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V.E.S Donates to Ice Plant

From left Calvin Anhorn, Principal of V.E.S, presenting the cheque to Andrew McCrae and Dylan Baddock of Grow The Ice Plant Fundraiser and Marion and Laurence Ferbey who donated 100 acres of land for crop growth. Photo Sue Chikie

Jerianne Bardoel Reporter

Calvin Anhorn, Principal of Vermilion Elementary School, presented a donation cheque to the Grow The Ice Plant Fund on October 20. On hand to accept the donation were former V.E.S Students Andrew McCrae and Dylan Baddock. The donation came from the V.E.S Casual Friday Fund, which the

staff has the option to donate $1 every Friday into the fund and then ever y year that fund is donated to other local causes. Back in February 2020, Laurence and Marion Ferbey donated 100 acres of land to the Grow The Ice Plant Fund. This fall there was approximately 5800 bushels of wheat harvested from that land! McCrae stated, “No value is set

yet on the wheat, but it will be a significant amount.” McCrae added there are more squares to sell on the board for $100. The board is currently open for contributions at the Vermilion Credit Union. The Ice Plant benefits the whole community as it provides ice for minor hockey, figure skating, the Curling Club, CanPower Skate, Public Skating,

Parents and tots, and shinny puck and stick. “We are very proud to say several former Vermilion Elementary Students are involved with this GROW THE ICE PLANT PROJECT which enhances the opportunities for many, including our former and current V.E.S students,” stated Administrative Assistant, Gerri Cameron.



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In Memory Of Andy Jubinville


On October 21, North Central Livestock (NCL) held a moment of silence in honour of former employee and dear friend Andy Jubinville. Andy Jubinville was diagnosed with prostate cancer five years ago and recently passed away from the disease at 64 years of age. Along with his brother, Marc Jubinville, Andy Jubinville has a rich history in the farming industry. He worked at NCL for a few years,


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where his brother is still working. He and his brother also reopened Western Pride Auction Market located in Bonnyville in 1992. “He was a husband, a father, a grandfather, and a dear friend,” said Len Hrehorets, NCL Owner. In addition to a few words and a moment of silence for Jubinville’s passing, NCL donated a 576 pound charolais steer to auction off with all proceeds from the auction going towards cancer research.


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October 27, 2020 | The Vermilion Voice

Vermilion Small Business Awards

Elaina John Reporter

On October 17, the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce held a virtual Small Business Awards gala which included trivia, a word from the Mayor, praise for nominees, and the announcement of winners. “I’m so proud to be able to say that we have some amazing small businesses,” said Mayor Caroline McAuley, “We are

continuing to always look at how we can work better with our business community.” Various sponsors gave praise to all of the nominees and congratulated winners. Lighten Up Therapy and Wellness Centre was awarded the Spirit of Vermilion Award. The Customer Service award, sponsored by the County of Vermilion River, was awarded to Mainstreet Hardware.

“We look forward to working even closer with the Chamber of Commerce in 2021 to ensure Businesses thrive in our economic region,” commented Reeve Dale Swyripa on behalf of the county. Business Professional of the Year was awarded to Brenda Lee, a Rotarian, as well as a co-chair of the Capital Campaign for the Vermilion Valley Lodge Modernization Project. Employer of the Year was

awarded to Vermilion Credit Union, Business of the Year was awarded to Elevation, and the Chamber Champion Award went to Deborah A. Tovell Professional Cooperation. “I am truly honoured to be accepting the Chamber Champion Award,” commented Tovell, “It is a privilege to be nominated, and congratulations to all the other nominees.”

Ducks Unlimited: RLCP Yields More Than Greener Pastures As Farmers’ Interest Grows

Submitted (Camrose, Alta. -- Oct. 21, 2020) These unprecedented times call for flexibility and that’s exactly what attracts farmers and landowners to one of Ducks Unlimited Canada’s (DUC) most flexible and popular programs, the Revolving Land Conservation program (RLCP). This fall, local farmers and ranchers can take advantage of RLCP and put some rural acres back into production by purchasing a DUC RLCP property. While the program affords local farmers to buy land and use it for their own operational purposes, it also helps them support their own conservation goals. “ R LC P l a n d w i l l h ave a r e a s o f wetlands and grassland protected by a conservation easement (CE) but it can still be used for grazing, hay production or recreational purposes,” says Brent Thygesen, DUC’s northern team lead of conservation programs in Alberta. “The CE on the title safeguards the area’s valuable wetland functions and natural ecosystems. This helps lessen the negative impacts of flood and drought, increases biodiversity, and sequesters carbon from the atmosphere.”

For some people, the thought of having a CE on the title can be confusing but, says Thygesen, there is little need for worry as CEs do not prevent landowners from grazing or haying the property. “CEs do not restrict haying/grazing activity but they do protect against any future development where the habitat area could be broke or drained.” Currently, DUC has six land properties for sale in the counties of Beaver, Camrose and Minburn. Full listing details are available from DUC’s conservation program staff. Proceeds from RLCP land sales are used to fund other future conservation projects. For farmers, taking part in RLCP makes a lot of sense, economically and environmentally. Often these project lands are sold for slightly less than market value. This has triggered greater interest in the program as it gives producers additional incentives to buy more land. “Every year, we get more and more calls from farmers who want to know about the program,” says Thygesen. “We appreciate the interest because, after all, conservation can only be done with the

Letter To The Editor

Everyone knows you should not kick a man when he is down. Yet the UCP government continues to cut extensively to workers in this province. They plan to cut 11,000 front line workers that is laundry, food services, housekeeping in the health services sector. Also five hundred nurse’s jobs are on the chopping block. They are quickly making plans to open the door to more privatization in both education and health care. However, they are reducing cor porate ta xes. It makes one wonder who Jason Kenney is working for ...certainly not the ordinary Albertan.

T h e s e c u t s are i d e o l o g i c a l a n d draconian. It is known that cuts to public services do not end economic recessions in fact they make them worse and longer. There is a theme to these cuts the low wage ear ner s, ASISH, people making a minimum wage. Wanting af ford able health c are, education and a living wage is not a call for socialism but a plea for survival.. If you are interested in who is helping the UCP and supporting their mandate look up on the AFL web site under UCP donors. Jan Scott


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Special Rice

Dawn Hames Columnist

Rice is a great accompaniment to so many meals. One of the best tips to making successful rice is to bring the rice and water to a boil, and then turn it down to vey low, and do not open the lid, until the allotted time is up. When you open the lid to check the doneness, valuable steam and moisture escape that are needed for cooking perfect rice. I love it plain with butter and soya sauce. White rice is consid-

Submitted The people of Vermilion and the surrounding area are amazing! The Vermilion Community Food Bank would like to thank the many people and organizations that have donated over the summer. It is because of your wonderful generosity that we are able to help our neighbours and friends in need. The use of the food bank has been steady throughout the months since COVID-19 began to impact our commu-

ered a kitchen staple, but brown rice and converted rice have more nutrients. Converted rice has the nutrients of the brown rice steamed in before the husk is removed. Converted rice has a shorter cooking time, and a higher cost. If you are using converted rice for this recipe, be sure to check the cooking time on the box and adjust your time accordingly. The health benefits of all types of rice is that it has resistant starch, which has a great benefit to our gut bacteria. Having a healthy gut microbiome, is important to our immune system, which is largely found in our gut. Different colonies of gut bacteria require being

fed by different foods, so eating a variety 1 cup long grain rice of foods, helps to deliver the goods to our 2 1/4 cups water gut. This recipe does include a variety of 2 carrots, sliced into thin coins foods, each with their own health benefits. 2 stalks of celery finely chopped This special rice, is a nice upgrade from 1/2 cup chopped onion plain rice, and it will complement many 4 tablespoons or raisins or dried cran meals. Have it as a side for pork, chicken berries or turkey. If you have a hunter in the family 2 tablespoons chopped parsley It is also great with Canadian wild goose, 2 tablespoons butter duck, venison, elk and moose. This is also 1/2 teaspoon salt nice with Sloppy Joes instead of buns, fish, 1/4 teaspoon pepper meatloaf, goulash and any sweet and sour Combine all the ingredient in a heavy meat. The cranberries or raisins, give it bottomed pot and bring to a boil, and then that special bit of sweetness. turn down to low covered. Cook for 20 Special Rice minutes, try not to peak.

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nity at the end of March. Many individuals and families continue to request service on Friday afternoons at our location at the Catholic Church of the Holy Name 4620 53 Avenue. We are entirely operated by volunteers. These volunteers responded quickly in implementing public health measures to ensure the safety of everyone involved. We have been able to remain open and accessible. Please consider donating to the food

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bank in the upcoming season of giving. We require all the basic non-perishable food items. This includes cereal, peanut butter, canned items, pancake mix and syrup. In your home, consider having your family participate in a Reverse Advent Calendar. Collect a food item each day of Advent and then bring in your box to the food bank sometime after Christmas. Please do not include homemade or non-food items (toiletries are accepted),

open food, pharmaceuticals or expired food. The food bank also accepts monetary donations. All monies donated to the food bank are used to purchase food. Our group is entirely run by volunteers. Charitable receipts can be issued if donations are made through the Catholic Parish of the Holy Name. Thanks again for supporting the food bank. Your kindness and generosity are very much appreciated.

COVID-19 Poses Greater Need For Operation Christmas Child Donations

Elaina John Reporter

Since 1993, Samaritan’s Purse has been bringing hope and opportunity to children in need through the Operation Christmas Child Program. “Due to COVID-19, there is a great need for shoeboxes,” commented a local Operation Christmas Child volunteer. In this program, donors fill a shoebox with shoes, hygiene items, school supplies, clothing, toys, and the like, and the shoeboxes are collected at designated locations to be shipped to children in need. Each year, Samaritan’s Purse determines where the shoeboxes go based on need. The shoeboxes go to countries undergoing 3.75” widedisasters, version politior recovering from natural cal unrest, war, or great poverty. “ There always should be school

supplies,” added the volunteer, “it’s also labels can also be used as a guide for 3”a wide version nice if you add a picture of yourself or shopping with specific demographics in little note.” mind. Operation Christmas Child volunteers On OperationChristmasChild.ca, donors often report that despite how excited chil- can find a list of commonly packed items as dren are about the contents of the shoe- well as a list of things not to pack. Generbox, oftentimes the first thing they look at is ally, toys relating to war, candy, and liquids the picture or note that the donor packed. are not accepted, nor are used items. These personal additions seem to be Various churches and some businesses particularly impactful and encouraging. in Vermilion participate in Operation ChristMany donors begin shopping for shoe- mas Child. Those interested in donating box items as early as January, and shop- can find shoeboxes as well as labels at ping in year-round sales such as back-to- participating churches and at the Dollar school, can optimize the amount one is Store. Boxes can also be packed online for Visitshipfoodbanksalberta.ca/open able to give. Shoebox packing and $40 at OperationChistmasChild.ca. ping is also done year round if there is dire The deadline for donating shoeboxes need for them. is November 15, and donors can drop off The shoeboxes are labelled to target the shoeboxes at participating churches, specific age and gender groups, and the or at 4906 49 Ave, the Parkview Alliance Dedication of shoeboxes in 2019. 3.75”Church wide version age groups are 2-4, 5-9, and 10-14. These Downtown office. Photo submitted


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October 27, 2020 | The Vermilion Voice

Craig Baird Columnist

Alberta has a plethora of unique historic places that you can visit and in the area of Vermilion, there are several, some of which I am going to cover over the next few weeks. Today, I am starting with St. Helen’s Anglican Church near


St. Helens Anglican Church

Mannville. As the railroad began to come through the area, many settlers soon followed to take advantage of the growing opportunities of the new province of Alberta. With the Barr Colony succeeding in Lloydminster, that brought a lot of English settlers to the area. Nearby to Mannville would be a community called Stellaville, which had a mostly British group of settlers and it was near that community that the St. Helen’s

Anglican Church would spring up in 1912. The church was built under the direction of a Mr. Stewart, using funds made available from local residents and the Colonial Continental Church Society. The land for the church was donated by Percy Fielding, who was a lawyer and descendant of Sir Henry Fielding, a celebrated English novelist and the founder of the first London police force. The families in the area actually came from some wealth back in England, including a Mrs. Machin who commissioned a special stained glass window at the church, which was shipped from Italy. The church would be built with a wood-frame gothic structure, with a broad Tudor style steeple that featured a crenelated parapet. The church itself, once finished, would serve the area including the communities of Brock-

ville, Scotstown, Ethan, Windermere and Creighton. The church would be a focal point for the area, for church services, weddings, funerals, meetings and Christmas concerts. It would continue to serve this purpose into the 1970s when the attendance began to dwindle and more people were attending the Anglican Church in Vermilion. Eventually, the St. Helen’s stained glass window would be moved to St. Savior’s, but the church would not disappear. The Stellaville Historical Society would continue to keep up the church for years, eventually allowing it to become a building to receive the historic designation. It would officially become a Provincial Historic Resource on Aug. 15, 2000. I put out a history magazine that highlights many aspects of Canadian history. It is free and is delivered to your inbox. E-mail me to subscribe. Support the column and my history show at www.patreon.com/canadaehx Listen to my podcast Canadian History Ehx on all podcast platforms 20105KA0

St. Helen’s Anglican Church. Photo submitted

Vermilion Voice Welcomes Jerianne Bardoel

Elaina John Reporter

The Vermilion Voice welcomes new staff member Jerianne Bardoel, who will be working in sales, reporting, and photography. Bardoel was born and raised in Vermilion, and enjoys the friendly, ag-centred community. Her hobbies include various sports, such as volleyball and hockey, as well as outdoor activities such as hunting, quading, and hiking. Bardoel also enjoys painting houses, and hopes to one day own her own painting company. In her position at the Voice, Bardoel looks forward to immersing herself in her community. Bardoel has been proactive in keeping up with local news, and enjoys staying informed and being involved in that way. “It seemed fitting,” Bardoel comments on her new position. Bardoel is well-equipped for the job, as she attended Lakeland College in the 2019-2020 academic year in their Business Administration Jerianne Bardoel. program.

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COVID-19 Update


As of October 22, active cases of COVID-19 in the Central Zone have crept up to 126. According to Alberta.ca, there is currently one active case in the County of Vermilion River, one active case in the City of Lloydminster, five active cases in the M.D. of Bonnyville, seven active

cases in the City of Cold Lake, three active cases in the County of St. Paul, one active case in the County of MInburn, and two active cases in the M.D. of Provost. There are no active cases to report in the M.D. of Wainwright, Flagstaff county, or the County of Two Hills. Overall, there 3,651 active cases in Alberta, 3”arewide version 3” wide version with 1,751 active cases in the Edmonton Zone.


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Submitted Our Awards Ceremony looked a little different this year, but it was important that we recognized our hard working students. In March they went from in school learning to online learning and all continued to do their very best. Our Grade 12 Students were recognized at graduation in August and on October 22, Mr. Chase and Mrs. Corbiere went from classroom to classroom to hand out awards to our grade 9-11 Students.  Thank you to our Awards Committee for putting it all together; Mrs. Corbiere, Mrs. Sader, Mrs. Campbell, Mrs. Fraser, Mrs. Zayac. Grade 9 – Awards 2019: Honours – Mary Ulrich, Colt Jackson, Ryan Stepanick, Reyne Hoare, Gabriel Sader, Alora Smith, Carter Thompson. Merit- Olivea Dary and Ivy Fancubit. Highest Overall Subject: LA 9 – Mary Ulrich and Alora

Vermilion & District Rotary Music Festival Association

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St. Jerome’s Awards

Smith. Math 9 – Mary Ulrich. Science 9 – Mary Ulrich and Gabriel Sader. Social 9 – Mary Ulrich. French 9- Mary Ulrich. Religion 9 – Mary Ulrich. CTS 9 – Mary Ulrich. PE 9 – Denver Minish & Dallyn Minish. Highest Overall Average – Mary Ulrich. Andrew Mercier Memorial Citizenship Award – Alora Smith. Most improved Student Award – Ryan Stepanick. Work Ethic Award – Mary Ulrich. Grade 10 – Awards 2019: Honours – Anna Willis, Mia Westergaard, Madsion Shimko, Alexis Rehmann, Hannah Kisinger, Kassidy Fehr, Dexter Fajarito, Sean Espiritu, Kenna Dewing, Amelie Despins, Clay Corbiere, Gracie Sweeney. Merit- Douglas Davies. Andrew Mercier Memorial Citizenship AwardGracie Sweeney. Most Improved Student Award- Cruz Bodurka. Work Ethic AwardKenna Dewing. Highest Overall each Subject: English 10- 1 – Clay Corbiere. English 10-2 – Desirae Cutler. Math 10 C – Gracie Sweeney. Math 10-3 – Edrowel Pacaro. Social 10 -1 – Alexis Rehmann. Social 10-2 – Dexter Fajarito and Sean Espiritu. Science 10 – Gracie Sweeney. Science 14 – James Matters. Religion – Gracie Sweeney. PE – Clay Corbiere and Anna Willis. French – Kenna Dewing and Gracie Sweeney. Highest overall average – Gracie Sweeney. Grade 11 – Awards 2019: Honours Kylie Stepanick, Austin Laurence, Saige Swanson, Colton Hoare, Dixie Allen, Kennedy Protsch, Dawson Bessette, Robert Thompson, Kaiden Chase. Merit- Jessie Bibeau, Kamden Rochford, Kyden Molsberry, Hannah Black, Morgan Cooper, Angelica Bosgra, Brandon Maddex Wells. Andrew Mercier Memorial Citizenship Award: Dixie Allen. Most Improved Student Award: Kenney Protsch. Work Ethic Awards: Kylie Stepanick. Highest Overall Subject: English 201 – Dawson Bessette. English 20-2 – EJ Orpiano. Math 20-1 – Austin Laurence

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and Kylie Stepanick. Math 20-2 – Dixie Allen. Math 20-3 – EJ Orpiano. Social 20-1 – Saige Swanson. Social 20-2 – Riely Mansfield. Science 20 – Austin Laurence. Science 24 – Corbin Morton.Biology 20 – Austin Laurence. Religion – Austin Laurence. French – Kylie Stepanick. PE 20 – Levi Nicolson-Mitchell. Highest Overall Average – Kylie Stepanick. Grade 12 - Awards 2019: Social 30-1 – Sean Ulrich. Social 30-2 – Maranda Westergaard. English 30-1 – Sean Ulrich. English 30-2 – Maranda Westergaard. English 30-4 – Tara Martin & Chris Ah hang. Math 30-1 – Sean Ulrich & Matthew Beaudette. Math 30-2 – Austin Swan. Science 30- Evan Sader. Physics 30 – Matthew Beaudette. Biology 30 – Matthew Beaudette. French 30 – Sean Ulrich. Physical Education 30 – Declan Laurence. Religion 35 - Piper fougere, Rona Sumalileng, Kent Mandocdoc. Andrew Mercier Memorial Citizenship Award – Kyla Woywitka. Most Improved Student Award – Jayden Heinrich. Work Ethic Award – Rona Sumalileng. Highest Overall Average – Sean Ulrich. Western Communities Foundation Exceptional Achievement

Award - Skylyne-Raye Bodurka. Spirit of St. Jerome’s Award- Sean Ulrich. Rotary Club of Vermilion Award- Amanda Collins. Rotary Club of Vermilion Post –Secondary Award- Evan Sader. Vermilion Agricultural Society Scholarship- Jamie Dolen. Rock Solid Bursary Award- Matthew Beaudette. Keith Martin Memorial AwardMatthew Beaudette. County of Vermilion River English Award - Sean Ulrich & Maranda Westergaard. Evan Sader & Amanda Collins. CWL Christian Ethics Award – Evan Sader & Amanda Collins. Park Plains East local #31 Award – Sean Ulrich. Community Closet Scholarship – John Carlo Celiz & Maranda Westergaard. St. Olga’s Church Fine Arts Award – Rachel Campbell. Randell Marie Hobbis Memorial Award – Amanda Collins & Roben Espera. Brett Galloway Athletic Scholarship – Marc Langawin & Amanda Collins. Knights of Columbus Religion Award – Sean Ulrich & Evan Sader. The Governor General Academic Bronze Medal – Sean Ulrich. Premier’s Citizenship Award – Matthew Beaudette.

Grade 12’s (grade 11 awards) Back row: Levi Nicolson-Mitchell, Colton Hoare, Robert Thompson, Brandon Maddex-Wells Middle row: Hannah Black, Riely Mansfield, Dixie Allen, Dawson Bessette, Kyden Molsberry, Kaiden Chase, EJ Orpiano. Front row: Angelica Bosgra, Kamden Rochford, Morgan Cooper, Kylie Stepanick, Kennedy Protsch, Saige Swanson, Corbin Morton. Photos submitted

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Grade 11s (grade 10 awards) Back row: Kassidy Fehr, Hannah Kisinger, Amelie Despins, Gracie Sweeney, Kenna Dewing, Anna Willis, Mia Westergaard. Front row: Clay Corbiere, Cruz Bodurka, Ed Pacaro, James Matters, Douglas Davies, Desirae Cutler, Sean Espiritu.

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Grade 10s (grade 9 awards) Back row: Ryan Stepanick, Colt Jackson, Denver Minish, Carter Thompson, Gabriel Sader. Front row: Dallyn Minish, Ivy Fancubit, Mary Ulrich, Reyne Hoare, Alora Smith.


October 27, 2020 | The Vermilion Voice

MLA Garth Rowswell Takes Part In Repealing Bill 10

Elaina John Reporter

MLA Garth Rowswell and the rest of the Select Special Public Health Act Review Committee submitted their recommendations to the Ministry on October 21. Bill 10, also known as the Emergency Powers Act, was put into place a year after 9/11, which gave Ministers the authority to make changes to laws in the Public Health Act. On April 2, the amendment to allow ministers to add laws without going through legislature was given royal assent. The Public Health Act was put into legislature in the early 1900’s and has not been reviewed since. Due to this, and the recent amendment to the Emergency Powers Act, the Select Special Public Health Act Review Committee was formed in June. “A big part of the discussion was that we wanted to protect civil rights,” Rowswell

said, “I got a lot off feedback on that even before the committee was struck.” They had over 600 written submissions, and had also received input from Alberta Health Services and civil rights activists. The committee submitted various ‘fine tuning’ recommendations, such as taking out the mandatory vaccinations clause, which according to Alberta Health Minister Dr. Hinshaw had never been used. Along with the more minor recommendations, was the recommendation to repeal special powers given to the minister to pass laws without going through legislature. In addition, the recommendation was put forward to review the Public Health Act every five years, allowing the act to be modernized as needed. “I have a lot of appreciation for the Public Health System,” commented MLA Garth Rowswell. Photo submitted Rowswell.

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Doreen grew up near Mayerthorpe and at 18 accepted a transfer with Alberta Treasury Branch (ATB Financial) from Mayerthorpe to Vermilion, retiring from ATB at 55. Doreen was an excellent fastball player and their team won provincials in 1960. Doreen met Ronald Bellingham and they were married on November 29, 1958. Their daughter Alana was born in 1960 and their son Jason in 1971. Ron and Doreen also owned Ron's Greenhouse and were able to share their passion for flowers and landscaping with everyone. Doreen is survived by Alana and Rob Lytle (Bryce and Alexandria Lytle) and Jason Bellingham/Mimi Frank (Shae Bellingham), brother Ray and Irma McDougall, brother Fred McDougall and numerous nieces and nephews. At Doreen’s request there will be a private family burial at a later date.

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Submitted Halloween D r e s s - U p d ay i s a go this year for Friday, October 30 but, unfortunately, there will be no period 7/8 activities. Classes will happen as usual with the possibility of noon-hour activities with COVID rules. Vermilion Junior Curling Tuesday After School League (Grades 4-12) will be on Tuesdays 3:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. November 3, 2020 – March 2, 2021 at the Vermilion Curling Rink. Fee is $80.00 (includes windup pizza party and curling photo). Registration is on (or before) October 27, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. -4:30 p.m. at the Vermilion Curling Rink. Please fill out the Vermilion Curling Club Facility Use Screening Questions before coming to the rink

or scan the QR code at the rink to fill out the questions, or registration forms can be requested from vermilioncurlingclub@gmail.com. There will be 2 cohort groups of 16: the younger group will be on ice 1 & 2 from 4:00 p.m. 5:15 p.m. and the older group will be on ice 4 & 5 from 4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (maximum number of curlers for this league is 32). Come and learn the skills for the lifetime sport that rocks! Curling equipment is available to borrow from the Junior Curling Program and will be assigned for the season on October 27, 2020 from 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Vermilion Curling Rink. Contact Joanne McCrae at 780 - 853 -2233 for more information (please leave a message). There will also be a Vermilion Junior Curling Monday Night Superleague on Monday nights 6:45 p.m. -8:45 p.m.

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Municipal Assessment – A Win-Win Resolution Reached

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ment’s proposals for an alteration in Munic- they felt the proposals were not reasonable ipal Assessment were made public. and would have significant impact on propThere was tangible consternation back Municipality representatives acted erty tax payers. in late July of this year when the govern- quickly to make clear to government that As a consequence, in late July and early August I met with the councils of both the MD of Wainwright and the County of Vermilion River to get to the heart of the issue. Kendall Jaymes Wusyk Cooper In addition, I spoke personally with a July 9, 1991 - October 30, 2012 number of individuals around the riding and I also attended, along with Reeve Lifting the sight to his eye, Bob Barss, a Town Hall organized by the Finger pressed against the cool metal curve. Wainwright Chamber of Commerce. This He prayed the buck would not move. produced a full house with constituents Hunting season is here again! airing their opinions and providing good One, of your favourite times of the year. feedback. These were all very productive interacWe do not need a special time or season, tions. All those involved were receptive to To bring you to our minds. ideas aired and brought with them sound For days without a thought of you, suggestions. At the meetings with the Are very hard to find. Municipality representatives in particular So each day we live on. a welter of good data and open discussion cleared away many misconceptions. We will never be apart. I believe these discussions left all with For every day that passes, a sense that, while something significant Dad, Mom, You are forever in our hearts. needed to happen to change an outdated Tammy, Daniel, Melody With aching hearts, system, this was not a good time to be taking such bold action. Conversely, an forever loved and missed. and their families appreciation that the oil and gas (O&G)





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industry was suffering and that keeping the status quo would, in the short to mid-term, likely result in a complete loss of revenue led to many agreeing that some relief for them was desperately needed. All rural UCP MLAs fed into the review determined to ensure that no unacceptable property tax rises were made necessary but also that our O&G industry was given appropriate encouragement and practical support in these difficult times. On the 15th September I hosted a meeting with the recently appointed Minister of Municipal Affairs, the Honourable Tracy Allard, and representatives from each of the Municipalities, Towns and Villages within the Riding in Vermilion. The Minister spoken openly and promised that she would take into consideration all parties perspectives and seek to find an acceptable and workable remedy. The information and conversations I had with the municipalities and individual constituents significantly informed the Minister in her subsequent deliberations. On the 19 October Minister Allard, as promised, announced the changes to be made to the Assessment Model. The UCP government is striking the balance between industry relief and municipal viability. These poli cy c hang es have the support of the Rural Municipalities Association, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, Explorers and Producers Association, Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, and the Canadian Energy Pipelines Association. Alberta’s government will provide companies with a three-year tax break on new drills, which will create jobs in communities across the province. The government is also eliminating a well-drilling tax, and reducing assessments on less productive wells to reflect their value and maintain their viability. I am grateful to all those who participated at the constituency level for their contributions, their honesty and their willingness to accept the fiscal reality Alberta faces. I am also grateful to the RMA and AUMA for working with the Minister to reach an agreement. I’m sure the O&G representatives are also satisfied that these changes will assist them to continue to be productive in a hostile environment and also to continue providing a major contribution to the municipality’s tax base in which they operate. We are all sailing in the same ship of state. As crew members or passengers, we all share the same fate on a never-ending voyage. We can ignore weather warnings and ground the ship or we can keep testing the depths and correctly trim our sails to ride out storms in the perpetual task of keeping the ship afloat. In this matter (despite initial threats to me of keel-hauling!) I definitely felt the “all hands-on deck” call to action was responded to and I was delighted how all concerned pulled together. This spirit of cooperation and finding resolution defines who we are.

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Submitted I was telling a story the other day about D’Arcy ’s lit tle Border Collie “ Paddy ”. In all the years I worked for D’Arcy and the Corkscrew Creek Ranch, I don’t remember a time when Paddy wasn’t there. Now that I come to think about it, there was a replacement and I think that was the last year I worked for D’Arcy. Another Border collie and I don’t remember what they might have named her. She was nothing like little Paddy but a border collie none the less. Now little “Paddy” dog had quite the personality. He was good as gold and always behaved impeccably. (‘nother big word) He was quiet, not prone to barking (unless there was really something to bark about) I marveled how this little dog would take of f af ter a rabbit in the Buck Brush. If you were watching, he would put on quite the performance. I still have a vision of him bolting through the buck brush and ever y now and then leaping high over the buck brush trying to get an eyeball on his quarry. Most times as not you would hear that rabbit squeal when little Paddy put the clamp on him. In no time he would come back, to wherever you were, packing his prize. You could tell he was damned proud of himself. Usually a young rabbit. Now try and get that rabbit away from him! You had a snowball’s chance in Hell. That was his dinner and when he was finished, there wasn’t much left. Hair, bones, head and all; gone!! Like I stated in previous writing; there was no such thing as dog food at Anahim Lake. Little Paddy followed D’Arcy everywhere exc e pt may be to Town. H e would follow us out to the fields when haying and then find himself a nice shady spot near the edge of the timber and watch us all day. Maybe do a little rabbit hunting or catch a field mouse or two. He was as good as any fox at providing for himself. He literally had to!! W h e n l u n c h t i m e c a m e, Pa d d y would come sit with us. God Forbid he should even look at D’Arcy or me when we were eating anything. D’Arcy would let out some kind of growl and

the little dog would look completely away. There was no beggin’ allowed; period! Now I have told you about the Stack Yar d G r iz zl y i n c i d e nt w h er e l i t t l e Paddy dog saved the day and most likely my (then) skinny ass. D’Arcy’s too! Well I’m thinking it was not too long af ter the Bear incident. Once again, D’Arcy and I were enjoying our lunch by one of the many Stack yards at any one of the meadows where we made hay. Paddy let out a bit of yip that brought both D’Arcy and I instantly to our feet. We still had Grizz Bear on our mind! Now we scan the bushes and horizon and see nothing. After a minute or two, we go and settle down to our lunch and there is poor little, hungry Paddy dog. He’s got his face buried in a piece of tin foil that contained a huge piece of Chocolate cake with thick Chocolate frosting. The kind of cake you look forward to all morning long with great anticipation. D’Arcy sees this and can’t believe it. He kicks that dog in the ass so hard! For the next three hours that dog looks like he’s wearing a turtle neck sweater! D’Arcy picks up the tin foil to see what he could salvage of his piece of cake. Gone!! It’s funny how you remember cer tain one liners. With enormous disappointment, D’Arcy whines, “ I was saving the best for Last too!” He cursed that dog for the rest of the day. Now.... did I share my big piece of beautiful frosted chocolate cake with D’Arcy?? NOT!! Now I’ll tell you about the female Border Collie (None the Less) that as I rec all replaced ole Pad dy. In the summer of 1966 I returned to the Corckscrew Creek ranch with a little brown dog, a Heinz 57, a friend had given me when attending High School down in White Rock, BC. I called him “ Butch” and gave him to Ole’ Mac McEwen. Mac was a frequent fixture around Anahim Lake in the Old days and frequently worked for D’Arcy at the Ranch. He was back and forth from Bella Coola in those days. I remember sharing the Tractor Shed with Mac for a time. He came and went pretty much as he pleased and was a lot like family. He was the best built-in Baby-

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sitter Judy ever had. Anyways… I recall arriving back at the ranch from working in the Meadow with D’Arcy. We frequently used the Massey 35 to commute back and forth to the meadows when they were not hooked up to equipment. D’Arcy driving and I sitting/sort of standing on the running board with my butt on the fender. We pull into the yard and there is little “Butch”. He’s trying to put the blocks to the Border Collie, who was no doubt, in serious “heat”. D’Arcy was livid! This Border Collie was going to be bred to a neighbor’s Border collie and populate the entire west Chilcotin. There was money to be made with this program! And money was in short supply at the Corkscrew Creek Ranch in those days. No way was that little Heinz 57 going to spoil the program. “Here Butch, Butch, Butch.” “Come to

D’Arcy.” “That’s a good fella”. Within about a minute poor little Butch was walking real funny. Big hump in his back and back legs spread out sort’a straddle like. A dog is prone to do that with an elastic band tight around his nuts ya know. It took but a few days and Butch was singing Soprano. His “goods” having simply fallen off due to the lack of circulation. Not a whole lot worse for wear. D’Arcy use to call it “Brain Surgery” when castrating bull calves. He use to say; “It changed their minds from Ass to Grass!” For a week or two thereafter, it was real funny to watch; at any given time you could see this little dog tossing his own nuts in the air and playing with them as if they were a toy. He seemed to enjoy it too. How sad!! Regards, John D. BRECKNOCK” -

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SCHOOL NEWS Anna Svenungard Submitted

The excitement was palpable in the elementary wing as the first snowflakes of the year fell. Students gathered at the window and chatted excitedly about playing at recess. It was a cool fall week with temperatures consistently below zero, but that didn’t stop the playground fun. A sandcastle made of snowy sand is just that much more exciting! On October 14, staff members received lovely messages of appreciation written in chalk in the parking lot. High School Student Council took the time to show their gratitude to staff by writing notes like “Hero Parking”, and “We Love You”. It was a kind gesture that made our day! Spartans have also been collecting new socks this month for “Socktober”. In October 2011, creator Brad Montague realized there was a large homeless population in his hometown, and he wanted to do something about it. While researching the needs of the homeless community, he learned that socks are the items least donated to homeless shelters. All the socks collected will be donated to

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those in need. The Credit Union’s “Fat Cat Reading Program” generously gave two students each a $100 prize, to put towards books, for their dedication to literacy last year. Congratulations to our winners AJ Pike in Grade 4 and Allison Jardinico in Grade 3! Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions our High School Awards Night Ceremony had to be cancelled. However, past Grade 12 students were honoured at their graduation celebration on August 28th, and Mr. Chase went around to the High School classes on October 22 and recognized the award winners in front of their peers. The winners for the student with the highest overall average were: Grade 9-Mary Ulrich, Grade 10-Gracie Sweeney, Grade 11- Kylie Stepanick, and Grade 12- Sean Ulrich. The Keith Martin Memorial Award, for a student active in their studies and athletics who displays a positive attitude, went to Matthew Beaudette. Matthew also received the Premier’s Citizenship Award, for his outstanding qualities in leadership, citizenship, community volunteerism, and positive impact in the school. The St. Olga’s Parish Fine Arts Award, for a student with outstanding accomplishments in voice, instrument, dance,

theatre, or fine arts, winner was Rachel Campbell. Sean Ulrich won several leadership awards, including the Park Plains East Local #31 award and the Governor General’s Academic Bronze Medal for the highest average, and the Spirit of St. Jerome’s Award, for an exemplary Christian who participates fully in school and community life. We are very proud of all of our award-winning Spartans! Our Volleyball season has wrapped up for the year. Students had the opportunity to work together as a team and practice their skills this season. Hopefully, the opportunity for more games will be avail-

able soon! On October 28th, our High School Student Council is organizing a Loonie Drive, with funds being donated to the Vermilion Food Bank. This will be a house competition! Our school will be holding a virtual Remembrance Day Ceremony on November 6 at 10:40am. Classes and presenters throughout the school will be recorded ahead of time to create a presentation to honor our Veterans and those who continue to serve and protect our country. A reminder to everyone, that there will be no school for students the week of November 9-13. Enjoy the mini-fall break!

The 2020 season wrapped up for the St. Jerome’s Jr. Boys Volleyball team. Photo submitted

Vermilion Elementary School News

Karen King Submitted

During our BTPS Staf f Celebration Day, recognition is given to those staff that have worked multiples of five years with our division. There were a few VES staff recognized for these awards. Mrs. Long and Mrs. Bast have both taught for 15 years, Mrs. Page has been with the division for 20 years, and Mr. Haslehurst has been a teacher for 25 years. As well, we send congratulations to Mrs. Fuller for receiving the Outstanding Support Staff Award for the entire BTPS school division. Due to COVID-19 and students not being in school, we were not able to properly honor our school bus drivers on May 4 for Bus Driver Appreciation Day. In light of this, the BTPS board is presenting the bus drivers with a special token of appreciation during School Bus Safety Week (October 19-23). V.E.S would like to thank the bus drivers for their flexibility and dedication, during these challenging times. On October 20, V.E.S made a dona-

tion to the Grow The Ice Plant Fund in the amount of $100. This money was from our V.E.S Casual Friday Staff Fund. The picture and a write-up appear in another section of this newspaper. Years ago, Vermilion had a town concert band, made up of adults and students who loved to play musical instruments together. It disbanded a long time ago, and their bass drum was in storage at the Sweet home. On October 19, the drum was graciously donated by Lil Sweet to the Vermilion Elementary School music program. It is important for our students to enjoy Halloween festivities, so we have given some careful thought and consideration as to how we may be able to celebrate the events of the day while still adhering to safe and healthy practices. Students will come to school dressed in their costumes/ make-up. No extra props will be allowed. We will have two costume parades, one for each of our cohorts (K-Gr. 3 and Gr. 4-6). We respectfully ask that parents not come to school to assist with costumes or watch the parades. Photos will be taken and shared. We ask that no candy, food or

non-food items or treats be sent by parents to hand out to classmates, as it will be sent back home. Non-medical face masks must still be worn by students in Grades 4-6 on buses and in hallways and bathrooms, so Halloween masks should go over those. Please know that we want our students

to enjoy Halloween this year as much as ever, but the safety of our students and staff remain at the forefront of all that we do at VES. Dates to Remember: Oct.19-30 - Scholastic Virtual Book Fair; Nov. 9-13 – No School

Students playing 4-Square at recess. Photo submitted




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Rylan Jackson

Innisfree - Minburn 4H Beef Club


Innisfree- Minburn 4H Beef Club had their first meeting at the Innisfree Millennium Building on October 7, at 7 p.m. We are excited for the new year and had nine returning 4-H members attend. A proposed calendar for the 2020-21 club year was reviewed. Some of the up coming activities discussed

were: weigh in at Harder’s farm November 8 at 1 p.m., tire recycling November 13, public speaking in February, a halter making workshop along with judging and grooming workshops, and achievement day on May 26, 2021. Meetings will be held on the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. and we will alternative between Innisfree and Minburn.

Elections took place and the following will be our executive for the 2020-21 year: President is Tyson Rudolf, Vice President is Dylan Cannan, Secretary is Madeline Nott, Treasurer is Bradley McLaughlin, Club Reporter is Rylan Jackson, Parliamentarian is Carson Kassian, District Representative #1 is Chase Forsyth, and District Representative #2 is Camille Kassian. We have


three 4-H Leaders this year, they are: Clinton McLaughlin, Tracy Rudolf and Blair Jackson. Our next meeting will take place November 10 at the Minburn Curling Rink at 7 p.m. The local public is invited to join us participating in our tire recycling on November 13. Anyone with old tires to dispose of please contact any member and we will have them picked up.

Teachers Have Lost Trust in Curriculum Redesign Efforts

Alberta Teacher’s Association Submitted

Pr o p o s e d c u r r i c u l u m r e v i s i o n s contained in leaked documents are regressive and inappropriate, and highlight the critical problem of cutting teachers out of the curriculum process, says the Alberta Teachers’ Association. “It is much more clear now why the government ended the agreement with the ATA last summer to work together on curriculum: teachers would not support this direction for curriculum.”                                                                                               — ATA President Jason Schilling CBC has reported on leaked documents that outline recommendations mad e by so - c alled subje c t mat ter experts on the draft K to 4 social studies and arts education curriculum. Among other things, the recommendations call for eliminating all references to residential schools and equity, and advocate for more memorization of facts related to ancient history. The prior drafts of curriculum, developed by hundreds of teachers with input from thousands of Albertans, focused on understanding multiple perspectives and included

age-appropriate understandings of the history of colonization in Canada, including residential schools. “ T h e In d i a n Re s i d e nt i a l S c h o o l sys te m wa s c r e ate d to e r a s e t h e cultures, histories, languages, and perspectives of Indigenous peoples within Canada, and these recommendations perpetuate that erasure. The recommendations perpetuate systemic racism through whitewashing of the draft curriculum. These recommendations cannot be taken seriously and must be rejected outright.” —ATA Staff Officer for Indigenous Education Melissa Purcell The recommendations were made in part by UCP government appointees Chris Champion and William French. The ATA has previously called for the dismissal of Champion from this work based on his controversial views about curriculum and residential schools. Schilling says neither Champion nor French are experts in curriculum, and their backgrounds don’t make them suitable for this work. “Teachers are exper ts in curriculum; they understand the readiness of

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Prevent External Parasites From Sucking The Life Out Of Your Herd

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ture and Agri-Food Canada, and Kateryn Rochon, PhD, from the University of Manitoba gave an overview of Canadian parasites, and addressed common concerns during a recent BCRC webinar. Managing external parasites is about control, not necessarily elimination. “When it comes to considerations for control, the goal is to reduce harm to livestock and reduce production losses,” says entomologist Shaun Dergousoff. Integrated pest management (IPM) is a key consideration (skip to 9:46). “It’s about using multiple different control methods together to really reduce the number of pests below a threshold, below the point where you lose money,” suggests Dergousoff. There are four main steps of effective IPM. 1. The first step is to identify and assess the pest (go to 11:10). What are you dealing with? How abundant are the pests? Is it appropriate to treat? 2. Determine prevention and treatment options is step two (skip to 12:48). “There are three different types of control options; you got biological, cultural and chemical,” says Dergousoff. Biological control uses living organisms like predators or parasites to control the pests. Cultural control is focused on preventative measures and practices that reduce pest populations and frequency of outbreaks. For example, sanitation and manure removal can reduce sites favourable to the development of pests. Chemical control is a common method however producers must consider timing, mode, and class of insecticide used (skip to 14:34). 3. Implement prevention and control measures is the third step (go to 15:21).

4. The final step is to monitor effectiveness (skip to 16:06). Did pest populations go down? Did they rebound? Is retreatment necessary? Has animal behaviour changed? Lice are common in beef herds, particularly during winter confinement (go ahead to 41.39). Lice can cause extreme stress to animals and cattle can expend a lot of energy dealing with rubbing, licking, and scratching, explained Kateryn Rochon, associate professor with the University of Manitoba. In severe cases, lice can even cause anemia. There are two different types of lice that affect beef cattle, chewing lice and sucking lice. There is only one species of chewing lice in Canada (cattle biting louse) and they are often found on the topline and flank of affected animals. Sucking lice, such as the long-nosed cattle louse, the little blue cattle louse, and the short-nosed cattle louse, are often found along the head and shoulders of affected animals. Image courtesy of Kateryn Rochon. Lice illustrations: Ellen Edmonson. Biting louse infestation credit unknown; long-nosed louse infestation photo by Alan R. Waler (CC BY-SA); little blue cattle louse infestation photo by Philip Kaufman; short-nosed infestation photo by John E. Lloyd. “ There are things you can do to prevent getting lice,” explains Rochon (skip to 44:16). She recommends inspecting replacement animals, isolating any infested animals, monitoring your herd regularly, and culling chronic carriers as useful preventative measures. Chemical control can be a valuable pest management strategy; however, it must be used carefully or it can lead to ineffective control or parasite resistance (go to 46:57). Responsible chemical control practices include:

Always follow label directions; Apply the correct product for the target species at the appropriate time of year and at the proper dosage; Alternate using products with different modes of action and active ingredients; Avoid applying spray- or pour-on products when it is colder than -10°C to prevent freezing and ineffective coverage; Adjust dosage according to animal weight; Avoid applying product to wet animals; Keep good production records so you can quickly review products used in the past; When controlling lice, avoid treating animals too early in the fall when temperatures are still warm; Discuss pesticide selection and use with your veterinarian. A continued responsibility to understand external parasites, monitor their activity, and implement careful management and control strategies will help producers mitigate the impact of external pests on production, health and welfare. Thank you to the Beef Cattle Research Council for permission to reprint this article, see their website for more information at www.BeefResearch.ca

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