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Curt Anderson of the “Team Canada” entry into Sunday’s BBQ Cook Off at the Jasper Legion prepared souvlaki while wearing this modest barbecue apron with a strategically placed maple leaf. For more on the inaugural event, please see page 7. ROBSON FLETCHER PHOTO


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After a twoyear wait, Anglican Art Auction returns By ROBSON FLETCHER Editor

It only comes every second year, it brings in crucial funding for a local landmark, and it’s one of your best opportunities to purchase high-quality art at below-retail prices. It’s the Jasper Anglican Church Art Auction and it returns starting tomorrow, Aug. 3. “It’s not like an art fundraiser in the city,” said Mountain Galleries owner Wendy Wacko, who created the auction 18 years ago and donates much of the artwork that’s up for sale. “The things don’t go for their market value, but we don’t care,” Wacko said. “It’s a donation and whatever we raise, we raise.” The funds raised have historically been quite significant for the church. Retired rector David Prowse said Jasper Anglican has come to rely on the money the auction brings in every second year. “That’s what has kept the parish viable for the last dozen years, at least,” he said. The money is used to support everything f rom chu rch ope r at ion s t o ongoi ng


Wendy Wacko (front left), Dianna Crayston (front right) and former rector David Prowse (standing) pose with some of the pieces of art that were sold at the last Jasper Anglican Church Art Auction, in 2010.

maintenance on its historic building at the corner of Miette Avenue and Geikie Street. Prowse said the amount of money raised has typically grown with each auction. “The overall bidding has been gradually increasing, in spite of the economy,” he said. This will be the first auction for current Anglican rector Julio Martin, who joined the church in September 2010, but he has already seen the impact past auctions have had on the church’s financial situation. “I noticed in the years when we do not have the art auction, we are relying on the income from the previous year,” he said. Wacko said there will be about 40 pieces in this year’s auction, with about half donated from Mountain Galleries and half

donated directly by artists, themselves. “Some of my artists have been really generous this year,” she said. “We’re going to have an outstanding collection, including a couple of really valuable carvings.” Wacko came up with the idea of the auction 18 years ago, after her mother passed away. At that time, she said there weren’t as many government and institutional supports for palliative care but the Anglican Church stepped in to fill the void. “My mom was very ill in her 60s and the prognosis was not good so we brought her to Jasper for her final days,” Wacko said. “She was here for about three months, and without asking, the Anglican minister at the time was David Griffin, and he was there for me every day, every day. She needed 24-hour care the last month and because of the help I had from the church, my mom was only in the hospital for the last three days, because I had all the support I needed

to keep her in the house.” Wacko said before her mom died, she asked that a donation be made to the church to thank them for all the support they had provided. “I said I’ll do better than that. I said I’ll do an auction and we’ll keep it going,” Wacko recalled. “And as long as I’m able, I’ll keep doing it. It’s sort of a big thank you to the church, and it’s a tribute to my mom, and it feels good to do it.” Wacko said “every penny” raised from the auction goes to the church, as everything is 100-per-cent donated. The items will be on display in the church building for the next week and a half, and the church will open its doors throughout the day and evening for viewing and bidding. The auction wraps up Sunday evening, Aug. 12.

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Rodeo returns for 86th year By NICOLE VEERMAN Reporter/Photographer

Giddy up! Dust off your cowboy hat, shine your belt buckle, squeeze into your Wranglers and saddle up for the Jasper Heritage Rodeo. The annual event kicks off on Monday, Aug. 13 with the Jeans and Beans Affair, a fundraiser for the Jasper Park Chamber of Commerce. FILE PHOTOS As the name suggests, the all-day The Jasper Heritage Rodeo returns this month, beginning with the Jeans and Beans Affair, a fundraiser for the Jasper Park Chamber of shindig will include a bean lunch or dinner, Commerce, on Aug. 13. Professional rodeo events begin on Wednesday, Aug. 15 and continue until Aug. 18. These photos are from last your choice, and everyone’s encouraged to yearʼs rodeo. don their best Western digs. Performing between noon and midnight “Our rodeo history goes back to 1926 in will be there to perform, providing plenty of This is the Jasper Heritage Rodeo’s 22nd will be t wo count r y acts: Moonshine this park in one form or another. opportunities to show off your two-steppin’ year as a professional rodeo, and its 86th Marmalade and Jessica Dale. “The rodeo here didn’t come out of the skills, and there will also be an opportunity year in existence. “The bands will play until they can play traditional ranching community like you to win two tickets to the Canadian Finals Originally, the rodeo was held outdoors no more,” said chamber executive director have in Southern Alberta. It came out of the Rodeo in Edmonton. at what is now the Whistlers Campground. Pattie Pavlov. The prize, which includes accommodation According to the Jasper Heritage Rodeo outfitters and guides in this park,” he said. Rodeo week will continue on Wednesday, To keep that history alive, each year at the Edmonton Sawridge Inn, will be behind website,, it Aug. 15 with a stick pony parade beginning the Jasper Heritage Rodeo honours one lock and key. made the move indoors in 1977 when the at the Jasper Activity Centre at 10 a.m. outfitter or guide who brought the rodeo to And the key, will be hidden inside one of Jasper Curling Club took over the event. Youth from the out of school care program Jasper and kept the Western spirit here in the 100s of balloons that will, at some point The Jasper Lions Club became involved will gallop their way around town on the Rocky Mountains. in 1985 and in 1991 the rodeo became a during the evening, fall from the ceiling. handmade ponies they constructed the “It’s a riot when all these balloons come professional event. This year, John Ward Sr., commonly day before. “The purpose behind the rodeo is to down and you just hear ‘Pop, pop, pop!’” known as Cactus, will be honoured. The professional rodeo events will begin “Friday night we bring him in by carriage Pattie Pavlov said of the mad rush to find help generate funds for other groups and that evening and carry on through to Saturday, and introduce him and his family to the one of the five hidden keys. “But only one community efforts,” said Stephen Pavlov, Aug. 18, running from 7 to 9 p.m. each night. audience,” said Stephen Pavlov. noting that last year the rodeo gave $11,000 key fits the lock.” Each night, the show will open with the Rodeo tickets will be on sale Wednesday back to the community. The final day of the rodeo, Saturday, Rocky Mountain Riders performing a drill the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department will through Saturday. From noon until 4 p.m., “It’s a lot of fun for everybody involved, in the dark. be flipping and serving flapjacks in the they’ll be available in the lobby of the but by the same token, it’s a wonderful way “They do a spectacular show for our fire hall parking lot from 9 to 11 a.m. All Athabasca Hotel, and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. to put back into the community.” opening,” said Stephen Pavlov, president of of the proceeds from the breakfast will go they’ll be for sale at the door. the rodeo. “They do a full drill on horseback toward the Edmonton Burn Unit. using glow sticks on the horses, so it looks Then, after breakfast, the arena will like ghosts in the dark. All you see are little be open early for the ATCO Li’l Britches hooves moving and maybe just the outlines Corral, which begins at noon. There will be of the riders and the horses.” face painting, horseback rides, games and Thursday night is family night, with a crafts for children of all ages, and at 2 p.m., special rate for a family of four. when the corral closes up, a bike will be Then, Friday is heritage night. raffled off to one lucky cowboy or girl. “We’ve called ourselves the Jasper The rodeo will wrap up that evening Heritage Rodeo and that’s what we’re really with a dance in the curling rink. trying to showcase,” said Stephen Pavlov. Canadian country star Codie Prevost

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INBRIEF Preliminary hearing in murder case set for spring 2013

A preliminary hearing in Jasper’s first murder case in decades has been set for next spring. Cody Kyle Jensen stands accused of stabbing Kenzie John Beaton at the Tonquin Inn on Jan. 28. Jensen was arrested shortly after the incident and Beaton died later that day. The case has come up in Jasper court half a dozen times since then, each time being delayed while lawyers prepared evidence. When the case came up again on July 26, sufficient preparation had been completed and the preliminary hearing was scheduled. A special sitting of the Jasper court is now set for April 29 to May 4, 2013 to host the hearing. Preliminary hearings, according to Alberta Justice, are “held to see whether there is enough evidence to justify sending the case to trial.” If the provincial court judge presiding over the hearing determines there is sufficient evidence, the judge will then order the accused to stand trial in the Court of Queen’s Bench. Jensen remains out of custody on $5,000 bail.

Man drowns at Pyramid Lake A 50-year-old man from Grande Prairie drowned at Pyramid Lake on Sunday after taking off his life jacket and jumping off a paddle boat, according to police. Jasper RCMP said the man was with his family on the paddle boat and simply wanted to go for a swim. Shortly after entering the water, he indicated he was suffering from cramps and was clearly in distress. Police said a canoeist in the area attempted to save the man by approaching him and handing him a paddle to grab onto, but that was unsuccessful. The man slipped under the surface and drowned. Divers with the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department later located the man’s body at the bottom of the lake.

Hinton armed robbery suspect faces more charges

A suspect in a Hinton armed robbery who was arrested by Jasper RCMP last month is now facing additional charges relating to separate armed robberies in Grande Prairie. Police formally laid charges against Saed Ahmed Siddiqui, 27, in relation to convenience store robberies that occurred on July 5 in Grande Prairie and July 7 in Beaverlodge. With respect to those incidents, Siddiqui, a Grande Prairie resident, has been charged with theft with a weapon, intent to commit an indictable offence while wearing a mask, carrying a weapon for the purpose of committing an offence and failure to comply with conditions of a recognizance. Siddiqui is also facing charges related to an armed robbery at Escape Clothing Store in Hinton on July 17. He was arrested by Jasper and Hinton RCMP on Highway 16 near Talbot Lake later that day. Also arrested was 32-year-old Vanessa Leona Jordan, who was travelling in the vehicle with Siddiqui. With respect to the Hinton robbery, Siddiqui was charged with armed robbery, wearing a disguise with the intent to commit an offence, possession of stolen property over $5,000, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public, and five counts of breach of recognizance. Jordan, meanwhile, was charged as an accessory after the fact in the armed robbery and for possession of stolen property over $5,000 in relation to the stolen vehicle. The pair had a court date scheduled for Aug. 1 in Hinton. Siddiqui also had a July 30 court date in Grande Prairie relating to the charges he faces there.


The 2012 Experience Canadian Heritage Rivers System (CHRS) photo contest is now underway, and you can enter until Oct. 31. The CHRS is a co-operative program between the federal, territorial, and provincial governments. The program was established in 1984 to conserve rivers with outstanding natural, cultural and recreational heritage, to give them national recognition, and to encourage the public to enjoy and appreciate them. The photo contest is held in partnership between the CHRS program and Canoeroots & Family Camping magazine. To enter, simply submit images of any of the 42 rivers in the Canadian Heritage Rivers System. The Athabasca River in Jasper National Park is a Canadian Heritage River, and you can enter in any of four categories: • Category 1 – Canadian Heritage Rivers and Families:

Enter your best pictures of families and children enjoying Canadian Heritage Rivers. • Category 2 – Canadian Heritage Rivers and Nature: Enter your best scenic shots of the natural beauty of Canadian Heritage Rivers. • Category 3 – Canadian Heritage Rivers and Cities: Enter your photos capturing the excitement of Canadian Heritage Rivers in urban settings. • Category 4 – Canadian Heritage Rivers and Adventure: Send in your best photos of the adventures you’ve taken on Canadian Heritage Rivers. Winning photos will be published online and in Canoeroots magazine and will tour across Canada in the Reel Paddling Film Festival. First, second and third place prizes, including a $500 Black Feather Wilderness Program gift certificate and a Parks Canada Family Discovery Pass, are available in each category. For more information on the contest, visit www. ~ Parks Canada

Nine years old, 233 kilometres, no problem By ROBSON FLETCHER Editor

Drive down the Icefields Parkway on any given day during the summer and you’re likely to encounter a cyclist riding between Jasper and Lake Louise. It’s not too often, though, that you see a nine-year-old take on the 233-kilometre route. Miles Diduck rides his mountain bike just for fun at the skate But that’s exactly what Miles Diduck did in July, setting park in Jasper. ROBSON FLETCHER PHOTO out on the long-distance journey just days after his ninth birthday. near Bow Summit. With his dad riding alongside for most of the way, his “It’s a bit tight there with the buses and the motorhomes,” mom driving the family car, and his grandma and grandpa she said. following in a motorhome, Miles pedalled his young heart So how did Miles get the idea to take on the Icefields out for three and a half days, stopping to camp each night Parkway in the first place? on the way to Lake Louise. “We were driving back one day and I saw this guy, like “I wanted to do it in three days,” Miles lamented a Tour de France guy, and he was riding to Lake Louise,” afterwards, in an interview with the Fitzhugh. he explained. His mother, Dani, reminded him that they needed to stop Seeing the professional-looking rider cruising along and rest for the final night at Mosquito Creek Campground, the highway, Miles figured he could do the same. He said just 24 kilometres short of Lake Louise. he never had any doubt that he would finish the route but “Otherwise it would have been a 90k day,” she said. when he finally reached his destination, it came with quite “I was wanting it be a 90k day,” Miles replied. the sense of accomplishment. Indeed, the young rider probably could have handled the “I felt pretty impressed,” he said. “Of course, my dad extra distance, with energy to spare. Dani admitted that, by rewarded me with a two-scoop ice cream.” the way he played with his little brother at the campground But, Miles isn’t one to rest on his laurels. He’s already that night, you’d never guess he had just knocked off more sizing up his next long-distance ride. than 200 kilometres of mountain highway cycling. “My next goal is Banff,” he said. “Maybe after that I can Miles said the toughest part of the ride was Tangle take the long route to Lake Louise.” Hill. His mom said the most nerve-wracking part was Clockwise from top left: On day 1, Miles Diduck rode 75 kilometres from Jasper to Jonas Creek Campground; on day 2, Miles proceeded 65 kilometres up Tangle Hill (his hardest climb), past the Columbia Icefield and on to Rampart Creek Campground; on day 3, he rode another 65 kilometres, passing Saskatchewan Crossing, making his way up to the Bow Summit and then down to Mosquito Creek Campground; on day 4, it was a quick 28 kilometres down to Lake Louise to complete the 233-kilometre journey. SUBMITTED PHOTOS



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QUOTE OF THE WEEK “Itʼs a lot of fun for everybody involved, but by the same token, itʼs a wonderful way to put back into the community.”

Steamboat passengers waiting on a dock. PHOTO COURTESY OF VALEMOUNT HISTORIC SOCIETY


Jasper Heritage Rodeo president Stephen Pavlov


s soon as they had tied up the canoe and were back on dry land again, Sam and Joe pushed their way through the crowd towards their foreman. “What’s going on?” asked Joe to one of the men at the gathering. The man’s answer came as a shock to the men whose ears were perked in anticipation. “You’re just in time,” said the man. “They’re hangin’ a fellow down at the end of the wharf!” Joe hadn’t been to a hanging since his growing-up days back in Yale, B.C. “What’s the man charged with?” asked Joe as he and Sam pushed their way through the crowd. There was no reply to his question. Their foreman stood waiting for them. “Mr. Bates, what’s going on here?” asked Sam. “A thief was caught red-handed with stolen railroad cheques. They’re just waiting for a few more workers to gather before the hangin’ begins.” Bates continued as he pointed down to the end of the wharf. “The man’s being held in the main warehouse,” he said. Joe and Sam started off through the crowd in the direction of the event but they were quickly called back. “You boys! Are you forgetting something?” yelled the foreman. “What’s the story on the Ruth-Ann? Did you

deliver the dyno? And where’s the boat?” Sam and Joe returned to their boss’s side and began their story. They explained how they had made two of their three deliveries and how the third load of dynamite had been lost in the river when their boat, the trusty Ruth-Ann, had broken up on a big rock just north of Croydon. Mr. Bates eyed the boys suspiciously and said, “She broke up did she? Exactly where did you say this big rock was?” Before Sam or Joe had a chance to answer, the crowd started cheering wildly. The accused man was being brought out into the open. The hanging was about to begin. There didn’t seem to be any trial or speeches planned; just the hanging. The poor fellow already had the rope around his neck when Joe first spotted him. The rope had been threaded through a pulley at the end of a loading ginpole and most of the slack taken in. The man would be hoisted up like a flag on a flagpole. Suddenly a loud shot rang out. Four policemen, led by Const. Bigumpound, reached the hanging spot. The cheering stopped. The next episode is Charles Takes a Stand. Does the law in this nascent railway community prevail? Or, does the vigilante crowd have its way? We’ll find out soon.

DEADLINES Exterior drawing of the new Jasper Joint School Facility entrance. IMAGE COURTESY OF WORKUN GARRICK PARTNERSHIP

Contractor picked for new high school Clark Builders and ONPA Architects won the contract for construction of the new Jasper Joint School Facility last week with a bid of $21.3 million. The Grande Yellowhead School Division announced its selection July 25, but communications manager Nikki Gilks couldn’t say when construction will begin. “They still have to apply for permits,” she said. In a June project update, Gilks said construction would likely begin in August.

The school facility, which will house both the Jasper Junior/Senior High School and École Desrochers, is set for completion in June of 2014, leaving three months for teachers to set up for the 2014 school year. The other bids considered by the Alberta government came from Jen-Col Construction with Group 2 Architecture Interior Design ($21.8 million) and Delnor Construction with Stantec Architecture Ltd. ($25.4 million). ~ Fitzhugh staff


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Reality looms, leaders dither It’s terrifying sometimes to think about how little is being done about looming problems that we ought to see coming a mile away. Climate change and the debt crises in many Western nations are two examples that jump immediately to mind. Basic projections tell us that these issues will present enormous challenges for the world in the not-too-distant future. And yet, international leaders dither and put forward few concrete policies to address the problems. But let’s put world issues aside for a moment and focus just on Canada. Here at home, we face our own looming challenge when it comes to health care. Simple math reveals that, with our aging population and the current rate of growth in health-related spending, the system is unsustainable. Everyone knows this – or should know this – in particular, our provincial leaders. And yet, at their recent conference in Halifax, Canada’s 10 premiers – who have the constitutionally mandated responsibility to administer health care to Canadians – came up with little more than recycled ideas and buzzwords about “innovation” and then proceeded to once again demand a ceaselessly increasing amount of money from Ottawa to cover ballooning health budgets. The federal government, to its credit, has come up with a somewhat sensible policy on health-funding transfers. For years, the amount of money the provinces receive from Ottawa has been growing at a guaranteed rate of six per cent – well above the rate of economic growth. Clearly, this can’t continue indefinitely, so Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced last December that the funding allocation would change – slightly. The annual, six-per-cent increases will continue until 2017. After that, health-funding transfers will be tied to the rate of GDP growth plus inflation, which is estimated to be about four per cent. Even if economic conditions change, the rate of increase will not be allowed to drop below three per cent. The premiers’ response to this? Manufactured outrage and political spin. And, unfortunately, much of the news media bought it – hook, line and sinker. Headlines across the country in the past week stated – falsely – that the federal government is “cutting” $36 billion in health funding over the next 10 years. That is just plain wrong. Reducing the rate of funding increases is not at all the same as reducing funding. In the mid-1990s, Ottawa actually cut health transfers to the provinces – quite severely – under Finance Minister Paul Martin and the Liberal government of the day. These actions were taken at the time in order to eliminate the federal deficit and put Canada back in a surplus position. Now, with Ottawa again facing budget shortfalls in the tens of billions of dollars, Flaherty’s adjustments to health funding are relatively modest, by comparison. Premiers of the 1990s would have been thrilled to receive what premiers today are grumbling about. The reality of the situation is that health spending needs to be reined in, and that needs to happen at a provincial level. Health care already accounts for about 40 per cent of most province’s budgets, and as much as 46 per cent in Quebec. Alberta allocates about 39 per cent of its budget to health but spends more per capita on health than Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia and Manitoba. Health spending cannot continue to indefinitely increase faster than economic growth. But with health-care needs also set to outpace economic growth, something has to give. The key is to get more service out of each health dollar spent, something the premiers pay lip service to in their latest “Health Innovation Report,” which states: “Increasing value is essential to ensuring the sustainability of health care delivery in Canada.” And yet, the rest of the premiers’ report offers few new or concrete ideas to actually achieve this. Meanwhile, the focus of their public statements remains: “Give us more and more money, forever.” Like climate change and the debt crises, health care in Canada presents complex and difficult challenges. But the reality of the situation can’t be ignored and the status quo can’t be maintained. It’s time to adopt a more realistic approach and take significant actions to truly deal with the problem.

The registration office at Jasper east park gate circa 1936. In the 1930s, it was often a 17-hour trip from Edmonton to Jasper with many taking two days after a stopover in Edson. The parkʼs east gate was run by Bob Richardson and his wife, Annie, and they often welcomed weary travellers with a cup of tea and English biscuits. The trip to Jasper from Edmonton was in part on the roadbed of the unused Grand Truck Pacific railway and a car had to drive across the railway trestles. This was a long and perilous journey, especially where the trestles were sometimes 150 feet high. History at a Glance is brought to you by the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum & Archives. Online: / Twitter: @jaspermuseum

Story reveals value of maintaining local archives Dear Editor, Re: ‘Archival discoveries a bonus for family reunion in Jasper’ (July 26). I can only think how excited the Popey Family must have been to find written and oral documentation about their family history in Jasper. None of us thinks that the pictures and stories that are occurring right now are important but just look 50 years down the road when you are “remembering when” and wondering where the pictures and memorabilia from that time might be. Hopefully someone thought


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Do you think it is reasonable for the suspect in the Jasperʼs first murder case in decades to remain free on $5,000 bail until his preliminary hearing next spring? Yes / No Go to to cast your vote. Results will be published in next weekʼs Fitzhugh. Last weekʼs results: Crime rates in Jasper and across Canada are down over the past six years. Do you feel safer now than six years ago? Iʼve never felt unsafe 54.2% (13) No 37.5% (9) Yes 8.3% (2)

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to donate them to the museum, where they would be catalogued and kept in a controlled environment for safe keeping. Then, like the Popey family, you would be able to access that information and have copies made so that it could become part of your family history again now that you realize it’s of value to you, thanks to the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives.


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Short, weather-de By ROBSON FLETCHER Editor


asper has experienced, shall we say, some variable weather this summer, which can wreak havoc with your plans if you’re only in town for a few days. Waiting the weather out isn’t an option when you’re on a limited schedule, something that many of my friends and family have discovered while visiting Jasper this year. But regardless of the temperature and precipitation – which can fluctuate wildly from day to day and even hour to hour – I always managed to find something enjoyable to show them in this wonderful place. Here are a few of my recommendations for short outings in various types of weather.


• Stanley Falls: One of the less frequented hikes in the park, this one is actually among my favourites and very easy to do. Finding it might be the toughest part. The trailhead is located on a small gravel turnoff on the east side Highway 93, 87 kilometres south of the junction with Highway 16. One of the many guidebooks available throughout town would be helpful in finding the proper path. Once you do, though, it’s just a one-mile hike to the upper falls, passing several smaller waterfalls along the way as you follow the canyon’s edge. Overcast days make for even light, which means easier viewing and better photographs of the natural beauty. Above the upper falls is a perfect spot to have a picnic by the creekside, and even dip your feet in the icecold water, before heading back down.

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• Mount Edith Cavell: On a hot, clear day, Mount Edith Cavell looms high above the other peaks on the Jasper skyline. For an up-close view of the snow-capped mountain and its Angel Glacier, all you need to do is make a quick trip up the winding but well paved Cavell Road and then do a short hike. The Path of the Glacier Loop is just one mile, return trip, and it gives you a great view of the peak, the glacier and the glacial pond it creates. The high altitude and large presence of ice and snow brings a welcome break from the intense heat.




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Youʼre going to get wet at this viewpoint over Athabasca Falls anyway, making it a good option for a rainy day, according to Fitzhugh editor Robson Fletcher.


• Athabasca Falls: There’s no avoiding getting wet when water’s falling from the sky, so why not check out a place where water is shooting up at you from below? Athabasca Falls is a stunning site, especially with the recent high water in the Athabasca River. It’s also a short walk from the parking lot, so those not wanting to get too wet can simply carry an umbrella and take in the sights. Those slightly braver souls can make their way to the viewing area on the far side where the water begins to drop precipitously, and enjoy the upward spray. These are, of course, just a few simple suggestions that my visitors have enjoyed this summer. There are countless other places to explore in and around town, and many excellent options are advertised on this page. Wherever you go, just remember to be prepared for sudden changes in weather.



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Lake Edith community aims for first ‘FireSmart’ designation By NICOLE VEERMAN Reporter/Photographer

Lake Edith residents are working hard, clearing trees, pine needles and tall grass, in hopes of becoming the first community in Canada to receive the new FireSmart Community Recognition. “ L a ke E d i t h w a s o n e of t h e f i r s t subdivisions and Jasper as a whole was one of the first communities in Canada to start working toward FireSmart initiatives,” said fire Chief Greg Van Tighem. “So it would be amazing if Lake Edith could be the first community recognized.” Van Tighem and Alan Westhaver, a former Parks Canada vegetation and fire specialist, began educating and working with cabin owners at Lake Edith in 1999. Don Campbell, who’s had a cabin on the lake for more than 40 years, said he can still remember the first meeting the residents had with Parks Canada to discuss the FireSmart Program. During that meeting, Westhaver said something that has stuck with Campbell ever since. “He said, ‘It’s not whether we’re going to have a forest fire. It’s when.’” That was enough to kick Campbell into

high gear. Since then, he’s replaced his asphalt roof with steel, he’s made an effort to clear all of the pine needles from around his home and he makes an extra effort to keep the grass trimmed. “They’re little things that you don’t think about,” he said. In the first few years of participating in FireSmart initiatives, the Lake Edith residents, along with help from Parks Canada, thinned the forest surrounding their homes, and each year since then, they’ve gathered together for a “work bee” to maintain that work. Their next work bee, and likely the last before applying for FireSmart Community Recognition, is Aug. 11. The focus will be pruning, snipping, hauling and chipping new forest growth and deadfall from the perimeter of the Lake Edith subdivision. “One of the main criteria for community recognition is (FireSmar t) has to be community driven,” said Van Tighem. “It has to be from the bottom up. So because of the fact that Lake Edith (residents) already have a committee in place and they’re already committed and active, basically



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once we complete this work bee, we’re ready to submit the application.” If the Lake Edith cabin owners are awarded recognition, it doesn’t mean a plaque or certificate for their wall or mantle, but rather, it’s a commitment that those residents will continue with the FireSmart program, said Van Tighem. “And it’s also a commitment to the people involved that they will maintain their engagement and keep their community safe.” Van Tighem said Patricia Place – locally known as the Fish Bowl – and Stone Mountain are also working toward recognition. Because of Jasper’s location in a heavily forested valley, the town site and its surrounding areas are at a high forest fire risk. That’s why it’s important for people in the community to follow in the footsteps of the Lake Edith cabin owners, who have spent the last 13 years taking preventative action to ensure the safety of their homes and their community. The first step, is contacting the fire department for a hazard assessment. “We offer them to anybody who will take us up on it,” said Van Tighem. “It’s basically an evaluation of their property and they sort of get a report card at the end and there is a number ranking that basically lets them know in a nutshell where they’re sitting as far as having a defensible space in the event of a wildfire.” T he assessment will also i nclude suggestions as to how residents can improve

their ranking and protect their home. Those improvements could include anything from moving a woodpile away from the house to replacing a roof with non-combustible material. For the last 10 to 15 years, Parks Canada and the municipality have been promoting FireSmart principles in Jasper. “What we’ve done, that most people are aware of in Jasper, is we’ve done major fuel reduction work over the past seven or eight years,” said Van Tighem. “That involved thinning a lot of the forest immediately adjacent to the town site. The whole premise behind that is if you thin the forest, you thin the fuel. “So if there’s a forest fire travelling toward the town site, when it hits that band of thinned fuel, it sort of reduces its momentum and drops it down and when a raging forest fire comes in and meets an area of reduced vegetation and drops down to the ground it’s easier for the fire fighters to get in there to fight it.” Because of Pa rks Canad a and the municipality’s efforts and the efforts of many community members, Jasper is viewed as a model FireSmart community. But, according to Van Tighem, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done on individual, homeowner and neighbourhood levels to ensure Jasper is safe in the event of a wildfire. “People can’t just rely on the municipality or Parks Canada to provide a fire service. Everybody in the community has to be engaged and play their role.”



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A sudden, intense storm sent tents flying and participants scrambling the night before the recent 24 Hours of Adrenalin event in Canmore, but once things settled down, Jasper riders got down to business and once again put up some strong showings in the gruelling mountain bike race. “It was like a micro-storm – it lasted maybe 20 or 30 minutes but there was thunder and lightning and major, major winds,” said John Kovacs of the Jasper 1 team. “Tents were blowing all over the place. We had one of these 10-by-20 tents and there were eight of us holding this tent down.” The start of the race was delayed by an hour due to the storm and crews had to re-route part of the course due to fallen trees, but once things got underway Kovacs, a 24 Hours of Adrenalin veteran, said “you couldn’t have asked for a better course.” The 18-kilometre route has been redesigned since last year, he said, with a boardwalk built over some of the rooty sections and some of the steeper parts “mellowed out.” Still, plenty of the 1,126 participants had to get off their bikes at points and walk uphill, as quadriceps tend to burn out as competitors attempt to complete as many laps as possible within the 24-hour time limit. The five-member Jasper 1 team finished sixth in the 190-219 combined age category, completing 21 laps between them. “This team has been in the race for like the last seven years and, to my knowledge, this is the best we’ve ever done,” Kovacs said. The Jasper Source for Sports team, meanwhile, placed fourth in the five-person co-ed category. “We were hoping to podium but it didn’t quite happen,” said team member Brett Romanow, who completed five of the team’s 22 total laps. “Probably the main reason we didn’t podium this year is because we had so many technical issues,” he added. “We had one guy in particular, (team captain) Victor (Vassallo), who broke his derailleur – his $800 derailleur – on his first lap. And then on his next lap, he got two flats.” Romanow said racers typically carry a patch kit and can deal with one flat tire on any given lap on their own, but a second flat tire poses a big problem. He said Vassallo had to run part of the course but eventually was loaned an extra inner tube by a fellow racer. Romanow ran into some tech nical difficulties of his own, suffering multiple lamp failures during the nighttime portion

SELECTED RESULTS Team: Jasper Source for Sports; Category: 5-person Coed RIDER LAP 1 LAP 2 LAP 3 LAP 4 LAP 5 Victor Vassallo 58:44.6 58:32.3 1:02:27.5 1:18:49.7 Manu LoirMongazon 57:54.2 59:59.7 1:01:10.0 59:00.8 57:51.5 Brett Romanow 1:00:35.4 1:01:08.1 1:06:07.4 1:10:33.0 1:04:23.5 Nicole Ruest 1:13:30.1 1:25:50.3 1:24:36.9 1:15:40.9 Marc Vien

1:05:14.5 1:06:16.0 1:11:47.2 1:08:42.0

Team: Jasper 1; Category: 5-person, combined age of 190-219 RIDER LAP 1 LAP 2 Jason Stenlund 1:08:17.4 1:17:43.7 Marc Chalifoux 1:10:28.5 1:03:15.0 Paul Hardy 1:06:41.7 1:16:23.9 John Kovacs 1:01:28.1 1:03:00.8 Todd Noble 1:04:52.9 1:07:17.9




1:17:45.8 1:23:40.0 1:08:29.5 1:16:44.3 1:11:12.4 1:11:32.3

1:07:50.0 1:08:30.6 1:14:18.0 1:06:34.1 1:06:42.0

Team: PGE; Category: 5-person, combined age of 220 or over RIDER Denis Poirier Edward Bovard Julius Kettler Glen Leitch Doreen Zenner






1:24:46.9 1:24:08.2 1:36:09.4 1:56:41.7 1:21:21.2 1:22:36.2 1:22:15.7 1:30:42.7 1:26:37.7 1:17:27.7 1:26:00.1 1:35:22.8 1:30:58.6 1:49:58.0 1:41:11.0

Team: See You on the Down Hill; Category: 5-person, combined age under 149 RIDER Tyler Payne Derek Anderson Andrew Bovard Chris Bovard Daniel Rohn

of the course. “My first head lamp shut down within 700 metres of the start line, and the other two powered down with seven to eight kilometres remaining in the 18-kilometre lap,” he said. “That forced me to pick up my bike and run the really technical sections, and also slow down on the fast, wide-open areas where a rider would normally gain back some speed and time. Although it was incredibly frustrating to be riding all alone in pitch black, it was a one-of-a-kind experience that I’ll never forget.” Another team from Jasper, named PGE,

placed ninth in the five-person, 220-plus combined age category, completing 15 laps in total. And then there was the combined JasperCanmore team known as See You on the Down Hill, who won the five-person, combined age below 149 category. “Jasper always has a great showing there,” Kovacs said. “There’s just so many Jasper people there, because we’re kind of in a bit of a mountain biking Mecca here.” Selected race results can be found on this page.

LAP 1 LAP 2 LAP 3 LAP 4 LAP 5 1:03:09.4 1:05:02.0 1:07:41.5 1:05:42.7 55:21.8 54:55.6 1:01:41.0 56:51.6 55:48.7 59:37.0 1:01:51.3 1:08:35.8 1:02:43.5 1:02:27.7 1:03:30.8 1:09:58.2 1:08:33.8 1:07:42.5 59:35.0 58:23.5 1:09:13.8 1:08:05.0 1:02:36.3

Team: Super Heroes in Training; Category: Corporate RIDER LAP 1 LAP 2 LAP 3 LAP 4 LAP 5 Steven Watters 1:20:38.2 1:31:57.7 Karl Allen 1:39:33.4 1:30:51.5 Matthew Ellis 1:14:36.7 1:18:53.4 Simone Heinrich 1:09:01.9 1:10:59.5 Vladimir Hubka 1:15:33.1 1:37:54.0 Jan Klikar 1:06:09.0 1:14:46.0 1:10:54.6 Chris Small 1:44:04.3 1:47:49.0 Jackie Watters 1:30:01.0 1:28:38.7 Team: White Mountain Ded Dogs; Category: Corporate Gord Stermann 1:19:04.4 1:15:20.1 George Andrew 1:18:22.0 1:38:03.5 Alistair Barnes 1:14:43.5 David Feniak 1:15:30.6 1:15:16.4 Dave Smalley 0:58:40.6 1:08:01.4 Mike Stairs 1:11:09.9 1:16:38.1 Roger Stermann 1:17:02.6 1:19:18.2 Greg Van Tighem 1:13:05.2 1:17:03.9

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‘All Aboard’ for museum exhibit celebrating railway centennial The Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives is marking 100 years of railway with an exhibit titled “All Aboard! Jasper’s Railway Centennial” that includes a model railway as part of the display. Volunteers will be running the model train and will post an “Engineer on Duty” banner outside of the museum, Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon and at other times when volunteers are available. The rail lines through Jasper followed a route that had been well established by explorers, fur traders and surveyors over the course of the previous century. Just as today’s visitors remember the heritage of the railway, the first railway tourists were reminded of earlier travellers who arrived by horse, canoe and by foot. When the railway arrived in the Jasper area near the beginning of the 20th century, there were still remains of the activities of the fur trade companies half a century earlier. There were actually three railway companies involved in the park’s history: the Grand Trunk Pacific (GTP), the Canadian Northern (CNo), and the Canadian National Railway (CN). The Grand Trunk Pacific Railway was incorporated in 1903 to build a transcontinental line across the northern prairies to Prince Rupert. The GTP constructed the rail line west of Edmonton through the mountains between 1909 and 1912. The Canadian Northern was incorporated in 1899 to build a railway line across the northern prairies in competition with the Canadian Pacific line to the south. The CNo began building its line west of Edmonton in 1912 and had reached the Yellowhead Pass by the end of 1913. The Grand Trunk Pacific officially opened in 1914 while the Canadian Northern drove its last spike in 1915. Both of these railways ran into financial difficulties, were taken over by the federal government, and eventually amalgamated into a single company called Canadian National Railway. The Canadian National Railway remained a prominent part of the park’s identity until the 1950s when automobile tourism finally became the main form of travel into the park. But even today, the railway line is a significant part of Jasper’s cultural landscape; the railway yards and station form a focal point of the town and Jasper Park Lodge is a significant cultural resource in its own right. Many other vestiges of the railway glory days, such as old construction and tie camps, remain to remind park visitors of the important heritage of the railway in the park. The exhibit runs until Sept. 23. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. ~ Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives

The “All Aboard! Jasperʼs Railway Centennial” exhibit at the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives includes this model railway as part of the display. SUBMITTED PHOTO

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Jasper-Yellowhead Museum & Archives •August 21 Ann & John Ogilvy Home - 700 Miette Avenue. All mini outings are free and start at 10:30. We will share information about Jasperʼs historic buildings. Bring a mug and weʼll provide the coffee & goodies!

•The perfect rainy day activity: All Aboard! Jasperʼs Railway Centennial at the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum & Archives. June 9 to Sept. 23, 2012.

• Pitch Your Pennies for the Past. The last penny has been produced. Pennies will soon be history-gone the way of the one & two dollar bills. Consider donating the pennies in your penny jar to the Jasper Yellowhead Museum. Bring them down to the Museum or call Sheila Couture at 780-852-4949 and she will come and pick them up.


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Jasper Food Bank

Help is available from the Jasper Food Bank Thurs nights. Drop in at St. Mary and St. George Anglican Church at the corner of Miette and Geikie St. Families 6pm and individuals 7pm. Call 780-8528800 for more info.

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ASK (Advocates for Special Kids)

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631 Patricia St., Open Tues. - Sat. 12 to 5pm. 780-852-4747.

Jasper Municipal Library

Toddler & Preschool Story Time Mondays 10:30am. Summer Reading Programs start Tuesday, July 3rd. For more info 780-8523652 or

Thrift Shop Hours

The Jasper Thrift Shop is open on Monday and Wednesday from 7 to 9pm and Thursdays from 1 to 3pm. Located in the 700 Block on Geikie Street in the United Church basement

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Meetings on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 1:30pm in the meeting room on the second floor of the EMS building.

For confidential HIV/AIDS/HEP C/STI Information, referral and free condoms, drop by our office at 612 Connaught Dr., (upstairs) Mon. to Fri. 10am - 4pm. Info at: For 24 hour assistance call 1-800-772-AIDS. For local assistant, call 780-852-5274. Volunteers welcome.

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Town Council Meetings

401 Geikie St. Open Tues. to Sat. at 4pm. Children welcome until 8pm. Cash, meat draws, pull tickets and chasing the queen at 5:30pm Wednesdays. Free shuffle board available. 780-852-3740.

Al-Anon Family Group help friends and families of alcoholics meetings Friday at 7pm at the hospital in the Cavell room. For more info please call 780-852-4518 or 780-852-4578.

Meetings Tues. 9am at the Community Outreach office.

Alcoholics Anonymous - meetings Monday and Saturday at 8pm. Narcotics Anonymous meetings Thursdays at 8pm. All meetings are held at the hospital in the Cavell room. For more information or to talk to someone regarding alcohol, drugs or gambling problems please call 780-852-2909.

L’ACFA régionale de Jasper

ACFA (Association canadienne-française de lʼAlberta) Centre de ressources en français / French Resources Centre. Heures dʼouverture / Business Hours. Ouvert les lundis / Open Monday De 12 h à 18 h / 12 noon to 6pm. Ouvert les mar., merc. et jeu. / Open Tues., Wed., & Thurs De 12 h à 18 h / 12 noon to 6pm. Veuillez noter que nous sommes ferme les jours fériés/ Closed on stat Holiday. Gare de Jasper entrée de Greyhound Jasper Train Station Greyhound entrance. Tel : 780-852-7476 / Phone : 780-852-7476

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ancer: News from afar may be dragging you down during this period. It’s possible that you are too distracted to attend to routine life. Do yourself a favor and disconnect from the media. You need a break. It isn’t mandatory that you follow everything that is happening. week, on Aug. 8, Mercury will turn direct. Decisions that you may have set aside in recent weeks will be easier to settle. Your sense of stability will return. This week your attitude is hopeful and friends will be very helpful.


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ries: Circumstances are falling together to create a really challenging week ahead. On the physical level, you may have a load of heavy lifting or other chores to manage. This occurs at a time when your mind may not be altogether attentive. Use special care when managing tools or unusual projects.


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For All Signs: Over the weekend we have an aspect that suggests intensity in relationships. We may not be functioning altogether consciously and could be pulled into schemes of manipulation or compulsive behaviors. Existing relationships could re-experience the pain of old wounds. We have a choice of whether to work it through or act it out in the same ways we did the first time. Hesitate before you respond in anger or jealousy.

aurus: Relationships may feel intense and complicated at this time. You may sense some negative force at work. It is also possible that spending may get out of hand. Leave the credit cards at home. For some, you may experience bill collectors at the door.

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Scorpio: It may require a Herculean effort, but step aside from arguments or bickering this week. You may not know all the facts of the matter. Be cautious of entering into new involvements at this time because you may be acting from an unconscious place. Attractions could wind up badly.


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ibra: It appears that your attention will be needed in multiple arenas. Work/career is competing with your need to keep the peace with home and family. Use good stress relieving techniques or your temper may get the best of you now.

agittarius: It is possible you will experience a time of heaviness, due to the dawning awareness that something you have believed may not be true at all. This might have been developing all summer. For this week travel and relationship experiences should be positive.


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irgo: It is likely you will have fortunate developments related to your home, family, and security this week. Those who are spiritually inclined will find encouraging feedback for your studies. You and your partner may not connect well this week. Don’t worry. This is brief. It will change by next week.

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Capricorn: Your issues with the Powers That Be could be disturbing your state of mind. It may be that there is a jumble of small threads that are tying you up in a knot. The tension may be showing itself in physical discomfort as well. Give yourself extra rest and take your vitamins during this challenging time.

Aquarius: You are moving toward the finish line on the end of a project that began roughly 2.5 years ago. It appears there is one major piece of the pie left to complete and that has begun this summer. By the end of October you must finalize and move on.

Pisces: The Fish are prone to be connected to the collective. Right now the unrest and general angst on the planet could cause you a personal sense of foreboding. If this is so, then it is time to disconnect from the world at large and give yourself a breather from the news.

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New bylaw program reuniting owners with bikes using Facebook By NICOLE VEERMAN Reporter/Photographer

A new Facebook group is helping Jasper bylaw reunite misplaced bikes with their rightful owners. The group, called Jasper, Alberta Lost, Stolen and Misplaced Bicycles, was created by compliance officer Matt Hogan on July 18. Since then, 126 people have joined and four bikes have been returned to their owners. “It’s been a great tool for us, so far,” said Hogan. “We find a bike and post a small description of it and it’s working. “People are joining, posting bikes and we’ve reunited several bikes with their owners.” Misplaced bikes found lying around town are often picked up by compliance officers, but not everyone knows to call them if their bike is missing, said Hogan. So, with “everyone on Facebook these days,” having a group on the social media site allows Jasper bylaw to connect with the community. And connect they have. Community members have been using the group as a place to post descriptions of their own missing bikes and to post pictures of bikes found lying around their neighbourhoods. There have been photos of bikes next to Lions Park, leaning against the dumpster behind the old fire hall and in the alley between Patricia Street and Geikie Street. “It’s a great tool in the community and it’s a great tool for us too,” Hogan said, noting that bylaw collects misplaced bikes, inventories them and stores them until they are claimed by their owner. That’s where Jasper bylaw’s responsibility ends,

though, he said. “If someone loses their bike, they have to call the RCMP if they believe it is stolen, to generate a report.” Jasper RCMP were unavailable to comment by press time on how many reports of stolen bikes have been received this summer. Hogan said bylaw doesn’t pick up a “large” number of bikes, but there are enough to warrant the new Facebook group. And it seems, judging by the online comments, the community agrees. “Good work gang,” wrote Coun. Rico Damota. “I love this page. Great idea for this town!” Christine Nadon, communications manager for the municipality, couldn’t agree more. “It came from operations and it works. These guys are returning bikes. It’s a really good thing.” Nadon said eventually the group will be changed to a Facebook page, so as to streamline it with the municipality’s other social media activities, but for now, it will remain as it is.

Above: A screengrab of the Jasper Alberta Lost, Stolen & Misplaced Bicycles Facebook group (FACEBOOK IMAGE). Left: Recognize this bike? It was one of several found lying around town and posted to the new Jasper Alberta Lost, Stolen & Misplaced Bicycles Facebook group in an effort to reunite bikes with their rightful owners (FACEBOOK PHOTO).



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In journalism school, you’re taught to write at a Grade 8 level. That’s not to say journalists are incapable of using or understanding academic language. In fact, many, and I’d even go so far as to say most, journalists are highly educated people. The Grade 8 cap actually has little to do with the author’s abilities, and rather has everything to do with the reading level of the average Canadian. Now, before you open your email or grab your pen and paper to write a letter to the editor defending your intelligence, hear me out. According to a Statistics Canada report from 2005, four out of 10 Canadians, aged 16 to 65, struggle with low literacy levels. To put that in context, that’s about nine million Canadians who struggle to read the label on a medicine bottle. Of those nine million people, nearly 3.1 million had reading levels below that of a middle school student, and the other 5.8 million were below the skill levels of a high school student. So, you see, writing for a Grade 8 reading level is the media’s attempt to keep the news accessible for all Canadians. We do this because we believe everyone should have the opportunity to get educated and make informed decisions. Now, if only the government felt the same way and committed to accessibility, rather than producing paperwork and reports written to exclude Canadians with low literacy levels.

As a privileged Canadian with two university degrees, I haven’t always recognized this glaring error on the part of our government. In fact, it just dawned on me last week when I received an invitation to attend a discussion funded by the provincial government. Part of that invitation included a list of discussion questions. While reading them, I began to wonder, “at what reading level were these written?” The questions were full of vague language and government jargon. The worst part was, the discussion was about the future of social policy in the province. So to me, that would suggest talking to and learning from some of the people who use social services in our community. But instead, the discussion was populated by educated people who work in social services. Although I can only assume, I would bet on the fact that language accessibility had something to do with the turnout. I mean, how accessible is the term “Social Policy Framework?” For most people in Jasper, I’d imagine that doesn’t mean much, especially if English isn’t their first language. So it seems to me, it’s time the government take a page out of the journalists’ handbook. If not in all things – although I believe everything produced by the government should be accessible – at least in the material used to solicit public feedback. Canada’s privileged aren’t the only people who should have a say in what happens in this country. We live in a democracy, after all. This is a country for all the people, not a select few. So, let’s make Canada a country that’s

accessible for all of its citizens. Let’s write for the whole community, the entire province and the entire country in a clear and concise way, engaging all Canadians in meaningful discussions. Out with the jargon and in with common, everyday language. DISCLAIMER: The Last Word is an opinion column, it is meant to provoke thought and debate. As such, any opinions written here are the writer’s own.


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