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for local farmers by GEORGE VANDERBURG
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne

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Letter to the Editor: Farmers deserve to be consulted

Remembering heroes ViewPoint
Unpaid leave to In an attempt to champion farm worker by Adrienne Tait Rob Merrifield
care for seriously safety, the Alberta government rushed to pass a From the now removed), stated, “All paid workers on Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
your farm must be covered. Workers include
ill relative controversial plan labelled Bill 6 that initially Publisher’s Desk any people working on the farm who are not
would have seen the removal of all farms from Dana McArthur business owners, e.g., full-time and part-time
a number of exemptions including WCB. employees, casual/shared labour, family Alberta organ and tissue
Under the bill, as first released, all farms members and any subcontractors who do not
Longtime Edson resident and newspaper-man passes would have to comply with occupational health family members safe, is without doubt, of have their own WCB coverage.” donation –registry agent launch
and safety regulations at their own expense and paramount importance to farmers. It's not “If you are operating a for-profit farming
all family members working on the farm, safety the farmers opposed –that's not what operation (i.e., one which sells goods
whether paid or unpaid (chores included), caused this backlash. commercially to individuals or other Rob
would require WCB coverage. What upset Alberta farmers was the organizations), you must cover any unpaid
Building Canada Plan The bill caused a firestorm of reactions from government's unilateral decision process, lack workers, including family members and Merrifield

farmers across Alberta. Farmers, fearing the of consultation, and being treated like 'farm- children, performing work on your farm. You Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
loss of their farms, staged a protest march from people' who don't know or care enough about will be asked to provide a “value of service”
Ft. McLeod to Okotoks along the Trans-Canada keeping their operations safe. for the work they perform.” West Yellowhead MLA Robin Campbell
highway, with more widespread demonstrations Having a bill forced on them in such a short The NDP reacted, point to a
Help with a Clean Shave for cancer happening throughout the province. timeframe, that creates more problems that is misunderstanding, and stated that was not Rob
Whether it's a small family farm or full scale
purports to solve, was a final straw for many.
what they really meant. But no matter how
Tip commercial operation, keeping workers and The bulletin, reported on WCB's website (and you spin it, Bill 6 and the related WCB
Clean Shave For Cancer It is an amazing experience to bulletin caused them considerable backlash Merrifield
Views & News take part in. It is hard to put into of and embarrassment. Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
by Deanna Mitchener by Deanna Mitchener words the emotions and self- the Hat Letter to the Editor It was also a serious underestimation of
Rob The third annual clean shave worth that comes along with this hardworking Alberta farmers and how they the NDP invoking closure on Man in the
simple act of kindness, when you
would react to forced changes that would
Merrifield for cancer is less than a month away, right after the have those that have lost their hair due to cancer Thanks to the RCMP impact their way of life, their families, and debate for Bill 6 despite Red Hat
Christmas Holidays.
treatments, coming up to you and telling you how
Member of Parliament for Yellowhead Christmas is a time of year when the spirit of much they appreciate what you have done. their generational farms. Wildrose MLAs tabling a
petition signed by over
giving becomes stronger. This holiday season give When someone with cancer wearing a wig comes up The NDP quickly ran back to draft 30,000 Albertans who are by Craig McArthur
the gift of hope for a cure for cancer. to you and asks if you are going through treatments, and Victim Services amendments in an attempt to appease farms. against the bill.
Help our local cancer support group on January 5, and they find out you just did it to help a good As of December 10 the bill passed its third
2016 by having your hair dyed pink, partially pink, cause, their response is overwhelming and gives reading into law. The amendments made Letter to the Editor
or have a pink extension added to your hair. By them encouragement. I would like to say thank you to the Edson caring manner offering information, assistance, exempt farm owners, family members, and
collecting pledges the Other Side Hair Studio will Here is your chance to see for yourself just how RCMP and Edson Victim Services. and support while treating you with courtesy, neighbours from WCB and OHS
volunteer their time and the dye to do your hair. rewarding it can be. I personally would like to I personally had a visit from them to my door compassion and respect. requirements, but only if their farm does not
Then on January 9 those that want to truly inspire challen on December 3. It was one of those dreaded visits A special thank you goes to Constable Doug have any paid workers.
others can have their hair shaved off to help raise ge you when they arrive bearing the bad news that a Topolnitsky, Corporal Jason Pennoyer, and to It's was not likely farmers would see the Independent seniors’ advocate needed
awareness or to donate 10 inches of hair. reader Jim Eglinski family member has passed. Donna Watchel with victim services.
Those that come face to face with cancer do not Twice I have had this kind of call to my door. Thank you all for taking the time to assist my government relent on passing the bill even
have the choice about their hair coming off, it to MP Yellowhead The first, back in February of 1986 when my family and to help in any way you could. We take while the Wildrose MLAs tabled a petition to fix long-term care: Eggen
happens due to cancer treatments. either father was killed in the big Hinton train crash, and many things for granted, and the RCMP may get a signed by over 30,000 Albertans who were
Appearance is only skin deep and yet so many still take against it. The Weekly Anchor
Letter to the Editor Policy
struggle. Let's help put an end to insecurities by part in this time with my oldest brother passing away in lot of flak, but they are caring individuals that Considering the government pushed The Weekly Anchor welcomes letters to the editor. Member of the
Edson & District Chamber &
joining in. the Clean Shave for Cancer or to make a donation Vancouver B.C. have a tough job to do. through the dramatic increase in minimum All letters are published at the discretion of the editor- Evansburg/Entwistle Chamber
Trust me it grows back, I know as I shaved mine pledge to help support the cause. I do have to say how things have improved over Giving this kind of news to families has got to wages, small business taxes, personal taxes, publisher who reserves the right to edit for clarity, length
all off two years ago to help raise awareness and All proceeds raised stay right here in Edson, the years with these types of unpleasant calls. be hard, but investigations of crime and murder and a carbon taxes that will likely add and libel. Letters published do not necessarily reflect the
raise money to support our local group. benefiting those individuals and families in the Having Victim Services accompanying RCMP has to be the hardest by far. hundreds of dollars to the average home policies or beliefs of this newspaper. All letters must bear the
name of the writer and include the address and telephone
I believe I learned more about myself and those surrounding area. With just a couple of weeks left with these calls I think is very important. It helps To the Edson RCMP detachment and to all the number, which will not be published.
that were affected by cancer in that one simple act of the crunch is on to get those pledge forms filled out. to have someone there to lessen the impact of the volunteers and coordinator at Victim Services, heating bill -all during this recessionary
giving than I have ever learned or felt about cancer. In previous years local hockey teams have come tragic news and offering immediate emotional please know you are appreciated and the period- there was little hope of stopping the
support and resources. community counts on you everyday. bill.
They are volunteer advocates professionally Thanks for all you do and wishing you a very There is little doubt a climate of distrust has
trained to work with the RCMP and to deal with Merry Christmas and all the best in 2016. grown between farmers and the government.
tragedy. Victim Service advocates working But, farmers and ranchers do deserve to be
alongside the RCMP detachments are well trained Deanna Mitchener consulted in the ensuing regulations that will
Keeping In Toucheeping In Touch
and qualified to provide service in a professional profoundly affect their families and K
livelihood. by GEORGE VANDERBURG
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
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