Thursday, March 6, 2014
WHERE IS THIS?
Meeting a positive sign
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t wasn’t exactly the Yalta Conference or the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, but hopefully the fact that councillors and mayors from St. Albert and Sturgeon County sat down together recently will signal the start of better relations between the two sides. Nolan Crouse and his colleagues from St. by Glenn Cook Albert met with Tom Flynn and the rest of Sturgeon County council on Wednesday, Feb. 26, for a day-long session on neutral ground in Westlock. And while neither side has been forthcoming with details about exactly what was discussed, the fact that they actually sat down and talked is significant in and of itself. The strained relations between St. Albert and Sturgeon County date back for years and mainly have to do with — what else? — land and money. Whether it was Richard Plain or Paul Chalifoux on the city’s side or Helmut Hinteregger or Don Rigney representing the county, battles over annexation and tax sharing have made up the lion’s share of the municipalities’ interactions over the past 15 to 20 years. But it seems like Nolan Crouse and Tom Flynn are determined to take a different tack than their predecessors, as are their council colleagues. In the cases of both St. Albert and the county, fresh faces were put on council by voters on last October’s election day, and they seem ready to put the past behind them. And that’s a great sign, because the futures of both municipalities are extensively intertwined. At the Business Breakfast hosted by the City of St. Albert at the Enjoy Centre on Tuesday, Feb. 25, officials with the City were talking about the population of St. Albert doubling over the coming decades. Where are those people going to live? Where are they going to shop? The answer seems to be to the north of the current city limits — land that will have to be annexed from Sturgeon County. And that process will be a whole lot easier if everyone is on good terms. The last thing anyone wants to see is a repeat of the contentious annexation of land that finally culminated in 2007. It’s much better to have peaceful relations from the start than have to try and negotiate a truce later on down the road.
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Women have made strides, but we can do more
nternational Women’s Day has been observed since the early 1900s. It is an official holiday in many countries, including Afghanistan, Russia and Eritrea, and is now celebrated in almost every country in the world, supported by many of the world’s leaders. What started as a day to raise awareness of issues facing women — such as lack of education, adequate health care and safety — has now become a celebration of the progress humanity has made as a whole as we strive to achieve the heights we are capable of reaching. We are told by the Bahá’í Writings that: “The world of humanity has two wings — one is women and the other men. Not until both wings are equally developed can the bird
URQUHART Baha’is of St. Albert My City fly. Should one wing remain weak, flight is impossible. Not until the world of women becomes equal to the world of men, in the acquisition of virtues and perfections, can success and prosperity be attained as they ought to be.” To celebrate the achievement that women living in the St. Albert, Morinville and Sturgeon County areas have made to our communities, the Bahá’í Community of St. Albert is hosting its 18th annual International Women’s Day celebration. Five deserving women have been chosen with
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great difficulty from amongst the many nominations sent in by friends, co-workers, or family members. Women were chosen from a variety of categories, such as the arts, business, community service education, health, literacy, motherhood, peace, youth, First Nations Initiatives and science. At the awards night, being held this year on Saturday, March 8, at the Sturgeon Valley Golf and Country Club, the five remarkable women chosen will be awarded and acknowledged. These recipients, along with all of the women nominated every year, truly illustrate where education, encouragement, and opportunity can lead. History has always considered women inferior to
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men, especially in the arena of intelligence. During many times in history, women were led to believe to be even less than human. But we now know that the conditions in the past were due to women’s lack of opportunity. Being denied the right to education, women were able to advance only slowly. As we establish what has been revealed in the Bahá’í Writings, “that mankind and womankind as parts of composite humanity are coequal and that no difference in estimate is allowable, for all are human,” we will experience the true benefit of a world where all are given the opportunity to reach their full potential. For tickets to this year’s International Women’s Day event, phone Mitra at 780-4585214 or Elaine at 780-460-2151. Owned and operated by
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St. Albert Leader March 6, 2014