VOL. 71 NO. 5
71 YEARS OF SERVING THE COMMUNIT Y
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2018
Snow, Snow and More Snow
Emily Mailhot Reporter – Vegreville News Advertiser A sudden dump from heaven has left many towns in our surrounding areas with messy roads – and a lot of town and village cleanup to be done. In light of this, several people have shared their coffee house chatter, to express their problems – and some solutions – to do with the snow. One man watched his friend pull into a parking spot on Main Street in Vegreville and
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RCMP files from January 22 - 28 Arthur Beaudette News Advertiser January 22 03:28 â€“ RCMP received a report of someone receiving a Facebook message about someone having suicidal thoughts and wanted this person checked on. RCMP located the person who was fine and not having any thoughts to harm themselves. 09:03 â€“ Report of a stolen vehicle. Later in the day, the truck was found burnt however the license plate was not recovered. No suspects or witnesses at this time. 09:59 â€“ EMS requested police assistance with a cardiac arrest on the highway. The patient was transported to the hospital under EMS care and later was passed away. 10:47 â€“ Reported that mailboxes in Vegreville were broken into. At this point, it appears that no mail was taken. At this time there are no suspects or witnesses. Canada Post is working on fixing the mailboxes. 12:08 â€“ RCMP were alerted to a group of youth that were causing a disturbance in a store. The manager advised that they were throwing food and being loud and refused to leave. The youth were served with notices of trespass and told not to return. The parents were informed. 16:10 â€“ Traffic stop conducted on a vehicle with an invalid license plate. No registration, no insurance and improper use of license plate. The driver also had an outstanding warrant from a different province. The driver was arrested and the motor vehicle was towed. The driver was released with documents for court as well as traffic tickets. January 23 14:00 â€“ Complainant attended detachment to report receiving a call to report receiving a call saying that they owe thousands of dollars. The caller also said that if they did not call back, the police and Canada Revenue would seize their car, truck and bank accounts. This is a scam. 21:07 â€“ Report of a missing person. The person was located at a friendâ€™s house and given a ride home. 21:28 â€“ 911 call of a suicidal person. It was reported that the subject left a suicide note. When the subject found out the police were called they took off on foot. The subject was located and transported to the hospital.
23:37 â€“ Complainant called to report an intoxicated person banging on their door. RCMP located the suspect walking on the highway. The subjectâ€™s family members attended the location to pick them up and take them home.
January 24 00:46 â€“ Member observed a vehicle parked behind the high school. Member pulled in behind the vehicle for a traffic stop. Vehicle found to have no insurance or registration. The vehicle was towed and tickets were issued. 01:09 â€“ Complaint of a possible domestic in Vegreville. The complainant advised that they were punched in the face by the suspect. The suspect was located, arrested for assault. This matter is still under investigation.
watching a teenager. It appears to the caller that the teenager is trying to get away from the elderly person. Members attended and spoke with all parties. The teenager and the elderly person are related. The teenager was driven to a friendâ€™s house because they could not get along with their family. 15:10 â€“ Complainant attended detachment to inform that they had tires on their holiday trailer punctured. Unknown when it happened. Reporting for information. 20:36 â€“ Complainant called asking for assistance on a well-being check. Member attended the location and found the subject injured. EMS was contacted and took the subject to the hospital for treatment. 22:48 â€“ Report of a fire on the side of the road. Members attended the location and tracked the subject through the field. The subject was arrested and lodged as stolen items were also recovered. This matter is still under investigation. 23:59 â€“ 911 hang-up. On call back, yelling was heard in the background. Members attended and located an intoxicated person outside. They were arrested, lodged in cells and released when sober.
06:45 â€“ 911 call of a vehicle eastbound in the Westbound lane of the highway. Member attended immediately for patrols. Unable to locate vehicle despite looking in medians and ditches. There were no other calls. 11:35 â€“ Child Family Services called to report a sexual assault that had occurred. This matter is still under investigation. 11:42 â€“ Complainant called to advise that a person left found property at a store in Mundare. RCMP called the owner of the property informing them where they could pick up their belongings. 12:02 â€“ Complainant called to advise that they received an email from an Ex after not hearing from them for some time. Complainant is reporting for information purposes because they want no contact with their Ex. 14:36 â€“ Report of an elderly person
00:30 â€“ As member was driving northbound on Hwy 855 they observed a dark colored vehicle pull off and park sideways on a township road. A traffic stop was initiated. The driver was only holding a class 8 license (ID card) with an open beer in the cupholder. Tickets were issued for court. 01:05 â€“ Complainant reported that their granddaughter and friend were in their house refusing to leave. Member attended and kicked both parties out. 10:51 â€“ Edmonton Police Service reports that they have a file where a computer was stolen. The computer is now pinging in Vegreville. Members attended the location, spoke to the owner of the home. No computer was located. 11:36 â€“ Report a male filed up with gas, came into the store and purchased other items. The gas attendant forgot to charge for the gas. The RCMP spoke to the owner of the vehicle who returned to pay for the gas. 13:00 â€“ Complainant attended the detachment with concerns that their common-law spouse is going to take their children and flee the province. This is a
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Canada’s Head in the Clouds at Davos Arthur Beaudette News Advertiser - Opinion For those readers who do not keep up with world events, Prime Minister Trudeau recently attended the World Economic Forum (a Swiss non-profit foundation) in Davos Switzerland. This event is attended by global leaders from all walks of life including politics, business, academics, and even journalism. The focus is to discuss issues that impact the world as a whole. This year’s theme was “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World.” Incidentally, the global elite each pays $85,000 (Canadian) to attend all the events in Davos. Canada’s tally about $4 Million between the government and the private sector. Among the political leaders in attendance, there were representatives from many fortune 100 companies such as Google, Facebook, Shell, EBay, and Alibaba. International banks, fund managers as well as names you might recognize such as Bill Gates, Donald Trump and of course our own Minister of Finance, Bill Morneau. At the Forum, Oxfam outlined one of the stark realities in our world. The ever-growing global inequity. The flow of generated wealth in the past year saw 82 percent of new money heading to the richest one percent while not a penny increase made its way to the 3.7 billion people who make up the poorest half of the world. That one percent? Forty-two
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people. Those 42 have the same amount of wealth as the bottom 3.7 billion people according to Oxfam. Dare I say that many of the attendees are part of the richest one percent? During his speech in Davos, Trudeau specifically stated that Canada would not attempt to match the United States’ new, lower tax rates. Not only did we not need to, in fact, the Liberal Canadian approach of higher taxes and more government would actually give us better growth than the United States. I suppose we can see if this is true in 6 months or so. If you believe Trudeau, we have entered a “new age of doing business.” No longer will managers be driven by profits and losses, but rather by a “values-based” approach to business. Is he serious? He’s addressing a conference where many of the attendees are not only some of the wealthiest in the world, but whos empires depend on profits and even go to great lengths to achieve those profits. Does he honestly think the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan want’s to ignore profits?? Now you can’t blame our trust fund Prime Minister. While he did win the popularity contest to become Prime Minister, I doubt he can even balance a chequebook. I’m still waiting for the budget to balance itself. It should happen soon because according to Reuters, Canada posted a budget deficit of $17.8 billion for the 2016-17 fiscal year, well above the $1.0 billion deficit the year before. Right on track... right? Maybe he should put his money where his mouth is and tell his trust fund managers to forego profits and focus on making everyone feel warm and fuzzy. In Trudeau’s words, “People have been taken advantage of, losing their jobs and their livelihoods,” he said. “All the while, companies avoid taxes and boost record profits with one hand, while slashing benefits with the other.” Ok, possibly a fair point. But what has the Government of Canada done to change this? Big multinational companies in Canada STILL make record profits and many of them ALSO have little regard for their people. At the same time, our government calls farmers and small businesses tax cheats. I’m missing something. I’m not discounting that something needs to be done, but so far the strategy of increasing taxes, spending more and only talking a big game about improving our quality of life is getting old and tired. A “values-based” approach to business is only good if it can still put food on the table and allow our seniors to live without worrying about if they can afford next month’s heat and power bills. At least Trudeau left Davos with some great selfies. As an added bonus, his socks even hit the news, so it wasn’t a total loss... at least in his world. Tell me what you think. Email me at abletters@ newsadvertiser.com
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A New Kind of Common Market Beckons Canada Ian Madsen Senior policy analyst - Frontier Centre for Public Policy As international trade deals devolve - or disintegrate - new opportunities should present themselves. Britain is leaving the European Union. Canada may be forced to leave the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) if President Donald Trump’s conditions for Canada’s membership become too painful. Several other nations are in unsatisfactory trade and investment treaties, and many are democracies similar to Canada. It all provides definite opportunities for these countries. Efficient, frictionless trade in goods generally benefits consumers no matter where they live. Trade in services is often less visible but no less important. Exchange of financial capital, data, technical know-how and even skilled, employable people, while more contentious, is normally required by prosperous, dynamic, growing economies. Why not, then, think big and bold about developing and refining this idea? One of the major reasons for not allowing the free flow of goods, services, capital and people across borders is the concern that some poorer nations will simply flood richer nations with unskilled people and shoddy or subsidized goods. Or that corporations will flee higher-taxed, higherstandard-of-living countries for lower-taxed, lower-standardof-living countries. Yet, if free-trade arrangements were between similarly advanced nations, there would be little fear of disruption. In fact, little now stops employable people seeking to emigrate from Canada to Australia, New Zealand or Singapore, or from these countries to Canada. So why not develop the potential for free flow of everything from these countries? Such flows should be as unimpeded as possible. There’s never been a better time to have a free-trade, investment, and work-permit regime between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. All four nations are democracies with similar standards of living, similar gross domestic product per capita, similar laws based on AngloSaxon common law, and considerable experience as trading nations, with international banking systems. They’re also free of exclusive or near-exclusive common markets such as the European Union. In fact, the United Kingdom is the mother country of all these British Commonwealth nations and soon will be free to join such an arrangement. Together, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore have more than 70 million people, a GDP rivalling that of Germany, and exceeding the GDP of Russia, Brazil and even India. Moreover, these countries have enormous natural resources and human and intellectual capital. With common product licensing and standards, and a few other adjustments to laws and regulations to ensure equivalent treatment of companies and workers, this market union could have enormous economic power and influence. It would introduce much-needed competition into the domestic markets of all
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15 Years of Service
Darryl Werstiuk (left) and Patti Johnston (right) of member-owned and cooperative Lakeland REA receive a certificate to mark 15 years serving the Vegreville and surrounding communities from Craig Horon of the News Advertiser.
these countries, particularly in banking and financial services, and increasing the demand for skilled and semiskilled workers. With free flow of labour, capital, resources, energy, knowledge and technology, the economies would quickly find their best and most productive uses. Soon, other countries at a similar level could join - Chile, Israel, Mauritius, and even Botswana, and the United Kingdom when it leaves the EU. The U.K. alone would add another 65.6 million people to this trading partnership. This type of development could bring challenges, bold new
ventures and economic opportunities to all these nations. It’s a new year, it’s time for a new market.
Ian Madsen is a senior policy analyst at the Frontier Centre for Public Policy.
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FROM THE PAGES OF THE VEGREVILLE OBSERVER
COMPILED BY DAN BEAUDETTE
90 Years Ago – February 1, 1928
In opening the annual meeting of the Town of Vegreville, the Mayor referred to the difficulties which confronted municipal undertakings during 1927, due to unfavorable weather. But the work had been done including a lot of ditching, new culverts, the construction of the disposal plant, repiping Main street and other necessary repairs. In the long run, the town would save a lot of money from the expenditures made in 1927. Referring to the councillors not being present, he mentioned that Mr. McLean in in Ontario; Mr. Price is ill; Mr. Kolmatycki had resigned; Mr. Dutka was expected to come but was detained for the reason mentioned above. Weiner’s Bakery are remodelling and enlarging their bake shop by cutting down partitions. New hard wood floor is also being put in. The installation of a modern high speed mixer, steam boiler and a brand new oven are among the improvements. Bread will be baked by steam the same as in any modern bakery in the large cities. John Mitchell, star hockey player, who had been laid up with pneumonia, is able to be around again and is back on the job at the Vegreville Drug and Book Store.
75 Years Ago – February 3, 1943
At a special meeting of M.D. of Beaver Lake a resolution was passed in support of an application by Mrs. Amanda Coates for the position of Telephone operator at the Holden phone office. At the Vegreville Annual meeting Councillor Hurlburt spoke of work done on the streets and the secretary-treasurer, as Town Commissioner, reviewed the operation of the waterworks system and said the reservoirs had been reconditioned and would shortly be back to use. Aeration would, according to advice from the Provincial Sanitation Engineer, reduce the iron content. J. Fitzallen returining officer, received nomination papers on Monday for Councillorships and school trustees. Contests loom up for the council and the public school board. But Mrs. Couillard and S. Sysak received acclamation for the Separate School Board. Council nominees are: George Black, Fred W. Laing, C.B. McClure, W.W. Pawliuk and A.W. Shaw; three to be elected. For public school board: John Decore, James Fraser, Dr. R. M. Reid; two to be elected.
Fluoride Is Not Only Pointless, It’s A Health Risk
50 Years Ago – February 1, 1968
The Vegreville Fish and Game Association scored another success on Friday night when their annual wildlife supper was staged at the National Hall. Well over the expected number of persons planned for turned out to the affair which featured a banquet of wild meat, fowl and fish of every description. The meal was prepared by Mrs. Mary Kulmatycki and her helpers and as usual a superb job was recorded. Presentation of trophy awards followed the talks and were made by John Weleshchuk, awards chairman. Announcement of the winners of the two prizes being given away say John Miller of Vegreville receive the Winchester 30-30 Canadian Centennial Rifle and John Makowichuk the binoculars. Mr. and Mrs. Anton and Ann Shchurek celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary at the Two Hills Recreation Hall on December 29th. Honoring them on this occasion were approximately 200 friends and relatives from Calgary, Edmonton, Vegreville, Wainwright, Two Hills and district. Secretary of the Vegreville Local United Grain Growers Elmer Schultz presented a plaque to Hohn Weleschuk, president of the Vegreville Fish and Game Associaiton in appreciation for the work the association is carrying out. Provincial Fish and Wildlife Director Stuart Smith extended his congratulations to Past President Ray Sayko for his participation in the program.
25 Years Ago – February 2, 1993
Lions project Pride is an across Canada celebration encouraging grade one students to be proud Canadians. Vegreville Lions members handed out Canadian flags and a certificate saying ‘My country is Canada. I am free to be me regardless of my color, or beliefs. The symbol of my country is the maple leaf. I am proud to be Canadian.’ The Vegreville Lions Club gave flags and certificates to 55 Queen Elizabeth and 64 St. Martin’s grade one students. On December 14, 1992 the Edmonton Food Executives Club and the Northern Alberta Food Brokers Association honored the Vinet family for their contributions and support to the grocery industry. On hand to receive the commemorative plates were Mac Vinet, Allan Vinet, Darryl Vinet and Neil Vinet. Along with the plates the EFEC, with the Food Brokers Association made a $500 contribution to the Multiple Sclerosis Society on their behalf. The Vinet family recently sold all four store (located in Wetaskwin, Camrose, Lacombe and Vegreville) to the Westfair Food Group. At the regular Mundare Air Cadet Parade on January 19, commanding officer Chuck St. Clair was presented with the Canadian Long Service medal with two bars. The presentation was in honor of his completing 32 years of military service.
One role of the Vegreville News Advertiser is to promote dialogue on various issues of concern to area residents. We accomplish this by welcoming Letters to the Editor and allowing various issues to be debated through our pages. All letters must contain the writer’s name, address and phone number. Anonymous letters will not be printed, however the writer’s name may be withheld from publication in special circumstances deemed appropriate by the Publisher. The Vegreville News Advertiser reserves the right to edit letters for length, clarity, spelling and grammar, taste or for reasons of potential libel. The Vegreville News Advertiser reserves the right to withhold letters from publication.
Dr. Bob Dickson and Dr. Hardy Limeback Contributors - Troy Media The fluoridation debate is still very much alive in Calgary, where pro-fluoridation advocates have had a field day, citing claims that seemingly support their position. Many of those claims are either misleading or completely incorrect. A recent letter in the Calgary Herald signed by 22 dentists, doctors, academics and periodontists claimed, “more than 3,000 peerreviewed studies demonstrate that fluoridation is effective and support its safety.” In fact, not a single properly conducted drug trial (randomized, doubleblinded) has ever been conducted on fluoridation. The globally respected Cochrane Collaboration found a meagre 19 valid non-randomized studies, all with weaker designs. Only three of those were conducted since 1975. The letter also claimed “fluoride is 26 to 44 per cent effective in reducing cavities.” This is based on o old, weak science. At most, the benefit from fluor fluoridation is perhaps one filling saved per on person over 40 years. p Calgar y city council decided in
2011 to eliminate fluoridation, a decision that was supported by four previous plebiscites. The move is both a cost-saver and good for children. It would cost Calgarians at least $50 million to fluoridate for 40 years. That’s about $450 in taxes per filling, much more than the cost of a filling. And worse, many children will end up with dental fluorosis (in the U.S., where fluoridation is common, f luorosis in teens has skyrocketed to 58 per cent), a problem that local dentists state can run into the tens of thousands of dollars. Thus, the cost of fluoridation far exceeds its claimed benefit. Fluoridation advocates also claimed fluoride occurs naturally in Calgary water at concentrations of 0.1 to 0.4 parts per million (ppm), and that fluoridation merely entails topping it up to 0.7 ppm. If Calgary’s water supply already contains up to 0.4 ppm naturally, then ‘topping it up to 0.7 ppm’ will do little to prevent cavities, especially when there are so many other proven sources of fluoride, such as toothpaste, dental treatments and inexpensive prescriptions. These claims are based on research led by Dr. Lindsay McLaren, published in February 2016. But that research was unable to show an effect of
There are concerns about fluoride’s effect on IQ. And the cost of fluoridation far exceeds its claimed benefit
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snow - CONTINUED from front PAGE immediately get stuck. They shoveled him out but the SUV did not budge for approximately 30 minutes. Though everyone has had some degree of difficulty when it has come to this weekend’s weather, many townspeople, even amidst their winter blues, have offered solutions. Some of these include; alternating weekend ‘holidays’ between the workers so that some take days off in the middle of the week, to clear the snow when it falls on weekends, or simply letting the snow melt. One woman (who will remain anonymous) would like to recommend that complainant townspeople just drive bigger cars, thus becoming invincible to the snow.
Updates from some other areas: Two Hills Mayor Leonard Ewanishan says they are doing pretty good, considering the dump that we have had. There is about 17 to 18 km of road that has been cleared, with between 30 and 40 km to go. All of the wider streets have been windrowed, and the town is currently working on hauling away the rest of the snow. Mundare is also almost done with the snow.
The town employees have been out all weekend making sure the streets are clear for drivers to use safely. The only specific challenges they have faced have been the suddenness and amount of snow. Mayor Charles Gargus estimated the town will pay between $3000-4000 in overtime hours from this weekend. Lamont’s snow cleanup is also going really well, in spite of the crazy tons of snow. Town employees have stayed late and worked all weekend to make sure the snow gets cleared. The toughest challenge they have faced has been clearing the snow with cars parked on the roads, but as the town gave a notice for people to park elsewhere, they estimate that the roads will be cleared by next week. What snow has been removed from the roads is being hauled away. The solution they have for budgeting is to take an average from previous years and estimate how many hours will be needed for town employees in the winter. This is slightly unpredictable, however, as the amount of road cleanup we need each year depends largely on the weather.
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Winter Mishaps Sgt. Jerry Nutbrown RCMP Ponderings – Vegreville Detachment Winter has once again reminded us that our current season comes with snow and cold temperatures. Not that we haven’t had winter weather this season, but it has come in waves this year. As this weather comes so does a different variety of situations we are required to deal with along with other groups that are responsible for pieces of responding to various incidents. Let me explain. With the latest downfall of snow, a number of situations
present themselves due to the accumulation of snow and reduced visibility. Carillion has the contract with the province so they are the ones with the snow plows out on the highways. You will also see town and county employees out also clearing snow on streets, roads and parking areas. As these weather events descend on us inevitably there are collisions and vehicles unintentionally introducing themselves to ditches and other off-road areas. This could cause other services, such as EMS and tow trucks, to become involved. With all these service types and the general public, order needs to be maintained. By order, I don’t mean that there is rioting in the streets (it’s too cold for that), but order of movement as this is usually the cause of issues. The first place where prevention can happen is motorists staying off the roads and streets. When reports are broadcast/ posted asking the public to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary, this is for good reason. Even though there are plenty of 4x4 and all-wheel drive vehicles, these only are a benefit to a point. A truck with a lift kit gives it more clearance for snow drifts, but it doesn’t help visibility and depending on the condition of the tires, they may be worse off than someone’s Honda Accord for trac-
tion. In these times we live in, we are a mobile society. For those that do venture out there are a number of things to do to mitigate risk to yourselves and others. Having your vehicle in top running condition is a good start and paying attention to the many ways to get road reports is another must. Typically the major roads are plowed first then down the list to the lesser used roads. Visibility generally has the greatest impact on safety in inclement weather. It can often be a factor in mishaps occurring which can cause emergency services to become required. Please remember that responders don’t have any better vehicles to drive in these conditions than the average person so we too are put at risk when responding to calls for
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winter - CONTINUED from PAGE 8 service. If you do come across first responders to a situation, please do not be impatient and obey any directions given. By first responders, I include tow truck drivers as they see a large spike in their calls during these times. They are put at risk as they are boosting vehicles, pulling vehicles out of ditches or towing damaged vehicles. During these times even police try not to get in the way of snow plows and add to their risk of being hit. Throw in darkness and the risk greatly increases. A large number of plows are hit every year as motorists take chances with driving and obviously these vehicles kick up a lot of snow and the visibility surrounding them is significantly
reduced (and they are really big and heavy so other vehicles usually come out a lot worse than them in a collision). These workers are out clearing the way for all us motorists but they need time and space to effectively do their jobs. It is all about reducing the risk to yourself and others. So please be patient with all these workers out and about during these times because we would all rather you get to your destination safely than not at all. Think of this, what is the worst that will happen if you are late to your destination? Now ask yourself, what is the worst that can happen by passing that snow plow that you can’t see past? Please be safe everyone.
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The blotter - CONTINUED from PAGE 2 civil matter and the complainant was advised to speak with a family lawyer. 19:49 – 911 of a person asking for police saying that they are going through some bad times. RCMP attended and located an intoxicated person. The subject was taken to the hospital for care. 19:53 – Complainant reports a non-moving vehicle on Hwy 16 with “HELP” written on the snow of the back window. RCMP attended, finding a broken down vehicle with 3 cold occupants. Vehicle and occupants were taken by tow truck to Vegreville.
January 26 08:00 – Report of a motor vehicle collision. Somebody had rear-ended a stopped vehicle. A violation ticket was issued to the driver of the moving vehicle. 13:04 – Complainant reports that they were punched by subject. RCMP attended and spoke to all parties. No grounds to lay charges. 20:31 – 911 of a family dispute. Complainant advised that their daughter has a knife. RCMP attended, spoke with all parties and the daughter left for the evening.
January 27 02:08 – 911 of a theft. Complainant reports that they had a date with the subject and the subject stole a large sum of money from them. The subject was located and stated that they were hired by the complainant for the night out. The subject advised that when the complainant became aggressive, they left. No further police action required as this is a civil matter. 16:11 – Complainant reports missing person who has not returned home. RCMP located the subject at a friend’s home and took them back to their family. January 28 06:14 – Report of an impaired driver in the ditch. RCMP attended and located the vehicle. Members spoke to the driver who was asleep behind the wheel. They had been stuck since around midnight and kept the car running to keep them warm. A tow truck was called to get them out. 13:09 – Complainant reports that their teenage son assaulted them. The youth was taken to a friend’s place to stay for the night and no charges were laid.
During the week there were 4 false alarms, 3 false 911’s and 1 animal collisions totaling 68 calls for service.
10-year Plan Must Haves Agri-News Submitted When asked what their plan is for the next 10 years, farmers often say they haven’t had a chance to work on it yet,” says
Rick Dehod, farm financial specialist, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. “Whether the next generation is ready to take over, or you are in the prime of your farming career, you need to ask yourself what the farm business will look like 10 years from now.” When it comes to putting together a ten-year farm plan, there are several important areas that need to be considered. Employees/family members. “Family will always be the focus of Canadian farms, but we see more non-family members being involved as farms increase in size and scope. Many farms have non-family members with a significant role and responsibility in the farm operation.” Dehod says that, whether family or non-family members, workers must be clear on their roles and responsibilities. • How are they being trained, and rewarded?
How do they fit into the culture of the farm? • Are they passionate and committed to the farm’s success? • Do they know what success looks like? • Are they part of the team? “Businesses evolve and are always seeking improvement. Does your business culture allow family and non-family employees to provide input for new improvements? If your team sees that you listen and implement their ideas, the trust and commitment can be a great motivator. Sometimes, farms will not take the next step as they don’t have family that is interested or the desire to manage employees. The farm cannot grow as it does not have the manpower to do so.” Communication. “Once you have determined what your 10-year plan looks like, let your entire team know,” says Dehod. “This is a living document.
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10 Year plan - CONTINUED from PAGE 10 Live it. Communicate often, it will keep family and employees engaged and focused on the vision. Make sure your team knows that you appreciate their contribution to the plan. They’ll go above and beyond with good communication. This passion will prepare your farm to take the next step.” Standard Operating Procedures. “We all have our way of doing things. But as we assemble our teams, family or non-family, procedures have to be standardized and communicated. You can’t expect things to be done to your satisfaction if no one knows what’s expected of them. Standardized procedures also increase efficiency and safety. But procedures have to be documented and checklist created. You require complete buy-in from all family and non-family members. This is a critical step and it has to be done right, as not doing so could have expensive consequences.” Technology. Technology is changing rapidly, says Dehod, and there is more data now than in the past to help evaluate processes and decisions. “How do you intend to embrace this change and use technology to your advantage to meet your vision and goals? Your grandfather would have never envisioned GPS guidance or zero till. We have mapped the genomes of beef and our major crops. Modern agriculture has embraced technology. Exciting things will happen in the next 10 years, but how will you keep up? Life-long learning is key to keeping up.” Customers. Customers want to know more and more about food production. “They want open and transparent information about issues such as animal welfare, traceability, and sustainability, they want information about their food products. Standard operating procedures and the adoption of technology are being influenced by your customers. What are you doing to meet their expectations and keep your market open? How will you fit this into your ten-year plan?” Finance. While people often talk about ratios and returns on investment, these numbers ebb and flow. “What we really have to understand that these numbers are the result of the decisions that we make. If you want to improve your profitability and equity, look at the decisions that produced past results. Go through those results to review your decisions. We know that there are profit leaks that are a persistent drain of revenue and resources that don’t show up on the ledger or on the accountings statements. If you look after the pennies, the dollars will look after themselves. Be vigilant, and address these leaks. If you can increase your returns by five per cent and decrease your costs by five per cent, your farm will realize better profits. Better profits provide the funds for your farm to grow and fulfill your plans.”
For more information go to the Farm Manager Homepage or contact Rick Dehod at 780-427-4466.
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Visitor Services Innovation Fund returns for 2018 Marion Nader Press Secretary - Culture and Tourism The province is continuing a popular program that helps tourism-related organizations connect with more travellers so they can experience everything Alberta has to offer. The Visitor Services Innovation Fund (VSIF), which was successfully piloted in 2017, focuses on helping visitors receive trip-planning information in more innova-
tive ways to enhance their travel experience. The program supports the provinceâ€™s visitor services providers by helping modernize how they deliver travel information and trip-planning services so information is available when, where and how visitors want it. All visitor services providers in Alberta are encouraged to apply for grant funding. The deadline for applications is Feb. 7. â€œBased on the success of the pilot, we are excited to continue the program,
empower our tourism industry partners and help ensure visitors to the province have a great travel experience. From special events and great restaurants to local museums and landmarks off the beaten track, visitor services are the link between travellers and a great Alberta experience. We want to encourage more innovative ideas to help visitor services providers inspire and engage visitors.â€?
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visitor services - CONTINUED from above Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism In 2017, the VSIF awarded 18 communities across the province with approximately $107,000 in funding. Project highlights include: Chinook Country Tourism Association and Crowsnest Pass Chamber of Commerce engaged an additional 2,077 and 650 visitors, respectively, through the
use of mobile visitor information centres. Fort McMurray Tourism used a mobile tricycle in various areas of the community to engage with and provide travel information to visitors. The organization noted a 43 percent increase in visitor engagements as a result. Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau offered mobile and social media counselling to be more accessible to visitors and provide convenient services. This resulted in a 35 percent increase in engagements from June 1 to Aug. 31, 2017 (32,500 visitors) Tourism development helps diversify the economy, create jobs and encourage
investment in communities across the province. To put it in perspective, in 2015, more than 34 million people visited Alberta and spent $8.1 billion (Statistics Canada). In 2018, the VSIF will provide grants of up to $7,000 to individual organizations providing visitor services and up to $16,000 to those that partner to develop new ways to connect with more tourists in Alberta. Visitor services providers are the initial point of contact for many people travelling in Alberta and have the opportunity to influence visitors to extend their stays and try new experiences
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Myrnam 4-H Club Report Caitlin Jacula Myrnam 4-H Club Reporter It has already been a busy 4-H year for the Myrnam 4-H Beef and MultiClub with new projects, lots of events and meetings. We have 11 regular members and two cleaver members this year. Our members are doing Steer, Heifer, Cow/Calf, Scrapbooking, Visual Arts and Pheasant projects this year. In November we held our weigh day at Rusylvia Cattle Co., our 4-H members weighed their steers and heifers and members were selected for executive positions. Elected were Taylor Pashulka as President, Riley Pashulka as Vice President, Jaeanna Saskiw as Treasurer, Madison Bykewich as Secretary, and Caitlin Jacula as Club Reporter. Our General Leader is Josie Pashulka and Assistant Leader is Jennifer Jacula. Our district hosted Fall Fling in Two Hills in November, and our club was involved with putting on that event which drew around 100 kids from across the region. In December, many of our members enjoyed the Northeast Regional 4-H Volleyball tournament in Vermilion, and we had a fun sign painting night as well as our regular meeting. We held our Christmas party at the Myrnam arena where we skated, played games, enjoyed potluck and exchanged gifts. In January, our club hosted the annual Two Hills 4-H District Curling at the Myrnam Curling Rink, and we also cooked breakfast for the Myrnam Farmers Bonspiel on January 13, which was pancakes and sausage. Thank you to Myroniuk Farms for sponsoring the breakfast this year. Congratulations to our member and
Vice President Riley Pashulka on his trip to Denver for the National Western Stock Showâ€™s judging competition. He was one of four 4-H members from Alberta to earn a trip there and he made our club proud with his excellent judging skills. On February 22nd at 6:30 p.m. we will be having our Club Communications at the Derwent Hall and we welcome you all
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AQUATIC CENTRE FRONT END CASHIER PART TIME Seeking a mature and responsible individual with exceptional interpersonal skills to deliver a positive and helpful experience to patrons of the Vegreville Aquatic & Fitness Centre. The successful candidate will be self-motivated and able to work with minimal supervision. They will enjoy meeting a diverse range of people and able to offer them a consistent and exceptional customer service experience. They will be computer literate although database training will be provided. The role involves handling money, opening/closing, light cleaning and general administrative duties including answering phones, taking bookings, filing, and data-entry. This is an evening/weekend position. Must be at least 16 years of age Fax, email or hand-deliver resume by Friday February 9, 2018 to the attention of: Candis Witty Vegreville Aquatic & Fitness Centre 4509 48 St. Vegreville, AB email@example.com Fax #: 780 632-7759 We thank you in advance for your interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
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Dear Classified Guys, I've been looking at homes recently, but found it confusing when it comes to determining their actual size. Regardless of where I turn, I can't seem to get a straight answer. Whether I look at a for-sale-by-owner ad or a property listed by an agent, the square footage of the house is calculated differently. Some owners add the area of their garage and basement. Others include only the basement. A few even included their deck off the back of the house. This makes it very difficult to compare houses. In the end, I feel like I'm wasting my time since many of the houses are actually smaller than I expect them to be. It's very frustrating. Isn't there a standard anyone can follow to calculate this information? I mean calculating square footage is basic 5th grade math. Cash: I think the TV show "Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?" proved there's nothing basic about 5th grade. And as you've encountered, calculating the square footage of a home is not as straightforward as it seems either. Carry: The problem you are experiencing is actually a common dilemma in the housing market. Square footage calculations can
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vary by region or by the individuals who compute them. Cash: Although there are some who knowingly miscalculate the area of a home to make it appear larger than it actually is, most people are simply misinformed on how to calculate the correct dimensions. Carry: There is a standard in the industry for single-family homes. It's created by the American National Standards Institute, a nonprofit organization comprised of government agencies, trade groups, businesses and academic institutions. Cash: However, the use of the standard is not mandatory or well known. In many cases owners and realtors calculate square footage based on their own knowledge or the information that was given to
them. As you've experienced, some will include the garage, attic, storage areas, porches or decks in their calculation. Others just copy the numbers found on the town or city records. Carry: Square footage should be measured from the outside of the house including the thickness of the walls. Then any areas that are not heated living space, such as an unfinished basement or garage, should be subtracted. Cash: Since you're finding the process frustrating, your best bet is to use their square footage as a guideline. Then acquire a list of room dimensions before venturing out to visit a property. Carry: That way with a little 5th grade math, you can determine the actual living area yourself.
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No matter how large your home is, it never seems big enough. However, Americans top the charts on the amount of space they use to live. A survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy determined that the average American has 721 square feet of living space per person. Even lower income Americans have an average of 439 square feet per person. According to the survey, these amounts of space are 50% to 100% more square footage than housing in other nations.
Although my college roommate and I moved to different areas of the country after graduating, we try to keep in touch. We both landed jobs that we liked with just enough income to make ends meet. Recently I heard that he moved back to the city, so I called him up to find out about his new place. "I bought a house on the outskirts," he was very happy to tell me. "That's great," I encouraged. "How far out of the city are you?" "It's pretty close to the city," he laughed, "It's more on the outskirts of my income!" (Thanks to Roger K.)
Study Up By the 5th grade, most kids learn the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic. Yet not all of us remember them as we grow up. That's what makes the game show, "Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?", a hit in so many countries. Audiences enjoy watching educated adults get tested with grade school questions. Sadly, most adults don't know the answers. The reasons? Experts suggest that information not pertinent to daily life is often forgotten as we get older. The real question is: Did we know the answers in grade school?
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Tingley’s Harvest Center has a fulltime position for a JOURNEYMAN HEAVY DUTY TECHNICIAN in Vegreville. The position includes: competitive wages, benefits package & company RRSP program. Email resumes to: garth@ tingleyshc.com No phone calls & only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
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2018 Vegreville’s Got Talent Returns March 1, 2018
Vegmin Learning Society Submitted On Thursday, March 1st, 2018, VegMin Learning Society hosts their 2nd Annual ‘Vegreville’s Got Talent’ fundraiser. Yes, just like other non-profit organizations, VegMin Learning Society needs to do some fundraising – so they decided to have some ‘Fun’ while enjoying local talent. Participants will showcase their talents either on the stage or in the kitchen. Prizes are awarded in 6 categories including: Stage: Youth- Solo/duet; Youth Group; Adult- Solo/ duet; Adult Group. Kitchen: Youth; Adult
The winners are determined by “People’s Choice” as the audience uses purchased votes to indicate their favourites. This fun-raising event helps support programs offered by VegMin. That means affordable registration fees for programs - English for newcomers from other countries; courses for adults who want their High School Equivalency Diplomas; computer courses for the digitally challenged; safety courses for those who need to maintain their employment; training for non-profit boards; Foundational and financial literacy, and so many more learning opportunities. Last
year, VegMin provided a variety of programs for 1,014 participants from around the area. VegMin is partially funded by Alberta Advanced Education and the remaining costs have to be covered through fundraising efforts. Last year’s event had 22 contestants and raised $3,083.45 that went towards offsetting the cost of programs. Those who attended last year’s event gave high praise and said they would be back for the next one!
Avoiding bed sores Rosanne Fortier News Correspondent People who are confined to a bed or wheelchair can come down with bed sores. Health After 50 states that bed sores can cause complications such as pressure ulcers and dangerous systemic infections which can lead surrounding tissue to die. If this happens the person may have to have hyperbolic (oxygen) therapy or surgery to remove dead tissue and in severe cases, amputation may be essential. If people live at home and their loved ones take care of them, bedsores can be prevented by removing pressure from areas prone to bedsores and placing pillows and foam cushions under and between points of pressure which usually are the heels, hips, elbows, ankles, shoulders, back, tail-
bone area and back of the head. Health After 50 also mentioned to use a special foam gel or air seat cushion, change positions often, wear loose clothing that doesn’t have buttons, zippers, or thick seams. Buy a wheelchair that isn’t too small or big for the person. It’s advisable to take care of
your skin and wash it gently, keep it moisturized and don’t use soaps or talcum powder. Get enough nutrition; especially calories and protein and if you don’t have a good appetite, consider taking food supplements. Also, it is essential to drink eight to ten glasses of water a day.
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SARAFINCHAN, Nicole January 3, 1973 - February 2, 2017 A year ago you left us. You never said goodbye. You were gone before we knew it And only God knows why. We stand upon your grave and weep And miss you more each day. We recall you enjoying happy times And wonder why you couldn’t stay. We hear you in the thunder We feel you in the breeze. We see you in the dragonfly And the rustle of the trees. We know that you have found peace This soothes our broken hearts. To know you are with Jesus Even though we are apart. In life we loved you deeply In death we love you still. In our hearts we hold a space Than only you could fill. You know how much we miss you You feel the pain inside our hearts. We thank you for the memories You gave to us before you did depart. While this life has ended A new journey you did start. With every memory we borrow We will never be apart. Our hearts broke when we lost you But you didn’t go alone. A part of us went with you The day God called you home. We thank everyone for comforting us through conversation and company during the last year. While we know the pain of losing a loved one is difficult, we acknowledge that talking about it can feel uncomfortable. We remain genuinely grateful for those that did and will continue talking to us about Nicole as it has brought us immense healing and comfort. We will continue to think of her and miss her presence - her calm and tolerant attitude; her perseverance and immense strength. We will continue to wonder “What would Nini say or do?” in each circumstance, as she was ever the voice of reason and the moral compass in our lives. We will continue to celebrate her life by remembering her struggles and challenges which helped her grow into a better person, and we strive to replicate the value of ‘Living life to the Fullest Everyday!’ as Nini did. You are eternally with us, Nini. Harriet & Don Sarafinchan Andrea & Ken Breitkreuz, Cam & Sarah Breitkreuz Catherine & Curtis Legan, Carter Legan
HUMENIUK, Oksana In loving memory of our wonderful Mother, Baba, Great Baba and Best Friend who passed away February 6, 2012. We seem to see in the soft dim light A face we love the best; Recalling her as the sun’s last rays Go down in the far-off west. We miss her more as time goes on, We can never close our hearts; And the lamp of our love still burns. Her heart the truest in the world, Her love the best to recall; None on earth could take her place, She is still the dearest of all. Lovingly remembered & missed Shelley, Gerald, Lindsay and Families.
MISKIW, Richard Peter July 13, 1947 – January 24, 2018 On Wednesday, January 24, 2018, Richard Peter Miskiw of Vegreville, Alberta passed away at the age of 70 years. Richard is survived by his loving family, his wife of 48 years, Olga; one daughter Shauna (Terry) and one son Greg (Jessica); six grandchildren Caylib, Joshua, Zachary, Trystan, Taryn and Trayson; three brothers Allan (Lil), Archie (Marlene) and Jerry (Elsie); along with numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Richard was predeceased by his granddaughter Shelby Micklich; parents Harry and Katie Miskiw. A Parastas (Funeral Service) will be held on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Autumn Rose Funeral Home in Vegreville, Alberta with Father Jim Nakonechny officiating. Interment to follow in Riverside Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Lung Assn of Alberta and NWT or to the charity of one’s choice. To send condolences, please visit www.autumnrosefuneralhome.com AUTUMN ROSE FUNERAL HOME LTD. VEGREVILLE,780-603-5800
HEINIG, Mary January 5, 1930 – January 20, 2018 On Saturday, January 20, 2018, Mary Heinig of Ryley, Alberta passed away at the age of 88 years. Mary is survived by her loving daughter Elizabeth Embree; son-in-law Dennis Delage; brother Walter Palkun; along with numerous relatives and friends. Mary was predeceased by her husband William Heinig; parents Sidor and Ksinia Palkun; daughter Carol Delage; sister Annie Stefanec. At Mary’s request, cremation has taken place. Memorial donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. To send condolences, please visit www.autumnrosefuneralhome.com AUTUMN ROSE FUNERAL HOME LTD. VEGREIVLLE,780-603-5800
Communities offered £1m a year to host nuclear waste dump New search for communities willing to host underground site for thousands of years Local communities around England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be offered £1m a year to volunteer to host an underground nuclear waste disposal facility for thousands of years, as part of a rebooted government programme. The financial incentive is one way the government hopes to encourage communities to host the £12bn facility,after
fluoridation cessation after 2011 in Calgary. The study itself noted it had many limitations. Why, then, do some dentists and orthodontists in Calgary claim that things are much worse since fluoridation was discontinued? Such a claim is anecdotal and unscientific, and not all dentists agree with it. Policy should be made not on claims but on properly conducted clinical study. There are also concerns about fluoride’s effect on IQ. A study published on Sept. 19, 2017, and funded by the National Institutes of Health, showed pregnant mothers in Mexico, with fluoride consumption at similar levels as pregnant mothers when Calgary was fluoridated, had offspring with significantly lowered IQ. This carefully controlled study raises serious questions about the safety of fluoridation for infants. Dentists in Alberta – who are not toxicologists – continue to push for fluoridation when nearly all communities in B.C., Quebec and Europe have eliminated the practice. Perhaps citizens and professionals in those jurisdictions know something Calgary dentists don’t. In fact, more than 4,000 professionals worldwide have publicly called for an end to fluoridation. Well-intentioned fluoridation proponents say they’re helping children and the poor. Ironically, and sadly, it’s infants, kids, the underprivileged, the chronically ill, elderly and people of colour who are most susceptible to harm from fluoridation. Medical science has frequently made errors. Medical and dental associations have endorsed smoking, asbestos, lead, BPA, mercury, thalidomide, Vioxx and many others. Just as they were wrong then, they’re wrong again. Fluoride, after all, is not necessary for any body function, unlike calcium, vitamins B and D, or iodine, which are essential to health, or chlorination, which kills organisms before they reach our bodies. Let’s roll up our sleeves and create the equivalent of Scotland’s Child Smile program, which has shown spectacular results since 2001 in improving dental health and overall health for their children. Together we can make a major impact on the well-being of our children without medicating our water. Robert C. Dickson, MD, CCFP, FCFP, is a community physician in Calgary and is the founder of Safe Water Calgary (www.safewatercalgary.com). Hardy Limeback, PhD, DDS, is the recently retired head of preventive dentistry at the University of Toronto. © Troy Media
New funding from DeepMind to attract top researcher in artificial intelligence to University of Alberta Hoping to accelerate developments in artificial intelligence by attracting top research talent, DeepMind has announced funding for an endowed chair in the University of Alberta’s Department of Computing Science. Hoping to accelerate developments in artificial intelligence by attracting top research talent, DeepMind has announced funding for an endowed chair in the Univer...
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Cryptojacking Arthur Beaudette Technology Service Provider - VM Systems This sounds like one of those campfire games where you take 2 things and make up a name. This time it’s the currently popular “crypto-mining” and “malware”. Yes, we officially have a “crypto-mining malware” epidemic. What’s the connection between crypto and malware you ask? Well since the huge boom and almost as big bust of Bitcoin, crypto-currencies have been all the rage. Crypto everything in fact. Companies like Kodak and Long Island Iced Tea have added crypto to their strategies and cashed in on the craze. Now, inventive hackers have found a way to have you do the work for them. They managed to hijack Google’s DoubleClick ad system on YouTube to take over computers and use your system to mine cryptocurrency
binging was spared. Fortunately, within hours of confirming the malware embedded in ads being shown on YouTube, Google blocked the offending ads and removed the related users. This was primarily an attack affecting personal computers. Since we know that NO ONE watches videos at work (I’m kidding. We know you do) businesses have nothing to worry about. Right? Well, not exactly. YouTube watching aside, earlier in January cyber security firm Check Point Software indicated that 55% of businesses worldwide are affected by similar malware. The report declared the offending malware “Coinhive” to be the number 1 “Most Wanted Malware” in the month of December. The only way to be sure you are protected is with quality personal antivirus and anti-malware software at home. Businesses need a business grade perimeter security and a desktop security solution which ideally comes with full monitoring and reporting.
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SOLD! At the Auction Emily Mailhot Reporter On Saturday, January 27, 2018, Cartier’s Neck Yoke Bunch and friends gathered in the Vegreville Elk’s Hall for some fellowship, fund raising, and live entertainment. The Neck Yoke Bunch are a group of chuck wagon racers and their families, who formed an association to support each other, whether by filling a gas tank, fund raising to assist sponsorship, or just encouraging each other as they pursue their love for the sport. Founded 10 years ago, the grass roots organization has put down its roots… and been like family ever since. The purpose of the evening was to raise funds for Cartier’s Neck Yoke Bunch, whose objective is to continue to serve each other and give back to the sport by helping with judging races, hosting events, finding sponsorship, etc. They also give back to their community with charities such as Haying in the 30’s, Stollery Children’s Hospital, and Meals on Wheels – Vegreville. The funds from Saturday’s auction and event were raised for the Neck Yoke Bunch group so that they may continue
Terry Cartier (left) and Shane Cartier (right) enjoy the festivities while preparing to fire up the live auction.
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to serve and support each h other. h There Th was a silent auction with a wide variety of items donated by local businesses and friends, some of which included hockey and baseball jerseys donated by Bobby Kucheraway, friend of the Neck Yoke Bunch. There was also a live auction, featuring a four month old Australian Shepherd puppy! The dog was donated by Dane and Jen McCarty, who raise Australian Shepherds and Canadian horses. He was chosen especially for the fund raiser auction and was sold for of $850 to his delighted new owners. “Something like this makes a good break in the winter,” said Shane Cartier, ”and gives us all a chance to reminisce about all our good times together while
looking forward to the start of the next season.” Dwayne Dubuc, President of the Alberta Professional Chuck-wagon and Chariot Association (APCCA) and member of Cartier’s Neck Yoke Bunch, likened the gatherings of the Neck Yoke Bunch group to “a campfire, where all are welcome.” This was evident throughout the evening, as people of all ages laughed, joked, and shared in their common passion for the part chuck wagon racing continues to play in reflecting our Canadian heritage. Friends old and new travelled from as far as Moosejaw, Sakatchewan to show their support, and as Dwayne said, the campfire circle just keeps growing.
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Bianca Marcaccio participates in a physical activity. (Rosanne Fortier/photo)
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Akasu Palliative Care’s team-(Left-to-Right) Vice-Chair, Bernice Mackoway, board member, Rev. Carolyn Woodall, secretary/treasurer, Laureen Kerr, Palliative Care Consultant, Kerensa Pidwerbeski. (Rosanne Fortier/photo)
Rosanne Fortier News Correspondent Marvin’s Room is a thought-provoking film about loss, grief, and love. The film producers carried humor throughout the film to keep viewers interested while they demonstrated how misfortunes can sometimes restore and heal broken family relationships. Akasu Palliative Care presented this film at Vegreville United Church on January 25. Before the film, everyone socialized and was treated to free popcorn and beverages. The film showed the main character, Bessie caring for her elderly bedridden father. In another scene, her estranged sister had to learn
to cope with the loss of her home due to a fire set by her eldest son. Later, Bessie discovered she had leukemia and would require a bone marrow transplant to survive. So, she contacted her sister and two nephews to see if they are a match. At first, Bessie is scared to even go to sleep because she felt she might never wake-up again. However, after her sister and nephews went to live with Bessie; they tried to enjoy life to the fullness together. Then when Bessie found out they weren’t a match and the reality of death became real, she felt she was so lucky to have been able to give so much love to her father and others in her life.
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Children felt the calming effect of a spa at the MiniSpa Day at Parent Link Centre on January 25. Relaxing music played in the background while parents gave their children a pedicure and children gave their parents a pedicure and even siblings did this to each other. There was also a massage activity where parents massaged their children’s backs in the way you knead pizza dough. Program Supervisor for PLC, Jennifer Maiko said this spa helps children with their social competency. “When parents wash their children’s feet and the children do this to their parents, as well as giving each other massages, it helps relationship building and for parents and children to bond together.”
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Vegreville Snow Day!
Top Left: Jane Grey is all dressed up and smiling for a walk in the heavy snowfall. Left: Look at All That Snow! “Stay safe!” Joan warns winter drivers. She enjoys some hot soup inside the Pure Café while snow continues to pile up outside. Above: Holly Cependa steps outside at the VegMin Learning Society and is greeted by a (cold) Winter Wonderland.
Adult Children of Alcoholic Parents Rosanne Fortier News Correspondent Parents with addictions must be strong and get help! Psychology Today states that children in alcoholic families can suffer trauma as serious as soldiers in combat and there is a good chance they will carry this throughout their lives. Services are available to assist people with addictions at Veg Al-Drug Society. They went on to state that children who grow up in alcoholic homes are more prone to become alcoholics or abuse other drugs and are more at risk of marrying an alcoholic. The reason this happens is there is a lot of denial in families like this and when people won’t admit their family or they have a problem, no one gets helps and the cycle and pain continues. The Founder of Alcohol Clinic at Stanford Medical Center, Stephanie Brown stated that children of alcoholics may suffer many mental health issues which could include depression, anxiety, and compulsions.
Adult children of alcoholic parents may have control issues because they are afraid of others and have anxiety if they lose control. This person must learn to live in the present and realize when they overreact they are reacting to pain from the past. Brown added that adult children that experienced alcoholism when they were growing up should attend a 12-step program. There are some available in Vegreville; look through the phone book, Veg Al-Drug Society or check the community calendar newspaper where Alanon meetings are available. Searidge states that adult children may experience a fear of emotions or feelings, try to avoid conflicts, a high burden of responsibility and constant approval seeking, an inability to relax and have fun, harsh self-criticism and low self-esteem, difficulties with intimacy, develop a victim mentality, adopting compulsive behavior, be comfortable living in chaos or drama than in peace, the tendency to confuse love with pity, abandonment issues, become hyper-vigilant where they are constantly scanning their surroundings for potential catastrophes.
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Literacy Leads to a Lifelong Love of Learning Rosanne Fortier News Correspondent Family Literacy Day was celebrated on January 27. We have this day set aside to observe why literacy matters so much. Literacy and numeracy are the necessary skills needed for most of the learning that children will acquire in their lifetime. Since parents are usually the first and most influential teacher their children will have, they increase their childrenâ€™s literacy development just by paying attention to them and doing everyday activities with their child. They should try to incorporate pre-reading and pre-math skills in everyday life and when their children enter school, they should continue to find ways to make learning fun and weave it into their daily lives. For ideas, visit your local library and check out some books. There are also websites that have ideas on how to do this. Stay At Home Educator website states that reading aloud to children increases a childâ€™s brain capacity for language and literacy skills. Let your child choose their own books and try to maintain a happy, positive attitude when you read to them. Show your child how to handle the book and let them look through the book while you point out words as you read them. Show the child objects from the words as you explore the world together.
Pre-math skills can be gained by giving your child an allowance and counting the money with them. Help them measure something at home. When they play with blocks, ask them to count them. Actually, every time you play a game with numbers or involve numbers in their lives, you are helping your child gain numeracy skills. People need to acquire these skills in childhood because Literacy for Life Foundation states that by the time people are adults, literacy affects peopleâ€™s lives by influences their chances of employment, level of income, and types of occupation. As well, literacy influences how much a person is able to be involved in the social and economic life of his or her community. It can affect the social status, level of political participation, opportunities for cultural expression, health, and opportunities to learn.
Remember when your child engages in pretend play or tells you stories, they are developing their narrative skills. To help them increase their vocabulary, parents should tell their child to point out when they see an unfamiliar word and then the parents can explain what it means. Phonological skills are developed by asking your child to change the beginning or ending of simple words. Also, singing and sharing nursery rhymes is good for this. Singing the alphabet song with your child helps them gain letter knowledge.
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Children listen attentively to one of the stories. (Rosanne Fortier/photo)
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Rosanne Fortier News Correspondent Loving to learn begins when children are young. Gaining good literacy skills is the foundation of all learning. The Family Literacy Day event arranged fun activities for children at Vegreville Centennial Library on January 26. The focus was on literacy and there were stations set-up that helped develop the five domains of early childhood development: physical health and wellbeing, social competence, language and thinking skills, communication skills and general knowledge and emotional maturity. The event began with Family Literacy Facilitator for CALS, Erika Trufyn leading the children in songs wherein some of these, they had to copy her actions. Erika then read the children the story, ‘Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus,’ by Mo Willems.
After this, the children received a colored scarf or ribbon and they sang a song led by Trufyn. According to the color of their ribbon, they got together with a professional to go to one of the stations. The activities at the stations included one where the parents made vests or dresses out of paper bags and later, the children decorated them with stickers and markers, a station where a cloth dice was rolled around that helped children speak about feelings they encounter, a camping station with a tent and a fishing pond, and more stations. The event concluded with a popcorn snack and a movie clip showing of Robert Munsch- ‘Paperbag Princess.’ A free draw for four door prizes was held. CALS organized this event in partnership with Vegreville Centennial Library, Vegreville Parent Link Centre, VegMin Learning Society, and VDCDC.
Executive Director for VegMin, Holly Cependa reads a story to the children. (Rosanne Fortier/photo)
Family Literacy Facilitator for CALS, Erika Trufyn reads children a story. (Rosanne Fortier/photo)
Children wait for the cloth block that has emotional feelings on it tossed to them. (Rosanne Fortier/photo) Children decorate vests and dresses that were made of paper bags. (Rosanne Fortier/photo)
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Charity is Not Enough to Fight Poverty, Social Inequality David Pfrimmer Contributor - EvidenceNetwork.ca
Food banks remain a symptom of bigger problems - poverty and social inequality. We need systemic change to fix those bigger problems
We’ve just emerged from the season when everyone wants to help support their local food bank initiatives. But ‘sharing the season’ always poses a tough question for me: How do we help our neighbours when, according to Canada Without Poverty, there are 4.9 million neighbours to help? The number of Canadians in need only seems to get worse. The truth is, food banks remain a symptom of bigger problems - poverty and social inequality. According to Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ), one in seven Canadians - including one in five children and four in 10 Indigenous children - live in poverty. Plenty of research demonstrates that poverty negatively affects health. The Canadian Institute for Health Information reports people living in poverty suffer a greater incidence of hospitalization for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and more mental health issues. One in 10 suffer from diabetes and other health-related issues. And, according to Statistics Canada, 40,000 Canadians - 110 people each day suffer premature death as a result of poverty. So who’s on top and how are they faring? According to the Broadbent Institute, the top 10 per cent of Canadians hold 47.9 per cent of this country’s wealth while the bottom 50 per cent hold less than six per cent. Since 2005, the wealthiest 10 per cent of individual Canadians have seen a doubling of their incomes by $620,600 while the lowest 10 per cent have seen a drop of $5,100. The problem is not just inequality but that inequality has grown steadily over two decades. Charity is simply not enough. Don’t get me wrong, donating to food banks and charities is worthwhile - I do it every year and recommend you do, too. But governments also need to step up. So what can we do to address poverty and social inequality? Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Families, Children and Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos have promised Canadians the “first-ever national poverty reduction strategy.” Unfortunately, we’re still waiting. The prime minister needs to hear from Canadians that addressing poverty and social inequality is a priority and we need this federal plan now. Citizens for Public Justice proposes an impressive six-point plan. It could nudge the government in several worthwhile directions, including indexing the child benefit, providing more safe and affordable housing, establishing a national pharmacare program, providing improved access to skills training and funding for Indigenous education, and a national child-care program. Of course, some think poor people should just get jobs. If only it were that easy. Living Wage Canada points out that 70 per cent of Canadians living in poverty work but don’t make enough to cover living costs. In fact, there’s been a five-fold increase in minimum wage work in the past 17 years in Ontario alone. A recent New York Times headline aptly observed, “Plenty of Work, Not Enough Pay.” At the same time, corporate Canada is sitting on an estimated $600 billion of what former Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney called “dead money” that’s not benefiting the economy. So what’s the solution? Governments need to ensure Canadians working can earn a living. Raising the minimum wage is a good first step. Businesses also need to pay their workers fairly. Sound idealistic? Many businesses are already paying a living wage and find they’re retaining employees, can now afford training, and have a better and more productive work environment. We also need to make sure Canadians, including businesses, pay their fair share of taxes. Canadians for Tax Fairness reports that we’re losing $10 billion to $15 billion a year to tax havens. That alone would go a long way to addressing economic inequality across the country. A fair and just tax system enables us to do
together what we can’t do alone. We need to commit to reducing the need for food banks. It’s not a question of whether Canadians can afford to reduce hunger, but whether we’re willing. Poverty and inequality leads to insecurity. And as former Chilean ambassador Juan Somavia said at the World Summit on Social Development in 1995, “You cannot have secure nations full of insecure people.”
David Pfrimmer is a contributor with EvidenceNetwork.ca, and professor emeritus and a fellow at the Centre for Public Ethics at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary at Wilfrid Laurier University.
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Mundare School Reads with the World
Sian Vadnais Library Tech. - Mundare School Since 1965 “World Literacy Day” (WLD), at the end of January, has been celebrated in many countries and in many ways, but always with the same goal in mind; uniting humankind in recognizing the importance of reading and writing with a goal of eliminating illiteracy. In todays’ globalized instantaneous society, being literate is not only desirable, but essential. Twin to this is having the ability to interpret and comprehend what is read and to be able to express understanding or communicate a written or verbal response. The encouragement and fostering of literacy skills both by teaching and modelling, plays an integral part in what will become a rapid cycle of communication. Learning the gentle art of stepping back from the busyness of life and enjoying a great book is a wonderful tool toward good mental health To this end, here at Mundare School we took the time to show our support for WLD, and love of reading as we gathered in the gym as a whole school (staff even brought their “home reading” books), listened to a story, and then spent 15 minutes reading to ourselves.
Snow Removal Meeting
Emily Mailhot Reporter – Vegreville News Advertiser Vegreville Town Council held a special meeting at the town office on Thursday, January 30th, to address the handling of snow removal and what steps will be taken moving forward. In 2012, one council member moved that to save on some of the town’s budget, they limit the overtime hours of town employees, including public works. When this became policy, there were certain circumstances that would constitute overtime for jobs such as snow removal. This criterion included; a certain depth of snow that would need to fall in a 24 hour period, very high wind speed, and/or emergency situations (ie. Flood, fire, etc.). While this may restrict overtime hours if those criteria are not met, many town employees did work overtime and over the
weekend to make sure our roads were clear. They have also been salvaging staff from other departments to keep equipment running for approximately 17 hours consecutively. They will continue working on higher traffic areas at 2 am to avoid traffic. Another thing to consider is that comparing the snow removal in Vegreville to some surrounding communities is not good for communications, stated Counsellor Rudyk. “There is a different process for covering more ground, and a priority listing to be considered. Some roads (ex. Hospital, access for snow removal) will be a higher priority than others.” Also to be considered would be School roads and Hwy 16A, which are higher traffic than others. Public Works has been concentrating their efforts on clearing the roads for the grater and
will be now able to fully remove the snow. If you define ‘Clear the snow,’ as bare asphalt, rather than simply pushing the snow onto sidewalks and yards, that is estimated to take about 2 weeks, and they are well on their way. To address the complaints that have been stirring amongst Vegreville citizens about the messy roads, Mayor MacPhee stated, “We need to make decisions/set policy to give administration to give direction to employees. When people put responsibility or fault on the employees or admin that is not okay with me. We need to take responsibility and set new policies, to give better guidance than we had before….. I will take responsibility for not knowing about our policies, and not being proactive regarding the removal of snow and overtime hours. But I will not stand for blame and complaint to be placed on the staff, who were only following policy.” Now that the mayor is aware of this policy, he and the rest of the town council are working on a new policy that will enable town employees to do their job more efficiently and effectively. Mayor MacPhee is studying and researching for the new policy, to make sure they can do “whatever it takes to pick up the snow.” Overall, the Mayor and Town Counsellors did a successful job of laying out all the information to ease the spirits of any disgruntled citizens who came looking for answers. We have been told to keep our ears open for updates regarding the making of new policies.
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