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

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Are we prepared for the 'senior tsunami'? My

Remembering heroes ViewPoint

“The anxiety Canadians have about health
Tip The provincial and federal governments have care in their so-called golden years is both real by Adrienne Tait Rob Merrifield
Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
increased their commitment to senior housing in
From the
of rural Alberta pledging $160 million over the Publisher’s Desk and well-founded,” said the outgoing Canadian
Medical Association president Dr. Anna Reid in
next four years.
the Hat 2014-15 the funds will support renovations and Dana McArthur a statement. Alberta organ and tissue
Starting with a $40 million investment in
93 per cent of Canadians polled want a
Longtime Edson resident and newspaper-man passes additions to senior lodges. national seniors' health strategy for home care donation –registry agent launch
“While all seniors' residences comply to the plunging and Alberta's budget is taking a hit. and long-term care -with support highest in
Robin Campbell, MLA code of the time they were constructed, with With nearly 70 per cent of Alberta's seniors Alberta and Ontario. Rob
West Yellowhead buildings built after 1997 meeting or exceeding lodge units in rural areas the question is how far Premier Prentice has publicly stated his
current standards, older buildings can now will $160 million actually go to alleviate the dissatisfaction with Alberta's congested seniors
afford to upgrade with this funding critical shortage of seniors' spaces? care system and has pledged to overhaul the Merrifield
announcement,” said Doug Mills, President of According to a recent Ipsos Reid poll existing Alberta Supportive Living Initiative. Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
Unpaid leave to Alberta Senior Citizens' Housing Association. Canadians have a growing anxiety that the This new funding will certainly help towards
care for seriously Seniors housing needs far surpass the ability country's health system is not prepared to keeping seniors in their communities and help West Yellowhead MLA Robin Campbell
improve the quality of life in seniors' lodges.
ill relative of Alberta communities to provide space. The handle the needs of the looming “tsunami” of Let's just hope there is a lot more like this to
$160 million will be a welcomed investment,
seniors headed its way.
Clean Shave an amazing experience particularly at a time when oil prices are The concerns stretch from seniors residences, come and the proposal for the expansion of Rob
Building Canada Plan Letter to the Editor: to hospitals, to long-term care facilities. Parkland Lodge becomes a reality.
Shaving my hair completely really know? By not wearing the Merrifield
off back in January was an Views & News wig everyone saw. At times I felt Letter to the Editor Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
amazing experience because it by Deanna Mitchener a little uncomfortable and I Act of kindness will change life of an Ethiopian family
opened my eyes and heart to a Rob found myself explaining to the
new level of helping and curious why I was bald. Dear Editor, place. Man in the
supporting those within our Merrifield But soon I found myself feeling ANSO is a registered charitable society based out of Grande Prairie, AB.
community. Member of Parliament for Yellowhead more comfortable in the way I In 2013, residents of Edson and area generously donated $2410.00 to the All donations are tax deductible and receipts for income tax purposes will Red Hat
At first really wondered if I looked. What did it really matter? ANSO Gift Card Program. Families and individuals in Ethiopia were provided be issued for donations of $25.00 or more. As all administrative costs are Letter to the Editor by Craig McArthur
could actually go through with it. I was still the same person. It with animal stocking, medical kits, business loans, and education opportunities. covered by "Friends of ANSO", 100% of your donation is able to go directly
Then I thought I'd just buy a wig –which I did. didn't change me in any way other than I no longer 100% of the donations were received by those in need and have made a world of to families and individuals in need. Available cards are: 5 chickens $25.00,
It seemed hard to do. What would people think? had hair. difference to them. Health Services $50.00, Micro-finance $100.00, Student Support $300.00,
What about the talk behind your back? The But the response I had from within the Ethiopia is one of the poorest countries in the world. You can help make a Goat $40.00, Donkey $75.00, Cow $150.00, Camel $500.00.
wondering if she has cancer? What about all the community, and those visiting Edson, made it oh so difference by purchasing an ANSO gift card for someone you love. Instead of a Cards can be purchased at Switzer's Drug Store or by contacting Dianne
questions and possible judging? worth it. I had a few ladies come up and ask if I had Christmas present, or as an addition to what you are giving, you present your Pede@780-723-7613 or You can also check out the
I had the solution for all that –my wig! I wouldn't cancer because they did and were wearing a wig. It loved one with an ANSO gift card that says: "In lieu of a personal gift, a cow or the Facebook page - ANSO Collectives &
have to worry. Just hand in the money from my gave them courage knowing that someone could (goat, camel, etc.) has been given to a disadvantaged Ethiopian family on your Educational Support Society. Thank you for your continued support and
sponsors, a fast shave, and slap on the wig. shave their hair off and not have cancer. behalf," Your act of kindness will forever change the life of an Ethiopian family, generosity. Independent seniors’ advocate needed
At times I wondered if I could go through with it. I Helping to raise money was one thing. Knowing and your loved one will have one less item that they likely didn't need in the first
had people watching and waiting. I even had my you helped someone with cancer feel better about Dianna Pede, Edson
own cheering section with me. How could I turn themselves was priceless! to fix long-term care: Eggen
back? Words cannot explain the warm feeling this whole Alberta focused on sound fiscal management:
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
And I'm even more glad I never putting on that this coming January. Tough choices ahead if oil prices remain low for the long term
wig. As an added bonus you'll never have to spend
The idea is raising money for cancer but it's also to time doing your hair for a few months. Plus you
Keeping In Toucheeping In Touch
raise awareness. If I just put my wig on who would won't be short of people wanting to rub your head. While our province forecast and, for the K essential to quality of c a r e f u l f i s c a l
Be a part of the event and I know you will come remains on solid fiscal remainder of the year, by GEORGE VANDERBURG life, and we continue to m a n a g e m e n t t h i s
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
footing, significant our forecast will be MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne invest in Alberta's government will keep
drops in oil prices based on a more i n f r a s t r u c t u r e , Alberta's finances in the
means government reasonable figure. increasing our forecast black while continuing
must continue to focus Alberta's strong for the Capital Plan to to effectively and
o n s o u n d f i s c a l economy and our AAA prudent approach to our A l b e r t a n s h a v e $7.3 billion. e f f i c i e n t l y m e e t
m a n a g e m e n t a n d credit rating means finances that will consistently told us we We have some tough Albertans' priorities.
prudence. we're better positioned protect our financial must continue to build c h o i c e s a h e a d , For more information,
Second quarter results than other provinces to position and, going to meet the growing especially if oil prices read Alberta's 2014-15 Keeping In Toucheeping In Touch
for the 2014-15 fiscal weather an extended forward, will keep demand for schools, remain low for the long Second Quarter Fiscal by GEORGE VANDERBURG
year did bring some period of low energy spending growth below hospitals, and roads. term. We are committed Update and Economic MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
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