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Student shaves head for mental health awareness

NICK ALLEN Pass Herald Reporter A high school student in the Crowsnest Pass shaved her head to raise money for mental health resources in Alberta on November 23. Alana Paterson, a teacher at CCHS, worked with student Jayde Fraser on the fundraiser. Originally, Fraser only raised $60 but still wanted to go through with shaving her head according to Paterson. Since she brought back her first donation sheet, she said they have raised a “bunch more” with the goal of beating Livingstone School. The idea stemmed from a teacher at Livingstone School to help raise money for Alberta Mental Health. “Movember is always something that you can do in November, but he wanted to do something different. And his brainchild that he came up with was that he would ask the male staff members to grow their facial hair and then have students vote towards how they want the staff members to eventually shave their facial hair,” said Paterson. Fraser shaving her head was an extension of the fundraising they are doing, with votes for teacher’s facial hair costing a dollar or a donation of canned food for the food bank. “All the money goes to Alberta Mental Health... the funds raised stay within Alberta and the mental health services that each area can provide,” said Paterson. Continued on page 13

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High school student Jayde Fraser gets her head shaved by Cosmetology teacher Stacey Wright to raise money for mental health resources in Alberta on November 23. Informaton on the QR Code is on page 13.

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Police Briefs There was a total of 54 calls for service received between November 14 and 21. The calls included two assaults, one break and enter (other), one threat/harassment, two mischief (vandalism), one theft of a motor vehicle, four thefts, five disturbing the peace, two other criminal code, six other provincial statutes, six driving complaints, seven motor vehicle collisions, five assistances to the general public, two suspicious occurrences, two assists to other agencies, five lost/found and one abandoned vehicle. Abandoned Vehicle On November 2, 2022, there was a complaint of an abandoned vehicle on Highway 40, north of Coleman. The vehicle was towed as it was abandoned for a few days. The vehicle was not reported stolen with the registered owner from Calgary . Stolen Vehicle On November 22, there was a complaint of a stolen vehicle. A 2007 Saturn Outlook was parked on 19 Avenue in Blairmore when it was stolen and the theft occurred within the past three weeks. Vehicle Break-ins On November 26, 2022, there was a complaint that a 2005 Dodge truck was broken into while parked on main street in Blairmore. It is unknown if any items were taken at this time. On November 28, there was a complaint that a 2017 Dodge Ram truck was entered and personal items were

taken. The vehicle was parked on 18 Avenue in Blairmore, with the theft occurring sometime overnight. Fuel Pump Damage On November 27, 2022, there was a complaint of vehicle with BC plates driving off from a gas station in Coleman with the nozzle still in the gas tank causing damage to the pump.

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Reminders to the Public Reminder to drivers that winter has arrived. Drive according to weather and road conditions. brush your vehicles off, put your headlights on and dress accordingly. Reminder to residents that school is back in session. Please remember to stop for school buses that have lights flashing and to stop both ways when lights are flashing. The fine for not stopping for school buses is $565. Reminder to property owners to lock your doors and vehicles. Mark your belongings and record serial numbers of tools and other important items. Reminder to residents of computer scams, credit cards scams, Grandparent scams and Revenue Canada scams, 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 money to a person claiming you have won a prize and need to send money for delivery. If anyone has any information on drug activity, please contact Crime Stoppers. Tips can be phoned in to 1-800-222-8477.

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What is Canadian? It was 1967, and I stepped off the airplane onto Canadian soil, intending to become a Canadian. Eagerly looking around, I searched for what Canadians look like. At the Calgary airport, I couldn’t identify even one. Being a teenager, I noticed other teens were wearing shorts down to their knees, while mine were shorter. Canadian boys at the time also had longer hair than what I was used to. A year later, I knew that there were hardly any Canadians in Canada. All the people here identified by other nationalities that became Canadian but retained some traits from some old country. People were expressing a need to not be British, and there was a new flag with a red Canadian maple leaf. The indigenous race also had many faces and spoke a variety of languages. They were not the most popular members of the Canadian social order. As soon as I understood a little English, I was bombarded by ethnic jokes. How many Ukrainians does it take to change a light bulb? I can’t remember but it was the same number as Newfies if told by an eastern Canadian. People joked about Wops, Gays, and Polacks, and they had annoying names for every nation, skin color, or country of origin. I was called a Camel Jockey even though I only rode a camel once in a fair. I rode an elephant twice. People from English-speaking countries fared better than others, but they were also ranked. There were the Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Australians, Jamaicans, Africans, Indians from India, Americans with a variety of accents, and of course Londoners who could be identified by their speech right to a neighborhood in the British capital. One young woman said she was a true Canadian for many generations, but her last name was German. I saw several fields with white crosses in cemeteries. Here were the Canadians. Didn’t matter where they came from, when Canadian freedom and way of life were threatened, they all donned uniforms and took guns. Fascist ideas that now are making a bit of a comeback were not popular with Canadians.

A couple of days ago, a program aired on “The Agenda” TVO, examining reasons young people in Ontario are leaving Toronto in great numbers. Many are heading to Alberta and Nova Scotia. According to them, the number of young people leaving Ontario grew by 94per cent from 2019 to 2022. The main reason for leaving is the price and availability of housing plus other economic reasons. The COVID pandemic played a big role. Young professionals discovered they can work remotely. At times, they can work for Ontario wages, living for Alberta expenses. One young lady mentioned that her husband and her can save a thousand dollars a month on rent, saying that it goes a long way towards daycare and paying student loans. Millennials who are now approaching forty and wish to have a family can no longer afford to live in Toronto. They may lose family support and familiar communities, but find living in a new place exciting. Calgary and Edmonton no longer seem as backward as they used to be. Alberta also is doing a marketing campaign geared to draw them. There are posters on the public transit system that they don’t miss. Others, such as electricians, plumbers, roofers, and new immigrants, see the trend and also move. The interior provinces are being built up at the expense of the larger economies in the east. Smaller communities, such as ours, don’t get the bulk of the population movement, but even a small percentage makes a big difference. Many are looking for public green spaces. It’s hard to beat tiny mountain towns in green spaces and proximity to wildlife. There is some movement away from Alberta, offsetting the dominant trend. We all know about the doctors and nurses discouraged by the government’s attitude towards them. Some folks consider moving here but fear the negative reputation circulating. They worry about separatism, unbending Conservative attitudes, and the possibility that all the jobs here are oil-related. People are scared to find themselves without public health care or the availability of doctors. This trend is offset by the fact that after a move, the new folks will be able to change things. They know that the major cities in Alberta are progressive thinking and that even global warming is considered important by much of the population. The wind and hydroelectric projects here are not invisible. Energy companies are not hiding the fact that they are involved in clean energy. Politics can change. Years ago, I was looking for a typical Canadian and had a hard time finding one. Now, fifty years later, they are more obvious. Canadians are more or less the Europeans of North America, regardless of their skin color, accents, religions, or nations of origin. We are not the European imperialists of the past but a modern, well-educated new nation that found its true identity. Here is a link to my blog: Feel free to check other articles and comment.

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Herald ‘Letters to the Editor’ Policy Policy: The Pass Herald welcomes Letters to the Editor that examine issues, but reserves the right to edit for length, libel and syntax. Writers must sign letters and include first and last names, address and telephone number. Address and telephone numbers will not be published. Only in exceptional cases will the Pass Herald withhold the name of the writer and in those cases the writer must disclose his/her name, address and telephone number to the Editor. Electronic email will be considered an electronic signature. Letters to the Editor do not reflect the opinion of the Pass Herald. Letters cannot exceed 600 words. We have limited space, but we do enjoy printing every article. So please, to allow everyone to express their opinion, keep the letters short and to the point. We do have the right to refuse any letter that in our judgement may contain libel or libelous opinions. Should a litigation result from your letter, you as the writer are responsible but so is this newspaper as the publisher. The Pass Herald is a family owned community newspaper and therefore reserves the right to refuse any advertisement that in our opinion does not follow our mandate. We cannot accept advertisements or letters criticizing or disparaging other advertisers, companies or individuals or any advertisements directed to a religion or race. Deadline for submission is the Friday prior to publication.

LISA SYGUTEK Sometimes I wonder if what I do is enough. Am I enough as a mom, am I enough as a business owner, am I enough as a councillor, do I advocate enough for our community. These thoughts keep me up at night. Often, when I attend meetings someone is upset with the decision I made. Sometimes I go to my child’s school, and someone is upset with how I advocate for him. Sometimes I say something silly at council, and someone wants to crucify me for it. Sometimes often become the norm. I don’t know if it was COVID that made people mean, or if humanity is just getting nastier. Perhaps it’s the strain on households and businesses in an economy that is stretched to the maximum with inflation. I don’t know, but I do know that people seem angrier now. I attended a meeting recently and was berated for not doing enough. It was a difficult meeting to attend, and I left pretty upset. I then received an email from a local resident. I will keep the name nom de plume but give you the message. Man alive did the message resonate with me. I hope this helps you when you feel you are not enough! Just want to touch base with you, as I was at the meeting tonight. I was on board with the presentation up to the part where he slammed the municipal council. I turned around in my seat to look at you, as he was completely off base. There is a problem when people, or groups, have a single-issue bias that they expect others to embrace immersivity, and anything less than complete focused action constitutes not doing enough. We have only lived here for a couple of years. Being that I was a property owner, I took it upon myself to keep abreast of what was happening in the community through the newspapers, municipal information, and website, reviewing council meeting minutes, occasionally attending council meetings and mining information meetings. I appreciate the challenges you as a councillor must navigate considering the unique situations the CNP faces. I personally think you, and the rest of the council for the most part, are doing a good job in continuing to make the Pass a livable community. I also believe you are doing what you can, to further the re-opening the mines to benefit the community. Evidence of this can be found in all the resources I have mentioned if one chooses to read and comprehend. Unfortunately, currently, it feels like spoon feeding and transparency are expected to be the same thing. I do want to commend you on taking a beat and waiting for the Q&A before defending what council has been doing in the background. It really doesn't matter whether you are doing a good or bad job, there will always be people that cuss you out because you aren't doing it, the way they would. Weird how when elections come around, they don't want to put their time, effort, and name in to run.... Keep fighting the good fight Lisa, on all the fronts you find yourself on. You are doing a good job, and the next time someone calls you out because your good isn't their good enough, remember it is for a whole lot of others. This message, probably more than any message I have ever received, made a powerful impact on me. It’s correct my best is probably not good enough for many. I will never make the right decision for some, and yet for others it’s good. I will often put my foot in my mouth because I have a voice and I use it. What I do know is that in the future I will be more careful with my words. What I do know, is that this writer has far more wisdom than I do at times. I will continue to try to be enough, but when I’m not for some I will read and re-read that message, because no matter what, I’m trying and really, that should be enough!

Letters to the Editor An apology Dear Editor;

made in the last letter. The statement is simply not true. The fact that I know the real reasons as to why there are so many people dying is not a reason to make such a heartless, inconsiderate comment. It was an unforgivable act of arrogance. To those people who have lost loved ones, in the last couple of years, I offer my heart felt apology. I would not blame you for vilifying me. All I can do is to say I am sorry.

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Teck champions water treatment method during open house NICK ALLEN Pass Herald Reporter Teck hosted the “Elk Valley Water Open House” last Wednesday to showcase the work they are doing with water treatment at their coal mining facilities. According to Teck, water quality challenges in the Elk Valley are connected to the long history of mining which has occurred in the region. These mines generated large quantities of leftover rock that contain naturally occurring substances such as selenium. Water from both precipitation and runoff flows through these rock piles and carries selenium and other substances, such as nitrate, into the local watershed. If present in high enough concentrations in the watershed, these substances can adversely affect aquatic health. “Although there's been mining in the Elk Valley for over 120 years, it was not until about the 2000s that we really identified that we did have a challenge, mainly with selenium,” said Matthew Gay, the Program Director for Water Strategy at Teck, “We did take a very strong approach, really looking to understand that as best as we can. And we've learned a lot over the last few years.” He explained how selenium is a naturally occurring element and it is essential in low concentrations for human life. If presented at high enough concentrations, selenium can adversely affect the watershed and ecosystem added Gay. “When we expose that leftover rock to both air and water, that's where we see some of the selenium and other elements become waterborne and enter our ecosystem,” said Gay. Another byproduct they are working on controlling is called calcite. You can see this on the bottom of a kettle after using hard water, he explained. “Now calcite is different than selenium where it's not directly interacting with the aquatic life,” said Gay, “It can accumulate and provide a hard barrier on the streambed, so a little bit of a different challenge that we have, but again, it is coming out of our leftover rock.” The objective of their plan is to stabilize and then reverse the trend of selenium nitrate and calcite in the watershed. Water treatment facilities are operating currently and are successfully improving water quality with more facilities under planning and construction. Their first water treatment facility is successfully treating 7.5 million litres of

Photo from Teck website

One of five treatment facilities to prevent further calcite formations in the Elk Valley operations for Teck.

water per day at the Line Creek Operations where they are seeing reductions in selenium and nitrate concentrations downstream. The second water treatment facility, the Elkview Saturated Rock Fill, has been achieving “near complete removal” of both selenium and nitrate from up to 10 million litres of water per day since 2018. In 2020, this facility was expanded and will now treat up to 20 million litres of water per day. Teck’s third water treatment facility, the Fording River South Water Treatment Facility, is now operating with capacity to treat as much as the second facility. The fourth water treatment facility, the Fording River North Saturated Rock Fill, is currently able to treat up to 9.5 million litres of water per day with construction underway to expand the facility to 30 million litres. Part of Teck’s Elk Valley Water Quality Plan is researching and implementing methods to control selenium and nitrate release at the source. This includes geosynthetic covers, membrane barriers placed over top of a waste rock pile to reduce water running through waste rock and taking selenium and nitrate into the watershed. The full presentation and further reading can be found at

Welcome back to Holy Trinity Parish FR. JOSEPH NAGOTHU PASTOR Holy Trinity Parish “If you have been raised with Christ, Seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” Colossians 3:1-2.


It is a pleasure to welcome you back to our Holy Trinity Parish. I would like to introduce myself again my name is Fr Joseph Nagothu. I have been in the parish since August of 2019, before I came to this parish I worked in different parishes of Calgary Diocese. As we all experienced the past three years living with fear of COVID, we struggled with some of us losing family members and well wishers. We are still here today by the grace of God, thanks be to God. It is good to express our gratitude to the Almighty God. For some of you the pandemic may have meant being away from Church. Bishop McGrattan has encouraged us to come back: “May the trials of these two years lead us to a renewed faith in Christ’s real presence in the Holy Eucharist, a renewal of Sunday as a family day of prayer and rest and cultivate within our souls a desire that sees our obligation as the greatest privilege of our faith.” (Decree on the Restoration of the Sunday Obligation) come and discover how close God is and how much He yearns to give you abundant life. Please know that you will be most welcome as you return. The Church offers all people the truth of Jesus in his teachings, the way of Jesus in his commandments and the life of Jesus in the sacraments. In short, the Catholic Church strives to make her children “Holy” which means to live always in relation to God. Jesus said “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the father except through me”. Jn 14:6. You can get involved in the many ways, Holy Trinity Parish offers to be connected and be a part of the community. We have some Ministries that would benefit from your involvement. There are opportunities for serving at the Masses, Knights of Columbus, CWL, Prayers groups Church Fund raising etc. Getting involved is a stepping-stone to new friendship and service to God.

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Business reviews on Google easily abused by “trolls” NICK ALLEN Pass Herald Reporter Google reviews have the potential to become a way for “trolling” attacks to take place on a Google business page. The built-in review system developed by Google operates with little oversight and makes it difficult for the business owner to fight back against allegations on the platform. “Trolling” is internet slang for when a person (troll) intentionally tries to instigate conflict or arguments online in a social community. Attempts by a company can be in vain, as there are few options for them to get these attacks taken down. Google has made it difficult for any business, even after claiming ownership, to manage the content that is shown on their Google business page. Suggested edits by malicious users can be put up without the consent of the business, even the name of the business. There are pitfalls when such an open platform becomes a tool to abuse a business, especially when many of the reviews go against the guidelines Google themselves has put in place. This includes “content that is not based on a real experience and does not accurately represent the location or product in question” and “false or misleading accounts of the description or quality of a good or service.” Under the policy it said, “unsubstantiated allegations of unethical behavior” are a part of their prohibited content. Even so, in Google’s review removal policy they admit, “There's no reliable way to tell who's right about a particular customer experience.” Google reviews are also able to be made without verification of the user, with reviews posted by brand new accounts with no verification being a real possibility. There are even a few websites offering negative Google reviews for purchase, sites like this make it easier for a person to avoid taking on the full responsibility for the attacks. Precon, an independent, precast concrete company, operating primarily in Alberta, has recently experienced a string of these negative attacks online, hoping that their story can serve as a warning to others. There have been ongoing attacks on their Google business profile since October of this year.

Student shaves head cont’d According to Paterson, this means that the money donated by the community for this fundraiser will help benefit the community as well. There is another student that plans to shave only the top of his head forming a “cul-de-sac" out of his hairline to help get donations. “We are in competition with Livingstone School and currently [they are] in the lead,” said Paterson, “They did have two weeks of a head start, so we're going till December 8.” After hearing about the event, she said it took a little while to convince the male staff members to let their facial hair grow. The one who required no convincing was Fraser explained Paterson. “[Fraser] was the very first person that came to me and said I want to do this. She's an incredible person,” she said. Paterson believed that students seeing their friends have their heads shaved would be a motivation for them to donate. She said it is a good opportunity to bring stu-

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A negative review left on Precon Manufacturing’s Google business page. The reviewer has only two reviews on a recent account with a presumably fake name. No data for anyone living in that area named Aaron Paulson was found and he was not identified as working at the business. No one matching the profile was found on any other social media or through a reverse image search.

The attack, believed to be by a former employee, has caused trouble for Precon since they first became aware of it. Precon employee Cody Kibala said, “They're trolling us and they're affecting our vendors and reaching out to other people to really complicate our lives.” He added culture is important at Precon and they work very hard towards treating people fairly with respect and a focus on safety. What the company found, with Google in particular, is that you can put whatever you want and there is little you can do to get it removed as the company. “At the start you're thinking it's unfair and it's unjust and they should just take it down based on your word,” said Scott Cunningham, president of Precon, “Of course, they don't operate that way so we use the tools that Google has, which is we can report [the review].” Several of the reviews have been left with names that are untraceable and unidentifiable. One of the reviewers has only a few reviews, one being a review of Precon claiming to be an employee and others in New York and the Netherlands. Yet another part of the attacks has been on Reddit from a user called QuantityThis873. They have posted mainly negative rhetoric about Precon attacking management for posting their own Google Reviews. In a dents and staff together. “It's obviously good for Alberta Mental Health, but it’s good for the school culture and community as well,” she continued. Cosmetology teacher Stacey Wright was the one to shave Fraser’s head, adding that she was nervous about cutting her student’s hair. “It’s a shock but I'm happy to do it and I hope we raise a lot of money,” said Wright. Those looking to donate can scan the QR code on the front page.

post to the unofficial subreddit for Lethbridge, the user said, “The office people get treated like royalty along with the weird bald [manager].” Attempts to reach out to the user resulted in minor dialogue before they blocked the account made to contact them. When the negative reviews were first noticed, they originally reacted by showing interest in what happened and treating them as if they were valid inquiries. This later changed as the reviews kept coming in, to a strategy of reporting each review as a “trolling” effort. “How we responded to the reviews was [to] make sure that people understand the good reviews are from legitimate people, no one in management has written any of those reviews,” said Cunningham. Cunningham added he was grateful for the quantity of people that dropped everything to help the company during this attack on their business but wishes there was an option to turn reviews off completely for their business page on Google, avoiding this issue entirely. “I also think that new Google accounts shouldn't be able to post reviews. You should have to have your account up for a period of time before you're even able to [post],” Cunningham said. They also encouraged any other business dealing with a similar attack to reach out and speak with them about what they have learned during the process of combating these negative attacks.

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Municipal council briefs NICK ALLEN Pass Herald Reporter Council votes in favour for the redesignation of a lot for cannabis retail. The bylaw was approved after a public hearing on November 22, where administration gave a brief overview of the proposed bylaw. No written submissions were received about the bylaw and no members of the public were present to speak out. After recently approving the new Council renumeration policy, administration sought clarification regarding a few parts of the policy. They mainly had questions regarding the half day and full day rates for council and the mayor.

Tree of Hope at Christmas NICK ALLEN Pass Herald Reporter Christmas holidays are a time to spend with family and loved ones, but they often resurrect the memories of those no longer with us. Serving as a token of memory for loved ones who have passed, the Crowsnest Pass Hospital Auxiliary is selling ornaments for their annual “Tree of Hope” campaign, which has been an ongoing project for over 33 years. "It's to remember their loved ones and then to help with things at the hospital. We like to be able to give back to the hospital," said Margaret Woodward, chairperson of the Crowsnest Pass Hospital Auxiliary. Set up in the atrium of the Crowsnest Pass Health Care Center, the “Tree of Hope” is decorated with ornaments inscribed with loved ones' names. The tree goes up in December and in January when the tree is taken down , people can bring their ornament home as a keepsake or leave it at the Tuck Shop to donate towards next year. Ornaments can be purchased for a $5 minimum and all proceeds go back to the hospital for the extended care unit. These funds are used to purchase items that aren’t covered by grants and can’t fit into the hospital budget. Over the years, the auxiliary has purchased chairs, televisions, kitchen appliances and clocks. The Crowsnest Pass Hospital Auxiliary has been in existence for 72 years since April, 1950. Due to the pandemic, the Auxiliary had to cancel its 70 year anniversary in 2020, so the auxiliary decided to celebrate 72 years on June 16, 2022, at the Bellevue Seniors Center. It was at this party some of their members were recognized for their many years of service. Those recognized included Pat Chomyn for 40 years of service, Pat Jacob for 35 years of service, Peggy Desaunoy for 32 years of service, Jean Wright for 28 years of service and Jean Makin for 26 years of service. This gives a total of 161 years of service. In addition to the “Tree of Hope” campaign, they host three bake sales throughout the year. This year they added a 50/50 Raffle with a draw date on December 20, 2022 and now operate the Tuck Shop in the hospital's atrium all year round. Donation slips for the Tree of Hope Campaign can

Discussion went back and forth before they agreed to postpone discussions until Mayor Blair Painter had returned as he had brought forward many of the changes made to the policy. Members of council also discussed their meetings with representatives of the provincial government and communities around southern Alberta regarding housing. “Every community is having a problem with housing. There are other communities that are worse off,” said Councillor Dave Filipuzzi. They discussed loss of funding for projects at a federal level as well as the difficulties around senior housing too. “I talked about our senior housing and [sic] not being able to open the two extra wings because of staff shortages,” said Filipuzzi. According to council, members of the provincial government want to visit the community. Councillor Glen Girhiny added it was refreshing that the Crowsnest Pass is not the only community dealing with housing problems as it is a common theme throughout rural Alberta.

The next update came from Councillor Vicki Kubik who attended the inaugural meeting for the Crowsnest Forest Products Public Advisory Committee on October 26. It included discussions surrounding the forest management area and featured information about the committee's purpose. Council also entered discussions about whether to aid the community group, Blairmore Lions, with the installation of Christmas lights on trees in the Blairmore Lions Park that require new lighting to be strung out. Issues stem from the lack of municipal resources to help the group. Equipment and employees provided by the municipality have a challenging time getting the regular decorations up around the community according to Chief Administrative Officer Patrick Thomas. Concerns about who is responsible for accidental damage also arose from the inquiry. In the end, council approved a portion of funds to help the Blairmore Lions with their lights after examining the request with money up to $1000. The full package and minutes for the meeting can be found on under the municipal government section.

Pledge Form Yes! I would like to purchase. __________________________ commemorative Christmas ball(s) as part of the Crowsnest Pass Hospital’s “Tree of Hope” project. Amount enclosed $ __________________________________ Donor’s Name(s): ___________________________________ In memory of: _____________________________________ and/or In honour of: ______________________________________ Receipt required:



Name: ___________________________________________ Address: _________________________________________ Phone: __________________________________________ Cheque should be mailed to: Crowsnest Pass Health Centre, Gift Shop or Admitting Desk, Bag 1, Blairmore, AB, TOK OEO or mail to Wendy Fabro, Box 756, Coleman, AB, TOK OMO be found in the Crowsnest Pass Herald. Slips can be mailed into Wendy Fabro at P.O. Box 756, Coleman, Alberta, TOK 0M0. The auxiliary asks people make sure they mail in the names of their loved ones with the donation slips. Another way to participate is to e-transfer to The security question answer will be ‘Christmas Tree’. In the message box is where participants can type in a loved one’s name they want on the ornaments. The Crowsnest Pass Hospital Auxiliary will be at the “Christmas In the Mountains Market” in Bellevue-

Centre on December 2 from 4 to 8 p.m. and on December 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., selling knitting and other homemade items. The new “Tree of Hope” sign donated by Chad Petrone from Public Images will be on display. “Tree of Hope” donation slips will be there as well. They are running a 50/50 Raffle that will be drawn on December 20, 2022. Tickets are available at the “Christmas in the Mountains Market” or phone Wendy Fabro at 1-403-563-9159. Participants must keep their ticket stub to claim the prize if they are the winner.

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Connection Crockets Trading ~ 20 Years in Business Crockets Trading Company is celebrating 20 years of business on November 30. Open 364 days a year, Crockets. is your one-stop gift and souvenir shop. Crockets is proud to be home to countless local vendors, as well as Nugget, our seven-and-a-half-foot grizzly bear. “We Love Local,” said owner Inez Hendrickson, “50 plus local, 30 plus Alberta and 30 plus Canadian authors, artists and artisans.” Some of the local artists include Art by Kari Lehr Art, Karen Paton and Fox Jewelry. Local authors include Billie-Jo Legroulx, Joey Ambrosi and Krysta MacDonald, Local artisans include Kaori Aindow, Steep Peak Kombucha and Erin Kerby -Aprons. After 20 years of business, she said they are always changing and “adding new flavour” to the store. Inez also acknowledged they wouldn’t be around without the support of the community. “We truly thank every one of our customers that have made our 20 years [successful],” she added. Crockets Trading Company strives to ensure customers are welcomed by knowledgeable staff, happy to assist with an enjoyable shopping experience. According to Inez, the book selection they have is “crazy good” and they also feature bison leather handbags and wallets made in Alberta. “Shopping for more than just a gift? Bring Home Memories,” said Inez. Stop and visit Crockets at the Bellevue east access or you can follow Crockets Trading Company on Facebook and Instagram to stay updated on what Crockets has to offer

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Twinning of Hwy 3 moves forward NICK ALLEN Pass Herald Reporter Alberta’s government said it is going forward with plans to twin Highway 3 through the Crowsnest Pass on November 25. The province announced it is committed to exploring options for twinning the remaining 215 kilometres of Highway 3 in Budget 2023. The province released it is proceeding with a request for proposals for the first of eight sections of this stretch. The remaining seven sections are at various stages of project readiness. According to Premier Danielle Smith, the province is focused on projects which support local business and strengthens communities. “Our economy relies on our highway network and the ability to connect Alberta to markets outside the province,” said Smith. Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Transportation and Economic Corridors, explained this will make travelling in southern Alberta safer, quicker and easier for residents. Dreeshen singled out shipping commodities

as a “big problem” for the province. “Expanding Highway 3 will make it a lot easier for farmers and businesses here to get their products to buyers, whether they live in Alberta or anywhere in the world,” he said. Mayor Blair Painter hopes the province has a plan to ensure traffic continues through the Crowsnest Pass for tourism and industry purposes. “It is nice to see that the premier has viewed this as being a really high priority for all of Alberta, and especially for southern Alberta,” said Painter. Also involved in the process was the Highway 3 Twinning Development Association. The president of the association, Bill Chapman, said they are “thrilled” the Government of Alberta recognized the importance of Highway 3 for trade. “As a primary route for the transport of goods and services, the twinning of Highway 3 is vital for our communities in industry, agri-business, recreation and tourism. The most efficient and safest route is a twinned route,” said Chapman. According to the official release from the Alberta Government, projects like this have several stages of development, including consultation, planning and design, land acquisition, environmental assessment, engineering, contract tendering and construction through challenging terrain. The Highway 3 twinning project is being done in phases to reduce cost and limit the disruption of people’s lives along the corridor. The eight phases of this project include: Phase 1: 46 kilometres – A request for proposals has been issued to the shortlisted design build proponents to twin Highway 3 between Taber and Burdett.

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Construction is expected to start in 2023. Phase 2: 10 kilometres – Highway 3X/Coleman Bypass. Functional planning studies have been completed and detailed engineering design will begin in spring 2023. Phase 3: 15 kilometres – East of Seven Persons to Medicine Hat. Functional planning studies have been completed and detailed engineering design will begin in spring 2023. Phase 4: 47 kilometres – Blairmore to east of Highway 6 at Pincher Creek. Functional planning studies have been completed and detailed engineering design will begin in 2023. Phase 5: 28 kilometres – East of Bow Island to east of Seven Persons. Functional planning studies have been completed and detailed engineering design will begin in summer 2023. Phase 6: 23 kilometres – East of Burdett to east of Bow Island. A functional planning study has been completed and the province will continue to consult with the Town of Bow Island and other stakeholders in order to finalize the alignment. Phase 7: 38 kilometres – Pincher Creek to west of Fort Macleod. A functional planning study through Piikani Nation is underway and will continue for some time. Phase 8: Eight kilometres – Alberta-B.C. border to Highway 3X. Continued engagement with B.C. is necessary to consider alignment with improvements being planned through the B.C. portion. Go to and click on “We’re Twinning Highway 3” to see the official announcement.

For the late afternoon game, our home team were able to score two goals but try as they might, tolerated a defeat of 10-2. Goals for Crowsnest Pass both scored by McKye Schaffer unassisted. Goaltending for the game was Owen Kirkman with a total of 56 shots on net with a save percentage of 82.1%. On Sunday, our Thunder played another Thunder team in Claresholm. Short a few players, they gave a hard effort but came out behind by 12 goals with a final score of 13-1 for the visitors. Our U13 goal scored by McKye Schaffer and assisted by Jameson Patrick and Parker Bunnage. Goaltender Owen Kirkman with a total of 39 shots on net and save percentage of 66.6%. Thunder will be playing on home ice this Sunday versus Lethbridge. Puck drop is at 5pm.

LAUREN KIRKMAN Thuner Hockey Media Contact The Crowsnest Pass U13 hockey team is keeping their composure while suffering more losses. Thunder played on visitor ice all weekend against some tough teams. On Saturday, November 26 they were in Cardston versus their Thunder team.

Retired and Giving This group of retired registered nurses meets twice a year, in the spring and at Christmas time. Their meeting times are intended to share stories, stay acquainted and enjoy dinner Each year they individually and collectively contribute a donation to be given to a different fundraising group. This year the group chosen is the Revive the Roxy project who received 260 dollars. While their nursing days are over they continue to share with and care for the community where they all spent many nursing hours. This retired registered nurses group wish all Crowsnest Pass citizens a happy and healthy Christmas and New year. Pat Rypien photo

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Mental health grant for student support pilot program NICK ALLEN Pass Herald Reporter Livingstone Range School Division has been awarded an Alberta Education Mental Health in Schools grant of $630,900 according to press release on November 28. Working along with Certified Therapist Kent Hollingsworth, Registered Psychologist Dr. Kendra Massie, Holy Spirit School Division, and Palliser School Division, the partnership and grant funding will provide a new student mental health pilot program over the next two years. “As a Board of Trustees, we are thrilled with this grant that will directly benefit students,” said Lacey Poytress, Board of Trustees Chair. “For many years our Board has tirelessly advocated for increased mental health funding for schools, particularly for rural areas where the need is so great. We are confident that the grant dollars and our partnerships will have a great positive impact on the lives of our students.” The grant comes from a Mental Health in Schools Pilot Program designed to provide school jurisdictions with funding for new and innovative approaches to addressing many of the mental health needs of Alberta students. In rural southern Alberta, these needs are intensified by a lack of appropriate community mental health resources. The LRSD partnership grant application proposed a pilot program that addresses this issue by making access to mental health services available in local schools and communities.

With a goal to enhance the mental health, well“We’re extremely appreciative of the resources being, resiliency, learning and achievement of students provided to us to support the multiple challenges our with notable and concerning mental health and addic- students face on a daily basis,” said Richard. “Our abiltion needs, the partnership of school divisions and men- ity to influence change for the good has dramatically tal health professionals will: increased with this opportunity.” 1. Provide research-informed professional develThis pilot program will be in effect until December opment and consultation by a LRSD therapist and reg- 2024. Students and families can talk with their school istered psychologist to the three school divisions’ staff. Family School Liaison Counsellor for more informa2. Provide clinical service by the therapist and reg- tion and/or referrals. istered psychologist for students, parents and families in ways that reflect student and family needs and preferences such as virtual, in-home, in-school and in-community sessions. 3. Hire and supervise two sufficiently trained mental health therapists to provide necessary specialized clinical services such as diagnostic assessment and therapy for students who have notable mental health and/or addiction needs and have been unable to access needed community-based services. Livingstone-Macleod MLA Roger Reid, who has been an advocate for rural students, is pleased with the mental health grant. “Ensuring that there are adequate supports in place for our students today is a crucial factor in creating a strong Alberta of tomorrow,” said Reid. “This is part of the reason I am so glad our government is introducing the funding for this mental health pilot project. Access to mental health supports for rural students has always been a challenge. Our students have faced additional challenges over the past couple of years and I understand how much this can impact their ability to learn in addition to their overall well-being. I hope that this pilot project is able to create an environment where students feel supported and are able to reach their highest potential”. Richard Feller, LRSD Associate Superintendent of Human and Learning Services can see the impact this provincial funding will have. Fantin’s Funeral Chapel (13461-20th Ave, Blairmore)

Christmas Memorial Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 3:00 pm Fantin’s Funeral Chapel will be hosting a Christmas Memorial Service on December 4th, 2022 at 3:00pm to remember and celebrate our departed loved-ones. The Christmas season is a very difficult time of the year for those who have lost someone special and gathering with others in similar circumstances can provide comfort. We sincerely hope that you can join us for this interdenominational occasion of prayers, hymns and words of comfort from members of the Crowsnest Pass clergy, counselors and special guests. Refreshments will be provided. There is no fee and all are welcome. Respectfully, Darrell M. Sydora Manager, Fantin’s Funeral Chapel

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