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Last year, youth had so much fun during the mutton busting event, organizers of Chestermere’s annual Country Fair knew they had to bring it back. Event Coordinator Kim Soderberg-Mcrae added mutton busting is a country event in an urban setting. Photo by Emily Rogers

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Indus school had 139 entries while the largest amount of entries from a Chestermere school was 44

Mutton busting has quickly become a family favourite event during the annual Chestermere Country Fair. The crowd erupted with laughter and cheer every time a youth came out of the gate. Photo by Emily Rogers

By Emily Rogers Indus School beat all of Chestermere’s schools in the number of Red Ribbon Competition entries during the 30th annual Chestermere Country Fair on Sept. 7. “Indus is a school with less than 300 student bodies, and they took it away from every school in Chestermere,” said Jamie-Ann Kearns. “It’s amazing, that’s a huge-huge thing. It’s a really cool thing for them to be able to get,” she said. The Chestermere Country Fair, and the Red Ribbon Competition has been so successful for the last three decades because of the

Indus School beat all of Chestermere’s Schools for the most Red Ribbon Competition entries. Indus had 139 entries from 11 students, while Our Lady of Wisdom School had 44 entries from 12 students. Photo by Emily Rogers

community. “The people in this community have made it so successful. There are people who have little side competitions with each other,” Kearns said. The people who have participated in the Red Ribbon Competition for many years are very encouraging of others to join. “I see all of these people once a year. It’s really nice to see them, and they are the reason I want to keep coming back because they’re friendly. It brings people together for a really fun awesome thing,” Kearns said. The Red Ribbon Competition was among many activities bringing the community together. The day began with the parade, pancake breakfast, and throughout the day, residents went on wagon rides, walked through the farmers market, and indoor market, watched the zucchini car

races, and watched the second annual mutton busting event. “This was the second year of mutton busting. The kids last year had a ton of fun, and the parents really enjoyed watching it,” said the Chestermere Country Fair Event Coordinator Kim SoderbergMcRae. “It’s a little bit of country in an urban setting,” she said. Adding, “There was a fantastic turnout. There was a lot of people.” All of the funds raised from the Chestermere Country Fair through memberships and sponsorships will stay in Chestermere by allowing organizers to keep putting the annual fair on year after year. “It’s a super fun event that is put on by volunteers and sponsors,” Kearns said. Adding, “This is my favourite event of life.

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Rocky View Schools (RVS) has requested from the Government of Alberta two K-9 schools, and one high school. “Chestermere has been part of our capital plan for many years,” said RVS Board of Trustees Chair Todd Brand. The RVS Board of Trustees submits school requests in priority order based on divisional needs, and what school sites have been fully serviced by developers. “No matter how urgent our need for a school, the government does not consider any requests for new schools if the site has not been fully serviced,” Brand said. “The lack of serviced sites continues to be an ongoing issue for RVS. We continue to work with our municipalities to let them know the importance of their working with developers to get sites serviced more quickly,” he added. For a school to be built in Chestermere, there must be a serviced site prior to the provincial government deciding to fund the building of a new school. “The role of RVS is to make sure that our needs are known and prioritized. We do not service the sites nor do we fund the school builds,” Brand said. He added, “Despite our rapid growth and very

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few school builds in the past several years, we have no schools currently announced for construction in any of our communities.” Rocky View County communities must provide serviced school sites as soon as possible. After a site is serviced, that school will rise to near the top of RVS capital request list. Currently, the City of Chestermere continues to work on servicing sites for future schools.



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Council to choose next steps for East Acreages by end of year A detailed report is being prepared which will be presented to council in-camera prior to their decision By Emily Rogers Chestermere council carried a motion to have city administration prepare a detailed report for an in-camera discussion to address the long-term planning of the East Acreages Area Structure Plan (ASP) which will be presented prior to the end of 2019. “We want to make sure everybody is on the same page here,” said Chestermere Mayor Marshall Chalmers. East Acreages is a 138-hectare area on the eastern border of Chestermere, which was annexed into the city nine years ago. “Through the annexation process to annex 6,500 acres there was a requirement for the city to the front end the planning costs for existing acreages throughout Chestermere,” said Director of Community Growth and Infrastructure at the City of Chestermere John Popoff. “The intention was always to have the property owners act as the developer and pay for the work that occurs on their land,” he said. There has been an expectation that the ASP is the panacea that will allow landowners to subdivide their land and capitalize on the land, said Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Bernie Morton. During the Aug. 13 Committee of the Whole meeting, Morton heard varying explanations of what annexation means for East Acreages owners. He heard from residents that when they agreed to the annexation, they were under the understanding that the lands would be serviced as opposed to could be serviced. He also heard that with the serviced land, the subdivision provisions would be outlined in the ASP. Finally, he heard if the city couldn’t accomplish servicing the land and providing and providing a process for subdividing the land, the owners want the East Acreages to be given back to Rocky View County (RVC). “Neither of these things are detailed in an upfront, transparent, and authentic way to the resident,” Morton said. There are numerous stages when planning for land, such as having a municipal development plan which sets the main policy framework and states the goal. Neighbourhoods are built from ASP’s, which provide a vision for a particular area. Developers who come into Chestermere are required to provide an ASP while preparing additional studies which provide more clarity to issues including transportation, physical impact, and wetland preservation. “There is a whole host of other issues that go along with ensuring the planning is well-thought-out and is supportive of a technical rationale,” Popoff said. “If council was to approve the plan, there is a lot of work left in this process. It is not going to lead to an immediate subdivision,” he said.

Many studies need to occur, and the landowners are required to work together to be developers and find ways to share common interests of the land, before becoming a full urban standard. “In discussions with our CAO, to move to the next level there are going to be significant studies, which will take at least two years to get the studies in place,” Popoff said. The studies that are required will have to be outsourced, because it is outside the current scope of work of city staff. “If we’re asking them to do studies which are very labour intensive, then that takes away from the processing of applications and other work that we need to do to keep our organization fluid and moving,” Morton said. “It’s a matter of capacity. Some of these studies are very technical and require a very specific specialization to complete properly,” Morton said. He added, “In my perspective, we try to do as much as we can in house, related to engineering and planning, but when you try to do more than what your capacity allows you, you are going to fail. “Failure in this particular case for us, is not an option, because our residents have been waiting a long time for this to come, now it’s about getting it right.” Before the subdivision stage, requirements such as a stormwater management plan, transportation assessment, and environmental site assessment must be completed. At the subdivision stage, another level of detail in terms of planning must be completed, such as layout, road widths, and intersection widths. “There is a lot of complexity and a lot of work that goes into making neighbourhoods approved,” Popoff said. “This process has been going on for a very long time,” he added. “The development process is not straight forward. It’s complex and requires a lot of effort and knowledge. I can appreciate that it can be very confusing. It can be confusing for us.” Popoff welcomes the opportunity to hold a public meeting or a formal consultation where city administration spends time talking about ASP’s, outline plans, land use, and subdivisions and how everything interrelates to the development process. “We have to always understand that it’s the health and safety of residents and ensuring that the communities that get built protect the environment, provide safe transportation, and have reliable servicing, that’s the intention,” Popoff said. “Somebody who ends up purchasing likely the biggest investment in their life, which is their home, has had these pieces taken care of, and can be assured that they have a home and a product that will last for a very long time,” Popoff said. “This is one step in the process. This is developing policy and a vision for them to be able to rally around that vision and then to find the implementation mechanism to make that vision occur,” he added.

Chestermere Deputy Mayor Ritesh Narayan added, council has to be very prudent with the East Acreages ASP. “Our undertaking of due diligence in this matter will dictate outcomes, because whatever we decide with East Acreages is going to have ramifications on the other developments,” Narayan said. East Acreages resident Peter Tindall believes that most people voted in favour of the annexation based on assurances from the city. “The annexation Board Order No. MGB 018/09 states, the town attested that it is confident that there will not be any issues servicing the land contained in the proposed annexation area,” Tindall said. He added, “Chestermere’s Master Utility Plan of 2017 makes it clear that Chestermere has no intention of servicing the East Acreages for at least 20 years which is essentially forever.” After rejecting the previous ASP, East Acreages residents are now faced with a new one which includes interim serving. “The requirements they are trying to foist on us quite frankly will make it virtually impossible to subdivide our land,” Tindall said. The requirements include a minimum parcel size of two acres, all new wells must have a comprehensive aquifer study, there must be pump out tanks for all wastewater, and any subdivision applications must include drawings of what the parcel would look like at buildout to eight units per acre. “This plan is completely unacceptable. What the City is proposing will make it essentially impossible for us to ever realize the value inherent in our property and is oppressive to the landowners who have been paying taxes in good faith to Chestermere for 10 years,” Tindall said. He added, “In my opinion the best option would be for Chestermere to look at cancelling the annexation and returning us to RVC. “Alternatively, the city could ask RVC if it would be possible to connect us to Rocky View’s water system. RVC appreciates the issues surrounding rural development and Chestermere clearly does not.” A lot has changed since Betty Lllingworth moved to East Acreages, including the annexation, extensive communication, meetings, and emails. “We still are not able to access Chestermere City water of sewer, and we don’t have an ASP,” Lllingworth said. Adding, “Nothing has really changed for us in 10 years. Considering the ongoing extensive development and growth of Chestermere in a number of areas, when is the City of Chestermere going to step up and constructively help the East Acreages become a real community.”

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Fourteen Alberta sailors, from three sailing clubs in Alberta, nine from the Calgary Yacht Club in Chestermere, the others from Wabamun Club and Glenmore Club, competed in the Canadian Laser Masters Championship at the Royal Lake of the Woods Yacht Club in Kenora, Ontario August 15th to 17th 2019. A support team of seven attended including spouses and Stacy from Alberta Sailing Association and John from the Newell Sailing Club. ( Master is an age category in sail racing; Apprentice at 35-44, Master at 45-54, Grand Master at 55-64 and Great Grand Master at 65 and above.)

The Albertans brought much needed rain to southern Saskatchewan as they trailered nine Laser sailboats on a 3390 kilometer road trip. The sailing regatta was for over 35 year olds ( but the average age was closer to 60 years!). In the very competitive 34 boat laser standard fleet, local sailors Michael Hooper, and Philip Paxton captured 4th and 8th places respectively. In the laser radial fleet, Steven and Lesley Reichenfeld placed second and third respectively in a fleet of 13 boats. The winds were everything from light and shifty to very strong, and gusty, which made for challenging and sometimes wet sailing. The Royal Lake of the Woods Yacht Club is surrounded by 14,000 islands making it truly a boaters paradise. The yacht club provided bIllets and were very generous hosts throughout the

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Families in Chestermere will have the opportunity to celebrate their children through the annual Birth Forest Planting Event on Sept. 25 from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. “Families just show up, and we will have everything ready,” said Chestermere’s Lead Hand of the Parks Department Alison Ciupa. Before families start planting their tree, there will be a small introduction from the Streetscape Committee on the Birth Forest’s history and why trees are important for the environment. Families then choose a tree and collect a small tag that is engraved with their child’s name. When families have finished planting their tree, they are encouraged to have coffee, hot chocolate, juice, and cookies. “It provides a connection with the community. Families will have an opportunity to meet other families with children the same age,” Ciupa said. “The Birth Forest is something that when a child grows up, they can go visit and appreciate that their parents put in the effort,” she said. Adding, “Families don’t need to have a child who was born in 2019 to be able to plant a tree, older siblings can also plant trees.” Although the essence of the Birth Forest Planting Event doesn’t change, the type of tree’s

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available to plant changes year to year. “We try to stick with smaller trees so that we have room to fit everything in and they won’t be crowded when they mature,” Ciupa added. “We will be putting in a number of flowering trees.” The Chestermere Parks Department works for multiple days to ensure the planting site is prepared for the Birth Forest Planting Event by marking the area, digging out the top layer of sod, adding lake weed compost, digging the tree hole’s, transporting the trees to the site, and providing the tools families need to plant their tree’s. “From the Park’s Department perspective, it adds to the beauty of the city by introducing more trees. That canal spot, in particular, we would like to see eventually more park-like looking rather than grass along the pathway,” Ciupa said. She added, “As the Parks Department, we enjoy prepping the site and getting things ready, and adding more trees.” In order to plant a tree, families have to fill out an online application on the City’s website at, before Sept. 14. A $40 registration fee is required and must be paid in-person at City Hall, or at the Public Works site with exact change.

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Provincial News Hello Chestermere! I would like to start out by thanking everyone who helped organize, volunteer and worked on the Chestermere Country Fair this past weekend. It was their 30th anniversary! For me the day began with the parade. Verne and Connie from Indus supplied the wagon and beautiful horses (who are the real stars along with Elvis the Wonder Dog). Along with my husband Malkeet and son Akesh I would like to give a special shout out to our volunteers who came out in the cold early morning to blow up balloons, hook up trailers and horses, and to hand out candy. Our candy wranglers Connie’s amazing parents Marion and Lionel Marra, and Vicki kept Dhruv, Pete, Emily and Hope supplied as they made sure that no kid was left without candy! Chestermere Community Playschool won best float in the face of some stiff competition. It was truly a pleasure to see so many of you on the parade route and then to see you at the fair enjoying what turned out to be a beautiful day. I hope you had a chance to enjoy some pie, ice cream, and baking at the Whitecappers. I sure did. Thanks to Carol Gardner for organizing this and the rest of the Whitecappers volunteers. Congratulations to the Kearns family from Langdon who won this year’s Grand Aggregate Award at the Red Ribbon contest. I have to say that one of my favourite things is the Mutton Bustin’. It was absolutely fantastic watching these brave little munchkins wrangle a soft, fluffy lamb, being held by two grown men, in a dusty arena with a huge crowd of proud parents, grandparents, friends and others cheering them on. The lambs seemed content to receive ear scratches from the kids and the kids seemed happy to participate and get the crowd all riled up. This is a truly a win-win for both riders and animals. See you all next year on Saturday,


September 5, 2020! I would like to chat about the Auditor General’s report that was released this week for our province. We found out after the privilege of being elected that many government boards were not fostering the desired outcomes to best serve Alberta. Many boards were operating with tremendous inefficiencies, and were left with vacancies as a result of there being no mechanism for the previous government to hold effective elections for the board members let alone attract folks that were willing to run for and work on important boards that inform government. As a result of this we have decided that in order to reduce red tape we would centralize recruitment of board members by ensuring that a skilled, diverse and vibrant group of people are appointed to these boards. This reduces the time to fill the board vacancies and in the spirit of the report from the auditor general, we are delivering on making sure that you are served better by your government. We have removed the need for expensive search firms and the Public Service Commission will use the Public Agency Secretariat to coordinate recruitment of board members of public agencies, boards and commissions. We hope to eliminate as many inefficiencies as possible. Finally, are you concerned about rural crime? Please join me and the Honourable Doug Schweitzer, Minister of Justice, in Cheadle at the Community Hall Monday, September 16th. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Minister Schweitzer is touring the province to get your input on how to make our justice system more responsive to your needs. See the ad in this week’s Anchor or call 403-207-9889 for more information. As always we love to hear from you at 403-207-9889 or

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East vs West India Pale Ale, or IPA for short, has been the most popular craft beer style for many years. IPA was originally designed as a cranked up version of the English Pale Ale, made with extra hops and higher alcohol content to preserve the beer shipped to British soldiers stationed in India in the 18th century. The original British IPA style was fairly subdued, but has branched into many unique expressions, as different craft brewers put their own spin on an old style. The biggest change came in the 1980s, when California brewers in the fledgling craft beer scene started using American hops from Oregon instead of the traditional English hops. The Yankee hop varietals contained higher levels of bittering alpha acids, and are known for their citrusy and pine resin flavours. This so-called West Coast IPA has taken North America by storm, with pretty much every craft brewer having at least one in their regular rotation. One of the first West Coast IPA brews to come to Alberta was the Wild Rose IPA, a scrappy little upstart who put a brewery in an old Quonset hut on the decommissioned army barracks in Calgary way back in 1996. Wild Rose Brewing has since been acquired by Ontario-based Sleemans, which was acquired by Tokyo-based Sapporo Breweries, so it may be a stretch to consider Wild Rose a local beer at this point. Fortunately, their corporate overlords have been wise enough to not kill the golden goose, and have taken a hands-off approach that lets Wild Rose keep on producing the beers that we know and love. While the West Coast IPA has been the thundering juggernaut of the IPA family, a new challenger has arisen on the opposite coast, in the form of the New England IPA, first made popular by adventurous brewers in Vermont, and has now spread across North America, with plenty of local Alberta brewers producing their own interpretations. The NEIPA style differs from the older West Coast IPA in many subtle ways, the first of which will be obvious when the glass is poured, as the NEIPA is typically hazy due to heavier use of wheat and oat malts, instead of a 100% barley

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grain bill filtered to remove all haze. On the palate, fruit-forward hops give the NEIPA juicy and tropical notes, while the hop bill cuts back on the bittering hops in favour of late additions of aromatic hops, so the perceived bitterness of a NEIPA is much lower than its western cousins. My favourite is the Cliff Claven NEPA from Revival Brewcade in Calgary’s hip Inglewood district, and not only because I can play vintage pinball and arcade games while sipping a hazy golden pint fresh from the brass teats, but because the rush of tropical fruits and complex bouquet of aromatic hops make it a delight. Just a few blocks away is Cabin Brewing, whose Super Saturation NEPA is made with locally grown wheat and oat malts, combined with a mélange of hops practically bursting with tropical flavours, and a silky-smooth mouthfeel that had me coming back for more. With the Barley Belt area of Calgary having an ever-growing number of craft breweries, I had only to step around the corner from Cabin Brewing to find Banded Peak Brewing, whose Big Brother NEPA poured a hazy orange into my glass, with tropical melon flavours erupting into the air with every whiff, followed by plenty of floral hops for an aromatic but not overly bitter beer. Looking a little north to Blindman Brewing in Lacombe, this small-town brewer cranks out a seemingly endless variety of different styles, with their NEPA widely available at Co-op and other booze merchants across Alberta. I enjoyed one at home, which poured a hazy orange into my glass, and burst with mango and pear notes from the special yeasts, with generous additions of aromatic hops for a floral finish without being too bitter. These are but a few of the countless NEPA / NEIPA styles that have popped up in Alberta recently, so if you are a long-time IPA drinker that has grown weary of the ever-increasing levels of bitterness as craft brewers one-up each other with hoppy beers, now is the time to try the less extreme options inspired by the New England states, and now made locally here in Alberta.

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Dogs in hospital They may not be able to perform surgeries or take someone’s blood pressure but the effect of dogs on patients (and staff) in hospitals is profound. Recently I had the pleasure of meeting up with two of the Community Therapy Dogs volunteers who take their dog to the Peter Lougheed Centre (PLC) in N.E. Calgary. When I first heard that they were visiting the Emergency Unit I was more than a little surprised: there’s me visualizing blood spurting everywhere or limbs falling off after a bad accident! But no, reality is a lot different. So Tanya and Sam educated me as to what really happens in emergency and what it has meant to them personally as well as the effect on both the patients and staff of bringing their dog to visit. They have been taking their dog, Darci, to the extremely busy PLC Emergency Unit for a little over a year. Because they both work full time, their visits are normally in the evenings and they have found such satisfaction in visiting Emergency that they average 2-3 visits each week. On arrival at the Unit, staff will indicate which patients they feel would benefit most from Darci’s help, with the overhead page often asking “could Darci come to XYZ area when available”. Both Tanya and Sam told me that they really feel part of the health care team, whether it’s through Darci allowing patients to pet her or be around to comfort them or they themselves being able to chat with patients about Darci and taking their minds off of their current medical issues. It’s not only the patients who receive therapeutic help from Darci. Relatives or friends of patients who are naturally concerned about their loved ones health have also received comfort by being with her. The couple told me about the relationship that Darci has developed with the staff in Emergency. To say that the staff are happy to see Darci on her visits would be an understatement! In one of the most stressful units in the hospital, Darci adds a layer of comfort and is able to help de-stress the staff when they need it most. She has won the hearts of the staff to the point when, on her birthday, Darci had a party thrown for her, including a dog-friendly birthday cake! Recently I witnessed firsthand what it means to the staff to have Darci visit. My wife was in Emergency for a few hours and, without any prompting, one of the nurses told us how much the staff were looking forward to Darci showing up that evening and what it meant to them all to see their favourite furry friend. And she had no idea at the time that we were involved with Community Therapy Dogs! As a final accolade to the therapeutic work they are doing at the PLC, at the request of the Emergency Nurses, Tanya, Sam and Darci will be speaking (or barking!) at an upcoming Emergency Nurses conference in the Fall in Red Deer. All power and thanks to the little Sheltie with the big heart!

Kids need Neighbours Parenting is humbling work. We love our children deeply, we discipline them, we coach them, we teach them, and we pray for them. We hope they turn out well, and know we will stand by them every time they fall or make bad choices. We cry with tears of joy when they succeed in what they were aiming for. Even then, when the sun goes down, a hard day can leave us with guilt and worry. Parenting is beautiful and costly. In fact, parenting might be so beautiful and so costly that maybe we were never meant to carry it alone. You may need others to help support you in your parenting, but perhaps it is our children who need others even more. Your neighbourhood can be a gift to children. Kids need neighbours. Recent studies show that loneliness is a growing concern in children with one in ten children feeling significant loneliness. That means that hundreds of children in our city experience loneliness in ways that negatively affect their health. There may be hope as further studies reveal that if loneliness is addressed early on in life, it can prevent a lifetime of isolation. We have the ability to change the course of a child’s life, simply by being alert and present. Today it is common for families in Chestermere to live away from grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles. Role models and familiar faces may not be close enough to come alongside children to encourage them and cheer them along. Neighbours have the potential to become the kind of family support network that children need. Kids need trusted people in their lives who live in proximity who know their name, know their birthday, care about their family, and are ready in standby mode if something difficult comes up. Children who know their neighbours are less likely to suffer from loneliness and there is ample evidence that this makes kids more resilient, healthier, and able to step into their own life with hope and confidence. Neighbourism is about setting up our lives, values, and calendars in a way that includes those around us. It believes that people who live close by can become valuable, meaningful, and even essential to the health and wellbeing of our families. It takes time to nurture trusted neighbourhood relationships. Yet in every neighbourhood there are dozens of amazing people who are the kind of people your children need in their lives. Today in my neighbourhood there are families who I trust, know, and love. There are people who are like grandparents to my daughters. There are people that we are grateful for who welcome our children and patch up scraped knees. There are kids who stop by and ask about how our daughters are doing and wonder if they can join in their fun. It takes time, but I am starting to see that I am not alone as a parent. There are neighbours close by who care and will help my daughters become healthy, loving, and giving people. Kids need neighbours in their lives because one day we hope that they will be loving neighbours, too. As we model neighbourism in our homes, not only do we find support as parents, but our children discover a community of care and trust that will shape them for a lifetime. September 12,. 2019 //

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. June 19 Raffle Quilt Winning Ticket 0752 (Prize has been Claimed) 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 Our Meetings are from September till June We meet 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 welcome but must register for the Lunch Buffet. Please contact us through our website 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


Local athlete brings home silver medal from Russia Chestermere athlete had the opportunity to play in the 2019 Sirius World Junior Club Cup Hockey Tournament in Russia

For local athlete, Ryan Conroy having the opportunity to play in the 2019 Sirius World Junior Club Cup Hockey Tournament in Sochi Russia was very honouring. However, a highlight from the trip was getting to shake Vladimir Putin’s hand before he dropped the puck. Photo submitted by Jacqueline Hurlbert

By Emily Rogers Chestermere athlete, Ryan Conroy received the silver medal in the 2019 Sirius World Junior Club Cup Hockey Tournament in Sochi Russia. “Overall I thought we did very well and came together as a team very quickly,” Conroy said. “Considering we came in as the underdogs, and a lot of people were guaranteeing a gold game between Russia and Finland, we cemented ourselves pretty well,” he added. Conroy is proud of how the tournament went, and how he played, by scoring one goal, having three assists, and having roughly 24 minutes in penalties. Although getting the silver medal was a little disappointing to Conroy, having the opportunity to play hockey in Russia was amazing. “It was honouring, and I’m super grateful to be able to do that,” Conroy said. Conroy was chosen from the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) Hockey league along with 22 other athletes to travel and play for an all-star team by coaches Rick Swan, and Boris Rybalka. “They picked different guys from all around the league, and who they thought was the best,” Conroy said. Despite never actually playing with any of the athletes before, everyone came together and worked together. “I was named captain for the team, that was a nice honour to have and be able to lead all the guys, and be looked to as a leader,”


Conroy said. Before the 2019 Sirius World Junior Club Cup Hockey Tournament beginning, Conroy and his team were able to play exhibition games, and practice. Although they had opportunities to practice before the tournament began, the team could not prepare for the different style of hockey the European teams played. “It’s a lot more flowy, they are always skating. Here we play a lot more posting up for passes, stopping by the boards, dumping the puck and then chasing it,” Conroy said. “They are a lot more possession-based, they are always regrouping in the neutral zone, always swinging for the puck, and when they receive a pass they are always at full speed,” he said. He added, “They were at a higher speed a lot more of the time, our way was a lot more physical, we played a lot more of a hardnosed style game.” Along with playing a different style of game, their pre-game rituals surprised Conroy and his team. “The other biggest thing that stood out to us was the teams don’t dress up. For us, a huge part is always wearing a suit for a game, the first game we played against the Russian team they were wearing ripped jeans and hats walking into the rink,” Conroy said. “That was a really big shock to me,” he added. Leading up to the tournament Conroy and the team faced challenges, including the time change, and playing with new team members. “Having a brand-new group of guys, you have to get to know September 12, 2019 //

and play for them and be willing to sacrifice yourself for the benefit of the team,” Conroy said. Along with playing with a new group of athletes, practicing in the hot, humid weather in Sochi, was also challenging. “The first couple practices seemed harder than they would be over here,” Conroy said. He added, “With all of the humidity, you’re sweating a lot, so you have to make sure you’re drinking a lot of water and stretching out. You’re always dehydrated if you’re not.” Although a majority of Conroy’s time in Russia was spent at the rink, he did have a chance to visit the Kremlin and the Red Square, and he got to shake Vladimir Putin’s hand. “Putin was at the tournament, and he dropped the puck. The Russia captain and I got to shake his hand,” Conroy said. Without the ongoing support of Conroy’s friends, and family having the opportunity to travel while pursuing hockey at a highlevel wouldn’t have been possible. “The reason I’m at where I am, getting these kinds of opportunities is a large part from my parent’s support, and my coaches support, and families support,” Conroy said. “When I was over there, my brother, two of my aunts, and my mom were there supporting me, and that meant a lot,” he added. “Thank you to the AJHL and the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) for giving me the opportunity.” Moving forward, Conroy is preparing for another year playing for the Fort McMurray Oil Barons.

Chestermere High School Athletics

September 8, 2019 The 2019-2020 athletics season is underway with our fall sports. We look forward to another excellent year of Chestermere Athletics. Schedules and results for league games can also be found at the Rockyview Website- FOOTBALL (Mr. Ledieu) Lakers football had a rebound game on Friday, beating the Bow Valley Bobcats 40-0. The defence played well all night behind great play on the d line by Dylan Lepka and Jacob Taffs. Zain Baig and Nathan Porterfield had great games on both sides of the ball with Baig having a long catch on offense and a pick 6 on defence. Logan Bennett led the offense to a productive evening and rookie running backs Braidon Risdon and Tyson Kolesar-Lafaut each ran the ball well and each had a touchdown. The Lakers are back to work on Monday to prepare for the Bert Church Chargers who come to town Friday at 6:00pm for our annual Friday Night Lights game. GOLF The Golf team will participate in their first tournament this Wednesday at Lynx Ridge in Calgary Coaches- Ms. Everson

Chestermere athlete, Ryan Conroy brought home a silver medal from the 2019 Sirius World Junior Club Cup Hockey Tournament in Sochi Russia. Conroy was chosen from the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), along with 22 other athletes to be a part of the all-star team. Photo submitted by Connie Parchoma

VOLLEYBALL Varsity Boys Tryouts are formalized. The teams first tournament is the W.H. Croxford tournament in Airdrie on September 20th and 21st. Coach- Mr. Farrell Varsity Girls Final tryouts will be this Monday. Coach- David Wildman & Ms. Taylor Junior Girls Final tryouts will be this Monday. The team jumps right into their season with their first tournament this Friday at Oil Fields High School. Coach- Alan Samchek & Ms. Loogman CROSS COUNTRY Coaches- Mr. Tomiack & Ms. Gegolick GIRLS SOCCER Coaches- Mr. Mitchske & Ms. Dureault



A majority of Ryan Conroy’s time was spent at the rink during the 2019 Sirius World Junior Club Cup Hockey Tournament. However, the team did have the opportunity to explore, adjust to the time change, and build relationships before playing. Photo submitted by Connie Parchoma

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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)

Rec Centre

Public Library Summer Hours We will be opening Sundays, starting September 15th. Programs and Events Novel Book Club – Thursday, September 5 at 7:00pm

Phone: 403-235-2117, Email:



Summer Reading Program 2019 We have drawn for our prize baskets and contacted the winners. Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Summer

Chestermere Regional Recreation Centre



SPECIAL EVENTS Tuesday, Sept. 17th – POTATO BAKE - $10/person Doors open 4:30. Supper 5:30 pm Serving chili, salad, vegetables, and dessert. Entertainment: Ted Moseman **************************************************** 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!

Reading Program. Novel Book Club Thursday, Sept 5, 7:00pm Join Janet in front of the Fireplace to discuss The Five People You Meet in Heaven—Mitch Albom. at 7:00pm. Everyone is welcome to join the discussion. For a copy of the current selection, just ask at the front desk. Book suggestions for the club are always encouraged! There is a Facebook page for the group. Check our website for more information.

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! EVENING CHAIR YOGA Due to low attendance, no evening yoga until further notice.

Neu Muehl Colony Produce and Farm Goods for Sale

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 – 9:30 –10:30 am - Drop In-No Charge. Walking outdoors. Meet at John Peake Park. LINE DANCING – 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. No charge for members and $2/nonmember. No sign-up. Drop-in. Great workout & mind exercise.

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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!

Saturdays, 10:00am-2:00pm We are excited to announce that the Neu Muehl Colony is back with vegetables, eggs, and chickens for sale. They will be in the Library parking lot, Saturdays, from August 17 to September 28 between the hours of 10:00am and 2:00pm. Computerology for Seniors Beginning September 19th

Saturday, September 14 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Rec Centre - Curling Rink

A huge selection of gently used children’s sports equipment, clothing and toys! To participate as a Mom or Vendor, contact us. Cost for 8 ft table: $25 / Wall & Power $40

ART CLASSES The CRCA is partnering with Paint Escape to offer art classes and workshops for all ages. Visit our website for more information.



between Rockyview Adult Leaning, Chestermere FCSS and the Chestermere Public Library. Sign up today for this interactive, hands on program. You will feel more equipped to use these devices to make your life easier, instead of being a source of frustration. For more information, come into the Library or call us at 403-272-9025 Pre-School Storytime Fridays, 10:15-10:45am We have stories, songs and fun every Friday morning at 10:15 am. This storytime is meant for families with small children. If you would like to bring more than 6 children, please call or email the Gentle Yoga with Elann @ the Library: Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays, 12:00-1:00pm - $5 drop-in 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


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THURSDAYS: QUILTING – Starts at 9:30am – Making “Comfort Quilts” donated to charities WALKING GROUP – 9:30 –10:30 am - Drop In-No Charge. Walking outdoors. Meet at John Peake Park. ARTISANS OF CHESTERMERE – 1:00pm – 3:30pm - All levels of skill! FRIDAYS: SENIORS’ CHAIR EXERCISES – 11:00am – 12:00 pm - Focus is on Strength & Balance. Drop In Class! No Charge for members and $2 for non-members. TAI CHI INTRODUCTORY CLASSES – 1:00 pm – Drop in. No Charge for members and $2 for non-members. Wear comfortable clothing. FRIDAY NIGHT GAMES – Starts at 6:30pm - Come enjoy a night of games and socialize!

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Alberta Government lifts seclusion room ban By Emily Rogers

Annual Mom 2 Mom Sale giving parents an opportunity to recycle unused children items

Vendors will be selling children items, and sporting equipment By Emily Rogers Families will have an opportunity purchase used children’s items and sporting equipment during the sixth annual Chestermere Mom 2 Mom Sale. On Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. families are encouraged to come to the CRCA and see what the community has to offer. “We’re hoping people will come to purchase sports equipment, it will be a really good opportunity with all of the clubs and programs starting up,” said the Recreation Program Coordinator Vicki Klinger. “The sale benefits parents in the community, it’s a good way to get affordable clothing and sports equipment, and for people to clear out their

closets. It’s a win-win for everybody,” she said. The Chestermere Mom 2 Mom Sale has been well-received by parents in the community, as it not only gives parents a chance to purchase items for their children, but it builds a sense of community. “It’s very popular. We weren’t planning on doing a sale this fall, but we were getting calls asking about it. That showed there is a need in the community for the sale,” Klinger said. She added, “The sale is another event that has a sense of community; it’s free for the public to come and get to know each other and build relationships. “It’s a nice community event to check out.” For more information please visit the CRCA website at

The seclusion room ban has been lifted in Alberta schools, and specific rules on how to use the rooms will be implemented by the end of October. “In Rocky View Schools (RVS), we want all our students to experience welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environments,” said RVS Superintendent of Greg Luterbach. RVS no longer have any rooms that fit the definition of a seclusion room. “A seclusion room is defined as a room, structure or enclosure in a school operated by a school authority. The primary purpose or use of which involves the involuntary confinement or isolation of a student where the student is prevented or incapable of evacuating from the room, structure or enclosure without the assistance of another person because security measures are not under the student’s control,” Luterbach said. The former NDP Government had issued a seclusion room ban in March, which would be effective in the fall of this year. However, the ban was repealed on Sept. 1. When the original ban was announced, RVS found that there were a few spaced that could be considered a seclusion room or space. However, the spaces were not being used. “By the end of the last school year those spaces were modified so that anyone has the ability to exit a space under their own control,” Luterbach said. “Everyone involved in a school shares the same priority: to have a safe, caring and inclusive environment for everyone,” said the Minister of Education Adriana LaGrange. Since becoming minister, LaGrange has received numerous letters from partners in the

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school system, including the Alberta Teachers’ Association asking her to rethink the previous approach to seclusion rooms and student’s safety. “In fact, almost every stakeholder I encountered on this issue, school boards, teachers, administrators, and parents tell me that a full ban limits a school’s ability to protect the safety of everyone, and to work in partnership to revise the existing policy,” LaGrange said. However, after listening to Albertans who are directly affected, LaGrange has decided to move forward with partners, including school boards. “I understand the urgency of this work, which is why I have directed my department to work immediately with our partners, to finalize how this tool can be used and how the system will be held accountable,” LaGrange said. The new standards will be in place by the end of October and will be finalized with the input of partners including Inclusion Alberta, the Alberta Teachers’ Association, Alberta School Boards Association, Alberta School Councils’ Association, College of Alberta School Superintendents and the four metro school boards. School authorities are also required to provide LaGrange with a monthly report on the use of seclusion rooms which will ensure accountability. In April, parents passed a policy at the Alberta School Councils’ Association during the April Annual General Meeting (AGM), on seclusion rooms indicating that clear policies and regulations regarding proper design, structure, staff training, and accountability measures are established. The President of the Alberta Schools councils’ Association, Allison Pike added, “This opportunity will enable us to contribute our members’ perspectives.”




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Getting older brings about many physical and emotional changes. Wrinkles are one such physical change that is widely associated with aging. Some people begin fighting wrinkling long before their first wrinkle even appears. A poll of 2,000 women conducted by DermStore found that around 30 percent of women under 35 regularly use anti-wrinkle products. The average millennial user starts at age 26 compared to the average currently 55-year-old woman, who began using wrinkle-reduction products at around age 47. As skin ages, its natural tendency is to become less elastic. However, other factors also contribute to the formation of wrinkles. Understanding the main culprits behind wrinkles can help people combat them more effectively. ¥ Exposure to UV light: The Mayo Clinic says that ultraviolet radiation speeds up the natural aging process and is the primary cause of early wrinkling. UV from the sun can break down the supportive connective tissue in the skin, which includes collagen and elastin fibers. Using sunscreen and staying out of the sun as much as possible can help. ¥ Exposure to pollution: Pollution can cause free radical damage that contributes to wrinkling, advises Maral Skelsey, M.D., director of the

The agricultural industry provides a variety of opportunities to professionals interested in this often misunderstood field. According to the employment resource, more than 250 career profiles are available to people interested in a career in agriculture. And while jobs in agriculture may not be as prevalent as they were a few centuries ago, when 72 percent of the workforce was employed in farm occupations in the United States, agriculture remains a booming industry that greatly affects the nation’s economy. Today, one in 12 jobs is depends on agriculture, according to the career resource Payscale. The following are some potential professions for those considering careers in agriculture. • Agricultural business manager: This person oversees the business operations of a farm by providing organization and leadership during the production process. He or she contacts creditors, selects seeds, buys new equipment, and ensures the distribution of product. • Agricultural lawyer: Attorneys who specialize in agriculture deal with water and environmental issues, represent agricultural labor in disputes, ensure proper marketing techniques are followed, handle real estate and land use issues, and much more.


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Animal control officer: These officers enforce local and regional laws that pertain to the treatment and care of animals. They patrol for distressed animals and ensure cruelty-free practices are adhered to. • Grain buyer: Grain buyers build relationships with producers so they can purchase grain for their particular companies. They negotiate purchase agreements, source grain supplies and issue purchase orders. • Poultry hatchery manager: Hatchery managers oversee all of the aspects involved in poultry hatching. These can include management of personnel, handling and sorting of eggs, maintenance of equipment, coordination of pick-ups and deliveries, and overseeing quality control. • Soil scientist: Among the many tasks they might perform, scientists in the field of agriculture test soil samples for minerals and contaminants. By studying the soil, scientists can recommend which crops the land can support, how much livestock can feed in an area and the implications of agriculture on the area as it pertains to managing natural resources. A career in agriculture presents many exciting opportunities in a number of different applications. It’s a vast industry that utilizes professionals with an array of skillsets. •

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Darts exploding in popularity Resurgence of darts sweeping the region By Emily Rogers

“I’ve been hooked ever since. It’s a great game, it’s mostly for fun, it’s very competitive,

Gone are the days of only playing darts on a night out at a pub, darts are back in a big way and are quickly becoming a family favorite.

it involves math, these are things I’m good at,” McAlinden said. He added, “I’m not the greatest player in Cal-

“I found that people look to darts as an inex-

gary, I’m not the greatest player in Alberta but

pensive way to have family entertainment for an

I have played against the greatest players in the

evening,” said Britcan Dart Supply owner, com-

world and I’ve given them a good game.”

munity dart league team captain and avid dart player of 28 years Pat McAlinden. “It’s a very inexpensive way to have a very

Since McAlinden has been an active dart player for over two decades making the decision to own and operate Britcan Darts Supplies without any

entertaining game in your house once you set it

previous retail experience was an easy choice for

up,” he said.

him over two years ago.

“It’s growing again because of the comradery

“I was laid off from the oil patch after 30 years

that you develop for the people you play with.

working, I was out of work for 18 months and

You can play at home with your family, it’s a

they were still laying people off like crazy,”

game that anyone can play, and you don’t have

McAlinden said.

to be great at it to have fun,” McAlinden added, “People are recognizing that it’s fun to play.” Playing in dart Leagues was popular in the

“I was shopping here anyway; my friends were going to retire and close the store. I thought ‘Oh no, where are we going to get our dart stuff

1980’s but began to dwindle in the early 1990’s.

from?’ then the lightbulb came on. Hey, I know

McAlinden added, the leagues are starting to

something about darts, I can do this.

build back up again. McAlinden said the reason why the popularity

“At the same time, I was starting to look at businesses I could run myself. It was a match

of darts decreased in the 1990’s was a matter of

made in heaven. “I came in and we had a meet-


ing and we were all said and done in about 20

“For some people it was the time, the travel,

minutes,” he said.

or the expense. It was a sign of the times, tough

Although owning the Brtican Darts Supplies

times in Alberta, the jobs dried up, people left,

store was not part of a lifetime goal McAlinden

and they didn’t come back,” he said.

had, he strongly believed that events happen in

McAlinden added, “We were young, people had families, so they stopped coming out. Then all of a sudden, they all came back 18 years later.

life due to karma, and the right timing is everything. “It was just at the right time I thought I should

“We all became a large family. I have a family

be buying a business. I was looking for some-

of 500 people who play darts and that’s before I

thing I could run myself instead of getting an

owned the store.”

entry level job,” McAlinden said.

However, McAlinden has not always had such a strong devotion for the sport like he does today. Growing up McAlinden played hockey and baseball and continued to play in his adult years until he no longer could due to a back condition. “I had to give up competitive sport, that I loved,

“It’s been a struggle because I don’t have any previous retail experience. I learned everything on the fly. We made mistakes, but we learnt from those mistakes,” he added. When McAlinden first began playing darts his goal was to be the best dart player in the world.

because I couldn’t take the pain of a sudden

He added, “Life caught up to me, my goal now

injury anymore,” he said.

is to have fun and to have a team of people who I

McAlinden was unsure of what to do, and missed competing, so he called his younger brother who was a psych major and asked for

enjoy spending the evening with and get out and have a good social night out.” McAlinden added there are four community

Owners of Brtican Darts Supplies Pat and June McAlinden have seen a resurgence in the popularity in darts. Pat said families are recognizing that darts are an inexpensive and entertaining game to have at home, or couples are coming back to playing in community leagues after their children are grown enough for them to get out for a social night of dart playing. Photo by Emily Rogers

advice on what he should do to fill the void. His

dart leagues in Calgary who are welcoming to

giving them confidence to get better at the game,

brother said he should start playing darts.

beginners, experienced players, and middle of

share in some wins and develop some friends

the road players.

to get to the point where they want to play on a

“I scoffed at that idea,” he said. After considering playing darts McAlinden

“A lot of people are scared, because they either

went out with his brother and a group of friends

don’t know the math, or they don’t have good

who taught him everything he needed to know

scores, but everyone is going to help you.

about the game.


“It’s about developing our beginning players,

“It’s really grown, they are the future of our game, and some of them are so good, they’re all having a good time.”

team,” he said. McAlinden added, there are two youth groups

For additional information on community

in Calgary, ages eight to 18, who are taught by

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certified darts Alberta coaches.

contact Brtican Darts Supplies.

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Why Milton Friedman’s ideas still resonate

Too much government control means society is less free and less prosperous than it could be By Matthew Lau Research Associate Frontier Centre for Public Policy Were he still alive, Milton Friedman would have celebrated his 107th birthday on July 31. An intellectual giant, his ideas played a significant role in making the world a freer and more prosperous place. Those ideas remain vital. From driving the elimination of military conscription in the United States to influencing the economic transformations that made Chile and Estonia into the relatively prosperous nations they are now, Friedman left an indelible mark. His ideas are no less powerful today, and Canada’s federal and provincial governments would be wise to heed his words on a wide range of issues, from taxes and government spending to education and health-care policy. On fiscal policy, Friedman frequently observed that “nobody spends somebody else’s money as carefully as he spends his own.” It’s a statement that just about everyone accepts as true, yet politicians and much of the general public contradictorily believe that high levels of government spending improve economic growth. The Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau deliberately turned a budget surplus into apparently endless deficits, claiming that their “investments” in the economy would increase growth. This isn’t an exclusively Liberal malady, however, as Conservative governments are also culpable. For example, Ontario’s corporate welfare gravy train continues unabated despite earlier promises to end these wasteful handouts. Total government spending in Canada is 47 per cent of gross domestic product. That’s almost half the national income spent by people other than the ones who earned it, and on people other than the ones doing the spending. That’s a recipe for wasting resources. If Smith spends his money on himself, he will generally be careful as to both the cost and quality of what he buys. But if Smith spends

Brown’s money on Jones, as is the case when government spends taxpayers’ money, Smith will be less concerned about the cost (since he is spending Brown’s money) and perhaps unconcerned about the quality of what he buys (since he’s buying it for Jones, not himself). Another of Friedman’s frequent observations was that competition is better for consumers than a monopoly is – and that overwhelmingly, government is the source of problematic monopoly control. Friedman’s observation on competition and monopolies is nearly universally accepted, yet is somehow not reflected in government policy. Two areas of problematic government monopoly are education and health care. While some provinces allow for some school choice by partially funding independent schools, the Ontario government has an effective monopoly on schooling. Unless families pay twice – with taxes and again with tuition – their children have no choice but to attend a government-run school. With a single-payer monopoly system, health care is similar. Canadians have no choice in care unless they’re willing to pay twice – once in taxes and again for private care elsewhere. About 276,000 Canadians do just that each year, in large part due to the waiting lists produced by the inefficient monopoly system. The result of government monopoly in education and health care is that the most important of services rise in cost faster and improve in quality slower than in competitive markets. In Canada today, just as in economies around the world for the past several generations, too much government control means society is less free and less prosperous than it could be. Friedman’s ideas for reform – pushing back against government overspending and government monopolies – are as relevant and necessary as ever. Matthew Lau is a research associate with the Frontier Centre for Public Policy. © Troy Media September 12,. 2019 //


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Seniors Being Smart on Smartphones and Social Networks A study from Statistics Canada revealed that seniors are the fastest growing segment of Internet users in Canada and that 69 per cent of Canadians aged 55 to 64 and 18 per cent of those 75 years and older own a smartphone. In addition to adopting mobile technologies like smartphones

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on vacation is an indication that you’re not at

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