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MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
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Remembering heroes
Tower has historic value
Answering the basic question



Rob Merrifield
The Edson and District Chamber of Chamber, both on and off the board, over the
Commerce has hit a rough patch in its long From the years. Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
history in the community, and the board is Publisher’s Desk Notably in recent years was Axel Axmann
now faced with some tough choices moving Dana McArthur who took on the presidency back in 2012. His
forward. stated vision was to promote the Chamber as Alberta organ and tissue
The Chamber is struggling financially. This
Longtime Edson resident and newspaper-man passes resulted in the board's recent decision to find its identity, and discern its mandate and a voice for the businesses in Edson and area. donation –registry agent launch
In essence, he proposed putting the business
increase this year's member fees, instead of priorities in an ever-changing community. back into the Chamber.
Robin Campbell, MLA facing an unavoidable shut down by the end of There have been many motivated business There is little doubt he was right that the Rob
West Yellowhead the year. people and community members who have Chamber had lost its way.
The Chamber has endeavoured in the past to contributed their ideas and support to the The Chamber has not always had an Merrifield Man in the
executive director and the additional staff it Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
Tip has currently maintained. In fact, it is Red Hat
Unpaid leave to by Craig McArthur
THE WEEKLY care for seriously of relatively new in its history. There was a
time it fared well with substantially fewer
ANCHOR ill relative the Hat Red tape... hours open, volunteers, and part time help.

Serving Edson & Yellowhead County for 26 years The absence of $40,000 in revenue from the
Letter to the Editor Policy Rob
The Weekly Anchor welcomes letters to the editor by email, operation of the tourist centre over the last
Building Canada Plan On Tuesday, June few years, the diminishing returns from its
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All letters are published at the discretion of the editor who My Previously, if you Merrifield
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Writers are normally limited to one published letter per passed a bylaw ViewPoint have all taken their toll.
month. Rebuttals are normally limited to one response. build an approach, or One of the biggest killers for a not-for-profit
Rob Letters published are strictly the writer’s opinion and do not amendment that will by Adrienne Tait requested aid from is overhead, and not just because of the
reflect the policies or beliefs of this newspaper. All letters
prevent council from
council and were
Merrifield must bear the name of the writer and include the address and revisiting an item for denied you were able obvious financial concerns. Letter to the Editor:
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Member of Parliament for Yellowhead a minimum of six months should the matter to submit a request to the mayor or CAO, Overhead can quickly lead a not-for-profit
already have received a decision from once circumstances changed, and explain away from its mandate. Its focus can become
council. why you wished to reappear. little more than generating revenue to
While on the face of it the decision appears If there was sufficient change you were maintain itself.
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could have consequences for future mayors, your appeal. to turn inward on itself –it becomes the 2015 Canada Day
I watched as the council took these
Letter to the Editor councils, and county residents. discretionary powers away from its mayor center of its own attention –instead of Our actions do count Challenge
One of the things I appreciate most about
the county council is the time allotted each and its CAO. Now an appeal, in all outward-looking on its mission and those it
originally served.
Keeping In Toucheeping In Touch
councillor to speak their mind and explain likelihood, will have to wait six months. One simply has to look at the Edson Trade K
their position. Any new information must now be brought Show roster in recent years, and count how Keeping In Toucheeping In Touch
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by GEORGE VANDERBURG
As someone who has sat in nearly every before the entire council, who will then by GEORGE VANDERBURG by GEORGE VANDERBURG
by GEORGE VANDERBURG
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
council meeting for the past few years, I find decide whether or not you are permitted to many out of area businesses fill up the MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne THE WEEKLY
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
Views & News it helpful to understand each person's point of appeal. Once that decision is made you will spaces, to see this as a very real concern. ANCHOR
A primary goal of any Chamber of
by Deanna Mitchener view. I understand their position and have a have to return yet again, at a later date, for Commerce should be to help create and foster Serving Edson & Yellowhead County for 26 years
The end of great deal of respect for those who stand by council to actually hear your appeal. a strong, vibrant, and welcoming business Letter to the Editor:
their principles, even when it's not popular.
The decision itself would likely not be
community.
And then there was Tuesday…
rendered until two weeks later, as currently
a local icon repeatedly stood up for resident's rights, and council does not make decisions on matters secondary goal that should help strengthen
Anything else, however worthy, is really a
I watched as council members who have
brought forward in a public presentation until
the first.
petitioned for ways to cut through
the following council meeting.
If we all do our part, a convincing answer
Certainly, council members time is
that seems to do little more than add red tape.
Pioneer Cabin Jim Eglinski bureaucratic red tape, voted in an amendment valuable, but so is the time of the can be found for a business owner who asks
MP Yellowhead
why they should join the Chamber and what
Council members voted in an amendment
stakeholders and county residents they serve.
Red tape has the bad habit of eating up
windup Jamboree that limits and complicates a resident's right everyone's time. see story page 9 would be the benefit.
to appeal.
This is when the Chamber will have found
its focus once again within the business
community. -see story page 4
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