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Sunday, January 27, 2019

Granny’s demanding rights too!


Joyce Sasse - In the Sixties, when people of all ages were being encouraged to speak their mind, one cartoon had a feisty Granny shouting “Little old ladies have rights too!”  Sixty years later we are still trying to understand what’s happening because of all that speaking out, and why our social world has changed to such a degree. Think Twitter!

Break the cycle and speak up against stigma

Taneil Zanidean
Taneil Zanidean, Addictions Counsellor and Health Promotions Facilitator with Alberta Health Services, South Zone - Along with a new year comes new goals, aspirations, positive changes, and ambitions. Some people have new year’s resolutions to join a gym, to eat healthier, to save money, to spend more time with family, to travel, or to seek help with a desired change.

Some people may ask for help because they want to make changes or take steps towards a new health goal, but asking for help isn’t easy for everyone. Some may worry about what others might think or believe they may be perceived as having a personal weakness. Ultimately, people may fear asking for help and making changes due to stigma – a negative stereotype.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Coaldale RCMP lay charges in a fatal vehicle/pedestrian collision


RCMP Alberta - On September 2, 2018 at around 4:50 a.m. on Highway 5 near Township Road 82 two people were walking on the highway southbound. The man and a woman had just left the Lethbridge City limits walking towards the Lethbridge Airport. The man was on the southbound driving lane and struck by a truck also heading southbound. The woman was not hit by the truck nor injured. Coaldale RCMP members, Lethbridge Police Service members, Lethbridge Fire/EMS all responded to this event.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Feds announce $20.9 million for Waterton Lakes National Park post-Kenow Wildfire recovery

Kenow fire in Waterton Lakes National Park, September 2017 (Government of Canada photo)

January 25, 2019 - Calgary Centre MP Kent Hehr today announced $20.9 million in funding for Waterton Lakes National Park to support its ongoing recovery from the 2017 Kenow Wildfire. Hehr did so on behalf of Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada Catherine McKenna.

I am pleased to announce that the Government of Canada is investing $20.9 million in Waterton Lakes National Park to assist with recovery from the significant impacts of the 2017 Kenow Wildfire. We are committed to protecting the park’s natural and cultural heritage and rebuilding important visitor infrastructure to ensure that Canadians can keep connecting with this special place, now and into the future. - Calgary Centre MP Kent Hehr.


2017 aftermath of the Kenow Fire (C. Davis photo)

According to a Parks Canada Agency press release, "This investment in Waterton will help protect and monitor the park’s ecosystems as they recover from this natural disturbance, support research on the park’s cultural heritage in collaboration with Indigenous communities in various on-the-ground conservation activities, and help re-establish the park’s visitor offer, so that Canadians can continue to discover and connect with this incredible place."

RCMP Southern Alberta Crime Reduction Unit arrest two males after theft from oil field sites


RCMP Alberta -
On Jan. 18, 2019, RCMP Southern Alberta Crime Reduction Unit, with help from Calgary Police Services, investigated three break and enters to oil field sites in the High River area.

Items stolen from the oil sites included copper wire, batteries, and industrial pumps. The suspects caused extensive property damage during the break and enters in excess of $100,000. Two male suspects were identified and arrested on Jan. 18, 2019.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Drumheller RCMP officer dragged by vehicle - shots fired


RCMP Alberta - On January 23, 2019, at approximately 5:45 p.m., Drumheller RCMP attempted to arrest a male driver of a stolen vehicle near Morrin, Alberta.

Police attempted to arrest the male driver when an altercation occurred. During the altercation a silver car driven by a female approached, and the male suspect was able to jump into the vehicle. The officer attempted to stop the fleeing male and was dragged by the car. While being dragged the officer discharged his firearm at the vehicle and was able to break free while the car fled the area.

Fatal apartment fire in Coaldale


RCMP Alberta - On January 4, 2018 at approximately 1:00 a.m. Coaldale RCMP members responded to a 911 complaint of a female in distress at a three storey apartment on 19th street and 23rd avenue in Coaldale. The nature of the 911 distress was not known at that time. Entry to a third floor apartment was attempted but a wall of thick smoke prevented immediate access. This was the first indication the apartment was engulfed with fire.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Fort Macleod RCMP seeking suspect in Hit & Run to parked police vehicle


RCMP Alberta - At approximately 5:15 PM on Saturday, January 19, 2019 a collision occurred in the 500 block of 10 Street between a parked police vehicle and another vehicle which subsequently fled the scene. The collision appears to be the result of the suspect vehicle sliding out of control on the icy street. The suspect vehicle was witnessed leaving the scene eastbound towards 6 Avenue, and is described as a red pickup truck, with a loud exhaust, and may have damage to the driver side from colliding with the RCMP vehicle. Damage caused to the RCMP vehicle was significant enough that it was not driveable following the collision.

Anyone with information about this or any other crime can contact the Fort Macleod RCMP at 403-553-7200. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS), by internet atwww.tipsubmit.com, or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers www.crimestoppers.ab.ca] for instructions on how). You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers, and if you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s), the recovery of stolen property, and/or a seizure of illicit drugs, you may be eligible for a cash reward.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Free estate planning seminar February 7


FREE Estate Planning Seminar

DATE: Thursday, February 7, at 1-4 p.m.
LOCATION: Ramada Inn Convention Room
1132 Table Mountain Street, Pincher Creek

PRESENTERS:
Pierre Comeau, Lawyer at North & Company
Dennis Robin, Chartered Accountant at Robin & Co.
David Burnett, Investment Advisor at ATB

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Another look at life within the Low German Mennonite community

Tina Fielding
Tina Fielding, Community Health Rep and Low-German interpreter with Alberta Health Services - With the Christmas holidays behind us, I am pondering the many different traditions and customs that took place around the world to celebrate Christmas. Growing up in the Low German Mennonite culture we often watched others, wondering why they did what they did around any holidays, and I know others watched us and wondered as well.

When my family moved to Canada in 1987 something as simple as a yard sale was the strangest thing ever, but now, years later, it’s the most normal thing ever. As we live in a community and assimilate into a culture, things become normal, but other things can get lost in the process.

Friday, January 18, 2019

U of L history professor Bailey to be honoured with Governor General’s History award

Dr. Jenna Bailey
University of Lethbridge - University of Lethbridge adjunct history professor Dr. Jenna Bailey will receive the Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Community Programming for her work with Edmonton’s Shiloh Centre for Multicultural Roots (SCMR).  Bailey, who is also a filmmaker and senior research fellow at the U of L’s Centre for Oral History and Tradition (COHT), collaborated with SCMR president Deborah Dobbins and Dr. David Este, a University of Calgary professor and expert on immigrant and refugee experiences in Canada, to produce the award-winning, hour-long video “We Are the Roots: Black Settlers and their Experiences of Discrimination on the Canadian Prairies”.

Click here to watch We Are the Roots: Black Settlers and their Experiences of Discrimination on the Canadian Prairies.

Crowsnest Pass RCMP seek public assistance in locating missing male


RCMP Alberta - Crowsnest RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 58-year-old Stuart David Duff. Stuart was last seen on Jan. 6, 2019 in Crowsnest Pass and it is believed he maybe in the Lower Mainland area of British Columbia.

Stuart is described as:
  • Caucasian
  • 5’10”
  • 220 lbs
  • Brown hair
  • Brown eyes
  • Tattoo on upper shoulder of a demon lady with wings
  • Tattoo of “SB” on right forearm

Stuart maybe driving a 2009 Toyota Tacoma with Alberta plate EYW510

There is a general concern for Stuart’s safety and well-being. If you have information on his whereabouts, please contact Crowsnest Pass RCMP at 403-562-2867 or your local police.

Fort Macleod RCMP seek assistance in locating family dog


RCMP Alberta - On the morning of December 31, 2018, just after 8 am 3-year-oldld registered German Shepherd named Major was stolen from a family farm located south of Fort Macleod on the east side of Highway 2. Major is micro chipped and is described as a gentle family animal and he has a distinctive black spot on his tongue. Police are hopeful that if anyone has seen Major they will contact the Fort Macleod RCMP to allow him to be returned home to his family.


Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Separate Regional Division No.4 Superintendent Chris Smeaton to retire

Chris Smeaton (PC Voice file photo)
Judy Lane, Board Chair, Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Separate Regional Division No.4: Early this week, Superintendent Chris Smeaton announced his plans to retire at the end of the December 2019. “I've chosen the end of December and have discussed with the Board the reason for a mid-year retirement,” explains Smeaton. “Usually a search would begin later in the school year, but our plan is to have the new superintendent first serve as the acting deputy superintendent, allowing me some transition time to work with her/him before officially taking over the reins.”

Multicultural Friendship Group Pot-luck Supper Meeting Saturday, January 26


Pot-luck Supper Meeting
Saturday, January 26, 2019
5:00 – 8:00 PM
at St. John’s Anglican Church, Pincher Creek

Bring a friend – Everyone Welcome

Special Guest: Lynne Teneycke speaks about Group Group Youth

The group provides social, educational and recreational programming for youth whose needs are not being met elsewhere.  They have been in existence here for more than 30 years, and Lynne has been Executive Director through that time.

LLG claims Alberta residents misled over transmission impact of renewable electricity program


Livingstone Landowners Group (LLG) - The Alberta Government’s recently announced “success story” on renewable electricity is being questioned by a key land stewardship group in Southern Alberta. The Livingstone Landowners Group (LLG) represents ranchers and landowners dedicated to the responsible planning, use and protection of the rare and irreplaceable land and water resources between the Livingstone Range and the Porcupine Hills in Southwestern Alberta.

Coaldale RCMP vehicle rammed by a stolen truck, suspect apprehended


RCMP Alberta (synopsized) - On January 14, 2019 at around 5:30 a.m. the Coaldale RCMP received a complaint of a man passed out in the drivers seat of a white Dodge Ram 1500. This truck was parked in a farmers yard located along Highway 512 within Lethbridge County, AB. The Coaldale RCMP have received numerous complaints of a similar type truck which was stolen previously from the Picture Butte area. Complaints have also been received from the public regarding a white Dodge Ram truck attending several rural locations possibly stealing fuel.

Brian Jean: An agenda to move Alberta forward

Livingstone-Macleod MLA Pat Stier and Brian Jean (PC Voice file photo)
Brian Jean - Alberta and Canada are at a crossroads, and our province needs strong and ethical leadership to deal with the economic and social issues we are facing. A few days ago, I announced Kim and I are expecting the birth of a daughter. Events like that make you consider the future. Alberta’s future looks bleak unless bold action is taken.

Recall: Certain Salmon Village brand Hot Smoked Atlantic Salmon Nuggets


Certain Salmon Village brand Hot Smoked Atlantic Salmon Nuggets have been recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes.  Click here for more information.

No Lethbridge International Air Show until August 2020


Lethbridge Air Show Association - In late December, the Lethbridge International Air Show Association notified Lethbridge City and County Councils that the biennial "Lethbridge Air Show" will been postponed until the August (Heritage Day) Long Weekend in 2020.  This decision was made for a number of reasons - not the least of which being the recent passing of air show friend, long time volunteer, and Board Member - Brent Botfield.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Nanton RCMP arrest two involved in copper wire thefts


RCMP Alberta - Following a tip from an observant citizen, RCMP have laid charges and seized stolen copper wire.  On January 15, Nanton RCMP were alerted to a suspicious vehicle west of Nanton. Nanton members with the assistance of High River Traffic Services located the vehicle and arrested two males. RCMP seized a large quantity of copper wire stolen from industrial sites.

Continued vigilance encouraged for M. chimaera infection in open heart patients


Alberta Health Services (AHS) is notifying physicians to consider exposure to M. chimaera bacteria as a possible cause for prolonged illness in patients who underwent cardiac surgery from 2012 to 2017.  A case of M. chimaera infection was recently confirmed in a patient who underwent open heart surgery several years ago.

“We are reminding physicians about the importance of considering the potential risk of exposure to M. chimaera bacteria in cardiac surgery patients who are experiencing persistent, unexplained symptoms,” said Dr. Geoffrey Taylor, AHS Senior Medical Director, Infection, Prevention and Control. “At this time, we still believe the risk to be very low but M. chimaera can be difficult to diagnose and symptoms can take up to five years to appear.”

New Alzheimer support resources available at local libraries


Chinook Arch Regional Library System - January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and newly added support resources are available to borrow from your local library. Chinook Arch Regional Library System has partnered with the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories to ensure the new memory kits will reach those with dementia, as well as their caregivers.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Words make the difference


Joyce Sasse -
Words, and how we use them, form the basis of our understanding. But what if we use inappropriate words?

A current example is apparent in how we speak about the moon. Many have called the side-of-the-moon that always faces away from the earth “the dark side”. But now a Chinese lunar spaceship has landed there and is sending brightly lit moonscape pictures back to earth. Might we now more aptly speak about “the-other-side-of-the-moon’? Does that change of wording make a difference to your understanding about the properties of the moon?

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Southern Alberta Crime Reduction Team seek public's assistance to locate wanted woman

Wanted: Sarah Jane Doumont

RCMP Alberta - The Southern Alberta Crime Reduction team is seeking the public's assistance to locate a wanted woman.  Sarah Jane Doumont (32) of Calgary, is wanted on 43 outstanding warrants out of Airdrie, Strathmore, Didsbury, Olds, Nanton, and Sundre RCMP detachment areas.

Shell in discussions to sell Foothills sour gas assets, including Waterton Complex

Shell Waterton (PC Voice file photo)
Shell Canada - Shell Canada is in exploratory discussions to sell its Foothills sour gas assets in central and southern Alberta, including the Waterton Complex and its gas fields. If there are no qualified buyers, Shell will continue to operate the site. There are no plans for closure.

“We have been proud to call these communities home for many, many years. The folks around here have taught us much about what it means to be a good neighbour,” said Rej Tetrault, General Manager, Foothills and Groundbirch, Shell Canada. “And, while this wasn’t an easy decision, I’m proud of the business we’ve built here and I expect potential buyers will also see the value we’ve created. In the meantime, we will continue to focus on safe operations.”

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Tribute to volunteer church organists


Joyce Sasse -
Volunteer church organists are the unsung heroes of Sunday worship – expected to perform suitably whether there are 5 or 50 in the congregation. Expected to be there regardless the weather or whatever their family schedule might include. Expected to make meaningful sound – often with instruments handed down from generations.

They do their best to cope with hymns selected by clergy that are unfamiliar to the congregation.

They treasure their broken and tattered hymn books that don’t threaten to close halfway through verse 2. 

They slowly make necessary adjustments when sporting new bifocals and as fingers stiffen.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Fatal apartment fire in Coaldale


RCMP Alberta - On January 4, 2018 at approximately 1:00 a.m. Coaldale RCMP members responded to a 911 complaint of a female in distress at a three storey apartment on 19th street and 23rd avenue in Coaldale. The nature of the 911 distress was not known at that time. Entry to a third floor apartment was attempted but a wall of thick smoke prevented immediate access. This was the first indication the apartment was engulfed with fire.

The Coaldale Fire Department was dispatched and made entry rescuing an elderly female occupant. Despite efforts the woman died from what is believed to be smoke inhalation related causes. The Calgary Medical Examiners Office has been notified. Coaldale RCMP and Coaldale Fire Department personnel will work together along with the Medical Examiners Office to determine the cause of the death and fire.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Crowsnest Pass RCMP and surrounding detachments deal with high winds and collisions

RCMP Alberta - Crowsnest Pass and surrounding detachment areas are advising motorists that travel on Highway 22 and Highway 3 is not recommended for any large light vehicles or empty semi-tractor trailers due to extremely high winds. Police have responded to several collisions on Highway 22 as winds have reached 100+ km/h in some areas and are forecasted to continue throughout the day.

Wind warning in southwest Alberta

Government of Alberta - A wind and heavy snow warning is in place for southwest Alberta which is experiencing gusts of up to 160 kilometres per hour. In addition, 10 to 20 centimetres of snow is expected in the mountain parks.

Commercial vehicles are having difficulty traveling along highways 22 and 3. RCMP have set up checkpoints at the intersection of highways 22 and 3 near Lundbreck and the intersection of Highways 2 and 533 near Nanton to advise larger, light commercial and recreation vehicles not to travel in the area.

All drivers should proceed with caution and should be prepared to stop if conditions become difficult. Motorists are strongly advised to carry an emergency road kit.

Strong winds are expected for the remainder of today and Friday.

Wind has the potential to create visibility issues.

Know before you go – check 511 Alberta for the latest real-time road conditions.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Fort Macleod RCMP investigating multiple thefts

STOLEN 1998 black Dodge Ram with a flat deck

RCMP Alberta -
Between December 24 and December 27, 2018 multiple businesses in Fort Macleod were victim of break-and-enters and thefts. A business located on Hwy 785 near Hwy 2, had a red 1996 dually Ford service truck stolen on Christmas eve night. It had a red toolbox on the rear of the truck which makes it readily identifiable. Within the town limits, 3 businesses in the industrial area on 12 Street had multiple vehicles which were entered and damaged in an attempt to steal them. A second vehicle was successfully stolen from a business in the 500 block of 12 Street. It is also identifiable as it is a 1998 black Dodge Ram with a flat deck. In addition to the vehicles, batteries and tools were also stolen from the locations in town.

These thefts may have occurred over the same time period, and are believed to be the work of the same individual(s).

Anyone with information about this or any other crime can contact the Fort Macleod RCMP at 403-553-7200. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers www.crimestoppers.ab.ca] for instructions on how). You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers, and if you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s), the recovery of stolen property, and/or a seizure of illicit drugs, you may be eligible for a cash reward.

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