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by Adrienne Tait of From the have increased rapidly over the past four years, from that's how the heinous industry likes it. Rob Merrifield
six deaths in 2011 to 120 deaths in 2014, according
Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
We may never end drug abuse, but distributing
to Alberta Health Services. The number of deaths in
the Hat Publisher’s Desk 2015 may be even higher. an opiate antidote can and has saved lives. And
stronger sentencing is also needed to make drug
Dana McArthur
There is a stop-gap project being run by the
Alberta Community Council on HIV with a dealers thinks twice. Alberta organ and tissue
So, what is the best strategy to prevent drug
Longtime Edson resident and newspaper-man passes I received an email from one of our reporters this $300,000 one-year grant from AHS. The strategy is abuse in the first place? Experts in the field say its donation –registry agent launch
to distribute an opiate antidote called Naloxone in
week, and was once again confronted with a kits free to high risk drug users, and then teach them early prevention.
Doing our utmost to prevent children from
Robin Campbell, MLA disturbing image of graffiti, this time spray painted how to use it. experimenting with drugs and alcohol, and
onto a local business along Edson's main street.
Laced drugs are nothing new to those who risk
West Yellowhead Graffiti is vandalism –plain and simple. It does not using street drugs. It's a lucrative and deadly game educating them on the harsh realities early on, can
matter whether it's artistic or not, if it's done without of Russian roulette that only the drug dealers win. go a long way. Man in the
the property owner's consent –it's vandalism.
Not only is it a crime, it defaces someone's Red Hat
Unpaid leave to property, and costs a great deal to remove. by Craig McArthur
THE WEEKLY care for seriously That being said, this graffiti had an even more
ANCHOR ill relative disturbing message… 'Capital kills'.
The message may be referring to the drug culture's
Serving Edson & Yellowhead County for 26 years slang term Capital H –aka heroin –there could be
Views & News Building Canada Plan some room for interpretation, but the segue is Rob
by Deanna Mitchener complete.
Drug use in the province has become more risky as Merrifield
street drugs have become more potent, less Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
expensive, and easier to buy and manufacture
Rob according to HIV West Yellowhead.
What many people don't know is that there is an
Merrifield opiate on the streets 40 times more toxic than heroin, Letter to the Editor:
Member of Parliament for Yellowhead and it's being mixed with heroin and other drugs, or
outright substituted –especially with OxyContin.
This powerful prescription painkiller called Rob
Fentanyl in its illegal street form has caused an
epidemic of overdoses and deaths in Alberta, and Merrifield
across Canada. 2015 Canada Day
Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
The number of Fentanyl-related deaths in Alberta
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Challenge
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Keeping In Toucheeping In Touch
by GEORGE VANDERBURG
by GEORGE VANDERBURG
away at small business MP Yellowhead by GEORGE VANDERBURG MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne THE WEEKLY
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confidence says Wildrose This week I was struck by that famous truism world to live (OECD Better Life Indexes). Claus, Scrooge, lonely, deserted by his friends, angry, Serving Edson & Yellowhead County for 26 years
supporting free speech, “I disapprove of what you say,
suspicious, vindictive, hypocritical about our military,
“Giving money to the needy and deserving families
but I will defend to the death your right to say it,” when
makes sense but raiding the treasury for $3 billion to
and of course mentions [Harper's] “attack dogs”, Mike
NDP policies have chipped away at small The end of I read in my local paper a letter that was essentially a give largess to the children of Bay Street millionaires, Duffy and Pamela Wallen. He concludes his diatribe Letter to the Editor:
with, “That's the way I see it.”
the children of MPs or even senators makes no sense at
rambling character assassination of Prime Minister
business confidence to the point where Harper, signed by D. Murray M.D. Perhaps the author all.” The Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) is Though I almost entirely disagree with Dr. Murray's
business optimism remains by far the was Hinton's well known and highly respected Dr. designed to support the child care choices made by the political perspective, I unreservedly grant him the
weakest in the country according to a recent a local icon Duncan Murray, now retired. If so, I will mute my primary care giver of every Canadian child. It has absolute and unequivocal right to view the world, Letter to the Editor Policy
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Shadow Minister Grant Hunter said today. “PM Stephen Harper has decided that he needs the certain how the money should be spent -- on instance, for whom we vote. Andrew Coyne sums it up reserves the right to edit for clarity, length, taste, and
extra weeks to convince us to forget the last eight government subsidized and controlled day-care rather nicely (National Post, June 19, 2015): “It is literally libel. Writers are normally limited to one published letter
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third of Alberta business owners say their Letter to the Editor: was first sworn in as Canada's 22 Prime Minister on and popcorn” [CBC News: Sunday, Dec. 11, '05]). a combination — forming a government. … There's opinion and do not reflect the policies or beliefs of this
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firms are in good shape,” Hunter said. February 6, 2006, and why on earth would any Certainly, the UCCB will mean far more to a single never been another election like it. There may never be newspaper. All letters must bear the name of the writer
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“Combined with higher business and Farm cat Canadian want to forget them? During that time mother struggling to raise her family alone, than it will another like it afterward.” Will we opt to stay on verification. Address and telephone number will
personal taxes, a royalty review and Canada sailed through the worst economic storm since to that “Bay Street millionaire”, but who is truly familiar and stable ground; or will we close our eyes, not be published.
competent to separate the deserving from the
policies geared to hurt profits for small the Great Depression relatively unscathed – according undeserving? In any case, the Canada Revenue Agency hold our noses and step out into the abyss hoping
to the British newsmagazine, The Economist (Aug. 10,
someone will catch us? It is up to Canadian voters to
businesses, Albertans are growing mutilated 2011), “THE last time the global economy cooled off in has the final say when it taxes back 29% of the benefit decide, and our future hangs in the balance like never
frustrated by this NDP government a hurry, frigid Canada proved the best place to take from the millionaire and little or nothing from the single before. At least, that's the way I see it.
pursuing its ideological economic agenda at shelter. … While the United States and Europe plunged mom.
a time where we can least afford it.” deep into recession in 2008, Canada's GDP barely I could go on; Dr. Murray refers to Harper as Santa Sincerely,
CORRECTION shrunk at all. … Employment is higher now than it was Clyde Corser (see full letter at www.weeklyanchor.com) Jim Eglinski
The NDP government announced in June In last week’s Viewpoint Column when the current Conservative government took office
their plan to make a dramatic 50 per cent Katie Barnes job title was in 2006. ... The government has been cutting the budget MP Yellowhead
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