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Our Lady of Wisdom grade four students awarded the Action Challenge grand prize for classroom environmental initiatives By Emily Rogers

Our Lady of Wisdom’s grade four class was awarded the Action Challenge grand prize of $500 for their efforts in various environmental actions within the classroom to reduce their eco-impact on Feb. 6. The grade four students participated in 21 actions to reduce classroom waste including turning plastic bottles into bird feeders, school-yard clean up’s, creating environmental Interior signage/marketing layout awareness posters, composting by feeding scraps to worms, tending to a vegetable garden, paper recycling, and marker recycling, where the dried markers were sent to Crayola and then turned into clean fuel. “The students learned that plastic will take over 1000 years to break down and just sit in a landfill, so we might as well recycle,” said Our Lady of Wisdom grade four teacher Amelia Ostick. Each environmental action earned points. The points are earned based on how the team’s actions relate to

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Students have been completing environmental actions including paper recycling, marker recycling, schoolyard cleanups, and no waste lunches four categories, including climate action, conservation, youth involvement, eco-impact, and community partnerships, said the Environmental Educator with Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) Southern Alberta Branch Vanessa Bilan. “Ms. Osticks’ grade four class was chosen because of the exemplary efforts that the team showed. They completed the highest amount of actions and earned the highest points,” Bilan said. In addition to doing classroom environmental initiatives, the grade fours also taught the other grades the importance of bringing reusable water bottles, utensils, and lunch containers instead of plastic. Ostick was inspired to register her class as an Action Challenge team because her class was already doing a majority of the environmental initiatives. “I had already done so many of these things in our class anyway, that I thought ‘Wow if we could do it and get points and perhaps win, that would be really cool,’ because we were going to be doing all to these initiatives anyways, plus my class and I are very competitive,” Ostick said. “Many of the actions which qualify to be submitted are already being done by educators in the classroom. The topic of nature and conservation can be applied to many subjects, from science, math, art, social studies, and beyond, it is very cross-curricular,” Bilan said. “The curriculum does have a science unit that has to do with waste in our world, and it looks on how to be more environmentally friendly and how to properly take care of natural and man-made waste,” Ostick said. Through the Action Challenge, the grade four students not only learned about the importance of being environmentally conscious, they also learned they can have an impact at a young age. “A nine-year-old can make an impact, it was really good for them, because at the beginning they didn’t know what they could do,” Ostick said. “It’s important for them to learn about, because this is their world, and they are going to take over someday,” she said.

Our Lady of Wisdom grade four students received the $500 Action Challenge grand prize on Feb. 6, for their classroom environmental initiatives. The grade fours completed 21 environmental actions, including schoolyard clean-ups, no-waste lunches, paper recycling, and marker recyling throughout the year. The grade four teacher, Amelia Ostick, is hopeful that more schools and students in southern Alberta will get involved with the Action Challenge. Photo submitted by Amelia Ostick

“I want them to start being leaders and being more aware of the environment for when they do get older and just give them empowerment knowing even though they are nine-years-old, they can still make an impact,” she added. Ostick is extremely proud of her students to be recognized for all of the environmental initiatives they completed, and she is hopeful that other classes in southern Alberta will get involved with the Action Challenge. Moving forward, Ostick is wanting to use the $500 Action

Challenge grand prize for an environmental field trip to Kananaskis or Fish Creek Provincial Park. “We have provided award-winning, high-quality educational programs to over 140,000 students. We pride ourselves on bringing the next generations of Albertans closer to nature. We look forward to awarding more Alberta Action Challenge prizes to students, teachers, and schools around Alberta,” Bilan said. The Action Challenge registration is now open. For additional information, please visit the website at actionchallenge.ca.

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By Emily Rogers Alberta drivers will be receiving vehicle valentines throughout February from the RCMP. Twice a week, valentines will be sent from the Alberta RCMP social media accounts with tips regarding how to keep vehicles safe from thieves. “I want you to be mine, valentine. Stay with me while I’m running. You are wheelie awesome. Please lock my doors so we can stay together. You auto be my valentine. Buy me a steering wheel lock, and I’ll be yours forever. Remember to lock the garage, and you’ll always have a parking spot in my heart. You’re just my speed. Let’s get a vehicle tracking system so we can always go places together. I think you’re towtally great. Please remove the keys so we can stay in a longterm relationship. Valentine, you drive me crazy. Remember to remove your valuables. Remove the garage door opener when you park, and you’ll always be mine,” said a vehicle valentine from the Alberta RCMP. Last year, there were nearly 10,000 thefts of motor vehicles in Alberta. Over 6,500 were trucks, SUV’s and vans, and 1,200 were cars. Alberta RCMP want to remind Albertans one of the most

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season this year has not gone as planned. “This year, it’s not easy for us. We’re not winning too many games. I get frustrated, and I have to try and keep my focus and try to win more games,” Dufour said. To ensure the Chestermere Lakers play the best they can during their regular games, Dufour tries his best keep focused on the game and help his teammates. “I focus on my game and help others. I can’t do anything if I’m on the bench, so when I’m out on the ice I have to make it count, and practice,” Dufour said. Adding, “I have to help my teammates out and work hard.” When Dufour’s father, Rejean Dufour, heard his son wanted to try out for the 2020 Alberta Winter Games, he was extremely excited and supportive that his son wanted to represent Chestermere in the games. “I was pretty excited for him, it was definitely one of his goals,” said Rejean. He added, “I was super happy for him, he definitely worked hard for it. He’s a pretty disciplined kid and he deserves it.”

Local hockey player, Luca Dufour is excited for the opportunity to play during the 2020 Alberta Winter Games from Feb. 14 to Feb. 17. “I can’t wait to meet all the new people, have that experience of going and to play competitive hockey and just overall going there and having fun,” Dufour said. Tryouts for the 2020 Alberta Winter Games consisted of three-games in one day. However, Dufour was determined to play elite hockey and have the opportunity to play against experience athletes his age. “It was a very fun experience. It was very competitive, and I had to play my best hockey,” Dufour said. When Dufour found out he has chosen to play in the 2020 Alberta Winter Games, he was overwhelmed. “I was very excited and happy. I was overwhelmed and just happy overall,” Dufour said. “Hockey has always been the biggest thing in my life, on the ice with friends playing a very fun sport. It’s the best sport out there, and I like playing competitively, competing and playing hard,” he said. Dufour is now training for the games four to five days a week by shooting pucks every chance he gets, working out at home, and playing his best during regular games. Although Dufour has not met the majority of his new teammates in person, they have created a group chat and sent introductory videos to one another. Dufour completely fell in love with hockey nearly eight years ago, after the first time his father took him out on the ice. “I went out on the ice with my dad, he gave me a stick, and we started. I couldn’t skate, but I just went around trying to learn,” he said. Dufour now plays in the Luca Dufour was overwhelmed with happiness when he found out he Chestermere Minor Hockey would be representing Chestermere during the 2020 Alberta Winter Association (CMHA) for the Games. Currently, he is training four to five days a week by practicing Chestermere Lakers Pee Wee AA on the ice, and working out off of the ice, while playing regular games team. with his team, the Chestermere Lakers Pee Wee AA. Photo submitted by Although hockey is Dufour’s Cristina Alberton and Rejean Dufour passion, the Chestermere Lakers

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Daring Leadership workshop gives women the opportunity to build their skillsets

Women discussed values and vulnerability during the Daring Leadership Women, Politics and Showing Up workshop

A crowd of just over 50 women from the Chestermere community attended a Daring Leadership Workshop on Jan. 29. The workshop was the second in a series offered to the community to engage women in municipal politics. The series was made possible in partnership with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Human Rights Education and Multiculturalism Fund, Rocky View Immigrant Services and the Rotary Club of Chestermere. Throughout the evening, women were able to discuss their core values, fears, and vulnerabilities while gaining the tools to be confident in entering the political arena. Photo submitted by Claire Halpin

By Emily Rogers The City of Chestermere continued to break down barriers’ women face who want to participate in the political arena through the Daring Leadership Women, Politics, and Showing Up workshop on Jan. 29. The workshop was made possible through partnerships with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Human Rights Education and Multiculturalism Fund, Rocky View Immigrant Services and the Rotary Club of Chestermere. “The workshop followed the initial series we had presented where we asked women what barriers they encountered when running for politics,” said the City of Chestermere’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategist Joanne Kinya Baker. “It went really, really well,” she added. “We received tremendous positive feedback from women in the community.” Throughout the evening, participants were able to address the barriers women face, such as fears that keep women from running for politics, work-life balance, childcare needs, lack of confidence, and the fear of making mistakes. “At this workshop, women learned the skill of how to dare greatly, and how to be a brave leader in the political arena,” Kinya Baker said. Women participating in the workshop also discussed how they were fearful of being seen as emotional when making decisions. “It is a big fear that women have, they are trying to step up in a very male-dominated world and are often seen as being emotional. There is a balance of needing to be tough and acting tough so people will pay attention,” Kinya Baker said. The Daring Leadership workshop also dug deep into finding a confident voice for women and being OK with being vulnerable. “Vulnerability and shame for a long time have been seen as things that actually prevent women from getting ahead,” Kinya Baker said. “We know that vulnerability is a great thing, we can speak from a place of vulnerability and not feel ashamed,” she added. The workshop was modeled around Brene Brown’s work on leadership and daring as a leader. “The whole point of providing this project is to build women’s capacity to become leaders in the political arena,” Kinya Baker said. Although the workshop was in seminar-style, it was very interactive where women were able to talk about their core values, and the power of vulnerability. “The women had an amazing time working in pairs and figuring out what their core values are,” Kinya Baker added. “Our core

values will then feed into our leadership styles.” The Daring Leadership workshop was broken down into four pillars including rumbling with vulnerability, living your values, braving trust, and learning to rise when something goes wrong. Women discussed a moment where they felt vulnerable, how they dealt with it, their values, and using trust as a leader. “The first value exercise that people participated in, assisted them in discovering how they can bring that into their work as leaders and as politicians,” Kinya Baker said. “The women in this workshop were able to figure out their vulnerability and values and how to tie all of those things in together to be a daring and a great leader,” she said. Adding, “This exercise helped us realize that the qualities of a person we admire and how we describe them are actually our values as well.” It was determined through the workshop that women wanted to learn how to communicate better, how to be more time-efficient, and remove the personal bias around equal treatment. Kinya Baker is hopeful that residents understand that once the barriers are removed, women can fully and whole heartily participate in politics. “Studies have shown that when women are in leadership, productivity and revenue increases dramatically in an organization,” Kinya Baker said. When women are in leadership, and they feel like they are represented in the community, they come out and participate in more events and activities because their interests are being addressed. “I’m hoping that women can get together and realize that them being involved in the political arena will actually stir the interest of other women in the community who have all of these things they would like to share but haven’t found a platform for it,” Kinya Baker said. “I’m also hoping that women will have their skills honed, this workshop was very skills-based,” she said. Adding, “Confidence was another big issue that was addressed. By the end of this series, I’m hoping we have begun to inspire confidence in the women in the community who want to run for politics.” Moving forward, Kinya Baker is excited to engage women with an immigrant background in politics on social media platforms, and the upcoming women’s conference in the spring. “It’s one thing to get all of the women together in a group, but it’s another to make sure that we’re representative of all of the women in the community,” Kinya Baker said. Without the support of the community, the Rotary Club of February 13, 2020 // theanchor.ca

Chestermere who sponsored the food supplied, the Calgary Food Link who supplemented the food, and city councillors, the workshop wouldn’t have been possible. “We have some really great support from our city councillors. It was really amazing. This is a vulnerable place to be. As a councillor they’re out there showing what some of their vulnerabilities are, that made them so much more admirable,” Kinya Baker said. She added, “The fact that women can see their city councillors participating in a project like this to empower other women in the community goes against what we believe about how women don’t support each other in general. It was really powerful.” Kinya Baker encourages residents to keep a lookout for upcoming Engaging Women in Municipal Politics city events. “If there are any questions or specific topics women feel need to be addressed, I’m very open to having a discussion and making sure all of the women in the community due diligence,” Kinya Baker said.

Over 50 women attended the Daring Leadership Women, Politics, and Showing Up workshop on Jan. 29. Throughout the workshop, the facilitator Nicole Owen demonstrated how to identify personal values with the City’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategist Joanne Kinya Baker. Photo submitted by Claire Halpin

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By Emily Rogers A public hearing was held during the Feb. 4 regular meeting of council, in which council carried the second and third readings of Bylaw 029-19. The bylaw is to amend part of the Town Centre District sites five and six with the addition of residential care facilities. “The owner of the Best Western Hotel in Chestermere is applying for this amendment. The owner sees the opportunity to repurpose the building for a more feasible residential care facility,” said the Municipal Planner of Community Growth and Infrastructure, Shamin Vicencio. It was determined in the 2018 census that more than 18 per cent of Chestermere residents are 55 years of age or older, and by 2028, the per centage is expected to rise over 32 per cent. “This would represent the greatest population of growth by age demographic in the city. Given this, it’s important that the city would by then have senior housing available, and options readily available,” Vicencio said. The City of Chestermere conducted a seniors housing needs assessment in 2018, which identified that the absence of seniors housing along with a rapidly growing senior population required immediate attention. In January, the Council Task Force on Seniors presented recommendations to council to consider for supporting seniors in the community. After the presentation, council created a Council Advisory Committee on Seniors, which will give council the ability to contribute in addressing identified seniors’ needs in the future. “The applicant and city staff intend to collaborate throughout the application,” Vicencio said. “City council’s 2019-2022 strategic plan priorities commit to addressing seniors housing needs by prioritizing senior-friendly neighborhoods and promoting inclusive and diverse housing options,” Vicencio added. “The proposed land use amendment aligns with all of these priorities.” The representative of the applicant, Tom Hong, spoke in front of council as to how the applicant chose to pursue a residential care facility. “We purchased the land in 2013, and we did our due diligence as to whether or not the hotel would be feasible in the community prior to starting,” Hong said. When the Best Western Hotel was completed in 2016, the Alberta economy was in a recession.

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“Due to the poor economic conditions, as well as the hotel industry, specifically deteriorating, the owners of Best Western Hotel had assessed that the property will not be able to financially stabilize or recover to a level that was initially intended when the land was purchased,” Vicencio said. “Given that, the owners see the opportunity to repurpose the building to a more feasible residential care facility,” she added. “It’s been really tough for us to be operating as a private business and as a hotel. That’s why we’re proposing senior living for the facility,” Hong said. However, in order for the hotel to be converted into a seniors housing facility, the pool needs to be transformed into a dining room. “We’ve looked into other options, to see if there’s another way to accommodate it, but with budget constraints, this is the only option we had,” Hong said. He added, “I understand the pool is very valued in the City of Chestermere, and that’s why we’re looking to do a temporary conversion of the dining room, so if the opportunity arises for an expansion, we would develop around the pool so it can be reopened.” Due to the building type, the facility can only cater to independent seniors living and will provide approximately 80 spaces. Hong believes that the facility location will be extremely beneficial for seniors, as most amenities are within walking distance. “I have heard a resounding ‘Yay’ on this,” said Chestermere City Councillor Cathy Burness. “It’s a great location, and there’s no getting around that. I couldn’t have imagined a better location,” Burness said.


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City Information We need your help to shape the future of social programming in our city! 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. There are three ways you can get involved and share your feedback on the City’s social programs: 1. Attend an open house at City Hall on Thursday, February 13 at 3 - 4 p.m. or 6 - 7 p.m. 2. Participate in the online survey which will be open throughout the month of March. 3. Join us for an interactive design lab to really dig into the details of social programs and priorities in our community. Workshops will be held on March 18. With your help and feedback, the City will identify the community’s priorities for social programming. For more information, visit chestermere.ca/socialprograms.

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# 20-52619 147 Stonemere Green – Lot 86, Block 33, Plan 121 3568 Home Business – Major (renewal) – BAT – A – LASH (eyelash extension) 2. DP# 20-19776 101 Rainbow Falls Lane – Lot 5, Block 20, Plan 111 2257 A variance of 0.09m for air conditioning unit located on the west side of the property encroaching into the required side yard setback of 1.0m. 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 $200.00 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.

Notice of Public Hearing - Tuesday, March 3 CITY OF CHESTERMERE NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING BYLAW 001-20 Pursuant to the provisions of Section 692 of the Municipal Government Act, Chapter M-26 of the Revised Statutes of Alberta, 2000, and amendments thereto, the Council of the City of Chestermere is considering Bylaw 001-20, being the Calgary-Chestermere Interface Intermunicipal Development Plan. A Public Hearing will be held in the COUNCIL CHAMBERS OF THE CITY OF CHESTERMERE, on TUESDAY March 3rd, 2020; at 6:00 p.m. for the purpose of considering verbal and/or (preferably) written representations from interested individuals or groups affected by the proposed Bylaw.

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Written submissions should be received at the City of Chestermere Office by 4:30 PM Wednesday, February 26, 2020. Note: Any submissions received after this time will be considered an oral submission and may be read into the record at the Public Hearing by the writer, or read on his or her behalf. Copies of the proposed bylaw may be reviewed on the City Website at www.chestermere.ca or at the City of Chestermere Municipal Building, 105 Marina Road, during regular office hours. Further information regarding the above may be obtained by contacting the file manager, Karl Mielke, with the Community Growth and Infrastructure Department at 403-207-7075.

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Harry Potter lovers could have their palms read, make crafts, and participate in a library-wide scavenger hunt By Emily Rogers Over 180 Chestermere residents of all ages entered the world of Harry Potter during the fifth annual Chestermere Public Library Harry Potter Book Night on Feb. 6. Throughout the night, Harry Potter lovers could have their photographs taken with the invisibility cloak, have their palms read, learn their magic name, create magic books, and find items in a scavenger hunt. “It’s a lot of fun. People who love Harry Potter love Harry Potter, and they can’t get enough of it,” said the Chestermere Public

Library Acting Director Cathy Burness. While Harry Potter characters including McGonagall, Trelawney, Luna Lovegood, and Hagrid were wandering the library. Over the years, the Chestermere Public Library has added items such as photo backdrops, suitcases, birdcages, and potions to the décor collection, which allows for the library to offer the event free of charge to the public. “We don’t have to charge anything, and we really like to be able to provide that for free because there are definitely a lot of kids involved,” Burness said. “We decorate the whole library, we’ve had Quidditch posts in the

past, the giant spider and spider webs, we’ve had birdcages with crows and owls in them, just a variety of things that make people feel like their immersed in the world of Harry Potter,” she said. Adding, “The décor is becoming increasingly more elaborate, and people very much love to see the magic potions, the birdcages, the suitcases, and the floating candles.” Throughout the years, the annual Harry Potter Book Night has become a community favourite event. “We appreciate the support that we get, and that’s why we do it,” Burness said.

Harry Potter characters including McGonagall, Trelawney, Luna Lovegood, and Hagrid, could be found wandering around the Chestermere Public Library during the fifth annual Harry Potter Book Night on Feb. 6. Photo by Emily Rogers

Rabia Khan, 8, and Adam Khan, 18 months, took photos with the invisibility cloak during the fifth annual Chestermere Public Library Harry Potter Book Night on Feb. 6. Throughout the evening, Harry Potter lovers of all ages could have their palms read, learn their magic name, make crafts, or go on a library-wide scavenger hunt. Photo by Emily Rogers

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The annual Chestermere Public Library Harry Potter Book Night has become a community favourite event throughout the years. During the event, the library is transformed into the world of Harry Potter with suitcases, potions, and birdcages. Photo by Emily Rogers


Alberta RCMP marks one-year Strathmore RCMP anniversary of Project Lock Up seeking public assistance in identifying break-in suspects

The suspects stole cash and cannabis accessories before fleeing By Emily Rogers At approximately 3:30 a.m. on Jan. 30, the Strathmore RCMP responded to a break-and-enter occurring at a local cannabis business near Spruce Park Drive and Spruce Lane in Strathmore. Two male suspects had broken into the business and took cash and cannabis accessories before fleeing. The break-in resulted in roughly $3,000 in damages. The Strathmore RCMP are now asking for the publics’ assistance in identifying the suspects. If you have any information, please contact the Strathmore RCMP at 403-934-3968 or local police. Or to remain anonymous, contact 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.

Countdown to Valentine’s Day Millions of people eagerly await the arrival of the shortest month of the year for the opportunity to show their spouses, girlfriends, boyfriends, companions, and many other special people in their lives how much they are loved. Even though Valentine’s Day is just one day a year, that doesn’t mean it should be the only time one expresses his or her love for a special someone. With this in mind, individuals can count down the days to Valentine’s Day with these daily events that precede the day of love. February 7: Rose Day Celebrate love with a vase filled with roses. Red symbolizes love, and many other colors represent heartfelt emotions. The flowers will add to home decor and ambiance. February 8: Proposal Day Couples ready to tie the knot can use this day as an opportunity to propose. Those already engaged or married can spend Proposal Day celebrating the events that led up to their own engagement or betrothal, and toast how their relationships have evolved. February 9: Chocolate Day Lavish a loved one with all the decadent treats they enjoy. These can include store-purchased chocolates, chocolate fudge sundaes or warm brownies fresh out of the oven.

February 10: Teddy Day This day can be interpreted in different ways. Couples adding spice to their relationships can celebrate Teddy Day with the lingerie of the same name. Those looking for a more G-rated experience can gift each other with an adorable stuffed bear. Makeyour-own stuffed animal retailers at nearby malls are a place to turn for customizable teddy bears. February 11: Promise Day Promise Day provides an opportunity to make promises to each other that are specific to couples’ relationships. These can include being more patient, traveling more or spending more time together. February 12: Hug Day On this day the world celebrates the uplifting and comforting power of hugs, which can be powerful expressions of love. February 13: Kiss Day Couples can pucker up and spend a few extra moments showing their affection with some kisses. The lips are quite sensitive to touch, and kissing is one of the more renowned expressions of intimacy. Show love all week long leading up to Valentines Day.

Edmonton – Monday February 10th, citizenled groups Alberta Rural Crime Watch, Alberta Citizens on Patrol and Alberta Crime Stoppers joined the Alberta RCMP in marking the first anniversary of Project Lock Up. The initiative brings together Alberta Sheriffs, Alberta Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, Alberta Fish and Wildlife Enforcement, Alberta Peace Officers and Criminal Intelligence Services Alberta. Project Lock Up, announced in February 2019, has created a framework enabling the RCMP and its enforcement and citizen-led partners to provide an enhanced response to repeat victims of property crime. This collaborative, intelligence-led initiative also aims to reduce property crime and build trust between citizens and law enforcement. RCMP Crime Reduction Analysts review data from calls to police to identify the areas where break and enters occur most often. Law enforcement and citizen-led stakeholder groups then use gathered intelligence to guide patrols and enhance oversight in the areas hit hardest by break and enters. As part of Project Lock Up, RCMP Community Engagement and Outreach Specialists meet with Alberta families and businesses who have been hit the hardest by property crime. RCMP employees listen to victims’ stories and work with them to ensure they are not targeted again by applying Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles. Throughout this week, the Alberta RCMP will provide an overview of various topics through social media – on Facebook @RCMPinAlberta and Twitter @RCMPAlberta as outlined below. Monday, Feb. 10: Project Lock Up first anniversary media event • Tuesday, Feb. 11: CPTED • Wednesday, Feb. 12: Importance of reporting • Thursday, Feb. 13: Marking your property • Friday, Feb. 14: Partnerships and the Project Lock Up map

Albertans who need our support and provide them with real and concrete ways of making them safer in their homes and businesses.” - Deputy Commissioner Curtis Zablocki, Commanding Officer, Alberta RCMP “Our government is committed to keeping our communities safe and secure, and that requires solid partnerships between government, law enforcement and everyday Albertans who look out for their neighbours. Project Lock Up enhances cooperation between the RCMP and provincial peace officers in the Alberta Sheriffs, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement and Fish and Wildlife Enforcement and increases their reach in rural Alberta by improving the flow of intelligence between those organizations. Our government is proud to partner with the RCMP on initiatives like Project Lock Up that help protect Albertans, their families and their property.” - Doug Schweitzer, Alberta Minister of Justice and Solicitor General

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Quotes “I want Albertans to know that we are listening to their concerns – Project Lock Up has improved the way that we respond to victims, turning our focus to those repeatedly victimized by crime. With the help of our enforcement partners and citizen-led crime prevention groups, Project Lock Up has enabled us to better identify

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Project Lock Up is a key initiative of our Crime Reduction Strategy which launched in 2017. Project Lock Up is an evidence-based approach based on a successful UK model which saw a 30% decrease in residential break and enters. Thanks to Project Lock Up, 24 properties that had been categorized as hardest hit by crime have not been targeted by criminals again. From 2017 to 2019, the number of break and enters has decreased by 4.3% in Alberta RCMP rural jurisdictions. As part of Project Lock Up, RCMP Community Outreach and Engagement Specialists visited 35 property owners in person and provided tips on protecting their property. Call Back Unit (CBU) employees contacted 121 property owners. The CBU consists of a specialized team designed to handle non-emergency calls for service to create efficiencies and better align its processes. Alberta RCMP has provided patrol briefings and Crime Map access to Rural Crime Watch and Citizens on Patrol to help be the eyes and ears of police in crime-heavy areas.

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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)

Rec 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

Phone: 403-235-2117, Email: chestermerewhitecappers@shaw.ca

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SPECIAL EVENTS Tuesday, February 25th – PIZZA/BINGO NIGHT- Doors open at 4:30pm. Supper at 5:30pm. The menu will include Pizza, Caesar Salad and Dessert $5/person and $5 for bingo cards for 10 games. Signup is required and is in the front foyer. **************************************************** 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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RECREATIONGUIDE Chestermere Regional Community Association

Friday | February 14

Valentine Jellybean Dance (Grades 5 - 9) 7 - 9:30 p.m. Join us for a DJ, dancing and fun. Dress in red, pink and/or white for prizes. Volunteer supervisors are always needed. Tickets $7 available at the door.

Monday | February 17 Family Day Unplugged 1 - 4 p.m.

Stop by for a FREE family event with a variety of community partners to encourage you to disconnect and reconnect. We’ll have a free chili lunch compliments of the Chestermere Lions Club in addition to board games, creative play and lots of family fun for all ages. Enjoy a hayride and other outdoor activities, so dress for the weather!

Check out our new rec programs! Lil'Ninjas Gymnastics Art Workshops Learn to Skate Registration now open online or in-person.

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Harry Potter Book Night Our event was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who participated in our annual Harry Potter Event. We changed things up a bit and added a photo backdrop of Platform 9 ¾. We had 36 groups through in 2 hours and only had a few little hiccups. It was a magical evening. A special thank you to our volunteers. 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.burness@chestermerepubliclibrary.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


Chestermere/Indus Modified Mixed Bonspiel Another Great Success! By Marla Forth photos: Compliments Marla Forth The Chestermere and Indus Curling Clubs hosted their 13th Annual Combined Modified Mixed Bonspiel on January 31st, February 1st, 2nd, 2020. The qualifications to enter are that only the Skip and Third must be of opposite genders. Our Bonspiel was full this year with a total of 24 teams from Chestermere, Indus, Carseland and Calgary. Teams alternated their draws between the two ice rinks and the ice conditions were fantastic at both rinks! The two clubs have a terrific relationship, and great fun was had by all! The competition was very close and in the end the top 3 spots were all captured by Chestermere Teams. The A Event went to the Janke team consisting of Skip – Wolfgang Janke, Third – Christine McMitchell, Second – Evan Shields and Lead – Cindy Smith. The Adams team took the B Event; Skip – Keith Adams, Third – Caryn Mann, Second – Trevor Nociar and Lead – Debbie Adams. And the Dalsto team battled their way through 6 games in 3 days to win the C Event; Skip – Bruce Dalsto, Third – Deb Davidson, Second – Paul Durant and Lead – Angela Cranston. Anyone who is interested in curling in Chestermere next season, please check out our website at www.chestermerecurling.com

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Leela Sharon Aheer MLA

Provincial News Hello Chestermere Anchor readers! I hope

process on the globe. Contrary to what you may

you had an amazing week, and enjoyed the

hear in the media, local First Nations are onside

warm weather before we head back into a bit

with the project. Teck Frontier will produce in

of a cold spell. I want to start off by thank-

excess of 250,000 barrels per day and create

ing Cheadle Hall for hosting our Fair Deal for

thousands of jobs. This project is about Alberta

Alberta Panel. We were honoured to have Fair

prosperity, and Canadian prosperity. Our roads,

Deal Panel members Stephen Lougheed and

hospitals, schools, hockey rinks, lifestyle and

Donna Kennedy-Glans join us to hear from you

well being are tied to these projects as we all

about what you think is important for a fair deal

benefit from the resource sector. If you go to

for Alberta within Confederation. Thank you

a hospital, use a syringe, have an MRI, lie in a

to my assistants Vicki Welsh, Peter Tindall, and

hospital bed, use medications, or have surgery,

Joyce Bazant for all of their work in organizing

all of these products that we depend on are

this panel as well as our volunteers who came

made from or run on fossil fuels, and we are the

out early on a Saturday to set up the room and

best in the world at producing them. We are

take down. Most inspiring was how many great

the cleanest and most responsible developers

and thoughtful ideas came from you. Your guid-

of natural resources. It is time for the Prime

ance will inform our work so that we are able

Minister to do the right thing and give the go

to best represent you both provincially and at

ahead for this project. We need to rally behind

the national level. I know that many of you are

the resource sector at all levels of govern-

frustrated and angry, and we acknowledge that

ment and get this project done. This project

and we hear you. I am a proud Albertan and a

is so much more than just building wealth and

proud Canadian, and I am truly honoured that

prosperity, it embodies the Federal Govern-

you took your time on a Saturday morning to

ment’s acknowledgement of the resource sector

let me know how you are feeling about how we

and the phenomenal job they are doing creating

are being treated.

jobs, building our province, and our country.

On that note, I would like to speak about Na-

We want jobs, not charity, and for this project

tional Unity. I’m sure your table talk is similar

to be “built on its merits” as said by Minister

to mine in that we are waiting to find out the

Nixon. The regulatory bodies have given their

fate of the Teck Frontier Oilsands project. We

go-ahead after an impartial, science-driven

take our environmental role very seriously, and

and evidence-based review and stated that this

the Federal Government needs to acknowledge

project satisfies all regulatory requirements and

that and give their blessing to this project. As

is in the national interest. Frontier has com-

Minister Nixon said “This will show whether

mitted to net zero by 2050, and will have lower

the Prime Minister is serious about working

emissions than most projects in the USA, and

with this province or not”. This $20 billion

half the emissions compared to other oilsands

project is waiting for Federal Cabinet approval

projects. We will be watching this closely. As

after going through the most rigorous review

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Big Leagues For Banded Peak Faithful readers may recall that Calgarybased Wild Rose Brewery was acquired by megabrewer Sleeman Brewing last summer, and that I had made a prediction that they were but the first of many Alberta craft brewers to be acquired by a giant multinational. My prediction from last summer was that the Edmonton-based Alley Kat Brewing would be the next to be acquired, as both Wild Rose and Alley Kat opened their doors in 1996, and were of similar size. It turns out that my prediction was not correct, as Calgary-based Banded Peak Brewing was acquired by Labatt last week, giving Calgary brewers a 2-0 score over their Edmonton counterparts, in a booze-related battle of Alberta. I can still remember my first sip of the Banded Peak Plainsbreaker Pale Ale in the summer of 2016, while the tap room was still under construction in a tiny and cramped corner of the brewery, with just a few beat up old picnic tables available for seating. Since those early days, the brewery has expanded into a larger space, and the tap room is much larger and luxuriously furnished, now able to serve up to 122 thirsty beer fans. It is hard to believe that the brewery is still less than four years old, and already snapped up by Labatt, which is owned Belgium-based AB InBev, one of the largest booze conglomerates in the world, and the home of such famous brands as Budweiser, Stella Artois, Corona, and many others. This is not Labatt’s first acquisition of crafty brewers, with Toronto’s Mill Street Brewing, Vancouver’s Stanley Park Brweing, and Montreal’s Microbrasserie Archibald all joining the Labatt family over the past few years. Fortunately, there are no plans to change the recipes or staff at Banded Peak, so we can expect their delicious brews to continue gracing the shelves of your friendly neighbourhood bottle shop or drinking establishment. The typical strategy of the megabrewers when acquiring a small craft brewer is to let them continue what they are doing, but leverage the buying power and worldwide distribution channels of the parent company. In this case, it will now be easier to get Banded Peak products into liquor retailers that already have an account with Labatt or their multinational conglomerate AB InBev. The Saddledome arena in Calgary has an

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exclusive draught beer contract with Labatt, so this might even mean you will find pints of Banded Peak available at hockey games or on the Stampede midway. Banded Peak currently produces 3000 hectolitres of beer annually, so they have plenty of room to grow. For comparison, Calgary’s Big Rock Brewing produces about 200,000 hectolitres annually. Fortunately, the existing Banded Peak brewing facility has plenty of room to ramp up production, so I fully expect the added marketing muscle of Labatt to see Banded Peak growing by leaps and bounds over the next few years. My plan is to continue patronizing their delightful taproom whenever I am in Calgary. Located in the so-called Barley Belt district, Banded Peak has more than a dozen craft brewers in the same neighbourhood, making it popular for the summer bicycle tours of assorted breweries. The brewery is named after Banded Peak, the distinctive mountain in Kananaskis with a band of steep cliffs circling the top of the mountain, giving it a visible band of black rock just below the snow-covered summit. Most of their brews are made in the styles of the Pacific Northwest, taking inspiration from the pioneering beer fiends of Portland and Seattle to produce beer that bursts with floral hops and flavourful yeasts. The Plainsbreaker Hopped Wheat Ale is an unfiltered brew with tropical notes on the tongue from the exotic yeasts, and late-addition hops providing aromatics without too much bitterness. This is their most popular brew, and is appreciated by beer nerds and macrobrew drinkers alike. The Summit Seeker IPA is a quintessential North American IPA, with hints of fresh pine on the nose, and robust hop bitterness for the IPA fans. While most IPA is pale yellow, the Summit Seeker is a deep amber from a unique strain of local barley, which provides a solid malt backbone to balance the Oregon hops. The Chinook Saison is perhaps the most interesting, made in the style of a Belgian Farmhouse Ale, with spicy yeasts and an earthy finish, and is my personal favourite. Look for them at your friendly neighbourhood booze merchant, or check out their taproom on your next visit to Calgary.


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

Dogs’ dental hygiene Ever since I was a wee lad, I have conscientiously brushed my teeth twice a day. The result of doing so is that I’ve had a pretty good track record over the years as far as avoiding cavities, etc. But when it comes to looking after my own dog’s teeth, my performance has been less than stellar. It’s only been recently that I’ve realized just looking at his front teeth and giving him a Dentabone (or equivalent) most days is not sufficient. At the end of January, following a complimentary dental exam, Finn went to our local vet clinic to have his teeth properly cleaned, under anaesthetic. I’ll let Finn explain what happened during those eight hours of being at the clinic: “Once mom and dad left me at the clinic, I met a really nice young lady who had treats in her pouch. Dad didn’t give me breakfast this morning so the treats seemed very appealing as I was very hungry! The lady made me feel comfy and listened to my heart, took my temperature and weighed me. She kept telling me what a good boy I was. I had to lie still on the table while another lady shaved both my shins. She then put an IV catheter in my front leg. It pricked a little but I was a brave boy. Closer to my surgery time, I got an injection through the IV catheter that was a combination of sedation and pain medication. It felt a little funny at first but I got nice and relaxed after a few minutes. I was hooked up to IV fluids to avoid dehydration and to maintain my blood pressure. I kept thinking “I sure hope I don’t have to pee”. When it was time for surgery the lady gave me another injection through my IV catheter and I was asleep in seconds. Next thing I knew I was awake and the nice lady sat with me for a while until she was sure that I was comfortable and awake enough to lift my head up. Although everyone was really kind to me, I still liked it when dad came to pick me up. I still felt a little subdued and slept most of the evening on dad’s lap. We went back to the vet clinic a few days later to make sure everything was ok. I thought licking the itchy bit on my legs where the IV catheter had been inserted was OK to do but the vet said I’d made it all sore. She put some ointment on my shins and then sprayed some gross smelling stuff to stop me licking. Ugh! Mom and dad were shown how to clean my teeth properly so I don’t need any more cleaning at the clinic.” The moral of this tale is that, even though their teeth are different than humans’, dogs’ teeth are equally as important and need as much care to avoid dental issues later in life. Yes certain dog bones can help but nothing is a substitute for daily cleaning with doggy toothpaste.

Chickadees I was in Saskatoon last week and met a friend who had something very special to show me. He took me to a quiet wintery park with a bag of mixed nuts and seeds under his arm. “I hope you’re wearing good boots, the snow is pretty deep,” he said as we crunched our way out of an empty parking lot and past some Photo: Preston Pouteaux trees. The sun was just barely up and the golden rays made this still place feel magical. “Hold out your hands,” he said as he filled my palm with a mix of seeds and peanuts. “Now we wait.” In a moment, sooner than I thought and out of nowhere, a bird flitted down and snapped a seed out of his hand. The first brave visitor. Soon the silence gave way to tweets and beeps and chatter as the word spread through the sticks and trees. Breakfast was served. With my hand still out and full, nut hatch birds and chickadees bounded and bounced through the shrubbery around us, moving in to see if the rumours were true. Then, one by one they landed on my hand, tiny feet gripping the edge of my outstretched fingers. It was delightful! Birds came and went, sometimes two landing at a time. I’ve never before thought myself a Disney character, but with song birds all around on a winter morning, it was as close as anyone can be to magic, I think. For the next hour we stood there and enjoyed the birds coming and going. My friend explained that they take the first seeds and hide them, and if all is well, they’ll eat their fill. He has come to this spot over and over and the birds know and trust him now. Perhaps others have fed songbirds from their hands, but for me this was brand new, and an amazing gift. I felt the peace of it all. My friend explained that for many who suffer from mental illness or depression, feeding songbirds from your hand is the best medicine. I could see why. It felt serene. Frequently we think about our neighbourhood as it relates to humans; families and friends who live on our street, people we know and have come to love. Feeding these song birds reminded me that others live in our neighbourhoods, too. Birds who choose to stay in Chestermere all winter and stay warm in a tree or bush, they also call our neighbourhoods their home. We’re not alone. Around a pond in our neighbourhood one home has become a haven for birds. Lots of trees and well stocked bird feeders have allowed birds to find a refuge from the coldest days. When we walk by we always stop and watch. One family has created a space where even the birds experience hospitality, it is inspiring. This winter we’ve added a few bird feeders to our yard and we hope that our home, too, will become a haven for the chickadees and nut hatches that pass by. While they might appreciate the meal, I wonder if feeding birds might be as much for my wellbeing as theirs. The peace that comes from stopping and noticing, even the songbirds, is something I need in my life. Who would have guessed that the smallest neighbours could do so much. February 13, 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) jgdesrochers@gmail.com 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 rotarychestermere@gmail.com The Chestermere Fine Art Guild The Chestermere Fine Art Guild meets every Thursday at 1pm, at the Recreation Centre North side, upstairs in room 2. Come and explore your artistic potential. Welcoming new members beginner to advanced. Like us on Facebook and email chestermereartguild@gmail.com The Walking Connection It’s a great way to connect with other people in your community, improve your mental health and to get some fresh air and gentle exercise. Meets every Monday between 1:30 – 3:00 Ongoing The group meets in front of the Chestermere Public Library, at the gazebo in good weather. Includes: a gentle walk, coffee & connection. There is no charge for this group and we would love for you to join us.(However, coffee is at your own expense) For more information call Yvonne Harris at 403 365-5401 or email yvonne.harris@ahs.ca The Chestermere Lions Club Meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, September to June at the Chestermere Rec Centre at 7pm. Check out our website at e-clubhouse.org/sites/Chestermere/ or \email us for more information at chestermerelc@gmail.com Chestermere Lakeside Kruzers Car Club Lakeside Kruzers Car Club Meet and Greet Show “n” Shines every 2nd 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, rtspanko@shaw.ca 403 285-8309

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LifeStyles

Pros and cons to early retirement

How you can benefit from having a pet

systems overall. Pets have been kept for centuries. Statistics

can be the common denominator to strike up new

own millions of dogs, cats, birds, small mam-

friendships and connect with others. Whether

mals, and reptiles.

walking around the neighbourhood or being part

Pets affable nature and loving looks are enough for many people to welcome them into their homes, but the benefits of having a pet extends beyond their appearances and temperaments. A lifetime of working compels many people to look forward to their retirement. Some people even work to retire early. But what are the advantages of early retirement beyond starting a life of leisure? And are there any detriments to this plan? A 2014 survey by the financial services provider TIAA-CREF found that 37 percent of Americans plan to retire before age 65. However, many of them will not have control over the matter. Those who do may want to consider the pros and cons of early retirement. Advantages Many people seek early retirement so that they can live a life free of the constraints of schedules. In retirement, time becomes, more or less, a retiree’s own. Leaving a job can be a boon to a person’s health as well. Relieving oneself of the pressures and stresses of professional life can free up the mind and body. Stress can affect mental and physical health, taxing the heart and contributing to conditions such as depression or anxiety. According to the Mayo Clinic, stress can cause headache, muscle and chest pain and contribute to trouble sleeping. The earlier the retirement, the more opportunity to travel before health issues begin to limit

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mobility. Early retirement also can be a way to volunteer more or even start a new job opportunity one where workers have greater control over their schedules and careers. Disadvantages One of the disadvantages of early retirement is a loss of income. Contributions to retirement accounts also ceases at retirement. This can lead to financial setbacks if adequate savings were not allocated for retirement. According to the resource Wealth How, some people who retire early fear outliving their savings. While retiring early may be good for health, it also can have negative consequences. An analysis from the National Bureau of Economic Research found that retirement can lead to declines in mental health and mobility as well as feelings of isolation. Retiring early may jump start these health implications. Another consideration is that health insurance provided by an employer typically ends at retirement. That means having to pay out of pocket until a person ages into governmentsubsidized healthcare, such as Medicare in the United States, at age 65. Retiring early is a complex issue that requires weighing the pros and cons.

¥ Pets provide socialization opportunities. A pet

from various sources indicate North Americans

¥ Pets can help prevent loneliness. Loneliness affects people of all ages, but it is particularly problematic among seniors. Older adults who may be isolated can benefit from having a pet around. According to a study published in Aging & Mental Health, older adults who owned pets were 36 percent less likely to say they were lonely compared to those who didn’t have an animal companion. ¥ Pets can save lives. Pets can be trained to perform various tasks around the house and in the community. Rescue animals assist in finding people after natural disasters. Medical alert pets

of a pet obedience class or interest group, pets can help their owners expand their social circles. ¥ Pets can help combat stress. Talking to or stroking a pet can make stress easier to handle. A study from researchers at the State University of New York at Buffalo found that, when conducting a stressful task, people experienced less stress when their pets were with them. Various other studies and data from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention have found having a pet around can lower blood pressure, ease anxiety and may even help to lessen aches and pains. Pets provide unconditional love, which can be beneficial to someone facing depression or post traumatic stress disorder. ¥ Pets help teach responsibility. Taking care

can help people with debilitating illnesses and

of a pet can help children and adults become

assist physically impaired people with everyday

more responsible. According to the American

tasks.

Pet Product Association’s 2011-2012 National

¥ Pets help lower allergy risks. Keeping

Pet Owners Survey, 58 percent of pet owners say

pets around can reduce a child’s likelihood of

their pets help teach their kids to be responsible

developing allergies by as much as 33 percent,

through routine care, exercise and feeding of the

according to a study by paediatrician James E.

animal.

Gern that was published in the Journal of Allergy

Pets are more than mere companions. In fact,

and Clinical Immunology. People exposed early

pets can offer numerous health and well-being

on to animals tend to develop stronger immune

benefits to people of all ages.

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OPINION

Plant health a decidedly human issue

Climate change knows no borders and neither should science. And when it comes to plant science, Canada is a force to be reckoned with By Sylvain Charlebois Professor in Food Distribution and Policy Dalhousie University Every year, the United Nations promotes something that it believes warrants attention and it has declared 2020 the International Year of Plant Health. Celebrating plant health and bringing more awareness to the issue is well worth pursuing. Plants represent about 80 per cent of everything we eat. And animals raised on farms, of course, eat plants. Most Canadians recognize how important plants are to global food systems but few would how vulnerable our plant-based ecosystem really is. This year should highlight efforts to provide disease resistance for many crops around the world. Many vulnerable crops are grown in regions where plant science is underdeveloped. In fact, diseases threaten foods most of us take for granted. Bananas, citrus, coffee and cocoa are all affected by climate change and relentless diseases. Since most of these crops are grown in impoverished regions where farming practices have hardly evolved over the last several decades, economic powerhouses like Canada should think about supporting production outside our borders. Food consumption is more globalized than ever and many Canadians may be unaware of how lucky they are, having access to great food choices, year-round. We are in an era of acute focus on climate change. The impact of weather on plant disease occurrence and development is critical for plants and deserves more support and attention. Every day, Canadians pay for the impact of climate change on crops. We don’t know the extent to which food prices are affected but we know that the influence is real. Epidemics and climate events affected leafy greens and many other produce prices in 2019, and we expect more of the same in 2020. The spread of disease and pests, and the introduction of new diseases in a changing climate is something all nations need to mitigate against. And technological advancement hasn’t been idle. Despite significant challenges, modern civilization has seen a decent number of successes in plant science. Gene editing and genetic engineering are helping agriculture become more

efficient and resilient. The use of phytobiomes, big data in agri-food and the use of precision agriculture are all making farming practices more sustainable. Geographic information systems (GIS) farming and robotic production should also be showcased this year. Our growing rural-versus-urban divide is causing consumers who live in urban centres to be less knowledgeable and appreciative of what modern agriculture is all about. Recent advances are impressive and should be promoted for the betterment of society and for better policies. But again, this is about equal access to technologies, data and knowledge across the entire globe. At the epicentre of agricultural systems are plants. Plant health initiatives should focus on how we share our knowledge and expertise with other nations. Climate change knows no borders and neither should science. And when it comes to plant science, Canada is a force to be reckoned with. It’s not the first time the UN has focused its energy on plants – 2016 was the International Year of Pulses. For 12 months, pulses were heavily promoted. As one the world’s largest producers and exporters of pulses, Canada benefited from their rise to stardom. A few years later, food policies around the world encourage citizens to consume pulses as much as possible. As a result, more people know what pulses are and include them in their diets. Most would agree that the UN’s choice to promote pulses was as appropriate as it was needed, and it was successful. But a simple declaration is typically not enough. We should be constantly reminded of what’s at stake with the health of plants. The year 2019 was dedicated to the periodic table of chemical elements. Most would agree there wasn’t much fanfare about the table in the last 12 months. Other than acknowledging its existence, there wasn’t much promotion of a table that’s been in our classrooms and labs for decades. As a result, we barely heard about it. But picking plant health as a theme has great potential – if the work is put in. Dr. Sylvain Charlebois is senior director of the agri-food analytics lab and a professor in food distribution and policy at Dalhousie University.

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