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By Jeremy Broadfield Synergy’s Pretty in Pink AntiBullying campaign wrapped up with a pair of assemblies at local schools Feb 28. Run by the Youth Encouraging Lasting Leadership (YELL), the campaign raises awareness about bullying through the sale of pink buttons at local business and a series of presentations by YELL volunteers at local schools. “Bringing in the youth that have actually experienced this is a more powerful message to the other kids then if I were to stand up and talk to them about bullying,” said Synergy Wellness Support Worker Christy Redl. The goal of the campaign is to prevent bullying behaviors from starting as prevention is easier than intervention after the fact. “So if we can talk to the kids about healthy relationships, healthy development and being kind to one another then bullying will never even be an issue,” said Redl. Continued on page 2

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Despite annual anti-bullying campaigns, provincial and national statistics have shown that bullying continues to rise in Canada. This year’s presentation included both education on what bullying is and discussion about how students can care for one another. “We’re trying to take a very preventative caring approach,” said Redl. LGBTQ, First Nations and immigrant populations are particularly vulnerable to bullying. “We also want to spend a lot of time educating on the beauty of diversity,” said Redl. YELL member Tara Hofer, 16, was the project lead for the four assemblies run this year. This was her second year in this role. Hofer said that she has experience being bullied. “I was severely bullied in elementary and middle school,” said Hofer. She believes that the Pretty in Pink campaign is having a positive impact on the community by promoting conversations about bullying. “A lot of kids will come up to us after and they’ll talk to us about their bullying experience,” said Hofer. Some kids have said that they’ve never told anyone about their experience before. “It encourages kids to talk about it instead of just keeping to themselves,” she said, “and I think that’s the most impact that we could ever make.” The other way that they are raising awareness is through the sale of the buttons. Sixteen-year-old Emilie Young is the project lead for the fundraising component of Pretty in Pink.

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Pretty in Pink button fundraiser Project Lead Emilie Young speaks at the Pretty in Pink anti-bullying assembly at Prairie Waters School Feb. 28. Photo by Jeremy Broadfield

Pretty in Pink School Presentation Project Lead Tara Hofer speaks at the Pretty in Pink anti-bullying assembly at Prairie Waters School Feb. 28. Photo by Jeremy Broadfield

She has been working on the Pretty in Pink Campaign for several years. Young comes from a family of six kids and has seen the effects of bullying up close. “I’ve seen my siblings go through bullying,” she said, “I’ve been through a tad bit myself.” She has always spoken out to support others so participating in the program was a natural fit for Young. “Raising money for organizations to help kids deal with all these things was really important to me,” she said. The campaign ran for the month of February in conjunction with the National Pink Shirt Day which is the final Wednesday of February. Funds raised by the sale of the buttons are split between Synergy and a local charity. The Chestermere Therapy Dogs Society was selected as this year’s charity because of the work they do with local children and youth who are struggling. “I just want kids to know that they have a friend and that there’s always somebody in their corner no matter what they’re going through,” said Young. The funds kept by Synergy will be used to support the future development and growth of the school presentations. Redl is proud of the work the YELL volunteers have done this year and the success they have achieved with the Pretty in Pink Campaign. “They’re incredible,” she said.

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Dream Comes True For Chestermere Couple Local couple wins radio contest for dream wedding By Jeremy Broadfield After a sleepless night Feb. 26, Arnold Henry finally found out at about 8 a.m. whether he had managed to keep his Valentine’s Day promise to his fiancée that he would win her the $98,000 dream wedding from Virgin radio. “I didn’t get much sleep that night. I was anxious, anticipating the results,” he said. Henry and his fiancée, Stephanie Beninger, woke up at 5 a.m. listening to the radio hoping to hear their names announced or to get the phone call. Three hour passed and the contest wasn’t even mentioned by the host, building up the anxiety and anticipation for the couple. Finally, around 8 a.m. Beninger decided to fix breakfast. “About 10 minutes after 8 in the morning, my phone vibrated, I looked down and the caller ID read, Virgin Radio. “I ran as quickly as I could to Stephanie, yelling, ‘Babe, they’re calling us!’,” said Henry. They answered the phone and were announced as the winners of the contest. “We screamed, hugged each other, shed some tears,” he said. “It was so surreal as if I hadn’t woken up that morning,” said Henry. The couple are both excited and relieved that the contest is over. They spent much of the month of February campaigning for votes for the contest, a process that Henry said was both physically and mentally exhausting. “We decided to do most of our campaigning in Chestermere since this is our home and most of the people are aware of how involve we are within our community,” he said. They spent time in the community soliciting votes or hand-

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ing out brochures so people could go home and vote for them. “The Recreation Center and Eric’s No Frills were the places that attracted the most votes because of how busy it was,” said Henry. They also created a website and printed t-shirts and relied heavily on social media and video appeals to get their message out. “Stephanie and I assumed that we were getting at least a 1000 votes a day, but who knows,” said Henry. The video that got the most attention was an emotional phone call made to Henry’s mother who lives in St. Lucia. “She had never met Stephanie or our two-year-old son,” he said. “One promise I made in the video is if we won the dream wedding, I would sponsor my mother so that she can visit Canada for the first time and attend her first son’s wedding,” said Henry who is working to fulfill that promise. Although nearly everyone who voted joked that they had to be invited to the wedding Henry said that the contest only allows for 250 on the guest list. “It isn’t official yet, but we were thinking of doing a draw to invite 4 random couples of Chestermere since we cannot invite them all...just to show our appreciation for their support,” said Henry, “we never knew that so many people would want to attend our wedding.” He said they have chosen July 15 as their wedding date. With the win, the wedding and vendors are pre-planned, the just have to book meetings to go over the details. “We also get a seven nights honeymoon in Cancun, Mexico,” said Henry, “We plan on going on our honeymoon right after the wedding.” The couple are incredibly grateful to everyone who voted for them.

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Website update intended to improve user experience By Jeremy Broadfield The City of Chestermere unveiled the new look of their website Feb. 24. “We’ve changed the structure to make it more resident focused,” said Communications Advisor Katie Lamanna who was the lead for this project. “And really give residents a great user experience,” she said. The update comes as part of the city’s contract with CivicPlus. They are the city’s website provider and offer a free update to the website every four years. “The last time our website was redesigned was in 2012,” she said. Lamanna and other city staff worked with CivicPlus over the past six-months to create the unique to Chestermere site that they hope will meet resident’s needs. To make the site easier to navigate new features that have been added include a change to a more service based page structure, consistent landing pages when clicking on links and the removal of redundant information. Residents who log on will notice the difference right away. The homepage opens with a header containing reorganized menus and links to city information and services. There is also a slide show for new and highlighted information, a large search bar, a feedback form, various additional links and the city’s social media feeds at the bottom of the page. The new site is also mobile friendly so Chestermerians who prefer to access the internet from their phone or tablet will now get the full experience. “Before it was not very visually appealing on the phone or tablet,” she said. About half of the approximately 20,000 visitors to the website do so from a mobile device. Since the site went live, they have been receiving a lot of positive feedback from the community. “We’ve actually had a lot of positive feedback so far from residents,” said Lamanna, “but we definitely want more.” In addition to the new mobile responsiveness the most significant changes to the websites is the inclusion of dynamic interactive maps and the creation of an economic development micro site, This sight has specific information directed at businesses looking to move to or invest in Chestermere. “We’ve got information about the economic development office itself,” said Corporate Communications Strategist Megan Matthies. “What the function does, where they’re going,” she said, “and of course the business directory as well.” Although there is increased functionality and content, Lamanna said that with the improved interface staff shouldn’t have to spend any more time managing the website then they did before. They are encouraging residents to provide their feedback as they use the new site so that staff can continue to tweak the site to create the best possible user experience. Some older and outdated information from the previous website has been removed and archived. It is still available to the public by calling city hall.

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Explaining the roles council and staff have in running the City of Chestermere By Jeremy Broadfield To understand how Chestermere or any Alberta municipality is governed for that matter, the best place to start is with the Provincial Municipal Government Act. The act, a massive piece of legislation that could easily double as a doorstop, clearly defines the roles and responsibilities of elected councils and city administration and staff. With 2017 being an election year, City of Chestermere Director of Corporate Services Tracy Buteau believes it is important for residents to understand how the city works as they consider whether to run for office or who to vote for this fall. “I encourage everyone to get involved, whether its running for council or a committee or voting,” said Buteau. Within the act, the sections that are most relevant to understanding staff and council are sections one, three and seven. The reason that municipalities exist is to provide good government at the local level which ideally is achieved through the smooth functioning and interactions between staff and council. “So in high level terms its basically to...provide services and facilities that are necessary or desirable for the municipality and develop safe viable communities,” said Buteau. This is achieved through council setting the strategic goals and directions during meetings through the passage of bylaws and resolutions. These are represented by the budget, Municipal Develop-

ment Plan and other bylaws and policies. In Chestermere, council is made up of six councilors and the mayor. All members have an equal vote although the mayor has additional responsibilities which include; chairing council meetings, signing cheques, representing the city at events and meetings as well as being the spokesperson for the city. Once decisions are made in a council meeting, the responsibility shifts away from council to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and city staff. “Councilors are not then involved in the day to day operations,” she said. The CAO takes the decisions made by council and directs city administration to implement them. “It’s important to note that council has one staff and that is the Chief Administrative Officer,” said Buteau. Buteau describe this relationship between council, the CAO and staff as being like an hourglass where council is one end, staff is the other and the CAO is the narrow point connecting both side allowing the passage of sand, or in the city’s case information and strategic direction. “So information from administration goes up to the CAO and then out to council,” she said. As the connection between staff and council, council hires the CAO which is the top administrator for the city. While council hires the CAO standard human resources rules apply to the position which means that the CAO contract is automatically replaced or renewed upon the election

of a new city council. After an election, Buteau said that “the CAO continues to do his or her job.” Anyone with questions about the upcoming election and the role of council can contact legislative services at the city. The Municipal Government Act can be found online at

Feasibility study maps out route to a new recreation centre By Jeremy Broadfield The recreation and leisure centre feasibility study commissioned by the city has come back showing support for a new facility in Chestermere. “There is definitely an interest in the part of residents to have an indoor facility,” said Chestermere Parks and Recreation Manager Kathy Russell. In particular, residents would like to see A swimming pool, field house and a fitness centre in a new community facility. This feasibility study is the first step in what will be a long process if the city decides to move forward with this project. The study came from the city’s 2014 Master Recreation Plan that looked at both outdoor and indoor recreation in the city. Russell said that for the leisure facility study a poll of residents was conducted. “The response rate was the highest the consultant has ever seen in Alberta,” she said. In addition to residents, stakeholders such as local teams and recreation associations in Chestermere were consulted. Once consultations were completed, the report was put together to detail the recommended construction phases and costs of a new facility. “Those were the critical questions we were trying to find out,” said Russell. The report proposes a multi-level facility than can be built in three phases. Each phase has been identified to meet the needs and aspirations identified in the surveys and consultations. The first phase would house the fieldhouse and fitness centre with a capital cost of about $27 million. Phase to is the aquatic centre with an estimated cost of nearly $20 million. The final phase is for a twin arena costing about $30 million. With the report completed, the next step in this process is for the city to explore the potential for local partnerships to help move the project forward. “Often facilities are built with partnerships because of the high cost of operating




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City Communications Wins Gold Medal

#LoveChestermere video series recognized by AVA Digital Awards By Jeremy Broadfield The City of Chestermere’s Communications Department was recognized for their 2016 summer video series #LoveChestermere Communications Advisor Katie Lamanna and Corporate Communications Strategist Megan Matthies launched the series last July. “We are really honoured to receive the award,” said Matthies, “but more importantly we were pleased that we were able to continue spreading the word about what makes Chestermere special and beautiful.” The campaign received a Gold AVA Digital Award for the #LoveChestermere video campaign in the 3c Social Campaign 2016 category. The final video in the series earned an Honourable Mention. These were the eighth and ninth awards won by the department since 2013. “We’ve received four gold awards and five honourable mentions,” said Matthies. The AVA Digital awards are administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP). Chestermere Mayor Patricia Matthews is really happy to see Lamanna and Matthies hard work get recognize with the award. “Our communication team works very hard, not only at

ensuring that the City’s messaging gets out to residents but that we promote our City in a positive manner to everyone. “They did an excellent job with the #LoveChestermere campaign and we’re happy to see them recognized with this award for that hard work,” said Matthews. Mayor Matthews enjoyed watching what people thought made the city a great place to live. “Chestermere is a great place to live, work and play,” said Matthews, “We’re thankful that we had awesome residents provide us with their thoughts on why they love Chestermere and it promotes all that is wonderful about our city.” Matthies said that the Communications Department tries to do something fun and engaging every summer to highlight the community and this past summer they came up with the idea for the video series. “The purpose behind #LoveChestermere was to kick start a campaign to encourage and help residents remember and rediscover what makes the community amazing,” said Matthies. They were both really happy with the enthusiasm from the community for the project. “We did 10 individual interviews and then we spent two days at the parks in town and just stopped people an asked if they wanted to participate. “And we were so delighted by all of the various responses,” she said. The response covered a huge variety of the facets of

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By Sylvain Charlebois Columnist, Troy Media HALIFAX, N.S. /Troy Media/ - Food fraud isn’t new - it’s persisted for more than 2,000 years, despite mankind’s best efforts. Perhaps technology can put an end to it. The first reported food fraud cases go back to the Roman Empire, when suspicions around adulterated wines and oils were prevalent. Food fraud can take many forms, such as adulteration - substituting one ingredient for a much cheaper one - or misrepresentation, including selling a product as organic when it’s not. Food categories that are more vulnerable to fraud include fish, seafood, liquids, spices, fruits, vegetables and meat products. A team at Dalhousie University recently released a surprising study on food fraud. It found that sixty-three per cent of Canadians polled are generally concerned about food fraud and more than 40 per cent feel they have been victims of food fraud. These alarming results can’t be ignored. Canada has seen its fair share of cases in recent months, including: Mucci Farms in Ontario was fined $1.5 million last year for selling Mexican produce, including tomatoes, as products of Canada. The company said the mislabelling was unintentional and blamed its computer system. Cericola Farms, one of the largest poultry processors in the country, was in Ontario court last fall over organic mislabelling allegations. In all, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency received more 40 complaints in 2016. Many expect that number to increase in 2017. Some argue that food fraud is essentially a victimless crime. But in fact, the entire food economy is at stake. Consumer trust is essential for any food business seeking to increase its market share and revenue. Why would consumers seek out or pay more for products that may be fraudulent? Most food companies are ethical but it only takes a few cases to damage the reputation of an entire industry.

And sometimes the damage can be devastating: the Dalhousie study suggests that consumers with allergies and/or food intolerances are particularly vulnerable. That makes food fraud a socio-economic issue and a public health one. Grocers have started to invest in technology to detect counterfeit products. But these measures can only do so much. And by reporting fraudulent products, grocers run the risk of retaliation. Food companies exposing fraud can themselves be accused of food fraud. Regulators would then have to test everything, which would be impossible. Public regulators have been aware of the issue for some time but struggle for solutions. A few provinces, including Ontario, have created food integrity committees with industry. But this work will take time to pay off. Meanwhile, consumers should shop for food and visit restaurants with extreme prejudice. Look for consistencies in pricing and quality. If a product is much cheaper at one outlet, perhaps the deal is too good to be true. Consumers should also ask retailers and restaurant operators pointed questions about procurement strategies to make the supply chain more transparent. Ultimately, though, consumers, as humans, are vulnerable to food fraud. But new technologies allow us to take some of the human factor out of detection. Around the world, researchers are developing portable technologies that allow consumers to validate the content of food labels. Imagine testing at home to see if that apple is really from Ontario or that olive oil is really from Italy. The technology exists but costs are prohibitive. Some of these devices cost more than $200,000. One day, though, consumers empowered by these technologies will become the most powerful regulators the food industry could ever imagine. Knowing that consumers can test the integrity of any product will mean the entire food supply chain becomes more disciplined. Over time, technology will get rid of the rotten apples of food fraud. © 2017 Distributed by Troy Media

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Tannins & Oak Wine has a pretty short list of ingredients. With only grape juice and yeast to work with, the hardworking winemakers of the world somehow manage to turn out Chardonnay that tastes like green apple, Cab Sauv that tastes like smoky leather, and every flavour in between. Two of the favourite tools in the winemaker bag of tricks are tannins and oak. After fermentation, many wines are aged in large oak barrels, which significantly changes the flavour. The first wine storage vessels were clay amphorae, invented nearly 5000 years ago in ancient Greece. During the expansion phase of the Roman Empire around 2000 years ago, it was discovered that the plentiful oak forests of Europe could be fashioned into barrels that were easier to work with than the traditional clay vessels. As an added bonus, the phenolic compounds in oak interacted with the wine to improve the flavour. If you have spent any time in the presence of insufferable wine snobs like your humble narrator, you will have heard them rambling on about tannins, particularly in red wines. For those not in the know, tannins are a naturally occurring polyphenol compound found in plants, seeds, leaves, and fruit skins. The skins of red grapes are particularly high in tannins, so it is generally red wines that are most influenced by tannins. Tannins impart bitterness and astringency to a wine, as well as complexity on the palate. To give you an idea of what tannins taste like, unsweetened black tea is pretty much 100% tannin. If you have ever left a teabag to steep in the pot too long, that astringent drying feeling on the tongue will be tannin. Different grape varietals have varying levels of naturally occurring tannins, with Pinot Noir being at the lower end of the scale, while the Nebbiolo grape made famous in the pricy Italian Barolo wines is perhaps the most tannic wine grape in the world, requiring decades in oak barrels to mature. Winemakers love tannins because they are a natural antioxidant, which prevents the wine from spoiling prematurely, but too much tannin will impart an unpleasant bitterness to the wine, so there

is a delicate balancing act to find the optimal level of tannin in a wine. Tannins are particularly bitter and astringent when the wine is freshly fermented, but extended exposure to oak softens out the rough edges and makes the wine softer and more palatable. This process is the result of complex chemical reactions inside the barrel, with the long-chain molecular polymers in the tannins linking up with the lignin and vanillin compounds in the oak, eventually becoming large enough to precipitate out of solution, thus reducing the bitterness of the wine. The downside is that oak barrels are very expensive. A single oak tree can only produce 2 wine barrels, enough to hold 50 cases of wine. Global deforestation, combined with increased demand for oak barrels from the wine and whisky industries have driven up the price, with a single barrel now costing from $500 to $2500, depending on the species and specific wood grain of the oak. The most common types are French Oak and American Oak, each of which has their own peculiarities. French Oak tends to have a tighter wood grain, and imparts a more subtle and complex flavour, while the wider-grained American Oak barrels contain more vanillin compounds, which affects the flavour more intensely. Technological advances in wine production have allowed winemakers to cut costs by storing their wine in stainless steel vats, then adding oak chips or staves. This gives the wine an extended contact with oak, but it is much cheaper to use oak chips than an entire oak barrel. To taste the difference for yourself, try tasting both a Merlot and a Cab Sauv. Merlot grapes are naturally low in tannins, so will feel much softer on the tongue, while the Cab Sauv will have a much more structured and complex flavour, much of which is due to the complex polyphenol compounds in the tannins. To get the best of both worlds, it is common for winemakers to add up to 20% Merlot to bottlings of Cab Sauv, allowing the Merlot to soften out the tannins in the Cab Sauv, and delighting the palates of wine drinkers the world over.

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Six Ways to Re-Connect with you Neighbourhood this Spring On warm winter days we get a taste of what may just be around the corner - families emerge to walk dogs, kids are outside playing or skating, and sunny days inspire us to connect with each other again. Healthy and vibrant neighbourhoods are created when we intentionally aim towards building those connections with people around us. If we do not plan to make our communities the best they can be, we will not become the kind of caring community that we all need and hope for. Here are six postures you can take to prepare yourself for a great season of reconnecting with the people who live in your community. 1. Get ready for a good time. Having fun in your neighbourhood gives us ownership of our place and helps us care for those who live around us. Prepare now to gather others and host a block party, make plans for a few backyard BBQ parties or set aside a Saturday afternoon for street hockey. If you live on the lake, invite new friends over to enjoy a boat ride. However you have fun, plan for it and find ways to include others. 2. Live with gratitude. Chestermere truly is one of the most amazing cities in the world. We live in peace, in prosperity, and community. Even on our hardest days we each have so much to be thankful for. When we live with gratitude for our city and neighbours, we see our world anew. Who do you appreciate in your neighbourhood? How can you begin this next season by showing gratitude for them? 3. Be courageous. Everything that we have in Chestermere began with ambition, boldness, and caring courage. Our lives and the lives of others are enriched when we find ways to do something meaningful and heartfelt for our city. When we take action, good things happen. It was ambition

that built the first cabins along the lake, it was a community of action that built the bike park, and it will be out of our shared sense of courage that we create the very best neighbourhoods. How will you courageously connect with the people on your street? 4. Bit by Bit. The best neighbourhood connections happen over time and with intentionality. When we set ourselves to care for the people beyond our fences, we begin a journey. Amazing neighbourhoods are created through the ups and downs of life, bit by by, by people who care for each other. 5. Live Generously. Is there something you make that others would enjoy? Do you love a particular kind of music, or food? Find ways of sharing your gifts with others. Last week I got a text from some of our amazing neighbours saying that they left some home-made goodies on our front step. It was a gift to us that makes us deeply appreciate the people who live around us. 6. Share your contact information. Some neighbours can go for years without knowing the phone numbers or email addresses of the people around them. By sharing your basic contact information you are building trust, friendship, and creating a network of people you can turn to in times of celebration and hardship. The people who live on your street are not strangers, they’re neighbours. How we connect and engage each other sets the tone for our city in lasting ways. Whatever your challenges or opportunities this year, Summer 2017 has the potential to be a year of creating new connections right in your neighbourhood. When we make a plan to bring out the best in others, we play a role in creating the kind of community that we know this city can become.

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B.C.’s “revenue neutral” carbon tax will result in a cumulative $865 million tax increase between 2013/14 and 2018/19 2013/14 onwards, these tax cuts

carbon tax ceased being revenue neutral in 2013/14.

By Charles Lammam and Taylor Jackson The Fraser Institute

This is certainly contrary to what the B.C. government reports

VANCOUVER, B.C. / Troy Media/ - In a major announcement last year, the Trudeau government imposed a policy that will require all provinces to put a price on carbon emissions by 2018. As governments in Canada and elsewhere pursue carbon pricing, British Columbia’s carbon tax has received global praise as the gold standard. Both the United Nations and the World Bank have declared B.C.’s “revenue neutral” carbon tax the model to follow. The OECD called it a “text book” example of how to implement carbon pricing. Commentators in Canada and the U.S have similarly hyped B.C.’s carbon tax, arguing it’s proof that governments can get carbon policy right. One of the underlying reasons for all this praise is the alleged revenue neutrality of B.C.’s carbon tax. Revenue neutrality simply means any new revenue from the carbon tax is offset with new tax cuts to ensure there’s no net tax increase from the policy. But there’s a fundamental problem with the B.C. model and proponents would do well to temper their enthusiasm. Despite what the government claims, B.C.’s carbon tax is not actually revenue neutral. Back in 2008/09, when the province first introduced the carbon tax, the B.C. government promised revenue neutrality. And initially it was. To offset the new revenue, the government introduced new cuts to personal and business tax rates and a new tax credit for low-income earners. The value of these new tax reductions was enough to offset all the new revenue generated from the carbon tax. However, just five years later, as the carbon tax revenue increased, the government no longer provided new tax cuts that sufficiently offset the carbon tax’s revenue. In other words, B.C.’s

account for less than 45 per cent

in its official documents, which claim that the total value of tax

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cuts more than offsets carbon tax revenue. The problem is that by

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2013/14, the government was no longer solely relying on new tax

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pre-existing tax credits to give the appearance of revenue neutral-

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Once the pre-existing tax reductions are properly removed from the government’s revenue neutral calculation, B.C. taxpayers endured a net tax increase of $226 million in 2013/14 and $151 million in 2014/15. Those numbers are based on historical data.

economic costs of the carbon tax. B.C.’s carbon tax is evidence that

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British Columbians between 2013/14 and 2018/19. So much for

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B.C.’s carbon

personal and corporate tax rates.

tax is not the

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“gold standard” it’s often made out to be. Charles Lammam and Taylor Jackson are co- authors of the

fore 2013/14, cuts to B.C.’s general corporate income tax rate and

Fraser Institute study Examining the Revenue Neutrality of British

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Columbia’s Carbon Tax.

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Sports Chestermere High School Athletics Brian Utley -

MONDAY, MARCH 6, 2017 It was a busy week in the athetic program, with all four basketball teams competing in the Rocky View Divisional Championships. CHS came home with two more banners for the gym and all four teams are preparing for their zone championships, this weekend. As well we are going after a wrestling provincial championship, on Saturday. FORD WITT HEADS TO OVERALL PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIP After Ford earned his second consecutive Provincial Rural Championship, he is busy preparing for the final school event of his illustrious career, the overall ASAA Provincial Wrestling Championship. Ford will defend the overall championship he earned last year. These championships will be held at Bishop Grandin High School, in Calgary, on March 10-11th. Best of luck to this outstanding athlete. SENIOR GIRLS BASKETBALL The Chestermere Senior Varsity girls team played in the Rocky View Divisional playoffs this week. On Thursday the team played Bow Valley in the semi-finals and won the game 94-21. The team had the following players score in double digits: Kasey Haasen, Cole Isbister, Marissa Boisjoli, Olivia Armstrong and Cadence Meszaros. The Lady Lakers then went on to play Bert Church in the Divisional Championnship, on Saturday evening. The team won the final by a score of 65-41 and, with the win, they are the Rocky View Divisional Champions for the 4th consecutive year. The high scorers for the game were Camren Longstaff with 20 points, Kasey Haasen with 17 and Noah Harris with 13. The team will play in the 4A zone playoffs this week

to qualify for 4A provincials. They take on Holy Trinity on Tuesday and then Foothills Composite on Wednesday. Both games are at 5:30 pm at Holy Trinity Academy in Okotoks. JV GIRLS BASKETBALL BUZZER BEATER The JV Girls had an incredibly exciting week of basketball. They opened the playoffs with a 66-17 victory over Bert Church. Relying on their great defense, they jumped out to a 27-0 lead after one quarter. This was a great team effort and put the Lady Lakers into the semi-final playoffs against Bow Valley. The Bobcats were a scrappy team and the girls had to dig deep to tough out a 63-50 victory. Hannah Harris hit six threes that helped spark the team to the win and a spot in the Rocky View League Championship game, against the Cochrane Cobras. The game was back and forth with neither team taking a commanding lead. The girls had to fight back from a late four point deficit to tie it up and force over time. In over time the team jumped out to a five point lead, only to have the Cobras go up tied it up and then go up two. The Lady Lakers kept fighting and tied it up. With six seconds left Jenna Merhi stole the ball and went coast to coast and hit a runner from the baseline that dropped, at the buzzer, and gave the girls the 2017 Rocky View Divisional Championship. One of the most exciting plays in Lady Laker history. Congratulations girls. This weekend the team will host the 2017 South Central Zone Championship. SENIOR BOYS BASKETBALL The Senior Boys had a strong week of basketball in league playoffs. They opened, last Tuesday, with a 92-47 victory over Springbank to put them into the semi-finals

against Bert Church. The boys had to fight back from a 12 point deficit to tie the game late. The Lakers hit a shot, at the buzzer, to earn the win and put them into the league championship game, for the 6th consecutive time. The boys played tough in the league championship game, against the Mustangs of George Mc Dougall, but could not come away with a victory. This week the boys travel to Holy Trinity Academy to participate in their 4A South Central Zone Championships. A spot in the 4A Provincials is on the line this week in Okotoks. JV BOYS BASKETBALL The JV Lakers had a tough tournament, last week, playing a quarter-final game against Springbank. The game was close at the start, but the Phoenix pulled ahead but the Lakers could not answer. The Lakers worked hard but lost 62-41. This knocked the team out of league playoffs. This week, the boys will re-group for the 3A/ 4A South Central Zone Championships to be held at Bert Church High School, in Airdrie. Best of luck JV Boys. CONGRATULATIONS TO LAKERS’ ALUMNI Congratulations to alumni, Jasdeep Gill and Jeff Rodehutskors, who, as members of the University of Calgary Dinos, have qualified, for the 2017 U Sports National Championship. These are the last games that Jasdeep will play in his university career. Jeff is a rookie so this will be his first National Championship. Best of luck to the Dinos.

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Fun Night of Girls Soccer in Chestermere Chestermere United Soccer U12 girls had a very memorable season. The team consisted of sixteen girls who fought hard to earn a bronze medal in their recent tournament, along with an overall third place standing after regular league play. To end the fun-filled season, the girls played against their parents for their final game. As luck would have it, the parents ended up winning 7-6. The girls would like to extend an invitation to any young girls in Chestermere considering playing outdoor soccer this summer, to come out and join in on the soccer fun and friendship. Please visit to register for more information. Thanks to the great coaches for such a fun and memorable season.



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Provincial News Leela Sharon Aheer Wildrose MLA

Hello Chestermere! I don’t know about you but when March hits, I feel the need for a little green in my life. I have lived in Alberta my whole life, and March conjures visions of warmer days and less of the cold, ice, and snow. Wishful thinking I know as it is -12, and my optimism may be my Achilles heel, but I will keep positive and hope for a little

more sun in our lives. Wishful thinking is also what we heard in the Speech from the Throne this week. You have heard Wildrose continually push the Government to reduce spending, or at the very least get this boat steering in the right direction toward debt reduction. With just over 1 billion dollars in interest payments a year, “making life better” as the Government put it seems like a slap in the face. Better for bankers perhaps? I found myself laughing/crying as the Government tried to explain how it has brought the rate of spending growth down: “thoughtfully and prudently”, to use their words. And yet, there is almost no mention of the fact that the Government is spending far more than it takes in; $10.8 billion more per year. But, they did mention that they will put a stop to outrageous perks like golf course memberships to government executives. After having the books available for almost two years this is the best they can come up with, but I guess we have to be thankful.

What makes me even more frustrated is that supporters of this kind of nonsense think that if Wildrose pushes back we are attacking the middle class and vulnerable Albertans. That couldn’t be further from the truth. This government does not understand that they cannot just provide “free” light bulbs (helpfully installed for you by an Ontario company!) and buy Albertans with a tiny carbon tax rebate in some pockets and think that Albertans are going believe they know how to govern. This government will not be able to buy us! They will spend until there is nothing left to spend, and then leave that debt to our children and grandchildren. Supposedly the Carbon Tax was not the massive economic shock that we everyday Albertans thought it would be. Who is the Government talking to? The day after the Carbon Tax was implemented, the Minister responsible for Climate Change joked that the province was still standing. Well, if the Government understood the resilience of the people of this province they would acknowledge that we always will survive and thrive, in spite of what the Government throws at us. The NDP will understand the full impact of this resilience when they are voted out in 2019. I was tentatively optimistic for a couple of sentences in the Throne Speech and that was because I heard the voice of Albertans, and a teeny bit of common sense reflective of what we have heard from you. The first victory for you my friends was hearing the words: “working with parents to modernize the curriculum.” Those words alone are words that YOU get to take credit for because you pushed for authentic participation. It has been at the core of my issue with the curriculum rewrite

along with the complete lack of transparency, clarity, and accountability surrounding the interest groups who are informing the rewrite. I have never been so proud of my province and the strength of her people. You do have a voice. The elimination of certain school fees and transportation costs in the public system is another victory for you! I would love to see the complete elimination of basic instructional fees (a longstanding Wildrose policy), but this 25% is a start. We have a lot of questions surrounding these reductions, and I promise to keep a close eye on it. We all breathed a shallow breath of relief when the Government resisted calls for ending public funds for private schools. We were cautiously optimistic until this past weekend when the Education Minister said that funding would be reviewed. However, I’m afraid we will see another about-face in how the Government says they will support parental choice in education. Does the Government support parental choice or not? Albertans deserve a straight answer, not these mixed messages. We are getting huge volumes of email on this issue and are doing our best to reply. Your wisdom and feedback are what inspires me every day. Wildrose leader Brian Jean will be here in Chestermere on Saturday, April 8 for a Town Hall Fundraiser. I would love to see you there and hear your voice as we will be discussing the path forward for Alberta’s conservatives. Please watch this space and our Facebook page for details. As always, we love to hear from you.

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Spring Reading Program 2017 Monday, March 20-April 30 Monday, March 20 is the first day of Spring and the launch of our Annual Spring Reading Program. We will have special programming and tools to track your reading. Be sure to register and have your membership up to date to be eligible for the prizes. Self Check-Out Have you tried our self check-out station? Just scan your Library card and enter your PIN. From there you can check out books or check the status of items out on your account. If it won’t allow you to check out items, just come to the desk. It likely means we have something on hold for you. Gentle Yoga Mondays & Wednesdays, 12:00-1:00 pm 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 March 21 and April 4 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. Look for us at Mind, Body, Spirit Expo – Rec Centre Saturday, March 18 at 10:00 am – 4:00 pm The Expo showcases products, services and resources for growth and fosters the individual quest for health, fitness and general well-being. Admission is free. This Week Monday, March 13 12:00-1:00pm Gentle Yoga Tuesday, March 14 7:00-8:00pm Knitting & Crocheting Wednesday, March 15 12:00-1:00pm Gentle Yoga 2:00pm Baby Storytime Friday, March 17 10:15-10:45am Drop-in Pre-school Storytime 12:00-1:00pm Qi Gong Saturday, March 18 10:00am-4:pm Mind, Body, Spirit Expo at Rec Centre 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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Weekly: Members $225/wk or Non Members $250/wk (4 Day Wks $180.00 M / $205.00 NM) Pre Camp Care 6:30 – 8:30 am M $25.00 / NM $30.00 per Week Post Camp Care 4:30 – 6:00 pm M $20.00 / NM $25.00 per Week Field Trips Only: 8 Trips – M $480.00 / NM $520.00 (pre & post care extra) CRCA PRESCHOOL CAMPS An opportunity for little ones to have a summer daycamp experience! Ages 3 - 5 years 9:00 am – Noon Chestermere Rec Centre Games, activities, crafts, outdoor play and lots of fun! “WILD WILD WEST” July 12th & 14th /“CIRCUS CAMP” July 26th & 28th “JUNGLE FUN” August 9th & 11th /“ANIMAL PLANET” August 16th & 18th Cost for 2 day camp: CRCA Members $60.00 Non Members $85.00 CHESTERMERE MIND BODY & SPIRIT EXPO 2017 No Cost to Attend! Sat March 18TH 10 – 4 pm Chestermere Rec Centre (201 West Chestermere Drive) Join us at the 9th Annual Mind Body & Spirit Expo Featuring: A POSITVE WELLBEING INTERACTIVE ROOM Get energized, empowered and educated through interactive displays and activities for all ages! If you have a relevant service or business and would like to participate, please email recreation@chestermerecrca. com.

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Are you listed in the directory? Each year Pier & Anchor Media publishes Chestermere’s only Residential & Business Directory. We are the COILED Directory that is delivered to every household, business & organization at the end of August. We are an opt-in directory and if you would like to have your name and telephone number included (or removed) we would be happy to include your information the 2017/18 Directory.

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Chestermere Events

Spring Market at the Rec. Centre in the MPP. Hall March 12th 10-3pm Sunday 201 West Chestermere Dr. Lot’s of great Vendors Hand knitting,Grow Charts, Pet treats, Leggings and apparel,Handmade soaps, Fresh Honey, Himalayan Salt Lamps, Healing Gemstones,Pottery/Flower Pots, Cedar Birdhouses, Face Painter, Barefoot Books, Book Art, Hand knit Sweaters, and many more…. Hope to see you at the market. Spring Market in the Langdon Field House 344 Centre St. April 9th 10-3pm Sunday Lot’s of great vendors Apparel, Fresh Honey, Himalayan Salt Lamps, Tupperware, Barefoot Books, Everything Essential Oil, Leggings Handmade scarfs, Jewelry, Forever Young, Stuff-In -Balloons Refinished Furniture, Art, Pottery and many more.

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 March 28 6:30pm - 8:30pm Assets-Build your future 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! 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 Historical Foundation Meetings and Programs 2017 March 21 ~ Who Were the Early Cottage Residents? 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.

Groups & Clubs

Events at The Waiting Room March 9 . Come meet the La Leche League . Join other pregnant or breastfeedingMoms for information , support and networking over a “Cafe au LLLait” at Waiting Room Cafe on Thursday February 9th from 1-3pm . No fee or Registration required . March 9 . Join us for a craft evening ( knitting , crochet , sewing ) at Waiting Room Cafe from 5-7pm . No fee or Registration required . Just bring your own supplies , March 16. CAN ( Chestermere Area Networking ) Are you a local business ? Business owner or sales rep ? Join us at Waiting Room Cafe on February 16 at 8.309.30am No fee or Registration required . March 16 . Join us for Craft evening (knitting , crochet , sewing ) No fee or Registration required . Just bring your own supplies . March 21 .Join us for stories to go . Every alternate Tuesdays at 10.15am to 10.45am at Waiting Room Cafe . Meet other parents while kids enjoy their stories . free and no Registration required . March 23. Join us for craft evening (knitting , crochet , sewing ) from 5-7pm. No fee or Registration required . Just bring your own supplies . March 24. Community Table Top Games Night from 5-8pm. Bring your favorite game or play one of ours . No Registration or fee required. Free family and friends event . March 30 . Join us for craft evening (knitting, crochet , sewing) from 5-7pm No fee or Registration required . Just bring your own supplies .

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.

LANGDON CURLING CLUB OPEN HOUSE Who: For people of all ages who would like to experience curling for the first time or want to check out what our club has to offer to the community. What: We have a 4 sheet curling facility, complete with a large viewing area and fully licensed bar When: SATURDAY, MARCH 18TH 10AM-3PM Where: The Bow Valley Community Club is located in Indus, adjacent to the Indus Rec Centre Why: Curling is a fanastic sport that blends physical activity with sociability! It’s affordable with league costs being as low as $250/adult for 6 months of fun! Cost: Free!! No need to sign up, just drop by and bring a pair of clean gym shoes for going on the ice.

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:

LANGDON CURLING CLUB OPEN HOUSE AND/OR INTRO TO CURLING CLINIC Who: For people of all ages who would like to experience curling for the first time What: This is a 4 hour introduction to the sport of curling covering everything from equipment, ice safety, slide and delivery basics, game play and strategy! When: SATURDAY, MARCH 25TH 10AM-3PM Where: The Bow Valley Community Club is located in Indus, adjacent to the Indus Rec Centre Why: To give people the chance to experience the great sport of curling Cost: The Open House is free! $35/person for the 4 hour clinic. To sign up for the clinic, please contact Sue at or

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

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. 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.

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

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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