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Remembering heroes ViewPoint
On February 25 students in Edson, and across effective strategies to address bullying”. It has by Adrienne Tait Rob Merrifield
Tip Canada, were urged to wear pink shirts as part of an From the helped the school form a “clear definition of Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
anti-bullying campaign called “Pink Shirt Day”.
bullying and understand the need to develop the
of and repeated behaviour by one or more people, Publisher’s Desk capacity to stop it”.
Bullying is a conscious, willful, deliberate, hostile,
Dana McArthur
Beyond Pink Shirt Day A.H. Dakin participates in
the Hat which is intended to harm others. It can take on Edson Bully Free initiatives, Dare to Care Alberta organ and tissue
Longtime Edson resident and newspaper-man passes many forms including physical, emotional, cyber, emotional health into language that can be workshops, and this March training for grade 4 and donation –registry agent launch
and peer exclusion.
5 students as Recess Guardians, among its other
Bullying is nothing new. A recent Angus Reid poll understood by various audiences, including parents initiatives.
Robin Campbell, MLA found that three-quarters of Canadian adults say and children. There has been some progress. Parents of children Rob
they were bullied in school, with one-quarter
And this is what many schools are beginning to
West Yellowhead experiencing bullying regularly. address, along with the Town of Edson, Alberta in school today are far more likely to say their
child's bullying has been reported, with
Like many parents, I come from that rather Health Services, the BEST Program, Youth considerably more satisfactory outcomes, than was Merrifield Whatever happened to fiscal responsibility?
barbarous school era where bullies called kids out Interagency, and other partners. the case when they were that age, according to Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
regularly to the flagpole, with half the school in tow. Janet Wilkinson, assistant Principal of École Angus Reid. Dear Editor: Stelmach's first budget (2007-08) he wiped out a big
Unpaid leave to You survived –sometimes better, sometimes worse Westhaven School, said they feel Pink Shirt Day Bullying is a complex multi-level problem, and in chunk of the surplus Klein had left. He and his crop of
care for seriously –but there were never any winners. helps highlight their no-bullying policies. “We feel order to address these negative behaviours, In a recent letter to the editor, West Yellowhead MLA, MLAs hiked annual spending by 20.4%.* And let's West Yellowhead MLA Robin Campbell
ill relative Even today, with the added awareness, every seven there are lasting effects but we really feel our solutions will also need to be on multiple levels. Robin Campbell, accused me of being unrealistic when I remember that in 2008, Robin Campbell was elected. He
Clean Shave an amazing experience minutes someone is bullied on a playground in ongoing programs are just as beneficial, if not more behaviours can be changed with the right Rob suggested that the bulk of the province's fiscal crisis was in fact part of the PC administration that in 2008
Simply put, bullying is a learned behaviour –and
Canada, according to bullying.org.
could be addressed through spending cuts rather than tax
so.” Programs like Circle of Friends, and sessions
drove the province's finances into the red. It is also
Now, studies are beginning to show that focusing
Building Canada Plan in on student's social-emotional development is an that teach the attributes of a good citizen, respect, combination of understanding and initiatives. hikes. He claimed if the government did as I proposed, it important to note that Campbell and the Stelmach
would require every single teacher in the province to be
government didn't arrive in that ocean of red ink by
Shaving my hair completely really know? By not wearing the important factor in curbing bullying. and honesty, as well as other non-bullying activities. (also see Terri-Jean Baillie’s column page 17) Merrifield fired three times over. accident. They got there through conscious, calculated,
off back in January was an Views & News wig everyone saw. At times I felt Mike Belecky, Principal of A.H. Dakin School, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead Alberta's annual budget—operational and capital—is and deliberate overspending.
amazing experience because it by Deanna Mitchener a little uncomfortable and I According to the World Health Organization report said Pink Shirt Day, “does remind our community Forsyth statement on around $50 billion. To achieve $5 billion in savings Stelmach, and his entourage of MLAs—including
opened my eyes and heart to a Rob found myself explaining to the on the subject, Canada needs to work toward that we all recognize the importance of mental health w o u l d Campbell—had absolutely no qualms about crazy
new level of helping and curious why I was bald. translating the research on children's social and and ensuring that everyone takes a stand with increasing ER wait times t h e r e f o r e spending or cuddling up to a deficit. At about that same Man in the
supporting those within our Merrifield But soon I found myself feeling Jim Eglinski r e q u i r e a time, just to be sure the largesse was thoroughly spread
community. Member of Parliament for Yellowhead more comfortable in the way I On March 4 Wildrose Leader Heather Forsyth spending cut around, PC Cabinet Ministers gave themselves a Red Hat
At first really wondered if I looked. What did it really matter? MP Jim Eglinski announces Letter to the Editor of about 10%. $42,000 annual pay raise. Stelmach hiked his own pay by Craig McArthur
could actually go through with it. I was still the same person. It released the following statement on reports of MP Yellowhead Interestingly, by $54,000. A few principled PC MLAs eventually grew
dangerous conditions facing patients staring at
Then I thought I'd just buy a wig –which I did. didn't change me in any way other than I no longer increasing wait times. w h e n so loathsome of the government's runaway spending that
It seemed hard to do. What would people think? had hair. support for seniors in Yellowhead “This PC government continues to fail to take the confronted an internal revolt seemed imminent. West Yellowhead's
with a very similar fiscal crisis, Ralph Klein cut
What about the talk behind your back? The But the response I had from within the pressure off our emergency system, and this 2015 Canada Day Campbell was certainly not one of the revolters.
wondering if she has cancer? What about all the community, and those visiting Edson, made it oh so EDSON- Jim Eglinski, Member of Parliament for receive $14,000 to replace toilets, refurbish cabinets neglect is taking a serious toll on patient care with provincial spending by 18%, and he didn't lay off all the The PC Party's internal struggle forced Stelmach to
questions and possible judging? worth it. I had a few ladies come up and ask if I had Yellowhead is pleased to announce a total of $160,769 and upgrade the main entrance to make it handicap new information showing patients are suffering as teachers even one time—let alone three times over. resign. That ushered in the era of Alison Redford. On the
Challenge
I had the solution for all that –my wig! I wouldn't cancer because they did and were wearing a wig. It in funding for Yellowhead organizations for accessible for seniors to continue to have socials, they wait up to eight hours for treatment. Surely Mr. Campbell isn't telling Albertans that the Klein day Redford resigned, her legacy was captured by a
have to worry. Just hand in the money from my gave them courage knowing that someone could community-based projects that are led or inspired by games nights, dances and pot-lucks. “The lives and wellbeing of Albertans are at stake administration was more adept at governance than our Calgary newspaper. It stated: “Alison Redford—14th
current crop of government MLAs?
sponsors, a fast shave, and slap on the wig. shave their hair off and not have cancer. seniors. 'Big Horn Golden Age Club' in Grande Cache will here as emergency rooms across the province burst Calling on all local artistically talented youth premier of Alberta—is premier no more. She leaves
The fiscal track record of the PC government (of which
At times I wondered if I could go through with it. I Helping to raise money was one thing. Knowing The projects include: receive $25,000 to replace a leaking roof so that at the seams, and this government has made little between 8 and 18 years of age to take on the behind her a trail of fiscal wreckage.”
Robin Campbell is a part) is well-documented. The year-
Now Albertans are being told by Finance Minister
had people watching and waiting. I even had my you helped someone with cancer feel better about The 'Aseniwuche Winewak Nation of Canada' in seniors can continue using the facility for exercise effort to find a timely solution to the problem. 2015 Canada Day Challenge! Robin Campbell, one of the designers of this financial
by-year budgets are even posted online. These budget
own cheering section with me. How could I turn themselves was priceless! Grande Cachae will receive $18,375 for Seniors and classes, carpet bowling, movie night and recently “Alberta spends more than any other province per We are looking for projects that deal with demise who also served as Alison Redford's personally-
documents indicate that the pivot year for a change in
back? Words cannot explain the warm feeling this whole Elders involved with the organization to make quilts introduced drumming for seniors. capita on our health care system, but sees some of Canada's history, culture and identity and appointed house leader in the legislature, that the
Alberta's finances was 2007, which was Ralph Klein's
As I look back on my experience, I am glad I went experience gave me and I want to encourage others and other crafts, and educate the local youth about 'The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 249' in Hinton the worst results. Clearly, throwing more money at illustrate the great moments that have shaped looming fiscal crisis and deficit exist solely because of
last budget. In that budget, Klein spent nearly four times
through with it. to try the 2015 Clean Shave for Cancer challenge their aboriginal history, customs and culture to support will receive $24,239 to replace dinnerware, tables, and this issue is not a solution. our country. oil prices. That simply isn't true. The facts prove
the national average on infrastructure, yet still posted an
And I'm even more glad I never putting on that this coming January. social participation. chairs so that seniors and the community can continue “We know that one way the government could You can participate in one of the three otherwise. And whether Mr. Campbell likes it or not,
annual surplus of more than $8 billion. Our legislature
wig. As an added bonus you'll never have to spend 'Edson & District Historical Society' will receive using the facility for social events, suppers, dances, begin to address this problem is by redirecting a following categories: Draw it!, if drawing is facts are stubborn things.
was awash in money.
The idea is raising money for cancer but it's also to time doing your hair for a few months. Plus you $24,200 to partner with Marlpool Elders group to host picnics, and fundraisers. larger portion of health care spending to your specialty; Snap it!, if you do not leave
Klein resigned to be replaced by Ed Stelmach. In
raise awareness. If I just put my wig on who would won't be short of people wanting to rub your head. cultural events to bring seniors, elders and youth 'The Senior's Lakeside Recreation Club of Lac La community and long-term care. home without your camera; and Write it!, if Stuart Taylor, Nominated Candidate,
Be a part of the event and I know you will come together for fiddle lessons and teach traditional Metis Nonne' in Barrhead will receive $17,692 to purchase a “The sheer will and determination of front line writing is your passion. Can't decide? You can
fiddle music. new tractor lawn mower and upgrade the dock workers are all that’s currently holding the health get involved in each of the three categories!
'The Town of Fox Creek' will receive $21,780 for allowing them to introduce an intergenerational care system together, and they deserve our deepest Registration is from January 1 to March 20,
Seniors involved with the organization to refurbish an program of water and wildlife activities with students. thanks. 2015. You could win an all-expenses-paid trip
“Wildrose has consistently exposed waste and
existing walking trail to allow accessibility for seniors “Our government recognizes the valuable mismanagement throughout AHS, while revealing to Ottawa for two (for you and a parent or a
and enable them to conduct grown tours, and an contribution seniors have made to our society and the poor wait-time care standards across the province. legal guardian), to participate in Canada Day
outdoor space to socialize. economy. By supporting New Horizons for Seniors Premier Prentice needs to ditch talk of a new health celebrations. The winners will also have the
'Whitecourt Seniors Circle' will receive $15,483 to Program projects, we are acting to ensure that seniors opportunity of producing their own short
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purchase curtains and replace old chairs so that they maintain a good quality of life and continue to be tax and start looking at real health care reforms. K
“We will continue to keep a close eye on wait
can offer music performances, dance recitals and plays active members of our community,” concluded times, and present bold, new ideas to fix this by GEORGE VANDERBURG
by GEORGE VANDERBURG
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
for the Seniors Circle and intergenerational groups. Eglinski. crisis.” MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
The '50+ Graying and Staying' in Swan Hills will
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