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The Red Apple and The Bargain Shop stores in the Crownsest Pass held their Fill a Sleigh Day on Saturday, December 5th. The goal of the day is to fill a sleigh with toys for children in the community. The sleigh was full of toys that were purchased or donated to the Fill a Sleigh Day.
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Trip of the Month Winners The following is a list of December’s Blairmore Lions Trip of the Month winners: 1 - Amanda and Scott Kinnear of Coleman 3 night Las Vegas trip for two including evening show tickets valued at $1700.00 2 - Derek Robutka of Coleman $200.00 IGA gift card 3 - Jolene Mahieux of Blairmore $120.00 Bamboo Bistro gift certificate
Crowsnest municipal council update DAviD SelleS Pass Herald Reporter
The following topics were discussed at the Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, December 1st. Teck Resources Ltd. Castle Project Update – Norman Fraser Teck Coal Representatives, Norman Fraser, Lead Indigenous and Community Affairs, and Tiana Musil, Lead Regulatory Approvals, were in attendance to provide Council an update on the Fording River Operations Castle Project. The presentation included information on a number of topics. The first update was on Teck’s economic impact in the local regions. Fraser says Teck employs a total of 1,400 people at their Fording River location, with 430 of those being residents in the Crowsnest Pass. Fraser said during the presentation that the economic impact for the Crowsnest Pass is around $80 million. Fraser then moved on to update council on the Castle Project. The project is an extension of the Fording River operations and Fraser says Teck believes
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there is a decade worth of mining at Castle. Fraser says the current coal resource will begin to decline in the mid 2020’s but that the reserves could support Fording River until 2070. The Castle Project will be subject to a coordinated review by the BC Environmental Assessment Act office and the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada. Fraser says Teck is hopeful for approval in mid-2023. Fraser informed council that a full scope of the project can be found at castleproject.teck.com and that the site will be updated with key engagement and regulatory information. Fraser finished the presentation by informing Council that Castle will be the future of the primary source of coal to sustain the operation and retain the existing work force. Council was then able to ask questions. Council asked for clarification on the $80 million in economic contributions to the Crowsnest Pass. Fraser told council that money includes the wages for the 430 Crowsnest Pass Residents and that Crowsnest Pass based business and community investment is around $100,000. Council then asked for further clarification on the investment dollars compared to Fernie and Fraser said that community investment is based on the applications Teck receives. Council also asked if Teck is in need of a letter of support at this point in time and Fraser said they aren’t currently looking for one. Council finished off questions by stating they would like to see updates from Teck more often and also asked Teck to reach out to administration when they do require a letter of community support. Protective Services Advisory Committee – Michael Taje Michael Taje, Chairperson of the Protection Services Advisory Committee (PSAC), provided council with an update regarding the future role of the committee. Taje began the presentation by informing Council he would like to see the PSAC begin meeting virtually in 2021. Taje then provided a few recommendations to Council. The first recommendation is that the committee has a name change from the PSAC to the Community Safety Committee with a focus on making the community safer. Taje also suggested that community safety issues can be referred to the committee for review and that the committee would have a process for those reviews.
The process would begin with a validation of the concern, if the concern is out of scope, the committee would advise Council. If the concern is deemed in scope by the committee, the committee would then conduct a Risk Hazard Matrix, have a Merit Rationale Form and then submit a recommendation to Council. Taje also informed Council that the committee also recommends a Public Education Outreach program in conjunction with subject matter experts. Taje noted that Citizens on Patrol is a potential partner in this. Taje finished the presentation by outlining action items the committee would like to complete in 2021. Council was then able to ask questions regarding the presentation. Council inquired if Citizens on Patrol is active in this area. Taje says they have an active committee and they plan to work together and provide support. Council agreed with Taje that the safety perspective is important and could be a good focus for the committee going forward. Council then asked if the committee would consider working on the six action items and return to Council with a recommendation in March of 2021. Taje advised that they would be willing to do that. Councillor Ward then moved to bring the Protective Services Advisory Committee discussion back to Council for further discussion at the December 15th meeting. That motion was carried. Ride Crowsnest Operational Needs Administration has been monitoring the usership of the bus. We have analyzed usership since the Alberta government relaxed the Covid-19 restrictions after the lockdown of many facilities and businesses. A letter was requested from the Family Community Support Services Authority Committee chairperson to confirm the recommendation to Council, however the letter was not received in time for the Council meeting package. In August of 2020, Administration found the following info about usership: 8am to 1pm averaged 6 users that used this bus during this entire time frame per day. As noted, some days were more, some less, and most used it for more than one stop or location. 1pm to 3 pm averaged 1 user that used this bus during this entire time Average number of drop offs per day before 1 pm is 14 and average number of drop offs per day after 1 pm is 2. In September, Ad-
ministration found these numbers: 8 am to 1 pm averaged 6 users that used this bus during this entire time frame. 1 pm to 3 pm averaged 1 user that used this bus during this entire period. Average number of drop offs before 1 pm is 16 and average number of drop offs per day after 1 pm is 2.5. For October, administration noted these numbers: 9 am to 1 pm averaged 7 users that used this bus during this entire time frame. Some of these used it more than one stop. 1 pm to 4:30 pm averaged 3 users that used this bus during this entire period. Average number of drop offs per day before 1 pm is 16 and average number of drop offs per day after 1 pm is 5. There was a slight increase in October of usership, however, usership is still low. CAO Patrick Thomas indicated this is not uncommon, as many bus services have seen less ridership during Covid-19. Although usage is low, it was found the users are still using this bus for essential needs, such as hospital trips, doctor appointments, grocery shopping and some for non-essential trips like coffee. Also, the uses for the bus after 1 pm are less for essential needs and more for non-essential needs like work or dance classes. As mentioned above, the Committee, after a long debate, found it best to limit the service during Covid-19 and reassess this service after Covid -19. The Committee determined the reasons to keep it going include affordability and access to essential services. Administration also reported to the Committee that reallocation of the driver, to assist in the extra cleaning needs of the department is very important during Covid. It is anticipated that condensing the operational hours of the bus, will result in department efficiencies, as regular users will continue to access this service, under revised hours. After discussion, Councillor Filipuzzi moved to approve the amended operational hours of Ride Crowsnest from 9:00am through 2:00pm until such time as the operational needs increase in usership. That motion was carried. Councillor Sygutek then made a motion that Administration provide the historical and present user numbers for Ride Crowsnest and to provide alternative plans if Council chooses not to run the program. Councillor Ward made a friendly amendment to that motion that administration also provides the historical costs for the last five years. That motion was carried.
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In the lIne of fIre Between November 30 and December 7, Crowsnest Pass RCMP responded to a total of 59 calls for service including the following reported incidents. Two (2) assaults, one (1) break and enter (residential), two (2) fraud/forgery, two (2) t h re a t s / h a r a s s m e n t s , four (4) mischief/vandalism, two (2) theft of motor vehicle, four (4) thefts, one (1) impaired driving, three (3) disturbing the peace, four (4) other criminal code, two (2) other provincial statutes, eight (8) driving complaints, three (3) motor vehicle collisions, two (2) assistance to general public, five (5) suspicious occurrences, four (4) assistance to other agencies, two (2) 911 calls (invalid), two (2) false alarms, three (3) municipal bylaw and three (3) lost and found. Suspicious Persons On December 1st, 2020, there was a suspicious persons complaint in an area north of Coleman. A 38-year-old male
was arrested and charged with possession of stolen property, possession of a controlled substance and failure to comply with conditions. A 22-year-old female was also arrested and charged for possession of stolen property, possession of a controlled substance, failure to comply with conditions and possession of a prohibited device. A Justice Hearing was held and subjects were released on documents for Provincial Court. Fraud On December 1st, 2020, there was a complaint of computer fraud. Someone had hacked into emails and was sending emails to customers asking for money to be sent to another account. It is under investigation. Suspicious Email On December 2nd, 2020, there was a complaint of a suspicious email on the complainants laptop advising the computer had been compromised and asked
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to allow access to the computer. No further information was provided. Suspicious Phone Call On December 2nd, 2020, there was a complaint of a suspicious phone call advising complainant was in trouble with border services. The complainant was asked to provide social insurance number. No further information was provided. Youth Complaint On December 4th, 2020, there was a complaint of youths placing objects on main street in Bellevue and obstructing traffic. The complainant removed the objects from road. Thefts On December 5th, 2020, there was a complaint of theft of a utility trailer from a business in Coleman. The trailer was located that afternoon off a quad trail by the York Creek staging area. The licence plate was stolen from the trailer. On December 6th,
The Simple Raven’s Post by Avner Perl
Aliens coming to Earth A friend asked me a question. If the earth was visited by humanoid aliens who possess the technical ability to come here, what would they think about us, our politics, economy, and above all religions. My friend obviously believes that people advanced technologically would not believe in Gods. The educated intellectuals look down on religious people since there is no scientific proof of God. I imagined a story of an alien describing us. He said: The Earth humans are physically a copy of us, but mentally deficient, perhaps not yet fully developed. They aren’t cognizant of their powers other than physical manipulation of material matter. I will elaborate later under “religion.” Humans are extremely competitive. They all but exterminated the other large species on the planet, keeping only those that they can subdue and raise as food. It seems as if they are trying to do it with each other. Only in their case, they want the labour, not the flesh of each other. Many enjoy hurting others. They named the action “sadistic.” Through military might and later regulated economy some rose above others, harnessed mass followings, and compete for complete domination of the planet. They have a serious problem understanding that they are all components of one big body or machine. In other words, they don’t see how interconnected they are. For an unknown reason, they are mostly motivated by selfish individualism, even when it hinders their chances of survival. Humans have learned how to harness artificial power to do some work they need to be done. They are doing it in the most wasteful ways, completely unaware that in a short time they will run out of the resources they must have. They depend on future inventions, but have no plan that will see them safely survive on the only planet available to them. Their idea of time unrelated to speed, energy, and space is unique amongst beings similar to us. They made themselves dependent on exhaustible food supplies and waste more than what they use. It seems as if some human groups are wasting all they can while others are fighting for the scraps and are stressed to the point of extinction for lack of basic needs. The people, as they call themselves in their most universal language, do not re-
2020, there was a complaint of theft of a pink Trak mountain bike from a park in Lundbreck. Found Items RCMP have one found ladies gym bag with clothes in it. Reminder to property owners to lock your doors and vehicles. Also mark your belongings and record serial numbers of tools and other important items. Be aware of a new scam. Victims get phone calls from someone pretending to be from Service Canada or another government agency, saying their social insurance number (SIN) has been blocked, compromised or suspended. The call might be one of the latest variations on caller ID in which fraudsters disguises the number seen on the ID display in order to trick victims into answering phone. The person will ask for SIN and other personal info, such as date of birth, address, etc. Victims who provide personal info are at risk of identity fraud.
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alize that the most abundant resources on Earth are finite and take time to regenerate. They show no concern over depleting the air, water, and soil of their planet. Their machines allowed them to overly exploit the most important elements that they require for physical life and they show no sign of concern. Weapons production on Earth is an enormous industry. From primitive to nuclear, they produce enough to kill themselves many times over. All of their weapons are meant for wars amongst themselves, and none could provide defence from attack originating outside the Earth. I could conquer their world with the craft I am in if I wished. Humans are divided by skin pigmentation and what they call religions, which reflect their views of a supreme being called God, Spirit, or messengers from such. Some small groups have other variations. The religions seem to be connected to economic aspects and mixed or used by the most powerful amongst them. One God messenger or “Son of God” gave them directions of how to be more like we are, but they never developed the proper language to fully explain his teachings. Another “Prophet” managed to unite some major religions seven hundred years later. Each time the religions became attached to some groups or races and rejected by others leading to wars. Their education is severely rudimentary and available most readily to higher classes or what they assume to be a more worthy race or tribe. There isn’t a central theory that unites all humans. They have a reasonably primitive way to pass knowledge to later generations called writing. As they were discovering their world, they found other humans who evolved on distant continents. They forcibly converted those “other tribes” to their ways of thinking and religions. Improved war technologies helped spread hostile microorganisms and destroyed cultures with better spiritual ideas that could have propelled humanity towards using the “spiritual” powers as we do. That knowledge existed in their holy books for a thousand and a half years, but they do not use it. The Earth humans have an inkling that they are related to the central supreme power they call God, but can’t figure out how. They can’t know him without imagining seeing him. They don’t understand that human eyes are not the right tool for doing it. They don’t even follow the commandment not to try to make an image of God. They think in words, and words are images. Earth’s humans must find new, more accurate words to convey the power of “belief” or “faith”. There is a way to communicate with God without words, pictures, computers, and so on. As I said in the beginning, this is how I assume an Alien describing humanity to his brethren using our language. Yes, the secret is in the language. Since we are (hopefully) locked up avoiding contact with others, I see an opportunity to think deeply about philosophical questions that perhaps we never considered before. Enjoy. Here is a link to my blog: https://thesimpleravenspost.blogspot.ca/ Feel free to check other articles and comment.
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Photos with Santa The Crowsnest Pass Herald, Country Encounters and Deb McNeil Photography are thrilled to offer COVID-19 protocol Santa Photos.
SaTurDay, DECEMbEr 19 10 aM TO 4:00 PM
Encounters Wine bar & Small Plate Kitchen building How it works - Wear your masks and you enter through the restaurant doors and proceed to the patio in the back. you have 10 minutes to get your photo with Santa. Santa and his helper will be seated behind plexiglass with their masks on. a chair will be on the other side. Please keep your masks on until it is time to take the photo. Deb McNeil Photography will take the photos. Each family will receive two edited images via email. Once you are done you leave through the back gate and through the alley. Start time: 10:00 am, then in 10 minute increments. Only 36 spots available. Phone 403-562-2248 to book, you must book over the phone. Please do not leave messages or Facebook message Lisa. First come, first served. Merry Christmas from our businesses to your family. all we ask is that you donate to the Crowsnest Pass Food bank.
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Editorial This year the Pass Herald has seen a lot of support from the community. We have seen such amazing support from the public and our advertisers that I honestly feel it’s our turn to get more involved in the community. It stared with our COVID grad special edition. I can’t tell you how proud I am of that edition. These kids in our community were thrilled to have a keepsake. Almost every grad sent me a message or stopped me thanking the paper for making their grad as special as possible under the extreme circumstance. I had the privilege of getting to know Brandy Fehr with the Chamber of Commerce and Ashley Pow with the Crowsnest Community Market when they asked me to sit on the Christmas in the Mountains committee. These two women remind me of myself ten years ago, full of ideas, creativity and enthusiasm. They are rock stars. They reinvigorated me and I can’t image working with anyone else in this communiy. Their work ethic and brilliance is infectious. Our little committee wanted to bring a special weekend of local shopping back to the community. The market was going to take place at MDM in Bellevue alongside a fantastic reverse parade put on by the Bellecrest Association. COVID restrictions hampered our plans, however, the businesses stayed open and did what they could to provide Christmas spirit and shopping to the community. I must say that I am a huge proponent of shopping locally. I practice what I preach. I don’t do big box and when I go to the post office, which I due daily, it makes me sad to see all the Amazon boxes and I wonder how many of them could have been bought locally. You can get the passport from here in the paper and you can stamp every purchase you do in the community to win prizes. The stamps can be done up until December 17, with a virtual draw on December 18 The one thing COVID has done is show the resilience of the businesses in this community and how the people in it support them. To finish off the year I decided after a great afternoon conversation with Brandy to head up a COVID Christmas Santa photo night. The kids in the community need a chance to feel something normal so this is how it works. I made a call to Dawn Rigby, owner of Country Encounters and asked if she had a truck I could use for the photos, she said I’ll one up you and offer our decorated patio behind the restaurant for photos. I just about cried. I went over and saw the little patio area all decorated for Christmas and thought man this is the perfect venue. I then put on Facebook that we were doing this and Deb MacNeil a former resident here in the Pass, who I went to high school with, texted me volunteering to take professional photos. She is going to email everyone photos they can print at Copy Magic. Again, I’m pretty sure I had a little cry. I’ve never been so proud to be part of this community. So this is how it works. You call the Pass Herald and book a time. Photos start at 10:00 on December 19. You have ten minutes to get in and out. You enter through the restaurant to the patio where Santa and his elf, (it’s my son Aiden and his girlfriend Darbie) will be behind a plexiglas patrician. You sit beside him and Deb will take the photo. Apparently if you take a photo face on you won’t see the partition. You then quickly exit through the back gate into the alley. We only have 36 spots available. First spot starts at 10:00 am with the last spot at 3:50 pm. We only ask that you wear your mask in and out and you can take them off for the photo. We ask that you donate to the CNP Food Bank instead of a fee. Please phone the office to book your space, please don’t message me on Facebook and don’t leave a message on our phone. You need to call and reach someone so that we don’t double book. Merry Christmas from the Pass Herald, Country Encounters and Deb MacNeil Photography!
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Alberta Crown Land Vision Dear Editor: For those who call Alberta home, we are blessed to live in one of the most beautiful places on the planet. It doesn’t matter where you hang your hat in this great province. Whether you live in the south along the wide open prairies, the north under the huge boreal forest or near the iconic eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains, we all cherish our rich diversity of landscapes and our abundance of resources. Our shared love for the land and our desire to protect it for our grandchildren and their children is what drives us. It also motivated our ancestors. In Alberta’s early days, the government set aside public lands to be managed by the Crown. Later, a parks system was also set aside to make sure all Albertans could enjoy the outdoors through recreation and camping while also protecting biodiversity. Together, parks and public lands – known as Crown lands – were administered under one system to be managed by the government for all Albertans and Indigenous peoples. Today, our Crown lands
cover a vast amount of our province – about 60% and are used for recreation, conservation and economic development. Many existing policies were drafted with the notion in mind that specific areas of crown land only have one use. Crown land policies need to recognize the fact that the land owned by all Albertans is used for multiple purposes, included those listed above. The Alberta Crown Land Vision is our way forward. This vision will guide our work toward creating a common-sense approach to Crown land management by finding the right balance, simplifying the system, making sure we focus on outcomes not processes, and support recreation in a way this province can afford and help us work as partners with communities, municipalities, and Indigenous peoples who use Crown land to practice Treaty rights. This was our commitment to Albertans when we ran in 2019 and it remains our commitment. It means understanding different perspectives to find the approach that
works best for everyone. In some areas, a working landscape will be ideal with a mix of uses and various benefits. In other areas, conservation will be the main priority. We will use these diverse voices to update old, outof-date Crown land rules that overlap with or duplicate other rules. We will update legislation and regulations that have accumulated over the years. We will simplify and make the rules easy to understand. And we will focus on outcomes – namely environmental protecrion, recreation and economic development – rather than further burdening Albertans with an overly administrative process that can get bogged down. An important part of effectively managing Crown land is supporting sustainable outdoor recreation opportunities for Albertans to enjoy. To address the challenges of the increasing demand for recreation and trails in parks and on public land, we have committed to bring forward new measures, such as a Trails Act and fee framework, that will help deliver on those expectations. We want to hear from you about ways we can help make this happen.
You have the opportunity to share your ideas on how to support the development and sustainable use of trails, including how funding is generated and how dollars can be re-invested into recreation while also supporting education and enforcement activities. You can also share your thoughts on how to strengthen partnerships with non-profit groups, businesses, municipalities and Indigenous communities, who have an important role in supporting fun, responsible and sustainable recreation on Crown land. Please visit alberta.ca and search sustainable outdoor recreation engagement to participate and share your ideas. Over the coming weeks and months, there will be other opportunities for Albertans to provide input on other Crown land initiatives. Together, we will create a clear understandable system for land use, support sustainable funding and partnerships for recreation, and reduce red tape so we can focus on achieving the outcomes Albertans expect. Jason Nixon Minister of Environment
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I’ve written columns in the past about how technology can be a double-edged sword. I’ve tended to focus on the negative side of that sword in the past but this time I want to focus on the positive. While it’s not guaranteed that we won’t be able to see family at Christmas yet, some people I know are already preparing for that scenario. It may end up being a tough Christmas for some people who won’t be able to gather together like they did at past Christmases. That’s where the beautiful side of technology comes into play. When the pandemic first hit, I wasn’t able to travel to Lethbridge on weekends like I normally would. It was hard at first but with time, my family found ways through technology to still get together as a family. I did the same with friends for the first few months when things were locked down. My brothers and I all have Xbox’s and we’ve been able to chat and have fun together even though we’re in three different locations thanks to some of the tech that’s available to us. Unless restrictions change before Christmas, my family and many others will need to resort back to that style of gathering. It definitely makes things easier knowing that if we won’t all be together at Christmas physically, we’ll still be able to meet virtually and see everyone’s faces on Christmas thanks to technology like FaceTime or Zoom. While technology isn’t always a positive thing, I’m sure grateful that the technology exists to be able to gather while being a part.
Fantastic location among Douglas Fir trees in Pineview. Spacious 3 + 1 bedroom, 2 + ½ bathroom home has incredible mountain views to the south and north. Newer windows and roof. Updated mechanical. Beautiful yard with back lane access. 24’ X 48’ solarium. Close to all amenities and 4season mountain adventures. $389,000 CALL JOHN MLS
26 KananaSKIS coURT Spectacular south-facing mountain lot. Northside of the valley, off Alberta Forest Trunk Road, and Forest Reserve. Sun exposure all year round. Suitable for a walk-out bungalow looking towards the South Range and the Flathead. No timeline to start building. 1/3 acre with all required services: water, sewer, power, gas, cable, telephone. $127,000 CALL JOHN MLS
14 IRonSTone 4 bedroom, 3 bath Ironstone Lookout end unit. Open floor plan. Vaulted ceilings. Master bdrm with large walk-in closet and ensuite. Fully developed basement with media room and wet bar. Two gas fireplaces. Central air. Central vac. Large double car garage. Main floor laundry. All appliances. Fantastic view of Crowsnest mountain. $369,000 CALL JOHN MLS
coleman Affordable, well cared for three bedroom home. Nice Coleman location, close to York Creek Staging Area and miles of four season backcountry trails. Main floor laundry. Level and fenced full yard. Back lane access with plenty of room to build a large garage. Very spacious and well laid out home. $179,000 CALL JOHN MLS
BelleVUe commeRcIal Commercial land with east and west bound access on busy Hwy 3 corridor. Located at first entrance to Crowsnest Pass with access to municipal water and sewer. Tremendous traffic count in front of the property. Zoned commercial and suitable for many different activities. $190,000 CALL JOHN MLS
Newly refreshed 2 bedroom, main floor apartment condominium. New flooring, paint and newer appliances. Unit is close to laundry room and steps from the backdoor to the parking lot. Affordable, high quality accommodations in beautiful Crowsnest Pass. $105,000 CALL JOHN MLS
PRIme BUIlDInG loTS UnDeRGRoUnD PoWeR SeRVIce anD all oTHeR UTIlITIeS Timberline ridge in Bellevue offers a sunny location, beautiful mountain views and wide paved streets. These prime building lots are available at affordable prices, from $88,000 to $115,000. Large and fully serviced lots have underground power, easy topography, and are ready for the spring building season. Crowsnest Pass offers unparalleled value in the Canadian Rockies. Active, friendly community. CALL JOHN FOR MORE INFORMATION MLS
562-8830 email@example.com 31 IRonSTone Beautiful bungalow under construction at Ironstone Lookout. Open floor plan with luxurious finishes. Magnificent mountain views. Unobstructed vista to the south. Two bedrooms up and two down. 3 bathrooms. Kitchen with quartz counter-tops. Spacious media room. Large double car garage and driveway. Hardwood and tile flooring. Main floor laundry. Tremendous value for a luxurious home. Choice of finishes if bought early in the process. The purchase price does not include GST. CALL JOHN MLS
BlaIRmoRe One of a kind historic brick home located on an extra-large corner lot in Blairmore. This five-bedroom, four-bathroom home was built in 1920 with brick.. Self-contained apartment on second level. Amazing decks and backyard. Huge lot. Possibility of building another home without compromising the existing living and outdoor spaces. 24’ x 38’ garage, large garden shed and fenced RV parking. Phenomenal value and potential. $475,000 CALL JOHN MLS
BelleVUe Fantastic opportunity for commercial location along busy Highway 3. East and West bound traffic access. Currently occupied as a successful fly-fishing shop, known to fly fishermen throughout Canada and the U.S. Can be sold as a business to someone wishing for a change of pace or for a property that can be re-purposed. C1 zoning allows for different opportunities. High traffic volume in front of the property. $435,000 CALL JOHN MLS
coleman Solid 2 bedroom home with a newer 16x26 garage. Located on corner lot, very sunny Coleman location. Great mountain views. Fenced yard and RV parking. Affordable mountain get-away or revenue property. Very solid foundation for home in this price range. Crowsnest Pass offers tremendous opportunity for mountain enthusiasts. $135,000 CALL JOHN MLS
BlaIRmoRe commeRcIal Opportunity for first class office space in busy downtown Blairmore location. Currently used as a mine office, but may be re-purposed into any other commercial use. Excellent main street location. Current zoning is commercial. $104,000 CALL JOHN MLS
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Donations are the lifeblood of many charitable organizations. Unfortunately, donations also can be the lifeblood of criminal operations designed to scam would-be donors. The potential for charity scams could be even greater in 2020. Charities accept donations year-round, but the spirit of giving that prevails during the holiday season makes the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas especially popular times to donate to charity. In addition to being on the lookout for the usual scams, the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia warns prospective donors to beware of potential scams involving the COVID-19 virus. Recognizing the challenges people in their communities have faced as a result of the economic fallout of the pandemic, donors may be more inclined to donate to charities purporting to help laid off workers, small businesses or others adversely affected by the outbreak. That’s admirable, but prospective donors must recognize that their eagerness to support COVID-related
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Pass Powderkeg Fighting Warm Weather for Opening Date DaviD SelleS Pass Herald Reporter The warm weather is making it difficult for the Pass Powderkeg to open it's slopes. "We are still working towards an opening. We're still struggling with snow. We're going as hard as we can," said Manager, Katherine Seleski. Once the hill is able to open, Seleski says protocols have been put in place to keep everyone safe. "The biggest changes are in our lodge. Our day lodge of course is very small. We'll be splitting it up into three different areas. Our top floor will be for staff, our middle floor will be for food and beverage and then our bottom floor is rentals and guest services." Seleski says they have also implemented online options for people interested in spending some time on the hill. "We've also implemented some amazing online technology so people can book ahead online and get there rentals, lift tickets and lessons all sorted before they arrive." Pass Powderkeg has also created a new Uphill Pass that costs $25. Seleski says so far, it's been a solid seller. "It's been great. With Covid, there's been an industry wide trend for uphill traffic. What we want to offer is a place for people to do that safely, responsibly and get that exercise in. It allows people to utilize our hill in a way that's great for everyone with a designated uphill track that is safe for people to travel on at all hours of the day." Even with some of the challenges PPK is facing, Seleski says signature programs will still be running this season. "We're still offering a lot of our signature programs like our Learn to Turn, the Riversdale Rippers After School and our Cubs program. All of those have been modified to ensure a safe and clean experience. We're looking forward to keeping those going for our community." Seleski says they are looking forward to a successful season once they are able to open. "We're really excited to open up for our season and are looking forward to providing a safe, fun and clean experience." For more info on potential opening dates or for more information on the hill, check out Pass Powderkeg on Facebook or visit their website passpowderkeg.com.
Former Pass Resident Receives Prestigious Award DaviD SelleS Pass Herald Reporter
Former Pass resident Cody Woolf has been named as one of Occupational Health & Safety Canada's Top 10 under 40 Health and Safety Professionals. Woolf spent his childhood growing up in the Pass and his family still has solid roots in the community. "I lived there all the way up through Grade 12. My family is still out there and my Grandma owns Chris' Restaurant. Pretty much my whole life was spent there living in Coleman until I went to school." After graduating high school, Woolf began his studies at Lethbridge College before eventually making his way out to the University of Fredericton. "I went to Lethbridge College and took Crimi-
nal Justice. I spent four years with the Alberta government with commercial vehicle enforcement. I was a Peace Officer there for four years. Then I left and went on to health and safety and did my diploma through the University of Fredericton. I obtained my CRSP, which is Canadian Registered Safety Professional designation. I also got a few other designations along the way and have been at my current employer over the last nine years at Fillmore Construction." Woolf says the award is done by nomination and that he was honoured to be nominated and recognized as one of the top health and safety professional in the country. "It came as kind of a shock to me. It was pretty humbling. I got into a health and safety career
Cody Woolf has been named as one of the Top 10 Under 40 OH&S Health and Safety Professionals in Canada. This award recognizes professionals who are at the top of their professions in Canada
interested in new challenges. The fact that someone recognized my commitment to health and safety was pretty rewarding. To show others that age isn't a factor and you can succeed at a young age and work your way up and help others with health and safety was very rewarding."
South Zone Covid-19 Update DaviD SelleS Pass Herald Reporter
ALL NUMBERS ARE UP TO DATE AS OF Monday December 7th. Province wide, there have been 70,301 cases to date. Of these cases, 20,067 are active. 631 people have died from the virus. The number of cases in the South Zone by area is as follows: South Zone total: To date, there have been 4,250 total cases in the south zone. 3,547 people have recovered from Covid-19 in the south zone. There are currently 654 active cases in the south zone. There are currently 12 outbreaks in the South Zone. These outbreaks locations include 6 in Lethbridge, 3 in Medicine Hat, 2 in Brooks and 1 in Redcliff. Here is the community breakdown of cases in the south zone. Crowsnest Pass: 9 cases reported, 4 cases are active, 5 case recovered. Pincher Creek: 56 cases reported, 21 cases active, 33 cases recovered and 2 deaths. Fort Macleod: 50
cases reported, 3 case active, 44 cases recovered and 3 deaths. Claresholm: 54 cases reported, 3 cases active, 51 cases recovered. C a r d s t o n County/Kainai: 198 cases reported, 39 cases active, 153 cases recovered and 6 deaths. County of Warner: 136 cases reported, 32 cases active, 102 cases recovered and 2 deaths. Lethbridge: 1,153 cases reported, 250 cases are active, 896 cases recovered and 7 deaths. Lethbridge County: 364 cases reported, 65 cases active, 297 cases recovered and 2 deaths. MD of Taber: 279 cases reported, 67 cases active, 208 cases recovered and 4 deaths. City of Brooks: 1,294 cases reported, 28 cases active, 1,252 recovered and 14 deaths. County of Newell: 116 cases reported, 20 cases active, 94 cases recovered and 2 deaths. County of Forty Mile: 112 cases reported, 14 cases active, 96 cases recovered and 2 deaths. Cypress County: 126 cases reported, 13 cases active, 113 cases recov-
ered. Medicine Hat: 323 cases reported, 92 cases active, 226 cases recovered and 5 deaths. Oyen: 25 cases reported, 4 cases active and 21 case recovered. Vulcan: 87 cases reported, 8 active, 77 recovered and 2 deaths. Albertans with symptoms • You are legally required to isolate for a minimum of 10 days if you have a cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or sore throat that is not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition. • The mandatory isolation period is 10 days from the start of symptoms, or until symptoms resolve, whichever takes longer. Tested positive for COVID-19 • You are legally required to isolate for a minimum of 10 days if you have tested positive for COVID-19. • Isolation period is for 10 days from the start of symptoms, or until symptoms resolve, whichever takes longer.
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are feeling well, whichever takes longer. What is a Watch? • The province is monitoring the risk and discussing with local government(s) and other community leaders the possible need for additional health measures • At least 10 active cases and more than 50 active cases per 100,000 As of November 6, all residents and visitors of communities on the watch/enhanced measures list must follow the mandatory: • 15 person limit on social and family gatherings - indoors and outdoors - where people are mixing and mingling. Applies to all social gatherings, including but not limited to: • banquets and award ceremonies • wedding or funeral receptions • luncheons or potlucks • parties: birthday, baby showers, retirement, dinners, backyard BBQs • other private social gatherings and functions Does not apply to structured events, includ-
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The family of Lois Squarek would like to thank the doctors, nursing staff and EMS at the Crowsnest Pass Health Care Centre for the compassion shown to our family. To everyone who sent flowers, cards, food and took the time to call us we would all like to thank you for your kindness. To Darrell and staff at Fantin’s for you kindness, guidance and professionalism. We are lucky to have you in our community. ~ Nick, Nick Jr. and Julia and Dean and family
Thank You Thank you to all our customers and friends for their support throughout the years. We’re leaving the Crowsnest Pass Husky after 25.5 wonderful years and Sparwood Husky after 7 years. It has been a very memorable journey and it has been a pleasure to serve everyone along the way ~ Dianne & Don Tough
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Teck General Manager Matt Cole (far right) and Community Liaison Tammy Ogden (far left) presented Bonnie Linderman (middle left) and Heather Kennedy (middle right) of the Crowsnest Pass Health Foundation, with a donation of $61,625 for medical supplies and other needs. This donation comes at a perfect time for the foundation as their fundraising efforts have been derailed this year by Covid-19.
Letter to Premier Kenney Dear Premier Kenney, I ain’t no kid. I’m retired. I write in request for action, and do this on behalf of future generations. I write, too, in the hope of seeing Alberta demonstrate leadership that, founded in its current wealth, enables the province to transition through tough times and
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create a brighter tomorrow. What you have done in recent months reveals how little you—and the UCP—appear to know or care about the health and wellbeing of Albertans, how little you appear to know or value the need to protect essential headwaters integrity, and suggests you are blithely unaware of how the latter provides the populace with life-sustaining water and quality-of-life living. I ask that you, please, give back to Alberta, what it had before you took office. I ask, specifically, that you: 1. Revitalize Alberta’s health-care services, and work with Alberta’s health-care professionals to reinstate morale and functional capacity to essential health care. 2. Reverse the incredible damage you did to Alberta’s vital headwaters when you trashcanned the decades-old Coal Policy and opened the mud-gates to rampant watershed degradation. 3. Give back to Albertans the ability to enjoy the province’s fullspectrum of existing parks and recreation areas. Give us the opportunity to engage in outdoor recreation within Alberta’s historic (preUCP) dynamic array of venues. Give us places to play in pandemic times. Most of my recent efforts to counter UCP actions have been in opposition to the UCP’s
overnight—no-consultation-with-the-public— slaughter of Alberta’s longstanding Coal Policy, and the resultant landscape and watershed destruction this has already brought to the headwaters of the Oldman River. I have also participated in the Joint Review Panel’s assessment of the proposed Grassy Mountain Coal Project, located upwind and upstream from my home. During the public hearing, I listened to former Alberta Minister of the Environment, Robin Campbell— now a lobbyist for the Coal Association of Canada—as he, responding under oath to questions, seemed to suffer an acute and distressing nasal malady, an affliction that might be called Pinocchio-itis. Mr. Campbell’s testimony gave the impression he feels he has the UCP in his back pocket, although, interestingly, he denied lobbying the Government of Alberta. I’ve spent thousands of hours and many sleepdeprived nights in efforts to overturn the UCP’s actions in regard to the three issues listed above. I’m spending my retirement money to do this. I’m not receiving funding from what some UCP members have reported to be deeppocketed foreign forces. This noted, it’s occurred to me that the UCP, in its wild accusations and apparent beliefs, might be using its War Room and taxpayers’ money to in-
vestigate me along with other Albertans, people who, like me, are volunteering their time and resources in an effort to benefit Alberta and its position on the world stage. Think of me as Joe Citizen, one person—although I know I represent an army of discontent— fighting against the might of a powerful government in an effort to provide Albertans with a proud and sustainable future. My goals are simple. I work toward a vision that places health, headwaters integrity, and long-range prosperity at the core of Alberta’s defining legacy. This province, in spite of its current hurdles, is too rich, too beautiful, and too proud to blindly and needlessly degrade its natural capital, the largely untapped gold mine of self-sustaining wealth that’s held within its world-class, Crown of the Continent landscape. Alberta’s eastern slopes are worth billions … if they can be saved from UCP degradation. Please know that I will never support you or the UCP unless I see action that, for today and tomorrow, serves the people of Alberta and this province’s ability to lead Canada, and the world, in thoughtful, sustainable, health, wealth, and prosperity. With hope for brighter tomorrow,
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Stingray Radio Station making changes to local station DaviD SelleS Pass Herald Reporter
Big changes are coming to the local Stingray radio station. The station has been a staple in the community since it opened in 1972. While rumours swirled about the full-on closure of the local station, General Manager for Stingray, Craig Letawsky, says that the station will continue to broadcast to the area. "Nothing could be further from the truth as we evolve to offer a better quality listening experience for the area. Our commitment to serving listeners in the Crowsnest Pass, Pincher Creek and Elkford has never been higher. Letawsky says that like many businesses right now, the pandemic has changed the way the station is looking at their operations. "Like thousands of businesses in Alberta, BC, and around the world, the recent covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated that much of what we do can
be done remotely, working from home studios or other remote locations." According to Letawsky, Stingray plans to move forward providing the same services they've provided the region with for years. "Our plan going forward is to continue to provide the exact same service weâ€™ve been providing to the region for years, but without a physical studio. Our on-air hosts will be working remotely, and our sales, marketing, and promotional staff will also work from home. Through effective use of technology, we will continue to provide the same, or better, levels of service to our listeners and advertising clients." The changes made to operations for the local station are in part due to the difficulty of servicing a population so spread out. "It is a fundamental reality that it is economically challenging for a radio station to serve a population of 10,000 peo-
ple spread out over a wide geographic area with three separate transmitters, but through a forward-thinking approach like the one we are taking, we are able to double down on serving the community for many years to come." Letawsky also says that local news will continue to be covered even with the changes and says staff numbers will be around 10 people. "We will have local news as we always have, there is no change to what we have been doing on the air for years. We will have a minimum of one local staff member and at least 10 announcing, sales and management employees involved in operating the station all located in South and Central, Alberta." Former station Manager and current Pass resident Daryl Ferguson, says he is sceptical about the stations ability to provide truly local news. "It's easy to say we can do this remotely. No you can't. How do you
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The local radio station is moving remote with its coverage of the Crowsnest Pass and surrounding area. General Manager Craig Letawsky says the changes come after realizations were made that the station can continue to run remotely.
cover local stuff? Over the years it's what we did for the community. We covered everything locally. News, weather, sports, all of it." Ferguson says even when the station expanded and put a repeater in Elkford and Pincher Creek, local news was always a massive priority. "News coverage and public relations coverage was all the same. Whether it was a parade, a trade show or any news we could cover we were there promoting it." Ferguson says a huge part of the station over the years was community involvement. Something he says will no longer exist. "One of the highlights was that we came into a community that really didn't have a whole lot back then. Over the years the radio station was a big part of the community. All of the sudden you hear the daily weather, and storm warnings, road closures and everything that was going on in the
community. The sad thing is now you're not going to have that. The staff back then really got involved in the community. We covered everything from curling bonspiels to snowmobile racing when it was here. You became part of the community. The aim of the radio station back then was to be a part of the community. If you go back to 2003 with the fire, everybody was listening to the local radio station trying to figure out what's going on. With the changes made there will be no community involvement. The staff here before got involved. All the staff over the years were involved. Over the years, CJPR paid its dues." Ferguson says seeing these changes at the station hit him a little harder because of his involvement over the years. ""It's more of a baby to me because I came up in 1972 with the intention of being here one year. I left a city with my family and everything else to come here. Crowsnest
Pass was a small little community and we came in and tried to pull everyone together. We were here for everybody. We weren't here to pick sides. We were here to provide a service for every community of the Crowsnest Pass. Over the years, we did." For Ferguson, there's no justification in making this change. "To me, it bothers me more because I can't see the justification of what they've done. You've gone from one little community to having three communities all tied together between the Elk Valley, Crowsnest Pass and Pincher Creek." Ferguson says he's interested to see what happens from here. "It'll be interesting to see what happens. It's the end of an era. This station was very successful. They dialed it in because they wanted to hear what was going on. It'll be very interesting to see where it goes from here."
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Obituary LORNA JEAN CANNON January 4, 1977 ~ November 27, 2020 In sorrow we announce the passing of our daughter, sister and mother, Lorna Cannon at the age of 43 years. She is now free after a long, hard-fought battle with Wilson’s Disease. Lorna was born in High River, AB and grew up near Longview, attending Longview School and Oilfields High School. She was passionate in her many interests: gardening, fishing, camping, her music, and was an avid hockey fan. Always a champion for the underdog, she was quick to voice her opinion on any social injustices. Her failing health forced her to leave her studies in nursing at the University of Calgary for seasonal work in safety, signs and flag work with road construction and paving crews. She worked province-wide for many seasons, making many miles and many friends along the way. In 2004 Lorna settled in Lundbreck, AB in the little house of her dreams. She loved the whole community where she enjoyed her garden, her cats, and raising her daughter. In 2018 she was hospitalized, then went into long-term care at the Crowsnest Continuing Care Centre in Blairmore, AB amid the Pass mountains that she loved so well. Left to mourn her passing and celebrate her life is her beloved daughter, Layla; her parents, Lorne and Sheila Cannon; and her brother, Stuart, all of Longview, AB. May Lorna always be remembered for her kind and gentle heart. At Lorna’s request, no funeral service will be held. Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted by the Crowsnest Pass SPCA (PO Box 725, Blairmore, AB T0K 0E0). Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 562-8555
Part-Time Housekeeper Horace Allen School Applications are now being accepted for a Part-Time (4 hours per day) Housekeeper at Horace Allen School located in Coleman, AB. For further information please contact Mr. Mike Cahoon, Assistant Facilities Coordinator, at 403-625-3356. Apply online at http://www.lrsd.ca/Careers/jobs. This competition will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. This position will commence on a mutually agreed upon date. We thank all applicants for their interest in this position however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. By virtue of the submission of an application, the applicant ag agrrees that the Deput putyy Superintendent or designate can contact previous employers ffoor tthhe pur purpos pose of conducting conf onfiidential reference checks whether or not tthhe applicant has liststed ed a ref refer erence for that em empployer. Mr. Richard Feller, Associate Superintendent Livingstone Range School Division 410 – 20th Street East; P.O. Box 1810 Fort Macleod, AB T0L 0Z0 www.lrsd.ca
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~ OBITUARIES ~ Obituary
MURRAY JAMES STUART June 26, 1931 ~ November 18, 2020
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Murray Stuart of Coleman, AB on November 18, 2020. He was 89 years of age. Murray was born in Hardisty, AB on June 26, 1931 to parents Ruby and James Stuart. Along with his brothers and sister, he learned the value of working hard and of giving back to those around you. These values stayed with him throughout his life and they served him well in his professional life while working for the BC Department of Highways and as a welder, in his personal relationships, and during his time as a member of the Loyal Order of Moose. Murray married his soulmate, Virginia Coulman on August 10, 1960. They created a warm and loving home together and went on to be blessed with seven children and sixty years of marriage. Over the years, Murray enjoyed a variety of hobbies such as doing autobody work, woodworking and knitting, but his true passion was photography. He was so dedicated to his craft that he would turn the only bathroom in the house into a dark room to develop the beautiful images he captured. Murray was a diligent provider for his family and he looked forward to every moment he got to spend with them. May countless fond memories bring peace and comfort to those he loved and who loved him. Left to mourn his passing and celebrate his life is his wife, Virginia Stuart; his sons, Randolf (Michele), Omer, Keith and Phillip; his daughters, Brenda (Ken), Luawana and Tamara (Theodore); his grandchildren, Roland Gibson and Michael Stuart; his sister, Mavis (Larry); his sister-in-law, Sonja; his extended family across Canada; and many friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Ruby and James and his brothers, David and Alonso (Joan). Due to Covid-19 restrictions, no funeral service will be held. Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #9 Coleman (PO Box 448, Coleman, AB T0K 0M0). Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca. Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 562-8555
Council Passes Budget for 2021 DaviD SelleS Pass Herald Reporter Council passed the 2021 Municipal Budget this week. The 2021 Budget will have a $19.0M Operating Budget and an $11.8M 2021-2022 Capital Budget. These numbers result in a projected tax increase of 1.73 per cent and a utility rate increase for July 2021 of two percent. CAO Patrick Thomas says both these increases will be confirmed when the Tax Rate Bylaw and Fees, Rates and Charges Bylaw are passed in the spring. The proposed tax increase means a residential property tax increase for a household valued at $300,000 to be $39.02 per year or $3.25 per month. For a non-residential property valued at $500,000, the property tax rate would be $123.83 per year or $10.32 per month. The utility rates will increase by $22.09 per year or $1.84 per month. The net increase for the average homeowner is just over $5 per month. Part of the municipal budget also includes new initiatives for 2021. Below is a list of all initiatives brought forward to Council including ones that council chose not to fund in the 2021 Budget:
Community Services: Replace Loaner Bear Proof Bins - Requested Amount - $11,000, Recommended Amount $10,000, Funding Source Alberta Recycling Grant Crowsnest Lake Boat Ramp – Requested Amount $39,000, Recommended Amount $39,000, Funding Source – Mill rate Stabilization Reserve Curling Club Banquet Room Tables and Chairs – Requested Amount - $8,000, Recommended Amount - $8,000, Funding Source, Mill Rate Stabilization Reserve Municipal Office Green Space Upgrade – Requested Amount $10,310 Recommended Amount - $10,000, Funding Source - Fortis grant Playground Replacement at Flumerfelt – Requested Amount $67,000, Recommended Amount - $67,000, Funding Source - Green space reserve Remote Bathroom permanent (1) – Requested Amount $56,000, Recommended Amount - $168,000, Funding Source - Municipal Stimulus Grant Revitalization – Requested Amount -
$10,000, Recommended Amount - $10,000, Funding Source, Green space reserve Self Watering Planters – Requested Amount - $17,500, Recommended Amount $17,500, Funding Source Mill rate stabilization reserve Trail Expansion and Improvements – Requested Amount $50,000, Recommended Amount - $539,064, Funding Source - Municipal Stimulus Grant Corporate Services: Staffing Tourism Information Hut – Requested Amount $66,500, Recommended Amount - $66,500, Funding Source - Tourism Levy Development and Trades: Pedestrian Crosswalk – Requested Amount $25,000, Recommended Amount - $25,000, Funding Source - Roads reserve Speed Warning Signs (3) – Requested Amount $25,000, Recommended Amount - $25,000, Funding Source - Roads reserve Finance: Business Façade – Requested Amount $10,000, Recommended
Amount – $10,000, Funding Source - Mill rate stabilization reserve Upgrade Finance System to next version – Requested Amount $15,000, Recommended Amount - $15,000, Funding Source - IT reserve Operations: Ski Hill Lodge Roof Repair – Requested Amount - $25,000, Recommended Amount $25,000, Funding Source MSI grant Aerial Fire Truck (Ladder) – Requested Amount - $1,500,000, Recommended Amount $1,500,000, Funding Source - Debenture Coleman Seniors Roof and Gutter – Recommended Amount $30,000, Recommended Amount - $30,000, Funding Source - MSI grant Complex complete Elevator Room Construction – Requested Amount - $15,000, Recommended Amount - $15,000, Funding Source - Facilities reserve Complex Doors – Requested Amount $10,000, Recommended Amount - $10,000, Funding Source - Facilities reserve Elk's Hall Roof Replacement – Requested
Amount - $50,000, Recommended Amount $50,000, Funding Source MSI grant Hillcrest Lagoon Coontail Eradication – Requested Amount $50,000, Recommended Amount - $50,000, Funding Source - Wastewater utility reserve Motor Control Centre Upgrade (Blairmore) – Requested Amount $200,000, Recommended Amount - $200,000, Funding Source - MSI grant Security Cameras – Requested Amount $30,000, Recommended Amount - $10,000, Funding Source - Facilities reserve Trench Box System (2) – Requested Amount $25,000, Recommended Amount - $25,000, Funding Source - Wastewater utility reserve Ski Hill Kitchen Renovation – Requested Amount $14,000, Recommended Amount - $14,000, Funding Source - Ski Hill reserve Snowmaking Pipe Replacement Plan – Requested Amount $45,000, Recommended Amount - $45,000, Funding Source - Ski Hill reserve
Utilities: Chlorine Automatic Shutoff Valves – Requested Amount $40,000, Recommended Amount - $40,000, Funding Source - Water utility reserve Council did not fund the following initiatives: Community Services: Community Float – Requested Amount $50,000 Operations: Air Monitoring Stations (3) – Requested Amount - $116,000 Locomotive/Statue Restoration – Requested Amount - $80,000 Recycling Program Relocate west fence Pool – Requested Amount - $20,000 Welcome sign Relocate to East Boundary – Requested Amount $65,000 Protective Services: Karelian Bear Dog Program – Requested Amount - $7,500 Ski Hill: Magic Carpet – Requested Amount $230,000 Utilities: Dredge Lagoon – Requested Amount $100,000
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York Creek Lodge Lights Up The York Creek Lodge had one of the trees out front decorated by Lethbridge Fortis employee Nathan Torrance on Saturday, December 5th. Torrance applied for a Fortis Community Christmas Grant for the York Creek Lodge because his Nona Yolanda lives in the lodge. Torrance obtained the Grant and purchased lights and some necessities for the lodge. Once the lights were up, residents of the lodge came out in pairs to see the lights. Torrance also brought a gas fireplace for the residents to enjoy while sitting and looking at the lights. The residents were truly grateful for not only the beautiful lights but also the warm fireplace that was provided for them as they came outside. Some residents shed tears of joy as they experienced the warm fire and lights for the first time this year.
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