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HISTORIC COUNCIL RACE BEGINS
THE MOST CANDIDATES EVER: Fifteen Fort Saskatchewan residents filed nomination papers on Monday at City Hall, setting the stage for a historic election campaign.
There were no Nomination Day surprises this past Monday, as ﬁfteen local residents entered the Fort Saskatchewan municipal election race. All ﬁfteen candidates had previously announced their intentions to run. For the second election in a row, the Mayoralty will be contested, with local businessman Don Morgan hoping to unseat incumbent Mayor Gale Katchur. History is not on Katchur’s side, if the last
two Mayoral races demonstrate an electoral trend in Fort Saskatchewan: the 2004 race saw Jim Sheasgreen unseat incumbent Mayor Ken Hodgins, while the 2010 race saw Sheasgreen himself defeated. A historic number of candidates are also seeking one of six Council seats. On the Councillor ballot will be thirteen candidates: Sheldon Bossert, Birgit Blizzard, Chris Delay, Frank Garritsen, Stew Hennig, John Mather, Stuart McGowan, Amanda-Lynn McIntyre, Isaac McNeill, Ian Osbaldeston, Arjun Randhawa, Ed Sperling and Alan White. Notably absent from this years race are long-time councillors Don Westman and Tom Hutchison. Although Westman announced some time ago that he would not be in the running this election, Hutchison waited until just a few days before Monday’s Nomination Day to publicly announce his retirement from Council.
Election Day is set for October 21st, but those who wish to vote early will be able to do so at one of two Advance Polls. The ﬁrst will be held October 5th, from 11am until 2pm at the Dow Centre’s Scotia Bank Room. The second will occur from 6pm to 9pm on October 9th, at the Legion’s Normandy Room. On Election Day, October 21st, polls will be open from 10am until 8pm. This year, only three voting locations will be in operation: the Legion Building, James Mowat School and the Dow Centre. A map that will direct you to the proper location is available on the City’s website at www. fortsask.ca. Despite only being a few days into the race, electioneering is already full speed ahead for many candidates. Many candidates are participating in a range of discussions via social media on policy, and in the case of incumbents, questions about their past decisions. Those who want to follow that
debate on Twitter will ﬁnd most people using the #fsvote hashtag. But traditional campaign strategies, such as, doorknocking, signs, and campaign literature are also in the mix, supplementing candidates’ online activities. More information on each candidate, along with links to their websites and social media presences are available on Over Easy, Please’s Election Central website at www.fortsaskelection.info. And, those who wish to hear the candidates discuss their platforms and take questions from the public will have an opportunity to do so, with the Fort Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce again hosting an election forum before Voting Day. That Forum will be held on Thursday, October 10th at the Shell Theatre. Doors open at 6:00pm that evening, with the three hour forum getting underway at 6:30pm.
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A bit of a “roast” before the vote A sure sign the municipal election is nearing are the amount of signs (no pun intended) being placed almost anywhere there is legal space. Another sign, or should I say “signs,” the election draweth nigh is that Gale Katchur’s campaign mascot, “Brutus,” is out and about despite a broken taillight… ouch!
Having said that, I suppose only a count would reveal as to who has more signage: Katchur or Bossert.
And I am quite sure we will see at least a few more kinds of campaigning at this weekend’s Fall THE ISSUE Festival. Any tightrope walking or balancing acts scheduled? Oh yes, there will be the dunk email@example.com tank and what a In second place is, good way to vent “Marvin”, Arjun Randhawa’s cam- your political frustrations. Any Nopaign truck which looks a little lan Ryans out there? awkward in signage display… but what the heck, it’s all about getting And of course there is always the noticed and remembered on Oct talented candidates, such as Birgit 21st, isn’t it? Blizzard who is clogging her way into our hearts. Then, I recently Then there was one candidate heard we will have “the voice”: who tried to get attention by say- master of ceremonies, council caning he was sleeping outside of City didate Stuart McGowan. And let Hall in a sleeping bag on the eve of me tell you, this fellow is no dog Nomination Day. Ian Osbaldeston, and pony show. Way to go Stuart, whose last name takes longer to you show them what a real introsay then he actually spent outside duction should sound like! that night, apparently got homesick and left City Hall with sleep- While some incumbents seem to be ing bag in tow. Shucks Ian, you taking the “soft” approach in camwin. I once had a last name just paigning (pillows anyone?), othone letter short of yours. ers are tweeting, or should I say beaking each other. Then we have Sheldon Bossert, who I think has been the most creative You know what I think would realin his campaigning. From the little ly be interesting in this campaign? green dinosaur car which his kids An all-night debate. Anyone out ride when door knocking with dad, there willing to moderate one? to his purposely misspelled campaign decals, Bossert has thought Roasting is what I did in this arof it all. Listen up folks, the four ticle, but boasting is not what canﬁrst letters of this candidate’s last didates should do...remember that name reveals he is in command. on October 21st.
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Morgan proposes digital boost, question period for Fort Mayoral Candidate Don Morgan continues to roll out attractive policy ideas that he says he will support when elected Mayor, while his opponent continues to be basically silent on speciﬁcs. Don Morgan announced Wednesday a forward-looking initiative that would have the City explore offering free WiFi internet services. “I think it is time for Fort Saskatchewan to investigate providing wireless Internet connections, free of charge, to anyone with a suitably equipped device,” Morgan said. Speaking to the success of such initiatives elsewhere in Canada, such as in Edmonton and Fredericton, Morgan wants to look at a range of options for the service.
ing. Edmonton and Fredericton have done it, why not Fort Saskatchewan?” asked Morgan. A similar initiative in Edmonton has seen free WiFi hotspots set up in twenty-two City of Edmonton facilities, including a pair of parks. More locations are planned in Edmonton in the future. Fredericton has also had a widely successful WiFi initiative, which provides internet access throughout most of the city, for nearly ten years. Another signiﬁcant announcement from the Morgan for Mayor campaign Wednesday is a proposal to restore a question period at the beginning of each Council meeting. “As your Mayor will bring back unrestricted yet civil question period at the beginning of each council meeting,” said Don Morgan. “[There will be] no need to ask permission of the Mayor or City Manager to ask your question of Council and/or the Mayor,” he continued.
“We should look at service for the whole City, speciﬁc areas such as Downtown or facilities that are frequented by our youth and out of town visitors,” he says. Currently, there are no completely open-to-the-public, free WiFi services currently available downtown, except at the Fort Saskatchewan Public Library. Some dining establishments south of the Highway provide free, unlocked WiFi services to their customers. “Of course regulations and rules would have to be adhered, to but I think it is worth while investigat-
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AIHA Among Top Economic Development Groups Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association announced Tuesday that it had been recognized by Site Selection Magazine as a Top 10 Canadian Economic Development Group representing regions or municipalities. “We are extremely proud to be one of the top ten across the entire nation,” explained Wayne Woldanski, Chair of Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association. “As a partnership of municipalities, Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association works hard to foster sustainable economic growth in the region.” Site Selection is an international magazine that focuses on economic development. Each year, they compile their “Canada’s Best to Invest Rankings,” which measure economic development groups in areas such as regional partnerships, programming, legislation, data and resources. “Our combined efforts of municipalities and key stakeholders accomplish much more than any of us could achieve individually,” continued Woldanski. “The Heartland has grown into Canada’s largest hydrocarbon processing region with world leading innovation, technology, and environmental practices,” he said. “It is inspiring to witness what we have achieved through our partnership with the involvement and support of many.”
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Edmonton man Agrium makes arrested on $25,000 child porn and donation to sexual assault library The Fort Saskatchewan Public charges Library announced Tuesday that
The Edmonton Police Service announced Wednesday that it has arrested a male after conducting an investigation into allegations of child pornography and related sex crimes. On Sunday, the Child Protection Section at the Zebra Centre received an allegation of sexual assault involving a six-year-old female child. According to police, an in-depth investigation led by Child Protection Section and involving numerous detectives from the EPS led to the arrest of William John Brons, 61, who also goes by the ﬁrst name of Jack. Police say charges stem from incidents that reportedly occurred between the end of August 2013 and as recently as last week. Police say the offences occurred in Edson, Calmar and SE Edmonton. Brons has been charged with sexual interference (x2), sexual assault (x2) and one count each of invitation to sexual touching, providing sexual explicit material to a Child, making child pornography and possess child pornography. Further charges are pending. Anyone who has additional information about this crime is asked to contact the EPS at 780-4234567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm.
Work begins on Redwater reﬁnery
is further proof of the can-do attitude that Albertans embody,” said Premier Alison Redford, who attended a ground-breaking ceremony on the reﬁnery’s site last week.
Work is now ofﬁcially underway on North West Redwater Partnership’s $6 billion Sturgeon Reﬁnery.
“By supplying a reliable source of bitumen from the Bitumen-Royalty-In-Kind program, our government is working with industry to grow the value-added sector as part of our Building Alberta Plan,” she said.
A joint project between North West Upgrading Inc and Canadian Natural Upgrading Limited, Sturgeon Reﬁnery is the ﬁrst reﬁnery to be under construction in Canada in about three decades. “This reﬁnery, the ﬁrst to be built in Canada in almost 30 years,
The reﬁnery is expected to bring a total of $1 trillion in economic beneﬁts to the region during its lifespan. The facility will produce low-sulphur diesel fuel using bitumen feedstock. CO2 emissions
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one of the region’s corporate citizens has donated $25,000 as part of the library’s ongoing “Enrich the Experience” fundraising initiative currently underway. Representatives of Agrium Inc. made the announcement Monday evening to the Library Board Trustees and Library Director, Angela Kublik, at an informal gathering and social. Attending for Agrium was Ted Sawchuk, Site Manager for the Fort Saskatchewan Nitrogen Operations; Cindy Andrews, Manager, Community Relations; and Allison Scully, Donations Review Committee Member. “We believe in growing together – our business, with our employees, and within our communities,” said Ted Sawchuk. “We’re your neighbor – just a short drive down River Road, and we have employees from both our Fort Saskatchewan and Redwater sites using this facility,” he said. “I know the Library is excited about their new expansion and we at Agrium are proud to be a part of it,” he concluded. The donation will sponsor the Public Access Computing Zone. This soon-to-be-completed area of the library will be both highly visible and used by patrons of all ages.
will be managed through a carbon capture and storage system. “We have reached this milestone by ignoring the criticism, believing in our vision and as a direct result of the hard-work, diligence and tenacity of our partners and supporters,” said Doug Bertsch, VP Regulatory and Stakeholder Affairs, of North West Redwater Partnership. “By maximizing the value-add while using leading environmental practices, this will be a reﬁnery that paves the way for future Canadian reﬁning projects, and that all Albertans can be proud of,” he concluded.
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Is your eye really on your company’s business? When I got my ﬁrst job in the 1960s there was no question that when I was on the job, I was clearly and evidently ‘working’. Not only that, it was readily noticeable to everyone, including my customers, I was doing the job for which I was being paid. Black and white. That was the way it was for most of the thousands of years of mankind’s history. You were either in the workplace and doing something that looked like ‘work’ and which contributed positively to your organization’s goals, or you weren’t! You may have been building a pyramid, feeding livestock, moving things about in a warehouse, or perhaps displaying wares to customers. Regardless, your work efforts were readily observable. It’s not near so simple anymore, I’m afraid! Technology has changed all of that hasn’t it? As an example, I was in a drug store the other day and as I approached the cashier I noticed this young lady (who I assumed to be a new hire by her youthful appearance) texting away at her workstation with her cell phone semiconcealed to the side. Astonishingly, even as I loaded my purchases onto the counter she continued, not looking my way at all and seeming to be oblivious to me standing before her. Not at all uncomfortable with me watching her text, she actually made me wait, unapologetically, with my credit card in hand. I found this quite troubling as it made me think about how so many people today are able to ‘absent themselves’ from their workplace on a regular basis while still enjoying a full paycheck. No longer is it the case that people can be counted on, simply by being visible and present in the workplace to be doing something worthwhilesomething that is aligned with the mission of the organization, which of course in the case of businesses is ‘making a proﬁt’. CONTINUED ON PAGE 7...
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You have to wonder, how does taking and making regular calls to your friends, spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend as the case may be, bring your company sales and earn them a proﬁt? The fact is, it doesn’t. How does taking a call from one of your Kijiji ads, when not on a recognized break, add value to your employer- the fact again is, it doesn’t…or calling your dog groomer to book Rover a cut and shampoo? You get my drift… Cell phones do have their place at work- for example, if there is an emergency at home and you have to be contactedthat’s all well and ﬁne. But when the kids call several times a day with questions about their lunches, their after school plans or clothing choices, time spent on that shouldn’t become a cost and distraction to the business of your employer should it? Equally offensive in the workplace is web-surﬁng which bears absolutely no relationship to workplace functions and duties. This, like excessive time spent on personal cell phone calls, represents a form of ‘time theft’. And I know what you’re thinking… theft is such an ugly word and we hate to think of our actions that way- but the truth is that is exactly the result of spending the company’s resources (your time) on activities not within the organization’s interests and purposes. What else could you call taking money (on pay day) from your employer without providing them the equivalent for those dollars in energy, attention or effort? Sadly, it is well known that there is a great deal of this ‘communications and information distraction’ happening in workplaces everywhere. This has left employers and human resources departments in a quandary
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about how to limit these abuses and how to establish policies regarding the use of electronic devices that people will respect and comply with. I am certain of one thing only… if there isn’t a dialogue about it in your workplace, it isn’t going to get any better, and in fact it’s sure to get a whole lot worse.
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Much of today’s workforce has grown up with the internet and cell phone technology and many have little context regarding the more traditional ways where employees would put their heads down at the beginning of their shift and focus productively on the tasks that they were hired to do ‘till the whistle’ so to speak.
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Of equal concern, I have found that many of the managers and supervisors are not as anxious to address the problems as we might expect- why? Because in far too many cases they’re also offenders who abuse their use of cell phones and web surfing while at work. Others see their bad example and eventually the abuses are rampant throughout the workplace eventually becoming (ulp!) part of the ‘culture’
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Many of you may relate when it comes to the discussions on the things that a dad will tell their kids. We all, on the other hand, at one point or another have mentioned the blasted things that kids will say. Sure it seems cute, but then after we watch and ponder, we start to wonder if the child is ever goin’ to survive their ﬁrst day at school much less the real world. Yet I wonder as I look back at things that maybe, just maybe those darndest things that
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kids will say aren’t perhaps led on by the things that I like to call ‘dadisms’. My dad had a knack for making the off-the-wall somehow play a part in reality. Sometimes I would catch his methods before they could get out of hand, but every once in a great while, he would get the drop on me. Of course I’d love to say that his pranks were always spoiled, but that just simply ain’t the case, folks. You see, one time my dad got it in his head that he was goin’ to play a prank, like he often attempts in one form or fashion. As we were passing by a restaurant, a steakhouse to be speciﬁc, called Bonanza, I asked dad what it was. Now, at the time we didn’t have much money to go around, and so restaurants weren’t something we frequented. So I was deﬁnitively clueless on this one. Well, dad proceeded to inform me that in the center of that restaurant was a giant snake pit and that they served snakes to their customers to eat. You might think considering the circumstances that fulﬁlled is a tree of life”. (Proverbs 13:12) A statement like that carried some “wind” on it, as in it is truth that many people need to hear. Not only hear, but become a solution to the issues many face and live under the power of. If you haven’t ﬁgured it out yet, I’m speaking of the masses of people I come in contact with on a regular basis who have lost hope in many situations. When a person loses hope, they begin to suffer on many levels. Hopelessness is the cause of myriad social issues as well as medical issues... most people don’t consider this, and pass off behaviours
might be alright. Yet the following week when granny came to visit and wanted to take us out to dinner, guess where she decided to go? That’s right folks, and I went about as bizerk as a three legged squirrel with a peanut allergy in a Jiffy plant. But did that stop the dadisms? Oh no. Later on my dad would go on to tell me that I should never look up when a jet plane passed over. Why you ask? Simple, because when the planes passed over head and a passenger ﬂushed, well you get the idea. Though I never fell for that one, dad kept pushin’ in hopes that repetition might make me believe his antics. Then there was the bag of marshmallows he found one day. Good lord the imagination in that man, either that or the mental instability. I never was quite certain as to which might be the case here. Perhaps both but hey, who am I to judge? After all aren’t we all a little nuts? At least that’s the line dad always seemed to pull out when in a corner, a get-out-of-jail-free card, I think, in those circumas “irrational” and simply in need of some level of discipline to straighten things out. Those who suffer from hopelessness are often left looking for a “life boat” of some sort, and are often found simply treading water until they so exhausted they simply give up on life. The hope that is deferred can be so many different things that have become obstacles that have created great need that is not met or creates an unresolved issue that becomes debilitating for the owner. I think that most of us, if not all of us, have faced things that seem, or actually are, impossible to get around. At times, the circumstances or issues become huge mountains that are impossible to move and we feel crushed by them. When these things remain long enough in our lives and become menacing entrapments, our level of hope to see resolution comes to all time lows and we become absolutely defeated by them. These circumstances can range from business issues to relational or health issues. They are simply too huge for us to handle. When we become
Fort & Area Churches Fort Saskatchewan Life Church: 50-10420 98 Ave. (Back of Fort Mall). Sunday Service/Kids Church @ 10:15a. Wed. Service @ 7:00p. Culture Shock Youth, Fri @ 7:00p. 780-9929673. www.fslifechurch.ca. Fellowship Baptist Church: Pastor Jim Paulson. Worship Service: Sun @ 10:30a. Prayer: Tues @ 7:00p. Awana Children’s Program Thurs @ 6:30p. 9932 - 101 St., Fort Sask. (Ac. from Legacy Park) 780-992-0880.
EGGCETERA stances. Yet I digress. You see, whilst in the grocery store one day dad discovered a bag of marshmallows call ‘Jet Puffed Marshmallows’. I think you can still get them. Anyways, that bugger proceeded to tell me that they were called that because the marshmallow mixture is fed by a tube into a jet engine and that out the back ﬂys out, at great speeds mind you, a marshmallow, a jet puffed marshmallow. Not only that but behind it is a feller standing with a baseball catchers mitt to catch the marshmallows as they shoot out the back of that jet engine. You likely think I’m exageratin’ but Lord knows these are just the tip of the iceberg for dadisms. He always had a way of twisting reality into something fantastical. Granted all in good fun but the man is deﬁnitely talented when it boils right down to it. Recently, as I was walking under a jetliner ﬂying at 35,000 feet above my head, I recalled his antics. It got me to thinking that we often get so tied up in the reality of our lives that we never give the fantastical completely overwhelmed long enough... our entire world is crushed and suffocates us. We are paralyzed. Fear and intimidation are the ghosts that are ever present, and our heart is sick... many end their lives at this point because all hope is nonexistent. Hope is a God-given fuel that keeps people motivated and brings life. Without it is utter darkness and is something that is almost indescribable. Many that suffer are mentally ill and need the care of extremely specialized doctors, but even under the care of great medical genius, there still needs to be something deposited in a person that gives hope beyond survival. None of us are put on earth to “exist”... we all have purpose, and all are designed to experience life... to the fullest measure possible. That is taken away when hope is lost. The good news? There is hope for all of us. Our hope is found in the design that God has created in us the gifts and abilities that are built into our DNA. We’re not some sort of chemical mishap that evolved... We are intelligently Church of the Nazarene: Pastor: Stephen Conklin. 9802 104 St., Fort Sask. 780-998-2451. www.fortnaz.ca. Join us Sunday @ 11a for Worship. Sunday School @ 9:50a. Partridge Hill United Church: Corner of TWP 542 and RR 220. 780-895-7378. Debbie Brill, Minister. Worship Service: 9:30am. www.partridgehillunitedchurch. com Josephburg Community Church: 21380 Township Road 550 (intersection of Twp. Rd. 550 & Sec. Highway 830) Aas you enter the hamlet of Josephburg. Ph: 780-998-9331 Fax: 780-998-9305. Pastor: Rev. Audrey Daley www. josephburgcommunitychurch.ca
any credit. Though whimsical and far fetched things like the far out tall tales give us grounding and a sense of being in life. They give us a special appreciation for life and a connection between one another. Looking at it you might think I’m stretching a bit, a somewhat tall tale about the effects of these tall tales. Yet folks when you hear them or think of them do they not bring a smile to your face every time someone, especially dad or that father ﬁgure pulls your leg? That smile brings us all closer together, as a family, as a community and as a world. You see even something as simple as a smile can place a whole new look upon life and upon the world around us. It doesn’t just brighten up your day but it brings you something long lasting for the future. It gives you hope towards a future by the bond you create. That and it just makes you wonder if that feller really is nuts. Me, I know the reality and although he is nuts he’s made my world better one smile at a time, dadisms and all. designed by a God who loves and cares for us intimately. Jeremiah 29 (from the Bible) says “I know the thoughts that I think toward you says the Lord. Thoughts that are good and not evil, that you would have a future and a hope”. His desire is that hope would always be your portion, and that your hope would be found in the presence of His goodness in your life. I once lived in “hope deferred”... it was awful! I never knew why I existed, and sometimes felt like I was here to be tormented. God found me struggling one day, and changed everything... My deepest longings were satisﬁed. I discovered a “tree of life”. Now I not only have hope for myself, but I have hope for others as well. If you take the time to hang around me for a while, I’m pretty sure it’ll rub off on you as well. Hope can be contagious when you hang around the right people. We all have “deep longings” when they go unanswered... it makes the heart sick... the only medicine for the lack of hope is hope itself! Come to church sometime... I’ll tell you more! First United Church: 10409100 Ave., Fort Sask. 780-9984060. Rev. Danielle A. James. All welcome. Sunday Worship & Sunday School: 10:00a. Holy Protection Orthodox Church: Saturdays: Great Vespers, 5p. Sundays: Divine Liturgy, 10a. 281 Fort Mall, 10421 99 Ave. 780-708-2877. All Services in English. St. George’s Anglican Church: Reverend Maude Parsons-Horst. Sunday worship: 8:30am Holy Communion and 10:30am Holy Communion 10029 – 99th Ave, Ph: 780-998-3620.