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Outspoken advocates...

Municipal elections very much appreciate the
can be an exciting time, From the work you have done," said
but they can also be a Publisher’s Desk the Mayor. Soroka then
Dana McArthur
time for retrospection. quipped, "When you retire
As journalists, one of you get some recognition
the tougher assignments we have is and thanks, but if you don't get re-elected on
covering municipal council meetings. It Monday you're just gone."
is a crucial duty that requires an "With that, on behalf of Yellowhead County
understanding of the issues faced by I would like to thank all the council members
councils and the residents they serve. and wish you the best of luck in Monday's
Quotes demand a particular precision, election," said Mayor Soroka.
and enough of them to represent the Councillor Velichko also wished fellow
discussions with accuracy. On occasion, councillors good luck in the upcoming
this is no easy task. election and commended CAO Jack Ramme
However, there are councillors who on his excellent staff and the work
make the job of quoting a bit easier, like Administration does on behalf of the county.
long-time County Councillors Fred Councillor Priestley-Wright said, "I am
Priestley-Wright (Niton/Carrot Creek extremely proud to have served Yellowhead Letter to the Editor Policy
Area) and Bill Velichko (Edson Area), County. Coming from an Improvement The Weekly Anchor welcomes letters to
Riding Update: who are both retiring from council and District to where we are now, I think we've the editor
not running in the upcoming election.
Both councillors often voiced pointed made strides that I couldn't even imagine All letters are published at the discretion
back then. It's been 18 years as a councillor, I
questions and strong insights. think, and time really flies when you enjoy it. of the editor-publisher who reserves the
Open Letter: During the October 10 meeting of Thanks to everybody and keep up the good right to edit for clarity, length and libel.
Yellowhead County council, Mayor work." Letters published do not necessarily
reflect the policies or beliefs of this
Gerald Soroka thanked the retiring
As anyone in public office can tell you, by
Misadventures Councillors for their years of service. its nature it can be polarizing. But both newspaper. All letters must bear the name
of the writer and include the address and
"We'd like to say thanks and
retiring Councillors were outspoken
congratulations to Councillor Bill advocates for county residents and in many telephone number, which will not be
Velichko and Councillor Fred Priestley- ways, and for many reasons we are published.
Wright for your years of service. We sure—they will be missed.

MLA $22 billion pharmacare program increases gov’t reach

Eric Rosendahl

On October 5 , Jim Eglinski, Member of the potentials of a national pharmacare
Parliament for Yellowhead, took part in debate Jim Eglinski program and requested a feasibility report from
on a motion by the NDP. The motion calls on the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO). MP
My the Government of Canada to commence MP Yellowhead Eglinski argued the Health Committee should
ViewPoint negotiations with the Provinces in order to be allowed to continue its study before the

by Adrienne Tait implement a universal pharmacare program. Federal Government takes action.
While MP Eglinski recognized that 8% of “[Our] party believes health care should be
low-income Canadians have had to choose to prescription drug coverage under the current available for everybody, but it does not have to
skip prescriptions because of the cost, he health care system. be done through a motion forcing the
argued that the Federal Government should not “Socializing a larger part of drug spending government to meet with the provinces. We
go ahead with the NDP's motion until a study through a single-payer pharmacare plan would have a committee that is studying the program,
could be completed on implementing a give more power to government and its looking at the best ways to make
national pharmacare program. His concerns bureaucrats to make decisions on behalf of the recommendations to the current government. . .
included the massive cost the government insured,” stated MP Eglinski in the House of We should not have a motion before the
would incur ($22.6 billion annually), Commons. “Policies that restrict access to new House, forcing us to start those negotiations
bureaucratic red-tape, and applying a one-size- medicines would be applied across the board. . before the committee has reasonable time to
fits-all solution to each province. In fact, 88% .” study all parameters around it,” concluded MP
of Canadians are already covered by adequate The Health Committee is currently studying Eglinski.

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