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Willing to pay the price?

Views & News
As Albertans turned efficiency programs. by Deanna Mitchener
down their From the Alberta's Deputy premier
thermostats after new Publisher’s Desk Sarah Hoffman also stated
Dana McArthur
year's frigid there was a clear link
temperatures between the approval of
subsided, running our homes or several pipelines last year and Alberta's
businesses became even more expensive. carbon tax.
As part of the Alberta NDP's Climate UDP Leader Jason Kenney noted that
Leadership Plan, carbon taxes increased since the NDP announced its plan the
from $20 per tonne to $30, as of January prime minister vetoed the Northern
1, 2018. Gateway pipeline, and the National Energy
With this spike in the cost of living we Board effectively killed Energy East.
can expect to pay more as the carbon Kenny added the NDP government in B.C.
levy increase is passed on to consumers, was also trying to stop TransMountain
from home heating bills and gasoline, to from proceeding.
groceries. “The NDP carbon tax has already killed
The current carbon levy will remain thousands of good-paying jobs, put
until 2020 when the province proposes hardworking Alberta entrepreneurs out of
to increase it to $40 per tonne, and then business, and made life more expensive
to $50. In total, it will add roughly 13 families across the province,” said Kenney.
Riding Update: cents a litre to the price of gasoline. "The carbon tax is all economic pain with
There are rebates for mid-low income no environmental gain."
Open Letter: households, but as with any rebates, they Despite the added tax burdens, the Letter to the Editor Policy
will likely never keep pace with the Canadian government will not even come
inflation caused to consumer goods. And close to reaching its 2030 climate goals, The Weekly Anchor welcomes letters to the
frankly, when the gas bill is due, waiting unless it plans to introduce some editor
Letter to the Editor:
for a quarterly rebate may not be much
devastating action like shutting down the
Misadventures comfort for many struggling households. whole power grid for several years. All letters are published at the discretion of the
Provincial taxes on business income
And the fact remains, Alberta's NDP
went down to 10% from 10.5% for 2018. government is way ahead of the federally editor-publisher who reserves the right to edit
But again, that's little comfort for those mandated minimum carbon price of $10 for clarity, length and libel. Letters published
businesses struggling to make any per tonne with an increase in 2020 to $50. do not necessarily reflect the policies or beliefs
income; they simply are not going to Green energy is an admirable goal, but of this newspaper. All letters must bear the
benefit. when it's done at the cost of decimating name of the writer and include the address and
The province says revenue from the Alberta's low-cost energy market, and telephone number, which will not be published.
carbon tax will go towards green losing even more competitive edge —is it
MLA infrastructure projects and energy really a price hardworking Albertans are
willing to pay?
Eric Rosendahl

Call for Concepts – Organizations Working with Victims of Gender-Based Violence

ViewPoint Jim Eglinski, Member of Parliament for support population-specific survivors and their
Yellowhead, is pleased to inform local
by Adrienne Tait residents of funding opportunities available Jim Eglinski The deadline to submit a concept is 12:00
through a “call for concepts” for projects that MP Yellowhead p.m. (PT), on March 1, 2018. Projects can be
support survivors of gender-based violence funded for a period of up to five years, and the
(GBV) and their families. maximum funding amount has been increased
Some populations living in Canada to $1 million per project.
experience disproportionate levels of violence families and communities. The effects of such Organizations can submit an application to
and face challenges to accessing services. violence can be long-lasting and profoundly the call for concepts by visiting
These populations include children and youth, affect many aspects of a person's life,” stated The direct link is: cfc-
Indigenous women, non- MP Eglinski.
status/refugee/immigrant women, seniors, and Through this call for concepts, targeted en.html
women living in northern/rural communities. funding opportunities will be provided to “I encourage local organizations, including
“Gender-based violence continues to have organizations working in the GBV sector to our women's shelters, to make a submission for
devastating impacts on Canadian individuals, access to these funds,” concluded MP Eglinski.

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Apologies on my behalf to the Edson Cycling Association for a
misqoute of projected full cost build of the new Bike Park that is
going in out at Willmore. In the last issue my article incorrectly said
$350,000 when actually it is a $624,000 projected cost for the full
build. Please accept my apologies and I take full blame, not the
Weekly Anchor. Deanna Mitchener
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