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100 year anniversary My by GEORGE VANDERBURG
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Unpaid leave to by Adrienne Tait Rob Merrifield
care for seriously of woman's right to vote Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
ill relative

April 19, 2016 marked of Britain's Privy Alberta organ and tissue
the 100 year anniversary From the Council, Canada's donation –registry agent launch
of Alberta women Publisher’s Desk highest court at the time.
Weekly Anchor gaining the right to vote. Dana McArthur The Privy Council found Rob
for the women on
The right to vote had
October 18, 1929,
Mail Subscription Building Canada Plan proven difficult to declaring that women were “persons” under Merrifield
achieve for all women in Canada. It wasn't
If you would like to receive your Anchor by mail, until 1916 that Alberta women got the vote the law. Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
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1 year subscription: $35.00 (+GST) It took until 1929 before women were discrimination in Canada back then. Chinese West Yellowhead MLA Robin Campbell
Seniors $30.00 (+GST) found to be "persons" in Canada and and Japanese women weren't permitted to
therefore able to become members of the vote until the 1940s, and First Nations
Senate. In our age of equality this seems women couldn't vote until the 60s. Rob
ADDRESS unbelievable, but the Persons Case was a Woman's rights have come a long way
POSTAL CODE legal historic milestone in Canada. since 1916 and today the ability to vote Merrifield
of Five women from Alberta, later known as exists as one of the most cherished rights we Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
PHONE the Hat the Famous Five: Henrietta Muir Edwards, all have in Canada. But sadly,
Rob PAYMENT __VISA __MASTERCARD Nellie McClung, Louise McKinney, Emily discrimination, sexism, and inequality Letter to the Editor Policy the NDP invoking closure on Man in the
continue to rear their ugly heads.
Murphy, and Irene Parlby asked the
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Merrifield __ INTERAC __ CHEQUE Supreme Court of Canada in 1927 to declare The past 100 years has shown us just how Letters should preferable be kept under 500 words. All letters debate for Bill 6 despite Red Hat
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Box 6870, Edson, Alberta, T7E 1V2 After the Supreme Court turned them courageous history offers the hope and reserves the right to edit for clarity, length and libel. Letters 30,000 Albertans who are by Craig McArthur
published do not necessarily reflect the policies or beliefs of
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5040 3rd Ave., Edson, Alberta Hello again…
(corner of 51st Street & 3rd Avenue)
by Carlo Klemm Government secrecy in small town Alberta Independent seniors’ advocate needed

Dear Editor: agreement the town has with an engineering firm. I town should disclose. The town's administration to fix long-term care: Eggen
The Commissioner investigated and ruled that the

was then told that the disclosure of
In free societies, people understand that it is not the
information—even to elected officials—was at the
responded by saying it had reversed its decision on
Views & News role of government to tell newspaper publishers and discretion of the Town Manager, who refused to the secrecy, yet still refused to disclose the The Weekly Anchor
media outlets what they can say or write. It's called
provide disclosure.
information—saying that the engineering company
Member of the
by Deanna Mitchener freedom of the press. A short time later, the topic of information wanted to appeal. Edson & District Chamber &
Freedom of the press is meaningless if elected disclosure was brought before Hinton's Town Every elected official, whether municipal, Evansburg/Entwistle Chamber
officials can legally keep their actions and Council, where by a vote of six to one, a decision provincial, or federal, has a right and a duty to
performance a secret, explaining why the principle of was made to withhold that information. obtain information about the financial affairs for
freedom of the press led to Freedom of Information As an elected council member responsible for the which he or she is responsible. That the provincial
laws. financial decisions of the community, I responded by FOIP office has rendered a decision supporting this
Interestingly, Freedom of Information Laws also filing a formal request under the terms of Alberta's fundamental idea is noteworthy. So too is it
protect privacy. Alberta's legislation is actually called FOIP legislation. I was told I'd have to pay a fee, noteworthy when an administration—regardless of
the Freedom of Information and Protection of which I did. location or level of government—deliberately
Letter to the Editor
Jim Eglinski Privacy Act (FOIP). The law guarantees that released a portion of the engineering contract, but undertakes to embrace secrecy and avoid
In response to my application, the town then
Albertans have access to information about
information disclosure, including the disclosure of
refused to disclose the schedules and addendums,
government actions, yet ensures that their personal
MP Yellowhead information is confidential. (Personal health records which contain the financial information. Believing important and relevant financial information to duly Keeping In Toucheeping In Touch
elected representatives.
are none of anybody's business.) that as an elected member of council I have a duty to
The town of Hinton is going through a process that review such information, I filed an appeal with the Stuart Taylor, Member of Hinton Town Council by GEORGE VANDERBURG
provides a valuable lesson about transparency for provincial FOIP Commissioner. I asked for a ruling MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
Conservative municipal governments all over Alberta. The lesson on whether important financial information could be
is that local governments cannot establish provisions
withheld from an elected council member.
iews that contradict the province's FOIP legislation.
Hinton is presently
moving ahead with the
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