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Alberta’s 2017 Budget A Bad Case Of Déjà Vu Deciding to push ahead with further spending increases and hope for revenues to fill the budget gap represents a failure to learn from the past By Ben Eisen and Charles Lammam The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, B.C./ Troy Media/ - Many of us are guilty of failing to learn lessons from the past and then going on to repeat avoidable mistakes. Alberta’s 2017 budget is a prime example of this at the government level. Call it a bad case of déjà vu. Put simply, the Notley government has put Alberta on a fiscal path that has been tried in the province before - and failed miserably. Increasing spending and hoping that energy-related revenues will fill the budget gap has not worked before and likely won’t again. To clean up Alberta’s fiscal mess, history teaches us it will likely require tough decisions that actually reduce and reform spending. This year’s budget sets out another deficit this coming fiscal year - the ninth in 10 years with no plan to balance the budget. The result: Albertans will be saddled with another $35 billion in new debt (after accounting for financial assets) over three years and annual interest payments on government debt will more than double. The government forecasts that the deficit will finally begin to shrink a little bit near the end of the decade, but not because of any spending reform. The budget pins hopes on resource revenues nearly tripling by 2019/20, along with significant new revenue from the expanded carbon tax. Indeed, the fiscal outlook would be much worse if it weren’t for optimistic revenue projections. Again, if this “wait and hope” approach to overcoming Alberta’s fiscal challenges sounds familiar, it’s because it is. Throughout most of the 1980s and early 1990s, Alberta repeatedly ran deficits. The governments of the day continued with annual spending increases while hoping for natural resource revenue to grow and fill the budget hole. This passive approach failed as deficits persisted and the province fell into a net debt position in the late 1980s with government debt exceeding financial assets. In the early 1990s, the province racked up considerable debt. It wasn’t until 1993, following the election of Premier Ralph Klein, that the government finally set in motion a bold plan to balance the budget, which led to a 22 per cent reduction in program spending over three years and the province’s deficit disappearing in just two years. This began a string of surpluses, which allowed the province to quickly eliminate its net debt and eventually build up a nest egg. At the time, critics warned that these spending reductions would drive the economy into recession. These predictions

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Chestermere Fire Services Joins AHS Medical First Response Program Change brings CFS service into alignment with provincial standards By Jeremy Broadfield Chestermere Fire Services has joined the Alberta Health Services Medical First Response (MFR) program. The program creates a multi-level provincial standard of care, streamlines the transfer of care between services and provides increased medical oversight and training opportunities. “Chestermere Fire Services has, does, and will continue to provide excellent medical response for residents in Chestermere,” said Chestermere Fire Services (CFS) Chief Brian Pomrenke. He said that residents and patients in the community won’t notice any changes as CFS has been practicing at the enhanced standard first aid level of care and will be continuing at that level as they enter into the MFR program. Firefighters will continue to respond to all kinds of medical emergencies from complaints of abdominal pain, to pregnancy and child birth, to traumatic emergencies. “We are looking after basic life safety, it’s a very broad range,” said Pomrenke. The advantages of the MFR program include the potential for more enhanced care and the ability to move up to increased levels of care in the future should CFS and city council deem it necessary. “There’s levels of service within the program that a paramedic will provide verses a first responder,” he said. Pomrenke can see the potential for increased levels of medical service to be added as the fire service grows and

changes in response to the future growth of Chestermere. CFS members will also have access to Alberta Health Services training programs and digital materials. These new resources will another tool for the maintenance of firefighter’s medical skills. “I think it will enhance a little bit more of what we can potentially provide for our patients,” said Pomrenke. This closer partnership with AHS means that as medical science advances and care protocols change, CFS will get these changes and training at the same time as AHS Emergency Medical Services personnel. “This helps bring that stuff to the forefront very quickly,” he said. Another advantage to joining the MFR program is that the patient care reports created every time CFS members responded to a medical emergency will now be passed on seamlessly to AHS. Additionally, the patient care reports will now be held and archived by the province instead of the city. “There’s a level of extras that we benefit with Alberta Health Services beyond what we’re already giving,” said Pomrenke. All of these changes will improve the way that AHS and firefighters work together to provide medical care to residents. “I think being able to train together more, whether it’s our protocols that we’re doing some of the advancements that come on online training it gives us a way to integrate what we do and how we do it and how we hand over the patient

care to the next level of service,” he said. While most of the advantages to the MFR program primarily be visible behind the scenes, the potential for enhancing care is already being explored for CFS response to drug overdoses. “We’re not removed from some of the drug and overdose things that happen in larger cities,” said Pomrenke, “we see overdoses, not on a regular basis but we do see them.” One of the advanced levels of service now available to CFS, once training is completed, is the ability to carry and administer the drug naloxone for opioid overdoses. The cost associated with the MFR program is negligible. “With our current equipment, with the current training the cost to Chestermere residents is minimal,” said Pomrenke. If the decision is made to increase services by carrying naloxone or other new equipment, there would be costs associated to those purchases however is service is maintained at current levels there is no added cost to the MFR program.

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City hopes that participation in the challenge will raise awareness of green initiatives By Jeremy Broadfield The City and residents of Chestermere managed to reduce their electrical consumption by 3.5 per cent for Earth Hour March 25. “I think there was a lot of positive response from the community,” said Communications Advisor Katie Lamanna, “and we really want to keep that momentum going next year.” The reduction was enough to earn the city seventh place out of 29 Alberta municipalities that took part in the FortisAlberta Earth Hour Challenge. This was the first-time Chestermere has taken part in the competition and it was one of the larger communities to make it in the top ten of the challenge. The decision to take part in the Earth Hour challenge came as part of the city’s strategic plan to be involved with environmentally friendly or green initiatives. “The city is already participating in a lot of green initiatives like bee city,” said Lamanna. “When I found out about all the green initiatives that the city was already participating in and then the FortisAlberta Earth Hour Challenge, I just thought it was a great initiative to participate in,” she said. To calculate the amount of energy saved during Earth Hour, FortisAlberta measured the amount of consumption

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in Chestermere a week before Earth Hour on March 18 between 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. and then again during the same time period for Earth Hour March 25 to determine the reduction. The city encouraged all residents to do what they could to reduce their power consumption for that hour. For their part, the city shut of all non-critical lighting at city hall, the public works yard, John Peake Park, and Anniversary Park. “We turned off all the non-essential lighting inside and outside,” said City of Chestermere Corporate Properties Supervisor Steve Kemp. This green change was as easy as adjusting timers and flipping off light switches and breakers. While they are happy with the results, they want to crack the top three next year and win one of the grants to be used to implement a green change in the city. “Would love to place higher than seventh,” said Lamanna, “ideally in the top three to win the grant.” Should they successfully win a grant next year, the city would like to improve the efficiency of some of the lighting fixtures. “Some of those ways that we’re looking to do that would be to change the exterior lights on city hall,” said Kemp, “change the fixtures to LEDs.” They would also like to install motion and occupancy sensors to the indoor lights at public works.

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RCMP want to locate Dewispelaere to confirm his wellbeing. Police describe Dewispelaere as Caucasian, five foot five inches tall weighing 150 lbs with blonde hair and brown eyes. RCMP don’t know what Dewispelaere was last wearing but said he may be wearing grey striped or red Adidas runners. Anyone with information is asked to contact Chestermere RCMP at 403-204-8900 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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Province Reminds Drivers To Reduce Speed While Using Alberta’s Highways Safe speeds reduce serious collisions on provincial roads By Jeremy Broadfield With the spring melt well underway, the province is reminding drivers to do their part to prevent collisions by slowing down. “The faster you are driving, the less time you have to react to anything unexpected,” said Minister of Transportation Brian Mason in an April 4 press release, “safe speed is an important aspect of traffic safety, along with safe vehicles, safe road users and safe infrastructure.” Provincial statistics show that nearly one in every four fatal collisions involve drivers using unsafe speeds. Excessive speeds, even just a few kilometres over the speed limit, can reduce one’s ability to react to unforeseen circumstances. “The consequences of speeding can be devastating and it’s just not worth it,” said Inspector Steve Daley, Acting Officer-inCharge of Alberta RCMP Traffic Services in a press release. With this in mind, Alberta’s RCMP are running a pilot project to reduce speeding and speed related collisions on major Alberta highways this April and May.

RCMP will be focusing enforcement and education efforts on Highway 2 and selected other highways. The consequences of being caught speeding can include both a fine and demerit points on one’s license. Demerits for speeding can range from two points for exceeding the posted speed limit by less than 15 km/h, to six points for speeding in excess of 50 km/h more than the posted speed limit. Drivers are being reminded that fines double in construction zones when there are workers present. In addition to enforcement, speed data will be collected at several locations prior to, during and after the project to determine if there was a reduction in overall average speed during the pilot project. “Speed limits exist because they save lives,” said Daley. “Even the best of drivers won’t be able to react to potential hazards on the road when travelling at higher speeds.” “Drivers need to respect the speed limits, and drive according to traffic and weather conditions to make sure everyone gets home safely,” he said.


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After completing 50 half marathons, couple increases goal to 100 before age 50

From left, Chestermere couple Craig and Bobbi Skrynyk in their basement with some of their medals from the more than 50 half marathons they have run. The couple are trying to run 100 marathons before Craig, who is the older of the two, turns 50. Photo by Jeremy Broadfield

By Jeremy Broadfield After reaching their goal years early, Chestermere couple Bobbi and Craig Skrynyk have increased their goal from completing 50 half marathons before Craig turns 50 to completing 100 by 50. “Our original goal was 50 before we were 50 and well we kind of blew past that,” said Bobbi Skrynyk, “We’re actually at 70 now.” The plan is to run their 100th half marathon at the 2021 Calgary half marathon, before Craig, who is 45 now, turns 50. The couple decided to increase their goal after they ran their milestone 50th half-marathon with their kids in Winnipeg in June 2015. “We thought it was pretty unique having it as…what was going to be our last or 50th and their first,” said Craig. “We thought that would be pretty neat he said,” he said. Running, especially long distance running hasn’t always been something that the couple did. When they first met, Craig was a runner while Bobbi was out of shape. As life got busier, the couple spent less and less time on fitness activities. Eventually, the couple ended up storing a friends treadmill at their home while the friends were in the process of moving. “It kind of piqued our interest into running,” said Bobbi. After they moved to Chestermere, Bobbi and Craig decided to purchase their own treadmill. “We got some Christmas money and decided that we we’re gonna invest in a treadmill,” she said. “It was either going to be lifechanging or be an expense clothes hanger,” said Bobbi. It only took a month of owning a treadmill before they decided to try running a half-marathon. They completed their first one on Father’s Day in 2006. “We went back home to Winnipeg where all of our family is and we ran our first half-marathon there,” she said. After that first race they were hooked. “It just became an addiction,” said Bobbi. After some discussion, they decided to set a goal of completing 50 half marathons before they turned 50 years-old.

Once they came to that decision, they counted the halfmarathon in Winnipeg as number one and slowly started working towards their goal. “That first year that was the only one we did, and the next year I think we did two,” said Bobbi. “We started off pretty slow,” said Craig. In 2014 they got more aggressive about making sure they would meet their goal. They decided to try and run on half-marathon every month. “To run a half-marathon once a month…is a challenge not just for running but it’s a challenge to find a race every month,” said Craig. “Especially when we live here,” he said, “we had to do a bit of travelling that particular year.” Some of the places they’ve travelled to for half marathons include Montreal, Toronto, and several different places in the United States. “We did the coast to coast in Disney,” said Bobbi. “So if you do Disney Land and Disney World in the same calendar year they give you a special medal,” she said. The most unique half-marathon that they ran was unofficial on a cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico. “We were supposed to run a race in Galveston, Texas,” said Craig. They went on a cruise with their kids and Bobbi’s parents and were supposed to dock in time to run the race. “There was issues with fog and the ship couldn’t come in to dock and so we got stuck out in the gulf,” he explained. Since they weren’t going to make it to the race, Craig suggested that they run their own half-marathon on the ship’s track. “So we did 141 laps on the ship, which was pretty cool,” he said. Bobbi’s parents’ counted the laps for them and their kids had a makeshift water station set up for them. “It was pretty neat,” she said. Although not an officially sanctioned half-marathon, the pair were given medallions by the ship’s crew after the completed their run. While the experience of running in the fog on a ship was unique, it also had one challenge that neither Bobbi nor

Craig expected. “The one mistake we made was going 141 laps the same direction,” she said, “we ended up with blisters.” “The same blisters, same spots on the same foot,” laughed Craig. Bobbi said that in hindsight they should have varied the direction. Even after all the marathons they have run together they still have very different opinions on running. “I like finishing a race and I like food,” laughed Bobbi. “I run so that I can be a little more lenient in my diet,” she said. Whereas, “Craig loves running and loves the challenge,” she said. Although it has been a while since he set his personal best time, one hour 38 minutes 40 seconds, he is still pushing to beat it with every race. “I still push myself, I still, every time I go to run…I think I can do it again,” he said. Each race they run presents its own challenges but for Bobbi the hardest race was last August in Edmonton. She said that they hadn’t prepared enough for the race and it ended up being on a very hot day. Craig tends to struggle more whenever they run somewhere with high humidity. He has found Vancouver to be particularly difficult. They’ve had some many varied and exciting experiences that it can be hard to choose a favourite. Both Bobbi and Craig agree that the best experience was probably when they ran their 50th half-marathon with their kids in Winnipeg. Both the training and the actual race were great experiences. “It really was a great opportunity to bond as a family,” said Craig. Now that they have extended their goal to 100 halfmarathons they have decided to add another goal for their final race. “Our goal for when we run our hundredth is we want to have 100 friends run the half with us,” she said.

Chestermere Couple Craig and Bobbi Skrynyk after completing their 50th half marathon in Winnipeg. Photo Submitted


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Chestermere High Mother’s Day Makeover Chestermere Cosmetology is a new program at Chestermere High, first starting in Fall of 2014. It provides a diverse opportunity for students to learn about hair, skin and nails, as well as prepare for a Hairstylist career. As the program is growing, we have been able to begin offering client services to the public this year. As part of building our program, Chestermere Cosmetology, in partnership with Anchor Media, is doing a Mother’s Day Makeover competition! This competition will give students a chance to show off their skills, as well as create a positive experience for youth in the community to credit their mothers for the amazing things that they do. Anyone in the community can write 1 paragraph explaining why his/her Mom is deserving of a Makeover, (for being awesome or needing an update to her look). Email submissions titled “Makeover my Mom!” to by May 12th, 2017. The winner will receive a free makeover at Chestermere High School Cosmetology on May 17th from 3:30pm- 7pm. Makeover can include a haircut and style, scalp massage, manicure and colour if desired (or needed) a value of $250 in free services! Interested in supporting our students by being a model for client services? Go to to book appointment times and prices.

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Rocky View Schools’ (RVS) Board of Trustees have voted to assume the cost and administration of bus service for Prince of Peace Lutheran School located East of Chestermere. The decision was made at the regular RVS meeting March. 30 and will see RVS take over the busing of students effective May 1, 2017. “Moving forward, this makes sense,” said RVS Ward Two Trustee Bev LaPeare. “It’s a Rocky View School so we’ll have Rocky View transportation,” she said. Prior to the board’s decision, the cost of providing busing for Prince of Peace Lutheran school students was covered by the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church of Calgary. The church can no longer afford to continue funding the bus service. “Because Prince of Peace School is one of our schools we then decided to take over the

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The CRP Committee is exploring options to bring high-speed fibre internet to a few select communities. Chestermere has joined four municipalities to study the options and costs, and we are considering a shared agreement to secure unused fibre infrastructure for participating communities. If we move forward, this means we would lease fibre optic cables for a privately-operated network instead of bandwidth. Costs would be shared with the participating municipalities, and there may be provincial funding available. To learn more, I encourage you to read up on the community of Olds, Alberta, which was the first rural community to build a fibre network and start its own Internet Service Provider (ISP). As always, contact me anytime if you are interested in this or any other topic.

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Work is underway to improve the capacity and reliability of the waste water system. These changes will relieve existing system constraints, ensure compliance with environmental standards and accommodate future growth of the community. LS 13 FM 1 (Liftstation 13 Forcemain 1) CUI is constructing 5.5 km of 550 force main from Lift Station 13 to connect into the Great Plains Sanitary Trunk (“LS 13 FM”). The first phase of the LS 13 FM project began in early March with anticipated completion by July 2017.




There will be impacts to local traffic flow as identified below and in the illustration: Township Road 240 from RR284 to Rainbow Road: Local access only – no through traffic. Rainbow Road from Rainbow Falls Gate to Township Rd 240: Local access only – no through traffic. Road closure is planned for April 17 - May 2, 2017. OW E NB T RAI S GA L FA L

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Stellar Stellenbosch Your humble narrator was prowling the aisles of my friendly neighbourhood booze merchant last week, when I happened upon one of those in-store tastings by a local wine rep. As it turned out, she was pouring samples from Stellenbosch, home of the premier wines of South Africa. For those readers not familiar with South African wine, the Stellenbosch wine region is around 50km east of the capital city of Cape Town, and has been producing wine for more than 350 years. Cape Town was established by the Dutch East India Tea Company in 1652, as a resupply port for European ships in the spice trade on their way to India and China. Unsurprisingly, one of the first things that the Dutch settlers planted were grapes, not for wine, but to ward off scurvy for the sailors on the monthslong spice route. It did not take long for the locals to realize that the climate was optimal for wine production, with the moderating effect of the South Atlantic Ocean providing a climate just slightly warmer than that of Bordeaux. With a climate so similar to Bordeaux, it is no surprise that the noble grapes of Bordeaux have flourished in Stellenbosch, particularly Cab Sauv and Syrah. Today, South Africa is the 7th largest wine producer in the world, but they have not yet made significant inroads to the North American market. While the South African wine trade has existed for centuries, it was long isolated from world markets for much of the 20th century due to the apartheid policies of the ruling government. Many wine snobs consider the birth of the modern South African wine industry to be 1994, the same year that apartheid ended, and international sanctions were lifted, allowing South Africa to start exporting their wine the larger world. The first few decades saw many growing pains, as the previous strategy of quantity-over-quality wine production for the domestic market proved unworkable on the world markets. The final years of the last millennium saw many low-quality vines uprooted and replaced with more profitable vines from the Old World, primarily the noble grapes of Bordeaux. Chenin Blanc and Viognier are the most widely

planted white grapes, with South Africa now boasting more acres of Chenin Blanc under vine than its ancestral home in the Loire Valley of France. Chenin Blanc is a versatile grape, suitable for not only a typical table wine, but also for sparkling wines, sweet, dessert wines, and even as the base wine in brandy distillation. When consumed young, Chenin Blanc tends to be fresh and fruit-forward, so these wines will usually be unoaked to let their youthful attributes shine. Turning to the reds, South Africa has their own signature varietal called Pinotage, developed in 1925 as a cross between the Pinot Noir and Cinsault grapes. With a distinctive earthy taste and smoky finish, Pinotage is full of tannic structure and notes of blackberry. While Pinotage is usually blended with other varietals, a few brave winemakers bottle it as a single varietal, which is the way your humble narrator likes it best. We even have a few small plantings of the Pinotage grape here in Canada. Your intrepid liquor reporter visited the Stone Boat Vineyard in the Okanagan Valley last year, and brought home a few bottles of their Rock Opera Pinotage, a full-bodied deep ruby wine with flavours of black cherry on the tongue, followed by plenty of vanilla and mocha overtones from the oak aging. While Pinotage was the darling of the South African wine industry for many years, it has recently been eclipsed by Cabernet Sauvignon, the authoritative big man on campus in the world of red wines. The early attempts at cultivating Cab Sauv were overly herbaceous, likely from being harvested too soon, but winemakers soon learned the quirks of the Cab Sauv grape, and it now holds its own against similar bottlings from France or California. Most of the export market goes to Netherlands, due to the historical Dutch influence on South Africa. Germany and the UK snap up most of the rest, leaving the boozers of North America with slim pickings in the South African aisle of your local bottle shop. Fortunately, most well-stocked booze merchants in Alberta will have a few dozen options in the South African wine section, with the best usually from the Stellenbosch region. Pick one up on your next visit!

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Real Utopia As I boy I remember visiting Disney World for the first time. It was a magical place with friendly waving mascots, exciting rides, and an adventure around each corner. I remember walking down Disney’s Main Street with its pleasant shops, cobble stone pavement, and delightful pastry aromas floating from a local bakery. The whole experience was created as an ode to the wholesome past of Small Town America. Main Street was a taste of a bygone era, a simpler time where neighbours waved at each other, and suggested that with just the right amount of hard work, we can all return there again. However, this picture-perfect Disney main street may never have actually existed, except perhaps in the movies. Author Colin Ellard says that Disney main streets are “complete fiction.” He says that the real old world main streets of small town America were “jumbled, disorganized, unpaved, dusty, and likely littered with horse manure.” It does not sound like the kind of community most of us would hope to re-create. In 1994 Disney decided to take their Main Street concept and develop an entire picture-perfect city. Celebration, Florida, was to be an ideal city with every detail highly regulated. Today, if you do not look too closely, the city is as perfect as you would expect from the Walt Disney brand. In an effort to capture that ever-elusive ‘smalltown feel’ residents are told when to put up seasonal decorations, and when to take them down. Tree-lined streets have pastel homes, certain neighbourhoods require white picket fences, and residents receive a 166 page booklet outlining the expectations of citizens. In the winter they put up plastic

Christmas trees, a plastic skating rink, and even foam snow which flutters down every hour (residents call it ‘snoap’). Some visitors say that in October they blow paper leaves down main street and music from the 1950’s gently plays through parts of downtown. Everything was made to be perfect. Yet for all the effort to make the perfect community, the city still suffers from crime, murders, foreclosures, and marital breakdown reportedly is so pervasive some have called the phenomenon “Celebration separation.” Celebration, Florida, may not be the perfect utopia that Disney imagined it could be. Community seldom emerges naturally in these kinds of environments. Neighbourhoods are not places where we regulate the details of our neighbour’s life or where we look or talk the same. We were never meant to hide behind a veneer and try our best to cover up our messiness. Rather neighbourhoods are places where we live alongside one another, quirks and all, and stand with each other along the way. Utopia does not allow for unpredictability and tempers our curiosity. In real communities we expect that our relationships will be unusual and unexpected, and we allow for the adventure that comes with meeting others. We may never recover the ‘small-townfeel’ that may be more the stuff of movies, than real life. Rather we hold onto the belief that the good life is found in meaningful connections, honest conversations, true generosity, and over shared meals. Somewhere along the way we may even look back and wonder if what we had was maybe even better than utopia, because what we have is something Disney can never truly recreate. What we have is real.

Three Sponsors Provide Funding for Synergy’s New Wheels! Submitted by Alicia Sporule Without the generosity of the Alberta Government (Culture and Tourism Department), the Bow North Recreation Board and the Chestermere/Conrich Recreation Board, Synergy would not have been able to make the much needed and very significant purchase of a van and two cargo trailers. We are tremendously grateful and delighted to have received such an outpouring of support from our funders. Local

projects, events and programming, as well as, youth leadership retreats held outside of our service area are now considerably more possible because of our increased ability to transport participants and program supplies to and from! We are so very proud of the fantastic 12 passenger van and two cargo trailers we now have at our disposal and cannot wait to share these special gifts with the community. Give us a honk when ya’ll see us rolling around!


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April Declared Sikh Heritage Month By Jeremy Broadfield

The provincial government has declared April 2017 to be Sikh Heritage Month to recognize the contributions of the Sikh community to Alberta. The announcement was made April 7. “Sikh Heritage Month is an opportunity to celebrate the beauty and wisdom of the Sikh culture and the contributions that Sikh Canadians have made to communities across Alberta,” said Alberta Premier Rachel Notley. “I encourage all Albertans to observe Sikh Heritage Month and to explore Alberta’s rich and diverse history,” she said. There has been a Sikh community making significant contributions to the development of the province, primarily working on the

Canadian Pacific Railway, on farms and in sawmills, since the early 1900s. Both April and 2017 are significant milestones for Alberta’s Sikh community. April is when Sikh Canadians celebrate Vaisakhi, the Sikh New Year, while 2017 is the 350th anniversary of the birth of the tenth Sikh Guru, Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji. “Albertans of Sikh heritage are an important part of our province’s historic, cultural, political and economic fabric,” said Alberta’s Minister of Culture and Tourism Ricardo Miranda, “Sikh Heritage Month is an opportunity to reflect on their place in Alberta’s story.” The provincial government will be celebrating Sikh Heritage month on April 28 in Calgary.

Provincial News Leela Sharon Aheer Wildrose MLA

Hello Chestermere! Sunday, April 9 was the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. I would like to share the words of Opposition Leader Brian Jean, speaking

in the Legislature: “The spirit of any great nation stems from great moments in their histories, moments that define them. Sadly, these moments are often conjured during war, where the true soul of a country is laid bare. For Canada no one need look any further than the Battle of Vimy Ridge to understand the defining spirit of what it means to be a Canadian. In 1917, just 50 years removed from Confederation, our country was still considered by many of the world to be part of the British Empire. Far from home 100 years ago we had one of the greatest moments. We accomplished what had been deemed by many to be impossible, the capture of Vimy Ridge. The French and the British both had paid a terrible toll in previous attempts to capture the ridge. The ridge had become a symbol itself of the Great War, a symbol of death and despair. Young, wide-eyed Canadians in their olivegreen uniforms trained and trained for months in preparation for this battle. This was the first time all four divisions of the Canadian Corps would work together as one Canadian unit. On that cold Easter morning, in the face of enemy fire, snow, and sleet, we lost thousands. But our soldiers advanced, and they captured the ridge piece by piece. It was an absolutely stunning victory. Our effort was celebrated the world over as a distinctly Canadian effort. No more was Canada just a dominion of the British Empire. At Vimy Ridge a nation, the nation of Canada, was truly born. So strongly had we distinguished ourselves that when the Treaty of Versailles was signed, ending the war, we weren’t included with the British Empire; we stood proudly as Canada. It’s been 100 years this weekend since that great battle. We owe everything to these brave Canadians who stood for freedom, who fought for all of us. Thank You.” It was great to meet so many of you last Sat-

urday as Brian Jean and I toured the constituency. We held “Meet ‘N Greets” and Town Halls at Rocky View Stables near Indus, Indus Rec Centre, the Waiting Room Café in Kinniburgh, Springbank Heritage Club, Langdon Crossing, and the Chestermere Rec Centre. Brian shared his vision for our province and spoke about the potential of unifying conservatives in Alberta. He was very clear - there will be no “back room” deals. The best way to have a voice in the process is to join the Wildrose Party. It will take a 75% vote of the members to approve any merger so I urge you to join the Wildrose Party as many of you did last Saturday and add your voice. Visit www. or call 403-907-0101 to join. $10.00 ensures you are heard! A highlight of Brian’s visit was the opportunity to meet the Dalemead Quilt Guild. During the Fort McMurray wildfire crisis, not only did they prepare a load of quilts but Chris Bishop, head of their Comfort Quilt Committee, committee member Patti Beaury, and Chris’ husband and daughter drove to Fort McMurray with a trailer and delivered them to a Fire Hall. Brian was thrilled to be able to thank the Guild in person. When disaster strikes, Albertans step up and help their neighbours. The Dalemead Quilt Guild is a shining example of the spirit of Alberta. I would like to add my thanks to the Guild and I hope to see some entries from them in this year’s Red Ribbon competition September 9! The recent Provincial Budget had no good news for our jam-packed schools here in Chestermere – Rocky View. When I questioned the Education Minister in the Legislature, he falsely claimed that two schools had been approved in the constituency. No schools have been approved here even though our schools are desperately overcrowded. One K-9 school managed to make the “Unfunded Capital” list, subject to the whims of the Government. I am pleased to report though that the Minister did agree to sit down with Rocky View Schools and learn about the problems firsthand. Now we need some action. Another area where we need some action is the presence of links to inappropriate, sexually explicit material on the Alberta Education website. This is completely wrong and I have been demanding accountability from the Minister, so far with no success. I will continue to press the Government to come clean about who is responsible for this and a promise that this practice will stop. As always, we love to hear from you.

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Submitted by: Jen Peddlesden Chestermere Historical Foundation Yes, the Calgary Yacht Club at Chestermere Lake could be the most senior Chestermere resident! Unless there are some oldies hiding out who have lived here since 1924 , the first club on the shores, “The Sailing Club” would be by far the longest existing entity here in our fine City. In that year, Roy Lea, Mike Sullivan and Morris Shyback formed the “ Calgary Sailing Club” the forerunner of the Calgary Yacht Club. There have been club houses at various locations on the lake, but the present address, 635 East Chestermere Drive, has been CYC’s home since 1951. Only in 2010 was the original clubhouse replaced—the photo shows that original building with its additions. Stop by to see the new building. Though the moniker ‘yacht club’ denotes a place for big sailing boats and bigger pocketbooks, today’s club is anything but. An active and vibrant contributing member of the Chestermere community, the club welcomes all ages to its sailing school and programs. To hear more about this ninety year old attend a presentation by Michael Hooper, former CYC Commodore and sponsored by the Chestermere Historical Foundation on Tuesday April 18th 7:30pm at the Calgary Yacht Club 635 E Chestermere Drive, FREE, and open to all ages. For more information go to

Dress Appropriately On Graduation Day Students on the cusp of graduation face several important decisions in the months ahead. One lesser but important decision is what to wear to graduation ceremonies. Graduation wardrobes extend beyond caps and gowns, as it’s generally accepted that students will wear formal attire when receiving their degrees or diplomas. School rules Pay close attention to schools’ rules regarding graduation garb. Although gowns and mortarboards are often par for the course, schools also may implement guidelines as to what can be worn beneath graduation attire. Gentlemen may need to wear shirts and ties, and young ladies may be asked to wear formal attire as well. Don’t risk missing the ceremony because of failure to play by school rules one final time. Weather Check the forecast and dress appropriately, especially if the ceremony will be held outdoors. Look for breathable fabrics, such as cotton or linen, so that you will not become overheated during the ceremony. Layer clothing (such as a light sweater over a sleeveless sundress) if you’ll be indoors with air conditioning. This way you can remove layers as needed to feel comfortable.

Shoes Graduation is not the day to try out new shoes, which can be uncomfortable to wear if they have not been broken in. Make sure your trip across the stage is unencumbered by uncomfortable shoes. Accessories Remember that accessories will have to be toted around. Ladies may want to leave their purses behind, and guys may want to skip wearing suit jackets. Similarly, leave extra hats, bags, phones, or silly prank props in the car for later. Err toward formal Graduation is a special occasion, and it’s best to treat it as such. Therefore, stick to clothing that you would wear to a job interview or in an office environment. You’ll be thankful you did so when looking at graduation photos in the future. Avoid hat hair Plan a hairstyle that can manage a mortarboard. Stick to something simple for the ceremony. You can always dazzle with pomade or blow-out creams at the graduation party. Graduation is a special time in students’ lives. Mark the occasion by dressing conservatively and comfortably and in adherence to any school guidelines.

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Local kids will have the chance to search for Easter Eggs to exchange for treats at the seventh annual Easter Egg Hunt Fundraiser April 15. “Kids love it, the sprint from the start line is probably my favourite part of the event,” said Community Services Office Coordinator Marla Polachek. New this year, organizers have added a fourth hunt start time to accommodate more kids. “We’ve added a fourth wave,” said Cathy Burness, Chair of the Human Services Advisory Board which administers the United Way Chestermere funds. This extra start time has increased the events capacity to a total of 400 kids spread out over the four start times. Held at the Lakeside Golf Club’s driving range, the Easter Egg Hunt starts with the first wave at 9:15 a.m. with each of the following waves starting 45 minutes after the previous one. The hunt ends at about noon. After signing in, kids are brought up to the start line located at the driving range tee boxes. Once the starting buzzer goes, kids sprint into the field to search for plastic Easter eggs. After all the Easter eggs have been collected kids get to go to the “eggs-change” line to trade the plastic eggs for a vari-

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ety of treats and other goodies. These can include stickers, activities, and toothbrushes. “The ultimate prize is that they do get a chocolate bunny at the end,” said Polachek. The Easter bunny will also be in attendance at the event. “They always like to see the Easter bunny or if they don’t like to see the Easter Bunny they’re screaming,” laughed Polachek. Along with providing kids a fun start to their Easter long weekend, the event is raising funds for the United Way. The money raised will be used for projects that promote wellness, income, and education. “The good thing about this fundraiser is that the proceeds all stay in Chestermere,” said Burness. Local organizations with projects that meet the criteria will be able to apply for funding grants from the United Way. Their goal this year is to raise $2000 through the Easter Egg Hunt. The event costs $6 per child to participate in the Easter Egg Hunt. Families are asked to pre-register online at www. Burness recommends people register right away as even with the extra start time they have seen a lot of registrations to date and expect the event to fill up.

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Join Us in Celebrating the 1-Year Anniversary of Chestermere Station Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics! FREE COMMUNITY APPRECIATION


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Over the last year, I have had the opportunity to get to know many families in Chestermere and surrounding communities. The warmth and reception that we have felt has been nothing short of incredible. I am grateful that so many have allowed me to treat their children and to create positive experiences in the dental chair. The reception area of our office has allowed many adults and children with dental anxiety to breathe a little easier. Our warm and inviting team is ready to answer any questions that you may have and to tailor appointments that best suit your needs. As a parent of two young children, I know how difficult and important of a decision it is to find the doctor or dentist that is right for your child. I am proud to be the person you have entrusted. I look forward to seeing your children and mine grow together in this wonderful community and hope to see you at our Community Appreciation BBQ on April 29th. From my family to yours, thank you, Chestermere! ~Dr. Ethan Zuker, Registered Specialist in Pediatric Dentistry

When I moved away from Chestermere in 2002 to attend dental school, my hope was that one day, Chestermere would be the place that I would practice dentistry. In 2015, my dream became a reality when I was offered the chance to be part of something special at Chestermere Station Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics. It has been an amazing experience working with such a great team of professionals and giving back to the community I’ve known for so many years. Since opening over a year ago, I am now starting to see some of my first orthodontic patients complete their treatment regimens. It is always a special moment to see the smile on someone’s face when their braces are removed for the first time. It can only be summed up as magic pixie dust mixed in with sunshine and rainbows. These exuberant smiles are contagious, and I can’t help but smile each time I witness events like these. I want to thank everyone in the community for welcoming us and especially for your trust in Chestermere Station Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics. As a token of appreciation for all your support, we invite you to join us at our Community Appreciation BBQ on April 29th. Please bring the kids. We would love to see their big smiles! ~Dr. John Huynh, Registered Specialist in Orthodontics

We will be accepting monetary donations, gift cards for Walmart and/or The General Store, new school supplies, new or gently used backpacks, and new lunch kits in support of the City of Chestermere’s “Backpack Program”.




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BADMINTON TEAM “3-PEATS” Congratulations to the badminton team who earned their 3rd consecutive Rocky View Divisional Championship. This is unparalleled, at CHS, and due to the hard work of coaches Ms. Everson and Mr. Massig, as well as all the hard work of the entire team. The following students finished in the top three, at the tournament. The top two have qualified for the South Central Zone Championship. Seniors Girls singles Gold- Elizabeth Tang Bronze- Braeden Bennett Boys singles Gold- Kevin Luu Silver- Ben Thompson Boys doubles Gold-Garret Letain and Rob Butterwick Silver- Amrit Saini and Steve Burness Mixed doubles Gold- Cat Golden and Colton Marchinko Intermediate Girls singles Gold- Stephanie Demeules Boys singles Gold- Jäger Poffenroth Mixed doubles Silver- Cadence Meszaros and Mo Arif RUGBY/ SOCCER The girls and boys rugby teams and the boys soccer team are working hard, with pre-season training, to prepare for their season. Hopefully we will have more information the next few weeks. OLIVIA ARMSTRONG SHOOTING STARS 3 POINT CHAMPION I neglected to mention two weeks ago that Olivia Armstrong was also a 3 Point champion at the Shooting Stars Showcase. Congratulations, Olivia.


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Are You Ready For Some Football!!! The Chestermere Chiefs Are Ready! Local Team, Chestermere Lakers Novice 2 Team represented Chestermere very well at the Tournament Of Champions which took place for us in Lacombe. The Team really came together, played their positions and stuck to the game plan for a very dominate performance thought-out the Tournament. A great way to wrap up the reason and have everything come together for what was worked on throughout the season from the Crazy 8 Drill to practicing the breakout. The Team was undefeated and took home the Championship in Division A - Great Job, Novice 2. The Coaches are very proud of all of you and all the best in your hockey futures. See you at the rink! –Coach Kevin. P.S.

Submitted By Michelle Wilson Well if you are like us you have been patiently waiting for spring to get here!! We all have our reasons for that but ours is the COUNTDOWN TO FOOTBALL!! The Chestermere Community Football Association or as we are more readily known, the Chestermere Chiefs, are excited to announce the dates for our SPRING TRAINING! Spring training camp will consist of no contact drills that will get your athlete ready for the upcoming Chiefs season. The kick off will be May 1 at the Chestermere Recreation Centre from 630pm-8pm. Training will be every Monday and Wednesday until June 14. On June 17 from 10 am until noon we will wind up spring training with a training session followed by a bar-b-q for all registered. Perhaps you are thinking: “my child wants to try football but I am not sure they will like it?” We have three TRY IT FREE camps that we would love to see you at: May 15 and June 7 from 630pm8pm and June 17 from 10am-noon at the Chestermere Recreation Centre. Come for the try it camp and stay for the bar-b-q!! Registration for Spring Training is open

now! The cost is $70 and includes a Chiefs gift for all registered. Contact: for more information. Visit our website or find us on FaceBook at Chestermere Chiefs Community Football Club. Football is the ultimate team sport where athletes will learn to work together for success. There is a position for everyone—big or small—boy or girl!! We are also accepting registration for our regular season, which starts with practices August 1. Atom players are born in 20072009 and Pee Wee players are born in 20052006. The cost for regular season is $350 and includes all necessary equipment except cleats and a mouth guard. All practices are in Chestermere and all games are played on field turf at Shouldice Park in Calgary. Do you have knowledge about the game of Football that you would like to share with the youth of Chestermere and surrounding areas? Our Association is looking for volunteer coaches to help lead, inspire and develop our athletes. There is no greater reward than giving back to your community by mentoring young men and women to achieve their potential. Contact us today to get started! No experience necessary, we provide training!



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Prince of Peace Lutheran school Grade 4 students worked to raise funds for their upcoming Southern Alberta field trip in May with a Boston Pizza Celebrity server fundraiser. Special thanks to the servers and John Bisharat General manager at Chestermere Boston pizza for allowing our grade 4 students to participate in the celebrity server fundraiser. All Photos Submitted

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Chestermere Art Guild Prepares for April Art Show Submitted By Marie Lees It’s almost time for The Chestermere Fine Art Guild Annual Show & Sale. Join the Guild members at the Chestermere Recreation Centre on Saturday, April 29 between 10 a.m. – 4 pm to view their display of recent work. They are featuring member Gail Ann Bourgeois and guest potter, Michelle Winters among the variety of other talented members. Gail Ann Bourgeois is a long-time resident of Alberta. She was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, lived in four provinces and has traveled coast to coast. Growing up in an artistic family, she was surrounded by people who instilled in her a great appreciation for her natural surroundings. She has an inherent need to express herself through art. Gail Ann embarked on her artistic journey by exploring many crafts and art forms, teaching groups and individuals along the way. She is primarily self-taught but has also learned from numerous classes and workshops using varied mediums and styles. She finally took up the brush and oil paints about twenty five years ago and hasn’t been able to put them down since. She has been commissioned to do numerous scenes of people’s favourite memories, vacation spots, hometown scenes, as well as pet portraits. She works mainly in oils, but has produced many works in acrylic, watercolour and mixed media… always exploring, always experimenting. Her work can be found in private collections across Canada as well as in residences and businesses in Japan. While her favoured subjects are birds of prey and Canadian or exotic wildlife, she also finds her inspiration in the landscapes she has seen in her travels in Canada, United States, Mexico and Japan. Gail Ann currently enjoys painting with the Chestermere Fine Art Guild and holding a coTreasurer position as well as scheduling workshops for the group. You can meet Gail Ann and our other members at the show. We are also pleased to welcome Michelle Winters, daughter of member Mona Clark, who will display her pottery. Don’t miss this opportunity to win a door prize of art-related items or purchase our original colouring book. This annual event is a great way to enjoy art created by members of your community. See you there!



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Spring Reading Program 2017 Until April 30 There is still time to register for the Spring Reading Program. Check out our special programming on our website or pick up a paper copy next time you’re in. Gentle Yoga Mondays & Wednesdays, 12:00-1:00 pm There will be no class on Monday, April 10. Join certified yoga instructor, Elann Anderson for this $5.00 drop-in program of gentle movement and yoga poses. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. Stories to Go! Tuesdays, 10:15-10:45am on April 18, May 5 & 19 Join us for special storytimes at Waiting Room Café, 101, 288 Kinniburgh Blvd. Knitting & Crocheting Tuesdays at 7:00-8:00 pm Grab your needles and yarn and meet us at the Library. All skill levels welcome. Baby Storytime Wednesdays at 2:00 pm Drop in for Baby Storytime. This program is designed to appeal to babies and toddlers. Drop-In Pre-school Storytime Fridays at 10:15-10:45 am Stories and songs for pre-schoolers. Qi Gong Fridays at 12:00-1:00 pm Come in for a guided meditation on abundance and self-healing. Calm the chaos with this drop in program hosted by Jo Mangan level 4 Qi Gong instructor and/or Michelle Aris. There is a $5.00 drop-in fee. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing. This Week Sunday, April 16 LIBRARY CLOSED Monday, April 17 LIBRARY CLOSED Tuesday, April 18 10:15 am Stories to Go! at Waiting Room Café 7:00-8:00 pm Knitting & Crocheting Wednesday, April 19 2:00 pm Baby Storytime 6:30 pm Family Movie Friday, April 21 10:15-10:45 am Pre-school Storytime 10:45-11:15 am Pre-school Craft 12:00-1:00pm Qi Gong Saturday, April 22 1:30pm Family Movie Sunday, April 23 1:00-2:00pm Listening Tails Easter Hours Friday, April 14 – CLOSED Saturday, April 15 – OPEN Sunday, April 16 – CLOSED Monday, April 17 - CLOSED Library Hours: Monday - Thursday 10:00 am — 9:00 pm Friday 10:00 am — 5:00 pm Saturday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Sunday 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm Chestermere Public Library 105B Marina Road Chestermere, Alberta T1X 1V7 403-272-9025

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Chestermere Events

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.

FREE - MONEY MANAGEMENT WORKSHOPS Money Management workshops will help you learn: money management strategies, how to create a budget, ways to build your saving, and ways to pay down your debt to rebuild your credit. For further information, or to register, please contact Olimphya Elizondo at 403-207-7079 or Please note: childcare is available upon request. Date Time Topics April 25 6:30pm - 8:30pm Consumerism-Decide for yourself May 30 6:30pm - 8:30pm Credit-Take charge of it Hope to see you!

2017 Chestermere Seniors’ Week, Celebrating 55 + The 2016 Seniors’ Week was very successful and the planning for the 2017 Chestermere Seniors’ Week, June 5-11, has already begun. Seniors’ Week will be full of invigorating activities, energizing events and inspiring workshops of learning, laughing and sharing. What would you be interested in? What inspires and motivates you? Your ideas are valuable and we would like you to share them with us in 6 easy daytime meetings. Join in the fun. Call Holly @ 403-272-1338 for more information.

FREE: COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX PROGRAM Need a hand to prepare your tax return? Volunteers can help you prepare your income tax and benefit return if you have modest income and a simple tax situation. Suggested Income level: one person $30,000 one person with one dependant $35,000 (add $2, 500 for each additional dependant) couple $40,000 (add $2,500 for each dependant). To book an appointment please contact CRC at (403) 207-7079 or by email at crcinfo@

Chestermere Toastmasters Club Chestermere Toastmasters provides a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth. Effective September 13, we meet every Tuesday, from 7:00pm - 8:15pm at City Hall . Visit us online at The Rotary Club Of Chestermere Meets the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the Rec Centre Lounge at 6:00 pm. Everyone welcome. Please email for more information.

Community Table Top Game Night. Free family friendly event. 3rd Friday of the month from 5pm - 8pm Bring your favorite game or play with one of ours. Waiting Room Cafe

Chestermere Historical Foundation Meetings and Programs 2017 April 18th ~ A Yacht Club at Chestermere – History of the CYC May 16th ~ Chestermere’s Natural History – Wetlands and Birds ****Check for locations; all presentations are at 7:30pm following the meeting 6:30pm. No charge. Everyone welcome. Country Connections Spring Fair - May 26 & 27 Join the Chestermere Agricultural Society on Friday evening for a movie in the park, hot dogs & marshmallows and fireworks. Saturday will be a full day with vendors, children’s games and activities and more! for more information please visit

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The Chestermere Fine Art Guild meets every Thursday at 1pm at the Recreation Centre North side, upstairs in room 2. New members are welcome. Like us on Facebook and email: The Walking Connection Thurs 1:30 pm Meet at the Waiting Room Café – Suite 101, 288 Kinninburgh Blvd Why not join us for a ½ hour walk and a ½ hour coffee? 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.There is no charge but coffee is at your own expense.For more info call 403 365-5400 ext 2 or email The Chestermere Lions Club Meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, September to June at Mountain View Funeral home on 17th Ave SE and Garden Rd at 7pm. Check out our website at Chestermere/ or \email us for more information at Chestermere Lakeside Kruzers Car Club Club members cruise in every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from April to October (weather permitting) at the West Creek Plaza, 300 Merganser Drive. Come join us! We also cruise as a group to other Show N Shines, hold an annual poker rally, have monthly meetings, have a Club BBQ, and other social events throughout the season. New members are always welcome. Follow us on Facebook. For more information on the club, call Bob at 403-387-9226

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