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Clean Shave an amazing experience margins expected T he Weekly ANCHOR by GEORGE VANDERBURG
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Shaving my hair completely off back in January was bald.
was an amazing experience because it opened my But soon I found myself feeling more comfortable Comment
eyes and heart to a new level of helping and in the way I looked. What did it really matter? I was
supporting those within our community. still the same person. It didn't change me in any way Tower has historic value
At first really wondered if I could actually go other than I no longer had hair.
through with it. Then I thought I'd just buy a wig But the response I had from within the Letter to the Editor:
–which I did. community, and those visiting Edson, made it oh so Reducing Risk-Related Trauma in Youth
Letter to the Editor:
It seemed hard to do. What would people think? worth it. I had a few ladies come up and ask if I had My
What about the talk behind your back? The cancer because they did and were wearing a wig. It Remembering heroes ViewPoint
wondering if she has cancer? What about all the gave them courage knowing that someone could Reducing the number of This thought provoking day has proven by Adrienne Tait Rob Merrifield
questions and possible judging? shave their hair off and not have cancer. Tip cases where a teen or young successful in other areas and will have a lasting Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
I had the solution for all that –my wig! I wouldn't Helping to raise money was one thing. Knowing adult is critically injured or From the impact that could potentially save young lives
have to worry. Just hand in the money from my you helped someone with cancer feel better about of killed in a preventable Publisher’s Desk in the Edson area.
sponsors, a fast shave, and slap on the wig. themselves was priceless! trauma incident is the goal Dana McArthur We offer our tip of the hat to the local fire
At times I wondered if I could go through with it. I Words cannot explain the warm feeling this whole the Hat of the P.A.R.T.Y Program Alberta organ and tissue
had people watching and waiting. I even had my experience gave me and I want to encourage others (Prevent Alcohol Risk- Chiefs, EMS staff, the RCMP, AHS, volunteers
Longtime Edson resident and newspaper-man passes
own cheering section with me. How could I turn to try the 2015 Clean Shave for Cancer challenge and other participants who make this program donation –registry agent launch
back? this coming January. Related Trauma in Youth). class. The consequences will continue to unfold possible. Your efforts will undoubtedly help
As I look back on my experience, I am glad I went As an added bonus you'll never have to spend Alberta Health Services is coordinating the as students move over to the hospital. local students understand the potential impact
through with it. time Robin Campbell, MLA first P.A.R.T.Y Program in the area, for grade 9 Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of of the decisions they make. Rob
And I'm even more glad I never putting on that doin West Yellowhead students in Niton and Parkland High School. death in young people with 90% predictable and
wig. It is a reality-based program to educate preventable. Merrifield Whatever happened to fiscal responsibility?
The idea is raising money for cancer but it's also students on how to avoid tragic situations. Motor vehicle crashes are one of the most
to raise awareness. If I just put my wig on who The interactive program includes a common causes of injury and death. Drinking Jim Eglinski Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
would really know? By not wearing the wig Unpaid leave to presentation from local fire Chiefs, EMS and driving is one of the important messages Dear Editor: important to note that Campbell and the Stelmach
everyone saw. At times I felt a little uncomfortable g your hair for a few months. Plus you won't be care for seriously personnel, RCMP, Victims Services, and the addressed by P.A.R.T.Y. In a recent letter to the editor, West Yellowhead MLA, government didn't arrive in that ocean of red ink by West Yellowhead MLA Robin Campbell
short of people wanting to rub your head.
and I found myself explaining to the curious why I MP Yellowhead accident. They got there through conscious, calculated,
Be a part of the event and I know you will come ill relative Brain Injury Network. The program also promotes having a plan for a Robin Campbell, accused me of being unrealistic when I and deliberate overspending.
out smiling on the inside and outside. Students will watch a reenactment of a vehicle safe ride home, wearing a seat belt, the dangers suggested that the bulk of the province's fiscal crisis Stelmach, and his entourage of MLAs—including
crash and the extraction of bodies, along with of texting and driving, along with other valuable Rob could be addressed through spending cuts rather than tax Campbell—had absolutely no qualms about crazy

Building Canada Plan one casualty, acted by Parkland High's drama information. Now In Effect: Merrifield hikes. He claimed if the government did as I proposed, it spending or cuddling up to a deficit. At about that same
would require every single teacher in the province to be
time, just to be sure the largesse was thoroughly spread
fired three times over.
around, PC Cabinet Ministers gave themselves a
April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day Enhancements Member of Parliament for Yellowhead around $50 billion. To achieve $5 billion in savings $42,000 annual pay raise. Stelmach hiked his own pay
Alberta's annual budget—operational and capital—is
by $54,000. A few principled PC MLAs eventually grew
Rob to the Universal would therefore require a spending cut of about 10%. so loathsome of the government's runaway spending that
Interestingly, when confronted with a very similar fiscal
an internal revolt seemed imminent. West Yellowhead's
Merrifield Have you ever felt blue? tremendous dedication crisis, Ralph Klein cut provincial spending by 18%, and Campbell was certainly not one of the revolters. Man in the
Member of Parliament for Yellowhead I would love to see the Views & News families have for their Child Care Benefit he didn't lay off all the teachers even one time—let alone The PC Party's internal struggle forced Stelmach to Red Hat
community of Edson and by Deanna Mitchener loved ones with Autism. Letter to the Editor three times over. Surely Mr. Campbell isn't telling resign. That ushered in the era of Alison Redford. On the by Craig McArthur
area turn blue in You may not know the Albertans that the Klein administration was more adept day Redford resigned, her legacy was captured by a
at governance than our current crop of government
recognition of Autism right words to say you Our Conservative Government expanded MLAs? Calgary newspaper. It stated: “Alison Redford—14th
premier of Alberta—is premier no more. She leaves
awareness. may be afraid you may say the wrong thing, and enhanced the Universal Child Care 2015 Canada Day behind her a trail of fiscal wreckage.”
The fiscal track record of the PC government (of which
April is Autism Awareness month and April 2 afraid you may offend someone, that is totally Benefit (UCCB), and the additional Robin Campbell is a part) is well-documented. The year- Now Albertans are being told by Finance Minister
MP Jim Eglinski announces is World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD). understandable and also a good reason to seek parents can now count on $1,920 a year for by-year budgets are even posted online. These budget Robin Campbell, one of the designers of this financial
benefits are now in effect. Canadian
documents indicate that the pivot year for a change in
demise who also served as Alison Redford's personally-
Light It Up Blue (LIUB) is a unique global
a better understanding about Autism.
children under the age of 6, and $720 a
Alberta's finances was 2007, which was Ralph Klein's
appointed house leader in the legislature, that the
Autism is a complex brain disorder that
support for seniors in Yellowhead initiative to help raise awareness about the inhibits a person's ability to communicate with year for children aged 6-17. This is part of K last budget. In that budget, Klein spent nearly four times looming fiscal crisis and deficit exist solely because of
growing public health concern that is autism.
the national average on infrastructure, yet still posted an
how our Government is delivering for
oil prices. That simply isn't true. The facts prove
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others, in some cases accompanied behavioral
Light it Up Blue was launched by Autism
Speaks in 2010 in support of World Autism issues. You may have heard the term Autism families. by GEORGE VANDERBURG annual surplus of more than $8 billion. Our legislature otherwise. And whether Mr. Campbell likes it or not,
was awash in money.
facts are stubborn things.
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
Awareness Day. Iconic landmarks around the Spectrum, the spectrum relates to the wide What's more, because the UCCB goes MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne Klein resigned to be replaced by Ed Stelmach. In
world Light It Up Blue in celebration and to range of abilities and disabilities of those with directly to those who know their own Stelmach's first budget (2007-08) he wiped out a big Stuart Taylor, Nominated Candidate,
show their support. Autism. family's needs best – Mom and Dad – it chunk of the surplus Klein had left. He and his crop of West Yellowhead, Hinton
Last year it was great seeing Christina Recent research shows that in order to take supports choice in child care, not MLAs hiked annual spending by 20.4%.* And let's ----------------------
remember that in 2008, Robin Campbell was elected. He
* Government of Alberta Annual Report, 2007-2008, Page 2. The report
Gauchier with the Edson Friendship Early the best possible care of your child, you must bureaucracy. The UCCB benefits every was in fact part of the PC administration that in 2008 states: “Expense [spending] was $35.7 billion. This was $6.1 billion, or
Intervention Program, Brighter Futures, first take the best possible care of yourself. family with children, whether one parent drove the province's finances into the red. It is also 20.4%, higher than in 2006-07.”
expanding on promoting positive awareness, Parents often fail to evaluate their own sources stays home, help is sought from family, or
with It's a BLUE-tiful Day Autism Celebration. of strength, coping skills or emotional the family makes use of paid child care.
The event started off with a walk around attitudes. Acknowledging the emotional impact The additional benefits will begin to
town, followed by an assortment of activities at of Autism and taking care of yourself is vital. arrive in July, but they're calculated to the
the Early Learning and Childcare Center, a During this year's event on April 2 let's turn start of this year. Canadian families can
barbecue, and a final sendoff of blue balloons this community blue. count on our Conservative Government to
into the sky. In addition to joining the events of the day deliver support such as the enhanced
As a community we may only look at you can show your support by changing a light UCCB, the doubled and now refundable
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awareness during the month of April but some to blue, displaying a large puzzle piece in your Children's Fitness Tax Credit, and much K
families face this reality each and every day. window and/or wearing the colour blue. more. by GEORGE VANDERBURG
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