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Local dancers shine on competition stage Chestermere’s Abstract Dance Academy Dancers make top 30 at competition

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Chestermere residents walked to raise funds for service dogs in the community Page 4 By Emily Rogers

The Chestermere Chiefs encourage students to attend the Spring Position Evaluation Camp Page 6

After months of preparation and rehearsals, Abstract Dance Academy dancers made the top 30 at the Millennium Dance Competition at Edge School that was held May 4 and May 5. “It went well, the kids all danced fabulously, everyone had a good time,” said Abstract Dance Academy’s owner Kara Moore. “Everyone remembered everything, and they danced their hearts out. It was one of the best times I’ve seen each group on stage,” Moore said. She added, throughout the weekend, all of the dancers had a lot of energy and were confident in their performances. The dancers aged six to 18 began rehearsing in

November for four dance competitions occuring throughout their season. “They spend the months rehearsing with energy and excitement,” Moore said. Throughout the season, the dancers had to learn how to stay positive, move forward when a performance didn’t go as planned rather than being stuck on the negative, Moore said. Although the dancers were well prepared for the competition, they had to perform multiple times with little to no breaks in-between. The dancers had to go through four or five different routines within an hour with very little break time while dealing with costume and hair changes, Moore said. Many of the performers ran off of adrenaline when

the dances were close together, along with having quick snacks, staying hydrated, and keeping focused on the upcoming dance routine. Despite having to perform with no recovery time, everyone had a great weekend, Moore said. “Everyone was happy with how they danced, and the parents were thrilled. It was a really fun weekend for everybody. Everyone supported each other,” Moore said. Now, the Abstract Dance Academy is preparing for the final competition in Camrose. “We’re getting excited and prepared,” Moore said.

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Angels on High encourages residents to spend a weekend in nature By Emily Rogers The Saint Gabriel Parish Church’s seventh annual Angels on High fundraiser is allowing Chestermere residents to bond while spending a weekend hiking and camping in Kananaskis. From July 13 until July 15, outdoors enthusiasts can choose between hiking the Ptarmigan Cirque, or the Grizzle Col on July 14, which supports the construction of the St. Gabriel Archangel Catholic Church building in Chestermere. “Angels on High is for everyone,” said Organizer of the Angels on High fundraiser Sarah Papke. “People can expect fun, fellowship and friendship,” she said. Throughout the weekend, hikers and campers are encouraged to patriciate in a potluck dinner, games, crafts, and other group activities. Ptarmigan Cirque is a two to three-hour hike for families or people who are new to hiking. Papke added the Grizzle Col hike is for those who want a challenge, as it is more difficult. The Angels on High fundraiser will provide the Catholic community a designated place to worship, a place for the community to come together, support one another, and a home base to organize various ways to serve the needs of the community, Papke said. “You don’t have to be Catholic to join us. We have had people from all walks of life, and many different backgrounds join us. We love meeting new people and sharing our love for hiking with everyone,” Papke said. “A strong community depends on the people who make up the community to form relationships with one another,” Papke said. The Angels on High fundraiser is designed to build relationships to strengthen the community, by spending time with friends, families, and neighbours. She added, spending time in nature allows hikers to rejuvenate not only the body but also the mind and spirit. “Happier people make happier communities,” she said.

Since the weekend camping trip and hike first began in 2013, it has been loved by residents in the community. “I have heard over and over from participants how much they enjoy the opportunity to spend time with one another, and to get out of the city and be active,” Papke said. “This is something that Chestermere’s Catholic community has prayed for, for a long time. It allows us to feel like we are doing something tangible to get closer to reaching this goal,” Papke said. Making friendships and seeing someone who has little or no experience hiking making it to the top of a mountain is always special to Papke. Hikers and Father James Hagel of the Saint Gabriel Parish Church at Lilian Lake during Angels on High “Angels of High has introduced last year. Throughout the weekend, residents are encouraged to hike, have a potluck dinner, play games, and countless people over the years to craft all while forming lasting bonds. Photo submitted our beautiful mountains. It goes things better,” Hagel said. to show that together, we are stronger,” Papke said. Without support from the community, and the local sponsors She added, “I have met some people, who I now consider dear Angels on High wouldn’t be possible. friends, and I’m so grateful.” The Angels on High fundraiser gives residents an opportunity to Residents can register to hike or camp at www.saintgabrielparish. build a church from the ground up. ca, registration for both hikes is free, and to camp is $70 per unit. “In striving to do better, we also try to improve all those around “We are placing more focus on building community this year. We us,” said Saint Gabriel Parish Father James Hagel. “We have a deeper spiritual motivation, it inspires us to make all

want to see as many people participate as possible,” Papke said.

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Chestermere residents walked to raise funds for service dogs in the community By Emily Rogers Chestermere residents walked in the first annual Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides to raise proceeds for local service dogs on May 11. “We are trying to raise enough money to give a service dog away,” said Chestermere City Councillor Mel Foat. “Even if down the road I need a service dog for myself, it’s a way to help, and look after the cost,” he said. The Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides is needed in because all of the funds collected from donations are used in May to provide Canadians with service dogs, Foat said. “There’s no government fund- Zaria Kremer is ready for Chestermere’s first annual Pet Valu walk for ing. It’s strictly the from donaDog Guides on May 11. All of the proceeds raised go towards providing tions of people’s generosity,” he Canadians with mental or physical disabilities with service dogs. Photo added. by Emily Rogers Service dogs are trained to assist people through a variety of six to eight years, King added. If someone has programs, including the Canine Vision, Hearing, a service dog at a young age, they could have Autism Assistance, Service, Seizure Response, multiple dogs throughout their lifetime. Diabetic Alert, and Support. “We never actually meet the full demand for “There needs to be support for people,” Foat people who need service dogs. The supply will said. Foat added, the Lions Foundation of Canada never meet the demand, but we do what we can,” Dog Guides wants to expand and offer service King said. dogs to support people who have Post Traumatic The Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides has been Stress Disorder (PTSD). happening across Canada for nearly two decades, President of Community Therapy Dogs Society and King hopes the walk will become a tradition Steve King said service dogs cost approximately in Chestermere. $25,000 to breed and train. “We’re here to try to raise money to contribute Without the support of the community, local towards the costs of these wonderful dogs,” King sponsors, and volunteers, the Pet Valu Walk for said. Dogs Guides wouldn’t have been possible. The need for service dogs continues to grow, “I would like to thank everybody for the time especially with stress-related programs, and the they have taken to do this, we appreciate it. Our growing number of disabilities, he said. community has rallied through this,” Foat said. A service dogs average working life is around


Michelle Eldjarnson, and her pup participated in Chestermere’s first annual Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides on May 11, where 100 per cent of the proceeds raised go towards the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides programs. Such as Canine Vision, Hearing, Autism Assistance, Service, Seizure Response, Diabetic Alert and Support. Photo by Emily Rogers

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Chestermere takes a stand on bullying Chestermere City Council passed the first reading of the Anti-Bullying Bylaw

By Emily Rogers Chestermere city council passed the first reading of an Anti-Bullying Bylaw during the May 7 council meeting at Our Lady of Wisdom School. Bullying is prevalent in Canadian culture, and Chestermere’s local government is stepping up, and joining students to say a definite “No” to bullying, said Chestermere Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Bernie Morton. “This bylaw that will be the best of its kind in our province, Chestermere can be known as a bully-free community,” Morton said. Bullying is defined as the intentional repeated hostile or demeaning behaviour of an individual or a group, where the behaviour results in physical, emotional, mental harm, fear, or distress, said Municipal Peace Officer Sergeant Trever Bowman. According to the Anti-Bullying Bylaw, no person in any public place shall communicate with an individual or a group that would cause a person to feel bullied, and no person shall encourage or support anyone in the act of bullying. Also, no parent or gradian shall permit or encourage a minor under their care to engage in the bullying or cyberbullying of a person. If someone contravenes any portion of the bylaw, they are liable to a fine not more than $10,000, and not less than $250. A fault of payment can lead to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year. The specified penalty for the Anti-Bullying Bylaw is $500. A person who is accused of bullying can avoid a court appearance or further penalty by providing a letter of apology to the victim of the bullying behaviour, and attending and completing an anti-bullying awareness course, Bowman said. “This bylaw was developed to plug a hole

where bullying cannot be addressed until it reaches the criminal justice system,” Bowman said. The bylaw will allow Chestermere Municipal Enforcement to address bullying in its infancy and offer bullies an opportunity to see the impacts of their actions, and how they can correct their behaviour. “Bullying can lead to an introduction to the criminal justice system. We don’t want to see that. We want to give people every opportunity to correct their behaviour,” Bowman said. Chestermere Staff Sgt. Mark Wielgosz added that not only is the Anti-Bullying Bylaw a deterrent for bullying in the community, but it also has a rehabilitation portion. “It’s a hefty fine for an offense, and it’s difficult for a bully to tell their parents why they are responsible for a $500 bill,” Wielgosz said. “It’s a form of restorative justice.” Approximately 95,000 youth in Canada stay home each day because of bullying, while three per cent of bullying incidents receive no intervention and continue to occur, he added. “Educators focus on how to handle bullying situations but are vastly outnumbered by students, and it’s impossible to see everything all the time,” Wielgosz said. Children are more likely to experience verbal assaults targeting appearances, and behaviour rather than race or religious afflictions, he added. Chestermere City Councillor Ritesh Narayan supports the Anti-Bullying Bylaw and believes the bylaw is very important for the community. “An important piece of law is that it has different elements to it, including deterrents, denunciations, retributions, rehabilitation, and a component of education. This bylaw has all of that,” he said.

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By Emily Rogers The Chestermere Chiefs are ramping up for the beginning of the season with a Spring Position Evaluation Camp June 22 and 23 at the Chestermere High School. The Spring Position Evaluation Camp allows for the Chestermere Chiefs Head Coach Chris Bailey to determine where the new players can play and in what positions. “To be a successful team, we need to have good players in each position, and utilize the players well,” said Bailey. “If we know where we can get the most value out of a player that’s where we will play them,” he said. As a coach, Bailey wants to continue the momentum of excitement the athletes had from the previous season and defend the division three championship. The most memorable point of the previous season was when the Chestermere Chiefs won the first playoff game. “It was a come from behind win. We kicked the winning field goal in the last minute of the game,” Bailey said. To get the field goal, the Chestermere Chiefs needed to recover an onside kick, fake a punt,

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and kick the winning field goal, he added. To win the championship, the team had to learn how their opponents played. “It took us a while to figure out how to play at this level. We will have a much better idea of what to expect this time around,” Bailey said. In the upcoming season, the chiefs have the opportunity to win the division one championship. “It’s a long way away, we have a long way to go before we get to that level, but if we work hard and get a good turnout from players anything can happen,” Bailey said. Although having a small player turnout was the most significant challenge the Chiefs faced last season, Bailey is excited for the upcoming season to begin. “Our team provides a very good opportunity for players to play, nobody gets cut from our team, and it’s the cheapest team sport around,” Bailey said. He added, there is no experience required to play, all of the coaches are certified coaches, and all teach from the ground up with the basics. “If someone has never played before, it’s no worries, we can teach them,” Bailey said. “Come out to the Chiefs. We guarantee that players will play, and we know they will have fun,” he added.

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Chestermere RCMP increased vigilance has resulted in a reduction of property crime by Emily Rogers Chestermere RCMP reported a 34.5 per cent property crime reduction in the Quarter four Report given to City Council on May 7. “There was a total of 38 down from the 58 reported crimes in the year before,” said Staff Sgt. Mark Wielgosz. Chestermere RCMP saw an increase in property crime during the 2018 first and second quarters, including theft of vehicles, theft from motor vehicles, and residential break and enters. “We escalated our responses, leveraged our programs with additional resources, and we did see positive results in quarter three and four,” Wielgosz said. “Addressing the increase in the first two quarters, significant progress was made with increased activity in crime reduction initiatives,” he said. He added; Chestermere RCMP still see a significant number of preventable crimes. Residents can engage simple but effective ways to detour and prevent property crimes by locking vehicles, removing valuables from sight, and ensuring house and garage doors are closed at night. “Public education increased public vigilance in securing property, and reporting suspicious activity was observed to be an increasing contributing factor,” Wielgosz said. Chestermere RCMP is continuing with the Habitual Offender Management Program, which Wielgosz attributes to the property crime reduction.

“This person has been incarcerated several times, and as a result of our sustained efforts, has relocated outside of our community,” Wielgosz said. Nine checks were completed, which resulted in the recovery of five stolen vehicles, and recovery of various stolen property. “We are still continuing with our persons of interest program, we are currently monitoring 13 persons in our community,” Wielgosz said. “Positive results with habitual offender and persons of interest monitoring initiatives have been a significant driver with the lower preventable crime rates,” Wielgosz said. To ensure a decreasing trend in crime within the community, Chestermere RCMP is working on a variety of targeted programs that have a positive impact in police investigations, including the Voluntary Registry of Home Surveillance Program, and the Chestermere Theft Prevention Program. Along with focusing on property crime, RCMP are also ensuring local roads are safe through the Enhanced Road Safety Initiative, where additional members were assigned to target impaired, aggressive, or distracted driving with the city. Over 50 shifts were completed during the Enhanced Road Safety Initiative, where 1,078 infractions were made, including bylaw offenses, cannabis infractions, speed, vehicle deficiency violations, and distracted driving. “Increased visibility in the community remains a priority,” Wielgosz said.


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Chestermere seniors week Chestermere seniors will engage in week-long activities By Emily Rogers Chestermere’s fourth annual Seniors Week is set to kick off with the opening ceremony at Camp Chestermere on June 3 at 11:15 a.m. Following the opening ceremony, seniors are encouraged to participate in a guided boat tour, senior’s coalition presentation, and mini-activities including games. “There is a gamut of different things,” said Vice President of the Chestermere Whitecappers Michael Ball. “Seniors week celebrates all the seniors in our community,” Ball said. He added Seniors Week is a social gathering to acknowledge and honour all seniors within the community. Until June 8, seniors can participate in a wide range of activities including talks, lunch and learns, paddleboard yoga, ukulele lessons, games, and learn how to read food labels by a dietician.

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Growing number of seniors lack support of family & friends Unbefriended,’ these isolated seniors require more help to safeguard their access to basic daily needs, including companionship, and improve their quality of life By Stephanie Chamberlain Carole Estabrooks University of Alberta What happens when a person grows older and can no longer make health and financial decisions for themselves – but also doesn’t have family or friends who can make those decisions on their behalf? Health and social services use a hard-hitting term to describe this growing population: unbefriended. Unbefriended individuals may have experienced homelessness, mental health issues or substance abuse; they may be estranged from their family, have outlived their family or never had a partner or children. Although the unbefriended can be of any age, they’re often older adults. Unbefriended seniors are the most vulnerable of the most vulnerable — and we need to do more to safeguard their access to basic daily needs, including companionship, and improve their quality of life. Not much is known about this population, which is why we undertook a study – the first of its kind in Canada – examining the quality of care and quality of life for the unbefriended across seven long-term care homes in Alberta. Our study found that many of these individuals are low-income, living on limited government-provided pensions. Even though they’re living in long-term care facilities where they have food and shelter, few can afford basic personal care items, such as clothing, lotions or denture adhesive. Similarly, uninsured services, such as dental, hearing and eye and foot care, are beyond their financial means. Even those who can afford these basics frequently go without these items because they have no one to purchase them on their behalf or arrange for appointments.

Our study found that overworked care aides in long-term care facilities – who often make a basic wage – frequently purchase supplies out of their own pockets to help the unbefriended. One care aide reported buying dental adhesive out of her money so the residents in her care could put in their dentures. Another reported seeing unbefriended seniors in worn and threadbare clothing so they scouted out second-hand clothes for them. We also found that unbefriended individuals have limited social interaction, especially if they exhibit challenging behaviours due to mental illness or dementia. Little social interaction contributes to a lower quality of life. Those with more financial means could hire a companion for social interaction, but most are unable to af-

ford this luxury or are unable to facilitate hiring someone. In Canada, unbefriended seniors are assigned a governmentappointed public guardian to take over decision-making responsibilities on their behalf, such as for their health care and living arrangements. But public guardians are not care providers or family members. They don’t spend much time with their clients who live in long-term care facilities because they’re deemed safe and housed. Many public guardians carry large caseloads of well over 50 clients. While they’re supposed to visit their clients four times a year, they often struggle to meet this goal. What can be done to improve the quality of life and access to basic daily living needs for someone deemed unbefriended? We could expand the public guardian role to include basic living needs beyond food and shelter, such as quality of life markers and social interaction. Alternatively, governments could fund organizations to work alongside public guardians to systematize such services so that no individual is left neglected or forgotten, or relying on the charity of care aides. But first and foremost, we need to simply put the unbefriended on the map. We can’t address what we don’t count and measure, and largely, they are the forgotten population in the policy landscape. With the numbers of single households rising dramatically, more of us could find ourselves in this position as we age. We owe it those who are at their most vulnerable to provide a life of basic dignity and security. Stephanie Chamberlain is a doctoral candidate at the University of Alberta. She is an Alzheimer Society of Canada Doctoral Fellow and a Revera Scholar. Dr. Carole A. Estabrooks is scientific director of the pan-Canadian Translating Research in Elder Care (TREC) and professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta. © Troy Media

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

DP# 19-1618 87 Lakeview Cove – Lot 10, Block 1, Plan 971 2607 A variance of 0.12m for cantilever eave located on the north side of the property encroaching into the required side yard setback of 0.9m.


DP# 19-4922 156 West Creek Glen – Lot 39, Block 4, Plan 021 4334 A variance of 0.95m for proposed deck roof located on the south east side of the property encroaching into the required rear yard setback of 5.4m.


DP# 19-52437 156 Rainbow Falls Glen – Lot 47, Block 4, Plan 131 0826 A variance of 0.52m for Air Conditioning Units (2) located on the east side of the property encroaching into the required side yard 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 (SDAB). Any appeal must be in writing to the Secretary of the SDAB and forwarded to the City of Chestermere along with the required fee of $200 within 21 days from the date of this publication. Further information regarding the above mentioned approval(s) may be obtained by contacting our office at (403) 207-7075 during regular business hours.

Anti-Bullying Bylaw Chestermere City Council held a mobile Council meeting at a local school last week. Students in attendance lined up to ask questions about a proposed anti-bullying bylaw and to indicate their support for its adoption. “It was very impactful to hear stories of bullying that these students had experienced. We all deserve to live in a community free from hurtful behavior and we are determined to ensure our community is a peaceful and safe place for all,” says Mayor Marshall Chalmers. “City Council is determined to do something to prevent bullying if possible and prosecute if necessary.”

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Free Financial Literacy Workshop (7 p.m.)

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Free Financial Literacy Workshop (7 p.m.)

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Family Fun Fair - Camp Chestermere (6 p.m.)

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Chestermere adopts 1st reading of Anti-Bullying Bylaw View more at

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Following the discussion, Chestermere Council passed 1st reading of the bylaw which was developed in consultation with Dare to Care Calgary (an anti-bullying organization). “The bylaw provides us with the ability to address bullying in a variety of ways including requiring a letter of apology, mandating anti-bullying training or imposing fines,” says Peace Officer Sergeant Trever Bowman. Community members can read a copy of the bylaw and provide their feedback over the next several weeks at It is anticipated that the bylaw will be brought back for 2nd and 3rd reading on June 18, prior to the end of the school year. May 16, 2019//

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Start Your Red Ribbon Planning! By Jennifer Zambory Red Ribbon National Baking Competition Coordinator

Agricultural Society’s website mentioned above. However, entering items in the Red Ribbon is FREE and unlimited! See you at the Fair!

September 7, 2019 is the 30th Annual Chestermere Country Fair! This is the longest running annual event in Chestermere, so you don’t want to miss out on this one! As always, the Rocky View Chestermere Agricultural Society will be holding the Red Ribbon Competition. This is where you get to display your best art, sewing, photography, handicrafts, baking, honey, wine, vegetables, flowers, jams and pickles to your community, and maybe win a ribbon or prize for your effort. If you want to participate, it’s time to start those seeds, test those baking recipes, buy some fabric, set up your easel, or do whatever it is that you do best. The Red Ribbon class list will be coming out soon. Watch our Facebook Page, website and newspaper articles for when it’s published. Can’t wait? Check out last year’s booklet available at https://www. to get an idea of the classes available and rules. Note that some classes and rules may change for this year. Or, please join the fun and friendly Red Ribbon Committee and help us out. We can’t do it without many hands. Email if you want to join us. A reminder that all entrants into the Country Fair Red Ribbon Competition will be required to have a current Agricultural Society membership. Memberships are only $5.00 for a single or $10.00 for a family and can be purchased on the

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Kite By W.O. Mitchell

Laughs will fly as high as Daddy Sherry’s trapeze on this wild ride with the kookiest kite you will ever meet! “As unpretentious and refreshing as lemonade on an Indian-summer day” —Time


“Made memorable by the vibrant presence of Daddy Sherry, an irrepressible old maverick.”—Michael Peterman

FOOTBALL SEASON HERE WE COME! by Michelle Wilson Hello football fans! Your Chestermere Chiefs Community Football Club has began to prepare for our upcoming 2019 season! We can’t wait to see what this season holds. Our club will once again have a team at the Atom, PeeWee and Bantam level. You may remember that last season was our Bantam team’s first year in the Calgary Bantam Football League and it ended with our Bantam athletes winning the Division C Championship. Our coaches could not be more proud of the hard work and dedication of our players. With the start of the 2019 season we will have said goodbye to 16 players from our Bantam team as they move on to high school Football. We are sad to see them go but know they will continue to shine in high school football. Fifteen Bantam players will be returning for the 2019 season and fourteen PeeWee players will move up. The great thing is that our club continues to grow as young athletes discover their passion for the ultimate team sport! We are always looking for dedicated young people to join our football family and in order to give young athletes an opportunity to see what football is all about our club will once again be offering three TRY IT FREE Camps. These TRY IT FREE Camps are scheduled for May 22 at the Chestermere High School from 630-8pm; June 12 at Sara Thompson School in

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Langdon from 630-8pm; and June 23 at the Chestermere Recreation Centre from 10am noon. If you have an athlete that may be interested please come on out to one or all of our TRY IT FREE Camps. Football is a sport that has a place for all! Ages 8-14 years old! We can’t wait to see you at the field! As mentioned we have started to prepare for our 2019 season. Our conditioning camp was scheduled to start April 30 however mother nature had other plans. With the snow and wet weather we were faced with field closures. We hope by the time you read this the sun will have dried up the fields and our players are working hard on no contract drills. The Chestermere Chiefs 2019 season will kick off with practices starting the beginning of August at the Chestermere High School. As in years past all games will be played at Shouldice Athletic Park in Calgary. If you would like to come cheer our teams on the schedule will be posted on our website,, when it released. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer your time to help shape young athletes please do not hesitate to contact us either via email or our website www.chestermerechieffootball. com. You can also follow us on Instagram: @chestermerechiefs or FaceBook: Chestermere Chiefs Community Football. See you on the field!

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Monday May 13, 2019 TRACK The track team has been hard at work preparing for their season, despite the lack of practices due to the weather. They participate in the Rocky View Divisional Championship this week and the top 2 qualify for the South Central Zone Championships. Results next week.

A musical not for the faint of heart Stage west brings a story of love and murder to the Calgary stage By Emily Rogers

BOYS SOCCER The Lakers had a quiet week last week with a bye. This week they have three road games, which will all be tough games. Best of luck Lakers. CHESTERMERE SPRING FOOTBALL Chestermere Lakers spring football camp is coming up fast. Camp will run May 23-26. Any students, who will be registered at Chestermere High School for the 2019/2020 school year, are welcome. There is no fee attached to spring camp. Any alumni of Chestermere Football are invited to swing by camp to check out the program. Contact Coach Ledieu at for more information. Practices are as follows: Thursday May 23 4:30-6:30 Friday May 24 4:00-7:00 Saturday May 25 10:00-5:00 Lunch Provided Sunday May 26 11:00-1:30 ALUMNI BASKETBALL RE-UNION/ TOURNAMENT An alumni basketball event will take place on Saturday, June 15th. Games will be held for both female and male alumni, with a social following at the Chestermere Recreation Centre. To get put on the email contact list and get details please email me. Profits from the event go to support at athletics at CHS.

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Stage west’s rendition of Roy Horniman’s novel, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder has brought murder and mayhem to the Calgary stage with an explosion of creative humour. This satire begins with an ensemble singing about how the performance is not for the faint of heart, how blood might spill, and if the audience is smart, they should depart. It is followed by the lead character Montague (Monty) Navarro, played by Sayer Roberts, finding out his real family history from a friend of his late mothers, Miss Shingle Played by Elizabeth Stepkowski-Tarhan. While going through his mother’s things Monty finds a box of returned unopened letters from his mother to various members of her family who had shunned her from the family after she married a not-so-wealthy man out of love rather than for his money. After reading the letters, Monty finds out he is eighth in line for an earldom in the well-off D’Ysquith family, which he believes the chances of him outliving his predecessors are slight. Monty embarks on a dark path to become the ninth Earl of Highhurst and win back the affection of his first real love who has eyes for someone else. Throughout the performance, Monty finds himself in a love triangle between two women after his true love Sibella Hallward, played by

Kate Blackburn, weds a well-known man for his money. As a result, Monty decides to marry his cousin Phoebe D’Ysquith played by Ellen Denny. This ultimately causes Sibella’s heart to break, as she is tired of her husband. In an attempt to win back Monty, Sibella is in the wrong place at the wrong time, when the current Earl of Highhurst dies unexpectedly during a dinner party. Both of Monty’s love interests are taken into questioning but are ultimately found not-guilty. Although the performance was quite serious, the crowd responded well to the over-the-top creative murder scenes including a freak skating accident, characters being poisoned, or being pushed off from the tops of towers. To break up the tension from all of the witty murder scenes, one-liners were made from all characters, and met with laughter and cheers from the audience. All of the performers were expectational, especially Tyler Murree who played various D’Ysquith family characters, who all died throughout the show. The set design was perfect, nothing felt out of place, the singing was terrific, and the crowd was entertained the entire night. This performance offered a unique night out and was made specifically for anyone who loves a witty satire or has a very-very dark sense of humour.

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Hello Chestermere! Happy belated Mother’s Day to all of our mothers, and those that we have maternal bonds with. I was out on the pathways on Sunday playing with my niece and nephew along with my beautiful sons at the dog park, and I felt so blessed to be surrounded by my family enjoying the sun after the rainstorm. I want to send my deep love to those who have lost their moms, and those who have lost their children as well. We sometimes forget that the days that are designated to honour those we love come with mixed emotions, memories, and loss as well. My heart goes out to the family of Jasmine Lovett and her little girl Aliyah who went missing on April 23rd. Their bodies were recovered 2 weeks later. It makes me squeeze my family tighter than usual. I would like to chat about the upcoming federal election. Gwyn Morgan’s May 10 Financial Post article ( opinion/gwyn-morgan-a-principled-conservativepolicy-would-challenge-trudeaus-climate-propaganda-with-truth ) is an article worth reading as it delves into the kinds of issues we will see as we head into the election cycle. I was shocked to read that the average middle class family is paying an extra $840 dollars per year to keep up with the overspending of the Federal Liberals. 80% of the middle class is feeling this pinch. What is most interesting about this article is the suggestion that this election ballot question may be about climate change, and the justification for the carbon tax that several Premiers including our own do not support. We have a responsibility to do better and continue to be a leader in the most responsible resource developers in the world, but we need to take an honest look at the subsidizing of “green” power and the cost to Albertans, and Canadians. Windmills and solar panels have major pollution footprints from creation to maintenance to the landfill. The wind does not always blow, and the sun does not always shine, so this energy is intermittent at best. What really strikes a chord here in our beautiful province is how our resources and our prosperity can be held hostage by this current Federal government. If this level of disrespect was extended to one of the provinces out East it would be a national crisis. We must stop apologizing for our amazing resources and our development of those resources. Speaking of resources, we have a potential canola crisis given the lack of leadership with respect to China, India is still limiting access to its markets for our pulse crops, and our exports of durum wheat to Italy have collapsed. It adds to a long list of the issues that the Prime Minister will be facing during the election including the SNC Lavalin scandal, the groping scandal (evidently she experienced it differently than he did), the attack on our Veterans, the lack of work on missing and murdered Indigenous women, and reconciliation period, the attack on our resources, the inability to build pipelines, and my personal favourite, that he is a feminist…ugh! We can get a good idea of our Prime Minister’s priorities by observing that his government has been caught


obstructing justice yet again. The second highest ranked officer in Canada was legally harassed and defamed for two years for the “crime” of trying to ensure our Navy was able to fulfill its mission. Even well-known Liberal Warren Kinsella has had enough in his May 9 column in the Toronto Sun ( columnists/kinsella-trudeau-government-tryingto-cover-its-tracks ). Suddenly all of the charges have been dropped. This month is Ramadan and many of our Muslim brothers and sisters are commemorating the revealing of the Koran to prophet Muhammed through prayer and charity. It is a month of fasting, practicing self-discipline, spiritual reflection, devotion and worship. Eid al Fitr is a festival when Muslims break their fast for the last time during Ramadan, but every night during the fast, when the sun sets families gather to break their fast with the Iftar dinner. The Al-Madinah Calgary Islamic Assembly would like to invite everyone to come and join in an interfaith Iftar dinner at the Chestermere MPP room on Sunday May 19th. Please feel free to contact Abdul Hameed-403-471-3976 or Khalil Khan at 403542-0506 to join in the celebration. This month also sees the celebration of Vaisakhi. Hindus and Sikhs celebrate this along with the spring harvest. This is a religious festival for the Sikh community that commemorates the formation of the Khalsa Panth warriors under the Guru Gobind Singh in 1699. This year thousands gathered to celebrate and marched (the Nagar Kirtan) through the streets of N.E Calgary singing songs and hymns. I was honoured to present the award for community involvement at the Esquao awards. The Esquao Awards is the largest gathering to honour Aboriginal Women in Canada. It is unique because the community nominates the women, and the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women (IAAW) coordinates the ceremony to honour them. I was also so honoured to attend the Lions Foundation of Canada fundraiser at John Peake park this past week to raise money for guide dogs. Steve and Marilynn King along with the Lions were able to raise 20,000 dollars. Congratulations! I attended the AARC (Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre) gala that raises awareness around youth addiction. Thank you to the amazing volunteers and to Dr. and Mrs. Vause who are the founders and creators of this incredible program that saves lives and puts families back together! Dr. Vause calls addiction “The equal opportunity destroyer”. It can happen to anyone. Finally, congratulations to the Highlands Golf Course in Edmonton. It was built on a coal mine and is celebrating its 90th anniversary. Also I hope you had a chance to catch the Raptors game! It was a nail biter down to the final shot in the 7th game. Kawhi Leonard’s incredible jump shot from the corner at the buzzer gave the Raptors a 92-90 win over the Philadelphia 76ers and they advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for just the second time in franchise history. As always we love to hear from you!

Nick Jeffrey

Mayday! Mayday! May is a wild and crazy month for the tipplers of the world, and I have been making the most of it. In local news, we are celebrating the 50th birthday of the Bloody Caesar, which was invented in Calgary’s Westin Hotel back in 1969. Many brunchtime Caesars have been consumed as hair of the dog on the morning after a long night of boozing it up, and this month marks 50 years of Caesars, with many more to come! Those of Germanic descent may already be aware that this is the time of year for drinking Maibock, a style of Bock beer that is traditionally released in May. The true origins of the Bock name have been lost in the beer-soaked mists of time, but the most popular assumption is that Bock is a corruption of the word Einbeck, the small Bavarian town that invented this particular style. Interestingly, Bock is also the German term for a male goat, so the high-alcohol brew is often assumed to have the kick of a billy goat. Further in line with the whole goat mythos, Bock is normally brewed while Capricorn (aka the goat) is ascendant in the heavens, so you’ll just have to pick the story you like best. Fortunately, many local Alberta breweries are producing one-off seasonal Bock beers, so you will not have to go all the way to Munich to try one. My local favourite is a Weizenbock (Wheat Bock), made as a collaboration between the German-themed Brauerie Fahr in Turner Valley, and Edmonton-based Analog Brewing. A light and fluffy mouthfeel from the malted wheat balances the 7.2% ABV kick. Available in tallboy cans at well-stocked booze merchants, but only for a limited time, so find them while you still can! If wheat beers are not your favourite, Lethbridge-based Hell’s Basement Brewery has a seasonal Bock beer called Elevator, made the Doppelbock (double) style, a malt bomb with notes of toffee and raisin that will bock your socks off! Should lighter beers be your preferred tipple, Cinco de Mayo saw muchas cervesas consumed to celebrate the astonishing military victory of a ragtag Mexican militia over much betterequipped French forces at the Battle of Puebla in

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1862. What better time to pair a few enchiladas with a Corona or Tecate? Coming in right after Cinco de Mayo was National Beverage Day on May 6, an obscure occasion that goes back to 1921, and originally started as a way to introduce consumers to the brand-new technology of carbonated sodas, and try to convince the drinking public that fizzy drinks were safe and hygenic. In modern times, National Beverage Day still exists, but is not much more than a bootnote in history, with no boozy or soft drink manufacturers rallying behind that day as a call for imbibing. The first weekend in May also brought us the 15th annual Calgary International Beerfast, which I have faithfully attended every year, from its humble beginnings in a disused aircraft repair hangar at SAIT, to its present incarnation at the BMO Centre on the Stampede Grounds. Despite its international aspirations, the annual beerfest bacchanalia has become much more local each year, if only because the Alberta craft brewing and distilling industries have grown in leaps and bounds over the last 15 years, so local purveyors of hooch now far outnumber the international beer companies. I volunteer on the judging panel at beerfest each year, and see the quality and quantity of local Alberta brews growing with each passing year, much to the delight of the beer fans of our fair province. My favourite new brewery is Legend 7 Brewing, located in the so-called Barley Belt of Calgary, a neighbourhood home to more than a dozen craft breweries, with a new one popping up every month or so. Legend 7 opened their doors in late 2017, and has 7 core brews, plus an assortment of one-off seasonals. The brewery has on onsite taproom with a small but well-curated food menu. My favourite is the Table for 7 Tafelbier, made in the style of a Belgian Table Beer, an orangegold easy drinker that weighs in at only 3.7% ABV, but still has a malt-forward structure, nicely balanced with aromatic Belgian yeasts. Make the most of the month of May by seeking out a new Alberta brew at your local watering hole!

PAWS for Thought Steve King is the President of Community Therapy Dogs Society email:

Why oh why (part 2)? Continuing last week’s theme of “strange” dog quirks: • Why does my dog shake when he’s not wet? Part of it goes back to your dog’s primal instincts. In the wild, a dog would sleep on the ground and wake up covered in dirt and bugs, which he would shake off. So, shaking after a nap may just be a leftover instinct from those wilder days. Also, many dogs shake themselves after an emotional moment, whether a good or bad one. It’s just a way of “walking it off” so they can go back to their normal, daily routine. • Why does my dog sniff my crotch? Not wishing to embarrass us, even though with other humans around this may well be the result, dogs sniff our crotch (and butts) to gather information on us through their amazing sense of smell. This action is for the same reason that dogs sniff each other’s genital and anal areas, where there is a proliferation of pheromones. • Why does my dog move his ears up and down? Dogs use body language to communicate a lot and utilize the positioning of their ears to express a wide array of different emotions, moving them up and down with every passing mood. When your dog’s ears are up, it’s a good sign. It means he’s likely feeling excited, happy, content, and confident. If your dog’s ears are down, keep an eye on him. It might be signaling vulnerability or fear. This will likely be accompanied by his tail being down or tucked underneath himself. Why does my dog love tennis balls so much? • Put simply, tennis balls are a great stand in for tiny, erratic prey now that we’ve domesticated dogs. Prey in the wild is panicked and sporadic as it scurries around, trying to preserve its life. When you throw a tennis ball, it bounces all over the place and mimics this desperate prey behavior. This movement sends an immediate alarm to a dog’s instinct to chase, capture, and devour! In his book Oh Behave! Dogs from Pavlov to Premack to Pinker, Jean Donaldson explains that when a dog catches prey in its mouth and swiftly shakes it side to side, the dog is breaking the prey’s neck in order to kill it. You will see your dog take this very same action with a tennis ball after he “captures it.” Dogs are aware that tennis balls are not rabbits but will still take pleasure in practicing their hunting skills and letting their natural instincts take over. Why do dogs lick their butts? • As dogs can’t shower or bathe themselves the way humans do, dogs will lick their butts as part of their overall cleanliness routine. Moreover, dogs have two anal glands, also called anal sacs, inside their anus. These glands contain an oily, fishy-smelling liquid that’s used to mark territory and ward off predators. Most dogs release a tiny bit of this liquid every time they defecate, but it’s common for it to build up within the anal glands and become a nuisance to the dog. When this happens, your dog will need their anal glands expressed. You’ll know your dog needs their glands expressed if you notice them licking their butt excessively and/or scooting around, especially if this behavior is accompanied by a fishy odour.

Remembering Jean Vanier Creating a thriving community requires good people-focused policies, sustainable budgets, and good governance. These are all important and essential. However, what our imaginations need are real examples of other people and communities that have lived out what we aspire to become. While posters of movie stars and athletes adorn the walls of young fans, our neighbourhood heroes are less flashy and their slow and intentional work to love others seldom garners millions of social media followers. Yet these are the heroes we turn to as we nurture the fabric of our community together. Jean Vanier is one of those heroes. He passed away on May 7th, 2019 at the age of 90 years old. Vanier was a Canadian and a member of the Order of Canada. He was a theologian who believed that his love of God translated best into love for people. In 1964 Vanier started L’Arche, a world-wide network of communities that support those with developmental disabilities. Over 10,000 people are part of L’Arche’s 147 communities. Vanier’s vision was that each person would be known, befriended, empowered, and welcomed no matter what their intellectual disability might be. In fact, he believed every person had a gift to share and it is our invitation to look for those gifts and empower them. Jean Vanier was a giant of faith, service, and compassion. He wrote extensively, but his writings were always rooted in his own hands-on work to walk alongside others, never above or apart from his community. He believed that weaknesses were part of our story, and something that we did not have to hide. He said, “I am struck by how sharing our weakness and difficulties is more nourishing to others than sharing our qualities and success.” Vanier believed that it was in community that we truly grew into who we were made to be. He said, “When we begin to believe that there is greater joy in working with and for others, rather than just for ourselves, then our society will truly become a place of celebration.” Having been a military man and later an academic, he discovered that a simple life in community was the greatest gift. “Community is a sign that love is possible in a materialistic world where people so often either ignore or fight each other.” “Community is not about perfect people. It is about people who are bonded to each other, each of us whom is a mixture of good and bad, darkness and light, love and hate.” Jean Vanier taught us that simple acts of eating together, spending time sharing life, and learning to love each other in spite of the complexity, might perhaps contain some some of the greatest gifts we might ever receive. His life and love stands as an example for us as we seek to create better neighbourhoods and meaningful connections. Whether we think we are capable or not, Jean Vanier, this hero of compassion and kindness, reminds us that, “love doesn’t mean doing extraordinary or heroic things. It means knowing how to do ordinary things with tenderness.” To learn more about Jean Vanier’s life and influence, I recommend taking the time to watch the film, “Summer in the Forest.”

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) 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 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 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 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 or \email us for more information at 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 Contact Roy Spanko, 403 285-8309

After this 2 week mini-expose of some of your dog’s stranger actions, I hope that you may look upon your dog in a new, more understanding light.

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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)

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Public Library May Artist of the Month – Wendy Anderson Wendy Anderson’s artwork is displayed in our Library for the month of May. Wendy works primarily in pen and ink, but also enjoys working with watercolour. Although her interest lies in ships and old unique buildings, she is currently gaining interest

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in Zentangle animals. Stop by the Library anytime to check out


her artwork! Are you a local artist that would like to be featured? Contact Lin Kingdon at


MONDAYS: CHAIR YOGA – 11:30am – 12:30pm. Everyone Welcome! Drop-in. No Charge for members and $2 for non-members. CARPET BOWLING – 1:00pm. More players are welcome! BRIDGE – 1:00pm – Guests Welcome! CHAIR YOGA 6:30pm – 7:30pm Everyone Welcome! Drop-in. No Charge for members and $2.00 non-members. TUESDAYS: CRIBBAGE FUN NIGHT - First Tuesday of every month – 6:30 pm $5/ person Everyone welcome! New Players and All Levels of Skill. WALKING GROUP – 10:00 –11:00 am - Drop In-No Charge. Walking indoors. LINE DANCING – 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. No charge for members and $2/nonmember. No sign-up. Drop-in. Great workout & mind exercise. WEDNESDAYS: CHAIR YOGA – 11:30am –12:30pm. Everyone Welcome! Drop-in. No Charge for members and $2 for non-members. CARPET BOWLING – 1:00 pm. More players welcome! THURSDAYS: QUILTING – Starts at 9:30am – Making “Comfort Quilts” donated to charities WALKING GROUP – 10:00 –11:00 am - Drop In-No Charge. Walking indoors. ARTISANS OF CHESTERMERE – 1:00pm – 3:30pm - All levels of skill! FRIDAYS: SENIORS’ CHAIR EXERCISES – 11:00am – 12:00 pm - Focus is on Strength & Balance. Drop In Class! No Charge for members and $2 for nonmembers. TAI CHI INTRODUCTORY CLASSES – 1:00 pm – Drop in. No Charge for members and $2 for non-members. Wear comfortable clothing. FRIDAY NIGHT GAMES – Starts at 6:30pm - Come enjoy a night of games and socialize! SATURDAYS: POOL & SHUFFLEBOARD – Cancelled until the fall. COME SEE WHAT’S NEW AT THE WHITECAPPERS!


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Tuesday, May 28th – Annual General Meeting – Members only. Doors open at 4:30 pm. Dinner at 5:30 pm. $5/person. Meeting starts at 6:45 pm. Must sign up. SENIORS’ WEEK JUNE 3-8th : Activities at Whitecappers scheduled for the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Events to be posted on our website. ********************************************************** 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!


Friday Night Friends Activity Night 6:30 - 8 p.m.

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. Special Mother’s Day Craft Friday, May 10 at 10:45am Come for our special Mother’s Day craft. Pre-School Storytime Fridays, 10:15-10:45am Come to the Library every Friday morning at 10:15am for stories, songs and fun. No registration is required. Prenatal Yoga Saturdays at 9:00am Elann Anderson is back with Prenatal Yoga. This class empowers women to enhance their ability to access greater relaxation, com-

Connecting families with special needs children with each other. This is an opportunity for kids to play and parents or caregivers to network with other families and service providers in the community.

fort, and enjoyment during this highly sensitive time. It can help

Saturday | June 8

some knowledge of basic poses. Please bring a yoga mat, towel,

Celebrate Seniors Week Join us for seniors focused events, 55+. Activities include: Wellness Expo, Lions Club, Free Pancake Breakfast, Sports for Spectators, Dinner For more information, contact the Rec Centre, or visit us online.


Check out all our great recreation opportunities! (403) 272-7170

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mothers prepare for the birthing process by teaching techniques to help keep stress levels down and to help relieve physical pains associated with pregnancy. $10 drop-in class. Fun Flow Yoga Saturdays at 10:00-11:00am Join Elann Anderson for Fun Flow Yoga. Participants should have and water. $10.00 drop-in class. Board Games Saturday, May 11, 11:30-3:30pm All ages are welcome to join us for board game fun at the Library. No registration is required. This new monthly For more information about what’s happening at the Library, check our website and sign up for our newsletter online or pick up a newsletter next time you’re in. Don’t forget to follow and like us on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Library Hours Monday - Thursday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm Friday Saturday

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

9:00 am - 4:00 pm


12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

*Closed on statutory holidays *Library closed on Sundays, May 12-September 8, 2019 Chestermere Public Library 105B Marina Road Chestermere, Alberta T1X 1V7 403-272-9025

Mind Body Connection Tamara Gehring, owner of Mind Body Connection Chestermere, brings personal training, massage, fitness and overall health into people’s lives. “I like to help people. I find people so often forget about themselves,” Gehring said. For the last 12 years, Gehring has been creating personal relationships with her clients in her home-based gym and wellness studio. “My clients see the results they get with me, so they stay with me,” she said. Gehring offers high-intensity interval training (HIIT), including barre, yoga, pilates, small group training, along with one-on-one fitness and massage therapy. She will often customize personal training routines to accommodate client’s needs. “If I have a mom who comes in and says

she’s had a hard day, and she wants to kick stuff, that’s what we’ll do,” she said. Although Gehring has been steadily growing her business for over a decade, she has run into challenges. Marketing her services to the community and finding new clients has been onerous. “It takes a business to close for people to realize there are other options out there,” Gehring said. Building relationships is rewarding for Gehring. Strangers become clients and eventually become family. When not working on growing her business, Gehring donates to the Chestermere Regional Food Bank, helps young mothers in the community by collecting baby items, and gets involved in local events.

Any free time Gehring has is spent with her family, enjoying the outdoors, at her mother’s farm, camping, travelling, or working out in her gym. “I’m always with my family. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else but with them,” she said.


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Events Free Financial Literacy Workshop in collaboration with

RCMP Officials •Chestermere Community Association

This program follows the regular meeting of the Chestermere

World System Builder

Kindly RSVP your presence by May17th Friday by email or call

Historical Foundation at 6:30pm—hear more about the play being

Booked 4 week workshop in Langdon Filed House from 7:00 –

at 403-471 3976

produced on the history of Chestermere for performance Aug 18

we look forward to being your host at the program


8:00PM May 2 – Increase cash flow & debt May 9 – Building a strong financial foundation & proper protection May 23 – Building Wealth & Asset Accumulation May 30 – Retirement planning & wealth preservation

Canal Links Soccer Federation has called for a Special General Meeting.

Ukulele Workshop

The purpose of the Special General Meeting is to hold Board

– Try it out! Open to everyone over 50 yrs old—part of Seniors


Week in Chestermere. Thursday June 6th at the Whitecappers

The Special General Meeting has been set for:

Room 201 West Chestermere Drive, 10am to 12:00pm. Register

Date: June 3rd, 2019 To register: 403-207-7050 ext. 7081 or email ptippe@

Chestermere Community Interfaith Iftaar Dinner Al -Madinah Clagary Islamic Assembly (Chestermere Chapter).a anon profit Charitable Organization. we would like cordially

with Eventbrite

Time: 4:45pm

to ensure you have a ukulele….if you have your own ukulele,

Location: 2nd floor of Strathmore COOP

no need to register, just come! Music provided. Instructors from

Chestermere Historical Foundation Tuesday May 21st @

CALL will be there to guide

Chestermere Library 7:30pm – “From Mounties playing rugby

you along to learn a few chords and a song! No experience

in front of the Deane House to R. B. Bennett performing a

needed! FREE It is a happiness fix! Or call 403 200 8046 for

invite you to a Community Interfaith Iftaar Dinner with us

ceremonial kick off at Mewata Stadium during the Depression,

more information. Thanks to RVSD for loan of 24 ukuleles!

please note following Guests are expected to attend the program.

the Calgary Stampeders have had a parallel history with Calgary.

MLA Leela Aheer • -City of Chestermere Officials,

Shelly McElroy presents a fan’s perspective of the Stampeders—

Councilors • community coordinator

with a Chestermere connection!!. Meet the players, builders and

Different Faith groups Representatives (Christian. Jewish.

passionate fans who impacted our team – and our city. No one

Hindu,Sikh communities etc)

wearing green will be permitted.” FREE Everyone Welcome. May 16, 2019//


Opinion Corporate corruption spreads its wings around the world

Even in our law-abiding, transparent country, graft happens. In some countries, it’s the cost of doing business By Ian Madsen Senior policy analyst Frontier Centre for Public Policy Federal politics are transfixed by apparent managerial indiscretion yet again. SNC-Lavalin – whose officials have been found guilty of corruption in the past – faces criminal prosecution with consequences that could cripple it if found guilty. The company would face a ban on federal contracts for years, and such a ban could be honoured by municipalities and provinces as well. The firm is already shut out of World Bank tenders due to a graft-tainted bridge contract it completed in Bangladesh. Construction can be an ethical quagmire in North America. For generations, bidrigging and kickbacks have been a risk when projects are put out to tender. The larger the project, and the more government is involved, the likelier the temptations to cheat in the name of profit. Since cost overruns are all too common, the opportunity to hide illicit payments is very real. Even in our law-abiding, transparent country, graft happens. So it should come as no surprise that in countries where the

rule of law is weak, greedy officials are brazen and there’s little or no transparency, many deals are riven with corruption. Transparency International compiles an index ranking nations according to their degree of corruption. It’s a good if inexact guide to how hard a company doing business in a nation has to work to maintain ethical standards. Similarly, the World Bank’s ease of doing rusiness rankings includes corruption in its calculations. Companies, therefore, can be forewarned before attempting to do business in these hazardous realms. Some of the riskier countries are relatively modern and advanced, such as South Africa, Turkey and Mexico. Sometimes relatively poor ones are comparatively honest, such as Bhutan and Botswana. However, in general, the richer the nation, and the more democratic it is, the less likely it is to have endemic or severe corruption. Companies that must have a physical presence in a country are more likely fall to victim to graft-seekers, or to themselves take advantage of vulnerable local officials. So mining, oil and gas, construction and engineering firms are more likely to get

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into trouble. Companies are usually aware of these risks, as are astute investors. And in many countries, it’s not entirely possible to invest or operate without giving out some money. But if payments become too large, too obvious, too unjustifiable, too frequent or even seemingly eternal, then the company’s investment returns plummet and legal risks escalate. It wasn’t inevitable that SNC-Lavalin would succumb to temptation or even that it would be caught. But the larger and more frequent such schemes are, the higher the risk of being discovered. If Canada is not immune, then it’s as unlikely any country is. But should employment-destroying legal penalties be applied if only a few employees or shareholders were in a position to know about malfeasance? The world is not a transparent, honest theme park with virtuous characters spreading progress through murky environments. Ian Madsen is a senior policy analyst with the Frontier Centre for Public Policy.

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stirring constantly, cook until the glaze is thick and syrupy, about 3 minutes. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days or use immediately.

Spring is synonymous with special events worthy of celebration. From Mother’s Day to graduations to communions and confirmations, spring provides a host of opportunities for families and friends to come together and show their love for one another.

Preheat the oven to 325 F. Line a shallow roasting pan with heavy-duty aluminum foil and place a wire rack on top.

The right food can make any party that much more spectacular. Lunch and brunch parties, whether they’re at home or in a restaurant, provide great opportunities to enjoy fun, budget-friendly food with loved ones. For those who will be celebrating at home or attending a potluck-style gathering, this “Brandied Baked Ham With Mustard Butter” courtesy of Denise Gee’s “Southern Appetizers” (Chronicle Books) can make for the perfect dish to serve or bring along. The decadent ham can be served as fashionable tea sandwiches, either in soft biscuits or rolls.

Score the fat on top of the ham by making diagonal cuts in a diamond pattern. Insert the cloves into the intersections of each diamond. Place the ham on the rack. Insert a meat thermometer, making sure it doesn’t touch the bone. Bake the ham for about 1 hour, or until the thermometer registers 125 F. Remove the ham and brush on the brandy glaze. Return the ham to the oven and cook for 20 to 30 minutes more, or until the thermometer registers 135 F. Let it stand for 15 minutes. (The meat temperature will rise to 140 F).

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In a small saucepan, stir to combine the brown sugar, brandy and mustard. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat and,

Family cycling is an enjoyable escape Going for a bike ride is one of the best ways for people to exercise in fresh air. Cycling is not only earth-conscious and convenient, but it also is a fun and popular activity that anyone can enjoy. Around 1.6 million residents of New York City ride a bike at least once a month, and in Portland, bike riding rose by 3 percent each year since 2012, according to Bikemunk, a website dedicated to helping people understand bikes, especially in the context of


making a purchase. The Alliance for Biking & Walking discovered that 0.6 percent of all commuters in the United States biked to work in 2013, up from 0.5 percent in 2009 and 0.4 percent in 2005. But many people are embracing cycling as an entertaining form of recreation that the entire family can enjoy. Adults may have fond memories of their own cycling adventures as children that they want to pass down to their kids. Since fami-

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lies may feature cyclists with various levels of experience, it can be safe to employ certain strategies in the hopes that everyone gets the most out of their time in the cycling saddle. • Buy the right bikes. Take time to research different brands of bicycles and what they offer. Some bikes are ideal for streets or paved trails, while others are better for rustic roads and trails. A qualified bike retailer can help shoppers find the right bike for them and their families, ensuring everyone in the family is riding the right size bike and the one commensurate with their skill level. • Limit the distance. Children won’t be able to put in as many miles as their parents or older siblings. Limit cycling excursions to a reasonable amount of time so youngsters’ health is not compromised. • Focus on fun. Consider what kids will get out of the trip and gear the afternoon around that. Choose a path that leads riders to a playground or one that circles a scenic lake. Make your cycling excursion more of an afternoon out than a marathon biking session. • Take frequent breaks. Little legs may not be able to keep up, and adults will need to anticipate stopping along the way. • Know the terrain. Stick to routes you have ridden before. Leave the more intense courses that include extreme climbs and dips for those times when kids are not in tow. Stick to lightly trafficked routes, or travel during off-peak hours. Consult with trail guides and read reviews as well. • Check bikes before departing. Make sure tires are inflated and everything else is in working order. Bring a small tool kit along in case a repair needs to be made. Cycling as a family can be an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon and get some exercise.

May is Motor Cycle Month Safely share the road Motorists, motorcycle riders, cyclists, and pedestrians converge on roadways across the globe every day. While many travelers respect their fellow road warriors, the potential for highway accidents is great. Taking measures to share the road safely can greatly reduce all travelers’ risk of being involved in a traffic accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration says that, despite historical declines in automobile fatalities, motorcycle deaths have increased nearly every year for the past 14 years. The lone exception was 2009. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than 900 cyclists were killed and there were an estimated 494,000 emergency room visits due to bicycle-related injuries in the United States in 2013. While not all of these accidents are directly related to unsafe conditions or collisions with motorists, individuals can take various precautionary measures to make roadways safer for all travelers. · Never ride impaired or distracted. This rule applies to everyone on the road, no matter the mode of travel. Alcohol, drugs and distractions like mobile phones can impair judgement and reduce reaction times. · Do not wear headphones. Drivers and cyclists should never wear headphones, which can make it hard to hear approaching travelers and any horns, sirens or indicators of unsafe conditions. · Check the curb lane. Drivers should always check their mirrors and pay special attention to the right of their vehicles so they can determine if any cyclists are approaching. And always be on the lookout for pedestrians, particularly at crosswalks. · Bikers and cyclists must anticipate hazards. Motorcycles and bicycles can be more difficult to see, especially when positioned in blind spots of vehicles. Motorcycle riders and cyclists should position themselves in traffic accordingly and try to anticipate what drivers might do if motorcycles and bicycles are in their blind spots. · Improve visibility. Everyone on the road should make themselves as visible as possible to others. Pedestrians and cyclists can wear bright colors and use reflective tape. Cars should keep their daytime running lights on and use headlights in inclement weather. Rain, fog and snow can impair visual conditions for all travelers, so exercise extreme caution when traveling in adverse conditions. · Use safety equipment. Bicycle helmets, motorcycle helmets and other protective gear can save lives. Everyone should wear a properly fitted helmet. Motorists and their passengers should always wear their safety belts. · Obey the rules of the road. Whether on foot, on a bicycle, on a motorcycle, or in a car, the rules of the road remain the same. Heed traffic signals, yield to others when applicable and maintain proper speeds. Also, remember to use turn signals when turning and/or changing lanes. · Be aware of road conditions. The NHTSA says that road conditions that are minor annoyances to motorists can pose major hazards to motorcycle riders and cyclists. Riders may change speed or adjust position within a lane suddenly in reaction to road and traffic conditions, such as potholes, gravel, wet or slippery surfaces, pavement seams, railroad crossings, and grooved pavement. Drivers should anticipate such adjustments. Working in concert, everyone can improve safety for those sharing the road.


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Delaying action in hopes that the problems will go away could be counterproductive. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) A friend or family member’s request might carry some hidden factors that could later create problems. Be sure you know all the facts before you make your decision. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) A setback in implementing a plan could turn out to be a blessing in disguise. Use the downtime to rework your original concepts and see where changes could be made. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) You might not be consciously fishing for compliments, but admit it -- won’t you feel great when your efforts are noticed? So accept the praise gracefully. You earned it.

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mailing address to 403-980-3605 for your

If you are interested and want more infor-

FREE benefits package.

mation please contact Beverly Roppel at (403) 934-4888 or email

Equipment For Sale

Pardon. US entry waiver. Record purge. File destruction. Free consultation 1-800-3472540;

Trailer, Thomas Skid Steer, Kubota Compact

Business Opps

CRIMINAL RECORD? Why suffer employ-

Feed & Grain, 1-877-250-5252.

Erskine, AB Sat. May 25 @ 11am. Selling

Building Supplies


offgrade grain. “On Farm Pickup” Westcan



Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877-987-

HIRING seasonal, full-time for landscaping and yard maintenance in Chestermere. Must have own transportation to and from business base, 15 mins east of Chestermere. If you enjoy fitness and working outdoors, this is the perfect job. $15.50/hour Mon-Fri and occasional Sat. Send resume to

FOOTHILLS AIM SOCIETY Chestermere & Area Home Living Residential Support • We are seeking Individuals & Semi Retired individuals who would like to stay home and earn an income supporting individuals with a Developmental Disability. • Requirements: driver’s license, reliable vehicle, clean drivers abstract & RCMP check. • Expectations: Support individual to learn daily living skills. • I’m sorry no young children at this time. The funding is tax exempt and based on individual’s assessed level of need. If you are interested and want more information please contact Beverly Roppel at (403) 934-4888 or email



Property for sale. 9.7 acres. Log home and HWS TRAILER RENTALS. Super B hopper

cabins. Turnkey operation with endless

bottom trailers available for grain, fertilizer,

opportunities. Camping with breathtaking

sand and other commodities. Available by

views. Call Stan 403-601-0076.

the day, week or month. Call 403-782-3333.

Feed and Seed




GET BACK ON TRACK! Bad credit? Bills? HEATED CANOLA buying Green, Heated or

Unemployed? Need money? We lend! If you

Springthrashed Canola. Buying: oats, barley,

own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer


wheat & peas for feed. Buying damaged or

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