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Vermilion Ag Food staff during Pink Day 2021. Photo submitted

Lorna Hamilton Reporter

McDonald’s Family Foods was acquired by David Jee on October 6, 2020. David, his wife Joyce Ryu and their four daughters are from Linden, Alberta, a town which David describes as small but peaceful and beautiful. One of the reasons Jee decided to purchase the grocery store in Vermilion is because Vermilion was as familiar as Linden. “In particular, the kindness and relaxation of seniors was above all,” stated Jee. Jee has prior grocery experience but says that he plans to grow and learn with all of his family. “I refer to my staff as family, and I want to make a happy and enjoyable workplace for everyone,” Jee explained. He also went on to say that he grandfathered all the previous McDonald’s staff into the new grocery store and plans to retire in Vermilion when

the time comes. According to Jee one of the biggest changes when McDonald’s Foods became Vermilion Ag Foods was the addition of the international food aisle and that they plan to deal with a little more international food in the future. “We currently carry international food items from South Korean, Japan, Italy, Philippines, India, UK and Eastern Canada,” stated Jee. Vermilion Ag Foods also offers delivery, curbside square services and will also work with customers on special request items if possible. “We will find ways to kindly reach out to our customers, and we will achieve our growth through customer satisfaction,” said Jee. Jee is proud to own Vermilion Ag Foods and says that he plans to contribute to society by creating employment, protecting the environment, and respecting various

cultures. “To help protect the environment we offer a free re-usable shopping bag during their grand opening with a minimum $20 purchase,” said Jee. Vermilion Ag Foods will be holding their

official grand opening sales from April 11 to the 17 and invites the community to stop by and celebrate during the week while enjoying fantastic savings, such as BBQ ideas, 15 per cent off meat and daily baked fresh bread items.

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The Vermilion Voice | April 6, 2021

Child And Youth Care Program Receives Accreditation For Excellence


Vermilion’s Lakeland Colleges’ Child and Youth Care Diploma Program has earned accreditation from the Child and Youth Care Educational Accreditation Board of Canada as a provider of quality post-secondary education in the field of Child and Youth Care. The accreditation is effective Feb. 17, 2021 to Feb. 16, 2028. The program teaches students to connect with at risk youth and children and learn to support them and

their families. Students develop skills in building thera- the duration of the diploma. peutic relationships, helping children and youth who “Our practicum opportunities are a core part of the have behavioural or learning difficulties, supporting strength of our programs,” McDonald says. “Thanks family interventions, recognizing symptoms of abuse to the support of the child and youth care community, and addiction, and building resiliency. our students have four opportunities to gain real world, “We are very excited to receive program accredi- hands on experience beyond the classroom, which tation status for our child and youth care program,” help prepare them for their future careers.” says Joanne McDonald, Lakeland’s chair of human For more information about the course and other services. “Receiving accreditation from the Child and courses offered at Lakeland College, visit lakelandcolYouth Care Education Board of Canada is an acknowl- lege.ca. edgement of Lakeland’s commitment to excellence in the delivery of our program and assures our students that they are receiving the highest standard in child and youth care education. Child and Youth Care is an essential part of Lakeland’s human services d e p ar t m e nt an d l ear nin g to support and encourage young people in our society is critically important.” Lakeland offers one of three accredited Child and Youth Care Diploma Programs in Alberta and one of 12 across Canada. Of fered at Lakeland since 2 0 01, t h e p r o g r a m c a n b e completed in person or online. It 2019 Child and Youth Care Student, Trista Throndson, talking with a youth provides real world learning with from the community. Photo taken in 2019 prior to COVID-19 health restrictions. four practicum placements over Photo submitted

Farm Credit Canada Sees Opportunities For Indigenous Agriculture Jerianne Bardoel Reporter

Farm Credit Canada (FCC) is working to build a foundation of knowledge to better understand and 780-853-2801 Deborah@accountingvermilionab.ca support Indigenous communities and entrepreneurs to grow and thrive in Canada’s agriculture and food industry. “Diversification of Canada’s agriculture and food industry is one of our top priorities and an integral part of FCC’s mandate,” said Michael Hoffort, FCC’s president and CEO. “It begins with developing a deeper understanding of Indigenous agriculture – the history, barriers, aspirations and opportunities of today.” FCC did an online survey with Indigenous producers It is time to roll out your Green bin! and stakeholders, which indicated more than 70 per cent With the curbside organics program starting April 27th it is a good time to pull producers plan to increase your green bin out of storage and April get ready rollout bingreenofbin the curbside organics program starting 27th for it isspring a goodcleanup. time toA pull your out in the sector over participation will be delivered to properties that do not have a green bin the week of April the do next rage and get ready for spring cleanup. A rollout bin will be delivered to properties that notfive years, despite reporting a poor to average It isoftime roll out your Green bin! a green 12-16, bin the2021. week April to 12-16, 2021. experience in the sector. Some th of the biggest challenges cited With the curbside organics program starting April 27 it is a good time to pull your green bin out were access to capital, equipof storage and get ready for spring cleanup. A rollout bin will be delivered to properties that do not ment, labour and knowledge. have a green bin the week of April 12-16, 2021. “FCC is working to become

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a stronger partner in the advancement of Indigenous agriculture in the spirit of reconciliation and collaboration,” said Shaun Soonias, director of FCC Indigenous relations. “As Canada’s leading agriculture lender, we are uniquely positioned to contribute to the success of Indigenous communities and entrepreneurs in this diverse and dynamic industry.” FCC is providing extensive Indigenous awareness and relations training to the company’s 2,000 employees across Canada. The training is meant to help employees better understand the legislative and systemic barriers that prevent Indigenous communities from fully participating in Canada’s agriculture industry, as well as the historic, social, and economic challenges facing First Nations, Métis and Inuit across Canada. Most Indigenous producers and stakeholders surveyed suggested the key to overcoming the various challenges in Indigenous agriculture resides in training, education and mentorship opportunities, as well as access to capital to grow their businesses. “There is a rich history and traditions of Indigenous agriculture prior to European settlement, and we are now several generations removed from those practices and knowledge,” said Soonias, who is also a member of the Red Pheasant Cree Nation near Battleford, Saskatchewan. “FCC not only has an opportunity to better understand the landscape of Indigenous agriculture in Canada but, more importantly, provide Indigenous entrepreneurs with learning opportunities about agriculture and farm management.”

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KEVIN GANNON Passed away April 9, 2019 Death leaves heartache, No one can heal. Memories are treasures, No one can steal.

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MLA Garth Rowswell Welcomes New Curriculum That Gets Back To Basics

Submitted On Monday, March 29, Education Minister Adriana LaGrange released the new draft K-6 curriculum and development timelines for the new grade 7-10 and grade 11-12 curriculum. Monday’s announcement is the culmination of work conducted after the Education Minister paused the NDP’s closeddoor, secretive curriculum review. It builds upon the advice of the Curriculum Advisory Panel that was struck in the summer of 2019 and follows the new Ministerial Order on Student Learning which was developed after extensive feedback was gathered from Albertans.  “Parents and teachers have waited a long time for a curriculum that brings a renewed focus on reading, writing, numeracy, and practical skills for every day life,” Garth Rowswell, MLA for VermilionLloydminster-Wainwright said. “This draft K-6 curriculum was developed based on input from parents, education system partners and subject matter experts.”

The new K-6 curriculum focuses on four key themes: literacy, numeracy, citizenship, and practical skills. It will give students the essential skills and knowledge they will need to excel in an ever-changing world. By placing a renewed focus on literacy, students will not only learn the basics of reading and writing, but will also learn how to observe, speak and listen. The curriculum also returns to tried and true methods for mathematics, ensuring students will learn foundational math skills to understand numbers and objects in order to solve problems confidently. Drawing from history, geography, economics, civics, and other studies, students will develop an appreciation of how Albertans have built one of the most generous, prosperous, and diverse societies in the world.  “Over the last several years our student’s academic performance in literacy and math has been declining. This new curriculum will focus on the importance of teaching foundational knowledge across all subjects to better prepare

students for success,” Garth Rowswell, MLA for Vermilion-Lloydminster-Wainwright said. “Returning to teaching methods that produce the best outcomes will ensure our students are well equipped for their futures.” Under this new curriculum, students will learn factual information about natural, renewable and non-renewable energy, Alberta and Canada’s cultural, ethnic and religious diversity, including examples of racism and discrimination, and a robust wellness education that includes consent and sexual health content.  The K-6 curriculum will begin classroom testing in September 2021. Work is underway on Grade 7-10 and 11-12 curriculum, with those beginning validation in September 2022 and September 2023 respectively.  Alberta’s government remains committed to a transparent review process. The draft K-6 curriculum is now online at alberta.ca/curriculum for all Albertans to provide feedback until spring 2022.



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Five Kill Hill And Willowby School District


In the entire area of Vermilion, there is one point that is higher than the rest and it has the name of Five Kill Hill. The Cree name for the hill was Neeanan Kahnipahate, which means “The place where five were killed” and it is believed that those that were killed were members of the Blackfoot Confederacy. With most names, there is the chance that the name came from somewhere else, and according to Alex Galloway, who was on a work crew in the area a century ago, the killing had actually happened nearby, rather than on the hill itself. Five Kill Hill is the highest hill in the area, rising to 779 metres above the landscape, and can be seen from several points in the area. The best place to view the hill is said to be just west of Blackfoot. The nearby Willowby School District

would be set up rather later in the life of one-room schools, with the school being built in 1922. The first teacher was Rachel Brigg and the school served as an important central place for the people who lived in the area. While the school was built in 1922, the school district itself was set up in 1916, with Fred Arthur serving as the senior trustee. The school would continue to operate until 150, when Ruth Ferster was the last teacher. The school would eventually move to the South Ferriby District to serve as a building with a new lease on life. The Willowby School District would eventually become part of the MD of Grizzly Bear and MD of Buffalo Coulee, with funds from the school district helping those districts pay various bills and for projects. 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@cana-

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Jeff Burgar, Regional Commentary

Those Silly, Crafty Groundhogs


If groundhogs are on any payroll anywhere, probably many people responsible for hiring are thinking of de-hiring those fuzzballs. The problem of course, is winter. At the end of March last week, winter was very obviously still with us all here in Alberta. The last big indicator of this was the 70 vehicle pileup on the Trans-Canada highway east of Calgary. Heck, those guys are usually planting corn by this time aren’t they? Certainly, they aren’t digging themselves out of snow drifts and thawing vehicle motors. So, we aim our pointy finger at one of the obvious targets: groundhogs. Not CTV weather forecasters. Not the people at Environment Canada who give us almost hour by hour forecasts on our websites. Not the people at AccuWeather who feed our cellphone. Nope. It’s those dang, pesky, uncaring and snarky groundhogs!

Jess Sinclair

Alberta’s grizzly bear recovery efforts are working and grizzly bear populations are increasing across the province. Alberta continues to take important steps toward the management and recovery of grizzly bear populations. “I am pleased to see grizzly bears are thriving in Alberta. This is the fulfilment of an important promise to Albertans and a true testament to the hard work and commitment of Alberta Environment and Parks staff and our partners through population surveys, recovery efforts and community outreach. There is still much more work to be done – and I look forward to discussing next steps on how to ensure continued grizzly bear recovery and management across the province,” said Jason Nixon, Minister of Environment and Parks. Grizzly Population Surveys For the first time, Alberta has sciencebased population estimates for all provincial bear management units. No other jurisdiction in the world has undertaken or achieved

A large Grizzly bear. File Photo


end of February.” “But, but,” I quack, “look outside. You call that spring?” “That doesn’t count. That’s what you get once in awhile. Remember the old saying ‘March comes in like a lamb and goes out like a lion? Well, this all is the last roar. And nothing at all to do with groundhogs. Heck, that’s two months back. He continues. “My wife won’t even let me blame her for something she did four days ago, never mind eight weeks. Of course, I got one up on her because I just never tell her how much it cost to fix the latest dent in my truck. Silence is golden, you know.” So we had a standoff. Mexican Standoff? Or a McLennan Mashup? But it must be resolved. Our Gold Plated Reputations were at stake. And as we all know, he who gets the last laugh at morning coffee showdowns, well, he has bragging rights for about five hours. Even if everybody else thinks, as they say, “That guy still tries to put

stamps on his emails.” Donna finishes the argument. She pours us each a refill. Then throws down a twig on the table. “Pussywillows and spring already here End of story.”

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Pawsitive News About Grizzly Bear Populations


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Slave Lake Sally, Kinuso Kenny, Falher Freddie and Peace River Patty, and all your brothers and sisters, cousins and grandparents, a pox on ye all! Your esteemed writer here surveys the Men of Knowledge Version 3 crowd at Donna’s Glorious Grease Spot over midmorning coffee. The consensus between all us experts, all two of us, was not much of a consensus. John reckons the groundhogs were correct. He reminds this to the rest of us, which was pretty well just me. The rest of the crowd either I think left early, or hadn’t yet showed up. No matter, we are just as wise as the rest of them all put together. When we agree that is. This time, not so much agreement. John says “The rule is, if the groundhog sees his shadow, then it’s six more weeks of winter. Skies were cloudy and overcast. No shadow in these parts. And sure as ducks quack and geese goose, spring came at the


grizzly bear population inventory work at this scale. The study also validates what Albertans have been telling us for years – grizzly bear populations are on the rise across the province. Two recent grizzly bear population surveys by fRI Research, with support from Alberta Environment and Parks and the Alberta Forest Products Association, has found that the grizzly population has doubled in the foothills area east of Banff National Park. A large area of boreal forest between Whitecourt and Lesser Slave Lake found about 62 grizzly bears. This is the first scientific population estimate for this area. With these up-to-date numbers, Alberta Environment and Parks can estimate the total number of grizzly bears in Alberta between 856 and 973. This gives us the clearest picture yet on the status of Alberta’s grizzly bears and will help us set policy and management direction for the future. “This was truly a team effort by the many field workers, helicopter pilots, laboratory personnel, geographic information system (GIS) analysts, and statisticians who, with the support of the partners, have worked together to provide important new data for provincial grizzly bear management and recovery,” said Gordon Stenhouse, Grizzly Bear Program Project lead, fRI Research “These results are a testament to what can be achieved when industry, government, and research organizations work together. The forest industry has been supporting

grizzly bear research for decades and incorporating the results into our practices. We are pleased to see increasing populations of this iconic species,” said Jason Krips, president and CEO, Alberta Forest Products Association Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan Alberta’s updated Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan addresses increasing grizzly populations. It includes measures to reduce humancaused grizzly mortality, maintain access to secure habitat, promote education and awareness such as BearSmart programs, and assesses grizzly bear populations. The updated plan also creates new Grizzly Bear Management Units to ensure grizzly management and recovery work is targeted to where it is most effective while reducing human-wildlife conflict. Community-Based Projects Maintaining the ongoing research into grizzly bears and their population numbers will continue to be an important part of Alberta Environment and Parks’ work. Alberta’s community-based BearSmart program plays an integral role in this research. Alberta Environment and Parks is working with BearSmart leads across Alberta to roll out an app that will allow Albertans to take part in grizzly bear research and monitoring. Quick facts • Grizzly bears have been listed as Threatened in Alberta since 2010. At that time, the provincial population estimate was between 700 and 800 bears. The provincial estimate is now between 865 and 973.

• fRI Research’s Grizzly Bear Program is funded by partner organizations, including the Government of Alberta and the Alberta Forest Products Association. • For the population studies, field crews went into 173 sites to collect grizzly hair samples. DNA from the hairs are then examined to identify each bear. • The new bear management areas in Alberta’s updated Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan are separated into three categories: −− Recovery zone Areas where the Government of Alberta is focusing on grizzly bear recovery. −− Support zones Area next to the recovery zone, where it is a priority to manage grizzly bear attractants to reduce conflict and improve grizzly survival. −− Habitat linkage zones Identifies highway corridors that connect grizzly bear management areas.


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Country music star Brett Kissel was nominated for another Juno award for Single of the Year. The award is for Kissel’s single, “Drink About Me” featured in his 2020 album “Now or Never”. The singer songwriter was born and raised just north of St. Paul in Flat Lake, Alberta. The established singer picked up a guitar at an early age and released his first album “before he could even drive,” according to WarnerMusicCanada.ca. Kissel has achieved much in his career for having just reached 30 years old, with numerous gold and platinum plaques, top 10 radio singles, and number one hits, along with 18 CCMA awards and two Juno awards. With all these achievements, Kissel is maintaining his momentum as his fifth major studio album, “What is Life” comes out on April 9. “I’m entering a new era in my life, and I’m going to attempt to ask this old-as-time question: What Is Life? This latest album is a deep-dive into love, celebration, grace, gratitude, and hard truths,” reflects Kissel. The Junos will broadcast on May 16. For more informa- Brett Kissel. Photo submitted



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Progressive Academy Students Impressed By Local Invention Lorna Hamilton Reporter

Local farmer and inventor Danny Farkash has been featured in a few media outlets over the past couple of months. With the extra media interest in his recycling machine invention, Farkash caught the attention of Ellie Anderson; a staff member at Progressive Academy in Edmonton. Anderson wrote to Farkash expressing how pleased she was to learn of his recycling machine and to inform him that she shared copies of an article published in The Western Producer with the students. “I work once a week with a group of Grade 4 and 5 students at Progressive Academy on the 3Rs as part of their Grade 4 curriculum. These students are the right age as they are very receptive to the topic. They are very excited about your invention and call you Farmer Einstein,” commented Anderson in a letter to Farkash. Anderson also says that the Grade 4 students who are now Grade 5 students in the same classroom would help with recycling around the school by sorting paper, cleaning empty drink containers for the bottle depot and that they did a field trip to the Goodwill Impact Centre where a tremendous number of items were repurposed. “They were extremely interested in all of this: however, this year, because of COVID restrictions, they cannot continue with the projects or do field trips, so being able to study and talk about the invention came at a great time,” Anderson explained in the letter. She also commented, “I was very pleased to learn about your invention because students need real-life examples of the implementation of the 3Rs and secondly because this is 21042AL0 an ‘AB-born’ invention in our area.” Anderson also noted that they would be interested in having Farkash attend their school when restrictions lift to talk about his invention. The children also sent Farkash personal letters explaining how excited they were to learn of the recycling machine. Excerpts from the letters are below but due to privacy restrictions, the names of the children cannot be published. “My class and I learned about you to help us under-

stand the 3Rs,” wrote one child. Another child aged 10 said, “I read an article about you and your machine. Could you please explain step-by-step how your amazing machine works? I would like to ask some questions.” Another child with great enthusiasm wrote, “I saw the machine you built and it’s really cool how you designed something that does something about any kind of plastic. Also, how do you turn the plastic into fence posts that last forever!? I am now inspired by how you made it environmental and easy.” Each letter Farkash received from the children showed great adoration for what Farkash had built and was full of questions they would love to ask. “I think your invention is amazing! It is so creative. I can’t believe that you can turn plastic into a fence post! That is amazing! You used a lot of stuff just to make that machine. Do you know what? I feel like you’re the new Alberta Einstein! I love your invention because it helps save our planet, I also loved how you reuse grain bags and wooden pallets,” commented one of the little girls from the class. Another excerpt from a girl in the class states, “I really admire your inventions, and I think they are amazing! I admire your work because I really like farming…who knew that there could be a fence post out of plastic? Well, I guess you knew!” A young girl said, “I love how you reuse things and how you make them into something else.” Anderson said that she has spoken with Farkash and that they are going to a ZOOM call and discuss his invention and the importance of recycling and repurposing. They are also hoping to plan a field trip to Noralta Farms where the machine is located. “I want to write out a response to the children’s letters and do a ZOOM call so we can talk about recycling and the farming life. It would be nice to rid some of the misconceptions about farmers and let them know that we are great stewards of the land and that we do it because we love it,” commented Farkash. Farkash also commented that he would love for the children to come out for a field trip. “It would be great to have them come and show them the machine and talk to them about how it works and the importance of recycling. I want to instill in the children how important it is to think outside the box when it comes to anything and especially when it comes to recycling. It is important to take the bull by the horns and do it; you don’t need a lot of education to be able to think outside the box; it will be needed in the years to come,” said Farkash. Farkash is amazed by the amount of media attention and feels happy about regards to the positive feedback he has received.

Display made by Progressive Academy Students. Photo submitted

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J.R. Robson School News

stretched. Take this week of Easter vacation to recharge your batteries. A message from Mr. Bates: “Everyone has worked very hard this year, overcoming many limitations and obstacles. The high level of resilience that everyone in our school has developed has been amazing. Well done to all students and staff. Unfortunately left on the outside looking in is our parents. I know in talking to parents on the phone many of you miss being able to come into the building to attend events or meet with

Our Pirate Crews’ Spring Fundraiser has begun! We will be selling hanging baskets and plants from now to April 2 8 w i t h d e l i ve r y happening on May 17. Collection days for paper orders will be April 14 and 23. You can speak with any JR Robson student about placing an order or visit our website to find the link to place your order online. Yearbooks featuring the current school year will be for sale online very soon! This hardcover book will be 68 pages of full color and at a price of $40 per book. Parents and students will be emailed the link to order online. Paper forms for cash or cheque payments will be available at the office too. There are also a handful of extra 2019-2020 books that can be purchased at the office for $40.  Students were treated to a pancake breakfast on Wednesday before Easter break to use up some of the supplies left over from our Christmas breakfast. Happy Easter! Hope you are able to get outside, relax and enjoy the sunshine. Between long weeks in March and Hannah Dyjur sewing scrunchies for COVID, we know your patience has been Multimedia class. Photos submitted

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The Grade 4 and 5 classes held a google meet with Ross Hinter from the Alberta Trappers Association. Several things were learned about the fur trade, hunting, pest control, and wildlife management. They also learned that animals may be trapped for a variety of reasons (including food) and that wolves and bears are the main predators of the beaver here in Alberta. A surprising fact to them was that Alberta continues to have a fur trade which was worth about four million dollars last year. Students enjoyed seeing different animal pelts, as well as a variety of animal traps, depending on the size and type of animal. 5B completed all seventeen of the challenges in the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge. The last challenge was a video that can be viewed on our VES Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Vermilionelementary/videos/453895309160747). Stude nts learned a lot about saving energy, and the challenges were a good link to their

Jerianne Bardoel Reporter

4-H Canada is continuing to offer scholarships to 4-H members this year. 4-H members contribute greatly to the sustainability of the communities that they live in, as well, they grow as members of the larger communities around them. Many remain in their communities contributing to ongoing agricultural traditions while others continue their education. The three scholarships being offered this year are the John Deere 4-H Scholarship, Leadership Excellence Awards of Distinction (L.E.A.D), and Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers 4-H Scholarship. “4-H Canada scholarships continue to be a huge support to our senior 4-H members pursuing post-secondar y

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teachers. We all miss that here too. Thus the reason that I encourage parents to take the Easter break as a time to connect with your student and maybe try doing something with them you have never tried before; and it does not have to be extravagant or elaborate. It may be as simple as checking out the trails at the Provincial Park. Keep them busy, keep them active over Easter. It will do their overall health a world of good.” Important dates:


April 2-9: Easter Break – no classes April 15: Parent/Teacher Interviews 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. April 28: BTPS Virtual Public Speaking Contest May 7: School Learning Day – no classes May 20: Designated Day-in-Lieu for Staff Meetings – no classes May 21: Designated Day-in-Lieu for Parent-Teacher Interviews – no classes May 24: Victoria Day – no classes

JR staff preparing pancake breakfast for students.

Vermilion Elementary School News

Electricity and Magnetism unit in Science. On March 31, the Grade 5 classes connected with Justin at the RCMP Depot in Regina. As part of their Social Studies curriculum, they study the formation of the North West Mounted Police, and the role they played during Canada’s early settlement and development. Justin walked them through everything from the sale of Rupert’s Land to the hardships of the Great March when 300 NWMP travelled to Manitoba and beyond. The students had lots of great questions afterward and learned some things about early Canada they didn’t know before. It was a great presentation. We would like to welcome Miss Anna Allan to our VES staff for the next three weeks. She is currently taking her Educational Assistant course at Lakeland College, doing her second practicum. Mrs. Long and the 1A class are fortunate to have Miss Allan join them. Interestingly, Miss Allan attended Paradise Valley’s E.H. Walter School with Mr. Anhorn as her principal. The April dress up day is wear Crazy Socks or come to school with a Moustache or Beard. This day has been changed from

April 13 to April 14. VES is now accepting registrations for the 2021-2022 school year. Kindergarten registration packages are available at the office. If you require further information please stop by or call the office at (780) 853-5444. Dates to Remember: April 1-30 – 20202021 Yearbooks Go On Sale; April 2-11 –

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4-H Scholarships

studies within Canada. As a significant percentage of our youth members come from rural and often low-income households, the financial support of these scholarships helps to remove barriers for attending college or university, especially out of province or within urban centres far away from their home communities. We are so glad to be able to offer scholarships through our generous partnerships, so that 4-H members can pursue their career goals, passions and interests, and build the leadership skills so important in any employment sector,” said Erin Smith, Chief Programs Officer of 4-H Canada. 4-H Canada works with a number of generous corporate partners to offer scholarships to youth members each year, with the list of scholarships available each fall being finalized early in the

year. Applications are accepted annually starting in March, with winners being announced in August. 4-H Canada surveys all scholarship recipients annually to gauge the impact

Easter Break – No School; April 14 – Dress up with a Moustache/Beard or with Crazy Socks; April 19 – Spring Photos for KA, 1-3, Class Group Photos, KA Grad Photos; April 19 – School Council Meeting at 7:00; April 20 – Spring Photos for KB, 4-6, Class Group Photos, KB Grad Photos; May 5 – Dress up Future or Past; May 7 – School Learning Day – No School.

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Boo is a 9.5-year-old previous resident of the Lloydminster SPCA. Boo had to come back due to her not being willing to get along with the other kitty resident. Boo prefers to be the only kitty in the household and since she is a senior, who are we to argue with her? She seems to be quite happy being the only kitty in your life so that is what we are going to try and find for her. Humans are just the best thing to Boo because humans give pets and boy does she love her pets! If you think you have the perfect, laid back type of home that is free of other animals and all the love to give just for Boo, then book and appointment with the Lloydminster SPCA to meet her today!

Buffalo Trail Public Schools invites you to par�cipate in an online Stakeholder Engagement. These sessions are an opportunity for Buffalo Trail Public Schools to inform stakeholders of current results, provide assurance to the public regarding the educa�onal program, and to seek input on the future direc�on of the educa�onal program in Buffalo Trail Public Schools.


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You can make favorable changes in your home environment. Try to include the one you love in your plans today. However, you may not attract the kind of interest you had in mind.


Deception in your home is evident. Don't beat around the bush. Let others know what your intentions are and be honest in your approach. You will not be able to contain your emotions today.

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People trying to entice you to join in will be less than trustworthy. Friends and relatives may be hard to take today. Make sure that you make reservations early.


Spend some time on yourself. Take the whole family and make it an enjoyable outing. Try to bend but by no means should you give in completely.


You'll have great insight. Someone you least expect could be trying to make you look bad. Get busy on projects that improve your own image; you'll have the discipline to succeed.


Arguments will flare up if you get backed into an emotional corner. Go with the flow and don't be concerned about your own job. Take a short business trip if possible.


Ideas may sound good, but be careful if people are just looking for handouts. Try not to be too harsh with your mate. Older members of your family may try to take advantage of you.


Get together with friends and do something entertaining but not too expensive. You may find travel to be most rewarding. Lighten up your serious attitude

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Let go of the past in order to progress. Be precise in your communications to avoid any misunderstandings and arguments. Don't let others take advantage of your good nature.


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Business conducted in your own office will proceed smoothly. Resist secret affairs that could be detrimental to your reputation. Do not get into uncertain financial deals.

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April 6, 2021 | The Vermilion Voice

Five Ways To Experience Joy Through Your Senses

VIBE Submitted

The past year has been challenging. Take time to truly experience joy, a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. When we add moments of joy into our life it helps us manage stress, to feel less overwhelmed and to foster resilience. The best part is that you don’t need anything fancy, just your five senses: Touch, Sight, Sound, Taste, and Smell. Slow down today and notice how your senses can help you to experience joy. Sight and Sound Spending time outdoors, looking and listening to everything around us, positively impacts both our physical and

mental well-being. Go outdoors and take When we are mindful about the world notice of: around us, it may improve our mood and • What do your eyes see that bring you allow us to experience joy. joy? Perhaps it is children playing or all • Feel the warm sun, or a warm cup of of the colours found in nature. your favorite beverage. • What the weather is like, warm or • Soak up the warmth and snuggle with crisp? kid, pets, or other loved ones. • What is beneath your feet and the • Tickle fight with kids, or try a foot massage sounds you hear with each step you • Create a sensory guessing game: take? Close your eyes and feel roughness • What your mood is like and what feelor smoothness of different objects in ings you are experiencing? Make a the house. i.e. sandpaper, feather, ice playlist of your favourite songs to walk cube, rice. Play a guessing game and with! Does fresh air, music, and movetry to stump one another. ment improve your mood and help you Taste and Smell experience joy? Taste and smell are vital to our experiTouch


ence. Our body’s ability to provide nourishment is related to how we experience these senses. When we slow down and pay attention to what we are eating we can experience the feeling of joy. • Think of warm cookies fresh out of the oven - imagine the smell and taste. • Scents can remind us of past joy. The familiar scent of a candle or perfume can bring calm and serenity • Dip fruit into melted chocolate. Eat slowly and savour. • Cook food in a slow cooker and savour the aroma that fills your home. For more Resources see www.ahs.ca/ helpintoughtimes and www.ctrinstitute. com/blog





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*Helping Families Build Happy Children We have licensed Day Home Providers who have room to provide care for all ages. We provide snacks, lunches and planned activities. Parents can apply for subsidy.

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On The Road Again

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced significant changes to Canada’s livestock transportation regulations in 2019. Previously, truckers could haul cattle for 48 hours before a mandatory five-hour feed, water and rest stop (unless they were within four hours of their final destination). The new regulations require an eight-hour feed, water and rest stop after 36 hours, with no four-hour grace period. The new regulations could have benefitted from some meaningful science. Research that could have helped inform these regulations has been underway since

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2018. Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein and Daniela Melendez Suarez of Agriculture Canada’s Lethbridge Research Station are leading a major study to determine whether feed, water and rest stops provide measurable benefits to feeder cattle during longdistance transport. The January 2020 research column described their first experiment, which found that rest stops didn’t clearly benefit preconditioned cattle. Their second experiment is now published (Effects of conditioning, source and rest on indicators of stress in beef cattle transported by road; doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0244854). What They Did: 320 commercial steer calves (540 lbs) from one ranch were split into two groups. Half of them were weaned, vaccinated, given antibiotic treatment and parasite treatments and adapted to a backgrounding diet three weeks before the study started. The other 160 calves were not weaned until the transportation study started. These preconditioned and non-preconditioned groups were then split into two subgroups of 80 calves. One subgroup went to an auction mart overnight (with feed and water) and ran through the ring the next day. The “ranch direct” subgroup did not. Then commercial truckers hauled all the calves for 36 hours and unloaded them. At this point, half the calves were immediately reloaded and hauled for another four hours. The other half without rest were rested for eight hours, then reloaded and hauled the last four hours to the research feedlot. Individual weights, rectal temperatures, blood samples and behavior measurements were collected before the initial loading, when they were unloaded after 36 hours, at the end of the rest period, after the final unloading, and 1, 2, 3, 5, 14 and 28 days after the trans-


port ended. Blood samples were analyzed for physiological signs of stress, muscle damage and fatigue, dehydration, energy deficit, inflammation, trauma, infection, and immune responsiveness. Animal health and performance was tracked for four weeks. What They Learned: The results were highly complicated, because they measured a lot of things, and how a group of calves responded to transport or a rest stop depended on whether they had been preconditioned or not, as well as whether they had come directly from the ranch or through an auction mart. But here are the high-level results. Ranch Direct vs. Auction Mart didn’t affect animal physiology, behavior, feed intake, growth or health in any meaningful way. Your results may vary! Unlike most calves arriving at commercial feedlots, the calves in this study were not comingled with calves from other ranches at the auction mart or during transport. This auction mart also provided feed and water, which may not always be the case. Preconditioning vs. freshly weaned: Preconditioned calves were measurably more alert, more active, spent more time feeding, and had lower physiological measures of stress, muscle damage, fat breakdown, trauma, inflammation, had better immune function, ate more and grew better than non-preconditioned calves. Preconditioning did not affect treatment or death rates, possibly because all the calves originated from the same ranch. Rest stops provided no clear benefits. For example, after the final unloading at the research feedlot, the calves that had a rest stop were less alert and more sluggish than the unrested calves. Unrested calves also

spent more time standing on the day they arrived at the research feedlot. Was the rest stop actually restful, or did it make them more restless? For every other measurement, the effects of the rest stop mainly depended on whether the calves had been preconditioned or not. For example, the energy status of all groups of calves was the same after the first 36 hours of transport. But at the end of the rest stop, the non-preconditioned calves had a significantly lower energy status than the preconditioned calves. Feed intake measurements indicated that the non-preconditioned calves ate less during the rest stop than the preconditioned calves did, particularly early in the rest stop. This may explain why the energy status of the non-preconditioned calves continued to worsen during the rest stop. Regardless, all groups of calves had recovered their energy status within a day after their final unloading at the research feedlot, and there were no differences in treatment or death rates associated with rest stops. So What … Does This Mean to Me? Rest stops did not provide any clear, across-theboard benefits for all groups of calves and might pose extra challenges to non-preconditioned calves. The team is currently studying whether an eight-hour rest after 36 hours benefits calves that travel another 12 hours to their final destination. Preconditioning helped calves travel better. The BCRC has a calculator to help you decide whether preconditioning makes economic sense in your situation (www.beefresearch.ca/preconditioning/). 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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April 6, 2021 | The Vermilion Voice

Jerianne Bardoel Reporter

Clandonald 4-H Multi Club Calf Tour

The Clandonald 4-H Multi Club had their Calf Tour on March 28, and because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the group members toured around to the different farms to look at how the project animals have progressed. Because COVID-19

has made it so the group cannot have in person meeting or activities, they have been using zoom extensively to communicate when it comes time for their meetings. Over the years the club has offered beef, horse, dog, Lego, pheasant, donkey and snowmobile projects.

“The clubs’ motto is “We are small but we are mighty.” We have an amazing group of members and parent volunteers. I have been the leader now for 11 years and this will be my last year.  Our small club has continually had winners of public speaking at all levels as I believe public speaking is

something that will ser ve members well for the rest of their lives and encourage all members to really tr y t h e ir b e s t . We are a fu n a n d laid back club that puts family and schooling before anything else and try to accommodate our families’ busy schedules,” commented Leader, Fern Axley.

Trey Nowosad with a steer.

Robyn Axley with a steer.

Robbie Oddan with a steer.

Alicia Garnier with a heifer. See more photos on page 16. Photos submitted

Upcoming feature saleS Featuring: 54 Lots Two Year Old Black Angus Bulls, 20-25 lots being heifer bulls. For more information please call Ted Davies at 780-808-9627 or Don Davies at 780-808-5607 In conjunction with Vee Tee’s Bull Sale there will be 350 Black & Red Open Palpated Replacement Heifers weighing 800-950 LBS. Plus 500 home raised grass & feeder steers weighing 600-850 LBS all Angus & Angus X (mostly Black).

For more information call Jason Mitchell at 780-808-0028

Featuring: 275 Reputation Black Angus Cows from Laventure Livestock LTD. (Norm & Carol Laventure) of Biggar, SK. All Black or Black Brockle. 50% home raised single brand, 50% 2nd, 3rd & 4th calvers, Bulls turned out July 11th and pulled September 15th. Sired by Fluery, Willms, Switzer & Mcnab bulls. Full herd health program: Covexin, Express 5, Ivermectin in Spring & Fall. Full year round mineral program; einter grazed on corn and green feed. Easy calving herd, zero calves required birth assistance in 2020. Bulls could be made available.



Contact Norm Laventure directly at 306-948-7792. LIVE AUCTIONS AT WWW.DLMS.CA


The Vermilion Voice | April 6, 2021

BULL BREEDERS From left, Jaeanna Saskiw with a steer and Harlen Saskiw with a steer.

Rylan Garnier with a steer.

Mike & Hazel Chase & Family Purebred Black Angus Cattle

From left, Noah Jacula with steers and Isabelle Jacula with a steer.

A GOOD SELECTION OF TWO YEAR OLD AND YEARLING BULLS Waveny Angus Farm RR#4 Vermilion, AB T9X 1Y9 780-853-2275 / Cell: 780-853-3384 waveny@mcsnet.ca Alexis Garnier with a steer. Photos submitted

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