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The staff from Vermilion Ag Foods at their grand opening on April 12. Photos Lorna Hamilton

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Vermilion Ag Foods located in the L akeland M all is c ele brating their Grand Opening from April 11 to 17. Mayor Caroline McAuley along with Economic Development Of ficer for the Town of Vermilion Mary Lee Prior attended the grand opening on April 12 to present owner David Jee with a cour tesy welcome plaque and to perform the ribbon cutting. “Welcome to you and your family in our community. It is always necessary to provide options to our residents,” stated Mayor McAuley. Throughout the week the store will

be offering grocery item savings, BBQ ideas, 15 per cent off meat and daily baked fresh bread items as well as draw give-a-ways such as four $50 gift cards and door prizes provided by sponsors throughout the week. The grocer y store also carries a wide range of international food products from South Korea, Japan, Italy, Philippines, India, UK and Eastern Canada. Vermilion Ag Food offers delivery, c ur bsid e square ser vi c es and will also work with customers on special request items if possible. “Thank you for welcoming us to the From left, Vermilion Ag Foods owner David Jee, Mayor Caroline McAuley and David’s wife community,” said owner David Jee. Joyce Ryu cutting the ribbon and accepting the plaque on April 12.

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Vermilion Community Art Club Vice Presidents Artwork For Sale Lorna Hamilton

in the attempt to fundraise for the Piece of Heaven Vegan Project Society (POHP). Heather Millan, owner of the Upper Level The Piece of Heaven Project is located on Pottery and Art Gallery has a designated 95 acres of land, nestled in a very secluded donated space in her gallery for members spot in Burton, BC and is a registered not of the Vermilion Community Art Club. Each for profit society which according to their member of the art club is provided the website is a sanctuary for both animals and opportunity to display and sell their work humans. It states that they offer a place of for a period of a couple months at a time safety, healing and learning. and on April 8 the club switched out art club “The project provides an experience that member Bev Buchanan’s artwork for that of nurtures change. Our wish is to create a Vice President of the club Eraine Wegiel’s ripple effect that brings about a transformaartwork. Wegiel was given the opportunity tion in how we treat ourselves, other beings and this planet we call home. ​P O H P a i m s t o educate and promote the adoption of a compassionate, considerate lifestyle, the vegan philosophy and its importance for the future of the planet and all its inhabitants,” states the site. Wegiel is hold Split pension ing this fundraiser in support of Piece of income with your Heaven Project of spouse and save. Burton, BC, at https:// www.pohpsanctuary. com. “It’s a farm animal Pension income splitting can reduce the taxes you or your spouse owe. If you qualify, sanctuary in BC near our Tax Experts can help you make the most of the pension income tax credit and where a good friend keep more of your money. You’ve worked hard all these years and it’s time to finally lives. I went to visit enjoy your free time. her a few years back Receive 10% off your tax preparation fee if you’re 65+ years old.* and I became friends with the volunteers and I go there reguFor more info, contact: larly. Right now, they need a farm tractor, because they do not hrblock.ca have one and they 5110 - 50 Ave. 5042 - 50 Ave. h ave b e e n u s i n g Vermilion, AB Vegreville, AB wheelbarrows and (780) 853-5282 (780) 632-6909 a gator which is on Reporter

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its last legs to get the hay around etc.,” explained Wegiel. Wegiel explained that the sanctuary has a couple of Highland cattle and as well as other cattle along with a lot of goats and sheep, chickens, geese and of course dogs. She went on to say that Mark and Sharon Starmer who began the sanctuary really work hard and that she would like to help them out. “The proceeds minus the cost of materials from each piece sold will be given to them to help them buy a tractor for their sanctuary. I am hoping over the next couple of months to raise enough to help them reach that goal,” said Wegiel. John Lychak, President of the Vermilion Art Club said that they [the club] are very appreciative to Heather at the Upper Level Pottery and Art Gallery for providing them the donated space to showcase their works, and for providing them the opportunity to promote the Vermilion Art Club. If you are interested in joining the Vermil-

ion Community Art Club or have questions you can contact John Lychak by email at lyffan69@mail.com or the clubs email at vermilionartclub@gmail.com.

One of the many pieces of art produced by Eraine Wegiel available for sale at the Upper Level Pottery and Art Gallery located in Vermilion.

Eraine Wegiel, Vice President of the Vermilion Community Art Club with some of her works of art which are available for purchase at the Upper Level Pottery and Art Gallery in the Craigs Cornerstone building on Mainstreet in Vermilion. Photos Lorna Hamilton

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County Firefighters Complete Fundamental Training

Dawn Riley Reporter

The Count y of Vermilion River ’s Firefighting Crews were finally able to complete the Basic Skills Orientation course that they began in December of last year. Fifteen students from the County of Vermilion River fire departments of Blackfoot, Clandonald, Dewberry, Marwayne, Kitscoty and Vermilion participated in this vital course that ensures firefighters are comfortable in the gear so they can function in emergent situations and feel safe to complete the task at hand. Compliant with Occupational Health and Safety guidelines, this 40 hour course reinforces several basic skills including proper equipment use, basic search and rescue, and orientation of best safety practices for emergency personnel. Due to the COVID restrictions implemented late last year, the course had to undergo some delivery alterations, resulting in the participants completing a large portion of the course on their own through self-study and virtual

learning. They were able to complete the physical component in March. Cameron Stevenson, Chief Training Officer for the County of Vermilion River’s Protective Services stated that they will be altering this course to accommodate the change in how people are able to learn and interact as groups these days. They will be introducing more virtual group learning to help focus on the practical skills that Protective Service members need to safely serve our communities. There will always be a physical component to the course, as members need to be familiar with the gear they may use on an emergency call, so practice with that equipment is crucial to mastering basic safety skills. According to Stevenson, this week’s lockdown restrictions have not yet impacted the ability to deliver the next round of the course, but could at some point become problematic. As he prepares for the next course, he is taking stricter regulations into effect to hopefully prevent a three month time frame

again. Stevenson would like to take this opportunity to thank fellow firefighters Travis Warman from Vermilion and Tim Van Staeden from Blackfoot Fire Departments for assisting him in the training. The

Protective Services group would also like to thank the County and Village councils who support them and the department members to take this training to fulfill their duties when the need arises.

Firefighter in training about to enter a simulated crawl space.

In Loving

Memory of

George Webb April 4, 1929 - April 16, 2013

To Our Dad & Grandpa Firefighter getting comfortable in their gear.

God took you home about eight years ago It broke each and every heart And though we saw it coming, it was very hard to part You had such a humble and gentle spirit A great sense of humour too You made us feel so special Each one important to you Your wise advice we still cherish Your support, your hugs and love And we still feel your presence, from your heavenly home above You treasured your family, community and friends But even more your God And through His son Jesus Christ your faith we do applaud You were the best Dad & Grandpa That anyone could have We miss you every moment And send you all our love

From The Webb Family

Firefighters training to navigate a stairwell with their equipment on. Photos submitted

In Loving Memory of Alvera Joyce Jamieson July 9, 1935 - April 17, 2018

It has been three years since we sadly said good bye to this very special woman. A life that touched so many people in so many ways. So loving and kind in all her ways, Upright and just to the end of her days; Sincere and true, in her heart and mind, Such beautiful memories, she left behind. Forever in our hearts,

forever in our thoughts.

Herbert D. Jamieson and family

In memory of: James Ricky Burns April 30, 1959 – April 13, 2008 Like falling leaves the time slips by. Silent are the tears that fall. Living life without you is the hardest part of all an empty place no one can fill. We miss you and always will. Time takes away the edge of grief but memory turns back every leaf.

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Split Pea And Ham Bone Soup

Dawn Hames Columnist

The Vermilion Voice | April 13, 2021

Did you know that instead of throwing that cooked ham bone out or to the dog you can turn it into a delicious and healthy soup? There is something really special and healing about making a bone broth out of bones. When you cook a ham, there is often that bit of meat left, that is full of connective tissue close to the bone. When your cooked ham bone gets to that point, its time to throw it into a pot or slow cooker, cover it with water and let it simmer. While it is simmering essential minerals get released, as well as peptides. It turns out that the peptides

are very healthy for your heart, and who doesn’t need a healthy heart. According to Leticia Mora and her team from Spain in a study published in The Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry heart healthy peptides are resealed into the broth from simmering the bone. To have the bone fully release the nutrients be sure to add several tablespoons of vinegar, such as apple cider vinegar, or 1/4cup of the juice from dill or sweet pickles. Leave any of the meat that is on the bone on it as it simmers. You can also add 3 bay leaves. You can boil it in a pot for 1 -3 hours or simmer in a slow cooker on low for up to 24 hours. The longer cooking time has more health benefits in the broth. There is no comparison to a homemade bone broth to the store-bought broths in

cartons, in flavor or nutrient value. Home made bone broth is full of collagen and so many nutrients that your body needs, that the contents of your broth will read like the back of a multi vitamin bottle. Also note all the nutrients in the added vegetables, and you know you are in for a healthy soup that tastes amazing. Enjoy. Split Pea and Ham Bone Soup The broth from the ham bone 1 cup of split peas, soaked and drained 1 yellow onion, chopped 3 cloves of garlic, minced 2 cups of carrots sliced or diced 1 1/2 cup of diced potatoes 3/4 teaspoon thyme 1/2 teaspoon pepper Salt to taste Prepare the broth as outlined above

with the ham bone and 10 cups of water, drain, and pour it into a 5-quart Dutch oven sized pot. Add the bay leaves back in or add some new ones. Allow the bone with the meat to cool and then remove the meat from the bone and cut into small pieces for the soup. Soak the split peas for 10 minutes, and drain and then soak for another 10 minutes and drain them again. Add the onion, carrots, garlic, potatoes, ham, thyme, pepper, bay leaves and split peas to the pot. Simmer until all the vegetables are cooked. Season with salt to taste. I also want to point out that I left out 1/2 of a cup of butter, in the ingredients list in last week’s Coconut Scones. If you picked up the paper and saved the recipe, please make the correction on your copy.

COVID-19 Cases Spike Causing More Hardship For Albertan Businesses And Residents

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staff. Of the 56 cases 45 are the UK vari- ity, Equine Centre, cafeteria dining area ant B.1.1.7. and library have closed. I want to assure On April 6, Premier Jason Kenney, According to a statement provided by you that we are taking this situation very along with Chief Medical Officer of Health President and CEO of Lakeland College seriously. Our team is actively working to Dr. Deena Hinshaw and Alberta Health Dr. Alice Wainwright-Stewart, it says that ensure additional measures are in place Minister Tyler Shandro took to the podium there is evidence that these cases are on campus to prevent transmission,” stated to inform Albertans that they were once linked to isolated off-campus social gath- Dr. Wainwright-Stewart. again implementing stronger restrictions. erings, which were not in compliance with AHS provided on-site voluntary COVIDPremier Kenney was the first to break the provincial public health guidance from the 19 testing to all Vermilion campus students disturbing news announcing that the prov- Chief Medical Officer of Health. The state- and staff who have been on campus since ince will move back to Step 1 due to rising ment also states that AHS health inspec- March 25. Students and employees were daily case numbers and increased hospi- tors visited the Vermilion campus to review provided with both the rapid and standard talizations. their protocols and found them to be more COVID-19 test. Currently there are 26 wide who version Locally, Vermilion is currently experienc- than sufficient for on-campus learning. 3” students are isolating on the Vermilion ing a severe COVID outbreak at Lakeland However, to prevent risk of transmission campus and residence staff are supporting College as declared by Alberta Health they had moved classes for agricultural them, meals are being provided to those Services. The College reported on April 9 sciences and environmental sciences in the traditional dorms and arrangements it has 56 cases of COVID with 52 of those online as well as interior design for supplies and access to health Fortechnology. Sale Certified 2020 Algonquin Alfalfa Seed services infected being students and four involving “We have increased cleaning and disinhave been provided as needed. 99.9% purity, zero weed seeds, inoculated, in 55 lb bags fectionwholesale in our price resi-$2.90The Vermilion Credit Union was closed a pound. Algonquin Alfalfa is a tap dences. to in-person services lastand week due to root Common tri foliate, extremely winter hardy, fine stem, areas excellent in residence a confirmed active case within a staff disease resistance. and inAlso other areas member on Sunday, Aprilto4. Selling Timothy and Brome Grass Blends your DEAD OR ALIVE of the specifications. campus have “We determined the best course of Farmer been closed. Our action wasDirect. to close our doors to in branch orders over 1200 lb.for this week r e c r e a t i oFREE n f aSHIPPING c i l - trafficon in our Vermilion branch, Reporter



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Craig Braid Columnist

A s t h e n u m b er of Baby Boomers reached the age for attending school, it soon became clear that there were not enough teachers for those students. This would ignite a teaching crisis in the province, and Vermilion was not immune from that. In 1955, the province initiated the Emergency Teacher Training Program, which was a temporary measure to relieve the teaching shortage, but which was mostly disliked by the public and the press. In order to become a teacher during this time, and under this program, a person only

Dear Ms. LaGrange: I do hope this letter actually reaches you, and is not simply filed somewhere under “disgruntled citizen” because my concerns are very serious. Indeed what can be more important than the education of our children. As easy as it would be to riddle this letter with sarcasm, I have chosen to take a more sincere approach. Please be advised that I am not currently a teacher, but I did teach in this province for over forty years, so perhaps I have insights that might not be apparent to everyone. I do not have any children in school now, but do have seven grandchildren in elementary school with two more to start in the next few years. Hopefully this isn’t clouding my judgement. I spent a few hours today reading the new K-6 Social Studies curriculum, and I hardly know where to begin expressing my disappointment with the content. For five year olds it seems odd that the government thinks they will understand anything about Mesopotamia,(much less even be able to pronounce it). How do you think they can look up information on the internet if they


The 1955 Teacher Crisis

needed to take a six week course. As a result, many schools throughout the province and the Vermilion area were only open because there were the, as they were called, ‘six week wonders’ put in charge. Ernest Isley was one such six-week wonder. In June of 1955, he had graduated from the Kitscoty High School, usually attending rural schools or through correspondence. In July of 1955, he entered the Emergency Teacher Training Programme and upon finishing the six-week course, was put in as the teacher for the 1955-56 term of the Rye School. In all, he had 21 students to look after, spread across nine grades. He would say, quote: “It was a very interesting year and very successful for me as I learned a great

deal. For the students, I think it was a rather unsuccessful one.” He would take another session of the six week course in the summer of 1956, he would go teach at South Gerriby School, for nine students in nine grades. He felt this time it was a successful year for both himself and his students. In 1957, he did his final three week course, and returned to teach at South Ferriby. From here, he began to teach at various schools throughout the province, and in 1961 became the principle of Altario School, managing six teachers. He would continue to attend summer school throughout the 1960s, except for 1967 and 1968. In 1969, he completed his Bachelor of Education degree

Letter To The Editor

can’t read? Do you really think that Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Charlemagne, Joan of Arc, and Genghis Khan belong in early elementary education? I had to read twice to make sure I had read correctly that theories related to the fall of the Roman Empire were also to be included. I could go on, but by now I doubt you’re still reading. Just a few quick comments to sum up my displeasure. There is too much content It would do a greater service to have less content, but more time to really delve into the material. If any of this has been plagiarized from another source, it destroys the credibility of the entire document. When I was marking departmentals years ago, I came across some work that had been clearly cut and pasted from the internet. When I took it to the attention of the chief examiner, it was verified to have been plagiarized. The student was assigned a zero, and banned from writing the exam for a full year. If we hold students to this standard, then surely you must hold this document to the same

standard. Would it not make fiscal sense to simply update the current curriculum? Resources already exist, and there would not be a need for too much costly professional development. The study of various religions belongs with older students. Elementary students are only just beginning their search for their own spiritual identity. Why confuse them at this age? Finally, and in honesty, I have not checked this, but I have heard that Jason

at the University of Alberta. Hew as then appointed to the Alberta Teachers Association Curriculum Committee and the Department of Education High School and Matriculation Examinations Board. Not bad for someone who started after six weeks in 1955 at a local Vermilion area school. 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

Kenney’s grandfather’s music has become part of the music curriculum. If this is true, surely you can see why this is wrong at numerous levels. I hope my comments have given you cause for concern. If this curriculum is put into place, I fear that students and parents will face growing frustration. (let’s be honest, most parents no longer know much about Mesopotamia, Aristotle, Charlemagne, or the fall of the Roman Empire.) Sincerely, Mary Arnold (retired teacher)

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Town Council Update

Dawn Riley Reporter

Did you know that Vermilion’s Town Council meets bi-weekly and that you can watch meetings on the Town’s Youtube Channel? T h i s w e e k ’s m e e t i n g i n c l u d e d the Q uar terly Communit y Polic ing Report from our RCMP Detachment, presented by Sgt. Dunsmore. This

was Sgt. Dunsmore’s first report as the Detachment’s Commander. The d et ac hm ent at present has seven staffed police officer positions with two vacancies, and three support positions with one vacancy. Sgt. Dunsmore also discussed the priority areas of Crime Reduction, Enhanced Public Confidence and Engagement, and Enhanced Road Safety.

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The Council voted to accept and authorize a proposal for the Town to begin negotiating with Digital Infrastructure Group for building a Broadband Network Connection for the Town. The Parks, Recreation and Culture Commit tee received approval from Council to provide a $500 grant to the Vermilion/Clandonald 4-H Beef Interclub.

Council also approved the decision to not change the Ice User Rental Rates for the 2021/2022 season, effective September 1, 2021. The next Town Council meeting will be held on Tuesday April 20, 2021 at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to watch meetings through the Town’s Youtube Channel which is best accessed through the Town of Vermilion’s website.

Aaron Pritchett And Ray Mussell Prepare To Release Powerful Track - “Still You Breathe”

Jerianne Bardoel Reporter

The music industry has taken a big hit with the COVID-19 pandemic. Without being able to have concer ts or interact with fans on tours, artists like Aaron Pritchett have been spending a lot of time in the studio producing and recording music. Pritchett recorded a touching single about organ donation called “Still, You Breathe”. It was performed with Ray Mussell, Founder of Mussell Records, and has been available worldwide, since April 7. “Still, You Breathe” was produced by Mussell, Pritchett, his son Jordan Pritchett, and future daughterin-law Danielle Marie King at Bryan

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Adams Warehouse Studios in Vancouver, B.C. at the end of January. Jordan Pritchett and Danielle Marie King make up the dynamic duo, Cross Parallel and provided background vocals on the track. “It ’s been a tough year for many people, and even if I’m not performing and getting out with my fans, I’m thankful to still be creating music. This special track inspired all of us in the studio and the stories we’ve heard along the way have been incredibly special,” said Aaron Pritchett. “I am honoured to be a part of this, and I hope this song will enhance the momentum of the work that is being done to generate awareness about organ donation.” The song was inspired by 2nd Chance Trail Ride Society founder, and double -lung transplant recipient, Morris Ir vine. The lyrics were co-written by Ray Mussell and Sheila Moore; Moore is a friend of the Irvine family and Founder of Morcomm PR & Events. “I connected with Ray last October to present the idea after being inspired by Morris’s story; fortunately, he was

inspired and agreed to take it on. I sent over my draft and we started to work together – it has been a great experience; I am incredibly grateful to Ray, Aaron and ever yone involved.” said Moore. Pritchett and Moore worked together on the lyrics for a few weeks until they felt confident that they were conveying the right message. In addition to co-writing the track, Mussell also composed the music and funded the project. “I’m so glad we did this; we experienced very profound emotions recordi n g t h i s s o n g i n t h e s t u d i o,” s a i d Mussell. “ It captures the perspec t i ve of gr at itu d e t hat a tr an s p lant recipient feels towards their donor an d i t s e n d s a h ear t fe l t m e s s ag e to donor families – it is power ful! ” The song was revealed to Morris Irvine, his wife Fae, and Toby and Bernadine Boulet, on March 14. It will be accompanied with a music video including scenes from the recording session with all the producers and performers wearing the official Green Shirt Day shirts. Fans will have the opportunity to hear “Still, You Breathe” live on May 8 at

the Drive-In Concert in Elk Point, AB hosted by the 2nd Chance Trail Ride Society. Aaron Pritchett, Ray Mussell of Paradise Motel, Cross Parallel and rising star and fellow Albertan, Chantelle Mussell will perform a live show “ Tunes & Tailgates” to raise funds for 2nd Chance Trail Ride Societ y. For more information about Tunes & Tailgates – please visit www.2NDCTR. COM or Showpass.com

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Panoramic view of the Town of Vermilion from the top of the old fertilizer tower. One day back in the early 1990’s, Herbert Jamieson, who was employed as a Maintenance person and Fertilizer

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Grizzly Bear Creek Wind Power Project


The Grizzly Bear Creek Wind Power Project which has been in development for several years is slated to begin construction in late 2021 and be operational by the end of 2022. The current locations for the project are in the Counties of Vermilion River and Minburn. The Project, as it is referred to, was originally owned and developed by E. ON Climate and Renewables Canada until it was acquired by Enel Green Power (EGP) in 2019. In May 2016, The Project was fully permitted by the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) while under the ownership of E. ON Climate and Renewables Canada. At that time the specifications were for 50 - 2.4 MW wind turbines with a total capacity of 120 MW, but under the current development of EGP, amendments to the project layout proposes to increase the overall project capacity. “The project received a permit from the Alberta Utilities Commission after an extensive public consultation process. An amendment is required to update the permit for new technology, and we are pursuing county permits as well,” stated Ryan O’Connor, senior business development manager at Enel Green Power. According to a January 2021 newsletter released by EGP the increase in capacity can be achieved with a reduction in the number of wind turbines. In 2016 the turbine listed to be used by E.ON was the Nordex N117/2400 with 50 turbines to be used with a total project maximum output to the Alberta Grid of 120 MW. Under the EGP proposed 2021 layout the company has six turbine models under consideration with a maximum of 36 turbines in the layout for a total project maximum output to the Alberta Grid of

154 MW. With the reduction of turbine numbers to up to 36 and the community at large. With nearly a decade of expeit will reduce the length of access roads and the electrical rience operating wind projects in southern Alberta, we are collection system. actively developing relationships with community partners The Project will also have three meteorological towers in the east-central part of the province. For example, as and a substation. The turbines will be connected through part of our COVID-19 relief efforts, we recently provided collector lines that will connect at the substation. It also financial support to the Vegreville Food Bank. Enel looks states that the Project will require temporary laydown areas forward to a long-term partnership with this community during construction, and all amendments to the layout will in the spirit of transparency and shared value. We look be submitted to AUC for approval. forward to facilitating an open house to engage with local During the process of approval for construction EGP has vendors and suppliers on construction opportunities for the also taken into consideration environmental and cultural project,” said O’Connor. impacts and have been conducting ongoing assessment For more information on the project, please visit the projand studies to ensure minimal effects. ect website: www.enelgreenpower.com/grizzly-bear-creekThe company is doing environmental studies including wind-project but not limited to impacts on wildlife, vegetation, water and soils and have undertaken mitigation planning to identify and minimize potential impacts. They have or are currently doing Noise Impact Assessments, Shadow Flicker Assessments and Visual Stimulation Assessments. Enel Green Power prides itself in creating shared value across the communities in which their projects are developed and is excited for the economic growth the project will provide. ”Enel Green Power is excited to bring new jobs and economic growth to the counties of Minburn and Vermilion. The Grizzly Bear Creek wind project will help diversify Alberta’s economy and contribute to a sustainable recovery for the benefit of local landowners Photo submitted

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Dispenser, took the photo of the Town of Vermilion from the top of the old Fertilizer Tower. Photo credit: Herbert Jamieson


ALUS Announces $60,000 Sponsorship From Alberta Professional Outfitters Society - ALUS


With its support for Alternative Land Use Ser vi c es (ALUS), the Alber t a Professional Outfitters Society (APOS) will contribute to on the ground solutions for enhancing and creating wildlife habitat across the province. ALUS is pleased to announce a $60,0 0 0 sponsorship from (APOS) with the mutual aim of ensuring the future of Alberta’s unique wildlife and the habitat required to support it. “A L U S i s p l e a s e d t o h a v e t h e suppor t of the Alber ta Professional Outfitters Society,” said ALUS CEO Br yan Gilvesy. “ Both organizations recognize the vital role that farmers and ranchers play in the stewardship of Alberta’s wildlife.” Across Alberta, ALUS is comprised of 15 communities, over 300 participants and nearly 4,000 acres of projects that contribute to cleaner water, cleaner air and more wildlife habitat. The habitat fostered by ALUS participants is critical for many of Alberta’s most beloved species. ALUS and its supporters understand the complex and intersecting roles that species from insects to ungulates play in a harmonious and healthy environment. By stewarding the natural world, we can foster and enhance the presence and persistence of these amazing species. “For over a decade, members of the Alberta Professional Outfitters Society (APOS) have contributed fees to our Wildlife Management Fund (WMF) to h e l p s u p p or t c o n s er vat i o n a n d stewardship efforts in Alberta. We are pleased to announce our new partnership with ALUS,” said Corey Jar vis, President, APOS.

Photo of a Sparrow posing on a spring day taken by Loreli Madiuk in St. Albert, Alberta. Photo submitted

Since 2008, APOS’ WMF has contributed over $1.8 million to wildlife stewardship and conservation in Alberta. Funded through annual fees paid by professional out fit ters, the WMF has contributed to a wide variety of initiatives including population surveys, emerging technologies and species research. “With support from our WMF, rural landowners gain additional resources to dedicate to projects designed to help steward our province’s natural resources through the maintenance and enhancement of wildlife habitats,” said Jarvis. The ALUS program moves beyond conservation to production. By putting the land to work, ALUS participants create valuable ecosystems such as wetlands, native prairie and reforesta-

Corey Jarvis, President, APOS.

tion. Each of these types of habitat is critical to sustaining the complex web of wildlife in Alberta. About APOS Est a b li s he d in 19 97, APOS i s a delegated administrative organization (DAO) for the Government of Alberta. A P O S ’ d e l e g ate d r e s p o n s i b i l i t i e s include licensing the province’s guides and professional outfitters, managing the distribution of guided hunting allocations, and holding members accountable to a Code of Ethics. About ALUS ALUS is a national program helping farmers and ranchers produce

cleaner air, cleaner water, more biodiversity and other ecosystem services in their communities. ALUS Canada has d is bur se d more than $12M in funding to 31 ALUS communities, an investment that is multiplied by farmers, ranchers and communities on the ground. There are now more than 30,000 acres enrolled in the ALUS program, thanks to more than 1,000 participants in six provinces. For more information, visit ALUS.ca. For more information about and A L U S , c o n t a c t : To d d W e s t c o t t , Communications Associate, t westcott@alus.ca

ALUS projects in Alberta, such as the one pictured here, support critical habitat for many species in Alberta, including deer and other wildlife. Photos submitted


The letter of March 30/21 from Robert McFadzean contains a number of inaccuracies starting with his opening sentence that there is “no scientific evidence that we are in a pandemic”. Any dictionary will tell you a pandemic is defined as a disease prevalent over a whole country or the world. Doesn’t require a lot of scientific research to read the daily newspapers of any major city in any country of the world to know that there are masses of the world population becoming sick and dying of this disease. He goes on to say that he is “not aware of anyone who claims to have isolated COVID 19 or mapped its genome”. Which indicates to me that he does not have access to a computer. Go to the library Mr. McFadzean and search: pubmed.ncbi. nlm.nih.gov. There are a multitude of peer reviewed research papers on the mapping of the genome of this virus. And perhaps, while in the library, you could check some of the statistics on the deaths attributed to

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what you refer to as a “so-called pandemic”. If Mr. McFadzean wants to know about the numbers of “cases, hospitalizations and deaths” in Alberta or Canada and how the numbers compare to previous years then he has only to turn to the internet, scientific journals, peer reviewed research, statistical data provided by our federal and provincial governments, and the throngs of doctors around the world who have sounded the alarm about the COVID 19 virus. Those same doctors and medical professionals who are putting themselves at the front lines of the fight to contain this pandemic. The former professor, Denis Rancourt, that he refers to in his letter posted an article/report (not a peer reviewed research paper) on the web about mask wearing not controlling the spread of a virus and it was removed for its poor quality and because it spread misinformation. Masks may not be “effective in stopping viral infections” but they are — along with


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hand washing, social distancing, staying home, being vaccinated — in limiting the spread of the virus by not allowing the virus to find a host. A virus cannot replicate without a host. And any one of us is a potential host Mr. McFadzean. Vaccines allow the body to develop the immune response so a virus cannot replicate. And, hopefully, before it can mutate into even deadlier variants. The recovery from COVID 19 is still being analyzed from the billions of bits of data being collected on the spread, the treatment, the death rate, recovery rates and the lasting effects of this virus. My knowledge of recovery from this virus is limited to those I know personally who have had it. Yes, some have recovered fully but some are also classed as “long COVID” cases and it is anyones guess what the lasting effects will be. I would remind Mr. McFadzean that a number of the people who recovered from polio many years ago have suffered or are

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STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT 4 YEAR PLAN 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. To stay informed and provide input, select one of the following dates: April 6, April 12, April 21 and April 29. Each Stakeholder Engagement session will be held online, via Zoom from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. Join the session with the following link: h�ps://bit.ly/39aFhUH. We hope you join us to learn more about the exci�ng work of students and staff throughout Buffalo Trail Public Schools.

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now suffering from post polio syndrome (PPS). Please note that polio was also caused by a virus. Mr. McFadzean may not be old enough to remember getting the OPV (oral polio vaccine) as a child — I can. Or if he can remember family members who suffered the lasting effects of polio — I can. Or if he can remember the fear felt when a friend or a family member was diagnosed with polio — I can. I am ever grateful that I live in a country that gave me the free oral polio vaccine when I was a child and has now given me the free COVID vaccine as a senior. Contrary to what Mr. McFadzean stated in his letter, there definitely IS a pandemic and the liberties he is so concerned about having been violated are a small price to pay for being able to get control of a deadly virus which, if left unchecked, could wipe out a few more millions of humankind. So I’ve had my first vaccination and will continue to do all in my power by wearing a mask, staying distant, and washing my hands to keep myself and others as safe as I can until this specific virus is defeated. And if you, Mr. McFadzean, aren’t prepared to do the same then please stay away from me. Yours truly Phyllis M. Elmer

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Lloydminster Residents See New Opportunities To Improve Their Mental Health

Jerianne Bardoel Reporter

Thorpe Recovery Centre (TRC) and the Lloydminster Region Health Foundation (LRHF) partnered together to offer a new mental health program in association with The Nest Project. Through funding from Project Sunrise (Lloydminster Region Health Foundation), online sessions have been made available through Zoom to residents to encourage them to build practices that promote positive mental health, well- being, and resilience. Ongoing programs will continue with

monthly opportunities for community members to participate at no charge. On April 12, the first series begins: The Practice of Mindfulness. Participants will learn that being mindful is all about awareness – awareness of thought, emotion, sensations, and surroundings. It ’s also about being curious and compassionate with yourself about what you discover when paying attention to these things. Over time, it can help you to begin to build resilience, create pause before reacting, and help to regulate your nervous system. This is a perfect course for

anyone who wants to live more mindfully in their ever yday life. You can learn more about the variety of upcoming sessions at lloydminstermentalhealth.ca/livingwell/. Teressa Krueckl, CEO of Thorpe Recovery Centre, stated, “Skills gained through the Living Well sessions are integral to maintaining a well-balanced lifestyle for anyone at any age or life stage. Recovery is multidimensional; it is important to promote the benefits of wellness and a healthy lifestyle. Offering this service throughout the community of Lloydminster is a big


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Elaine Urwin 780-853-3605

Installation of Siding, Window Capping, Soffit, Fascia, Eavestroughing FOR A FREE ESTIMATE CALL TOM AT 780-581-6167 NO JOB TOO SMALL

Vermilion Septic Services



Box 5 Myrnam, AB T0B 3K0 Cell (780) 581-3867 H (780) 366-3855 or Abe (780) 210-0431

Registered Massage Therapists

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and Porta-potty Rentals

Tom’s Interior/ Exterior Handi Man

E L E C T R I C Murray Brown

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Brandon Tupper

5002-65th St Vermilion, AB T9X 1X6 c : 780.581.8775 t : 1.888.545.7707 Brandon@KnightsSpraying.ca f : 1.780.628.0777 www.KnightsSpraying.ca

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For Promt Officient Service

Call 780-853-6314 Cell 780-853-7801


Willie’s Farm Clean-Ups



Call Willie Today! 587-280-1529

EM: mcy1@telus.net Web: www.lastingimpressionscatering.com 4614 - 48A Ave, Vermilion, AB

“Our reputation is on the table”

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PH: 780.853.3856

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mcbarr@telus.net Carpentry and more

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Specializing in Livestock Hauling


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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.

Call Shelley today to find your quality Child Care 780-853-6190

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Innisfree - 40 years experience - Private and Group Lessons - Basic to Advanced Training

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THE PLAYHOUSE Licensed Daycare Center Located In Lakeland Mall

We Offer subsidy We have spots full time/part time.






The Vermilion Voice | April 13, 2021


Ag For Life To Launch 2nd Annual Junior Garden Club

Jerianne Bardoel Reporter

Agriculture for Life (Ag for Life) is proud to announce the return of the Junior Garden Club. The Junior Garden Club provides youth an opportunity to experience growing food, while they learn new skills, responsibilities and build self-confidence, healthy eating, patience, and fosters a love of nature. The Junior Garden Club began on March 24 and will run until October 15, 2021. It includes a wide range of garden activities; farm to fork recipes, tips, and videos to assist new growers and aspiring farmers.

CERTIFIED SEED FOR SALE Feed Barley- CDC Austenson-2 row high yield with short strong straw Oats- CS Camden-White milling oat, short strong straw with great yield, high leaf biomass for forage CPS Wheat- AAC Goodwin- Short strong straw high yielding CPS,good disease resistance CWRS Wheat- AAC Redberry-Best option for high yielding early maturing wheat AAC Brandon-Great yield and standability, mid maturity AAC Elie-Great yield and standability, mid maturity Seed Treating Available On All Varieties DEALER FOR FOREMOST FUEL TANKS, FERTILIZER AND GRAIN BINS. DEALER FOR NORTHSTAR FORAGE SEEDWINTER PRICING DISCOUNTS END MARCH 31ST. DEALER FOR CANTERRA CANOLA SEEDCS2600CRT, CS2000, CS4000LL.

Call Scott: 780-581-5693 | Greg: 780-787-1246 Or visit us at www.kseeds.ca

The club is open to all Alberta youth. “Over the past year, we have seen an overwhelming amount of interest in gardening, whether it be floral, fruit and vegetable, or container planting – gardening is booming! We are excited to have partnered with our friends at Calgary Horticultural Society for the second year in a row to offer a program that is educational, inspiring and offers a host of life lessons beyond the obvious technical skills,” says Luree Williamson, CEO of Agriculture for Life. After a successful introduction of the program last year, the two charities are working together again to create more


opportunities for Alberta’s youth to start gardening. Calgary Horticultural Society is driven by the belief that as the gardening community grows, the city’s quality of life is enhanced and so is the environment. In line with this mission is Ag for Life’s dedication to building a greater understanding and appreciation of agriculture through educational programs and awareness raising activities. The Junior Garden Club encourages natural interest while teaching youth the techniques of growing food at home. It uses gardening and food activities to support learning objectives, from planting tiny seeds and prepping soil, to making a fresh salad and pickling vegetables – the club connects children to agriculture, food, and the environment. Teaching children how to grow their own food is key to promoting good health while exposing them to a variety of fruits and vegetables.

To register visit www.agricultureforlife. ca/juniorgardenclub. Keep an eye out on Ag for Life Facebook, Instagram and their website for program updates this spring and summer.

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The Smiths R.R.#2 Kitscoty, AB T0B 2P0 Brent 846-2495 & Bev 780-846-2643

Members of the Junior Garden Club. Photos submitted



Jake Pilkey PH: 306.825.6082 C#: 306.821.6082

Box 1267 Lloydminster, Sk S9V 1G1

Purebred Charolais Yearling And 2 Year Old Bulls Available

Annual General Meeting At the Blackfoot Community Hall Parking lot (COVID Style) on April 24, 2021 2 pm Devonia AGM meeting members only. Devonia REA AGM member registration by email/text prior to April 17, 2021 Meeting content will include director appointments, Annual audit report, and REA board report and member concerns.

For nominations forms or more information please contact: Lawrence Warman, Devonia REA Chair Phone: 780-522-1212 or email: devoniarea@yahoo.ca

Family Farm Looking For Crop And Pasture Land To Rent

"Cash Rent"

Call Krista 780-853-1025 Sherwood Farms

Crop & Cattle Share Considered Please Contact Scott at 780-853-7895 or Krista at 780-853-1025

April 13, 2021 | The Vermilion Voice



Canada’s Prairie Provinces Fighting For Programs For Farmers & Ranchers

Jerianne Bardoel Reporter

On March 25, all three Prairie provinces voted in favour of removing the reference margin limit (RML) in the federal, provincial, and territorial agriculture ministers’ meeting, resulting in a deal for farmers and ranchers. This will provide support to producers across the country experiencing declines in farm income. “Reliable business risk management programming is essential for the continued growth of the agriculture sector. Producers have made it clear that removing the reference margin limit will help the AgriStability program function as intended and make the program more effective and equitable.

Removal of the RML will improve AgriStability so that producers can continue supplying the world with safe, high-quality food,” said David Marit, Minister of Saskatchewan Agriculture. The Prairie Provinces also proposed that the federal government provide their 60 per cent share of the cost to increase the compensation rate while allowing the provinces flexibility in the level of funding that they can provide. A number of provinces supported this motion, representing the majority of Canada’s agricultural productions. The Prairie Provinces will continue to encourage the federal government to commit their 60 per cent share of the proposed compensation rate change.

“A majority of provinces participating in the FPT meeting voted in favour of the federal government’s $170-million change to AgriStability. This constituted the majority of agricultural production across the country. However, the federal government chose to withhold $75 million in compensation funding for farmers, costing Alberta $12 million per year in federal transfers. We are disappointed that the federal government chose to withhold these publicly communicated funds, especially when you consider that Alberta net transfers more than $20 billion to Ottawa annually,” said Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. The Prairie provinces are working to advance policy reforms as part of the next

agricultural funding framework in 2023 to improve AgriStability for all agriculture producers. The provinces are looking for solutions to make the next suite of programs simpler and more timely across all sectors. “We have listened to producers express concerns that AgriStability is complicated and unpredictable. The reference margin limit creates additional uncertainty in the AgriStability program, especially for certain sectors of ag production, so Manitoba has agreed to remove it. We will continue to ensure our farmers and agri-food stakeholders are supported and remain a strong, sustainable sector,” said Blaine Pedersen, Minister of Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development.

Parking Infield/Outfield - Emergency Response - Gate

Vermilion Ag Society Submitted

Whenever you arrive at the Vermilion fair the first thing you are greeted by are the attendants at the gates. These volunteers work long hours at a fast pace getting everyone through the gates and into the action quickly and efficiently. The Vermilion Ag Society thanks these volunteers for all they do in ensuring the success of the fair. Another essential service we want to shine a spotlight on is our emergency response team. Their fast

action and know-how is crucial in keeping everyone safe and healthy in any situation. If you have ever brought a trailer to the Vermilion Fair, then you know how essential the parking committee is. These volunteers work tirelessly to ensure everyone gets into their stalls safe and sound. These volunteers make the fair possible every year and are always happy to assist visitors and competitors as well, even going so far as to park a lot of the trucks and trailers themselves for


people that may be a bit nervous to do it. They also work to keep the fire lanes clear. The parking committee and volunteers are some of the unsung heroes of the Vermilion Fair. They keep things running smoothly and work hard to keep everyone safe. The parking committee is quick to respond to any complaints that might arise for campers in the outfield. Next time you’re at the Vermilion Fair be sure to thank these hard-working committee members for all that they do to keep Aerial photo of Vermilion Fair parking. Photo submitted things running smoothly!

Upcoming feature saleS

Saturday, April 24 - 1:00 pm

At Bow Slope Shipping Assoc. Brooks, AB Featuring: 100 2 Year Old Black Angus Bulls & 50 Yearling Bulls

Featuring: 54 Lots Two Year Old Black Angus Bulls,

Sale Will Also Be Available On DLMS.

20-25 lots being heifer bulls. For more information please call Ted Davies at 780-808-9627 or Don Davies at 780-808-5607

Low Maintenance * Performance Genetics Maternal * Longevity * Calving Ease

Semen Tested, Guaranteed & Built to Last

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) from Mitchell Farms.

View Bulls at the Youngstown ranch location Self contained herd, introducing new genetics with A.I.


For more information call Jason Mitchell at 780-808-0028 LIVE AUCTIONS AT WWW.DLMS.CA


The Vermilion Voice | April 13, 2021


Ag for Life Launches Farm Babies 2021 Photo Contest

Jerianne Bardoel Reporter

Agriculture for Life (Ag for Life) is launching its Farm Babies 2021 photo contest, an Alberta-wide contest designed to welcome new life on the farm and shine a spotlight on farmers and farm families who spend countless hours caring for their new born animals. “As always, our #FarmBabies21 contest is a fun way to welcome spring on the farm and celebrate the hardworking farmers and farm families who are committed to caring for their new arrivals,” says Luree Williamson, CEO, Ag for Life. “Many people don’t understand the dedication and care that goes into raising livestock. By sharing these photos and stories we hope to help educate Albertans about life on the farm and the vital

Nora Newman Submitted

role agriculture plays in our lives.” In previous years, Ag for Life had great responses from farm families taking part in the Farm Babies photo contest. With this contest, Ag for Life is bringing some of this joy into people’s lives by sharing this overwhelming amount of cuteness through photos. The contest runs from April 6 to May 31, 2021. The #FarmBabies21 contest is open to all Alberta residents. Entries must be photographs taken in Alberta of farm animals born between Jan. 1 and May 31, 2021. One grand prize winner will receive a UFA Co-operative Limited gift card valued at $200. The winner will be announced by June 28, 2021. Participants are encouraged to share their images online using the hashtag #FarmBabies21.

Ag for Life will share entries on its website and social media channels. To learn more about the #FarmBabies21 photo contest and how you can enter, please visit our website: www.agricultureforlife.ca/farmbabies21.

Farm Babies Contest photo submissions from previous years. Photos submitted

Vermilion 4-H Sheep Club Report

Our first 4-H meeting of 2021 was held on January 15...via Zoom, of course! We started the meeting with a communications workshop given by Charlotte Wasilyk. She gave us lots of helpful tips on how to make a virtual speech or presentation more interesting. This was important because Covid has made it impossible for us to do our 4-H Communications in person this year, it all has to be by video. Alberta 4-H gave members more choice on what they wanted to do for their communications activity this year. In our club, members could choose to do a traditional speech or presentation by video, record an interview

with an interesting person or present a workshop to the rest of our club. I was less nervous doing my presentation by video, but sad that I couldn’t do it in front of my family and friends. Our next club Zoom meeting was on February 19, 2021. Dr. Kent Weir did a workshop on how to find worm eggs in sheep poop. It was neat to see the lab in his vet clinic while he did the video presentation. Thank you to Dr. Weir for spending his Friday night with us! In our meeting, we discussed our plans for hosting the Vermilion River District 4-H Communications Virtual Event on Facebook. Our plans were ready to host this event on February 27. We had 17 junior, intermediate and

senior members from our District submit are so cute, and it really feels like spring is their video speeches and presentations, finally here! which were judged by a panel of awesome judges. Our most recent meeting was on March 19, still Zoom! Will we ever see each other again? Our Little Caesars Pizza Fundraiser is just about to wrap up and we are ordering matching hoodies for all of our members. Katie Sargeant and Mackenzie Flanders, two of our Intermediate members, did a workshop on guardian animals for sheep flocks. I learned so much from it! There was a fun Kahoot quiz at the end to test our new knowledge. Many of our families are in the middle of their lambing season. Our little lambs Photo submitted


UPCOMING SALES Regular sales every Wednesday AT 9:30 AM


WEDNESDAY April 7 AT 9:30 AM

CORNER OF HWY 26 & 36 780-336-2209

WEDNESDAY April 14 AT 9:30 AM


Presort Calf & Yearling Sale Regular Slaughter Cows & Bulls To Follow Presort Calf & Yearling Sale Regular Slaughter Cows & Bulls To Follow Open Consignment Bred Cow & Heifer Sale To Follow

WEDNESDAY April 21 AT 9:30 AM

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Darcy Sheets 780-336-6485 Cliff Grinde 780-336-6333 Robert Kunnick 780-336-6301 Ed McCormack 780-787-0083 Mel Pydde 780-933-0048


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