News: June 10, 2013
Front Page This Week:
River Ridge Residents Oppose Industrial Zoning
“The primary development objective of the River Ridge Area
Structure Plan was to create an attractive Country Residential
Community in a unique natural setting that protects the exceptional
physical amenities of the plan area, while optimizing the superb
view towards the Rocky Mountains and the McLeod River.
Quoting the words of the Yellowhead County subdivision approval for River Ridge back to them, Mr. Jim Eglinski began his appeal on behalf on a number of River Ridge residents to have the county deny zoning amendments that would allow industrial development prior to the entrance to the subdivision.
See the June 17, 2013 issue of The Weekly Anchor for details
Pictured are Lisa Wilkinson, Ryan Cox and George Sterling. Lisa was the organizer for Bio-Blitz and is the species at risk biologist for Fish and Wildlife. Ryan has been on the job six years and George 40 years. Sterling says Bench Creek used to have Rainbow Trout and Grayling but today you only find suckers and minnows. Many join in to see all about the water survey with the local biologists.
Town council highlights:
Road closure, municipal reserve get first reading
With registration and rezoning of the Hillendale subdivision,
phase two, Town Manager Clarence Joly told council at its June 11
meeting that a municipal reserve with fencing would be required
along a portion of the south side of 18th Avenue.
In his report, Joly said that the width of the Avenue is enough to accommodate a 3.00-metre municipal reserve without compromising traffic flow. He added that it would line the road up more appropriately with the municipal reserve lands in the adjacent phase one.
Council agreed to give first reading to the roadway closure and designation of the municipal reserve for the portions of the laneway.
A public hearing will be held on proposed bylaw 2133 on July 17 in the Edson Civic Building.
In other business, council okayed transportation funding to SCOPE, $6,500 and to ESTS, $13,500.
Council also approved the appointment of Kristie Gomuwka to the Edson & Disrict Community Services board for a partial term ending Oct. 31, 2015. Councillor Jim Gomuwka left the council chambers during the appointment approval.
Oliver Beneke’s offer to purchase a lot abutting his property on 8th Avenue was accepted by council. The total price was $4,400.
A utility right of way has to be registered prior to the sale being completed.
Ultimate Frisbee drop-in
Ultimate Frisbee has been gaining popularity at an
incredible rate all over the world.
Rosie Kilgannon, the organizer in Edson for the drop-in Ultimate Frisbee group said, “Ultimate Frisbee has been in Edson going on eight years, we play every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on the Conoco Phillips soccer field and every week in June. We have experienced players offering tips, teaching new throws and leading some drills. This is a great way for newcomers to the sport to learn about the game and also for those who have played before to increase their skill. Practise and warm up goes until eight p.m. with a pick-up game to follow”.
“We are a fun group of people and are always excited to see new faces come out to join in the fun. There is no fee and we are a drop-in group so there is no need to commit to a team. Come on out and give Ultimate Frisbee a try and you will see why it is gaining so much popularity around the world” said Rosie.
Ultimate Frisbee is an exciting, non-contact team sport. It mixes the best features of sports such as soccer, basketball, football, and netball into a simple yet fascinating and demanding game. So bring a friend or come alone, girls and guys are both welcome to play.
Street closures okayed for Sidewalk Jamboree
Edson town council at its June 11 afternoon meeting approved
street closures to accommodate the Edson Chamber & District Chamber
of Commerce’s annual Sidewalk Jamboree, from noon on Wednesday,
August 13 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 17.
However, there was one council amendment stipulating that the 5th Avenue closure will be from the CIBC alleyway to 51 Street, from4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, August 16 to accommodate the soap Box Derby.
Other approved street closures were:
- 50th Street closure, from 1st to 6th Avenue, and 3rd Avenue closure from 49th Street to the back alley behind Switzer’s Drugstore at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 14 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 17.
- Town parking lot closure on 50th Street, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16 to accommodate a home-base market.
Town Manager Clarence Joly said that one difference over the previous years is that the Edson Chamber requested an earlier closure of 50th Street to allow for more set up time for the amusement ride contractor.
He stated in a report to council that operationally, it will be difficult to close 50th Street on Wednesday, midnight, but would be able to accomplish this task by 8 a.m. on Wednesday morning.
Sidewalk Jamboree events also include Foothills Charter’s use of the Edson Airport to offer plane rides for three days of the event.
News: June 10, 2013
fluoride levels spike in Edson water
Elevated fluoride levels are occurring the town's drinking
water, says Alberta Health Services in a letter to the Town of
The town's utilities department tests the system levels every month at several locations. The latest testing done was in late May, 2013, showing the levels to be between 0.11 to 1.86mg/l.
Steve Bethge, town communications co-ordinator, explained why the levels have recently gone up.
“In our best producing well the level has been increasing over the last few months while production from our diluter wells has started to decrease. The town has been very pro-active in searching for new well locations with the latest being a high producer with no fluoride content which will bring the levels in our system back well below the guideline of 1.5 mg/l.” ....See the June 10, 2013 issue of The Weekly Anchor for details.
Seniors start the day off right with a healthy breakfast during Senior’s Week. June 6 many gathered to enjoy the feast at the Fire Hall. Volunteers have a big day getting things ready for the big breakfast. “We always have some pretty good lineups,” Alan Schram, fire chief with the Edson Fire department, said, “we have many volunteers that support this breakfast for our seniors.”
ATB hosts Chamber Member Mixer
by DEANNA MITCHENER
The Edson Chamber of Commerce is now hosting a Members Mixer gathering once a month on the last Wednesday.
Members Mixers is an opportunity for business member of our community to show off their business and network fellow business people in and around the Edson area. Everyone is welcome to attend.
ATB Financial branch hosted their first member mixer evening to socialize and meet the new branch manager Preston Goulet, and staff on May 29.
There were food and drinks, a very formative session leaning about the bank.
ATB Financial did an amazing job and they were very gracious hosts. The new ATB team are looking forward to bringing many great things to the community
“Thanks to Wendy and the Chamber for letting us host. Tonight is all about introducing guests to the new team at ATB in Edson. I know Edson’s branch has been challenged in the past, and we are working to make ATB a proud sponsor in the community again,” said Preston.
“I have just moved to Edson three months ago, but have been in the banking industry just under 10 years. I came to Edson from Jasper where I was managing the branch,” said Preston. “Prior to that I was out in Kelowna, BC. I am so happy to be here in Edson. I think Edson is a fantastic town and we can do a lot with it. We have a lot to offer and a wonderful team”.
Cheryl Mason, Market VP, Alberta North said, “I am thrilled to be out in Edson with this wonderful team, as Market Vice President I have the pleasure of looking after 29 branches along highway 16 North to High Level. Edson is one of the branches that really have worked hard to increase their presents within the community. I know Preston has a heart for the community, both connecting with businesses as well as residents of the community”.
Taking advantage of technology, ATB has a connect room that allows customers here in Edson to talk face to face with specialists in other areas.
You can now connect financial advisors such as Ryan Kennedy, from Spruce Grove, who comes to Edson every couple of weeks to talk about the investment. You can share documents, sign papers and fax right there in order to complete your process.
“I think these Chamber Mixers are a great idea, I have had the privilege of meeting some pretty cool people here tonight,” said Ryan Kennedy.
Guests had an opportunity to tour the connect room to see just how you could connect face to face with another professional. Jill an Insurance Advisor for ATB was connecting from Calgary, where she told individuals that there are 17 branches across Alberta that have a video conferencing room. These video conferencing meetings are a lot like an in-person meeting other than there is no hand shake.
“The connect room is a great way to meet clients quickly, so for me it is like having an office in 17 different branches. ATB was the very first bank in North America to have a system like this” says Jill.
MS Bike Tour overwhelmed by generousity of PCHS
Parkland Composite High School staff and students have
raised an overwhelming amount of money in support of the MS Bike
Tour this year. Between staff and student donations, and
fueled by a friendly inter-classroom competition, PCHS has
contributed in excess of $2000 towards the teacher team
participating this year.
Most notably, competition between Terri Blacker’s and Lyssa Bencz’s classes contributed mightily to the total, and donations are still rolling in this week.
“Students were donating anything from their spare pocket change to bills, especially on Friday towards the end of the competition. We’ve also received some generous contributions from parents and from corporate sponsorship,” said Kim Jacklin, one of the two teachers riding in this year’s tour. “The response and the support for the tour has been overwhelming. I am so proud of our staff and students.”
Alanna Chambers and Kim Jacklin, the “dynamic duo,” will be riding a total of 200 kms round trip from Leduc to Camrose and back to Leduc over a two-day period (June 8-9). This fundraiser has become an annual event for the teachers, with this year marking the fourth year of participation for Jacklin, and the third year for Chambers. All funds that are raised for the MS Bike Tour support the MS Society of Canada.
Evansburg’s family friendly ‘Mantracker’
Yellowhead County Family and Community Support Services
(FCSS) recently organized a family event held in the Pembina
Provincial Park. The reality show Mantracker was the inspiration for
this outdoor excursion. “The purpose of this event was to create a
positive atmosphere for families to strengthen their communication
with each other and build relationships with other families that may
have similar interests,” states Theresa Druar, Children’s Program
Coordinator for Yellowhead County FCSS.
With a total of 32 participants there was a mix of emotions going into the game – with one family even feeling a little nervous at first because they didn’t know many other people, but the end result was a lot of fun for everyone involved and a great way to get some exercise!
For the game teams were divided up into trackers and runners. The goal for the runner teams was to secure their team flag and return it to their final destination point without being caught by the team that was tracking them. Of course this means the goal for the tracking teams was to steal the other team’s flag. Teams raced through the trails, tramped through the bushes, and hid behind anything large enough to conceal them as they each battled to be the first team to reach their final objective.
At the end of the challenge the teams were treated to barbecued hamburgers and a hot dog roast. They enjoyed playing other family games such as bocce ball and bean bag toss. The younger participants used the playground facilities while the parents sat around and discussed the strategies that worked well for their team and what they might do differently next time.
To finish off the event outdoor enthusiast Phil McKerry taught the participants some basic survival skills. He discussed how to pack a survival kit, build a fire, and other ways to stay safe and warm if you find yourself stranded in the bush. Everyone was grateful that the weather cooperated and the rain stayed away long enough for everyone to have a wonderful, family-oriented afternoon.
Yellowhead County FCSS provides social programs and services that are preventative in nature, seek to build personal skills and independence, build connections to community, and promote and recognize volunteerism. FCSS welcomes suggestions from the public for future programming.
There were 19 kids and 13 adults with a total participation of nine families.
News: June 3, 2013
Tax assessments increase in County
Dissention expected from some subdivision residents regarding assessment
The Accurate Assessment Group presented a taxation assessment
report to Yellowhead County Council.
According to report hamlets and subdivisions in the county can expect to see increases on their tax assessments including the Lobstick Resorts Subdivision and the Hamlet of Cadomin. Market lands in both areas have increased in value by approximately 40%. The difference in assessed value is approximately $5,000 in Lobstick and $24,000 in Cadomin.
Gregg Lakes subdivision near Hinton however will see the assessed value of their market land increased by 100%. “The value has doubled out there.” explained Ms. Reid, “The average assessment value has increased by $65,000. Those numbers are from verified sales.” Ms. Reid told council she expects some dissention from the subdivision residents regarding assessment due to the “increase in value versus lack of services.”
See the June 3, 2013 issue of The Weekly Anchor for details.
County to look into Regional Airport possibility
Yellowhead County Councillor Shawn Berry moved that
administration seek support from the towns of Edson, Hinton, and
possibly Jasper to undertake a preliminary planning study for a
The proposed airport would be located on a site in the county between Edson and Hinton. “I am so proud that as a council that we are looking 25-30 years into the future,” said Berry.
Based on discussions held at the committee of the whole meeting on May 21, county administration recommended that council proceed with the phase 1 study which will determine what, if any, locations would be feasible to accomodate a regional airport... see June 3, 2013 issue for mor details.
Niton Central School performs their daily morning ‘Brain Gym’ in which students from kindergarten through grade 9 execute action songs and dance to start their school day.
Town, county not at odds over regional airport project
The Town of Edson and Yellowhead County are not at odds
over developing a regional airport.
Some local residents may think so after learning the town’s proposal to upgrade the Edson airport to a regional status, and the county’s intention to conduct a study for a regional airport site located in the county between Hinton and Edson.
But there is every indication that the town and the county will be working together about any rethinking of a regional airport site.
As Brigitte Lemieux, town assistant manager, put it, “We’re always open to better ways to meet the airport needs of the town and county.”
The assistant town manager admitted that it would likely be easier to operate a regional airport outside of town. She pointed out, however, that the town is still interested in proceeding to develop the Edson airport as a regional facility, upgraded eventually to meet the requirements of increased commercial airline flight and cargo capability.
Lemieux said that should the county’s regional airport reach the stage of probability, the town would likely shift its airport, its regional airport plans, to the county’s new site. She pointed out, however, that the county’s regional airport proposal might be a long way off, in fact quite a few years. County mayor, Gerald Soroka, said recently that the project is long term and wouldn’t be completed, if accepted as feasible, for at least 15 years.
The main concern of the county with the town’s regional airport development, also involving Jasper and Hinton, is its location right in the center of town, which might affect its feasibility, even though it has sufficient runways to accommodate the landing of large airlines.
To get its regional airport study under way, the county will likely approach the town for financial support. It might get a favourable reaction from the town.
BioBlitz fun and educational celebration of nature
by Adrienne Tait
BioBlitz is a concept where biologists, naturalists and the scientific community join together with volunteers and the public to identify as many species as possible within a 24-48 hours period.
Local Species at Risk Biologist Lisa Wilkinson with Fish and Wildlife said, “This year is our second one and although the concept of the BioBlitz is to get out there and count everything and see if there are any changes, I see it more as a celebration of nature and the environment.”
BioBlitz has been occurring in communities across North America for a number of years.
Lisa, in conjunction with the library and Recycling Depot staff, has organized a day full of activities for the entire family on Saturday, June 8.... see June 3, 2013 issue for mor details.
News: May 27, 2013
Man dies, six injured in collision
An Edson man and six other persons were injured in a collision
between a minivan and a pickup truck at Highway 16 and Rodeo Road on
the May 19 long weekend.
The driver of the minivan was a 39 year old man who was pronounced dead at th scene of the highway mishap.
The truck driver sustained minor injuries.
Edson RCMP said the injured were taken to the hospital in Edson. Two of the injured were airlifted to Edmonton for further medical treatment.
Sgt. Jim Desautels said, “We had an unfortunate collision with a man dying. The tragedy is his two children were in the vehicle and were very badly injured. We are praying for them and hopefully they pull through ok.” The 10 year old girl and 13 year old boy were admitted to hospital.
The accident is still under investigation, and police are doing what they can to determine cause and any related factors. Police say alcohol is believed to be a factor in a motor vehicle accident....
Armand Mercier, director of Family Services Habitaty for Humanity, Edmonton, Chelsea Blanchtte, Family Services coordinator, Edmonton and Karen Adam, Habitat project leader, are seen here with three new families that have just recently signed on with Habitat. The Dulaycan family has two children, 22 months and 8 years, the Koide family has six children ranging from six to 16 and the Raidan family has three children ages six to 11 and is expecting their fourth child.
Historic Red Brick gets ready for 100th birthday
Fundraising garage sale set for June 1
by DEANNA MITCHENER
The Red Brick in Edson is holding a garage sale on June 1. All money brought in from the sale goes towards keeping the Red Brick active.
Betty Stitzenberger, Red Brick committee member, said that she hoped has a ticket for their upcoming 100th birthday celebration that is just around the corner. She added, “they are filling up fast, so don’t be disappointed and ensure to get your ticket soon or you may miss out.”
The big celebration is happening the weekend of Friday, August 30 to Sunday, September 1. A great way to wind the summer down just before school goes back in and the cooler weather is upon us. The committee has been planning and organizing for some time now, so there will be lots to see and do.
Stitzenberger said, “If you know of someone that went to the Red Brick school, we want you to come, if you just happen to live in or around the Edson area. You must know about the Red Brick, and yes we want you there as well, if you are new to town please join us, the event is open to everyone to come and celebrate this milestone.”
100 years is a long time and the old school has many unique characteristics that shine so bright still to this day.
“If that old school house could only talk I’m sure there would be plenty to tell,” said Stitzenberger. “So help us reminisce the many years gone by and how this old school house has touched your life in one way or another. Maybe you attended the school, or maybe your son or daughter have taken a class there recently with so many activities offered and the live theatre productions that are held there, this old school has touch so many of us.”
The Red Brick will be revealing items that have been kept safe within a time capsule. The Red Brick committee member said, “If you would like to help make this centennial one to remember please bring any photos of the Red Brick School, old report cards, yearbooks they will all be greatly appreciated to help preserve the memory of the school for future generations.”
Donations are being accepted for the garage sale on June 1. Call the Red Brick at 780-723-3582 to make arrangements to drop items off. For garage sale shoppers, it will be an opportunity to stop by and buy.
Any monetary donations are always greatly appreciated any time to help continue the Red Brick Arts Centre and Museum.
8th annual bike/walk to school competition
Edson and District Recycling Society is gearing up for
Environment Week and we are having our 8th annual bike/walk to
school competition. We are also encouraging adults to bike/walk to
work instead of using their cars.
The bike/walk competition will run from May 27 until June 7 and we’d like to ask motorists to be a little more cautious than usual on their drive to work at this time as there will be more kids than normal biking and walking to school.
Why do we do this competition? It’s to celebrate our Alberta Environment and to encourage our children to learn about it and practice how to protect it. The goal is to impact the environment in a positive way by choosing to walk or bike instead of driving our cars or being driven. When we all do this, we contribute greatly to a reduction in car emissions and therefore to climate change. Another goal of this competition is to encourage our children to be more physically active, thereby creating positive lifelong health and wellness habits.
We realize that not all students are able to bike or walk to school as many live out of town. However, we want all students to have the opportunity to be included in this event. So, we have created a list of activities that out of town students are able to partake in to be included in the competition. For example a student could remove dandelions from their lawn without using chemicals, plant a garden or a tree, or pick up garbage in their neighbourhood.
Each day that a student participates, their name will be entered in a draw at their school for a chance to win a bike and helmet. The prize for the school with the highest percentage of participation in the bike/walk is a Pizza Party and every school that participates receives an Ice Cream Party!
News: May 20, 2013
Impressive nine minute response to Poplar Place fire
Marked increase in calls received by fire dept over past few weeks
Sunday morning just before 2 a.m. last week local firefighters were called to a blaze at Poplar Place mobile home park in Edson. The fire resulted in two homes being completely destroyed with smoke and fire damage to two others. ...See full story in the May 20, 2013 issue of the Weekly Anchor.
Cost sharing of Edson sani dump
by ADRIENNE TAIT
Yellowhead County council approved an additional $67,000 be paid to the Town of Edson relating to the Town’s cost sharing request to cover the final costs of the Edson sani dump.
The request came after a review of the final invoices showed that the Town of Edson had not included the cost of the land in the project estimates, resulting in a requested amount $67,000 greater than previously allocated and approved by the county for the project. The county had budgeted and committed to $300,000 in 2011 budget, and a further $80,000 in the 2012 budget. $175,000 was advanced to the town with the remaining $205,000 held in reserve until project completion.
Because the additional funds are going towards the cost of the land purchase, a condition of the payment is that the county be added to the land title.
Councillor Maxine Lappe opposed the motion saying, “I am uncomfortable with this. It’s their sani dump. I don’t see the advantage to our residents. We don’t need our name on the land.”
Mayor Gerald Soroka responded by saying, “If it’s not dumped at the sani station where are they going to dump? On a county road somewhere.”
Councillor Ruth Martin-Williams said, “It amazes me that they didn’t include the cost of the land, but I’m not going to quibble over it. I have been the recipient of people dumping their you-know-what on my land. If we’re looking at long term sites we do need a sani dump. It is what it is and we have to move forward.”
Local hero inspires community
John Myslicki has inspired Re/Max’s Colleen Miller and the Re/Max
team, “to be the best people we can be,” said Colleen.
John is a local hero Colleen said, “He is such an amazing individual and I am honored to know him. If something bad happens to anyone he is always the first one there, the first one ready to help in any way he can. He doesn’t get the acknowledgement he deserves. He is such an inspiration.” ...See full story in the May 20, 2013 issue of the Weekly Anchor.
by ADRIENNE TAIT
The preliminary engineering work for the McLeod River Bridge (Rosevear Ferry) has been completed and the report received by Yellowhead County council. The estimated cost for the road, bridge construction and engineering is approximately $19.65 million. While the council could have chosen to proceed by obtaining a more detailed engineering plan, county administration recommended that council first proceed with right of way acquisitions.
Councillor Ruth Martin-Williams agreed with the “proactive approach, rather than spending money on plans only to find out we can’t purchase the land.”
Both administration and council cautioned that possible bridge is still a minimum of five years away. Council agreed, due to the significance of the Rosevear road, and the possibility of it becoming a future interchange with Highway 16 to move forward with securing all right-of-ways prior to beginning a final engineering design.
NEW ROAD DESIGN
Last fall the Yellowhead County postponed the Evansburg North Road paving project due to land acquisition issues.
CAO Jack Ramme explained that after not being able to secure the necessary land, administration began working with a different designer who came up with a new design that still maintained the county road standards.
The new design also addresses the landowner’s issues, and the administration believes that the land owner would now be amenable to the county acquiring the necessary land. “This is no longer a show stopper and we are looking for your recommendation to acquire the land with the land owner with this new design,” said Mr. Ramme.
Councillor Olson questioned is the road needed to be placed back on the Priority Road Plan, to which Mr. Ramme responded, “We’re just acquiring the land base so we are good to go once priorities allow.”
Council agreed to complete the remaining land purchases and have the project prepared for a future tender.
TIPPLE PARK PROJECT
Barr Ryder Architects, the same company that is building the Peers facility, was awarded the contract for design and project management of the Tipple Park Museum at a cost of $88,900 plus disbursements.
The County received eight proposals for the Tipple Park project and rated the bids on several factors including price and experience. While several companies (including Gregory McClung Architect Ltd. whose experience with the Edson museum was a significant benefit) scored well in certain areas. Barr Ryder Architects’ proposal rated the highest of all the submissions once price was factored in.
Director of Community and Protective Services Debbie Charest noted that county administration has been impressed with Barr Ryder and their work with the Peers facility. “They have a long and good history building community facilities. We have really found that with Peers they have gone above and beyond, especially with the number of site visits they have made.”
Councillor Shawn Berry said, “I like that it will be consistent with the design of what we are building throughout the county.”
Mayor Soroka requested that the facility, as with any other county facility, be built with room for expansion in mind.
SPECIAL EVENTS BYLAW
The Special Events bylaw was once again brought to the Yellowhead County councils’ attention. The county administration put forth a request to remove the special events section from the land use bylaw feeling, because it would eliminate any unwanted liability from such events.
The council gave first reading to the bylaw which will now be forwarded to a public hearing on June 11, 2013.
News: May 13, 2013
Recycling depot ships high volume
191 semi-truck loads of recyclable goods leave depot during 2012
A total of 191 semi-truck loads of recyclable goods
was shipped from the Edson & District Recycling Depot in 2012.
In a report submitted to town council, the Edson & District Recycling Society (EDRS) provided a detailed report regarding their activities and effectiveness over the past year.
The report depicts Edson as one of the province’s leaders in recycling saying, “Edson has one of the highest recycling per capita rates of any community in Alberta.”... See full story in the May 13, 2013 issue of the Weekly Anchor.
A stirring musical treat featured the sixth annual spring concert presented by Edson's own Vocal Variations at the Christian Reformed Church on Sunday, May 5. The men’s group of Vocal Variations sang a tune for the crowd.
Town of Edson Council Highlights from May 7th
by ADRIENNE TAIT
The annual Kinsmen Soap Box Derby is scheduled for June 16 from 12 noon to 4 pm. Town Council approved the closure of 63rd Street just south of the 12th Avenue Crescent entrance to just north of the Creekside Village entrance. Councillor Chouinard explained that by adjusting the route slightly, the Kinsmen would not be blocking off the entrance to Creekside Village this year thereby alleviating any traffic flow concerns. Councillor Boyce approved of the change saying, “That is better than last year.” Councillor Gomuwka questioned if the four hour closure allowed sufficient time for set up and tear down of the event for the club saying, “There is no issue with closing the road, but if you need more time this is the time to ask.” Councillor Chouinard was confident that the Kinsmen had allowed for enough time and council approved the closure as requested.
The Northern Lights Shrine Club has gained permission to hold their annual Shrine Toll Gate on Saturday, June 22. The Toll Gate will be hosted on both sides of the highway adjacent to Centennial Park.
Hinton investigate remains found near Brule
The Medical Examiner’s office in Edmonton has confirmed
the remains located near Brule are human. The remains have
been determined to be that of a historical nature belonging to an
adult male. Police do not suspect foul play at this time.
Hinton RCMP will continue their investigation in conjunction with experts to determine age, identity and manner of death. Police are requesting that anyone with information relating to this investigation to please contact the Hinton RCMP at 780-865-2455.
Police will canvass the Alberta Missing Persons and Unidentified Human Remains project for their knowledge and proficiency in this area.
Fatal collision on Highway 16
May 4 at 4:50 p.m. Evansburg RCMP were dispatched to a
serious collision at the intersection of the eastbound lanes of
Highway 16 and Highway 753 near Wildwood, Alberta.
After further investigation it is believed that a pickup truck traveling south on Highway 753 drove into th4e eastbound lanes of Highway 16 and under the trail of an eastbound tractor-trailer unit. Both vehicles came to rest on the paved portion of the eastbound lanes of Highway 16.
There were two male occupants in the blue pickup. One of the occupants was pronounced deceased at the scene. The second occupant was transported to hospital by ambulance but later succumbed to his injuries.
The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured.
Traffic was diverted around the scene restricting the flow of traffic to one lane in both the east and westbound lanes.
The occupants of the pickup truck were a 77 year old man from Morinville, Alberta and an 18 year old man from St. Albert, Alberta. The families of both men have been notified but their names are being withheld at this time.
The details of the collision are still under investigation. No charges have been laid at this time. Anyone that may have witnessed the collision or provided assistance to the injured that did not speak to police at the scene is asked to call Evansburg RCMP at 780-727-3654 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
News: May 6, 2013
Senior’s Bus Driver goes above and beyond to save a life
A certificate of excellence was recently awarded to Bob
Carter, Senior’s Transportation Bus Driver. The award was for top
notch performance during a life threatening incident while at work.
Bob went above and beyond being a bus driver, and was able to help save a life.
See the full story May 6, 2013 issue of The Weekly Anchor.
Edson Recycle Depot new take it or leave it building offers a much larger area to house more items and have more things on display. Pictured is the toy area.
Editorial – Dana McArthur
During this week, schools will be holding activities to
celebrate the importance of education in our province.
Education Week was established more than 75 years ago to call attention to the importance of education and to show some of the good things happening in our education system.
It gives us opportunities to celebrate the excellent work of students, educators, staff, and volunteers in our school system. It also gives us a chance to recognize the important role education plays in building our society.
Education is not only about student and educator commitment it requires a commitment by our government leaders.
The 2013 budget cuts to education were anything but anticipated and came as a huge shock for the majority of schools and universities.
Despite these cutbacks teachers, now more than ever, are committed to creating an inspired future for students.
Education is an investment in our future and not just an expense. Investing in our students helps diversify our economy so we are not so dependent on resources. We have all seen the problem with over-dependence on one sector recently.
We encourage you to join in the celebrations by going to your local school and attending special Education Week events or visiting your child's classroom.
Find what you’re looking for at new ‘Take It or Leave It’
by DEANNA MITCHENER
Anne Auriat, manager from the Edson Recycle Depot, is very excited to be having their grand opening of the new building that will offer a much larger area to house more items and have more things on display making it easier to shop for that certain item you want.
May 1 was the grand opening for the new building and brought in many individuals, some to drop off items, others looking to get something and others just to browse around and see the new facility.
“New hours for Take It or Leave It will allow longer hours and even more days to be able to access the facility,” said Anne. “Three days a week, Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays we are open from noon to five and Thursday we will be open from four to seven. We are hoping to be more structured and stricter as to what can be dropped off.”
One side will be for dropping items off only and the other side for picking up items. Staff will be assisting at each end of the building as well as weighing all items coming in and all items going out. As items come in and get weighed, they then go onto a sorting table. From there items will be sorted and put on display in certain assigned areas.
We now have more room for displaying items, so we have a section for Christmas stuff, a section for sporting equipment, one for household items, children’s section divided into both boys and girls etc. That way you can come in and go directly to the area you need to find what you are looking for.
Each month we will also have a display area for crafts made from recycled material offering written description of what materials are needed and directions of how to make the craft. So there you go moms and dads, teachers or whoever may be looking for ideas or items for crafts go on down and check out what they have.
The community is also encouraged to save and bring down paper towel rolls, tissue boxes, toilet paper rolls etc. to be used for making crafts. “The reason behind weighing everything coming in and going out is to start tracking how much is being saved from disposing into our landfills,” said Anne.
183 job seekers attended Job Fair
by ADRIENNE TAIT
Alberta Works Business and Industry Liaison Rachel Hope is impressed with the positive feedback from the April 25 Edson Job Fair. The event marked the first employment showcase Rachel has done in Edson, having moved from Edmonton a few months ago. “Compared to the employment fairs in the city I was really impressed with the collaboration, positivity, and willingness of the employers to work together.”
1 83 job seekers attended the event throughout the course of the day, creating a steady flow of traffic. Rachel says a number of people have job interviews booked, and the surveys they filled out all indicated a positive experience.
According to Rachel the 27 employers who attended the event indicated they were pleased with how well prepared people were. “People came with resumes, they knew what they were looking for- we hit the right demographic.”
Part of the preparation and the success of the event was the increased awareness of the Alberta Works presence in Edson. Rachel says there were a number of people who didn’t know there was an Alberta Works office or what services they could provide, and hosting the job fair at the provincial building provided increased exposure to the offices and programs that exist to help.
Calling the fair a “huge success,” Rachel is already focusing on hosting another Job Fair for local job seekers in the fall during small business week – October 17. She is also planning on taking Edson employers to Edmonton to provide an opportunity to attract skilled workers from NAIT, the U of A, and the Edmonton area. That fair is set to take place on September 25 at Centre High.
Rachel says there are a number of jobs available that work with a variety of different skill sets and schedules, including work from home opportunities, depending on education and experience. Anyone wanting to know what jobs are available in the area, or finding out more about resumes, interview techniques, and required education can contact Rachel Hope at the Alberta Works office.
News: April 29, 2013
Edson’s ‘Local Hero’ needs your help
by ADRIENNE TAIT
Jared Wenzel is. He’s an intelligent four year old boy who laughs and giggles like any other four year old boy.
When Jared was born it took him 59 minutes to take his first breath, he was airlifted to the Royal Alec Stollery Hospital, and was kept under a cooling blanket for three days.
Jared’s mom Tenley says, “He fought to be here. He won the fight to live now it’s up to my husband and I to give him the best we can and to honor his efforts.” (See the April 29 issue for details.)
PCHS students endure 30 Hour Famine to raise money for water
access improvement in Mauritania
Three meals each day and snacks in between, is something most Canadians take for granted. Sixteen Students from Parkland Composite High School took the challenge to participate in the World Vision “30 Hour Famine” as a fundraiser to improve water access in Mauritania, West Africa, where World Vision is drilling water wells and building water treatment facilities. Approximately $1,000 was pledged, with most of that amount collected to date.
Pictured above are Parkland Composite High School students who participate in the 30 hour famine.
Back row, from left, Mackenzie K, Jordan C, Janae S, Katelyn A, Nadia, Erin W, Mackenzie B and Mackenzie G; middle row, Nicole T, Kiendra P, Colten M, Blake T and Ryan H; front row, Sarah B, Shaenna K, Alija B and Bailey D.
ESRD, Edson & Yellowhead County
Joint Wildfire Emergency Exercise
On April 11, 2013 the municipalities of Yellowhead County
and the Town of Edson partnered with Environment and Sustainable
Resource Development (ESRD) to see how each organization’s Emergency
Operations Centre would operate in a multi-organizational,
large-scale emergency. The catastrophic 2011 wildfire season
prompted the three organizations to initiate the development and
implementation of a Wildfire Emergency Simulation Exercise for the
Edson area. The mock exercise was based on two computer simulated
wildfires impacting the Town of Edson and some of the surrounding
residential, industrial, and recreational areas in Yellowhead
“We were very pleased with the results of this exercise,” acknowledges Cory Chegwyn, Yellowhead County Fire Chief, “This type of mock exercise gives everyone involved a better understanding of the skills and procedures needed to deal with an emergency of this scale. The importance of planning and practicing for any type of emergency situation cannot be stressed enough.”
The four hour exercise included 79 participants with backgrounds ranging from emergency services to municipal planning and development. During the exercise there were three separate Emergency Operations Centres set up, as well as an Incident Command Post which simulated the front-line emergency responders that would be on-scene in a real emergency. In addition to the active participants there were also several observers from local industry, neighbouring communities and other government agencies.
The exercise focused on interagency mandates, communication, and public and emergency responder safety. This type of exercise provided an opportunity for members from the various agencies to perform the tasks that would be expected of them in a real emergency and to see how they would work together in the event of a real emergency of this magnitude.
“Opportunities to participate in an exercise of this magnitude don’t often happen,” says Al Schram, Edson Fire Chief. “It was great to see all the agencies work together and learn from this experience”
The exercise included two large wildfires causing severe smoke issues for transportation routes, residential areas, the hospital and the airport, as well as potential fire damage to residential and industrial property both in the town and the surrounding area. The teams had to deal with all the potential dangers and anticipate how they would need to respond to these various situations; including fire suppression and the evacuation of residents affected by the incident. Mock exercises of this type ensure that lessons learned from past wildfire emergencies are incorporated into future operational planning.
“Having two simultaneous wildfires in the exercise, something that is a very possible scenario in the real world, allowed for the exercise planners to throw a few curve-balls at the participants,” points out Kevin Freehill, Wildfire Prevention Officer, Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, “keeping all the participants on their toes from beginning to end.”
There were three levels of objectives for this exercise. The first was safety of the general public and emergency responders. The second objective of the exercise was to determine how the different agencies would work together on joint objectives between the four separate locations; including communications and coordination of resources, systems, and procedures. The third objective looked specifically at how each organization dealt with their specific duties they would be responsible for in this type of emergency.
The exercise was coordinated by the Department of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, the Town of Edson and Yellowhead County and was planned by Al Schram - Fire Chief, Town of Edson; Cory Chegwyn - Fire Chief, Yellowhead County; and Kevin Freehill - Wildfire Prevention Officer, Environment and Sustainable Resource Development.
Trail development grows
In this issue the Man
in the Red Hat columnist delves into the significance of the
development of trail development in the Edson community.
Town council has been a staunch supporter of trail development and firmly believes that it offers viable opportunities to gain access to a more healthy lifestyle to people, young and old, who want to get outdoors and enjoy the amenities offered by community trails.
The latest trail project, designed for walking, hiking and biking, is being developed north of 18th Av e., from Edson Drive to one kilometre west, connecting with Tiffin Trail. The town is spending about $150,000 on this trail and it extends to about 3,280 feet.
This new trail is only one of others that have been developed by the town, and as the town’s assistant CAO says, “They are being heavily used by local residents.” This indicates that these trails, designed to encourage health and fitness, are also intended to increase visitation, extend stays, and repeat visitations.
Obviously, the trend is for more trail development to take place in the community as our people find more leisure time to get involved in trail activities.
What is significance to us is the support and cooperation the town is getting from local community groups such as the Edson Rotary Club . The club’s involvement with the town in trail development has been extensive, and we applaud the work the Rotarians have already done.
News: April 22, 2013
Town budget includes $15,969,215 in
Administration asked to “dig deep” to
help minimize levy
Edsonites can expect to see an increase of 2.4% on their
tax bill this year. The increase came in under the anticipated 3%,
and will generate an additional $293,283 for the town.
Edson Mayor Greg Pasychny says, “We have increased in the taxes by 5% in the past couple of years. We couldn’t keep it at that rate, it wasn’t sustainable. 2.4% is along the lines of the cost of living.” (See the April 22 issue for more details.)
- Pictured from left to right at the 2011 Mother’s Day flower sale for the Healthcare Auxiliary are Jean Dann, Vivian Robinson, Nellie Knoop, Janet Rodseth and Evelyn Linford. Photo courtesy of Jean Dann.
$5.4 billion Trans Mountain Kinder
Morgan expansion project
Project to employ 500 with Edson likely a
Garreth Douglas and Gary Babich, representatives from the
Trans Mountain Kinder Morgan Expansion Project, updated town council
on the revised scope of their project, answered questions from the
council, and provided up to date timelines.
Mr. Douglas began by explaining the benefits of a pipeline which transports approximately 300k barrels of oil every day from Edmonton to the west coast. “To give you an idea of the kind of volume that is, it would be the equivalent of one tanker truck leaving Edmonton every minute.” The pipeline which carries a mix of synthetic, refined, and heavy crude has been in operation since 1953.
The proposed project changed in scope as of January 10, 2013. The group has obtained long term 15-20 year commitments from companies to use the line, and is expanding to carry 890,000 barrels per day rather than the 300,000 barrels per day originally proposed. The project is expected to cost $5.4 billion and includes 980kms of new pipeline, 11 new pumping stations, and three new berths to replace the existing ones. (See the April 22 issue for more details.)
Parkland Lodge to receive $198,000 grant
by ADRIENNE TAIT
Mayor Pasychny announced at the Town Council meeting on Tuesday evening that the Parkland Lodge will be the recipient of $198,000 in grants.
The funding is a direct result of the $30.9 million the provincial government has budgeted for “maintenance and improvements of up to 172 seniors’lodges, cottages and unique homes” across the province. As the announcement had been made earlier in the day, Mayor Pasychny was excited and pleased to be able to officially explain what the announcement will mean for Edson.
The reinvestment will help up to 10,000 Alberta seniors, and Mayor Pasychny says it translates to $3,000 per door. He commended the Parkland Lodge on the level of maintenance and upkeep they have maintained saying, “The Foundation has been diligent and they have been doing an amazing job. When they rated the lodges Edson was in the highest degree of refurbishment in the province.” He cited new windows as an example of improvements that have been made and acknowledged that while the furnishings may be a bit out of date, everything is in good repair. “Now we will be able to do more. This is exciting news!”
The grant money is designed to be used for various building repairs and mechanical and plumbing upgrades; fire and safety upgrades; and kitchen, dining room and resident room expansions/renovations. All funding for projects are subject to approval.
News: April 15, 2013
Highway 16 a major corridor for transporting drugs
‘This area was known as the meth capital’
says RCMP Fitzgerald
by ADRIENNE TAIT
“This area was known as the meth capital,” said Staff Sgt. Fitzgerald in an update to Yellowhead County Council on the Hinton detachment’s efforts in the County. He told the council that his detachment has made the fight against drugs his number one priority
Mayor Soroka asked if the drug problem was due to Highway 16 being a major corridor, or if the drugs had found their way to county residents. To which Sgt. Fitzgerald replied that these charges were laid against people were for trafficking. They had all sold to undercover cops, with the majority of the drugs being cocaine and marijuana. Trafficking in cocaine means a jail sentence. The bust was due to investigative police work and was not the result of Highway 16 traffic.
Highway 16 is a major corridor for transporting drugs through the province, with Jasper considered a “funnel point.” Sgt. Fitzgerald explained that “BC Bud is ten times the drug it was in the seventies” and is currently being exchanges pound for pound with coke in the United States.
Sgt. Fitzgerald said that thanks to undercover efforts and targeting street level drug interactions in recent months, the detachment was able to seize $24,000 worth of cocaine, hashish, marijuana, and methamphetamines in January.
Between the end of February and mid-March the detachment has laid over 40 charges against 13 people. While not having gone to trial yet, the RCMP say the charges laid could range in sentencing from fines to possible 2 year jail terms.
The Sergeant said that in conjunction with targeting drug users and sellers, the RCMP are also increasing their visibility and placing an emphasis on safety by promoting asset building programs through the schools.
Constable Alford is in an Enhanced Policing position with the Hinton detachment and Staff Sgt. Fitzgerald says “Her position is worth its weight in gold.” Constable Alford’s position focuses on prevention and education. She is currently facilitating the Duke of Edinburgh Reward Program. The program is celebrating its 50th year in Canada.
The award is open to youth and young adults between the ages of 14 and 25. The program encourages youth to explore new activities and experiences and become involved in their communities. Consisting of bronze, silver and gold levels the youth are required to achieve some success in Community Service, Physical Fitness/Recreation, Skill Development, Adventurous Journey, and at the Gold level- a Residential Project.
By achieving the personally established goals the program believes youth will learn “responsibility, acquire new skills, and increase their level of physical fitness.”
Constable Alford says when she was approached to start the program in Hinton her goal was to have more youth enrolled than the other rural communities of Drumheller (10), Fort McMurray (14). She far surpassed her goal of 25 with a final enrolment of 80 youth and young adults. She has since recruited 12 mentors to help the youth achieve their goals, and even has a RCMP member who is both registered in the program and is also a mentor.
The program is described as “Asset Building in Action.”
Chautauqua’s 2013 never failed to impress
Comment: by ADRIENNE TAIT
With Chautauqua’s 2013 season at a close, I can’t help but be impressed. Whether or not the shows reflected your own personal taste, they were all good quality performances and very well organized.
The number of hours volunteers have to put in for each show is actually quite staggering. The amount of time spent fund raising, researching performers, dealing with contracts, advertising, sound checks, and arranging hospitality all add up to hours and hours spent by volunteers. The volunteers make this commitment because they feel passionate about what their involvement brings to the community.
There are tonnes of stories about performers making demands that range from silly to outrageous. Ironically, in my past experience, the riders for things like “only red and green jelly beans in a crystal – not glass- bowl” came from the secondary performers. Quite often the main performers wanted something like a bottle of water during or a case of beer after the show.
While details like riders can be time consuming, it is the fund raising that can make or break a group. The Alberta Foundation for the Arts provides grants to support performers in the province, but those grants only cover about half of the cost of the performer. They do not cover costs such as sound equipment or technician, hospitality, advertising, transportation etc. Those costs must be covered through donations, sponsorships and tickets sales.
Even large events such as the Big Valley Jamboree, now in its 21st year, have a hard time raising enough money. The Alberta government recently had an assessment report done to see if it is fiscally responsible or justifiable to continue supporting the event. It is, mainly because of the positive ripple effect it has on the local economy.
I am also impressed with the way Chautauqua has set up their season. The concerts provide entertainment during cold winter months, and the condensed three month season hopefully prevents volunteers from burning out.
Chautauqua’s season provided a bit of everything from drama, to Quebecois folk, and Celtic music. The fact that the Red Brick Theatre sold out every performance (no easy task) shows the commitment and support from our community.
I am looking forward to seeing what is in store for next season, and due to the overwhelming success of Jake’s Gift I have my fingers crossed that they consider including another play – and maybe bring back The Steel Wheels?
Municipal election coming up this fall
by TARA LARKA JINJOE
With spring barely making it's presence known this season talks at the Edson Town Hall have already turned to the upcoming fall municipal election.
Council passed three readings of Bylaw 2127 establishing Institutional Voting Stations at the Edson and District Healthcare Centre and the Parkland Senior Citizens Lodge.
Mayor Pasychny noted during discussions was the absence of voting stations at Luscar Mine.
“My concern is that this is a company with about 450 employees; 350 or so of them reside within our voting demographic” he said. “How is their absence from the list going to impact voting? Are we not concerned about this?”
Council was assured by town administration that talks regarding a voting station located at Luscar is in the works of being organized and that no additional bylaw will be required once they have completed. The existing Bylaw 2127 will blanket those arrangements.
Additionally council passed Bylaw 2128, extending the hours allowed for the receipt of nominations on nomination day. Nomination day will be held September 23rd, 2013 from the hours of 8am to 12 noon at the Edson civic building.
The advance vote for the upcoming municipal election has also been authorized by Council. The advanced vote is scheduled to take place October 10th, 2013 from 10am to 8pm in the council chambers of the Edson civic building.
News: April 8, 2013
Edson man injured in mill mishap
Local firemen extricate worker trapped by machinery at
Fraser mill site
An Edson man, in his early 40’s, sustained serious injuries after being trapped by heavy machinery at the West Fraser mill site, west of Edson, at about 7:40 p.m. on Monday, April 1.
Once the man was extricated by local firefighters, STARS ambulance arrived at the scene at 8:38 p.m. and transported the man to the University of Alberta hospital in Edmonton. STARS spokesperson Cam Heke reported that “the man’s general condition while en-route to the hospital was serious and he had sustained a limb threatening injury.”
West Fraser representative Tara Knight confirmed, “Yes, there was an incident with one of our Edson employees who has sustained an injury to their leg. Right now our thoughts are for the health of our employee who is currently receiving medical treatment in Edmonton. Unfortunately, we do not have further details available at this time.”
West Fraser is currently conducting an internal investigation and working with the appropriate local authorities to determine the cause of the incident. ....pick up your April 8, 2013 issue for more details.
Deputy Premier and Minister of Enterprise and Advanced Education
Thomas Lukaszuk along with MLA for West Yellowhead Robin Campbell
visited Edson on March 28th.
They met with approximately 40 people from a cross-section of the
Most of the discussion focused around education and post-secondary education.
Canadian Tire nears work startup on site of $5.1m retail store
Canadian Tire is expected to start site work in mid-year
2013 on its proposed new $5.1-million retail development in the west
end of Edson.
Assistant town CAO Brigette Lemieux said that administration is finalizing the company’s development permit...pick up your April 8, 2013 issue for more details.
Highway 16 through Edson is feeling the effects of the spring
Alberta Transportation, responsible for the maintenance of the highway, says there are no plans for major improvements to the highway, and pothole repair should start shortly.
“The air and pavement temperature need to be above freezing and stay above freezing for a minimum of 24 hours in order for the material to adhere and remain permanent,” said Ms. Friedley. “We are asking people to take things a little slower.
Wildwood Easter Farmers’ Market
Vendors offered fresh home baking, canning, frozen Ukrainian food, finely crafted knit, sewn and wood worked articles to manufactured Tupperware and Princess House, offering something for everyone.
The concession specials of hearty soups, sandwiches and decadent desserts are a great lunch at a great price.
News: April 1, 2013
Construction to go ahead on Highway 947, key collector road
by ADRIENNE TAIT
Highway 947, part of the Grande Prairie trail which connects the Schlick Road to Highway 43 (approximately 14 kilometers south east of Fox Creek,) will see more grading, granular base course, asphalt paving and other construction this summer.
The road is paved from the highway 43 turn-off to the Athabasca bridge, but is private/industrial roads from there to Highway 16. Pick up your April 1, 2013 issue for more details.
Yellowhead Koinonia Christian School brought in food for the Edson Food Bank recently as part of their spiritual emphasis week serving others, said Debbie Babych. Seen here are grades 5 and 6 student Emily K, Savine H, Megan B, Michael G, Wyatt M and Corbim N, along with Babych. Students loaded the food and took it down to the Edson Food Bank.
Edson Bantam Warriors Win Silver at Bantam B Provincials
The Bantam Warriors won the Silver Medal at the Bantam B
provincials in Slave Lake March 15 to 17. Edson was in the A
pool of the tournament with Slave Lake, Okotoks and Stettler.
Edson began the tournament with a game against Okotoks and came away
with a 5 to 1 win. Scoring for Edson were Chad McCartney with
two goals with Adam Fedorak, Jordan Boisvert and Jordan Willox each
with a goal. Ross King was in the nets for Edson.
Later in the day Edson met the host Slave Lake team in an exciting contest. Edson was down 6 to 2 half way through the third period before storming back with 4 goals to tie the game at 6. Then with only 26 seconds remaining, Slave Lake scored to win the game 7-6. Logan Febrey was in net for Edson.
Edson’s final game of the round robin portion of the tournament was against Stettler. Edson won easily 12 to 2. Jordan Boisvert and Chad McCartney each scored a hat trick, with Kale Holmes and Brennan Shepherd each scoring twice. Samuel Beaupre and Jordan Marr also scored for the Warriors. Ross King was the goaltender for Edson.
The win gave Edson a 2 and 1 record in the round robin for second place in Pool A and a berth in the semi finals on Sunday. In the semi final Edson met the first place team from the B pool who happened to be the Rocky Mountain Renegades. In the semi final Edson dominated leading 4 – 1 after 2 periods and then scoring 3 more in the 3rd for a 7 to 1 win. Edson goals were scored by Chad McCartney and Adam Fedorak who each scored twice while Samuel Beaupre, Jordan Boisvert and Aaron Stang each scored once. Logan Febrey played net for Edson. Edson’s win set up a rematch with Slave Lake in the tournament final.
In the final in front of a full house in Slave Lake the game was exciting from beginning to end. The first period was close with each team scoring once. Aaron Stang was the goal scorer for Edson. The second period saw Slave Lake pull ahead with 2 power play goals to Edson’s one as Jordan Boisvert scored with the man advantage. In the third period Slave Lake scored twice in the first 9 minutes to pull ahead 5 to 2. With 10 minutes remaining Chad McCartney got one back for Edson to make it 5 to 3. Slave Lake was back on the powerplay and scored with 8:49 remaining to take a 3 goal lead once again. Then things got interesting again as Samuel Beaupre and Aaron Stang each scored 19 seconds apart to bring Edson within one goal with 3:51 remaining. In the final minute the Warriors pulled Logan Febrey for an extra attacker but Slave Lake held on for a 6 to 5 win. At the end of the game fans applauded both teams for an exciting and hard fought game.
Town okays multi-family subdivision near new hospital
Edson council at its March 26 meeting considered a subdivision application submitted by the owner of two existing parcels of land east of 40th Street and just north of the newly planned hospital.... pick up your April 1, 2013 issue for more details.
- Students from Maddy Sharman's Art Class had the chance to experience being part of an Art Show and Gala. Their work was adjudicated by Lara Felsing and was on display at the Red Brick. Pictured here are some of the students who took part in the Gala. Top row left to right: Maddy S, Levi S, Georgia S, Ethan S, Kaelan, Kaitlyn L, Sarah M, Anika M, Halle S. First Row. Damon B, Ashley B, Lareesa F.
MLA Campbell would like more modest-size homes built
Councillor Maxine Lappe questioned MLA Robin Campbell
about a major concern involving affordable housing at the March 26
Yellowhead County council meeting.
She asked what Minister Campbell felt would be the best approach to prepare for the influx of people coming into Alberta and possibly West Yellowhead.
Campbell praised the diversification of people and cultures in Alberta, and felt that one of the biggest challenges is affordable housing. “I don’t mean low income housing, I mean affordable housing. We need duplexes, apartments, and housing for seniors. We need to get away from half million dollar, 4000 square foot mansions. People are buying them and most people can’t afford them.”
Campbell would like to see development of modest two and three bedroom homes, as well as starter homes, and cited the housing issues in Grande Cache (and how they are leading to employers not being able to retain employees) as an example of why this is an important issue for the region.
He also noted that people are bringing their parents with them when they come to the province, partly to keep family close, and partly because Alberta has “the best programs of anywhere in the country for health care and seniors.”
Campbell acknowledged that he is aware there are still issues within the system that the province is going to have to look at, but on the whole when compared to the rest of the country Alberta’s programs are the best.
On another concern, Councillor David Russell questioned changes to MLA wages.
Campbell said that there has been a wage freeze for the past five years, and the MLAs accepted one this year. “The opposition is saying we took and 8% increase but that’s not true. We added to our RRSPs which went from $11,000 to $17,000 for this year, but we gave back $22-$27 thousand in transition allowances. There is no increase at all and there has been a reduction in committee pay too.”
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