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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 shaving ceremony, all which generated over $10, 265 in donations. “It was exciting and fun to have the whole school watching and supporting us,” said fundraiser organizers Alida Teghtmeyer, and Leah Bentein. It was important for both students to support cancer research because they both have known people who have battled cancer in the past. “They wanted to make an impact on the people who are diagnosed and have to fight cancer in our province,” said Prairie Waters Elementary Grade Three Teacher Janet Chapman. Chapman added she was impressed by how much research and organizing both students had initially done to ensure the fundraisers were successful. “I immediately offered to help them with the planning at the school,” she said. Working with the students and seeing how organized and determined they were was very inspiring to Chapman, she added. There was a

group of 12 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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Local athletes bring home bronze after competing in Ringette Nationals Athletes dedication and training paid off during Ringette Nationals By Emily Rogers Two Chestermere high school students on the U19AA Calgary Rush Ringette team, Marla Wheeler and Madison Istace traveled to P.E.I., where they won bronze during Ringette Nationals. To prepare for playing multiple games a day, Istace trained on the ice four to five times a week, along with gym sessions where she worked on cardio. “There was a lot of training, physically and mentally, getting my body ready through eating healthy and making sure I was fit enough,” Istace said. “It was getting myself and my cardio good, so I could make it through nationals, going to the gym, running, and getting my body in shape for games,” she added. To prepare mentally, Istace had a game mindset, where she would visualize the game and how she was going to play. During Ringette Nationals, the U19AA Calgary Rush team had beat their sister team, who had defeated them and previously won provincials. “We ended up beating them in the semis which moved us forward to play Ontario to see if we went to the gold medal round or the bronze,” Istace said. Having the opportunity to play in the Ringette Nationals was an amazing feeling for Istace. “I have been on teams that weren’t very successful, and this year we had very good coaching. It was a great season, and it felt amazing to accomplish something that we worked so hard for,” Istace said.

“My team pushed themselves so hard. We played well together the whole time. It was such a good time for our team,” she added. A moment that stands out for Istace was blocking a shot from the other team after they had lured her goalie to the other side of the crease. “I had to rush across the crease and stop her goal by diving in front of the ring,” she said. Istace has played in the Ringette Nationals before, however, this time she wanted to have fun and to compete to the best of her ability. “The last time I went we weren’t very successful, this time I wanted to be very competitive,” she said. Although Istace is proud of how she played during Ringette Nationals, finding the time to train and practice while finishing high school was not easy. “I was constantly having to do my homework, trying to plan around practices. It was very hard to time manage,” she said. Despite having to overcome scheduling difficulties, ringette is a way that Istace can escape from hectic school life and be with her friends. “It’s nice to have that place to go when I need to escape mentally and be with my friends. It’s a friendship that goes beyond, knowing you have each other’s backs in the dressing room and on the ice,” Istace said. “I’ve played multiple sports before I found ringette. When I found ringette, it clicked. It’s different, and it’s a lot of fun,” she added. “I want to encourage more girls to go out and try it. It’s an amazing sport.”

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Holding the plastics industry accountable for plastic pellets accumulation on south shore By Emily Rogers The plastics industry has made commitments to the city of Chestermere to take responsibility for the accumulation of plastic pellets in the south end of the lake. “The lower edge is clean. It’s the upper level of the shoreline,” said Parks and Recreation Manager of Community Operations Kathy Russell. “Out of every crisis comes opportunity, we had the opportunity to build solid relationships with several partners including the city of Calgary,” Russell said. Over 90 inspections have been conducted within the Calgary city limits, to determine the spill of the plastic pellets. However, a source hasn’t been identified. Housekeeping procedures have been identified that need to be approved on, and the city of Calgary has had workshops with the plastics industry to share the best practices and expectations, Russell said. “The Western Irrigation District (WID), has assumed responsibility to manage and plan for removal of garbage and the pellets,” Russell said. To remove the plastic pellets, WID must prepare the site, hydrovac the affected area, and transport the material to the Calgary landfill, which will take roughly four days to complete. “The city of Calgary has committed $10,000

towards the disposal fees,” Russell said. Once WID has a clear idea of the cost and scope of work, the city of Chestermere will send a letter to the plastics industry with an ask to cover all the direct costs of the project. If the project is completed within four days, the estimated cost is around $27,000, Russell said. “In conversation with the plastics industry, there is a willingness to step up and take responsibility to assist,” Russell said. Councillor Yvette Wagner recognizes the amount of work the city of Calgary has done to get to this point. “I am a hard no for funding this clean up that we did not in any way cause within our boundaries,” Wagner said. “I am adamant that our city should not be paying for any of this cleanup,” she added. From an outcome perspective of the Chestermere Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Bernie Morton, receiving commitments from WID, the city of Calgary with financial contributions, and the plastics industry to take responsibility doesn’t get much better. “Given the fact that the plastics industry has garnered quite a bit of scrutiny as of late, they want to do everything they possibly can to not deteriorate our relationships,” Morton said.

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Opioids are killing Canadians in the thousands Abstinence-based treatment is ineffective. We need to invest heavily in harm reduction strategies By Sen. Jane Cordy and Sen. Raymonde Gagné “I wasn’t born to be a drug addict,” said a brave member of the audience at our recent open caucus meeting in the Senate on the Opioid Crisis in Canada. He told us of his struggle with drug addiction over two decades. His closing words hung in the air for us all to absorb: “We need to care more.” He’s right. And we’d better hurry up. More than 9,000 people lost their lives in Canada between January 2016 and June 2018 due to opioids, a class of highly addictive drugs that are commonly prescribed for pain relief and easy to buy illicitly. Most of the dead – almost 70 per cent – were young and middle-aged adults between the ages of 20 and 49, the majority male, in what should be the most fulfilling and productive years of their lives. It’s a national crisis and a public health emergency. Dr. Jeffrey Turnbull, medical director of Ottawa Inner City Health, told the caucus that less than one kilometre from Parliament Hill opioids are easily available on the street. “I now see 150 heroin addicts and five overdoses every day,” he said. “The drug supply is hugely toxic,” Turnbull warned. And it’s a moving target: the specific compounds change weekly, so health service providers don’t know what they’re dealing with from week to week. What’s driving the addiction crisis? Turnbull told the panel, “They are treating their trauma with opioids.” In fact, as Dr. Sheri Fandrey, clinical assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Manitoba, told the panel, “We don’t have an opioids crisis or a methamphetamine crisis. We have a trauma crisis; a housing crisis; a poverty crisis; a stigma crisis.” In other words, what’s fuelling addictions are risk factors wellestablished by research, such as childhood trauma, low income, disability, unemployment and historic trauma, like the residential schools experienced by Indigenous peoples. Dr. Esther Tailfeathers, the medical lead for the Population and Public, Indigenous Strategic Care Network, told the panel that her community, the Blood Reserve in Southern Alberta, with a population of around 13,000, had two to three deaths a week from opioid use. One night, they had 14 overdoses. Almost 40 per cent of babies born in the community now have neonatal abstinence syndrome due to opioid use. So the care network embraced harm reduction. They set up a

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safe consumption site and a safe withdrawal site, created a mobile response unit and trained front-line workers and community members. The first three months they used naloxone, a drug that reverses the effects of opioids in an overdosing situation, they had zero opioid-related deaths. Dr. Caroline-Hosatte-Ducassy, a medical resident in emergency medicine at McGill University, told the caucus that opioids still have an important use in medical practice to treat significant pain, but that doctors need more training, and integrated electronic records, to help prevent over-prescribing. Doctors, she said, need to learn to provide “the right dose” – the lowest effective dosage for the short-term, to the “right patient” – when there’s no other alternative available and the individual has a low risk for overdose

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and addiction. Dr. John Weekes, director of research and academics at Waypoint Research Institute, asked the audience if they’d ever tried to change an aspect of their behaviour, such as losing weight or exercising regularly – and succeeded for a while but then failed. “Why and how could we think and expect people engaged in daily drug use could change their behaviour? “It’s a chronically relapsing condition,” he said, echoing Turnbull’s remarks. They need our help. Weekes said seven in 10 of those who have been incarcerated have problematic substance use and he noted the link between crime and the need to fund addiction. Yet, he noted, “I’ve met thousands of people with substance addiction and I’ve never met any for whom this was their life plan.” So what can be done? In 2016, the federal government created the Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy, earmarking more than $100 million over five years, along with other targeted resources and regulatory changes, to address the crisis. Hearing from the experts, it became clear we need to do more. “We can’t criminalize a solution,” as Turnbull put it. We need a public health solution that’s integrated and multi-sectoral, and focuses on primary prevention. We need an education campaign and we need to make non-prescription solutions for pain and mental health issues accessible. Abstinence-based treatment is ineffective, so we need to invest heavily in harm reduction strategies, including safe injection sites and opioid replacement therapy. Critically, we need long-term treatment facilities that treat root causes with trauma-informed care – without wait lists. As one member of the audience said, we need to “stop treating addiction like a moral failing” and treat it like a serious medical condition. It’s time to care more. Sen. Jane Cordy is from Nova Scotia She is vice-chair of the Human Rights Committee and is also a member of the Energy Committee and the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Committee in the Senate. Sen. Raymonde Gagné is from Manitoba. She is a member of the Official Languages Committee, Transport and Communications Committee and Agriculture and Forestry Committee in the Senate. © Troy Media


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Stolen vehicle recovered on Marina Drive While Chestermere RCMP were monitoring a habitual offender on April 11, they recovered a vehicle and license plate stolen from Calgary on Marina Drive. An 18-year-old Calgary male was found inside the vehicle with items which had also been stolen in the Calgary area. He was later charged with possession of property obtained by crime, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of break-in tools. The investigation also linked a 21-year-old Calgary female to the vehicle who was also arrested and later charged with possession of property obtained by crime, failure to comply with a recognizance, and failure to comply with probation. Both were held for judicial hearings and were later released on several conditions to appear in the Strathmore Provincial Court. However, this matter remains under investigation, and additional charges may be laid.

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Annual Easter Egg Hunt hops into Chestermere to assist in the support of United Way initiatives Every donation will be reinvested back into the community By Emily Rogers Roughly 400 kids found Easter eggs in “Egg-change” for treats and prizes during the ninth annual United Way Chestermere Partnership Easter Egg Hunt on April 20. “It’s been great; we have been fortunate, we’ve had a great turnout,” said Office Coordinator of Community Services Marla Polachek. The annual United Way Chestermere Partnership Easter Egg Hunt is important not only for family bonding but also for the community. “They are making an impact on the community,” Polachek said. She added the funds raised remain in the community and is allocated to agencies and programs which align with the City of Chestermere’s values and strategic plan. An annual call for applications is sent out in July and are reviewed by the human services advisory board who make funding recommendations. The city will approve the recommendations and funding is then distributed in October for the following year. “Over the last eight years we have raised about $2,000 each year,” Polachek said. “It’s great. It’s additional funding that we can reinvest back into the community. Children don’t realize they are making an impact every time they pick up an egg,” she said. However, Polachek and the organizing committee have to continually gamble with the weather during the hunt. “Last year we had snow, but there are still kids coming out and hunting no matter the weather,” Polachek said. Despite hunting in the cold, snow, rain or shine, Polachek looks forward to watching the children’s excitement as they race towards the field full of eggs each year. Without the help and support of community volunteers, the annual United Way Chestermere Partnership Easter Egg Hunt wouldn’t be possible. The event takes at least 40 volunteers and businesses throughout the community who contribute items to children’s Easter baskets. “It adds a lot to the event without us needing to dip into the donation funding which is important to us,” Polachek said. “We are always amazed by how many residents come out and take part with their families, each child’s donation can make an impact in our community,” she added.

The City of Chestermere is thankful families choose to support the United Way Chestermere Partnership Easter Egg Hunt. Not only do families get to spend time together during the long weekend, but they also are positively impacting their community. Photo by Emily Rogers

Roughly 400 children came out to hunt for Easter Eggs during the ninth annual United Way Chestermere Partnership Easter Egg Hunt on April 20. Each year, the city aims to raise $2,000 from donations which are then reinvested back into the community through agencies and programs that align with the values and strategic plan of the city. Photo by Emily Rogers

Every time a child picked up an egg during the ninth annual United Way Chestermere Partnership Easter Egg Hunt on April 20, they were making an impact on their community. All of the funds raised from the day will be aliquoted back into the community for Chestermere residents. Photo by Emily Rogers

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Increased transparency added to 2018 financial audit presentation April 18, 2019 Chestermere, AB – At the Council meeting on April 16, City Council reviewed and accepted the City’s 2018 audited financial statements. “We are committed to open and transparent government and were pleased to see new additions to the financial presentation,” says Mayor Marshall Chalmers. “While we can always improve, Council is pleased with our overall financial situation and confident that we are in a stable position as a municipality.” The City also included new components in the presentation to provide a more robust view on the City’s finances, including off-site levy accounting and departmental breakdowns. “As a municipality, we are in a strong financial position when you look at the low amount of debt we carry compared against the significant number of assets we own,” says Brenda Hewko, the City’s Chief Financial Officer. “As we continue to work towards finding more efficiencies and accounting for our levels of service, we believe our financial position will continue to be strong in the years to come.” The City’s auditors, KPMG, confirmed that the financial statements accurately reflect the City’s current position. In an effort to provide increased service to residents, the auditors also stayed for Question Period to address any concerns from community members. To read the 2018 Financial Statements and view the presentation, visit www.chestermere.ca/financials.

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The Chestermere Regional Food Bank has set new goals for the year after the Annual General Meeting By Emily Rogers The Chestermere Regional Food Bank is implementing new practices following the Annual General Meeting (AGM), on April 15. The AGM is used to explain the financial position of the food bank, to recruit new people and to raise awareness in the community. “Chestermere’s number one humanities resource is the food bank,” said Chestermere Regional Food Bank President Laurie Dunn. Throughout the year, the food bank has to overcome many challenges such as raising awareness as to why the community needs a food bank. “The reality of it is the affluent population in Chestermere is probably one or two per cent. Everyone else is middle class and below,” Dunn said. Another challenge the food bank always faces is bringing awareness to the community that they offer summer programs, and school programs, not just food hampers. “We try to attend as many events as we can, we have partnered up with the first responders who are trying to raise awareness and help with the larger food drives,” Dunn said. She added, last year the food bank made significant progress in raising awareness by attending community events, speaking at schools, and posting on social media. “There are so many more programs that we could be doing if we had more help and more funding,” said the Executive Director of the Chestermere Regional Food Bank Mardi Oel. After the AGM, Dunn and the board of directors for the Chestermere Regional Food Bank created a list of internal and external goals, they want to achieve throughout the year. Those goals include continuing to post on social media, updating bylaws, organizing spring food drives, planting the community garden, identifying funding needs and opportunities that are available to develop a longterm plan, and developing simple recipes that residents can use with items in their food hampers. “We have a bunch of lofty goals to fit in with all the other things we do,” Dunn said. A top priority for Dunn and the board of directors is ensuring that the donations residents make to the food bank are being sent to the food bank.

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“We want to try to mediate that going forward, and we want to promote registering your event,” Dunn said. Now the Chestermere Regional Food Bank is looking for more volunteers who can help with collecting donations and events. “Volunteers are the heartbeat of every single organization,” Dunn said. “We appreciate all the volunteers for all that they do, we also appreciate the community for their overwhelming support,” she added. Currently, the Chestermere Regional Food Bank is preparing for a food drive in early June, which will ensure the shelves are full for the summer months. “We have a food drive the first two weeks of June because every food bank is empty, donations have slowed down to a point where July and August food banks struggle,” Oel said. Many Residents are always very anxious to donate to the food bank during the fall leading up to the holidays. However, once the holidays are over, there is still a need. “We have wonderful support from our local grocery stores, and residents who drop off donations, it’s appreciated,” Dunn said. Going forward, Dunn is excited for the opportunity to be the Chestermere Regional Food Bank President. “Feeding people is super important to me. I was looking for a way to give back to my community, and the food bank fit with me feeding people because that’s what I like to do,” Dunn said. Dunn is confident with her business background, and manager history that she can bring organization and practices to the food bank. “For me, it’s a good fit. I’m everywhere in the community. I just felt like I had something to offer,” she said.


105 Marina Road Chestermere, AB T1X 1V7 info@chestermere.ca (403) 207-7050

City Information

Apply to the Chestermere Community Grant Funding Program! Application deadline is April 26 Anyone who is interested in creating new and innovative community programs or initiatives is welcome to submit an application. Review the full grant guidelines at chestermere.ca/communitygrants

Development Permits The following Development Permit(s) have been approved in accordance with the City of Chestermere Land Use Bylaw 022-10, as amended: 1.

DP# 19-7926 204 West Creek Circle – Lot 79, Block 9, Plan 041 0396 Home Business – Major – LASER TOWNE (laser hair removal)

Any person deemed to be affected by the above approval(s) may choose to appeal this decision to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board. Any appeal must be in writing to the Secretary of the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board and forwarded to the City of Chestermere along with the required fee of $200 within 21 days from the date of this publication. Further information regarding the above mentioned approval(s) may be obtained by contacting our office at (403) 207-7075 during regular business hours.

upcoming events Apr 22-29

Pitch-In Week

Apr 29

Good Food Box Order Deadline (10 a.m.)

May 7

Council Meeting (3 p.m.)

May 10

Friday Night Friends Activity Night (6:30 p.m.)

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Assessment Notices Assessment notices have been mailed to all Chestermere property owners and Property Assessors will be in the City again on May 10. To ensure that your property is assessed correctly, you can review detailed information about your assessment by searching for your property online at www.chestermere.ca/webmap. If you have questions or concerns about your assessment: 1. Contact Accurate Assessment Group at 1-877-438-2305 or bob@aag-gis.com. You can also arrange to meet with them. They will be in Chestermere again on May 10 (from 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.). Call (403) 207-7050 to book an appointment. 2. If you do not agree with the assessor’s explanation or calculation, you have the right to file a formal complaint to the Assessment Review Board. Complaints must be received by the Assessment Review Clerk at City Hall no later than May 21 (60 days after notices were mailed). According to the Municipal Government Act, homeowners can file a complaint about the assessed value of their property but cannot file complaints about the municipal tax rate. Learn more about assessments at www.chestermere.ca/assessment.

Apr 9

City Council prepares for future growth with new regulations

Apr 10

New Boat Launch System and Regulations for 2019

Apr 18

2018 Financial Statements available

Apr 23

Something Amazing is coming to Chestermere

Apr 25

Spring landscaping to begin in off-leash area View more at chestermere.ca/news

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Growing as an artist

Feature Artist of Chestermere Fine Art Guild Art Show and Sale had to gain confidence in herself to grow into the artist she is today By Emily Rogers Although Feature Artist of the Chestermere Fine Art Guild Art Show and Sale, Maxine McKellar found her passion for watercolor accidently, expressing her creativity has always been important to her. “It’s learning. It’s colour coordination, hand-eye coordination, and confidence,” McKellar said. Throughout her life, McKellar has expressed her creativity through photography, interior decorating, and welding scrap metal into furniture, but found watercolour when preparing for a trip to Mexico. “I needed something easy to take with me to Mexico, and watercolour was the answer,” McKellar said. “Once I did watercolour it changed everything. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it,” she said. McKellar enjoys how she doesn’t have to be as structured while working with watercolour as opposed to working with acrylic paint. “I can be a little “loosey-goosey,” but I still have quite a bit of control which I didn’t think I would have,” she added. The process of watching how the paint and water interact is very therapeutic and relaxing. “It’s way more fun than I thought,” she said. Currently, McKellar gravitates towards painting birds, dragon fly’s, underwater scenes, and flowers. “I don’t think I’ve found a niche yet, but I’m just starting to expand outside the box,” she said. When McKellar is preparing to paint, she first begins by going through images she has taken and deciding what she wants to recreate. Once McKellar decides on an image she wants to paint, she sits down and sketches. “Many times, I’ll draw five or six pictures because I love to

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draw,” McKellar said. When it comes time to paint, McKellar decides where the texture and shadows should be, and what colours she wants to use. Mixing paints to get the desired colour has been one of McKellar’s most significant challenges while growing as an artist. “I used to look at a picture I drew and think I don’t want to paint it because I’m going to screw it up,” McKellar said. “Now when I look at a picture, I know how to make shadows, grooves, shading, and details. As I’m growing, I’m more confident in myself,” she added. The Feature Artist of the Chestermere Fine Art Guild Art Show and Sale on May 4, Maxine McKellar found Although McKellar has had to her passion for watercolour on a whim. McKellar is excited for the opportunity to represent the art guild as a learn how to be more confident featured artist and is currently working on a surprise piece for the upcoming art show. in her artistic abilities, having the opportunity to bring joy to people Photo by Emily Rogers “It’s way beyond what I thought I could do. I’m excited about it, through her art makes all of the whereas before I would be apprehensive,” she said. growing pains she has experienced worth it. “I’m very honoured that the Chestermere Fine Art Guild is confi“When I walk into my friend’s house, and I see my art on their dent enough in me to make me the featured artist. It’s an honour to wall, it makes me feel very special,” McKellar said. be a part of this group,” she added. She added, “I still feel like I have a long way to grow, but I’m For more information on the Chestermere Fine Art Guild confident that I will grow. For me, painting is a hobby, and it’s Art Show and Sale on May 4, please visit the Facebook something fun to do.” page at https://www.facebook.com/Chestermere-Fine-ArtCurrently, McKellar is working on a surprise piece for the Chestermere Fine Art Guild Art Show and Sale. Guild-196157077070870/. April 25 2019 // theanchor.ca


East Lake School votes UCP during Student Vote

East Lake School students had the opportunity to learn about the election process while voting for a candidate

The United Conservative Party (UCP) won the majority vote of 106 votes out of 277 during the East Lake School Student Vote on April 15. Leading up to the provincial election, students researched the different parties, what they stand for and their policies. The student vote allows students to learn about the election process and gets them excited to vote in the future. Photo by Emily Rogers

By Emily Rogers Leela Aheer, candidate for the United Conservative Party (UCP) won the majority vote with 106 votes out of 277 during the East Lake School Student Vote on April 15. “It was an opportunity for students to get involved in the process of democracy, take part, and vote just like their parents get to,” said East Lake School Teacher Christina Van Den Eynden. Leading up to the provincial election, students researched the party’s platforms, watched forums, and closely followed the candidate’s campaigns. A lot of the research the students conducted revolved around the candidate’s education platforms, how the candidates are going to solve the over-crowding issues within Chestermere schools, and the policies surrounding the LGBTQ2SA+. “That was a deciding vote for a lot of them. They don’t want teachers to call home and tell their parents if they are in that club,” Van Den Eynden said. She added because voter turnout is lower and lower each year, the Student Vote is a way of getting young people excited to vote when they are old enough. “They can see how the process works, they can see how it’s important to educate yourself as a voter, so you know the actual platforms of the party. It’s preparing them as adults,” she said. Overall the Student Vote is received by students

how the general public receives the election. Some students are excited, engaged and want to learn more about the parties, and then other students aren’t as involved. Grade six student Bryce Mullen was having troubling deciding whom she wanted to vote for during the Student Vote. “The leaders are planning on doing stuff to Alberta that I don’t personally like,” Mullen said. However, while learning about the different parties and their platforms, Mullen was able to find a candidate who fit her beliefs and values the best. “When you vote you pick who represents you, and if they make good decisions for your town. If we all vote for the right Premiere, then we’ll have a good Alberta, but if we don’t then we might have a bad Alberta,” Mullen said. Mullen’s classmate Manreet Sekhon also did a lot of research about the different candidates and their policies before making her decision. “I’ve been doing a lot of research on what the different candidates want to do to our community and why I should vote for them,” Sekhon said. While Sekhon’s classmate Kaden Van Den Eynden also researched the running candidates by attending the All Candidates Forum. “I went to the All Candidates Forum and listened to every answer from the candidates. It was cool,” Kaden said. He added, “It’s important people vote because then they choose who runs the province and if it’s going to be good or bad.

Leela Sharon Aheer MLA Elect

Provincial News Hello Chestermere! I want to start this off by saying THANK YOU! I am unbelievably overwhelmed and honoured to represent you again for the next 4 years. I am in this incredible position because you chose to trust me and the United Conservative Party with your precious province and your futures. There are no words that I can express to explain what that feels like, and how truly humbled I am for this mandate. I would like to take a moment to thank my volunteers and donors. To the volunteers, how does one thank people who go out in -20 to drill holes and put up signs? How does one thank people who are available to you on their days off, when they could be with their families? How does one thank those people closest to you who sacrifice so much time and effort and donate money because they believe in you? I am the most fortunate girl in the world, and I want to say thanks to all of you for the incredible effort that went into our campaign, and the positive and thoughtful way we handled one of the most negative and disrespectful elections that I have ever seen. We are now the new riding of Chestermere-Strathmore, and I am excited to get started. Please have patience with us as we set up our offices, and get staffed and ready to go. Our phone number has stayed the same at this point (403-207-9889), but we are unsure of our new email. Please continue to send emails to chestermere.rockyview@assembly.ab.ca until we are organized and ready to go. We will be starting off our legislative session in the third week of May that will run until just before the start of the Calgary Stampede at the beginning of July to start implementing the 117 pages of policy that were released during the election. Read our platform at: https://www. albertastrongandfree.ca/policy/ . I think you will be impressed.

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Bill 1 will be the Carbon Tax Repeal Act, and that will immediately put money back into the pockets of Albertans. We will freeze spending, reduce taxes and get the economy growing by sparking industry growth. We will eliminate waste, duplication and non-essential spending. We will withdraw from the federal Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund and implement the Job Creation Tax Cut, which will drop the corporate tax rate from 12 per cent to eight per cent and conservatively result in 55,000 new jobs for Albertans according to leading economists. Happy Easter to all Christians celebrating this past weekend. This Christian festival celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his Crucifixion . The earliest recorded observance of Easter celebrations is in the 2nd century AD. Happy belated Vaisakhi as well to our Sikh families. Vaisakhi serves as a reminder to the Sikh community of the creation of the Khalsa order which promotes a more equal and just society, commits to wearing the five articles of faith and practices daily meditation. It also allows individuals access to their Sikh spiritual guide. Chag Sameach, “happy festival” in Hebrew to those celebrating Passover. This is one of the most important religious festivals in the Jewish calendar. Passover (Pesach in Hebrew) remembers the liberation of the Children of Israel who were led out of Egypt by Moses. On a sad note, and regardless of your faith, please join me and think of those who were murdered in Sri Lanka as they celebrated Easter. Please take a moment to remember those we have lost. I am honoured to say: As always we love to hear from you! Leela Sharon Aheer MLA Chestermere-Strathmore

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Letters to the Editor

A Total Surprise

On November 9th, at our grandchildren’s French Immersion School in Chestermere, my wife & I, invited by our daughter, attended the school’s Remembrance Day event. Before leaving the school, a woman approached and gave me an envelope. I never thought until several days later to open the envelope. To our surprise, we had received Calgary Flames tickets. We can’t even remember the last time we’d gone to a Flames game. We will remember this one for a long, long time, for that night January 13th, the Flames beat the Coyotes 7-1. Our thanks go out to the two young students and the adult who purchased the tickets. What a thoughtful and generous thing to do. RL (Bob) Dominique

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Men Are From

Opinion

Quebec needs Alberta as much as Alberta needs Quebec Premier-elect Jason Kenney’s outstretched hand should not be ignored by Quebec By Germain Belzile Senior associate researcher Montreal Economic Institute In a speech following his election victory this week, Alberta premier-designate Jason Kenney extended a hand to Quebec, urging the province not to hinder the development of Alberta’s energy sector. We Quebecers should listen to him. Alberta needs Quebec in the same way that Quebec needs Alberta. Alberta is looking for outlets for its hydrocarbons. Its oil reserves rank the province third in the world and Western Canada is one of the world’s biggest natural gas producers. But Alberta producers struggle to get their highly-prized resources to international markets. Existing pipelines to the United States are insufficient and this bottleneck causes substantial downward pressure on prices, costing the province billions of dollars a year. Moreover, access to new markets in Asia and Europe is compromised by the near impossibility of building new infrastructure. Better access to international markets would be of considerable benefit to the Canadian economy in general and for Quebec specifically. The sale of Western Canadian oil at international prices would generate additional tax revenues for the federal government and contribute to the creation of quality jobs in Alberta and all along the pipeline supply chain. That would benefit several Quebec companies. When the Alberta energy sector is humming, it’s a direct source of quality jobs for Quebec workers. Quebec also needs Alberta to be economically healthy more generally speaking. Our province has benefited from the federal equalization program since its introduction in 1957. For decades, Alberta has been a significant contributor to this program. However, Alberta’s economy has deteriorated considerably in recent years, making the sums paid to Quebec harder for many Albertans to

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swallow. We can expect increasing pressure to modify the equalization program. A Leger poll carried out on behalf of the MEI and released in December showed that the great majority of Quebecers (66 per cent) favour Western Canadian oil far ahead of oil from the United States (seven per cent), Algeria (three per cent), Nigeria (one per cent) or the Middle East (one per cent). Moreover, 45 per cent of Quebecers think pipelines are the safest means of transporting oil, far ahead of the other options. In short, Quebecers want Alberta’s oil and they prefer it be shipped by pipeline. It must be noted that the emergence of hydraulic fracturing for oil, which has allowed the United States to become the largest producer in the world, produces only very light oil. That must be mixed with heavier oil before being refined. For the moment, the United States imports this heavier oil from Mexico or Venezuela, where production is declining, or from Alberta. There’s a strong demand and what’s not produced by Alberta will be produced by others. More openness from Quebec about Alberta’s concerns would improve the country’s economic prospects, which are intimately connected to the development of Western Canada’s energy potential. Quebec and Alberta have been natural allies in the past and together, these two provinces could better oppose Ottawa’s centralizing impulses. Evoking a supposed lack of social licence – a nebulous concept that even its defenders have a hard time defining – ignores the very strong preference of Quebecers for Canadian resources. It also harms our relations with Alberta and is economically counterproductive. Let’s accept Kenney’s outstretched hand and work together for our shared prosperity. Germain Belzile is a senior associate researcher at Quebec-based independent public policy think-tank Montreal Economic Institute (MEI). © Troy Media

Mars(anne) I was hosting a dinner party for our usual bunch last week, and was searching the cellar for a nice white wine to pair with the garlic shrimp appetizers. After sifting through a variety of dull and dreary Chardonnays, I came upon a bottle of Marsanne that I picked up last year on my annual pilgrimage to Okanagan wine country. For those not familiar with the varietal, Marsanne is a white grape from the famed Rhône region of France, which has been producing wine since 600 BCE. Dozens of grape varietals are planted in the Rhône region, with Grenache being the most popular red in the southern part of the valley, while Marsanne is the most popular white planting in the cooler northern section of the Rhône. Marsanne is commonly blended with Roussanne and/or Viognier grapes to produce a more balanced wine, and will produce a deeply golden white wine, with plenty of pear and spice on the tongue, followed by a rich and nutty finish. Its slightly oily texture lets it pair well with food, coating your taste buds for extended savouring. While the ancestral home of Marsanne lies in the Rhône Valley of France, and is still home to the majority of plantings worldwide, the grape has thrived in other climes, most successfully in California and Australia, and we even have plantings of Marsanne right here in Canada, especially in the southern region of the Okanagan Valley near Osoyoos, the hottest and driest part of Canada’s wine country. Marsanne thrives in dry and rocky soils, so the desertlike climate in the southern part of the Okanagan Valley produces shining examples. Canadian vineyards tend to blend Marsanne with a bit of Roussanne to add some herbal notes, and possibly even a bit of Viognier to provide a silky finish. Faithful readers may recall me waxing poetic about Terravista Vineyards, a small hobby winery started by the Tennant family, a rockstar husband/wife pair that went into semi-retirement after selling their famed Black Hills Estate Winery in 2007 to an investment group that included 90s heartthrob Jason Priestly of 90210 fame. The Black Hills Estate Winery had a cultlike following in the early years of the new

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millennium, with their Bordeaux-styled Note Bene selling out immediately after each release, so the wine lovers of the Okanagan watched and waited for the Tennant family to get bored of retirement and open another winery, and were rewarded with Bob and Senka Tennant opened Terravista Vineyards in 2008. The Terravista Figaro uses the time-tested blend of Marsanne, Roussanne, and Viognier to produce an off-dry white wine with notes of nectarine and almond, with a silky lemon meringue finish. I visit the small vineyard on the Naramata Bench just outside of Penticton every year or two, and always bring home a case of their small-batch white wines lovingly produced by luminaries of the BC wine industry. Road 13 is another Okanagan Vineyard that produces a Marsanne, this one blended with just 4% Roussanne and 2% Viognier to marry the different flavours into a perfectly balanced white wine with notes of peach and honeysuckle, with a bit of marzipan on the finish. Fortunately, Marsanne tends to thrive in the same climes as its companion wines of Roussanne and Viognier, with Marsanne ripening slightly later in the season. My favourite domestic example of Marsanne comes from Cassini Cellars, which faithful readers may recognize as the winner of the 2017 Winery of the Year award, and a winery I have visited several times over the years. Cassini Cellars opened their doors in 2007, and are located near Oliver, in the southern end of the Okanagan Valley, and are blessed with the optimal terroir for Marsanne plantings. Being located in a hot and dry region of the Okanagan, the majority of the plantings at Cassini Cellars are big and bold reds, with the Syrah and Cab Sauv much sought after. Fortunately, they have small but well-curated plantings of all the popular white grapes, with the less-common Marsanne growing in popularity every year. The Cassini Cellars Marsanne is the truest expression of its French heritage that I have found in Canada, with plenty of peach and apricot on the palate, with a lingering silky pear finish. At only $20 in well-stocked local booze merchants, look for a bottle for your next garden party!


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

Responsibilities of dog ownership So you’ve made the decision to get a dog. You’ve researched which breed makes sense for your family, lifestyle and budget and today is the big day when THE dog becomes YOUR dog. Congratulations for wanting a dog in your life and for properly doing your homework up front! As they say, “In a perfect world every dog would have a home and every home would have a dog”. You wrestled with the choice of “rescue” versus “breeder” and chose rescue. Most reputable rescue organizations work very hard to piece together the history of the rescue dog and the reason(s) why the dog has ended up where it finds itself. Because a large percentage of rescues are mixed breeds, you have chosen one that best fits your checklist and you feel happy with what you’ve been told. Although you are a first time dog owner, you have spoken with friends as to what to prepare for, so, with a contented smile on your face, the dog arrives home. Responsibility #1: don’t assume that your dog will automatically “fit in”. It has lived in other places but does not understand what you are expecting of it in its new home. From the first step it takes into your home, you have to: • Assume a leadership role by showing compassion to this animal that is likely nervous, excited but feeling lost in this new environment. It will need help and only you can give it. • From the get go establish the boundaries and rules both inside your home and in the outside world so the dog will understand what it can and cannot do. Responsibility #2: Maslow’s pyramid of needs applies to dogs as well as humans. Your dog is completely dependent on you for food, drink and shelter so know what and how much to feed your

dog and always have fresh water available. Some breeds of dog are comfortable staying outside year round but the majority are not. Take it on yourself to ensure your dog is protected from the elements and has a comfortable place to sleep. Responsibility #3: some dogs are calm, some not so much. As your dog settles into your “pack” at home you’ll soon discover which camp he/she falls into. Work with your dog to avoid it becoming a nuisance in the neighbourhood. Be aware of excessive barking. I’m not suggesting that dogs should not bark at all as this is a natural way for them to communicate but be cognisant of the fact that people don’t want to listen to your dog barking incessantly. Responsibility #4: dogs need exercise: how much will depend on the breed, age and level of physical fitness. As well as enjoying the opportunity to run and play with their friends, dogs will often take advantage of the great outdoors to defecate: pick up after your dog! Since the snow has melted at the off-leash park in Chestermere, I am appalled at how much poop can be found there. This is both unsightly and unsanitary. No-one enjoys the act of cleaning up but, for the greater good, please take that extra minute to leave the landscape clean. Responsibility #5: it’s just a fact of life that, like us humans, dogs sometimes get sick. As the caregiver, you are responsible for looking after the health of your dog. Don’t procrastinate! Take action and discuss with your veterinary practice the best options for your dog. Responsibility #6: pay your dog licence. Having a dog is a positive, lifechanging experience, but don’t “cut corners”. You owe it to your dog to act responsibly.

Spent Doing good, loving others, sharing your life, and caring deeply

made for this. Neighbourism is a corrective to

is costly work. Sometimes we

the mechanical, impersonal, and

do not realize how much we’ve

consumptive impulse of hustle

expended on others until something

culture. It believes that as we

or someone comes along and takes

live in healthy rhythms of rest,

the last cookie. We can realize our

growth and generosity, we will

stores are depleted and we have no

find that over time we will have

more to give.

greater capacity. Neighbourists are

Caring for, and loving, our

discovering that people are limited

neighbourhoods is not for the faint

and no one has endless energy to

of heart. It can be taxing to care for

give. So we do not live simply to

others when we feel we have little

take from each other and we do not

else to give. When our resources

demand from our neighbours what

and attention are spread thin, we

they cannot give. Rather we live

might want to give more, but simply find that we are spent. As a gardener I’ve learned something about how things grow. Plants do not produce fruit all year long, they are seasonal. Most of the year my garden is under snow and waiting, some of the year it is sitting in the sun, putting out leaves, and preparing to create fruit. Then, only after all of this is done, are we able to see the first blossoms and eventually enjoy its fruit. For a few weeks a year I have and abundance of apples, strawberries, raspberries, vegetables, and cherries. Our neighbour grows tremendous zucchinis and she shares around

alert to what is happening around us. We nurture relationships, work moments of ease, and lean in. If today you feel spent with the challenges of life, of kids, of aging parents, of work, and hardship; know that it is normal. You are not

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

called to give to everyone always. What your neighbourhood needs is you, as you are, when you are spent and when you are full. You are more valuable than what you give, you are inherently valuable right now. When we practice the art of knowing and being known by our neighbours, we are already most of the way there. Whether you are

out jars on my porch. Sometimes

having your worst day or your best

we are fruitful and have much to

day, the fact that you are willing

share, but most of the time we are

to share it all with those around

growing, waiting, and recharging.

you brings you into a place where caring relationships can flourish.

celebrates the mechanical promise

Simply being present in a world of

of constant production. The ‘hustle’

isolation may very well be all your

is elevated as we work longer hours

community needs of you today.

to get more. We have everything

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.

diligently, honour stories, enjoy

her extras. I collect honey and put

Some parts of our culture

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.

The day will come when you will

we want at the mere swipe of a

feel full again and you will have

credit card. Yet, something is lost

more than enough to share. If today

when we live among others but

is not that day, then rest in the

only for ourselves. We think we

peace of knowing that you have a

can live full lives at this pace and

place here. Your community needs

with that focus, but we were never

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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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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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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. 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! 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! 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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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 table: $25.00 / Wall & Power $40.00

Friday | May 10 Friday Night Friends Activity Night 6:30 - 8 p.m. Connecting families with special needs children with each other. This is an opportunity for kids to play and parents or caregivers to network with other families and service providers in the community.

PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT PRESCHOOL GYMNASTICS (AGES 2 - 6) Learn the fundamentals of movement and basic gymnastic skills with fun themes and circuits. Participants in the unparented classes will work on progressive skills.

April 29/30 - June 17/18 1 Hour / Mondays & Tuesdays Various times available - visit our website for details. Members: $90 / Non-Members: $115 WATCH FOR OTHER PRESCHOOL PROGRAMS STARTING MAY 12 - 16 INCLUDING: OUTDOOR SPORTBALL SOCCER & MULTISPORT, BASKETBALL, AND YOGA

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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! Be sure to enter to win one of our prize baskets. Pick up our Reading Program Newsletter at the Library for scheduled details. Family Movie Wednesday, April 24 at 6:00pm We are showing a family movie. Running time 105 minutes. Grated. Scavenger Hunt & Build a Castle/Dragon Craft Thursday, April 25 at 1:00pm-4:00pm Fire-breathing dragons, castles, and scavenger hunts, oh my! Join us Thursday for lots of fun! No registration required. Royal Chicks Friday, April 26 at 10:00am-11:45am The Royal Baby chicks will be visiting the Library again this year! Be sure to pre-register! Information and sign up sheet at the front desk. Board Games Saturday, April 27 at 11:30am-3:30pm All ages are welcome to join in on the board game fun at the Library. No registration is required. This monthly program features games like Pitchcar, Catan, Dixit, and more. Family Movie Night Monday, April 29, at 6:00pm We are showing a family movie. Running time 75 minutes. Grated. Prenatal Yoga Saturdays at 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 at 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. Artist of the Month Chestermere Public Library is excited to showcase local artists for our “Artist of the Month” series! Each month, we will be showcasing local art at the Library. Artwork will also be available for purchase. Are you a local artist that would like to be featured? Contact Lin Kingdon at linnetts56@gmail.com. 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. Library Hours Monday - Thursday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Sunday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm *Closed on statutory holidays Chestermere Public Library 105B Marina Road Chestermere, Alberta T1X 1V7 403-272-9025 www.chestermerepubliclibrary.com www.chestermerepubliclibrary.com


Zeebs Performance walk outside and see that picture everybody wants,” he said. Although Southgate has many clients from Calgary, Chestermere, Saskatchewan and British Columbia, he still has had to overcome growing pains while expanding his business. One of the most substantial challenges he has had to overcome was finding employees who are getting into the industry for the right reasons. “It’s tough to find somebody who is passionate about the job and not focused on the money,” Southgate said. Most people who work in autobody are primarily educated in collision work and are not always interested in working with hot rods. However, some technicians don’t realize the extreme work ethic and dedication it takes to stick to hot rodding. “It’s a tough mentality to beat. Collision repair can be repetitive and technicians become efficient. There is no repeating here,” Southgate said.

Fixing beat down cars has been ingrained into Zeebs Performance owner, Zane Southgate, since he was old enough to help this father in the garage. “I was grown into the industry,” Southgate said. Since he was 12-years-old he has helped his father remove transmissions, assist with suspension work and rebuilding a 1957 Chevy at age 15, which he drove to graduation. “It doesn’t feel that long when you’re having fun. It’s hard not to enjoy it,” Southgate said. Southgate works with his hands daily, mixing the latest technology with old-school-know-how to fix and correct hidden problems; ensuring these classic cars hold their allure for years to come. “It’s the creation of something from nothing. Many cars come to us with not much there,” he said. The small-town feel has had Southgate calling Chestermere home for the last decade. “I have serenity out front, a full mile of farmland, and an unbroken view of the mountains. I can

When Southgate steps away from work and his presidential duties with the Chamber of Commerce, he enjoys walking with his wife and son around the lake, supporting local business, the Chestermere Regional Food Bank, and maintaining interaction within the community. “Joining the chamber was a great thing,” he said.

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May 31 & June 1 at Camp Chestermere. Hosted by Camp Chestermere & the Chestermere

To register: 403-207-7050 ext. 7081 or email ptippe@chestermere.ca

You are invited to the Chestermere Fine Art Guild Art Show & Sale!

Audition call out for actors for The Sunshine Cafe, the first ever play about the history of Chestermere! All ages needed for this family friendly play to be mounted Sunday August 18th in Chestermere. Auditions Apr 29/30. Six actors needed of all ages for this one of a kind event in Chestermere. Go to the Calgary Arts Development Association https:// calgaryartsdevelopment.com/classifieds/ auditions-sunshine-cafe-2019/ Read more here: http://chestermerehistoricalfoundation.org/

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Program for May 21st will be unique too— Shelly McElroy will preview her program “ Go Stamps Go – With a Chestermere Connection!” at 7:30pm at the Chestermere Library following the regular meeting of the Historical Foundation. www.chestermerehistoricalfoundation.org or call/text 403 200 8046”

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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.

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.

· Connect with nature by turning off electronics for the day and getting outside. Head to a park

Move South this spring. 3 car garage homes • East Lake School (K-9) • Extra large lots You already know how great it is living in Chestermere, but did you know that on the southern point of Chestermere Lake there’s a new community waiting for you to discover? This is your chance to get into a new home from one Alberta’s most award winning builders. Come visit our show home parade to start envisioning your next new home. You can find us at the corner of Kinniburgh Blvd and Sandpiper Blvd. Monday to Thursday 2PM – 8PM and Saturday to Sunday 12PM – 5PM. BROADVIEW HOMES • STEPPER HOMES • STERLING HOMES • ESTATE HOMES BY SUI GENERIS

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Companies and individuals across the globe volunteer their time and donate their money to nonprofit groups and worthy causes. Hundreds of billions of dollars are raised, and many hours are clocked furthering the efforts of charitable groups. Although nonprofits in various categories receive support, one sector has experienced the largest percentage gain: environmental and animal welfare organizations. According to a report released in 2017 from Giving USA, interest in charities involved with animal welfare support and environmental issues rose 5.8 percent when adjusted for inflation. Even though the first piece of legislation concerning widespread environmental concerns in the United States was the Federal Water Pollution Control Act in 1948, environmental causes are still gaining steam. The discovery of a growing hole in the ozone layer prompted change in the mid1980s, as did the devastating Exxon Valdez tanker spill. However, environmental issues have gained considerably more attention over the last two decades than they used to. As a result, curbside recycling, solar energy, electric cars, low-energy light bulbs, and reusable tote bags are now some of the eco-friendly mainstays of everyday life. Environmentalists have founded numerous charities with a goal of protecting the planet and its natural resources. Donating directly or volunteering with environment- or animal-based charities is one way to elicit environmental change. Yet, there are other philanthropic efforts people can take of their own volition. · Target trash. Men and women can organize like-minded individuals who can make a difference by ridding parks, beaches and public recreation areas of as much litter as possible. Litter can impact ecosystems, adversely affect animal welfare and threaten humans. All it takes to make a difference are some volunteers to sweep areas of trash and discard it responsibly. · Support animal welfare groups. Thousands of relinquished or lost pets reside in area shelters awaiting homes. Adopt family pets from shelters to help reduce overpopulation. Spreading the word about animal adoption is another noble effort. · Educate others. Share knowledge about alternative products and techniques for lawn and garden care, pool maintenance, home upkeep, and more that are less harmful to the environment than standard techniques. Share your thoughts with friends and neighbors directly or broadcast them on social media. · Advocate for change. Speak at town hall meetings and with legislators about what can be done to promote environmental protection in your community. Raise funds where possible to implement small actions that can lead to change.

Most of us have been asked to donate to charity at the checkout counter, especially at a grocery store. A dollar here, two dollars there adds up. The practice started years ago but appears to be growing. It’s estimated that more $35 million is raised by simply asking Canadians to donate at the cash register. It’s easy and convenient. But is it really an effective way to support charities? Customers usually don’t get to choose the charity and they don’t get a tax receipt. And most grocers don’t match the donation. So customers do most of the financial heavy lifting without the credit. Many store experience surveys suggest that more than half of all customers disapprove of the practice or feel pressured when asked to donate as they pay for their groceries. Many see it as guilt giving. And many customers dislike the practice because of the lack of transparency about what happens to the money. And do grocers take the credit for giving to charity when funds come from their customer base? So expectations among customers are shifting and grocers may need to think of different ways to support charity campaigns. A U.S. study shows that customers are most likely to go back to the same food store even if they’ve felt pressured or they disliked being asked to donate. Checkout charity is far from a deal breaker for most of us. But in an era of corporate trickery and scandals in the food industry, a growing number of people expect more transparency about what happens to money donated at the cash register. This may be one reason that self-checkouts are more popular than ever. No person asks you to donate. And if a machine asks, it’s much easier to say no. The same rule applies to online purchases. It’s critical for grocers to create a real reciprocal 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 dona-

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tion, 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

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How parents can discuss social media with young children

How to plant a tree for successful growth More sunlight and warm temperatures frequently inspire homeowners to spend more time in the great outdoors during spring and summer. Outdoor projects often top homeowners’ to-do lists in spring and summer, with gardens and landscapes taking center stage. Planting more trees around the yard is one popular project that can improve property value and benefit the environment. Why plant trees? There are plenty of reasons to plant trees. Trees provide a natural form of shade, reducing air temperature by blocking the sun’s rays. This can reduce reliance on air conditioning systems and make it more comfortable to spend time outdoors during the summer. North Carolina State University College of Agriculture & Life Sciences says trees absorb and block noise and reduce glare. They also can trap dust, pollen and smoke. Trees also absorb carbon dioxide and potentially harmful gasses from the air. One large tree can supply a day’s worth of oxygen for as many as four people, while also storing 13 pounds of carbon per year. Getting started Visit a garden center or nursery and select a tree that will be hardy in your planting zone. Choosing native trees can increases the likelihood that the new tree will adapt to its surroundings. Also, inspect trees to determine if they’re healthy before taking them home. Look for evidence of root girdling, which occurs when the roots circle around the perimeter of the container and sur-

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round the trunk. Trees should not have any dead or dormant branches. The DIY Network suggests locating the tree where it can thrive. This means selecting a spot that can make it easier for the tree to grow tall and wide. Avoid planting near the house, where roots can crack concrete or asphalt, and always plant away from underground pipes. Planting the tree Now it is time to amend the soil. It’s not enough to enrich only the soil in the hole where the tree will be placed. Move out into a circular area beyond where the roots will start so that roots can expand and properly anchor the tree. The next method of success is to ensure that the tree has a large enough hole to contain the existing root ball and allow for roots to grow and expand. Better Homes and Gardens experts say to prepare a hole that is two to three times as wide as the root ball of the tree. Treat the root ball gently. If the roots are wrapped in burlap, remove the burlap or push it to the bottom of the hole. Backfill the hole with soil and check that the tree is straight. Stake the tree to help it stay upright and straight until the roots anchor it more effectively. A layer of mulch around the base of the tree can prevent weeds and reduce water loss. Water daily for several weeks until the roots have fanned out. It’s best to leave trees be for the first growing season, only removing broken or diseased limbs. Resist pruning and shaping until the tree has survived its first growing season.

Parents of young children tend to have a lot on their minds. While social media may not be moms’ and dads’ foremost concern, it’s a topic that today’s parents must discuss with their children eventually. Social media is largely uncharted territory for parents. Many parents of young children did not grow up with social media. As a result, they might not know what constitutes appropriate usage, and how to convey that to kids growing up in a world where social media is so prevalent. Parents tasked with discussing social media with kids can consider the following tips. · Recognize today’s kids are the most connected people in the world. UNICEF notes that young people between the ages of 15 and 24 are the most connected people in the world. Seventy-one percent of people in that age group are online, while just 48 percent of the total population across the globe is online. Parents won’t be able to eliminate the internet or social media from their kids’ lives. So discussions about social media usage should be about responsible usage, which should include limits on how much time kids spend online each day. · Don’t view social media as a villain. While social media gets its share of deserved and undeserved criticism, UNICEF, in its “The State of the World’s Children 2017” report, noted that digital technologies can serve as positive forces in the lives of young people. For example, digital technologies allow children to access information on issues affecting their communities. Some

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youngsters may use that access as inspiration to change their communities for the better. In addition, social media allows young people with conditions such as cerebral palsy to interact with their peers in ways they might not have been able to interact in decades past. When discussing social media with their children, parents can emphasize these positive aspects while also noting the negatives associated with social media, using the combination of both as an example of why social media must be used in moderation. · Address the elephant in the room. Everyone on the internet is not who they say they are, and parents must address this with their kids before youngsters open social media accounts. Point out to children that they should never “friend” anyone who they do not know. A 2015 report from Pew Research found that 41 percent of Facebook users are connected with people they have never met in person. While adults who connect with strangers may not be in danger, kids may not be mature or savvy enough to recognize cyber criminals or others looking to prey on their inexperience and trustfulness. Explain this to children and use it to illustrate why mom and dad want to know who they’re speaking to online. Emphasize that your goal is to protect them, not invade their privacy. Social media can be a difficult topic for parents to discuss with their children. Maintaining an open and honest dialogue that recognizes the pros and cons of social media can make such discussions more fruitful.


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CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Easing up on your social activities allows you to focus more of your energies on a long-neglected personal matter. You can get back into party mode by the weekend. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) A dispute with a colleague can be resolved peacefully once you both agree to be more flexible about the positions you’ve taken and allow for more open-minded discussions. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Volunteering to take on added responsibilities could be a risky way to impress the powers-that-be. Do it only if you’re sure you won’t be swept away by the extra workload.

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You might need to do a bit more investigating before making a career move. You do best when you come armed with the facts. A personal matter still needs tending to. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Your creativity plus your good business sense once more combine to give you an important advantage in a difficult workplace situation. An ally proves his or her loyalty. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Avoid rushing into something just because it offers a break from your usual routine. Take things a step at a time to be sure you’re moving in the right direction. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Bouncing back BORN THIS WEEK: Your sense of selffrom a disappointing incident isn’t easy, but you awareness allows you to make bold moves with should find a welcome turn of events emerging. confidence. Spend the weekend with someone special. LEO (July 23 to August 22) An incomplete project needs your attention before someone else takes it over and uses it to his or her advantage. There’ll be lots of time for fun and #105, 100 Rainbow Road, Chestermere games once you get it done. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Doubts involving a potential career change need to be resolved quickly so they don’t get in the way when you feel you’re finally ready to make the big move. THIS WEEK’S FOOD BANK WISH LIST: LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Looking to blame someone for a workplace problem could backfire if it 1 litre juice box turns out you’ve got the wrong “culprit.” Best to get more Pancake syrup facts before acting on your Jam assumptions. Coffee SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Patience might Salad dressing still be called for until you’re Cookies sure you finally have the full story that eluded you up till now. A trusted associate could Chestermere Food Bank offer valuable guidance. ‘open hours’ SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Look into Monday, Tuesday, your recent behavior to see Thursday ,Friday if you could have caused the 11:00 am – 1:00 pm coolness you might now be Wednesday sensing from a loved one. If 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm so, apologize and set things straight.

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HARPER, Douglas James January 23rd, 1942 – April 21st, 2019 It is with a heavy heart that our family announces the passing of a father, grandfather, husband and friend after a long and graceful battle with three simultaneous major illnesses - Doug slipped away from us on Easter Sunday morning. His was the kind of strong silent love that serves to shore up your home, bolster your courage, and leads you to reach beyond your grasp. He faced his illnesses with an inner resolve that few possess. When given three years to live, he took five instead, and filled every minute with family and friends. Even to the end he wanted to recapture the magic of his last birthday dinner with the people that he loved and who loved him in return. Doug’s pride and joy was his family, and he gave everything to make sure that his beloved grandchildren had the best of childhood adventure and support. The campfire was his workbench, and the backyard his canvas, and he loved to sit in the Gazebo by the lake and appreciate his art – the last summer was his Opus, with brilliant flowers cascading off the rocks in the evening sun, and gorgeous sunflowers standing at morning’s attention to the birdsong. Doug was born in Edmonton, and spent his life in the arms of Alberta and British Columbia with his family and friends around him. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Patricia, his son James, his daughter Lea Ann (Randy Moore Sr.) and three amazing grandchildren that were the best years of his life, and a constant reminder of what real success in life looks like: Sarah, Emily, and Randy Jr. Doug leaves behind many friends who loved him, and a family that will forever have a hole in their hearts, but who also have many rich memories of a life well lived, and a man dearly cared for. We can ask for nothing more in our journey. Special thanks to the Chestermere Home Care Team for easing Doug’s suffering with kindness and compassion, and to both the Nursing Staff at Prince of Peace, and the Calgary Palliative Care Team that comforted him to the end, we extend our deepest thanks and appreciation. To honor Doug’s memory, please plant some flowers and quietly reflect on all of the many gifts of life and love that fill your each and every day. To express condolences, please visit: www.mountainviewmemorial.ca.

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