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Community rallies to support Chestermere for Kraft Hockeyville 2020 By Emily Rogers
Chestermere railed together in support of the Chestermere Regional Community Association (CRCA) Kraft Hockeyville 2020 application on Jan. 31. After the Kraft Hockeyville community rally, Chestermere Lakers played against Strathmore. “It’s so amazing to see the stands filled. It’s Friday night. It’s hockey night in Chestermere,” said CRCA General Manager Jody Nouwen. “To see everybody not only come out to the rally but to stay and support their local team, those kids probably felt like rock stars out there,” she said. Adding, “The music, the lights, and the hype showed that it is something extra special, and that hockey is really special in Chestermere.” Finalists of Kraft Hockeyville 2020 will have the chance to win up to for arena upgrades and the Interior$250,000 signage/marketing layout opportunity to host an NHL game. “We are having troubles with our roof, it needs a few fixes, which we will be doing this spring,” Nouwen said. Through the rally, Nouwen is hopeful Chestermere residents and hockey lovers will share photos and their story about why hockey is important to the community on the Kraft Hockeyville 2020 website. “We’re hoping to gain some momentum and have people go onto the Kraft Hockeyville site and share their story of why the Chestermere
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Residents are encouraged to continue sharing why hockey is important to Chestermere on the Kraft Hockeyville website Rec Centre, Chestermere Minor Hockey, Indus Ringette, and figure skating is so important to them,” Nouwen said. In September 2019, a structural analysis warned that a portion of the facility’s roof was at risk of failure if there was a heavy snow load. However, the CRCA has a system in place in which the snow levels on the roof are monitored and the snow will be removed if too heavy. In the spring, the CRCA will begin upgrades to the red arena roof, which will cost approximately $600,000. “We had a Kraft Hockeyville application in about four years ago, but didn’t have the story behind it,” Nouwen said. “This arena has needed upgrades for a while, but now we have a story with having the roof issues,” she added. “A couple of months ago there was an impending closure that didn’t happen, but we know there are some fixes that need to be done, and that perhaps makes our story a little more appealing.” Nouwen is thankful for the community support the CRCA has received throughout the past months. “People are really supportive. Having Tim Hortons with coffee and hot chocolate, and the The REPs Group RE/MAX First with popcorn, it shows that we’re not alone in this community. We have people working together who want to see us thrive,” she said. For additional information, please visit the Kraft Hockeyville website at https://www. krafthockeyville.ca/#/landing.
Residents supported the Chestermere Regional Community Association (CRCA) Kraft Hockeyville 2020 rally on Jan. 31. The CRCA encourages residents to continue sharing why hockey is important to the community on the Kraft Hockeyville website for a chance to win $250,000, which will go towards upgrades to the red arena. Photo by Emily Rogers
Hockey lovers rallied together in support of Chestermere for Kraft Hockeyville 2020 on Jan. 31, before the Lakers game. Finalists in Kraft Hockeyville will have the chance to win up to $250,000 for arena upgrades, and the opportunity to host an NHL game. Photo by Emily Rogers
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By Emily Rogers A 27-year-old female from Conrich, Alta. has died. The woman was the victim of a shooting in Conrich on Jan. 8 at 2:30 a.m. An autopsy was conducted at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Calgary, where the manner of death of determined to be a homicide. The family is asking for privacy as they grieve. This incident remains under investigation by RCMP Major Crimes. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Strathmore RCMP at 403-934-3968, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store to remain anonymous. No Further information is available at this time.
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One vehicle involved in multi-vehicle collision found to be stolen from Calgary At approximately 8:40 a.m. on Jan. 8, a multi-vehicle collision occurred on Rainbow Road south of West Lakeview Dr. One of the involved vehicles had previously been stolen from Calgary. The driver and occupant of the stolen vehicle fled on foot into the residential area. An RCMP officer located and arrested two males, a 17-year-old driver, and a 19-year-old passenger, who have now been charged in relation to the stolen vehicle. The driver was also charged with criminal driving offenses. Both are scheduled to appear in Strathmore Courthouse.
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Local Peace Officer stops theft from a construction while on regular patrol Through investigation it was found that the SUV was uninsured, unregistered, and hauling a stolen trailer By Emily Rogers On Jan. 19, at approximately 2:30 p.m., while on a regular patrol in the Kinniburgh Crescent area, a Chestermere Peace Officer observed a suspicious SUV hauling a trailer. The officer observed a male entering a new home development and carrying numerous items and loading them into the vehicle. A traffic stop was then initiated on the vehicle for several equipment violations. Through further investigation, it was found that the vehicle was uninsured and unregistered, the trailer was also reported stolen from Calgary. The Calgary driver and passenger were charged with several offenses and are scheduled to appear in the Strathmore Provincial Court. “Our officers are trained to handle a wide range of incidents,” said Chestermere Community Peace Officer Shawn Press. “Traffic stops are the number one interaction
our members have with the public, and these stops can often lead to the apprehension of wanted individuals and the detection of additional criminal activities that affect our community and impact the quality of life that our residents enjoy,” he said. As theft from construction sites is an ongoing issue, the Chestermere RCMP encourages residents to contact the Chestermere RCMP at 403-204-8900 to report any suspicious activity or vehicles in the area.
On Jan. 15 at 8 a.m., a group of unidentified males were responsible for several thefts of vehicle offenses in the areas of West Creek Crescent, Rainbow Falls Glen, and Crimson Lane. The suspects were approaching vehicles running on the driveways and fleeing, then one vehicle that was fleeing struck a parked car. The stolen vehicle was left behind, and the suspects then fled in another vehicle stolen nearby. The last stolen vehicle was recovered in Calgary later that day in the Applewood area. Police were provided with residential surveillance videos from the affected homes but are asking other residents in the area to check their cameras for activity on Jan. 15 between 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. If residents see unusual activity between the specified times or have any information that can help assist in the ongoing investigation, please contact Chestermere RCMP at 403-204-8900.
Okotoks man charged with vehcile theft in Chestermere A 33-year-old male was arrested in possession of a stolen vehicle on April 1, 2019, at 8 a.m. On Jan. 22, the Okotoks man appeared in the Strathmore courthouse and was convicted of the alleged offense. The male received a 300-day custodial sentence, which included pre-trial time spent in custody, resulting in a further one day in jail before being released back into the community, having completed his sentence.
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Community comes together for long-time Lifepath Wellness Centre greeter A fun casino, and silent auction fund raising event will be held on Feb. 8 to raise proceeds for Chestermere resident’s immunotherapy treatment By Emily Rogers The team from the Lifepath Wellness Centre is asking for community support in raising funds for long-time employee’s cancer treatment.
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Chestermere residents are encouraged to attend the Strength 4 Sue Fundraiser on Feb. 8. Throughout the evening, residents can play in a fun casino, bid on a silent auction, and dance, where all of the proceeds will go towards Chestermere local and long-time Lifepath Wellness Centre greeter Sue Philp’s immunotherapy treatment. Photo submitted by Gradyon Pease
The goal of the Feb. 8 fun casino, silent auction and dance at the Lakeside Golf Course is to raise $53,000, which will go towards the immunotherapy treatment of Chestermere local, and Lifepath Wellness Centre greeter for a decade, Sue Philp. “She’s the face of the office. Anytime you come into lifepath, everybody knows Sue,” said Lifepath Wellness Centre Office Manager Terri Cruickshank. She added, “It’s going to be a fun night, and it’s all going towards a great cause.” Philp was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago, and in August 2019, she began battling once again. After Philp began to have difficulty breathing, doctors discovered a pleural effusion surrounding her heart and lungs containing cancer cells. Philp’s option was to undergo chemotherapy again, as immunotherapy in Canada wasn’t an option for her. However, through her employer, Dr. Jed Snatic, she was able to make a connection with Dr. Jorge Serrano and the team of the BajaMed Group and receive immunotherapy treatment in Tijuana Mexico, while also receiving chemotherapy in Calgary. Philp has received the first treatment and is responding well. “They have advanced testing, and when Sue was tested, it indicated that she was a candidate for the advanced immunotherapy with them,” said Lifepath Wellness Centre Office Manager Blythe Hudson. Although the fun casino and silent auction funds will be used for Philp’s immunotherapy, any of the funds not used will be used for others who are considering immunotherapy treatment options out of the country. “We have a foundation at lifepath that will be for other people who are inquiring about the option to go out of the country for immunotherapy,” Hudson said. In addition to the fun casino fundraising event, bottles are being collected, and a GoFundMe has been started. “We’re doing everything possible. Our team is
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A fun casino, silent auction, and dance has been organized to support Chestermere local Sue Philp’s immunotherapy treatment. Philp was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer three years ago and underwent treatment. In August of 2019, it was discovered that Philp now has pleural effusion surrounding her heart and lungs containing cancer cells. Philp is currently undergoing chemotherapy in Calgary and immunotherapy at the BajaMed Group in Tijuana, Mexico. Photo submitted by Graydon Pease
incredible,” Hudson said. “We’re into the new year, and finances are tough in Alberta right now,” she added. “As much as our team has helped, we need to go outside of our team.” Hudson and Cruickshank are thankful for everyone who has donated funds, bottles, and to the businesses who have shown their support by donating silent auction items. “People are very generous,” Cruickshank said. “We’ve had so many people help out and volunteer, and we’re so thankful for everyone. Thank you to the people who have donated and who have rallied together to make this event happen,” she said. To purchase tickets for the fundraising event, please visit https://www.tickettailor.com/events/ e/341390?fbclid=IwAR3wbuSbZe3HvyXunsV iCnsluH3COfRo5YzabFYtukbrAzuTAn8iPAY hVZw#, or to donate to the GoFundMe please visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/medicalfundraising-for-sue-philp. For additional information regarding the fundraising event, please visit the Strength 4 Sue Fundraiser page on Facebook at https://www. facebook.com/events/469221453966318/.
Whitecappers celebrate Robert Burns Day with potluck dinner
Chestermere residents of Scottish descent were honoured during annual Robert Burns Day celebration By Emily Rogers The Chestermere Whitecappers Association honoured Chestermere’s Scottish community with bagpipes and haggis during the annual Robert Burns potluck dinner on Jan. 28. Every year, the Chestermere Whitecappers Association celebrates Robert Burns Day to honour former Scottish president, Graham Cox. “We brought in a piper, the tradition is the haggis is piped in, then Graham recited the “Address to a Haggis,” said the Vice President of the Chestermere Whitecappers Association Karen Rideout. Over 60 residents attended the annual Robert Burns potluck dinner and gathered to celebrate. “There are a lot of Scottish people in Chestermere who might not have another outlet to celebrate Robbie Burns day,” Rideout said. She added, “If anybody wanted to celebrate because they are Scottish, we were here for them.” When Robert Burns died, his friends had a dinner to honour him and read the “Address to a Haggis,” which has carried on for more than 200 years. The President of the Calgary Burns Club Jim Hutchens suggests Robert Burns Day is celebrated because of the humanity of the poet. “His grasp of the fact all men and women were created equal in a time when the station of people was defined by class and wealth,” Hutchens said. He added that individuals such as William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, and Robert Burns espouses freedom, freedom of Scottish people, of souls, of mind, of thought, of speech, and the freedom to fulfill dreams and potential. “That is what it means to be Scottish and to be Canadian, and to live in this country,” Hutchens said. “Robert Burns captured all this and more in his works and words,” he said. Not only did the Robert Burns Day potluck dinner give residents in the community an opportunity to celebrate and to socialize, but to also see what the Chestermere Whitecappers Association has to offer. “Our members look at this club as being a very safe and secure place to gather with their peers,” Rideout said. “Everyone could sit and socialize. Being social leads to longevity, the key is that it’s a safe environment to come to,” she said. Adding, the Chestermere Whitecappers Association is always looking for new members 50 years of age or older. For more information on the Chestermere Whitecappers Association stop by the centre, or please visit the website at http://whitecappers.ca/.
Over 60 residents celebrated Scottish heritage during the Chestermere Whitecappers Association annual Robert Burns Day potluck dinner on Jan. 28. The celebration began with the haggis being piped in, and former Whitecappers president Graham Cox reading the “Address to a Haggis.” Photo by Emily Rogers
The Chestermere Whitecappers Association honoured Scottish poet Robert Burns and Chestermere residents of Scottish descent on Jan. 28 during the annual Robert Burns Day potluck dinner. The annual potluck dinner is an opportunity for residents to socialize with like-minded people in a safe environment, said Whitecappers Vice President Karen Rideout. Photo by Emily Rogers
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City administration directed to include implementation of John Morris Way and West Chestermere Drive traffic lights in 2021 budget deliberation Chestermere City Council directed administration to include a safety audit and traffic lights at John Morris Way and West Chestermere Drive (WCD) in the 2021 budget deliberation during the Jan. 21 regular meeting of council. During the Dec. 17 council meeting, Deputy Mayor Yvette Kind put a resolution to the floor to direct administration to take the necessary steps to install traffic lights at the intersection of John Morris Way and WCD. However, after discussion, the resolution was tabled and then defeated on Jan. 21. “It’s interesting to come back to it when you’ve been separated from this discussion for so long, and we’ve also had additional information since that time,” Kind said. “I still believe that we should be proactive, not reactive. I know since the day we’ve been sitting here most of us have felt it is an unsafe and challenging intersection in our city,” she said. After a six-hour traffic study was conducted on Feb. 14, 2019, it was determined street lights would need to be added soon to the John Morris Way and WCD intersection. A traffic consultant was hired to provide a study and provide recommendations on the intersection. During the study, the traffic consultant observed near misses with northbound traffic and leftturning vehicles, and it was concluded that the John Morris Way and WCD intersection was nearing capacity. “My concern is that it’s fairly final in that we have been told what it costs, and we have been told a timeline, but we’ve also been told by our Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) that we did not put the money into this year’s budget,” said City Councillor Michelle Young. “As this motion sits, I wouldn’t support it, but I would like to see it put in possibly next year’s budget or bump it up in the project list,” she said. “This is an important issue, and we need to be proactive,” said City Councillor Ritesh Narayan. He added, “I would like to have a large discussion about what kind of implications this would have on our budget. It’s an important matter, but I’m willing to wait until
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deliberations.” City Councillor Mel Foat added that he does support Councillor Kind’s motion to install the traffic lights. “There is more than one thing wrong with this intersection. Right now, all we have there is a poorly designed crosswalk,” Foat said. He added, a signal light on the south side of the intersection could be added to gain drivers attention, or the city could purchase portable stop signs. To install street lights at the John Morris Way and WCD intersection, it would cost approximately $300,000. “This resolution was tabled in December. The missing piece is where is the funding is coming from,” said Mayor Marshall Chalmers. “What we did hear on Dec. 17 was the money would come from somewhere, it’s a little more complicated than that,” he said. The city has several options for accounts the money could come out of, said the City of Chestermere Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Brenda Hewko. The options included debt, property tax rates, potential grants, or restricted surplus accounts such as the municipal new capital restricted surplus account, the council priority stabilization restricted surplus account, and the general corporate restricted surplus account. “I keep hearing that this $300,00 isn’t anywhere in the budget, yet we have discussions about millions of dollars that aren’t in the budget that we’re considering other items for,” said kind. If we’re going to spend money on anything, we better have a base to justify to the public how we’re spending their dollars,” Chalmers said. “We keep saying that everybody thinks it’s unsafe, well let’s get the documentation that says it’s unsafe, a safety audit, so that we can make an informed decision. Right now, it’s perceived,” he said. Chalmers added that he supports his colleagues that wanted to move the discussion to the budget phase. “I’m with doing it properly, let’s get the data that says we need to do something and what it is we need to do, and then we put the money in the budget and get it fixed,” he said.
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Help Shape the Future of Social Programming! Block Parties. Community Gardens. Financial Literacy Workshops. Diversity & Inclusion Programs. Seniors’ Lunch and Learns. These are just some of the many social programs that are offered right here in Chestermere. In the coming months, the City is doing a review to make sure they are meeting the needs of our community. To help us evaluate our social programs, we’d like to hear from you! How you can help: Attend our open houses on Thursday, February 13: Learn more at chestermere.ca/socialprograms • Session one: 3 - 4 p.m. at City Hall • Session two: 6 - 7 p.m. at City Hall At the open houses we will review all current social service offerings in Chestermere to better understand these resources, how they are being used by the community, and how they are measured for success.
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Upcoming Events Feb 6
Harry Potter Book Night (Chestermere Library, 6 pm - 8 pm)
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Chestermere Public Library celebrates Family Literacy Day with Read for 15 Over 300 Chestermere residents reported reading for 15 minutes By Emily Rogers
Dogs belonging to the Community Therapy Dogs Society (CTDS) stopped by the Chestermere Public Libray for a story in celebration of Family Literacy Day and Read for 15 on Jan. 27. Throughout the afternoon, everyone was encouraged to stop by the library and read to the therapy dogs. Photo submitted by Cathy Burness
The Chestermere Public Library celebrated Family Literacy Day with the annual Read for 15 on Jan. 27. Last year, over 700 residents read for 15 minutes and reported it to the Chestermere Public Library, this year, 354 reports were collected. “There were 354 people who felt it was important to let us know that they read that day,” said the Chestermere Public Library Acting Director Cathy Burness. “They took the time, and it was lovely that they took the time not only to read but to make sure we knew that they read. We appreciate those people who took the time,” she said. The Chestermere Public Library team was diligent in advertising on all social media platforms, advertising in the library, and mentioning the Read for 15 to residents coming into the library. Anyone who read anything from a book, magazine or posts on social media for 15 minutes could report that they had read by emailing or calling the library, commenting on social media, or coming into the library. “We will likely do it for at least another year, and see if we can gain some momentum, we had hoped that this year was the year,” Burness said. Before Jan. 27, nine schools were contacted and asked to participate in the Read for 15. However, no schools reported back. “We did have some schools participate last year. When we do get the school’s participation, the numbers go way up,” Burness said. “It’s usually the primary school students who are more engaged
in the community reading events,” she said. The Chestermere Public Library and Parent Link Centre also worked in conjunction for Family Literacy Day by hosting a storytime. Along with a storytime for young children, dogs belonging to the Community Therapy Dogs Society (CTDS) also stopped by for a story. New to the Read for 15 this year was Listening Tails, where anyone could read to the community therapy dogs. “We had the Listening Tails dogs here all afternoon and into the evening, so people could just drop in and read to the dogs,” Burness said. “There seems to be an overwhelming desire to read to these dogs young and old alike,” she said. After the Read for 15, Burness had reached out to the Marigold Library System, which the Chestermere Public Library is a part of, and had found out several libraries decided to not participate in the reading activity this year. “It would be a good idea to run the Read for 15 at least one more year,” Burness said. Despite the low participation numbers, the readership in Chestermere is high. “The people we have taking out books all the time and the e-resources, people are reading it’s just a matter of getting them to report,” Burness said. Adding, “The people who reported the reading seem to generally enjoy reporting the reading.”
Local athlete preparing for the 2020 Alberta Winter Games Hannah Deck is excited to play the best she can, and go for gold By Emily Rogers A Chestermere hockey player is preparing to play defence in the 2020 Alberta Winter Games in Airdrie Alta. from Feb. 14 to Feb. 17. Hannah Deck has played hockey for eight years, after being inspired to pursue the sport because of her father. “I got started playing hockey when my dad took me to an introduction to hockey camp when I was seven, and I fell in love with the sport,” Deck said. Adding, “I was influenced by my dad because he played at a very high level of hockey in the Western Hockey League (WHL).” Before making the Alberta Winter Games team, Deck competed in three-days of tryouts with 130 girls in three zones. “When I first found out that I made it, I was so happy and very excited. My initial thought when I saw my name on the list was all shock. I knew I worked my hardest, and it paid off,” Deck said. “Trying out for this team was important to me because of the high level of hockey that I want to reach,” Deck added. “I had also tried out for the challenge cup the year before but didn’t make it. I wanted to redeem myself by making the winter games this year.” Deck played in the Chestermere Minor Hockey Association (CMHA) for six years on a boys’ team before moving to play female hockey last season. Currently, Deck is preparing for the upcoming Alberta Winter Games with her team, the Rocky Mountain Raiders Bantam elite
team, from Okotoks Alta. doing dryland practices once a week, and regular practices twice a week. “Our team will not be practicing together before the games start. We will meet on the first day of the games on Feb. 14,” Deck said. Although Deck hasn’t met her teammates yet, going into the games, Deck is excited to play the best she can, meet new athletes, and go for gold. “My biggest goal going into the winter games on, a personal level, is to try as hard as I can every time I step on the ice and to never take a shift off. On a team level, to meet new people, enjoy my experience and to win gold,” Deck said. Although Deck has had to overcome hardships to get to this point in her hockey career, such as being the last cut from Rocky Mountain Raiders for the 2018-2019 season and being cut from the challenge cup, hockey has always remained a high priority for her. “Hockey is very important to me because of the team spirit and the energy that flows. The high-level competition makes me want to come to the rink every day to play. And I just love the game itself,” she said. “Hannah has worked so hard for the past couple of years to improve her game,” said Hannah’s Father Kim Deck. “For her to make the Alberta Winter Games, we were so proud of her and happy that she was able to see the results of all the work she has put into her skills and development,” he added. February 06, 2020 // theanchor.ca
Chestermere hockey player, Hannah Deck, was inspired to play hockey because of her father and fell in love with the sport when she was seven years old. Now, she is preparing to play in the 2020 Alberta Winter Games in February. Deck is currently practicing with her team, the Rocky Mountain Raiders Bantam elite team, from Okotoks Alta., multiple days a week. Photo submitted by Kim Deck
Trophy Weighed More Than Winner! by Jen Peddlesden, Opti Sailor Calgary Yacht Club 2019 was a banner year for Youth Sailing at the local sailing club in Chestermere. There were many winners but one boy with a brave sailor’s heart stood out. Zairyn Mierau was both the Optimist Sailor of the Year, winner of the Junior Championship Optimist Trophy, and Twilight Series (Thursday night races) Optimist Winner. One monstrous trophy was heavier than Zairyn. No problem says Zairyn, some of the waves he encountered in Vancouver dwarfed him as well--yet on he sailed. With such wins, who wouldn’t want to take it to show and tell in homeroom at Langdon School? Congratulations Zairyn, you are a great inspiration at 8 years old to every Canadian kid who gets into a sailboat. Zairyn was featured in the Langdon School Newsletter where you can read about his other 2019 sailing awards not just in Alberta. An up and comer for sure! (click on January Newsletter
https://langdon.rockyview.ab.ca/) Other sailors and their crew members also received CYC yearend trophies at the annual Christmas Dinner and Awards night held on December 1st 2019. [see photo] This is the oldest sailing club in Alberta, started in 1927. Which could be the reason there are many experienced and talented sailors coming out of CYC. The other talented 2019 winners were; Skipper of the Year - Glenn Taylor; Member of the Year Stephen Reichenfeld; Junior Member of the Year - Anna Kearns; Crew of the Year- Danial Mottaghi; Junior Male of the Year Chaz Peddlesden; Junior Female of the Year - Sienna Bruchet; Master Sailor of the Year - Lesley Reichenfeld; Commodore’s Cup - Lee Nagy; Club Champion Single Handed Monohull Michael Hooper; Club Champion Double Handed Monohull - Brian Graham and Chris Graham; Club Champion Open Multi Hull - Bill Mulloy and Ian Hern; Junior Champion -Adam Chan;
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Twilight Series Single handed Monohull - Michael Hooper; Twilight Series Double Handed - Anna earns; Laser Radial Alberta Championship ( Brass Monkey)- Lesley Reichenfeld, Adam Chan, Ewa Stroemich; Laser Lantern Trophy ( Brass Monkey) - Michael Hooper, Mike Weldon, Eugene Dombrowskiy.; Lightning Series Robert Rudolf. No rest for these sailors though, the Grand Master and Great Grand Master Class Sailors (Grand Master at 55-64 and Great Grand Master at 65 and above) will be travelling to California, Florida and Melbourne to participate and challenge in international level sailing competitions this spring. We wish them smooth sailing and good winds. The Youth Sailors are looking ahead to the 2020 season with a special fundraiser Sat Mar 21st “ Rock Around the Clock” an event of 50s fun and frivolity. Live music, everyone welcome, find ticket information at https:// calgaryyachtclub.wildapricot.org/event-3697529
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)
Public Library *NEW* Library Hours as of Saturday, February1st Monday 10:00am-5:00pm Tuesday - Thursday 10:00am-8:00pm Friday 10:00am-5:00pm Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm Sunday CLOSED *Closed on statutory holidays
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SPECIAL EVENTS Saturday, February 15th – VALENTINE’S DANCE 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Doors open at 6:30pm. 50/50 draw and salty snacks. Wine and beer $5 each. Entertainment: Silence in Between. Limited Tickets available to members only until February 7th then available to non-members. **************************************************** REGULAR WEEKLY PROGRAMS DROP-IN COFFEE HOURS: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday mornings 10:00 am. Drop by for coffee, cookie and a chat; share some laughs! MONDAYS: CHAIR YOGA – 11:30am – 12:30pm. Everyone Welcome! Dropin. No Charge for members and $2 for non-members. CARPET BOWLING – 1:00pm. More players are welcome! BRIDGE – 1:00pm – Guests Welcome! CIRCUIT TRAINING MONDAY EVENINGS - 5:30 – 6:30 pm. A self-paced class, designed for all ages and abilities. Incorporates strength, balance and cardiovascular health. **Please bring your own hand weights if you have them. TUESDAYS: CRIBBAGE FUN NIGHT - First Tuesday of every month – **NOTE: cancelled over winter months. Back in March or April. DROP IN WALK FIT CLASS – *Time changed to: 9:30 –10:30 am and may change again. No charge for members. $2/non-member. Walking indoors. Meet at Whitecappers. 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! Dropin. 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 DROP IN WALK FIT CLASS – *Time changed to: 9:30 –10:30 am and may change again. No charge for members. $2/non-member. Walking indoors. Meet at Whitecappers. 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 non-members. 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 further notice. COME SEE WHAT’S NEW AT THE WHITECAPPERS!
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6:30 P.M. CEREMONICAL PUCK DROP BEFORE CHESTERMERE LAKERS MIDGET GAME @ 7 P.M. We invite everyone to show the country how we embody the spirit of hockey by wearing your jerseys, making signs and showing up to lend your support before the puck drop. Then, stay and support your local hockey team! At the Rally we plan to film a promotional video we’ll submit to Kraft Hockeyville as part of our campaign.
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Harry Potter Book Night Thursday, February 6th, 6:00-8:00pm It’s almost here! Harry Potter Book Night is one of our most popular events at the Library. There will be Harry Potter decorations, activities and crafts. The staff will be all decked out in our finest wizarding world outfits. Dress as your favourite witch, wizard, Hogwart’s student or muggle persona. Baby Rhyme & Storytime Wednesday, 10:15am-11:30am We are partnering with Chestermere Parent Link Centre to bring you this program on Wednesday mornings at 10:15 am. Parents/ caregivers and babies (0-12months) are invited to join us for stories, songs, and rhymes to promote bonding, and the development of your baby’s language, communication, and early literacy skills. No registration is required, as this is a drop-in program. Pre-School Storytime Fridays, 10:15-10:45am We have stories, songs and fun every Friday morning at 10:15 am. This storytime is meant for families with small children. If you would like to bring more than 6 children, please call or email our Acting Director, Cathy to make special arrangements. Cathy.email@example.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, Twitter and Instagram pages. Chestermere Public Library 105B Marina Road Chestermere, Alberta T1X 1V7 403-272-9025 www.chestermerepubliclibrary.com
Martin Shields MP Bow River
Can Starbucks save the planet? Starbucks is going dairy free, among other measures, to cut its carbon footprint in half by 2030. It’s a bold move and accountability will be key By Sylvain Charlebois Professor in Food Distribution and Policy Dalhousie University Starbucks’ plan to reduce its carbon emissions is undoubtedly ambitious. It wants to halve its food waste, water use and gas emissions by 2030. Their commitment to becoming a better environmental steward has wide-ranging implications across the food industry. Other chains have made similar announcements. McDonald’s aims to cut emissions by 36 per cent from 2015 levels by 2030. Yum! Brands, which owns KFC and Taco Bell, seeks to reduce emissions by 10 per cent by the end of 2025. All these efforts have merit, but Starbucks’ call is different. The baseline year will be 2018, based on an audit the company conducted. Starbucks has a massive global network of stores. There are over 31,000 locations in more than 80 countries. The company is responsible for emitting almost 17 million tonnes of greenhouse gases a year, using one billion cubic metres of water and dumping 868 kilotonnes of coffee cups and other waste. But Starbucks aims to become “resource positive” by storing more carbon than it releases, eliminating waste and providing more fresh water than it uses. Everything coming out of a Starbucks store will be served in recyclable or compostable containers, from coffee to lunches to treats. These measures will help but their plans won’t stop there. The biggest surprise comes from what Starbucks will do to its menu and the products it sells. Dairy is on its way out at Starbucks and dairy alternatives will be the standard. Whipped cream, cream and milk will all be gone soon. While dairy supplies are typically cheaper, the company is banking on its buying power and the volume it represents to gain access to lowerpriced alternatives. The dairy industry is sure to have issues with Starbucks’ move away from its products, but the science is compelling. Based on a study published by Science in 2018, milk production requires more land and more water, and emits more carbon than any alternatives to milk. Plant-based alternatives have been offered at Starbucks for a while but this announcement makes it official. Dairy is as healthy as any option but that doesn’t seem to matter to Starbucks. It’s about the planet. Given Starbucks’ clout, other chains could follow if dairy alternatives become more affordable, as Starbucks is predicting, to the peril of the dairy industry. Starbucks has two things going for it:
Sustainability has always been part of the company’s DNA. Under former CEO Howard Schultz, Starbucks prioritized using renewable energy, invested in climateresistant coffee trees and gave discounts to customers who brought in their own reusable mugs. That was long before the plastic crisis, which really started only a few years ago. Kevin Johnson, CEO since 2017, only invests in green bonds and options. The track record is there. • Starbucks is known to sell products with higher price points than its competitors. Customers expect to pay more. That gives the company an edge and will help the chain absorb some of the extra costs. Demand at Starbucks is typically more elastic since its customers are not as price sensitive as customers at other coffee shops. Starbucks’ brand equity is second to none and it charges for it, with no apologies. Reaching these environmental goals won’t be easy. In fact, the chain’s stock price is down since the announcement. Maple Leaf Foods committed to becoming carbon-neutral just a few weeks ago. With some responsible accounting, it can can get it done without significantly tweaking its operations. Starbucks, on the other hand, opted to go further and commit to changing how its operations impact the environment. Instead of looking at the arithmetic of climate change, the Seattlebased giant is changing everything it does, from how it procures ingredients, to menu design, to how stores are managed on daily basis. Starbucks’ bold move on sustainability points to the pressure the food service industry is under to save the planet. For many consumers, especially younger ones, political leaders have failed to respond adequately to the climate crisis. While governments face their electorates once every few years, food service providers face customers every day. And customers expect industry to step up. Accountability is key for companies making bold commitments and companies are known to fail the market on sustainability. For example, Starbucks promised in 2008 that it would be serving a quarter of its beverages in reusable containers by 2015. By 2016, only two per cent of all beverages were served in reusable containers. The public won’t be as forgiving this time and will consider any half-hearted emission-reducing initiatives as greenwashing. Dr. Sylvain Charlebois is senior director of the agri-food analytics lab and a professor in food distribution and policy at Dalhousie University. •
The House of Commons is back in session, and as a member of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition I can guarantee that there will be no free ride for the Trudeau Liberals. Canadian voters reduced the Trudeau government to a minority in the last election. Now, the Liberals will have to work with the opposition parties to pass legislation. We are ready to work, and they had better be willing to listen. There are a number of issues at the top of our agenda as the session begins. NAFTA is a big one. Canada’s Conservatives want free trade with the United States. After all, NAFTA is a legacy of the Conservative movement. However, it is the democratic obligation of Conservative MPs to analyze legislation that is brought before the House of Commons. This is especially true when it comes to a trade deal with Canada’s largest and most important trade partner. The Liberals failed to work with opposition parties during the negotiation and ratification process and are now rushing to get this deal done. They also failed to provide documents outlining the impacts of the new trade deal despite numerous requests from opposition members. We want the deal, but we will be analyzing it in full. The new NAFTA is even more important due to the ongoing situation with China. The United States is our biggest trading partner. Trade with the US is worth nine times as much as trade with China. I believe that we need to shore up our relations with the US, and fix our trade issues with countries like India. China has proved that they are not currently a reliable trading partner. Another huge issue coming down the pipe is
the Liberals’ proposed gun ban. I have heard from many of you opposing the Liberal plan, and I fully agree with your concerns. Making law-abiding firearms owners follow even more rules will not help solve gun crime. It’s easy, lazy government to force people who are already following all the rules to just follow a few more. It’s much harder and much more difficult to go after the gang members and the illegally trafficked firearms, and that’s what the government has failed to do. I join my Conservative colleagues in strongly opposing the Liberal plan. My colleague MP Glen Motz has sponsored a petition started in Medicine Hat on this issue. I would encourage you to go to glenmotzmp.com to sign it. Finally, we know the Trudeau Liberals have provoked a national unity crisis through their reckless disregard for the west. I am laserfocused on fighting for our province’s best interests. As Vice-Chair of the Conservative Alberta caucus, I am committed to working with my fellow Alberta Conservatives to stand up for our province in Ottawa. Under the Liberals, billions of dollars in investment is still fleeing the energy sectors in Alberta and Saskatchewan. We will use every tool at our disposal to stop the Liberal government’s attacks on our economy. As always, I can be reached in Ottawa at firstname.lastname@example.org. My Brooks office can be reached at 403-793-6775 or martin.shields. email@example.com, and my Strathmore office at 403-361-2980 or martin.shields.c1B@parl.gc.ca. Please don’t hesitate to contact me about any federal issue.
Chestermere Lakers School Athletics February 2nd, 2020 Varsity Girls Basketball (Mr. Isbister) The Lakers Sr. Basketball team got back into action this past week with the Foothills Invitational Tournament in Okotoks. In their first game, they took on Joanne Cardinal Schubert out of Calgary. Although they battled early on and went into halftime only down by 3, JCS turned out to be too big and athletic for the Lakers to handle. They dropped their first game 84-55. Kiah Isbister was named MVP of the game with 15 points. In their next game, the girls matched up against Holy Trinity from Edmonton. The Lakers came out strong against Holy Trinity and we’re able to come away with a 64-50 win. Emma Tanner had a fantastic game and was named MVP of the game. In the consolation final, the Lakers took on Chinook High School from Lethbridge. Although the contest was tight throughout the first 3 quarters, the Lakers were not able to hold on for the victory. Alysha Matchett had a very strong game off the bench and was chosen as MVP for the game. Abby Farrell and Finley Dosenberger had strong performances all weekend. The girls team is starting to finally get healthy and look to make a strong push in Divisionals and Zones. Senior night will be Feb 4 at home where we send off our 4 Seniors in their last home game of the season
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Leela Sharon Aheer MLA
Provincial News Hello Chestermere-Strathmore readers! All of us know someone who has affected by the scourge of addiction. It destroys lives, families, and hope. On February 1, Premier Kenney and Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Jason announced over 4 million dollars in funding to create 2,172 more treatment spaces over the next 3 years. We know that recovery is possible with treatment, compassion and strong programs to help pull our loved ones out of addiction. Access to these programs is one of the issues faced by many who are caught in this cycle. When they are ready for treatment, we want to make sure they have access to programs without daunting financial barriers. You should not have to remortgage your home to get help for yourself or someone you love. This funding includes: • Up to $1,566,459 per year to create an additional 294 spaces over the next three years at Fresh Start Recovery Centre in Calgary (98 spaces per year). • Up to $518,300 to create 156 more spaces over three years at Sunrise Healing Lodge in Calgary (52 spaces per year). • Up to $2,211,900 to create 574 more spaces per year at Thorpe Recovery Centre. This includes both residential addiction treatment and medical detox spaces (261 treatment spaces per year and 313 medical detox spaces per year). “If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, please know the Alberta government is working for you. We will continue to add publicly funded mental health and addiction treatment spaces across the province because we believe all Albertans should have access to life-saving treatment, regardless of their financial situation.” Jason Kenney, Premier “I am pleased to partner with such reputable and respected residential addiction treatment providers to create much-needed publicly funded treatment spaces. Our government is ensuring every Albertan who needs it can get the opportunity to get well and find their path to long-term recovery, regardless of where they live.” Jason Luan, Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addiction This initiative is part of the government’s $140-million commitment to recovery-oriented addiction and mental health care. On February 6th we celebrate zero-tolerance day for female genital mutilation or FGM. This is the 1000 years old practice of muti-
lating a young girls clitoris and/or labia, by slicing it off, clipping or pricking the clitoris, or sewing the labia almost completely closed or some combination of that in the belief that it makes girls from infancy to about the age of 15 cleaner and keeps them from becoming “promiscuous”. There are no medicinal benefits to FGM, just control. There are close to 200 million girls and women world wide who have been cut and about 3 million a year who are at risk. This is not a violation that is “over there”, it is happening on Canadian soil, in secret, or young girls are being sent overseas during the cutting season to carry out this ritual. It is not a religious practice, and it is not mentioned in any religious writing and is carried on every continent in the world and in every religion. Make no mistake, this is child abuse. Please join me on February 6th as we declare “zero-tolerance” day official in the Province of Alberta, and tweet out or Facebook message in support of our girls and women around the world. Thank you to Giselle Portentier for her film “In the Name of Your Daughter”. Please watch this documentary and learn about FGM, and the strength of those who are survivors, and those who have fought back. Happy Black History Month. We hope you have a chance to get involved and enjoy some of the many celebrations around the province acknowledging our friends and neighbours of African and Caribbean descent. Did you know that Black Americans facing extreme racism and lynching in Oklahoma came to this rough and frozen terrain, and along with Ukrainians, Germans and other settlers set up home in Amber Valley, established in 1909 north of Edmonton. When they homesteaded here they overcame racism as well. I hope to see you at some of these events as we dedicate this month to these incredible, resilient folks who are part of our Alberta fabric and our history. I want to send a quick message to our friends in Carseland who are being impacted by the blockade at the Co-op. This is another blow to this small community after the ATB breakins and the Post Office breakins where so many Christmas presents were stolen. I know and understand your frustration, and the impact this is having on your community. We hope that negotiations are quick and that a resolution is found immediately. To the parties involved in this dispute: the people in Carseland and the surrounding area are deeply impacted by this situation. Please resolve this quickly. As always, I love to hear from you.
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Kom-Brew-Cha Regular readers may recall me waxing poetic about Happy Belly Kombucha, a Chestermereowned business that was one of the first entrants into the Kombucha market in Alberta, producing a healthy and natural ever so slightly fermented beverage. The history of Kombucha goes back more than two thousand years, where it was consumed in China in the days of the Tsin dynasty, and was much prized for its detoxifying and energizing properties. Eventually, Kombucha spread along the trade routes throughout Asia and Europe, reaching pretty much the entire world by the 1950s. Kombucha is produced by fermenting a sugared tea with a SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast), resulting in a probiotic beverage with various purported benefits to gut flora. The flavour profile starts with an effervescent freshness on the nose, with a tart and delicate acidity on the palate, followed by a burst of whatever fruits and spices are blended with the tea base. Superfoods with energizing properties like ginger, turmeric, and mint are popular ingredients in Kombucha, owing to its historical usage as a detoxifying agent for the digestive system. Citrus or tropical fruit juices are typically added, which masks the slightly acetic flavour from the probiotic bacteria, resulting in a slightly fizzy beverage with a mildly tart and refreshing flavour. As a fermented beverage, Kombucha is most frequently made by adding cane sugar to a base of black or green tea, followed by the introduction of the SCOBY to start fermenting the sugar. Juices, herbs, and spices are adding during the fermentation process, and aged for up to two weeks at room temperature. Trace amounts of caffeine from the tea leaves remain in the finished product, but typically less than half as much caffeine as an equivalent serving of tea. While Kombucha is a fermented beverage, it normally contains less than 0.5% ABV, allowing it to be sold as a non-alcoholic beverage. No need to worry about driving under the influence of Kombucha, as trace amounts of alcohol will be found in pretty much any fruit juice containing natural sugars, including that freshly squeezed orange juice in your fridge that will naturally ferment up to around 0.5% ABV as well. Kombucha is particularly popular with the
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yoga-loving crowd, which might be why I see a steady stream of sweaty patrons from the neighbouring Peak Fitness studio popping into the taproom at Chestermere’s own Township 24 Brewing for a midday post-workout Kombucha. I like to mix my Kombucha half-and-half with the Township 24 Blonde Ale, a trick I learned from the post-workout crowd, and it seems that boozy Kombucha is starting to catch on. While adventurous boozers have been using Kombucha as a cocktail mixer for quite some time, we are starting to see premixed cans of boozy Kombucha on the shelves of local booze merchants. New to the Alberta market is the excellently named Kombrewcha, available in berry, ginger, and lime options, and weighs in at 4.4% ABV, making it about the same strength as a beer. Kombrewcha comes from Brooklyn, and is funded by Anheuser-Busch, so will be able to take advantage of the existing worldwide distribution channels already in place. Regular readers will recognize that I prefer to drink locally produced tipples, so getting my Kombucha from the same megabrewer that produces Bud Lite will be a nonstarter for me, despite their market dominance. Fortunately, we have a craftier option made closer to home, thanks to a collaboration between Chestermere-owned Happy Belly Kombucha and the artisanal Burwood Distillery in Calgary. The collaboration is known as the Fruit N’ Funk Kombucha Cocktail, made by blending Happy Belly Pineapple Hops Kombucha with the crafty gin from the Burwood Distillery, packaged up in cans that weigh in at 4% ABV. Should Pineapple not be your thing, Ginger Donkey is the mash-up of Happy Belly Purple Ginger Kombucha with the artisanal vodka from Burwood Distillery. This one is my personal favourite, as I have been using the Purple Ginger Kombucha as a cocktail mixer at home for a few years now, so was delighted to see it available in ready-to-drink packaging. If you happen to use spud.ca for grocery delivery, they will even deliver Happy Belly Kombucha directly to your door, in both the nonalcoholic and boozy varieties. Take your boozing to the next level by mixing up a Kombucha cocktail, or look for a premixed option in the can at your local bottle shop.
PAWS for Thought Steve King is the President of Community Therapy Dogs Society email: email@example.com
Dogs de-stressing students Whenever I visit a new school that is interested in having the Community Therapy Dog Society (CTDS) program, the first question I ask the Principal is “what is your biggest challenge at the school?” Without fail, the answer I get back is “stressed out students”. Without delving into the multitude of factors that cause stress for students, the general consensus is that students have never been as stressed out as they are nowadays. True or not, that is the perception. It was with this in mind that CTDS created the “Caring Tails” program 3 years ago. Designed for all age group, this program has been particularly popular in schools. So how do therapy dogs help students? We have found that just having that human-dog interaction, whether on-going or in a oneoff situation helps the de-stressing process. Students can just “park their problems at the door” for a period and lose themselves in the dog. Maybe it’s the act of stroking a dog, feeling secure enough to talk to a dog about what’s stressing you out or getting a lick from a dog: the dog is giving the student its attention and providing a comforting environment. A lot of schools have asked that the therapy dogs come every week as they have a number of students that could benefit from our dogs’ care. The age range of the students is elementary through to senior high and the type of stress is often reflected in the students’ age. We also get requests to go to schools during certain times of the year or following a tragedy that has befallen a particular student or group of students. For several years CTDS has visited the Chestermere High School over exam time in January and June and that has now expanded to St Gabriels and Henry Wise Wood Senior High. The most effective use of the dogs’ time with the students is directly before they are due to write their exam papers. My dog Finn was one of 3 dogs we took to St Gabriels last month and the impact of having the dogs there was significant. Without any prompting, students expressed to us how much more relaxed they felt after being around the dogs. All 3 dogs enjoyed the attention as well! In the recent past, we have also taken the dogs into schools when students have their shots. There has been more than one occasion when having a dog with a student who is “nervous of the needle” has enabled the student to get through the ordeal: without the dog being there the student would not have had the inoculation. When tragedy strikes, it can impact students suddenly and severely. Fortunately, in the last 5 years, CTDS has been in the position of being able to comfort students through our therapy dogs when the need has arisen. Dogs can’t fix all our problems but they sure play a big role in comforting us when the going gets tough. You could say “when the going gets tough, the dogs get going”
Practice Presence This week I had a chance to visit Englewood, a neighbourhood in transition on the south side of Chicago. Englewood has been known for its crime and poverty. Photo by Preston Pouteaux, EngleThere are about as many wood, Chicago. In a neighbourhood people living in Englewood as there are in Chestermere, with 70 homicides a year, a reminder but the problems that this that people matter. neighbourhood has had to deal with are truly remarkable. There are about 1-2 homicides a week in this small community, average income is $12,000 a year, and one in three have not completed high school. And for those who are in school, teams of people in yellow vests help kids walk home from school safely. Theft, arson, vandalism, and violent crime are significant. Pastor Jonathan Brooks, the author of “Church Forsaken: Practicing Presence in Neglected Neighbourhoods” invited me to the neighbourhood to learn about the ways that his community is turning around the story of Englewood. He invited me to visit the Kusanya Cafe, an initiative “owned, operated for, and sustained by the Englewood Neighbourhood.” This cafe is the only business without bars on the windows and offers a big welcoming space where people can sit, gather, and connect. This cafe is anything but ordinary, it stands out in a big way. In a place with so much violence and crime, some thought the cafe would not last long. Those that run Kusanya cafe have a new way to live in the community. Instead of just setting up shop to sell coffee from behind a counter, they decided to ‘practice presence.’ Brooks told me that in the past when dealing with social challenges, some groups would offer programs or handouts, others would seal up the doors and keep to themselves. However he believes that the way forward us to open up, sit together, and recognize that it is people, not programs, that will transform their community. Kasanya means, ‘to gather together,’ and this is exactly what Brooks and others are doing. It is making a difference, they are making a difference. Jonathan Brooks explained to me that, “The attitude you have about how you own your place affects how you live in it. If you do not care about your place then you will not care about the people there. Whatever your narrative about your place, that’s how you treat it.” By making their cafe about people, and by telling a new story about their neighbourhood, they are transforming it. Recent reports say that crime is going down, and Brooks tells stories of local people protecting the cafe from vandalism or crime. Chestermere’s story is different, but we do share one important commonality: we also have people and a place that can be loved. The stories we tell about others, the narrative we have for our city, and the attitude we have towards our neighbours will affect the way we thrive, or suffer, together. If Chestermere is just a place where we sleep and live in isolation, we will create a community with growing division and disinterest in each other. In time, we might care less about our city, and it will show. What I learned is that we cannot simply live here, we must also practice presence here. We must find ways to show up, engage, care, and make something special together, and for each other. It’s complex and requires creativity, but if we turn to the wisdom of those who are working hard to turn around some of the most challenging neighbourhoods in North America, we can make good things grow here too. February 06, 2020 // theanchor.ca
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) firstname.lastname@example.org or call Patrick @ 403-923-0099. The Rotary Club Of Chestermere Our Meetings are from September till June We meet for a Buffet Lunch every 2nd and 4th Tuesday 12:15 am to 1:30pm (Doors open at 12:00 Noon) at Camp Chestermere, 1041 East Lakeview Rd. Guests are most welcome but must register for the Lunch Buffet. Please contact us through our website www.rotarychestermere.org or email us at email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Chestermere Lakeside Kruzers Car Club Lakeside Kruzers Car Club Meet and Greet Show “n” Shines every 2nd Tuesday Starting may 21st . 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, email@example.com 403 285-8309
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Finding balance in a Routinely update cosmetic collections tech-driven world
It is impossible to dispute the many ways technology has positively affected the world. Tech has made interacting and collaborating with people from all corners of the planet as convenient as conversing with a next door neighbor. Technology also has changed the face of education, making it possible for students from all walks of life to easily access a wealth of information at the click of a button. For all of its many attributes, technology has its drawbacks as well. One of the notable detriments is the Òalways onÓ reality of tech, as well as the ability to become addicted to such instant gratification. Few adults and children can spend more than a few minutes without checking their devices. According to a report in the Daily Telegraph, on average people are online 24 hours a week, twice as long as 10 years ago. One in five adults spends as much as 40 hours a week online. According to Common Sense Media, teens spend an average of nine hours a day online, compared to about six hours for kids between the ages of eight and 12 and 50 minutes for children eight years old and younger. Technology also has blurred the lines that distinguish work and personal time. Gone are the days of leaving the office behind when the workday ends in early evening. TodayÕs workers can take work home, work remotely and even check work emails or put in some hours while on vacation. Children, too, can pay a price as a result of engaging with technology. For example,
various studies indicate more than half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online. These tips may help adults and children regain control and find balance in a tech-driven world. ¥ Set strict usage times. According to Net Nanny, a technology and internet watchdog site, being plugged into devices, on an almost continual basis, directly affects the brain by keeping it in a state of constant stimulation. This can make it difficult for the brain to get the downtime it needs to recharge. Limit hours of screen time, and wind down at least an hour or so before bed. ¥ Put devices on silent. If you or your children cannot resist the lure of devices, set them on silent or put them out of sight and out of reach at key times during the day. ¥ Beef up in-person socialization. Instead of texting or emailing, speak with friends, family and coworkers in person. ¥ Increase exercise. Time spent outdoors away from computers or other devices can be beneficial to the mind and body. ¥ Find alternative solutions. Rather than running an internet search every time you have a question, look up answers in a book, travel to learn about new things, experience new hobbies, and immerse yourself in the physical world with renewed vigor. Tech has changed the world, but it doesnÕt have to consume peopleÕs daily lives. With some mindfulness, individuals can find the right balance.
Cosmetics are not only designed to help individuals improve their appearance, but they also can be used to treat various ailments and conditions. Millions of people enjoy the benefits that cosmetics can provide, and while cosmetics are largely considered female products, they can be used by men as well. Makeup, skin creams, ointments, and many other items can be found in homes across the world. ItÕs not uncommon for people to keep beauty products long after these items are past their prime without realizing that these products have shelf lives. According to Jessica Wu, MD, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Southern California, most beauty products are designed to stay fresh and stable for a limited time. Failure to routinely update makeup collections can result in products not working to their potential and even threatening health, as bacteria can hide away in containers and cause infections. The best way to avoid any issues is to regularly go through cosmetic products, tossing out old merchandise and buying new items when necessary. This can be done every few months or at the start of the new year. The following is a listing of the shelf life of many popular items and when to replace them. ¥ Unopened products: If you have some cosmetic products that havenÕt yet been opened, they might remain stable for a couple of years at room temperature, according to chemists at Cosmetech Laboratories in New Jersey. Air can cause formulas to oxidize, and germs can be transfered to products when they are touched.
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¥ Eye products: Mascara and eyeliners make contact with the eye, an area of the body that is sensitive and vulnerable to infection. These items should be discarded every three to six months to prevent the formation of bacteria. Eyeliner pencils have longer shelf lives than mascaras because theyÕre being sharpened. ¥ Foundation: Liquid foundations last around a year, and storing them in a cool, dark place will help them last even longer. After a year, the foundation could separate and its consistency may change. When applying foundation, avoid using your fingers, which can cause bacteria to build up more quickly. ¥ Body brushes and loofah sponges: Acne and infections on the body may be a result of products and beauty items that are kept in the shower. Constantly being wet and in a warm, dark place makes these items the perfect breeding grounds for bacteria. Discard these items every few months, and make sure theyÕre washed out and allowed to dry completely after each use. ¥ Lip gloss and lipstick: People run the risk of mouth sores by using old lipsticks and lip glosses. Bacteria can easily be transferred from the mouth to these items. Generally speaking, itÕs a good idea to discard lip products between six months to a year after purchase. WhatÕs more, color changes can occur and the productsÕ quality may begin to degrade. If makeup and other cosmetic products have been sitting around for a while, itÕs likely time to buy a new collection to maintain safety and function.
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Breakfast long has been touted as the most important meal of the day. Early morning meals provide fuel for the day ahead. A bowl of cereal or a granola bar may make an ideal morning meal on hectic weekday mornings, but when time is not an issue, a delicious, hot breakfast can serve as a welcome change. This recipe forCheddar Waffles With Pork Schnitzel, Country Ham and Sunny-Side-Up Egg from Fire in My Belly (Andrews McMeel) by Kevin Gillespie makes for a hearty, flavorful way to begin your day. Cheddar Waffles With Pork Schnitzel, Country Ham, and SunnySide-Up Egg Feeds 4 hungry adults 1/2 cup canola oil for frying 4 trimmed slices pork loin, about 11Ú2 ounces Salt cup all-purpose flour 1 6 large eggs 1 cup finely ground panko bread crumbs 1/2 cup pure maple syrup 4 tablespoons butter thin slices country ham 4 Cheddar waffles (recipe follows) Cheddar Waffles cup all-purpose flour 2/3 1/8 teaspoon salt teaspoon baking powder 1 2 large eggs cup whole milk 1 2 egg whites 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon sugar 5 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon melted butter, kept warm 2/3 cup grated cheddar cheese
1. To make the waffles: Heat an electric Belgian-style waffle maker on the medium setting. Wait at least 10 minutes to make sure it’s nice and hot. 2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and milk. In a third, deep bowl, using a handheld mixer, beat the egg whites until frothy. With the mixer running, gradually add the sugar to the
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whites and continue beating until the whites form soft peaks when the mixer is lifted. Pour the milk mixture into the dry ingredients and stir with a large spoon just until no giant flour clumps remain; there will be some small lumps. Start whisking and slowly add the melted butter, whisking gently yet nonstop until incorporated. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter; you’ll have a few small clumps of whites remaining ‘ that’s okay. 3. Generously coat the waffle maker with nonstick spray. Ladle about 1/2 cup batter onto the centre of the waffle maker and sprinkle with a generous amount of the cheese. Close the top and cook according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Repeat until all waffles are cooked. 4. Pour 2 inches of oil into a large cast-iron skillet. 5. Place the pork loin slices between two sheets of plastic wrap and gently and evenly pound them to a 1/4-inch thickness. Pat the pork dry with a paper towel and season with salt. Bread the pork using flour, dredge in 2 of the eggs, and then the panko. Fry the pork in the hot oil until golden brown, about 2 minutes on the first side and 1 minute on the other. Line a plate with a double layer of paper towels. Transfer the pork schnitzel to the paper towels to drain. 6. In a small skillet over low heat, bring the maple syrup to a low simmer. Pull the pan from the heat and whisk in 2 tablespoons of the butter until melted. Set to the side but keep warm. 7. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a 12-inch skillet over medium-low heat and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan. Crack one egg into a small bowl and gently slide the egg into one side of the warmed skillet; repeat the process with the remaining eggs, each in its own section of the skillet. Season the eggs with a pinch of salt and cover the skillet. Reduce the heat to low and cook until the whites are fully cooked and opaque, about 4 minutes. 8. For each plate, set a waffle in the centre and generously spoon some syrup over the waffle. Add a slice of schnitzel and spoon on a little more syrup. Top with a slice of ham, and crown with a sunny-side-up egg and, yes, a little more syrup.
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OPINION UNDRIP is the slow drip
eroding Canadians’ rights
There are good reasons why other countries and previous Canadian governments have consistently refused to fully implement the UN declaration on Indigenous rights Brian Giesbrecht Senior Fellow Frontier Centre for Public Policy British Columbia has become the first province to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). And except for the opposition of a determined group of Conservative senators, the federal government would have adopted UNDRIP as actionable law before last fall’s federal election. Re-elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has already announced that his minority government intends to bring the UNDRIP legislation back to Parliament at the first opportunity. Currently, Trudeau’s UNDRIP is an aspirational document only – federal and provincial governments would be expected to aspire to meet its demands but would not be required to do so. But if it is fully implemented as actionable by the federal government, every law in the land would be expected to comply with UNDRIP. And any allegation that a law didn’t comply with UNDRIP could result in court action and even generate a claim to the United Nations. What do Canadians think about UNDRIP? And what do Canadians think about other ambitious Indigenous-related legislation the prime minister may introduce to move UNDRIP from a goal to law? In fact, Canadians can’t know the risks, not having been involved in UNDRIP in any meaningful way. Even our elected representatives in Parliament seem to have a very poor understanding of what could be profoundly important legislation. And few in the business community have taken the time to understand UNDRIP and what it could mean for commerce. UNDRIP and the proposed Section 35 rights and recognition framework legislation would, if adopted and actionable, have profound implications for this country. But the average Canadian knows practically nothing about what’s being proposed. Even those to be directly affected – those living on reserves – haven’t been brought into the discussions. UNDRIP is the result of decades of advocacy on the part of Indigenous groups to advance their claim that they should have collective rights over and above the human rights belonging to other citizens of a state. There are good reasons why New Zealand, Australia, the United States and previous Canadian governments have consistently refused to fully implement UNDRIP. Gordon Gibson, who worked under Pierre
Trudeau, has argued UNDRIP should not be formally adopted. He offered this advice to Justin Trudeau after his 2015 election win: “UNDRIP – Don’t go there. The 2007 United Nations’ construct is a muddy thing full of problems, without even a definition of Indigenous. Because our Supreme Court has developed a doctrine of incorporating international humanrights documents into our law, ratifying UNDRIP would lead to even more chaos in our painfully constructed law to date. Almost all non-conflicted legal experts agree. We have nothing to learn from a UN body … dominated by the world’s serial human-rights abusers. Do not proceed with the formal adoption of UNDRIP. Keep it aspirational and no one will hate you but the aboriginal bar.” Indigenous businessman and leader John Kim Bell summed it up this way: “Implementing UNDRIP would probably paralyze the entire Canadian economy.” Ontario lawyer and writer Peter Best describes in his book There is No Difference how legislating UNDRIP would inevitably lead to the diminution of Crown sovereignty in the same way that our Supreme Court’s ill-conceived “duty to consult and accommodate,” as formulated in the Haida Nation line of cases, has already done. Past deputy minister of Indian Affairs Harry Swain provided this stern advice: “UNDRIP is a ringing declaration of rights without a word on responsibilities, or conflict resolution, and is therefore seriously incomplete.” Swain listed a myriad of problems with UNDRIP, including raising intriguing questions about the preservation of culture. Tom Flanagan, Canada’s leading expert on Indigenous law, has a somewhat contrary view about the implementation of UNDRIP in British Columbia, suggesting its adoption would, basically, be “virtue signalling” and would not grant a veto to B.C’s First Nations. But Flanagan holds that federal adoption of UNDRIP would lead to providing a virtual veto by First Nations over resource development. Flanagan argues that such a veto is in no one’s interests: “Resource Industries are a leading source of private sector employer of aboriginal people in Canada and the only hope for First Nations in remote locations to work their way out of poverty. It is not in anyone’s interests to handicap Canada’s resource industries by endowing aboriginal leaders with veto power over all proposals.” A group of determined Conservative senators
opposed to UNDRIP are portrayed by the CBC, the Liberals and Indigenous advocates as old dinosaurs unreasonably standing in the way of Indigenous people. These senators believe UNDRIP would make resource development much more difficult, granting individual First Nations virtual veto power over any proposed resource development anywhere near their communities. These senators also believe Canada should not grant collective rights for Indigenous people. Rights binding residents to their chief and reserve are at the root of so many problems. UNDRIP-legislated would only add to the apartheid reserve mindset. It’s also a legitimate concern that complaints about breaches of UNDRIP legislation could wind up before international panels. With representatives from countries with appalling human rights records, those questionable panels would rule on Canadian laws. Even the likely increase in litigation at home from UNDRIP legislation should be seriously considered. And there are already 45,000-plus Indigenous claims in the works. And would the full implementation of UNDRIP make it even harder to undo the entire Indian Act and reserve system, a system based on what made sense in 1763?
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The backward notion that Indigenous people should be dealt with as a giant tribe instead of as individual Canadian citizens would continue. The full implementation of UNDRIP is essentially a vanity project for the prime minister. Even former justice minister Jody WilsonRaybould, herself Indigenous, pronounced full implementation “unworkable.” If the full implementation of UNDRIP held out the promise of finally dealing positively with the chronic poverty and unemployment on reserves, it might be worth doing no matter the cost. But it wouldn’t. There’s no evidence that a piece of legislation that would virtually lock in place a way of life that disappeared long ago would result in anything more than endless litigation, division, costs and the preservation of a stagnant status quo. Citizens should demand the right to participate in these important discussions. And, as the Globe and Mail suggested in November, the federal government should slow down on the full implementation of UNDRIP and use the B.C. experience as a guideline. Brian Giesbrecht is a retired judge and a senior fellow with the Frontier Centre for Public Policy. © Troy Media
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