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Unique ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day Metro Valentine’s Day is an opportunity for couples to celebrate their love for each other, whether their relationship is relatively new or has endured through many years. The National Retail Federation estimates that Americans are expected to spend close to $20 billion on Valentine’s Day this year. While chocolates and champagne are high on the list of most-purchased items for Feb. 14th, couples should not feel beholden to tradition on Valentine’s Day. This year may be the perfect time to try something new, even if it’s out of couples’ comfort zones. Here are some novel ideas for couple’s looking to set their celebrations apart. Paint and sip: Couples can take part in a growing trend this Valentine’s Day. At paint-and-sip events, people are guided stepby-step through the process of painting their own masterpieces. Breaks are provided through the evening to indulge in beverages and snacks of choice. Couples can bring along a bottle or two of wine and a platter of cheeses, chocolates or other Valentine’s Day fare. Those interested can inquire at their nearest paint and sip location, for Valentine’s Day specials. Activity night: Couples who are naturally competitive or devoted sports fans
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County makes impression at AAMDC convention By Murray Green
Every year a different county in Alberta makes a presentation at the annual AMSA/AAMDC (Alberta Municipal Supervisors Association/Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties) convention. This past fall, it was Camrose County’s turn. Employee Jeri Smith presented an overview of Camrose County in Edmonton and shared it with The Camrose Booster. “We have 8,458 very satisfied residents. We manage 10 villages and hamlets and Camrose County is expecting two villages to face dissolution in the next two years; Ferintosh and Edberg. This would increase our population by 353 people.” Camrose County rubs shoulders with seven outstanding counties; Wetaskiwin, Ponoka, Lacombe, Stettler, Flagstaff, Beaver and Leduc County. They have six councillors and one reeve. “Our CAO is Paul King and our fellow departments include Corporate Services, Finance, IT, GIS, Planning, Assessments, Protective Services, Safety, ASB, Landfill and Public Works. With a rough total of 70 full time staff members.” The County is 128km long and 48km wide, 338 thousand hectares of different soil types. “We also have around 42 km’s of paved roads, 2,557 km’s of graveled and 90 km’s of Ag roads. This year the public works operating budget was around $8.2 million. We have four plow trucks to clear our roads, which range in size from a one-ton pickup to a full-size tandem. It usually only takes our guys a day to finish plowing. All our plows are parked at the Camrose shop, this makes them more centralized and closer to the supply of sand,” Jeri continued. Hamlet snow removal consists of plow trucks, graders and a skid steer. “We purchased this handy six-way snow plow attachment for the skid steer to help remove snow in the narrow back alley’s. In 2015, we built the New Norway grader shed where we store two of our graders, vac truck and any other equipment that may be working in the area. This grader shed is not only for our use, but we share the building with the Battle River School Division. The four smaller doors house the school buses, and the bays on the left side of the building are ours. The total cost was $553,529. Roads
“We have a road foreman and 10 grader operators. We have one spare grader just in case our operators get behind when trying to maintain the 150 miles in each beat. It takes us roughly four to five days
to plow the roads in a large snow fall and about eight days to complete summer blading. We adopted a new policy for driveway snow plowing, the policy requires landowners to pay $40/time up to a maximum of four times/year. This includes only one summer blading.” The shoulder pull crew equipment consists of two John Deere graders, one packer, dozer, rock truck and a water ruck. In 2017, the crew were only able to complete 12 miles. After you break down all the costs and wages it works out to be roughly $37,000/mile. Dust control in previous years was provided by the County as calcium. “We started using a new product and it’s costing us $0.64/L, but we have found that the product can last longer than calcium in certain circumstances. Some concerns with the product are in high traffic areas the product wears faster, the application of the product can only be applied in high temperatures with no moisture.” Camrose County roads are built mostly out of black dirt. The maintenance of those roads become an annual cost. So, every year they try to upgrade six to 14 miles of road. “We have now started performing a prequalification for our contractors. We also enjoy challenging the contractor by having them build an eight metre road top, while working within our narrow 20m right of ways, with no land purchase unless there are special circumstances.” Camrose County met with each landowner for all the backslope and borrow agreements. The last road projects were completed in 2016. “Unfortunately, we had no construction this year due to Alberta Environment Per-
mits not being acquired in time. In the past, we have been paying roughly $267 to $275,000/mile for road reconstruction. From past experience with wetland permits, it has taught us that designing two years in advance allows us to deal with any unforeseen problems,” Jeri shared. Bridge construction
Bridge construction, includes removing and installing new large diameter culverts performed by the County crew and major repairs or construction completed by contractors. Currently, the County has roughly 23 or more bridge files that need to be replaced out of the total 113 structures located within the County. The maintenance and labour crew consists of five men on the crew and takes on four summer students every year. “These guys are my bridge replacement, bridge maintenance, culvert installation, snow plowing, road repair, sign installation and garbage/dead animal pick-up crew.” Zach (Mazure) manages all the gravel within the county, this includes crushing, hauling, testing exploration and screening sales. The total annual gravel budget ranges from $1.5 to $2.5 million depending on the crushing demand. To date, the County has four active gravel pits, a portion of one of those pits has been reclaimed and a few others are designated for future development. These pits supply gravel to all of County needs, which range from the winter gravel haul to gravel supply for bridge construction. “We would like to see this changed by utilizing other resources to complete small random jobs. Currently, we are also looking
for new gravel deposits to secure for future use.” All gravel crushing is and has been completed by third-party contractors. All the tenders are compiled inhouse and use a cubic meter system of measurement in order to avoid issues surrounding material density. A majority of the County gravel haul is completed in the winter months. The patch graveling is completed through the summer. For the winter haul, they hire eight local truckers and use two County trucks. The average haul is 17.5 miles from each pit and the average spread is around 225T/ mile. “Camrose County would be referred to as a “gravelrich” county. We have staff, dig sites at potential locations for new development and researching their viability. Typically, site investigations are followed by preliminary test hole investigations and pending promising results, a formal exploration plan.” In 2010, Graham Backus and his public works crew reclaimed a gravel pit into a conservation area, about 4,500 trout were stocked the first year and 2,500 are restocked annually. This area allows the public access which includes a trail around the pond, a small beach, playground, a look out point and a dock to place non-motorized boats in the water. “We met with Alberta environment to allow us to use this as compensation, but they denied our request. Council has expressed that they would like to see our future gravel pits reclaimed to a similar manner. The second pit we are looking to reclaim would be at Ferintosh. We are wanting to reclaim the pit to a wetland/ walking trail in hopes that we can use the reclaimed
area towards future wetland compensation projects,” said Jeri. The utility crew consists of a foreman and two operators. They look after two potable water truckfills, operate water distribution systems for five hamlets and one industrial subdivision, operate five wastewater collection systems, four wastewater treatment lagoons and perform contract work for surrounding villages. All Camrose County water distribution systems have either been installed within the last 10 years or have received significant upgrades in that time. The oldest and most deteriorated system is in the hamlet of New Norway, which dissolved in 2012. “Over $3.5 million has already been invested into the water infrastructure for this community and there are still many known issues. We are working to get all systems to be full cost recovery.” All potable water currently distributed by Camrose County is treated before we receive it. City of Camrose, Hwy 12/21 Regional Water services Commission and Capital Region Southwest Water Services Commission provide the water throughout our municipality. “Working with these groups has been a very beneficial venture as not only does it reduce economic and environmental demands on our municipality but being familiar with these groups also permits for the sharing of information and experiences to help expedite our learning and improvement process. In fact, just recently the Highway 12/21 water services commission completed the tie-in to the north portion of their system wherein the County was able to be a part of it.” A new potable water truckfill was constructed off of Highway 12/21 Water Services commission waterline in 2016 and was put into service in early 2017. This truckfill services surrounding residents and businesses. “When we received the tenders it was a bit shocking when the initial lowest bid came in at $797,075, making the total $883,525. We took the initiative, to reject the tender submittals because they were all over budget. By paying the engineering consultant an extra $36,048 to breakdown and source out the work to individual contractors, the overall project price was reduced by $195,404. It’s also important to note that the specs used in the initial tender were the same as what was actually constructed,” concluded Jeri.
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By Wes Taylor, MLA
Let me begin by wishing you all a Happy New Year, at least as happy as one can expect. I cannot go anywhere and not have someone stop me and tell me his or her disappointment with the carbon tax. Jan. 1 saw the imposition of the second increase to the Carbon Tax–an increase of 50 per cent. Two-thirds of Albertans are opposed to this job killing tax; I count myself among that number. Let us not forget that the federal government has their hand out too, because the carbon tax has GST attached to it. Consequently, we have a tax on a tax. What does that mean? Well it is now $1.517 for natural gas, 6.73 cents per litre for gas, 8.03 per litre for diesel and propane is 4.62 cents per litre. I have been talking with towns and municipalities about the increase and it is costly to them. For example, the carbon tax in Wainwright will cost them $1.5 million, they can only roll back services or products that they offer, just so much, and then they have to pass this along to the average household and business.
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of what conditions the federal government may impose. I am opposed to paying more taxes for no good reason–the NDPs social licence ruse has been fully exposed with the failure of approval for Kinder Morgan, Energy East and Northern gateway pipeline projects. The NDP’s ideological policies have made life for our job-creators far more difficult with more red tape and increased costs to run a small business. The unintended consequence of these policies? The destruction of the Alberta Advantage and jobs. Among my many responses to the many disappointed individuals I mentioned above, is the question “who voted for this tax”? The answer is, of course, simply no one. The NDP did not campaign or have it in their platform a plan to introduce a carbon tax. Indeed, it was not discussed during the 2015 campaign. That is why I call it the biggest lie in Alberta political history. On a serious note, it is estimated that at least $34.8 billion in investment fled the oilsands sector alone. In turn, the carbon tax has effects on all sectors of Alberta’s economy, because the tax applies to every type of economic transaction in the province. There are now over 200,000 Albertans looking for work. Both Calgary and Edmonton tie for second place for the highest unemployment rates in Canada. Of course, we must be environmentally responsible. However, this tax achieves nothing other than to force everyone to pay more for everything. This, of course, hits the poorest among us the hardest. This is unacceptable. Oh, I almost forgot, Happy 2018! You can contact Wes Taylor, MLA Battle River-Wainwright at his office 780-842-6177 or fax 780- 842-3171.
Railway Station calls on artists By Lori Larsen
The Camrose Heritage Railway Station and Park is calling on artists of all ages in Camrose and area to submit any art pieces in the medium of their choice, depicting the Central Alberta coal era. One of the station’s main events this summer, Coal–The End of an Era, celebrating the history of the coal industry in this area, will be held on Saturday, July 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. “The Canadian Northern came to this area for the coal,” noted Camrose Heritage Railway Station and Park managing director, Norm Prestage. “They came from Vegreville and wanted to get to the Drumheller coalfields.” The station also encourages residents of Camrose and area to share any stories they may have from their ancestors about the coal mines. “We would like to gather those stories together and we invite anybody who wants to volunteer to come and speak at the event.” Along with the activities planned for the July 14th event, the art pieces will be displayed through-
Lori Larsen, Camrose Booster Camrose Heritage Railway Station and Park managing director Norm Prestage hangs a picture of an old steam engine encouraging artists to bring in their own art to the station for July and August, depicting the coal era.
out the station for the months of July and August. “We would like children and adults to submit their artwork so we can display it, then we will return it at the end of August. If they would like to sell their artwork, we will arrange that for that as well,” said Prestage. Some of the suggested topics for artwork include: steam engines or farm machinery powered by coal, drying the laundry in front of the coal stove, reading in
the rocking chair in front of a fire, laying or raking coal fires and fire irons or other essential tools. Prizes will be offered for best child and adult piece. “Coal was the engine that drove the industry in Western Canada, so we would like to celebrate that.” For more information, contact Norm Prestage, at the station, at email email@example.com or by telephone at 780-6723099.
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Have your cake and eat it too By Lori Larsen
When it comes to wedding cakes many couples today are wanting to have their cake and eat it too, so the days of decorated artificial cakes are giving way to a variety of options. The following are just a few tips for couples to keep in mind when selecting a cake for that special day. If you are serving the cake to your guests it is wise to taste test options. Many bakers will offer tasting appointments which gives you an opportunity to meet them and determine their range of styles and flavours. When deciding on a frosting remember buttercream is tastier than fondant. However, fondant can be a safer choice than buttercream or whipped if your cake is going to sit out in warm temperatures. Select a style for your cake that will coincide with the overall wedding theme
and in some instances be compatible with the season of your event. If you are looking for colours that compliment your wedding colours leave fabric swatches with your baker. More and more couples are choosing cupcakes or mini cakes as opposed to traditional tiered wedding cakes. When determining the size of your cake a good rule of thumb is three tiers will serve 50 to 100 guests, five tiers will serve 200 or more guests. Always consider delivery to the venue and sizes of doorways and display areas and arrange a display area for your cake. Budget should always be considered. Depending on the size, decorations, amount of labour and ingredients of the cake, prices can vary from $1.50 to $15 per slice. Ordering a small decorated cake
along with mini cakes or cupcakes, less finely decorated, can save on the cost of decorating many tiers. A dessert or candy bar can also cut down on the cost of a formal cake. Consider decorating your cake with seasonal flowers or fruits to lower the cost over handcrafted sugar or gum paste decor. Groom’s cakes are becoming more popular and are usually a darker richer chocolate. The style of the cake can reflect the groom’s passions and hobbies Top it all off with a cake topper that is unique to you and your wedding theme or style. Options include heirloom toppers (handle with care), cascading flowers, icing bows and ribbons, figurines (could represent your pet or the couple’s hobby, such as skis), and monogram initials. The options are unlimited.
A family gown stands the test of time By Lori Larsen
It is a pretty well-known fact that one of the most important parts of a wedding is the bride’s gown. Many hours are spent dreaming, wondering, searching for and ultimately worrying about that perfect dress. For one local family, that perfect dress stands the test of time and the 57-year-old wedding gown has become a family legacy. Beginning its journey in 1960 with bride Maxine King, the gown
has since been worn by three generations including sisters. “Maxine King wore the dress in October 1960 in Rosalind,” explained Cindy Kruger, Maxine’s daughter. The dress was then worn in June 1963 in Daysland by Maxine’s sister Elaine Heck, only changing the look slightly with a different veil and headpiece. Carrying on the tradition, Cindy wore the gown, varying the look once again with a different veil, at
her own wedding in August 1980 in Camrose. “What makes this wedding dress even more special was it has since been worn by three sisters, Shilo Harback (November 2009 in Mexico), Megan Prozniak (May 2012 in Camrose) and Chelsey Cannon (October 2017 in Australia),” added Cindy. Each of these three sisters made it their own by having it carefully altered by a trusting friend. Besides being handed down
through generations, the gown has also seen its share of the world, travelling from wedding to wedding at a variety of destinations. “Though the lace is just starting to show its age, the dress has been boxed and awaits the next bride.” This family of brides have managed to keep tradition and family history thriving by enveloping it in a sheath of soft and beautiful lace.
Submitted photos This family wedding dress stands the test of time. It has been passed down three generations and recently worn by three sisters.
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My sister-in-law noticed it first. There was a sound of water running, stopping, and then running again. We had two three-yearolds loose in the house and had committed a common playdate blunder: we were deep in conversation and hadn’t been checking on the children often enough. We left our teas behind and went to check on the little cousins. They had dragged another stool over and were standing side by side at the bathroom sink. The sink was filled with water and many small plastic animals. They were contentedly washing each creature and totally absorbed in their project, sleeves wet to the elbows as water dripped down the cabinets. I paused, then got each of them a scrubby brush. Then I went to get the camera and my sister-in-law got hers. After we had captured their messy antics, we got out a towel, and helped them to sop up the mess and find dry clothes. It reminded me of a trip to visit my cousins in B.C. when I was little. I can remember sliding down their greenhouse and staring at their pet llamas. For unknown reasons, my cousin and I walked to the end of their driveway to their large rock where we proceeded to get completely ungie pungie (my childhood word for naked), climb up the rock and paint our bodies. Now, the only reason I know that I did this on that holiday is that we have photographic evidence. Because yes, instead of chastising us, or quickly herding us back indoors, our parents paused to take a picture. My point is that connecting deeply with others is what makes life fun. It’s the key to feeling happiness. Science has even shown that one of the biggest predictors of happiness is the quality of the relationships we have. Neuroscientist Matthew Lieberman in his book Social says that the importance of social connection is so strong that when we are rejected or experience other social pain, our brains “hurt” in the same way they do when we feel physical pain. More and more, I am trying to pay attention to natural times in the day for connection. If my little one is looking through a book, I plunk down beside him, snuggle him close, and read for a while. The other night, we had just returned from our crazy night of overlapping activities for two children. It was time for pajamas, homework and bed. But then I heard the distinct sound of frolicking from the back of the house. I was pretty sure my husband wouldn’t be pleased. But then I realized that all three of my children were wrestling with him in the bedroom. They were taking turns being “caught” (which seemed to involve much snuggling and tickling) while the others worked fiendishly to free the one who was struggling. It was late. We were supposed to be sticking to a schedule. So what did I do? I joined in. Soon I was helping to pull arms away and tickling bellies. We headed off to bed in a contented kind of way, any anxieties about the day erased. They were off to bed a little later than intended, but we had connected. Then the next night, we had an impromptu game of flashlight hide and seek. There was no school the next day, no baths to be had, no homework to finish. We turned all the lights off, gave a flashlight to the seeker and you became it if the flashlight shone on you. It was a tremendously funny twist on hide and seek. We were bumping into each other in our hiding spots, and hilarity ensued. We were laughing and building better connections. A new year, full of limitless possibilities, is staring us in the face. Let’s grab our family and friends, find ways to laugh until our cheeks hurt and connect with them in a way that leaves us deeply, breathlessly content.
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CAFCL sprucing up lives By Lori Larsen
The charitable spirit of Christmas just keeps on giving as staff of the Camrose Association For Community Living (CAFCL) generously give back to those in need in the community. Having raised almost $800 during the CAFCL Christmas Giving Back Initiative, staff used the money to purchase decor for a room at the Camrose Women’s Shelter. “The CAFCL Leadership Team encourages staff to donate money to a different organization each Christmas,” said CAFCL public relations manager Cherilyn Sharkey. With the funds raised, they were able to provide new bedding, curtains, a new
curtain rod, garbage can, dresser, lamp and inspirational wall art. CAFCL is a registered not-for-profit charitable, community focused organization that provides services to people to assist in developing skills and building quality of life. Some of the programs offered at CAFCL include: family and adult services, acquired brain injury outreach, adult outreach, Rose Club (Meaningful Options for Role Enhancement), TIPS (Teaching Independence and Parent Support), PCAP (Parent Child Assistance Program) and Support Homes Contractors. For more information on CAFCL, visit the website at www.cafcl.ca/.
Submitted Camrose Association For Community Living staff starting second to left, Cherilyn Sharkey, Stacey Olstad, Leni Schielke and Aleshia Hockley sit with Camrose Women’s Shelter representative Devona Gibson, far left, in the newly decorated room at the shelter.
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Telling “tails” of pet therapy treatment success By Lori Larsen
More and more pets, specifically dogs, are being recognized for the tremendous services they can provide and as a result pet therapy has become a successful and growing form of treatment. “St. John Ambulance has had a pet therapy program since 1992,” said St. John Ambulance manager of community services Sandi Misselbrook. “It was introduced in Ontario and it has now spread to every province in Canada and is one of our most successful volunteer programs in Canada.” The program accepts any breed or age of dog but does require the dog be a minimum of one-year-old, recognizing that the social maturity age for most dogs is two. “We don’t get super calm dogs at one-year-old or less.” In order to qualify for the program handlers must be 18 years of age or older and are required to complete an application form, provide a criminal record check and go through a screening process prior to being placed in a community. Having successfully completed the screening and evaluation process, Bittern Lake resident and pet therapist Karen Gibson with therapy dogs, Booker and Dylan are now serving Camrose and surrounding areas with the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program. Misselbrook explained that St. John Ambulance encourages their volunteers to be involved in as many volunteer programs, including pet therapy, as they have time for and on the same note encourages their visitation sites to be involved with as many volunteer visitation programs as possible. “St. John Ambulance believes there is room for
us all in terms of volunteer programs.” The process
In an effort to ensure consistency and professionalism amoung their volunteer pet therapy teams, St. John Ambulance requires the teams to complete a fairly extensive evaluation process. “First we (St. John Ambulance) meet with the teams so we can see how the team (handler and the dog) work together,” said Misselbrook. After the initial meeting with the teams the handler is invited to a pre-evaluation session to determine how the handler interacts with people. “Then the team comes to an evaluation,” continued Misselbrook. “At that point the dogs don’t meet. We want to see how the dogs manage under the stress of not meeting the other dogs in the room.” Misselbrook indicated there are 12 elements involved in the St. John’s standard dog therapy evaluation. “We like to see if the dog can walk in a pattern, how do they react to noise, how do they respond to a variety of personalities.” In an effort to evaluate the dogs’ response to different people and situations, St. John uses volunteer actors that go through various scenarios. “There are two evaluations,” explained Misselbrook. “The adult evaluation, which is the National Standard evaluation, than after a period of time, usually about 30 evaluations or up to eight months and once we are able to get to know the teams, they become eligible to participate in a child evaluation. “Karen and Booker have also gone through the child evaluation so they are eligible to participate at sites where predominantly children might congregate.” Volunteers with the St.
Lori Larsen, Camrose Booster St. John Ambulance, Alberta Council Community Services manager Sandi Misselbrook, back delights on having Karen Gibson, seated, and dog Booker on board as a Pet Therapy team.
John Ambulance Dog Therapy program are automatically covered by the organization’s national insurance program, as long as they are acting within the scope of the St. John’s programming. From an insurance perspective the dog members of the team are considered to be chattle of the human handler. “So the human’s insurance would respond if there is some kind of injury to the dog and, knock on wood, we have not had any incidents where a dog has been injured, as far as we have had any reports, and we have never had any issues with our volunteers at any of our sites, in terms of untoward activity.” Misselbrook said the screening process is successful in determining the people who are sincerely interested in the work the
Lori Larsen, Camrose Booster The Camrose Public Library Reading Tails program encourages young readers to read to Pet Therapy dogs. Pictured is 10-year-old Althea Gacusan reading a chapter book with Dylan, left and Booker (Dylan’s father) right.
program does. “Karen has a huge passion (for the dog therapy program work). She lights up when she talks about the sites that she goes to and, from my observations, Karen and Booker get so much from volunteering at the sites as well. “I think that is the reason why people volunteer, they not only do to give but they also receive.” The service provided by the therapy dogs is free to the sites and the handlers receive uniforms, orientation, training and support all free of charge. “It is all sponsored by St. John Ambulance,” said Misselbrook. “It is part of our commitment to all of our communities in all of the provinces.” Dog therapy qualities
As previously noted, to be a St. John therapy dog there are no specific breed or age (over one year old) requirements, however St. John does look for certain qualities. “In terms of teams we are looking for cooperative, energetic, people oriented teams that want to give back to the community and share the unconditional love of a wonderful family pet. Any happy-go-lucky dog, that can respond to basic commands, are eligible,” said Misselbrook adding that they do discourage dogs that are pawers or big barkers and lickers. “If someone comes in and the dog displays some of these behaviours we encourage them to come back once they have extinguished the behaviour. Smiling she added, “They can have the odd lick because many people like to be kissed.” Misselbrook also said that while dog tricks are
not a necessity if the dog can perform tricks it adds a degree of entertainment for the people at the sites. “We do require that the dog be under the handler’s control 100 per cent of the time while they are at their visitation location to ensure every persons’ safety.” Karen, along with her dog Booker (and now Dylan) visit approximately 583 people, including 24 Elementary readers, each month. Currently the venues Karen and Booker serve include in Camrose: University of Alberta Augustana; The Bethany Group, Bethany Meadows Continuing Care and Designated Supportive Living and Bethany Meadows Continuing Care-Cottage (C) Maple and Oak, Faith House Designated Supportive Living; Louise Jensen Continuing Care; Rosehaven Provincial Program and Designated Supportive Living; Viewpoint Designated Supportive Living; Camrose Public Library Reading Tails; in Tofield: Sunshine Villa; Tofield Canada Day Parade; Tofield (Terry Fox Run) High School, Middle School, Elementary School and Tofield Health Centre. “Karen has her eyes on other sites so we will codevelop those sites with her Anywhere there is a need for the love a pet. “We (St. John Ambulance representative) will meet with the location, do a walk around, a hazard assessment, determine where exits are and where the dog relief area is, parking situation and emergency procedures.” Getting involved
St. John Ambulance is one of the oldest charitable organizations in the world with over 900 years of experience. The organization is excited to have the St. John Ambulance Dog Therapy Program in Camrose and area and appreciates the time and effort volunteers, like Karen, put in and encourage anyone interested in joining as a Dog Therapy Team to contact them. “We have already have had some local interest and have met with three people,” said Misselbrook. “Hopefully we will be able to get them up and running in the spring.” Anyone interested in volunteering with St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program can contact through email at email@example.com For more information on St. John Ambulance and their programs and volunteering visit the website at www.stjohn.ab.ca.
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Hemp is a healthy alternative By Murray Green
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Hemp is getting a lot of interest from producers. The federal Cannabis Act will have significant impact on regulatory regime for industrial hemp in Canada. New regulations for use of chaff (leaves and flowers) and simplifying hemp licencing are under discussion. The Cannabis Act is expected to take effect in July 2018. Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, and partners, are putting on a seminar in Vegreville (Feb. 8) to help Alberta producers identify if industrial hemp may be a good fit in their crop rotation. Patti Breland and Lori-Jo Graham of Agriculture and Forestry will start the day off by providing an overview of the industrial hemp industry and current market opportunities. Jan Slaski, lead industrial hemp researcher at InnoTech Alberta, and Byron James, supervisor of the farm and decortication facility located in Vegreville, will present, and both have a vast amount
of knowledge on growing industrial hemp. “You can’t treat growing industrial hemp the same as growing canola,” said Slaski, who is also a director at Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance. Brian Rozmahel, a producer from Viking, will relate his experiences growing organic industrial hemp. “Last year was our fourth year of being certified organic and growing hemp. My interest lies in using cover crops to improve soil health, increase fertility and to control weeds,” said Rozmahel, who also spoke this past November at the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance in Ottawa. Terry Radford of Just Biofiber will present on the commercial use of hemp as a sustainable building material. From his family farm in Saskatchewan, Radford has experience in all aspects of launching and establishing new companies in the marketplace, from finding new market niches to setting strategic directions for growth management. Charles Holmes, presi-
dent of Hempco Canada, became involved in formulating and marketing health products and set out to discover the ultimate vegan protein source for humans—and as he says “he found it in the mighty hemp seed.” Charles will be speaking on their experiences with hemp manufacturing for the food industry. The Holmes Family are longtime pioneers and innovators in hemp research, products advocacy and education. Dan Madlung was inspired to pursue his passion for forestry as a fulltime entrepreneur and he now owns several businesses including BioComposites Group (BCG) Inc. BCG designs and builds renewable, bio-based products from the industrial hemp plant using his fibre mat technology. Dan will be speaking on commercializing products utilizing hemp fibre. Register online, or email patti.breland@ gov.ab.ca for more information.
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Francophonie council recruitment By Murray Green
FARMLAND FOR SALE BY TENDER (Camrose County, Alberta Area)
HARRY R. BURFIELD hereby offers the following parcel of land in the Camrose County area for sale by tender, subject to the existing reservations on title with the exception of any financial encumbrances on title such as Mortgages, which will be discharged: LINC: 0023 451 529 MERIDIAN 4 RANGE 19 TOWNSHIP 48 SECTION 19 QUARTER SOUTH WEST EXCEPTING THEREOUT ALL MINES AND MINERALS AND THE RIGHT TO WORK THE SAME AREA: 64.7 HECTARES (160 ACRES) MORE OR LESS The land is located approximately 18 km North of Camrose, Alberta. Included in the sale is a house, double garage, single car garage, barn, 40’x110’ quonset, one 2000 bushel bin and one 2500 bushel bin. 135 cultivated acres; north ½ is fenced and cross fenced. Tenders are to be submitted in sealed envelopes marked “Burfield Tender”, to Martin West at Farnham West Stolee Kambeitz LLP, Barristers and Solicitors, 5016-52 Street, Camrose, Alberta T4V 1V7, on or before 12:00 noon, March 14, 2018, and shall be accompanied with GST number and a certified cheque or bank draft payable to Farnham West Stolee Kambeitz LLP in trust for 10% of the tender price. No conditional tenders will be accepted and the highest, or any tender, will not necessarily be accepted. Tenders will not be opened in public. The deposits of all unsuccessful tenderers will be returned to them by mail. The successful tenderer shall be obligated to complete the purchase on or before May 1, 2018. The 10% deposit shall constitute a deposit towards the purchase price. To view the property, please contact HARRY R. BURFIELD at 780-672-6109.
Albertans will have the opportunity to help develop the province’s first French Policy by applying to join the new Alberta Advisory Council on the Francophonie. The council will advise the minister of culture and tourism, responsible for the Francophone Secretariat, on the implementation of Alberta’s French Policy. The council will help ensure the francophone community, in all its geographical, cultural and demographic diversity, is represented and that French-speaking Albertans have a voice in the policy’s ongoing implementation. “The French Policy was created to help improve government supports for Alberta’s diverse and fastgrowing French-speaking population. I encourage interested Albertans to step up and join the first Alberta Advisory Council on the Francophonie. This is a great opportunity to advise the government on ways it can be more inclusive. Members will also help the province collaboratively deliver on the pol-
icy’s objectives to make life better for French-speaking Albertans,” said Ricardo Miranda, Alberta Minister of Culture and Tourism, responsible for the Francophone Secretariat. The French Policy, announced in June 2017, outlines the guiding principles the province will use to help maintain existing and develop new Frenchlanguage services and supports within available resources. The policy also aims to promote greater recognition for the past and present contributions of Alberta’s Francophonie. For more information and to apply to become a member of the Alberta Advisory Council on the Francophonie, visit boards. alberta.ca. The deadline for application is Feb. 28. The council will have 10 members, drawn from a cross-section of people who can represent the diversity and vitality of Alberta’s francophone community. The council will be in place by fall 2018. After English, French is the most spoken language in Alberta (Census 2016).
More than 268,000 Albertans speak French and more than 418,000 Albertans are of French/ French-Canadian descent. Alberta’s francophone population has increased more than 12 per cent since 2011. Alberta has one of the fastest growing francophone populations in Canada and the third largest French-speaking population in the country, outside of Quebec. Increase in the Frenchspeaking populations of Canada is projected to be highest in Alberta and the territories, with growth between 25 and 50 per cent by 2036 (Statistics Canada). Enrolment in francophone schools has increased by almost 200 per cent in Alberta since 1996. There are 31 communities in Alberta that have a francophone presence, whether it is a francophone school, a cluster of organizations or facilities and/ or a francophone cultural centre.
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Community grants By Bruce Hinkley, MLA Wetaskiwin-Camrose
Here are some grants which might be of interest to various community groups. Alberta Childrens’ Services provides grants regarding mental health, family and community support. For more specific information contact Kesa Shikaze at 780-422-2486 or email@example.com. Alberta Justice provides grants for youth initiatives and crime prevention. Contact Michael Stanberry at 780-422-3453 or Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org. Alberta Culture and Tourism has grants available for youth recreation and physical activity. Contact Kristine Telenko at 780-422-9574 or Kristine.telenko@ gov. ab.ca. Alberta Education provides grants relevant to Indigenous children’s education and initiatives. For more information contact Kerryanne Doyle at 780-644-6985 or email@example.com. Alberta Health has grants to strengthen the mental health system in Alberta. You can reach Coreen Everington at 780-643-9353 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Ministry of Agriculture has some new and extended initiative supporting energy efficiency for farms and agri-processors. Some $81 million has been earmarked for four programs that help increase efficiency for farmers, ranchers and agri-processors. On-farm solar photovoltaic systems will utilize $8.5 million of this fund for the third edition of this program as farmers have been strong supporters and continue to oversubscribe and $42 million will be used for upgrading equipment or facilities to lower energy costs. About $21 million will be available for companies and large agri-processors that add value to a primary commodity by improving their energy efficiency. And $9.5 million has been approved to convert high-pressure irrigation systems into low-pressure ones. More specific detail and the application forms will soon be rolled out. Check the website www.agriculture.alberta.ca to keep abreast of these initiatives. The City of Camrose will receive $14,285 for the Fire Services Training Program. The County of Camrose qualifies for two bridge replacements (at $120,000 and $145,000) and the Hay Lakes Water Station Loader upgrades ($49,524). In the County of Wetaskiwin the West Pine Lodge in Winfield is approved for $380,000 for the installation of a fire suppression system and upgraded fire panel. The Hamlet of Alder Flats will receive $625,000 for their wastewater line construction. Bittern Lake children will benefit from some $12,000 of playground upgrades. One topic of discussion has been the July 1 legalization of cannabis. For more details about what Alberta will be legislating to comply with federal laws check www. alberta.ca/cannabis. At a glance here is the Alberta Cannabis Framework: 18 will be the proposed minimum age to purchase cannabis—the same age as alcohol and tobacco. Rules for labour groups and employers to ensure worksites are kept safe will be developed. Cannabis consumption will be allowed in homes and in some public spaces where smoking tobacco is allowed, but restricted in places where kids tend to be. You will be able to grow up to four cannabis plants in your home (four plants even though there may be multiple adults living there), but not outdoors where kids can potentially access them. No cannabis use will be allowed in vehicles, even by passengers. Like alcohol cannabis will need to be secured away from drivers and passengers. Additional rules will be put in place to prevent people from driving under the influence. An adult person will be able to possess up to 30 grams of dried cannabis in public. In the beginning, there will be no online sales in Alberta. Licensed growers across Canada will be required to meet federal quality and safety standards. Growers will sell cannabis to a government owned and operated distributer who will ship safe products to retail outlets. Private retail stores will have to follow strict rules such as special staff training and hours of operation. For a great informative website about our environmental policies please check: www.alberta.ca/climateleadership-plan.aspx.
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Former three-term Edmonton mayor and former cabinet minister Stephen Mandel is running to lead the Alberta Party. He has been travelling the province meeting people and learning about their visions for the province in the future. Mandel announced that he entered the leadership race for the Alberta Party last month. He is reentering politics because he’s deeply concerned the province is at a critical crossroads in its 113-year history. He said the province is lacking pragmatic, forward-
thinking and decisive leadership. “Alberta is upside down right now. Our economy is fundamentally changing. Many are worried there is no direction and some think our best days might be behind us,” Mandel said. “We need to bring people together, from different backgrounds and ages, to dream big to build a better tomorrow for our province. It needs to be a positive, bold plan that is both fiscally responsible and socially progressive.” Mandel pledged to work hard to build the Alberta Party by attracting strong, diverse can-
didates, strengthening constituency associations and earning the trust of Albertans. “While others spend their time and energy attacking and trying to divide Albertans, let’s be the Party that inspires. Let’s give Albertans something to believe in and to root for,” he said. Kara Levis and Rick Fraser are also in the leadership race to succeed Greg Clark. For more information visit www.albertaparty.ca/.
Dangers of driving tired By Lori Larsen
Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is not only dangerous but can prove to be a costly error in judgement, but what many people don’t realize is driving when you are fatigued can be just as deadly. Camrose RCMP reminds motorists of the alarming facts of driving while fatigued. A driver that has been awake for 23 to 24 hours suffers the same impairment as having a blood alcohol level of 0.05. Fatigue slows a person’s reaction time, impairs judgement, decreases awareness and increases the risk of causing or being involved in a motor vehicle collision. The number one cause of fatigued driving is lack of sleep but other factors also contribute, such as driving long distances without stopping for rest breaks, driving during night time hours, driving alone and driving when you would normally be sleeping. Some medications will also cause drowsiness and alcohol consumption will increase fatigue. According to the Canada Safety Council 20 per cent of Canadians admit to having fallen asleep while operating a motor vehicle at least once within a year. The Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators report that fatigue is a factor in up to 21 per cent of motor vehicle collisions, resulting in about 400 deaths and 2,100 serious injuries every year. At 21 per cent, fatigue would rank as the third highest measurable cause of collisions behind alcohol impairment and speedaggressive driving. “Through the course of my job I have witnessed first hand the devastating consequences of fatigued driving,” remarked Camrose RCMP Constable Trent Kenyon. “Someone dying because one person makes a poor decision to start driving or continue to drive when feeling tired is tragic and fully preventable.”
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Certain factors in a person’s life or lifestyle can also increase the risk of fatigue, such as working shift work or irregular work schedules, people who drive for a living, untreated sleep disorders and in many instances teenagers and young adults, especially during school exam times. Recognize the signs
Recognizing the signs of fatigue could literally make the difference between life and death. Signs include loss of concentration, drowsiness, slow reactions, sore or tired
Lori Larsen, Camrose Booster Camrose RCMP Corporal Verbaas tries to get the attention of this fatigued driver.
eyes, yawning, boredom, irritability, lane drifting, missing road signs or turnoffs, noticing a vehicle in the rear view mirror that appeared to come out of nowhere and nodding off.
There are numerous things a person can do to reduce the chance of fatigue. If you notice you are getting drowsy while driv-
ing, move your vehicle to a safe place and rest. Schedule breaks for at least every two hours or approximately 160 kilometres. If safe to do so, get out of the vehicle and walk around.
“We have all been at that spot, when driving, where we begin to start nodding off and we have to make that conscious choice to either pull over and grab a nap or continue driving,” added Const. Kenyon. “The right choice is always to pull over and grab a short nap.” If you are especially tired, it is best advised to stop driving and go to a place where you can get proper sleep, such as checking into a hotel/motel. Travel with somebody else who is alert and awake. The passenger can advise the driver if they show signs of fatigue, such as crossing the centre line or driving to the shoulder. Tag driving is not always recommended, a sleeping passenger defeats the purpose. Avoid eating heavy or sugary foods and beverages when driving. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and eat high protein snacks. Be a safe and defensive driver and stay alert when at the wheel.
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