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by Adrienne Tait of From the can be a nightmare, and the risk to kids is Rob Merrifield
Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
increased. Separating vehicles and children can
the Hat Publisher’s Desk be a real challenge for schools.
30 km/h zones are a big part of getting to
Dana McArthur
school safely. But they are not the only part. Alberta organ and tissue
Longtime Edson resident and newspaper-man passes Backpacks, scribblers, and soon-to-be smelly According to safety experts, many of the traffic donation –registry agent launch
problems around schools are caused by
lockers spell the end of summer vacation and parents.
Robin Campbell, MLA back to school for the kids. Some ignore safe pick-up zones, double-park,
West Yellowhead What also has come to an end, hopefully, is or block buses. One of the most dangerous
our summer habit of driving quicker through practices is dropping children off on the wrong Man in the
school zones. side of the street then jaywalking.
The Town of Edson recently passed a bylaw Traffic troubles usually get worse in bad Red Hat
Unpaid leave to which puts the 30 km/h zones around schools in weather with more parents drive kids to school. by Craig McArthur
care for seriously effect continuously from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Young kids are unpredictable around traffic.
ill relative all school days. They have not developed the skill to estimate
Methods of getting to school include walking, how fast a vehicle is going –and therefore–
Building Canada Plan biking (or other kid-powered transport), riding whether there's enough time or not to cross. Rob
the school bus, or driven by parents. Everyone has somewhere to go. Planning for
What we can be assured of is that when a few extra minutes is a small price to pay to Merrifield
hundreds converge on one building, the traffic keep students safe. Member of Parliament for Yellowhead


Rob Letter to the Editor The Weekly Anchor welcomes letters to the editor by email,
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Dear Sir; universally applied by developed economies 2015 Canada Day
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worldwide. However, on a per capita basis the US
I am grateful to Ken Brady for jumping into the deficit of $1.4 trillion that same year (Congressional Our actions do count Challenge
ring to tag team with Dr. Murray attacking Prime Budget Office, Nov. 6, 2009
Minister Stephen Harper's fiscal record because it [www.cbo.gov/publication/24992]) was about 3 times
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than editorial policies permitted in my previous letter.
Economist made its complimentary comments about
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“That Canada fared better than other countries
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away at small business MP Yellowhead during the 2007 recession cannot be ascribed to the Stephen Harper's management of our economy. One by GEORGE VANDERBURG MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
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can only shudder to imagine what 2009's deficit might
confidence says Wildrose Conservative Party.” A recession is generally defined have been under Liberal or NDP governments. THE WEEKLY
as 2 or more consecutive quarters of negative
Any voter seriously interested in coming to a better
economic (GDP) growth. Thus, Canada did not enter
wealth of data
NDP policies have chipped away at small The end of into recession until 2008/09, a minor point. The understanding of Canada's history of debt will find a Letter to the Editor: ANCHOR
major point I wish to mention here is that it was not
business confidence to the point where me, but the international economic and news (http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadian Serving Edson & Yellowhead County for 26 years
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business optimism remains by far the magazine, The Economist (Aug. 10, 2011), who compares 50 years' worth), plus a prodigious number
weakest in the country according to a recent a local icon praised Canada's and the Conservative Party's of opinions online. Having studied the data, I trust Letter to the Editor Policy
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Business (CFIB) report, Wildrose Jobs world. government who can pay off $23.4B. of debt when THE WEEKLY All letters are published at the discretion of the editor who
Shadow Minister Grant Hunter said today. Debt reduction figured prominently throughout the times are good and then earn the praise of non- reserves the right to edit for clarity, length, taste, and
10 years of the Chretien administration and [during partisan commentators like The Economist for how it ANCHOR libel. Writers are normally limited to one published letter
“It’s a sad state of affairs that only one Paul Martin's] tenure as Prime Minister.” Deficit and handled a serious recession is more qualified to Serving Edson & Yellowhead County for 26 years per month. Rebuttals are normally limited to one
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third of Alberta business owners say their Letter to the Editor: debt reduction are policies that I, together with manage our economy during these uncertain days opinion and do not reflect the policies or beliefs of this
firms are in good shape,” Hunter said. virtually all conservatives wholeheartedly support. than Liberals who can manage only $14.6B in the newspaper. All letters must bear the name of the writer
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“Combined with higher business and Farm cat Canada's national debt did decline somewhat during same circumstances, and are now eager to return to verification. Address and telephone number will
personal taxes, a royalty review and the later Chretien and Martin years (RBC Economics deficit spending in the troubled times ahead. Even not be published.
policies geared to hurt profits for small Research report Aug. 26, 2015, Canadian Federal the NDP is crowing they will balance the budget, if
businesses, Albertans are growing mutilated and Provincial Fiscal Tables, p.9), but overall, their elected. (And to anyone believes that … I would like
frustrated by this NDP government combined 12 year regime produced a net $7.2B to sell you a nice bridge in Brooklyn!)
deficit. Apart from that, the tag team neglected to
pursuing its ideological economic agenda at mention a couple of extremely important facts: Sincerely,
a time where we can least afford it.” 1) that our national debt was reduced by more than Clyde Corser Jim Eglinski
The NDP government announced in June $23B during the first two years of the Harper
their plan to make a dramatic 50 per cent administration (RBC report), and MP Yellowhead
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