fire services<br />

agreement.<br />

Councillors asked a few<br />

questions about the rural<br />

fire chief position, with<br />

Travis<br />

Matthews<br />

Zenon Ryland<br />

Moranz<br />

TASTE OF SHOWCASE<br />

Saturday, February 3<br />

a variety of fantastic emerging artists<br />

RAINE HAMILTON<br />

Saturday, March 16<br />

captivating songstress & story weaver<br />

The Halkirk Elks Proudly Present:<br />

ALASKAN SEAFOOD &<br />

Performance by TOM LISKE<br />

$40<br />

Tickets:<br />

only 200 available at:<br />

Brysiuk responding that<br />

applications for the position<br />

close on Jan. 19, with interviews<br />

and hiring to follow.<br />

Brysiuk estimated the<br />

rural fire chief could be in<br />

place in early March.<br />

Dykstra added he currently<br />

lives in the Red Deer<br />

area but plans to move<br />

locally as soon as he’s able.<br />

Councillors welcomed<br />

him to the community.<br />

Sat.<br />

February<br />

10 th<br />

Doors<br />

open<br />

6pm<br />

Halkirk Snack Shack<br />

Castor Value Drug Mart<br />

Wells Furniture Stettler<br />

Celebration of Life for<br />

Jessie (Jay) Eleanor<br />

RICHARDSON<br />

Sat. Jan. 27, 2 p.m.<br />

Elnora Community Centre<br />

Elnora, Alberta<br />

Thank you<br />

A sincere thank you for all the calls, prayers, and comforting<br />

words in our time of loss. Also, to all those that brought food<br />

to our homes, sent flowers, made donations in Doan’s memory<br />

and those that braved the extremely cold weather to join us in<br />

Doan’s Celebration of Life. Thank you to JD for leading our<br />

Celebration of Life and to Bernie for his scripture and prayers.<br />

Thank you to the Doctors and staff at Our Lady of Rosary<br />

Hospital for the wonderful care Doan received. Thank you to<br />

the Halkirk Hall Board for organizing and catering a beautiful<br />

lunch. Thank you to Parkview Funeral Chapels & Crematorium<br />

for taking care of all the arrangements.<br />

- Sherry, Terra, Lisa, Kyla & Families<br />

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Paintearth Wind Project<br />

Community Benefit Fund<br />

Intakes Open<br />

In 2024, the Paintearth Wind Project entered into an agreement with the<br />

County of Paintearth to establish a Community Benefit fund that would<br />

allocate a maximum of $10,000 annually to be distributed through an open<br />

application process to community organizations.<br />

Open Allocation (maximum of $10,000 annually):<br />

Funding through the Community Benefit fund is available for the<br />

next <strong>25</strong> years to County of Paintearth based groups/organizations for<br />

projects or events that enhance and enrich our community in one of<br />

more of the following categories:<br />

• Environmental Enhancement – projects, events or initiatives that<br />

improve environment quality, reduce environmental degradation,<br />

or increase community awareness of environment issues.<br />

• Social Welfare – projects, events or initiatives that provide<br />

support to at-risk groups or individuals within the community.<br />

• Arts and Culture – projects, events or initiatives that celebrate<br />

local artists or culture or provide opportunities for groups or<br />

individuals to experience or create art.<br />

• Health, Wellness, Recreation and Leisure – projects, events or<br />

initiatives that promote healthy lifestyles and choices and general<br />

community wellness programs, activities, and facilities to enable<br />

such.<br />

• Education & Science – projects, events or initiatives that support<br />

learning and use of technology and innovation to improve the<br />

community.<br />

• Emergency Relief – projects, events or initiatives that support<br />

individuals or businesses to adapt or recover from emergency<br />

situations.<br />

Eligibility<br />

• Local registered charities, not for profit societies, organizations &<br />

associations, schools, and other groups as deemed appropriate.<br />

Projects Could Include<br />

• Capital projects and equipment for the enhancement of<br />

community facilities, as well as community activities or events<br />

related to funding categories, or education programs.<br />

• Emergency Relief – projects, events or initiatives that support<br />

individuals or businesses to adapt or recover from emergency<br />

situations.<br />

Approval Criteria<br />

• Community enhancement/enrichment<br />

• Environmental protection/enhancement<br />

• Overall community impact<br />

• Efficient use of funds<br />

For additional information on the programs, criteria and distribution<br />

please review the Paintearth Wind Project Community Benefit Fund<br />

or contact County of Paintearth’s Director of Community Services<br />

(403)-882-3211 or tpawsey@countypaintearth.ca<br />

Deadline for applications is April 1st, with allocation decisions to be<br />

published by May 15th.<br />

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The bylaw officer reached out to a<br />

local kennel service which was initially<br />

able to help out although the<br />

CAO noted the foster home that originally<br />

agreed to care for the dogs was<br />

responsible for them.<br />

However, the Town of Bashaw then<br />

learned that the two dogs in question<br />

were apparently running at large in<br />

the community, with the CAO noting<br />

the circumstances of the dogs’ release<br />

being described as “suspicious.”<br />

The CAO reported the two dogs<br />

made their way to Bashaw School,<br />

where they proceeded to allegedly bite<br />

a child.<br />

It was also reported that later the<br />

two dogs also bit a senior citizen.<br />

The Town of Bashaw then contacted<br />

the local kennel service again and<br />

asked for their services in corralling<br />

the dogs; Fuller reported within about<br />

a day and half the two dogs had been<br />

captured by the kennel service.<br />

The CAO went on to note the Town<br />

of Bashaw is currently working with<br />

the kennel service to determine the<br />

best way forward with the dogs; she<br />

also noted the kennel service in question<br />

has a “no kill” policy.<br />

Fuller also reported two of the original<br />

dog owners were contacted and<br />

neither one was able to take the<br />

canine’s back in; apparently, their<br />

living circumstances made the dog’s<br />

return impossible.<br />

The CAO stated that after the two<br />

dogs were captured, they were held for<br />

a mandatory three-day period to give<br />

ALIX COUNCIL<br />

Captured by kennel service<br />

the original owners a chance to claim<br />

them; the dogs went unclaimed and so<br />

were fully surrendered to the kennel.<br />

The CAO stated throughout the<br />

entire incident ensuring public safety<br />

was the primary goal.<br />

Councillors, during discussion,<br />

noted they were pleased the unfortunate<br />

situation was addressed as<br />

quickly as possible.<br />

4-H<br />

Many 4-H<br />

clubs receive<br />

grants<br />

Many 4-H clubs across East Central<br />

Alberta received support from Farm<br />

Credit Canada (FCC) up to $500 to support<br />

activities, from developing<br />

existing program and hosting local<br />

events to supporting volunteers and<br />

eliminating barriers to entry, such as<br />

American Sign Language (ASL)<br />

training for members.<br />

Clubs included the beef 4-H clubs of<br />

Altario, Brownfield, and Consort;<br />

multi-clubs including Dryland<br />

(Hanna), Dusty Plains (Pollockville),<br />

Nebraska (Clive), Rural Roots<br />

(Lougheed), and Bashaw.<br />

Also Talbot Sharp Edges (sewing)<br />

(Coronation) and Paws R Us 4-H<br />

Canine Club, Lacombe and the Ponoka<br />

District Council.<br />

We will be leaders and partners acting as catalysts for transformation<br />

We will leverage the legacy and strength of Catholic healthcare<br />

Council ponders tree,<br />

bench memorials<br />

Stu Salkeld<br />

costs associated with the trees approach; staff instead felt a<br />

Local Journalism or benches, including things bench should be treated the<br />

Initiative reporter like engraved plaques, would same as a cemetery headstone.<br />

<strong>ECA</strong> <strong>Review</strong><br />

be paid completely by the<br />

Mayor Fehr asked how the<br />

applicants.<br />

village would handle someone<br />

People who are mourning While the Village of Alix Innovation who goes Strategy ahead and plants<br />

their loved ones, or want to pay usually relies on grant funds to their own tree or installs their<br />

in order to meet the needs of those we serve.<br />

tribute to their memory, may plant mature trees in the<br />

Catholic<br />

own<br />

Leadership<br />

bench<br />

Strategy<br />

without permission<br />

have another option open to municipality, the CAO noted if or approval.<br />

nationally and internationally to be of greater service.<br />

them soon in the Village of no such funds are available five The CAO stated unusual,<br />

Alix.<br />

to six foot trees cost between Strategic unapproved Objectives activities do occur.<br />

Councillors discussed tree $150 and $200 each.<br />

“We have had surprise<br />

and bench memorials at their The proposed policy also burials,” said White. She<br />

Jan. 17 regular meeting. include the application form answered the mayor by saying<br />

Councillors heard a report and later during discussion the the village’s<br />

MISSION<br />

cemetery bylaw<br />

from Chief Administrative CAO pointed out the village can address unapproved tree<br />

We are called to continue<br />

Officer (CAO) Michelle White would deal solely with the planting<br />

the healing<br />

while<br />

ministry<br />

an<br />

of<br />

unapproved<br />

Jesus<br />

about a proposed policy, the person who filled out the application<br />

bench by serving would with simply compassion, become the<br />

memorial tree and bench<br />

form and paid the property upholding of the sacredness Village of of Alix<br />

program.<br />

applicable fees.<br />

which<br />

life<br />

could<br />

in all stages,<br />

result<br />

and caring<br />

it being<br />

for the whole person –<br />

“During 2024 budget deliberations<br />

council was updated that some clarification on this and it, or placed in storage.<br />

Mayor Rob Fehr asked for returned to whoever installed<br />

body, mind and soul.<br />

nine mature trees have been the CAO responded the village Coun. Barb Gilliat asked how<br />

planted at the cemetery,” stated office sometimes hears criticism<br />

many memorial benches the<br />

White’s report to council. “The<br />

from the public who feel cemetery could accommodate,<br />

option of making them available<br />

cemetery headstones, for Strategic but the Objectives CAO responded the<br />

to the public as memorial example, were not appropriate benches could be placed any-<br />

trees had previously been discussed<br />

or accurate, although the<br />

and council directed memorial may exactly match cemetery.<br />

administration to develop a what applicants requested.<br />

policy over the winter for<br />

During discussion the CAO proposed policy they agreed the<br />

consideration.<br />

noted this is not a revised public should have a chance to<br />

“When reviewing memorial policy. “It is new,” said White. comment on it before it’s considered<br />

tree policies from other communities,<br />

The CAO stated, after<br />

for approval.<br />

it was noted that reading memorial tree policies Councillors unanimously<br />

many of them included memorial<br />

in other municipalities, accepted the draft policy for<br />

benches. Benches were another issue popped up: information and instructed<br />

incorporated into the attached allowing applicants to pick White to conduct public consultation<br />

policy as a proactive step even their own tree species. White<br />

about it then return the<br />

though we have not had resident<br />

stated that would be more diffi-<br />

issue to council at a future<br />

requests for them in the cult to accommodate in Alix. meeting.<br />

last few years.”<br />

Also, she noted some other<br />

The CAO’s report noted the communities handle memorial<br />

memorial tree and bench program<br />

benches by keeping some in<br />

would operate on a stock but Alix municipal staff<br />

cost-recovery basis; that is, any felt this wouldn’t be the best<br />

Acute Care Optimization and Expansion Strategy<br />

We will transform and expand care and service in acute care to<br />

where in Alix, not just the<br />

respond to growing populations and changing demographics.<br />

Community Care Integration and Expansion Strategy<br />

We will<br />

As<br />

expand<br />

councillors<br />

our community care<br />

discussed<br />

capacity to transform<br />

the<br />

care<br />

delivery, and address gaps in service, growing populations and<br />

changing demographics.<br />

ATCO to upgrade electricity meters in<br />

Stettler and Drumheller areas<br />

In the coming months, ATCO employees will start installing<br />

Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Radio Gateways and<br />

Meters in the towns of Carbon, Morrin, Munson, Nacmine,<br />

Rosedale, Stettler, Big Valley, Botha, Donalda, Erskine, Rochon<br />

Sands, and White Sands.<br />

AMI is an integrated system comprising new advanced AMI<br />

meters, radio gateways that collect the meter read data,<br />

communication networks, and data management systems.<br />

It facilitates two-way communication between utilities and<br />

customers, offering a range of benefits.<br />

• Remote power outage detection for quick response and<br />

restoration<br />

• Additional energy management options for customers<br />

• Digital meter reads, reducing operating costs for customers<br />

• More accurate readings and fewer site visits<br />

Information sessions<br />

will be held:<br />

Drumheller<br />

Badlands Community Facility<br />

80 Veterans Way<br />

Large Multipurpose Room (RM 131)<br />

Tuesday, January 30, 2024<br />

5:30pm to 6:30pm<br />

Stettler<br />

Stettler Recreation Centre<br />

6202 44 Avenue<br />

Studio Room<br />

Wednesday, January 31, 2024<br />

5:30pm to 6:30pm<br />

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I wanted to discuss an alarming situation<br />

I observed in Stettler the<br />

morning of Wed. Jan. 17; this was one<br />

of the recent “cold snap” mornings as<br />

I’m sure you remember.<br />

I was out running a few<br />

errands at 8:30 a.m. before<br />

heading to work at the ‘ole<br />

newspaper office when I<br />

observed a concerning situation.<br />

I was driving westbound<br />

on 47th Ave., the truck route,<br />

as it passes through Christ<br />

King Catholic School’s zone<br />

when I saw two vehicles<br />

approaching me eastbound. I<br />

was able to watch them for an<br />

extended period<br />

because we had all<br />

slowed down to 30<br />

km/hr for the<br />

Salkeld<br />

“<br />

Firefighters may<br />

very well be trying to<br />

get to a motor vehicle<br />

collision or structure<br />

fire that does actually<br />

involve something<br />

you care about.<br />

school zone.<br />

The closest<br />

vehicle was a small<br />

compact silver car<br />

and behind it was a<br />

large white 4x4 that<br />

happened to have a<br />

flashing green<br />

strobe light going<br />

off on its dash. As I<br />

watched the two<br />

vehicles for a fair bit of time<br />

approaching me, they both stayed in<br />

the same positions and at the same<br />

speed, neither vehicle changing its<br />

position and neither vehicle pulling<br />

over or stopping.<br />

As they passed me in the other direction,<br />

I slowed a bit so I could watch<br />

them in my rearview window, and they<br />

proceeded in exactly the same fashion<br />

further eastbound on 47th Ave, neither<br />

stopping or pulling over.<br />

You may or may not be aware but the<br />

flashing green strobe was introduced<br />

over the past few years as an alert that<br />

a vehicle equipped with one is a firefighter<br />

en route to an emergency call,<br />

whether on a scene or to gather equipment<br />

at a local fire hall.<br />

Why the small silver car didn’t<br />

simply pull over and let the white truck<br />

with the green strobe proceed isn’t<br />

clear; as I thought about the situation<br />

later there can be only two<br />

explanations.<br />

One, the small silver vehicle didn’t<br />

see the green strobe and hence the<br />

driver wasn’t aware of his or her surroundings.<br />

How you can not see a<br />

brilliant green strobe flashing in early<br />

morning grey light baffles me as I<br />

could see it at least a block or two away<br />

while the white truck appeared to be<br />

roughly 10 to 15 feet behind the small<br />

car. However, I already know there<br />

will be contrarians who attempt to justify<br />

the car driver’s actions by saying,<br />

“They didn’t see the strobe.”<br />

To which I would respond, “Then<br />

that motorist failed at a simple responsibility<br />

we all bear, being aware of<br />

their surroundings.” People who<br />

operate vehicles in my<br />

opinion have an obligation to<br />

be aware of their surroundings<br />

for the sake of<br />

pedestrians, other motorists<br />

and emergency vehicles,<br />

whether they be ambulance,<br />

fire or police in nature. Road<br />

hazards can also be an issue.<br />

I’m not sure I buy the<br />

“They didn’t see the strobe”<br />

line as the car obviously<br />

slowed down for the school<br />

zone thus they were<br />

obviously aware of<br />

the road to some<br />

degree. If you’re a<br />

motorist in that situation,<br />

a large truck<br />

behind you with a<br />

flashing green strobe<br />

that goes unseen,<br />

you’re probably a<br />

threat to public safety<br />

and shouldn’t operate<br />

a vehicle on a public<br />

road. Period.<br />

Second explanation:<br />

the small silver car saw the green<br />

strobe but didn’t care. This is deeply<br />

unacceptable. Those in the emergency<br />

services world who worked for recognition<br />

of the green strobe saw an issue<br />

(firefighters being delayed unnecessarily<br />

on their way to an emergency)<br />

and asked motorists to do something<br />

that would be pretty inconsequential<br />

(pull over to the side of the road for two<br />

to three seconds) as opposed to the<br />

potential consequences of firefighters<br />

being delayed to an emergency: injury,<br />

death, property damage.<br />

Some people may not care about<br />

injury, death or property damage<br />

occurring to strangers; don’t kid yourself,<br />

those people are out there. All I<br />

would suggest to someone of that ilk is<br />

that the firefighters may very well be<br />

trying to get to a motor vehicle collision<br />

or structure fire that does actually<br />

involve something you care about.<br />

So for the sake of the public at large,<br />

the next time you’re out and about on<br />

the public roads and a vehicle<br />

approaches from behind with a green<br />

strobe flashing, please sacrifice two or<br />

three seconds out of your day to allow<br />

them past.<br />

Stu Salkeld is a multimedia journalist<br />

for the East Central Alberta <strong>Review</strong><br />

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Council cloaks<br />

complaints in secrecy<br />

Dear Editor,<br />

After a miscommunication with the<br />

Town of Castor’s Public Works<br />

Department I was given a very direct<br />

email from the Public Works foreman<br />

clearly stating the department’s position<br />

on work they do and don’t do for<br />

taxpayers.<br />

In this email several staff in the<br />

Public Works and the Chief<br />

Administrative Officer (CAO) were<br />

also copied in on the email, I’m<br />

assuming to make sure that everyone<br />

received the same information.<br />

Within a matter of weeks, I communicated<br />

this information to a customer,<br />

and the customer contacted the Town<br />

Office or Public Works. Contrary to<br />

what was expressed to me, the Public<br />

Works foreman dispatched an<br />

employee to do exactly what I was told<br />

that Public Works does NOT do.<br />

When I contacted the CAO, she<br />

relayed to me that on “rare occasions”<br />

Public Works would do such work.<br />

This is contrary to what was clearly<br />

stated in the email to me. My requests<br />

for clarification on the term “rare<br />

occasion” was met with silence.<br />

Subsequently I filed a complaint<br />

against the Public Works foreman for<br />

not following the directive he gave me<br />

as well as a complaint against the CAO<br />

for refusing to clarify the Town’s<br />

Policy and simply refusing to reply to<br />

my email.<br />

As a business owner in Castor that is<br />

expected to disseminate correct information<br />

to the public, I rely on the town<br />

to provide accurate and clear<br />

information.<br />

When my employees and I disseminate<br />

said information to the public and<br />

the town turns around and contradicts<br />

the very information, this amounts to<br />

a clear attack on my integrity as a business<br />

owner.<br />

In my opinion, this incident was<br />

NOT an accident. If it was, it would<br />

have been addressed immediately and<br />

my emails would not be left unanswered.<br />

It was a clear undermining of<br />

trust bestowed on our public officials.<br />

This leads to the far greater problem<br />

Local Journalism Initiative is funded<br />

by the Government of Canada.<br />

MAIL BAG<br />

JOYCE WEBSTER<br />

Publisher/Editor<br />

office@<strong>ECA</strong>review.com<br />

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Marketing/Digital<br />

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we are experiencing in our community.<br />

The lack of transparency within<br />

the Town.<br />

First is the obvious fact that the CAO<br />

just simply refused to return emails<br />

when she was asked to clarify the<br />

Town’s position. This is not the type of<br />

behaviour that is expected of a public<br />

servant when disseminating what<br />

should be publicly available material.<br />

Second is the fact that the Public<br />

Works foreman is telling contractors<br />

one thing and doing the exact opposite<br />

within weeks of relaying the<br />

information.<br />

This leads one to believe he does not<br />

understand how to properly communicate<br />

to the public.<br />

The third issue is the lack of concern<br />

by our town council when it comes to<br />

the behaviour of our public servants.<br />

While I was relaying my complaint<br />

and subsequent statement to the<br />

council, which they took into closed<br />

session, they seemed uninterested in<br />

anything I had to say; not even one<br />

follow-up question was asked, no directions<br />

as to steps to ameliorate this<br />

embarrassment was communicated.<br />

While I’m not looking for the punishment<br />

that may be handed out, I want to<br />

understand the degree to which my<br />

concerns are valid.<br />

When a member of the public makes<br />

a complaint, they need to know if the<br />

complaint is valid so the standard can<br />

be clear on what warrants a complaint<br />

and what does not.<br />

Instead, the council cloaks complaints<br />

in secrecy refusing to disclose<br />

any relevant information so the public<br />

can be clear on issues.<br />

Finally, the town council needs to be<br />

reminded that their job is to serve the<br />

people, not run cover for the public servants.<br />

Town council is supposed to be a<br />

bulwark to protect the people from<br />

poor decision making of public servants,<br />

not be an extension of the public<br />

servants to keep information from the<br />

public.<br />

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<strong>ECA</strong> REVIEW HANNA/CORONATION/STETTLER, AB January <strong>25</strong>'24 7<br />

Local bagpiper plays in Rose Bowl parade<br />

Lane Koster<br />

<strong>ECA</strong> <strong>Review</strong><br />

Delin Watmough of<br />

Sedgewick, Alta. auditioned in<br />

March, <strong>2023</strong> to join the Massed<br />

Pipes and Drums band in the<br />

135th Rose Bowl Parade in<br />

Pasadena, Calif. on Jan. 1, 2024.<br />

Only 120 pipes and<br />

drummers of 300 auditions<br />

were selected to<br />

participate in the<br />

parade, along with<br />

bagpipers from<br />

Scotland, Ireland,<br />

Australia, Canada and<br />

24 states in the US.<br />

“Being accepted was<br />

unreal,” Delin said. “I<br />

could not believe that I<br />

was going to be able to<br />

play in one of the<br />

largest parades in the world.<br />

“To play with some of the<br />

world’s best pipers, drummers<br />

and dancers was the equivalent<br />

of playing in the Superbowl or<br />

Watmough<br />

Stanley Cup,” said Watmough.<br />

“Sixteen Highland dancers also<br />

performed with the band,<br />

adding to the band’s mass<br />

visual appeal.<br />

While in California, the band<br />

also played at something called<br />

Bandfest at the Pasadena city<br />

college and had their own<br />

parade at Disneyland<br />

on New Year’s Eve,<br />

Dec. 31, <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

“This was a really<br />

big deal to do all of<br />

this,” remarked<br />

Stephanie Crouse,<br />

Delin’s wife.<br />

“We had to raise<br />

money and scrimp and<br />

save to be able to go do<br />

this. But it was life<br />

changing. Like a<br />

bucket list thing you<br />

never knew should have been<br />

on your bucket list.”<br />

Delin plays for the Battle<br />

River Pipes and Drums band in<br />

Sedgewick, Alta. They do many<br />

Names inaccurate<br />

local events, parades, funerals<br />

and Remembrance Day ceremonies.<br />

They host the Robbie<br />

Burns dinner, play at a Tartan<br />

Day and a Scottish festival in<br />

August.<br />

The Battle River Pipes and<br />

Drums band is part of the<br />

Flagstaff Scottish club also<br />

based out of Sedgewick, Alta.<br />

“The one thing that truly<br />

stands out,” recalled<br />

Watmough, reminiscing about<br />

his time in the Rose Bowl<br />

parade, “we were standing in<br />

formation waiting for the<br />

parade to start when a stealth<br />

bomber flew overhead, and it<br />

came to me that I was taking<br />

part of a tradition that went<br />

back 135 years, setting the tone<br />

for a new year in front of thousands<br />

of people in attendance,<br />

and millions in their homes on<br />

TV. It was a very sobering<br />

thought, and to be a part of that<br />

is something I will never<br />

forget.”<br />

Delin Watmough seen in the center during the Rose Bowl parade on<br />

Jan. 1, 2024 in Pasadena, Calif. <br />

<strong>ECA</strong> <strong>Review</strong>/Submitted<br />

A error appeared<br />

in the caption on<br />

the photo<br />

appearing on pg. 5<br />

of the Jan. 18 edition<br />

of the <strong>ECA</strong><br />

<strong>Review</strong>. The correct<br />

order of the volunteers<br />

should have<br />

been Hope Ternes<br />

and Jackie Hahn<br />

standing behind<br />

lounger and<br />

Kendice Stenlund<br />

on the medical<br />

grade lounger for<br />

the Palliative room<br />

at the Stettler<br />

Hospital.<br />

Submitted<br />

SHERIFF HIGHWAY PATROL<br />

More than 1,200 impaired<br />

drivers caught in <strong>2023</strong><br />

Submitted<br />

In July 2021, the Sheriff Highway<br />

Patrol (SHP) was granted the authority<br />

to investigate impaired driving and<br />

other criminal offences. Since then,<br />

SHP has caught almost 4,000 impaired<br />

drivers on provincial highways,<br />

increasing the safety of Albertans<br />

across the province.<br />

“Impaired driving is considered the<br />

leading criminal cause of death in<br />

Canada,” said Mike Ellis, Minister of<br />

Public Safety and Emergency Services.<br />

“The Sheriff Highway Patrol is providing<br />

an outstanding example of what<br />

dedicated officers can achieve when<br />

they’re given the right tools for the<br />

job.”<br />

In addition to impaired driving, the<br />

SHP’s priorities include speed, distracted<br />

driving and commercial<br />

vehicle safety enforcement.<br />

In <strong>2023</strong>, the SHP wrote 59,583 tickets<br />

related to these violations and other<br />

traffic safety offences. SHP officers<br />

also help the RCMP by keeping units<br />

on patrol and available to respond to<br />

other incidents.<br />

Expanding the authority of the SHP<br />

in 2021 was part of the Rural Alberta<br />

Provincial Integrated Defence<br />

(RAPID) Response initiative designed<br />

to strengthen law enforcement presence<br />

in remote and sparsely populated<br />

areas.<br />

New funding is also being used to<br />

train and equip members of the SHP to<br />

answer calls for assistance from the<br />

RCMP as part of a planned expansion<br />

of the RAPID Response initiative.<br />

Between December <strong>2023</strong> and June<br />

2024, the Alberta Sheriffs will complete<br />

training for three SHP recruit<br />

classes, resulting in 74 new officers<br />

ready for deployment. An additional<br />

class of 30 is expected to begin in fall<br />

2024.<br />

The SHP also regularly conducts<br />

commercial vehicle inspections to further<br />

ensure the safety of Alberta<br />

drivers and passengers.<br />

In <strong>2023</strong>, the SHP conducted 12,154<br />

inspections on regulated commercial<br />

vehicles, which include trucks over<br />

4,500 kilograms, motor coaches and<br />

school buses.<br />

While conducting these inspections<br />

last year, SHP members found out-ofservice<br />

violations in 4,723 cases, or 39<br />

per cent of vehicles.<br />

Turn to Impaired, Pg 12<br />

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BUILDINGS<br />

FOR SALE<br />

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County of Paintearth No. 18<br />

SEASONAL EMPLOYMENT<br />

OPPORTUNITY<br />

If you are motivated person eager to<br />

contribute skills and experience, we<br />

are currently inviting applications<br />

for a Seasonal Employee with the<br />

Agricultural Service Board (ASB).<br />

ASB Equipment Operator –<br />

Competition Number ASB<strong>01</strong><br />

Responsibilities will be mainly<br />

for roadside mowing but may<br />

include other duties as they arise.<br />

Ideally applicants would have<br />

formal agricultural training and/<br />

or agricultural background, and<br />

experience in the operation and<br />

maintenance of agricultural<br />

implements will be an asset. Must<br />

possess a valid Class 5 driver’s license.<br />

This position will be a three-month<br />

position starting July 15.<br />

The job posting will be closed<br />

on March 15, 2024. For more<br />

information relating to the ASB<br />

Position contact Trevor Kerr,<br />

Assistant Agricultural Fieldman at<br />

(403) 740-9182.<br />

Interested candidates are invited to<br />

forward their application quoting the<br />

Competition #, to:<br />

County of Paintearth No.18<br />

Box 509, Castor, AB T0C 0X0<br />

Phone: (403) 882-3211<br />

Fax: (403) 882-3560<br />

Email: jobs@countypaintearth.ca<br />

CROSSWORD PUZZLE ANSWERS USE AMERICAN SPELLING<br />

ACROSS<br />

1. Back talk<br />

5. Decreases<br />

9. Yak<br />

12. Farmer’s<br />

produce<br />

13. Gator’s relative<br />

14. House addition<br />

15. Like suntan lotion<br />

16. “I ____ a<br />

Symphony”<br />

17. Workout site<br />

18. Exercise<br />

19. By what method?<br />

20. “The Addams<br />

Family” actor<br />

22. Beat<br />

24. Protected<br />

<strong>25</strong>. Frosty, e.g.<br />

28. Copy<br />

29. Bunch<br />

31. Question<br />

33. Not as tall<br />

36. Current<br />

38. Piece of property<br />

40. Fuming<br />

41. Lived<br />

43. Honda, e.g.<br />

44. Nothing<br />

45. Put on guard<br />

47. Nutmeglike spice<br />

48. Heartbreaking<br />

49. Santa’s transport<br />

50. Selects<br />

51. Subways’ cousins<br />

52. Yearns<br />

53. Chow hall<br />

DOWN<br />

1. Information<br />

gatherer<br />

2. Springs up<br />

3. Serious<br />

4. Agent<br />

5. Yodeling sound<br />

6. Beer<br />

7. Feathered<br />

neckwear<br />

8. Vamoose!<br />

9. Take it easy:<br />

2 wds.<br />

10. Mountainous<br />

11. Aircraft<br />

19. Wail<br />

21. Hurts<br />

23. Trouser part<br />

24. Division<br />

preposition<br />

26. Necessity<br />

27. Charcoal<br />

residue<br />

30. Historical<br />

periods<br />

31. Antenna<br />

32. Burns<br />

34. Getaway<br />

ANSWER TO PUZZLE NO. 204<br />

35. Responds<br />

36. Wash lightly<br />

37. Full of<br />

current<br />

events<br />

39. Ringlet<br />

41. Little<br />

songbird<br />

42. No ifs, ____,<br />

or buts<br />

46. Beerlike<br />

beverage<br />

47. Dad’s lady<br />

Employment Opportunity Municipal District Of Provost No. 52<br />

SEASONAL LABOURERS<br />

The M.D. of Provost No. 52 Agricultural Service Board is currently seeking applicants for<br />

Two (2) seasonal labourer positions to carry out the<br />

2024 Weed Control and Reclamation Programs.<br />

The successful applicants will be working out of the Provost and Hughenden M.D. Shops.<br />

Duties will include operation of spray equipment, consultation with ratepayers, weed inspection,<br />

reclamation, and record keeping. Must be able to work efficiently<br />

as part of a team or independently as needed.<br />

Applicant must have a valid Class 5 Driver’s License. A pesticide applicator’s license would be an<br />

asset but not a requirement. Training in weed ID, herbicide stewardship and Authorized Assistant<br />

training may be provided.<br />

For more information, please contact: Caitlin Heck, Agricultural Fieldman Cell: 780-753-4359<br />

Send resumes to: M.D. of Provost No. 52 Box 300 Provost, Alberta T0B 3S0<br />

Email: Ag Fieldmen Caitlin Heck (check@mdprovost.ca)<br />

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Municipal District Of Provost No. 52<br />

Seasonal Equipment Operators & Labourers<br />

The M.D. of Provost No. 52 is currently seeking seasonal equipment operators and labourers for<br />

the 2024 season. These positions will be based out of but not limited to the M.D. shops<br />

located in Hughenden and/or Provost.<br />

Valid Driver’s License Required (Class 1Q Endorsement preferred).<br />

Experience in operating various heavy equipment, the ability to work<br />

without supervision, and mechanical ability are required.<br />

For more information contact<br />

Tyler Lawrason @ 780-753-2434 (tlawrason@mdprovost.ca)<br />

Len Fossen @ 780-753-4423 (lfossen@mdprovost.ca)<br />

Marty Biro @ 306-873-7831 (mbiro@mdprovost.ca)<br />

Interested applicants are invited to submit a resume with a current driver’s abstract<br />

to one of the above or to the following:<br />

M.D. of Provost No. 52<br />

4504 – 53rd Avenue Box 300 Provost, Alberta T0B 3S0<br />

These positions will be left open until suitable candidates are found.<br />

This position falls under the collective agreement with the<br />

International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 955.<br />

We thank all applicants for their interest.<br />

However, only those applicants receiving an interview will be contacted.


<strong>ECA</strong> REVIEW HANNA/CORONATION/STETTLER, AB January <strong>25</strong>'24 9<br />

<br />

Maintenance Worker,<br />

Full Time<br />

Are you a skilled maintenance worker looking for<br />

a fulfilling opportunity? The County of Stettler<br />

Housing Authority, a not-for-profit organization, is currently seeking<br />

a dedicated and experienced individual to join their team as a fulltime<br />

Maintenance Worker. In this role, you will be responsible for<br />

maintaining and repairing the senior’s lodge and community and<br />

affordable housing in Stettler and the surrounding area. As a valued<br />

member of the team, you will receive excellent extended health<br />

benefits, including dental, and the opportunity to participate in<br />

the Local Authorities Pension Plan or LAPP. Don’t miss out on this<br />

chance to make a positive impact on the lives of seniors and families<br />

in the community while advancing your career. Apply now!<br />

The successful candidate should have the following qualifications:<br />

• Minimum of five years of proven commercial experience and<br />

proven commercial knowledge in evaluation, repair, and<br />

preventative maintenance of industrial and domestic building<br />

carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems.<br />

• Experience in groundskeeping and small equipment operation<br />

• Valid Class 5 driver’s license, clean driver’s abstract and own vehicle<br />

• Physically and cognitively able to complete “Job Demands”<br />

• Able to work independently in a safe and acceptable manner<br />

• Current and satisfactory Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Check<br />

• Valid Emergency First Aid/CPR Certification<br />

• Current WHMIS Certificate<br />

• Good computer, verbal, and written communication skills<br />

• Able to deal compassionately, patiently, and effectively with older<br />

adults and vulnerable people<br />

• Strong team participant in all departments<br />

• Maintain adequate fitness level to work in a physically demanding<br />

job<br />

• Flexible and able to work in a fast-paced, ever-changing<br />

environment<br />

• Share in a 24/7 on-call rotation with the other members of our<br />

maintenance team<br />

Please submit all applications to the below email address on or before<br />

January 31, 2024.<br />

PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR RESUME TO:<br />

Sylvie Tremblay, Human Resources Manager<br />

COUNTY OF STETTLER HOUSING AUTHORITY<br />

6<strong>01</strong>1-50 Avenue Stettler, Alberta T0C 2L1<br />

Phone: (403) 742-9220 Fax: (403) 742-9221<br />

Email: sylvie@stettlerhousing.com<br />

We sincerely thank everyone for your submissions however only those<br />

candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.<br />

CAREERS<br />

OBITUARY<br />

Door always open for coffee and her wonderful baking<br />

Jacqueline Ann Ball, a long-time<br />

resident of Mirror, Alta. passed away<br />

on Jan. 10, 2024 at Points West Living<br />

in Stettler, Alta. at the age<br />

of 92.<br />

Jackie was born on<br />

Sept. 14, 1931 in<br />

Edmonton, Alta. She was<br />

the eldest daughter of<br />

Duncan and Eva Mellick.<br />

Jackie grew up in Tees,<br />

Alta. with her siblings<br />

Ross, Jean and Ted.<br />

Jackie married Donald<br />

Ball in the Tees United<br />

Church on July 3, 1951.<br />

They then settled in Mirror where Don<br />

worked for CN Railroad.<br />

Jackie was a strong industrious wife<br />

<br />

Ball<br />

and mother. She built the fires to heat<br />

their small homes and keep family life<br />

running smoothly, as Don was often<br />

away on the train.<br />

Don and Jackie had two sons:<br />

Tim (Tannis) born in 1954; and<br />

Jack (Brenda) born in 1957.<br />

They had many wonderful<br />

friends and family in the community.<br />

Her door was always<br />

open for coffee and some of her<br />

wonderful baking. Jackie always<br />

had a birthday celebration for<br />

each of her family.<br />

Her biggest enjoyment in life<br />

came from her family.<br />

She will be lovingly remembered by<br />

all who knew her.<br />

Jackie was predeceased by her<br />

New dental care plan<br />

will exclude millions of<br />

uninsured Canadians<br />

by David Macdonald<br />

The federal government is in the<br />

midst of the second phase of its<br />

national dental care plan, the most significant<br />

expansion of Canadian<br />

healthcare in decades. And with 12.9<br />

million Canadians, including children,<br />

living without any dental care coverage,<br />

federal dental care insurance is<br />

sorely needed.<br />

Unfortunately, the plan will still<br />

leave out plenty of<br />

people without<br />

dental insurance,<br />

even once it’s<br />

fully<br />

implemented.<br />

To qualify for<br />

the new dental<br />

care plan,<br />

Canadians must<br />

meet two criteria:<br />

individuals may<br />

not already have<br />

dental insurance,<br />

and families may<br />

not have a combined<br />

income<br />

higher than<br />

$90,000.<br />

An income of<br />

$45,000 is pretty<br />

modest in Canada<br />

these days, but if<br />

you had a family<br />

where both parents<br />

were making<br />

that, they’d be<br />

hitting the<br />

income cap. If<br />

neither of them<br />

received dental<br />

coverage through<br />

their jobs, neither<br />

they nor their<br />

children would<br />

be eligible for the<br />

new federal plan.<br />

Even at this<br />

modest income<br />

level, they’d be<br />

too rich for the<br />

plan. In fact, 59<br />

per cent of families<br />

with children<br />

make more than<br />

$90,000.<br />

We have to<br />

remember that<br />

this isn’t how we<br />

do medicare.<br />

There isn’t an<br />

income check<br />

when you go to<br />

VIEWPOINT<br />

your doctor, and the hospital doesn’t<br />

check your tax return to see if you’ll be<br />

paying out of pocket to repair your<br />

kid’s broken bone. You’re just covered.<br />

Setting up major medicare expansions<br />

like this that aren’t universal<br />

sets a dangerous precedent for future<br />

expansions, like in the pharmacare<br />

plan expected to be announced in<br />

March.<br />

Turn to Should, Pg 10<br />

husband Don; her mother and father,<br />

Eva and Duncan Mellick; and by her<br />

brother Ross Mellick, and her sisters<br />

Ruthie Mellick and Jean Hunter.<br />

A private service will be held at a<br />

later date. Please see meaningfulmemorials.ca<br />

for the full obituary.<br />

Memorial donations may be made to<br />

Request For Tender<br />

Reclamation Farming – Sheerness Mine Site<br />

WestMET Ag is requesting bids for farming services on:<br />

- 1500ac topsoil discing - 1000ac grass seeding - 500ac crop seeding<br />

- 1000ac rock picking - 1000ac land rolling<br />

(the above acreages are an approximation)<br />

The 2024 reclamation farming tender is for approximately 1500 ac to be<br />

fully prepped and seeded with approximately 1300 ac to be completed in<br />

the spring and the remainder to be completed throughout the year. These<br />

acreages can increase due to changing reclamation timelines.<br />

Tenders will be accepted on all functions or each individually.<br />

A $5,000,000 liability insurance and WCB is required for any contractor<br />

working within the Mine Permit area and proof that insurance must be<br />

presented at the Safety Orientation with the company.<br />

For a full tender package or to schedule site tour, please contact Jeff Bauer.<br />

Closing Date<br />

February 29, 2024<br />

Request For Tender<br />

Cleaning Contract – Sheerness Mine Office Building<br />

WestMET Ag is requesting bids for janitorial services on:<br />

- General cleaning of the Sheerness Mine main office building,<br />

lunchrooms, changing facilities, showers and scale shack.<br />

The daily duties account for about 4 hours a day, with<br />

additional duties to be done weekly, monthly, semi-annually<br />

and annually. Work at site would start at (or after) 4PM on<br />

a daily basis and would need to be completed six times per<br />

week.<br />

For a full tender package or to schedule site tour, please<br />

contact Jeff Bauer.<br />

Closing Date<br />

February 15,2024<br />

Request For Tender<br />

Submit Tenders To:<br />

Jeff Bauer<br />

Direct: 403-854-5207<br />

Email: jbauer@westmetgroup.com<br />

Fencing Contract – Sheerness Mine Site<br />

WestMET Ag is requesting bids for fencing services on:<br />

- 7 miles of barbed wire fencing completed by June 1, 2024<br />

- 2 miles of barbed wire fencing completed by July 1, 2024<br />

A $5,000,000 liability insurance and WCB is required for any<br />

contractor working within the Mine Permit area and proof that<br />

insurance must be presented at the Safety Orientation with<br />

the company.<br />

For a full tender package or to schedule site tour, please<br />

contact Jeff Bauer.<br />

Closing Date<br />

February 29, 2024<br />

a charity of one’s choosing.<br />

Condolences to Jackie’s family may<br />

be emailed to meaningful@telus.net.<br />

Please indicate “Ball” in the subject<br />

line.<br />

Arrangements in care of<br />

Meaningful Memorials Funeral<br />

Services, Red Deer, 587-876-4944.<br />

Submit Tenders To:<br />

Jeff Bauer<br />

Direct: 403-854-5207<br />

Email: jbauer@westmetgroup.com<br />

Submit Tenders To:<br />

Jeff Bauer<br />

Direct: 403-854-5207<br />

Email: jbauer@westmetgroup.com


10 J anuary <strong>25</strong>'24 HANNA/CORONATION/STETTLER, AB. <strong>ECA</strong> REVIEW<br />

Clearing the air:<br />

Reducing tobacco<br />

and vaping use<br />

Submitted<br />

Alberta’s government is committed<br />

to preventing and reducing the health<br />

harms of smoking, second-hand smoke<br />

and vaping, particularly among youth.<br />

Smoking and tobacco use, and the<br />

growing use of vaping products continue<br />

to negatively affect the health of<br />

Albertans.<br />

Since the introduction of vaping<br />

products, the rate of use among<br />

Alberta youth aged 15 to 19 rose to 35<br />

per cent in 2020 from 19 per cent in<br />

2<strong>01</strong>3. The long-term harms to children<br />

are not yet fully known, though immediate<br />

risks include lung injury,<br />

nicotine poisoning and addiction.<br />

The government’s new Tobacco and<br />

Vaping Reduction Strategy builds<br />

upon the 2<strong>01</strong>2 Creating Tobacco-Free<br />

Futures: Alberta’s Strategy to Prevent<br />

and Reduce Tobacco Use and supports<br />

initiatives to reduce the use of tobacco<br />

and vaping products in the province.<br />

From 2<strong>01</strong>5 to 2021, the previous<br />

strategy guided work by Alberta’s government<br />

and its partners that led to a<br />

decrease from 18.4 per cent to 11.5 per<br />

cent in the province’s overall smoking<br />

rate.<br />

This new strategy will support<br />

efforts to further reduce tobacco and<br />

vaping product use, particularly<br />

among younger Albertans.<br />

“This significant reduction of<br />

smoking deserves recognition and<br />

gratitude to our health and community<br />

partners who have worked tirelessly<br />

with us to achieve this progress and<br />

who have played a pivotal role in<br />

shaping the strategy,” Adriana<br />

LaGrange, Minister of Health.<br />

The Tobacco and Vaping Reduction<br />

Strategy includes strategies related to<br />

prevention, protection, cessation and<br />

capacity building.<br />

Cont’d from Pg 9<br />

In the end, this means that 4.4 million<br />

people who presently don’t have<br />

dental coverage would remain without<br />

it, even once the federal plan is fully<br />

implemented. They’d hit the income<br />

threshold and be ineligible.<br />

Here’s how the three phases of the<br />

new dental care program are rolling<br />

out:<br />

The first phase, underway through<br />

June 2024 and called the Canada<br />

Dental Benefit (CDB), is a cash transfer<br />

of $1,300 per child under 12 if that child<br />

sees a dentist. For this age group, 65 per<br />

cent of children without dental insurance<br />

will be eligible, but 35 per cent<br />

will be excluded because their parent’s<br />

combined income is over $90,000.<br />

Phase two, the Canada Dental Care<br />

Plan (CDCP), is being rolled out right<br />

now. Older seniors can apply now, and<br />

by June all seniors, all children under<br />

18, and those with disabilities will be<br />

eligible too.<br />

In phase three, which will start in<br />

20<strong>25</strong>, the only eligibility restriction will<br />

be the $90,000 family income cap and<br />

the lack of other dental insurance.<br />

This phase will cover an additional<br />

8.5 million people but exclude 4.4 million<br />

Canadians due to the income<br />

restriction. An additional 1.4 million<br />

people should see their provincial government<br />

dental insurance<br />

supplemented.<br />

All told, there should be almost 10<br />

The strategy commits to:<br />

• Initiating a public education campaign<br />

aimed primarily at youth.<br />

• Developing online sales instructions<br />

for retailers pertaining to their<br />

role in limiting sales to youth in the<br />

online retail environment.<br />

• Developing a guidance document<br />

for educators in partnership with<br />

Alberta Health Services and school<br />

officials to assist with the rise in<br />

vaping product use in schools.<br />

• Continuing the work of the Tobacco<br />

and Vaping Enforcement Team.<br />

• Continuing to respect the use of<br />

ceremonial tobacco by First Nations,<br />

Métis and Inuit people in traditional<br />

spiritual and cultural practices.<br />

• Establishing a provincial advisory<br />

committee to monitor use of commercial<br />

smoking and vaping products,<br />

guide prevention and reduction efforts,<br />

and make the recommendations<br />

needed for ongoing progress.<br />

• Collaborative and coordinated<br />

partnerships will be instrumental as<br />

Alberta’s government continues this<br />

work. This strategy builds on the successes<br />

of Alberta’s previous tobacco<br />

reduction strategies dating back to<br />

2002 but also sets ambitious targets for<br />

future achievements.<br />

Quick facts<br />

Addiction to tobacco products is the<br />

leading cause of preventable illness,<br />

disability and death in Alberta.<br />

Between 2<strong>01</strong>3 and 2020, the number<br />

of Albertans between the ages of 15<br />

and 19 who used a vaping product rose<br />

to 35 per cent from 18 per cent.<br />

From 2<strong>01</strong>5 to 2021, rates of daily or<br />

occasional smoking by Albertans aged<br />

12 and over fell to 11.5 per cent from<br />

18.4 per cent.<br />

Should close the gap<br />

million Canadians who will benefit<br />

from this plan, and for them, dental<br />

care will become much more<br />

accessible.<br />

However, another 4.4 million<br />

Canadians will remain uninsured.<br />

In fact, the federal government could<br />

– and should – close this gap by adding<br />

an estimated $1.45 billion to the dental<br />

care plan and eliminating the $90,000<br />

income cap.<br />

The feds have already levied a corporate<br />

surcharge on the big banks for<br />

their pandemic and inflation profits;<br />

this could be expanded to other sectors,<br />

like the oil and gas or grocery sectors,<br />

raking in inflation profits.<br />

Ultimately, the federal government<br />

faces two choices in how it approaches<br />

public dental care: The first is continuing<br />

with the current plan, which<br />

has a fill-in-the-gap model and an<br />

income cap.<br />

The second is delivering on the<br />

promise of the Canada Health Act,<br />

which is based on healthcare for all<br />

and imposes no income threshold for<br />

care.<br />

Medicare has always been universal,<br />

and this dental care expansion should<br />

abide by the Canada Health Act and<br />

cover everyone.<br />

David Macdonald is a senior economist<br />

at the Canadian Centre for Policy<br />

Alternatives.<br />

Troy Media@<br />

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING<br />

BYLAW NO. 564-24<br />

AMENDMENTS TO THE LAND USE BYLAW<br />

Bylaw No. 564-24 proposes to adopt amendments to the Land Use Bylaw (LUB) to regulate and control use and<br />

development of land and buildings in the Village of Clive.<br />

The proposed amendments are mainly administrative in nature and provide clarity or enhanced regulations.<br />

Specific amendments are proposed which would change the way Development Permits are processed or have a<br />

larger impact on the Village, detailed below.<br />

• Allowing Garden Suites, Garage Suites and Secondary Suites as a Permitted Use, rather than a Discretionary<br />

Use. This makes it easier to obtain a Development Permit.<br />

• Adding a new definition of Semi-Detached Dwelling (side-by-side unit) and changing the definition of Duplex<br />

(up/down unit).<br />

• Allowing Accessory Buildings to a maximum height of 5.5 m (18 ft).<br />

• Allowing Shipping Containers in residential areas if they meet setback requirements and fit within the<br />

neighbourhood by painting them to match the house and adding a roof.<br />

• Allowing soft-sided structures to a maximum of 22.2 m2 (240 ft2).<br />

• Allowing RVs parked on a site to be used as living accommodation for no more than 30 consecutive days, but<br />

allowing residents to request an extension for a maximum of 90 days per year.<br />

• Creating two classes of Home Occupations. Class 1 Minor are those businesses which have no impact on the<br />

community and are not outwardly visible, they generally include office type businesses. They would be exempt<br />

from requiring a Development Permit. Class 2 Major are those businesses which could create an impact of<br />

increased vehicle or pedestrian traffic.<br />

• Exempting small, incidental signage, from requiring a Development Permit.<br />

• Adding regulations for Solar Collectors.<br />

• Adding regulations for Outdoor Storage.<br />

• Providing clarity on enforcement regulations.<br />

• Amending and adding new definitions for clarity.<br />

A copy of Bylaw No. 564-24 and the Village of Clive Land Use Bylaw can be viewed at the Village of Clive Office. The<br />

current Land Use Bylaw can also be viewed on the Village website at http://clive.ca/living-in-clive/bylaws-policies/.<br />

PUBLIC INPUT<br />

A Public Hearing for this bylaw will be held on Monday, February 12th, 2024 at 6:45 p.m., in Council Chambers<br />

at 5115 50 Street, Clive, AB. The style of the hearing will be informal and persons wishing to speak will be requested<br />

to state their name and address for the record upon being recognized by the Chairperson. Council will consider<br />

submissions made in person or by the agent from any person who claims to be affected by the proposed bylaw.<br />

Any person wishing to submit written comments may do so by sending them to Parkland Community<br />

Planning Services, at the address below, prior to 4:30 p.m. on February 9th, 2024. Persons may provide<br />

oral presentations at the Council meeting, regardless of whether or not they have provided a written presentation.<br />

Please send comments to:<br />

Beth McLachlan<br />

Parkland Community Planning Services<br />

B-4730 50 Street Red Deer, AB T4N 1X2 beth.mclachlan@pcps.ab.ca<br />

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Beth McLachlan, Planner, PCPS at 403-343-3394 or<br />

beth.mclachlan@pcps.ab.ca<br />

24<strong>01</strong>4ds0


<strong>ECA</strong> REVIEW HANNA/CORONATION/STETTLER, AB January <strong>25</strong>'24 11<br />

SLAP<br />

Shots<br />

Jack Finarelli at<br />

his sportscurmudgeon.com<br />

site, on<br />

a TV commercial<br />

where Peyton<br />

Manning tosses<br />

cans of Bud Light<br />

to patrons<br />

throughout the<br />

bar: “Can you<br />

imagine the<br />

clean-up mess in<br />

that bar as about<br />

50 people open<br />

cans of Bud Light<br />

that have been<br />

thrown to them<br />

that they caught<br />

— presumably<br />

on the fly? That<br />

establishment<br />

will smell of stale<br />

beer for a month<br />

after that event.”<br />

Late night funnyman<br />

Jimmy<br />

Kimmel, carrying<br />

on the public<br />

feud with NFL<br />

quarterback<br />

Aaron Rodgers:<br />

“Rodgers got two<br />

A’s on his report<br />

card, and they<br />

were both in his<br />

first name.”<br />

Jason Gay of the<br />

Wall Street Journal,<br />

on former<br />

Patriots’ coach<br />

Bill Belichick’s<br />

sideline demeanour:<br />

“Belichick<br />

looked like a<br />

grumpy lobster<br />

boat captain,<br />

grimacing on<br />

the New England<br />

sideline like he’s<br />

miles from shore<br />

in a storm.”<br />

Mike Bianchi of<br />

the Orlando Sentinel:<br />

“Is it time<br />

for Jacksonville<br />

Jaguars fans to<br />

come to the realization<br />

that Trevor<br />

Lawrence is much<br />

closer to being<br />

Jon Kitna than<br />

John Elway?”<br />

Headline at fark.<br />

com, after New<br />

England owner<br />

Robert Kraft promoted<br />

linebackers’<br />

coach Jerold<br />

Mayo to head<br />

coach, replacing<br />

Bill Belichick:<br />

“Kraft holds the<br />

Mayo.”<br />

The A Event winners at the Coronation<br />

Farmer’s Curling Bonspiel Jan. 16 - 20, 2024<br />

was the James Richardson rink, from the left,<br />

James skipping, Warren Shulmeister, third;<br />

Tracy Golby, second; and Amanda Richardson,<br />

lead. They defeated the Darin Eno rink with<br />

his team rounded out with Tanner Eno, third;<br />

Lori Eno, second and Jaime Anhorn-Glazier,<br />

lead.<br />

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FROM THE BLEACHERS<br />

Online fun with Ohtani free-agent saga<br />

by Bruce Penton<br />

Twitter, or X, as owner Elon Musk<br />

has renamed it, can be wonderful, or it<br />

can be an annoyance. A plethora of<br />

crap is displayed on the social media<br />

site, but there’s also a lot of valuable<br />

information that can be fulfilling. Or<br />

useless.<br />

But X really came to life a<br />

couple of weeks before<br />

Christmas, before Shohei<br />

Ohtani had made his decision<br />

where to sign his<br />

free-agent contract, and<br />

when the hottest rumour in<br />

baseball had Ohtani perhaps<br />

inking a pact with the<br />

Toronto Blue Jays, sports<br />

fans in Canada couldn’t get<br />

enough from Twitter.<br />

Someone in California on<br />

that day, Dec. 8, spotted an<br />

aviation note from the John Wayne<br />

Airport in Anaheim, whereby a private<br />

jet was taking off, destined for<br />

Toronto. That’s all it took for the<br />

Penton<br />

Ohtani-to-the-Blue Jays hype to surge<br />

into overdrive.<br />

Hookah Doncic tried to put water on<br />

the rumour fire, saying: “He lives in<br />

SPORTS<br />

Farmers’ bonspiel<br />

winners<br />

The B Event winners was the Jordan Barnes<br />

rink, from the left, Eric Richardson, second,<br />

Jordan, skipping, Brad Plehnert, lead and<br />

Addison Tkach, third. They defeated the Hugh<br />

McLarty rink, with Ryan McLean, third; Jo-<br />

Anne Sieger, second and Reid Hickman, lead.<br />

Seattle in the off-season.”<br />

Talkin Baseball weighed in: “Shohei<br />

Ohtani is travelling to Toronto today.<br />

He has not signed a contract with any<br />

team at this time, per @jonmorosi.”<br />

Said Ben Verlander: “The plane from<br />

Anaheim to Toronto is currently the<br />

most tracked airplane in the world.<br />

And not a single soul tracking<br />

it has any idea if it’s Shohei or<br />

not.”<br />

Alden Gonzales had a submission:<br />

“Source: Shohei<br />

Ohtani has not made a decision<br />

yet. That’s not to say it<br />

won’t ultimately be the Blue<br />

Jays; my understanding is<br />

that, at this point, that decision<br />

has not been made.”<br />

Said Matt: “We all know<br />

where he’s going to end up,” as<br />

he posted a picture of Ohtani<br />

in a Rays’ uniform.<br />

Said John: “He’s going to the Cubs. I<br />

talked to him the other day.”<br />

Now it was Etherfuse’s turn: “He’s<br />

just trying to decide which Dodger hat<br />

he likes the best.”<br />

Some humour from Mike Petriello:<br />

“A direct flight from LA- to London is<br />

CAN'T SEE OUT?<br />

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The C Event winners was the Chas Barnes<br />

rink, from the left, JJ Thacker, lead (sparing<br />

for Chas Barnes in the final game), Justin<br />

Schedlosky, second, Greg Brigley, third and<br />

Corey Tellier, skip. The team defeated the<br />

David Ulseth rink of Blair Barnes, skip; David<br />

Ulseth, third; Raymond Cook, second and<br />

Dale Osetsky, lead.<br />

about to arrive, indicating Ohtani is<br />

about to sign with Arsenal.”<br />

More humour, from Joseph Garino:<br />

“Source: Shohei Ohtani will be making<br />

his decision at Four Seasons<br />

Landscaping later today.”<br />

Clarence Fraser added fuel: “Yusei<br />

Kikuchi (Jays’ Japanese pitcher)<br />

reserves entire upscale sushi restaurant<br />

near Rogers Centre for tonight.<br />

Reservation for 50-plus people. Make of<br />

it what you will.”<br />

Countered Spencer: “That was a surprise<br />

party for his wife. Thanks a lot.”<br />

And then Vancouver humourist<br />

Steve Burgess did what he does best;<br />

“When out in right field there arose<br />

such a clatter; I ran to home base to see<br />

what was the matter; When what to my<br />

wondering eyes did appear; But Shohei<br />

Ohtani in full Blue Jays gear!”<br />

Of course, we now know Ohtani<br />

signed a 10-year contract the next day<br />

with the Dodgers for $700 million US<br />

(almost $1 billion Canadian) and<br />

Twitter will be quieter from here on in.<br />

(The plane, by the way, was carrying<br />

Canadian millionaire Robert Herjavec,<br />

a regular on the TV show, Shark<br />

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<br />

RCMP<br />

Police again warning of ‘grandparent’<br />

scam after senior targeted for $11,000<br />

Stu Salkeld<br />

Local Journalism<br />

Initiative reporter<br />

<strong>ECA</strong> <strong>Review</strong><br />

RCMP K Division is once<br />

again warning communities<br />

across the province about the<br />

so-called “grandparent” scam<br />

after an Edmonton man allegedly<br />

tried to steal $11,000 from a<br />

senior citizen.<br />

According to an RCMP K<br />

Division press release a 38-yearold<br />

Edmonton resident is facing<br />

charges after he allegedly tried<br />

to steal $11,000 from a 93-yearold<br />

man.<br />

“On Wed., Jan. 17, the<br />

Strathcona County RCMP<br />

Property Crime Unit (PCU)<br />

were alerted to an ongoing<br />

grandparent scam, where an<br />

unknown individual was<br />

attempting to defraud a 93-yearold<br />

male of $11,000 CAD,” stated<br />

the press release.<br />

“The unknown individual<br />

posing as the victim’s grandson<br />

was claiming they needed bail<br />

money to be released from jail.<br />

Investigators were able to<br />

<br />

determine that the victim’s<br />

grandson was not in jail and an<br />

investigation was launched.<br />

“On Thurs., Jan. 18 the<br />

Strathcona County RCMP PCU<br />

arrested one male attempting to<br />

collect the money from the<br />

victim.”<br />

RCMP stated Chad Michael<br />

Beck, a 38-year-old resident of<br />

Edmonton was charged with<br />

fraud over $5,000, contrary to<br />

section 380(1)(a) of the Criminal<br />

Code of Canada in connection<br />

with this incident. Beck was<br />

remanded into custody and is<br />

scheduled to appear in St.<br />

Albert Provincial Court at 9:30<br />

a.m, on Mon. Jan. 22 2024.<br />

When contacted Jan. 22<br />

RCMP media relations provided<br />

much information Albertans<br />

can use to protect themselves<br />

from the “grandparent” scam.<br />

“RCMP are warning citizens<br />

of evolving grandparents scams<br />

victimizing seniors in our community,”<br />

stated RCMP. “These<br />

recent scams involve a story<br />

where a loved one has gotten<br />

themselves into a predicament,<br />

usually with the law.<br />

RCMP<br />

Operation Cold Start<br />

Submitted<br />

As the temperatures dropped and<br />

the snow started to fall, the Alberta<br />

RCMP once again partnered with law<br />

enforcement partners across the province<br />

for Operation Cold Start from Jan.<br />

8 – 12, 2024.<br />

Operation Cold Start is designed to<br />

work with the public to reduce the<br />

theft of idling vehicles during the<br />

winter months.<br />

Law enforcement agencies will be<br />

preforming a variety of tasks to help<br />

keep vehicles safe. They will be<br />

checking on unattended, idling vehicles<br />

to see if the keys are in them, and<br />

whether or not they are properly<br />

secured.<br />

Officers will also be participating in<br />

educational efforts to teach the public<br />

ways to keep their property safe.<br />

“Warming up your vehicle briefly<br />

before your commute might seem convenient,<br />

but this convenience can turn<br />

into a serious problem when your<br />

vehicle is stolen. Vehicle-related<br />

crimes often occur due to opportunistic<br />

situations,” says Cpl. Mike<br />

Fulton of the Alberta RCMP’s<br />

Community Safety and Well-being<br />

Branch.<br />

“In 2021, 8.3 per cent of vehicles<br />

stolen in Alberta RCMP jurisdiction<br />

were left idling. The goal of Operation<br />

Cold Start is to reduce crime by educating<br />

Albertans on steps they can<br />

take to help keep their property safe.”<br />

Vehicle theft doesn’t only effect<br />

vehicle owners; it has an impact on the<br />

greater community.<br />

Not only do thefts increase the cost<br />

of insurance across the province, but<br />

stolen vehicles can also be used for further<br />

crime, or even be put back on the<br />

market and sold to unsuspecting<br />

Albertans.<br />

The Alberta RCMP offers the following<br />

tips for vehicle safety:<br />

- If you can’t park in a garage or<br />

driveway, ensure that you’re parking<br />

in a visible well lit area.<br />

- Visible anti-theft devices like<br />

steering wheel locks can help mitigate<br />

vehicle thefts and break-ins.<br />

- If possible, look into automatic car<br />

starters as an option to warm your<br />

vehicle.<br />

- Never leave your vehicle unattended<br />

if the keys are in it.<br />

- Always lock your vehicles doors<br />

even if you’re parked in a driveway or<br />

garage.<br />

- Never leave valuable items like<br />

wallets, keys, purses or even change<br />

visible in an unoccupied vehicle.<br />

- Most modern engines do not<br />

require a ‘warm-up’ period. If your<br />

vehicle does need to warm-up, do not<br />

leave it unattended.<br />

Impaired<br />

Cont’d from Pg 7<br />

Out-of-service violations stem<br />

mainly from mechanical faults that<br />

require immediate repair but can also<br />

result from drivers exceeding limits on<br />

hours of service and other regulatory<br />

offences.<br />

Of the 1,217 impaired drivers caught<br />

by the SHP in <strong>2023</strong>, 50 were commercial<br />

drivers exceeding Alberta’s<br />

zero-tolerance standards for drug and<br />

alcohol use behind the wheel of commercial<br />

vehicles.<br />

Quick facts<br />

The SHP operates on provincial<br />

highways, sharing enforcement with<br />

the RCMP and municipal police services<br />

on approximately 30,000<br />

kilometres of roads across Alberta.<br />

The SHP has 17 commercial vehicle<br />

inspection stations on major transportation<br />

corridors, supplemented by 24<br />

mobile inspection stations on other<br />

routes that are staffed at various times<br />

throughout the year.<br />

“The motive of these fraudsters<br />

is to call seniors and<br />

impersonate police officers,<br />

lawyers and grandchildren to<br />

get money quickly from victims<br />

by way of email money transfers,<br />

courier, gift cards, or<br />

someone coming to your home<br />

to pick up cash.<br />

“Fraudsters are able to find<br />

out personal details about the<br />

victim and their loved ones<br />

from social media and other<br />

platforms.<br />

The fraudsters then call and<br />

provide a story that a loved one<br />

needs bail money for some incident.<br />

They can be very<br />

convincing and manipulating.<br />

“RCMP want citizens to be<br />

aware of existing scams in our<br />

area. Protect your family and<br />

your financial situation.<br />

“Be mindful or careful of<br />

what you post online.<br />

Scammers can use details<br />

shared on social media<br />

platforms.<br />

“Hang up and do not provide<br />

information to the caller. Do not<br />

send money to the caller. Call<br />

your loved one to confirm the<br />

check us out online<br />

www.<strong>ECA</strong>review.com<br />

information. If you can’t get<br />

ahold of them, don’t send<br />

money. Instead report this<br />

information to police.<br />

“Law Enforcement will<br />

never use high-pressure tactics<br />

for money exchange.”<br />

Report the scam to your<br />

local police and the<br />

Canadian Anti-Fraud<br />

Centre (CAFC) online<br />

https://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca,<br />

or by phone 1-888-495-85<strong>01</strong>.<br />

If you wish to remain<br />

anonymous, you can contact<br />

Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-<br />

8477 (TIPS), online at www.<br />

P3Tips.com or using the “P3<br />

TIPS” app available through<br />

the Apple App or Google<br />

Play Store.<br />

To report crime online, or<br />

for access to RCMP news<br />

and information, download<br />

the Alberta RCMP app<br />

through Apple or Google<br />

Play.<br />

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Travis and Becky Page of Redline Livestock continue to grow their Herefords and Red and Black Angus cattle. <br />

<strong>ECA</strong> <strong>Review</strong>/Submitted<br />

Aligning themselves with the right professionals<br />

has been key to their farming success<br />

Nicole Starker Campbell<br />

<strong>ECA</strong> <strong>Review</strong><br />

Not many of their classmates from<br />

Olds College are still farming, but the<br />

livestock operation Becky and Travis<br />

Page started near Didsbury in 2<strong>01</strong>0<br />

continues to grow.<br />

The couple, both in their thirties,<br />

have been farming full time for<br />

over a decade and now have a<br />

few employees. Their four<br />

young children are already<br />

showing enthusiasm for the<br />

family business taking part in<br />

horse and cattle shows and<br />

4-H.<br />

Redline Livestock has polled<br />

Herefords and Red and Black Angus<br />

cattle along with a commercial herd<br />

that is a combination of the three.<br />

The Pages<br />

were both<br />

raised<br />

on<br />

farms, and when they began their own<br />

cattle operation, Becky brought the<br />

Herefords she was raised with, and<br />

Travis brought Angus. They both liked<br />

the docility and hardiness of the<br />

Hereford breed, the profitability<br />

of the Angus breed,<br />

and the hardiness of them<br />

both.<br />

“There’s always a market<br />

for Hereford-Angus cross,”<br />

said Becky Page.<br />

Though it takes a lot of<br />

work and management to<br />

keep the two lines of purebreds<br />

that produce strong<br />

crosses, Page said their F1 Hereford-<br />

Angus crosses are one of their<br />

mainstays.<br />

They have 600 breeding cows, and<br />

the farm sees about 400 calves every<br />

winter.<br />

Relationships are a priority for the<br />

couple, whether they be with<br />

employees, mentors, or others working<br />

in the agriculture industry. The Page’s<br />

are part of organizations like Cow Calf<br />

Health and Management Solutions,<br />

and they work with mentors including<br />

veterinarian Dr. Waylon Wise.<br />

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14 J anuary <strong>25</strong>'24 HANNA/CORONATION/STETTLER, AB. <strong>ECA</strong> REVIEW<br />

<br />

BREEDERS’ SECTION<br />

Intense short-term drought is harder<br />

on grasslands than previously thought<br />

by Bev Betkowski<br />

www.ualberta.ca/folio<br />

Intense short-term drought driven<br />

by climate change is likely to have a<br />

much worse effect on the world’s<br />

grasslands than previously thought,<br />

according to University of Alberta<br />

researchers involved in an international<br />

study.<br />

An experimentally imposed yearlong<br />

drought on grasslands and<br />

shrublands in Africa, Asia, Australia,<br />

Europe, North America and South<br />

America resulted in a 60 per cent<br />

greater loss in plant growth under the<br />

extreme conditions, compared with<br />

more common historical drought<br />

patterns.<br />

The groundbreaking collective<br />

study, conducted by more than 170<br />

researchers, is the first to use a standardized<br />

experiment worldwide to<br />

provide a big-picture projection of<br />

intense drought extremity.<br />

“What the finding tells us is that we<br />

have underestimated, so far, the<br />

impacts of short-term extreme drought<br />

on grassland systems,” says Cameron<br />

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five U of A co-authors on the study.<br />

The finding is worrisome because<br />

short-term droughts — a year or less in<br />

U of A researchers simulated an intense year-long drought on grasslands as part of a<br />

groundbreaking global study that showed the increasingly common drought pattern is worse<br />

on plants than previously thought. (Photo: Supplied)<br />

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duration — are becoming more<br />

common around the globe, he adds.<br />

“We haven’t experienced these types<br />

of extreme droughts very often in the<br />

past, but they are likely to be more frequent<br />

in the future due to climate<br />

change, and that is concerning<br />

because grassland plants drive important<br />

ecosystem services we depend on,<br />

like carbon sequestration.”<br />

Grasslands and shrublands are ecologically<br />

vital around the world.<br />

Covering more than 40 per cent of the<br />

world’s ice-free land surface, the ecosystems<br />

often have low and variable<br />

rainfall, making them vulnerable to<br />

climate change. At the same time, they<br />

store more than 30 per cent of the<br />

world’s carbon stocks.<br />

The large-scale research project<br />

provides “a clear understanding of<br />

whether extreme drought differs from<br />

normal historical droughts in terms of<br />

areas will be most affected,” says<br />

Batbaatar Amgaa, who led the U of A<br />

portion of the research to earn a PhD<br />

Turn to Expected, Pg 15<br />

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<strong>ECA</strong> REVIEW HANNA/CORONATION/STETTLER, AB January <strong>25</strong>'24 15<br />

BREEDERS’<br />

Expected new normal<br />

Cont’d from Pg 14<br />

“The magnitude of drought effects<br />

have been uncertain in scientific literature<br />

due in part to differences in<br />

research methodology among studies<br />

done at different locations and the past<br />

rarity of short-term extreme drought,”<br />

adds Amgaa, whose study co-authors<br />

included U of A professors Edward<br />

Bork and Scott Chang from the<br />

Faculty of Agricultural, Life<br />

& Environmental Sciences<br />

and James Cahill from the<br />

Faculty of Science.<br />

“This now shows the global<br />

effect of severe short-term<br />

drought, which is expected to<br />

be the new normal.”<br />

For the experiment,<br />

researchers reduced rainfall<br />

by placing transparent plastic<br />

drier sites with less diverse plant life<br />

in places such as the southern United<br />

States and even parts of southern<br />

Alberta are likely to be the most vulnerable<br />

to extreme drought.<br />

“This shows why maintaining plant<br />

biodiversity is important,” says<br />

Carlyle. “In a pool of many grasses or<br />

flowering plants, there’s likely to be<br />

more drought-tolerant species.”<br />

Overall, the research can<br />

help guide more strategic<br />

management to make grasslands<br />

less susceptible to<br />

climate change and drought,<br />

he adds.<br />

“In Alberta, that means<br />

exploring ways to change<br />

how we manage cattle on the<br />

landscape to make the land<br />

more resilient to drought,”<br />

structures over vegetation at<br />

100 grassland and shrubland<br />

sites in various regions of the<br />

Amgaa<br />

he suggests, noting that U of<br />

A research has already<br />

shown some promising<br />

world, then compared the growth of<br />

the sheltered plants with those in adjacent<br />

uncovered areas.<br />

Collectively, the findings showed<br />

that one year of statistically extreme<br />

drought — defined as a one-in-100-year<br />

event — resulted in a 60 per cent<br />

greater loss of plant production than at<br />

sites where drought magnitude was<br />

within the historical range.<br />

That means that besides sequestering<br />

less carbon, the grasslands<br />

could produce less forage for livestock<br />

producers around the world to feed<br />

their cattle — including in Alberta,<br />

says Amgaa, who conducted the experiment<br />

locally at the U of A’s Mattheis<br />

Research Ranch and Roy Berg<br />

Kinsella Research Ranch.<br />

“This could result in supply issues<br />

results.<br />

On a global scale, the study also provides<br />

crucial data for climate<br />

modelling, Carlyle says.<br />

“Being able to incorporate such a<br />

large reduction in plant growth as a<br />

result of these extreme droughts will<br />

help refine and change the outcomes of<br />

climate change models. That can aid<br />

better understanding of climate effects<br />

and plant and forage production<br />

forecasting.”<br />

The study was published in the<br />

Proceedings of the National Academy<br />

of Sciences. The U of A research for the<br />

study was funded by the Natural<br />

Sciences and Engineering Research<br />

Council of Canada, Emissions<br />

Reduction Alberta and the former<br />

Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency.<br />

that drive up the price of feed.”<br />

The experiment also revealed that<br />

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<strong>ECA</strong> <strong>Review</strong>/Submitted<br />

Sound, long-lasting cattle<br />

Cont’d from Pg 13<br />

Page says aligning themselves with<br />

the right professionals has been key to<br />

their farming success, along with<br />

being open to other advice and ideas,<br />

and having a progressive mindset.<br />

This includes making use of<br />

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Using software programs like<br />

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“It really enables you to look at the<br />

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<br />

BREEDERS’<br />

SPECIAL AREAS<br />

Launching into 2024<br />

with a busy January<br />

by Maeghan Chostner,<br />

Communications Officer<br />

Although 2024 has<br />

just begun, Special<br />

Areas is already busy<br />

getting key pieces<br />

moving for the year<br />

ahead.<br />

First up in the new<br />

year is the updating of<br />

appointments to the<br />

Special Areas Board.<br />

There are three<br />

locally elected Advisory<br />

Council members who<br />

serve on the Board, each<br />

representing one of the<br />

Special Areas.<br />

Board members can<br />

serve for a maximum of<br />

10 years, based on<br />

appointments made by<br />

the Lieutenant<br />

Governor.<br />

Beginning this April,<br />

board members are<br />

expected to include Brad<br />

Slorstad representing<br />

Special Area No. 2,<br />

Kevin Wilson representing<br />

Special Area No.<br />

3, and Doug Noble representing<br />

Special Area No.<br />

4.<br />

Administration continues<br />

working on<br />

applications submitted<br />

for the <strong>2023</strong> Tax<br />

Recovery Land Sale<br />

(TRLS) which was<br />

approved last summer.<br />

This program is<br />

designed to support the<br />

stability and security of<br />

agricultural producers<br />

in the region.<br />

The TRLS allows eligible<br />

agricultural<br />

disposition holders to<br />

change tax recovery<br />

land into deeded land at<br />

the cost set out in the<br />

sale policy.<br />

Applications for the<br />

<strong>2023</strong> TRLS Policy will be<br />

accepted until July 2026.<br />

To learn more about<br />

the <strong>2023</strong> TRLS Policy,<br />

producers should reach<br />

out to their local district<br />

office for more<br />

information.<br />

The 2024 budget was<br />

recommended for<br />

approval by the Board<br />

after being reviewed by<br />

Advisory Council late<br />

last year.<br />

This budget includes<br />

expenditures which will<br />

continue drawing down<br />

the accumulated operational<br />

surplus while<br />

focusing on the completion<br />

of deferred projects<br />

and capital purchases.<br />

One of the notable<br />

projects planned is the<br />

paving of 28 kilometres<br />

on Hwy. 855 through a<br />

cost-sharing partnership<br />

with the province,<br />

along with over 70 kilometres<br />

of road<br />

surfacing, construction<br />

and recrowning work.<br />

Local road committees<br />

will review the<br />

proposed 2024 road program<br />

this spring and<br />

sharing feedback ahead<br />

of the Spring Advisory<br />

Council meeting scheduled<br />

in March.<br />

Included in the 2024<br />

budget is a continuation<br />

of an increased transfer<br />

of industrial tax revenue<br />

from Special Areas<br />

to urban municipalities<br />

in the region.<br />

The Industrial Tax<br />

Transfer program is a<br />

way for Special Areas to<br />

partner with our urban<br />

neighbours to support<br />

the delivery critical services<br />

and amenities in<br />

the region.<br />

The 2024 budget also<br />

reflects new funding to<br />

the Consort Medical<br />

Board to support the<br />

hiring of a Nurse<br />

Practitioner.<br />

Announced last<br />

month, the Consort<br />

Medical Board has successfully<br />

recruited a<br />

Rural Primary<br />

Healthcare Nurse<br />

Practitioner who will be<br />

delivering medical services<br />

in the community<br />

beginning in May.<br />

This innovative solution<br />

was identified by the<br />

Consort Medical Board<br />

through extensive<br />

engagement with the<br />

community and is an<br />

exciting addition to<br />

existing health services<br />

for Consort.<br />

As the province continues<br />

their work in<br />

refocusing Alberta’s<br />

health care system, the<br />

Board will look at longerterm<br />

opportunities to<br />

partner with the province<br />

on community led<br />

solutions like the<br />

Consort Nurse<br />

Practitioner program.<br />

Special Areas continues<br />

to work with the<br />

Government of Alberta,<br />

Canada Infrastructure<br />

Bank, and the M.D. of<br />

Acadia on exploring how<br />

new irrigation could be<br />

delivered to the region.<br />

This work builds on<br />

the initial feasibility<br />

investigation completed<br />

in 2022 and is expected to<br />

be completed in early<br />

20<strong>25</strong>.<br />

Beyond the regional<br />

irrigation project, the<br />

Board is focusing on<br />

opportunities to develop<br />

infrastructure that supports<br />

water security<br />

throughout the region.<br />

With drought conditions<br />

persisting<br />

throughout many areas<br />

of the province, there is<br />

an increased focus on<br />

identifying ways to help<br />

increase water security<br />

and resiliency in the Red<br />

Deer River basin.<br />

Special Areas<br />

continues to<br />

work with organizations<br />

like the<br />

Red Deer River<br />

Municipal Users<br />

Group<br />

(RDRMUG) to<br />

advocate for critical<br />

infrastructure on<br />

the Red Deer<br />

River, including<br />

projects like new<br />

reservoirs.<br />

The next<br />

meeting of the<br />

Special Areas<br />

Advisory Council<br />

will be later this<br />

month. The<br />

Special Areas<br />

Board meets bimonthly<br />

throughout the<br />

Special Areas.<br />

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<strong>ECA</strong> REVIEW HANNA/CORONATION/STETTLER, AB January <strong>25</strong>'24 17<br />

BREEDERS’ SECTION<br />

<br />

AGRI-NEWS<br />

Looking back on the <strong>2023</strong> cattle market<br />

<strong>2023</strong> provided strong cattle prices and opportunities for profit.<br />

The past year saw average monthly<br />

prices for fed steers in Alberta peak in<br />

June at $246.61 per hundredweight,”<br />

says Ann Boyda, provincial livestock<br />

market analyst with the Alberta government.<br />

“Feeder prices were also<br />

historically high, peaking in<br />

September at $397.90 per hundredweight<br />

and $328.41 per hundredweight<br />

for 550-pound and 850-pound steers,<br />

respectively. Cow prices were also<br />

strong, peaking at $153.64 per hundredweight<br />

in July for cows in good<br />

condition. Strong prices seem poised to<br />

continue into 2024, in part, due to<br />

smaller cattle inventories.”<br />

Statistics Canada’s supply and disposition<br />

data for total cattle in Alberta<br />

reflects the contraction experienced in<br />

the first half of <strong>2023</strong>. The January to<br />

June <strong>2023</strong> cattle supply of 6.757 million<br />

head was estimated to be 2.6% lower<br />

than that of the same period in 2022.<br />

Supply estimates take into account the<br />

beginning inventory, calves born,<br />

interprovincial imports and international<br />

imports. The inventory<br />

estimates as of January 2024 are currently<br />

being compiled and expected to<br />

be released in early February.<br />

What has attributed to this decline?<br />

Many sources point to drought conditions<br />

and concerns of feed availability.<br />

Higher calf and feeder prices also<br />

encouraged greater placement of cattle<br />

into feedlots, removing future<br />

inventory.<br />

“2024 may be starting with smaller<br />

cattle inventories but high prices may<br />

still provide incentive to rebuild,”<br />

points out Boyda. “The cold weather<br />

may cause feedlots to hold back cattle<br />

which could increase bid prices in the<br />

near term. Current signals suggest<br />

that the rebuild may still be a ways<br />

off.”<br />

Heifer placements on feed are still<br />

commanding a high share of the total<br />

cattle placed on feed. June <strong>2023</strong> witnessed<br />

a higher proportion of heifers<br />

enter feedlots (53.5%), exceeding 2022<br />

proportionate share and that of the<br />

5-year average for June of 40%. Signs<br />

of producers retaining more heifers<br />

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18 J anuary <strong>25</strong>'24 HANNA/CORONATION/STETTLER, AB. <strong>ECA</strong> REVIEW<br />

BREEDERS’ SECTION<br />

<br />

AGRI-NEWS<br />

Grocery landscape in<br />

Alberta and Canada<br />

As the main food source for many consumers and the main sales<br />

outlet for many processors, the grocery sector plays a critical role.<br />

“Amid increasing food costs<br />

in Canada, the grocery sector<br />

has become the focal point in<br />

food price conversations,” says<br />

Jeewani Fernando, provincial<br />

consumer market analyst with<br />

the Alberta government. “The<br />

situation has prompted a parliamentary<br />

Standing Committee<br />

on Agriculture and Agri-Food<br />

to study grocery affordability<br />

and the Canadian Competition<br />

Bureau to study the retail grocery<br />

market and competition.”<br />

In addition, the federal government<br />

recently demanded<br />

leading grocery retailers in the<br />

country change their food<br />

product pricing practices.<br />

Canada’s Office of Consumer<br />

Affairs has also established the<br />

Grocery Task Force, a dedicated<br />

team with a focus on the retail<br />

sector.<br />

Meanwhile, representatives<br />

from grocery retail and food<br />

and consumer product manufacturing<br />

have worked together<br />

over the last 2 years to jointly<br />

develop a Grocery Code of<br />

Conduct. This code promotes<br />

predictability, transparency<br />

and fair dealing as products<br />

make their way from suppliers<br />

to stores, and ultimately to<br />

Canadians’ homes.<br />

“With so much happening in<br />

the grocery sector, it is important<br />

to understand the grocery<br />

landscape in Canada and<br />

Alberta. The information may<br />

help Alberta agri-food producers,<br />

processors, retailers<br />

and consumers better understand<br />

the grocery sector and<br />

make informed decisions.”<br />

As the primary food source<br />

for many consumers, and the<br />

primary sales outlet for many<br />

producers and processors, the<br />

grocery sector plays a critical<br />

role in Canada. Fernando points<br />

out some key factors about the<br />

structure of the grocery market<br />

in Canada and Alberta:<br />

Canada’s grocery industry<br />

is concentrated. Most<br />

Canadians buy groceries from<br />

one of 5 companies: Loblaws,<br />

Sobeys, Metro, Costco and<br />

Walmart. These companies hold<br />

about 76% of the grocery market<br />

share.<br />

The rest of the market consists<br />

of a few large regional<br />

chains and thousands of independent<br />

retailers and<br />

convenience stores.<br />

There are a number of banners<br />

operating under Loblaws,<br />

Sobeys and Metro. They compete<br />

with regional chains and<br />

independent stores.<br />

The online grocery segment<br />

is still developing in Canada.<br />

The grocery landscape in<br />

Alberta is more or less like the<br />

Canadian landscape. Four of<br />

the 5 largest grocers operate in<br />

Alberta under various banners<br />

(Loblaws, Sobeys, Costco and<br />

Walmart).<br />

Compared to the national<br />

industry, Alberta ranks fourth<br />

in total annual sales and store<br />

locations.<br />

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What are real beef producers up to on their farms?<br />

The Beef Cattle Research Council<br />

(BCRC) is asking cow-calf producers to<br />

share insight into their on-farm management<br />

practices and production<br />

methods.<br />

The <strong>2023</strong> Canadian Cow-Calf Survey<br />

is an online questionnaire that will<br />

collect data to help understand trends<br />

in production practices and efficiencies<br />

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The BCRC is an industry-funded<br />

council comprised of beef producers<br />

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The council allocates a portion of the<br />

Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off to<br />

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for beef and forage producers.<br />

Collecting credible information<br />

directly from producers helps the<br />

BCRC identify research priorities and<br />

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<br />

BREEDERS’ SECTION<br />

BEEF CATTLE RESEARCH COUNCIL<br />

Updating Cow-Calf Management Benchmarks Across Canada<br />

benchmarks, and examine changes<br />

over time that impact producers.<br />

Your identity and information will<br />

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will remain in the strictest of confidence.<br />

Your information will be pooled<br />

with other respondents before being<br />

published in aggregate. Information<br />

collected will be subject to the provisions<br />

of the Freedom of Information<br />

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It will take approximately 30-60 minutes<br />

to complete the questions related<br />

to your <strong>2023</strong> calf crop. Participants can<br />

take breaks up to four hours before the<br />

session times out.<br />

Deadline<br />

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survey is March 31, 2024. Find a link to<br />

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Have on hand some important dates<br />

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number of head<br />

exposed (naturally<br />

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number of<br />

females that<br />

calved, females<br />

sold, kept for rebreeding,<br />

dead’s,<br />

date of first and<br />

2024 Growing Season Varieties<br />

Peas: AAC Carver<br />

last calf, percentage of calves in each<br />

21 day window during the calving<br />

season, number of calves weaned,<br />

weaning weight, cow weight, and percentage<br />

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Bill C-234 was recently amended by<br />

the Senate, sending it back to the<br />

House of Commons, with a significant<br />

threat of the bill dying due to the parliamentary<br />

process if we do not push<br />

for its quick passage into law.<br />

The amendments fall short of providing<br />

essential relief for all farmers<br />

and ranchers who require propane and<br />

natural gas to run essential operations<br />

on their farms with the current available<br />

technology.<br />

The Agricultural Carbon Alliance<br />

(ACA) is asking all farmers to share<br />

their gas/propane bills, past and<br />

present, to show how the carbon tax<br />

affects your operations.<br />

The ACA will compile, analyze and<br />

aggregate the data (first name, province<br />

and commodities you produce<br />

only) to present it directly to Senators<br />

and Members of Parliament with the<br />

goal of providing them a fuller understanding<br />

of why farmers need relief<br />

from the punitive carbon tax!<br />

Alberta Grains, together with our<br />

Team Alberta partners, have studied<br />

the impact of the carbon tax on grain<br />

drying operations in Alberta and<br />

Recovered positive margins<br />

Cont’d from Pg 17<br />

Although total cattle slaughter<br />

volume of over 2.5 million head in<br />

Western Canada decreased by approximately<br />

3.6% in <strong>2023</strong> versus 2022, cow<br />

slaughter volume of 379,565 head<br />

increased by 7.9% over the same<br />

period. Continued high levels of cow<br />

slaughter pressure the beef supply<br />

going forward.<br />

“In <strong>2023</strong>, dry conditions, high costs<br />

and interest rates, limited labour and<br />

economic uncertainty held back any<br />

plans for growth. Restocking droughtreduced<br />

cow herds takes time so any<br />

expansion will be slow. How long this<br />

will take rests with predictions of<br />

found that the average grain farm as of<br />

2022 was paying close to 1.5 times the<br />

amount of the carbon tax than the fuel<br />

they need to run their grain drying<br />

operations.<br />

If the tax reaches the planned $170/<br />

MT by 2030 farmers could be paying<br />

more than 5-6 times their fuel costs on<br />

the carbon tax alone!<br />

This calls for an adjustment – the<br />

carbon tax can’t exceed the fuel cost<br />

itself!<br />

Your voice matters, we need participation<br />

from Western Canadian<br />

farmers so please #ShowYourReciepts<br />

and spread the word on social media<br />

Over the last two months, farmers<br />

across Canada have sent over 8,000 letters<br />

to Senators, MP’s and the Prime<br />

Minister’s Office helping to keep the<br />

pressure and move the passage of this<br />

crucial legislation forward.<br />

Now it’s time to #ShowYourReciepts<br />

to reinforce our position and back up<br />

our advocacy efforts to make sure that<br />

Members of Parliament reject the<br />

Senate’s proposed amendments and<br />

the bill is finally passed into law in its<br />

original form.<br />

We’re seeking your crucial input.<br />

How much have you paid in carbon<br />

taxes for essential farming operations<br />

such as drying grain, heating barns<br />

weather, beef demand and profitability.<br />

So far, beef demand has proven robust<br />

even with higher prices relative to<br />

other proteins.<br />

“Cow-calf producers have recovered<br />

positive margins last year and are<br />

hoping to sustain favourable margins<br />

into the near future. Even feedlot operators<br />

enjoyed some months of positive<br />

margins in <strong>2023</strong>, although higher<br />

prices paid for feeders last year may<br />

result in tighter returns in the first<br />

half of 2024. Overall, 2024 has some<br />

prospect of being a good year, especially<br />

for the cow-calf sector, but<br />

weather remains the greatest risk<br />

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The more you treat<br />

her like a cow, the<br />

better cow she will be<br />

Tips for wintering replacement heifers<br />

by Elizabeth R. Homerosky<br />

abpdaily.com<br />

One of the most illogical things we<br />

do as beef producers is overfeed or<br />

pamper our heifers through their first<br />

winter in hopes more will become<br />

pregnant in the spring.<br />

Then we say, “Oh, by the way… don’t<br />

expect to be spoiled like that ever<br />

again!” and we are genuinely upset<br />

when they come up open as a lactating<br />

2-year-old.<br />

Here is the secret when it comes to<br />

replacement heifers: the more you<br />

treat them like cows, the better cows<br />

they will be!<br />

Let’s look at some research<br />

regarding how you can better prepare<br />

your heifers for life in the herd.<br />

Our understanding of how to properly<br />

develop a replacement heifer has<br />

changed a lot since my time as a professional<br />

gate opener on my family’s<br />

operation.<br />

I remember experts at various cattle<br />

events encouraging my dad and I to<br />

grow our replacement heifers to 75-80<br />

per cent of mature body weight at the<br />

time of breeding.<br />

By the time I entered college, that<br />

number dropped to somewhere<br />

between 65-70 per cent.<br />

And now, some research has demonstrated<br />

you can safely develop heifers<br />

for breeding at 55 per cent of mature<br />

body weight without impairing reproductive<br />

performance or increasing the<br />

risk of dystocia.<br />

Keep in mind you must ensure these<br />

girls maintain a positive energy balance<br />

through calving.<br />

This strategy is often referred to as a<br />

“rough-it” or “extensive” development<br />

system.<br />

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BREEDERS’ SECTION<br />

UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA RESEARCH<br />

Canada’s agricultural<br />

bread basket is<br />

getting hotter and<br />

drier, study shows<br />

<strong>Review</strong> of 120 years’ worth of research<br />

could help farmers in Prairie provinces<br />

adapt to regional effects of climate change.<br />

by Bev Betkowski<br />

www.ualberta.ca/folio<br />

Canada’s most important crop-producing<br />

areas — the Prairie provinces<br />

— have become hotter and drier over<br />

the last 120 years, University of<br />

Alberta research shows.<br />

A review of various scientific literature<br />

looked at the effects of climate<br />

change on the cropland of Alberta,<br />

Saskatchewan and Manitoba from 19<strong>01</strong><br />

to 2021, showing a consistent trend of<br />

higher air temperatures in winter and<br />

spring, less snowfall and more disruptive<br />

weather, such as frequent and<br />

intense rainfalls.<br />

The review is among the first to<br />

explore the impact of climate change<br />

on cropland specifically in the Prairie<br />

provinces, and may ultimately help<br />

farmers adapt to their local conditions,<br />

says Emmanuel Mapfumo, adjunct<br />

professor in the Faculty of<br />

Agricultural, Life & Environmental<br />

Sciences, who led the study, coauthored<br />

with U of A researchers<br />

David Chanasyk and Dick Puurveen.<br />

“Our report highlights the state of<br />

knowledge about the Prairies and<br />

where we can go from here,” says<br />

Mapfumo, who is also an associate professor<br />

at Concordia University of<br />

Edmonton. “There’s so much regional<br />

variability, it’s important to have data<br />

particular to an area to create adaptation<br />

strategies that will help protect<br />

crops.”<br />

As Canada’s largest and most productive<br />

agricultural region, the Prairie<br />

provinces, along with parts of Ontario<br />

and Quebec, are essential to Canada’s<br />

economy, Mapfumo adds. In 2022, crop<br />

production accounted for $30.6 billion<br />

of Canada’s gross domestic product<br />

and employed 118,300 workers.<br />

“It’s vital to find ways to mitigate<br />

local climate change, which affects the<br />

ability to grow various crops and<br />

hence affects crop yields, and has<br />

ripple effects such as higher food<br />

costs.”<br />

The review looked at historical<br />

changes since 1900 to air temperature,<br />

precipitation, drought and crop yield,<br />

based on articles published in scientific<br />

studies and websites, books and<br />

government documents.<br />

Several of the source materials<br />

reported increases of up to 6 C in<br />

average, minimum and maximum<br />

daily air temperatures over time in the<br />

Prairie regions.<br />

Particularly concerning was a consistent<br />

finding across the data that<br />

minimum air temperature, or the<br />

lowest temperature recorded during<br />

the day, increased anywhere from 1 C<br />

to 4.5 C.<br />

“That is a significant finding<br />

because it means winters are getting<br />

less cold,” Mapfumo says. “That can<br />

result in mid-season snowmelt, lower<br />

snow levels and less moisture in the<br />

early spring, which is important for<br />

sustaining early-stage crop growth.”<br />

Combined with maximum air temperatures,<br />

which also increased, the<br />

warmer growing environment makes<br />

conditions ripe for higher evaporation<br />

rates of moisture from the soil, he<br />

adds.<br />

“It means more rain would likely be<br />

needed to get enough moisture to keep<br />

crops healthy and growing.”<br />

Growing degree days and corn heat<br />

units — measures of heat accumulation<br />

related to crop maturity — also<br />

rose over time, the researchers found.<br />

While those warmer temperatures<br />

could allow for northward expansion<br />

of crops such as corn, that could be<br />

outweighed by drier conditions, an<br />

increased likelihood of disease and<br />

earlier emergence of pests in other<br />

crops such as the wheat midge,<br />

Mapfumo says.<br />

“Crop producers could have a longer<br />

period of time where they are struggling<br />

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BREEDERS’ SECTION<br />

<br />

UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA RESEARCH<br />

Researchers to explore how Canada’s<br />

grasslands could store more carbon<br />

Interdisciplinary team will use genomic tools to understand how grazing management<br />

influences carbon cycling and measure indicators of changing emissions in cattle and soil.<br />

by Oumar Salifou<br />

www.ualberta.ca/folio<br />

A University of Alberta-led interdisciplinary<br />

team is launching a research<br />

project with the goal to store 32.5 Mega<br />

tonnes of carbon in the ground<br />

through grazing management<br />

techniques and<br />

genomic tools.<br />

“Evidence suggests that<br />

the grasslands of Canada<br />

are undersaturated with<br />

carbon and have the potential<br />

to store more carbon<br />

than they currently do,”<br />

says James Cahill, professor<br />

in the Faculty of<br />

Science and co-lead of the<br />

Climate Action Through<br />

Grazing project, which received $6.2<br />

million in new funding announced<br />

today.<br />

The project, co-led by Carolyn<br />

Fitzsimmons, a bovine genetics<br />

researcher with Agriculture and Agri-<br />

Food Canada and the U of A’s Faculty<br />

of Agricultural, Life & Environmental<br />

Sciences, and project manager Elda<br />

Dervishi, will start by identifying how<br />

grazing management alters the functioning<br />

of agricultural communities<br />

and how that is linked to changes in<br />

greenhouse gas emissions measured<br />

in soil and cattle.<br />

Fitzsimmons says if cattle can be<br />

used in ways that are economically<br />

viable and accelerate carbon storage,<br />

the impact on Canada’s net carbon<br />

emissions could be significant.<br />

“In carbon cycling or carbon sequestration<br />

you have to measure what<br />

happens in the soil, what happens in<br />

the animal, what happens to the waste<br />

that animal produces and how it fits in<br />

that carbon cycling system,” she says.<br />

“It’s natural that we need people in<br />

all of these different areas to do this<br />

type of project.”<br />

Fitzsimmons<br />

production measurements such as<br />

growth and output from cows to take<br />

into account the economic and environmental<br />

impact on farmers and<br />

landowners.<br />

“This issue is not just carbon, it is<br />

the maintenance of grasslands<br />

as well, which is one of the<br />

most endangered ecosystems<br />

in Canada,”says Fitzsimmons.<br />

Developing faster<br />

measures of progress<br />

The research team, comprising<br />

33 researchers and<br />

academics from the U of A,<br />

Agriculture and Agri-Food<br />

Canada and the University of<br />

Saskatchewan, will also use<br />

genomic tools to collect soil data and<br />

use it to develop rapid “bioindicators”<br />

of carbon cycling — measures that<br />

show whether shifts are happening in<br />

the microbial community and whether<br />

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small that they are really<br />

tightly bound to the soil so<br />

the carbon persists for<br />

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Rapid bioindicators can<br />

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with a critical tool for identifying<br />

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climate management — a<br />

process that’s currently<br />

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bioindicators in a way that is<br />

economically viable, Cahill<br />

notes.<br />

“We have to do good for the<br />

people who are running these<br />

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Fitzsimmons notes.<br />

To measure the methane cattle produce<br />

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research team will compare two<br />

grazing techniques — continuous<br />

grazing and adaptive multi-paddock<br />

grazing — with the theory that adaptive<br />

multi-paddock grazing might<br />

improve carbon storage in grasslands.<br />

“We really want to contrast those<br />

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Factors can make cropping more challenging<br />

Cont’d from Pg 21<br />

The review also revealed a trend<br />

toward drier conditions across<br />

Canada, including the Prairies. Since<br />

1950, levels of yearly snowfall and snow<br />

cover duration in Canada have<br />

decreased, and the number of frost-free<br />

days has risen since 1900. Levels of offseason<br />

precipitation between October<br />

and April — which is crucial to<br />

keeping soil moist for the growing<br />

season — also declined.<br />

“Combined with an overall increase<br />

in average temperatures, these factors<br />

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The review confirms, on a larger<br />

Cont’d from Pg 20<br />

Now let’s look at the impacts of these<br />

three systems.<br />

A study led by researchers at the<br />

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and feeding costs.<br />

Following two breeding cycles, both<br />

groups achieved 87.5 per cent conception<br />

rate; however, heifers developed<br />

in the late- gain system had a ~15 per<br />

cent increase in first cycle conception<br />

rate.<br />

They also consumed 12 per cent less<br />

feed through the winter, thereby drastically<br />

reducing input costs. A solid<br />

win for the late-gain heifers!<br />

Another study conducted at the U.S.<br />

Meat Animal Research Center comparing<br />

heifers from all three gain<br />

systems discovered the late-gain<br />

group also had a distinct advantage<br />

when it came to longevity.<br />

Because those girls were less likely<br />

to come up open in subsequent years,<br />

there were significantly more of the<br />

late-gain heifers remaining in the<br />

herd by age five compared to the early-<br />

and even-gain developed heifers.<br />

So, why do these “rough-it” or<br />

“extensive” systems work so well? We<br />

can take advantage of compensatory<br />

gain and the impact it has on fertility.<br />

It is far better to have a slightly thin<br />

heifer gaining weight than a slightly<br />

over-conditioned heifer losing weight<br />

at the start of breeding season.<br />

Heifers losing weight or condition<br />

going into the breeding season generally<br />

have lower conception rates,<br />

especially in the first cycle.<br />

More importantly, we are challenging<br />

these females early and<br />

determining who is best adapted to<br />

our environment and management<br />

style.<br />

While heifers in the early- or evengain<br />

groups are waiting on a feed<br />

truck or tractor, the late-gain heifers<br />

are out developing more efficient<br />

grazing habits that will serve them<br />

well for years to come.<br />

scale, the findings of a 2022 study of<br />

data dating back to 19<strong>01</strong> from the U of<br />

A’s Breton Plots, which had similar<br />

findings of climate change on a local<br />

level.<br />

Collectively, the findings are the<br />

first steps to creating strategies, such<br />

as changing or rotating crops, for agricultural<br />

industries and farmers to<br />

adapt to these drier conditions on a<br />

regional level, says Mapfumo.<br />

“We know climate change impacts<br />

different regions and communities in<br />

different ways, so having more local<br />

knowledge will allow for an adaptation<br />

strategy that is ideal for each area or<br />

region.”<br />

The research also supports Canada’s<br />

National Adaptation Strategy, geared<br />

to creating safe and secure communities<br />

in the face of climate change, he<br />

adds.<br />

“To do that requires knowledge of<br />

climate change impacts at local and<br />

regional levels.”<br />

The review is a “good starting point”<br />

to future Prairie-specific crop<br />

research, he adds.<br />

”The more data we have, the easier it<br />

becomes to develop policy and adaptation<br />

strategies for different parts of the<br />

Prairies. There’s a lot more work that<br />

we can do.”<br />

The study was funded by the Natural<br />

Sciences and Engineering Research<br />

Council of Canada.<br />

No overfeeding allowed for heifers<br />

In fact, heifers in my own herd are subsidizing them through their first<br />

forced to graze through the first winter calf and then having them come up<br />

storm alongside their dams so they open as a second or third calver.<br />

have the opportunity to pick up some By the way, those open 800-1,000 lb.<br />

good habits before they are weaned. heifers sell pretty hot in August and<br />

Long story short: if you run your September if you can preg-check them<br />

heifers like your grassers, with the early.<br />

exception of turning out a bull of<br />

Moral of the story: other than pailfeeding<br />

a handful of grain here and<br />

course, you will always achieve more<br />

economical pregnancies.<br />

there to improve temperament, there is<br />

Expose a few more heifers the first no overfeeding allowed when it comes<br />

year – you try this strategy if you fear to developing replacement heifers.<br />

your herd isn’t entirely in sync with This article was first published in<br />

Mother Nature.<br />

Volume 2 Issue 5 of ABP Magazine<br />

Personally, I would rather find out (December 2022). Watch for more digital<br />

who doesn’t fit my management content from the magazine on ABP<br />

system early, and have them come up Daily.<br />

open as a heifer, compared to<br />

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