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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:

Remembering heroes ViewPoint
Unpaid leave to by Adrienne Tait Rob Merrifield
care for seriously “Words are to confuse, so that at election time several decades due to their lunar calendar. Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
ill relative people will solemnly vote against their own From the So for this year, as far as major established
interests.”― Gore Vidal Publisher’s Desk holidays (holy-days) go, it pretty much leaves
Jim Eglinski is no longer politically correct (oops). The new buzz Dana McArthur Christmas. Alberta organ and tissue
It seems today even the phrase 'politically correct'
Perhaps, taking the time to look over the calendar
MP Yellowhead Longtime Edson resident and newspaper-man passes word in 'politically correct' (there we go again) heightened sensitivity or a different cultural and give a salutation that acknowledges people's donation –registry agent launch
circles is 'micro-aggression'.
specific holidays –is the best form of respect.
The 'pc' phrase is now considered denigrating and understanding could take a micro-offence to just After all, no matter how you come at the subject,
dismissive of those trying to create an all- about anything spoken. at the core is finding the best way to show love, Rob
encompassing and totally neutral new language. Removing stigma and social barriers are admirable generosity, and goodwill toward our neighbours.
Building Canada Plan Other words on the microaggression list include goals we should all strive for every day. But call it So, with that in mind, we wish you a very Merry Merrifield
lame, thug, thief, and third world –you get the idea. political correctness or microaggression; it simply Christmas! Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
And to add to this linguistic turmoil, it's now being comes down to old-fashioned basic manners and
suggested it is no longer 'pc' to use the once-thought respect. West Yellowhead MLA Robin Campbell
politically correct phrase 'Happy Holidays' as it And let's face it, Happy Holidays is a sanitized and
could be construed as a microaggression to convenient greeting. Hanukkah ended December 12
Christians celebrating Christmas. this year. The relatively new Kwanzaa (an African
You begin to see the whole microaggression
Tip conundrum; you don't know you're doing it, even celebration introduced in America in 1966) doesn't Rob
begin until after Christmas this year. And there are

of when trying to be inclusive. Someone with a no major holidays for Muslims in December for And for after Christmas, have a happy Kwanzaa! Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
the Hat Letter to the Editor
Rob Misconceptions about Bill 6 from a small farmers' perspective the NDP invoking closure on Man in the

Merrifield mitigated, apologized for, or retracted completely but debate for Bill 6 despite Red Hat

Member of Parliament for Yellowhead To be clear, we are not anti-safety. We live and play alas the damage has been done. make our concerns heard to a government who has Wildrose MLAs tabling a
in our workplaces. It is our family, friends, and proven they are not interested in listening, and how and petition signed by over by Craig McArthur
neighbours whose health and well-being is at stake on Now farmers are left with the daunting task of figuring if the family farm way of life is still a viable one for us. 30,000 Albertans who are
our property and we take that very seriously. out how this legislation will affect us, how we can Shelley Erickson against the bill.
We have repeatedly heard Premier Notley claim that Bruce, AB
"stakeholders were consulted". The Oxford dictionary Letter to the Editor
states consultation as "meeting with an expert or
professional in order to seek advice." By this Help with a Clean Shave for cancer
definition, stakeholders were not consulted. In
meetings between government and industry groups,
industry gave recommendations to exempt farms from Clean Shave For Cancer than I have ever learned or felt
WCB, giving them the option to voluntarily apply. Views & News about cancer. Independent seniors’ advocate needed
Industry leaders requested further information and by Deanna Mitchener by Deanna Mitchener It is an amazing experience to
meetings to participate in creating regulations specific take part in. It is hard to put into
to agriculture; desiring to ensure avoiding any The third annual clean shave words the emotions and self- to fix long-term care: Eggen
potentially crippling legislation. The recommendations for cancer is less than a month away, right after the worth that comes along with this simple act of
were ignored on all fronts; in fact, nearly all of these Christmas Holidays. kindness, when you have those that have lost their hair The Weekly Anchor
stakeholder have published statements to clearly state Christmas is a time of year when the spirit of giving due to cancer treatments, coming up to you and telling Letter to the Editor Policy Member of the
The Weekly Anchor welcomes letters to the editor.
lack of agricultural support and lack of consultation. becomes stronger. This holiday season give the gift of you how much they appreciate what you have done. All letters are published at the discretion of the editor- Edson & District Chamber &
Nor are current consultations led by NDP MLA's true hope for a cure for cancer. When someone with cancer wearing a wig comes up publisher who reserves the right to edit for clarity, length Evansburg/Entwistle Chamber
to the definition. It was asked at one such meeting: Help our local cancer support group on January 5, to you and asks if you are going through treatments, and libel. Letters published do not necessarily reflect the
“Who is taking notes so you can present our concerns 2016 by having your hair dyed pink, partially pink, or and they find out you just did it to help a good cause, policies or beliefs of this newspaper. All letters must bear the
to your party?” The MLA's embarrassedly looked at have a pink extension added to your hair. By collecting their response is overwhelming and gives them name of the writer and include the address and telephone
each other and shrugged. When we try contacting our pledges the Other Side Hair Studio will volunteer their encouragement. number, which will not be published.
MLA's with questions we get a "thank you for your time and the dye to do your hair. Here is your chance to see for yourself just how
concerns." Calls are rarely returned. Then on January 9 those that want to truly inspire rewarding it can be. I personally would like to
We have also heard that this is about "making sure others can have their hair shaved off to help raise challenge you the reader to either take part in the
workers have the right to minimum wage and the right awareness or to donate 10 inches of hair. Clean Shave for Cancer or to make a donation pledge
to refuse safe work." However, federal legislation Those that come face to face with cancer do not have to help support the cause.
outlines basic responsibilities which we must comply
All proceeds raised stay right here in Edson,
with to protect our staff and, according to the the choice about their hair coming off, it happens due benefiting those individuals and families in the
to cancer treatments.
Keeping In Toucheeping In Touch
Government of Alberta Industry Profiles 2015 report, K
the average farm worker is paid a minimum $15.38 up Appearance is only skin deep and yet so many still surrounding area. With just a couple of weeks left the
to $43.32, an average of $29.35, well above the $11.20 struggle. Let's help put an end to insecurities by joining crunch is on to get those pledge forms filled out. by GEORGE VANDERBURG
In previous years local hockey teams have come
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
minimum wage requirements. in. Trust me it grows back, I know as I shaved mine all together to support the event by having their hair dyed MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
Conservative Another misconception amplified by the NDP is that off two years ago to help raise awareness and raise pink and collecting pledges. Let's see what other
Alberta is currently the only province that exempts
iews farms. However, according to AAMDCs' money to support our local group. groups can get on board!
I believe I learned more about myself and those that
For more information call 780-712-5521 or stop in
Environmental Scan of Farm Safety Legislation and
at 511 50 street to pick up your pledge form and to
were affected by cancer in that one simple act of giving
the Association of Workers Compensation Boards of
Guest Column by Clyde Corser
Canada 2015 report: farms are excluded from
mandatory WCB coverage in PEI, Nova Scotia, register for the event.
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Finally, and possibly the most unfortunate and
that farmers have become violent and even gone so far
as threatening MLA's in favor of Bill 6. At least four
Guest Column by Clyde Corser
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