Friday, May 2, 2014 Vol. 8 No. 18 | 12 pages
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inSide STREETERS Are people growing tired of Facebook and all that it does? inSide Drumheller asks: “Do you have Facebook fatigue?”
Isabella O’Rourke and Tiernan “No, I don’t - I love Facebook. All my family lives away from me.”
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OPINION RCMP continue insvestigation into suspicious death Patrick Kolafa | inSide Drumheller
The investigation into the suspicious death of a man in Newcastle is continuing. Drumheller RCMP have released the identity of the male discovered deceased at a Newcastle home Monday morning. The Drumheller Mail broke the story that EMS called for Police assistance at 4:45 .m. Monday morning. Investigations conﬁrmed the death of 35-year-old Brian Le. Staﬀ Sergeant Art
Sasidharan Sivamayam “Not fatigue - sometimes I like it because I can speak to people overseas.”
The RCMP Major Crimes Unit were at an address in Newcastle investigating a suspicious death Monday morning. Police
have not ruled out foul play, but assure residents this was an isolated event. inSide photo by O.R. Sheddy
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Chris Hadfield “Yes, I do, keeping in touch with everybody (I’ve got a lot of family back home.)”
Hopkins said the RCMP Major Crimes Unit has completed a thorough investigation. An autopsy was expected to be performed on Wednesday, April 29, and he said extensive forensic examinations are ongoing and will take an extended period of time to complete. The death remains suspicious. “Foul play has not been completely ruled out, however, I can assure the residents of Drumheller that this is a very isolated incident and that they are not at any risk,” said Hopkins.
Mayor Terry Yemen is taking his concerns about what appears to be lack of action to deal with the ﬂood mitigation in Drumheller to the interim premier. This follows him attending The Flood and Drought Symposium in Calgary on Tuesday with CAO Ray Romanetz. The meeting provided few answers to issues facing Drumheller following the ﬂood. “The big thing I took away from it is there is support for ﬂood mitigation in Alberta and it is happening in Calgary, High River and Medicine Hat,” said Yemen, adding that Drumheller was only mentioned once throughout the whole meeting. “Am I disappointed? Yes. I realize that it is
an incredibly big thing they are doing here, they are going back as far as record go, looking for ebbs and ﬂows, but as far as any new news for Drumheller, we came out with nothing whatsoever.” “When we asked, they said it was all part of the process. We were going to meet on May 1 for speciﬁc questions on Drumheller, and in Drumheller, but they have cancelled that until sometime later in May.” He asserts that residents dealing with the aftermath of the ﬂooding deserve answers. “There are rumors going around and some of the things they even suggested about relocating people, residents want to know. “Should I side my house? Should paint my house?” and they don’t have the an-
swers for residents.” He said the Red Deer River Basin was hardly mentioned at the meeting. “I know we are not in the same situation as Calgary or High River, I would never suggest that… Why don’t they take us oﬀ the table and then go on and do the other stuﬀ that is going to take a lot more time and money?” “We are going to amp up our lobbying eﬀorts, we are going to push them even harder for answers.” One major concern stems from correspondence from then Minister of Municipal Aﬀairs Doug Griﬃths, dating back to last August relating to Approved Development Zones within the Town of Drumheller, recognizing the mitigation and
bylaws that Drumheller has in place for developing in area that on maps appear as ﬂoodways. The letter from Griﬃth concluded by saying the staﬀ from Alberta Environment and Municipal Aﬀairs (AESRD) “will work with your municipal administration to conﬁrm our understanding of the details of your mitigation measures and bylaws.” This week Mayor Yemen sent a message to Premier Dave Hancock, asking when this is going to happen. “…when will staﬀ from AESRD and Municipal Aﬀairs work with our municipal administration to conﬁrm our understanding of the details of our mitigation measures and bylaws?” he asks in the letter.
“We need help here, these conversations have not happened and we have no idea what to tell the people of Drumheller as far as ﬂood mitigation,” said Yemen. There was one positive from the meeting for Yemen. He said when the programs begin, the funding is expected to ﬂow through the existing grant process, allowing the municipalities to take control of the projects. “We’ll be able to get the tenders and push the process through, that will speed the process up and not deal with an additional level of bureaucracy,” said Yemen. “We are knocking on the door and asking the questions but ultimately the Government of Alberta is writing the cheque.” w52eowa
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MS Walk set to go Sunday For a decade and half the MS Walk and Run in Drumheller has been a stalwart event to raise funds and awareness for multiple sclerosis, and there is no signs of slowing down. The annual event goes this Sunday morning, May 4 at the Badlands Community Facility. Registration opens at 9 a.m., and the walk goes at 10 a.m. Organizer Shauna Brown is excited by how this yearâ€™s event is shaping up. â€œOur participants are up, our volunteers are up, we just need the sun to stay upâ€? said Brown. â€œIt is really inspiring this year to see all the groups that are joining in, especially with all that is going on in the valley.â€?
This yearâ€™s MS Walk coordinator, Shauna Brown, right, and regional director of the Central Alberta chapter of the MS Society of Canada, Lorraine Evans-Cross at the
One change participants will notice is they have shortened the route. The east leg along Riverside Drive will terminate at the gazebo at Sunshine Lodge, rather than the high school. â€œThis way we can also involve the folks at Continuing Care and at Sunshine â€œThis way we can Lodge. This involves two also involve pretty important groups the folks at and we want to make it Continuing Care enjoyable for everyone,â€? and at Sunshine said Brown. This year they have a Lodgeâ€?. unique arrangement for Shauna Brown entertainment. â€œRather than bringing an entertainer in, we are having a campďŹ re style jam. So, anyone who is there and the public are invited to come down and join us, and if you sing or play, join in!â€? said Brown. Brown invites everyone down on Sunday morning, even if you are not actively collecting pledges. She said anyone can make donations at the event. There are also a number of fundraising endeavours for which everyone can participate. For more information, contact Brown at 403436-0576.
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