Friday, April 12, 2013 Vol. 7, No. 15 | 12 pages
Tyrrell makes top five
Go-pher a combo?
See page 4
Who are you? See page 6
Off the couch and On The Run See page 12
INDEX inSide Opinions
Who are you?
As spring slowly gets into full swing, some of the familiar fuzzy faces of the Valley are returning, including this Richardson’s ground squirrel, who made an appearance at the Royal Tyrrell Museum on Thursday, April 11.
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inSide STREETERS During our travels as reporters, we often stumble across some fairly unique names. inSide Drumheller asks: What is the most interesting name you can think of?
Cathy Morse “Apple.”
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What it takes to be a Town Councillor
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After six years serving as a member with the Drumheller town council, Andrew Berdahl, has made the decision not to run for next elections in October. “The commitment is considerable,” said Berdahl who has served two three-year terms as an elected oﬃcial. “I think if one is going to do it properly, then they need to be emotionally prepared to commit to all that’s involved.” Berdahl initially assumed the role because he felt a change could be made and he could make an impact on the com-
munity. “I think most people put their name forward because they want to make a positive diﬀerence, they want to make life better in the community,” he said. “I never really thought I would ever run, it’s not something I grew up thinking I would do.” But when election time came around in 2007, he decided to “give it a shot.” “If somebody is motivated in good faith, they tend to be a better candidate,” said Berdahl. While he has enjoyed his time spent as a council member, Berdahl said the position has made a
signiﬁcant impact on his life in a variety of ways. “It’s just 38 more things to think about.” He aﬃrms that in order to be a strong candidate for town council, one must have respect, the ability to communicate, and have an element of vision. “One needs to have a vision of what it is they want to create in order to make it happen, and the ability to build and maintain positive working relationships,” said Berdahl. “Being a councillor is essentially a leadership position.” Coming into the position as a middle class
Larry-Lew Morton “Moon Unit.”
Tenelle Fabrick “Waldamar.”
Brandon Schneider “Zealand.”
As one can expect, the topic of a water park/slide at the Aquaplex comes up often. Either in casual conversation, or from a comment at Town Council, some solution to the absence of another water experience for locals and visitors has yet to be reached. There is certainly a direct connection to pool revenue since the old waterslide was removed prior to Christmas last year. More than one person has said to this writer that without a second water play park option along with the indoor pool, that the Three Hills pool, along with others in the area, is where they go for family fun. Patrons want (and expect) that extra value for their recreation dollar and will travel some distance to get it, taking with them food, fuel and accommodation dollars. The town fathers, (and mothers), have to ﬁnd some workable, ﬁnancially sound, ﬁscally responsible design to solve the problem. Here's is one that might work. We have no idea what a waterpark facility attached to the Aquaplex will cost, but for arguments sake, say $250,000. When the change lockers at the pool were replaced some years back, this oﬃce was both surprised and disappointed to see the new lockers installed at the old rental price of 25 cents. That's the same
price charged for the old lockers installed at the pool when it was built in the 1970's. Should have charged a loonie. Again, we have no idea what the change locker rental at the pool would be for a year, but at 25 cents a pop, let's say $5000. If the mechanism was changed to a loonie, immediately the revenue would rise to $20,000 per year. Multiply that by 12.5 years and you have your waterpark paid for. Just by somebody changing their clothes. Imagine that! If the changes had been made three years ago, there would already be $60,000 in the bank. Now, if an eﬀort were put forth by a committee to do a bit of fundraising, we feel that enough corporate, service club and individual donations would come about that the park would be paid for in even less time, thereby reducing the amount bridge ﬁnancing required by the town. Sadly, the Aquaplex operates at a loss, as do most town facilities. This is not unusual, as most municipalities have to subsidize recreational buildings with taxpayer dollars. Maybe this idea can catch ﬁre, so a new waterpark/slide can bring more users, who will rent more loonie lockers, and provide more revenue at the pool. ORS
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working dad, Berdahl believes the role has effectively engaged him to become actively involved with organizations most people are not typically involved in. “Our community has a good many people who are capable of being good leaders and who are already doing it in many cases,” he said. “Most of the work a council member does is about fundamental personal skills, how to reﬂect, how to be open minded, how to listen to people, and how to communicate and ask questions.” Although Berdahl has been with council for six years, he believes there is merit to the idea of passing on the torch to another candidate. “Democracy thrives on diversity and so, having a variety of diﬀerent people who cycle through these positions is the sign of a healthy democracy.” Despite his decision not to run for next elections, Berdahl’s actions are made with the best intentions. “It can be very diﬃcult
for an individual to retain their freshness and their focus, and I think there is merit to the idea of going away for a little while, living your life and then coming back perhaps at another point.” While the role of being a councillor isn’t all that glamorous, Berdahl said the approximately $14,000 a year salary does help to take some of the sting out of such a demanding position. “The remuneration helps keep some balance,” he said. According to Berdahl, the position of councillor can pose a substantial amount of stress on one’s life, on and oﬀ the job. “It adds another element to your relationships,” he said. “You wear each decision.” He may be done serving town council after this term, but Berdahl aﬃrms he will remain politically active in his future endeavours. “If anything, it’s clearer to me now on all the ways one can be involved in leading their community.”
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Community Services develops bullying speaker series Michael James | inSide Drumheller
Give peace a chance, Drumheller. Community Services in Drumheller is giving that message as part of its ďŹ rst installment of a monthly speaker series being developed by the Town. â€œWeâ€™re trying to start a speaker series in town to give people more resources about bullying and how to stop it,â€? said Jeannie Lutz, Community Services Coordinator for the Town of Drumheller. The series was developed to help combat bullying in Drumheller. Typically bullying is thought to be a problem for children and teenagers. Through the speaker series, the goal is to teach residents that bullying extends well into adulthood. â€œItâ€™s not just a youth problem. Weâ€™re ďŹ nding more and more that itâ€™s a community issue and it takes
the whole community working together to deal with bullying,â€? said Lutz.
Jeannie Lutz... Community Services Coordinator with the Town of Drumheller
Other communities across the country are taking the matter seriously as well. Hanna recently passed an anti-bullying bylaw and
Drumheller has a bylaw that covers bullying. The ďŹ rst installment of the series is scheduled for April 16 in St. Anthonyâ€™s and Greentree Schools and a two hour evening session at the Badlands Community Facility. The workshop features JeďŹ€ McCann, who has been presenting to Alberta students and parents for the past 12 years through The Make Peace Foundation. â€œThis talk will cover why people bully and will get people involved in the presentation,â€? said Lutz. Further talks have been scheduled. In May there will be a presentation about the Alberta Help Line, which oďŹ€ers support to those suďŹ€ering from bullying. The RCMP will also be giving a presentation regarding cyberbullying. The goal is to continue to host monthly talks on the subject of bullying.
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