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MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne

Tower has historic value

Letter to the Editor: Making or breaking a young student's dreams

Remembering heroes ViewPoint
nothing more than the results of a two hour
One of the main factors in the introduction of
Tip From the diploma exams was a precautionary move to multiple-choice exam. by Adrienne Tait Rob Merrifield
Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
of Publisher’s Desk prevent the inflation of marks by possibly final exams have a weight of not less than 30%
The University of Alberta's policy states their
biased or over-generous teachers.
Dana McArthur
the Hat However, is it realistic or healthy to put such a and not more than 70%. Alberta organ and tissue
Longtime Edson resident and newspaper-man passes Education, Gordon Dirks, has landed in the high degree of emphasis on final exams? certainly in keeping. After all, it is not donation –registry agent launch
Alberta's newly appointed Minister of
A weighting for high school finals of 30% is
A number of factors can affect a younger
middle of a major policy decision that will have student's performance on any given day and it reasonable to hold high school students to a
a huge impact on grade 12 students, and the simply doesn't seem fair that months of hard higher level of exam performance than many Rob
entire school system for generations. work, reports, homework, and effort count for university graduates face. (see story page 7)

In order to graduate, all grade 12 students must Merrifield
write diploma exams in the core subjects of Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
English and social studies. Students taking Clean Shave an amazing experience
Unpaid leave to
care for seriously additional courses for post-secondary like West Yellowhead MLA Robin Campbell
biology, physics, chemistry, or French 30 must
At times I felt a little
Shaving my hair completely
ill relative also write exams in those subjects. off back in January was an Views & News uncomfortable and I found
These exams count for 50% of a student's final amazing experience because it by Deanna Mitchener myself explaining to the curious Rob
grade and the results are an important factor in opened my eyes and heart to a why I was bald.
Building Canada Plan admissions to universities and colleges. new level of helping and But soon I found myself Merrifield
Letter to the Editor Tests that take only a matter of hours to supporting those within our community. feeling more comfortable in the way I looked. What Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
At first I really wondered if I could actually go
did it really matter? I was still the same person. It
complete can make or break a student's hopes through with it. Then I thought I'd just buy a wig didn't change me in any way other than I no longer
Rob and dreams of getting accepted to a post- –which I did. had hair.
But the response I had from within the
It seemed hard to do. What would people think?
Merrifield secondary institution. What about the talk behind your back? The community, and those visiting Edson, made it oh so Man in the
Member of Parliament for Yellowhead There is a growing opinion among teachers wondering if she has cancer? What about all the worth it. I had a few ladies come up and ask if I had Red Hat
and school boards that it is unfair to use one test questions and possible judging? cancer because they did and were wearing a wig. It Letter to the Editor by Craig McArthur
result to try to represent so much learning and I had the solution for all that –my wig! I wouldn't gave them courage knowing that someone could
knowledge. have to worry. Just hand in the money from my shave their hair off and not have cancer.
The Alberta Teachers Association is calling for sponsors, a fast shave, and slap on the wig. Helping to raise money was one thing. Knowing
a 20% weighting for diploma exams, and the At times I wondered if I could go through with it. I you helped someone with cancer feel better about Views & News
Alberta School Boards Association has had people watching and waiting. I even had my themselves was priceless! by Deanna Mitchener
Keeping In Toucheeping In Touch
K approved a motion calling for a 30% weighting. own cheering section with me. How could I turn Words cannot explain the warm feeling this whole
by GEORGE VANDERBURG back? experience gave me and I want to encourage others
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne Considering the strain, stress, and worry As I look back on my experience, I am glad I went to try the 2015 Clean Shave for Cancer challenge Independent seniors’ advocate needed
during weeks of cramming for the finals it's through with it. this coming January.
questionable whether any meaningful academic And I'm even more glad I never put on that wig. As an added bonus you'll never have to spend
The idea is raising money for cancer but it's also to
Robin Campbell, MLA information can be obtained about a student's raise awareness. If I just put my wig on who would time doing your hair for a few months. Plus you to fix long-term care: Eggen
won't be short of people wanting to rub your head.
West Yellowhead achievements and capabilities over the entire really know? By not wearing the wig everyone saw. Be a part of the event and I know you will come
school year. out smiling on the inside and outside.

Premier Prentice needs to be crystal clear if he’s planning to raise

taxes to meet budget shortfall: Wildrose

submitted m a n a g e m e n t ; said. “Albertans Alberta’s current “If the PCs want to c o n t r o l l i n g
With the price of oil floating trial balloons don’t want new taxes, income and corporate raise taxes, then they spending."
heading to $70 a barrel, to make Albertans pay they want a new tax structure brings in need to campaign on it F o r f u r t h e r
Premier Prentice needs more taxes, while their generation of leaders more revenue per and get a mandate information or to
to be crystal clear with government can’t committed to putting capita than any other from Albertans,” arrange an interview,
Albertans if he’s balance the budget an end to wasteful province in Canada. A n d e r s o n s a i d . media are invited to
planning to raise taxes and fails to deliver on s p e n d i n g , a n d Wildrose Finance “Instead of looking to contact: Keeping In Toucheeping In Touch
to meet his budget promises to improve presenting a forward- Critic Rob Anderson dig into people’s by GEORGE VANDERBURG
shortfall, the Wildrose core government l o o k i n g p l a n t o said the PCs have no pocket books, it’s time Brock Harrison MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
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