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Through a payroll deduction over two years, Chestermere Fire Services (CFS) were able to donate $10,830 to the Alberta Children’s Hospital on Feb. 14. CFS Chief Brian Pomrenke said service calls that involve children are often the toughest to go to, but once the children are transported to the Alberta Children Hospital, they receive the best care possible. Although CFS presented the Alberta Children’s Hospital with a cheque on Feb. 14, the donation was made during the annual Country 105 Caring Continued on Page 3 for Kids Radiothon, and two anonymous donors matched the donation bringing the total to over $30,000. Photo submitted

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Council votes against having to license residential cannabis cultivation sites By Emily Rogers

“We went and did a survey, people said no, and then we tried to create a bylaw anyway,” Foat said.

Chestermere City Council defeated the Personal Cultivation of Cannabis Bylaw after months of deliberation on Feb. 19. “During the second round of public engagement, we received around 30 comments, the views generally did not support the bylaw,” said Municipal Planner of Development and Infrastructure Services Jeff Brunen. He added, “Comments included a tax grab, invasion of privacy outside of Chestermere’s jurisdiction or against homeowners’ rights.” The Personal Cultivation of Cannabis Bylaw would have required residents to obtain a municipal permit. The yearly license of $35 was designed to be a fair approach to regulate personal cannabis cultivation and educate safe and healthy growing not only for minors but for homes, Brunen said. Councillor Ritesh Narayan said choosing to not support the proposed bylaw had been a difficult decision. “I will not be supporting this bylaw. We’re supposed to a make a decision based on the information presented, doing our own research, and hearing and listening to the residents. “I believe that the residents of Chestermere have spoken time and time again and they have no appetite for this bylaw. One through the initial survey, and again through the re-engagement,” Narayan said. He added, from the time the Personal Cultivation of Cannabis Bylaw was proposed in October of last year he was not convinced through critical evidence that it was a good bylaw. “I personally have done my own research, and I have personally found nothing that would support this recommendation,” he said. Councillor Mel Foat added he was against the bylaw from the very beginning.

“I think that was a terrific waste of money and time,” he added. “I disagree that anybody was strongly against this from the beginning,” said Councillor Yvette Wagner. The bylaw was initiated as a way to educate residents who wanted to grow their own cannabis plants at home. “I know we’ve received some e-mails from some residents, the voices that I’m hearing are the people who don’t want to see this in place. “That does not to me represent the voice of Chestermere. It represents a small group,” Wagner added. The Personal Cultivation of Cannabis Bylaw was not intended to be a tax grab, Councillor Cathy Burness added, it was intended to protect residents. The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Bernie Morton said the decision to draft the Personal Cultivation of Cannabis Bylaw was a direction given by council. “People think are you intruding on our lives? In essence, no,” Morton said. He added, RCMP are not necessarily worried if residents are growing up to four cannabis plants in their homes, they are worried about larger grow-ops inside the homes. “At least, we would have a record of those particular homes. “This is really our best kick at the can, a brand-new piece of legislation, never before tried,” Morton said.

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Fire Services provide children with hospital care through donation By Emily Rogers

Chestermere Fire Services (CFS) took a personal pay deduction over the past two years to donate $10,830 to the Alberta’s Children’s Hospital on Feb. 14. “I’m so proud of staff being able to pull this together,” said Chestermere Fire Chief Brian Pomrenke. The CFS staff were having a conversation on how they could further help the families and children from their service calls. “We recognized there is a direct connection from fire services employees to the Alberta Children’s Hospital,” Pomrenke said. He added, when the CFS go on a call whether it be a traffic accident or someone not feeling well the calls where children are involved always have a sense of urgency to go above and beyond for the child. “We know that when they are transported to the Alberta Children’s Hospital, they are getting the best care,” Pomrenke said. Although the $10,830 cheque was presented to the Alberta Children’s Hospital on Feb. 14, the CFS donated the funds during the annual Country 105 Caring for Kids Radiothon, which meant the donation was matched by two anonymous donors, bringing in a total donation over $30,000. “It was an incredible gift those donors gave,” Pomrenke said. After CFS presented the cheque to the Alberta Children’s Hospital members received a tour of the teaching hospital and got to see the updated technology, and life like electronic models that are used in training scenarios to give children the best possible care. “This is something we would like to do every year, and just keep going with the payroll deduction,” Pomrenke said. Pomrenke added, he is extremely proud of the CFS who showed big hearts and gave this gesture of kindness.

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Kara Douville, hand cyclist, taught students at East Lake School about resiliency, determination while telling her own personal life journey on Feb. 14. “Their story is a very inspirational about the unpredictability of life and making the most of every opportunity that we have,” said East Lake School Principal Jordan Fenton. Photo submitted

Carla Shibley, tandem bike cyclist, shared her life journey to East Lake School students on Feb. 14. East Lake School Principal Jordan Fenton said, hearing both athletes share their stories could potentially give students the confidence to try something they previously hadn’t thought was possible. Both athletes are hopeful to attend the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Photo submitted

Coralee McIntosh, Synergy Team Lead received the Community ChooseWell Healthy Community Award for the development of the Cornerstone Community Park in collaboration with the city of Chestermere and Landscape Alberta on behalf of the Youth Encouraging Lasting Leadership (YELL) Youth Council. The Award was presented by Mayor Marshall Chalmers on Feb. 19 and celebrates communities’ achievements in promoting a healthy and active lifestyle. Photo by Emily Rogers

(From left) Gumaz Billing, Rody Visotski, and Navdeep Gill from the Youth Encouraging Lasting Leadership (YELL) Youth Council received a certificate of recognition on Feb. 19 from Mayor Marshall Chalmers for their involvement in bullying prevention through the Pretty in Pink campaign. Photo by Emily Rogers Photo by Emily Rogers

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City and Council Briefs Keeping winter roads safe for motorists By Emily Rogers Amendments to the Winter Maintenance Policy 501 were made on Feb. 19, which will ensure levels of services are established while remaining within the approved budget. Objectives presented included set levels of services for winter maintenance which will provide the public with adequate availability under winter conditions, reduce accidents or injuries, provide safe operation for emergency vehicles, and minimize economic loss due to restricted routes. “Priority ratings are emergency routes, collector routes, school zones, rural roads, city owned parking lots, local residential roads, the complaints and requests,” said Road Supervisor of Development and Infrastructure Services Greg Perrault. Levels of service include snow plowing, sanding, salting, ice control, snow removal, then sidewalk snow clearing and ice clearing. Once all main objectives are completed, road crews will begin clean-up to side streets and secondary roads. “We want to be adaptable, and develop procedures in a manner to remain dynamic,” Perrault said.

YELL Youth Council preventing bullying The Youth Encouraging Lasting Leadership (YELL) Youth Council recently received an Inspiration Award for a group or organization in bullying prevention. The group was recognized for their efforts in preventing bullying through the Pretty in Pink campaign. “It means a tremendous amount to our council, we want to make a difference in our community,” said Chair of the YELL Youth Council Rody Visotski. He added, receiving the Inspiration Award highlights how much the youth council has to offer Chestermere. In previous years, the Pretty in Pink campaign required members of the community to wear a pink shirt to support the cause and raise awareness for anti-bullying. However, it had come to the youth council members attention that residents in the community who were not wearing a pink shirt on pink shirt day began to get bullied. “It’s the exact opposite of the indented effect of the day,” Visotski said. He added, now instead of wearing a pink shirt, residents are encouraged to wear a pink button to show their support to anti-bullying on Feb. 27.

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Throughout the next three to four decades Chestermere Boulevard will have major changes to the main street according to the Chestermere Corridor Boulevard Plan. Currently, Chestermere Boulevard is a rural provincial highway that can potentially sperate the community, Stephen Power said. “If it remains a highway, it becomes a point of severance for the community, it splits the community in half,” Power said. He added, “We wanted an opportunity to provide transit, there’s a desire to have an active lifestyle, there’s potential to increase walking, cycling and supporting urban actives.” Chestermere Boulevard is intended to be the city’s main street, there will be access to shopping, and parking, so people can move around comfortably while supporting the traffic demand. The Chestermere Corridor Boulevard Plan is very ambitious and intended to be something that is developed in phases over years. Power added, it will begin at the eastern gateway with a roadway and pathways on both sides, a bus lane and possibly a boardwalk. “What 17th Ave SE looks like today, the intent is to extend that over time,” Power said. He added, the Chestermere Corridor Boulevard Plan finally recognizes the connection into Calgary. “We’re imaging a continuation and continuity of that 17th Ave look and feel. It’s going to be a very different roadway 25 to 30 years from now than it is today,” Power said.

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Staying safe Pursuing a dream around our wildlife after winning $10,000 Peace officers offer some tips to better coexist with scholarship Chestermere’s urban wildlife Chestermere High student showing determination through hardships to achieve goal

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With recent sightings of coyotes in Chestermere, the Chestermere Protective Services are reminding residents that it’s not uncommon to encounter a variety of wildlife in the city. “We’re trying to help mitigate human contact with that wildlife,” said Chestermere Municipal Enforcement Peace Officer Shawn Press. With the city’s rapid development, it has expanded into areas that were habitat for wildlife. Coexisting with wildlife in the city is unavoidable and offers both benefits and hazards to residents. Predators such as coyotes, foxes and hawks naturally control other nuisance species. “They do eat rodents that we don’t want in our houses,” said Press. Other beneficial wildlife includes skunks and bats that help keep the insect populations down. “They eat insects like wasps…that are sometimes a bigger nuisance,” he said. Since Chestermere is surround on all sides acreages and farmland, it is impossible to permanently remove wildlife from the city. “We’re a city, but we’re a rural community,” said Press. Encounters can occur year-round but are somewhat more common in the winter when the lake is frozen allowing easier movement of wildlife through the city. Animals are also more likely to come closer to

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homes and businesses foraging for food in the leaner winter months. “They’re looking for an easy meal,” said Press. To avoid or minimize the chances of encountering wildlife, Press said that residents should never feed or approach wildlife, keep dogs on a leash, keep cats indoors and minimize attractants by removing food from yards and keeping garbage secured. Press said that is also important for parents to teach their children about safe behaviours around wildlife. For more information or to report wildlife concerns contact Alberta Fish and Wildlife Calgary and Area at (403) 297-7789 or Chestermere Protective Services at (403) 207-7058. To report an aggressive animal, call the Alberta Fish and Wildlife Report-A-Poacher line at (800) 642-3800.

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Chestermere High grade 12 student Aryan Zawari won the $10,000 Horatio Alger National Entrepreneurial Scholarship which will help her achieve her dream of pursing neuroscience. “The money can only be used for your education, which is exactly what I need it for,” said scholarship recipient Aryan Zawari. “After my degree in neuroscience, I’ve always had a dream of pursuing a career in medicine and research,” Zawari said. “My plan is to get my medical license and then also my PhD and continue researching medicine.” Originally, Zawari had heard about the scholarship through her school counsellor. While filling out the application Zawari was asked if she wanted to be considered for the larger scholarship. “I was fortunate enough to be chosen for the $10,000,” she said. Interestingly, Zawari didn’t know she was chosen because the acceptance e-mail was sent to her spam folder. “I didn’t see it, a couple weeks later I got a call from the association. My mom was right there beside me, I’m very honoured,” she said. The $10,000 Horatio Alger National Entrepreneurial Scholarship has a great emphasis on community involvement, and academic excellence, which has always been important to Zawari. “Since I was really young, my parents have instilled in me it’s really important to give back to your community,” Zawari said. “In the end, your community is who looks out for you.” It was important for Zawari to stay involved in the community and have an impact as big as she could to make a difference in the lives of others. Zawari did stay involved in the community by participating in the student government at her school.

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She helped with seasonal events and participated in the creation of new plans to make the environment of the school better for all students. “Later on, that extended to my volunteer work with the Chestermere Rec Centre,” Zawari said. “Vicki Klinger opened up a lot of opportunities for me,” she said. Zawari would help Klinger put together seasonal events like the pumpkin patch or the Family Day Winter Festival. “Helping out there gave me a sense of belonging in the community,” she said. “I started when I originally moved to Chestermere. It was really important to me to get involved. I’m really thankful to Vicki for giving me that opportunity and letting me be a part of the programs,” Zawari said. “My family immigrated from Afghanistan as refugees.”, she added “Part of being a refugee and having that as part of my identity really further emphasized the importance of taking care of community. “When you come from someplace that is falling apart, you realize how important it is to contribute, and try to keep things together.” For Zawari the sense of belonging is priceless, it’s invaluable. Currently, Zawari is preparing for a trip to Washington D.C., where she will collect the $10,000 Horatio Alger National Entrepreneurial Scholarship in April. Without the help from Zawari’s teachers and family receiving the scholarship to pursue her dreams would not have been possible. “I want to thank all my teachers from school for teaching me how to be resilient and continuing in the face of adversity. “I also wanted to thank Vicki for giving me the opportunity to work with her, and lastly I want to thank my family for working so hard to give me the opportunities I have today,” Zawari said.


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Leela Sharon Aheer MLA

Provincial News Hello Chestermere! It has been an amazing week meeting with you and spending time with all of you at various events around our city and the surrounding communities. Thank you to everyone who has come out to our recent events in Langdon and Strathmore. We are so honoured that many of you would come out to visit with us and speak about so many important issues, especially given everyone’s busy schedules. Look for me at an event in Chestermere in the near future. Did you know that Alberta has had 90 human trafficking violations since 2009? This involves trafficking for labour as well as sex trafficking. There are vulnerable populations that are at risk and we wish to increase public awareness around this horrific violation of human rights. This requires legislation that empowers victims and survivors of this horrible act to have civil sanctions that would hold perpetrators accountable, and to name businesses who have participated in trafficking people in the labour market. We have the third highest rate of human trafficking in Canada, mostly impacting women and children. Please check our campaign announcement on this very important issue. I would like to chat about the NEB decision to approve the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion. When we look at the $9.3 billion of your money that is going into this pipeline, you would assume that some answers would be forthcoming regarding when shovels will be in the ground, but there is no such information for us, the people of Alberta. There are already threats that more court and legal challenges are beginning, and keep in mind that the Federal government directed the NEB to relook at the project after the Federal Court killed the approval of the pipeline last year. The Trudeau Government chose not to appeal this decision to the Supreme Court. When you see the words “The Trudeau Liberals bought the Trans Mountain pipeline” -the old infrastructure, remember- the government did not buy it, you did, and you deserve answers as to why we ended up here? Why have we allowed Governments who are anti-energy, and anti-prosperity to continue to run our country and our province. Just this past week another major international oil company announced they were leaving Alberta. Energy projects could end poverty in many First Nations and would provide huge benefits to Canada as a whole. Investment is fleeing fast, and our Governments are effectively saying “Spend your money elsewhere”. How do we continue to fund much needed social programs, and how do we provide for the people of this country when we handcuff ourselves and our prosperity and for what? To pretend that we are improving our environment? When are we going to acknowledge the incredible strides we

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have already made, and continue to be leaders in responsible resource development. When is Canada going to be seen as the leader it is in energy and in turn sharing our incredible changes with the rest of the world, helping them to improve their own environmental footprints. When will we stop shaming our country and our industry and tout the incredible work that is being done here, and the innovation that happens without government subsidies? How many British Columbians worked in the oil patch in Alberta when the BC economy was in trouble? It is time to stop apologizing. Are there Canadians that truly do not use any of our natural resources and can honestly say that we have alternatives that will replace how we heat our homes in the winter? Diplomacy did not work, and the policies laid out by the NDP have hurt our economy and our people. We have always said we need to stand up strong for our province, our resource stewardship, and our citizens, and this Government has failed us in this respect. As we reach the end of Black History Month, I would like to thank The Black History Heritage Society for their work in the inauguration of the impassioned and eloquent Virnetta Anderson, the first Black Alderwoman in Alberta. We were proud to bring forward the proclamation of Black History Month, and it was fascinating digging into the archives of the City of Calgary to find out about the amazing work she did during her term from 1974-77 and thereafter: Her love of Alberta was shown in her incredible contributions not only in politics, and her love of democracy, but in her church that established her as a role model for men and women of every background. She was a strong and grounded woman. She was a nominee for the very first YWCA Women of Distinction Lifetime Achievement Awards. She was an orator, a natural born leader, and along with her husband Ezzret Sugarfoot Anderson, they were a power couple and strong Ambassadors for Calgary. A well-known Rotarian, she had a long history of community building and was a woman of stories, wisdom, and wit. Celebrated in the community for her many years as a tireless and enthusiastic volunteer, leader, and contributor to her adopted city, she was honoured with the Canada 125 Commemorative Medal. The list goes on! I was honoured to participate in the Proclamation Of Black History Month and the inauguration of Virnetta. The Black History Heritage Society’s motto, “One people, one community, one nation.” is an inspiring one. Look for me at your doors in the next few weeks and as always I love to hear from you.

Nick Jeffrey libations@theanchor.ca

Prince of Pinot

Faithful readers will recall that my favourite Canadian wine region is the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, prized for its big and bold red wines, thanks to its sun-drenched desertlike microclimate. I have typically given short shrift to the wine regions of Ontario, being much further from Alberta, and requiring transit through the dreaded Toronto airport, which unfailingly manages to lose my luggage, regardless of my ultimate destination. In the spirit of domestic wine solidarity, I have been making a point of selecting Ontario wines while visiting my local bottle shop. My last visit to Ontario took me through two of the three officially recognized growing regions, namely the Niagara Peninsula and the north shore of Lake Erie. The Niagara Peninsula is the largest wine region in Canada, and is blessed with a unique microclimate, thanks to the moderating effect that Lake Ontario has on the Niagara Escarpment. Wineries are plentiful in the region, stretching for 50km from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Hamilton, and mostly hugging the shores of Lake Ontario. The big players in the Canadian wine industry are located here, including Inniskillin, JacksonTriggs, Peller Estates, and many others. This region is also home to the Niagara College Teaching Winery, where aspiring Canadian winemakers have learned viticulture and the business of wine for almost two decades. The Lake Erie region is much smaller, although it does boast Canada’s most southern winery, located on Pelee Island, just barely on the Canadian side of Lake Erie, and quite a bit south of Detroit. The third wine region of Ontario is Prince Edward County, and is also the newest, receiving its official designation in 2007. Prince Edward County is winning accolades both in our domestic market and internationally, with its main claim to fame being a terroir and latitude very similar to the Burgundy region of France, home to the top Pinot Noir in the world. Prince Edward County is on the north side of Lake Ontario, around 200km east of Toronto, or just west of Kingston for the Tragically Hip fans in the audience. Similar to the Burgundy region of France, Price Edward County rests on limestone bedrock with

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plenty of gravel in the soil to promote drainage for the finicky Pinot Noir vines whose roots are prone to rot in wet soils. At 44 degrees north in latitude, Prince Edward County is just slightly below Burgundy’s 47 degrees, still in the prime growing latitude for cool climate grapes like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Unlike the Pinot Noir wines of Grand Cru vineyards of Burgundy that regularly fetch hundreds of dollars per bottle, our local examples in Prince Edward County are priced within reach of mere mortals, generally in the $30 to $50 range. Pinot Noir is often referred to as the heartbreak grape, as it is very fussy about temperature and humidity changes during the growing season, leading to many tears of sorrow from winemakers. Our cold Canadian winters are no friend to the Pinot Noir vines planted in Prince Edward County, leading winemakers to protect the vines from freezing by burying them in mounds of soil during the winter months, then uncovering them again each spring. Pinot Noir pours into the glass a much paler colour than other red wines, but do not mistake it for a light-tasting wine. Aromas on the nose are of rose and plum, with hints of currant and red fruits. On the tongue, expect flavours of raspberry, cranberry, vanilla, mushroom, and tobacco. The flavours of Pinot Noir are subtle and complex, making it a favourite of wine snobs the world over, although less so for the novice boozer who enjoys big and jammy reds. The region is home to 35 different wineries, most of which are small and family-owned affairs. With only 700 acres under vine, Prince Edward County is tiny even for Canada, only 5% the size of the nearby Niagara wine region, and close to 8% of the size of the Okanagan wine region of BC. What Prince Edward County lacks in size, it makes up for in quality, and has quickly become the destination for premium Pinot Noir in Canada. Although its official designation has only existed for a dozen years, the earliest grapevines go back for about 35 years, and they get better every year. Look for a bottle at your friendly neighbourhood booze merchant and see for yourself!


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

Life through Finn’s eyes Hi, my name is Finn and I’m a 5 year old Labradoodle. I live with dad (Steve) and mom (Marilyn) here in Chestermere. I’m not in the therapy dog program yet but I’m hoping to graduate this year! At nights I sleep in my crate in my mom and dad’s bedroom which I like as I’m nice and close to them. I don’t need an alarm clock to wake up in the morning as my body clock always tells me when it’s 7 o’clock, although I do sometimes wake earlier if I need to go pee. Dad normally lets me out of my crate and I jump on the bed so I can snuggle with dad. I have to make sure I lick him every morning so I can taste the salt on his face and neck. Even though dad puts my food in my bowl for breakfast, I don’t normally eat it until after we get back from our morning walk. Once dad’s finished reading in bed and I’ve had a snooze lying across his chest, he finally gets up, gets dressed and off we go to the off leash area where I can sniff and catch up on all the pee mail that other dogs have left for me. I also see my friends there although I’m not too interested in playing with all of them. One of the ladies that we see most days always gives me treats when I sit properly. I’m very good at sitting! When we get back from the dog park I either eat my breakfast or have a nap as it’s quite tiring running around with

other dogs and catching up to dad. I didn’t eat my breakfast today as I stole several slices of bread pudding last night when mom and dad went out, so I’m not hungry yet. My main job at home is to make sure no squirrels or birds stay in our back yard. If I see them, I make sure they know they’re not welcome and chase them away: I haven’t caught one yet which surprises me as I can run quite fast! I was chasing some geese at Elliston Park recently and fell through the ice. After I’d been swimming in the water for about 40 minutes some nice men paddled out and scooped me out of the water. I was very grateful because I was getting very cold but I went to see a vet and I feel good now. At about 2:30 in the afternoons I remind mom it’s time to go for another walk. I always help her by carrying my leash in my mouth. When it’s cold we normally go to a dog park so I can play in the snow which I love to do. After I’ve had my supper, I always like to play for a bit: my favourite toys are Mr. Squelch, because he makes a funny noise, and my ring which is great for playing tug and fetch. It must be 9 o’clock as I’m feeling tired. I’ll just have a nap on the couch next to dad before we all go to bed. Goodnight! I wonder what I’ll dream about tonight.

Ease is not that Easy When we choose to love others, especially our neighbours, we discover an uncomfortable reality waiting for us: people are sometimes hard to love. We might feel like we need to make sense of this and explain ourselves out of loving our complex and messy neighbours. Maybe they are different, odd, angry, too talkative or too shy. Maybe they are much older or younger. Maybe they are from another country, speak another language, or eat different food. Maybe their religion or their work makes us step away, or maybe they are downright insulting, or strangely too friendly. We can come up with laundry lists of why we tried to love our neighbours, but felt that they simply were not lovable. So we turn and look for someone who is easier to know and love. The circle of people we call neighbours, when tested, can get pretty tight. After a few years in our neighbourhoods we might only care for a few people, and often they look and act a lot like us. In our search for ease, comfort, and predictability we have trained ourselves to jettison anything, or anybody, who does not add to our lifestyle. If someone does not quickly demonstrate that they can make our day suddenly happier, then they find their way to the sidelines of our lives. But we might be missing out on something essential here. Neighbourism is not about asking you to turn to your neighbours as a source of ease. Neighbourism is about finding something way more

valuable between you and them. When we choose to love our neighbours, including the oddballs, big-talkers, and whoever else might make us slightly uncomfortable, we’re setting ourselves up for a whole new way to live and be present in our community. The life of ease, and the pursuit of it, is actually very hard. We find that in our search for constant comfort that most people become a disappointment. People dedicated to a life of ease find themselves, at the end of it all, alone and unknown. There is nothing easy about that at all. Yet when we open ourselves to the possibility of experiencing our neighbours in all of their strangeness, we step forward with a new pursuit. When we are no longer interested in ease, we free ourselves from trying to satisfy the unsatisfiable. What we exchange for ease, we gain in trust, friendship, hope, relationship, humility, and love. We become known and part of the fabric of our community. We become human again. People are complex, and so are you. But when we set aside our need to be always at ease, we find that it might actually be easier to step boldly into our neighbourhood and simply love people as they are. There might be an awkward conversation here or there, but these too will become part of your unfolding story. Because on the other side of strange encounters, language barriers, and messiness you might find a group of people who welcome you; and here’s nothing easier than coming home.

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Lakeside Quilters’ Guild Meeting each month at the Chestermere Recreation Centre on the first Wednesday of each month. Sew days are on the third Wednesday of each month and a sew Saturday each month, excluding summer. Quilting experience not required, new members welcome. For more information please contact Carole at 403-519-0379. St. Gabriel the Archangel Knights of Columbus (14492) Meets on the second Thursday of each month at St. Gabriel the Archangel High School library. Meetings start at 7:00 pm. Must be a member to attend regular council meeting. Inquiries can be emailed to (Jeff) jgdesrochers@gmail.com or call Patrick @ 403-923-0099. The Rotary Club Of Chestermere NEW Meeting Day & Time! Meets for a Buffet Lunch every 2nd and 4th Tuesday - 11:45 am to 1:00pm at Camp Chestermere, 1041 East Lakeview Rd. Guests are most welcomed. Must register for the Lunch Buffet. Please contact us through our website www.rotarychestermere. org or email us at rotarychestermere@gmail.com The Chestermere Fine Art Guild The Chestermere Fine Art Guild meets every Thursday at 1pm, at the Recreation Centre North side, upstairs in room 2. Come and explore your artistic potential. Welcoming new members beginner to advanced. Like us on Facebook and email chestermereartguild@gmail.com The Walking Connection It’s a great way to connect with other people in your community, improve your mental health and to get some fresh air and gentle exercise. Meets every Monday between 1:30 – 3:00 Ongoing The group meets in front of the Chestermere Public Library, at the gazebo in good weather. Includes: a gentle walk, coffee & connection. There is no charge for this group and we would love for you to join us.(However, coffee is at your own expense) For more information call Yvonne Harris at 403 365-5401 or email yvonne.harris@ahs.ca The Chestermere Lions Club Meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, September to June at the Chestermere Rec Centre at 7pm. Check out our website at e-clubhouse.org/sites/Chestermere/ or \email us for more information at chestermerelc@gmail.com Chestermere Lakeside Kruzers Car Club Lakeside Kruzers Cruise in/ Show & Shine, Touring / Cruising, 135 Chestermere Station Way, Chestermere, Alberta Safeway Parking Lot Chestermere. Hosted by Lakeside Kruzers Lakesidekruzers@gmail.com Cruise in/Show and Shine are held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month,starting May thru Sept 18th, 2018. Start time 6:30 PM No entry fee, 50 /50 draw proceeds to local charity. CONTACT: Roy Spanko rtspanko@shaw.ca 403-285-8309.

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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) Phone: 403-235-2117, Email: chestermerewhitecappers@ shaw.ca SPECIAL EVENTS Saturday, March 16th – ST. PATRICK’S DAY SUPPER – Tickets available for $10/person. Doors open at 4:30pm. Supper at 5:30pm. Come and enjoy Beef Stew with buns, dessert, and coffee. The Sound Waves will be singing Irish songs. Wine and beer available to purchase. Wear your green! Tuesday Mar 19th – 6:45 pm GENERAL MEETING – Members only! Doors open at 4:30 pm. Complimentary Dinner at 5:30 pm. Must sign up at the door by March 15th. **************************************************** 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! CHAIR YOGA 6:30pm – 7:30pm Everyone Welcome! Drop-in. No Charge for members and $2.00 non-members. TUESDAYS: CRIBBAGE FUN NIGHT - First Tuesday of every month – 6:30 pm $5/person Everyone welcome! New Players and All Levels of Skill. WALKING GROUP – 10:00 –11:00 am - Drop In-No Charge. Walking indoors. LINE DANCING – 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. No charge for members and $2/non-member. 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 WALKING GROUP – 10:00 –11:00 am - Drop In-No Charge. Walking indoors. ARTISANS OF CHESTERMERE – 1:00pm – 3:30pm - All levels of skill! NEW! LEARNING BRIDGE & CRIBBAGE – 11:00 am - A tutorial for those who want to learn and aimed at beginners. Need to sign up! No charge for members. 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 – Starts at 7:00 pm – Everyone welcome!

Rec Centre Watch for the spring & summer rec program guide february 26th Registrations for all programs start february 27th For program & event info & to register go to www.Chestermerecrca.Com CRCA SUMMER DAYCAMPS (Ages 6 - 12 years) *Tuesday Bike Day*Thursday Off Site Field Trips* Special Guests And Much More! 8:30 am – 4:30 pm July 2nd – August 30th 2019 Chestermere Rec Centre Best Deal: $1950.00 with CRCA membership for 9 wks includes Pre & Post Camp Care Weekly: Members $250/wk or Non Members $275/wk Week 1 and Week 6 - $200.00 M / $220.00 NM Pre Camp Care 6:30 – 8:30 am M $25.00 / NM $30.00 per Week Post Camp Care 4:30 – 6:00 pm M $20.00 / NM $25.00 per Week Daily Camp 8:30 – 4:30: Members $65.00 NM $75.00 Thursday Field Trip Days M $75.00 NM $85.00 Includes Pre & Post Camp Care WEEK ONE JULY 2 - 5 “Games Galore & Splish Splash” WEEK TWO JULY 8 – 12 “Aliens & Cowboys” WEEK THREE JULY 15 - 19 “Wizarding & The Wide World of Sports” WEEK FOUR JULY 22 - 26 “Rockstars & Artful Antics” WEEK FIVE JULY 29 – AUGUST 2 “Mad Science & Mythical Inventions” WEEK SIX AUGUST 6 - 9 “Star Wars & Under the Big Top” WEEK SEVEN AUGUST 12 - 16 “Dinosaurs & Unicorns” WEEK EIGHT AUGUST 19 - 23 “Pirates & Mermaids” WEEK NINE AUGUST 26 – 30 “The Amazing Race & Passport to Fun” 2019 PRESCHOOL DAY CAMP (AGES 3 – 6 YRS) Every camp features free play, structured activities, crafts, outdoor fun & snack. Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 9 am – 12 pm@ the Chestermere Rec Centre MPP Room Cost:$100.00 (M) / $125.00 (NM) July 8/10/12 Rescue Heroes Let’s be a part of the Paw Patrol Crew as we learn about real life and cartoon heroes! We’ll have a great time learning about heroes of all sorts through a variety of crafts and games! July 15/17/19 Cirque Us Kids A fun week of gymnastics & acrobatics with a circus theme. This camp will be a laughing good time as we twirl, tumble and tightrope around the gym! July 22/24/26 Sneaky Spies Calling all spy kids and ninja masters! Let’s be sneaky as we solve mysteries and complete our mission to save the day! August 12/14/16 Stretch + Sketch Om. We could all use a peaceful moment, right?! Gratitude activities, mindfulness crafts, story adventures, dragon breaths and downward dogs will all be included in this camp. August 19/21/23 All Ball Basketballs, soccer balls, footballs & baseballs - we love them all! Come join in a summer madness sports extravaganza as we work to refine our ball skills through fun games and activities! August 26/28/30 Teddy Bear Picnic Enjoy the last week of summer exploring nature! Let’s take our favorite stuffed animals on a picnic and other outdoor adventures!

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Public Library Cannabis Presentation Thursday, February 28 at 7:00-8:30pm Cannabis has been all over the news, internet, and social media. Join speakers George M. Dunbar M. Pharm of Mint Health & Drugs in Langdon and Ryan Roch for information about medicinal and recreational cannabis at the Library. If you have any questions about cannabis, this is the perfect opportunity to ask them. Novel Book Club Thursday, March 7 at 7-8:00pm at the Fireplace Come join us to discuss our March selection, Killing Floor by Lee Child. New members are always welcome! Armchair Travellers Thursday, March 7 at 6:30 in the Program rm Would you like to find out more about great places to travel to? Do you have any good travel stories of your own? Want to share your vacation photos? Come join us to discuss all things traveling! Pre-School Storytime Fridays, 10:15-10:45am Come to the Library every Friday morning at 10:15am for stories, songs and fun. No registration is required. Gentle Yoga Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays, 12:00-1:00pm Certified yoga instructor, Elann Anderson facilitates this $5 dropin program of gentle movement and yoga poses. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. Fun Flow Yoga Saturdays, 10:00am-11:00am Join Elann Anderson for Fun Flow Yoga. Participants should have some knowledge of basic poses. Please bring a mat, towel, and water. $10.00 drop in. Knitting & Crocheting Tuesdays, 7:00-8:00pm Bring your hooks, needles and yarn to the Library every Tuesday evening for some stitching and conversation. All skill levels welcome. For more information about what’s happening at the Library, check our website and sign up for our newsletter online or pick up a newsletter next time you’re in. Don’t forget to follow and like us on our Facebook and Twitter pages. This Week

Wednesday, February 27 12:00pm – 1:00pm Gentle Yoga Thursday, February 28 7:00pm – 8:30pm Cannabis Presen tation Friday, March 1 10:15am – 10:45am Preschool Story time 12:00pm – 1:00pm Gentle Yoga Saturday, March 2 10:00am – 11:00am Fun Flow Yoga Monday, March 4 12:00pm – 1:00pm Gentle Yoga Tuesday, March 5 7:00pm – 8:00pm Knitting and Crocheting Wednesday, March 6 12:00pm – 1:00pm Gentle Yoga Thursday, March 7 7:00pm – 8:00pm Novel Book Club at the Fireplace 6:30pm – 8:00pm Armchair Travel in Program Room

Library Hours Monday - Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

10:00 am - 9:00 pm 10:00 am - 5:00 pm 9:00 am - 4:00 pm 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Chestermere Public Library 105B Marina Road Chestermere, Alberta T1X 1V7 403-272-9025 www.chestermerepubliclibrary.com\


Best Western Plus Chestermere For Best Western Plus Chestermere General Manager Natalie Szankar, no two days are alike. Szankar’s days are filled with a variety of tasks, such as watching the hotel rates, watching how well rooms are selling, collaborating with the Chestermere Rec Centre, and helping housekeeping with tasks including laundry. “It’s definitely not boring,” Szankar said. Szankar works with the Rec Centre to offer swimming lessons, and aquasize to Chestermere residents. “We offer our pool, and they put together a swim program for the community,” Szankar said. However, like any manger, Szankar has to overcome challenges in order to keep the business thriving. “It depends on the economy and whether people are traveling,” Szankar said. She added, “Staffing is always a challenge, you have staff that come and go.” The minimum wage for employees rising three times in the last three years has added an additional challenge for Szankar to keep the business afloat

while not putting the cost onto the traveller. “There is a balance there for sure,” she said. Although managing the Best Western Plus Chestermere can be challenging, Szankar enjoys showing people the hotel world, while offering local people an opportunity to have a career. “A lot of people have a misconception of the front desk,” Szankar said. “Working the front desk is much more than most people realize. It’s not an average job anyone gets only for a cheque.” Being the first person anyone sees when they enter the hotel forces employees to gain confidence quickly while maintaining a friendly and professional approach to handling any problems that could arise. Throughout the years, Szankar has watched her employees grow in confidence and in professionalism from working at the front desk. “It’s about learning not to be afraid to talk to complete strangers, be friendly, and offer that customer service,” Szankar said. She added, “There’s a lot of growth with learning how to deal with people who are not always in a

good mood, you have to learn how to handle them and still maintain your professionalism.” Working in the hotel industry has given Szankar the opportunity to pursue a career in a world-wide in industry. “There’s a much bigger world when you’re in the hotel industry than just one property.” “We’re teaching people if they are interested, they can take that career as far as they want to go,” Szankar said.

FIND US

200 Marina Drive, Chestermere, AB T1X 1N2

587.349.7444

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Annual Butterfly Gala for women, by women and to support women, Saturday March 16th 7 pm at City Hall tickets at www.chestermeregala. com – as above, only a few Early Bird tickets are left 19th, 7:30pm at the library again, hear Carol Ellis Drury tell you another family story, this time the Ellis’s who owns the big white barn that you see on Highway #1 heading into Calgary. For more information go to www.chestermerehistoricalfoundation.org or call 403 200 8046. Interested in the Very Early History of the Chestermere area? All talks follow CHF meetings, the third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 PM at the Chestermere Public Library. Don’t forget to get a membership at the old fashioned price of $5 at the meeting or on the webpage http://chestermerehistoricalfoundation.org/

TAX CLINICS (2018 Tax Season): March 18-22, 2019 and March 25-29, 2019 Volunteers can help you prepare your income tax and benefit return if you have low income and a simple tax situation. To book an appointment, contact the Community Resource Coordinator at (403) 207-7079 or email crcinfo@chestermere.ca Completing your return does not confirm a refund, but it can qualify you for benefits and credits such as: •

the Canada child tax benefit (CCTB);

the GST/HST credit;

the guaranteed income supplement (GIS);

the working income tax benefit (WITB); and,

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Varsity Girls Finishing Strong

The Varsity Girls Basketball team is heading into the final week of the regular season with renewed optimism as they attempt to secure a playoff spot and ride some momentum into post season play. It has been a bit of a roller coaster ride for the team this season. They dropped their first four games of the season and headed into Christmas break winless. They started off the new year with a win and hopes that they were ready for a turnaround, but then followed that up with back to back losses that dropped them to 1-6 and left hopes of playoff basketball teetering in the balance. But the girls have now won two in a row and, if they can make it three this Monday, they will guarantee a playoff spot and could enter the post season with the kind of self belief that makes any team really dangerous.

Last week started off with an impressive 12 point victory over Queen Elizabeth that really set the table for this final push for the playoffs. Without it, the girls would have likely been eliminated, meaning the rest of these games would have been played for pride. But the victory gave real meaning to their trip to Cochrane for a game against St. Tim’s. A loss would virtually end the season for either team, so a great sense of urgency was infused into the game; and the game itself lived up to the occasion. As the game began, Brooklyn Colvin set the tone with her great defence and transition offence, helping the Guardians get off to a good start. Zoe Smith, who has been a key contributor to the Guardians turnaround, continued to impact the game with her tenacious defence, racking up

steals and wreaking general havoc on the court. Madi Cruz led the way on offence scoring 15 points and Zoee Kind hit two key free throws at the end of the game to secure a crucial two point win. The Guardians will now play St. Martin de Porres to cap off their regular season. St. Martin has the second best record in the league, but the Guardians will be buoyed by the fact that they played them this past weekend in tournament action and lost by just a single point. If they can beat St. Martin, SGA has a chance to finish as high as sixth in league standings and secure a friendlier first round draw. A loss, though, would likely set up a play in game for the last playoff spot. Regardless of what happens, the Varsity Girls should feel good about the exciting finish they’ve had to this season.

SV Boys The Varsity Boys head into the final week of the season with one goal in mind: finish on top. That goal is still possible as the team has won seven in a row after dropping their first game of the season. Standing in their way is James Fowler and Central Memorial, who currently hold the first spot as the only undefeated team in the league. The Guardians turned a corner after a long team meeting, but really hit its stride in its last two games; impressive blowout victories over John G. Diefenbaker and Lord Beaverbrook. The key to those performances has undoubtedly been the entire team buying into an identity that the players themselves selected: swarming defence and unselfish offence. On any given night, the Guardians are able to get big offensive numbers from several different players on the team. Dreden Gianetto and Ben Onyenwosa both lead the team in scoring, averaging over 20 ppg, while Pranzee Battulayan and Harry Wijaya are both averaging double digit scoring. The additional scoring that exists throughout the entire lineup simply gives opposing teams nightmares. But it has been their renewed interest in the defensive end of the court that has really ignited the Guardians. Aggie Ngwudike leads the team in blocks and rebounds and Lorenzo Gavilan Vargas has infused the first unit with his selfless and defence-first mentality. The boys have become a much more cohesive unit as can be witnessed by the bench energy and the important contributions of their second unit. The only question left now is: how high can they go?

JV Boys and Girls The JV Boys and Girls will also be playing their final games of the regular season this week. The JV Boys will be looking to finish their season on a high note. They have two winnable games and the players will be looking to put their best foot forward as they attempt to show their intentions to be part of what should be two very strong teams next season. Meanwhile the JV Girls

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will be looking to try to earn a home playoff game when they take on James Fowler. They’re already guaranteed to make the playoffs, but a win against Fowler leaves the possibility open that they can finish fourth in the league and host a quarter final game next week if other results fall in their favour. Both teams will play at home this week; the girls Monday, the boys Tuesday.

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FEBRUARY 25, 2019 The Rocky View basketball regular season is over and the three teams are preparing for the playoffs this week. SENIOR BOYS BASKETBALL The Senior Boys have had an outstanding season, so far. They enter the Rocky View playoffs undefeated. On Thursday they will host a semi-final game at 6:00. With a win, the Lakers will play in the championship game, on Saturday, at 5:30 at Bert Church in Airdrie. Come out and support the team. Go Lakers! SENIOR GIRLS BASKETBALL The Senior Girls will host Springbank in quarter-finals on Tuesday at 7:00. With a win the Lakers will advance to the semi-finals at Bow Valley, in Cochrane. Although the girls are ranked #4, in the league, they are the only team that has beaten the #1 Bow Valley team. With a win on Tuesday and Thursday, the girls will qualify for the league championship game on Saturday at Bert Church. JV GIRLS BASKETBALL The JV Girls have had a tough league season but are hoping for a strong playoff run. The girls open playoffs with a playoff trip to Airdrie, on Wednesday, to take on WH Croxford. With a win in this game the team will qualify for either the 3rd Place or Championship game on Saturday. With a loss their season will be over. CHESTERMERE HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC PARK UPGRADE PROJECT Our committee is working hard to raise funds for the Chestermere Athletic Park Upgrade Project. Two weeks ago we did a presentation to the City of Chestermere. On Tuesday, March 5th we are doing a presentation to the County of Rocky View. Our Facebook page is now open and has a great deal of information on it. We are having an Information Session at CHS on Wednesday, March 20th at 6:30. Come out and see the plans for this exciting project. We will be giving details on all aspects of the project. FOOTBALL REUNION There will be an all years reunion for all Chestermere alumni football players. We have a 45 year history of football and have never done a reunion. All former players, coaches, managers, trainers, and parents are invited to attend. The date for the event is Saturday, May 4th. Location and more details will be provided later. Please send me an e-mail if you would like to receive information on this event. BASKETBALL REUNION Chestermere had been known for strong basketball teams for many years. We have also never done a reunion. This event will be open to all female and male alumni. Chestermere has had teams for almost 60 years. I will confirm the date in the next few weeks, but we are looking at Saturday, May 11. SPRING BASKETBALL Shooting Stars will once again be running a spring basketball program for girls. Details will be announced shortly. This program is for girls in Grades 5-12. If you would like to be put in the email address book, to receive information, please email me.

The CLS Badgers Minor Basketball Playoffs! Suibmitted by CLS Minor Basketball

The CLS Badgers Minor Basketball teams entered this past weekend soaring into the playoffs. In the CMBA league the quarter and semifinal games take place the first weekend (Feb 23/2019) with the Championship/Bronze/5th-8th place games in the following weekend (March 2/2019). With such a pressure packed weekend you wouldn’t blame our teams to be shaky and nervous entering these games but kudos to our veteran coaches in having all our teams prepared for these games. Every CLS team played

EXTREMLY well, albeit some close and exciting games we are proud to say that 6 out of our 7 teams will be playing for a medal next weekend in their respected divisions (4 Gold 2 Bronze). The team that missed playing for a medal worked very hard and lost a heartbreaker. Like a true CLS team they never gave up and played like a team the whole game, we are very proud of them and wish them luck in their final game next weekend. If you are a CLS fan or just a Basketball fan in general these medal games tend to be extraordinary and very exciting, check out the CMBA website (www.cmba.ab.ca) and find out when your February 28 2019// theanchor.ca

CLS team is playing and go cheer them on to a medal winning victory! Also, with our Fall season wrapping up, registration for our Spring season is now open. If you are interested in playing spring basketball or are looking to see where you can catch a CLS game this coming weekend please head to our website www.clsminorbasketball.ca, to register just click the “Registration” tab at the top and follow the prompts. If you have any questions, please reach out to us through our website. GO BADGERS!

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