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Bikers Against Bullying Chapter 212 Crew members presented Josie MacKinnon with the new lemonade stand they built for her. See page 21 for article.

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Entrepreneur Shilo Dube is the owner of Tech N Tire. In prior years during his off time he would often buy tires and do installs for his friends’ vehicles. Little by little he found him-

self doing it more often. It wasn’t until November 2016 that Dube’s friend Randy Rickalton approached him several times with the recommendation to pursue the tire business full time

and take the next step by opening his shop at which he would come aboard as an employee and bring his expertise and knowledge of tires. “With Randy’s convincing, I took my last pay

cheque and bought some lumber to build a counter, and my former employer was kind enough to rent us a bay. We started with the bare bones of a couple of trailer tires and some used ones in the back. It was so minimal that there was an echo in the building,” laughed Dube. The company name was derived from the combined experience of Dube from his mechanical background and Rickalton who’s a tire specialist. Although Dube had no previous experience in business or retail, he

did have dreams and goals. Part of that was to ensure his customers had the best hassle-free experience and satisfaction. He added, “The initial goal was set low, let's sell some tires and, hopefully, one day we’ll make myself and one other employee viable. Slowly but surely, I added one more piece of equipment, then another and it just continued to build from there. It was a big gamble going into the tire business when the economy was not good, and leaving a fulltime job to pursue his

goal was even riskier. We’ve had our ups and downs during the past few years, but we’ve been lucky and had more upswings than anything. What helped the most is the support from friends, staff, the community, and our customers who allowed us to grow into what we are today. My family has also been by my side, patient and understanding when I wasn’t always able to be home.” To date, the company employs 13 people full time with another mechanic to arrive soon who specializes in BMW and Mercedes brands. As Tech N Tire is an independent shop, any brand of tire can be provided for their customers whether it’s a wheelbarrow, a big loader, or anything in between. They’re not bound to specific brand names. But, they are more than just tires and rims. The company also does wheel alignments, car and light truck repairs from bumper to bumper, leveling kits, lift kits, and accessories. The company is coming up on its first year anniversary in Fox Creek. The shop opened last summer to serve clients in that area.


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Farmers' Market underway By Vicki Winger

The first Farmers’ Market of the season kicked off May 7 at the Whitecourt Legion. Fifteen vendors displayed their baked goods, canned vegetables, home-baked goods, crafts, garden plants, and much more. Many of the vendors were familiar faces from last season. It was not as busy as usual at the first sale of the year. Quite a few tables were unused; however, when the warmer weather comes, they will be occupied. Shoppers came in small groups compared to the usual shoulder to shoulder crowds.

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Life-long Blue Ridge resident 74-year-old Sam Cardinal awoke on April 26 to discover his quad missing from his yard. It was his only mode of transportation as he does not walk well due to having lost a leg from diabetes five years ago. Resident Les Curd began fundraising to purchase another quad for him. Within 10 days, Curd, along with

friends and other residents donated enough funds to purchase a replacement quad, and presented it to Cardinal on May 9. “It’s just great to see him happy again as he was so sad without his quad,” said Curd. Cardinal was quick to get on his new quad and take it for a short run. “I’m at a loss for words but I think this is really good. I’m so thankful to the

community for what they’ve done,” he said. After the presentation, Cardinal’s sister, Grace Cardinal said, “Raising money for him is a big, big appreciation. My brother ended up in the hospital for a week for depression due to his quad getting stolen. It was just too devastating for him. He was released on May 5 and is doing much better thanks to the community.”


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Woodlands County hosts Economic Information Session

Woodlands County held its first annual Economic Information Session on May 6 to celebrate International Economic Development Week. By Vicki Winger

As part of International Economic Development Week, Woodlands County held a Builders,

Realtors, and Developers Information Session on May 6 in the Eagle River Casino banquet room. It was a casual meet

and greet event to showcase several local businesses and to give a better understanding of the current economy in the

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continued from page 6 Co-ordinator Bert Roach said, “The Woodlands Economic Development Committee works on behalf of the council to foster local economic development. At this meeting, we wanted to provide more information about Woodlands County’s local economy and invite people to learn more about developing and investing within the county. About 30 to 40 people attended. We’re looking forward to making this an annual event.” Five different organizations each gave a presentation on current events and projects moving forward. First on the agenda was guest speaker Michelle Jones with Community Futures Yellowhead East. Jones brought awareness to what the organization can do when it comes to anyone wanting to start a business. Whether it’s assistance with business planning or obtaining loans, the organization is one avenue that’s available for new entrepreneurs. Senior Account Manager Trevor Fillo, Business Development Bank of Canada, followed as another option for business loans available to those with either existing businesses or a potential new startup. “We are a term lender that’s here to fill the gaps where other banks can’t or won’t help,” Fillo said. Aubrey Adams with Pembina Pipeline and Mark Dickin with Alberta Newsprint Company both expressed that

their companies have been forging ahead and foresee steady growth for 2019. Dicken said, “Don’t be afraid to expand your horizons.” Members from Woodlands County also gave a presentation and discussed a few topics they’ve been tackling presently. A major one is the taxes that are owed to the County of Woodlands by one of their major landowners, Trident Exploration. With the abrupt shutdown of the gas company, the county cannot collect the last few years of taxes owed. Councillor and Vicechair of the Woodlands Economic Development Committee John Burrows said, “We are currently looking at ways to mitigate the situation and create stability in the budget process.” Manager of Planning and Development Joan Slootweg shared that

News development permits for the county are already looking better than in past years. Statistics presented for permits range from new trucking businesses to building shops and garages. This year there have been 38 permits already. Permits are up from 2018 at 84 for the year, 2017 only had 97, 2016 there were 111 issued, 2015 was higher with 134 and best in all years was 2014 with 188. These numbers coincide with the decline in the economy over the years. Agricultural Services is tackling some issues of its own within the county region. There are currently 226 farms in the county that produce mainly wheat, canola, and barley. Losing China as an export for canola due to contaminants, those who had already locked in this year's crops will have to find a

way to resolve the issue or look for a new market. The Club Root disease has been identified in 43 fields which represent 22 local producers. Club Root is a soil-borne fungus which affects crops through their root system. Fungal spores can also be spread by wind, water, garden tools, and equipment. Another issue present has been the identification of damaged trees due to the Mountain Pine Beetle. Last year, 70 trees were discovered infected, and that number has already doubled for 2019. Controlling and surveying the trees has been on-going. Lastly is the issue of wild boars. Lac Ste. Anne County and Woodlands County are two of the highest problem areas in Alberta. The Wild Boar Trapping Program is going into its second year in the Anselmo area to mitigate the problem.

Mark Dicken, Director of Business Development for Alberta Newsprint Company, addressed the audience on how ANC has diversified with the changing economic demands.

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Abbygail is a caring, conscientious student with a big heart. She is always the first to offer help to her classmates and teachers. She puts forth her best effort on both school assignments as well as her relationships with others. Abbygail is joyful and optimistic which makes her a wonderful young lady to have in my class.


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37th Annual Trade Fair a huge success

Wall-to-wall candies left the kids drooling at this booth in the Athabasca arena.

Children were handing out free samples of K-cups for coffee and hot chocolate at the Coffee Courier booth.

College students Skylar Laventure (left) and Joel Bidell (right) are two of the four Fire Smart summer students you'll see working around town thinning out trees and clearing the deadfall. (Missing from photo are Dylan Opsal and Curtis McLeod.)

The Community Futures Yellowhead East’s mascot helped promote the upcoming National Lemonade Day being held this June.

With every trade show there are the everpopular food trucks. This year's show had three trucks including the Caboose pictured here.

The 37th annual Whitecourt & District Chamber of Commerce Trade Fair saw another successful year. People were eager to take the tour and check out all the booths the moment the doors opened at 4

p.m. last Friday. There were some new vendors this year. The mini donuts were very popular. More crowds gathered on the weekend to view the booths with the latest trends and gadgets to hit the market.

14th Annual Ride for Alzheimer’s

Organizers Joanne Belke and Terry Wise proudly host the 14th annual Alzheimer's Ride for Mom event.

An amazing crowd for a great cause. By Ashley Clementovich

The sunny and slightly breezy weather provided the perfect conditions last Saturday for the 14th annual Alzheimer’s Ride for Mom. Rows of motorbikes gleamed brightly in the Al’s Sports Quest Parking lot, accompanied by the mouthwatering smell of barbecue, as volunteers cooked up lunch for the hungry motorbike enthusiasts. Organizers Joanne Bel-

ke and Terry Wise, who both lost their own mothers to Alzheimer’s disease, noted that the event is intentionally held every year on Mother’s Day weekend. It was from his loss that Wise first got the idea to start a small fundraiser. “I was mad about it,” admitted Wise, who chose to channel his grief into something positive. Already a lover of motorcycles, Wise and a couple of friends host-

ed the first ride in 2006. With only six people, they raised $3,200. Wise admitted he only expected the ride to be a onetime thing. However, last year the fundraiser attracted a whopping 107 participants. While Wise accredits much of the event’s success to Belke’s impeccable organization and planning skills, Belke humbly shrugged the compliment off. “I just know

a lot of people,” she smiled. Both organizers voiced their gratitude for all the volunteers who helped, and for the familiar faces who come out to the event every year. To date, the fundraiser has accumulated $175,000, not including this year. “The support from the community is awesome,” enthused Wise. Beginning at 10 a.m., the parking lot quickly

began to fill up, all the bikers eager to show off their rides during the Show and Shine. “Wait until they all fire up. It’s awesome,” grinned Wise, as he surveyed the growing motorcycle mass. Wise’s friend, Carson Basaraba, said that many people dust off their bikes specifically for the event, often being “sometimes the only time you see people.”

The two friends also noted that the unspoken tradition for the 50/50 draw is for the winner to donate the money, usually six to eight hundred dollars, to the cause. Belke and Wise are grateful for their many volunteers, Al’s Sports Quest for lending their parking lot for the day, a supportive community, and for the local businesses who donated all the raffle prizes.


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Economist Todd Hirsch presents on an evolving Alberta

Todd Hirsch gives Whitecourt an update on the 2019 Alberta economy. By Ashley Clementovich

Chief Economist and Vice-president of ATB Financial, Todd Hirsch, presented on the 2019 Alberta economy at the Forest Interpretive Centre last Thursday evening. The ATB-sponsored event was free to the public with snacks and drinks provided by Kelly Gray’s catering. Over his successful career, Hirsch’s work has extended across a range of organizations including the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Canada West Foundation, and the Bank of Canada. He also taught economics for almost 10 years at the University of Calgary. Avoiding what he called, “the crescendo at the end of the presentation,” Hirsch began by informing his audience of Alberta’s one per cent GDP forecast. Yet, instead of dwelling on the negative, Hirsch’s presentation titled “Alberta’s Economy: one thing that matters a little and five things that matter a lot,” focused on how Albertans can adapt to the evolving national and global economy, and which elements will alter the province long-term. While Hirsch did not sugar coat the details, he also painted a picture of

what to expect moving into a post recession era, and what Albertans can expect and prepare for from a rapidly changing globalized economy. Hirsch stressed the importance of growing a diversified economy in an organic way. Identifying oil and gas, cows, and canola as the backbone of the Alberta economy, Hirsch discussed the tactic of not relying on such sectors to “produce new growth.” Attendee Ray Hilts inquired on the possibility of developing the markets for our backbone sector. Hirsch replied that, as Alberta is far from global markets, it would be easier to export raw materials. Instead, Hirsch suggested the possibility of creating “niche products,” such as the unique craft breweries popping up all over the province, as part of the agri-food industry. Other, less developed areas such as logistics, technology, and tourism are all dwarfed by the oil and gas sector. Highlighting technology specifically, Hirsch predicted a three-to-five-year development period that will transform the tech space into a much different picture than we see now. As technology is being

applied to every sector, Hirsch discussed what effects a high-tech world such as the implementation of Artificial Intelligence (AI), will have on jobs. Hirsch outlined the two spectrums of opinion on AI; those who are excited to solve potential problems with technology, and those who feel their job safety is threatened by it. He described the latter as being the, “Luddites of the 21st century,” and encouraged shifting our mentality from fearing the development of AI to working alongside it. Those who are flexible and adaptable enough to work across a range of sectors, or even create new niches for themselves, will be able to thrive in the workforce. Alberta’s 4.3 million population in a global economy of eight billion makes Albertans, “Price takers, unable to influence the price we receive.” Hirsch described Alberta as, “Too dependent on oil and gas royalties,” where we spend extravagantly without the means to make it up. Thus, in times of bust, “we have to decide what to back out on.” Hirsch described the province as evolving

Todd Hirsch with event organizer and ATB's Senior Financial Advisor, Randy Charko. rather than recovering and noted that things won’t go back to exactly the way they were pre-recession. Ending on

a hopeful note, Hirsch identified optimism and resilience as Alberta’s underlying strengths. He was confident that

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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.

• 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 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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Whitecourt Legion's Canada Day Parade committee is accepting entries NOW. For more information email July1parade@gmail. com or phone 780778-2711. Let's celebrate Canada's birthday!

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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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Canada’s upstream oil and gas sector is in intensive care The economic damage to the energy industry is due largely to government regulatory and tax policies By Steven Globerman and Joel Emes The Fraser Institute

Canadian oil and gas companies face major problems, in great part due to government policy. Legal restrictions on the expansion of pipeline capacity have restricted exports of oil, shrinking profit margins. The subsequent price decline for Western Canada Select oil spurred former Alberta premier Rachel Notley to temporarily reduce the production of raw crude oil and bitumen starting on Jan. 1, 2019. What’s perhaps less appreciated, at least outside oil-producing regions of Canada, is the extent of economic damage to the energy industry due largely to government regulatory and tax policies, as manifested by reduced rates of capital investment in the upstream oil and gas sector (essentially exploration and production) and the increasing abandonment of oil drilling sites. By way of illustration, as recently as 2014, oil and gas extraction accounted for around 28 per cent of total industry capital expenditures in Canada compared to around 14 per cent in 2018. This decline is particularly striking given that total business investment in Canada in 2018 was around 10 per cent less than 2014 levels. The consequences for the Canadian economy, and in particular for the provincial economies of Alberta

and Saskatchewan, are also perhaps under-appreciated. The oil and gas sector contributes, directly and indirectly, around eight per cent of Canada’s gross domestic product (GDP), almost 30 per cent of Alberta’s GDP and slightly more than 23 per cent of Saskatchewan’s GDP. Exploration and production in the oil sands accounts for almost 80 per cent of the oil and gas industry’s total capital expenditures. Obviously, it won’t be easy for Alberta to replace the investment and income losses, which are due largely to federal government policies that suppress incentives for maintaining – let alone increasing – economic activity in the upstream oil and gas sector. Ottawa’s policies have been particularly damaging given that deregulation and tax reduction in the United States is helping dramatically improve the investment climate in the U.S. upstream oil and gas sector. Unsurprisingly, oil and gas companies are moving their exploration and production activities from Canada to the U.S. For the U.S., that meant capital expenditures in the upstream sector of the industry were around 41 per cent higher in 2018 compared to 2016. In Canada, they were only about 15 per cent higher. Furthermore, drilling rigs in Canada comprised almost 15.6 per cent of total rigs operating in North America in 2018,

a drop from around 20 per cent in 2016. Numerous industry executives and investment analysts have identified a rapidly worsening competitive position for oil and gas companies doing business in Canada relative to their counterparts in the U.S. One recent survey found that Alberta’s overall investment attractiveness declined by almost 21 per cent between 2014 and 2018. Conversely, major oil exploration and production locations in the U.S., most notably in Texas and New Mexico, were rated more attractive locations for investment in 2018 than in 2014. In the absence of substantive changes to government policies affecting Canada’s upstream oil and gas sector, it’s difficult to foresee any abatement of the ongoing relocation of investment to the U.S. It might well be that Canadian politicians and policy-makers believe this trend to be in the country’s best interest given other national priorities, including environmental protection. In this case, politicians have a moral obligation to inform Canadian voters about the major regional, industrial and occupational readjustments that a continuation of current policies will impose on the economy. Steven Globerman and Joel Emes are senior fellows at the Fraser Institute. © Troy Media

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Well, it is finally here, right in our growing town, Class 1 Driver Training & Airbrakes. A bunch of us have been campaigning with local government for the last three years or so. We have been meeting and discussing options and it looks like it may come to fruition here this summer. We found an instructor from Stony Plain who has just leased a property and is in the throes of getting his

school up and running. Next steps are finding students for the school so it can stay a viable business for the future. There is some grant money available to help both employers and individuals. Look up the fine print but, basically, if you are unemployed and on EI, the government will pay 100 per cent of the costs of Class 1 training. If you are employed and want to upgrade your training, your employer can pay one third of the cost and the government will kick in the remaining two-thirds. Truck driving is an industry that has a bright future as there are anticipated shortages for the next two decades and this results in wage increases for qualified professional drivers. Today, it is common for most Class

1 truck drivers to earn just under six digits and many drivers are grossing more than six digits. Not too shabby a career! The trucks are very modern and comfortable with lots of automatic transmission models in company fleets. As I was driving to work this morning, a truck driver swerved right through the traffic cutting off the other road users before smashing into the back of a car. On the back of his truck was a sign saying, “How am I driving?” I thought to myself, "I have no idea, either!" If you have any questions about getting into the trucking industry or the new training facility coming to town don’t hesitate to drop me an email at davemac56@ gmail.com.


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FACILITY MONITOR/ PROGRAM LEADER I Casual Job #19-016 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 openings in the Community Services Department for casual Facility Monitor I positions. The Allan & Jean Millar Centre offers a wide variety of programs, and includes a fieldhouse, aquatic centre, fitness centre, track, child play and mind areas, and meeting space. The Facility Monitor/Program Leader I is responsible for monitoring the facility, setting up and cleaning up of the fieldhouse, maintaining fieldhouse equipment, and engaging guests in fieldhouse activities. The position is casual and located at the Allan & Jean Millar Centre. Early morning, evening, and weekend work is required. The Town of Whitecourt is committed to its employees and provides a competitive salary.

Phone: 780-706-8600 or email shaylavss@hotmail.com

Reports to: Community Recreation Program Coordinator PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES AND AUTHORITY Subject to established policy, the Facility Monitor/Program Leader I will: 1. Set-up equipment, ensure user groups are using the assigned space within the facility, distribute Fieldhouse equipment to facility members, transition Fieldhouse between events and complete basic maintenance of equipment including inventory. 2. Responsible for the delivery of exceptional customer service to members and guests by following the customer service standards. Greet guests and ensure any required information is given and received from members and guests. 3. Maintain a safe and clean environment for guests. Perform janitorial and basic maintenance duties as per procedures (Fieldhouse, Go Active Zone, Classroom, Boardroom, Courts and Main Corridor). 4. Monitor all areas of the Allan & Jean Millar Centre and handle any public relations situations that may arise. Ensure guests are following facility rules. 5. Engage youth and families in Fieldhouse activities. 6. Facilitate children’s programming and special events. 7. Work with the Community Services team to achieve departmental goals. 8. Perform other duties that may be assigned from time to time.

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Qualifications • 16 years of age; • A dynamic, outgoing personality with excellent communication and interpersonal skills; • Standard First Aid and CPR is an asset; • Security clearance; and • Experience working with the public.

Jedco Energy Services is currently seeking excavator operators and labourers for a pipeline integrity dig program in the Whitecourt area. Applicants must have a class 5 licence with a clean abstract. Tickets required H2S, First Aid, CSTS or PCST and Ground Disturbance Level 2. Please forward resume to:

If you feel that you have the qualifications and desire to be part of the Allan & Jean Millar Centre Team, please submit your written letter of application to: TOWN OF WHITECOURT Attn: HR/Payroll Clerk RE: JOB #19-016 Box 509, 5004 52 Avenue WHITECOURT, AB T7S 1N6 Fax: 780-778-5179 E-Mail: hr@whitecourt.ca Applications must be received prior to 12:00 noon on Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

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HAMLET CLEAN-UP WEEK 2019 MAY 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 (BLUE RIDGE, GOOSE LAKE, FORT ASSINIBOINE) Woodlands County staff will pick up general household refuse, empty appliances, carpentry remnants, unused wood products, discarded automobile parts and unwanted miscellaneous material within the hamlets. Simply place the items to be removed in your normal refuse pickup area during those days. Separate the following refuse into individual piles:

- Leaves, Grass and Animal Feces (ensure these items are bagged) - Empty propane tanks and car batteries - Please note By Law 193-05 No person shall burn any waste or garden waste Please note that the following will not be picked up:

Larger objects, such as car bodies, large chunks of concrete, building demolition debris, or trees over 3” diameter • Any unbagged or uncontained garbage • Household hazardous wastes Your contribution to this annual event will benefit you and your community

- Wood - Metal - Domestic Garbage

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, June 5, 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, May 29, 2019 or you may attend the meeting. LEGAL DESCRIPTION

DEVELOPMENT PERMIT APPLICATION NUMBER

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Lori Mosher or Jennifer Sunderman, Development Officers Woodlands County

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

NOTICE OF PREPARATION OF ASSESSMENT ROLL AND MAILING OF ASSESSMENT NOTICES FOR 2019 Notice is hereby given that the assessment roll of Woodlands County, made under the provisions of the Municipal Government Act, Chapter M26.1, has been prepared and the assessment notices mailed out on May 6, 2019. Any person who desires to object to the entry of his/her name, or that of any other person upon the said roll, or to the assessed value placed upon any property must, on or before July 14, 2019, lodge his/her complaint(s) in writing with Woodlands County.

Dated this 6th day of May, 2019 Gordon Frank, Interim Chief Administrative Officer Note: That the property assessment is included as part of the property tax notice.

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Delivering the goods This year, Millar Western is investing more than $30 million to improve our Whitecourt operations. What’s happening?

- Major planer upgrades and new portal crane at the sawmill - New bale press and bioenergy scrubber tank at the pulp mill

What will this mean to you?

Starting in May, you may notice more truck traffic on area roads, as equipment, gravel and other materials are delivered to our site. We will also run an active log-haul program this summer, bringing in logs from satellite yards to keep our mills running. We expect safe and courteous vehicle operation from all drivers working for Millar Western. If you see any concerns, please contact us at 780-778-2221 or mwfp@millarwestern.com. We also ask your care and patience around trucks hauling big loads: be sure to give them plenty of room, especially when they’re turning, and stay in the driver’s line of sight. Working together, we can make sure everyone stays safe. These big investments will deliver benefits for years to come. As well as creating new work for local businesses, they will enhance our competitiveness and help secure the 1,700 direct and indirect jobs we provide in our region, long into the future. These projects are one example of how Millar Western helps keep Whitecourt working. For more information, visit our website.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019 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 .

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$129,900

Beautiful 20 wide mobile located on a large fenced rented lot in the newer part of River Valley Estates. 3 bedrooms with a bonus family room or extra bedroom! Sunken living room with gas fireplace. Beautiful kitchen with vaulted ceiling, pot lights, lots of cupboards, pantry built in china cabinet and garden doors. Large Master bedroom has a dream ensuite fesaturiong a jet tub.

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$144,900 16 PRTICHARD DRIVE MLS 49428

$339,900 45 SKAGGS CROSSING MLS#49081

$367,000 22 GUNDERSON DRIVE MLS 47775

Ready for immediate possession ! This 2 year old home is in a family friendly newer subdivision and is ready for a quick possession. Features include 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, (a 4 pce ensuite!) main floor laundry with front load washer and dryer. Rear alley access with room to build a garage! This home is walking distance to the path that leads to Rotary Park.

3 bedroom, 2 bath. This beautiful bungalow is located in a family friendly neighborhood close to schools. The open floorplan and main floor laundry are a couple of the attractive features . 3 bedooms, 2 baths, island kitchen, and a rear covered deck add to the list. The double attached garage has its own entrance into the house. Basement is full and open to finishe as you desire.

3 Bdrm, 2 Bath. This beautiful home on owned lot shows pride of ownership. An immaculate fenced yard with plenty of plants, greenhouse, large shed, 26 ft gravel pad with back alley access, large recently painted deck which includes a gazebo, fire table and chairs!

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Location! Location! Location! Looking for a great buy in a home in a great location? This is it! With a few cosmetic touches needing attention its worth it to own this beautiful home on Ravine Drive. Home features 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, extra large updated kitchen overlooking the living room on one side and out to the screened in rear room on a two tired deck with a hot tub overlooking the to layered park like lot! 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.

Located in a mature neighborhood this home is ready for a quick possession if need be. Alley access, RV parking detached single garage and all at a great price this 5-bedroom, 2 bath fully finished home is a great start. Recently renovated upstairs and many windows replaced allows the new owner peace of mind. Newer shingles, furnace, kitchen, stainless appliances.

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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$345,000 114065 ANTLER ROAD MLS#49369

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Opportunity plus! Located on a private treed lot in Mountain Springs subdivision this 3-bedroom 2 bath home has an attached double garage and endless potential to the development of the land. There is a cleared space for a future second garage or shop. Seller hold no warranties or representations on this property and is being sold “as is where is”. 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

4 bed, 4 bath, 1200 sq. ft. Move in ready! Looking for maintenance fee living ? This completely finished town house condo is ready for you! 4 bedrooms,4 baths, all appliances and window coverings and a completely finished 9’ basement. Basement is Styrofoam. Located close to 3 schools and golf course,ball diamonds and soccer fields. Bonus.... New Home Warranty!

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Submitted by a bully victim

My friend is not nice in school. He likes to pick fights with other guys, he likes to call people names and the worst part is the disgusting names he calls some of the girls in our school. I know my friend is not the only guy like this in my school, but I cannot stand to be around

this. I was not raised this way, there for it is hard to watch someone who was. Soon I will be graduating, and I will never have to see his face again, he is the most disrespectful person I have ever met. This guy gets joy over ruining people’s day. How messed up is that. Do not be like this guy.

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Woodlands Council plans for county’s economic welfare

Councillors McQueen, Bonnett, and Kluin listen attentively to council reports. By Ashley Clementovich

Woodlands County’s first meeting of May began by appointing Planning and Commu-

nity Services Director Gordon Frank as acting Chief Administrative Officer. “Mr. Frank has been asked to step in and

exercise that role,” said Mayor Govenlock. RCMP Sergeant Bob Dodds of Barrhead gave council an update on po-

lice activity in the Woodlands County area and discussed the APP priorities for the Barrhead Detachment. Dodds was

concise when delivering the message for the safety of people and property within the county. “The bottom line is that we are

safe in our homes,” said Dodds, praising the increase of incoming calls continued on page 21

TOWN OF WHITECOURT – LAND USE BY-LAW NOTICE OF DECISION The following decisions were made by the Development Authority

PERMIT NUMBER

DECISION DATE

LOCATION

PROPOSED OR EXISTING DEVELOPMENT

DECISION

APPEAL MUST BE MADE PRIOR TO 4:00PM ON THIS DATE

19-027

APRIL 26, 2019

41 EVERGREEN TRAILER COURT

VARIANCE TO SIDE YARD SETBACK

APPROVED WITH CONDITIONS

MAY 17, 2019

19-031

MAY 1, 2019

3 REAY COURT

VARIANCE TO ALLOW 1.8M HIGH FENCE IN FRONT YARD SETBACK

APPROVED WITH CONDITIONS

MAY 22, 2019

An Appeal of the above decision 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 4:00 pm on the above noted dates. Any person(s) affected by the said proposal has the right to appeal prior to the above date.

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

PERMIT NUMBER

DECISION DATE

LOCATION

PROPOSED OR EXISTING DEVELOPMENT

DECISION

APPEAL MUST BE MADE PRIOR TO 4:00PM ON THIS DATE

APPLICATION 19-030

MAY 9, 2019

3460 33 STREET

DISCRETIONARY USE OF CORPORATE HEAD OFFICE

APPROVED WITH CONDITIONS

MAY 30, 2019

APPLICATION 19-032

MAY 9, 2019

115 WELLWOOD DRIVE

DISCRETIONARY USE OF DAY CARE FACILITY

APPROVED WITH CONDITIONS

MAY 30, 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.


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continued from page 20 for suspicious activity, with 60 calls coming in the first three months of 2019. While general crime rates slowed down during the February cold snaps, Dodds admitted that things are bound to pick up a bit with the warmer weather. With a decrease in the number of stolen vehicles, he noted that removing keys from vehicles is the best way to reduce the risk of theft. Dodds also reported on the positive influence of Crime Reduction Units being employed within the community two to three times a year. The units consist of eight seasoned members, public servants for administrative support, and crime statistic analysts. Dodds described them as “warrant round-ups.” “When our jail is full that’s when our stats start to drop,” he said. Also on the meeting’s agenda was a pending approval for refunds for small businesses. “We were trying to give them a bit of a tax break that was comparable to the one the Town of Whitecourt is [implementing] on its residents to create an equal playing field,” said Mayor Govenlock. The decision for such a tax break was made during budget deliberations, the intent being to match the town’s

non-residential mill rate bylaw. Once advertised, small eligible businesses will need to fulfill the requirement of 50 employees or less not including national or larger corporations who have smaller branches within the municipality. The application form will become available through the county website. Director of Corporate Services Sue Oberg noted that as tax assessments went out at full rate on April 7, those who fill out the form and confirm their employee count by June 30, 2019, would receive a refund in the amount of .7211-mill rate reduction. Council voted, and the motion was passed. Govenlock added a point of new business to the agenda regarding the effect of the recent collapse of Trident Infrastructure Corp. on Woodlands County. A recent CBC news report recorded the company’s abandonment and reclamation obligations at $329 million where they left over 4,400 licenced sites. Last week Govenlock sought legal advice related to the Trident situation. “My understating is that our options are rather limited, but I’m not about to sit idle to allow others to make decisions on our behalf,” he reported. The mayor was adamant about implementing early intervention to protect the

News county and focusing on the course of action that would keep the needs of the community members in the forefront. Councillor Kluin voiced his concern for landowners that have Trident leases and signed agreements on their lands, wondering if the land could be transferred to the provincial government or back to the original owners. The councillor suggested that the county hold a meeting with such landowners to go over their rights. “I don’t have those answers at the moment,” responded Govenlock, “but I would like to suggest that we set up a meeting to look at what course of action this council needs to take to address all of those matters.” Govenlock advocated to contact other municipalities, and to meet with the newly elected ministers, “to make sure the government understands that this is a priority for us.” The mayor and council decided to schedule a Special Meeting of Council on May 15 at 2 p.m. The purpose of the meeting will be to focus on response options, determine impact on budget, explore how to manage revenue shortfall, and identify plans to engage government, Alberta energy regulators, and other government bodies.

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Josie’s Lemonade Stand enters fifth year of fundraising

By Vicki Winger

Josie MacKinnon and her family continue raising funds and holding toy drives for the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton as part of their dedicated contribution for all the Neurology Department has done for them. At the tender age of five years old while on vacation in BC, Josie fell off a tire swing landing on her head. She made several trips to the doctor for fear of a concussion. As more issues and symptoms developed, the doctors discovered she had an arachnoid cyst (fluid-filled sacs that surround the brain) which put pressure on her brain. Josie has been in and out of the Stollery Children’s Hospital for several years undergoing many surgeries to drain the fluid as well as having a craniotomy. Josie pulled through her life-threatening con-

dition and since her time at Stollery, she and her mother Jen MacKinnon have vowed to help other children at the hospital through fundraising and collecting toys for patients. On Sunday, May 5, Josie was out again with her toy drive and lemonade stand with proceeds going to the hospital. She was not alone, though. The riding club, Bikers Against Bullying 212 Crew was there to ensure that she started this summer off better than ever. Local 212 Crew members Jay Peterson (Dog) and Roger Humby (Cap) built Josie a new lemonade stand based on the drawing she’d given. Upon completion, the group got together to give her the donated stand which was then loaded into MacKinnon’s van to begin her fifth summer of fundraising. Bikers Against Bul-

lying stepped in to help support the MacKinnon family with their cause. The group consists of riders from Whitecourt, Fox Creek, Wildwood, Edson, and Jasper. Edson Chapter President Mark Reid (Papa) said, “We formed our riding group just over one year ago. It started in 1990 with our founder Cory who started stopbully.com. We consider ourselves the foot soldiers for stopbully.com. We promote bully awareness and rides. Bullying is getting way out of hand as kids are now committing suicide. We are all volunteers who are here to support those who may need help.” The group will be holding a poker run and silent auction fundraiser for the Whitecourt District Preschool on June 1. The event will start at the Kanata Hotel where Josie will have her lemonade stand.


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Medical marvel on wheels for stroke patients

Photos courtesy of University of Alberta Hospital Foundation By Vicki Winger

Many years ago, the outcome of patients who suffered a stroke had debilitating results, more so in rural areas. Not all ambulance attendants or doctors can diagnose a stroke accurately to administer the appropriate medication. Patients need transport to major centres where modern technology and equipment are available. Strokes are very complex and have a wide variety of symptoms, and not all treatments are the same. Currently, 60 million deaths occur in the world annually and one in 10 are from strokes. About 2,000,000 brain cells die each minute after a stroke, and doctors need to diagnose the type of stroke in order to provide proper treatment. The most typical is an ischemic stroke which occurs in 80 out of 100 patients. An ischemic stroke occurs when the

brain becomes blocked by a blood clot. The other is a hemorrhagic stroke, which happens when an artery in the brain leaks or bursts (ruptures). The only approved treatment for ischemic strokes is tissue plasminogen activator (TPA), a clot-busting drug that improves blood flow to the part of the brain that is deprived of blood flow. However, if TPA is given to a patient suffering a hemorrhagic stroke, the results can be deadly. Since the treatment for a stroke is counted in hours from the time of onset, the window to administer TPA is only four and half hours after which TPA can cause more harm without producing any benefit. Doctors need to identify the type of stroke quickly and definitively to save critical brain cells. This diagnosis can only be made using a CT Scanner (computed tomography).

Dr. Tom Jeerakathil, Stroke Neurologist and Co-medical Lead from the University of Alberta Hospital said, "One disabling stroke costs the system approximately $120,000 in six months and approximately $200,000 by the first year. If you convert that to a mild stroke, the cost is $20,000 in six months and maybe only $25,000 per year for one patient.” In 1997, Dr. Ashfaq Shuaib, Director of the Edmonton Stroke Program and Medical Lead presented the idea for a Stroke Ambulance based on similar programs in Germany and major US medical centres. Dr. Shuaib spent the next eight years doing more research. His goal was to have an ambulance capable of doing CT Scans and provide life-saving treatment for those suffering from strokes. Dr. Jeerakathil joined Dr. Shuaib in 2013 to get

his idea off the ground. A proposal was put together with statistics and financial backing and presented to the University Hospital Foundation Board and, in 2015, an agreement was reached to build an ambulance with a CT Scanner. The new Stroke Ambulance was funded, built, and delivered in

early 2017 to the University of Alberta Hospital. The cost of the actual unit was one million dollars which incorporated several hundred thousand dollars in cost offsets and savings. In total the University Hospital foundation’s Brain Centre Campaign donors donated $3.3 million towards the ambulance

and operating costs for the three-year pilot project. University Hospital Foundation Vice-president of Philanthropy Sue Chaffey said, "Pushing the boundaries of innovation and patient care is central to the Foundation’s mission and this continued on page 23

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continued from page 22 project is a centrepiece of our Brain Centre Campaign. We know it is absolutely changing and saving lives. Our Festival of Trees was a key fundraising project for the Stroke Ambulance as well as several significant donations from generous donors and businesses.” To date, the Foundation’s Brain Centre Campaign has raised over $60 million to advance stroke and brain care at the University of Alberta Hospital, which serves as the stroke centre for central and northern Alberta. The Stroke Ambulance is a pilot project and the first in Canada and the only one of its kind in the world to serve rural communities only. "The unit was built at a good price. It is one of the most heavily-equipped vehicles. It has devices

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no other vehicle in the world has," said Dr. Jeerakathil. The ambulance has been operational for just over two years. As this is a pilot project, detailed data, and economic and statistical analysis are collected by Dr. Jeerakathil and Dr. Shuaib. Details will include how the ambulance has performed, the impact it has had, and the cost affects. “We are saving three hours of time which can save 90 million brain cells. That is the difference between ending up dead, disabled, or maybe making a full recovery," Dr. Jeerakathil said. Preliminary data was collected and presented at the World Stroke Conference last fall. The results showed superior results to the treatment groups in previous clot-busting trials. Preliminary results showed 70 to 80 per cent outcomes compared to be-

tween 40 and 50 per cent of other outcomes. As Dr. Jeerakathil explained, "The Stroke Ambulance has a rural radius of 250 kilometres from the point of patient origin. The stroke procedure is for EMS to call the critical care dispatch line to speak to the online doctor and the neurologist. The doctors will determine whether the Stroke Ambulance needs to be dispatched or ground transport will be used to the nearest primary stroke centre. To save time, the Stroke Ambulance is met by a regular ambulance at a point halfway to the hospital. The rendezvous point is a maximum of 125 kilometers from Edmonton." To date, the Stroke Ambulance has attended to 113 patients, with several being from Whitecourt. The Stroke Ambulance is designed with stabi-

lizer pins to ensure the unit is level during the CT Scan. It is double the size of a typical municipal ambulance and weighs about 11 tons as it needs to support the 1,000-pound head-only CT Scanner. Once the patient is in the ambulance, the CT Scanner will roll forward to scan the patient’s head. Video conferencing is available with Dr. Jeerakathil enabling him to see and talk to the patient and family to make a correct diagnosis before any medications are administered. The five crew members on board consist of a Primary Care Paramedic, an Advanced Care Paramedic, a specially trained Nurse, a Stroke Neurologist trainee, and a Radiology Technologist. In addition to the CT Scanner on board, there is a portable lab in which blood work can be tested on the spot.

Notice is given that Alexis Hotel Corporation o/a Eagle River Casino has filed an application under the provisions of the Water Act for a Licence for the diversion of 29,000 cubic metres of water from an aquifer accessed by a water well with a production interval of 48.2 metres to 55.8 metres located at NE 18-060-12-W5 for the purpose of Commercial (Hotel). Any person who is directly affected by this application may submit a written statement of concern to within 30 days of the date of this notice to: Environment and Parks Regulatory Approvals Centre 5th Floor, South Petroleum Plaza 9915 108 Street Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2G8 Phone: 780-427-6311 Fax: 780-422-0154 Email: aep.waapplications@gov.ab.ca The written statement of concern should include the following: • the application number: 001-00422850 • describe concerns that are relevant to matters regulated by the Water Act • explain how the filer of the concern will be directly affected by the activity and/or diversion of water proposed in the application • provide the legal land location of the land owned or used by the filer where the concerns described are believed to be applicable • state the distance between the land owned or used by the filer and the site in the application • contact information including the full name and mailing address of the filer. Please provide the telephone number and/or email address for ease of contact. Environment and Parks will review each written statement of concern, seek more information if needed, and notify each filer by letter of the decision to accept or reject their written submission as a valid statement of concern. The Public Notice of this application will also be posted on the Department’s website at https://avw.alberta.ca/PublicNoticesViewer.aspx . Please quote file number: 00422850 Statements of concern submitted regarding this application are public records which are accessible by the public and the applicant. Failure to file a statement of concern may affect the right to file a Notice of Appeal with the Environmental Appeals Board. Copies of the application and additional information can be obtained from: Murray Ostrander Alta Tech Environmental Services Inc. Phone: 780-706-2696 Email: murray@altatechenv.com


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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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Dear Editor, Adding climate + change = climate change is as ridiculous as saying water + liquid = water liquid. Here’s why. The climate around the globe has always been in a constant state of change. It started billions and billions of years ago and will continue for billions more. I just read an article by the Whitecourt Star on May 8, 2019 about how it was snowing at the beginning of May and about the benefits of the Carbon Tax. The author went on to mention the ongoing debate of climate change and so on. The first line of her column states and I quote, “It’s undeniable the effect “we” have on the environment. I would like to respond to a few facts that were not mentioned. 1. Alberta, as well as most areas across the planet can be a very harsh climate. It was human ingenuity that made Northern Alberta and many other areas around the globe habitable. Here in Whitecourt, we didn’t inherit a tropical paradise where it stays at 25° C year-round. It is a harsh climate (often -40° C) that we made habitable with innovation. 2. The article mentioned that it was snowing at the beginning of May. So what? I’ve had bouts of snow throughout the year quite often. How many times has it snowed during the Victoria Day long weekend? Or, in the fall when we tried to get crops off before the frost which turned out to be snow. I also remember combining on January 1 but that’s another story. When it snows in May or October it has more to do about the weather than the climate. They are not the same thing! 3. Did you know that 18,000 years ago it snowed and snowed and snowed? As a matter of fact, we were under a sheet of ice almost a mile thick. It was a “frozen climate” and was so for thousands of years. What effect did “we” have on the climate then? 4. More facts: Did you know that Edmonton used to be the tropical paradise I mentioned earlier? Yup, 250 million years ago it was a tropical ocean. It was a “tropical climate.” What effect did “we” have on the climate then? 5. In the late 1960s and early 1970s I remember Leonard Nimoy on TV talking about global cooling and the upcoming

ice age! People were concerned that the land would be frozen, and farmers wouldn’t be able to produce food and we would have worldwide starvation. When the global cooling shtick didn’t come true the new shtick was global warming in the 1990s where crops would burn and again with the worldwide starvation and sky is falling propaganda being peddled by the media, politicians, and so-called scientists (paid to say whatever as long as they get a grant). In the end, it was all fear mongering, something the media and politicians thrive on. Politicians are always looking for new ways to tax citizens, and today the new buzzword is climate change. That way they are right whether it is warming up or cooling off. Here’s the thing: the climate is always changing. 6. I noticed there also was no mention of the Little Ice Age that occurred 1300-1850. Why not? Five hundred and fifty years of history was ignored. Why? What effect did “we” have on the Little Ice Age? 7. The carbon tax isn’t going to stop the climate from changing; that big orb in the sky we call the Sun will see to that. The Sun’s gravitational pull, the radiation it emits, and the constant change of Earth’s orbit have more to do with the real reason our climate is changing than idiot politicians who think we can change the climate with a tax! 8. Canada is a contributor to global emissions; however, state of the art innovations in technology in many resource sectors have made us minimal contributors which are further offset by our environmental practices so that we, as a province/ country, are a net contributor to the world’s oxygen! 9. Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant; it is plant food necessary for all life! We are in a symbiotic relationship. Animals produce carbon dioxide that plants need to produce oxygen that animals need to produce carbon dioxide! Please refer to Grade 4 science class! The fear mongering, guilt, and deception that “we” are being exposed to, that “we” humans are the sole cause of the climate changing is ridiculous at best. I agree that the climate changes just as it has for billions of years and will change for billions more! Paul Chauvet, Grade 4 Science graduate

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It’s a girl: Serena Narah Haigh Born: May 04, 2019 Weight: 5 lbs 6 oz Parents: Jessica Haigh

It’s a boy: Borik Dion Young Born: April 21, 2019 Weight: 7 lbs 10 oz Parents: Brandon Young & Crystal Deschamps

It’s a boy: Madock Wayne Hudson Born: April 18, 2019 Weight: 8 lbs 4 oz Parents: Cheryl Bergeron & Michael Hudson

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It’s a boy: Lincoln Daniel Scott Erickson Born: May 4, 2019 Weight: 6 lbs 5 oz Parents: Amanda & Christopher Erickson

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ATTENTION ***** ****** Are you looking to broaden the skills of your employees? Are you interested in a driving career? Do you want to learn how to drive your dream RV?

I Train U Truck and RV Driver Education School based out of Spruce Grove wants to permanently relocate to Whitecourt. I Train U Driving School specializes specializes in Class 1, Class 3, RV training and Air Brakes.

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Source Energy Services release media statement

John Wolney John Wolney of Rimbey, Alberta passed away peacefully, with his loving wife by his side, at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at the age of 71 years. John was born in Eckville, Alberta and lived most of his early life in the Leslieville area. He moved to Prince Rupert, B.C. before settling in Fox Creek for 38 years, retiring in 2011. John was in the rst Instrument Technician class at NAIT, and went on to become an electrician as well. He was an avid garage sale and antique guru, and especially enjoyed collecting Inuit and Indigenous artifacts. John also took great pleasure in his garden and his fruit trees. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and shing, and he particularly loved his horseback trips to the mountains west of Rocky Mountain House with long-time friends, Ken Terry and Wayne Terpsma. John will be lovingly remembered by his wife and best friend, Jean; his daughter, Beverly (Mil chelle); his son, Eric (Julia); as well as his precious grandson, Jackson; and his black German shepherd and faithful walking buddy, Jenny. He will also be lovingly remembered by his mother, Bernice; and his sister, Marilyn Baggs and her family. John was predeceased by his father, Teool; and two brothers, Dennis and Barry. A Gathering of Family and Friends to Celebrate John’s Life will be held at the Leslieville Community Centre, Leslieville on Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Interment will take place at a later date in the Leslieville Cemetery. If friends desire, memorial tributes in John’s Memory may be made directly to the Rimbey Health Services Donations Program, c/o Rimbey Community Health Centre, Box 440, Rimbey, Alberta T0C 2J0 (www.rimbeyhealthdonations.com). Condolence messages may be forwarded to the family by visiting: www.ofc-ltd.ca Cremation Arrangements for the Late John Wolney entrusted to the care of

Oil production rises in February and March New numbers from the Alberta Energy Regulator show the amount of oil produced in Alberta was down 7.3 per cent in January 2019 compared to the previous month. Daily oil output decreased in January by about 270,000 barrels, going from 3.68 million barrels per day to 3.41 million barrels per day. The drop in output comes as the result of provincially mandated production limits that came into effect in January. The limits, designed to improve the price of Alberta crude, were eased in February. As a result, output edged up by 0.8 per cent or about 28,000 barrels a day. This was followed by a 1.0 per cent increase in March that saw production rise by an additional 33,000 barrels per day. The drop in Alberta’s production in January helps explain the 2.6 per cent dip in the national oil and gas extraction

sector’s real GDP that took place that same month. Although the national oil and gas extraction sector’s GDP slipped again in February by 0.3 per cent, the downward slide seen in January was slowed by the uptick in Alberta’s oil production in February. We will have to wait for Statistics Canada numbers, but the 1.0 per cent increase in Alberta’s oil production in March should help push the national oil and gas sec-

A newly-built silo containing frack sand collapsed last Tuesday resulting in two fatalities. On the morning of May 7, 2019 an incident occurred at Source Energy Services’ Fox Creek, Alberta terminal resulting in two fatalities. The incident relates to the construction of additional storage equipment,

and the deceased were contractors working at the site. Alberta Occupational Health and Safety has launched an investigation, and the company is working with all parties and are co-operating with the ongoing inves-

tigation. Source Energy Services has dispatched emergency counseling services for those impacted. Further details on the accident will be provided by the company as they become available.

tor’s GDP growth back into positive territory. The increase in oil production in Alberta is welcome news but it does not mean all is rosy in the province’s oil patch. Production levels are still below where they were at the end of 2018. Adding to that, energy sector spending is tepid and drilling rates are down in the face of transportation constraints, hurting the sector, the workers who rely on it, and the many businesses that supply and service it. The Town of Fox Creek turned on the water fountain at Oasis Park last week.

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The Press • Tuesday, May 14, 2019 Fox Creek Community Calendar March 2018 S P ON SOR ED SATURDAY BY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SUNDAY MONDAY

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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 HOURS Thursdays 1 – 3pm 1st Saturday of each month Check our FB page for additional Saturday hours (Friends of Fox Creek Hospital Society)

Industrial Insulation

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.

FOX CREEK NORDIC AND TRAIL CLUB

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

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Evangeline Rousselle I like everything. I try all foods.

Contact: foxcreeknordicandtrail@gmail.com

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

KIDSPORT

The Fox Creek Scouts program is available for boys and girls aged 5 and up. Please contact us for information about enrolling your child in our program or if you are interested in becoming a scouts leader.

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. 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

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Check Facebook page for all details. Contact Kim Hanlon

What's the worst food you've ever eaten?

Summer Erickson Beet soup as it's yucky. Ms. Slocum, my Grade 3 teacher made some for Ukrainian Day.

Rykker Smith Broccoli is the worst as it tastes gross.

Rosalie Rousselle Pizza because I don't like any of the toppings that go on it. The green stuff in a lobster is my favourite.


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