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Two Prairie Waters Elementary grade four students were inspired to support cancer research after taking a school trip to the Alberta Cancer Foundation at the beginning of the school year. Throughout the year, donations were collected, and two main fundraisers were organized including a loonie-toonie drive, and a bake sale, followed by a head s e g Packa remove the line that says Can you please Friday andallMonday as perover the ladies at shaving ceremony, which generated t a t r sta ”It’s Your Best $10, 265 in donations. the front desk21 request? She said they’re getting calls thinking they can get in on Value all Year!” $ 9 “It was exciting and fun to have the whole school watching and supporting us,” Friday and Monday they Visit will be fully recovered. That tag line is from the laser said fundraiser organizers Alida Teghtmeyer, and Leah Bentein. RosebudTheatre.com/subscribe

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Students at the Prairie Waters Elementary School organized multiple fundraisers including a bake sale, followed by a head shaving assembly where all proceeds went to cancer research. Throughout the year of collecting donations, the students raised over $10,000 for cancer research in the province. Photo submitted

students who made posters, made announcements, and spoke at the head shaving assembly. “They showed up and worked extremely hard every week,” Chapman said. “One of the challenges was the bake sale. So many friends wanted to help, but it was hard to include everyone,” Teghtmeyer, and Bentein said. Despite the challenges, having the entire school supporting them during the head shaving assembly after months of collecting donations made the hard work worth it. “We want to thank our families, our school and our community for supporting us and helping us to beat our goal,” said Teghtmeyer, and Bentein. The students at Prairie Waters Elementary School were extremely excited to participate in the fundraisers, and to support their peers. The staff at Prairie Waters Elementary School, encourages students to take action by thinking about what they are passionate about, Chapman added. When students have a chance to support a cause, it doesn’t take much to get them on board. “We believe it is important to promote student agency and that the ideas for action come directly from the students themselves. We will see students taking action in our school in the future,” Chapman said. “We are all proud of them and thank the school community and the community as a whole for their support,” she added.

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City Council prepares for future growth with new regulations New off-site levy bylaws ensure current residents won’t pay for the cost of growth April 8, 2019 – At their regular meeting on April 2, City Council passed changes to Chestermere’s off-site levy bylaws to ensure that as Chestermere grows, developers are paying for the cost of growth, not current residents. “As you can see by all the work happening to the west, there are a lot of plans underway that will increase our population in the coming years,” says Mayor Marshall Chalmers. “While this is very exciting, we recognize that a larger population means more costs for the municipality. By passing these new bylaws, we are planning for our future and ensuring that developers pay their fair share for the cost of growth.” When a new subdivision is built, it needs to tie into existing pipes and roads which requires additions or expansions to the infrastructure. An off-site levy ensures that the developers pay for the costs of those upgrades, rather than taxing current residents. Chestermere already had off-site levies in place for water, sanitary sewer, stormwater and transportation and Council approved increases and structural changes to better reflect the ap-

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propriate amounts developers need to pay. Once a developer signs a Development Agreement that allows them to begin the development process, they have two options to pay their portion: 100% at the time of signing or in three installments over the next two years. “Administration is committed to finding efficiencies, maintaining fairness and ensuring that Chestermere is a competitive location for future development,” said Brenda Hewko, the City’s Chief Financial Officer. “We appreciate the input provided by the development community as we updated these bylaws to create a fair structure and ensure that growth pays for growth.” With the changes to the Municipal Government Act last year, City Council was also able to pass a new Recreation off-site levy bylaw that would assist in funding new recreation facilities and amenities for the upcoming developments. While many of these amenities are still a few years away, the new funding structure ensures Chestermere’s growth won’t be on the backs of current residents.

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April 8, 2019 – Chestermere Lake is well known as an amazing spot for boating so the City is working hard to make the boat launch experience even better. “We know residents are keen to get on the water as easily as possible, so we are pleased that our Parks & Recreation team are improving the experience,” says Chestermere Mayor Marshall Chalmers. When applying for a license, the City will now request registration documents just once. Following approval, boaters will be issued an electronic bar-code style sticker and digital pin that will allow them to have flexible access in and out of the boat launch. “We used to ask residents to come get a boat license every single year. That’s a pretty archaic way of operating, so we are really excited to streamline the registration process to provide them with more flexibility. Under our new system, boaters can come and go within a much larger timeframe,” says Kate Richards, the City’s Recreation Coordinator.

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The new system does come with a new price tag and visitors to the lake will be asked to pay $65 for day use on a weekend when launching a motorized boat. Personal watercraft such as a seadoo will cost $55/day on a weekend. In addition, Chestermere residents who wish to use the launch will need to pay $35 for an annual pass. Fees for open bow boats under 10 horsepower will remain at $10 and the City has eliminated the previous $5 fee to launch non-motorized vessels. City staff say the fees will go towards implementing the new system, extending the hours and adding a boating safety program to be administered by boat launch staff. “Our lake is an amazing place and we hope to improve it for everyone by adding a boat safety program and improving the boat launch access,” says Richards. More information about the new boat launch program is available at www.chestermere.ca/ boats.


RCMP remind drivers when emergency lights are flashing to slow down and change lanes By Emily Rogers The Chestermere RCMP want to remind drivers of the importance of abiding by the rules surrounding emergency vehicles and tow trucks working on the side of the road with emergency lights activated. Chestermere RCMP Cst. Jeff Kalan said that in Alberta, section 115(2)(t) the law states that if there is a police vehicle, or tow truck on the road the public must move over to the first available lane and lower their speed to 60 km/h, or the posted speed limited, whichever is slower. Members of the Chestermere RCMP, Alberta Sheriffs, and the Chestermere Peace Officers recently conducted a speed enforcement program on Highway 1 eastbound where members were checking for compliance of the law. “In total, 32 tickets were served,� Kalan said. Seven of the 32 tickets were given for speeding past emergency vehicles. Drivers should keep in mind that fines double

if they speed past emergency vehicles and tow trucks, Kalan added. During the speed enforcement program, a vehicle sped past going 41 km/h over the 60 km/h speed limit which would have usually been a $369 fine, but it was doubled to a $738 ticket. Kalan added if a tow truck has the lights on and is working on the rightmost shoulder, the closet lane to the tow truck must slow down to 60 km/h. However, if the two truck is using the right most lane even slightly, drivers must only use the left lane while slowing down to 60 km/h.

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cal benefit so all parties involved win. Seeing grocers wanting to make a difference in society is desirable. But this is about forging a partnership with customers in order to help those in need. Because it is about a partnership, it is for the greater good. Most campaigns put the onus on cashiers to ask for a donation and the request comes as a surprise for many customers. We get just a few seconds to think about the cause and the donation, and to make a decision. Grocers could spread messages about the campaign throughout the store so customers can see how much impact their efforts have on the community. This could include stories, anecdotes or other information to help customers understand the impact of the campaign. Posters and frequent announcements could help. And why not provide an incentive for customers to donate, like a ticket in a draw? Some grocers ask customers to add their names to a wall of appreciation for their donation but that can be overdone. It also slows checkout for everyone. Grocers mean well by asking for donations and it will continue. But these programs can be complicated for grocers to implement, creating as much customer annoyance as they do goodwill. It is a quick way of showing the public how much grocers care about their community. But making sure the public knows the story – where funds go and how much of a difference a donation makes – can go a long way to demonstrating that caring. Given that the practice raises a significant amount for worthwhile causes, the approach needs to be refined to survive the skepticism and cynicism we see too often these days. Dr. Sylvain Charlebois is senior director of the agri-food analytics lab and a professor in food distribution and policy at at Dalhousie University, and a senior fellow with the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies. © Troy Media


Chestermere High School takes on Legally Blonde Jr. the musical

The Chestermere High Schools performance of Legally Blonde Jr. the musical begins with the Delta Nu sorority sisters preparing sorority sister Elle Woods for an expectant proposal from her boyfriend, Warner. However, it doesn’t go as planned. Photo by Emily Rogers

Throughout the Chestermere High Schools performance of Legally Blonde Jr. the musical, Elle Woods, played by Marinda Kleinsasser, seeks the advice from her salon technician Paulette who was played by Isabella Mercer, of how to win back her old flame. Photo by Emily Rogers

The audience erupted in laughter while watching Paulette played by Isabella Mercer, try to impress the UPS Guy Kyle played by Aric Roy with the “Bend-and-Snap” which she learned from her friend Elle Woods. Photo by Emily Rogers

During the Chestermere High Schools take on Legally Blonde Jr. the musical, Elle Woods proved her classmates wrong, who didn’t believe she belonged at Harvard Law School, by winning a murder case, which won back the affection of her ex-beau. Photo by Emily Rogers

By Emily Rogers Chestermere High School’s rendition of the early 2000’s classic story of female empowerment, Legally Blonde Jr. the musical, brought families and students together for a night full music and laughter. The performance begins with the Delta Nu sorority sisters preparing Malibu sorority girl Elle Woods, played by Marinda Kleinsasser, for an expectant proposal from her boyfriend Warner, played by Michael Tran. However, during romantic dinner Warner states he needs someone serious, leaving Woods broken hearted. Following the break-up, Woods decides to show her ex-beau that she can be serious and attends Harvard Law School in pursuit to win back her old flame. From the moment Woods steps onto the Harvard Law School campus with her pink blazer, pink high heels, and pink purse with a dog in tow, she had to battle against the typical blonde stereo-

types her peers cast onto her. However, after hearing the devastating news that Warner had quickly moved on to another love interest, Woods decides to prove to her ex that she belongs at Harvard just as much as the rest of her classmates. With encouragement from her salon technician, Paulette played by Isabella Mercer, law professor Emmett played by Tomi Gmitter, and her Delta Nu sorority sisters, Woods was able to prove her peers wrong and win a murder case, which ultimately won back the affection of her lost love. After winning the murder case and helping her friend Paulette gain custody back of her beloved dog, Woods finds her real passion for practicing law and helping others. The performance ends with the Harvard Law School class graduating, and Woods declaring her love for someone new. Legally Blonde Jr. the musical is chock-full of life-lessons, including gaining confidence, not letting people take advantage of you, not being defined by a stereotype, being unique, and finding April 18 2019// theanchor.ca

what you are passionate about, that audience members took away from the performance. The packed audience laughed, clapped, and cheered throughout the musical, which made the performers give-it-their-all. One scene that caused the audience to erupt in laughter was when Paulette tried to impress the UPS Guy Kyle with the “Bend-andSnap” but had accidently hit him in the face. This performance was a feel-good, light-hearted, preppy take on the early 2000’s classic story of a blonde proving people’s preconceived notions of her wrong, and it was incredible. The students were terrific, it was apparent that countless hours went into preparing for the performance, from ensuring everyone had the correct pitch, knew their lines, and knew the choreography. The Chestermere High School students take on Legally Blonde Jr. the musical was amazing. Residents should take the opportunity to support the young local talent in the community by supporting a future performance.

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Chestermere student receives $10,000 scholarship Local student is motivated to excel in academics and community involvement after receiving scholarship By Emily Rogers Chestermere student, Aryan Zawari had the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C., where she received a medal which represented the $10,000 Horatio Alger National Entrepreneurial Scholarship that will help her pursue a career in neuroscience. “It was surreal. It just felt unreal, even to this day,” Zawari said. Zawari got to visit the Supreme Court of the United States, met Stephen Harper, met the president of the Horatio Alger Association of Canada Prem Watsa, and the former ambassador to Finland Bonnie-McElveen-Hunter. “If I were told a month before if I thought I would get to do all that, I would’ve thought it was a joke,” she said. Throughout the trip, members of the Horatio Alger Association talked to Zawari and other scholarship winners about what it means to be successful in the face of adversity. “They taught us about their philosophy in achieving success, and what that means,” Zawari said. A message that Zawari took away from the association members was that true success impacts the lives of others positively. “The main point that came to me throughout the trip was whatever I thought of being as the best; there was always more. It broadened my horizons being able to see the possibilities and

the outcomes I can create,” she said. Zawari was able to meet with many people during the trip whom she was inspired by, including Justice Clarence Thomas who taught her about the importance of working hard to get to a higher place, and ultimately working to give back to the community. Along with meeting Thomas, Zawari resonated with the President of the High Point University Nido R. Qubein. “The success that he has made for himself and how passionate he is about helping other people was very inspirational for me,” she said. “This trip gave me so much motivation to continue not only to be the best student I can be but also to be the best member of my community that I can be,” she added. Currently, Zawari is focusing on finishing high school while working on an environmental movement at her school. “We switched over all the plastic cutlery to biodegradable. I work on it and try to make progress on it whenever I get the chance,” she said. Without support from Zawari’s family, and the Horatio Alger Association, receiving the $10,000 Horatio Alger National Entrepreneurial Scholarship wouldn’t have been possible. “Thank you to my family for supporting me through all of this and sacrificing so much to get me to achieve the success that I have,” she said.

Chestermere student Aryan Zawari had the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C., where she received a medal presented by Justice Clearance Thomas which represented the $10,000 Horatio Alger National Entrepreneurial Scholarship she won earlier this year. Throughout the trip, Zawari was able to listen to Horatio Alger Association members who talked about what it means to be successful in the face of adversity. Currently, Zawari is focusing on finishing high school, community involvement, and attending university in the fall where she will pursue neuroscience. Photo submitted

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Informing high school students about career options after graduation

Annual World of Choices Forum giving high school students a chance to learn about available careers By Emily Rogers Over 100 Chestermere and Strathmore high school students had an opportunity to learn more about careers they are interested in during the sixth annual JA Southern Alberta World of Choices Career Forum on April 10. “It was amazing, it grew quite a bit from last year. Everybody got a lot out of the event, and I heard a lot of positive remarks from the mentors and students,” said the southeast Prairie Regional Coordinator Lindsay Pollon. “The teachers really do see the value in this event, and encourage their students to participate,” she added. The JA Southern Alberta World of Choices Forum is designed to connect high school students with career mentors in the community to discuss available options, and the steps required to get into the industries they are interested in. By meeting with career mentors, high school students can acquire more in-depth information regarding careers they are interested in. With that information they can better determine if that career would be a good fit for them. They also have the added benefit of gaining new ideas and a new perspective of many different options in career choices. “Graduating high school in itself is quite intimidating, and not knowing what the next step is part of the growing and changing process. It’s so important for students to connect with career mentors in their community who are working in the careers they are interested in,” Pollon said.

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“Students can find out if their chosen career is something they want to pursue, and lin many cases hear about the day to day frustrations and rewards from someone who knows that position. It’s an incredible part of the event,” Pollon added. Throughout the event, students were encouraged to talk to over 40 career mentors including, a nutritionist, chiropractor, bank representatives, bakery owner, the Strathmore Now team, and Olympic Bronze Medalist Kristi Lay. The students found Lay’s Over 100 Chestermere and Strathmore students attended the sixth annual JA Southern Alberta World of opening address inspiring, when Choices Career Forum on April 10. Throughout the event, students were able to meet with over 40 career she talked about the up’s and mentors and determine if the career they are interested in would be a good fit for them. Photo submitted downs, how to learn from mistakes, and the journey she went “It’s an inspiring event for high school students to see what next on to get to the Olympics, Pollon said. steps may be, and see what’s in store for them after school,” Pol“We had a wide range of all different career roles to give the stulon said. dents a good representation of all different career options available “The benefits of the World of Choices Forum will directly extend to them,” Pollon said. to the community at large, and will help develop our future busiStudents were encouraged to step out of their comfort zone and talk to career mentors in industry they may have never considered. ness leaders,” she added. April 18 2019 // theanchor.ca


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BADMINTON Congratulations to Chazz Meszaros and Shae Doughty on placing second at the badminton South Central Zone Championship in Strathmore., this past weekend. They have both qualified for Provincials on May 3rd & 4th at Nelson Mandela High School in Calgary. Congratulations also to Emily Baker who placed 3rd in the competition. Hashem Hammoud and Kimmy Tran and Angelica Vuong played hard but did not make it out of the playoff round. Good luck to Shae and Chazz in ASAA Provincials! CONGRATULATIONS BRETT RUSSELL Congratulations to Lakers basketball senior, Brett Russell, who recently signed a letter of intent to play basketball at the post-secondary level. Brett has had an outstanding high school career and will take his talents to Ambrose University next season, where he will play in the tough ACAC conference. Congratulations, Brett. SPRING SPORTS The spring sports season is starting to ramp up for CHS athletes. Boys soccer is currently holding their tryouts and girls and boys rugby are holding indoor practices. Track will start up after the Easter break. CHESTERMERE FOOTBALL The Lakers football team has begun their off-season training program at Chestermere High. Any current students of CHS or any grade 9 students interested in playing football next season may contact Coach Ledieu at sledieu@ rockyview.ab.ca for more information on the training program and on spring camp scheduled for May.

2019 EASTER BREAK DINGER DERBY Whiffle Ball Home Run Tournament A Rocky View Leadership Academy (RVLA) Gr 11 Project 2019 Easter Break Dinger Derby

Tuesday April 23, 2019 CRCA – Curling Rink 9:00- 4:30 pm

Chestermere Lakers Atom 6 Hockey Team - Edo Chestermere Sponsorship 2018-2019 Hockey Season. The Chestermere Lakers Atom 6 Hockey Team would like to Thank Edo Chestermere (Ryan) for his generous sponsorship of the hockey team, it was greatly appreciated! FRONT ROW, left to right: Dorian, Mason, Taylor and Braden. MIDDLE ROW, left to right: Kyler, Hadi, Ashton, Malcolm, Kaileigh, Manvir, Jonas. BACK ROW, left to right: Yusuf, Ryan (holding a plaque presented by the Team). THANK YOU RYAN AND EDO CHESTERMERE! Everyone have a great safe summer and see you at the rink soon!

For Grades 6- 9 (Boys/Girls/Mixed teams welcomed!) Limited Number of teams!! $25 per player ($125/team) - Lunch - Prizes for winning teams - Skill Prizes/ Raffle/Door Prizes For more information or to register, submit attached registration form to STEEN @ Dingerderby.2019@gmail.com

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The Benefits of Play

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When was the last time you got out to play? I mean really play? No goal directed or structured activity; no intentions in mind...Just simple play for the sake of fun? Play is a major component in our lives, not only as children, but also as adults. To name a few advantages, play teaches social skills, creativity, life skills, and it increases cognitive, emotional, and physical well-being. Yet somewhere between childhood and adulthood the majority of adults have stopped playing. As adults, our schedules can become busy with family, work, and additional commitments, and not enough time is left for good old-fashioned playtime. The short amount of time that may be available is spent in front of televisions, computers, or handheld electronics. Play is not about goofing off, being lazy, or unproductive. Play enhances creativity and flexibility; it allows physical activity, a chance to get outdoors, and serves as an opportunity to disconnect from devices and from daily life stressors such as work. Psychiatrist, Dr. Dan Brown, and founder of the National Institute of Play discusses play as being something which provides pleasure and understanding, and can strengthen our mind, body, and spirit. Think of play as an opportunity to be in the moment, and not worry about time, schedules, routines, or an end goal. For children, it may look like a game of hide and seek, making bow and arrows out of broken tree branches, or jumping in a puddle of mud. For adults, it may look like a night out, a game of poker or golf, or simply sitting outside and enjoying the beautiful spring weather. Play is very much like self-care; it is as unique as we are, and evolves over time.

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Like self-care, play can help with anxiety and depressive symptoms. Taking time away from everyday stressors allows the body to rejuvenate, and play allows opportunities for face-to-face social interactions, enhances productivity, and can provide healing. Play is something that can be utilized at work, at home, with friends, and family and loved ones. A few examples include, playing cards with coworkers on a lunch break, taking a walk outside, or playing a game with your significant other to increase intimacy. Have your children take the lead during a game of hide and seek. Playing games with children is always a great opportunity to let go of the rigidity of schedules and be in the moment. Children have a fantastic capacity to imagine things out of the box, beyond times and scheduling, and we could all use a bit of childlike creativity and freedom. Engaging in tactile activities that allow us to be more physical and get outside can assist in the management of anxiety and depressive symptoms. Activities such as gardening, biking, running, playing on the trampoline (my personal favourite) are a few ways to play and be physical. Most importantly, it allows us to disconnect from the sensory overload that can come with social media. Remind yourselves to take daily opportunities to play. After all, it is proven to help your mental, physical, social, and emotional health. So put down your phones...shut off the electronics...and go PLAY! You can discover more about a person in an hour of play, than in a year of conversation • Plato

This past March 27 was a day filled with both solemnity and mirth, as well as no small amount of whisky. For those not in the know, March 27 was the 11th annual International Whisk(e)y Day, celebrated the world over, wherever whisk(e)y is to be found. That mysterious (e) in the name is to ensure that no country feels left out, whether they make Irish Whiskey or Scottish Whisky, or any other spelling. Longtime boozers may recall the works of Michael Jackson (the booze writer, not the funky pop star). Michael Jackson came to prominence in 1977, when he published The World Guide To Beer, which is still considered to be required reading for any student of the craft. He later published The Malt Whisky Companion in 1989, which shortly became the authoritative tome on the subject. Tragically, Michael Jackson passed away from Parkinson’s Disease in 2007, a loss felt by the entirety of the beer and whisky industries that he was integral in shaping over the decades. To recognize his contributions to the world of whisky, the industry honored him with the creation of International Whisk(e)y Day, held on his birthday every year, with fans being encouraged to donate to a charity performing Parkinson’s research. In accordance with the gravitas of the occasion, I made a donation to the Parkinson Alberta Society, before retiring to a well-stocked whisky bar with a few drinking companions. While the late and great Michael Jackson was from the UK, his writings were of the whiskies of the world, so my tradition on this special day is to sample whiskies from around the world. This year, I decided to skip the obvious examples of Scotland and Ireland, opting to sample from neighbouring countries that are not known as whisky hotspots. I started my journey of exploration with the Puni Nova whisky from Italy, a country better known for its fine wines than for spirits. The Italian love affair with booze goes back to the toga-wearing party animals of ancient Rome, but has traditionally concentrated on wines, with perhaps the occasional grape brandy. Whisky is a new addition to the Italian booze industry, with

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the first distillery opening on the banks of the Puni river in 2010. The Puni distillery is located in the heart of the Alps mountain range, in a lush and verdant valley that has been famous for rye crops since the middle ages, which lend spicy notes to the whisky, nicely complementing the toasted herbal finish. Look for it at selected well-stocked booze merchants in Alberta for around $75. Looking to the other side of the Alps into France, we find a more developed domestic whisky industry, with the first French whisky distillery opening its doors in 1987, growing to close to 40 operating distilleries today. I was able to sample the Armorik Classic Single Malt, produced in the Brittany region of France, and available at only the finest booze merchants here in Alberta. A very soft and subtle whisky with hints of vanilla from the aging in French oak barrels. Moving to the Nordic countries, the Mackmyra distillery is Sweden’s first whisky distillery, and opened its doors in 1999 with a whisky made from locally grown barley and aged in Swedish oak barrels. I found plenty of vanilla and dried fruit notes on the tongue, with a slight caramel finish. While it is a small distillery, we are lucky there is a distribution agent in Calgary, making this fine Swedish whisky available here in Alberta. The last international whisky I sampled was the Millstone 100 Rye Whisky from the Netherlands, which was by far the most fragrant of the bunch, with aromas of orange blossom and lemon peel wafting from the glass, followed by cardamom spice on the finish. I was delighted to find a Dutch whisky here in Alberta, something I have not seen since a trip to Amsterdam back in the days of my squandered youth. The Dutch have a long history of distilled spirits, the most famous example of which would be Gin, invented by a Dutch chemist in the 16th century. So, even if your whisky tastes do not stray far from Johnnie Walker or Crown Royal, consider International Whisk(e)y Day as a chance to broaden your horizons, and perhaps even pay homage to the late and great Michael Jackson, booze author and reviewer extraordinaire, by raising a wee dram in his honor.


PAWS for Thought Steve King is the President of Community Therapy Dogs Society email: info@ctds.ca

Lions Foundation of Canada (LFOC) What are you doing on Saturday May 11th? If nothing comes to mind, let me invite you to join us for the 1st Annual Chestermere Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides taking place in John Peake Park. Registration begins at 10 o’clock, with the Walk beginning officially at 11 o’clock. LFOC began life in the early 1980’s with the objective of breeding, training and placing service dogs with blind or visually impaired people. Since then, as well as growing the “Canine Vision Dog Guides” program, they have expanded the range of disabilities to include the following: •“Service Dog Guides”: helping Canadians who have physical or medical disabilities. •“Autism Assistance Dog Guides”: helping families with children (ages 3-12) on the autism spectrum. •“Hearing Dog Guides”: helping individuals (10 years +) who are deaf or hard of hearing and who are unable to detect everyday important sounds. •“Seizure Response Dog Guides”: helping people (6 years +) with epilepsy. •“Diabetic Alert Dog Guides”: helping people (10 years +) who have type 1 diabetes with hypoglycemic unawareness. •“Support Dog Guides”: helping professional agencies with individuals in traumatic situations. This amazing organization, one of only 7 internationally recognized service dog organizations in Canada, places dog guides across Canada wherever there is a need. In 2018, LFOC placed 203 dog guides across Canada, of which 60 came to Western Canada. With a working life of 8-10 years, the cold reality is that the supply of dog guides will never match the ever increasing demand for their services. Each dog guide costs around $25,000 but the cost to the client receiving the dog is zero. Those of you who have dogs

know how much joy they bring to your life. For those people needing Dog Guides, it is simply life changing. Over the years I have spoken to people who have Dog Guides and there is a common theme to their experiences. Those who have, for example, a Canine Vision Dog Guide describe their experience as one of regaining their independence. Having confidence in the ability of their Dog Guide to navigate them safely around the community, they no longer feel constricted and they can once again, or maybe for the first time, enjoy the outside world and all it has to offer. Those with an Autism Assistance Dog Guide describe the difference between having a Dog Guide and their pre-Dog Guide life as being like night and day. Places or events that would have been totally impractical to be at pre-Dog Guide now become possible due to the calming influence of their Dog Guide and the bonding that takes place between the child and the dog. There are many other similar stories of value being added to people’s lives by having a Dog guide. Throughout May each year towns and cities across Canada are holding a Walk for Dog Guides: this is the main fundraiser for LFOC each year. It’s worth noting that LFOC does not receive financial support from any level of government. If you would like to participate in the Walk, great! There is no charge to join us but, being a fundraiser, we would appreciate it if you could find some friends or family to sponsor you on the Walk. If you would like a sponsorship form, please email me on info@ctds.ca or you can donate on-line at www. walkfordogguides.com clicking “Find Your Walk” then “Alberta/ Chestermere” then “Support this Walk”. Look forward to seeing you on May 11th!

Getting Out and Building Up

We have everything we need to build something amazing here in Chestermere. You were born with curiosity and the ability to create, to mend, to nurture, and to envision new ways of doing things in your community. Loving our neighbourhoods is not for the experts, but for regular people like you and me. We do not need a degree or a full bank account, you are enough; and if you do have more, sharing what you have gives meaning and purpose. To thrive, we need time, patience, love, and a bit of courage to be present in our community. This is do-able now, and where you live. I was recently in a meeting and nearly everyone around the table introducing themselves said that they were so excited for spring; to be outside, to garden, or to go for walks again. With the arrival of warmer weather perhaps you, too, are eager to be outside and to make and create something special where you live. Here are eight ideas to help you think about the small (and maybe not-so-small) ways that you can build something special in your community this season. • Plant something. Gardens get us outside to do something that makes us feel better. When we have a garden, it calls us out throughout the year to water, tend, enjoy, and even harvest something tasty. Few things feel as nourishing for the soul as walking through your garden on a warm summer evening. • Give something away. Generosity, especially between neighbours, is a foundational building block in a community. Tools, food, plants, help, a bowl of water for dogs, lemonade, a baby stroller, a book, a trampoline; there are so many things you have that could make the life of your neighbour better. Give it away, you’ll find that the sharing is not painful, but life-giving. • Do a barn-raising. We may not have real barns to build, but we might have a neighbour with a big project on their hands. Gather people together, make a plan, and

help your neighbour get a big job done in a short amount of time. • Write it down. Neighbours are simply strangers who stop being strangers to each others. Gathering and writing down contact information between neighbours is a helpful way to build connections. In our neighbourhood we have been building a little directory. We have a long way to go, but in time we hope to build better ways for us to phone or email each other in an emergency or just to connect for coffee. • Live outside. We only get a few warm months a year in Alberta, make plans now to spend time outside. Set up some outdoor furniture and some shade, move a picnic table to the front yard, whatever helps you enjoy your space. A hospitable outdoor space is a great way to naturally connect with those who stop by; loving where you live matters. • Throw a party. Block parties are easy to organize in Chestermere. Head down to city hall and ask for a block party kit. You’ll find it has everything you need to have a great gathering. Plan now and let your neighbours know what you’re up to, chances are that they’ll be happy to help! • Plan a field trip. My sister and her neighbours plan an annual camping trip. For a few days every summer they pack up camper trailers and tents and head out, together, for a camping adventure. If a camping trip is too big, make plans to take a day-trip with your neighbours to the mountains, the zoo, or for a local hike. • Own something together. I heard of a neighbourhood that bought a shared pizza oven and mounted it on a small trailer. Once a week they all get together and make pizzas. Delicious. Our neighbourhoods can be places where we can experience joy, hope, and new connections together. How will you get out and build something special where you live?

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Lakeside Quilters’ Guild Meeting each month at the Chestermere Recreation Centre on the first Wednesday of each month. Sew days are on the third Wednesday of each month and a sew Saturday each month, excluding summer. Quilting experience not required, new members welcome. For more information please contact Carole at 403-519-0379. St. Gabriel the Archangel Knights of Columbus (14492) Meets on the second Thursday of each month at St. Gabriel the Archangel High School library. Meetings start at 7:00 pm. Must be a member to attend regular council meeting. Inquiries can be emailed to (Jeff) jgdesrochers@gmail.com or call Patrick @ 403-923-0099. The Rotary Club Of Chestermere NEW Meeting Day & Time! Meets for a Buffet Lunch every 2nd and 4th Tuesday - 11:45 am to 1:00pm at Camp Chestermere, 1041 East Lakeview Rd. Guests are most welcomed. Must register for the Lunch Buffet. Please contact us through our website www.rotarychestermere. org or email us at rotarychestermere@gmail.com The Chestermere Fine Art Guild The Chestermere Fine Art Guild meets every Thursday at 1pm, at the Recreation Centre North side, upstairs in room 2. Come and explore your artistic potential. Welcoming new members beginner to advanced. Like us on Facebook and email chestermereartguild@gmail.com The Walking Connection It’s a great way to connect with other people in your community, improve your mental health and to get some fresh air and gentle exercise. Meets every Monday between 1:30 – 3:00 Ongoing The group meets in front of the Chestermere Public Library, at the gazebo in good weather. Includes: a gentle walk, coffee & connection. There is no charge for this group and we would love for you to join us.(However, coffee is at your own expense) For more information call Yvonne Harris at 403 365-5401 or email yvonne.harris@ahs.ca The Chestermere Lions Club Meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, September to June at the Chestermere Rec Centre at 7pm. Check out our website at e-clubhouse.org/sites/Chestermere/ or \email us for more information at chestermerelc@gmail.com Chestermere Lakeside Kruzers Car Club Lakeside Kruzers Car Club Meet and Greet Show “n” Shines every 2nd & 4th Tuesday’s Apr. thru Oct. at The Dockside Marina starting at 6.30pm. Come and meet other car enthusiasts and share your passion. 50/50 draw proceeds to local charity. See us on Facebook, Lakeside Kruzers @gmail.com. Contact Roy Spanko, rtspanko@shaw.ca 403 285-8309

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Meaningful, fun ways to celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day is a celebration of the planet that people, plants and animals call home. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day was established to demonstrate support for environmental protection, and events are held each year on April 22. It is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network and celebrated in more than 193 countries. People may wonder what they can do at a local level to make Earth Day a larger part of their lives. Here are just a few great ways to embrace Earth Day. • Make it a point to bike or walk to school or work. If conditions are prohibitive, carpool to cut down on traffic. The fewer cars on the road, the less emissions in the air. • Recycle e-waste in your home. E-waste is considered outdated electronic appliances that are no longer used. The Environmental Protection Agency suggests e-waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the world. • Invest in a reusable coffee cup or water bottle. This can reduce the amount of trash that ultimately ends up in the environment. • Connect with nature by turning off electronics for the day and getting outside. Head to a park or nature trail and immerse yourself in the great outdoors. • Do something as simple as switching paper statements and bills to e-bills and online invoices. This reduces reliance on trees for new sources of paper. • Grow some edibles in your home garden or even on a windowsill. This is a fun, eco-friendly way to control the foods you consume at home and a great way to save money as well. • Reusing and recycling does not just pertain to water bottles and aluminum cans. Find out ways to repurpose or share items with others so they get more mileage. Also, make use of sharing services like bike sharing kiosks or Yerdle, an online community sharing marketplace. • Volunteer your time at an organization that has an environmental focus. Or suggest a task with an eco-friendly slant, like picking up trash from a beach, to a local community group or club. Earth Day is a great opportunity to get involved with environmental efforts.

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Residents had all of their questions answered during the seventh annual All Candidates Forum on April 11 at the Chestermere Rec Centre. Throughout the evening, candidates responded to questions regarding education, job opportunities, the oil, and gas industry, supporting youth with mental illness and much more. Photo by Emily Rogers

By Emily Rogers The Youth Encouraging Lasting Leadership (YELL) Youth Council hosted the seventh annual All Candidates Forum on April 11 at the Chestermere Rec Centre, which allowed for residents to see all of their potential representatives in one place. “It went well. Everyone had an opportunity to ask their questions and have them answered,” said Synergy Team Leader Coralee McIntosh. “The crowd was great and very receptive to the candidates. It was great to see so many people come out, support YELL Youth Council, and to learn about the candidates,” McIntosh said. The YELL Youth Councils goal for the All Candidates Forum was to provide an opportunity for the community to meet with the candidates, ask questions, and learn about their platforms. “It’s an opportunity for the candidates to connect with young leaders in the riding and learn about the issues from a youth perspective,” McIntosh said. Hosting the All Candidates Forum is significant for the YELL Youth Council for multiple reasons McIntosh added. Such as introducing youth to the election process and the political parties in the area, along with giving back to the community. Not only was the All Candidates Forum an opportunity for the community to meet the candidates leading up to the election and ask questions

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to make a more informed decision when voting, but it was also a chance for the youth to practice their leadership skills in front of the community. General curiosity brought ChestermereStrathmore riding resident Ken Gabert out to the All Candidates Forum. “I already had a candidate in mind that I was going to support, but I wanted to hear what the other candidates had to say,” Gabert said. McIntosh hopes that residents left the All Candidates Forum with a better understanding of the candidates and have a clear sense of how they will vote. Throughout the evening, a highlight for McIntosh was watching the YELL Youth Council members as leaders. The All Candidates Forum has been successful in the past due to the commitment and dedication of YELL Youth Council and the many volunteers and partners that make the event happen, McIntosh said. She added the forum is one of the larger panels in the area and has been fortunate to have a great turnout from the candidates and the community. “It gets better each year, the youth do an amazing job stepping up, and they enjoy the opportunity to meet all of the candidates and put this on for the community,” McIntosh said. “They represent YELL Youth Council, the youth population of the community and Synergy very well. They are incredibly dedicated, professional young people,” she added.


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Whitecappers

Catch the Next Wave A Social Club for people 50+ years Guests & New Members Welcome! Office Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 9:30 am to 12:00 noon (Located at the South end of the Recreation Centre)

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Public Library Annual Spring Reading Program April 1 – April 30 Our Annual Spring Reading Program will run until April 30. Join us for Scavenger Hunts, Movie Nights, Storytime, and a visit from our Royal Baby Chicks! Our popular prize baskets are also proudly displayed at the front of the Library. Pick up our Reading Program Calendar at the Library for more details.

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Charades and Pictionary Thursday, April 18, 4:00 pm Join us on Thursday, for some good old-fashioned fun! All ages are welcome.

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MONDAYS: CHAIR YOGA – 11:30am – 12:30pm. Everyone Welcome! Drop-in. No Charge for members and $2 for non-members. CARPET BOWLING – 1:00pm. More players are welcome! BRIDGE – 1:00pm – Guests Welcome! CHAIR YOGA 6:30pm – 7:30pm Everyone Welcome! Drop-in. No Charge for members and $2.00 non-members. TUESDAYS: CRIBBAGE FUN NIGHT - First Tuesday of every month – 6:30 pm $5/ person Everyone welcome! New Players and All Levels of Skill. WALKING GROUP – 10:00 –11:00 am - Drop In-No Charge. Walking indoors. LINE DANCING – 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. No charge for members and $2/nonmember. No sign-up. Drop-in. Great workout & mind exercise.

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UPCOMING EVENTS Saturday | May 4 Mom2Mom Sale 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. A huge selection of gently used children’s clothing and toys. We’ll feature over 40 tables with moms (or dads!) selling gently used items along with vendors offering products for babies and parents. Want to sell your kid’s stuff? Cost for 8 ft

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WEDNESDAYS: CHAIR YOGA – 11:30am –12:30pm. Everyone Welcome! Drop-in. No Charge for members and $2 for non-members. CARPET BOWLING – 1:00 pm. More players welcome!

Learn the fundamentals of movement and basic gymnastic skills with fun themes and circuits. Participants in the unparented classes will work on progressive skills.

THURSDAYS: QUILTING – Starts at 9:30am – Making “Comfort Quilts” donated to charities WALKING GROUP – 10:00 –11:00 am - Drop In-No Charge. Walking indoors. ARTISANS OF CHESTERMERE – 1:00pm – 3:30pm - All levels of skill!

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FRIDAYS: SENIORS’ CHAIR EXERCISES – 11:00am – 12:00 pm - Focus is on Strength & Balance. Drop In Class! No Charge for members and $2 for nonmembers. TAI CHI INTRODUCTORY CLASSES – 1:00 pm – Drop in. No Charge for members and $2 for non-members. Wear comfortable clothing. FRIDAY NIGHT GAMES – Starts at 6:30pm - Come enjoy a night of games and socialize! SATURDAYS: POOL & SHUFFLEBOARD – Cancelled until the fall. COME SEE WHAT’S NEW AT THE WHITECAPPERS!

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Family Movie Saturday, April 20, 1:00pm-2:30pm We are showing a family movie. Running time 93 minutes. PG. Mad-Libs Tuesday, April 23, 1:00pm Mad-Libs are stories with words removed and replaced by blank spaces. We ask the participants to fill in the blanks. We then read it back, which results in lots of laughter. Family Movie Night Wednesday, April 24, 6:00pm-7:30pm We are showing a family movie. Running time 105 minutes. Grated. Pre-School Storytime Fridays, 10:15-10:45am Come to the Library every Friday morning at 10:15am for stories, songs and fun. No registration is required. Prenatal Yoga Saturdays, 9:00am Elann Anderson is back with Prenatal Yoga. This class empowers women to enhance their ability to access greater relaxation, comfort, and enjoyment during this highly sensitive time. It can help mothers prepare for the birthing process by teaching techniques to help keep stress levels down and to help relieve physical pains associated with pregnancy. $10 drop-in class. Fun Flow Yoga Saturdays, 10:00-11:00am Join Elann Anderson for Fun Flow Yoga. Participants should have some knowledge of basic poses. Please bring a yoga mat, towel, and water. $10.00 drop-in class. Royal Chicks Friday, April 26, 10:00am-11:45am We have baby chicks visiting the Library again this year! Be sure to pre-register. Information and sign up sheet at the front desk. We will be having Storytime in the children’s area to free up the program room for the baby chicks.

For more information about what’s happening at the Library, check our website and sign up for our newsletter online or pick up a newsletter next time you’re in. Don’t forget to follow and like us on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Corianne’s Custom Cookies Chestermere resident Corianne Froese found her love of edible art after her son requested dinosaur cookies for a school birthday party. “I thought it couldn’t be that hard, but they didn’t turn out very good,” said founder of Corianne’s Custom Cookies, Corianne Froese. “Being the kind of person I am, I wanted to keep practicing. I enjoyed doing them and I wanted to get better,” Froese said. Now, Froese’s days are spent blogging, fulfilling cookie orders, teaching cookie decorating classes at Pinnovate DIY Studio and operating her new online store Cookie Couture; selling apparel and specialty baking supplies. “I just naturally fell into having a cookie business. It was never an intention. It was just something that happened. The support I’ve received from the community was what made my business take off,” Froese said. Although Corianne’s Custom Cookies grew quickly, Froese still had growing pains to overcome. Educating customers on the nature of her business

and the numerous steps involved in creating a custom cookie. A 24 to 48-hour turnaround is just not realistic. “It’s very customized. Orders have to be made in advance, there is a lot of planning involved. A lot of love, specialized tools and time goes into custom cookies,” Froese said. Despite all of the hours spent baking and decorating cookies, giving clients a “Wow” factormakes all of the hard work worth it for Froese. When not working on growing her business, she spends time with her family at the lake, enjoying local parks, or giving back to the community by participating in events or donating to local organizations. “Keeping in touch with the community and showing the face of a small business is important to me,” Froese said. “Cookies started as a hobby for me, it’s still something I enjoy doing, and I’m passionate about,” she added.

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Preparing for April showers

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Preparing for spring flooding before damage occurs

This past week, Jane Philpott and Jody Wilson-Raybould were removed from Liberal caucus. This is yet another escalation in the SNC Lavalin scandal that has engulfed the Trudeau Government in recent weeks. Both Wilson-Raybould and Philpott have been clear: they believe that if the Prime Minister had accepted responsibility and apologized, this situation would not have spiraled out-of-control in the way it did. Instead, the Prime Minister denied involvement and spent weeks trying to coverup his actions. He shutdown investigations into the scandal and refused to fully waive solicitor-client and cabinet privilege so that Wilson-Raybould could reveal the truth. By enabling the coverup and ultimately supporting Wilson-Raybould and Philpott’s removal from caucus, Liberal Members of Parliament have shown where they stand. They claim to be upset about Wilson-Raybould taping a damning conversation with former PCO Clerk Micheal Wernick. But they are upset about the wrong thing. They are upset about how the truth came out, not what the truth is. Elected officials are supposed to protect individuals who blow the whistle on government misconduct and corruption, not punish them. We now know that the Liberal Party of Canada will kick people out for simply telling the truth. The Prime Minister promised “sunny ways” and transparent government. The SNC Lavalin affair is just the latest and most dramatic proof that he has delivered neither. If you voted for Justin Trudeau because you believed that he would do things differently, if you believe that speaking truth to power should be rewarded, not punished, there is a place for you in the Conservative Party of Canada. The 2019 election is right around the corner. Regional Vice President, Prairies, FirstOnSite Restoration Jamie Mackie urges Albertans to prepare the best they can to prevent flood damage during April showers. Water damage, mould, and property loss happen when property owners and residents are unprepared, or unsure of how to deal with flood outcomes. Photo submitted

By Emily Rogers April showers could potentially cause imminent risk for property owners, residents and businesses. Localized flooding is quickly becoming a top concern for Canadians, said Regional Vice Presidents, Prairies, FirstOnSite Restoration Jamie Mackie. “Water damage, mould, and property loss are only some of the devastating outcomes when property owners are unprepared, or unsure of how to deal with the after-effects of a flood,” Mackie said. The weather has elevated the incidence and cost of flooding, Mackie added, which is the costliest type of property damage. “It poses a serious threat to building structures, interior furnishings, important documents, and prized belongings,” Mackie said. “The stakes for property owners and residents are at an all-time high,” he added. However, residents can take preventive measures to ensure their homes, properties, and businesses are safe from flood damage. Such as waterproofing basements, by filling in any cracks in the foundation, putting weather sealant around windows, and installing flood shields or barriers for windows and doors. Clearing snow from roofs, along with removing debris from roofs and eavestroughs, in order to drain correctly and ensuring downspouts are extended at least six feet from basement walls,

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and neighbouring properties. Property owners are advised to also raise any large appliances, electrical panels and heating systems from the floor, while anchoring furnaces and water heaters to the floor. It’s essential that property owners ensure basement drains are not blocked or covered while making sure all basement pumps are working, and backflow valves are installed. As most flooding occurs in basements, before significant snow melts, or heavy rain, it’s crucial property owners, and residents move any valuables from the floor to avoid damaging belongings. Property owners should also talk to their insurance agent regarding flood insurance. Most people do not properly understand their insurance coverage. It’s important people know their insurance broker, and what the insurance covers ahead of a flood before it’s too late, Mackie said. Lastly, Mackie added, property owners and residents should stay updated on weather changes in the area, to ensure they are ready before the storm hits. “Preparation is key. Don’t wait until the next disaster. “If the flood does occur, safety comes first. We tend to put our material goods before our safety,” Mackie said. He added a necessary risk assessment should be done first. If water is around electrical panels or a basement is filled with water don’t enter. April 18 2019 // theanchor.ca


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Chestermere-Strathmore riding citizens were able to have all of their questions answered during the annual Chestermere Public Library Meet the Candidates event on April 10. Throughout the evening residents were encouraged to come out and meet with their potential representatives and have a face-to-face conversation. Photo by Emily Rogers

By Emily Rogers Around 45 Chestermere-Strathmore riding residents addressed during the Chestermere Public Library’s Meet the Candidates event on April 10. “It allowed residents to meet all of the candidates in one place and ask any questions that they may have,” said Meet the Candidates Organizer Sheri-Dawn Guidolin. “Residents asked great questions, and the candidates enjoyed having the ability to connect with them, which is why we do it,” Guidolin said. Throughout the evening, residents expressed their gratitude on being able to meet the candidates and have their questions answered to Guidolin. “The residents who were here definitely benefited. That’s all we wanted, was to allow residents an opportunity to talk to the candidates,” she said. Although not all of the candidates attended the event, the ones who did appreciated the opportunity to answer residents’ questions, she added. Residents did take note of who did not attend. Chestermere-Strathmore riding resident, Jason Maharaj attended the Meet the Candidates event for multiple reasons. The first being it was crucial to get more information and talk to each candidate face-toface before he made his decision, along with educating his son about how the election process works. “The whole idea was to get my son to see what happens during the process, what kind of questions to ask, what’s important, and hopefully after we will have a discussion,” Maharaj said.

He added, the more parents expose their children to the election process, the more likely their children are to cast a vote in the future. Leaving the event, Maharaj hoped to have a picture of what the local representatives will be doing for him as an individual, the long-term balancing of the budget, and creating jobs. “It’s our responsibility as citizens to cast a vote to the best person who represents your ideals,” he said. For Mary-Ellen Krastel, and Alex Krastel attending the Meet the Candidates event was an excellent way to research what the candidates stood for, before casting a vote. “This election is not like any other election. There is so much more to think about, and so much more to worry about,” Mary-Ellen said. “This election is more politically charged than most elections are, there is a lot of tension,” Alex said. He added people seem ready to fight about anything and doubling down on their beliefs rather than looking at the other views people have. Residents need to put more thought into what they are doing this time and think about how their votes will affect the future, Mary-Ellen said. “You can’t just tick off a box. You have to be a responsible voter,” she added. After talking with the candidates, Mary-Ellen wanted to have a better direction and understanding of what the different parties are doing, what they mean, and what they stand for. “We don’t have a lot of time. We need to do our homework and make the best decision we think we can make,” she said.

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