February 13, 2024 Super Booster Mid-Winter Edition

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Mid-Winter Edition


FEBRUARY 13, 2024


We are collectively on the countdown to Spring! With 54 days of winter now in the rearview mirror, we have just another five weeks until the official start to Spring. As resilient Albertans, this will be a breeze. We share these photos as a reminder that there is plenty of hustle, bustle and beauty to be found during the winter months.

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City Council recognizes Members-at-Large finishing terms . . . 3 Planning for retirement . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Alberta grades an “A” for red tape reduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

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APPLY NOW AGRICULTURE SALES COORDINATOR Reporting to: Sales Manager Job Description: Primary focus to assist the Sales Manager including • Help prepare sales quotations • Help package sales agreements for settlements • Source equipment • Organize local trucking and deliveries • Manage service requests • Manage transfers and associated paperwork • Handle walk in sales inquiries and/or phone calls • Attend sales training as required • Assist in sales advertising including websites, print, online, etc. • Assist in planning/facilitation of customer clinics/dealer sales events • Attend/assist in sales meetings as required • Assist with inventory control including audits, ordering and tracking • Contact customers as required • Any other tasks as required by Sales Manager Position details: • Salary position, ranging compensation based on experience and skills • Cell phone and laptop provided • Company vehicle available for travel if needed • Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm with 1 hour for lunch • Benefit package, RRSP program and tenure program in play We would like to thank all applicants in advance; however, only those selected to be interviewed will be contacted. Please forward resumés to: Blaine Heck at bheck@agriterraeq.com 4716-38 Street, Camrose | Phone 780-672-2452

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MASKWACIS-WETASKIWIN Constituency Office: 5019-50 Street, Wetaskiwin, AB T9A 1K1 Phone 780.360.8003 Maskwacis.Wetaskiwin@assembly.ab.ca

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LANDS FOR SALE BY TENDER The registered owner hereby offers for sale by tender the following briefly described properties located in the County of Stettler No. 6, subject to the reservations, exceptions and encumbrances contained in the existing certificate of title, but free and clear of any financial liens: PARCEL 1: NE 19-40-16-W4: 159 acres more or less, 60 acres native pasture, 80 acres improved pasture, remainder old farm site, wetlands and trees. Newer perimeter fence around quarter. Two older bored wells and 1 burrow pit (dugout). Farm site includes old hip roof style barn and an uninhabitable house with a drilled well. PARCEL 2: NE and NW 20-40-16W4: 307 acres more or less, 150 acres of which is improved pasture, remainder native pasture and trees, one burrow pit (dugout) and one older dugout, newer fencing on 3 sides of perimeter. Parcels may be sold together or individually. The highest or any tender not necessarily accepted. The land is sold “as is” with no warranties or representations from the registered owner. References to acreage or composition of the Lands are estimated only and subject to independent confirmation by potential buyers. For more information about the land you may contact Lisa Mueller directly at 403-740-3410. Tenders must be received by the offices of Simonin Law up to but not after 12:00 noon on Thursday, February 29, 2024. Tenders must be in a sealed envelope marked “Mueller Tender” and must provide contact information, including a phone number. Buyer must sign an unconditional Purchase Agreement and provide a non-refundable certified cheque or draft equal to 10% of the purchase price payable to Simonin Law within 5 business days of the Buyer being notified of acceptance of their tender bid. Closing date shall be on or before Friday, March 29, 2024, unless agreed otherwise in writing. Buyer shall be responsible for own legal and closing costs, plus title insurance to facilitate closing. Tender price shall be excluding G.S.T. SIMONIN LAW Suite A, 4819-51 Street, Box 1630 Stettler, Alberta T0C 2L 403-742-3411

PEER SUPPORT Submitted The Battle River Community Foundation awarded a $5,000 grant to the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta, Camrose Branch. Battle River Community Foundation board member Neil Lunty, left, presented the cheque to Anthony Holler, Adult Peer Support coordinator.

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The Battle River Community Foundation awarded a $5,000 grant to the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta, Camrose Branch. The grant supports the Schizophrenia Peer Support Program in Camrose and surrounding east central Alberta communities. The Program connects adults living with schizophrenia and offers safe places to share, relax and make connections. “I appreciate the Battle River Community Foundation’s generosity and support, past and present,” said Schizophrenia Society of Alberta, Camrose Branch, Adult Peer Support coordinator Anthony Holler. He also explained that the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta offers many programs around the province for families and individuals including supportive housing and employment programs, education and caregiver support. The grant is from the Foundation’s Community Funds which are a group of named endowed Funds that permit the Foundation Board to select grant recipients from applications received annually. These funds allow the Foundation flexibility to respond to changing needs in our communities. The Battle River Community Foundation exists to support organizations in east central Alberta, which benefit the local communities and have a positive impact on the future. Grants from the Battle River Community Foundation are primarily made possible through the generosity of individual donors and organizations that have created endowment funds. Since it was founded in 1995, the Battle River Community Foundation has granted over $9,308,006 to support charitable activities in the Battle River Region.

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City council recognizes Members at-Large By Lori Larsen

During the February 5 City of Camrose regular council meeting, City of Camrose Mayor PJ Stasko, on behalf of council, recognized Members-atLarge who have completed their term as a member on a council, committee, commission or board. This year, Council also recognized the Members-atLarge whose terms ended December 31, 2023, and the members on the Social Development Committee whose membership was dissolved in August 2023. Members are given a Certificate of Recognition and gift, during the ceremony for those present or by mail delivery or by picking up in person at City Hall, for those unable to attend the ceremony on February 5. “Council appreciates the hard work and time spent by the Membersat-Large for serving on various committee’s of Council,” remarked Mayor Stasko. “Their efforts help guide decisions of Council with input from the community and their input is integral to having citizen participation.” The following are the Members-at-Large who have completed their terms and the committee, board, commission they served on or were members of the Social Development Committee. • John Bibo, Assessment Review Boards (Composite and Local) • Clifford Denham, Camrose Airport Commission • Bill McPhail, Camrose Airport Commission • Paul Grue, Camrose Airport Commission • Crystal Ozment, Camrose Arts Council Board • Stacey Beach, Camrose Arts Council Board • Steven Hansen, Camrose Arts Council Board • Mike Ploner, Camrose Arts Council Board • Heidi Bergstrom, Camrose Green Action Committee • Erin Davison, Camrose Green Action Committee • Rob Hill, Camrose Green Action Committee • Margaret E. Bagdan,Camrose Public Library Board • Lynette Irvine, Camrose Public Library Board • Debra Sherring-Knoll, Community Transit Advisory Committee • Dennis Johnson, Heritage Advisory Committee • Brad Huolt, Municipal Planning Advisory Committee

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• David Saunders, Social Development Committee • Alecia Magwood, Social Development Committee • Lyndel Kasa, Social Development Committee • Jenny Ofrim, Social Development Committee • Leah Stuparyk, Social Development Committee • Rene Brisson, Social Development Committee • Abby Pasychnyk, Social Development Committee • Heather Barr, Social Development Committee • Leanne Stamp, Social Development Committee • Kevin Pratt, Subdivision and Development Appeal Board. For a complete list of all committees, boards, commissions and councils and members visit the City of Camrose website at www.camrose.ca.

Upcoming Events Business Breakfast

March 27 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., Days Inn Norsemen, Camrose. Register at kjohnson@camrose.ca or linap@county.camrose.ab.ca.

EFP – Environmental Farm Planning Sessions

Week of March 11 to 15, Camrose Ag Service Office. Free three-hour one-on-one sessions. Register at 780-672-4765 or asb@county.camrose.ab.ca by March 1.

All About Trees Workshop with Toso Bozic

March 20, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Camrose. Join Camrose County Ag Services, with the City of Camrose, and learn the basics of pruning, how and where to plant, tree care and pests and diseases. Register at 780-672-4765 or asb@county.camrose.ab.ca by March 12.

Acreage/Farm Free Security Workshop

February 29, 5:30 to 9:00 p.m., Daysland Community Hall. Join Flagstaff County and Camrose County to learn about farm security, risk assessment, security measures, fire safety, emergency response, community involvement, legal and regulatory considerations, and risk management. Register by February 22 at county@flagstaff.ab.ca or asb@county.camrose.ab.ca.

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APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN NOW FOR: Camrose County Agricultural Wall of Honour

This honour recognizes contributions to Agriculture by individuals in farming and ranching, agri-business or in extension and research work. The deadline for nominations is April 30.

Camrose County Century Farms Award

Camrose County recognizes long-standing farms and ranches. The deadline for applications is April 30.

Forever Green

Camrose County offers free evergreen seedlings to plant into native tree stands within Camrose County. The deadline for applications is April 30. The above-mentioned application forms can be found on the County website www.county.camrose.ab.ca or by contacting our Ag Services Office at 780-672-4765 or emailing asb@county.camrose.ab.ca.

We are hiring! Check out Camrose County Employment Opportunities on our website

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Pictured left to right back row, are Dennis Johnson, Jenny Ofrim, Brad Huolt, Mayor Stasko, Rob Hill and Lyndel Kasa. Front row, Heather Barr, Margaret E. Bagdan and Leanne Stamp.


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Alberta grades an “A” for red tape reduction By Murray Green

Alberta’s government remains a provincial leader in reducing red tape, scoring an A on the Canadian Federation of Independent Business’s (CFIB) annual Red Tape Report Card. Alberta is among the leaders for the fourth year in a row. The CFIB released the grades on January 31 and recognized Alberta’s continued efforts to reduce complicated, redundant and costly procedures with an A. This year’s Red Tape Awareness Week highlights how cutting red tape helps address affordability issues and lowers the cost of doing business, which Alberta’s government has been addressing. By making programs more accessible and efficient, it is not only easier for businesses to thrive, but also makes life more affordable for Albertans. “Last year, we were honoured to be ranked number one in Canada with

an A-minus in red tape reduction. This year our commitment continues to pay off, as CFIB has awarded Alberta an A, making us a leader among the provinces for the fourth year in a row. Albertans continue to benefit from our government’s laser-like focus on removing administrative burdens. We have cut over 200,000 pieces of red tape and saved job creators and Albertans $2.75 billion. Our goal of being the best place to live, work and start a business is coming to fruition. Congratulations, Alberta,” said Dale Nally, minister of Service Alberta and Red Tape Reduction. Modernizing regulations and reducing administrative burden has saved Albertans and businesses more than $2.75 billion since 2019. “The Alberta government is once again in the top spot on this year’s red tape report card. The Alberta government consis-

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tion part of the solution in other areas like health care and housing,” added Keyli Loeppky, director, interprovincial affairs, Canadian Federation of Independent Business. The grade puts Alberta in the lead position across

Canada. Almost 700 red tape reduction initiatives have been completed since 2019. Seven red tape reduction bills have passed since 2019, enabling legislative changes from across government.

Submitted The Canadian Federation of Business (CFIB) awarded Alberta with a grade of A on its 2024 Red Tape Report Card, the top mark among provinces for the fourth year in a row. Celebrating are left to right: CFIB policy analyst Bradlee Whidden, Camrose MLA Jackie Lovely, Service Alberta and Red Tape Reduction minister Dale Nally, CFIB senior policy analyst Andrew Sennyah, Taber-Warner MLA Grant Hunter and Grande Prairie-Wapiti MLA Ron Wiebe.

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