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Cats receive awards

To close out the evening events at the Cats Football banquet, seven of the players received awards based on their season’s performances. The awards were given based on a vote of their peers. See page 20 for article and more photos.

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WHITECOURT CHRISTMAS HAMPER Application Dates (no exceptions) The Repeat Boutique 4716 - 50 Avenue, Whitecourt Wednesday, November 27... 11am - 3pm Thursday, November 28........ 7pm - 9pm* Saturday, November 30........ 11am - 3pm Wednesday, December 4...... 11am - 3pm Thursday, December 5........... 7pm - 9pm * Saturday, December 7........... 11am - 3pm * Repeat Boutique open to applicants only

Look for our white bins around town with this logo!

Apply in person for your family's personalized hamper (phone applications not accepted). Applicable to residents of Whitecourt, Blue Ridge and Woodlands County Central, East, and West. . Proof of residency required (ie: utility bill, lease).

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DISCRETIONARY USE DEVELOPMENT PERMIT APPLICATION The Municipal Planning Commission will be making a decision on the following development permit application, as per the Woodlands County Land Use Bylaw, at a meeting on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at the Woodlands County Municipal Office in Whitecourt, Alberta at 5:00 p.m. If you have any comment or concern regarding this proposal you may provide a written statement to the undersigned by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 or you may attend the meeting. LEGAL DESCRIPTION


PT. SW 23-59-10-W5M Lot 2, Block 1, Plan 092-2494


Information regarding this application may be obtained by inquiring at the address below. Attention:

PROPOSAL Home Occupation (major): Mobile Sales Truck Box 60, #1 Woodlands Lane, Whitecourt AB T7S 1N3 Telephone: 780-778-8400 Toll-Free: 1-888-870-6315

Jennifer Sunderman, Development Officer Woodlands County

DISCRETIONARY USE DEVELOPMENT PERMIT APPLICATIONS The Municipal Planning Commission will be making a decision on the following development permit applications, as per the Woodlands County Land Use Bylaw, at a meeting on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at the Woodlands County Municipal Office in Whitecourt, Alberta at 5:00 p.m. If you have any comment or concern regarding these proposals you may provide a written statement to the undersigned by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 or you may attend the meeting. LEGAL DESCRIPTION


Variance: overheight fence; from 2m to 2.44m

PT. NE 31-58-10-W5M


Accessory Building: barn/shop and Home Occupation (Major): event planning

PT. NE 5-59-11-W5M Lot 2, Block 2, Plan 052-4493


Transport Contractor Business (Minor)

PT. SW 29-59-12-W5M


Garden Suite: change of occupancy

Information regarding these applications may be obtained by inquiring at the address below. Attention:


PT. NW 24-59-10-W5M Lot 24, Block 5, Plan 802-1775

Jennifer Sunderman, Development Officer Woodlands County




7:15 P.M.

Woodlands County Whitecourt Municipal Office Downstairs Council Chambers

Pursuant to the provisions of the Municipal Government Act (MGA), Yellowhead County and Woodlands County are required to enter into an Intermunicipal Collaborative Framework (ICF) and adopt an Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP). An IDP ensures future development and Land Use Policies are coordinated between two municipalities. Pursuant to Section 692(1)(a) of the MGA, it is Woodlands County Council’s intention to adopt Bylaw 593/19. Written comments on the above mentioned may be provided in person to the local office, or mailed, e-mailed or faxed to Woodlands County at the address below by Monday, December 23, 2019 prior to 4:30 p.m., or interested individuals may attend the public hearing and provide verbal comment at the hearing. The documents pertaining to Draft Woodlands County/Yellowhead County Intermunicipal Development Plan may be viewed during regular business hours at the Woodlands County Municipal Office in Whitecourt or online at Joan Slootweg, Manager Planning & Development Woodlands County Box 60, #1 Woodlands Lane Whitecourt, AB T7S 1N3 Telephone: (780) - 778-8400 Facsimile: (780) - 778-8402 E-mail:

Box 60, #1 Woodlands Lane, Whitecourt AB T7S 1N3 Telephone: 780-778-8400 Toll-Free: 1-888-870-6315


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Family fun

Santa and Mrs. Claus could be seen along Lonira Road last Saturday doing a test run of the sleigh. Originally meant to be just a joke seven years ago when the couple brought the sleigh out, turned into an annual tradition. The attention from those passing by on the highway honking and waving gave them the idea to keep it going with offers of sleigh rides for food bank donations. The wall of tape was a big hit for the kids to get creative using different colours of painters tape. Coralie Lloyd and Ammie Madsen chose to place their name on the wall. By Vicki Winger

Community Fun Night, sponsored by Tim Hortons recently, was a massive success at the Allan & Jean Millar Centre fieldhouse. The event is held every month and allows families a free night out to get together for some fun, games, and crafts with their children. There’s no shortage of fun ideas as the Millar Centre offers the use of sporting equipment. You can play floor hockey, basketball,

badminton, or get more creative with the extra large-sized lego pieces and build a house. It’s an evening to let your imagination and creativity run wild. There were several tables set up for crafting. One could colour or get fancy and create winter-themed pictures using glitter glue, sparkles, and beads. The highlight for the children is the inflatable obstacle course which has always been the favourite.

Ryver (left) and Ella get together to make a fort using mats and lego blocks at the Tim Hortons Community Fun Night.



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An update on global energy growth and Canada’s position in the industry from CAPP

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) presented an update on the industry at the November 18 Policies and Priorities Committee meeting. Information was provided on how the industry is expected to grow over the next two decades and what CAPP is focused on going forward to support producers. By Serena Lapointe

During the November 18 Policies and Priorities Committee meeting at the town office, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) presented a general update on the industry. CAPP producers account for about 80 per cent of Canada’s crude oil and natural gas production, and association members support the upstream crude oil and natural gas industry with wide-ranging services. Graphs in the presentation showed that, globally, oil production is expected to continue a steady rise from about 4,500 million tonnes of oil equivalent (MTOE) to approximately 4,800 while coal is expected to barely rise from now until 2040, hovering just under 4,000 MTOE. Other slower moving products included nuclear which is anticipated to reach just over 1,000 MTOE by 2040, and hydro which looks to increase from 250 to about 500 MTOE. Renewable energy from sun and wind is expected to increase from about 200 MTOE to just

over 1,000 MTOE. Bioenergy is also expected to increase substantially from now until 2040, growing from 1,500 to just shy of 2,000. The largest spike on the graph was for natural gas which is expected to grow from just above 3,000 MTOE to roughly 4,500. These numbers were sourced in 2017 by World Energy Outlook New Policies Scenario. Upstream Capital Investment in Canada for the oil sands has been declining since 2016 when it dropped by 33 per cent. In 2017, it dropped a further 11 per cent. Conventional Oil did see a 25 per cent increase in 2017 but since then investment has dropped by 16 per cent. In 2016, there was a 28 per cent drop in total wells drilled in Western Canada. The very next year, there was a huge increase as drilling rebounded with a 71 per cent jump. It then dropped by five per cent in 2018 and so far in 2019 has dropped by another 10 per cent. In numbers, Alberta saw 3,352 wells drilled in 2017 compared to

2,762 this year. Of the four provinces, Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, only Manitoba has seen a year over year increase in well production. Saskatchewan’s numbers are very close with 2,198 in 2017 and 2,009 in 2019. The Canadian Natural Gas Price, as a monthly average, hit its lowest since 2000 midway through 2018. Current share to Eastern Canada has stabilized but new pipes through the United States into Ontario and new capacity out of the Northeastern USA connecting to the Midwest could change that. Issues raised that may be problematic in getting gas to the mainline included high volatility and lower average prices although it was pointed out that as producers develop liquids for value, gas supply will continue to be high. There are positive signs for future projects, but barriers also exist. One such positive opportunity is the conversion to natural gas-fired electricity. One of the biggest takeaways from the in-

formation provided to the committee was that the situation within Canada is very different than the growing energy demand and production that takes place in other countries. By 2040, the global oil demand is expected to increase by 12 per cent. Canada has a fantastic opportunity to acquire more investment in the global market share by replacing less sustainably supplied sources which would then benefit Canadians across the country.

However, according to CAPP, if the Canadian industry continues facing challenges any meaningful increase in oil production will not be achievable which would, in turn, reduce any expected growth. Canada’s gross domestic product, business investment, exports and, of course, jobs would continue to take a hit. All three remaining pipeline projects (Enbridge Line 3 Replacement Project, Trans Mountain, and Key-

stone XL) were delayed last year and, as a result, Canadian producers are facing insufficient takeaway capacity for crude oil. Inefficient and duplicative regulations are taking away Canada’s ability to be competitive on the world stage. CAPP is focused on resolving current regulatory and policy barriers and obtaining a better value for Canadian resources in global markets. To learn more about CAPP, visit www.



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Whitecourt RCMP charge man wanted in robbery


The RCMP can confirm that Adam Duplessie has been located and arrested, without incident. He is no longer wanted and public assistance is no longer required.

November 27,

2019 Whitecourt RCMP Charge Man Wanted in Robbery

As a result of the assistance from the media and public, Whitecourt RCMP have laid a charge of Robbery and Disguise with In-

tent against Adam Duplessie (23) of Sangudo, Alberta. "The assistance of the public in this investigation was invaluable and have led to the recovery of important evidence,

including the alleged weapon," states Cst. Alex Ayres of Whitecourt RCMP. Duplessie's whereabouts are currently unknown but he was last known to be in Edmonton, Alberta.

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Duplessie please contact Whitecourt detachment at (780) 778-5454 or your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can

contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www. (http:// or by using the "P3 Tips" app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

Woodlands County organization restructure Woodlands County has restructured its organization to support the financial challenges the municipality is facing, to manage current economic conditions, and to avoid significant tax increases in order to maintain an acceptable level of service. “We would like to acknowledge staff and their families who have been impacted by this

restructuring. This was not an easy decision for Administration or Council and comes with heavy hearts,” said Mayor Burrows. “These changes allow the County to focus on efficiencies and work towards the financial strategies Council endorsed earlier this year. We appreciate the hard work and efforts of all members of Admin-

istration as they work through these challenging times.” The organization restructure includes downsizing, reassignment and modification of roles, and includes outsourcing several services to streamline operations. The municipality remains committed to ensuring acceptable levels of service are maintained.

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Q: I lost a loved one recently and this is my first Christmas without him. What are some things I can do to help with my grief during the holiday season? A: It can be the most wonderful time of the year: Christmas. For most, it brings feelings of warmth, togetherness and the gift of memories being made. For those grieving the loss of a loved one, it can be a mix of sadness, fear, anger, and exhaustion. It’s inescapable: the radio is playing Christmas carols, there are bright strings of lights twinkling everywhere, and invitations to celebrations are abundant. Even the grocery store is filled with triggers with its Christmas music, signage, and displays of the foods that are so intrinsic to the season. What is a griever to do? There are a few strategies that those with heavy hearts can use this holiday season

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to navigate the many feelings, triggers, and expectations that come along with it. They all centre on practicing self-compassion. First, give yourself permission to lean into your feelings: the good, the bad, and the ugly. One of grief’s many nuances is that a griever must try to find a way to welcome both joy as well as sorrow, and sometimes in the same breath. Christmas is definitely a time when this holds true, when the joys of the season mingle with the sadness of the people missing from its celebrations. Be gentle with yourself and your feelings. Every single feeling you have is valid. The second thing that grievers can do to practice self-compassion during the holidays is to say no to the activities, visits, and expectations that do not serve their grief and healing. It is okay to pick and choose to

participate in only the traditions and activities that will make you feel good. If you feel like it might be difficult to say no, think about writing down the words and sentiments that you want your friends and family to hear when you decline their invitations, and practice saying them before the conversation occurs. The third strategy is to find your ‘person’ within your circle and keep them close at hand through the holidays. This is the person in your life who listens without question, who doesn’t feel the need to ‘fix’ your grief, and who understands that this may be a difficult time for you. Reach out to them and ask them to be your soft place to land when you need some support. Next week, our director will provide some ideas and ways to honour your loved one at Christmas.

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By Vicki Winger

A local home-based business owner takes her creativity for nail art to a competitive level and brings home the gold medal. Bailey Clarke, with a natural gift for art design, began seven years ago by doing artwork on her nails as a hobby. After receiving many compliments and the encouragement from those who saw them, Clarke decided to obtain her professional license and open a nail salon, BeeUtiful Nails by Design. She said, “I’ve always been intrigued by the different things you can do with nails, really get creative with different art designs and fashion looks. I follow an award-winning nail technician on YouTube who’s known all over the world and, after watching her, I wanted to get into competitions as she does. So I just went for it, began entering and was addicted after that.”

After searching out competitions, Clarke has so far entered three. The first was a national nail competition held in Saskatoon in which Clarke won a second-place and a third-place trophy. In September 2019, Clarke entered the Nail Masters competition and walked away with two third-place trophies and one second-place trophy. Most recently, Clarke entered a global competition on November 9 and 10, 2019 called Nailympia where she received her first-ever gold medal. The competition was based on categories and themes as well as doing hand in pieces that are mounted into a frame similar to artwork and, lastly, doing the live timed portion along with other nail technicians in front of judges. For those interested in something unique and festive, you can check out her Facebook page at BeeUtiful Nails by Design.

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Located on a large corner lot this bungalow is a perfect opportunity for the first-time buyer or an investment opportunity. This home has 3 bedrooms, finished basement, detached double garage, large fenced yard and is located close to schools and downtown Whitecourt. This home is being sold “as is where is “.

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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.



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.


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Highway 32 this secluded LOT 3 GRIZZLY RIDGE ESTATES whitecour 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 to build a shop or garage, close to quad trails, hiking, and hunting. Home is on pilings, large deck to enjoy the New Listing outdoors.


Great starter home! Comes with all 5 appliances, upgrades have been done such as metal roof, hot water tank and some flooring. REDUCED Fenced yard with back alley Reducedaccess. 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

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Beautiful family home in a 5 bed, 3 bath, Nojack Road, ¼ great cul de sac location section 10 PATTERSON PLACE close to schools, golf course Beautifully renovated, chocolate and ball diamonds. This bright cabinets, new countertops MLS#50823 NEW 5-bedroom 3 bath bi-level is Laminate & tile flooring, custom ready for immediate possession. mouldings, LISTING Like us on Facebook-WhitecourtHousesForSale Quiet location backing a green Double tiered deck, covered WHITECOURTHOUSESFORSALE.CA years experience space with a playground close. RV carport, attached heated 5 garage RE/MAX Advantage parking, fully fenced yard, in floor Quonset, fenced,amandastanchfi horse, corral, 100 (Whitecourt) heating in basement and garage. acres + Fully wired for satellite/cable. Home 1/4 is being sold as is and Schedule A SECTION must accompany all offers.


Large Bungalow located in Woodland Estates close to town at a great price! Over 4000 sq. ft of finished space a double heated garage and a carport for your RV! this home features many upgraded finishes. We have 5 bedrooms,3 baths, granite countertops, vaulted ceilings, hardwood, tile, formal dining, main floor laundry, 2 reduced fireplaces (one is a pellet stove) Massive master bedroom.

Beautiful Brand-new home Beautiful top floor condo in ideal located on a large corner lot. downtown location! This open This home is so32-125016 bright with all the RD 593A concept condo boasts engineered TOWNSHIP 30 Riverdale Bend 45A Beaver Drive large windows its immediately laminate flooring, stainless MLS#50630 $499,000 MLS 51215 $729,900 $597,500 MLS#51375 MLS# 50770 cheerful. Oversized insulated steel fridge, stove, dishwasher, NEW double attached garage. Main rangehood microwave. Complete LISTING floor laundry, large and bright with stackable washer/dryer, gas island kitchen overlooking the fireplace, air conditioning and large living room. Upstairs is a large balcony. Elevator is also accessible. master bedroom. This home is a This 2-bedroom, 1 bath condo is must see and ready for immediate ideally located close to shopping, possession. ball diamonds, golf course and New Listing schools. A must see!

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Run your business from home! $369,900 $355,000 MLS # 48778 This MLS 50567 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 633 River 21 Keystone Place features 3 bedrooms, baths, 2Valley Estates living rooms, island kitchen with $134,900 MLS#50549 $134,900 MLS#49281 quartz countertops.

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just dumb stuff I have been called before or stuff I would come up with on the top of my head. So please people if you have been bullied try not to take it personal. I know that sounds hard. I am just saying that lots of the times the names you are being called are bogus. I don’t know what changed me and made me stop, I guess I grew up. I will forever carry the regret of hurting people and I am and always will be a better person because of this.

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LAND USE BY-LAW NOTICE OF DECISION The following decisions were made by the Municipal Planning Commission PERMIT NUMBER







NOVEMBER 28, 2019

LOT 16, BLOCK 8, PLAN 912 0481 60 PARK DRIVE



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NOVEMBER 28, 2019

LOT 9, BLOCK 9, PLAN 4760KS 4740 51 AVENUE



DECEMBER 20, 2019

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.


PROPOSED ROAD CLOSURE: 66 STREET SOUTH OF 50 AVENUE MONDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2019 - 7:00 P.M. FOREST INTERPRETIVE CENTRE AT 3002 – 33 STREET The Town of Whitecourt proposes to close 66 Street running south of 50 Avenue in West Whitecourt to allow for consolidation with adjacent properties and to provide for a realignment for utility rights of way. A Public Hearing will be held at the Forest Interpretive Centre (3002 - 33 Street) at 7:00 p.m. to hear anyone in support of or opposed to the proposed closure. Written comments will be considered if presented to the Town Office before 12:00 noon on December 13, 2019. An information open house will be held at 6:45 p.m. at the Forest Interpretive Centre, prior to the Public Hearing, to answer any additional questions that you might have. If you have any questions, please contact Sam Love at the Town Office at 780-778-2273 or by e-mail at This notice is issued pursuant to the Municipal Government Act.


PROPOSED ROAD CLOSURE: ROAD PLAN 012-0458 ADJACENT TO HIGHWAY 43 DECEMBER 16, 2019 - 7:00 P.M. FOREST INTERPRETIVE CENTRE AT 3002 – 33 STREET The Town of Whitecourt proposes to close part of Road Plan 012-0458 in West Whitecourt for consolidation with an adjacent property. A Public Hearing will be held at the Forest Interpretive Centre (3002 - 33 Street) at 7:00 p.m. to hear anyone in support of or opposed to the proposed closure. Written comments will be considered if presented to the Town Office before 12:00 noon on December 13, 2019. An information open house will be held at 6:45 p.m. at the Forest Interpretive Centre, prior to the Public Hearing, to answer any questions that you might have. If you have any questions, please contact Sam Love at the Town Office at 780-778-2273 or by e-mail at This notice is issued pursuant to the Municipal Government Act.





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FOR GRAPHIC DESIGN AND PRINTING SERVICES FOR WHITECOURT’S COMMUNITY SPECTRUM The Town of Whitecourt is seeking proposals from qualified and experienced individuals or firms for design and printing services for the Community Spectrum, Whitecourt’s Recreation and Leisure Program Guide. The Community Spectrum is published quarterly to coincide with registration for seasonal program offerings. Whitecourt offers a wide variety of programming, including youth, fitness, wellness, art, and aquatic programs. The Community Spectrum also promotes events, classes and programs offered by community groups, clubs, local businesses, and arts and cultural groups. The complete Request for Proposals and an electronic copy of the Winter 2019/2020 Community Spectrum can be viewed online at Proposals must be received no later than noon on December 13, 2019.


The Hilltop High School Senior Girls Volleyball team coached by Keay played its annual game against the Whitecourt RCMP. This is the 5th year the event has taken place and once again, the Sr. girls came away with the win!


Guest Services Associate II Full-Time, Permanent Position Job #19-032 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 values creativity, helping others, safety, respect, honesty, fun, and team work. The Allan & Jean Millar Centre is a recreation facility that includes a fieldhouse, aquatic centre, fitness centre, track, child play and mind areas, and meeting spaces. Our organization has an opening at the Allan & Jean Millar Centre for a part-time, Guest Services Associate II permanent position. This position is comprised of a rotating schedule of evening and morning shifts for an average of 37.5 hours per week. The Guest Services Associate II is responsible for selling and processing memberships, providing front line customer service, inventory control, overseeing special events, supervision of facility staff during their shift, and completing other related administration duties. KEY DUTIES: • Work as a member of the Allan & Jean Millar Centre team to promote and support exceptional guest experiences. • Uphold Allan & Jean Millar Centre policies and procedures, ensuring safe practices. • Greet guests with the goal of creating a welcoming atmosphere. • Provide information and orientations for new or returning guests. • Provide support and leadership for other Allan & Jean Millar Centre team members. QUALIFICATIONS: • A dynamic and outgoing personality with excellent interpersonal, diplomacy and communication skills; • Must be 18 years or older; • Positive and encouraging attitude; • Self-motivated and takes pride in a clean and organized workspace; • Ability to demonstrate competent computer skills and cash handling experience is a requirement; • Security clearance; • First Aid and CPR; training available for successful candidate; • Must have supervision experience, and • Education/courses in customer service and/or the recreation field is an asset. The Town of Whitecourt is committed to its employees and provides competitive wages as well as a first-rate benefits package. The successful applicant will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal record check prior to being hired. The applicant will be required to work a variety of evening, weekend, and holiday shifts, and some afternoon shifts if available. The job description is available upon request. If you feel that you have the qualifications and desire to be part of the Allan & Jean Millar Centre Team, please submit your resume to: TOWN OF WHITECOURT Attn: HR/Payroll Clerk RE: JOB #19-032 Box 509, 5004 52 Avenue WHITECOURT, AB T7S 1N6 Fax: 780-778-5179 E-Mail: Applications must be received prior to 12:00 noon on Friday, December 13, 2019.

PROPOSED ROAD CLOSURE: ROAD PLAN 822-1110 ADJACENT TO HIGHWAY 43 MONDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2019 - 7:00 P.M. FOREST INTERPRETIVE CENTRE AT 3002 – 33 STREET The Town of Whitecourt proposes to close a portion of Road Plan 822-1110 in West Whitecourt for consolidation with an adjacent property. A Public Hearing will be held at the Forest Interpretive Centre (3002 - 33 Street) at 7:00 p.m. to hear anyone in support of or opposed to the proposed closure. Written comments will be considered if presented to the Town Office before 12:00 noon on December 13, 2019. An information open house will be held at 6:45 p.m. at the Forest Interpretive Centre, prior to the Public Hearing, to answer any additional questions that you might have. If you have any questions, please contact Sam Love at the Town Office at 780-778-2273 or by e-mail at This notice is issued pursuant to the Municipal Government Act.


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Cats Football team holds its annual ceremony

The Whitecourt Cats Football team was rounded up for the 2019 season team photo taken at the Hilltop High School football field. By Vicki Winger

To close out the season, The Whitecourt Cats Football team held its annual dinner and awards ceremony last Thursday evening at the Whitecourt Seniors Circle. It was a strenuous season as players had been on the field practic-

ing two hours each day, five days a week since the start of the season in August. The Cats have been pushing hard and, for the past two years, have qualified for the Provincials with this season finishing on the A-side of their league. Cats Football is 30

years strong and, as Head Coach Kevin Babiuk says, “It takes a community to run a football team, not to mention the dedication and commitment put forth by both the parents and players.” In addition to making the team, success is in the number of volun-

Breitkreuz, Ena Joanne (Nee Bos)

On Sunday, December 1, 2019, Ena Breitkreuz of Whitecourt, Alberta passed away at the age of 62 years. She is survived by her loving family; husband of 42 years, Leo; children, Jennifer Breitkreuz of Whitecourt, Christena (Curtis) Robinson of Fort McMurray, and Stephen (Thania) Breitkreuz of Fort McMurray. Special thank you to Dr. Kulak and the nurses of the Whitecourt Hospital for their compassionate and personalized care during her stay with them. Funeral Service Saturday, December 7 at 1:00 p.m. at the Family Worship Centre, 4220 Elko Drive, Whitecourt. Pastor Harold Bakker officiating with interment in the Fern Valley Cemetery near Gunn, Alberta. Photos, memories and condolences may be shared through

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Cats team captain Noah Guthrie stands at the podium to say a few final words to the guests on behalf of the team, and to express appreciation to the coaches and the Cats Football team members. teers who step forward to assist either behind the scenes or coaching as assistant coaches Derek Schlosser and Vince Mireau have done for many years along with Jordan Potvin, alumni of the Cats, who joined the coaching ranks in 2019. Babiuk recapped the season by saying, “It was a great season taking four league game wins and three losses not including the exhibition games played. The players had a good time and developed as a team. They put a lot of hard work into it, and I believe they liked seeing that it paid off for them, making it to the top division in our league. The kids are proud of their achievement, and they should be.” For many of the players, the end of the 2019 season marks the end of an era as 11 players who are finishing Grade 12 will be moving on to pursue further studies or careers. The Press caught up with some of them to get their views on the past few years with the Cats. Keegan Johns #68 who joined the Cats in grade nine, and in grade 10 moved to play linesman said, “I loved football. It's great bonding with teams, and I made a few friendships along the way. After graduation, I will be leaving Whitecourt and joining the army.” Quarterback and

safety Kevin Blain hung up his #15 jersey after playing with the team for the past three years and said: "I've made many new friendships along the way that will be with me for a long time to come." Another third-year player, Daniel Paquette, who wore #11 proudly as a wide receiver and quarterback, added, "My experience on the football team has been not only great but learning how to play the game. It teaches you a lot of life lessons from determination, grit, and respect. I will be heading to university in 2020 and will miss the team as I spent five days a week with them." Another player who's been with the team since grade nine, Noah Guthrie #66, said, "His years on the team have been really good. I was able to develop a great bond with the other players. The coaches did a great job, taught us the game, and turned us into young men. It's a great sports play. It does suck that I won't be coming back to play next season, but I'm hoping I can stay involved with the Cats by coaching. We'll have to see what happens next season." Defensive tackle Caleb Ochsner #52 started with the Cats in Grade 11. "I'm going to look back on this experience and be happy about it. The coaches have been outstanding,

and they know what they’re doing. It will be weird not coming back next season, but I have to enjoy what I did for the time I did it." Finally, Head Coach Babiuk added a few words to the Grade 12 players leaving by saying, "We always appreciate them and every time the players move on, we do miss them. They put a lot into the game, we're hard on them, and they put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into the program. We also know they've benefited from it and grow from it. They are all a great bunch of kids." Before the banquet came to an end, All 33 Cats Football team members received a special certificate of recognition for their talents displayed during the 2019 season. Along with that were six awards handed out to individual football players that showed exceptional sportsmanship and were voted on by their team peers. The awards given were Defensive End Linebacker Keegan Johns; Linesman/Defensive Noah Guthrie; Offensive Lineback Receiver Wyatt Millar; Defensive Back Jaden Dibben; Most Outstanding Player Kevin Blain; and Rookie of the Year Pearson Amiot. The last award, and chosen by the coaches, is the Coaches Award given to Runningback Noel Tapp.



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Ambulance redesign boosts safety for paramedics, patients New ambulances being delivered to Alberta Health Services (AHS) Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are safer for paramedics and patients following a redesign based on a provincial research study. AHS Emergency Medical Services (EMS) conducted the study in partnership with researchers

at the O’Brien Institute for Public Health’s W21C Research and Innovation Centre, within the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine. Dozens of front-line paramedics contributed to the study through driving simulations and training scenarios conducted across the province.

“We spent nearly two years working with front-line paramedics, studying how they moved around in an ambulance, where they looked, where they tended to reach, or support themselves when they were moving around,” says Mike Plato, EMS Associate Executive Director of Business Stan-

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Potter's Guild holds two-day winter sale The Potter's Guild is going on 31 years old this season and held its two-day Winter Sale over the weekend. Members of the guild proudly displayed their items for sale with proceeds going to the individual designers. Pictured is potter Trish Lockard. With no shortage of gift ideas, Tammy RailBachmier browses all the pieces displayed for sale.

dards and Operations Support. “We know that it’s safest when paramedics can provide care from one of the three seats in the patient compartment, safely belted in, so part of what we wanted to do was determine how to reconfigure the area around the seats to limit how frequently paramedics need to get up.” Among the changes: • Improved overall layout and seat design to encourage seatbelt use. • Rounded corners on interior surfaces to prevent injuries. • Adding lips or rounded edges to counters to prevent falling objects. • Putting most-used tools and equipment in easy reach of the primary caregiver seat. • Placing garbage and sharps containers in better proximity to the primary seat. • Additional grab handle added for stability. • Adding a hydraulic lift for main oxygen tank. • Additional work surfaces added (drawers, pull-out shelving). There are nearly 420 ambulances in the AHS EMS fleet provincewide, and between 60 to 70

older ambulances are replaced with new vehicles every year. All new ambulances incorporate the study’s recommended changes. There is no extra cost for the modifications. More than twothirds of all AHS EMS ambulances already include some of the design changes. “Ambulances that are safer for paramedics are also safer for patients,” says EMS Chief Paramedic Darren Sandbeck. “When we are able to reduce the likelihood of the paramedic needing to navigate around a moving vehicle – even carefully navigate – there’s less risk of the paramedic being injured during a sudden stop or evasive manoeuvre, and less risk to the patient.” This is the first major study in Canada to re-evaluate ambulance design. Until now, ambulance design has been focused on equipment and gear needed in the patient compartment, says Dr. Jeff Caird, U of C professor and study co-author. “This is the first study done where the focus was on keeping paramedics seated, and belted in for their safety and the patient’s safety,” Dr. Caird says. “We needed to redesign the patient compartment to make

RCMP RCMP Traffic Services significant seizures take over 233,000 average drug dosages off Alberta roads

Traffic stops on Alberta’s highways can lead to significant seizures of illicit drugs, firearms, stolen goods and other contraband materials. From July to November 2019, Alberta RCMP made nine significant drug and cash seizures near Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise and Stony Plain. RCMP members stopped vehicles for various offences and noted numerous indicators of drug trafficking. The subsequent vehicle searches resulted in

things more accessible to the paramedics while seated.” These are just the latest changes to AHS EMS ambulances aimed at improving safety for paramedics and patients. EMS recently introduced new power load stretchers, which have also helped contribute to a significant reduction in injuries. A specially designed arm will allow a heart rate monitor-defibrillator unit – typically secured to a counter inside the ambulance – to now be attached to the power load stretcher, meaning no trailing wires for paramedics to step over. “We firmly believe these changes, though they may seem small, are helping to create a much safer environment for our front-line paramedics and for patients,” says Sandbeck. “We will continue to work with the manufacturer to make our vehicles as safe as possible.” The number of onthe-job injuries for AHS EMS staff has decreased 16 per cent in the past three years. The results of the study were published in the spring issue of Applied Ergonomics and are being shared with other provinces and jurisdictions across North America.


the combined seizures of 11 kg of cocaine, 1.675 kg of fentanyl, 30 g of meth, 2 kg of MDMA, 90.5 lb. of illegal cannabis, 250 l of GHB, over $37,500 in Canadian currency and one .32 caliber pistol. The drugs seized in the stops roughly equate to 33,000 average cocaine dosages, 16,800 average fentanyl dosages, 300 average methamphetamine dosages, 10,000 average MDMA dosages, 50,000 average GHB dosages and over 123,300 average-sized joints. “These drug seizures are evidence that traffickers can be caught – our officers are skilled, professional members

trained in the detection of illicit commodities which includes drug trafficking,” said Supt. Gary Graham, Alberta RCMP Traffic Services. “The increased presence of illicit synthetic opioids poses a grave threat to Albertans. Traffic enforcement, because of its very nature, plays a key role in identifying and disrupting organized criminal groups fueling this public health epidemic.” The RCMP will continue to work very closely with our law enforcement and safety partners to keep traveling criminals and illegal activities off Alberta roads and to further reduce crime in Alberta.

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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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• Tennille's Hope offering Women's Self Esteem workshop. 5 Weeks to a healthier self-esteem. Register at 780-778-8316. • River Talkers Toastmasters New location: Eagle River Casino New time: 7:00-9:00pm New Contact: Call Melinda Tarcon at 780 778-1180.

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 Third Wednesday of the Month Church. • Whitecourt Lions Club Reg. Meetings Friday: are every Third Wednesday of the month at 7:30 pm. For more info call • Whitecourt AA - at United Ray at 780-778-4665 or Gerald at Church at 8:00 p.m. 780-778-3258.

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Monday, Wednesday and Friday Tennille's Hope, local soup kitchen, 5020 50 Ave. serving a hot lunch. All are welcome. Serving from 11:30 - 1:00 p.m.

Food Bank

The Whitecourt Food Bank has been operating since the early 1980’s and served 1800 people in 2016 from Whitecourt and Woodlands County. It is operated by the Town of Whitecourt Food Bank Coordinator and dependent on volunteers to operate. The Food Bank relies on donations of cash or food from individuals and organizations . Local grocery stores drop off baked goods including bread and pastries weekly. Other corporations and schools schedule food drives throughout the year.

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An evening of performing arts Diana Wedel, owner of Stardust Designs, specializes in face and body paint artwork and attends many events in the community. Her model and friend, Brittany Lawlor, volunteered to have full body artwork done. It's a timeconsuming project but the outcome was amazing.

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The youngest artist in the competition, Paulina Carlson, had many people checking on her progress as she drew the lady with just the right pressure of her brush strokes to bring the picture to life.

‘THESE BABIES ARE DESPERATELY LONGING TO GO HOME’ Please read AND COME ADOPT! WYOLA, MILAN, CAILIN & TAVIA, (2 males, 2 females) are still babies that came from a litter of 7. The others were adopted, now they're wondering when they too get to go home. They all seem very sad as they just want someone to love them and give them cuddles and play with them. These babies need indoor homes and would do well with anyone gentle and friendly.  So please come adopt one or more from the Whitecourt Vet Clinic. These babies need indoor homes ONLY and do well with anyone ‘gentle’ and friendly. friendl Let them know their loved by adopting them. Call for fees at 780-778-5767.  

Rebekah Erickson Grade: 8

By Vicki Winger

The Whitecourt & Woodlands Performing Arts Society held its Art. Canvas. Action. event last Friday evening at the Allan & Jean Millar Centre. It was an opportunity for adults wanting an inexpensive evening out consisting of art, drinks, great entertainment, and food. The fieldhouse was transformed into several areas for guests to mingle and check the venues offered. The centre of the floor held live painting competitions. Ticket-goers watched intently trying to guess what the artists were creating on their canvases. This year marks the third annual event in which seven local artists: Kadence Kostyk, Ashley Curtis, Paulina Carlson, Indigo Bryant, Natalia Crawford, Candance Wedel, and Kristi Thebeau competed in two rounds of timed competitions. The artists were given 45 minutes per round to turn their blank canvases into a work of art using freestyle painting and a lot of imagination. Winners from each

round were voted on by the spectators with the overall winner taking Candance Wedel put her brush to home a cash prize. Guests also took in the canvas and what she was painting was not live music on stage by apparent until it was completed. professional musician Riell. The 23-year-old Edmonton songwriter has been touring internationally and recently hit the Top 40 chart for dance-pop, and performed at the Whitecourt Groovy Foodie Festival event this summer. I Am The Mountain was another Alberta-based band from Calgary that kicked it up at the Art. Canvas. Action. event. New this year was the beer-tasting exhibit brought in by Alley Kat Brewery based out of Edmonton. Alley Kat won the best Alberta brewery for 2019 specializing in unique flavours for those who enjoy something new and fresh. Another attraction was the body painting done by local makeup artist Stardust Design. The transformation was incredible to watch as she created an entire picturesque scene on the body of her model.

Percy Baxter Middle School

Rebekah is a kind and polite student who takes ownership of her learning. She works hard in class and shows respect to all her classmates. Rebekah exhibits maturity and gentleness when working with younger students in our school. She never hesitates to help when she can and is an active member of our school’s volleyball team. Congrats!

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Kids Fest fun for families in Fox Creek By H. King

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 was Universal Children's Day, and the Fox Creek Community Resource Centre held a Kids Fest at the Fox Creek Greenview Multiplex from 6 to 8 p.m. In the Flex Room, there was a variety of free food for visitors including pizza, cookies, water bottles, and juice. Visitors could also enter a draw for door prizes comprised of two stacks of books, board games, a slime kit, bubbles, and Make Your Own Glitter Sensory Bottles. Kids Fest is held in conjunction with the Parent Link Centre. An assortment of handouts was given to guests such as notepads, pens, water bottles, canvas bags, and a special Black-eyed Susan flower-growing

kit. Parent Link Centre had a table set up to provide information and resources to parents interested in what the Parent Link Centre has to offer. Two representatives of the Stepping Stones Day Care Society, Kellie Wald and Lauranne Marshall, were present to provide information about its Child Care Respite Program and Inclusive Child Care Program. The Child Care Respite Program supports at-risk families who may require some assistance in their child-rearing roles, and the Inclusive Child Care Program provides support and resources for the successful inclusion of children with behavioural and/or developmental needs. The Day Care Society offered a collection of

A family plays together during Kids Fest hosted by the Fox Creek Community Resource Centre at the Fox Creek Greenview Multiplex.

Kellie Wald and Lauranne Marshall provided information for families about the Stepping Stones Day Care Society’s services at Kids Fest in Fox Creek. gifts for visitors to the Kids Fest including pencils, erasers, small blow-up balls, and colourful Christmas socks for children. "We're very generous," said Inclusive Child Care con-

sultant Lauranne Marshall with a laugh. Members of the Community Resource Centre and the Parent Link Centre greeted all who entered the room with a cheery welcome

and invitation to enjoy the food and free handouts. The Shell Fieldhouse held a bouncy castle and numerous toys for small children to play with as part of the Kids Fest. The

voices of many children at play could be heard echoing down the hallway. Numerous families ended the night with happy children and full goody bags in tow.

Fox Creek Council highlights - November During the Public Hearing held prior to the Regular Council Meeting the updates to Land Use Bylaw 824-2019 were presented. With no comments from the public for or against the changes, Council adjourned the Public Hearing and later that evening held 2nd and 3rd reading of the Bylaw. A delegation from the Northlands Sno-Goers brought to Council information on their proposed staging area. The area proposed is roughly a 5.5-acre plot just off the North Road and offers a location that is ideal for noise reduction. The group is looking for a Town donation of the land, which will be granted upon the Town’s acquisition of

the land from the province. It was announced, that due the recent resignation of a Councillor, that Fox Creek will be required to hold a by-election. Council has motioned to begin advertisement of the Notice of Nomination November 27, and Nomination Day will take place on December 9, 2019. The Town of Fox Creek Municipal By-election advance polls shall take place on January 27, 2020, while advance polls will be held on January 18. In response to the letter from the Minister of Children’s Services, Council has directed Administration to send a letter to our local MLA Todd Loewen outlining

the concerns regarding the funding cuts to Fox Creek’s In Home Support and Parent Link Centre programs. Council has motioned that Town Administration hire a contractor to complete a survey of the hazardous materials on the Derald Palmer Memorial Arena with the intention to be able to determine the viable options for the facility’s future. Town Administration has also been directed to send a follow-up letter to the Minister of Transportation regarding the intersections and speed limits entering and exiting town, as well as a letter to the pertinent departments regarding Highway 43’s winter road conditions.

Notice of Nomination Day Local Authorities Election Act (Section 26)


Notice is hereby given that Nomination Day is December 9, 2019 and that nominations for the election of candidates for the following offices will be received at the location of the local jurisdiction office set out below within the period beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 12:00 NOON on Nomination Day Monday, December 9, 2019. Office(s) Councillor

Number of Vacancies 1

Ward or Electoral Division No. (If Applicable) N/A

Location (Address) of Local Jurisdiction Office: Town of Fox Creek Administration Office 102 Kaybob Drive, Fox Creek, AB. T0H 1P0 Nomination Papers can be obtained at the Town Administration Office located at 102 Kaybob Drive, Fox Creek, Alberta, by Phone: 780-622-3896 Fax: 780-622-4247 email:

DATED at the TOWN of FOX CREEK, in the Province of Alberta, this 19th day of November, 2019.

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Contact: The Nordic and Trail club provides approximately 8 km of beautifully groomed trails for the community to enjoy. The club also offers a world class bike park. Visit us this winter and take advantage of the groomed cross country skiing, walking, and fat bike trails. FOX CREEK CURLING CLUB Contact: | Phone: 780-622-2332 Season runs from Oc-

tober to March. Men’s, Mixed, Ladies and Junior Leagues, all available. Call or email for more information. FOX CREEK SENIORS DROP IN CENTRE Contact: Audrey Tainsh | Phone: 780-622-3179 We are a drop in centre for individuals (50+) Coffee, playing cards, puzzles, shuffleboard, pool, visiting etc. We also enjoy a potluck supper every few months. For more information, please contact us! 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. FOX CREEK MINOR HOCKEY Contact: Chris Bignell | Phone: 780-622-7180 Fox Creek is home to the Bulldogs! This program accepts both boys and girls from ages 4-17

of every skill level. The season runs October to the end of March. For more information please visit FOX CREEK WADO KAI KARATE Contact: Fox Creek Wado Kai Karate is part of the Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation and meets every Wednesday & Friday at the Fox Creek Scouts Hall. Junior/ family Class: 6:15 – 7:15p.m. and adults/ teen Class from 7:15 – 8:30p.m. KIDSPORT KidSport is a national

organization that aims to get kids off the sidelines and into the game by helping overcome the financial barriers that prevent some children from participating in organized sports. To download an application form, check out our website at COBRAS – LADIES REC HOCKEY CLUB Contact: Alyssa Mott | Phone: 780-622-9512 Recreational non-contact hockey, for ladies 17 and up. If you are interested in playing please contact us for more information. NORTHLAND SNO-GOERS


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