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Unpaid leave to by Adrienne Tait Rob Merrifield
The Edson RCMP,
care for seriously and the community, are From the Officer, who is now Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
working and educating in
ill relative concerned about Publisher’s Desk the local schools, is a
violence between Dana McArthur significant step forward.
groups of youth after The VTRA protocol is a Alberta organ and tissue
police broke up two partnership between the
fights involving weapons. Both incidents Canadian Center for Threat Assessment and donation –registry agent launch
occurred in Edson within the last month. Trauma Response, local school divisions,
Police attended the scene of a fight that was FCSS, AHS, local RCMP, the Town of Edson,
going to take place in Edson among youth Yellowhead County, and others. Their goal is Rob
from two schools. Police seized an imitation to protect school and community by
Building Canada Plan firearm and fake brass knuckles. Charges of proactively sharing information that assists in Merrifield
possession of a weapon dangerous to the the prevention of a potential traumatic event.
public, and uttering threats were laid. In reality, the causes of youth violence are as Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
In the other incident, a large group of youth varied and complex as there are youth in the Jim Eglinski
gathered after posts on social media led to an communities. West Yellowhead MLA Robin Campbell
Letter to the Editor Policy organized confrontation in Edson. Police Although it's far too simple an answer on its
located and seized a knife. own, the entertainment culture of violence is MP Yellowhead
The Weekly Anchor welcomes letters to the
editor. Tip Thankfully, with the RCMP's timely proven to have a significant negative impact Why Is The Federal Government Rob
All letters are published at the discretion of the response, no one was harmed in either on youth. The current crop of video games,
movies, and songs continue to glamorize gang
editor-publisher who reserves the right to edit of culture and violence. And vigilante justice is Punishing Small Businesses? Merrifield
for clarity, length and libel. Letters published The community has struggled over the past Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
do not necessarily reflect the policies or beliefs the Hat year with how to best connect with teens and the romanticized motif of most new TV series. Every summer Canadians enjoy the outdoors using
The misuse of social media with its detached
of this newspaper. All letters must bear the young adults to offer support and help them nature, can also inflame people to say and act the many services provided by campgrounds across
name of the writer and include the address and understand the risks of violence. The Edson in ways they normally wouldn't. the country. Unfortunately, the Liberals are showing the NDP invoking closure on
telephone number, which will not be published. and Yellowhead County Community Safety total disregard by ending the review of 'active' versus Man in the
Initiative was created between the schools, As much as community leaders and agencies 'passive' business-income rules that would have debate for Bill 6 despite
municipalities, Child and Family Services, do to help and offer resources —it really goes allowed small businesses like campgrounds to access Wildrose MLAs tabling a Red Hat
Probation, Victim Services, the Edson back to the home. the small business tax rate. petition signed by over by Craig McArthur
Friendship Centre, and numerous other A proactive approach to get teens involved in The Liberals are unfairly targeting campground 30,000 Albertans who are
agencies to serve that purpose. positive ongoing activities in the community owners and other small operations by saying that they Letter to the Editor against the bill.
A public meeting took place, ideas were reduces at-risk behaviours significantly. Even are too small to be classified as a 'small business'.
shared, and a Facebook page was created. better is when parents get involved by Campground owners, they say, don't have enough
Although well intentioned, the page could use encouraging, supporting, and watching their full-time employees to qualify. They are doing this
a lot more relevant information for parents and kids. because they think that owning a campground is
The problem is most of the ongoing
Riding Update: youth. It has also remained relatively inactive programs and activities for teens in the area 'passive,' not 'active'. What the Trudeau Government Robin Campbell, MLA
since its inception.
is actually saying is that campground owners don't
However, visible progress has been made are expensive, often costing hundreds of have to work to maintain their property. Independent seniors’ advocate needed West Yellowhead
with the Safety Initiative group helping dollars for enrolment. This can be prohibitive I beg to differ. Campground owners wear many Hello again…
spearhead the 211 partnership for social and if you don't quite qualify for subsidies that hats. They are landscapers, janitors, accountants and
Views & News support services in the area. They conducted a may be offered. security guards, making sure they provide a safe, to fix long-term care: Eggen by Carlo Klemm
by Deanna Mitchener public survey in late summer, and were What would go a long way to helping young clean and fun atmosphere for your family to explore
involved with the campaign to encourage people are more engaging peer programs, that the outdoors. The Weekly Anchor
Keeping In Toucheeping In Touch
Member of the
stronger neighbourhood ties with block connect teens to adult role models and caring Our Yellowhead riding is known world-wide for our Edson & District Chamber & K
parties. And continuing on the work of the leaders, at little or no cost. natural beauty. People from all over the world visit Evansburg/Entwistle Chamber by GEORGE VANDERBURG
our riding to experience the unique landscape we
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There are commendable efforts being done
Fall statement shows federal gov’t borrowing additional $32 billion initiative, a public insight meeting on fentanyl on that front like the Cadets, the public library, have to offer. Our campgrounds provide a way to MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
was held recently.
Edson, Yellowhead County, and support church youth groups, and others. The Boys interact with nature on a personal level.
agencies including FCSS, Youth Interagency, and Girls Club has a free teen drop-in night Tourism is a major industry in our region. If
and Parent Link have been busy also offering Fridays at 6:30 p.m. with about 5 to 20 teens tourism accounts for 4.3% of Alberta's economy, then
why does this Federal Government want to raise
Letter to the Editor programs, recreational opportunities, and attending. taxes on campgrounds, a driving force of this
community events to connect youth with
But there are just too few ongoing options
community and family. That's a big factor in for these types of teen related programs to industry? This will severely harm campground
reducing at-risk behaviours. make a significant enough impact on the owners.
There are many small businesses, small family
One of the most significant frontline minds of teens. businesses, as well as mom-and-pop operations that
supports comes from the implementation of are also being unjustly punished by the Liberals. Is Letter to the Editor Policy
the Violence Threat Risk Assessment protocol. (If you become aware of a planned violent this tax hike on campgrounds just a sign of what is to The Weekly Anchor welcomes letters to the Rob
As well, the new RCMP School Resource encounter, do not hesitate to contact the Edson come for other small businesses? editor. Conservative
RCMP Detachment at 780-723-8800.) Merrifield
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