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November 24, 2020


ATCO Donates To Vermilion Fire Department

Vermilion Fire Department receiving ATCO donation. From Left, Pat Stenne, ATCO, Kevin Martin, Fire Fighter and President of Vermilion Fire Rescue Society, Justin Hicks, ATCO, Anton Krys, Deputy Chief of Vermilion Fire & Rescue. Photo submitted

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application made last January, however, due to COVID-19, grant applications In October, The Vermilion Fire Depart- were postponed. ment received a $5,000 donation from The donation will be going towards ATCO. upgrading the Department’s wildland The donation is a result of a grant truck. The wildland truck is used for Reporter

rapid response in places that are harder to access for tankers such as stubble or bush fires. The Fire Department often works with ATCO, as they assist in turning off gas or heat to structure fires and the like. Some

ATCO employees are also members of the Fire Depar tment. “ATCO has always been a good partner with the Fire Department,” commented Kevin Martin, Vermilion firefighter and President of the Vermilion Fire Society.



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Picture This & That Grand Opening

opened in Vermilion’s Lakeland Mall in Mid October called Picture This & That. A new toy and picture framing store Store owner Cindy Hines is born and raised in Vermilion and held her grand THORSBY STOCKYARDS INC. opening on November 20. The toy store boasts many types of 4405 – 50 Ave, Box 379, Thorsby, AB toys from the Melissa & Doug toy line T0C 2P0 • 780-789-3915 as well as an assortment of puzzles and crafts. BRED COW & REGULAR “We also do custom picture framing, HEIFER SALE CATTLE SALES vinyl work on trinkets and t-shirt printSaturday, ing,” said Hines. Monday, Nov. 30, In addition from items for sale Hines Dec. 5 & 19 Dec. 7 & 14 & 21 will be of fering craf ting c lasses a @ 12:00 pm @ 9:00 am couple times a month and will be hosting Santa pictures by appointment and Santa letter drop-off. Ver m i l i o n Tow n M ayo r Car o l i n e McAuley as well as Economic Development officer for the Town of Vermilion Mary Lee Prior were in attendance Check us out on Facebook or at with Mayor McAuley presenting Hines www.thorsbystockyards.ca with a thank you plaque. Contact the fieldman in your area Mack Vars: 780.940.2899 “ I’m so exc ited to see our busi Jeff Fritz: 780.203.4953 • Chance Mar�n: 403.358.0456 ness community continuing to grow • Corey Lawrence: 780.940.6301 (E) thorsbystockyards@outlook.com in Vermilion,” said Mayor McAuley (Web) www.thorsbystockyards.ca excitedly. She also went on to say R0011507644 that Hines was a recipient of support



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From left, Mayor Caroline McAuley presenting Picture This & That owner Cindy Hines with a thank you plaque from the Town of Vermilion. Photo Lorna Hamilton


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nity clubs across Saskatchewan and Alberta during my career with Co-op and enjoy meeting new people and business owners. As an organization leader for our local Co-op, I believe in living and loving local,” said Kralkay. Kralkay also went on to say that the Chamber has some new faces on the

The Vermilion & District Chamber held their annual AGM in a virtual setting due to COVID on October 17. During the meeting Kory Kralkay was elected the Chambers new president, he has been a member of the Chamber for the last three years. After being approached by the Chamber Board Kralkay decided that with his experience and skills he would be a good fit for the position. He is currently Director of Operations for Cornerstone Co-op. “I was asked by our Chamber Board to consider it as our past President resigned earlier this year and the interim President decided to not let her name stand. I feel I have some good ideas and past experiences to share in creating stronger business relationships in Vermilion & District,” explained Kralkay. Kralkay went on to explain that he enjoys having the opportunity to share his thoughts and ideas during this challenging time. “I enjoy sharing thoughts and having a say in how our community can work together through these challenging times. New Chamber president Kory Kralkay. I have been involved in several commu- Photo submitted

On Monday, October 19, 2020 Mrs. Eugenia Ostropolski passed away peacefully with family by her side in Harvest Home Long Term Care, Vermilion at the age of 81 years. Eugenia will be deeply missed and always loved by her Son Felix Ostropolski of Vermilion; Three Granddaughters Lisa Di Pinto (Fiancé Benjamin Grainger), Pamela Di Pinto and Patricia Di Pinto all of Edmonton; as well as her extended family. She was predeceased by her Husband Edward Ostropolski in 2015; Daughter Maureen Di Pinto in 2016; Grand-Daughter Christine Di Pinto in 1988; Parents Vladyslawa and Stefanij Zlochowska; Brother Josef Zlochowski; Sister Bronca (Edward) Ambros. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at the Catholic Parish of the Holy Name, Vermilion, Alberta. She was laid to rest, next to her Late Husband Eddie and Daughter Maureen, in the Vermilion Catholic Cemetery. The family would like to thank everyone for their love and support during this difficult time. As well as thank you to everyone who sent cards, flowers and made donation in Eugenia’s memory. Special thank you to Father Joy Vadakkan and Diane Sanson for a beautiful service you provided us. All the Doctor’s and Nursing Staff at Vermilion Harvest Home Long Term Care for the tremendous care mom received during her stay. As well as all the staff at Creech’s Lakeland Funeral Home for your support, guidance and professionalism throughout this experience. Everyone’s thoughtfulness and kindness will never be forgotten. If so desired donations in memory of Eugenia may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or charity of choice. God Bless You All, Felix Ostropolski and Families

board but that they are looking for more nity needs. community minded business leaders, “Even if they are willing to sit on one of entrepreneurs and farmers to join their committees but not on the board at this network to advocate for business commu- time, all help is appreciated!” said Kralkay.

Rev. Peter “Joseph” McGuckin The family of the late Rev. Peter “Joseph” McGuckin wish to express their appreciation for all your kind thoughts and expressions of sympathy conveyed to us in so many ways. We appreciate your thoughtfulness and thank you all most sincerely. Eileen Brodbin, Jean McGuckin, and families.

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Elaina John Reporter

Vermilion Town Council held a brief, regular meeting on November 17. Economic Development, Councillor Robert Pulyk presented a movement to provide new Vermilion Business, Picture This & That with a maximum amount of $2,550 under the 2020 Commercial Retail Development Incentive Program. This amount will be going towards renovations and the payment will occur in the 2020 budget year. The movement was carried as Picture This & That meets all the criteria for the incentive program. “This will be a great addition to our community,” commented Mayor Caroline McAuley. Picture This & That had their Grand Opening in Lakeland Mall on November 20. During delegations, Vermilion Resi-

dent Shawn Cadrain held a presentation on behalf of Vermilion Minor Hockey about ice usage in Vermilion. In this presentation, Cadrain compared Ice scheduling in Vermilion to other surrounding communities, and suggested the schedule be adjusted to focus more on weekday usage rather than weekend usage. “No other places expect hockey teams to practice on the weekends,” Cadrain said. Cadrain disc us sed a num ber of ways minor hockey has given back to the community including shovelling snow, creating volunteer positions, and purchasing gifts for residents of the lodge, and more. Due to the limits COVID-19 has put on attendance to games, the Minor Hockey Association will also be giving perennial jersey sponsors free sponsorships. Cadrain also addressed the increase

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in revenue in Vermilion during games in past years. According to Cadrain, a weekend of tournaments brings approximately $200,000 to Vermilion businesses. Cadrain presented a mock-schedule for ice usage to suggest to the town, and will be in further discussion with Community Services Director Kevin Lucas on the matter. Councillor Greg Barr provided an update on behalf of the Vermilion River Water shed Allian c e ( VRWA). Barr mentioned that the VRWA is working on providing education in the spring on watersheds involving local schools after evaluating education already available.

According to Barr, this year, the Vermilion River has the 4th highest water table since 1970, with 150-200 percent average rainfall. The Morecambe structure, which ran from April to September, was put into place to help mitigate flooding. However, Barr reports that flooding only dropped 1.6 millimetres. Water monitoring is conducted by the college, which is working with Water Conservation and Management Applied Degree students. R o u n d Ta b l e d i s c u s s i o n s o n l y consisted of brief, simple updates from each council member.

Meghan Dutchak Receives Bursary

Submitted The Islay H ealth Centre Auxil iary Society is pleased to announce that Meghan Dutchak of Clandonald is this year’s recipient of our $1000 bursary. M e g h a n at te n d e d N AIT a n d i s c urrently d oing her prac ti c um as a combined Lab/ X-ray tech at the Vermilion Hospital.

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A Message From Dr. Alice Wainwright-Stewart

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(Vermilion, Alta., Lloydminster, Alta./ Sask.) The 2020-21 academic year is well underway, and Lakeland College is doing business differently. We welcomed students to our campuses – in-person and online – to start or resume their studies and ultimately, work towards achieving their goals. We’re committed to providing our students the highest quality educational experience possible with a blend of in person, hands-on learning opportunities and online lectures. We invested in many platforms and delivery resources to support our students and faculty with online learning. While this delivery method has been new for many of our programs, it’s essential as we work to minimize the risk of exposure and transmission of the COVID-19 virus on our campuses. With guidance from our provincial health authorities and the Ministry of Advanced Education, specific measures and protocols are in place to protect our campus community, including wearing a 3-ply face covering, maintaining physical distancing, and practicing enhanced hand hygiene. Each day before arriving on campus, our students and staff must complete a health assessment. Despite our best efforts though, COVID-19 continues to be prevalent. Last month, two people in our Lloydminster campus community tested positive. While both have since recovered, this reinforces the importance of following the guidelines to keep Lakeland safe. One of the hallmarks of a Lakeland education is how we bring real-world opportunities to our students and help them develop industry-relevant skills. We continue to do that this academic year with physical distancing protocols in effect, as well as personal protective equipment (PPE) as required. We’ve adjusted how we deliver these essential work integrated experiences for our students. Hands-on

learning has always been the cornerstone of our students’ Lakeland journey, and this year is no different. Thanks to our faculty, 91.5 per cent of students participate in in-person activities. At any given point, 59 per cent of our students are on campus. In September, our blended firefighter training students completed their practical training at the Emergency Training Centre and our final firefighting platoon of 2020 finished their training in October. We’re very proud of the work they’ve done and how our faculty and staff supported them. Our environmental sciences students went beyond the classroom to forests, fields, rivers and more during Field Week. Agricultural sciences students are busy managing our Student-Managed Farm – Powered by New Holland and completed harvest early last month. University transfer students were active on field trips for their labs and energy students have been building their skills in the Cenovus Lab and the Husky Energy Power Engineering Lab. We welcomed nine trades apprenticeship intakes to campus as well. As the semester progresses, all of our students will continue to gain real-world experiences and prepare to graduate job ready. Our Lakeland Rustlers will explore new competitive opportunities in 2021, including exhibition games. While we made the difficult decision to forgo competition in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference winter season, we’re committed to providing our student-athletes with the highest quality experience in the safest manner possible. We continue to work with other institutions, including Northern Lakes College, on providing community access to quality programs. With Northern Lakes, we continue to collaborate on academic upgrading and practical nurse programs – all of which supports essential needs in our communities and rural sustainability. Looking ahead to Winter 2021, we’ll

continue our blended and online program delivery to ensure a healthy and safe environment for our campus community. We invite anyone interested in learning more about what Lakeland has to offer to join us online during our upcoming Live with Lakeland virtual sessions. Held on Nov. 17, 19, 24, 26 and 28, these sessions provide an overview of our programs, beyond the classroom learning opportunities, student support services and more. You’ll also find out about our intakes for business and university transfer programs in January, upcoming trades apprenticeship intakes, firefighter training in the spring and how to start one of our 50-plus programs next fall. Learn more at lakelandcollege.ca/events. This fall, I surveyed our students to better understand their blended and online experience this semester. Throughout the course of this year, we’ll continue to evaluate how best to support our students, faculty and staff, and adjust as needed. As the third oldest post-secondary insti-


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tution in Alberta, Lakeland has weathered two world wars, the Spanish influenza, as well as other notable events in history. Our resilient and pioneering spirit has propelled us forward with great success in our 107 years as an institution. I am confident it will continue to. To learn more about the health and safety protocols we have in place and for future updates, visit lakelandcollege.ca/covid19.

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The Vermilion Voice | November 24, 2020

Are We Headed For Another Shutdown?


The Alberta Government along with Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw imposed new restrictions due to the exponential rate that COVID-19 cases have been rising in Alberta. The two major cities along with other towns have been listed in the enhanced measures category. Right now the Alberta Government is trying its best not to implement a mandatory lockdown and while I think it is for political reasons (everyone knows the majority of the Alberta population is against it) I wonder if they are thinking about the long term ramifications if they don’t? However, on the flip side we have to take into consideration the economic downfall Alberta would

face if another lockdown was implemented! Many businesses (especially small) could not withstand having to close their doors for a couple weeks let alone long-term!! I don’t know about you, but, I personally, would not want to be in either of their shoes when it comes to making that decision! I truly believe there would civil unrest if it were to happen, soooo many people are against it and with good reason! The Government and health official’s state to wear a mask every time you venture out of your house, it also states to wash wash wash your hands or sanitize, to stay 6 feet apart, and if you feel ill to stay at home, but does any of these measures really work? For months we have been told to follow these guidelines and for a while the curve was flattening, but as we all know the curve has quickly been rising over the last couple weeks, so,

my question is this, what’s causing it to rise so abruptly? Is it because people are becoming fatigued and not following the guidelines anymore? Or is it because now that things have opened up and we are all moving around doing our daily things, like working, shopping, visiting etc. the virus is given the opportunity to jump from each infected person whether they are following the preventive measures or not? I honestly don’t think we will ever know the real reasons. This COVID-19 virus is trying it’s hardest to beat us, but we have to stay steadfast and do our part not to let it!! So, no matter if you believe the Government is trying to control us, or whether you hate the thought of wearing a mask (I truly know the hardship it can be to wear a mask as I am extremely claustrophobic to the point it provokes panic attacks) I do understand that I have

Letter To The Editor

Dear Editor What do the Vermilion Town Taxes pay for: Town location signs (which are good), brick in-lay on the main town intersection streets, brick sidewalks, third quality paving on yearly designated town road-

Once Seniors reach the age of 80 years, they are required to get a medical for their drivers license ever y 2 years. This used to be free but as of 3” wide version March 2020 we now have to pay $100

ways, ice arena costs, employee salaries, town council honorariums, pay 1.2 million for used business real estate, occasional sidewalk improvements and Whoa!! My favourite expenditure: new vehicles for town employees. So there is no money to clean the

snow OFF THE TOWN STREETS. What a dilemma. For older folks like ourselves, we find it really hard to PLOW THRU THE SNOW from our vehicle to the place of business. Now I’m sure others have found the streets quite a challenge to get around in safely. It surely would be hard for the

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and the fee for a license is $43.00. my income from OAS and CPP does I am a widowed senior and live in my not increase. own home. As we are all aware, taxes, I have spoken to some other seniors, house, car insurances and grocer y some know about this new burden and 3.75” wide version prices have all increased.  However some do not.


to push through it and wear it when it is required. We need to stay within our cohorts and not have large gatherings in confined spaces, we need to keep washing and sanitizing our hands and high traffic touch areas, etc. We need to follow the guidelines set out, and we need to do our best to protect ourselves, our loved ones and everyone else. This virus isn’t going away anytime soon, we know that, but hopefully if we can all work together and flatten the curve again that this time next year the worst of COVID-19 will be a distant memory. We as a community and as a province have to take every step we possibly can to prevent it from further spread. We cannot let it make us have to shut down again!! A lot of our businesses won’t survive it! Stay safe, stay steadfast, and let’s all do what we can whether you believe in the severity of this virus or not!!

small children to navigate thru the piles of snow. Is it necessary for the Vermilion Town residents to take up a silver collection for the street cleaning cost to have the snow REMOVED??? Please let me know Mayor McAuley. Lillian Kohn

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Julius Spevakow And His Trading Store


Located in Mannville and still standing to this day, you will find the old Mannville Trading Store. Today, it is Village Treasures but back in 1935, it was the trading spot for many new immigrants to the area. Built from June to September of that year, using concrete blocks that were made on site by hand with the use of a wooden mold that formed three blocks at a time. Each block had a hole in the side to accommodate a metal rod that went through the blocks, and each block

was set aside to dry in the sun. When they were dry, a metal rod was put through the hole and the reinforced walls of the building were built. The building is highly unique in the area because of this construction method and the blocks features a protruding design. In addition, the tin roof is unique to the area and it was crimped by hand to seal it, something only individuals who knew what they were doing could do. The real bit of history attached to the building through comes from Julius Spevakow, who built the store itself. The store was a one-stop-shop for everything that anyone needed including canned goods, fabrics, clothing, groceries and more. There were several general stores in the area but Spevakow specifically worked with the immigrant populations thanks to the fact that he was fluent in five different languages. Immigrants could come to him and speak their native tongue, rather than trying to use English. Spevakow and his wife were known to be very generous and would often donate clothing to the poor during the winter. He also worked with Edmonton Produce during the height of the Great Depres-

sion. The company would buy produce directly from farmers and each farmer was given a voucher that they could then use at the Mannville Trading Store. Spevakow would always make sure he had plenty of clothing and groceries on hand for people who came in during those tough years. The store was also a very popular meeting place for people in the area and plenty of farmers received the supplies they needed to grow crops at that store. The store itself would carry many through the Great Depression and keep them in the area rather than seeing them move on. The store would operate until 1960 and would be a variety of other businesses until Village Treasures came along. Due to its impact on the area, the building was made a Municipal Historic Resource on Jan. 27, 2010. 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 at craig@canadaehx.com Support the column and my history show at www. patreon.com/canadaehx Listen to my podcast Canadian History Ehx on all podcast platforms or at www.canadaehx.ca

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How To Make The Most Of Black Friday Sales For many people, Black Friday marks the start of the holiday shopping season, and with good reason. This highly anticipated event is an opportunity to buy everything from toys to electronics at incredibly low prices. Here are a few tips to help you find the best deals on November 27, 2020. Sign up for newsletters A few we e k s b efo re B la ck Friday, register to receive emails from various big-box stores and specialty shops. This will help keep you up to date on the latest deals. Plus, many stores offer exclusive discounts to loyal customers through their newsletters. Consider your needs Black Friday is a good opportunity to check items off your holiday shopping list, but keep in mind that these limited-time offers apply to a wide range of products and services. Now might

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Derwent Raffle

Jerianne Bardoel Reporter

Derwent Ag Society is an organization that is run by volunteers from the community. This year they are doing a fundraiser to repair the Derwent Hall roof and update the building, which was built in 1965. The raffle includes a $30,000 1st prize, $10,000 2nd prize, and $5,000 3rd prize. The draw date is December 31, 2020. 1,999 tickets were printed for this raffle, giving a one in 666 chance of winning assuming all the tickets get sold. “It is a better chance than winning the lotto,” joked Derwent Ag Society Member, Connie Mackney. Although the COVID regulations are tightening up, Mackney is hoping that the regulations lift by February 2021 in order for the Derwent Ag Society to host their annual Cabin Fever Dance, that Mackney introduced four years ago, involves a lunch, gathering, dance, and live band. Connie Mackney. Photos submitted

Submitted 2020 was Hearts and Hands second year of offering free winter wear to our community. Starting on October 1st, we again set up in the backroom of the Vermilion Voice. The generosity of Mark Your Calendar

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The Voice afforded us a place where the communit y could donate good used winter wear, and where we could display those items for community families to come and get what they needed for the cold weather. Donated items had


to be isolated for 3 days and were then washed or cleaned before being put out on display. Customers were required to use hand sanitizer and a mask before handling items. After several cases of covid-19 occurred in the Vermilion River area, it was decided that we would shut down the ‘store’ on November 19th. Despite the shortened time line, we were able to serve a total of 79 adults and children. This could not have happened without Sue at the Vermilion Voice [for the space and their donated advertising], the volunteers who helped set up and take down the ‘store’, those who helped out our customers in the ‘store, Shelley for looking after our Facebook page, but especially to the people of Vermilion for the many coats, toques, mitts and gloves, scarves, ski pants, as

well as long johns, socks, hoodies, etc. Excesses in sizes and items received that we were unable to use were boxed and taken to the Lloydminster DropIn Center. Thos center ser ves their community and the men’s Shelter with free daily meals and clothing. Despite closing down the store earlier than first planned, we will still be able to give out items from what we have stored for next winter. We can be contacted by phone ONLY - WE DO NOT RESPOND TO TEXT OR E-MAIL - at 780-581-0521, to make an appointment to obtain a coat if needed. We can then meet at a location within the community. A HUGE THANK YOU TO VERMILION for believing in what we do and for all the support YOU give to others through Hearts and Hands.

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Rex Cunningham, a member from the Masonic Foundation of Alberta, presented a $300 donation cheque to Derek Collins, a member of the Food Bank Drive at the Vermilion Catholic Church on November 20. The Masonic Foundation of Alber ta has 116 M asonic Lo dges and numerous concordant Masonic orders and bodies located across Alber ta and the Nor th West Territories. The Foundation had started a special COVID-19 2020 Masonic Family Food Bank Fundraiser initiated by the Stoney Chapter#41 of the Royal Arch Masons of Alberta, with the assistance of the Masonic Foundation. The $300 donated was Vermilion’s share of the total amount raised by the Foundation. “Masonic Lodges are active within communities of Alberta and support t h i n g s s u c h a s t h e Fo o d D r i ve,” From Left: Rex Cunningham presenting a donation cheque to Derek Collins. Photo Jerianne Bardoel commented Cunningham.

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“And They’re Off!” One of the most familiar phrases uttered at the fair each year. The familiar call at the start of the chuckwagon races. Followed by the cheer of the crowd

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MacDonalds Barn was not always where it now stands on fair grounds and was in fact moved by truck and trailer many years ago, a journey that itself was not without incident as the barn would end up off the trailer and in the ditch. Luckily this was not the end for Old MacDonalds Barn, and it would eventually make its way to its current resting grounds at the Vermilion fairgrounds. Now the host to an adorable petting zoo. The committee behind the Old MacDonalds Barn is always working to bring more excitement to all the youngsters that frequent the fair. Whether it is the blistering high speed of the chuckwagons or taking it slow in the petting zoo, be sure to come by the next Vermilion Fair and enjoy both!

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November 24, 2020 | The Vermilion Voice

Library Welcomes New Executive Chair

Elaina John Reporter

On October 28, the Vermilion Public Library held its Annual General Meeting and voted on new executive members. “In general, it’s quite a transitional p er i o d,” C o u n c i l l o r a n d l o n g - t i m e library board member Justin Thompson explained. After three years of being on the

library board, and being a part of the “ friends of the librar y ” in previous years, Thompson was elected as the executive chair. In this position, Thompson looks forward to modernizing the library and changing the perception of the library to more of an information hub rather than the traditional book depository. Recently, the librar y conducted a

large-scale community needs assessment with approximately 20 community members. In this guided engagement session, communit y members and library board members discussed and evaluated the long-term vision for the town, and how the library might contribute to or help the vision come to life. Results of the meeting will be available in approximately another month.


Along with Thompson, other executive members that were elected were Councillor Richard Yaceyko as Vice Chair and Anna Giesbrecht as Treasurer. “I’m really excited for this opportunity, and I invite anyone from town and county to see what the Library has to offer,” Thompson said, “I guarantee it’s more than you expect.”

Renovations For Mannville’s Crossroads Museum

Jerianne Bardoel Reporter

The Crossroads Museum was originally built as a one-room school house. Later it was moved into the Village of Mannville to be used as a church in 1956, known as the Ukrainian Catholic Church until 2008 when the Mannville

Historical Society purchased it to be used as a museum. During a rain and wind storm back in fall time, the Crossroads Museum sustained significant damage which re q uire d re p air s. As re p air s were under way by the hard work of the Mannville Historical Society, they had

noticed there was more damage to the interior walls, floors, and ceiling. They took the opportunity to update the wiring and lighting during this time as well. Although some of the museum items were damaged by the rain seeping through, they were able to store the

other items in a separate area where they won’t be damaged by the weather. “The Village is appreciative of the good working relationship with the Mannville Historical Society, the restoration company, and the AUMA Insuran c e Prov i d er,” c o m m e nte d Chi ef Administrator Officer, Jody Quickstad.

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Raynette Schroeder Submitted

Thank you to the Vermilion sewing group who provided JR staff with lovely fabric bags to store their clean and dirty face masks! The Learning Commons just got a bit cheerier with the installation of a large beautiful mural painted by Danielle Ostropolski. The mural features a storybook with trees, a dragon and a fairy on its pages along with the quote “One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person… to read is to voyage through time.” Thank you, Danielle, for all the hard work you put into creating a wonderful piece of artwork that will be enjoyed for many years to come in the LC.

Fabric bags donated by sewing group.

Karen King Submitted

We will remember them. On November 6, VES had a virtual Remembrance Day ceremony. Students and staff listened to Mr. Harvey speak, and intermittently we watched videos relating to Remembrance Day. One video was a message sent to us from our Superintendent Mrs. Rhae-Ann Holoien. Another video was sent to us by the Canadian Armed Forces and a third video was our own Grade 6 students reciting In Flanders Fields. They did an outstanding job. Every class had a student go to the front of their classroom and lay a wreath in remembrance. In mid-September, Fran Schaumleffel phoned VES and asked if staff would be interested in COVID mask bags. She offered to make two bags for

Grade 2 on Remembrance Day. Photos submitted

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VIBE will be doing a presentation on digital citizenship with our students at the Monday PAC Zoom meeting on November 23 at 7 p.m. Awards were presented to students on November 18. Thank you to Mrs. Wilhelm for all her hard work in organizing this event. Videos of the awards have been uploaded to YouTube and can be found by going to our website. We are looking for coaches for the following teams: gr. 8/9 boys basketball and junior girls basketball. If you are interested in helping out, please contact the school. Important dates: Nov. 23 – Parent Council Meeting via Zoom. Dec. 19-Jan. 3 – Christmas Break.

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each staff member who wanted them (labelled clean and dirty). On November 6, Fran delivered 36 COVID mask bags to VES staff who ordered. Making these bags with Fran were Danielle Rousseau, Arlene Parker and Gayla Klutz. We would like to sincerely thank these ladies for their generosity and their time. On November 9, teachers had a School Learning Day. We had virtual C LE VR tr a i n i n g w i t h D o u g S a l l ey on the new ISP (Individual Suppor t Plans). Mrs. Myshaniuk and Mr. Harvey presented a concept-based learning approach to use within our classrooms. As well, there was much conversation around the pandemic and the educational ramifications. A virtual Professional Development Day was held on November 10 for teachers. There were three session

times with 15-17 choices of workshop in each session in which to attend. Sessions varied from technology to Metis and First Nations information to inclusive education to student and staff wellness through this pandemic, and many other topics. O n November 16, we wel c omed three Lakeland College students to complete their practicum here. Erica Kaliel joined 5B with Mr. Beecrof t, Jaanprit Kaur is in 1A with Mrs. Long, and Shanita Pahtayken will be with Mrs. McLaughlin in 1B. They will be here until December 11. Parents may be hearing some brain talk, breathing exercises, or chatter about feelings from students in VES around home as they have been busy learning these things and more with VIBE and Ramona M athison. The Kindergarten classes have been

Grade 4A on Remembrance Day.

part of the Superflex program, learning how to think flexibly. The Grade 1 students have been learning about the brain, stress, and how to take care of their mental and physical health with the Building Mental Wellness Program. In Grade 2, 2/3, and 3, students are partaking in the Worry Woo’s program, which teaches students about their feelings. The Grade 4 classes have also been taking the Building Mental Wellness program with VIBE. Grade 5 students are taking par t in a few session entitled Hey Warrior. In October, the Grade 6 class started with the Youth Advisory, an optional club that allows students the opportunity to be creative and become leaders within their school and community. Dates to Remember: Dec. 1 – Crazy Hair or Crazy Hat Day; Dec. 19-Jan. 3 Christmas Holidays.

November 24, 2020 | The Vermilion Voice


BULL BREEDERS It’s A New Era For Agriculture Research In Alberta

Hon. Devin Dreeshen Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Submitted

Over the last year we organized 17 consultation stops to speak directly with Albertans about their vision for agriculture research in the province. Between in-person sessions and an online sur vey, over 2,000 farmers, ranchers, industry partners, researchers and academia shared what they thought the future of agriculture research should look like. They overwhelmingly agreed that farmers and ranchers should decide Alberta’s agriculture research priorities. We heard that loud and clear, and this year, we’ve been working hard to make that a reality. Results Driven Agriculture Research (RDAR), an arm’s-length organization, was established to ensure that the province’s agriculture research dollars reflect the needs of farmers and ranchers. In recent weeks, RDAR has achieved multiple milestones in pursuit of a research model that puts farmers and ranchers in the driver’s seat. One of those achievements being a 10-year, $370 million agreement with Alberta’s government. That is more than one third of a billion dollars that Alberta’s government has commit ted to agriculture research in the province. More than a l l of t h e ot h er Pr a ir i e Pr ov i n c e s combined. This stable and predictable funding

will be awarded to research proposals that focus on the four initial priorities: • Enhanced productivity, profitability and competitiveness • Sustainable and responsible agriculture • M a r ke t d e m a n d s: f o o d s a f e t y, quality, value-added products and diversification • Extension and knowledge transfer Another impor tant milestone for RDAR was call for research funding proposals, with plent y of excellent submissions expected. There is tremendous oppor tunity within our post-secondary institutions. Recognizing that the biggest impact o n t h e in d u str y wo ul d c o m e fr o m partnerships with world-leading institutions, we announced agreements with several of Alberta’s colleges and universities. These agreements build on their well-earned reputations for strong agricultural research, opening up more collaboration and learning opportunities for the next generation of agronomists, veterinarians, and technicians. These agreements included: A $2 million agreement with Lethbridge College that will see it manage t h e A l b er t a Irr i g at i o n Te c h n o l o g y Centre and the Brooks Greenhouse as part of it Centre for Applied Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship. A $1. 8 m i l l i o n a g r e e m e n t w i t h University of Lethbridge, which saw three programs transferred to the universit y and provided it with the

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financ ial c apac it y to re cruit three researchers who will cover apiculture and pollination; specialty crops and irrigation research; vegetable irrigation and potato production. A three-year, $10.5 million agreement with Olds College, which will see it take ownership of the field crop d eve l o p m e nt c e ntre, g i v in g i t t h e capacity to support more world-leading research and creating more learning opportunities. A $3.7 million grant to help with the transition of critical research programs

and researchers to the University of Alber ta. The programs will expand and deepen its research capacit y, while ensuring Alberta’s farmers and ranchers benefit from the work it does. We know that by putting farmers and ranchers in the driver’s seat, agriculture research in Alberta will result in practical discoveries that can be implemented in the field. While this year is turning out to be a record crop, next year could be even better with the ground-breaking research being done by rock star researchers in Alberta.

Hon. Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry. Photo submitted

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Wheat Price Spreads - Anomaly Or New Normal? Prices are driven by supply and demand factors. Blue says that recent projections vary for the 3 U.S. futures markets when looking at each class of wheat on the comparative end of year stocks and the stocks to use ratio - end of year stocks divided by that year’s total usage. ‘Stocks of Hard Red Spring wheat at Minneapolis are increasing. Stocks of Hard Red Winter wheat at Kansas City are decreasing, and in Chicago, Soft Red Winter wheat stocks are projected to be similar after last year’s drop. From the U.S. perspective only, one could


Provincial crop analyst Neil Blue looks at the 3 major wheat futures markets in the U.S. and what they mean for Canadian prices. The Minneapolis Grain Exchange (MGE) has traded Hard Red Spring wheat futures for more than a century. The prices from MGE are used as reference for contracting prices of Canadian Hard Red Spring wheat. The Kansas City Board of Trade, purchased by the CME group in 2012, trades Hard Red Winter wheat futures. The Kansas City futures are used as the reference for pricing Canada Prairie Spring wheats and Hard Red Winter wheat. The Chicago wheat futures trades Soft Red Winter wheat futures and used for pricing Canadian soft wheats. ‘Typically, Hard Red Spring wheat is the most valuable because of its superior bread making qualities, including the relatively high protein level,’ explains Blue. ‘Usually, the price of Hard Red Spring wheat futures is highest of the 3, followed by Kansas City Hard Red Winter wheat and Chicago wheat.’ Blue notes that relationship has reversed during the past several months. ‘During 2019, the Chicago wheat futures moved significantly higher than Kansas City wheat futures and, in the last few months, has moved higher than the Minneapolis wheat futures. The following weekly futures chart shows futures prices for those 3 wheat types and the price anomaly that developed where Chicago wheat is highest priced of the 3.’ Figure 1. Submitted

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interpret that the Hard Red Winter wheat price has comparatively the best reason to increase during this crop year relative to the other wheats.’ He says that the weekly Commodity Futures Trading Commission report of October 30, 2020 shows speculators as being long, or net buy positions, 48,000 contracts of Chicago wheat, 41,000 contracts of Kansas City wheat and only 9,000 contracts of Minneapolis wheat. ‘The speculative influence can sometimes keep a market in a relative posit i o n l o n g er t h a n t h e f u n d a m e nt a l numbers would suggest,’ he explains.

‘Market analysts will be watching the relative wheat prices as the crop year progresses. Influences include weather on the growing wheat crops across the world, new wheat supply from Australia and Argentina, and wheat demand, currently accelerated by the drive for food security in the face of COVID-19.’ Contact Connect with Neil Blue: Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays), Phone: 780-422-4053, Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta), Email: neil.blue@gov.ab.ca

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November 24, 2020 | The Vermilion Voice

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A look at how to analyze fertilizer values - a significant cost for farmers. Fertilizer makes up approximately onethird of input costs for many crops, and it is usually the largest single component to cereal and oilseed crops. ‘Over the past 4 to 6 months, crop prices for Alberta farmers have been strengthening due to strong global sales demand,’ explains Ryan Furtas, market analyst with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. ‘Meanwhile, corresponding fertilizer prices have been slow to respond, remaining relatively well supplied and low cost.’ One way to analyze fertilizer value is to directly compare the cost of a fertilizer product with current crop prices. Furtas says that a commonly used fertilizer ratio will show the number of tonnes of wheat or canola required to purchase a tonne of urea fertilizer.


Fertilizer Ratios

‘In this instance, a lower ratio is favourable to producers and means less crop volume is required to purchase a given amount of fertilizer.’ Figures 1.0 and 1.1 compare average monthly canola and milling wheat values with monthly retail fertilizer products such as urea over the past five years. Urea ‘The 5-year comparison shows recent urea versus canola and wheat prices are having a strong downward trend, which is the result of higher crop prices and relatively low fertilizer prices,’ he says. ‘The current canola ratio shows that selling one tonne of canola at current prices will pay for a single tonne of urea. The current ratio is 10% lower than the 5-year average. Approximately two-thirds of the decrease is attributed to a higher canola prices and one-third due to the lower urea price.’ The current wheat ratio shows that it takes approximately 2 tonnes of wheat

to pay for a single tonne of urea. Furtas adds that historically speaking, 2 tonnes is a financially beneficial ratio for producers. ‘Comparing the milling wheat ratio to the 5-year average shows a decrease of just over 6%. The strengthening price of wheat and the urea price decrease are almost equally responsible for the ratio declining just over 6% when compared to 5-year average.’ Over the next few months, he says that fertilizer inputs could rise or grain prices could drop. ‘Producers not locking in either side of the ratio are sort of speculating that either fertilizer prices will go lower and grain will go higher. Based on the past 5-year trends in grain and fertilizer prices, the ratios show that is unlikely to occur. Both sides - grain and fertilizer - appear solidly priced.’ It is possible that urea prices will experience at least some small appreciation in

price going into the winter months. ‘Even though planting season is months away, North American urea is currently priced below global urea prices,’ he notes. ‘Many factors have changed in the past 5 years. Expanded fertilizer production and lower energy prices have been key in recent years, but those factors can shift and fertilizer prices may soon follow.’ ‘Considering the combination of strong grain prices and relatively low fertilizer prices, securing a portion of urea tonnage at this time would be considered prudent risk management on the input side of the scale for Alberta producers,’ he adds. Contact For more information, connect with Ryan Furtas: Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays), Phone: 780-422-7095, Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta), Email: ryan.furtas@gov.ab.ca

Figure 1.0 Number of canola tonnes required to purchase one tonne of urea.

Figure 1.1 Number of milling wheat tonnes required to purchase one tonne of urea

Source: Alberta Agriculture Farm Input Survey and Canola Prices

Source: Alberta Agriculture Farm Input Survey and Wheat Prices

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