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FEATURE: Family Violence Prevention Month Letter to the Editor Policy
Family violence survivor speaks out The Weekly Anchor welcomes letters

by Deanna Mitchener was really happening and they were there as a to the editor
Views & News team of support for me. They took me to the
We need more individuals to speak out who by Deanna Mitchener Yellowhead Emergency Shelter where I stayed for All letters are published at the
have gone through family violence. They need to awhile until I was transferred to another safe discretion of the editor-publisher who
let their stories be told, in order to help others. house. I was moved a few times to different
I would like you to read about a lady who has locations until I could get the help and counseling reserves the right to edit for clarity,
been through a lot of family violence and is ready he wasn't." I needed." length and libel. Letters published do
to share her story in hopes of helping someone "In my mind I just accepted this was my life, I "Victim Service staff were truly amazing. We not necessarily reflect the policies or
who may be going through it right now. The was in pretty rough shape. I didn't think I could were constantly doing risk assessments and beliefs of this newspaper. All letters
information I am about to share is sensitive and put my daughter's remains to rest alone and I learning how to be strong and not just cope. My
should not be taken lightly, this is very serious and didn't want to grieve any longer. So the court support team pulled together and had everything must bear the name of the writer and
may be upsetting to some readers. allowed us to plan her funeral. We were to only be in place before I arrived to a new place of my include the address and telephone
Niki (we won't reveal her real name) has been allowed one week to travel for my daughter's own," said Niki.
on death's door due to an abusive boyfriend, and funeral." "He is out of jail now and that makes me feel number, which will not be published.
lost her unborn daughter who died due to the "That's when the last nightmare started," said angry. Some days are better than others. I would
abusive beatings. Niki. She described being restrained in the back of spend days just watching and watching for him."
It's sad but true, that there is more and more her boyfriend's truck. "We never made it to a I finally had the opportunity to bury my
abusive happening than we are aware of. But it is funeral for my daughter. For three days we daughter and I think at that point I realized it was
time to speak out and not be silent any more traveled down some old abandoned roads with no over. I think I needed to honor her memory and
—there is help. You do not need to suffer in an cell reception. I could scream but no one was not ever go back," said Niki.
abusive relationship. Let your voice be heard, tell around to hear me. I would try to sneak a 911 call When asked what she would want to say to
Riding Update: someone, anyone, and seek the help you need to out but without cell reception my calls were not others going through any sort of family violence,
be strong enough to say 'no more, I deserve better'. going through," recalled Niki. Niki said, "I want them to know there is a way out.
"My ex-boyfriend tried to beat me down but I "I remember thinking to myself, if he is going to The system really does work, if your willing to
am a survivor and well on my way to recovery kill me I need to get some kind of proof. I leave. It's not going to be an easy road that's for
Open Letter: thanks to help and support I received along the managed to hit record on my cell phone as he was sure, it took me three years. Two years of abuse
way," Niki said. "I have had the help from a few beating me on the head with a full can of soup. At and another year going through the court system."
different Women's Shelters to stay safe over the some point my 911 call hit a service connection "At no point do you deserve to be treated bad no
Misadventures past few years." and the RCMP showed up. It ended up in a high matter what you have done in your life. You are
speed chase where the RCMP finally got him
never going to fix things by staying. One thing for
"You see, I thought deep down maybe I
stopped. I had a broken jaw, broken cheek bone,
deserved to be treated that way because of
resources out there than they know. It's not just
something I had done wrong. And not really and some broken ribs but it was all caught on sure they need to know is there are far more
wanting to be alone, I would always go back video this time." Victim Services out there," said Niki. "Start by
hoping things would change," said Niki. "Seeing the video played back really changed telling a friend or a family member and if that
"I was eight and a half months pregnant the one my way of thinking. I remember saying 'he did doesn't work tell another one."
time I went back to my boyfriend. He beat me so this to me'. But it was like I was watching "If you know of someone in an abusive situation
bad that my daughter died. He was convicted of someone else because how could my boyfriend do be their safety plan, speak out, seek help, and be
the crime and got one year probation. Again, I this to me? He was arrested and put in jail," said aware of where you can go in a hurry. Never just
MLA went back to him. At that point I think I was just Niki. lay down and take the abuse. You may feel like
"My friends finally started to understand what
Eric Rosendahl scared to be alone because he was the best —until there is nowhere else to turn —but there is," said

MP Eglinski Calls for Federal Funding to Fight Pine Beetle
ViewPoint On November 3rd, Jim Eglinski, Member of prosperity, and opportunity. We are acutely aware

by Adrienne Tait Parliament for Yellowhead, asked a question in Jim Eglinski of the threat that forest pests, like the mountain
the House during Question Period. He once again pine beetle, emerald ash borer, and spruce
called on the federal government to assist Alberta budworm, pose to Canada's forests. In budget
in the fight against the mountain pine beetle MP Yellowhead 2016, we invested $87 million to support
infestation, specifically asking for financial scientific research and infrastructure, including
assistance to cull the trees in the region. Canada's pine forests are at risk. We need funding to combat destructive forest pests, such as
He said: financial assistance to cull the trees. What is the spruce bud worm and mountain pine beetle. We
“Mr. Speaker, I rise in the House once again to Liberal government doing to stop this are working closely with our partners, provinces,
ask the Minister of Natural Resources about his infestation?” universities, and industry, all with a common goal
plans to stop the pine beetle from attacking our Ms. Kim Rudd, Parliamentary Secretary to the of finding a solution to this problem.”
forests. Minister of Natural Resources, responded: For all questions and responses in Question
“Last year alone, the beetle increased ten-fold. “Mr. Speaker, we understand the critical Period, visit the corresponding Friday's Hansard
Even though science and research has been done, importance of forestry to the economies of eastern at the House Publications page:
the beetle has moved from Jasper Park into and western Canada, as a source of jobs,
central Alberta and is heading east. All of

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