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



Tower has historic value
Helping where help is needed




Remembering heroes
The Edson and Area Food Bank has more than items include: canned fish or meat, baby Rob Merrifield
a few empty shelves. From the formula, peanut butter, soup, canned fruit or Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
This is a disturbingly common occurrence all Publisher’s Desk vegetables, pasta and pasta sauce, juice boxes,
across Canada. Food banks simply don't have Dana McArthur school snacks, cans of beans, dried beans, and
the food supplies they need to help the rice. Alberta organ and tissue
individuals and families who need it. The shortage at the food bank does not end at
Longtime Edson resident and newspaper-man passes Over 850,000 Canadians need to use food food. Volunteers are also in short supply. These donation –registry agent launch
banks on a monthly basis according to Food banks can only supply what they have; they volunteers are caring and dedicated people and
Banks Canada. simply do not have a lot of money. work hard to raise the dignity of those they
The 2013 Hunger-Count report showed that 38 That's why every donation of food to a food assist. There just aren't enough of them to share Rob
per cent of food banks had to cut back on the bank is a valued donation. the workload.
amount of food they provide because they do The reality of this ongoing shortage makes it Will food banks solve the problem of Merrifield
not have enough to go around. tough for food banks to get good quality, poverty? No, they were never meant to. Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
Even though hampers are only meant to nutritious food. Tackling poverty means wrestling with ideas
Unpaid leave to supplement families and individuals, no one As good as a bowl of mac-and-cheese is once about its causes and solutions.
care for seriously wants to see people go hungry. That's what led in a while, no one can eat it seven days a week. It is government that has the responsibility to West Yellowhead MLA Robin Campbell
ill relative to the creation of food banks in the first place: But the fact is, even though processed foods are ensure that all Canadians have a standard of My
recessions, job loss, illness, temporary lay-offs not the best nutritional choices, added into a living that meets the basic needs, which means ViewPoint
–it is a long list. family food supply for the month it will keep –it's a work in progress. by Adrienne Tait
Building Canada Plan However, research shows that even those hunger at bay. Edson's food drive will take place on
using food banks often still go hungry. Food Good choices for donating non-perishable September 17 starting at 5 p.m.



Rob Wildwood comes to the aid of near-stranded reporter
Man in the
Merrifield Many travelers may not know this, if you are traveling by or just out this way," said employee Denise Janke.
Member of Parliament for Yellowhead Views & News but if you are traveling highway 16 "The UFA is the only fuel station in Wildwood. Years ago they took the Red Hat
by Deanna Mitchener the Wildwood UFA offers fuel. highway that ran through Wildwood and moved it; the other stations just by Craig McArthur
Well, I must couldn't keep up. We are busy with a card-lock for those
admit I didn't wanting to use that system. For those customers that don't,
know that. I was out that way doing some reporting and we have a house card that we use. We do a lot of bulk
misjudged my fuel. I asked at the library where the nearest deliveries for farmers around the Wildwood, Evansburg, and
place was to get fuel and they pointed me in the right Niton area," said Denise.
direction. You can not see the UFA from the highway so I am grateful that Wildwood
"We have a lot of people that do stop in and wonder if they can get gas here is a friendly community and willing to assist in any way they can –or I may
Letter to the Editor or not. We may be tucked away off the highway, but we would love to see you have been stranded. Independent seniors’ advocate needed

to fix long-term care: Eggen
Protecting our communities and forests




Improvements are underway Environment and Sustainable Resource Development also has the ability to
Letter to the Editor Policy
Robin Campbell, MLA at the Edson airtanker base to deploy a mobile Forward Airtanker Base to the Hinton-Jasper Airport within Letter to the Editor
The Weekly Anchor welcomes letters West Yellowhead help better protect Albertans 24 hours if wildfire response requires local staging facilities. As well, a
mobile fire retardant base – a large tank that rotary-wing aircraft can dip into
from wildfire. The $6.5
to the editor. Million project started earlier with buckets – can be set up locally in any large clearing.
All letters are published at the this year and will be a benefit to In addition to the upgrades to the Edson airtanker base, planning is
discretion of the editor-publisher communities in the West Yellowhead and surrounding areas. underway to upgrade the Hinton Training Centre. The Centre is operated by
who reserves the right to edit for The Edson airtanker base project includes rehabilitating the airport apron, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development and provides
clarity, length and libel. Letters expanding the taxiways and replacing aging buildings at the site. The work is training, education and research for the department including wildfire
published do not necessarily reflect part of a larger program to upgrade each of the province's 14 airtanker bases to training.
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the policies or beliefs of this a uniform standard. Our government is committed to ensuring that communities are forests are Keeping In Toucheeping In Touch
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MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
name of the writer and include the Edson base will be able to accommodate the largest airtankers in the province's If you have any questions or concerns, I can be reached through my MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
by GEORGE VANDERBURG
address and telephone number, which wildfire-fighting fleet, and to handle two airtankers at any one time – constituency office at 780 865-9796. Also, please subscribe to my e- by GEORGE VANDERBURG
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
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