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MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
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Tower has historic value

Volunteerism on the decline



Remembering heroes

Tip More than a few events and organizations in the The problem gets worse when, according to Canadian Rob Merrifield
Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
Edson area have been suffering from a lack of From the stats, 67 per cent of volunteering is done by five per
of volunteering lately. Publisher’s Desk cent of the population. Volunteer burn-out is the
Notably the Edson Food Bank, the Sidewalk Dana McArthur inevitable result.
the Hat Jamboree, Edson ATV Poker Rally, and Edson The reasons why volunteering is on the decline is the Alberta organ and tissue

Longtime Edson resident and newspaper-man passes Citizens on Patrol have all expressed the need for topic of much debate. One thing most analysts are in donation –registry agent launch
volunteers. agreement with is volunteers are created from early age with the positive
Most recently the Edson Oilmen's bonspiel was cancelled and put on a influence of parents, teachers, coaches, and role models seeing a need or
one year hiatus. opportunity in the community and responding. Rob
In the past few years organizers have seen a decline in volunteers Organizations also need to ensure volunteers are not treated like unpaid
resulting in a burn-out of the remaining volunteers. employees and helping with needs in the community is a joyful
There are very few volunteer-dependant groups in the area that have not experience. Merrifield
suffered from a lack of volunteering in recent years. Mayor Greg Pasychny said at the Edson volunteer appreciation dinner Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
Unpaid leave to Volunteerism is always stronger in smaller communities and Edson is no earlier this year, “Edson wouldn't be Edson without the support of its
care for seriously exception –but Canada's once consistent volunteer rate is on the decline. volunteers”. West Yellowhead MLA Robin Campbell
ill relative Not only are fewer people volunteering, those who do are committing What will our world look like without volunteers if the decline
themselves to a fewer number of hours and fewer organizations. continues? Not one we would be very happy living in –that's for
Volunteers are also less willing to take on long term commitments. sure. (see page 21) Rob

Building Canada Plan
Merrifield
Letter to the Editor Letter to the Editor Member of Parliament for Yellowhead


Rob Clear the air on increased cougar sightings...


Merrifield Man in the
Member of Parliament for Yellowhead Editor, The Anchor Red Hat
by Craig McArthur
I would like to clear the air on Adrienne Tait's article “Increase in cougar sightings in Edson area.” (Oct 6 issue of the Weekly Anchor).
Kneteman is correct in stating predators follow their food source but what should have been added –when it is in decline they turn to what is available. The wildlife
My population is in a very sharp decline outside of county residents' populated areas. Robin Campbell, MLA
ViewPoint Talking to avid outdoor sportsmen, trappers, loggers, and oilfield workers they say the big game population is at an all time low. West Yellowhead
Pretty much in the same breath placing blame on Fish and Wildlife Management as well as Minister Robin Campbell for allowing the program to continue (referring
by Adrienne Tait
to the whitetail doe supplement hunting tags for controlling the wolf population).
Since this program has been implemented not only has the whitetail deer been all but annihilated, the mule deer, elk, and moose have suffered the same fate.
If this program is not stopped the big game population will be only a part of history in Yellowhead County and its surroundings.
Independent seniors’ advocate needed
RON MOSS
to fix long-term care: Eggen
Edson, Alberta


Employers can now apply for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant

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We are fortunate to live in a province with so much of training they need. Employers will be reimbursed
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opportunity, powered by a strong economy. That Keeping In Toucheeping In Touch two-thirds of direct training costs to a maximum of
said, this economic growth continues to cause by GEORGE VANDERBURG $10,000 per trainee.
by GEORGE VANDERBURG
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
unique challenges. MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne To apply for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant, visit:
Alberta has the highest job vacancy rate in the www.albertacanada.com/jobgrant . A detailed
grow their businesses. All of this is good for our
country. This means we need workers – both skilled applicant guide along with how-to videos are
and semi-skilled – and we need them now. economy and our quality of life. available.
The federal and provincial governments recently Through the Canada-Alberta Job Grant, the federal For more information on this news story, please
launched the Canada-Alberta Job Grant to help and provincial governments partner with employers visit my website at vanderburg.mypcmla.ca. If you
employers provide the right training for the jobs that to share the costs of training current or new workers. would like to discuss this, or any other provincial
are in demand. In turn, these workers gain the skills they need to matter, please contact me toll free 1-800-786-7136,
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