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New Town Of Vermilion Website

Elaina John Reporter

The Town of Vermilion has developed a new website with developer eSolutionsGroup to better serve residents and further support economic development. For years, the town has operated their website through wordpress, a free to use service. In 2020, a request for proposals was sent out to rebuild the town’s website. The town agreed to go with eSolutionsGroup to rebuild the website purely using grant fund-

ing through Alberta’s Community and Regional Economic Support (CARES) grant. Chief of Economic Development Mary Lee Prior reports that no taxpayer money was used in the development of the site. The site has various new modules to better serve residents and is designed to better promote the town’s economic development. The newsfeed and council feed have been updated and include new features, residents can repor t concerns and formally ask for the Mayor

or Council members to speak at an event. There is also “The View”, which features photos of the community, and the website is now mobile friendly. In addition, the Town calendar is now within the website, and residents can submit events to be added to the calendar. “We encourage all residents to download the Town of Vermilion app,” said Prior, as she explained residents can receive notifications about storms, street closures, water notifications, and more.

“It’s exciting for us,” Prior comments, “We’re going more modern and keeping up with our regional competition.” It was recently announced that the Town of Vermilion received their second national economic development award for marketing due to the #VermilionOnlineFestival which was hosted in April 2020. “The first national award was in 2019 for our take it to the lake campaign which was in collaboration with multiple municipalities, but this one is just for Vermilion,” Prior said.

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County Of Minburn $1.3 Million Road Construction

Jerianne Bardoel Reporter

The County of Minburn No. 27 is partnering with GrainsConnect Canada Corporation and the Province of Alberta to rebuild Range Road 143 from Highway 631 south to the Railroad crossing on Range Road 143. “With the construction of the Grainsconnect terminal the road Range Road 143 the county saw a significant increase in traffic volumes primarily in heavy truck traffic hauling grain into the terminal. Range Road 143 was constructed prior to 1950 and was not

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designed to handle the weights of today’s truck loads. The road is also being improved to achieve an all weather road that would allow trucks to haul full loads into the terminal year round rather than being subject to the seasonal road bans due to wet weather,” stated Director of Protective Services, Mike Fundytus. The County of Minburn applied to the Province of Alberta’s Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Resource Road Program grant funding system. This system is in place to support industrial and economic growth.

The County was granted 50 per cent of the construction to start near the end of May eligible project costs up to a maximum contri- 2021 and are hoping to complete construcbution of $1,124,778 from the province. The tion 40 to 45 days after. County is contributing $150,000 towards the project with the remainder of funding come from Grainconnect Canada Corporation. “We put the project out for tender and Ironstone services was awarded the project based on a recommendation from our engineering consultant,” commented Fundytus. The County of Minburn expects

Dewberry Hall Fundraiser

If you are interested in participatWe are selling each tile for $30, but if you purchase three more tiles the cost then will ing in the fundraiser, please contact The Dewberry Hall Society started a fund- only be $25 each. Each tile purchased in Rick at Dewberry Data Service, raiser last month selling floor tiles to cover the block will be entered in a draw for $500. 780-847-4166. the cost of the Hall’s operating expenses. The more tiles you purchase, the better Due to COVID-19, the Hall is unable to host your chances are to win $500,” stated events such as funerals, weddings, a fall Board president, Rick Rewuski. supper, Christmas craft sale, New Year’s The Hall has an outstanding loan of Evelyn McCrae passed away on February 3, 2021 Eve dance, dinner theatre, and a variety of $169,860. If each tile in a block is sold at in Vermilion at the age of 91 years. other community events that would normally $25, it will generate a total income of $9,025 She will be lovingly remembered by her children bring in the revenue needed. (after the $500 draw amount). If all nine Douglas (Joanne) McCrae and Kathryn McCrae The other factor that plays into the blocks are sold, a net total of $76,725 will Dewberry’s Hall struggle is the reduction in have been earned. All proceeds from the (Gerard Van Der Gaag); grandchildren Andrew oilfield activity, it directly affects the camp- tiles are for debit retirement. (Lacey) McCrae, Sarah (Jesse) Bydevaate, Matthew ground income. So far, 42 tiles at $25 each and one tile at McCrae, Julia McCrae (Riley Postman), and David “The main floor area has been divided $30 have been sold. Giving a total of $1,080 McCrae; and great grandchild Lucy McCrae. into nine blocks with 361 tiles in each block. earned so far! She was predeceased by her husband Kenneth McCrae and siblings Keith Shirreff and Elaine “BEING THE BEST WE CAN BE” King. VERMILION ELEMENTARY SCHOOL A private family service took place at Faith Lutheran Church, Vermilion on Feb 18. A video of KINDERGARTEN (ECS) the service and slide show can be viewed at https://youtu.be/uz9fktuGfyk VIRTUAL INFORMATION NIGHT Service cards are available at Rural Roots Florist, 4902A - 50 Avenue, Vermilion. Memorial Donations may be made to Friends of Vermilion Health Centre (Long Monday, March 8, 2021 Term Care), Vermilion Public Library, Alberta Cancer Foundation or charity of choice. Kathryn, Doug and family would like to express a heartfelt thanks to all the New parents and students, come learn more about our program and school. people who reached out to us and supported us in many ways. A special thanks to We look forward to meeting you and your child. Reflections Funeral Home for their care and attention to details. Thank you also Send us an email address and we will Your child is eligible to attend to Pastor Quinn Adams, pianist Elaine Leer, pallbearers: Jim West, Bill send you an invite closer to this night. if he/she is 5 years of age Galloway, Andrew McCrae, David McCrae, Jesse Bydevaate, and Riley prior to December 31, 2021. PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: Postman. Special thanks to the Vermilion Continuing Care Staff who cared for - Integrated Technology - Child Centered PLEASE PROVIDE A COPY OF YOUR Mom for over 7 years. Reporter

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Clandonald School Discusses Possible Closure

Elaina John Reporter

On February 25, community members and the school board held a discussion via Zoom about the possibility of closing Clandonald school. What was once a full grade 1-12 school, the now 1-6 school underwent a review completed by the superintendent, which recommended an investigation be done to study the viability of the school. “There were some really exciting and innovative ideas brought to the board,” said Clandonald School Vice Principal

Laurie Hopaluk, “we’re excited to see what the board does with that information.” The meeting was attended by various community members, of which 11presented ideas to the board. Attendees included groups such as the Clandonald Ag Society, Friends of Clandonald, and the Parent Council. Discussions of grants, French immersion, a farm school, and more took place. “The community really took a stance that this is a rural Alberta problem, and that we want to keep our kids in our

community,” Hopaluk added. Another Zoom meeting will take place in which the board will take into consideration all the ideas presented and evaluate other factors. The board will make the decision as to whether or not the school will close at the Zoom meeting on March 17 at 7 p.m. “We really appreciated people taking their time to put together the presentations and all the community engagement,” said Board Chair, Lanie Parr. To find out ways to help and support the community, contact Laurie Hopaluk

at 780-581-8289. To submit new ideas to help keep the school running, email the board secretary at faye.dunne@btps.ca.

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Ag Safety Week - Salute Our Agricultural Community

Lorna Hamilton Editor

For many of us, we often don’t think about where our food comes from, (I know I don’t) most times. We make a trip to our local grocery store, wander up and down each aisle with our grocery cart and leisurely place our required items in the car t and off we go, home to prepare our favourite meal. Easy eh! WE ARE A PREMIUM COMFORTEX BLIND MANUFACTURER

I h av e s a i d m a n y t i m e s t h a t I cannot think about how that glorious steak, roast, chicken, or pork chop ends up in the grocery store and on my plate as it kind of grosses me out. I do know and understand the countless hours of dedication a local meat producer must put into his/her farm to produce that wonderful piece of meat and I thank them for it. It is a lifestyle I certainly could not do!! Over the past month, I spent many hours conversing with beef producers all over Alberta while discussing their upcoming Since 1969 bull sales and I can guarantee one

thing, they seem to never stop for a breath. Each time I have spoken with them they answer the phone panting out of breath because they are either chasing cows, dealing with calving, or doing herd checks. My hat is off to all with much respect! I honestly don’t know how you do it every day. As for our grain farmers, they too are always doing something, punching long hours and well let’s face it every growing season is a gamble! Not for me either, I am not a gambler by any means. Besides the long hours, hard work and dedication it takes to be a producer of our food products, farmers and ranchers work in one of the

most dangerous professions there are in Canada. Being a well-experienced farmer or rancher does not make them immune from workplace ac c i d e nt s, ac c i d e nt s d o an d c an happen at any moment. This week is Ag Safety Week and while we should thank our agricultural communities every time we eat, we should especially recognize what they do, the challenges they face and the danger they put themselves in every day. So take a moment and say thank you, because without them we would all be feeling a lot more hungr y each and every day. The Vermilion Voice would like to say thank you for all that you do.

Metis Nation Of Alberta Seeks Métis Input In Drafting A Constitution

Elaina John Reporter


For years, the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) has discussed drafting a constitution to become a self-governing nation within Canada. Now, the MNA is inching closer towards the goal of official recognition as an independent, self-governing nation. Currently, the MNA is registered under the Societies Act under provincial law, rather than a separate governing body. Despite self governance being a large topic of discussion for years prior, the agreement between the Canadian Government and the MNA of self governance is contingent on the existence of a constitution for the Métis Nation within Alberta. This led to the establishment of the MNA Constitution Commission in 2019, composed of five Métis citizens tasked to draft a constitution and oversee the ratification process. First, the constitution draft was presented to the internal structures and councils within the

MNA, which had its final round table session on February 22. After presenting a “What We Heard” report, the constitution will be taken to the rest of the MNA citizens. According to MNA President and Chair of the Constitution Commission Audrey Poitras, the MNA hopes that citizens will be able to vote on the constitution at this year’s MNA Assembly in August. In the past, representation and support of the Métis people were given on the terms of other governing bodies and did not properly suit the needs of Métis people. Community engagement and discussions involving how to best serve, represent, and fight for the Métis people is a crucial step in the drafting process. “This is something our citizens have talked about year after year,” said President Poitras, “so it’s not anything new, but it is a long process.” President Poitras hopes to have the Constitution ratified by citizens and officially recognized by the Canadian Government by early 2022.

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Dawn Hames Columnist

We are on the home stretch towards spring. This last bit of cold winter weather is the perfect time for hot and filling soups, and the cheesy goodness of this soup fits the bill. It is a delicious way to get in a variety of vegetables. Broccoli is a vegetable that is a good source of vitamins, fiber and antioxidants. Broccoli is a nutrient powerhouse, with a 1/2 cup providing your daily need for vitamins C and K as well as significant amounts of Vitamin A and at least 18 other vitamins and minerals. Broccoli has antioxidant abilities, anti-inflammatory properties, and unique cell detoxification


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abilities. Studies have shown broccoli to decrease cholesterol, inhibit the overgrowth of Helicobacter pylori (bad bacterium) in the stomach and aid in cancer prevention. A 1/2 cup serving of broccoli has only 22 calories and provides many health benefits. If you decide to serve cooked broccoli it is best steamed or cooked for less than 5 minutes to retain the maximum number of nutritional benefits. Wow, there are so many great benefits to consuming broccoli, as well as the other vegetables in this soup. If you are eating dairy free, you can sub out the milk for coconut milk, use bacon fat or margarine for the butter and skip the cheese and add a little more bacon, and it will still be filled with creamy goodness. Using old cheddar gives the soup more cheese flavour than a mild or

medium cheese. You will notice that the water that the vegetables are cooked in is retained as the broth, keeping all the nutrients that went into it. Broccoli Bacon & Cheese Soup 4 cups chopped broccoli 1/2 cup chopped carrots 2 tablespoons butter or olive oil 1 cup chopped onion 3 cloves of garlic minced 3 tablespoons of butter 3 tablespoons flour 1 cup milk or light cream 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 4 – 6 slices of bacon chopped 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, medium or old. 1 tablespoon of chopped parsley (optional) Chop the broccoli into spoon size


pieces, and fill a 4-cup glass measuring cup with the broccoli and cover with water. Pour the contents into a pot, and add the carrots and cook covered until vegetable are cooked. In a second pot, melt the 2 tablespoons of butter and sauté the onions and garlic until soft, but not golden. Add the onions and garlic to the cooked broccoli pot. In the pot that the onions were in, add the 3 tablespoons of butter, melt on medium heat, add the flour and stir until thick and slowly add the milk while stirring. Drain off approximately 1 cup of liquid from the cooked cauliflower pot and add it, stirring to the flour butter mixture. You will have a thick broth; add the, salt and pepper and stir the contents of the sauce into the vegetable pot and stir in the bacon and cheese, and finally stir in the fresh parsley. Makes four serving.

COVID - How Are We Navigating The Journey

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Supported by FCSS: City of Lloydminster, Towns of Vermilion and Wainwright, Villages of Kitscoty and Marwayne and County of Vermilion River and donations. We are in the month that marks the one year anniversary of “When our lives have been forever changed.” Have you noticed in this past year that you have gone from feelings of kindness, and empathy to perhaps being “chippy”, cynical, having attitude, depressed more than less, isolated, confused, feeling deep sadness and anxiety? Those of you who have experienced the death of a loved one and are mourning that loss may recognize some of those grief responses that are found in your; • Behaviours (restless, increase in addictive behaviour, antisocial such as violence) • Physical Symptoms (Eating and sleep pattern disrupted, headaches and body aches, fatigue and muscle weakness, short of breath and blood pressure change) • Emotional feelings (fear, anger, anxiety, depression, apathy, loneliness, feeling of loss of control) • C o g n i t i ve t h i n k i n g (c o n f u s i o n , decrease in focus and making decisions, apathy, disorganized) • Spiritual (Question meaning and purpose of life, loss of trust, feeling hopeless, and powerless) Remember that Change-creates a Loss-creates a Grief Response Could we be experiencing a “COVID” Grief? Recognize, acknowledge and embrace your new grief. Give it a name; anger, fear, deep sadness, isolation, depression, loneliness, anxiety, fear, confusion and helplessness. Don’t be too hard on yourself. You may not have recognized you were grieving, yet a new loss. Now that you have identified a new and great loss of normalcy (life as it used to be), what can you do? In the light of the “normal” returning we have to look at what the “new normal” might look like and what we can do to navigate this journey. We can look at connection that we are all missing. How can we connect from a distance? Some ideas have come from a blog from Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute .Blog@ctrinstitute.com. It seems like isolation and loneliness is not leaving so we need to find ways to connect. Use the electronics if you are comfortable with them. Using a text message, an email, Zoom or Facebook and face time. If electronics is not your or the other person’s comfort zone how about a phone call. Nothing is quite as good as hearing a voice. How about finding someone you haven’t called in a while

and surprise them with a phone call. Catch up on what is happening. Another great way to make someone’s day is to send a card and a positive note as hand writing is special to receive. Value those in your life and let them know, this will generate a dialog and you will also receive responses. Start a Gratitude jar and put a gratitude in every morning and evening. Don’t forget Self Care. How about taking a walk and breathe in that air and listen for the sounds around you. Look at the birds, snow, sun and feel a part of the freedom. Limit your amount of computer time. Don’t schedule multiple Zoom meetings and get up and move around often when you have to be on Zoom meetings and computer work. We wonder what the future will look like and try to think what the Big Picture will look like. What will our “New Normal” be like? Try to look at one day at a time or even half a day. Learn all you can on how to navigate this new grief journey and remember Knowledge Is Power. If you feel COVID has locked you down, isolated you, taken your normalcy away there are some things COVID can’t cancel. An article sent to me author unknown says the following: NOT EVERYTHING IS CANCELLED Sunshine isn’t cancelled, Spring isn’t cancelled, Love isn’t cancelled, Relationships aren’t cancelled, Reading isn’t cancelled, Naps aren’t cancelled, Devotion isn’t cancelled, Music isn’t cancelled, Dancing isn’t cancelled, Kindness isn’t cancelled, Imagination isn’t cancelled , Conversation isn’t cancelled, HOPE isn’t cancelled,

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FRIENDS aren’t cancelled. Keep looking up! Fear does not stop death it stops life and worrying does not take away tomorrows troubles, it takes away today’s peace. Just think about it...how privileged we are that during a global pandemic, we can stay home comfortably reading,

working, watching T.V. and with a fridge stocked with food - Do remind yourself to be grateful today, might not be tonight, tomorrow or the next day ....but everything is going to be O.K. To make a difference in someone’s life you don’t have to be brilliant, rich beautiful or perfect ..... YOU JUST HAVE TO CARE.

County of Minburn No. 27 Job Advertisement - Summer Employment Administrative Support The County of Minburn No. 27 is seeking two individuals for administrative summer student positions located in Vegreville, Alberta. The Administration Office position is responsible for providing receptionist duties, answering telephones, receipting revenue and daily cash reconciliation, maintaining office filing systems and preparing spreadsheets. This Public Works position is responsible for answering telephones, preparing spreadsheets and work orders as well as completing mail duties. Qualifications: - High School Diploma - Currently enrolled in Post-Secondary Business or Administrative Program - Excellent computer and written skills - Excellent communication, interpersonal skills and strong customer service skills - Valid Class 5 driver’s license This position may require occasional overtime. ______________________________________________________________

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The County of Minburn No. 27 is seeking one individual for a summer student position at the Public Works Shop located in Vegreville, Alberta. The Public Works Shop Maintenance Assistant position is responsible for assisting the Shop Foreman, Journeyman Heavy Duty Mechanic and Welder in the regular maintenance of equipment and vehicles. The successful candidate will also be responsible for picking up parts, cleaning the public works shops, detailing vehicles, and assisting Construction and Oiling Crews as directed. Qualifications: - High School Diploma - Currently enrolled in a Post-Secondary Education Program - Excellent communication and interpersonal skills - Valid Class 5 driver’s license This position may require occasional overtime. ______________________________________________________________ Please submit a complete resume and cover letter, detailing experience,education and qualifications by 4:00 pm on Monday, March 15, 2021 to HR@minburncounty.ab.ca. Questions regarding this position may also be directed to the above email address. _____________________________________________________________ Employment Term: May 3, 2021 to August 31, 2021 Location: Vegreville, Alberta Salary Range: $17.00 - $20.00 per hour The County of Minburn thanks all applicants for their interest in this position, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.



The Vermilion Voice | March 2, 2021

Transportation And Opportunities In Early Vermilion

Craig Baird Columnist

When Vermilion was still just a small community on the prairie, there was a desire to bring more people in and that led to the creation of a booklet that highlighted the many things within the community. One impor-

tant aspect of that booklet was touting the transportation within the community and its links to the outside world. Through this piece, I will mention various segments of how transportation was described in early Vermilion to gain new residents from around the country and Europe. The booklet describes Vermilion as being on the main transcontinental line of


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the Canadian Northern Railway and a divisional point that results in all trains, passenger and freight, stopping in the community. The booklet also describes the fact that the grading and track laying of the branch line from Bruderheim and Vermilion was in the process, moving into the north of the present line. It states, quote: “The surveyors are from Vermilion working on the branch line of the Canadian Northern Railway from Vermilion to Medicine Hat, traversing a new and unopened section of the Province. The bonds for both of these lines has been guaranteed by the provincial government.” It was stated in the booklet that Vermilion would be the terminus for the chartered lines from Vermilion to Wetaskiwin and Cold Lake, while also on the survey of the proposed line from Wilkie to Athabasca Landing. Moving into describing the opportunities within Vermilion, they are described as, quote: “More real farmers who are willing to

take a small piece of land and by intensive farming get the fullest possible returns from it.” “Up-to-date merchants of all kinds to cater to the well-to-do farmers who are here now and those who are coming in daily.” Industries such as sash and door factory, makers of farm wagons, steam laundry, cheese factory, oatmeal mill and cereal factory, tannery, mineral water works, parking plant.” Looking at the bright future of Vermilion ahead, the booklet ends its section on the opportunities by saying, quote: “To them Vermilion holds out the hand of welcome.” 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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Thorpe Recovery Centre Campaign


Thorpe Recovery Centre (TRC) has operated since 1975, starting as a twobed facility that offers medically supported detox, a 42-day residential addiction treatment program, post-treatment continuing care, and support programs for individuals who are affected by addictive behaviours. Today TRC has a 54,000 square foot facility that includes 72 treatment beds on a 34 acre lot near Lloydminster, Alberta. The facility has a gymnasium, fitness rooms, meeting rooms and lecture areas that are host to programs such as Detox, Treatment, Continuing Care, and Intensive Groups. TRC started a social media campaign on February 1 to shine a light on operating costs for non-profit organizations. Although TRC receives funding from Alberta Health Services for the majority of their beds

and some beds are funded through the Saskatchewan Health Authority, the funding is limited income, leaving non-profit organizations to come up with funding for other expenses, such as mortgage, building maintenance, repairs, and improvements. COVID-19 has also had a major impact on the centre as it has increased from 25 to over 50 clients, and many on a wait list. “When working in a Community Therapeutic Model, it is difficult to reimagine programming when we’ve all been integrated as a unit. Group sizes are reduced, limiting the peer support. Masks are donned, making it difficult to convey and understand a story. Connection is waning across the facility. We relied on the communion of peer groups and support. We relied on our large gatherings of the Thorpe community to celebrate achievements. We had to stop recreational and support

group outings, encouraging high-fives, the comfort of hugs, the intimacy of family visits. We had an identity crisis; what is a community model without the community?” stated Sara Fox, Development Coordinator for the centre. One of the first adjustments in order to maintain connection was webcams for the clients to join online 12-step and SMART Recovery support group meetings. The centre also had to increase staffing in order to host smaller groups to follow the COVID-19 restrictions, connecting clients with resources in their home communities, offering the Family Intensive Program online, converting the gymnasium into a meeting and therapeutic place, and embracing technology as best as possible to connect across the facility and into the recovery community. The impact of isolation caused by COVID-19 has shed a light on mental health and how important it is. “We have a large, 9-year-old facility, it’s


nearly full, and it needs to be maintained. Our facility is a crucial part of the services we provide. Clients live, sleep, and breathe in this space and we want to ensure our community understands the work associated to maintain it. With the advent of the pandemic, we needed to modify spaces from their original purpose, like adding sound panels to the gymnasium. We do need new fitness equipment, we do need new industrial vacuums, we do need a few new washing machines, and with increased enrollment in our programs this need has become more important than ever,” said Sarah Fox, Development Coordinator for the centre.. It is important to TRC that the community understands that recovery costs more than the wages of its experienced and educated team. For those who wish to donate to TRC you can do so on thorperecoverycentre. org/donate or call Sara at 780-875-8890.

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Kitscoty, Alta. – On Feb. 19, 2021, at 6:35 a.m., Kitscoty RCMP received a 911 call of a home invasion in progress at a residence in the area of 52 avenue and 50 street in Kitscoty. Kitscoty RCMP attended the residence and unknown suspect(s) had rammed a vehicle into the front of the residence and had fled. Further investigation determined that a firearm had been discharged during this incident. The occupants of the residence were not physically injured as a result of this incident.  Kitscoty RCMP, along with RCMP Forensic Identification Services, have

examined the residence as part of this investigation. It is believed that a silver vehicle, possibly a newer jeep, is a vehicle of interest in this investigation and may have sustained minor damage.  Anyone with information regarding this incident, or dash cam footage in the Village of Kitscoty between 6:30 a.m. and 7:10 a.m. on Feb. 19, 2021, is asked to contact the Kitscoty RCMP at 780-846-2897 or your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-2228477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips. com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Surveillance images of Vehicle of interest - Kitscoty RCMP home invasion. Photo submitted Play Store.”

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From left, at Vermilion Eye Center, Carrie, Dr. Moneo, Jorianne and Skye sporting pink for Pink Shirt Day on February 24. Photo submitted

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Despite Hardships, Ag Industry Has Opportunity To Become Stronger Post-Pandemic

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We can all agree that 2020 was a year like none other. It was a year that tested everyone’s readiness to adapt to change quickly. And the agricultural industry was no exception. From labour logistics and personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages to processing delays and pivoting to online marketing, many farmers across the country encountered a long and ever-changing list of challenges due to COVID-19. “Farmers faced a lot of new challenges in their ability to function within the restrictions [associated with COVID19], as did everybody,” says Wendy Bennett, Executive Director of AgSafe in British Columbia. “But if you have a farm, the opportunity for everybody to work from home doesn’t work. Here I am working at my dining room table,

Manager for Keystone Agricultural Producers, says that for many farmers the pandemic did not impact their ability to farm, but “it did impact how they farm.” There is no denying the hardships and challenges that have been experienced across the Canadian agricultural industry. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has also provided the sector with a unique learning opportunity and the chance to explore new processes. “We all adapted because we were forced to; it’s never fun to have to do something because you’re backed into a corner. But there has also been some benefit to being forced to explore change, to make it a priority,” explains Carolyn Van Den Heuvel, Director of Outreach and Member Relations with Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture. Continued on page 12

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Continued from page 11 “We all hit some bumps and hurdles along the way while figuring it all out, and if we look at how our food value chain adapted, it’s really impressive and worth recognizing.” Health and safety procedures top the list of what has been impacted by COVID19 on farms across Canada. While

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measures. “The importance of preparedness has really become evident during COVID19,” Green notes. “We never know what is going to come our way in the industry, but farmers can use the experiences of COVID-19 to do emergency preparedness for a whole range of situations that would allow them to respond more effectively.” Van Den Heuvel agrees, explaining that the pandemic underscored the importance of implementing a farm safety plan and conducting a risk assessment. “We are going to look at health and safety differently going forward. COVID has been, for lack of a better term, a good exercise for implementing a farm safety plan,” she says. “Health and safety are part of an overall farm management plan, and having a solid management plan, understanding processes for making decisions, and communicating with family members and workers were shown to be fundamental during COVID.” In fact, communication became an essential component across the agricultural industry in response to COVID-19, with collaboration proving particularly beneficial for commodity groups, which used shared experiences to find solutions and address challenges. “ The impor tance of having open communication really came to the forefront with COVID. The only way that all of us were able to adapt to COVID successfully was by working together,” explains Van Den Heuvel. “COVID showed us what true collaboration brings us; it showed us when we work together, how much further we can get.” Continued on page 13


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Continued from page 12 But the benefits of increased communication haven’t been limited to within the industry. With more people cooking at home during the pandemic, COVID19 has provided the agricultural industry

with a valuable opportunity to connect with consumers about their food and what’s being done to ensure food security in Canada. “There has been heightened interest in Canadian food during the pandemic,

and Canadian consumers are increasingly interested in where their food is coming from,” says Green. Adds Van Den Heuvel, “ There is definitely a recognition for agriculture amongst the public like we haven’t necessarily seen in the past, and that means more opportunities to connect with the public about their food.” W h at t h i n g s w ill l o o k like p o s tpandemic is still anyone’s guess. But one thing is for certain: Canadian farmers’ abilities to adapt and continue to produce safe and healthy products are proof that the pandemic won’t hurt the agricultural industry. It will make it stronger.

“Everyone in agriculture recognizes that ever yone else in agriculture is going through similar challenges,” says Bennett. “And that collaboration will only make the industry stronger for everyone because COVID showed us that you never know what’s next.” Canadian Agricultural Safety Week (CASW) is a public campaign held annually during the third week of March that focuses on the importance of safe agriculture. The 2021 campaign, Safe & Strong Farms: Lead an AgSafe Canada, takes place March 14-20. CASW is presented by Farm Credit Canada. For more information, visit agsafetyweek.ca.


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Agriculture And Forestry 2021 Budget


Agriculture and Forestry 2021 budget has brought on new programs and services, and the industry is focused on delivering a new vision for Agriculture and Forestry. “This past year has been a tough one due to COVID19. While we are still dealing with the impacts of the pandemic, I am proud of how resilient the hard-working men and women in Alberta’s agriculture and forest sectors have been by adapting to not only survive but thrive. The agriculture and forestry sectors have been bright spots in Alberta’s economy throughout the pandemic. Whether it is foresters, farmers, or food processors, we are looking for them to help lead economic growth in Alberta,” commented Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry. Dreeshen stated that Agriculture and Forestry is taking their 2021 budget as an opportunity to be smarter about how they spend taxpayer’s money. $841 million is being directed toward the new vision to ensure that Alberta Agriculture industries can grow and continue to be key economic drivers and job creators. “In a big win for farmers, we have reduced AgriInsurance premiums by 20% this year, roughly $55 million in savings, to help ease the financial burden on producers. Starting in early spring, irrigation projects will be under construction as a result of the $815 million investment in irrigation – the largest one-time irrigation investment in Alberta’s history. There will be hundreds of kilometers of new pipelines, expanded reservoirs, and 2 new reservoirs that will modernize irrigation district infrastructure. These projects will increase water storage capacity, irrigating more than 200,000 new acres and creating up to 8,000 jobs,” commented Dreeshen. Agriculture and Forestry set a target to attract $1.4 billion in investments over the next four years which would create over 2,000 jobs in sectors like hemp, ag-technology, and food production of grain, oilseed, plant protein and livestock. Since announcing these targets last fall, Agriculture and Forestry has already

achieved $527 million in new investment and created associated regulations will come into force this spring. more than 981 new jobs. Dreeshen also announced that These amendments will advance Alberta’s competitive Agriculture and Forestry is going to double individual forest sector by reducing red tape and securing reliable lending limits for farms and agriculture businesses from and consistent access to trees, through the Forest Jobs $15 million to $30 million, as well as increasing over- Action Plan, while growing our forests’ sustainability for all Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) current and future generations.” borrowing limit from $2.8 billion to $3.6 billion to ensure primary producers, agribusinesses, and value-added food processors have reliable access to capital. “Raising Alberta’s profile as an attractive investment destination in global markets will increase provincial exports. We have doubled our international presence in key export markets, set aggressive growth targets of 8.5% per year for valueadded exports and 7.5% for primary exports,” stated Dreeshen. Despite a climate of economic restraint, Agriculture and Forestry is holding the line on several key programs and services including: Maintaining agricultural research funding at $37 million. Continuing to fund access to utilities in rural Alberta at $4.3 million. Providing $11.5 million in funding to Alberta agricultural societies, while speeding up applicaFinancing you can count on to be there when you need it. That’s why we created ScotiaFlex tions. Financing you can count on to be there when you need it. That’s why we created ScotiaFlex âëîÝãîåßñèðñîá™ÝČèáôåÞèáČåêÝêßåêãïëèñðåëêðäÝðáêÝÞèáïõëñðëîáïìëêàðëßäÝêãáïíñåßçèõ Funding the fight against mountain pine beetle ÝêàáâČåßåáêðèõ âëîÝãîåßñèðñîá™ÝČèáôåÞèáČåêÝêßåêãïëèñðåëêðäÝðáêÝÞèáïõëñðëîáïìëêàðëßäÝêãáïíñåßçèõ Financing you can count on to be there when you need it. That’s why we created ScotiaFlex ÝêàáâČåßåáêðèõ at $30 million annually, plus an additional $19 âëîÝãîåßñèðñîá™ÝČèáôåÞèáČåêÝêßåêãïëèñðåëêðäÝðáêÝÞèáïõëñðëîáïìëêàðëßäÝêãáïíñåßçèõ ÕÝòáðåéáÞõÝììèõåêãëêßáðëáïðÝÞèåïäõëñîëòáîÝèèßîáàåðèåéåðÑêßáõëñ«îáÝììîëòáà ÝêàáâČåßåáêðèõ ÝßßáïïõëñîÝòÝåèÝÞèáâñêàïðäîëñãäÝóåàáòÝîåáðõëâßîáàåðëìðåëêïßñïðëéåöáàðëõëñîêááàï ÕÝòáðåéáÞõÝììèõåêãëêßáðëáïðÝÞèåïäõëñîëòáîÝèèßîáàåðèåéåðÑêßáõëñ«îáÝììîëòáà million from the federal government. ÝßßáïïõëñîÝòÝåèÝÞèáâñêàïðäîëñãäÝóåàáòÝîåáðõëâßîáàåðëìðåëêïßñïðëéåöáàðëõëñîêááàï ÕÝòáðåéáÞõÝììèõåêãëêßáðëáïðÝÞèåïäõëñîëòáîÝèèßîáàåðèåéåðÑêßáõëñ«îáÝììîëòáà Dreeshen went on to say, “Budget 2021 also ÈëîéëîáåêâëîéÝðåëêìèáÝïáßëêðÝßðõëñîèëßÝèÃãîåßñèðñîÝèÕìáßåÝèåïð ÝßßáïïõëñîÝòÝåèÝÞèáâñêàïðäîëñãäÝóåàáòÝîåáðõëâßîáàåðëìðåëêïßñïðëéåöáàðëõëñîêááàï or visit www.scotiabank.com/agriculturalservices ensures we are prepared to respond to the upcom- ÈëîéëîáåêâëîéÝðåëêìèáÝïáßëêðÝßðõëñîèëßÝèÃãîåßñèðñîÝèÕìáßåÝèåïð or visit www.scotiabank.com/agriculturalservices ÈëîéëîáåêâëîéÝðåëêìèáÝïáßëêðÝßðõëñîèëßÝèÃãîåßñèðñîÝèÕìáßåÝèåïð ing wildfire season, using innovative solutions and or visit www.scotiabank.com/agriculturalservices Alberta new technology to make sure our monitoring, fore- Vermilion, 5037 50th Avenue Vermilion, Vermilion,AB Alberta casting, detection and responses are efficient and Vermilion, 780 853-9162 ext 4300 5037 50thAlberta Avenue myrna.biermann@scotiabank.com Vermilion, AB 50th Avenue effective. We consulted with communities affected 5037 Vermilion, AB ext 4300 780 853-9162 853-9162 ext 4300 myrna.biermann@scotiabank.com by wildfire on how to improve our response. This 780 myrna.biermann@scotiabank.com budget introduces new technology to help Alberta Wildfire remain world-class and keep communities safe. Changes made to the Forests Act and


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March Is Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month

Agriculture for Life (Ag for Life) is excited to be part of the 10th annual Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month (CALM) – an initiative by Agriculture in the Classroom Canada (AITC-C) that encourages students to celebrate Canada’s agriculture and food story. Each year, CALM helps thousands of Canadian students from K to 12 to learn about, connect to, understand and grow appreciation for agriculture. CALM is a hands-on program designed to be integrated into classrooms in the

month of March. Educating students about the significant affect the agriculture and food sector has on our daily lives as Canadians is what makes CALM so impactful. Like most events for 2021, CALM activities and events across Canada are going virtual. Each province will of fer s p e c i al eve nt s an d feature d resources to connect students, teachers and families with Our Food, Our Story. Ag for Life will deliver interactive agriculture learning oppor tunities for elementary, junior and senior high students in Alberta in two ways.


Elementary students will have access to v ir tu a l r e ad - o u t- l o u d s t h at w i l l feature children’s literature celebrating our food and Canadian agriculture. The online read-out-louds can be viewed in class, assigned via an online platform, or watched together in a virtual classroom. For the junior and senior high students, a four-part webinar series will highlight our main agri c ulture commodities and address production practices, science literacy, sustainability and opportunity from farm to fork. Teachers who register will receive a digital teacher guide and accompany-

ing resources, as well as a complimentary teacher package including a class set of “The Real Dirt on Farming” publication. “With this program, we are bringing agriculture to life in the classroom and empowering young minds to become leaders in agriculture, sustainability, food production and nutrition,” says LureeWilliamson, CEO, Ag for Life. “Af ter all, the future of agriculture depends on the nex t generation to create solutions for feeding a growing population while protecting our planet.” Continued on page 17

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Continued from page 16 “AITC-C is thrilled to host Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month in 2021 and celebrate ten years of sharing the Canadian agriculture and food story with students from coast to coast!” said Johanne Ross, AITC-C Executive Director. “We can reach even more classrooms this year by bringing the program totally online and making meaningful connections between tens of thousands of students and those of us that work in the agri-food sector.” More information about this program can be found at www.agricultureforlife.ca/calm Ag for Life aims to foster through education, an understanding and appreciation of agriculture and its fundamental connection

to life. About Ag for Life Ag for Life (Agriculture for Life) has the mandate to deliver educational programming designed to improve rural and farm safety while building public understanding around the agricultural industry. Ag for Life is made possible through the funding and commitment of companies that employ almost 20,000 people in more than 350 Alberta communities. Founding Members include AdFarm, Glacier FarmMedia, Nutrien, Rocky Mountain Equipment, TC Energy and UFA Co-operative Limited. To learn more visit agricultureforlife.ca. About Agriculture in the Classroom

Canada Agriculture in the Classroom Canada (AITC-C) is a Canadian charitable organization with a vision to bring agriculture to every classroom, inspiring every student. Alongside ten provincial member organizations, AITC-C provides accurate, balanced and current, curriculum linked resources for students at all grade levels. We are proud to work with our network of partners, stakeholders and volunteers to provide educational experiences that will foster a passion for lifelong learning through collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and communication by sharing Canada’s remarkable agriculture and food story. To learn more visit aitc-canada.ca.

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Constituency Of Vermilion-Lloydminster-Wainwright To Receive Community Funding Grant

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Alber ta’s government has always prioritized treating those suffering from addiction and mental health concerns with care and compassion. We understand that partnering with local treatment providers is often the best way to deliver the support these Albertans need. As part of the Alberta government’s plan to suppor t evidence -based

programs, organizations have applied for grants to support their work aiding the mental health and addiction recovery of Albertans. In Vermilion - Lloydminster-Wain wright, Residents in Recover y has b e e n a p p r ove d i n Ph a s e 3 of t h e Community Grant Funding Program for a grant in the amount of $40,900.00. “ Residents in Recover y of fers a safe and supportive therapeutic environment for individuals on a journey

to recover y. Organizations like this are integral to providing help for those suffering from addiction. This grant from Alber ta’s government of over $40,0 0 0 combined with our recent Phase 1 and 2 grants of $55,000 will help them continue that work,” said Garth Rowswell, MLA for VermilionLloydminster-Wainwright. This program is a key par t of our strategy to support the mental wellness and addiction recovery of Alber-

tans during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Alberta’s government will continue s u p p o r t i n g ev i d e n c e - b a s e d f u n d ing programs, and ensuring that resources are there for those struggling with addiction issues. We are excited that the Associate Ministry of Addictions and Mental Health is working closely with local treatment providers to provide the best service possible to those in need.

Taking Action And Advocating For Agriculture

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Being a producer in the agricultural industry means being an advocate for it. Lakeland College agribusiness students learned how to be informed, passionate champions of the industry through their Agvocacy project. Working in groups, students produced advocacy and educational media on key topics to help inform the public about the nuances of it. For students Maddison Penner and Sanne Hansen, it was an excellent opportunity to put their learning into action. “It’s so important to any agricultural


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program to be able to talk about all topics and that we know how to find the resources to inform ourselves on them,” Penner, second-year agribusiness student from Vanderhoof, B.C., explains. “Now we have experience looking for proper sources to find the facts behind discussing or defending agriculture, compared to just using our own opinions. It’s really valuable.” Penner’s group was tasked with showcasing animal handling and did so with both a video and an ar ticle por traying proper animal handling methods as well as the financial benefits of them. Her group pooled their resources, using video clips they had already taken on their own operations, including some drone shots, and working with the purebred animals at Lakeland’s Student-Managed Farm – Powered by New Holland for additional footage. “A lot of people who don’t have the same connection we do to a farm or livestock operation might not see it as passionately as we do,” Penner says.

“They might think that we just raise our animals for butcher and are in it for financial benefit, but that’s not it. I fell in love with beef cattle through 4-H, it gave me so much confidence showing animals and working with them. It’s something I’m really passionate about.” The project gave her the opportunity to discuss and compare animal handling techniques both with her group members, and with other producers. “My group and I were pretty much on the same page with animal handling and how we do things on our own operations,” she says, explaining that three of her group members raise beef cattle and one raises bison. “ We’re pretty familiar with the topic. It was really neat though because we got to reach out to a lot of producers to ask them how they do things and they were on the same page as well. We are all passionate about our livestock and we want to treat them as respectfully as we can.” Hansen’s group was tasked with promoting the role of women in agricul-

ture and approached it by making both a video and Instagram profiles featuring women producers. The video features different women at work, using one word to describe how they view women in agriculture. “Agriculture is not a gender-specific industry and we wanted to bring awareness to that. We wanted to give a platform to Lakeland women to showcase them and get their voices out there and let them share what they do in the industry,” Hansen, from Fairview, Alta., says. “Advocacy projects like this one are really important and they’re a good learning experience. We sent out a mass call to women in the community and got so many emails back from women telling us their stories and what they do on the farm or the industry. It was so cool to see how many female alumni we have and how many women actually enroll in the agriculture program at Lakeland. It’s amazing to see what they’re doing and the different opportunities there are for me.”

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Office Closure: The County Offices are currently closed to in-person public access. Please call 780-846-2244 or email office@county24.com for assistance. Core services continue to be maintained during this difficult time caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. You can stay up to date by visiting our website, following us on Facebook and Twitter, and downloading the VoyentAlert! app. We are pleased to launch Voyent Alert!. A multi-purpose communication service to keep you informed of critical events, as well as day-to-day communications such as Council meetings and planned maintenance. Register for FREE & receive alerts on the App, via phone, text or email. More information is available on our website.


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The Natural Gas Refueling Station rates for public consumption have been set at $0.70/L without an account and $0.60/L with an account. Please contact the Gas Utility at 780.846.2222 for further information on how to access the benefits of Natural Gas Vehicles.


Ground Squirrel Control: Last summer, the CVR Ag Dept asked landowners to pre-order their strychnine for the 2021 season. This spring, once our shipment arrives, we will be contacting all those who placed an order with us.

For the most up to date information, check out our website or social media. www.vermilion-river.com

NW-27-46-2W4M Adjacent to Range Road 23 North of Township Road 464 SITE DESCRIPTION:  160 acres (150 arable acres)  Agricultural District  More informa�on can be found on our website: Tenders & For Sale

BID PROCEDURE: Bids will be accepted at the County Office un�l March 5, 2021 at 12:00 Noon MST Sale is subject to Condi�ons of the County Property is sold “AS IS”


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FarmCash Expanding Services To All Western Canadian Agricultural Producers This Spring

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meet their short-term cash flow needs and enhances their long-term profitability,” says Syeda Khurram, FarmCash chief operating officer. “FarmCash takes that extra step by educating producers on the various ways they can utilize this effective tool to benefit their operation.”  “ Far m Ca s h i s a g r e at b u s i n e s s management tool for all producers.It can be used in a pinch to mitigate risks, or consistently over time to provide the most benefits. In the past, producers in Western Canada haven’t taken full advantage of innovative tools likeFarmCash that helpplan for financial growth and sustainability in future years. FarmCash is here to help producers!.” said Todd Hames, Alberta Wheat Commission chair. “Producers across Western Canada

The Alber ta Wheat Commission (AWC) is pleased to announce the FarmCash Advance Payments Program is expanding beyond Alberta and will be available to agricultural producers in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba beginning March 15, 2021.  Since its inaugural offering in the fall of 2018, FarmCash has been providing Alberta producers of over 50 agricultural commodities – including all major crops, livestock and honey – another competitive option to manage their operation’s cash flow.  “AWC strongly believes that all western Canadian agricultural producers can benefit from the fast and efficient service that FarmCash provides,” says Todd Hames, AWC chair. “We pride the FarmCash program on continually adapting to producers’ cash flow needs and maintaining a high level of customer satisfaction.”  FarmCash provides producers up to $1 million with the first $100,000 interest-free and the remainder at a low interest rate of TD prime minus 0.75 per cent. The free, simple and convenient online application saves producers time, money and provides access to funds in as little as three to five business days based upon the submission of a completed application.  “FarmCash is more than just a cash advance. It’s a tool that helps producers Photo submitted

can rely on FarmCash to save them time and money when it comes to applying for a cash advance. Using our simple and convenient online application, producers can access up to $1 million with the first $100,000 interestfree and the rest at an ultra-low interest rate of TD Prime minus 0.75 per cent. Our knowledgeable FarmCash team is available to help producers get the most out of the Advance Payments Program.” commented Syeda Khurram, FarmCash and Alberta Wheat Commission chief operating officer. “The mandate of the Alberta Wheat Commission is to improve the profitability of Alberta farmers. The FarmCash program is merely an extension of our mandate as it provides a competitive option in cash advances for farmers



of over 50 commodities, now across the western Canadian provinces. We believe the benefits of low-interest cash advances are just beginning to be explored and are excited about the impacts for the agriculture industry.” stated Tom Steve, Alberta Wheat Commission general manager. While spring advances will be released starting April 1, 2021, western Canadian producers can access and begin their FarmCash applications as early as March 15. Visit FarmCashAdvance.com today to learn more. The Advance Payments Program is a federal loan program administered by the Alberta Wheat Commission. It offers Canadian farmers marketing flexibility through interest-free and low interest cash advances.

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AWNA BLANKET AND LOCAL CLASSIFIEDS thrashed Canola. Buying: oats, barley, wheat & peas for feed. Buying damaged or offgrade grain. “On Farm Pickup” Westcan Feed & Grain, 1-877-250-5252. FORAGE SEED FOR SALE: Organic & conventional: Sweet Clover, Alfalfa, Red Clover, Smooth Brome, Meadow Brome, Crested Wheatgrass, Timothy, etc. Star City, SK. Birch Rose Acres Ltd. 306-921-9942. CERTIFIED SEED. - WHEAT – Go Early, Pintail. OATS – AC Juniper, AC Morgan, AC Mustang, Derby, Employment Opportunities BLANKET THE PROVINCE with a classified ad. Only SO1 Super Oat. - BARLEY – Amisk, Busby, Cerveza, $269 (based on 25 words or less). Reach 90 weekly Conlon, CDC Austenson, CDC Maverick, Sundre. newspapers. Call NOW for details. 1-800-282-6903 Very Early Yellow Pea, Forage Peas. Polish Canola, Spring Triticale. mastinseeds.com; 403-556-2609. Ext 225; www.awna.com. Coming Events FIREARMS WANTED FOR APRIL 24th, 2021 LIVE & ONLINE AUCTION. Rifles, Shotguns, Handguns, Militaria. Auction or Purchase: Collections, Estates, Individual Items. Contact Paul, Switzer’s Auction: TollFree 1-800-694-2609; sales@switzersauction.com or www.switzersauction.com.

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Finnegan is an adventurous, playful and full of goofy antics and would do best in a home with older children as he is a big kitty and can some times play a bit rough. Finnegan loves to have room to explore and we think he would absolutely love to have a catio to hang out in when the weather gets warmer. If you think Finnegan is the rough and tumblin’, adventure seeking, big softy you’ve been looking for, then look no further than your Lloydminster SPCA. Call to book an appointment to meet him today!

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Karen King Submitted

Pink Shir t Day took place on February 24. Many students and staff proudly participated in this day by donning pink shirts as well as other pink paraphernalia. We were so excited to be involved in this anti-bullying event. Following the resignation of Mrs. McCullough as principal of Mannville School, Mr. Anhorn was asked by the

Vermilion Elementary School News

BTPS Board to spend a few weeks at Mannville School to support staff and students through the transition. The next few weeks have additional tasks for the BTPS leadership team as the provincial budget is released at the end of February and planning for next year begins. Mr. Anhorn also has experience being a principal in a K-12 school. During the couple of weeks that Mr. Anhorn is away, Mrs. Doherty will be our Acting Principal. Mr. Anhorn is expected to be back in VES on March


Calgary Opera’s virtual school tour performance of Hansel and Gretel will be coming to VES this March. We are so excited to share this updated performance of this classic opera with our students. A 30-35 minute pre-recorded video of Hansel and Gretel will be sent to VES. This link will be made available to us from March 22 to April 16. We can watch the video whenever we like, stopping it, restarting it, rewinding it, etc. We simply cannot share any of

it on social media. We are offered this for free this year as the opera company feels that as many children as possible need this during these challenging times. Thank you Calgary Opera. Dates to Remember: Mar. 3 – Dress up as a Super Hero or as Someone Who Is Your Super Hero; Mar. 5 – BTPS Learning Day – No School; Mar. 8-12 – Science Fair; Mar. 15 – School Council Meeting at 7; Mar. 25 – Parent Teacher Interview; April 2-11 – Easter Break – No School.

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St. Saviour’s Anglican Church Helps Feed Vermilion Children

Submitted On Thursday, Feb. 25th, Rev. Eliza b et h M etc a l fe (R e c to r) a n d R i t a Barr (Church Warden) delivered two c h e q u e s (a m o u n t i n g t o j u s t o ve r $1500.) to local schools in suppor t of their School Lunch program. The cheques were received by Brandon Tupper, President of VES Hot Lunch Societ y and Sarah Dewing, repre senting St. Jerome`s School Lunch Program. This donation has become a tradition the past few years, as the parish designated proceeds of their Fall Garage Sale back to the community and the School Lunch Program was chosen as the recipient. This year, due to the pandemic, the annual garage sale could not be held. The parish members recognized the hot lunch programs

need for funding had not gone away; community and to show God’s love and cially during these times through this and in fact, had likely grown. care for those who are struggling finan- donation.” Throughout the pandemic, St. Saviour’s has continued to meet via Zoom and post the ser vices to the church`s Facebook page. They have not met together for over a year, but want to continue to find ways to reach out to the community. Rector, Rev. Elizabeth Metcalfe said, “ Throughout this difficult time the parish has been discovering what it is to “be the church”, when we are unable to meet in person on Sundays. Our unofficial motto during the pandemic has been “Stay safe, love God and love others”, so when the members of the church b e c a m e aw a r e o f t h e n e e d , t h ey opened their hearts and generously donated to the effort. We are happy to be able to connect with the school From left, Rev. Elizabeth Metcalfe, Brandon Tupper and Rita Barr.



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Vermilion RCMP Investigate Stolen Vehicle

RCMP Submitted

Vermilion, Alta. – On Feb. 21, 2021 at 6:35 a.m., Vermilion RCMP responded to a report of a vehicle theft from a residence on 50 Avenue in Innisfree, Alta.

The vehicle was taken three hours earlier by a lone male who smashed the rear window to gain access. The vehicle is described as a white 2006 Ford F350 with Alberta licence plate CHM5956. The vehicle has a light

bar on the back of the cab, as well as a blue Mastercraft hose reel attached to the back of the service bed. If you see this vehicle or have any information about this crime, please contact the Vermilion RCMP at 780-853-5781.


If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips. com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store

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Lloydminster RCMP Arrest Two In Possession Of Stolen Vehicle



Lloydminster, Alberta – On February 23rd, 2021 at approximately 6 p.m. Lloydminster RCMP members were patrolling and recognized a suspicious vehicle that was recently stolen from Kitsc ot y. Police arrested the female driver and male occupant when they arrived at a local business on


18th Street in Lloydminster. The stolen • Fail to Comply with conditions of a vehicle was towed by the RCMP for a release order (x2) forensic examination. • Fail to comply with probation order Leyen Meesto, 37 of Lloydminster, Shaylean Dillon, 23 of Saskatoon, SK was charged with the following;  SK was charged with the following; • Possession of Property obtained by • Possession of Property obtained by crime crime • Po s s e s s i o n o f a w e a p o n f o r a • Po s s e s s i o n o f a w e a p o n f o r a dangerous purpose dangerous purpose • Resist/obstruction of a Peace officer • Resist/obstruction of a Peace offi-

cer • Drive while Prohibited             Leyen Meesto has been remanded into custody and will be appearing in Alberta Provincial Court in Lloydminster on March 2nd, 2021 Shaylean Dillon was released on a release order and will be appearing in Saskatchewan Provincial Court in Lloydminster on March 23rd, 2021

Lloydminster RCMP Make Arrest After Male Stabbed


Lloydminster, Sask. – On February 21st, 2021 at approximately 10:30 p.m. Lloydminster RCMP members were called to a residence in the area of 43 Street and 48 Avenue for a report of a disturbance. Upon

arrival, police observed that a 51-year-old male at the location was suffering from stab wounds as a result of an altercation with another male. RCMP members provided emergency medical attention to the victim who was transported to hospital by EMS. The suspect in this matter fled from the

residence, however was arrested by Lloy- • Possession of a weapon for a dangerdminster RCMP members at another locaous purpose tion a short time afterwards. • Breach of probation (x3) Joseph Alexis, 27, of Lloydminster, AB Joseph Alexis has been remanded into was charged with the following; custody and will be appearing in Saskatch• Aggravated assault ewan Provincial Court in Lloydminster on • Assault with a weapon March 1, 2021

Letter To The Editor - Defending Alberta Firearms Owners And Their Property Rights

Alberta’s government is committed to protecting the property rights of responsible Alberta firearms owners. Unfortunately – with the recent introduction of nonsensical, made-in-Torontofirearms legislation that criminalizes law-abiding firearms owners while doing little to address the scourge of illegallysmuggled firearms, which are used in the vast majority of crimes –the same cannot be said for the Trudeau Liberals. Among other problematic measures, the new legislation would allow individual municipalitiesto run their own firearms bans if they so choose. This would lead to a patchwork of firearms laws across our province. While many municipal leaders understand and appreciate the role of firearms in the lives of farmers, ranchers and sport shooters – others have pledged to try and ban certain types of firearms because the woke elites of Hollywood told them to. None of this makes sense for Alberta,

where the vast majority of firearms owners are responsible, trained and law-abiding – not criminals. Unfortunately, we know the federal government cannot be trusted when it comes to the property rights of firearms owners, as evidenced by the High River “gun grab”. That is why Alberta’s Firearms Advisory Committee unanimously passed a motion to begin the process of appointing our province’s own Chief Provincial Firearms Officer to replace the one appointed by Ottawa. This is a great step for our province, butI am of the belief that more needs to be done.That is why I tabled Bill 211: the Municipal Government (Firearms) Amendment Act.If passed, Bill 211 would amendthe Municipal Government Act to state that municipalities do not have the power to pass laws on firearms unless authorized by the province. This is a proactive step to protect the rights of responsible Alberta firearms owners, and is similar to legislation

recently passed in Saskatchewan. Enough is enough. Albertans who followed the law and purchased their property in adherence to all the rules and regulations should not be targeted like criminals by Ottawa or their local governments, especially when the new federal legislation does little to address illegal firearms and illegal firearms crime. If the Liberals have proved anything to Alber tans, it’s that they will stop at nothing to infringe upon personal property rights while ignoring gangs and thugs smuggling guns across the border. The federal Liberals and NDP even voted previously against a private member’s bill that would have increased prison time for those caught using illegally-smuggled firearms in the commission of a crime. And just the other day, the Liberals introduced legislation that would remove mandatory sentencing provisions for those found guilty of firearms crimes, paving the way for softer

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sentences. Picking on law-abiding Canadians is cowardice. Hunters harvesting food for the winter are not criminals. Farmers protecting their livestock from deadly predators are not criminals. Spor t shooters who enjoy competitive and recreational firearms activities are not criminals. Bill 211 recognizes this and would, if passed, protect the property rights of responsible firearms owners in Alberta for generations to come. I grew up around firearms. I know how important it is to treat firearms with respect and care, and so do you. That is why I am committed to standing up for you against an intransigent federal government. It is also why Alberta is appointing its own Chief Provincial Firearms Officer and why Bill 211 is a priority today. Mi c haela Glasg o UCP M L A for Brooks-Medicine Hat and the Chair of the Alberta Firearms Advisory Committee

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Record Keeping For Forage And Grassland Management Webinar March 23rd

Beef Cattle Research Council Submitted

Food Sciences. Upon graduating in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) Ryan returned home to the farm and began farming full time. Continuous education is important to Ryan and he has since taken many courses including Ranching for Profit and Holistic Management and many other grazing, cattle, soil and crop seminars and workshops. Ryan is currently an executive board member of the Manitoba Foarage and Grasslands Association and the Humesville Cemetery. Ryan is passionate about all things farming and grateful for the opportunity to farm alongside his wife Sarah and kids Piper and Bingham. Jeremy Brown is an agrologist with Ducks Unlimited Canada, based in North Battleford. This involves working with ranchers and farmers to promote healthy grasslands as nesting habitat for waterfowl. What enhances the sustainability of grasslands benefits the agriculture industry, the landscape and wildlife. He has a Bachelor of Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan. Jeremy was raised on a grain and cattle

Pasture and stored forages are critical resources in the cattle industry. An effective management plan requires realistic production goals, a clear understanding of forage production, effective grazing strategies and timely responses to forage availability and changing environmental conditions. Record keeping can support management decisions needed to effectively manage both pasture and stored forage. This webinar will discuss the record keeping methods used by three producers to manage their pastures and forages. Registering on your Smartphone? After you click ‘I am not a robot’, scroll up until you find the task to complete. When: Tuesday, March 23rd at 7:00 pm MT • 6:00 p.m. in BC • 7:00 p.m. in AB • 8:00 p.m. in SK and MB • 9:00 p.m. in ON and QC • 10:00 p.m. in NS, NB and PEI Interested but aren’t available that evening? Register anyway! This webinar will be recorded and posted online at a later date. All registrants will receive a link to the recording and additional learning resources. By attending the live broadcast, you’ll have the opportunity to interact and ask questions too. Duration: Approximately 1 hour. Cost: BCRC webinars are available and free of charge thanks to guest speakers who volunteer their time and expertise to support advancements in the Canadian beef industry, and through the Technology Transfer project funded by the Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off and Canada’s Beef Science Cluster. Speakers: Ryan Boyd grew up on the farm, attended Forrest Elementary School and graduated from Elton Collegiate in 2001. After high school Ryan attended University of Manitoba and studied agronomy in the Faculty of Agriculture and Steve Kenyon.

Jeremy Brown.

farm near Cut Knife, Sask. He lives on the family homestead with his wife, Marla, and their two children. They operate a custom grazing business. Steve Kenyon runs a custom grazing business in the Westlock, Alberta area under the name of Greener Pastures Ranching Ltd. He currently runs just over 1,400 head of livestock on 3,000 acres of leased land. By using extended grazing techniques, he is able to pasture cattle year-round. This is done by using a combination of intensive cell grazing, dormant season grazing, swath grazing, crop residue grazing and bale grazing. Steve has become well respected in the agriculture community for his business management and innovative ideas. Steve has been teaching sustainable grazing management for more than 15 years and has been a keynote speaker at many conferences and seminars throughout Canada and the U.S. He is a writer for the Stockman Grass Farmer magazine and also for the Canadian Cattleman Magazine. Thank you to BCRC for permission to reprint this article. For more information check the website at http://www.beefresearch.ca/ 

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March 2, 2021 | The Vermilion Voice


Ruzicka Farms 3rd Annual Ranchers Choice Bull Sale Farmgate Auction with DLMS March 12 - 13 Open House at the farm March 11 - 13 daily from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Offering 19 Red & Black Simmental Bulls for sale




STOP BY AND SEE THE BULLS ANYTIME Ruzicka Farms Mike & Jenine Ruzicka

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What Goes In Must Come Out: Manure And Nutrient Management


In a cow-calf operation where cattle are often fed in pens for a portion of the year, pens are generally cleaned at least annually to remove accumulated manure and bedding. While backgrounders and feedlots have enforced protocols to manage and store manure, general guidelines apply to all producer s w h o are han d lin g an d stor in g manure. Manure offers a long-term source of nutrients that can influence soil properties, increase soil carbon and nitrogen, and alter soil phosphorus and potassium concentrations along with other nutrients. Best management practices must be followed across all sectors from cow/calf to backgrounders and feedlots. Though specifics var y by region, recommendations include: • avoid shor t term sto ck piles on sandy soils, rock quarries, or gravel pits • use a concrete pad if possible, to prevent nutrient leaching into soil and groundwater • have runoff containment, such as a lagoon • ensure that stored manure areas are at least 60 metres from drilled water wells, 400 metres from municipal wells and 120 metres

from all other wells, streams, rivers, lakes, and ponds • the slope of the land where manure is stockpiled must not be greater than 3% to avoid overland runoff • ke e p w i nte r fe e d i n g s i te s a n d corrals at least 30 metres from bodies of water

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Treatment of stored manure can include stockpiling, composting, drying, and less commonly, separation and filtering. These methods reduce moisture content, which reduces volume and odour. Stockpiling (no treatment), composting and drying are the most common treatment strategies in beef

cattle operations. Visit our new webpage for more information on the benefits, use and storage of manure. Thank you to BCRC for permission to reprint this article. For more information check the website at http://www. beefresearch.ca/

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Canada’s Agriculture Day And Beef Producers Who Safeguard The Environment

Beef Cattle Research Council Submitted

On February 23, we celebrated Canada’s Agriculture Day. Canadian beef farmers raise cattle, produce nutritious beef, provide jobs, and create economic value, making the beef sector an important part of Canada’s agriculture and food community. Canada’s beef producers also play a vital role in taking care of the environment, a large responsibility that farmers

and ranchers are not always credited for. While there is still room for improvement on some fronts, there is much to celebrate while the beef sector continues to improve its environmental track record. These facts demonstrate some of the valuable ways in which beef producers manage environmental resources: • B e ef pro d u c er s stewar d s e n s i tive grassland and riparian ecosystems that provide many ecologi-

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cal, economic, and societal benefits. These ecoservices include biodiversity conservation, flood control, and habitat for species at risk, wildlife, birds and pollinators, and more. • Beef c at tle make use of steep, erosion-prone, rocky, or forested land that cannot grow crops for human consumption. This marginal agricultural land is unsuitable for crop production, yet it is well-matched for grazing, which is a natural disturbance necessary to support rangeland habitat, improve forage production, and enable nutrient cycling. Grazing cattle upcycle the forage grown on marginal land into nutrient rich beef. • Farmers are reducing their use of fossil fuels and synthetic fertilizers by using innovative grazing management strategies and seeding cover crops to improve their soils and increase forage production. • Producers reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve feed efficiency by implementing growth promoting technologies that maintain a high standard of food safety and animal health. • Cattle make a significant contribution to reducing food loss. Canada has committed to the United Nations goal to cut global food loss (e.g. harvest and storage losses, crop residues and processing by-products) and food waste (retail, restaurants and home) in half by 2030. Cattle convert

high fiber crop residues and food processing by-products into high quality protein more efficiently than other livestock. • Science and innovation have reduced the overall environmental footprint of Canadian beef. Researchers found that producing each unit of Canadian beef used 17% less water, required 29% less breeding cattle, 24% less land, and produced 15% less greenhouse gases in 2011 compared to 1981. The beef sector is committed to emissions reductions and have set a 10-year goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 33% during the primary production phase by 2030. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association recognizes the outstanding environmental stewardship efforts of Canada’s beef producers each year. The 2020 winners of The Environmental Stewardship Award were BC’s Woodjam Ranch. With a focus on fact, innovation and communication, Canada’s beef producers strive to continually improve environmental outcomes. Today, as we celebrate Agriculture Day and beef for their important contributions to agriculture and food, let’s also celebrate the role they play in managing Canada’s environmental landscapes. Thank you to BCRC for permission to reprint this article. For more information check the website at http://www.beefresearch.ca/ 

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The Commissions Keep Watch On Ag Industry Changes

Lauren Comin, Director of Research, Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions Submitted

When the UCP government was elected and took over the provincial government in 2018, we expected changes to bureaucracy but were uncertain of what the exact impact would be on the ag sector. Shortly after stepping into his role as Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Devin Dreeshen announced his intentions to review and refresh the agriculture department with a “farmer-led” lens, while some positions primarily focused on extension were eliminated early on, industry consultations bridged the gap from this announcement to any major changes. For our part, the Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions stressed the maintenance of critical monitoring and surveillance work, as well as unbiased industry extension for research, policy and programming. Because the ministry housed talented, regionally-focused agronomy researchers, we encouraged the ministry to work

with funders and stakeholders to transition their roles to other research institutions along with a long-term sustainable funding model. We began to foresee the loss of many programs and were determined to help direct them to a long-term home more conducive to carrying out scientific research. Since the consultations, many changes have occurred and even more are expected prior to the provincial government’s fiscal year end in March 2021. Producer groups including the commissions have been following closely with action to fill the extension and knowledge transfer voids ensuring that the impact felt by our grassroots members are minimal. Following a round of cuts to extension staff during the spring of 2020, it became apparent that Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF) would not have capacity to produce the crop protection guide, commonly referred to as “The Blue Book”. To ensure that Alberta producers still have access to up-to-date crop protection infor-

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mation, the Alberta Wheat Commission applied for a Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) grant to support the four crop commissions (Alberta Wheat Commission, Alberta Barley, Alberta Canola and Alberta Pulse Growers) in producing The Blue Book for the 2021 crop season. Post2021, the commissions intend to continue producing the manual, replacing the CAP grant with revenue from 2021 sales to supplement their investment. Visit albertabluebook.com to learn more and place an advanced order of the 2021 Blue Book for March shipping. Another agronomic staple that the crop commission did not want to lose due to changes within the ministry is Agronomy Update. For years, Agronomy Update has brought together Alberta’s farmers, agronomists and researchers for presentations on the latest innovations in crop manage-

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ment. The four crop commissions worked hard to plan an accessible, quality virtual event that was held January 19 and 20, 2020, ensuring that this important extension opportunity was not lost. Many AF staff and programs have been transferred to post-secondary programs throughout the province. Most of these transfers are based on three-year funding agreements with the province, including the transfer of the Field Crop Development Centre and the provincial barley and triticale breeding program to Olds College. We are hopeful the transfer of research staff to these institutions will allow more freedom to operate in a scientific space. However, these transfers are not without significant challenges. The commissions will remain highly engaged to ensure that programs are not diminished by funding issues once the provincial grants run their course.

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Using The Seeding Rate Calculator For Seeding Success This Spring

David Simbo, Research Program Manager profits. Submitted As the genetic potential of cereals Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions has significantly increased over the last Wheat and barley seeding rates influ- decades, augmenting plant population and ence yield, kernel uniformity and plump- other agronomic on-farm practices could ness, grain maturity, grain protein content, exploit crop genetic potential for increased disease incidence, in-crop weed compe- yields and, ultimately, profit for producers. tition and, in some cases, end-use qualSeeding rate calculators are the best ity.  Since grain protein content and grain tool to help you lock in the seeding rate plumpness are important factors in deter- that’s going to give you the most bangs mining malt quality in barley, for example, for your buck. Alberta Agriculture and seeding rates could directly affect use and Forestry has one available to farmers, but


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of course the accuracy you’ll get out of it is dependent on the accuracy of what you put in. That information includes: • Desired Plant density (plants per unit area): This can be determined by working with an agronomist or looking for appropriate information from other sources. • Germination rate (%): This is sometimes supplied by the seed company marketing the seed. If not, a simple home germination test could be conducted to determine the germination rate. If you are not sure how to do a germination test, some laboratories within Alberta offer such services for a fee. • Emergence mortality (%): This is also sometimes supplied by the seed company. This information is critically important in determining the plant count in the field (and the other several factors influenced by plant count such as yield). • Row spacing: Most producers know

the row spacing of their equipment. If not, you can request this information in case the services of a custom-seeder will be used. • Thousand kernel weight (TKW), or simply the weight of a thousand seeds: You can read about the importance of TKW and how to calculate it here.  There are conditions which may necessitate a higher seeding rate than typically used. A higher seeding rate in areas of a field with a known high wild oat population has been shown to reduce the wild oat population through increased competition. Higher seeding rates can reduce the number of tillers, shortening the time to maturity and, in some cases, ensuring more uniform maturity. When germination is low, seed size is large, seeding is late or when seeding in high moisture areas, and higher seeding rate could be a beneficial agronomic practice.

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