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Teens & Tweens enjoy their time with Alberta wildfire members

Firefighters from Alberta Wildfire joined the children in the Whitecourt Library’s Summer Reading Program (Tweens & Teens age group) for fun and games on August 8. They set up five stations of different activities that were similar to the training they go through as Helitack members. See page 20 for article and more photos.

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TOWN OF WHITECOURT – LAND USE BY-LAW NOTICE OF DECISION The following decision was made by the Municipal Planning Commission

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An Appeal of the above decision(s) may be made by submitting a written appeal and appeal fee ($270) to the Office of the Secretary of the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board, Town of Whitecourt Administration Building, Box 509, Whitecourt, Alberta, T7S 1N6 prior to 4:00pm on the above noted date. Any person(s) affected by the said proposal(s), has the right to appeal prior to the above date.


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If you were allowed any animal in the world for a pet, what would it be?

Annie Martin I already have two cats so I’m happy with that. Their names are Conner and Leon.

Oakley Trigg I want a hippo that would stay in my backyard and I’d call her Leena.

Paxton Head I’d take a kitty because I really want one. I’d name him Max and he would be silver in colour.

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MP Viersen running for re-election in Peace River–Westlock

By Arnold Viersen

Brielle Smallwood I just want a kitten because kittens are my favourite. I would call her either Fluffy or Socks.

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Member of Parliament Peace River – Westlock Deputy Critic for Rural Affairs

Arnold Viersen, Member of Parliament for Peace River–Westlock, confirmed on August 8 that he will be running in the 2019 federal election. “Canadians will have a clear choice this fall between the Liberal plan to tax and spend or the Conservative plan to help Canadians get

ahead,” said Mr. Viersen. “One thing is very clear: Alberta needs representatives who will be strong advocates in Ottawa for our way of life. I am running again to ensure that Northern Alberta has a homegrown voice standing up for the things we care about, including resource development, farming, and firearms ownership.” Mr. Viersen has served the riding of Peace River–Westlock since 2015. In addition to serving his constituents and communities, he has been a member of the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs and has served two years as Deputy Rural

Affairs Critic and two years as Deputy Critic of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development (ISED). In 2016, Mr. Viersen introduced motion M-47, asking the Health Committee to study the health effects of access to online pornography. His motion was adopted unanimously by Parliament. This spring, he tabled Bill C-463, Putting Victims First, which seeks to establish reverse onus for bail on people charged with human trafficking. There is still a lot of work to do. Arnold is honoured by the trust his constituents have given him, and he is committed to representing their voices in Ottawa.


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Making brain safety fun

Courtney Koopmans, Health Promotion Facilitator with Alberta Health Services, shows children how to properly fit their bicycle helmets. By Vicki Winger

The Boys and Girls Club of Whitecourt has been holding various themed activities throughout the summer weeks while school is out. Kyria Baranowski, Executive Director with the Boys and Girls Club, said, "We wanted this year's summer programming to stay as local as possible. There are nine weeks that we offer, and everything we're doing is around Whitecourt with

some activities in Fox Creek and Mayerthorpe. We want our children to know what we have to offer within our community." Last week’s activity "Bewildering Bodies" included learning about the five senses: sight, hearing, smell, touch, and taste, and how they all traced to the brain’s function. August 10, the children learned about the brain and how important it is to our bodies and survival.

Club members gather for a group photo while children proudly display their pink brains made from Jello.

Once properly fitted with their helmets, it was off to the skatepark to enjoy running the ramps.

Special guest Courtney Koopmans, Health Promotion Facilitator with Alberta Health Services, spent the afternoon discussing the Brain Waves Program which is part of the Injury Prevention Program. The program educates children about the brain, the importance of it, and why we should protect it, and part of that is learning about helmet safety. Koopmans discussed

heal like a scratch on our leg does," she said. The focus was on kids wearing their helmets as too often they jump on their bicycles and don't wear it, or they don't fit properly. Koopmans recommends parents go online at the Alberta Health Services website (www.myhealth.alberta.ca) to learn proper techniques to fitting a helmet. The fitting procedure is called a Two-V-One which is

the four different lobes within the brain being the occipital, frontal, parental, and temporal, and what each one does for the body and how important it is. "We have five senses controlled by our brain, so if we damage our brain and even though we may have good eyes, we can still lose our vision or possibly lose our sense of touch and taste. It's important to discuss the safety as our brains don't

two fingers above the eyebrows, ensuring the straps around the ears form a V-shape at the bottom of the ear, and only one finger should fit between your chin and the strap of the helmet. Koopmans took each child aside to show how their helmet should fit and made the necessary adjustments, and then it was off to the skatepark for some fun on the ramps before closing out the day.

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By ATB’s Financial Economics & Research Team

Even though the crude oil part of Alberta’s oil and gas industry is getting most of the attention these days, natural gas remains an important, albeit smaller than previously, slice of Alberta’s economic pie. Alberta’s natural gas sector took a major hit at the end of the aughts when fracking and horizontal drilling boosted natural gas supplies in the United States. As US production increased, the price went down putting Alberta producers in a tough spot.

Unfortunately, the situation has gotten even worse over the last couple of years with the price of Alberta gas trending lower and lower. Alberta natural gas averaged US $1.80/MMBtu in 2017 (AECO price benchmark). This was down to $1.18 in 2018 and is forecast to be even lower in 2019. At the same time, the gap between the price of Alberta gas and US gas (Henry Hub price benchmark) has widened, going from an average of $.52 to $1.89 in 2018. Alberta gas normally sells at a lower price be-

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cause of greater shipping costs, but the reason for the recent increase in the differential and for the extremely low prices for Alberta gas, goes beyond shipping costs. There are a lot of moving parts to the North American natural gas market. One of the key reasons for the low prices for Alberta gas is pipeline bottlenecks. Fixing this problem will take time as will addressing the root problem of an oversupplied North American market by gaining access to overseas customers.


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PUBLIC NOTICE The Alberta government has approved Millar Western’s Vegetation Management Program for 2019. In accordance with the approval, we will be applying VisionMAX herbicide on cutblocks located within our Forest Management Area and timber licenses in the Whitecourt, Swan Hills, Fox Creek and Edson areas. A maximum of 6500 hectares in the following locations will be treated: TWP

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With the support of Government of Canada and Government of Alberta, Woodlands County was able to bring water and wastewater services to residential and industrial properties within a service area around Whitecourt.

This treatment, part of our forest renewal program, will temporarily control herbaceous, shrub and deciduous competition, to improve the growth and survival of tree seedlings and saplings. Application is planned to begin on or around August 15, 2019, and to be completed by September 20, 2019. For more information, please contact our Silviculture Supervisor at: Phone: (780) 778-2221 Email: whitecourtwoodlands@millarwestern.com

The $7,000,000 County funded project brought water and wastewater services from Town of Whitecourt to both residential and industrial developments in Woodlands County.

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Peter Nygaard wins Green Party nomination race for the Peace River/ Westlock riding The Peace R i v e r / We s t l o c k Green Party riding is delighted to announce that plumber/gas fitter Peter Nygaard of Joussard, AB won the Green Party nomination for candidate with 67% of the membership vote. Peter will be the Green Party of Canada candidate for the 2019 federal election. Mr. Nygaard, who owns a plumbing/gas fitting company in the riding, is looking for the opportunity to strengthen the economy for the working class. Mr. Nygaard believes that a cut in income tax and payroll tax will mean that middle- and lower-class families will take home more money and small business owners will have more incentive to hire employees. “I’m reluctant to hire people because it costs the business so much and the possibility of running a profit is a gamble.” “I am honoured to

be given the chance to work hard for you. I want this riding to have a an economically stable future despite environmental instability. Diversifying the economy in a sustainable way will help us secure our future in the changing global markets. We can have a happy, healthy population that works less hours for more income. People would be able to devote more time to being with family and friends, in turn creating stronger, more resilient communities. Together we can overcome the gargantuan obstacles before us. The

time has come to rise up and cry out for all hands-on deck.” stated Peter Nygaard at the Peace River/Westlock nomination meeting. A married father of two, Mr. Nygaard is a member of Onion Lake Cree Nation, a world traveler and author, and a bicycle enthusiast. He plans to cycle around the riding, an estimated distance of 500 km, to engage with voters. Ms. May added, “I am very pleased to have Peter Nygaard join our team as the Green Party of Canada candidate for Peace River-Westlock,” said Green Party leader Elizabeth May (MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands). "As a small business owner, world traveller, published author and proud member of the Onion Lake Cree Nation adhering to Treaty 6, Mr. Nygaard brings forward a breadth of qualifications that will help him represent his constituents when he is elected as a Member of Parliament.”

Woodlands County partnered with provincial and federal governments to receive the Canada-Alberta Infrastructure Stimulus Fund grant to the maximum amount of $3,386,900 for water and wastewater servicing for the Whitecourt Airport and surrounding subdivision.

To support Town of Whitecourt's costly water and wastewater infrastructure, Woodlands County paid a lump sum capital contribution of $400,000. In addition, Woodlands County extended a portion of the project, on Town land, paid for by the County - a contribution of over $300,000.

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Woodlands County remains committed to working towards fair, equitable and sustainable agreements for the betterment of our municipality.


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What’s happening Mondays: • Whitecourt AA - Monday at United Church at 8:00 p.m. • Whitecourt District AG Society - Directors meet at Westward community center on the 3rd Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Monday & Wednesday • Whitecourt Co-Ed Volleyball Leaque 8pm - l0pm at Percy Baxter School for the season or drop in - adults only.

Tuesdays: • My Storytime @ the Library on Tuesdays @ 2 pm. • Seniors Circle community bingo for everyone. Card sales 5 pm, First call 6:45 pm Thursdays: • My Baby & Me Reading Program, 10:30 a.m. at the Library.

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Wednesday: • My Storytime @ the Library am. Whitecourt AA - at United Church at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday @ 10:30 • Whitecourt Fish and Game Assn. - Regular meetings run the 1st Wednesday of every month at Forestry Training Centre in Whitecourt.

Every 2nd Wednesday: • Society of Whitecourt Arts Second Tuesday of month: Council 7.p.m. at ECHO • Oil Wives of Whitecourt meeting. Society Meeting Room. Call Marlene 780-778-4242. Contact Viviane at 780-706Every Wednesday of the month: 0196. • Whitecourt Community Choir 7:30 Thursdays: p.m. at Whitecourt United Church. • Taking Off Pounds Sensibly All skill levels. Adults 16 and over. (TOPS) 9:00 a.m., United First Wednesday of the Month Church. • Whitecourt Lions Club Reg. Friday: Meetings are 1st Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm. For more • Whitecourt AA - at United info call Ray at 780-778-4665 or Church at 8:00 p.m. Gerald at 780-778-3258.

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Don't let your emotions get the best of you in a heated situation, Aries. You can come out on top if you remain calm and think through your responses with utmost caution.

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Taurus, there are a few different ways you can play an upcoming situation. Taking a back seat and letting another person lead the way may be the smartest strategy.

GEMINI

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A few opportunities may drop into your lap, Gemini. However, just because things come about easily does not mean they are the right choices for right now.

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Cancer, keeping things bottled up until the last minute seems to be the way you have been operating lately. You may want to try sharing your feelings and seeking feedback.

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Wearing your emotions on your sleeve may get you attention, Leo, but it won't necessarily be the kind of attention you were hoping for. Reconsider what you share.

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Virgo, it can be challenging to relinquish control, but that is just what you will have to do at some point this week. This will be a good lesson to learn.

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It's hard to see someone's perspective when you have never gone through this particular situation, Libra. Keep that in mind when supporting a loved one in need.

SCORPIO ( October 24 - November 22) All it takes is a subtle change of perception to turn a situation around, Scorpio. Start by taking a few risks outside of your comfort zone for some new inspiration.

SAGITARIUS (Nov. 23 - Dec. 21) Sagittarius, it is good to be proud of your accomplishments. Just be sure not to come across as boastful, especially in certain company. You don't want to come across as bragging.

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Good fortune is coming your way, and you can certainly spread the wealth if you desire, Aquarius. Chances are there are a few other people who can use a smile in the weeks to come.

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Job security may have you sticking with a position long after the time has come to move on, Pisces. Reexamine the bigger picture and your goals.

Fudgy cupcakes are a gooey masterpiece Baking homemade treats is a great way to spend time with family in the kitchen. It’s easy to craft creative and decadent desserts throughout the year, and controlling portion sizes and using the right ingredients can make these dishes a little less diet-unfriendly. Mississippi Mud Cake is a luscious combination of sweet chocolate, crunchy pecans and gooey marshmallows atop a rich chocolate cake. It’s a variation on Mississippi Mud Pie, which uses many of the same ingredients but is served in pie form. This version of “Mississippi Mud Baby Cakes” from “Cooking Light: Fresh Food Superfast” (Oxmoor House) by The Cooking Light Editors doesn’t skimp on taste, but makes dessert more accessible to those sticking to healthier eating plans. Mississippi Mud Baby Cakes Yield: 24 • Cooking spray • 13.7-ounce package fatfree brownie mix • 6-ounce carton French vanilla low-fat yogurt • 3 tablespoons finely

chopped pecans • 3⁄4 cup miniature marshmallows • 24 chocolate kiss candies Preheat oven to 350 F. Place 24 paper miniature muffin cup liners in miniature muffin cups; coat with cooking spray. Prepare brownie mix according to the package directions, using French vanilla yogurt. Spoon batter evenly into prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle evenly with pecans. Bake at 350 F for 19 minutes. Remove cakes from oven. Place 3 marshmallows on top of each baby cake; place 1 chocolate kiss in center of marshmallows. Bake an additional 1 minute. Gently swirl melted chocolate kiss to “frost” each cake and hold marshmallows in place. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans. Cool completely on wire racks.

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Fun By the numbers Like puzzles? Then you’ll love sudoku. This mind bending puzzle will have you hooked from the moment you square off, so sharpen your pencil and put your sudoku savvy to the test! Here’s How It Works Sudoku puzzles are formatted as 9x9 grid, broken down into nine 3x3 boxes. To solve a sudoku, the numbers 1 through 9 must fill each row, column and box. Each number can appear only once in each row, column and box. You can figure out the order in which the numbers will appear by using the numeric clues already provided in the boxes. The more numbers you name, the easier it gets to solve the puzzle!

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This week our director responds to more questions about funeral etiquette: Q: What guidance can you give somebody attending his or her first funeral? At a funeral ceremony we want to be present in a respectful way for the family and in memory of the deceased. Points of etiquette to uphold include: Arrive on time Plan to arrive on time in order to be seated at least 10 minutes ahead of the service start time. When ushers are present, allow them to seat you. If no ushers are present, note that seating closest to the front is generally reserved for the family, pallbearers, and honourary pallbearers. You should see reserved signs in those areas. If you arrive late, enter a row from a side aisle, not down the

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centre aisle. If the processional has begun up the aisle, or clergy is in prayer, wait out of the way then quietly take your seat when it’s not intrusive to do so. Cell Phone Use Being present means giving your full attention while seated, during the ceremony, and afterwards when you are graveside or at the reception. Ringers should be turned off. Phones on vibrate may still be heard during the service so you may want to set your phone to airplane mode or simply turn it off during the entire service. Coughing / Sneezing If you have a coughing or sneezing attack that won’t stop, quickly step out of the service until it passes. Quietly return to your seat when you can. Children Children are encouraged to be present at a service particular-

ly with the death of a family member or close friend. They’ll experience the importance of ceremony when someone dies, have an opportunity to express their own grief, and learn that death is a natural part of life. Babies or young children may become restless or noisy. Perhaps arrange for a sitter or friend who will be available to step out with the baby/child as needed. To remain fully present, older children should not be provided with cell phones or video games to keep them busy during the ceremony. Parents should make the decision that will work best for them and their children while respecting the needs of the grieving family.

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Friends of Whitecourt Society submit Landscape Variance application

The Municipal Planning Commission reviews and discusses the landscaping completed on the parking lot at the corner of 50 Avenue and 47 Street. By Ashley Clementovich

The Friends of Whitecourt Society applied for a landscaping variance at 4716 - 50 Avenue to the Whitecourt Municipal Planning Commission. The Repeat Boutique building expansion and parking lot were constructed last year. Landscaping was completed by the owner which has included the installation of large river rocks in the townowned boulevard rather

than the turf (grass) stipulated by the Land Use Bylaw. Turf is preferred for safety, maintenance, and aesthetic reasons. Rocks can be hazardous if spread onto the sidewalk and roadway, can be easily overgrown with weeds, and be more labourious to maintain. Furthermore, boulevards serve as snow and utility holding areas. As the area is slightly sloped, the owner feels it would be more

difficult to maintain the grass and applied for the variance to allow the rocks to remain. While the town is in favour of greener landscaping around Whitecourt, the owners have planted several shrubs and a tree in the rocks to spruce up the area. Some committee members inquired as to why rocks were placed instead of turf in the first place. “I think it comes down more to

Val Scott and Trudy Dorward discuss the Friends of Whitecourt Society's variance application for the Repeat Boutique location. a miscommunication,” said Manager Wendy Grimstad-Davidson. Other businesses around Whitecourt such as Motor Vehicles, Sunlife, and both medical clinics also have rock landscaping. As written in the variance application, rocks were chosen by the society as they don’t require mowing which would require more volunteer time on top of the 40 to 50 hours per week that

many already donate. As the stretch along 47 Street has snow piled on it during the winter, planting anything such as grass, trees, or shrubs would be superfluous as well as possibly distracting to traffic lines of sight. Friends of Whitecourt Society President Val Scott, and Boutique Co-ordinator Trudy Dorward noted that volunteers are at the Repeat Boutique every day

and will maintain the area. As the volunteers cover the snow removal around the area, the issue of snow removal was resolved. Council voted to approve the application as shown, and for the applicant to enter into a development agreement with the town with the condition to accept all risk and maintenance of the boulevard landscaping. The motion was carried unanimously.


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RE: 2019 DUST CONTROL PROGRAM CANCELLATION Please be advised that due to the short season’s extremely wet weather, Woodlands County has cancelled the 2019 Dust Control Program. Unfavourable weather conditions have continued to delay the scheduling of dust control operations and long-term forecasts are not indicating dryer climates. The summer season will soon be coming to a close and optimal timing for the use of dust control products has passed.

This valuable program is important to Woodlands County and your understanding is appreciated. Regards, Andre Bachand, Director, Infrastructure Services

Woodlands County will be issuing refunds of all fees received for the 2019 Dust Control Program.

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Wayfinder is an Alberta based privately-held company that supplies the Western Canadian market with premium-quality natural and resin-coated proppants for use in the production of oil and gas. Wayfinder will be hiring qualified candidates at our Sand Processing Facility near Glenevis, Alberta for the following positions.

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Grant Finance Clerk Job #19-022 The Town of Whitecourt is your local government at work. Council and staff function on behalf of the community to enhance the quality of life for all residents, with a commitment to the well-being of our community. Our organization now has an opening for a Grant Finance Clerk to coordinate the preparation and administration of grants and to provide support to the Controller with general accounting duties. This is a full time permanent position that works closely with other experienced staff in the Town’s organization. Primary duties include: • Research, coordination, and preparation of Federal, Provincial and other grant applications. • Management of the grant agreements and deadlines to enable the preparation and submission of grant financial and project status reports. • Perform a variety of accounting duties including reconciling, preparing journal entries and financial spreadsheets for additional balance sheet accounts and related grant accounts. • Reconciliation of the monthly bank accounts and preparation of corresponding journal entries. • Completion of the quarterly reconciliation and submission of the GST remittances. The successful applicant should hold an accounting diploma, have excellent written/verbal communication skills, intermediate knowledge of excel and word office products and a minimum of five years’ experience in an accounting field. Preference will be given to candidates with municipal government experience, grant writing experience, and familiarity with Great Plains Diamond Municipal Software. The Town offers a progressive working environment, a comprehensive benefits plan, and Local Authorities Pension Plan. If you feel that you have the qualifications and desire to be a part of the Town Team, please submit your application. More information on the municipality and the community is available at www.whitecourt.ca. Applications must be received by 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 22, 2019 TOWN OF WHITECOURT Attn: HR/Payroll Clerk RE: JOB #19-022 Box 509, 5004 52 Avenue WHITECOURT, AB T7S 1N6 Fax: 780-778-5179 E-Mail: hr@whitecourt.ca

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REDUCED

$128,900 14016 TOWNSHIP RD 572 MLS 49768

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$499,900 3551 55 AVE MLS 50427

NEW LISTING

Affordable living at its best! Located in the newer part of River Valley Estates on a rented lot this well kept home is waiting for you. Features include a nice open floor plan with a large bight kitchen with lots of cupboard and counter space! There are 3 bedrooms 2 full baths,2 walk in closets, vaulted ceilings, large deck, all appliances a large fenced yard and added bonus for dad....a 12x20 heated mini garage in the rear . Quarter section under $500,000!!! This 159-acre parcel is 20 minutes south of Whitecourt on Hiway 32 and truly is a gem! With everything one could want in land. Fields, trees, creek, privacy and a beautiful home, garage, quanset, a garden like non other! a few of the many features include.2500 sq. ft home. Heated shop 30x56 with its own septic, in floor heat, sump hole, bathroom, mezzanine, air exchange system. 4 bed, 3 bath, large corner fenced lot Custom cabinetry in kitchen, corion countertops Rear deck, stainless appliances Fully developed basement, infloor heating Detached heated garage

$397,500 LOT 3 GRIZZLY RIDGE ESTATES MLS#50032

$349,900 8 SOUTHVIEW ESTATES MLS 49698

$459,900

WHITECOURT RURAL MLS 50413

$689,900

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113017 WOODLAND ESTATES MLS 49356

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$489,900 LOT 8 EAST WOOD RIDGE ESTATES MLS 50414

$79,900 Located south of town on Highway 32 this secluded acreage has a lot to offer! Mint condition 1520 sq. ft home offers an open floorplan island kitchen, pantry, gas fireplace, 4 bedrooms 2 full baths all appliances and window coverings. Looking for privacy? This is it ...room to build a shop or garage, close to quad trails, hiking, and hunting. Home is on pilings, large deck to enjoy the outdoors. Run your business from home! This beautiful upgraded Triple M modular is situated on over 5 acres in Southview Estates. Located minutes south of town past the airport. This property is zoned CRB, so the possibilities are endless for truckers, welders, mechanics or just for a family wanting to enjoy country living. This upgraded home features 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 living rooms, island kitchen with quartz countertops.

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5 bed, 3 bath, Nojack Road, ¼ section Beautifully renovated, chocolate cabinets, new countertops Laminate & tile flooring, custom mouldings, Double tiered deck, covered carport, attached heated garage Quonset, fenced, horse, corral, 100 acres +

39 ROCKHAVEN WAY MLS 47941

$497,500 5 RIVER VALLEY ESTATE MLS 48798

$69,900

Bright and Cheery! This beautiful A frame walkout is located close to town with pavement right to the doorstep! Beautiful open floorplan home features an island kitchen with pantry, main floor laundry,3 baths, 2 bedrooms up and one down. Walkout in floor heated basement. Plumbed for wetbar, attached heated double garage. Newer siding and shingles. LOTS of outdoor parking some is paved. Beautiful Subdivision to build your dream home or move in your new manufactured home. Each lot is ready to go with approach and prepaid gas. This subdivision is located east of Whitecourt 17.5 km from town limits and every lot has a fantastic view! Ranging between 5 and 10 acre lots come choose your today!

Beautiful Brand-new home located on a large corner lot. This home is so bright with all the large windows its immediately cheerful. Oversized insulated double attached garage. Main floor laundry, large and bright island kitchen overlooking the living room. Upstairs is a large master bedroom. This home is a must see and ready for immediate possession.

Everything in this home has been very well kept and and in great order! Windows have been updated along with a tin peaked roof! Inside you will find enough space with the addition to give you 3 bedrooms, a boot room and extra storage in the porch. Enjoy the wood stove in the house.

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9114 HIGHWAY 43 MLS#50044

NEW LISTING

$389,900 114065 ANTLER ROAD MLS#49369

$689,000 4711 – 52 AVENUE MLS#48912

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$190,000

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Calling all Farmers!! Needing more land for crops? This 117-acre parcel is located along highway 43 in between Greencourt and Mayerthorpe. Property on both sides of highway. There is a residence tucked away in the trees. perfect to live on or subdivide off and resell. Endless possibilities ...No crop planted this season.

Close to town! Place for horses! Shop! Storage pole shed ! Beautiful home with triple heated garage ! This is a full package deal and a must to see. This immaculte property is located close to town on Antler road at the dead end. Beautiful rancher style bungalow has 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 fireplaces, country kitchen,attached triple heated garage and all appliances .

Great starter home! Comes with all 5 appliances, upgrades have been done such as metal roof, hot water tank and some flooring. Fenced yard with back alley access. Located downtown across the street from Central Elementary school (in a 30 km/hr school zone, also close to shopping and groceries. Zoned C6. Also great for investment

MULTI FAMILY LISTINGS 4723 52 AVE MLS#49877

$425,000 5215 47 STREET MLS#49879

$830,000

MULTI FAMILY UNIT INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY! Located in the valley across from central school and close to downtown this triplex is a perfect investment property, the building has 3 units each containing 3 bedrooms, one bath, kitchen, living room and laundry. Alley access provides for parking as well as street parking. This property is being sold “As is”. Bi-level Triplex 2 Tri Plexes on one lot!! What a great investment opportunity! This property consists of 2 buildings on one lot, each containing 3 units! That’s 6 units total. Each building has 2, 3-bedroom one bath units and a 2 bedroom ,1 bath handicap unit. Property is being sold “As Is”. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by!

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Debbie Shirley

24 years experience remaxdeb@telusplanet.net

780.706.0187

Feature Homes

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5 years experience amandastanchfield@telus.net

780.262.0550

Whitecourt

41-59102 Range Rd 114

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Custom Built Home on 42 Acres minutes from town. This 2006 beautiful bungalow home has 4100 sq. ft. of living area. There are 5 bedrooms and 4 baths, the master also features a jetted tub and walk-in closet. You will love this open floor plan! The kitchen features custom cabinets, granite counter tops throughout, walk through pantry, and hardwood flooring throughout. There are 2 gas fireplaces and built-in speakers throughout this home in and outside. The basement is a perfect place to entertain with a wet bar which also includes granite counters, custom cabinets, pool table area, sauna and family room.

79 Poplar Drive

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$369,900

Great price, great location and great home! This gorgeous home is nicely updated and full of future potential. Backs onto a nice park and walking distance to the golf course schools and ball diamonds. 24x24 heated garage has lots of storage space built into it! Great home set up for someone who would like to have a renter in the basement. There is a separate side door access that leads to the mud room, laundry room and 2-piece bathroom. Basement is mostly finished and is roughed in for a bathroom. Main floor has new flooring put in, new trim, new quartz counter tops.

Real Estate, stress tests, and the economy By Vicki Winger

If we take a look back to 2014 and earlier when the price of oil was $100 per barrel, the oilfield was booming, and there was no shortage of employment, in turn, making the housing market great for both buyers and sellers. The timing was perfect for young couples looking to purchase their first home or for those wanting to upgrade as jobs were steady and mortgage rates were enticing. In less than one year, the bottom fell out in the oil industry rather quickly. The high US dollar, oversupply of oil, and less demand are a few of the reasons for the rapid decrease of oil to $28 per barrel. Businesses slammed on the brakes and tightened the reins causing further decline in our economy, and the housing market became stagnant. Those wanting to sell their home to get out of high mortgage payments were unable to

as potential buyers could no longer afford the higher price for homes. A few years later, just when things began to show signs of turning around, the real estate took another unexpected hard hit, this time from the federal government. February 2018, the government introduced what they called the Stress Test. The test had a huge impact on every home buyer across Canada, and no-one was exempt from it. The new stress test was stemmed from the federal government and its concern over rising interest rates and possible foreclosure action in the future if mortgage holders were unable to handle the payments once their mortgage came up for renewal. As a way to stop that from happening, they developed a new test. Broker/Owner Brian Ames with REMAX advantage (whitecourt), said, “While I don’t disagree with the concept, I dis-

agree with the harshness of a two percent increase in the qualifying rate.” In an interview, Ames explains exactly what the stress test is and how it affects homeowners. The stress test requires people qualify at a rate of two per cent higher than they would actually pay in a mortgage. As an example, if your mortgage rate is three per cent, you would now have to qualify as if it were five per cent. The jump does not sound like a lot, but it’s a huge deal. For comparison purposes and to have a better understanding of how the stress test works, we’ll use the example of a $400,000 house. You have the price, the resulting interest rate and the payment it creates, and the salary and down payment required. “It’s basically a closed transaction. If one of those items changes it has to be made up in a combination of the others,” said Ames. If your previous quali-

fying payment on that $400,000 purchase with $20,000 down is $1,796 per month and you’re salary is $67,000 per year, under the new stress test you’ll now have to qualify as if the monthly payment is $2,210. You now need to add an additional $71,000 in down payment to offset that or get a salary increase of over $15,500 per year, or the price of the home adjusted to where you’re payment is the same. Now that $400,000 home just became $328,800. “In other words, the stress test overnight reduced the value of the property by 17 per cent which is horrible. Another concerning thing is if you bought a $400,000 home in 2014 with a $20,000 down payment, your mortgage would have been $395,200 after the CMHC mortgage fees. Now, four years later in 2018, your mortgage would have roughly been paid down to $351,000, but the post-

stress test value theoretically is only $328,800. You’re now $22,000 upside down in your property. If you sell your property, you’ll have to make up the $20,000 difference out of your pocket to pay off the mortgage,” Ames added. Property value is based more on supply and demand as opposed to a fixed price such as in clothing stores. The supply has risen, but the demand has dropped due to the inability of people to get financing. “We’ve seen the price decline for the last year. It’s been the worst thing I’ve seen over the last 35 years in my real estate career,” said Ames. Financing is the number one tool to alter prices. If everybody could afford the pricing and get finance easily, then there are more people available to buy your house. However, it’s the opposite that’s happening now where there has been a serious negative impact

due to financing. Ames says there is a new program rolling out September 2019 for first-time home buyers only. It’s coming out with mixed reviews. In a nutshell, if you’re a first-time home buyer, CMHC will match your down payment, and you won't have to pay interest or make payments on it. They will participate in the gain or loss in the equity upon sale of that home. It will save new buyers a few hundred dollars a month on their monthly mortgage payment. It’s aimed to help first-time buyers get into the market, but will not help those in the existing market. Many are hoping the change in government this coming election will see positive changes and the current stress test rescinded. Until then, we’ll have to bear the impact and find ways to save more money.

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Whitecourt Acreages

Debbie Shirley

24 years experience remaxdeb@telusplanet.net

780.706.0187

reduced L-3 122038 Township Rd 591

Lot 29 593037 RR#122

Amanda Stanchfield

MLS #47003

5 years experience amandastanchfield@telus.net

780.262.0550

$749,900

MLS#48814

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124062 TWP Rd 593A

$629,900

MLS#49957

$499,900

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L6 590071 RANGE RD 114

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MLS#48812

$499,900

Whitecourt Acreages

124062 TWP Rd 593A MLS#49957

$499,900

590001 Range RD 110 MLS#48919

$313,588

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Lot D & M Acres MLS#49989

$274,900

Lot 4 High Ridge Estates

595102 RR#130 Gibson Acres

MLS#50039

MLS#50186

$238,900

111 Wellwood Drive

$160,000

MLS#48949

4 Park Court

2 594037 RANGE RD 123B

$539,900

MLS#49635

$488,800

MLS#48449

$399,000

44 Prestlien Drive MLS # 48778

48 Harolds Hollow MLS#50083

$399,900

9-4010 47 Street

$375,000

MLS#49609

$299,900

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31 Gunderson Drive

6 Birch Lane MLS#47984

$295,000

MLS#49239

4151 Flats Road reduced

MLS#49915

$894,900

22 Keystone Place MLS#50483

98 River Valley Estates

$229,900

MLS#49034

62 Spruce Road

$159,900

$799,900

MLS#49463

21 Keystone Place MLS#49281

$234,900

6 Soper Street

$134,900

MLS#50176

$99,900

Commercial 2 590063 RR#113A 16 River Valley MLS#50486

MLS#49261

$849,900

115050b Township Rd 592a

$799,900

MLS 50368

$89,900

Mayerthorpe

MLS#50484

$139,900

4118 – 48 Ave MLS#50511

$344,900

4301 – 46 Avenue MLS#48130

Swan Hills

24 Southview Ave. MLS#48003

$162,400

5407 Fir Crescent MLS#42390

$149,900

5503 Willock Cresent MLS#49021

$89,900

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5241 - 48 Street

4836 50st Rochfort Bridge

$309,900

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38 Davio

MLS#50043

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$134,000

MLS#49491

Lt 5 BK 1 RR #123B $159,900 2.47 acres on town water MLS#48357 Lt 6 BK 1 RR #123B new price $149,900 2.52 acres on town water MLS#48358

$44,900

D & M Acreages, East of Whitecourt starting at $120,000 only 3 lots left Great location only minutes from town on pavement. Pritchard Drive

5114-50 Street Whitecourt, AB

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$539,900

Subdivision starting at $109,900 only 3 lots left Pritchard Drive Lots - backs onto Rotary Park.


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Buying a new home? Beware of mortgage fraud (NC) Purchasing a new home is a big milestone that’s typically full of happy moments – from picking out new furniture and décor to discovering all the interesting spots in your new neighbourhood. But this is also a time when homebuyers can be susceptible to mortgage fraud. According to a recent survey conducted for Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada), only 35 per cent of people are aware of the dangers posed by mortgage fraud. The first step in pro-

tecting yourself is to learn about the different types of this kind of fraud: Title fraud. This can happen when someone forges or impersonates a homeowner to transfer the deed of the property to themselves. The scammer may then take out a loan against the home and keep the cash. This can leave you on the hook for your mortgage payments without actually owning your property. Title insurance can protect you against this type of real estate fraud. Online cons. While most of us know not

to click on random ads or spam emails, some of us may be deceived when looking for less expensive homes advertised online as private sales. You may be tempted to save on realtor commissions but beware of the risk of sending thousands of dollars to a dishonest seller who will never transfer the deed of the property to you. If you choose to go with a private sale, make sure you have a lawyer look over all documents carefully before signing anything or transferring any funds. Deceitful brokers. As Canada’s mortgage

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lending laws tighten up with measures like the OSFI Mortgage Stress Test, more people are turning away from the big banks where they no longer qualify to secure a mortgage. But this can put you at risk of being scammed by a shady broker. Always make sure that the broker you are using is licensed. As an extra assurance, check local land registries and work with an appraiser to learn about the history of the property you are thinking about purchasing. Find more information at http://cpacanada.ca/financialliteracy

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64061B TWP#622A

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• 3 bed, 1 bath, beautiful log cabin • Lakeside cabin, good size kitchen & dining area • Firepit/fireplace, decks • RV parking, heated garage, multiple upgrades

• 4 bed, 3 bath • Beautiful, open concept Large rooms, 3 pc. ensuite • Garden doors, single attached garage • Fireplace, newer furnace, kitchen reno’s

Mayerthorpe • 4 bed, 3 bath, 2845 sq. ft • Huge house with lots of potential • Garage, oversized large fenced yard on corner lot

• 4 bed, 1 bath, 1712 sq. ft • Open plan w/ overlooking lof t• Dark expresso cabinets w/ raised eating bar • Hardwood floors, treated deck

• 5 bed, 2 bath, great starter home • Fabulous spa type bathroom in basement • Lots of updates, newer tin roof • Corner lot, great landscaping, garden area

• 1,104 sq. ft. situated on 29.55 acres near Fort Assiniboine. • 10 x 24 maintenance covered balcony, 2 cedar decks • 36 x 66 shop w/cement flooring

$289,900 • MLS#50482

$229,900 • MLS#48270

$128,000 • MLS#50340

$449,900 • MLS#47330

$219,900 • MLS#49802

$375,00 • MLS#49540

58411 Range Rd 80

565031 A&B RANGE RD 105

10 Gunderson Drive

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TWP 613/14 RANGE RD 92

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Lac Ste. Anne Alberta • Well established farm, ready for cattle, hay, and horses? • Connor creek running through, offers spectacular views

Woodlands County • 3 bed, 2 bath custom built home, 158.97 acres • Heated shop with 7 ton crane c/w two 16’H doors

• 3 bedroom, 2 bath mobile on it’s own lot. • fenced yard, large deck • close to schools and playground

$499,900 • MLS#48830

$1,199,000 • MLS#50451

$209,900 • MLS#46806

MlS 47562 26 Riverstone Road MLS # 47563 30 Riverstone Road MLS # 47564 34 Riverstone road Lited 157,500-168,000

17 University Av Mls 49459 72,900 6 University Ave Mls 47610 75,000 75 Cresent Dr Mls# 49890 120,000 31 Park Dr Mls#47706 155,000

Woodlands County A RARE FIND! Six 1/4 sections &/or 951 acres of land in the Corbett Creek area, a mix of natural forest, creeks & open farm land.

$1,400, 000 • MLS#48681

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Learning about wildland firefighting at the library’s Summer Reading Program Whether at the office or going for a car ride, two-year-old Easton loves his paper.

A fun game of Red Light/Green Light.

Helitack Member Stephanie Flynn helps get the water flowing. By Serena Lapointe

Members of Alberta Wildfire, headed by Wildfire Ranger Mike Sample, were on hand at the Whitecourt & District Public Library on August 8 for the final weekly class of the Summer Reading Program. Since the second of July, groups of chil-

dren have been meeting weekly and each week featured a different topic. The Tweens & Teens were the final group on the final day and were pumped to hang out with the firefighters. The program started at 4:30 p.m. in the rear parking lot and concluded at 6 p.m. with pizza donated by

Panago. “We have two HAC (Helitack) crews here today which are four-person crews. They are what are called Initial Attack. These are the folks who are dispatched right away to any type of wildfire that we detect. They’ve had a busy season so far. We’ve been

all over Alberta especially up in High Level. It’s been relatively quiet here in Whitecourt with all the rain but there have still been a few fires,” said Sample. He and the crews set up five different stations in the parking lot and continued on page 23


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Farmers in the province are hoping that a break in the wet weather comes sooner rather than later

Aerial photos from above Lac Ste. Anne County show highly saturated farmers fields. The pictures were taken on August 1 as part of a flood survey by the county. On August 8, Lac Ste. Anne officially declared a state of Agricultural Disaster due to the volume and frequency of precipitation in 2019. By Serena Lapointe

On August 7, just after three in the afternoon, Lac Ste. Anne County posted on its Facebook page that it was officially declaring a State of

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ty.” The post continued to say that though the degree of damage varies through the county, almost all crops have continued on page 23

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continued from page 21 been affected negatively by the current moisture conditions one way or another. Adding to the seriousness of the situation is the fact that producers have also been unable to harvest livestock feed. The high rainfall and humidity have left fields waterlogged and inaccessible. Inventory that has been harvested is very limited and is in poor condition which means that its value is degraded and there are higher odds of storage issues due to the wetness. The Agriculture Financial Services Corporation puts out a regular crop report that rates the conditions of specific crops being farmed regionally within the province. As of July 30, 2019, only 55 per cent of all crops in the North West are in good to excellent condition. The North West Region consists of Barrhead, Edmonton, Leduc, Drayton Valley, and Athabasca. Overall, crop conditions are below the five-year average by 11 per cent. Fifteen per cent of the first cut dryland hay is reported as completed and it is estimated that the yield is 1.6 ton

per acre. Quality wise, 34 per cent is considered poor, 56 per cent is fair and only 10 per cent is considered good and excellent. The soil moisture ratings for the surface is, not surprisingly, rated at 34 per cent excessive. On Thursday, August 1, Lac Ste. Anne County sent representatives from the Agriculture Services and Fire Services departments on an aerial tour of the county to properly survey the flooding. As mentioned on the county website (www.lsa.ca), the flights allowed the two departments to “identify potential blockage issues affecting agricultural land.” Prior to the tour, it was speculated that the beaver dams and the Alberta Environment-managed weir at the mouth of the Sturgeon River were contributing factors to the overland flooding issues, but it was determined that they are not. Don Kurach, a retired hobby farmer west of Edmonton in Parkland County, was interviewed by Global News on August 2 and said that his crop has been ready to cut since the end of June/ beginning of July. “In the whole month of July, there hasn’t been, outside

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continued from page 20 back field including a race with a fire hose and a sprint with a heavy hose bag. “We also have Wajax bags which are essentially giant pillow bags full of water with hoses off the end for fighting smaller fires.” The children used the water bags to spray a stream at a ball and work as a team to maneuver it down to the other side of the field. Alberta Wildfire has been taking part in the library’s Summer Reading Program for several years now and the members enjoy getting to take part. “It’s a nice break for us and it’s always fun to get out and see the young kids and show them the path we each took to get into this industry,” said Sample. Prior to heading outside, the entire crew introduced themselves to the children and shared how they became a firefighter. Helitack member Siggi Pott is in his first year and joined the crew at 40 years of age. With a big smile, he told the children that it is never to late to start. “My wife is actually a tower look out. She is up in the tower looking for the fires. She gives us a call and then we go and fight the fires so that’s how I got into it.” Lucas Stalker is in his first year of wildfire and is from California. He said he got involved so he could travel and see more of Canada. “You get to do a lot of cool things and see a lot of different places.” For member Kyler

Mitchell, joining the firefighter ranks was the result of a personal experience. “I joined because I lost my house to fire when I was eight years old. That was a hard time for me. A lot of people use wildfire as a step into structural so I’ve been accepted into the Calgary Fire Department and will be leaving this group eventually. They are great people and are my favourite part of the job.” Stephanie Flynn explained that she got into wildland firefighting through tree planting in British Columbia. “It’s all under the forestry umbrella and one of my favourite parts of the job is getting to move around and see many different beautiful places in the country while working with fine folks.” Following the introductions, Sample explained that being a wildland firefighter is a fantastic opportunity and that there is even an option for kids. “Starting at age 16, we have the Junior Forest Rangers which is a program where students are brought on for a seven-week period in the summer and they live and work at one of our fire bases. They are exposed to every aspect of what we do in firefighting and a whole slew of forestry activities so it’s a really good primer on a whole bunch of careers in the forestry sector.” Those heading into post-secondary education could potentially join Alberta Wildfire during their off months.

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“It’s a fantastic summer job. The pay is competitive, you get to work with fantastic people, you get to travel throughout Alberta and sometimes outside of the province if we get exported, and you’re working outdoors everyday.” He said it’s not just about putting out fires either because members take part in forestry activities, too. “You learn about caring for the landscape and understanding the forestry industry. Whether you want to do it as a life-long career or as a summer job while you’re in school, either one is great because you get to have some incredible experiences,” said Sample. The children thoroughly enjoyed talking with the Alberta Wildfire members and had a blast at each station set up outside. The Summer Reading Program at the library saw higher numbers in certain age groups this year and continues to grow. “We are very proud to be part of this event. We are grateful that the library and the town have invited us to take part. We’ve been doing it for several years now and every year it gets better and better,” smiled Sample. To learn more about the Junior Forest Rangers visit www.alis.alberta.ca/junior-forest-rangers.


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Recreation and Leisure Whitecourt Trailblazers Snowmobile Club

Many Whitecourt residents have joked that the name of the town was chosen to reflect the heavy amount of annual snowfall in the area. If snow is in the forecast for northwestern Alberta, Whitecourt will inevitably receive a significant share. The combination of plentiful snow, the proximity of waterways, and the network of cutlines and developed trails, plus

logging and petroleum industry activities in the area have created an irresistible opportunity for snowmobilers. The Whitecourt Trailblazers Snowmobile Club was organized in the winter of 1979/1980. The club’s main goal was to promote and support the sport of snowmobiling in Whitecourt. The Trailblazers became an affiliate member of Alberta Snowmobile Association in 1981. In 1982, the Alberta Forest Service began to

develop the Eagle River Recreational Area which included 83 kilometres of trails. A year later, the Forest Service was able to arrange for access to the Carson-Pegasus Provincial Park via these trails. The Trailblazers were granted ownership of a trapper’s cabin near House Mountain, south of Whitecourt. In 1983, during its fourth year of operation, the Whitecourt Trailblazers were named the Alberta Snowmobile Association Club of the year.

By 1986, the Whitecourt Trailblazers included 127 families and 218 machines. The club initiated a scholarship fund to assist Whitecourt students with their post-secondary education. In the same year, Bombardier presented the Trailblazers with the New Generation National Club of Canada award with a new Bombardier sled as the grand prize. Throughout the years, the Trailblazers have organized operational safety and avalanche training sessions and supported groups such as Red Cross, Christmas Ham-

pers, Way Out Women’s Ride for Breast Cancer Research, the Lyndon Ballard Heart Fund, and a scholarship program. This dynamic group of snowmobilers is committed to expanding the sport in the Whitecourt area. The club members formed the Golden Triangle Consortium in 1989 in combination with snowmobilers from the neighbouring towns of Swan Hills and Fox Creek. This group invested thousands of hours of volunteer labour during negotiations with provincial and federal government bodies,

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and with Millar Western Forest Products Ltd. and Blue Ridge Lumber who owned extensive timber berths in the area. The club also checked with the Trappers’ Association as the trails went through traplines. The Golden Triangle Consortium developed the Golden Triangle Recreational Trail System which officially opened in November 1994. The Trailblazers Club is responsible for maintaining 188 kilometres of trails out of over 300 kilometres in the Golden Triangle trail network. The Whitecourt Trailblazers began to work on a separate trail system, the Silver Summit trail network, completed in 1999. The Trailblazers became responsible for the maintenance of another 72 kilometres of trails. In conjunction with the Town of Whitecourt, the Trailblazers also developed a 13-kilometre, year-round connector trail network that opened to all major trails around the town. The complete trail system was mapped, signs were posted, and the route was even given satellite waypoints through the global positioning system (GPS) .

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Woodlands County committed to reducing spending Woodlands County continues to face financial hardships through a lengthy economic downturn that has impacted organizations across the province and specifically through our region. With the loss of over $9.5M in tax revenues over 2018 and 2019 and a continued increase in general operat-

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ects, existing agreements, administrative costs, Council expenditures, and all areas of potential cost savings. During this review, the County will continue to provide basic services, repairs and road maintenance and will determine all other expenditures on a case-by-case basis. The

intent is not to eliminate programs and services, but to ensure the delivery method and efficiency of operations is appropriate and strategic. Looking forward, Woodlands County has a promising future including new utility and oil and gas projects in our municipality and a continued

focus on economic development to bring other industry and organizations into this prosperous region. The County remains committed to working with our municipal partners to obtain agreements that not only are beneficial for both municipalities but promote fairness, equity and sustainability that is

viable for our residents, businesses and partners. While these messages are not easy to convey to our ratepayers, Woodlands County remains focused on harbouring positive relationships through progression and transparency and working together towards the County’s strategic goals.


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Myths and misinformation fog climate change debate The answers to some questions to help you assess whether there really is a climate emergency By Gwyn Morgan

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With energy and the environment playing an important role in the fall election, Canadians face starkly different policy positions from political parties, together with a bewildering array of both information and disinformation. Here is my rather eclectic list of little-known facts, head-scratching paradoxes and utter hypocrisy. Climate Emergency on June 17, the House of Commons passed a motion declaring a National Climate Emergency. Firstly, there is no such thing as a “national” climate emergency. Climate change is global, not national, and Canada’s contribution to global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions is a minuscule 1.6 per cent. Here are the answers to some questions that will help you assess whether there’s really a climate emergency. How much CO2 is in the atmosphere and how fast is it growing? A 2018 report from the U.S. National Oceans and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

gives the answer. The concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere is one molecule per 2,500 molecules, compared with one molecule per 3,000 molecules 50 years ago. That’s an average growth rate of just 10 molecules per year. Apocalyptic projections of rapid sea level rises are driving municipal and provincial governments on both our east and west coasts to implement sea level rise plans. These include sterilizing waterfront from development, building sea barriers and even buying out and destroying homes that are deemed vulnerable. So just how fast are sea levels rising? Here again, the NOAA provides the answer. Despite all the calamitous rhetoric, the NOAA states that sea levels “continue to rise at the rate of about oneeighth of an inch (3.2 mm) per year.” At that rate, a house built 10 feet above sea level today would still be 9 feet 7 inches above sea level 40 years from now. Climate Change Hypocrisy South Africa, India, the Philippines, South

Korea, Japan and China – all signatories to the Paris climate accord – are building a combined 1,800 new coal-fired power plants. Coal plants emit twice as much CO2 as natural gas plants. Meanwhile, international environmental groups campaign against sending Canadian LNG to those countries. And here at home, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals have introduced a tax specifically designed discourage the building of new cleaner-burning gas-fired power plants as they pursue the fantasy that wind and solar will keep the lights on. Good luck with that. After hundreds of billions of dollars invested, wind and solar contribute just two per cent of global energy supply. And that’s only when the wind is blowing, and the sun is shining. Climate Change Monovision The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) would have us believe that fossil fuel emissions are the sole reason for climate change. But what about urbanization and deforestation? A study by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs states that the urban population rose from 750 million in 1950 to 4.2 billion in 2018. We don’t need the IPCC’s complex com-

puter models to know that cities are hotter. All we have to do is walk from a paved sun-heated street lined with concrete buildings to a grassy park. Rather than reflecting the sun’s rays back to outer space, all that concrete, and pavement absorbs the sun rays, creating a giant heat sink. Likewise, deforestation is turning vast tracts of cool African and South American jungles into heat-absorbing barrens. The U.S. EPA summarizes the combined effect, “Processes such as deforestation and urbanization … contribute to changes in climate.” Trying to deal with any problem without considering all possible causes is both a foolish and dangerous strategy. First, do no harm The Liberal government’s proposed “national clean fuel standard” requires increased biofuel content in motor fuels. Government mandated biofuel content requirements in North America and the EU have driven the burning of critically important jungle habitat to make way for palm oil plantations. On the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, more than 50,000 Orangutans have died because of palm oil deforestation. Who burns the stuff anyway Several municipal councils, in-

cluding Toronto and Victoria, are looking to sue fossil-fuel producers for causing climate change, but 70 per cent of emissions come from their own constituents. And imagine their outcry if fuel producers failed to deliver! B.C. Green schizophrenia B.C. Premier John Horgan, a champion of carbon taxes, called an inquiry to investigate high gasoline prices, but prohibited the panel from considering the price impact of provincial taxes. He also wants Alberta to build a new refinery to supply his province, but he’s against the pipeline that’s needed to carry it. Sorry, only foreign tankers allowed The Trudeau government implemented a tanker ban prohibiting movement of Canadian oil on the northern B.C. coast. Meanwhile, hundreds of tankers churn through the delicate and much more enclosed St. Lawrence estuaries carrying oil from Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Russia, Iraq, Nigeria, Angola and Algeria. And while ship/whale collisions are virtually unheard of on B.C.’s northern coast, those foreign oil tankers move through waters where a critically endangered Northern Right Whale was killed in a ship collision in June. The great

anti-oil industry warrior is back Gerald Butts, former personal secretary to the Prime Minister, has been rehabilitated to help the Liberals win re-election. Before joining the Prime Minster’s Office (PMO), Butts was CEO of World Wildlife Canada (WWF), an organization that aims to “landlock” the oilsands by stopping new pipelines. In his role as head honcho of the PMO, he was the mastermind behind policies that crippled our country’s oil industry. Butts has admitted via his Twitter account to receiving $361,642 from WWF during his first two years at the PMO. He claims it was severance, but how many Canadians have ever received severance for quitting their job? Butts resigned from the PMO after being accused of ethical transgressions related to the SNC Lavalin scandal, but why hasn’t this more direct and personal ethical transgression been reported by news media? So, there you have it, my list of points to ponder through those long and balmy mid-summer evenings that “we the north” enjoy. Gwyn Morgan is a retired Canadian business leader who has been a director of five global corporations. ©Troy Media

The future is not a straight line from the past The march of technology is inevitable, but the way its proceeds are distributed is a matter of choice. Here are some options By Stephen Murgatroyd Collaborative Media Group

Like many organizations, it begins with the assumption that some 35 to 40 per cent of jobs will be directly impacted by artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, 3D printing, blockchain, stem cells and other technologies. In Canada, there’s also a view that these technologies will lead

to the development of new jobs. The challenge is that existing jobs will likely erode before the new jobs emerge. It’s already the case that, in many parts of the world, the gig economy and part-time work is growing faster than full-time work. A 2018 World Economic Forum survey found that 50 per cent of major companies surveyed are expected

to cut their permanent workforce, while 48 per cent are expected to hire specialist contractors instead of employees. Key to employment will be cognitive skills – and Canada has a challenge. While we have some of the most qualified workforces in the world, we also have 42 per cent of working Canadians with poor literacy skills – below those

needed for the work that’s now available, never mind the emerging work that requires much higher levels of literacy. This impairs our ability to respond to emerging technologies and limits the adaptive capacity of firms and organizations. The RSA framed its thinking about the future of work with these kinds of issues in mind. It suggests four possible scenarios. Each is based on the idea that the march of technology is inevitable, but that the way in which the proceeds of the new technol-

ogy are distributed is a matter of choice. We can either let the technology giants continue to reap huge rewards and pay no taxes, or we can choose to do something about it. Here are the RSA’s four scenarios: The Big Tech Economy describes a world where most technologies develop at a rapid pace, from self-driving cars to additive manufacturing. A new machine age delivers significant improvements in the quality of products and public services, while the cost of everyday goods – in-

cluding transport and energy – plummets. However, unemployment and economic insecurity creep upwards, and the spoils of growth are offshored and concentrated in a handful of U.S. and Chinese tech behemoths. The dizzying pace of change takes workers and unions by surprise, leaving them largely incapable of responding. Part-time and gig work grows, with most who can find work able to find little more than 20 hours continued on page 27


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continued from page 26 a week paid, for which they are paid well. The Precision Economy presents and develops a future of hyper surveillance. Technological progress is slow to moderate, but a proliferation of sensors allows firms to create value by capturing and analyzing more information on objects, people and the environment. The gig economy is the norm, with social and economic behaviour carrying “social credit points” that lead to rewards (houses, cars, holidays) – something that’s already happening in China. There are improvements in health care (based on analytics), policing and environmental management. The Exodus Economy suggests there will be a major economic slowdown. A world recession keeps many out of work and poverty rises. Governments opt for austerity and tight social control. Many workers lose faith

in the ability of capitalism to improve their lives and start to rebel against inequality and the organization of work and wealth. Alternative economic models become of significant interest. Co-operatives and mutual societies re-emerge in large numbers to serve people’s core economic needs in food, energy and financial services. The circular economy and local living off the land become more common. The Empathy Economy focuses on responsible stewardship of land, community and family. Technology advances quickly, but so too does public awareness of the risks and dangers. Tech companies self-regulate to stem concerns and work hand in hand with external stakeholders to create new products that work on the basis of collective social interest. Automation takes places at a modest scale but is carefully managed in partnership with workers and unions. Disposable

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income, kept aloft by high employment, flows into ‘empathy sectors’ like education, health and elder care, social support cultural industries and entertainment. This trend is broadly welcomed. It requires a shift in focus from meritocracy and self-focus to thinking in terms of the needs of others – of a world based on empathy and sharing, not selfishness and the accumulation of wealth. This links to other work, such as that by Peter Frase on the four futures for society, given that both capitalism as we know it is changing quickly and that our responses to climate change will impact the way we live, work and play. What these studies share is a simple idea: the future is not a straight line from the past. Maybe we should start to think about a different preferred future. Stephen Murgatroyd, PhD, is CEO of Collaborative Media Group Inc. © Troy Media

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Summers in Alberta are a great time to be out of the house and on the road; however, with more vehicles on the road and behaviors that arise due to the heat can lead to an increased risk of vehicle property crimes. Last year, August was the busiest month for theft of, and theft from, vehicles in Alberta. August was also the busiest month for all Criminal Code-related offences. From June 1 to Aug. 30, 2018 there were more than 3,200 vehicle thefts and over 3,600 reports of thefts from vehicles. RCMP Alberta urges citizens to report all thefts, no matter the perceived severity. This information can be used in current investigations and

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can help plan future patrols. Albertans should remember there are simple changes to their daily routine that can significantly reduce the risk of property crime involving vehicles. Here are some crime prevention tips: • Always remove the keys and lock your vehicle • Remove all valuables from your vehicle • Use a steering wheel lock to help reduce the risk of vehicle theft • Do not leave your windows open when you leave your vehicle • Park your vehicle in sight and in a welllit area • Consider purchasing a vehicle tracking system • Lock your garage • Disable power to the

garage door if you’re leaving for an extended period of time This August the RCMP will be using the #AutoRoutine to provide information on how to keep your vehicles safe this summer. Watch our Facebook (@RCMPinAlberta) and Twitter (@RCMPAlberta) feeds for tips and reminders to help reduce thefts of, and thefts from, vehicles this summer. If you see something suspicious, report it to your local police service. If you see a crime in progress, call 911. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www. P3Tips.com ( http:// www.p3tips.com/ ) or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.


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Having a fun day at Day Camp

Recently, Day Camp kids went on a nature walk, made crafts with the items collected, and learned about birds in the Fox Creek area. The kids also played Fly Away Ladybugs in the fieldhouse, played a trivia game in the pool and watched a mock rescue.

Utilities Operator I Town of Fox Creek Competition #: 02—2019

What a Utility Operator I does: Operate, repair & maintain all water facilities and equipment, including: treatment plants, supply lines, distribution system, meters, and minor hydrant repairs. Operate, repair & maintain the wastewater collection system, treatment facility and lift stations. Collect samples and maintain records following provincial regulations. Follow correct protocols while operating equipment. Adherence to proper material and chemical handling. Respects and supports safe work practices, works well with others.

The ideal candidate will have: Water Treatment Operator Level 1; Water Distribution Level 1; Wastewater Collection Level 1 and Wastewater Treatment Level 1. Knowledge of or experience with SCADA systems. Organized, innovative, able to work without constant supervision. Individual who is community minded and open to new ideas. Able to perform standby or on call duties. Willingness to advance certification levels and take training. Must possess Valid Alberta Class 5 Operators License. Satisfactory RCMP check and drivers abstract will be requested.

Interested? Please submit your resume and cover letter by quoting the job title in the subject line: Email: employment@foxcreek.ca Mail or in person: Town of Fox Creek 102 Kaybob Drive PO Box 149 Fox Creek, Alberta T0H 1P0 Find us on Facebook at: Town of Fox Creek Resumes received in the past 6 months are still on file. Unless there is a change in experience or education, please do not re-apply. We thank all applicants, however only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.

Position Type Permanent Full Time Rate of Pay (DOE) $55,000—$75,000 per annum

Why work for us?

Hours of Work Monday to Friday 8:00am—4:30pm

We are a thriving, vibrant, rural community situated along HI Way 43 between Edmonton and Grande Prairie. Our organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life for our residents. We have a new water treatment facility that offers incredible exposure in the industry.

Competition Close Date July 26, 2019

Blue Ridge Lumber Inc. will be applying Vision Max herbicide by helicopter and by ground on or after August 18 until September 10 for the purpose of managing competing vegetation. For more information go online to https://foxcreek. ca/blue-ridge-vegetation-managementprogram-2019/.


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On his time off from Freson Bros., Shane Hardy enjoys reading The Press.

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Open Tues & Thurs  Call for more information 103 - 2A Avenue (In the Multiplex Center)  780.622.3758

Donation Wish List Rice Tuna Canned Fruit Canned Vegetables

Canned Meat Brown Beans Alpha-getti Pancake mix

Pancake Syrup Canned Stew Sugar Cereal

Pines Campground. Located 13 km west of Fox Creek on Hwy 43

Pasta / Pasta Sauce Coffee Cheese Whiz

Peanut Butter

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A proud Fox Creek Business for 32 years. Supporting local business and the community. Hold for pickup at our depot or Delivery as requested. Call us for all your trucking needs at 587-987-5111.

BARGAIN ALLEY (Above Home Hardware) Thursdays 1 – 3pm Industrial Insulation

1st Saturday of each month Check our FB page for additional Saturday hours (Friends of Fox Creek Hospital Society)

COM M UNIT Y RECREATIONAL GROUPS FOX CREEK LIGHT HORSE ASSOCIATION

Contact: Tanja Marinus Phone: 780-622-3485 The horse club provides a location to board horses, a riding arena, round pen and pens. You must be a club member to be on the property. This club has an open member policy; monthly

meetings are held on Mondays. Please contact us for more information.

biking. Contact: foxcreeknordicandtrail@gmail.com

fleboard, pool, visiting etc. We also enjoy a potluck supper every few months.

FOX CREEK NORDIC AND TRAIL CLUB

FOX CREEK SENIORS DROP IN CENTRE

KIDSPORT

Provides groomed trails and world class bike park for the community. Trails are groomed year round for x-country skiing, walking or

Contact: Audrey Tainsh Phone: 780-622-3179 We are a drop in centre for individuals (50+) Coffee, playing cards, puzzles, shuf-

Contact Gord or Jenn Ashmore Phone: 780-668-5726 A national organization that aims to get kids off the sidelines and into the game by helping overcome the financial barriers that prevent

1ST FOX CREEK SCOUTS

The Fox Creek Scouts program is available for boys and girls aged 5 and up. Please contact us for infor-

mation about enrolling your child in our program or if you are interested in becoming a scouts leader.

FOX CREEK MINOR BASEBALL Check Facebook page for all details. Contact Kim Hanlon.

Open Late till 8:00 pm,

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We have partnered with Whitecourt Dry Cleaners. Our store is now a drop off/pick up for laundry service including coveralls and dry cleaning

some children from participating in organized sports. To download an application form, check out our website at www.kidsport.ab.ca

Monday to Friday and 7:00 pm Weekends

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Fox Creek Council Matters The Community Peace Officer received approval confirmation from Shell Canada for the Helmets for Kids grant application. The program will see $1000.00 go towards supplying helmets to children in need. Roll out of the program is projected for Fall 2019. We would like to thank the Chamber of Com-

merce for putting on another successful Canada Day. It was held at the Fox Creek Greenview Multiplex for the first time this year and saw a large community turnout to the festivities. The Director of Operations advised Council that the Highway Avenue Reconstruction Project is so far on schedule

for a completion date of August 31, 2019. Concerns conveyed by business owners have been addressed, and as the project continues, they will be kept informed of anything that will affect them. The Clinic Manager has provided an implementation date for the EMR (Electronic Medical Re-

cord). They are having the Clinic assessment October 18 and will be going live with the system by the end of the year. Two new bylaws were passed at the July 15 Council Meeting. One updating the bylaw to Regulate the Proceedings of Council, and the other was a new bylaw to establish a Code of

Conduct for the Members of Council. Copies of the bylaws will be made available via the Town of Fox Creek website. Councillors McMullen Bainton and Burridge attended a Library Board Meeting June 18. The board discussed the 1-year notice advising that the Public Library was to no longer be located with-

in the Fox Creek School. Discussions as to where the Public Library will be located, and whether it will remain its own entity or become another subdivision of the town are still ongoing. Speakers will be coming to the September Library Board meeting to provide more information and discuss these matters further.

The Fox Creek Fire Department responded to the Fox Creek Campground shortly after the lunch hour on Wednesday, August 7. Several residents spotted a large plume of smoke from the area and called 911. Upon arrival, the fire department was faced with a holiday trailer that was fully engulfed. The fire was quickly distinguished but, unfortunately, the trailer and contents were a total loss. The cause of the fire is unknown.

For Sale 16’ Aluminum Boat with Trailer 20 Horse Mercury Outboard Motor with Electric Start Boat Cover, Anchor and 2 Spare Tires

$2800.00 obo Call Clark 780-622-2833 or 622-8066.


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