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Battle River School Division trustees vote to reduce board size Leslie Cholowsky Editor

The Battle River School Division (BRSD) Board of Trustees passed a motion at their October meeting to reduce the overall number of trustees on the board from eight to five for the future. In a series of public consultations held this spring in each ward, consultant David Steele presented the results of a review of the electoral ward representation and boundaries. Last May, Board Chair Norman Erickson told participants in Sedgewick, “It’s been 25 years since those boundaries were set. The population has changed since then, and we thought it was prudent to review.” Steele noted in his presentation that from 1981 to 2016, population trends have seen more people move into larger communities. The present system has four wards within the Division: City of Camrose, County of Camrose, Beaver County, and Flagstaff County. From each ward, two trustees were elected, giving each ward 25 per cent say on the board. Alberta Education has regulations requiring that board representation fairly represent population figures, allowing a variance of 25 per cent higher or lower. In 1996, for example, Camrose had 33.8 per cent of the population, and had a 25 per cent representation on the board. That figure was within or close to the allowed variance. When the figures were updated using the 2016 Census, Camrose City rose to 38.6 per cent population of the BRSD’s region, Camrose County to 23, Beaver County at 20.8, and Flagstaff County at 17.6 per cent. The rural wards contain 61.4 per cent of the population, but retain 75 per

cent of the board. By Alberta Education standards, Camrose City and Flagstaff County are individually both outside of the allowed variance (in this case, they are allowed a 25 per cent variance of 25 per cent of the region’s total population; or specifically, must be within 6.25 percent than a one-quarter share of the population the original ward system was based on.) In 2016, both wards were outside the allowed variance. Steele projected that population trends will see the gap continue to grow. During the consultation period, the board was reviewing a number of potential solutions to the population to representation disparity. One of these included a proposal that the total number of trustees be reduced from eight to five, dropping each county down from two trustees to one, but keeping the City of Camrose with two trustees. With this configuration, giving each county 20 per cent board representation puts all three within the variances allowed by the province, and giving Camrose 40 per cent of the board representation gives the city population room to grow. Other solutions proposed included dropping to six trustees, with two in the City of Camrose, three between Camrose and Beaver County and one in Flagstaff County; or seven trustees, with three from the City of Camrose, and four from new boundaries between the three counties; or keeping eight trustees, but redistributing them, with three for the city, and five for rural, again with new boundaries. Steele said that new boundaries would require approval from the Minister of Education, but would not substantially change anything else See TRUSTEES P14

Kinsella Christmas Marketplace The Kinsella Christmas Marketplace at the Community Centre on Saturday, Nov. 30, and Sunday, Dec. 1, included vendors selling an array of items, along with a Christmas Bake Sale and Concession. On Saturday, a pancake breakfast was also held from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. so people could eat before shopping their hearts out at the 25 tables full of crafts, preserves, clothing and other Christmas treasures.

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Debate at Viking town council meeting regarding operational issues and when council is informed Patricia Harcourt Editor

Viking Council discussed the protocol for bringing items to council's attention after Councillor Clint Nearing asked for an explanation about a resident's letter. Nearing also used the letter to address the larger question of when council should be informed about issues that come before administration and/or the mayor. Nearing said a letter was hand delivered to the town office concerning a couple of trees that a resident didn't consider healthy. Nearing said that the resident wanted the trees removed. The letter was addressed to town CAO Don McLeod. Nearing said the resident complained to him that it was never brought to council's attention. "I put it on the public works list," said McLeod. "I got the letter, saw it was a concern, and so I dealt with it. McLeod explained: "I took it as an operational issue." Public Works Foreman Kevin O'Neill said the arborist the town uses couldn't see anything wrong with the tree, which was still green and healthy in appearance. "I realize we don't need to see everything but there are some things

that need to be dealt with by all of council," said Nearing. With that, Nearing cited a letter from Beaver Foundation that he says was only sent to the CAO and shared with the Mayor. "You don't think the rest of council doesn't need to know these things?" he asked. Nearing had been the representative for the Town of Viking on the Beaver Foundation board. He lost his committee appointments after refusing to apologize for a posting he made on social media. The current council representative on the Beaver Foundation Board is Debbie O'TooleBalaban. "I don't need to know everything," Councillor Judy Acres told Nearing. "If there's a complaint that needs to come to council, okay, but an issue about a tree…" Councillor Laurel Weisgerber agreed that an issue can be handled by administration, "unless it's pertinent for council to know." Nearing replied that unlike Acres, who likes trees, the resident in question didn't and wanted the trees removed. "He wanted council informed," he said. Ritchie said these types of requests are usually treated as operational in nature, unless they become larger

issues for some reason. "He wanted the trees removed," said Weisgerber, suggesting the resident be sent a letter that the trees are, in fact, healthy, "so there is no reason to remove them." McLeod said he would follow up on the suggestion and send a letter to the resident.

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New BESC regional manager speaks to Viking Council Patricia Harcourt Editor

Allan Weiss, the new regional manager for Beaver Emergency Services Commission (BESC), officially introduced himself to Viking councillors Nov. 18 and gave council an updated report. After being on the job for the past six months, Weiss said he's been "very blessed" in his interactions with the local people. "It's been a pleasure," he said, adding with a sense of humour that the Viking Fire Chief helped get him started and to find his desk. Weiss said BESC will be 10 years old next year, and during that time there were "lots of missteps and bumps" along the way. But the work of developing the regional emergency manager's role has been fine tuned and now, Weiss said, "It's working

well." It's budget time and Weiss said holding the line on expenditures is "tough to do…We are accepting the need for the haves (and) the wants will have to wait," he said, recognizing "that council doesn't want to raise its requisition for BESC this spring. As for BESC, "we have a strong member base," for recruitment and retention of volunteers. "I think we promote ourselves very well." The province regulates emergency response but does not pay for its operations. That funding comes from local sources in the form of taxation, which means BESC requisitions the funds from local municipalities. The municipalities collect the money on behalf of BESC but it is not part of the local mill rate. "Everything comes down the pipe from the province except the money," said Weiss. A

Local Authority Emergency Management Plan comes into effect in 2020-21, and "we need to be in compliance." Risk management is part of the planning, including transportation, and Weiss said: "I had no idea the amount of train track and roads," in this area. "There are a number of potential hazards that could (potentially) create a disaster. You have to have a plan in place to mitigate (this). A workable emergency plan must be at the ready," such as having a back up generator on hand for power. Weiss also spoke about the benefits of the Alberta First Responder Communication System with a digital radio system part of a network hub owned by the province. The intent of the radios is for emergency responders to be able to speak to each other across

agency lines, such as police and ambulances or firefighters. "We have the ability through dispatch in Strathcona to link up with other agencies," he said, such as Stars Air Ambulance. The fire departments from Kinsella to Tofield can talk to each other on these radios. Weiss said the result is that "you get real time information. "We have that ability, we can talk to incoming ambulances about the status of a patient…It's increased the range so you can hear each other's calls and know what others are doing. "It's a large investment

but in the long run is a huge help," he said, at $335,000. Built to military specifications, Weiss also said the radios "can take a lot of abuse and last a long time." However, the batteries have to constantly be replaced. The order for the radios was placed prior to his arrival in Viking. "All of them (fire departments in Beaver County) have them now, and everybody can talk to everybody." BESC is required to hold two simulation exercises a year, one a table top exercise and the other a full practice activation exercise.

Weiss said he looked forward to these, calling them fun to do. "It makes everyone comfortable so that, when the big one hits (the firefighters) know what they need to do." Council discussed issues concerning the railways, and contingency funds for disaster emergencies. Weiss explained that a state of sole local emergency would have to be declared granting special powers for him to deal with a local situation. After the meeting, Weiss thanked council for its support, stating it is "an integral part" of BESC.

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LETTERS Dear Editor: Climate change is a totalitarian political movement where anyone who doesn’t fully submit is attacked in some way. The progressives have rallied our children to go into attack mode when there is any dissent from the narrative. We now have school age children in Ontario suing us taxpayers for damages around climate change. Actual climate scientists are being sued into silence (Tim Ball). You also see situations like the University of Alberta professor Jacqui Tam who resigned because she told the truth about climate change. Well renowned University of Victoria professor Susan Crockford was demoted for telling the truth as well. There is a concerted mainstream media, social media, university and union effort to make sure nothing that goes against the narrative sneaks out. To not allow open discussion on a topic that will forever change our world is crazy. Although this is a clear sign their theory is a hoax in addition to the fact it is a political movement to establish a global socialist government. This is verified by United Nations representatives on two different occasions, the goal is wealth redistribution not climate. To provide some proof of this you can find it right here in Canada. What if I was to tell you us taxpayers are building three pipelines. Not here in Canada of course but in China, Bangladesh and Azerbaijan. This is a 256 million dollar “investment” the Liberals made with our tax dollars through the Asia Infrastructure Bank. I wonder if there was a gender impact analysis? I also wonder if they checked with all indigenous people in the area? Was there any wildlife/marine life that was affected? Seems to me the Liberals couldn’t care less about these things unless it can cause a delay in a Canadian pipeline. Speaking of cover-ups the climate change terrorists are very good at covering up the truth of their policies. One example is how child labour is being used to mine the rare earth minerals that are needed for batteries. As pointed out by former Premier of

Newfoundland/Labrador Brian Peckford there are 35,000 children working just in the Congo alone. They are working in mines to harvest Lithium and Cobalt. When it comes to science one of Greta Thunberg’s lines is “don’t show me your science.” She and other climate terrorists think there is no way science can do enough to help reduce emissions. This takes scientific thinking back to the stone age. Lucky Greta wasn’t around in the horse and buggy years as she would have told Henry Ford “Don’t show me your science Henry.” The good news is Canada is going to save the planet by shutting down our resource sector. This may be the most flawed thought in history. There are currently 1,800 coal power plants scheduled to be built in South Africa, India, the Philippines, South Korea, Japan and China. China doesn’t have to abide by the Paris Accord until 2030. Shutting down our resource sector is the biggest economic blunder in Canadian history. As we watch companies leave for greener pastures in the United States, or go under, I can’t help but think: have we lost our minds? We are passing billions of dollars of debt onto our children and drastically weakening our social programs. We are watching our friends and neighbours lose their jobs. We are watching small businesses that are the lifeblood of our economy struggle or go under. Downtown Calgary is a ghost town. When I see the disdain and true lack of caring for Albertans that is being displayed by Canadian politicians like the mayors of Quebec City and Vancouver, as well as a long line of Liberals, Greens and NDP, Bloc Quebecois I can’t help but ask the question: do we even have a country? I have a few basic questions for those in the climate change movement. The first is where is the money going to come from to keep our schools and hospitals open if it isn’t resource revenue? If we don’t utilize our resource revenue we have two options. The NDP chose to pass down 46 billion dollars of debt to our children in a deteriorating job environment. The UCP

decided to make cuts to programs/jobs to balance the budget, clearly not an ideal option. The corrupt media only talks about the evils of the cuts but passing down billions in debt to our children is just as bad if not worse. We need to put our political biases aside and have an honest conversation. We can play political games if we want but that won’t solve anything. By not developing our resources we will just alternate between piling up debt and making cuts, depending on which government is in power. The great Vivian Kraus had a very good question. How do you phase out of fossil fuels when there isn’t a known viable alternative currently in existence? Green energy programs have been a colossal failure wherever they have been tried. The list includes Germany, California and my next focus of Ontario. Ontario’s Green Energy plan came in under back to back Liberal governments of Dalton McGinity and Kathleen Wynn. Although the main architect was none other than Justin Trudeau’s chief advisor Gerald Butts. Mr. Butts disappeared for awhile as he was at the heart of the SNC Lavalin scandal. In the Liberals eyes being corrupt is like having a broken leg. You take a few months off and it gets better as he is back into the swing of things. The Ontario Green plan was nothing short of a complete failure. The province is locked into long term power contracts that caused power bills to go up 2-3 times. This chased away thousands of manufacturing jobs. Now we have the distinct possibility Mr. Butts will be involved in a federal climate change plan. With 46% of Canadians being $200 from insolvency this could be a disaster. If power bills skyrocketed this could be the nail in the coffin for small businesses across this province that are already struggling. In summary, green energy is literally as bad of an investment as you will ever find. The biggest problem I have with the climate change movement is do we have any idea what a Canada without petroleum products would look like? My challenge to anyone reading this letter is to have a petroleum product

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free day. If any children are reading this challenge your school. For adults challenge your workplace or at least try it in your life. As a start all vehicles would be out. You would have to walk but without shoes if they have vinyl or rubber. You could ride a horse to get around although it might have to be bareback if the saddle has some plastic. All plastic products would be out, so all electronic devices would be shelved. The hospital as an example would pretty much grind to a full halt. As far as power and heat, check out reliable.ab as they give you a minute by minute update on where Alberta’s power supply is coming from. In the winter you will see that usually 90-95% of our power comes from fossil fuels. So if you are doing a petroleum free day you would want to bring some candles and a coat as heat/power will be at 5-10% of normal. I would love to see someone try it out and do a letter to let us know how it went. In conclusion I can’t help but notice how the world is using Canada as some kind of wild experiment in economic ineptitude and self sabotage. We have a PM who has been bought off by who knows who and seems to be fully willing to give this experiment a whirl. This isn’t some game folks. The consequences of this experiment going wrong, like it is virtually guaranteed to do so, will be cataclysmic. The media has turned us against each other to further whatever evil agenda is at work so without clear thinking we are in serious trouble.. Ian Erickson, Bruce, AB

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Word on the Street: westbound tractor trailer reported without headlights on On November 25, police received a report of a single vehicle rollover on Highway 14 just west of Viking. Police attended the scene and located the vehicle; however, the driver was no longer on scene.  Investigation revealed the driver to be 32-yearold Jordan Leslie White from Saskatoon.  White, who is currently prohibited from driving, has been charged under the Criminal Code with Operating a Motor Vehicle While Prohibited. He is also facing two charges under the Traffic Safety Act for Failing to Remain or Return to the Accident Scene and Failing to Provide an Accident Report to Police.  A warrant has been issued for his arrest. Later that morning, police received a complaint of harassing communications between neighbours. Police spoke with both parties and warned them to stop communicating with each other or face charges.  They agreed to stop and police have had no further calls from them. During the evening on November 26, police received a complaint of a westbound tractor trailer on Highway 14 with no

lights on. Patrols were made; however, the vehicle in question was not located. The information was passed on to Tofield RCMP as well. On November 27, police received a request for information regarding a domestic argument.  Police spoke with the complainant and provided her with safety planning if things were to escalate.  She did not wish to pursue any charges and wanted to deal with the situation on her own. That afternoon, police received a complaint of a suspicious vehicle parked in a rural area southeast of Viking.  Police spoke with the registered owner who advised he had a flat tire and the vehicle would be removed shortly.  The complainant was updated. On November 28, police received a report of a theft from an oilfield site north of Viking.  The report was taken and passed on to Two Hills RCMP as the location is in their jurisdiction. That afternoon, a citizen attended the detachment to report her vehicle had been damaged while in the parking lot at the Viking Health Centre.  Police have no suspects at this time. That evening, police

were called to assist Killam RCMP with a domestic assault that occurred in Alliance. Police attended the residence and took one male and one female into custody. Charges are pending. Late that night, police received a complaint of mischief that occurred in Kinsella. The complainant advised he had been out walking his dog when an unknown male, who was also out with his dog, shone a laser into his eyes. Police were unable to identify the male in question. That same night, police received a complaint of a suspicious vehicle parked in front of a residence in

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Viking Council notes: Peace Officer project loses support Patricia Harcourt Editor

The proposed regional Community Peace Officer project will not be proceeding, reported Town of Viking CAO Don McLeod at the Nov. 18 meeting. “All of the towns from Flagstaff County withdrew from the proposed regional CPO project,” he said. McLeod “met with Beaver County CPO Rick Ells to explore the possibility of having Beaver County provide us with traffic and bylaw enforcement.” Solar Project Underway Dandelion Renewables is busy putting in piles for the town’s solar farm project, Town of Viking CAO Don McLeod told council Nov. 18. The town wants to have solar power to use in all its municipal buildings as a cost saver. “It’s going like gangbusters,” he said, with a total of 780 piles to be installed.”The weather (was) almost perfect for them to do the work out

there,” with just a thin layer of frost. STEP Program Eliminated Councillor Judy Acres inquired how the loss of the Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP) would affect the town. “They’ve cut it completely,” said McLeod, referring to the provincial government. However, the town will still be looking to hiring two youth to help out next summer. Landfill Incorporation Stalled McLeod reported that he attended a Beaver Municipal Solutions’ (BMS) Municipally Controlled Corporation (MCC) steering committee meeting on Nov. 1 with Viking Mayor Jason Ritchie. The committee is heading up the proposal to change BMS to an incorporated landfill with the new name Claystone Inc. The incorporation would allow the Claystone entity to pursue different avenues of raising income and an easier path to distribut-

ing funds to member municipalities. Those municipalities include the Towns of Tofield and Viking, the Villages of Ryley and Holden, and Beaver County. McLeod and Ritchie also attended a special meeting of Beaver County Council where questions from surrounding neighbours of the landfill and the county were posed to the MCC steering committee and BMS management. “The county continues to raise questions even after they state that there are no more,” stated McLeod. “Most of the questions have little to do with the actual formation of the MCC but seem to be more longstanding operational complaints.” Provincial Cuts Lowering Expectations McLeod participated in two conference calls regarding the fall out from the UCP provincial budget, and came away with few answers, he said. However, in his dis-

cussions with the town’s office manager and public works department, he advised the provincial downloading would affect Viking as well. “I advised that we need to temper expectations due to provincial budget cuts that have happened and are coming,” he said. The town must have its interim budget for 2020 in place by the end of the year. Policy FIN003 was passed whose purpose is to amend the policy to approve the annual budget template and the process for preparation. The budget template adopted will be used for the budget preparation and presentation to council by the end of 2019. The budget will be a balanced budget and used for the calculation of the annual mill rates for property taxation and

other fees. The town must also collect requisitions on behalf of Beaver Foundation and Education and BESC. Other budget related policy items passed included Policy FIN-007, “to establish a policy that guides what is considered a capital item;” and, Policy FIN-008, “to provide direction for recognizing and recording tangible capital assets (TCA) on a consistent basis and in accordance with public sector accounting board (PSAB) 3150.” Culvert Install Delayed Culvert installation on 50 Street has been pushed back to February or March 2020 as the main gas line to town needs to be crossed. The town’s engineering firm is working on a solution to this. Town Switches Benefit Firm After hearing the mer-

its of the proposal, council passed a motion to switch its employee benefits package provider to Lane Quinn Consultants. Lane Quinn Consultant provides benefits to over 100 municipalities, said McLeod. “The attached comparison shows that the town would save approximately $3,000 per year in benefit costs,” with the switch, he stated. “Also, employees could pay less as well. The Lane Quinn plan also includes several important features that we do not currently have.” Risk Management Policy Viking Council passed Policy GOV-012, the Enterprise Risk Management Policy, “to implement a continuous, proactive and systematic approach to risk management that involves council, management and staff.”

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IRMA NEWS By Marjorie Lawson Trevor and Kristal MacKay travelled to Austin, Texas, to watch their son Parker play hockey. Get well wishes go out to Keith Currie who fell at his home and broke his leg. After medical care in Camrose, he is now convalescing in Wainwright Hospital. Irene MacKay broke her hip in a fall at home and had surgery in Edmonton. She continues her recovery at home. Bob and Susan Barss are enjoying a few days in Nevada.

Shirley Jones and Nola Dickson travelled to Vancouver to visit Nola's son Gavin. Paul and Laura Ford are spending a few days in Yuma, Arizona. Irma and area churches are carolling at Points West, Battle River Lodge, and Extendicare on Sunday, December 15. Steven and Gwenda Raasok, Keith and Lorna

Creasy, and Bob and Cammie Allen are in Mexico for a holiday. Get well wishes go out to Sherry Christensen who spent time in hospital recently. Come out and enjoy the Christmas festivities in Irma on Saturday for the annual Santa Day. We extend sympathy to members of the Lovig family after the passing

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Christmas is not far away and the annual Irma Santa Day is this coming Saturday. The morning starts off with the Christmas Market. At the Irma Firehall, the Irma Fish and Game Club is hosting the popular Turkey Shoot with many turkeys to give away to lucky winners. Hot dogs and hot chocolate are very generously sponsored by KenLar and Irma Co-op. At the New Horizons Centre, the Avonglen ladies are hosting a hot luncheon. About noon, a horsedrawn sleigh will be giving people rides around town (weather permitting), sponsored by Holt Transport and Holt Agri Carriers. At 12:30 the kids’ movie will begin at the Elks’ Hall on Main Street. Santa will make his appearance at 2 p.m. for pictures and a visit with the little ones who will then get a candy bag. Minor hockey games will run all day at the arena.

Fuder family were in Edmonton on Saturday for a memorial for Rose Fuder, wife of the late Dale Fuder.

Local Authorities Election Act (Section 26)

Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) Pursuant to the Municipal Government Act, R.S.A. 2000, c. M-26, as amended, Sections 230, 606 and 692, the Council of the Village of Irma hereby gives notice of its intention to adopt: Bylaw No. 19-08, Village of Irma and Municipal District of Wainwright No. 61 Intermunicipal Development Plan The purpose of the Bylaw is to approve a new Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP).

Local Jurisdiction: Village of Irma, Province of Alberta.

The IDP is a high-level planning document that guides the long-term land use planning and provides direction for land management and development policies for lands adjacent to the Village boundary.

Notice is hereby given that Nomination Day is Tuesday, December 17, 2019 and that nominations for the election of candidates for the following offices will be received at the location of the local jurisdiction office set out below within the period beginning on November 27, 2019 and ending at 12:00 noon on Nomination Day.

The IDP: 1. includes information about the community history and current demographics; 2. includes mapping information to identify areas with development constraints; 3. identifies preferred future land use areas for residential, public, commercial and industrial land uses; 4. establishes high level land use and land management goals and objectives; 5. establishes triggers for when the M.D. or Village will require the preparation and approval of an Area Structure Plan or Outline Plan/Development Concept Plan; 6. establishes policies affecting: • Municipal Reserve allocation; • development in environmentally sensitive areas; • development of infrastructure and transportation systems; 7. establishes a policy which will require developers to be responsible for infrastructure costs associated with new development.

Number of Vacancies Office(s) Councillor


Location (Address) of Local Jurisdiction Office: Village of Irma 4919 - 50 Street Irma, Alberta T0B 2H0 Dated at the Village of Irma, in the Province of Alberta, this 27th day of November, 2019. Lisa Brown (Returning Officer)

THEREFORE TAKE NOTICE THAT pursuant to Sections 230, 606, and 692 of the Municipal Government Act, a public hearing to consider the proposed Bylaw will be held: Date: Time: Place:

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 7:00 pm Council Chambers, Village of Irma Office 4919 - 50 Street, Irma, Alberta

AND FURTHUR TAKE NOTICE THAT anyone wishing to make a verbal or written representation may do so at the hearing, or by providing the representation to Lisa Brown, Chief Administrative Officer, before 12:00 p.m. on Friday, December 6, 2019. It would be beneficial for individuals to provide advance notice to the Village of Irma at (780) 754-3665 of their intention to make a presentation at the hearing. AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE THAT a copy of the proposed IDP is posted at for review and may be inspected at the Village of Irma office during normal business hours. To obtain more information regarding the Bylaws, please contact: Kyle Miller, Planner Municipal Planning Services Phone (780) 486-1991

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On Saturday, Nov. 30, Mary Sarafinchan Hanson of Viking, Alberta passed away at the age of 93 years. Mary is survived by her loving family, her children Angeline Fedun, Diana Acorn, Dennis (Suzanne), Marline Umrysh, and Lawrence (Robin); along

with numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren; brothers Mike (Joan) Sawchuk, and Ed (Eileen) Sawchuk; sister-in-law Nancy Sawchuk; also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Mary was predeceased by her first husband George Sarafinchan and her second husband Ernest Hanson; son Richard Sarafinchan; granddaughter Amanda Sarafinchan; two sons-in-law Albert Fedun and Dennis Umrysh; parents John and Pearl Sawchuk; two brothers Metro and Eli Sawchuk. A Prayer Service will be

held on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of St. Vladimir in Vegreville, Alberta, where a Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. with Rt. Rev. Fr. Slawomir Lomaszkiewicz officiating. Interment to follow in the Ranfurly Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta or S.T.A.R.S. To send condolences, please visit AUTUMN ROSE FUNERAL HOME LTD. VEGREVILLE, 780-603-5800

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Beaver County council passes motions on BMS transition to municipally controlled corporation Patricia Harcourt Beaver County Council passed five motions on the Beaver Municipal Solutions' municipally controlled corporation transition Nov. 20. But several aspects of concern for the county have held up the county's full approval. The county is the only one out of five member municipalities that has yet to approve the MCC deal. Other municipalities have expressed impatience about the hold up. Deputy Reeve Gene Hrabec (Division 3) convinced council to approve a motion that would amend the draft agreement to indicate a public at large professional board must be established on "day one" of operations at the MCC. In other words, there would be no transitional board to work out the details of how such an operation would proceed. "The deciding factor moving forward is to have the board set up before the transition," said Hrabec, citing another such entity in the province that had "growing pains" and "no elected officials on the board" to deal with them. Hrabec said the advantage to having an elected board immediately instead of waiting is to increase transparency "substantially." "In the past, transparency was an issue at BMS," he said, although that has improved in recent years. "In the last two years, BMS and (its) administration have moved the ball forward." Hrabec also said the "cumulative effects of neighbours (living near the landfill) should be addressed prior to BMS approval," citing the need for a "proper and ease of access to information" such as the transition's business plan. Even with access through the county and BMS websites, he said that "information is still not easily accessible" due to technology issues. "That information has to be there," he said. Hrabec also said he was "dis-

appointed with some of the members that push ahead with the MCC," despite these issues being resolved. "Most are concerned with the money rather than the issues." The landfills tracking mud onto the highway is still an ongoing problem. Hrabec applauded the efforts of BMS in fixing it but "the best is not good enough sometimes," calling the road impassable at times. He said that, although member municipalities "talk about money" in terms of the BMS transition, the road needs to be made safer for residents. And a memorandum of agreement for "certain residents" living near the landfill on purchasing their property is necessary should these residents decide to leave in future. "Some seniors want to live out their lives there and their issues should be addressed." Hrabec also advocated for Beaver County to get the same amount from the Good Neighbour Grant as Ryley gets, as compensation for county ratepayers living near the waste treatment area. Elected officials need to work for their residents as opposed to just monetary considerations, he said, adding two years ago when first elected as a councillor he had never heard of the MCC. "Money doesn't buy happiness or health," he said, adding many residents have given the county credit for trying to address these issues. "At the end of the day, a lot of residents said at the open house that it's not all about money, that money doesn't mean jack to me and I don't think it means jack to a lot of the residents," he concluded. Councillor Barry Bruce (Division 4) agreed. "I've talked to a lot of people who don't want it rushed," he said, and told him "to get it done right…We're being cautious because that's the direction we've been given." And Reeve Jim Kallal (Division 2) wanted to ensure that a previous initiative to

bring garbage in from British Columbia was dropped. "Is that Vancouver initiative taken out?" he asked, noting the presenter at the county's information session said it was. "I heard loud and clear from the public hearing," that people did not want inter-provincial garbage that can bring in rats and other rodents into Beaver County. Councillor Kevin Smook (Division 1) who sits as a county representative on the BMS board told council that the MCC executive summary states that additional tonnage would come from Alberta. "That addresses that issue bang on for the current business plan," said Smook. In future, any change to that would require the approval of all the member municipalities in unanimous consent. When Kallal said the MCC steering committee wanted to proceed with incorporation "right away," Hrabec said he "wants these issues dealt with first. "I think this transition is one of the biggest ways it could go sideways," he said, which is why the MCC elected professional board needs to be in place and "take control" on the first day of Claystone Inc., the incorporated form of BMS. CAO Bob Beck said that, if issues are to be dealt with first, an MCC meeting should be held to inform them of the county's position. Smook suggested "locking down the issues" by motion before bringing them to the MCC, in order to have "a solid direction to try and move it forward." In making his motion concerning the need for a professional board, Hrabec said: "They're telling us to hurry up but if it goes forward we would still be in transition (without the board in place)." "That's the biggest concerns," said Kallal, a board established and an updated business plan in place. He wanted to know what the urgency was for estab-

lishing the incorporation, but Smook said the process has been ongoing for the past four years or longer. Councillor Dale Pederson (Division 5) stated that the council would get more concerns at the public hearing for the incorporation, and the new entity "will have to deal with the roads." Another motion was passed ensuring "consistent posting of relevant information on county and BMS publications, webpages, and social media. "Transparency needs to be front and centre because people can't ask questions if they don't have the information," said Hrabec. "I want it known that this council is dealing with that right now," said Kallal, regarding the road issues like mud, traffic and other cumulative effects. "I want that documented." Added Hrabec: "The mud issue has to be dealt with, it's been the worst year ever," blaming both BMS and Clean Harbors for the situation. And he said residents living a half mile from the landfill need agreements to buy them out in future. A motion was passed that the county request an agreement or strategy with BMS, or an amendment to the business plan, to deal with cumulative effects or impacts and measurable solutions, to be determined after the public hearing. And to deal with adjacent landowners' concerns. "These (issues) are holding up the MCC (transition)," said Pederson. "Does it all have to be dealt with before the creation of the MCC?" Kallal replied that he wanted to let the public know that the council is dealing with these issues. "These have been outstanding issues for years," added Hrabec. "We're in a position here if we're going to do it, let's do it right." He added: "It's a "good time to get BMS' ear," he said. "It's easier to deal with it now than

later. If we go forward there's nothing to hold people accountable." CAO Beck suggested formally requesting that the concerns be included in the business plan or the member services charter, stating: "It's an ongoing commitment to address these issues." Hrabec said: "I'm happy with that at the very least." Council agreed by motion to recommend to the MCC that one public hearing be held rather than holding five separate municipal hearings. The meeting would be held in Ryley. "One public hearing would mean other municipalities would hear the concerns about the local area," said Beck, who noted that all municipalities must agree on a business plan in order to hold a public hearing. The next meeting of the MCC steering committee was slated for Dec. 5. The final motion was passed in a split decision with Councillor Bruce requesting a recorded vote. Bruce objected to the idea of administrative bonuses stating a professional board should get a good salary, "but that's all they're going to get." Smook stated that BMS has "one of the lowest in the region," adding attracting good employees makes it necessary. "How do you justify to the average person in Beaver County these bonuses," replied Bruce, adding that the committee determining this has a conflict of interest: "You're putting the fox in charge of the hen house." He added he has "nothing against fair compensation." Councillors Hrabec and Bruce voted against the motion, which stated: "…that the new MCC Board review the salary and bonus structure policy.” Councillors Kallal, Smook and Pederson were in favour. Councillors Bruce and Hrabec were opposed. Bruce said the motion would not prevent further such bonuses from happening in the future.

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RMA Insurance officials visit with County Council


Patricia Harcourt Beaver County Council heard from a Rural Municipality Association (RMA) Insurance delegation asked to attend council's Nov. 20 meeting. "We were asked to come out and address some denials (the county) has had," from RMA, said RMA Insurance representative Dayna Johnson. Claims examiner Lacey Barnhard discussed the process of making claims: "Our job is to look at every aspect (of a claim) and make sure a decision is made in your best interests," she said, adding that "denials can be overturned." She said the Municipal Government Act can be utilized "to make sure you are taken care of." In terms of land flood issues, Reeve Jim Kallal (Division 2) wanted to know if RMA Insurance uses lawyers in those decisions. Barnhardt replied that RMA "always consults with Alberta Environment," and any other departments involved with water flow. Plus, RMA "looks at back history" and what former decisions were made that could affect the current situation. And an environmental lawyer might be consulted. The "main concern," she said, is if the water flow is based on county policy or is a natural occurrence. RMA can also get erosion and water tests done. These costs are included in the regular insurance claim. Deputy Reeve Gene Hrabec (Division 3) said a main concern for council is if the RMA needs to report back to the county regarding its decisions. Barnhard said that can happen "if it directly affects council legally or otherwise," and they can talk to the county CAO. However, different claims examiners are different in how they communicate. "It depends on the person and type of claim," she said. If there is a claim denied, then a call is made to inform the claimant. But Hrabec said that council "needs to know the guidelines," adding: "It's important for us to know there is some form of line of progression...We're concerned it took so long to respond." Barnhard said the concerned party should call their office to confirm their claim has not been forgotten, even if an answer is not yet available. "It's important we understand the answer and also the basis of the answer so we are properly informed when we get the call from the claimant," explained Division 1 Councillor Kevin Smook. Barnard replied that she "loves innovationâ&#x20AC;¦We are changing a lot of our communication threshold," she said. "We want to get examiners involved (regarding) big ticket items." That could include in future a quarterly report giving the status of files as open or closed. "People who have made complaints sometimes come to councillors for answers," said Hrabec, and councillors may need to know if a file is still ongoing or "open." "Sometimes we end up siding with them and don't realize the decision is made," he said. Barnard said they can keep that "in mind." Smook asked if the county proceeds despite a denial by the insurance company, if this means the county's insurance would be affected in some way. "This is something you definitely want to avoid," Barnhard said, adding, "â&#x20AC;¦it could set a precedent for the next claim." But she added: "The other side is that it might be a political decision," she said. "It's up to you." "If the county decides to look after the individual (whose claim is denied) it won't impact the next claim," added RMA Insurance representative John Hackwell.









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The following Development Applications have been APPROVED (except where otherwise noted) by the Development Officer under the provisions of Land Use Bylaw No. 98-801, subject to the right of appeal to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board.

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APPEAL DEADLINE: December 18, 2019 Application No. 020020-19-D0061 Applicant: Kinsella Transit Mix Ltd Location: SE-16-46-11-W4 Development: Expansion of Sand and Gravel Pit

APPEAL DEADLINE: December 18, 2019 Application No.020020-19-D0063 Applicant: Masuch Law LLP. Location: Plan 942 3654; Lot 1 NE-21-50-19-W4 Development: Variance for Single Family Dwelling Front Yard Setback (19.58 m) Any person wishing to appeal a decision may do so by serving written notice on the prescribed form (stating reasons for the appeal) and submitting the applicable fee of $200.00 to the Secretary of the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board at the following address. The notice of appeal must be submitted before 4:30 pm on the appeal deadline date shown above, or be postmarked by the appeal deadline date. The prescribed form is available at or at the County office. Further information regarding the above decision(s) may be obtained from the County Office, Ryley, Alberta. SECRETARY Subdivision and Development Appeal Board Beaver County Box 140 Ryley, Alberta T0B 4A0 (780) 663-3730

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Beaver County Council is pleased to announce the approval of the Beaver County Strategic Plan (2020 – 2030). The Plan was approved unanimously at the Council Meeting of November 20, 2019. The Strategic Plan serves as an aspirational guiding document created to maximize the collective efforts of our community and achieve the most beneficial results possible. Strategic plans have always been useful to align collective effort but have historically been under-utilized to drive decision-making. There are numerous reasons for this but one of the biggest contributors has been our growth. When times are relatively good, it can be difficult to understand the need to focus on a long-term plan with short, medium, and long-term targets. As the community is likely aware, Beaver County is facing numerous significant challenges as we look to the future. These include expectations from a new Provincial Government, an assessment base that is shrinking in some key areas, and global influences that are being felt much closer to home than ever before. In times like these, a long-term plan for prosperity is critical for our future success. This Strategic Plan is different than many others that have preceded it and many others from other municipalities. Our Strategic Plan has goal statements and complementary results as the drivers for future decisionmaking. These elements provide more clarity than has ever been seen in our Strategic Plans and raises the bar for common understanding and subsequent expectations for success. As Reeve Jim Kallal has stated “this version of the Beaver County Strategic Plan sets a new standard for clarity of purpose while also being laser-focused on accountability for results. I am proud of the community’s collective efforts to get us here and excited to see Beaver County as a leader among other municipalities.” The Strategic Plan can be found at

Community Events Viking Christmas Cheer Community Christmas Hamper Campaign Supporting the communities of Holden, Bruce, Viking. Kinsella, and eastern Beaver County. Registration Deadline December 9. Viking hamper pick up December 20. Holden Hampers pick up December 18. Registration forms are available at our Viking and Holden locations, or by contacting us at 780.336.4024. Thank you our communities for their ongoing generous support of this program! Ryley Christmas Tree Light Up & Market Saturday, December 7th Market: 12-5pm @ Ryley Legion 5121 50 St. Tree Light up: 5:30pm sharp. Century Park 50 Ave. With Jolly guest and special gifts to first50 children 12 and under. Special Family Draws to Enter! Ham & potato dinner available Any venders wanting a table contact Angel @ 780-663-3653 or email Tables are limited due to location, book now! Collecting food bank donations for Ryley/Tofield Food Bank.

Cut Down Your Own Christmas Tree Saturday, December 7 & December 14 12-5 p.m. $50 Hot Chocolate available! Cut your own Christmas Tree at Vern & Jan Hafso’s, 48302-RR120, Viking Alberta. Bring the family and cut your tree together! 5-6 Foot Tall White Spruce Trees for the holiday season. Need Help? There’s lots of volunteers to help with cutting and loading your tree to take home. In support of the Walking Trail Project in Viking. Thank you to Vern & Jan Hafso for supporting the VCMS Project! Community Christmas Hamper Program Tofield/Ryley/Beaver County West Community Christmas Hamper Program intake forms are now available 5407 - 50 Street Tofield (Upstairs) 780-662-7067 Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 12:00 pm 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm Deadline to signup is Thursday, December 12.

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New entrepreneur project takes Beaver County 4-H Multi Club by storm Josh Ruzicka Club Reporter

The Beaver County 4H Multi Club has begun in its third year of 4-H in Holden, with more members and more projects, including the new business entrepreneur project in which there are 11 members. The other projects include small engines, heifer, sheep, swine, horsemanship, and carcass beef. The club has had three meetings so far and they have all been very productive, and the snacks have been delicious. Our club goal this year is to have all members complete their record books and 4-H diaries on time.

We’ll keep you posted for the next update for the Beaver County 4-H Multi Club. Check out the club's Facebook page (Beaver County 4-H Multi Club) to see upcoming events and news.

Lloyd. RCMP execute search warrant in drug trafficking investigation On November 8, the Lloydminster RCMP General Investigation Section, with the assistance of the RCMP Eastern Alberta District Crime Reduction Unit (CRU), executed a search warrant on a residence in Lloydminster. As a result of the investigation and the executed search warrant: Daniel Fenrich (27) has been charged with the following offences: •Possession of a controlled substance for the Purpose of Trafficking •Possession of a controlled substance

•Operation of a Motor Vehicle while prohibited •Failure to comply with a Probation Order • Fenrich remains in custody after his initial court appearance on November 12, 2019 in Saskatchewan Provincial Court. Rawson Franke (22) has been charged with the following offences: • Possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of Trafficking (x2) • Possession of Property obtained by crime • Possession of ammunition contrary to Prohibition Order

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Viking won't forgive tax penalty, even if notice not received by owner Patricia Harcourt Editor

The Town of Viking will not allow a refund on tax penalties if property owners fail to meet the deadline due to their notice getting lost in the mail. After realizing the tax notice never arrived, the owners investigated what happened before paying the tax levy and the penalty. The Town of Viking acknowledges that the tax notice in question was never returned to them as an undeliverable item. It turns out there was no box number on the address. However, this had not prevented the notice from being received in previous years. In its decision, the town put the onus on property owners to ensure their address for sending notices is the correct one. "The tax notice was sent out as normal with all the others," said Town CAO Don McLeod, in his Nov. 18 report. "Somehow (owners' company name) did not receive their notice. The notice was not returned to the office. "On November 1, 2019, one of the owners came in and paid the taxes in full including penalty," stated McLeod. "The owners are requesting a rebate of the penalty because they did not receive the tax notice." McLeod's recommendation was that the fact the owners did not receive their tax notice was not the town's fault so the request should be denied. "It is the owner's responsibility to ensure that the taxing authority has all relevant information so official notices are received in a timely manner," he said. The owners of the property stated that when they realized no tax notice had been received, they went to

the town office and discovered there was no box number attached to their records. "This we believed could be the reason that it never made it to us this year," stated the request letter. "Upon hearing what happened in our situation, I hope you will see that there was no ill intent to delay the paying of our property taxes this year. We are asking that the penalty portion be waived and refunded due to these circumstances. This should not happen again, as the mailing address is now correct-

ed in the computer system." However, council agreed with Councillor Dana Ewashko, who said: "I'm just scared about setting a precedent." "It's not up to us to ensure there's a proper address," said McLeod, for sending out the notices. Council also felt that the property owner should have been aware that the tax notices are sent out at the same time every year. A motion to deny the request was passed unanimously.


Stealth Stuart Woods Stone Barrington is trying to enjoy some downtime at his English retreat when he's unceremoniously sent off to the remote reaches of the UK and into a deadly snare. As it turns out, this is only the first volley by a rival power, one that has its eyes set on disrupting the peace of the nation. With the help of two brilliant and stunning women, Stone must leverage a new position of power to capture a villain with a lethal agenda. But the closer he comes to nabbing the culprit, the more he realizes there's a bigger plan at work, and a true mastermind who's a force to be

What’s new at the library this week! Christmas Shopaholic Sophie Kinsella ’Tis the season for change and Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) is embracing it, returning from the States to live in the charming village of Letherby and working with her best friend, Suze, in the gift shop of Suze’s stately home. Life is good, especially now that Becky takes time every day for mindfulness . . . which actually means listening to a meditation tape while hunting down online bargains.

reckoned with . . . The Guardians John Grisham In the small north Florida town of Seabrook, a young lawyer named Keith Russo was shot dead. With no real suspects the police settled on Quincy Miller, a young black man who was once a client of Russo's. For twenty-two years Quincy languished in prison with no lawyer, no advocate on the outside. Then he wrote a letter to Guardian Ministries, a small innocence group founded by a lawyer/minister named Cullen Post. With Quincy Miller, Cullen gets far more than he bargained for. Powerful, ruthless people murdered Keith Russo, and they do not want Quincy exonerated.

Fill the Tree! We’re again raising money for the Food Bank & Community Christmas Hamper Campaign this year! With a minimum $5 donation, you can add your name to the tree! (donation amount

Cash or Cheque only. Stop by The Weekly Review office in Viking or mail your donation to: Box 240, Viking, AB T0B 4N0

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Minor Hockey Report: Xavier Arndt and Hunter Morken score hat-tricks Kerry Anderson These are some of the results from the Northern Alberta Interlock Minor Hockey League games held recently. (Please note that scores and scoring is taken from the website, and some game scores and scoring is dependent on proper league entries.) Irma Female Midget Aces (3-0-1) travelled to Dewberry and skated away with an 8-0 win. Scoring for Irma were; Shelby Tanton (2g 1a), Ainslie Borth (1g 2a), Jessica Hay (2g), Emily Tanton (1g 1a), Jaime Paterson (1g), Kelsey Zimmer (1g), and Taylor Lancaster (1a). Mariyah Albers got

the shutout. On Sunday Irma was down 4-2 after two, but scored two third period goals to tie the game 4-4. Scoring for Irma was; Ainslie Borth (2g), Macie Larson (1g 1a), and Cassy Larson (1g). Assists went to; Jessica Hay, Taylor Lancaster, Haliegh Dach, and Emily Tanton. Mariyah Albers stopped 25 in goal for Irma. Viking Tier 4 Atoms (3-1-0) lost a 7-5 game against Maskwacis on Sunday at Holden Complex. The teams were tied going into the third frame when Maskwacis took control. Ben Fleming had a 3-point game (2g 1a), while Yohan Borromeo also scored twice.

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Wyatt Olson scored, and Tate Crawford got an assist. Viking Tier 5 Peewees (1-0-0) went to Fort Saskatchewan on Saturday and came away with an easy 112 win. Viking outshot the home team 60-20. Xavier Arndt (3g 1a) and Hunter Morken got hat tricks for Viking. Other scorers were; Creed Middleton (2g), Landon Hanson (1g

1a), Phin Barber (1g 1a), Kora Lefsrud (1g 1a), Ashton Zemlak (1a), Grady Littau (1a). Wiley Cumming got the win in goal making 18 saves. Irma Female Atom Aces (3-1-0) were scheduled to play at Vermilion on Saturday but no score was posted. Irma Female Midget Aces (4-0-1) shutout Wainwright at Irma Arena on Friday.

Jessica Hay (2g 2a) had a four-point game for Irma. Other scorers were; Emily Tanton (2g 1a), Macie Larson (1g 1a), Ainslie Borth (1g 1a), Shelby Tanton (1g), Cassy Larson (1a), Taylor Lancaster (1a), and Kelsey Zimmer (1a). Mariyah Albers had a 40 save shutout for Irma. Jessica Hay leads the league in scoring with 7g 8a 15Pts in 5GP. Mariyah Albers leads

the league in goaltending with a .80 GAA and four shutouts. No Novice boys' scores are posted. Viking Tier 4 Atoms (3-1-0) were scheduled to play Leduc at Viking Carena on Sunday but no score was posted. Viking Tier 5 Peewees were scheduled to head to Thorsby for a game on Saturday but no score was posted.



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TM48/49c ____________________ Viking Farmers Market Christmas Market Thursday, December 12 2 to 5 p.m. Coffee & Goodies Available (No Supper) Full Hall of Vendors Call Evelyn 780-592-2431 tfnc ____________________ FOR RENT RENT FOR House for rent in Viking. 2 bedrooms upstairs, 1 downstairs. Double stall garage. 4 appliances. Close to school and hospital. $850/month plus utilities. Available December 1. Call 780-385-0885 or 780-385-1524. 45tfnc ____________________ Townhouse for rent in Viking. $900/month plus utilities. Contact 780-2540130. 51tfnc ____________________ House for rent in Viking. 2 bedrooms. Close to School, Clinic, and Hospital. $850/ month includes utilities. Available immediately. Call 780-336-6089 or 780-336-6088 34tfnc ____________________ 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom. Air conditioning. Washer, dryer, fridge, stove, microwave. $650/month plus utilities. Preferably no pets. 5002-59 ave, Viking. 780-385-1137. 30tfnc ____________________ Spacious Apartments for rent in Tofield with insuite laundry. Heat & water included. Ideal for family/seniors. 1) 2 bedroom - $800/month. 2) 3 bedroom - $975/month (2 baths). Contact: 780-9320041. TMtfnp

TM48/49p ____________________ HAY FOR FOR SALE HAY SALE Hay for Sale - Round hardcore bales, Alfalfa/Mixed Grasses. Call 780-662-4800. TM49/50p ____________________ Round Hay Bales for sale. Timothy, orchard grass and tall fescue mix. $60.00 each. 780-7217184 LL49/51p ____________________ HELP WANTED WANTED HELP Vegreville Family Dental, located next to the Boston Pizza in Vegreville is looking for a very enthusiastic Registered Dental Hygienist to join our team on a part time basis. Our practice is committed to and focused on providing excellent quality patient care. We are looking for someone who is professional, reliable, possesses excellent interpersonal skills, is warm and friendly with patients. We offer competitive wages commensurate with experience as well as a great and friendly work environment! We would be willing to compensate for travel as well. If this opportunity sounds interesting to you, please apply to All applications will be treated confidential. Thank you! tfnc




TM43-50p ____________________ SERVICES SERVICES 35+ years experience Drywall Taper for hire. Big jobs or small. Living in Killam but willing to travel. Hand taper by trade but have experience with boxes, roller/flusher, taping tube. No bazooka experience. Have own tools (10-12" boxes, pump, angle box, roller, flusher, hand tools, etc.) Also do ceiling texture. Non-drinker/partier, just want to get the work done. Willing to work with existing building or taping crew. Contact me if interested. 780-385-2106 / 780-385-1251. tfnp ____________________ Supporting local business also means supporting local media! A 2017 AdWest survey shows that print still outperforms all other mediums for advertising in towns & villages. What drives this? Quality local media. Support local.

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BRSD Trustees Continued from Front about the division or how it runs. He presented feedback from all four public consultations as well as comparisons from schools around the province before the board considered making any changes. During their September 2019 Board meeting, trustees initially defeated a motion to

change to five trustees (two for the city, one for each of the counties), and defeated a second motion increasing the board to nine trustees, with three for the city, and two for each of the counties. But at their October 2019, meeting, trustees considered a new motion reducing the total board to five trustees, with two from Camrose and one each from each of the three counties. This motion was passed. No changes will be made to the current

board. This change will not take place until the next municipal election, scheduled for the fall of 2021. Diane Hutchinson, Communications Coordinator for the Division, says a lot of work has to be done between now and then to get ready for this change. During the Flagstaff County public consultation, held in Sedgewick, Steele said to all participants, “It is important not to get into a ‘my schools’ vs. ‘your schools’ mind set.”

Erickson was quick to agree, saying that the present board tries to represent all areas, “We were elected to represent all the division’s kids. “This is my second term on the board. Eight people have worked, we are eight people at one table looking at the entire Battle River Region. “Whatever decision we make, I don’t think that’s going to change. “The board felt it was our duty to examine the issue, and that’s what we are doing here.”

Alberta RCMP remind drivers to not leave vehicles idling Alberta RCMP remind drivers not to leave their vehicles idling while unoccupied. When the temperature drops, police see an increase in stolen vehicle incidents while leaving them unoccupied. Alberta RCMP have estimated that about 33 per cent of all vehicle thefts occurred while the vehicle was idling and

unoccupied. Vehicle thefts of this kind are crimes of opportunity and are completely preventable. RCMP have the following safety tips to keep your vehicle secure, not only in the winter but the warmer months as well: • Never leave an idling vehicle unoccupied, even when it is locked.

• Use a remote starter whenever possible and keep your vehicle locked. ·• Use a steering wheel lock to deter thieves. • Never leave spare keys or garage door openers in or around your vehicle. • Never leave children or pets in an idling vehicle. • Report suspicious

Dan & Clara’s share: $6272@ This is Dan & Clara. Last year, they got a $6272 profit share cash payout from Vision, which they invested in their company, Tankstore Ltd. Like most in the energy industry, their business is feeling the pinch, so they’re happy Vision is Alberta-based and understands local challenges. They’re also happy to receive their share of the profits. Real people. Real results.

activity to police immediately by calling your local police detachment. Many people believe that their vehicle isn’t going to be stolen because they live on a quiet street or are only leaving it unattended for a minute. In reality, it only takes a second for someone to get into the vehicle and drive away.

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