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Recreational fire pits Vader back in

now require permits custody charged

by Adrienne Tait The original bylaw was passed in 1963 and had with assault
not received significant updates since.
Edson residents now require a permit for their The protection services committee worked on the
recreational fire pits. At the June 16 council revised bylaw for a number of months before Travis Vader, the man accused of
meeting the second and third readings of the presenting it to council in February. killing an elderly St. Albert couple Lyle
amended fire bylaw were passed. In addition to the recreational and open air fire pit and Marie McCann, is back in custody
Among the changes to the bylaw is a permitting permitting system the amended bylaw allows fines and facing a new charge of assault
system for fire pits which will see a onetime $25 for false alarms and restricts fireworks. according to RCMP.
permit fee and all recreational fire pits required to Section eight of the proposed bylaw sets the Vader was arrested and charged June
comply with safety regulations and pass an guidelines for false alarms. If during one calendar 13 in Barrhead and is faces charges in
inspection. The permits are non-transferable should year the fire department responds to three false
there be a change in property ownership. alarms originating from the same property there will relation to a domestic assault. He has
After receiving some public feedback minor be a $200 fee. That fee increase to $400 for each been denied bail.
changes were made to the wording of the original subsequent alarm. Vader is scheduled to go to trial in the
amendment which would allow fire pits at the The new bylaw changes also addressed the sale of deaths of Lyle and Marie McCann in
discretion of the fire chief with regards to minimum fireworks. The bylaw states, “It is strictly March 2016.
distances from property lines and combustible prohibited to display for sale, offer for sale, sell,
materials. possess or store low-hazard fireworks, firecrackers,
There will be a grace period until December 31 for fireballs, squibs or any such Chinese firecrackers
residents to obtain their permits. within the boundaries of the town of Edson.”
Councillor Brian Boyce said, “Fire pits are almost Likewise it is strictly prohibited to buy, obtain, or
a cultural thing in Edson….by giving the grace discharge such fireworks.
period we are giving residents the opportunity to get The bylaw will now come into affect.
their permits without paying any fee.”

Transportation operating assistance grants continued Fulham School

by Adrienne Tait and the McMan Youth, Family and Community would like to thank
Services Association will receive $4,750 of the
Included in the Town of Edson 2015 budget is allotted funds.
$25,000 in funding to maintain the transportation The funding will help ensure that the ConocoPhilips
operating grant in order to ensure groups that rely on transportation needs of seniors and handicapped
funds could continue to operate. individuals in Edson are met. for their generous $2000 donation
During their Tuesday evening council meeting Councillor Gean Chouinard called the grant, towards our year-end
town council divided the funds between three local “Dollars well spent.”
groups. Supporting Choices of People Edson In previous years a $20,000 grant for this purpose field trip to Camp YoWoChAs.
(S.C.O.P.E) was awarded $6,750, Edson Senior's was supplied by the province but was eliminated a
Transportation Society (ESTS) is to receive $13,500, number of years ago.
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