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Wednesday March 25, 2020 Vol. 102 Issue 30

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Holden School to close, Ryley will be K-9 in the new academic year

Tofield RCMP responds to early break-and-enter south of town

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How’s our community social distancing during COVID-19

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BMS sees steady traffic AG L IA C E SP ION T SEC 20 20 E D I S IN

Despite quiet times, work at Beaver Municipal Solutions (BMS) continues unabated. According to Anne Ruzicka, Program and Communications Director, there’s been an increase in residential garbage due to folks cleaning up their sheds. “It’s been steady for us, even though admin staff are working from home, we are open regular hours. People require to dispose of their garbage regularly, especially now when families are spending more time together through social distancing,” she said. MOUSH JOHN PHOTO


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BRSD votes to close Holden School, consolidates Grades K through 9 at Ryley Leslie Cholowsky Staff Reporter

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Battle River School Division (BRSD) board trustees voted on Thursday, March 19 on three motions for closure; affecting Round Hill School, Ryley and Holden Schools, and Allan Johnstone Schoool. The final result of the vote was for Round Hill School to remain open; for Ryley and Holden to consolidate into one school with Grades K through 9, closing the High School, and moving everything into the Ryley site, closing Holden School; and for Allan Johnstone School in Hardisty to close, effective June 30. Since the division office was closed to the public due to the pandemic, the meeting was streamed live via YouTube. Beaver County Reeve Jim Kallal says, “As you can imagine, Beaver County Council was disappointed with the decision of the School closure in Holden and the consolidation with Ryley.” Trustees had an oppor-

tunity to speak briefly prior to each vote, some chose to address each decision separately, while others indicated a desire to speak once to all three votes. Beaver East trustee Zsuzsanna Hempberger spoke before the Round Hill vote. She thanked the public for all the presentations submitted to the board, and division staff for all their work, as well as her fellow trustees. “These are hard decisions; we all have lost sleep over them.” She implored parents, students, and communities to believe in the division, and to keep their children in BRSD schools. “I ask you to trust us; to have faith in local teachers and their abilities in being able to handle what comes next, and I’m asking you to do the same.” Kendall Severson, Trustee for Camrose County South said, “The decisions that we have to make today are huge and will impact many families. I myself have not been sleeping well as this weighs heavily on me. I

would like to thank all the communities for their creative presentations and the time that has been invested into creative new ways to educate kids. “As the longest-serving member on this board, I have had to take part in several of these closure meetings over the years and none are ever easy. “Regardless of the way votes go today, our students are resilient, and will continue to have success in the years ahead.” Karen Belich, Camrose County North, said, “We are all aware of the declining number of students in communities all across Alberta and Canada.” She spoke about how she had reviewed all the information brought forward from both the division and the community presentations, as well as results of the Thought Exchange survey done by the division, and all other correspondence regarding the motions. Board Chair Norm Erickson praised all the communities for their Continued on Page 9

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TRA Food Bank still in operation Moush John Tofield Mercury

With the COVID-19 outbreak and a developing situation day by day, the Tofield, Ryley & Area (TRA) Food Bank and the Tofield and Ryley WECAN Depot have been operating round the clock behind the scenes to provide its clients an uninterrupted service. “We will be continuing service each month as long as The Grocery People are able to supply us with food,” said Dawn Arnold, Tofield-Ryley WECAN Depot Coordinator and TRA Food Bank Chair. “Also at our WECAN depot, which is separate from the TRA Food Bank we make sure that all bins are sanitized with SprayNine; we wear gloves when sorting the food, with mem-

bers doing their own bagging.” Arnold explained that her team is taking all the steps necessary to mainatain and sanitize a clean environment that’s required at the moment even more fervently. “We sanitize the table after each member gets their order, and allow only one client in the the church at a time,” Arnold added. “There is no more signing for hamper, I do it for you. Also, we maintain at least six feet distance from our members. If members want to prepay, which many do, we ask that they put their cash in an envelope with their name on the front and leave it on the table.” Arnold further stated that those who want to pay later can use any old envelope as long as it seals well, put their name, phone number,

and the amount of cash inside, indicated on the front. “It can be put in the mail slot at the TRA Food Bank in Tofield,” she said. The Tofield Library and Ryley Village Office are closed, so the Food Bank is holding the orders at this time. “They are the only ones in town with a door mail slot; but we’d also like our clients to know that orders can also be made through e-transfer to tofieldwecan@gmail.com. In the message section put your name, phone number, and order items,” Arnold advised. “However, WECAN items that the Ryley members order can be dropped through the mail slot at the Village office.” The next order is due

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It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Jean Stefanishen of Tofield, AB on March 15, 2020 at the age of 96 years. She will be missed and lovingly remembered by her children Larry (Ann Marie),

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Obituary Lorraine (Paul); her seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; son-in-law Ben Chamulke; numerous relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her husband John; daughter M a r l e n e Chamulke; son Eugene; and infant daughter Kathy. Jean enjoyed a life well lived for 96 years and leaves behind many treasured memories with family and friends. Due to the recent pandemic Health

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Tofield RCMP responded to a total of 29 calls for service during the last week, three of which were traffic collisions. Members were dispatched to an early morning break-and-enter to a residence on March 16 off Hwy. 834, south of Tofield. A significant amount of firearms were stolen from the residence

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as well as a 2016 GMC Sierra Denali pickup truck. The truck and some of the weapons were later located in the Wetaskiwin RCMP detachment area. Three individuals are currently facing charges in this incident. On March 18, around 10 p.m. at night, a traffic stop was initiated by RCMP on a vehicle travelling at a speed of 143 km/hr. The female was asked to provide a breath sample and failed the roadside screening device. The driver was then brought back to Tofield RCMP detachment where she failed the breath test twice on the intoxilyzer. The driver of the vehicle was subsequently

charged with Impaired Operation and will be attending court at a later date.

During the early morning hours of March 20, Tofield RCMP were dispatched to a suicidal male at a rural residence north of Ryley. Members attended and located both parties intoxicated. The male was bleeding from the head from headbutting a wall. The male

was transported to Tofield Medical Centre for treatment and taken to an alternate residence for the night. On March 21, at 3:30 a.m., members were dispatched to a male walking on the train tracks near Rge. Rd. 193. The complaint was made by the train engineer and he was concerned as to the male’s intentions. Extensive patrols were made to locate the male who was no longer in the area. No further complaints were received related to this event. During the night of March 21, Tofield RCMP members were asked to assist Fort Saskatchewan Continued on Page 5

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Requirements: • to work with victims of crime/trauma • office management/organizational skills • computer skills • strong interpersonal and problem solving skills • ability to work with minimum supervision and independently under stressful situations • ability to provide support, assistance and information to vicitms of crime or tragedy • ability to maintain confidentiality pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act • willingness to complete the following training within the first year of service: 1. Solicitor General Advocate Training Certificate 2. Solicitor General Coordinator Training 3. APBVSA Coordinator Training • post secondary education in human services social work, psychology an asset • must obtain Enhanced Security Clearance from the RCMP once selected • must possess a valid drivers license • must be at least 18 years of age • must be a Canadian Citizen or Landed Immigrant Previous experience working with Social Services or related field is an asset. Must be available to work from both the Tofield and Viking RCMP detachments.

Please submit resumes to: Beaver County Victim Services Attention: Personnel Committee P.O. Box 540 Tofield, AB T0B 4J0 Email: bcvictimservices@gmail.com Closing Date: April 9, 2020 - Only those selected will be interviewed.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ADOPTION OF THE RYLEY MUNICIPAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN BYLAW NO. 2020-935 The Village of Ryley wish to adopt a new Municipal Development Plan to address future land use and development, provision of transportation systems, environmental matters, and other matters related to the physical, social, and economic development. The Council for the Village of Ryley have scheduled a public hearing to consider arguments for and against the proposed bylaw to adopt the new MDP. The public hearing will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 7 p.m., in the Ryley Municipal Office. You are invited to attend the public hearing to express your views. A copy of the proposed bylaw is available at the Ryley Municipal Office during regular business hours or on-line at www.ryley.ca. If you wish to speak at the public hearing, please register in advance by contacting the Ryley Municipal Office, attention Glen Hamilton-Brown, CAO at 780-663-3653 or at cao@ryley.ca. Written submissions may be provided to council during the public hearing; however, it is requested that a copy of the written submission be delivered to Glen Hamilton-Brown, CAO, at the Ryley Municipal Office or by e-mail on or before 4:00 p.m., April 2, 2020. If you submit comments regarding the bylaw in writing, the information you provide may be made public, subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Glen Hamilton-Brown, Chief Administrative Officer Village of Ryley Box 230, 5005-50 St. Ryley, AB T0B 4A0


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Loose Ends: The chair of many colours

Carol Livingstone Tofield Mercury Columnist

While browsing Ontario antique shops back in 1973 we bought a china cabinet with a rounded glass front,

some carnival glass and crocks and a rocking chair with a shredded seat. We didn’t care that the cabinet wasn’t an antique; we just liked the way it looked. The chair, probably built in the 40s, and going by the amount of dust in the joints must have been stored in a granary. Of course Hubby took one look and said, ‘I can fix that.’ About a month ago, going nuts with no project to work on, and after too much time staring at

the forlorn and neglected rocker he decided it was time. I didn’t question why; I was just glad he wasn’t wearing ruts in the floors with his restless pacing. With very little knowledge of what was ahead, he took the whole thing apart; getting down to the nitty-gritty, mostly the gritty since all the joints were grimed with what looked like wheat dust. I got occasional reports as he dismembered it, learning more than I needed to about old-

RCMP report Continued from Page 4 RCMP members in locating a suicidal male in the area of Rge. Rd. 182 and Twp. Rd. 530. The male had access to firearms and was intoxicated. The same male was later located and taken to the hospital to be assessed under the Mental Health Act. No one was injured. Tofield RCMP members were dispatched to a family dispute in the early morning hours on March 22 at an apartment building located on 52 Ave. The two brothers had both been drinking heavily during the day and now were verbally fighting. Both were sent to their respective rooms for the night and there were no further complaints. Protect yourself and beware of: • Spoofed government, healthcare or research information; • Unsolicited calls,

emails and texts giving medical advice or requesting urgent action or payment; • If you didn’t initiate contact, you don't know who you’re communicating with; • Never respond or click on suspicious links and attachments; • Never give out your personal or financial details; • Unauthorized or fraudulent charities requesting money for victims, products or research; • Don’t be pressured into making a donation. Verify that the charity is registered; • High-priced or lowquality products purchased in bulk by consumers and resold for profit; • These items may be expired and/or dangerous to your health; • Questionable offers, such as – miracle cures, herbal remedies, vaccina-

tions, faster testing; • Fake and deceptive online ads, including cleaning products, hand sanitizers, and other items in high demand. Reported Scams Please note that fraudsters are posing as: • Cleaning or heating companies offering duct cleaning services or air filters to protect from COVID-19; • Local and provincial hydro/electrical power companies threatening to disconnect your power for non-payment; • Centres for Disease Control and Prevention or the World Health Organization offering fake lists for sale of COVID-19 infected people in your neighbourhood; • Public Health Agency of Canada giving false results saying you have been tested positive for COVID-19 and tricking you into confirming your

timey hot hide glue that modern glues won’t stick to – that proved incorrect which was good because not even Google could locate a source for hide glue. It was interesting to discover that the runners were not only different woods but different widths and lengths, stained differently as well. In fact there is such a variety of woods with different grains and stains making up the chair that I’ve christened it our chair of many

colours, or more accurately, 50 shades of brown. Hubby bought new veneer for the seat and made new matching runners; then the great stain hunt began. He wasn’t about to sand the whole thing down to bare wood(s) but finding a match for even one stain had him wishing for a degree in mixology; stains, not booze, although that might have helped as well. Just pick one a friend suggested; it was

already as dappled as an appaloosa so one more wouldn’t matter. So Hubby applied Golden Oak to the seat and walnut to the runners. Thank heaven. The perfect stain it would have robbed the chair of its unique personality. Now, where to put it? There’s no room upstairs, and no one will see it downstairs. Maybe we can hang it from the ceiling. Add some Christmas lights and call it a chandelier.

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EDITORIAL Kerry Anderson Tofield Mercury Publisher

A customer once said to me when I was pricing a print job for him, that he could have got the work done a little cheaper in the city but he thought it was worth more to have me do it for him. I thanked him, and then asked him what he meant. “I kind of like the convenience of having a printer just down the street, and by supporting you I help make sure you stay there,” he said. “Plus I know who to get hold of, if I have any problems.” I thought that was an excellent summation of why we should all shop locally as often as we can. Through this COVID-19 scare and isolation, with business closures and lost jobs, it is really im-

portant to remember how significant our local businesses and services are to us all. Look around at the number of businesses that have closed to protect their staff and customers from the contagious virus, and to cooperate by self-isolating to prevent its spread. Now picture these businesses not reopening, and how different our small towns would be without them: Imagine no place to grab a pizza, or a light bulb, or some bread, or gas, or parts for the swather. That’s already the reality for a lot of little towns. If your town still has these services, do your best to protect them. Support them during this crisis if they are still opened and appreciate how vital they are to us all. As for the essential services which remain open during the crisis because we simply can’t do without them – wow! Great job everyone. Thank you. Stores

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are bringing in products that maintain life, like food and drugs. Doctors and nurses and staff are treating the ill. Postal workers and media are delivering information to the sequestered public. Restaurants are still providing food either delivered, self pick up, or drive-through. EMS are still helping the ill or injured. Firefighters are still saving lives and property.

Service stations are still providing fuel. Nursing homes and auxiliaries are still caring for the elderly despite being in lockdown from visitors. Truckers and trains are still hauling goods, and warehouses are still storing items for stores. Phone companies are still offering communication. Municipalities are still providing water, collecting waste, and operating infrastruc-

ture. Power companies and utility service workers are still on duty keeping us warm even as Spring arrives. Of course there are many more services that I didn’t have room to mention. So, thank you too. The point is that tragedy and hardship are great opportunities to judge people’s character. If you see anyone benefitting from others’ grief, make a mental

note of it. If you see people helping others beyond what is expected of them, also take note. There is no place better to be during a crisis than in a small town. Neighbours helping neighbours, friends and acquaintances chipping in to lend a hand. A simple thank you is not only appreciated, but during economic hardship it is one of the things that’s free.

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Holden area woman pleads RCMP warns community guilty to manslaughter in death of her husband about scams Continued from Page 5 health card and credit card numbers for a prescription; • Red Cross and other known charities offering free medical products, such as masks for a donation; • Government departments sending out coronavirus-themed phishing emails tricking you into opening malicious attachments to reveal sensitive personal and financial details; • Financial advisors pressuring people to invest in hot new stocks related to the disease, and offering financial aid and/or loans to help you get through the shutdowns; • Door-to-door sales people selling household decontamination services Private companies offering fast COVID-19 tests for sale. Please note only

healthcare providers can perform the tests. No other tests are genuine or guaranteed to provide accurate results selling fraudulent products that claim to treat or prevent the disease. Unapproved drugs threaten public health and violate federal laws. Trusted resources and advice Reference the latest health information from these legitimate sources: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) website by the Public Health Agency of Canada; and Coronavirus disease (COVID19) outbreak website by the World Health Organization. Contact your insurance provider to answer any health insurance questions. Make sure you have anti-virus software installed and keep your operating system up to date.

A Holden area woman pled guilty to manslaughter in the death of her husband Miles Naslund in an Edmonton courtroom on Thursday, March 19. In the courtroom Helen Naslund, 58, admitted to shooting her husband in 2011 causing his death. Son Neil, 28, pleaded guilty to offering an indignity to a human body. In an agreed statement of facts, the mother and son then put the body in a large toolbox, welded it shut and sank it in a slough on the property. Miles Naslund’s car was crushed and buried on the farm, and two of his guns thrown into a nearby slough. After he was reported missing the next day, RCMP searched for the man's Chevy Cavalier. It wasn’t found until six years later when the

Major Crimes Unit took up the investigation after rumours spread of what had happened. This resulted in a search warrant being executed on the farm and an underwater team recovering the tool box and its contents. Helen and Neil Naslund were first charged with first degree murder, as well as offering an indignity to human remains. However, the court agreed to the lesser guilty plea of manslaughter by Helen Naslund and offering an indignity to human remains for Neil. The court heard mitigating circumstances concerning abuse, both physical and emotional, suffered by Helen Naslund and her sons at the hands of Miles Naslund. They are due to be sentenced on Oct. 30.

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WECAN Depot and Food Bank in operation Continued from Page 3 on Friday, April 3, with distribution on Thursday, April 16. According to Arnold, clients of TRA Food Bank will continue to be serv-

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iced as long as they have food supplies, and are able to distribute. “We have put measures in place to ensure the safety of both our clients and our volunteers,” Arnold noted. “We have even added a Wednesday afternoon pick up to spread our client appointments out. Our vol-

unteers continue to sanitize the carts before and after each use and the table is sanitized before and after each use.” Arnold added that volunteers wash their hands regularly, use hand sanitizer, and/or wear gloves when they are assembling hampers. At the moment clients

are allowed into the building, one at a time. They bag their own food in their own bags or boxes. “We are looking at improving our safety measures even further, but that information won’t be decided upon until later this week,” she said.

BYLAW No. 2020-934 BEING A BYLAW TO AMEND THE LAND USE BYLAW 2010-889 Pursuant to Sections 230, 606, and 692 of the Municipal Government Act, R.S.A. 2000, c. M-26, as amended, the Council of the Village of Ryley hereby gives notice of its intention to adopt Bylaw 2020-934. The purpose of Bylaw 2020-934 is to amend the land use district of: Pt. NE-5-50-17-W4 (LINC 0013119508) from the UR – Urban Reserve District to the C2 – Commercial (2) District, as shown on Schedule A. THEREFORE TAKE NOTICE THAT pursuant to Sections 230, 606 and 692 of the Municipal Government Act, R.S.A. 2000, c. M-26, as amended, a public hearing to consider the proposed Bylaw will be held: Date: April 7, 2020 Time: 7 p.m. Place: Ryley Municipal Office 5005-50 St. Ryley, AB T0B 4A0 FURTHER, TAKE NOTICE THAT anyone wishing to make a verbal or written representation may do so at the hearing by providing the representation to the Chief Administrative Officer before 12:00 p.m. on April 2, 2020. AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE THAT a copy of the proposed Bylaw may be inspected at the Ryley Municipal Office during normal business hours or on the website at www.ryley.ca. To obtain more information regarding the proposed Bylaw, please contact: Glen Hamilton-Brown, Chief Administrative Officer, Village of Ryley – Phone (780)663-3653.

Camrose County Agricultural Communications Committee 2020 Scholarship Scholarship Amount $1,000 Eligibility Requirements: • Students must be in Grade 10, 11, or 12, • Must be a resident of Camrose County, • Previous Camrose County scholarship award winners are ineligible, • Essay should be 1,000 to 1,500 words in length OR multimedia presentation should be 4 to 5 minutes in length. Selected Topics Please select from one of the following: 1. How can agriculture feed the world? What is the importance of technology and biotechnology in food production? (ex. GMOs, cloning, drones, tissue culture etc.) 2. Name the Agricultural Societies in Camrose County and discuss the impact Agricultural Societies have in our rural communities? 3. Compare the benefits of eating plant-based protein versus the benefits of animal-based protein? Please reference people interviewed or research material used for your essay, video or power point presentation. Submit entries to:

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County council discusses COVID-19 at telemeeting Patricia Harcourt COVID-19 was top of mind for Beaver County councillors meeting via teleconference on Thursday, March 19. As of that date, County CAO Bob Beck reported that the county has no employees with symptoms of the virus which has caused a global pandemic. "Every day we are still trying to analyze how it (the virus) would affect us," said Beck, who admitted that administration didn't have any more knowledge than any other local governments. The situation "evolves on a day to day basis," he said. A county employee recently returned from a trip abroad is in self-isolation for two weeks, and another is staying home with seasonal flu. Division 5 Councillor reported some "good news," in that a Beaver Emergency Services Commission (BESC) employee who had been ill tested negative for the virus.

Pederson praised the work of the food bank and FCSS in his division, including dealing with increased needs by the local area residents. Referring to Viking/Beaver FCSS Director Dawn Chrystian, he said: "She is to be commended on how she is handling things." While the food bank in Viking remains open, both FCSS offices in Viking and Tofield are closed to the public although employees are still receiving calls and emails, and doing other work while practicing social distancing. Deputy Reeve Gene Hrabec (Division 3), who is BESC chair, praised Regional Emergency Manager Allan Weiss and FCSS Director Chrystian, who are operating out of the same building in Viking along with the food bank. "They are fielding all the phone calls and people at the door," he said. "Both managers there have been outstanding." Hrabec said that, even though facilities under the Beaver Foundation are basically on lockdown, "they still

have their daily operations to do," and are fielding questions from people on how to contact their loved ones in the seniors facilities. He noted that there is stress for seniors who can't see their loved ones. Staying in touch can be difficult without having WIFI in the facilities which he called "too expensive" for the foundation to supply, and staff have asked families to give residents phones to communicate with. And he commended staff from the seniors' facilities for returning home and self-isolating for 14 days, "before it was even mandatory." He also noted that the managers "are putting in a lot of work." As for BESC, Hrabec said that the commission still needs a final budget approved. "We still have to go ahead for the sake of the municipal and provincial regulations." Regarding the pandemic, Hrabec felt that "Alberta is the leader in North America." And he didn't see the benefit of taking extra steps as a

county since there are no local cases of the disease, and local hospitals "have sufficient capacity," to deal with any that do occur. He noted that ambulance calls are down in the area and the RCMP is now fully staffed. As well, "the fire departments are all healthy," and are limited to essential practice with fire calls also down although requests for fire permits are on the rise. The firefighters are taking online courses on dealing with crisis and pandemics. Reeve Jim Kallal (Division 2) reported he was on his eighth day of self-isolating after coming home from a vacation and had "no symptoms to date." As for the joint council meeting that had been scheduled with other local municipalities for March 27, a motion was passed to postpone until the audited statements from BESC and Beaver Foundation were received. Hrabec said that postponing would have value in allowing time for additional information to be added to the meeting.

Council reflects on BRSD school closures Patricia Harcourt Division 1 Councillor Kevin Smook brought the issue of school closures to the teleconference meeting of Beaver County councillors March 19. Battle River School Board voted just that morning to close the elementary school at Holden and move the Holden students to Ryley School. Ryley's Grade 10-12 high school will be dissolved and its 35 students "reallocated." The Holden and Ryley schools would be consolidated into one K-9 school at Ryley, and the Holden School closed. The board also ruled to close the 48 students Allan Johnstone School (K9) in Hardisty, but kept the K-9 school in Round Hill open serving 86 students. At a previous meeting, Smook had

spoke in favour of lobbying the Education Minister and Camrose MLA in an effort to keep the two Beaver County schools open. With board's decision now made, he did not have a plan going forward. "I'm not sure what we can do or where we go from here but this does impact Beaver County students," said Smook. The county voted March 4 in a split decision not to lobby the government or politicians. In favour of lobbying were Smook and Division 4 Councillor Barry Bruce. In favour of waiting to see how the BRSD board voted, basically loathe to pique government officials prior to the decision, were Reeve Jim Kallal (Division 2), Deputy Reeve Gene Hrabec (Division 3) and Councillor Dale Pederson (Division 5). Bruce argued that waiting until a

decision had been made was akin to trying to get the horses back in the barn once they had escaped. At the March 19 meeting, Bruce said he spoke with a Division 4 resident who is considering home schooling rather than putting their child on a very long bus ride to another school. "They are very disappointed in the school board decision and I can't blame them," he said, adding the caller pointed out that all of a sudden there seems to be a lot of money to find the coronavirus, which is needed, but where was that money when the parents asked for help for their schools. Councillor Dale Pederson (Division 5) said he had "nothing to offer now" after the decision. Hrabec, who opposed lobbying, said he was told that one of the rea-

sons for closing Ryley High School was its inability to offer sports. However, he pointed out that the school's senior basketball team finished number one in the province this year, but couldn't attend provincials due to the coronavirus outbreak cancelling sporting events. He said the trend to centralizing schools doesn't seem like such a good idea with the coronavirus situation. "We should be talking to the school boards," he said, adding he "questions their reasoning now…I can't get more passionate than that without using a few playground words." "It's very upsetting for the people in the county," said Kallal. "Round Hill is looked at as being more of a school of excellence," focusing on agriculture. The closures are effective as of the end of school in June.


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Council discusses future strategy for meetings Patricia Harcourt Beaver County Council discussed future strategy going forward in light of novel coronavirus COVID19 forcing the closure of the administrative office in Ryley to limit contact with the public (social distancing). Council met via teleconference call March 19 as part of the county's initial moves to be responsible with social distancing. It was noted by CAO Bob Beck that it was only possible to deal with rudimentary topics at a telemeeting, calling this type of meeting "tough to do." Special councils held with the same format are scheduled for March 24 and 26. But Beck suggested that a regular style meeting could be held at the Ryley Hall for April 1 where there would be room for councillors to keep their distance from one another, and "get some business done…because it's pretty tough." Division 5's Councillor Dale Pederson agreed, provided council follows Alberta Health guidelines. "I see no reason why we can't proceed to a full meeting," he said, and "bring your own lunch." Barry Bruce (Division 4

Councillor) said he was healthy but wondered what to do should a councillor develop sniffles or cough. To that, Reeve Jim Kallal (Division 2) cautioned: "Don't show up to a public meeting." "If it's a zero tolerance, that's great," replied Bruce. "But everyone should know before we go (to a meeting)." Hrabec also cautioned that a face to face meeting should be contingent on there being no major spread of the coronavirus locally, "because stopping the spread of local transmission is a concern." He noted that "it is possible they (province) could announce that no meetings are allowed," he said. But Kallal said the April 1 date "sounds logical" and would be past the 14 day limit of self-isolation he was undergoing with wife, Peggy. Until then, the council could continue with teleconferencing. Beck said he will be teleconferencing with the provincial government to get guidelines on what can be dealt with via telephone meetings, such as land use bylaws. In the meantime, there will be two teleconference meetings next week, followed by an in-person meeting April 1.

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County takes reeve's advice about roads Patricia Harcourt Beaver County Reeve Jim Kallal (Division 2) convinced the rest of county council March 19 that the Minister of Transportation should be written to complain about the condition of local highways 834 and 14. Highway 834 is a secondary highway which is currently the high load corridor running through Tofield's east side. Highway 14 is the county's east-west corridor carrying large numbers of trucks and high loads from Tofield to Viking and beyond. "It's dangerous, very dangerous," said Kallal, who appeared to back off after putting forth a motion, not wanting to "step out of the tracers"

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and upset the Minister. "Minister (Rick) McIvor won't be upset by this," said CAO Bob Beck, adding the McIvor was likely expecting letters like this "from all over the province." Kallal said the frost coming out of the ground is creating "bad potholes" that he considered so bad they were unsafe. He also wanted to know whether the province was going to proceed with the realignment of Highway 834, which now runs past an elementary school in Tofield while heading north. "I would like to see something addressed about this portion of the highway and 834," he said. A motion to write the letter addressing these concerns was passed unanimously.

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EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY AND UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE Beaver County recognizes the seriousness of the coronavirus outbreak and our top priority is the health and safety of our community and staff. We are taking the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the virus and are limiting staff interaction with the public.

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY AND UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, the Beaver County Services Centre and Transportation Shop will be CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC. Staff will continue to work in the office and provide the essential services our residents need. Please check the County’s website at www.beaver.ab.ca for access to on-line forms, information regarding methods of payment, etc.  You may also reach staff at the Services Centre at 780-663-3730. Most, if not all, of your questions or concerns can be addressed on-line or by speaking with a staff member on the phone.  County staff are available and happy to assist you with any questions you have regarding County services, applications, payment of accounts, etc. For more information regarding COVID-19, please refer to Alberta Health Services’ website at https://albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16944.aspx or the Alberta Government’s website at https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-foralbertans.aspx. Thank you for respecting the health and safety of our employees and for helping prevent the spread of this virus.  Your patience is appreciated.

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Dust Control In 2020 Beaver County has discontinued the subsidy program and residents will pay 100% of the product cost. The County reserves the right to maintain the sites in a manner suitable to the Public Works Department.  Residents desiring Spring applications of dust control on the County road adjacent to their property must apply by 11:59pm, April 15, 2020 to: Beaver County 5120 – 50 St Box 140 Ryley, AB  T0B 4A0 Please note: Applications post marked before or on April 15, 2020 will be accepted. Applications may also be paid at the Beaver County Service Centre or over the phone using VISA or M/C, however applications must be submitted first. You may call the office to have an application sent by mail.

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NOTICE OF RESCHEDULED PUBLIC HEARINGS As Beaver County continues to monitor the coronavirus outbreak, our commitment to the health and safety of our community and our staff remains our top priority. County Council and staff will be diligently practicing “social distancing” to prevent the spread of the virus, and have therefore cancelled the March 20, 2020 Council meeting and public hearings. The following hearings will be rescheduled: Bylaw 20-1078 - Road closure of Plan 146ET in NW 30-48-14-W4 in the Hamlet of Bruce, and Bylaw 20-1080 - Adoption of the Strathcona/Beaver Intermunicipal Development Plan At this time, a new date for the public hearings has not been set. Please refer to the Chronicle or the County website for updates. Proper notice will be given and you will have the opportunity to express your views at the rescheduled public hearing. We appreciate your patience during this difficult time. Questions may be directed to Kim Vana, Development Officer (kvana@beaver.ab.ca) or Margaret Jones, Assistant CAO (mjones@beaver.ab.ca).


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positive presentations. “Our mandate in the BRSD is to make sure all students are giving the opportunities to receive a complete education and at the same time be fiscally responsible.” Erickson indicated that he would be basing his decision on what he thinks is best for all BRSD students. Erickson said he looked at programming, financing, utilization rates, and bus travel times, taking all into consideration. “I’m going to be basing my decisions, for the most part, on what I believe is the most important thing for our students, and that is going to turn out to be front line workers. I believe that education comes from the people in front of the students, and that is more important to me as a person. “They are tough decisions. We know the fiscal realities of the next three years and it’s a tough, tough, tough decision.” The motion to close Round Hill School was defeated, it will remain open. As the next motion was being introduced, to relocate Grades 10 through 12 at Ryley School, and the consolidation of Ryley and Holden School at one school site, serving Kindergarten through Grade 9, Hempberger asked for an amendment to the motion, asking to make Ryley School to have K through Grade 12. Clarification had her confirm that she was asking for Ryley students from K to 12 be consolidated with Holden School, leaving the high school open. Laurie Skori, another BRSD board member noted that a high school program with 30 kids would be “extremely hard to deliver,” saying she was not in favour of the motion, citing staffing issues. I don’t think it’s doable, I don’t think it’s good for students.” Erickson, too, spoke against the amendment,

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citing other high schools in the division where students were leaving small high schools seeking more core courses and options. He expressed concern that he feels Ryley students are already making the decision to go to high school elsewhere. and would continue to do so. Albrecht said he would support the motion, because it keeps families in one school, taking away the potential to put students in two schools 30 miles apart, sayinjg that parents may choose to send younger students to the same school as their high school student attended. The amendment to Ryley/Holden Schools proposed motion, to close Ryley High School 10-12 and consolidate K-9 at one school site, but instead consolidate K-12 at one school site, was defeated. The original motion was then considered, dealing with consolidation and the closure of the high school, but not, in this motion, where the consolidated site would be. Skori again spoke, this time in favour of the motion, citing reduced division funding as a factor in her decision. She expressed her concerns about keeping the Ryley

They are tough decisions. We know the fiscal realities of the next three years and it’s a tough, tough, tough decision. High School open, regarding reduced staff and reduced options available for students should it remain open. Skori closed her statement by saying that no one wants to close schools but that two communities sharing two schools was no longer viable. Albrecht said he reviewed presentations both from and to the board regarding consolidation, and made a detailed case for consolidation, but for Grades K through 12 instead of K through 9. “Keeping siblings together in one facility, K12, makes most sense. They can keep an eye on each other and when there is issues, parents to schools 30 miles apart trying to gather kids.” He said he was worried about student retention if parents had a high school

student 30 miles away from their elementary or junior high siblings. He also expressed a concern that the decision was being made too soon in terms of Ryley enrollment numbers in the high school. “This is one of the years when we are considering this that there is the lowest high school enrollment. From the numbers I have seen projected that they are showing modest increases over the next few years that will put them on par with other schools in the division that are not under threat of closure or relocation.” Albrecht brought up the issue of continuity, adding that having all students in one place made it easier for educators to share information about individual students making the jump from elementary to junior high, and from junior high to high school. He also spoke about some things he’s been looking at personally, citing video conferencing as a way for students to access courses, suggesting that divisions or other schools could share the teaching costs with this method of instruction. Albrecht closed his remarks with: “So that’s why I feel with all these benefits listed and the support of the communi-

ties and student councils, that this proposal is fine, but it needs to include from K to 12 in the points listed. Erickson then pointed out that the K-12 motion had been defeated, and clarified that the present motion was to consolidate K-9 and close Ryley High School. Erickson said, “I would like to echo once again that if you have more students in a high school the opportunities for those [students] increase and the number of programs and the opportunities to take core subjects does increase and I still believe that we do have students choosing to leave their high schools for those reasons.” He later added, “If you look at consolidation of the two different schools, in my mind, the board has to consider we could have had the opportunity to close both schools. There is room in adjacent schools to handle all of those students, and if it was totally an economic decision, I think that would be like a ‘no brainer.’ “I think if we put these schools together, I hope it gives these communities an opportunity to hang on for a longer time to keep the school open, I hope.” Valerie Sims, Trustee

for Camrose City, said, “In looking at all the facts, I believe that these are both good communities, and I think that the situation that we are looking at is combining to keep the kids together as much as possible so that we don’t have to look at two schools.” A motion to relocate Ryley High School 10-12 students, and to consolidate Ryley and Holden Schools into one K-9 school site was passed. The next motion, to close Holden School was then on the floor. Erickson said he looked at the students attending, noting that 62 per cent of the students came from Ryley, and that there was a recommendation made that the Ryley School was in better shape, which he also took into consideration, as well as capacity, at 313. “Based on that I thought that Ryley was the better choice.” Belich said when she looked through the reports she went with the recommendation. Severson said he considered Ryley to be the more viable location taking into account that the Ryley Pool is within walking distance. The board passed the motion to close the Holden School and consolidate the two schools into the Ryley School site.


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SNOW GOOSE CHASE 2011: Naturalist John Acorn (far left), and Junior Warden leader Treva Piekema (second from left) poses with members of the Tofield Snow Geese Junior Forest Wardens during the Snow Goose Chase fun at the Tofield Hall. This image appeared in The Tofield Mercury dated May 3, 2011.

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_________________________ EMPLOYMENT EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES OPPORTUNITIES RETIRED GENTLEMAN FOR tasks/light ranch work this spring. Trial contract about: 18 hrs/wk for 6 weeks or condensed. Northern Alberta. Room available. 780-5125120. _________________________ JOURNALISTS, GRAPHIC ARTISTS, Marketing and more. Alberta's weekly newspapers are looking for people like you. Post your resume online. FREE. V i s i t http://awna.com/resumes_add. _________________________ FEEDAND AND SEED FEED SEED CERTIFIED SEED. Wheat Go Early, Pintail, AAC Penhold. Oats - AC Morgan, AC Mustang, Derby, SO1 Super Oat. Barley - Busby, Cerveza, CDC Austenson, CDC Maverick, Sundre. Very Early Yellow Pea. Forage Peas. Polish Canola. Spring Triticale. mastinseeds.com. 403-5562609. _________________________ EARLY VARIETIES. Want to be finished combining in August? Go early HRS Wheat, Busby & Sundre Barley, AAC Peace River Field Peas (earliest yellow pea). Early One Polish Canola (one month earlier); mastinseeds.com. 403-5562609.

COLOUR THIS PICTURE These blanket classified ads are produced through a joint agreement by The Community Press, Viking Weekly Review, Lamont Leader, Tofield Mercury and Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association (AWNA). These ads appear in all AWNA member papers (120 papers) for the cost of $269.00 (+gst) for the first 25 words, $8.00 per word over 25. To place a blanket classified, call a CARIBOU PUBLISHING representative at 780-385-6693 or email ads@thecommunitypress.com.

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HAY & GRAZING TENDERS. Ducks Unlimited Canada is now accepting tenders for grazing on its projects. Visit ducks.ca/albertahaygraze for locations of properties available for 2020 in Alberta. _________________________ WANTED WANTED WANTED: OLD TUBE AUDIO Equipment. 40 years or older. Amplifiers, Stereo, Recording and Theatre Sound Equipment. Hammond Organs, any condition. Call Toll-Free 1-800-9470393.

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Since this is also our spring break and we’re back to school next week, I’m reading, baking, and preparing freezer meals. I’m also facetiming and catching up with family and friends, and spending time with my kids. It’s important to unwind, and I will focus on school work after the break. I’ve also been playing cards, doing puzzles, and enjoying the hot tub and massage chair, besides getting some walks around the golf course. So far, I’ve read ‘Beartown’, ‘Educated’, and I am just breaking into ‘A House in the Sky.’

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KEVIN SMOOK BEAVER COUNTY COUNCILLOR

I am taking this opportunity to sort through files and paperwork, and spend quality time with Sheila. JANICE MUENCH TOFIELD SCHOOL PRINCIPAL 20034DG0


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Fortunately for myself, I have the opportunity to work from home while being in self-isolation. I have a couple of laptops and a notebook on the go as well as boxes of paperwork delivered from my office. Since being home and put in selfisolation, I am thankful for friends, family, neighbours and our local IGA for dropping off supplies on our front step – it is sort of like a new game of knock-a-door-ginger! I have been participating in several conference call meetings, virtual meetings along with keeping in touch regularly with administration at the Town office to discuss concerns or provincial / federal updates, as this situation is changing daily if not hourly. Staying in touch with neighbouring municipalities in regard to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and sharing any precautions taken over and above the provincial / federal guidelines. Received emails and comments from concerned residents/business

For EVERGREEN Rejuvenation Project

Free Evergreen Seedlings Camrose County is offering free evergreen seedlings to be planted only into native tree stands (no ornamental plantings) within Camrose County. These seedlings will provide years of beautiful scenery in their natural setting. If you would like to be a part of this project, call Agricultural Services at (780) 672-4765, stop by at 4728-41 Street, Camrose, or visit www.county.camrose.ab.ca An application form will need to be filled out and tree limits will be in effect. Anyone interested will need to complete the form by April 30 for mid-May delivery.

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owners regarding people who are choosing not to recognize the requirement for 14-day self-isolation when returning from out of country. This is not acceptable and people have to realize they are putting a lot of other people at risk, including their own children, grandchildren, parents or grandparents. Do the responsible thing and STAY HOME! DEB DUECK MAYOR OF TOFIELD

FOR SALE BY TENDER Pastureland The following parcels of land is hereby offered for sale by tender, subject to the reservations, exceptions, and other encumbrances contained in the existing certificates of title: NE 30-48-13-W4, contains 160 acres SE 30-48-13-W4, contains 160 acres Property Includes: good fencing, government dugout, well-pump and windmill, two (2) corrals Tenders may be for one or both of the above listed parcels. All tenders must be in writing and include a deposit of $10,000.00 per parcel payable to Knaut Johnson Francoeur. Tenders will be accepted up to 12:00 noon on April 1, 2020 in a sealed envelope marked “Miciak Tender” to the offices of: KNAUT JOHNSON FRANCOEUR Barristers & Solicitors Box 295 5314 - 50 Street Viking, AB T0B 4N0 Phone: (780) 336-3332 (The Viking Office is open 10:00 to 3:30 on Wednesdays only.)

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KNAUT JOHNSON FRANCOEUR Barristers & Solicitors 4925 - 51 Street Camrose, AB T4V 1S4 Attention: David R. Francoeur Phone: (780) 672-5561

The balance of the purchase price to be paid by solicitorʼs trust cheque or certified funds on or before April 30, 2020 (“Closing Date”). No conditional tenders will be allowed and the highest or any tender for any parcel may not necessarily be accepted. Tenders will not be opened in public. Tender price excludes GST. Purchaser is responsible for all costs associated with registration of the Transfer. Vendor makes no warranties or representations about the propertyʼs size/measurement, condition or environmental status. If the successful tenderer fails to complete the purchase after acceptance of that tender, their deposit shall be forfeited. Any unsuccessful tenderers will have their deposit returned by regular mail. For further particulars please contact Irvin at 780-467-3614.

Camrose County Agricultural Services 780-672-4765 4728-41 Street, Camrose

This tender may also be viewed on the Knaut Johnson Francoeur website: www.kjf-law.ca


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