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MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne

Tower has historic value

Letter to the Editor: Yes to a facility – but which one?

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Tip support, at least not yet. to create 84 new suites at a cost of over $30 million. by Adrienne Tait Rob Merrifield
No, the town has not chosen a facility project to
Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
Evergreen hopes to qualify for a 50% government
From the
of the town had picked a facility project and was Publisher’s Desk funding grant.
Rumours were being passed around last week that
The town will be taking extraordinary efforts to
the Hat throwing its support in for an undisclosed project Dana McArthur get a balanced cross-section of people to be a part Alberta organ and tissue
of the working group –and that is a critical step to
with a deadline of 2017.
Longtime Edson resident and newspaper-man passes Quoting Twain –the rumors were greatly acceptance. donation –registry agent launch
exaggerated. There will also be a series of open houses and
What the town has decided is to put together a the naming rights to the Leisure Centre for $2 public engagement sessions that will be advertised
working group to help determine what facility million. Talisman stipulated that the deal could be in advance. Rob
project they can afford and which one to place on affected if the Fieldhouse project is not moved ahead There will be no easy decisions singling out the
the front burner for 2017. within five years. The naming agreement also comes ideal project and when all is said and done there Merrifield
However, the choices will not necessarily be up for review within the five years. will be some disappointments.
limited to the Fieldhouse, Arts Centre, or Library. It Added to the mix of facility projects is Evergreen Whatever the outcome, we should keep in mind Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
Unpaid leave to may be something completely different. Foundation's recent proposal to extensively renovate everyone involved has the community's best interest
at heart – and Edson will have completed one of a
care for seriously It has been about a year since Talisman acquired and add to the Parkland Seniors Lodge. The plan is list of great new facilities. West Yellowhead MLA Robin Campbell
ill relative
Clean Shave an amazing experience Moose Hide Campaign: commitment to preventing violence Rob

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Shaving my hair completely really know? By not wearing the non-Aboriginal women to experience violence by a - supporting Aboriginal men who choose not to Merrifield
off back in January was an Views & News wig everyone saw. At times I felt Letter to the Editor Robin Campbell, MLA spouse, acquaintance or stranger, and this is not use violence. Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
amazing experience because it by Deanna Mitchener a little uncomfortable and I West Yellowhead acceptable. If you or your organization would like to learn
opened my eyes and heart to a Rob found myself explaining to the The Alberta government has also provided more or get involved, please visit the Alberta Native
new level of helping and curious why I was bald. $75,000 to help fund the “I Am a Kind Man” Friendship Centres Association at Man in the
supporting those within our Merrifield But soon I found myself feeling program, which is a resource started by Friendship The Hinton and Edson Friendship Centres do
community. Member of Parliament for Yellowhead more comfortable in the way I Please join myself, other Alberta MLAs and Centres in Ontario. The program will engage positive work in the West Yellowhead and I thank Red Hat
At first really wondered if I looked. What did it really matter? Aboriginal leaders as we take a stand against Aboriginal men and boys to speak out against all them for their on-going contributions to our Letter to the Editor by Craig McArthur
could actually go through with it. I was still the same person. It violence toward Aboriginal women and children. forms of abuse towards Aboriginal women by: community.
The Alberta government, in partnership with the
Then I thought I'd just buy a wig –which I did. didn't change me in any way other than I no longer Alberta Native Friendship Centres Association, has - providing education for men to address issues of As always, if you have any questions or concerns,
It seemed hard to do. What would people think? had hair. abuse against women; I can be reached through my constituency office at
What about the talk behind your back? The But the response I had from within the launched the Moose Hide Campaign, which asks - re-establishing traditional responsibilities by (780) 865-9796. Also, please subscribe to my e-
wondering if she has cancer? What about all the community, and those visiting Edson, made it oh so men to wear moose hide swatches to symbolize their acknowledging that Aboriginal teachings have never newsletter at You can
questions and possible judging? worth it. I had a few ladies come up and ask if I had commitment to help prevent violence and to honour tolerated violence and abuse towards women; join me on Facebook
I had the solution for all that –my wig! I wouldn't cancer because they did and were wearing a wig. It the women and girls in their lives. - inspiring men to engage other men to get and Twitter
have to worry. Just hand in the money from my gave them courage knowing that someone could Aboriginal women are three times more likely than involved and stop the abuse; and, @CampbellMLA.
sponsors, a fast shave, and slap on the wig. shave their hair off and not have cancer. Independent seniors’ advocate needed
At times I wondered if I could go through with it. I Helping to raise money was one thing. Knowing
had people watching and waiting. I even had my you helped someone with cancer feel better about
own cheering section with me. How could I turn themselves was priceless! $160M for major renovations or replacements of seniors lodges to fix long-term care: Eggen
back? Words cannot explain the warm feeling this whole
As I look back on my experience, I am glad I went experience gave me and I want to encourage others
through with it. to try the 2015 Clean Shave for Cancer challenge The federal and provincial governments will direct $160 K housing through 2019.
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And I'm even more glad I never putting on that this coming January. million over four years to support major renovations or In the past four years, the Alberta government has
wig. As an added bonus you'll never have to spend replacements of seniors lodges outside of Alberta's major by GEORGE VANDERBURG dedicated more than $220 million towards seniors' housing
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
The idea is raising money for cancer but it's also to time doing your hair for a few months. Plus you urban centres. across the province. This includes $144.5 million in
raise awareness. If I just put my wig on who would won't be short of people wanting to rub your head. As the demand for seniors housing units grows in smaller federal-provincial funding to renew and expand 14 lodges.
Be a part of the event and I know you will come communities, this multi-year funding commitment from the Canada-Alberta Renovation projects and replacement units funded by the IAH in 2012-13
Agreement for Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) 2014-2019 will support include government-owned lodges.
renovations and additions to rural seniors lodges. The Alberta government will Seniors deserve a comfortable place to call home no matter where they live in
work with housing management bodies to complete a full evaluation of seniors the province. The Alberta government is committed to providing safe,
lodges to determine priority projects. Nearly 70 per cent of all seniors lodge units affordable, quality housing that meets the diverse needs of Alberta's seniors.
are in communities outside of Alberta's major centres. Visit for more information about seniors housing
The IAH is an example of provincial-federal collaboration to improve the programs. For more information on this news story, please visit my website at
quality of life of Albertans. For seniors, it means ensuring they can stay in their If you would like to discuss this, or any other
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communities, close to family, friends and neighbours. The IAH was extended provincial matter, please contact me toll free 1-800-786-7136, find me on K
earlier this year and will provide $202 million in joint funding for seniors Facebook or on Twitter at @MLAVanderBurg.
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