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Lower commodity PAGE 6 THE ANCHOR, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 Keeping eeping
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margins expected T he Weekly ANCHOR
for local farmers by GEORGE VANDERBURG
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne

Tower has historic value

Tip of the Hat Canada Post

Remembering heroes profits $6.2M:
We would like to tip our hat this week need. Many in the community also Rob Merrifield
Tip to Pastor Jim Findlay of the Bread of From the call this welcoming, non- Service cuts Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
Life Church and Mission who recently Publisher’s Desk denominational church their spiritual
of retired from his superintendent Pastor's Dana McArthur home, volunteering and attending
roll, due to health reasons. He will Sunday services. “unnecessary,”
the Hat however, still remain actively involved With the help of the other Pastors Alberta organ and tissue

Longtime Edson resident and newspaper-man passes in the mission. and volunteers at the Mission, Pastor Jim will continue says CUPW Lemelin donation –registry agent launch
the good work he started.
I remember meeting Pastor Jim when he began the
Mission in Edson back in 1996. He came into the And with the ongoing support of the community, the
newspaper office to introduce himself, and even back then Mission continues to feed those in need and provide Canada Post's latest profits
he struck me as a man with deep conviction, passion, and rooms for those who have nowhere else to turn. prove what postal workers have Rob
vision. The community is a better place because of Pastor Jim been saying all along:
The Mission has had their trials and triumphs over the and his vision nearly two decades years ago. alternatives to cutting postal Merrifield
years, but their work has never ceased of helping those in (See article page 16 ) service should not be dismissed. Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
“When our post office has been
Unpaid leave to profitable for most of the last two
care for seriously Restricting young reader's access decades, the types of cuts that West Yellowhead MLA Robin Campbell
ill relative Canada Post and the
The Edson library has a new rule no authorities may be a warranted. Conservatives are trying to
longer allowing children under the age ViewPoint However, I would take issue with impose on us are completely
of 12 to attend the library without calling Social Services or the RCMP unnecessary,” said Denis
Building Canada Plan
supervision. The supervisor can be a by Adrienne Tait to report parents who drop their Lemelin, National President of
parent, older sibling, or caregiver children at the library to pick out the Canadian Union of Postal
I was told the library board was some books or to do some Workers.
Rob following the lead of town facilities like the homework. I believe our RCMP has a “We need to do what the rest of
pool. However, the age restriction at the local difficult enough job and their time would be the world is doing and make the
pool is seven at the Hinton and Whitecourt more valuably spent. post office a better service, not a Man in the
pools are age eight. At a time when libraries are combating a lack of service.” Red Hat
Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
While ostensibly about children's safety, I public perception that questions their Canada Post's case for cutting
suspect it could also be about liability and relevance, I find the banning of responsible has rested on a 2013 Conference by Craig McArthur
disruption issues of staff and other patrons that younger children counter intuitive. It is this Board report that claimed
precipitated the decision. generation of readers who will help insure traditional mail volumes would
Swimming pool manager Katie Barnes said our library survives and thrives through the plummet, spelling disaster.
her biggest concern with the seven year old digital age. Instead, the Crown Corporation
age limit is young children not knowing their I love books and reading. I could spend has posted higher-than-expected
phone number, making it difficult to reach parents in case of hours in a bookstore or library. I encourage my children mail volumes and significantly
emergency. The pool policy was made following research to use the library and appreciate the programs, access to lower-than-predicted losses since
Letter to the Editor and comparing similar policies in the surrounding area. technology, and the opportunity to do traditional research. the report was issued, including a Independent seniors’ advocate needed
There are many responsible young readers that benefit
Injuries or death by drowning at pools I have heard of –
death by books? Not so much. from open access the library. It's a place to meet for profit in 2012. to fix long-term care: Eggen
Notably, the Conference Board
Reportedly, children were at the library at closing time shared projects, reading, sharing, and learning. report predicted Canada Post
without a ride home causing delays and liability issues for Sure, some children, like some teenagers and adults, would lose $400 million in 2014
staff. Under these circumstances I believe parents should be will never fare well in a quiet environment –but a blanket rather than showing a profit
called first and if they cannot be reached, and the parent has policy is just throwing all young readers out with the “That '$1 billion by 2020'
Views & News not indicated the child should walk home, a phone call to the bathwater –it's not fair. figure the Conservatives toss
by Deanna Mitchener around as an excuse to attack our Letter to the Editor
Government focusing on family and community safety public post office is from a report
that has failed to predict anything
accurately so far,” said Lemelin.
Alberta is a place of great opportunity Albertans, such as child sexual abuse, “According to Canada Post's own
and compassion, yet there are still many Robin Campbell, MLA sexual and family violence, the need for annual reports, the Conference
incidents of child abuse, family West Yellowhead mentors, and children's mental health. Board was wrong about 2012,
violence, sexual assault and bullying. Until November 14, applications will they were wrong about 2013 and
And because even one incident be accepted from community agencies
negatively impacts both the victim and our communities, all and groups who wish to participate. Any legal, not-for-profit now they're wrong about 2014. Keeping In Toucheeping In Touch
Keeping In Toucheeping In Touch
of us must work together to promote safety and respect. To entity is eligible to apply and projects can either be new or The report is discredited, the by GEORGE VANDERBURG K
assist in this, the Government of Alberta has committed existing. The Family and Community Safety program will Conservatives are wrong and MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
funding to support grassroots prevention efforts across the focus support on initiatives that are initiated by the Canada Post management is by GEORGE VANDERBURG
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
province. community. Interested community agencies can find out wrong.” MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
As part of the province's 2014 budget, $20 million was more on the Human Services website at CUPW has been pushing for The Weekly Anchor
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