News: March 10, 2014
Sabres hosting Midget B Provincials
The Edson Legion Midget Sabres are hosting Midget B Provincials March 20th -23rd, 2014. There are 8 teams total participating including the Edson Midget Sabres. Opening ceremonies are set for Thursday, March 20 at 6:30 pm at the Edson Leisure Centre. Edson Sabres first game is on Thursday at 7:45 starting at 4:00 p.m. Everyone is encourage to come out and cheer on the Sabres. If anyone would like to help volunteer it would be greatly appreciated.
Council set to increase
bulk potable wastewater
by Adrienne Tait
Edson council will increase the bulk wastewater rates (potable water) from $2 per cubic meter to $3 per cubic meter once the upgrades and new pump is installed at the dispensing station.
The new wastewater dispensing station was originally expected to be online by March 1 but due to weather and contractor delays is a few months behind schedule.
The new resolution changes the wording to “once it becomes operational” rather than citing a specific date.
Council has renewed the Edson Boys and Girls Club lease agreement for another five years at a rate of $400 per month. The rate marks no change in the rental agreement and all other terms and conditions remained the same.
Council rescinded their motion to approve the purchase of 2014 loader for the airport due to a clerical error. The original motion was for the amount of $189,152 and was expected to include GST. Further review of the tender indicated the GST was not included so the motion was rescinded and a new one passed for the purchase of the loader in the amount of $198,609.60. SMS Equipment remained the lowest bidder even with the change in total.
Council has adopted a new supplementary sick leave policy. The previous policy allowed the town manager to consider supplementary sick leave for employees for either compassionate care of a family member or the admission of an employee to hospital during their annual vacation. The new policy no longer addresses the compassionate care leave as it is now addressed under provincial legislation.
The change came on the heels of the Alberta government announcement that “as of February 1 they will now provide compassionate care leave for employees that wish to take time from the workplace to care for a gravely ill family member. Workers will now be able to take up to eight weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave, and may apply for employment insurance during this time.”
Councillor Brian Boyce has been appointed the new Deputy Mayor for the upcoming quarter until the first council meeting of July 2014. Town council rotates the position of Deputy Mayor every four months and appoints the new one based on alphabetical order.
News: March 3, 2014
‘Hot market’ puts two county road
projects under contract estimates
by Adrienne Tait
Terry Carter, manager of engineering services for Yellowhead county, told council that due to the hot market in Alberta right now for base and paving the tenders for two 2014 major road construction projects have come in under county construction contract estimates.
County council awarded the base and paving tender for the 14.54 kilometer section between Twp Road 543 and Highway 751 of the Niton North Road to Carmacks Enterprises Ltd for $8,103,567.06.
The tender is approximately 8% under the estimated cost. Carmacks has completed numerous base and paving projects for Alberta Transportation and is considered a reputable surface contractor.
The project is expected to be completed by the end of the 2014 construction year.
The base and paving tender for the Evansburg North Road section between RR 544 and Highway 22, a 10.46 kilometer length, has been awarded to E Construction Ltd. for the amount of $10,173,792.97. The company previously completed the grade, base and pave construction on the Carrot Creek Tower Road for the county.
The bid was $1,187,923 under then next lowest tender and is approximately 20% less than the county’s construction cost estimate. The Evansburg North Road project is expected to be complete by the end of the 2015 construction season.
The 2014 summer gravel program tenders for Evansburg-Wildwood, Nojack stockpile, and Wolf Lake/Elk River were awarded to Lafarge, JFR Oilfield Services, and Gabriel Construction respectively. All tenders were awarded to the lowest bidder.
Council has approved the purchase of a new CAT 160M Motor Grader from Finning for the amount of $314,350 plus GST. Initially it appeared the lowest proposal came from Volvo for $309,000 but Infrastructure Director Don O’Quinn told council that further investigation revealed the proposal submitted by Strongco for the Volvo did not meet County specifications.
The county approved an updated fire protection requirements policy. The policy, presented by Fire Chief Chegwyn, now includes a definitions section, grammatical changes, and expanded clauses to reflect standard National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards.
At the suggestion of the fire code administration, the policy now includes a clause which applies to fuel dispensing stations which may allow for the provision of chemical fire extinguishers in lieu of a water supply provided all other safety requirements are met.
Canadian Tire gas bar opens in Edson
by Adrienne Tait
Local retailers Andy and Elsenor Budal, of A and E Ventures, have opened the Canadian Tire Gas Bar in Edson.
While the gas station carries the Canadian Tire name and is on Canadian Tire land, the station itself is part of the Parkland Fuels Corporation which has several retail fuel and convenience stores including Fas Gas and Esso here in Edson.
What makes the Canadian Tire gas bar different from the others in Edson? In addition to the promotions available through the Canadian Tire partnership the Budals hope to offer “friendly service, the cleanest bathrooms in town, and the most complete selection of cigarettes.”
The gas bar will be open daily from 6 a.m. to midnight with six pumps and full convenience store.
Budal expects that the first few days and weeks will be a bit slow as the Canadian Tire store is not yet open, but they plan to use the time to navigate the learning curve and have any kinks worked out. “Once they open it’s going to be busy. It’s going to be a lot of growing and a lot of learning. It’s going to be good for us to have the time to get any bugs worked out. I think it will work well for us.” said Andy.
The store marks the western most fuel station in Edson and the Budals anticipate that will be an advantage for travellers coming in from Hinton, Jasper or B.C.
He said, “It’s a brand new store, a brand new location and we’re going to do everything we can to be the best.”
While the Canadian Tire store is not set to open for another couple of months, Edsonites now have one more option when it comes to choosing a gas station.
News: February 24, 2014
March for a Cure events focus on cancer education
by Deanna Mitchener
“We are coming up to our fourth year for March 4 A Cure,” said Michael Bachinsky, teacher at the Holy Redeemer.
“In the past three years we have managed to raise $33, 000 for the Alberta Cancer Foundation. This year our fundraising goal is $10, 000. While this is a monetary goal, our true desire is to educate our students and the community as a whole and bring awareness to many different types of cancer,” said Bachinsky.
March 4 A Cure runs the whole month of March, featuring many different fundraising events week to week, some of these events include a basketball shooting competition, candy jar guess, bake sale, school dance, and a St. Patrick’s day 5 km Family Fun Run/Walk on March 17 stating at 4p.m. outside of HRH.
“There will also be a bottle drive throughout the month with bottles dropped off at the school, green group hair dye and head shave for awareness, a school dance 4 A Cure, and the major event is a live and silent auction held in the front foyer of HRH. This will be held on Friday March 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m,” said Bachinsky.
“We always get great support for the community and businesses in Edson and students will be canvassing our neighbourhoods and dropping off donation letters over the next month. Any and all donations will be greatly appreciated. All are welcome and invited to be a part of March 4 A Cure and help fundraise for cancer research and awareness,” said Bachinsky.
If you have questions or need information or would like to donate call 780-723-7437 and ask for Michael Bachinsky.
MS support and upcoming bike tour topics at Rotary
Jayka Duncan, multiple sclerosis (MS) client service
coordinator based out of Hinton and MS mountain bike tour
coordinator, spoke at the February 18 Rotary meeting held at the
Edson Galloway Station Museum.
“Edson has a huge team that takes part in this bike tour to raise money for MS. The last bike tour in September Edson won for the largest team of the bike tour. Edson has some great representation for the tour and Edson A&W has a great event coming in August,” said Duncan.
“When I come to Edson I see clients who have MS. My region extends to Edson, Peers, Whitecourt, Mayerthorpe, and Jasper. My role is to provide information to the communities and provide support to people with MS,” said Duncan.
“That support can be maybe just visiting with them because loneliness and isolation is such a huge side effect of individuals with chronic illness. Or I can advocate for them if they are not strong enough,” he said.
“I will provide some financial support such as a bus pass to get them out to swimming a couple of times a week or sometimes I go shopping with them. I even assembled a 39 inch television for a client as they walked me through the steps. Basically whatever it takes to improve the quality of life for them or their family members, that is what I'm all about,” said Duncan.
“The other part of my job is organizing the MS Bike Tour and I am very happy to say the last bike trip we broke a record. We fundraised $420,000 and a lot of that has to do with Greg Van Tighem (the fire chief in Jasper) and all his efforts.”
Duncan went on to explain, “Greg Van Tighem is the fire chief of Jasper and works full time. Greg is on the MS advisory council. For the bike tour he looks after all the trails ensuring they are in good shape, the bridges are put in where they need to be, and the trails are flagged and cleared -whatever it takes to get the trails ready. He is our highest fundraiser in all of Alberta. Last year his goal was $93,000 and that was because he rode highway 93. He raised over $96,000 beating his goal”.
“If you didn't know you could access MS support within your community, you do now. So please call me at 780-740-5692 or toll free at 1-800-268-7582 or you can email at firstname.lastname@example.org,” said Duncan.
News: February 17, 2014
Leisure Centre renamed 'Talisman Place'
by Adrienne Tait
Talisman Energy unveiled two possible options for the new logo and naming rights to the Edson Leisure Centre.
Talisman Energy entered into a sponsorship agreement with the town granting Talisman naming rights to the Edson and District Leisure Centre. The agreement is valued at $2 million and will see donations of $100,000 annually over a period of 20 years.
After contemplating several different names and researching facilities across North America Talisman employees settled on Talisman Place. “We looked at arenas through the States, across Alberta, and in different communities and the one that was easy to say and kind of rolled off the tongue was Talisman Place. It was the most popular choice by far,” said Jesse Kirillo, external stakeholder relations, with Talisman.
The logo design was created by one of Talisman’s in-house graphic designers who sought input from the local office.
“We wanted to bring council up to date on two logos that we had designed and get their opinion on them and which one they would like to see moving forward,” said Kirillo.
The next step in the renaming process includes making any final adjustments to the logo on colour etcetera and then Talisman will forward it to the town for a sign on the building as well as any letterhead and crests.
The two options were very similar with one having slightly different colours and activity logos in diamond shapes or circles. The design includes a stylized ‘E’ for Edson as well as logos depicting hockey and swimming.
Councillor Janet Wilkinson questioned why a figure skating logo was not included. “Whether it be this building or a future building in town, the two main things in that building will be hockey and swimming. Although there might be lots of other activities there is not enough room on the logo for everything that could be happening in the future,” said Jesse.Kirillo also said that Talisman is hopeful that within the next month or two the sign could be put on the building.
PCHS’ to present their adaptation
of the classic “Sleepy Hollow”
Get your cars warmed up and head to PCHS’ production of
PCHS students are pleased to present this year’s production of Sleepy Hollow directed by students Katlyn McKenna and Megan Wenzel.
This version of Sleepy Hollow is PCHS’s very own adaptation of the classic Washington Irvin novel and the Tim Burton movie, written by Kevin Dye and performed by a cast of over 20 students from grades 10 to 12.
Not only does the show have a great story line but PCHS is very proud of the costuming, special effects, sets and pre-recorded music showcasing the many opportunities PCHS has to offer.
The annual school production is a celebration of the many CTS courses offered at PCHS and provides a platform to showcase student talent within each of the departments.
Sleepy Hollow is no exception with great attention to detail, allow yourself to be transformed back to the mid-last century and join Ichabod Crane (Cameron Farquhar) as he comes to town from New York to be employed as the new school master. Ichabod quickly becomes infatuated with the lovely Katrina VanTassel (Janae Swider) and meets his rival for her affections Mr. Brom Bones (Garrett Robinson).
Things are not what they seem in the simple town of Sleepy Hollow and following the annual All Hallows Eve Social, Ichabod soon learns of the Headless Horseman. Sleepy Hollow has it all, action, romance and mystery as Ichabod must get to the bottom of the secret of the Headless Horseman to save the town from a dark plot.
Follow this gruesome tale as it touches the lives of every day folk.
Sleepy Hollow plays Thursday, February 20 through Saturday, February 22 at 7 p.m. and features a Saturday matinee on February 22 at 1 p.m. Tickets are available at Thymes Two, Parkland Composite High School or by calling 780-723-5730. Parent advisory – there is no foul language or sexuality but some gore.
News: February 10, 2014
PARS to host
Family Day events
Once again PARS is hosting Family Day, Feb. 17. The
day starts at 9 a.m. with a free pancake breakfast. The
Entwistle Community Church has once again volunteered to help with
this project. Please bring an item for the WEE Food Bank.
The concession will be open for lunch around noon. Hot dogs
and hamburgers will be sold at a reduced rate.
The Evansburg Art Club will be donating their time to help out the creative minds of the children, first painting session starts at 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Jeff and Cathie Bruner, along with their crew, will once again be volunteering in the Ag Arena. They will be organizing the woodwork project, tea boiling, nail pounding and log sawing fun. There will be public skating during the morning and afternoon. Brightwood Ranch is bringing in a petting zoo. Join in the fun and volunteers some of your time.
PARS is starting up another Learn to Skate session starting Feb. 3 at 4:30 p.m. No commitment needed, come when you can. It will run as long as there is interest.
We are planning a Country Expo for April 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. We are hoping to attract hunting, fishing, guiding, horticultural, RV interest, camping, ATV dealers, boating, custom field work, horse breaking, dog training and grooming.
If you have a business and would like to showcase it call to reserve your spot. PARS is only in the planning stage of this event to see if there is enough interest in this area. Call 780-727-4340 or email email@example.com.
Campbell proposes pilot project to develop ATV trail systems
by Adrienne Tait
During his presentations to town and county recently, West Yellowhead MLA Robin Campbell advocated for increased tourism development in the region, specifically for the development of ATV/OHV accessible trails and campgrounds.
Chris Valliere of Riderz believes the move would be welcomed by locals and tourists alike. “So many people come to the Edson area from out of town and really the only place we that we know to tell them to go riding is really the Robb trail or even out to Brule. To have an actual campground in the area, I think that would be a good push. I think customers would be really like that. To be able to go somewhere and be able to park and not have to leave from a certain area, unhook and ride to where you want to go.”
MLA Campbell told county council he would like to see a pilot project to develop trail systems. “We are missing an economic opportunity. We have to develop trails, rest stops, funding for clubs to maintain, and enforcement. We need campsites for ATVers, we can’t expect them to not use random camps if they’re not allowed in our campgrounds.”
While Mayor Gerald Soroka understands the motivation behind such a pilot project, he warns that the concept has some pitfalls. “You hear of programs in Ontario or Quebec where they have basically created a whole industry around that type of tourism. I don’t know how popular that would be here. The difference there is you go for 10 or 15 miles and are in another town, stay the night and get food or lodging. Here it is more day trips because you just can’t travel from Hinton to Nordegg in a day.”
Enforcement concerns would need to be addressed. While the majority of people who use the trails do so responsibly there are those who don’t. One potential problem area is the Brule sand dunes. “That ends up being a bit of a party place and we’ve had a number of casualties there over the years. We try to make sure people are using things in a safe manner because if they don’t there can be dire consequences,” said Mayor Soroka.
Another issue according to Mayor Soroka is that the majority of campgrounds on the Eastern Slopes, where ATV usage is highest, fall under provincial not county jurisdiction.
The county does plan to review their campgrounds and usage this year.
News: February 3, 2014
Rotary open to everyone
dedicated to community and service
by DEANNA MITCHENER
“The Rotary Club has been around for years and yet some still don’t know what we’re all about,” said Rotarian, Troy Sorensen.
Rotary began with Paul P. Harris, an attorney, who wanted to create a group with the same friendly spirit he felt in the small towns of his youth. On 23 February 1905 they had their first meeting. The name was coin by the rotating locations for the meetings. Since then Rotary has been dedicated to the idea of service for more than 100 years.
“The club is open to both men and women. In fact, the president of our club this year is Kirsten MacDonald,” said Troy Sorensen. “A common misunderstanding is people think it’s a secret society with rituals. The truth is it isn’t, anyone can join. We would love to have more members.” Anyone over the age of 17 can join.
“We are looking for new members to share ideas and discuss our community needs and talk about their passions. Maybe it is a passion for seeing and helping other countries and cultures. Rotary brings people together from all continents, cultures and occupations. Right now we have an exchange student from Brazil learning about our culture. We are always trying to help where ever we can within our own community,” said Rotarian, Kamsen Iyer.
“Rotary offers many ways to support education, through travel or scholarships. Providing academic scholarships for undergraduates, graduate and even international study,” said Sorensen.
“Ever wonder what life is like half way around the world. Well if that is something you would like to get involved with and you are a student maybe a student exchange staying with a host family would be of interest. As an adult you can be a part of taking on some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Coming up shortly we have Rotarians traveling to Mexico with the High Way to Mexico project. Rotary has something for everyone, but first we need you to tell us what you would like to see or do, then we can do it together.” said Sorensen.
To join the Rotary contact a member that you know or you can email info@EdsonRotary.org.
County Council Highlights
by Adrienne Tait
Councillor Jack Williams is the new Yellowhead County appointed board member for the Athabasca Watershed Council (WPAC). The recent municipal election left the seat vacant.
Council debated the value of sitting on the committee as it is not a governing body but does have representatives from industry, government and environment and therefore has an informed voiced.
Council voted to have Williams sit on the board and felt the information learned regarding land use was beneficial to the county and residents.
A new six parcel subdivision is one step closer as bylaw 30.13, rezoning part of SW 18-53-13 W5M from rural district to country residential, received approval at the regular Tuesday morning county council meeting. A flood assessment was completed for the lands and it was determined that there is ample room for development on the parcels that will not be affected by the 1:100 flood condition of the MacLeod river.
Yellowhead County council readopted both the risk management and work alone policies.
The next council meeting is set for February 11 in council chambers at 9:30 a.m.
News: January 27, 2014
Highway 16 fatal collision
On Jan. 23, Edson RCMP responded to a motor vehicle
collision involving a passenger car and a van on Highway 16
westbound just east of Edson.
An Acura sedan was driving eastbound in the westbound land of Highway 16 when it collided head on with a westbound Chevrolet Traverse.
The driver of the Acura sedan, a 22 year old female from Edmonton, was pronounced dead on scene. There were no other passengers in the vehicle.
The driver and passengers of the van, a father, mother and their two young children, were treated for non-life threatening injuries and were transported to Edmonton via a STARS helicopter.
At this time it is unknown if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the collision.
All westbound lanes of Highway 16 were closed to traffic for several hours.
Edson RCMP are continuing their investigation into the collision.
Weekend of Family Day celebrations planned
by Deanna Mitchener
February 15 will begin a weekend full of celebrations and events to mark Family Day in Edson.
“As a part of Family Day festivities we will be having some winter fun in the Kinsmen Park on Feb. 15 from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. There will be snowshoeing, snowman and fort building, children's games, bring your sled. Hot dogs and marshmallows will be roasted at no charge,” said Carol Ederharder at the Red Brick.
Family story time at the Library will be from 11a.m. to 2:30 p.m. along with free cookies and hot coco.
Family fitness will be taking place at the Red Brick School, upstairs in the studio, from 11a.m. till noon. Learn how to stay active with your family through fun and games - no charge.
Free Family Glow Bowling Party with Pizza will be held at the Edson Bowling Alley. They can accommodate 60 people with two sessions, 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. until 5:30.
You must call ahead to register your family by Feb. 13 to get a spot as they fill up quickly.
On Feb. 16 there will be free family skating from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. and a free family swim from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Leisure Centre.
Night at the Galloway Museum with snacks, historical crafts, and activities will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a small cost of just $5. Call 780-723-5696 for more details.
On Feb. 17 the Edson & District Caregivers will be holding their annual Family Day Extravaganza at the Edson Legion. It will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with a cost of $20.00 per family.
There will be a Toonie family swim at the Leisure Centre from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
“Grab the family and come on out and have some fun,” Ederharder.
News: January 20, 2014
Edson Figure Skating Club hosting
by DEANNA MITCHENER
Edson Figure Skating Club is hosting athletes from around Alberta for a skating competition Jan 24 to the 26. Skaters will be competing for medals while others just for fun.
"This is a big event for us and everyone is working very hard to be ready to compete in the competition. The Edson skaters will be participating in individual and team events at the competition and have been practicing very hard in preparation,” said northwest region coaching rep, Kelsey DeZutter, with the Edson Figure Skating Club.
"We have 400 competitors registered from all over Alberta, some of which are entered in multiple events scheduled over the three days of the competition,” said DeZutter.
"We have vendors coming from skate shops out of Edmonton to sell dresses and apparel. We will have a raffle table and three separate 50/50 draws over the weekend. Local businesses have been very generous with donations and we appreciate everyone and the wonderful support from the community," said Kelly.
"We are still seeking volunteers to help with minor jobs if anyone is willing to lend a hand for a couple hours over the weekend we would greatly appreciate your help. If you can help out please let me know by calling 780-728-3689,” said DeZutter.
Public flu-shot clinics closed
focus turns to prevention
by Adrienne Tait
With influenza cases on the rise local school and health authorities are urging people to do their part to stop the spread of the viruses and stay healthy.
Living Waters School Division recently sent a letter to parents urging them to take precautions such as washing your hands, maintaining a balanced diet, and coughing into your elbow rather than your hand to help prevent the spread of influenza.
Both Living Waters and AHS recommend staying home from school, work, or public places until your symptoms have abated for a minimum 24 hours.
Alberta Health senior media relations advisor Kerry Williamson said, “We do not have a community by community breakdown of cases. I can tell you that as of Jan. 8 (our most recent data) there had been 189 confirmed cases of Influenza A in the North Zone, the majority of which were H1N1.”
H1N1 is a type of influenza similar to the common flu. Symptoms include a sudden onset of cough, sore throat, fever, chills, headaches, fatigue, and body aches and pains but are more severe than the common cold.
In the majority of cases home treatment to ease symptoms and prevent complications is all that is required. “Although the H1N1 flu can make you feel very sick, it usually does not cause serious health problems. Home treatment is usually all you need for H1N1 flu symptoms. But your doctor may prescribe antiviral medicine which may prevent other health problems, such as pneumonia, from developing,” said Kerry.
While AHS recommends getting vaccinated annually with either the inactivated influenza vaccine (flu shot) or the nasal spray flu vaccine, that option is no longer available to Albertans.
“The public immunization clinics are now closed, so we are now focusing on informing Albertans about what they can do to look after themselves.” said Williamson.
One recommendation from AHS is to take probiotics. “One study has shown that taking probiotics helps prevent influenza symptoms and reduce antibiotic use in children.”
If you have contracted the flu experts recommend rest, drinking enough fluids so that your urine is light yellow or clear like water. Over the counter pain medication such as Tylenol, breathing warm moist air, and putting petroleum jelly on the skin around your lips and nose if they become sore.
News: January 13, 2014
Gibson donates toward new senior’s bus
by Deanna Mitchener
Debbie Parker, administrator and coordinator for Gibson's, said, “Every October we do a fundraiser in our office. Gibson's agreed to let us pick our own local charity and they would match whatever amount we raised.”
“As a group we decided to put our fundraising money this year towards the Edson Senior’s Transportation Society new bus,” said Parker.
“At Thanksgiving about six staff members baked homemade pies and pastries. We baked 75 items and sold them in-house to our drivers. We also had a silent auction that our owner operators, drivers, and people from town donate towards,” said Parker.
“This year we raised $5,111 and the company matched us. So we are very excited about being able to donate $10,222 on behave of Gibson for the senior bus,” said Parker. “This is our fourth year for doing this and each year we keep getting bigger and bigger.”
Labour shortage in Edson predicted by 2014
by Adrienne Tait
Alberta Works is predicting the lack of skilled workers and the volume of large construction projects set to take place in 2014 will result in a plateau in construction from 2014 to 2015.
Alberta Works Business and Industry Liaison Rachel Hope said, “Alberta's construction industry is currently in an expansion phase and employment is rising toward the record levels achieved in 2007. Oil sands production is expected to expand between 50% and 100%. With this comes a need for supporting infrastructure such as pipelines, electricity generation and transmission systems, transportation infrastructure, and downstream bitumen and synthetic crude oil processing and this translates into increased construction job opportunities.”
With skilled trades people already in demand across Alberta the province is experiencing a shortage in several occupations including boilermakers, bricklayers, carpenters, construction estimators, construction managers and supervisors, millwrights, crane operators, electricians, heavy equipment operators and mechanics, insulators, ironworkers, sheet metal workers, steamfitters and pipefitters, trades helpers and labourers, truck drivers, and welders. And those are just the positions that pertain to the Edson area according to Hope.
“In some cases employers require specialized skills within a trade, such as bricklayers with experience in refractory work and carpenter scaffolders.”said Rachel. It is not just the industrial sector that will be affected by the labour shortage. The residential sector is expecting over 4,600 jobs to be created by the end of 2014.
Royal LePage Edson Real Estate Broker Owner Lori Gelmici-Hanni said a construction worker shortage could mean a ripple effect into the local residential real estate market. “Prices, especially on new builds, will increase because builders will be at a premium. That being said most of the local builders have the crews that they always have. But none-the-less if there are more people who want to build and no people to build for them prices will go up and there will be longer waits. There will be more spec houses built.”
Albertans can anticipate approximately 30,000 construction workers throughout the province to retire by 2021. Those positions will need to be filled and the increased construction activity is expected to create an additional 14,000 jobs.
News: January 6, 2014
Armed Edson man charged with assault on police officer
Edson RCMP officers have arrested and charged Blaine Sterling
Elesko, a 43-year-old male of Edson with assaulting a police officer
with a weapon and other related charges.
On December 30 shortly after 8 p.m, Edson RCMP received a complaint of a distraught male who had just departed a rural residence stating he had a firearm and was going to hurt himself.
Police immediately began looking for the male and at about 10 p.m. an Edson RCMP officer located and attempted to stop the subject vehicle on a rural road. The charges laid are a result of Elesko's alleged actions during the vehicle stop. During the incident that resulted in Elesko's charges the Edson RCMP officer discharged his service pistol.
The subject vehicle was later located stuck in a ditch and Edson RCMP members located the subject hiding in a culvert. Blaine Sterling Elesko was taken into custody without further incident.
Elesko sustained minor injuries, was treated at a local hospital and transported to the Edson Detachment upon medical release. It is to be noted that Elesko did not receive any injuries as a result of the officer discharging his service pistol.
The RCMP officers sustained minor injuries as a result of this incident which were also unrelated to the service pistol discharge. A notification was made to the Alberta Justice and Solicitor General's office and direction was given for the RCMP to maintain carriage of this investigation.
Elesko did not speak to bail and has been remanded in custody to appear in Edson Provincial Court on January 7, 2014.
Disruptions in our coal business
Sherritt International, holder of significant coal properties in
the Hinton/Robb areas, has changed its mind about maintaining a
presence in the coal business.
Just recently the company announced it is selling its entire coal interests to two separate buyers for $946-million.
Colorado-based Westmoreland Coal Co. will buy Sherritt's mines in Alberta and Saskatchewan for $465-million. (see the Jan 6, 2014 issue for details)