Sunday, March 29, 2015

Peter Griffiths entertains at Vista Village

Peter Griffiths
Toni Lucas

On Friday, March 27 Peter Griffiths entertained residents at Vista Village by hosting a sing-along.  Griffiths brought lyric books for those that wanted to sing-along to favourite selections like 'Bye Bye Blackbird', and 'Zippity Do-Da'.  Residents enjoyed the event and some took Griffiths up on his invitation to make requests in between songs.


Establishment of Pincher Creek Emergency Services Commission approved by province


Toni Lucas

During the regular meeting for the Town of Pincher Creek council received correspondence from Alberta Municipal Affairs date regarding the establishment of the Pincher Creek Emergency Services Commission (Order in Council 501/2014 and Ministerial Order No. MSL:006/15) as information.

The opening letter from Minister Diana McQueen  reads in part:

Town of Pincher Creek surveillance camera policy revamped

Toni Lucas

During the regular meeting of Pincher Creek Town  Council on Monday, March 23 council reviewed and approved changes to the Surveillance Camera Policy.  The largest changes are how long the information is to be stored, moving from a 90 day storage to a 30 day storage, and who can see the footage, and under what circumstances.

2015 She-Nooks tournament

2014/15 Pincher Creek She-Nooks
C. Davis photos
Pincher Creek's Sheenooks hosted their 2015 tournament at the Memorial Community Centre arena on March 14.  The tournament was a friendly affair, with scores kept but no official winners or losers at the end of the tournament.  Six teams participated, from Vulcan, Fernie, Medicine Hat, Calgary, Sparwood, and Pincher Creek.

Fountain Tire 4 for 3 tire sale


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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Pincher Creek Co-op Annual Easter Egg Hunt Sunday, March 29

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Hey Pincher Creek Co-op Kids Club Members! The Annual Co-op Easter Egg Hunt is on 7:00 pm Sunday, March 29 at the Co-op Food Store.  This event is free for all Co-op Kids Club members and their families. Fun for kids of all ages up to 12 years old. Not a Kids Club member? It is free for parents to sign up their children at Co-op, and the kids get special invitations and treats.

Bring a basket to collect your goodies!

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FCSS community volunteer opportunity


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The Pincher Creek and District Family and Community Support Services Program (FCSS) is seeking 1 member-at-large to serve on the District Board. Residency of applicants may be from the Town, MD or Village of Cowley.

Missing Brocket dog


Riddick is a Big Husky Cross who stands about 3 feet tall; his most distinct features are his eyes, his left eye is mostly Pale Blue with the top inner quarter brown and his right eye is mostly Brown with the lower inner quarter Pale Blue. Riddick lives in Brocket, AB.  A cash reward is offered for the safe return of Riddick, no questions asked, we would like him returned, he is a loved member of our family & extremely missed.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Experiential learning week overview


Mechanics: ELW students with Mr. Epp
Toni Lucas

Students from Matthew Halton High School (MHHS) and Livingstone High School students took part in Experiential Learning Week (ELW) from Monday, March 23 - Friday, March 27. For 5 days, these students took a single immersive class in a option of their choice. The 18 courses that they could choose from included: Creative Writing, Drama, Fashion: Exploring Surface Embellishment Techniques, Print and Design through Paper Arts, Blackfoot Language and Culture, Multi-Sport Camp, Fishing, Hockey Camp, Archery, Animal Care and Welfare, Dinner Party Wars, Journalism, Construction, Mechanics, and Forestry. If travel was their interest there were two options: Senior High Trip to Europe, and a Gulf Islands Trip in British Columbia. The course Winter Sports Camp was adjusted due to weather conditions. There will be additional stories from a variety of these adventures. ELW was a pilot project started by MHHS in October 2013 and has been growing in scope and now includes two schools.

Crestview Lodge construction project to receive $9.8 million in provincial and federal funding

Reeve Brian Hammond, MP John Barlow, Mayor Don Anderberg, Minister Jeff Johnson
unveiling plan for new Crestview Lodge
C. Davis/T. Lucas photos/video
Chris Davis

The construction of a new Crestview Lodge in Pincher Creek went from long shot to upcoming reality with the announcement today of $9.8 million in funding from the Province of Alberta and the Government of Canada. The new lodge will replace the existing 47-unit Crestview Lodge with a new 50-unit structure that will be built in stages to allow Crestview's tenants to remain in the old lodge until their new modern rooms are completed. The existing supportive living facility, constructed circa 1961, will be demolished once the new facility is completed.

Councillor Lorne Jackson's March 23 report to Town Council


During the regular meetings of Pincher Creek's Town Council the Mayor and councillors each give a report of the meetings they have attended and relate other points of interest to the rest of council.  The following is the first person report from councillor Lorne Jackson at the council meeting of Monday March 23.  

Councillor Lorne Jackson

I attended the last regular council meeting of March 9th.  

On Wednesday, March 11th, I accepted the invitation of the Napi Friendship Association to attend a half day power point and discussion session which focused on the continued difficulties faced by first nations people both on, and off reserves. Housing continues to be a major issue for our indigenous population with regard to availability, and the resultant overcrowding which can then lead to a long list of social ills.

George Porter talks Code Red with Pincher Creek Rotary

George Porter speaks to Pincher Creek Rotary Club
Chris Davis

Veteran Alberta paramedic George Porter spoke to the Pincher Creek Rotary chapter last Thursday evening, March 19 about 'Code Red', a social media initiative that provides first responders (including paramedics, EMTs, and EMRs) with anonymous platforms to air their concerns about the state of ambulance services in Alberta.

Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon to be held April 17

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In celebration of National Volunteer Week, the Municipal District of Pincher Creek No. 9 and the Town of Pincher Creek invites community volunteers to attend an appreciation celebration in their honour.

Enjoy lunch and refreshments in a “come and go” atmosphere. 
Short program to start at 12:15 p.m.
April 17, 11:00-2:00 p.m.
Pincher Creek Community Hall
No RSVP required. For more information, please call 403-627-4322.


Pincher Creek Co-op Double Ticket Event March 27 - April 2

Co-op sale on from March 27 - April 2

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Hey Kids Club Members!  The Annual Easter Egg Hunt is on 7:00 pm Sunday, March 29

Fibre optics a solution in search of a problem?


Re: "Town council approves broadband steering committee terms of reference", Toni Lucas, March 25

To paraphrase a popular 1970s feminist slogan, Pincher Creek needs a town-owned fibre-optic network like a fish needs a bicycle. Broadband internet service is already available to any home or business in the community from Shaw, delivered via coaxial cable. There are also numerous vendors offering broadband internet via satellite and radio services. Why on earth would council even entertain this idea? It is a solution in search of a problem.

Jonathan Skrimshire
Pincher Creek

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Town council approves broadband steering committee terms of reference

Toni Lucas

During the regular meeting of  Pincher Creek's Town Council on Monday evening, March 23 council unanimously approved to adopt terms of reference for a Broadband Steering Committee. The Broadband Steering Committee is to work closely with the chosen consultant to develop a broadband delivery business plan.  The committee will be established until such time as a decision has been made to proceed or not proceed with a proposed fibre optics utility installation to serve households and businesses in town. Fibre optic broadband offers higher speeds for daily internet usage along fiber optic cables compared to the standard copper wires used in regular broadband connections.

Town Council increases funding to water projects to capitalize on grant funding

Toni Lucas

During the regular meeting of Pincher Creek Town Council on Monday evening, March 23, council unanimously agreed to approve increasing funding for water distribution projects in 2016, 2017 and 2018 from $300,000 to $500,000 each year for a total project cost of $1,500,000, increasing an upgrade to the waste water treatment lagoons from $800,000 over 4 years to $1,000,000. The reason for this change is that the Federal 'Build Canada' grant through the Small Communities Fund has announced a deadline for application of April 2, 2015.

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First impressions of 2015-16 Alberta budget

Jonathan Skrimshire

The just-released 2015-16 Alberta budget is remarkable only for its lack of boldness.

On the expenditure side, the government pledges simply to hold the line on program spending. All pre-budget pronouncements intimating substantive cuts have proven baseless.

The revenue side is as notable for what wasn't done as for what was: no introduction of a consumption tax; no increase to the 10% corporate tax rate; some minor tinkering with fuel taxes, sin taxes, and assorted fees. The only items of substance are the introduction of a three-bracket progressive income tax and the introduction of an upper-income surtax - labelled a health care contribution for political purposes.

2015 Piikani Youth Forum to be held April 8-10

Featured speaker Mike Scott

Emily Peters

The Piikani Nation is proud to be hosting the 7th Annual Youth Forum this April. It is a three day forum to provide opportunities for youth from First Nation communities to come together, network, build friendships, and learn. In the past the forum has highlighted local youth role models as well as big names such as Adam Beach. The theme of this year’s forum is “bringing youth together through technology”.  The forum will take place April 8, 9, and 10th and will be hosted by the Piikani Nation Secondary School.

Mathletics returns to Canyon School

Shell power engineers Les Lebid and Jim Parker hit a homer with their presentation

Chris Davis

Canyon School kicked off their second annual Mathletics challenge with an assembly on Thursday March 19 that included several guests speakers who spoke to this year's theme of Math in the Real World.  Mathletics will culminate in another Math Projects Fair on Wednesday April 15.

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