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by GEORGE VANDERBURG
A piece of history... My
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
Remembering heroes ViewPoint
Unpaid leave to One of the old- From the working in that by Adrienne Tait Rob Merrifield
care for seriously timers on Edson's Publisher’s Desk building with my Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
ill relative Main Street, a Dana McArthur parents (now both
building with a deceased).
history spanning a But the building had a much longer Alberta organ and tissue
Letter to the Editor century, was gutted by fire on May history. Back in 1911 it housed the donation –registry agent launch
30.
Tenants of the building were O.H. Johnson General Store. And, as
many locals still recall, it was home
evacuated safely, but could do to Collin's Grocery Store. Later it was
There is also fears, according nothing but stand back and watch as home to The Boot Shop (if memory Rob
to the Wildrose, that the NDP
Building Canada Plan their businesses and homes went up serves), The Weekly Anchor, and Merrifield
may be pulling funding for in flames. Divine Elements. But surely there
self-managed care. Self- Edson, Yellowhead County, and were many more over its long history. Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
managed care allows Hinton responders did a heroic job Edson's Main Street has been hit by
Tip greater flexibility in containing the fire fueled by the West Yellowhead MLA Robin Campbell
Letter to the Editor Policy meeting individual fires before. Back in the 1950's Letter to the Editor Policy

The Weekly Anchor welcomes letters to the of needs and certainly tinder dry wood of the historic Switzer's Drug Store, a cafe, a photo The
building, but the flames were not to
studio, and large dry-goods store
editor. was of benefit in my be quelled. were destroyed by fire, according to Rob Weekly
All letters are published at the discretion of the the Hat mother’s care. Anchor
editor-publisher who reserves the right to edit A building that went up board by the Alberta Archives. And it wasn't so Merrifield welcom
for clarity, length and libel. Letters published board at a time when the town was long ago, back in 2007 I recall, the Member of Parliament for Yellowhead es
do not necessarily reflect the policies or beliefs still called Heatherwood (as some massive 60 year old Byers Transport letters
of this newspaper. All letters must bear the locals tell it) succumbed to the building on 1st Avenue was
to the
name of the writer and include the address and blaze. Afterwards, most of it was devastated by fire. the NDP invoking closure on
telephone number, which will not be published. brought down in just minutes by an Modernity seems to necessitate the editor. debate for Bill 6 despite Man in the
excavator. loss of little pieces of our history. But All letters are published at the discretion of the Red Hat
Wildrose MLAs tabling a
petition signed by over
As I watched the fire, it also the history of Edson is much more editor-publisher who reserves the right to edit by Craig McArthur
marked a rather sad end of an era. than the sum of its buildings. And 30,000 Albertans who are
The building was home to The what may be gone materially, is never against the bill.
Letter to the Editor Weekly Anchor for many years and really lost in our memory.
I have many fond memories O.H. Johnson General Store occupied the 420 Main Street building
cira 1911. photo Edson Archives
Riding Update: Robin Campbell, MLA
Questions on Jasper Park's response to Pine Beetles Independent seniors’ advocate needed Hello again… West Yellowhead


Dear Editor: Attendees learned that Banff National Park Jasper National Park may well be basing its MPB
(BNP) had a similar MPB problem more than a management program on faulty science. to fix long-term care: Eggen by Carlo Klemm
OP/ED This past week, I attended a mountain pine decade ago, when beetles were spreading outside The Jasper Park has also claimed that the MPB
beetle (MPB) seminar in Jasper. The place was of the park onto provincial and private land, infestation in the Hinton Area was coming mostly The Weekly Anchor
Keeping In Toucheeping In Touch
filled with scientists and forest health practitioners thereby threatening neighbouring communities. from the Grande Prairie region, rather than Jasper Member of the K
Edson & District Chamber &
from across Canada, and especially from western The Park acting in cooperation with the federal National Park. This allegation was strongly Evansburg/Entwistle Chamber
by GEORGE VANDERBURG
Canada. government, was able to conduct aggressive refuted by professionals at the seminar. From the by GEORGE VANDERBURG
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
Fall statement shows federal gov’t borrowing additional $32 billion from Edson, Hinton and Yellowhead County. The control treatments along the leading edge of the many who were there began to ask questions. Publisher’s Desk
After attending the event, there is no doubt that
Also, attending were elected council members
Dana McArthur
infestation, thereby adopting what was dubbed a
notable and glaring absence at the event was “good neighbour policy”. First, why did two different national parks
anyone who had anything to do with Jasper Attendees also learned from the many scientific respond so differently to the same problem; and
National Park (JNP). experts that prescribed burning is not considered second, why did the Banff Park possess and
As many people know, the MPB has crossed the an effective control technique for the pests, implement a good neighbour policy while the
Riding Update: Rockies and is attacking stands of pine around especially in the midst of an infestation. Yet this is Jasper Park doesn't even show up at a major event
Jasper and in neighbouring communities including the approach primarily used by Jasper National where professionals and elected officials were
Edson and Hinton. Park. discussing, amongst other things, the impact and
At the event, much was learned about what We learned that prescribed burning over time cost of the Jasper Park's policies on surrounding
needs to occur. We were also exposed to an can change the tree species composition of a communities? Views & News
outstanding critique of the failures on the part of forest, without actually controlling MPB by Deanna Mitchener Rob
Jasper National Park to deal with the issue. infestations. Stuart Taylor, Member of Hinton Town Council Conservative
The final thing we learned at the event is that Merrifield
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