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Where there's smoke there's backyard fire pits

Letter to the Editor: My
Remembering heroes ViewPoint
The town has passed the first reading of an A quick call to the fire department, a big red by Adrienne Tait Rob Merrifield
Tip updated fire bylaw that will see a one-time From the truck, and a long hose put an end to the Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
situation.
of permit for backyard fire pits subject to an Publisher’s Desk It can be difficult to predict how a backyard
inspection and a fee of $25 to $50.
Dana McArthur
When used safely and properly, fire pits can
the Hat provide many evenings of enjoyment and a fire pit can affect those over the fence or even Alberta organ and tissue
your own safety. Wind gusts, nearby
Longtime Edson resident and newspaper-man passes gathering place for family and friends. unseasoned wood drifted through our window structures, materials, screens, fuel, width of donation –registry agent launch
The smoke that spewed out from the
the pit –the most terrible of wildfires begin
However, smoke doesn't respect property lines
and neither do sparks or flames. and sparks flew over the fence in the breeze. with a single spark.
Robin Campbell, MLA Let's face it, not all backyard fire pits are used After a conversation over the fence the pit was Roasting hot dogs and marshmallows is a Rob
West Yellowhead or constructed with safety and respect in mind. moved another meter away and closer to their lot of fun. And a few beers around a backyard
We had a neighbour years ago who removed a own home. pit is a great way to relax with friends. Merrifield
few trees from their backyard and decided a fire A few days later we came home to see the There are few communities left that do not Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
pit was a great way to use up the surplus wood. neighbours frantically trying to extinguish giant have fire pit bylaws in place. What they do is
Unpaid leave to The fire pit, consisting of a few cinder blocks flames rising from the pit. The flames were help set safety standards so this can remain an
care for seriously in a circle, ended up one meter from our fence licking the edges of their eaves setting the enjoyable pastime for everyone. West Yellowhead MLA Robin Campbell
ill relative and practically under our bedroom window. corner of their house on fire. Just remember to invite your neighbours
Clean Shave an amazing experience once in a while. (see front page story) Rob



Building Canada Plan Letter to the Editor:
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 Does Alberta have a revenue problem or a spending problem? Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
amazing experience because it by Deanna Mitchener a little uncomfortable and I
opened my eyes and heart to a Rob found myself explaining to the shelled out about $7,900 per person on
new level of helping and curious why I was bald. Dear Editor: provincial programs, which is $12,000 less per about agreeing, let's recognize that we didn't Man in the
supporting those within our Merrifield But soon I found myself feeling get into this deficit mess because ordinary
community. Member of Parliament for Yellowhead more comfortable in the way I Some years ago, blunt, outspoken, U.S. family than was spent by Alberta's PC Albertans haven't been paying enough tax. We Red Hat
At first really wondered if I looked. What did it really matter? President Harry Truman suggested that one of government. got into this mess because for years, the PC Letter to the Editor by Craig McArthur
could actually go through with it. I was still the same person. It his political opponents didn't know any more This year, for the budget revenue category government has absolutely refused to control
Then I thought I'd just buy a wig –which I did. didn't change me in any way other than I no longer about certain policies than a pig knows about called “Minerals and Petroleum,” Manitoba will its spending.
It seemed hard to do. What would people think? had hair. Sunday. take in less than $20 million. In its last budget, The simple fact is that if Alberta's per person
What about the talk behind your back? The But the response I had from within the There is an aspect of Truman's one-liner that Ontario projected royalty revenues of $250 program spending were closer to that of
wondering if she has cancer? What about all the community, and those visiting Edson, made it oh so easily applies to recent talk in Alberta about our million. Nova Scotia's royalty revenue is about Ontario, yet still considerably higher than
questions and possible judging? worth it. I had a few ladies come up and ask if I had looming multi-billion dollar deficit. Many $13 million. In comparison, on a good year Ontario, we could save around $5 billion a
I had the solution for all that –my wig! I wouldn't cancer because they did and were wearing a wig. It government MLAs and some in the media are Saskatchewan can collect around $2.5 billion year. Alternatively, a 10% or 11% cut in
have to worry. Just hand in the money from my gave them courage knowing that someone could talking about the supposed need for tax from non-renewal resources. overall provincial spending would save nearly
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 increases. They don't seem to understand what In stark contrast, Alberta on average has been $5 billion. And everybody knows that a
had people watching and waiting. I even had my you helped someone with cancer feel better about they're saying. If they did, rather than talk tax taking in close to $10 billion per year in non- modest trim to a government that's been on a
own cheering section with me. How could I turn themselves was priceless! increases they'd be demanding spending cuts. renewable resource revenue. (Manitoba's total decade-long spending spree, is hardly what to fix long-term care: Eggen
back? Words cannot explain the warm feeling this whole Here's why: annual cost of healthcare and education is $7.4 anyone would call life-threatening or
As I look back on my experience, I am glad I went experience gave me and I want to encourage others In the past decade or so, there have been billion. Saskatchewan's is about $6.6 billion.) unreasonable.
through with it. to try the 2015 Clean Shave for Cancer challenge single years in Alberta when overall program For years, there has been an ocean of money In fact, faced with a very similar if not a
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And I'm even more glad I never putting on that this coming January. spending has jumped 11%, 12%, and even 14%. flowing over our provincial legislature. For PC more difficult financial situation, as Premier, Keeping In Toucheeping In Touch
wig. As an added bonus you'll never have to spend According to economists at the Royal Bank government members it's been like winning the Ralph Klein shunned tax hikes and cut by GEORGE VANDERBURG
by GEORGE VANDERBURG
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 (RBC),* in 2013-14, for every person living in lottery every year. Yet during the past decade, provincial spending by closer to 20%. His MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
raise awareness. If I just put my wig on who would won't be short of people wanting to rub your head. the province Alberta's PC government spent the government has repeatedly been unable to punishment for it was to keep getting re-
Be a part of the event and I know you will come
$11,000 on programs. In contrast, the Ontario balance the budget. And now that this massive elected by Albertans because they knew it was
Liberals spent $8,500. On a per family annual windfall is going to be whittled down a the responsible thing to do.
basis—assuming four members to a wee bit due to falling energy prices, the Prentice
family—Ontario spends $10,000 less per year PCs want tax hikes so they can keep right on Stuart Taylor, Nominated Candidate West
on government programs than the PC spending. Yellowhead Wildrose, Hinton
government in Alberta. Government MLAs including the PC-9, now
Even in Quebec, which has a reputation as a seem to believe there isn't a fiscal problem they REFERENCES: Annual per capita spending numbers
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runaway big spender, program spending is far can't fix with a new tax, or a higher tax. Yet are taken from RBC's Federal and Provincial Fiscal Keeping In Toucheeping In Touch
Tables, published December 18, 2014.
below Alberta. RBC says the Quebec Liberals before the rest of us go there, or even think by GEORGE VANDERBURG
by GEORGE VANDERBURG

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