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for local farmers by GEORGE VANDERBURG
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
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Keeping schools safe from violence



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Threats and violence by students have seemingly
of increased over the past few years. From the divisions, local municipalities, Alberta Health, Alberta organ and tissue Rob Merrifield
RCMP, and various local agencies signed the
Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
We have all heard of the tragedies at Columbine
VTRA protocol on November 5.
the Hat school, and the shooting at W. R. Myers High School Publisher’s Desk between the various organizations to help identify donation –registry agent launch
The protocol allows a free-flow of information
in Taber, Alberta on April 28, 1999.
Dana McArthur
Still these horrific acts continue:
students at risk prior to a tragedy occurring.
On September 13, 2006 at Dawson College in
No threat assessment tool is 100 percent accurate
Which road to choose? Longtime Edson resident and newspaper-man passes Montreal, Kimveer Gill began shooting dozens of Christopher Harper-Mercer, opened fire in a hall or fool-proof. There is always a concern of
victims. He later committed suicide by shooting
stigmatizing a student, and if sharing personal
killing eight students and one teacher, and injuring
himself. One victim died at the scene, while another
Robin Campbell, MLA 19 were injured. nine others. Mercer then committed suicide. information respects the individual's right to
privacy.
Sadly, this is only a partial list of the violence
On May 27, 2007 two 17-year-olds, who cannot be
However much it seems to be an oxymoron,
West Yellowhead identified under Canada's Youth Criminal Justice students have committed on students and their experts say the protocol has been designed to
Act, were arrested and charged with the first-degree teachers in recent history. balance the need to ensure the safety of all, while Man in the
murder of a 15-year-old student at the C. W. Jefferys Thankfully, there is now a protocol that helps advocating for the individual student, and
Collegiate Institute in Toronto. schools respond quickly to threatening incidents. respecting privacy. Red Hat
When a student's behaviour poses a potential safety
On October 24, 2014 at Pilchuck High School in
Unpaid leave to Marysville, Washington, 15-year-old student Jaylen threat the Community Violence Threat Risk The simple fact remains this research-based by Craig McArthur
care for seriously Fryberg shot five students, fatally wounding four, in Assessment Protocol (VTRA) helps to take measures protocol protects educators and students.
Could it be called more ‘Big Brother’? Not if the
ill relative the school cafeteria before committing suicide. to protect the community's safety and the student's alternative is the status quo and continuing to
On October 1, 2015 at Umpqua Community well-being. underestimate a student's potential for lethal
Building Canada Plan College in Oregon , a student identified as In Edson, representatives from local school behaviour. Rob
Merrifield
Council's fall retreat launches Bill 6 on farm safety Member of Parliament for Yellowhead

Rob fresh new ideas ‘makes changes too fast’: Wildrose
Merrifield i s a n o t h e r
Member of Parliament for Yellowhead At times it My indication of ‘Without proper consultation with farmers could lead to bad outcomes...’
may have ViewPoint change and is
Views & News seemed slow by Adrienne Tait one that may Improving safety on farms is critical, but the changes announced Rob
in tak in g
by Deanna Mitchener root, but the b e c o m e a through Bill 6, the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Merrifield
Letter to the Editor Policy c h a n g e s s t r o n g Workers Act occur too quickly and need to be sent to committee to
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fax, post or delivery. foreshadowed in the r e g a r d i n g Changes to key impacted, the Wildrose Official Opposition said today.
All letters are published at the discretion of the editor who last municipal election Our actions do count
reserves the right to edit for clarity, length, taste, and libel. remuneration and the positions have been The legislation was introduced for first reading in the Assembly
Letters published are strictly the writer’s opinion and do not and the hiring of the possibility of moving made and seem to recently. It calls for all farms, no matter the size of their operation, Challenge
reflect the policies or beliefs of this newspaper. All letters must new CAO has begun. to be included under Occupational Health and Safety and Workers' THE WEEKLY
bear the name of the writer and include the address and Following their fall towards a salary style signal a shift in
Keeping In Toucheeping In Touch
telephone number for verification. Address and telephone Letter to the Editor: pay structure not only thought patterns such Compensation by Jan. 1. This means debate, passing of legislation, K ANCHOR
number will not be published. Jim Eglinski retreat council came h i g h l i g h t e d t h e as the director of and implementation will all be done in less than 45 days. K by GEORGE VANDERBURG Serving Edson & Yellowhead County for 26 years
Keeping In Toucheeping In Touch
back to the table with
by GEORGE VANDERBURG
Wildrose Shadow Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour Minister Grant
i n c r e a s e d operations proposing a
by GEORGE VANDERBURG
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
MP Yellowhead fresh ideas. transparency but also p r e q u a l i f i c a t i o n Hunter said this dramatic change in regulations without having by GEORGE VANDERBURG MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
The move to a
proper consultation with farmers could lead to bad outcomes for
p r o g r a m f o r
appeared to signal a
committee of the s h i f t i n c o u n c i l contractors, and the Alberta's second largest industry.
whole format twice per
The end of month, officially outlook. director of planning the moms and dads who run them. They are the experts and they
“No one in Alberta cares more about safety on family farms than
suggesting further
Monthly billing for
adopted on Tuesday,
need to have their voices heard on these important changes
utilities has been
considerations to the
a local icon provides council the coming since the meter offsite levy bylaw. happening under sudden timelines,” Hunter said. “The NDP need to Letter to the Editor Policy
opportunity to discuss
put this bill to committee instead of pushing it through in less than
replacement program
P e r h a p s t h e s e
issues and policies
45 days so Albertans, farmers, and industry are properly consulted.”
began but the direction
decisions have been in
openly.
Wildrose had petitioned for accommodations for small family
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Possibly one of the to look at cost saving the works for a long farms that would be impacted by these changes, but the new The Weekly Anchor welcomes letters to the editor by
m e a s u r e s b y time and are just now
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outcomes of the format and the mayor's perhaps they have safety legislation makes a clear distinction between large operators libel. Writers are normally limited to one published letter
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hear the mayor take p r o v i d i n g a n strategic planning Wildrose Shadow Agriculture Minister Rick Strankman said as a opinion and do not reflect the policies or beliefs of this
part in the discussions incentive, is the type of session; either way farmer, the most important strategy for making immediate newspaper. All letters must bear the name of the writer
rather than at the end simple but tangible from the outside improvements begins with education. and include the address and telephone number for
of the conversation. move made visible by looking in they appear “Farmers are the most passionate about ensuring farms stay safe, verification. Address and telephone number will
not be published.
The decision to have the new format. to be moves towards but more can be done to provide education for families and small
those meetings chaired The decision to adopt building a more open operations,” Strankman said. “Nothing can be more effective and
by the deputy mayor a brand, regardless of and growth friendly ensure real positive changes occur on farms across Alberta.”
m e a n s e v e r y which logo is chosen, environment.
councillor will have
the opportunity to Jim Eglinski
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