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March 3, 2021 ~ Vol. 91

No. 9


Crowsnest Pass

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Currently if you head into The Rose Peddler Flowers and Gifts, you’ll find more than just flowers in the store. Little Haxstyn has enjoyed her job as store model recently while mom works. It makes for some pretty great photos as well!

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Crowsnest Municipal council briefs *Firefighters and COVID * User Group Fees * Christmas Lights * Recycling Update DAviD SelleS Pass Herald Reporter

Covid-19 Firefighter Vaccination In January 2021, Alberta Health announced a phased approach to the COVID-19 vaccination rollout, identifying those populations they viewed most at risk. Alberta firefighters were excluded from this list despite the high risk medical support given to Albertan's daily. Recently the Province announced eligible recipients for the Phase 1A rollout of the vaccination for COVID-19, excluding Alberta firefighters. Firefighters are at grave risk of contracting the virus. Everyday, municipal fire departments provide emergency medical first response care to our residents in Alberta. In rural or smaller municipalities, firefighters often arrive first on scene at medical

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calls or other incidents that involve close personal contact. The AFCA further questions why firefighters are excluded from the vaccination rollout while the Government's own emergency medical community are not. Currently Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics are included, all under the Alberta Health Services portfolio. Council were asked if they would support firefighters and ask that they receive vaccines as essential services. Councillor Filipuzzi made a motion that Council send a letter of support for firefighters to receive the vaccine to the appropriate authorities and support that Alberta firefighters get the vaccine. The motion was carried. Motion 09-2020-11-17 Clarification On November 17th, 2020 Council approved motion 09-2020-11-17, directing Administration to correspond with every user group of municipal facilities to communicate that they can express their concern to Council if they are facing financial hardships for reconsideration of their rental rates. During discussion, Councillor Ward asked if any groups facing Covid-19 hardships have approached the municipality. CAO Patrick Thomas indicated that no group has. "If no one has approached us to this point I have no problem rescinding this motion," said Councillor Ward. Councillor Sygutek also spoke on rescinding the motion. "It was told in both newspapers about that motion and if no one has come forward than I agree with Councillor Ward." Councillor Ward made a motion to rescind motion 09-2020-11-17 and that motion was carried. Blairmore Lions Club – Green Space Management Policy Holiday Light Concerns of February 8, 2021 With the approval of the Green Space Management Policy on January 26, 2021, affected user groups were provided with the new policy for implementation as it pertained to their particular

situation. Correspondence was received from the Blairmore Lions Club indicating concerns pertaining to the removal of winter lights no later than January 31st following the Christmas season. Correspondence was received from the Blairmore Lions Club with respect to concerns

them to unplug them. To cause people an additional expense and work, why? I think the lights look pretty darn good." Mayor Painter moved that Administration draft an amendment to section 4.15 of policy 1214.01 Green Space Management Policy. The motion was carried.

"If we have to start with one location that's fine. Let's just get it going." - Dean Ward Councillor, Municipality of Crowsnest Pass

they have with associated costs to remove the lighting display that is erected annually in the Blairmore Lions park and the availability of volunteers and potential weather conditions during the month of January. The Lions club requested that Council review the policy to allow them to leave the lights secured in the trees year round and the other decorations to be left longer into the Spring. Local resident, Dale Mills, who lives in the area also spoke to the fact that the park is closed to the public during the winter months so access to the lights for removal would be difficult. Blairmore Lions President, Kurt Norman, also spoke to the same effect. Mayor Painter began discussion by saying slight changes needed to be made to the policy. "I never really meant to include lights coming out of the trees. Once you put the lights in the big trees, they're there. The intent, as far as I'm concerned, was to address the areas on main street so that we didn't have Christmas lights up in July like we've had over the past few years. I think we can amend this." Councillor Ward suggested a different approach. "I'd like to put a little twist on it. Just driving around, I looked at the Candy Shop, it was lit up and looks pretty darn good to me. The gazebo, it's still lit up and when I look at it, why do we have a problem with that? At worse case scenario they can just pull the plug. For me I would have no problem that if we don't want the lights on, we can tell

Recycling Update Councillor Ward requested that Administration provide an update regarding recycling in the community. CAO Thomas says that there has been some discussion about moving forward with a plan. "We've had some further discussion brainstorming on locations. We definitely support Councillor Filipuzzi's proposal of one location. We think we could have it operational quite quickly but at the time Council wanted to see all three come in at the same time. I think we could get at least something in place in the near future but trying to do all three is just logistically a hard thing." Councillor Ward stated he's on board with finding one location to get things started. "If we have to start with one location that's fine. Let's just get it going." CAO Thomas says he believes they could have one location in place sometime in the next month. "We're already thinking there may be some challenges with it but at least to start and see what the challenges are, I think we could get one going pretty quickly. We just need to find the space and then determine if we need fencing, screening, etc., as time goes on to see if we need those additions but at least we have a site picked." Councillor Ward made a motion that Administration move forward with a staggered approach and that Administration provides an update to Council at the March 16th Council Meeting. The motion was carried.

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In the lIne of fIre Between February 22 and March 1, Crowsnest Pass RCMP responded to a total of 24 calls for service including the following reported incidents. One (1) fraud/forgery, one (1) threat/harassments, one (1) mischief/vandalism, one (1) disturbing the peace, three (3) other criminal codes, two (2) other provincial statutes, three (3) driving complaints, two (2) assistance to general public, three (3) suspicious occurrences, one (1) assistance to other agencies, one (1) 911 calls (invalid), one (1) false alarm, two (2) municipal bylaw one (1) lost and found and one (1) Coroners Act. Abandoned Vehicle On February 23rd, 2021, there was a complaint of an abandoned vehicle off highway 507 in the Burmis area. The driver got the vehicle stuck on February 19th and was given a courtesy ride at that time. The owner was contacted on February 23rd and advised to arrange for removal of vehicle.

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Noise Complaint On February 24th, 2021, at approximately 2:00am in Bellevue, there was a complaint of noise that sounded like firearms being discharged. Police made patrol in the area but were unable to determine where the noise came from.

Suspicious Vehicle On February 27th, 2021, there was a complaint of a suspicious vehicle parked by Hillcrest ball diamonds. Police attended. A 49-year-old driver from Calgary had stopped there for a nap before carrying onto his destination.

Overturned Trailer On February 25th, 2021, at approximately 1:30pm, there was a report of a utility trailer overturned on highway 22 due to high winds.

Theft On February 27th, 2021, there was a report of theft of items from storage lockers which were located at a residence in Coleman. A 45-year-old female and 26-year-old male were charged with possession of stolen property. The female was released on documents for Court. The male had other outstanding warrants and was remanded in custody for Justice hearing.

Scam On February 25th, 2021, there was a complaint of a possible real estate rental scam on Facebook about a house for rent when it was actually occupied. The suspect had asked for personal information but no monies or information were exchanged. Found Items On February 27th, 2021, thee was a report of a found wallet and cell phone which were left in a taxi cab earlier that evening.

Found Cellphone On March 1st, 2021, there was a report of a found cellphone which was located on highway 507 by Crowsnest River bridge a few days prior. Do not say yes to any questions if you are unsure of who is calling as people can use voice recognition to

The Simple Raven’s Post by Avner Perl

We are sick and dying because .... I read a letter from my member of parliament and it left me speechless. I am not used to agreeing with the party he represents, but here it is, black on white. We are a rich advanced country, why do we not make our own vaccines, tests, and all the necessary safety equipment. Why did we get caught in a situation where we were unprepared for a pandemic when we know pandemics occur regularly with severe spread every hundred years or so? Well, I can try to explain with the limited information at my disposal. Our problem is stretched over a much longer time than one government. It is spread over Federal governments, provincial governments, and even corporations. I can summarize it by saying it is our idea that Austerity is the answer for everything and our false belief that if we help big corporations prosper without control, they will solve all of our problems. You see, big corporations saw no need to prepare Canada for a pandemic, and many found ways to benefit from it when it happened. Others spend a lot of energy demanding that the government will act “socialist” and bail them out using tax money. Preparing a country for potential disasters is more like buying insurance, and it costs money. You must have civil servants in charge of it, stock of materials, trained staff, built and equipped infrastructure and contingency plans. Countries that do weather the storm and those who don’t will suffer as we do, or even worst as the US and Brazil are right now. You will spend a lot more if you are not prepared. It is similar to people who choose not to invest in winter tires. You save a little, but you pay big if an accident happens. For many years now, government after government, of both main political stripes have been reducing our preparedness in a big way. Can anyone tell me what is the average time right now for an ambulance to reach me here in Blairmore? If I am suffering from a stroke, how long will I be on the road before I reach the proper hospital equipment to help me? Those are decisions governments, not health boards make. (In Calgary, it used to be 7 to 9 minutes.) Every government attempts to be more efficient than those before, and they always promise not to reduce services. Good idea, but never happens. I became convinced that the provincial government was against universal health care in 1998 when I witnessed Ralph Klein’s attempt to significantly reduce our care

access other information. Anyone with information regarding any crime is urged to contact the Crowsnest Pass RCMP Detachment at 403-562-2867, or Crimestoppers to remain anonymous at 1-800-422TIPS. Reminder to residents of computer scams, credit cards scams, Grandparent scams, Revenue Canada scams asking for money or cash cards and saying warrants out for arrest, do not give out personal information to persons you don't know. DO NOT OPEN EMAILS if you are suspicious of its origin. Do NOT purchase gift cards for payment to Revenue Canada. Do not send monies to person claiming you have won a prize and need to send money for delivery. Crime mapping is available online to residents who are interested can login online at Municipality of Crowsnest Pass website (RCMP crime map for Crowsnest Pass). Crime mapping shows property crimes that occurred within the past two weeks in our area.

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by imploding the only downtown hospital in Calgary. He had a long fight with the health providers trying to make them work for less and showed that he was boss by demolishing the fully-functioning General Hospital. He sold the land for highend condominiums. Soon after waiting times in Emergency Departments became impossible, Private clinics appeared and many services like hospital food and cleaning were privatized. It didn’t cost less, but the service now was provided mostly by new immigrants who often worked two jobs to make ends meet. The good jobs were gone. Seniors’ assisted living facilities fared the same. Amongst other things, what used to be private rooms now became shared accommodations, and medium-priced homes were no longer available. It was either you can afford the rich places or else. In the rural areas, couples were split up when they needed different levels of care. Higher learning institutions were no longer built, and many spaces that would have provided education for middle-class students now were marketed to students from other countries. The new rich class from Communist China capitalized and filled spaces up. (I don’t blame the Chinese.) Graduates from our excellent institutions are quickly gobbled up by other countries while we have a shortage of professionals. We know it since they come here on vacation. I think we should counter the Brain Drain with our own measures. First, we should finance government-owned institutions for advanced science and technology. Students who pass the tests should study free of charge and only pay back the cost of education if they leave. Investing in our youth, health and education are insurance for a bright future. Canada should be a place so great to live in that the lure of higher income will not convince most people to leave. You see it in Northern European countries. We can afford it if we don’t give our money away to People who come here offering us temporary jobs to serve their interests (i.e. Build pipelines) and enrich them with our resources. I don’t care if Canadians are free to invest in publicly owned companies that make them money. I only care about Canadians who are contributing to the wellbeing of all Canadians. I would like to see us lead the world by legislating that politicians who lie in campaigns or do not do the work we hire them to do will be taken to task. Remove their pensions and hold public investigations. If a person is not interested in making sure that our money is wisely applied for our benefit, there should be some price to pay. Being a leader involves using all you have to introduce and supervise measures that will make your country great. I can’t stand a system where hundreds of so-called representatives are meeting just to end all disputes by voting as they are told on party lines. We take our brightest and shut them up, letting the Prime Minister rule like a king. The leader of the opposition is a lower king keeping his valuable MLAs muzzled in the same manner, and the voting public is never heard. It is our governing system that is responsible for our suffering and now dying from a perfectly predictable pandemic. Here is a link to my blog: https://thesimpleravenspost.blogspot.ca/ Feel free to check other articles and comment.

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New bus New Adventures “After more than two years of hard work and a tremendous amount of community support, the York Creek Residents Association (YCRA) is very happy to announce that we have reached our goal and our new bus is finally home and parked at the Lodge! The bus is a low floor model with a ramp, more storage, and larger windows than the old one. The residents are very excited to take it out on its first trip! We wish to thank everyone who so generously contributed to this project. Our major donors included: Government of Alberta, Riversdale Resources, Teck Coal, Blairmore Lions, Metis Nation of Alberta (Pincher Creek Local), Canadian Royal Purple (Crowsnest Pass Lodge), and Municipality of Crowsnest Pass. Honourable mention goes to CCHS students, Bellevue Legion, Bellecrest Seniors, Coleman Seniors, Pincher Creek and Crowsnest Pass Landfill Association, Crowsnest Community Support Society, Edmund and Joanne Drain, and Charles and Kathleen Charles. Heartfelt thanks go out to all who donated goods for our garage and bake sales, recyclables, TV raffle; purchased tickets for the 50/50 draws, raffles, cookbooks; and gave monetary donations, including those in memory of loved ones! Every can, every bottle, every dollar helped us get here! It was truly a community endeavor and we couldn’t have done it without you! We would also like to recognize Cole Irving at Western Canada Bus for helping us turn this dream into a reality! The Family Favourites cookbook is our current fundraiser and we still have a few available for $20 each. You can contact Anna Colmo at 403.394.6573 or Pauline Desjardins at 403.563.7753 to get your copy. This and all future fundraising efforts will contribute towards much-needed furnishings for the new Lodge and after the move, YCRA will explore the need for a van to transport residents to appointments.” Herald Contributor photo

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Editorial Do you remember what you were like in high school? If you break it down by 80s John Hughes movies like the Breakfast Club were you the jock, the popular perfectly coiffed girl, the brainiac, the quiet sit in the corner, no one notices, girl or the bad boy? I’d like to think I was the nice girl who got good marks and played a ton of sports. I’d like to think I was kind and sweet, but somehow I think I may have had that selfish streak of only really hanging out as one of the popular kids. None of us want to remember ourselves as mean people, I think we try to deny it, but youth, high school and nasty seem to be a right of passage. I wasn’t overtly mean to anyone, but I’m not sure I was overtly kind either. When I started at the high school at CCHS in grade 9 it was overwhelming. Back in the day we did junior high at the Isabelle Sellon School, so when you reached grade 9 you were suddenly thrust into a school of almost adult grade 12 students. I joined band in high school and I remember being shy with all the older students. On my first week I met this young man named Perry and he played the saxophone. He came up to me and explained where I was supposed to sit and to not be afraid. That’s the first time I met Perry Saloff. He was kind to me and he was in grade 12. An actual grade 12 boy gave me the time of day! I have remembered it as an act of kindness to this day. Perry moved away and so did I when we started this thing called real life. I ended up in university and he ended up in Lethbridge though our paths rarely crossed. As the years went by I’d stop at Best Buy and low and behold there was my friend Perry and we started up a friendship again. Perry had a difficult life, having cancer at a young age and several heath complications in adulthood. He eventually moved home and we became friends though social media. I would often see him walking downtown and I was always surprised by his resilience. He had his foot amputated and like all things he forged on. We would talk about life; about kindness and how society has become one of isolation. Gone are the days of dances, afternoon coffee dates and just generally caring about people. We had wonderful conversations about how we grew as human beings. He said I wasn’t mean in high school, just one of the popular girls that didn’t stray from my peer group. He said I was innocently oblivious to those like ‘him’ that struggled. That one hurt a bit. I think I must have known because I try very hard in my adult life to take care of those who struggle to take care of themselves. As a councillor I’m very cognizant of looking after the underdog. It’s why I raised my nephew and why I let my paroled nephew live with my family when he was released from the federal penitentiary, if you know my story you know how that turned out. Last Tuesday I opened my emails and saw that Perry is gone. His body finally gave up the fight. The last time I talked to him was February 8 after his heart attack. He had reached out to me after the mine issue and my stance. His words to me were this: “Your privilege was having a mom like yours who also did not care what others thought and said it like it was and what was on her mind, all because she cared. You are loved and always are loved because you care. Keep it up we all know how you feel about the Pass and its people”. This man, who had just had a heart attack, reached out to make me feel better and lift my spirits. That’s the kind of person he was. I wish more had known him the way I did. It was a privilege to become his friend and I will miss him. If the world had more Perry’s in it, it would be a kinder place. Rest easy my friend, your journey was difficult, but you were loved and know that you made a difference in my life and if we change one person have we not lived a glorious existence. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” Hillary Cooper. Perry took my breath away.

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A letter to John Kinnear Dear Editor; To John Kinnear, It has taken me a long time of contemplation to put pen to paper and express my thoughts, I was afraid to barge in where angels fear to tread. My heart felt sadness and empathy in your quest to find Lorraine that you so courageously wrote about. The

hiking on Vicky’s Ridge, the yellow abundance of balsamroot flowers covering the seven slopes in spring. The old factory sensation of the dames rocket, just to name a few. Not to forget the majestic soaring of eagles and other birds. In view of the above, I wish you the consolation of seeing the smile of Lor-

raine in the balsamroot flowers. That you feel her presence when you pick dames rocket and smell their perfume. That you sense her spirit sore high above not only Vicky’s Ridge but any ridge. Lorraine is now only present one with the universe. I’d like to end with an Apache prayer blessing.

Genocide rant February 2021 Dear Editor; I enjoyed reading the recent article (Pass Herald of February 17, 2021) that began “Why is it our medical system treats the elderly as if they are expendable?” Let me start be saying that I feel we have/had an excellent medical system in Alberta. The kind assis-

tance and medical attention my wife received, while battling cancer for nearly eight years, was incredible. There are no technical problems with our medical system. There is a major problem with both the Federal and some Provincial politicians who oversee and vote to change our medical systems.

Bricks & Bouquets

In this age of lockdowns and conspiracy theories here is a theory to consider. One of the many definitions of genocide can be summarized as follows: “Genocide is a complex process of systematic persecution and annihilation of a group of people by a government.” How many

May the sun bring you energy by day, may the moon softly restore you by night, may the rain wash away your worries, may the breeze blow new strength in your being, may you walk quietly through the world and know its beauty all the days of your life. This is also my wish for you. Thinking of you now. Nel Van Kamer

people must die to reach the definition of genocide? The death toll due to the “Cultural Genocide” at Canadian Residential Schools, while they were in operation, resulted in between 3,200 and 6,000 people (children) dying. What has happened or is still happening to our senior citizens and those seniors in long term care facilities appears to meet Cont’d on page 10

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coleman acreaGe This last weekend was a pretty solid one for me. Friday night, my parents drove out for a visit. It was nice to have them out and spend some time in the Pass rather than me always heading their way. We started the night by playing some crib. It was one of the closest games I’ve ever played as we were all within 10 points of each other. I finished a respectable second place behind my mom. After the game of crib, we watched a bit of the Lethbridge Hurricanes season opener that didn’t go nearly as well as I’d hoped. They lost 7-1 to the Edmonton Oil Kings. We turned the game off before the end because we had grown tired of how the game was going. We switched from sports to a movie. One of my and my dad’s favourite movies is The Princess Bride. I won’t give much away. All I’ll say is that if you haven’t watched it, I strongly encourage you to. It will provide a great amount of laughs for the whole family. On Saturday morning, my mom made a great breakfast of eggs, hash browns and bacon. Once that was consumed, we made our way to Chinook Lake for a walk to Allison Creek falls. The walk on the main road towards the lake was great. It was fairly packed down and wasn’t overly difficult to maneuver. However, once we branched off to continue on the trail to the falls, things got a little more challenging. We were the first people to take the trail to the falls so it wasn’t packed down after the snowfall Friday night. There were a couple spots on the way that we took a step and were suddenly up to our knees in snow but overall it was a beautiful and peaceful walk through the trees to the falls. I was very glad to have that time with my parents and am very glad they enjoyed the walk as much as I did. I love being able to show beautiful parts of the Crowsnest to them when they visit. I finished my weekend by spending some time playing video games with my brother who lives in Ontario. We are able to connect online fairly often throughout the week and it’s a blast to have a way to stay connected with him even though he lives out of province. I’m hoping to have many more weekends like the one I just had in the near future. Exploring the area with family and hanging out with them is one of the ways that I can stay sane through everything going on right now.


5 bdrm acreage. Big mountain views to the south. Spacious floor plan. 2 fireplaces. Surrounded by mature Douglas Fir trees, close to Forest Reserve and mountain trails. Large garage with big loft. Located between Fernie and Castle Mountain resort. Championship mountain golf course, Blue-Ribbon fly fishing, and X-country skiing nearby. Tremendous value and opportunity. $504,900 CALL JOHN MLS

Beautiful mountain acreage with tremendous views. High quality 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home with high vaulted ceilings and tall windows. Wide plank flooring, custom cabinetry, and granite counters. Bright loft overlooking living areas. Heated attached garage, slate steam shower in master ensuite. Towering evergreens and professional landscape. Fully developed walk-out basement. Separate RV parking. Large deck. Tremendous value. $799,000 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

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Central Post Office Building. Prominent Blairmore location. Government constructed concrete and brick building. Mixed commercial and residential use. Large penthouse suite with deck and double car garage. Concrete floors and full basement. Lots of parking front and back. $949,000 CALL JOHN MLS


4 bedrooms 4 bathrooms. Fantastic mountain view. Deluxe townhome still under construction, purchaser can choose own finishes. Large attached double car garage; double car driveway. Spacious laundry room and storage area. Crowsnest Pass has championship golf course, hospital, 2 medical clinics, dental clinic, and 3 pharmacies. Area famous for blue ribbon mountain fly fishing, x-country skiing, hiking. Close to down-hill ski resorts. $419,500 + GST CALL JOHN MLS

HIllcreST loT Affordable mountain property. Large corner lot on the edge of town. Spectacular open vistas to the south and east. Extra large 66’ x 120’ lot. Good location for an RTM. Access from front or sidestreet allows for large garage. Services in front street. Close to 4 season recreational activities. $75,000 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

lundbreck Beautiful home for active living in the Canadian Rockies. 2 + 1 bedroom, 3 bathroom home in Lundbreck, at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Large, level lot with attached 30’ x 40’ heated garage. Meticulous inside and out. Town water and sewer, plus a water well. Fantastic view of the magnificent Livingstone Range. Fly fishing and Castle Mountain rec area nearby. $334,900 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

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

blaIrmore Two-bedroom, top floor condo with fantastic southern exposure and beautiful mountain view at Crowsnest Condominiums in Blairmore. Close to the Crowsnest River, waking paths, Blairmore Ski Hill, fantastic mountain golf course, and bike trails. Also, hospital, 2 medical clinics, dental office and shopping close by. $119,000 CALL JOHN MLS

coleman Fantastic commercial lot in downtown Coleman. This corner 50’ x 100’ lot has tremendous visibility, is close to the post office, and popular restaurants. Level and with back lane access. Crowsnest Pass offers incredible opportunity for mountain activities, hundreds of miles of back country trails, and mountain-bike trails. This property has two titles, creating additional opportunities. Both are to be sold together. $69,000 CALL JOHN MLS

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Livingstone School student Cole Tkachuk has received an amazing opportunity. After applying to the United Worlds College, a global education movement that makes education a force to unite people, nations, and cultures helping create peace and a sustainable future, Tkachuk learned that he was accepted. "It's building almost a second family for people to help future global relations," said Tkachuk. The interest first came after having some family friends go through

the program. "I've had a couple of friends go through the program and it's always been something I've known about and something that's been interesting to me. I never really thought I would go through with it until about a year or two ago when I did a little more research on it and found it really interesting. From there I decided to look into it more and ask a few more people about it that knew more and went from there." It wasn't a straightforward application process for Tkachuk. "The first phase of the applications is filling out a form. It happens through the website and you're asked a bunch of different questions about yourself regarding why you want to do it, what does it mean to you and other questions about yourself personally." Tkachuk says the amount of applicants isn't disclosed but he says it's somewhere in the thousands. The next step is a review process. "A national committee reviews all the applications and selects about 25 people to have an interview. It takes about two or three months for them to go through all the applications and select the people for the interview. From there it's about an hour long interview process with two separate panels. They ask a lot of stuff about you and some of it is similar to the questions on the form. Once the interview is done it's a waiting game to see if you get in." The next steps for Tkachuk are figuring out where he will be going. UWC has 18 schools and colleges on four different continents. "I filled out a preference list of where I would like to go and essentially where I would not be able to accept an offer from. I'm still waiting to see where I end up going. In the end, they make the decision. I don't choose where I go. They try and select what the best fit for a person would be." Tkachuk said there was one place that

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Cole Tkachuk has received a once in a lifetime opportunity. Tkachuk applied to the United Worlds College, a global education movement that makes education a force to unite people, nations, and cultures helping create peace and a sustainable future. Tkachuk will now spend two years at one of the 18 colleges of UWC.

topped his list of potential destinations. "There's about 14 schools that I was allowed to choose from. My first choice was the UWC school in Germany. That would be my first choice but I'm not guaranteed to go there. Most kids end up going to the UWC school in Victoria, BC based on geographics." This opportunity is a great one for Tkachuk. "This is a gateway for me from high school learning and essentially streamlines directly to post secondary. It opens up a lot of doors for any kind of field I would want to study in the future as well as building more relations internationally with other people." For Tkachuk, it's a huge honour to have been selected. "It means everything to me. I was honoured to be selected and honestly kind of surprised. I wasn't too sure if I would get in or not. This changed the entire course of where I'm going in life because before I was just planning on graduating high school and then going into some sort of post sec-

ondary but that's totally been flipped around now because I'm taking a twoyear study somewhere completely out of the province at the very least. I don't know honestly what will happen after that." For Tkachuk's parents, it's also a proud moment. "We're proud of him. Every parent knows a lot of work goes into this. It's nice to see some exceptional results. It's a doorway and you hope that he takes full advantage of it because it's a pretty unique opportunity. It's entirely paid for and it's just little old him from little old here in the middle of nowhere. That's quite a distinguished thing. It's pretty neat," said dad Rob. Tkachuk says he encourages anyone thinking about this program to take the leap and apply. "If anybody else is ever thinking about applying there's no reason not to. These kinds of opportunities are out there and the best thing I can say is just put yourself out there and take these opportunities because you never know what can happen."

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Coleman Post Office discussion and clarification DaviD SelleS Pass Herald Reporter

Council briefly discussed the level of service at the Coleman Post Office at the January 26, 2021 meeting of Council and requested that Council have further discussion concerning the document that was circulated. The Revitalize the Coleman Post Office document that council first discussed at that January 26 meeting prompted readers to contact Council and request that they meeting with Canada Post to prompt this important discussion. Since then, only two letters were received in time to be part of the February 23, Council meeting package. Most of the discussion of the Coleman Post Office occurred on social media. Councillor Sygutek began the discussion. "I have had inquiry from two people who wanted to see the Coleman Post Office opened up. When I brought the issue up, it was to see if there was public interest.

It somehow made its way to Facebook. The whole thing morphed out of control to 'we're trying to shut it down, to we want big boxes or we only want one post office.'" Councillor Sygutek says she wants to clarify what she was asking. "I just want it to be clear that my intent was to see if there was public interest in contacting Canada Post to see if we could have the Coleman Post Office open as a fully functioning post office. The indication that I had in the research that I've done is that it's not a very difficult procedure and through the right grounds we could try to send a letter and see if it's an option." Councillor Sygutek added that she'd like to see more formal requests from the community on the topic. "In the Facebook post, which had a survey, there was a number of respondents. I reiterated on the post a number of times that if they really wanted something, they needed to write a letter to Council. I'm very disappointed

that three letters came in. Three people out of how many responded on Facebook, took the time to give us an indication of what they want." CAO Thomas says Administration had received a few more letters after the package was set for the February 23rd Council Meeting that will appear in a future meeting package. Councillor Sygutek also wanted to stress the importance of residents putting requests in writing to Council. "If they have something specifically they want to ask for, they need to take the time to write an email. The public need to write to Council directly." Councillor Sygutek made a motion that Council defers this topic to the next Council meeting for discussion when the other letters come in. The motion was carried. The Pass Herald attempted to get a hold of someone from Canada Post who was able to speak on the subject but was unsuccessful.

Get your taxes done local DaviD SelleS Pass Herald Reporter

The Lethbridge firm of Chartered Professional Accountants, Nyrose Alexander LLP, opened an office in Blairmore four years ago in the fall of 2016. The CPA that heads up the Blairmore office “Wayne McKenzie” had a special interest and love for the Crowsnest Pass after spending much time at his cabin located in the area. After the passing of long time Chartered Accountant, Alan Martini, we decided to fill the void and service the Pass from an office located in the “North & Company” office building in Blairmore. Servicing the clients locally appeared to be more beneficial for the clients than trying to service them from Lethbridge. The response from businesses, Non-Profit organizations and individuals has been excellent. I firmly believe that having access to a local CPA firm is a huge advantage when you have someone that you can discuss your tax and accounting issues with and that understands the wishes in your local area. Someone that is personable, understanding

and knowledgeable. McKenzie says that they have a full-time office in March and April when it’s personal tax time. We are also open every Monday for the balance of this year. If people have questions regarding

help grow their businesses. He likes to think of the firm as friendly and approachable. McKenzie says that the people in the community are fantastic! “The people in the Pass, many of them go back a number

“One of the things I think we’d like to get across to people is that if they have questions about corporate or personal tax matters, they can come in and the first hour of consultation is free. So, they can come in and meet us and get some answers to their questions.” - Wayne McKenzie CPS, Nyrose Alexander LLP

taxes or are looking for a second opinion, McKenzie says they are more than welcome to come and speak with him at no cost. “One of the things I think we’d like to get across to people is that if they have questions about corporate or personal tax matters, they can come in and the first hour of consultation is free. So, they can come in and meet us and get some answers to their questions.” McKenzie added that he does a lot of advisory work as well that will

of generations so they are very well rooted in the area and honest. It’s refreshing in a lot of ways and sometimes you don’t see that in big cities. I enjoy the people and it keeps me interested and engaged.” It is very encouraging to see new businesses opening up this last year. I believe the Crowsnest Pass will soon become vibrant and prosperous. If the new golf course is any indication of what the Crowsnest Pass has to offer us, we are well on our way.

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Walking bridges and Nature Conservacy boardwalks Nature Conservancy of Canada has plans for local area and pedestrian traffic DaviD SelleS Pass Herald Reporter

The Nature Conservancy of Canada has been in consultation with Administration to partner on adding a wetland boardwalk near Blairmore to be incorporated with the Community Walking Trail extending from Blairmore to Coleman. Council has agreed to support this project by providing a letter as part of the application for certain grants. The property is coowned by NCC, the Alberta Conservation Association and the Alberta Fish and Game Association. Natural Area Manager, Castle-Crowsnest Watershed, Emilie Brien, says this project is something the Nature Conser-

vancy can add to the existing community trail. "The Crowsnest Pass has the Community Trail that runs along the wetlands. We want to build a boardwalk that would start from the community trail and do a loop in the wetland area with some viewing platforms by a water feature, interpretive signs and some viewing platforms and benches as well." Brien says the project would be completed in different stages. "We're looking at it being just over 500 metres long. It would be built in different phases. The first phase would just be one stretch and then the second phase we would complete the loop." According to Brien, there is no official timeframe for the project's

completion but says there is one main factor that will affect how long the

they would be called collateral damage. Now the question becomes, was it the government or the virus that killed these 21,674 senior Canadians and could these deaths have been prevented? There is absolutely no doubt that the virus killed these Canadians, but was there an incentive on the part of government to let the virus take the blame for killing our seniors, while the same government watched a dramatic reduction in costs as seniors died and were re-

ship not only with the municipality but also with Crowsnest Conservation Society so we might be able to explore something with them as well. The Crowsnest Conservation Society are wanting to install a bunch of interpretive signs on the municipal trail so we partnered up with them so that if we install signs on our property and there are some on the municipal property they would all be similar looking signs. Brien says the idea is that everything molds together. "Everything would work together and it wouldn't feel like they were different trails." The NCC will now wait to see if they receive the funds to begin the project this summer.

citizens have been eliminated, they (governments) are finally taking the required actions to protect everyone and will no doubt take full credit for the recent reduction in the number of cases. I hate to think and do not truly believe that the above theory holds any truth what-so-ever. It could not happen in my Canada could it? Politicians and their parties, who through malice or incompetence, refused to take the necessary steps to stop the spread of the virus and/or purchase the necessary vaccines and left

thousands of seniors to die. To me it is easy to obtain the proof required to verify the above conspiracy theory. If any politician, of any provincial or federal party, under the age of 75 and in good health has received the Covid-19 vaccine they are guilty of contributing to the “Politically Assisted Senior Genocide”. What allowed these politicians to possibly sacrifice a first responder or senior’s life, by using the very limited supply of vaccines, for their own protection? And the Good Lord forbid that

they also used their position to get members of their family or friends a vaccine, thus possibly eliminating even more seniors. They are PUBLIC SERVANTS, not demigods, medical professionals or front line workers, and if they received a vaccine before the most vulnerable groups they need to be held accountable. As a senior, if I go to hospital with the virus, I really want a first responder, nurse or doctor looking after me not a politician.

"We're looking at it being just over 500 metres long. It would be built in different phases. The first phase would just be one stretch and then the second phase we would complete the loop." - Emilie Brien Natural Area Manager, Castle-Crowsnest Watershed

project takes to complete. "It's all depending on funding. We're just finishing a grant application this week. If we get this grant that we are really hoping for, we could start building this summer. If we don't get that one, We would have to apply for more funding for next year. It's really dependent on funding."

Genocide letter cont’d from page 6 the above definition of genocide. Let’s call it ‘Politically Assisted Senior Genocide”. In Alberta, where 1,827 people have died from Covid-19, 1,535 of these people (84%) were 70 or older. Applying the same statistic Canada wide, of the 21,674 people who have died, 18,206 would be over 70 years old. Please note, this article in no way is meant to minimize the impact of those under the age of seventy who have passed away from the virus. In military terms

munity Spaces Funding Program. Brien says the idea for this project began with a conversation with Administration. "It started with a conversation between myself and a member of Administration at the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass. We were talking and wanted to work on part-

nerships with the municipality and started talking about what it could look like. The idea came out of that discussion." The project is in its early stages at this point. "We are in the early stages of planning. We have the broad lines right now and that's what we use to apply for the grant. If we get the grant then we'll go a little deeper on exactly how we'll build it and those details." If funding through the Co-Op Community Spaces Program isn't available, Brien says there are a few different options they have. "There are a few different grants out there. There are also donations that are a potential as well. We also work through partnerships and this project is in partner-

The grant that has been applied for this year, is called the Co-Op Com-

moved from the various programs that supported them. (OAS, OAS Supplements, CPP, health costs, housing, etc.) It is difficult to find details on what the various governments pay for each senior every month but assuming it is $2,000/month they are now saving approximately $43,348,000 a month Canada wide because they waited to take any kind of coordinated action to prevent the spread of the disease. Now that a substantial number of the senior

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~ OBITUARIES ~ Obituary

PATRICIA ANN DUNK (Née: Wilson) June 14, 1948 ~ February 22, 2021

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Patricia Ann Dunk on February 22, 2021 at the Crowsnest Pass Health Care Centre, Blairmore, AB. She was 72 years of age. Patricia was an incredibly caring and compassionate individual. Whether taking care of her family, or taking care of her patients as a nurse, she always put the needs of others ahead of her own. When she did take time for herself, she enjoyed quilting, golfing and travelling. Patricia’s kind, vibrant spirit will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by all those whose lives she touched. Left to mourn her passing and celebrate her life is her husband of forty-eight years, Ian Dunk; her daughter, Cassandra (Wes) Schwindt of Lethbridge, AB; her son, Kevin (Michelle) Dunk of Calgary, AB; her grandchildren, Peyton, Ethan, Ryland and Aureila; her sisters, Linda and Alice; as well as her extended family and many friends. She was predeceased by her mother, Lucy; her brother, David; and her sisters, Rita and Gwen. With respect for Patricia’s wishes, no funeral service will be held. The family hopes to be able to hold a gathering once Covid restrictions ease and the weather warms. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations will be gratefully accepted by the Crowsnest Pass Health Foundation (PO Box 455, Blairmore, AB T0K 0E0). Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.

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PAULETTE DEANNA PEDERSEN (Née: Vanoni) November 10, 1946 ~ February 18, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Paulette Pedersen on February 18, 2021 at the Crowsnest Pass Health Care Centre, Blairmore, AB. She was 74 years of age. Being born and raised in the Crowsnest Pass, AB, Paulette was well known in the community. She was a proud member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 7 in Blairmore, where she spent many hours socializing with friends. She also thoroughly enjoyed playing cards and dancing at the Hillcrest Miners Club where she also worked for over 30 years. Paulette had many interests and hobbies such as playing cards, listening to music, shopping and collecting a variety of items. She also liked watching hockey – especially the Calgary Flames. Paulette enjoyed swimming, playing with her dogs, and camping. Paulette will be deeply missed and forever remembered by all who knew her. Left to mourn her passing and celebrate her life is her husband, Donald Riva of Blairmore, AB; her sons, Verner (Denise) Pedersen and Carey (Tina) Pedersen; her daughter, Sherry (Brian) Frank; her grandchildren, Brittany Frank, Sarah Pedersen, Kendra Sinclair, Amber Atkinson, Jordan Pedersen and Jaiven Pedersen; her brother, Darrell Vanoni of Blairmore, AB; her sister, Irma Williams of Nanaimo, BC; as well as her extended family and friends. She was predeceased by her parents, Aldo and Marie Vanoni and her sister, Jackie. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations will be gratefully accepted by the Crowsnest Pass Health Foundation (PO Box 455, Blairmore, AB T0K 0E0), or by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 9, Coleman (PO Box 448, Coleman, AB T0K 0M0). Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.

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PERRY MICHAEL GEORGE SALOFF July 10, 1969 ~ February 18, 2021

Perry Michael George Saloff passed away on Thursday the 18th of February, 2021 at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary due to complications from a heart condition. He was 51 years old. Perry was the youngest son of Barney and Adele Saloff, brother to Terry, Larry and Garry, brother-in-law to Mary and uncle to Alex. Growing up in the Crowsnest Pass, Perry enjoyed the outdoors with his friends, going on adventures with his father and adding to their respective hat collections. He especially enjoyed his mother's holiday cooking. Perry loved playing team sports and developed a lifetime love for music after playing in the local high school band. He left the Pass to go to college in Lethbridge. After the first year, he decided that the real-world experiences were the way to go and teamed up with friends to help manage hotels in Lethbridge, Slave Lake and in Kananaskis country. One of his favorite things to do was to meet up with the various entertainers who played at the hotels to enjoy their music. Eventually, he made his way back to Lethbridge where he worked in retail , making more lasting friendships with those around him. Unfortunately, various health issues cut this time short. In 2019, he moved back to the Pass to be close to family. At last, he is at peace and will always be remembered by the people he encountered. A Graveside Service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations will be gratefully accepted by the Crowsnest Pass Health Foundation (PO Box 455, Blairmore, AB T0K 0E0), Diabetes Canada (www.diabetes.ca), or by the charity of your choice. Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - crowsnesT PAss HerALD - 15

~ OBITUARIES ~ Obituary

DARREN DOUGLAS YATES March 8, 1967 ~ February 21, 2021

It is with sadness and joy that we announce the passing of our brother and friend Darren Douglas Yates. Darren passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 21, 2021 at his home in Blairmore, Alberta. He was 53. Darren was the youngest child of Reginald Allan Yates and Patricia Anne (Née: Jones). Reg and Anne emigrated from their home of Wales in 1966 settling in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Less than a year later they welcomed their third child, Darren Douglas into the world on March 8, 1967. Darren has the privilege of being known now and ever more as the first Yates ever to be born in our new adopted homeland of Canada. Debbie and Dean were thrilled to have a new brother and playmate. In search of new and better employment opportunities, Reg and Anne soon relocated their growing family to the Crowsnest Pass in 1972; Darren has been a resident of the Pass ever since. Darren is survived by his children and grandchildren; as well as his sister Debbie Davis-Ward (Dean) of Coleman; and his brother Dean Yates (Derra) from Spruce Grove, Alberta. He has numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members in Canada as well as the UK. As a boy Darren had a great love of animals, enjoying all of his dogs and ponies. He shared his love for his pets with all his friends. He loved playing hockey at the local rinks, as well as the streets in front of his home and when he could, he was known to play a modified version of the game inside the family “trailer” on the hallway floors. He was huge fan of Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins; he was known to drop everything to watch “Sid the Kid”! Later in life Darren enjoyed music, cars and great times with all of his friends. Darren was a kind and gentle soul; he would give his last dime to help a friend in need. Darren struggled with his personal health, which burdened him and left him unable to enjoy many things later in life. He will be missed by many, but we are confident he is enjoying the company of his parents and family at this time. An intimate gathering will be held for him with his family prior to cremation. In lieu of cards and flowers, the family has asked that a donation be made in Darren’s name to either the Alberta Mental Health Foundation (6th floor, 9942-108 Street, Edmonton, AlbertaT5K 2J5), or the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Alberta (P.O. Box 5738 Stn. South Cro, Beaumont, Alberta T4X 1L2). Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.

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FLORENCE LEONA FREEMAN (Née: Sutherland) October 28, 1928 ~ February 22, 2021

It is with great heartache that we announced the passing of Florence Freeman on February 22, 2021 at the Crowsnest Pass Continuing Care Center, Blairmore, AB. She was blessed with 92 years of a full and meaningful life. Born in High River, AB on October 28, 1928 to Jack and Jessie Sutherland, Florence was the youngest of seven children. She was raised on the family farm just east of High River, AB and, like many born in that era, she rode a horse to a small country school. She also took piano, theory and was a 4H Club member. On June 30, 1948, Florence married Harry Freeman and took up residence in Nanton, AB until the family relocated to Passburg, AB. Here, she and Harry had a small hobby farm where they raised purebred Hereford cattle and bred Bluetick Hounds. Florence moved to Calgary, AB in the mid-70s where she completed an LPN course. She then went on to work at the Calgary General Hospital for sixteen years. Florence wasn’t one to be idle and she kept very busy with her huge garden, sewing outfits for her family, making costumes, knitting, and playing at weddings, anniversaries and for Saturday night entertainment with her old-timers’ orchestra. She was also an active member of the Rebekah Lodge in Nanton, AB and the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 19, Bellevue. Over the years, Florence travelled to many points in Canada, the USA and Mexico, with her big adventure being a solo trip to the Philippines where she took in much of their culture. Her family was her pride and joy, and she treasured every moment spent with them. Florence’s was a life well-lived, and precious memories of her will remain with us forever. Left to mourn her passing and celebrate her life are her daughters, Leona (Charlie) Luini and Sherry (Jeff) Williams; her grandchildren, Kristopher Makin, Quentin (Judy) Makin, Robin Luini and Garry (Whitney) Luini; her great grandchildren, Brandon Luini, Griffin Luini, Gia Luini, John Makin, Sarah Makin and Walker Makin; her sister, Loreen Hamilton of Airdrie, AB; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and extended family. She was predeceased by her husband, Harry Freeman; her parents, Jack and Jessie Sutherland; and her siblings, Roy, Earl, Joe, Wilson and Madellyn. A Graveside Service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations will be gratefully accepted by the MS Society of Canada (www.mssociety.ca), or by the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation (www.childrenshospital.ab.ca). Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.

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Tentative agreement:

Minister Shandro and AMA President Dr Boucher Herald Contributor

Minister of Health Tyler Shandro and Alberta Medical Association (AMA) President Dr. Paul Boucher issued the following statements on a tentative agreement for physicians: “First, I want to acknowledge the tremendous work of Alberta’s physicians in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Albertans from across the province are grateful to physicians who, along with other health-care workers, have made great personal sacrifices to keep them safe during this unprecedented public health emergency. “Negotiations on a provincial agreement for physicians have continued despite the pandemic, with both the government and AMA recommitting to work together. Both parties came to the table understanding the importance of collaboration, while respecting our differences, so we could achieve an agreement during these challenging times. Throughout the process, both parties shared an abiding commitment to put Albertans’ health and wellbeing first and foremost.

“Our tentative agreement allows for fiscal sustainability into the future, while maintaining a strong focus on patient care and fairness and equity for physicians. “I am pleased that both parties could move forward and work together in a spirit of cooperation that positions us positively for the future. We have learned a lot from each other during this process and are building toward a renewed relationship based on collaboration and trust. Alberta’s government looks forward to having a strong relationship with both the AMA and individual physicians, as they have a critical role in keeping Albertans healthy. “I look forward to working with Dr. Boucher and the AMA to support this agreement’s successful ratification. Agreement details will not be released publicly at this time. The AMA will now take the first step towards ratification.” - Tyler Shandro, Minister of Health “I am pleased to arrive at this opportunity to return to a collaborative relationship between the physicians of Alberta and government. For many years, AMA agreements have been powerful tools toward improving quality care that brings high value to the system and to

patients. They are not just about funding for physicians. They have addressed needs such as new models for delivering care, building the Medical Home in Alberta, strategies to improve quality of care for patients and more. This tentative agreement package has potential to continue that legacy. “Our process now is to place it in the hands of our members for their assessment. A special meeting of the AMA’s governing body, the Representative Forum (RF), will be held in the coming week via Zoom. The RF will consider the tentative agreement and provide advice to the board of directors. “On that advice, the AMA board will determine whether the agreement will proceed to a ratification vote by our approximately 11,000 members. We will be prepared to open voting immediately for a three-week period. “I thank the Minister for his willingness to commit to this process. I share the hope that a new working relationship can be formed out of this tentative agreement: based on collaboration and shared objectives to deliver the best care for Albertans, sustainably and with fairness for physicians.” - Dr. Paul Boucher, AMA President

16 – CrowSnESt PASS HErALD – Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Elise Pundyk received prestigious under 30 honour DaviD SelleS Pass Herald Reporter

Elise Pundyk has been named to Global Cooperation’s Top 30 Under 30. The Alberta Council for Global Cooperation presents the award annually to 30 outstanding young people who have been nominated by their community for their commendable work in making the world a more just, fair and sustainable place for everyone. The Alberta Council for Global Cooperation serves as a network of organizations and individuals throughout Alberta, working both locally and globally to help advance sustainable development and global citizenship. Part of this network includes ACGC members, comprised of civil society organizations and individuals. Pundyk says she received her nomination for her work in youth leader-

ship. “I was nominated for my involvement in youth leadership related to the Sustainable Development Agenda. In particular, I co-founded the World University Service of Canada Local Committee at the University of Lethbridge in 2015 and began to implement their key program, the Student Refugee Program. Through this, we raised funds to sponsor a refugee student to resettle and study at the University of Lethbridge. As cochair of this Committee, I led the team to raise these funds and organize the sponsorship. In our second year we ran a referendum, where the student body of the University of Lethbridge ultimately voted "Yes" to fund the sponsorship of refugee students to resettle and study at the UofL in perpetuity. This program has since sponsored four students to come and study

at UofL. Pundyk says that work has led to further opportunities. “This work led to me to join the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth upon graduation, where I was part of the volunteer task fork organizing the Migration Youth Forum, which gathered 96 young leaders in migration and development from 55 countries to consolidate youth priorities ahead of the Global Forum for Migration and Development - "a state-led, informal and non-binding process, which helps shape the global debate on migration and development."” The United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth is the UN General Assembly-mandated, official, formal and self-organized mechanism for young people to meaningfully engage in the UN. For Pundyk, being named to this award was

an honour. “It is a huge honour to have been selected to be a part of this year's Top 30 Under 30. I strongly believe in the power of young people to shape the future we are about to inherit and I have been so lucky to have met so many youth leaders, both through WUSC and MGCY, who inspire the work I do each day. Through this experience, it has been so empowering to learn about how youth are leading the way to strengthen our communities, both in Alberta and beyond our provincial borders.” Pundyk says the Crowsnest Pass has been a major reason for the person she has become today. “Growing up in the Crowsnest Pass has truly shaped the leader I am today. I am so grateful to have had all the opportunities to learn about community building, for example as a young peer

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Elise Pundyk has been named to Global Cooperation’s Top 30 Under 30. The award is presented annually to 30 outstanding young people who do commendable work in making the world a more just, fair and sustainable place for everyone. Pundyk’s work centres around work she did while attending the University of Lethbridge.

tutor through Crowsnest Pass Literacy Foundation and a volunteer at Turning Pointe Dance Studio after school. I think coming from such a supportive community has played a huge role in building my confidence

Pink Shirt Day at Horace Allen School Grade 2 students recently celebrated Pink Shirt Day. The day promotes anti-bullying messages and encourages students to be positive and kind to one another. Herald Contributor photo

to try new things that have led to life-changing opportunities. If anything, this award demonstrates how young people from the Crowsnest Pass can really make a difference in Alberta and on the world stage.”

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