Thursday, February 28, 2019

Deadline for farm workers driver training extended

Government of Alberta - The Government of Alberta is extending the deadline for farm workers to comply with new training requirements for commercial drivers until March 1, 2020.  To improve road safety, the province is introducing a Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT) program for drivers seeking a Class 1 or Class 2 driver’s licence. This new requirement comes into effect on March 1, 2019. It does not apply to any driver who obtained a Class 1 or Class 2 driver’s licence on or before Oct. 10, 2018.

Following consultation with the agriculture industry, the government is extending the deadline for farmers and farm workers to comply with the MELT requirements to accommodate the demands of the 2019 farming season.

Compliments brand Chicken Nuggets recalled

A Canadian Food Inspection Agency food recall warning issued on January 25, 2019 has been updated to include additional product information. Sofina Foods Inc. is recalling Compliments brand Chicken Nuggets from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described at this link (click here).

Wildfire operations prepare for 2019 season

Government of Alberta - It might still be winter, but wildfire officials are already preparing for this year’s wildfire season.  Alberta’s wildfire season officially runs from March 1 to October 31. Across the province’s forest areas, firefighters, equipment and aircraft are being put in place as part of Alberta’s commitment to wildfire response.

As of March 1, fire permits are required for any burning, except campfires, in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. Fire permits let firefighters know exactly where planned burning is being done. Permits also help prevent false calls, which ensures firefighters are available for real wildfire response. Fire permits are free and can be requested from any Agriculture and Forestry office.

Last fire season, 1,288 wildfires burned more than 59,800 hectares in Alberta.  

More than 60 per cent (777) of 2018’s wildfires were human-caused.

If you see a wildfire burning in the forest, report it toll-free at 310-FIRE (3473).

Fort Macleod RCMP investigate assault - update

RCMP Alberta - On February 27, 2019, at approximately 12:20 a.m., Fort Macleod RCMP responded to an assault of a male in the town of Fort Macleod.  Fort Macleod RCMP with assistance from the RCMP Serious Crimes Branch and the Forensic Identification Section continue to investigate.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that several males were involved with an incident involving a firearm. One adult male suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to hospital.  A search warrant was conducted at the residence and at this time police have not determined the identity of all the males that were present.  It is believed this was not a random act and the individuals were known to each other.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Pete got his wish for death with dignity

Penny Craig smiles while reading about her late brother Peter Craig in the Fort Macleod Gazette. “No one wanted Peter to die, but we also didn’t want him to suffer as he had for so many years.”
Story & photo by Sherri Gallant - On the morning of the day Peter (‘Pete’) Craig chose to die, the comings and goings of family and friends warmed his heart and home. They sat with him in his room, reminisced and said their last goodbyes. And, of course, there were tears. Lots of tears.

‘We didn’t want him to suffer as he had for so many years’

When the hour came for the Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) physician to start the procedure that would end Peter’s life, the visitors had gone home. Earlier that day, they had gathered in a vacant suite just down the hall from Pete’s. Family and friends had coffee, swapped stories and took turns spending one-on-one time with him. Some people who have MAID want loved ones around them for the actual event, but Peter chose to be alone with the doctor and MAID team (‘event’ is the word used when referring to the actual date and hour of the procedure).

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Rural spiritual values

Joyce Sasse - A family gathers to help prepare for the funeral of their father. In reply to the questions “What were his feelings about faith?”, their first words were “He was never a church-goer … but he did believe in God!” That gave an opening to find words for how his actions gave voice to his values.

Solutions and Substitutions with Reena

Reena Nerbas

Dear Reena, I baked a cheesecake for friends last weekend; I thought the cake was thoroughly baked because the sides were solid, and the middle jiggled a little. I iced the cake and placed it in the fridge. Hours later, I sliced the cake and was mortified when I saw the inside was liquid. What is the best way to check a homemade cheesecake for doneness? B.

Friday, February 22, 2019

New study finds smoking speeds up biological clock, making people older than their chronological age

  • Using blood biochemistry markers and artificial Intelligence age predicting, study shows young smokers, and women in particular, age faster
University of Lethbridge - For years, young people have used smoking as a way to look older. As it turns out – thanks to a first-of-its-kind study out of the University of Lethbridge using artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze blood biochemistry – it’s true, smoking truly does make you older.

Pincher Creek RCMP summary for Feb. 11-18, 2019

Pincher Creek RCMP - The following is an overview of the nature of the complaints that the Pincher Creek Detachment received for the period of Feruary 11 to 18, 2019. Note that the summary indicates what was reported to the police and may not have been substantiated.

Total calls for service - 35
Assaults - 2
Domestic assault - 2
Fraud / Forgery - 1
Mischief (vandalism) - 1
Theft under $5000 - 2
Driving complaints (general) - 2
MV Collisions - 4
Liquor offences - 1
Assistance to General Public (general) - 1
Assistance to other agencies -1
911 calls (invalid) - 5
Animal calls - 3
Municipal Bylaws (barking dogs / noise / OHV) - 1
Prisoners held - 3

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Brooks arrest uncovers sexual assault of children

ICE - A 25-year-old man from Brooks is charged with child pornography offences and also allegedly sexually assaulted two young boys. ALERT’s Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit is investigating.  Eric Manysiak was arrested on February 14, 2019, with the help of Brooks RCMP and Medicine Hat Police Service. His Brooks home was searched, and computers and electronic devices were seized.  Manysiak was being investigated for uploading child pornography to the internet. However, when a preliminary examination of the suspect’s cellphone was conducted, ICE investigators found evidence of suspected sexual assaults.  ICE alleges that Manysiak sexually assaulted two young boys, and is not ruling out the possibility of other victims. A full forensic analysis on the suspect’s computers and cellphone is underway.  Manysiak advertised himself as a provider of respite care services in the Brooks and Medicine Hat areas. ICE also believes Manysiak was involved in a number of community youth programs.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Providing Medical Assistance in Dying an honour for Pincher Creek physician

“I’m very certain that MAID helps both families and the patients themselves on the journey and spares them the indignity of a tortuous death,” says Dr. Tobias Gelber, a physician provider.
 ‘I don’t think I’ve done one of these with a dry eye’

Story by Sherri Gallant, photo provided by Dr. Gelber - When Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) became legal in Alberta, Dr. Tobias Gelber, a family physician in Pincher Creek, opted in without hesitation.  “When the legislation became available I was a very strong proponent, so I signed up right away to be a provider just to make sure that patients in and around my area have that opportunity,” says Gelber, who has provided MAID for four patients.  “I’ve had patient experiences where I’ve assisted them through the dying process before MAID was made available, and one patient in particular stands out for me. He had bad metastatic cancer. He was a very proud, stoic fellow. There was a tumour moving through his abdominal wall, and this was a very emotionally difficult way for him to go.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Strong rural roots

Joyce Sasse - With so many pressures bombarding our rural youth from a society that is global-and-urban centred, how can we foster a sense of rural pride?  

Members of the Blackfoot Nation tell me they have faced the same kind of crisis for some time. “We realized we would never get anywhere until we knew who we were as a people.”  They turned to the Elders for help. The Elders shrugged and said “Nobody cares … Our memory is lost” … A few middle-aged people brought the Elders together to help them remember. One by one the stories came to life: stories about the history of the People and the Spirit of the People.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Crowsnest Pass RCMP warns of Stars Lottery scam

RCMP Alberta - The Crowsnest Pass RCMP have received several complaints of an on-going scam from persons purporting to be with the Stars Lottery.  The scam is requesting individuals to send money to an address in Kamloops, British Columbia. The following phone number has been associated with the scam: 1-514-316-0009.

Stars Lottery is aware of this scam and is actively pursuing this issue.

The Crowsnest Pass RCMP is asking the public to please exercise caution about answering any suspicious phone calls and to avoid providing any personal or banking information over the phone.

If you have any information or have been a victim of this scam, please call the Crowsnest Pass RCMP at 403-562-2867. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by internet at You do not have to reveal your identify to Crime Stoppers, and if you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s), you may be eligible for a cash reward.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Ski safe, ski smart

Lisa Doyle, Health Promotion Facilitator, Alberta Health Services -
We are well into winter here in Alberta, which means the ski resorts are booming. Skiing and snowboarding are popular winter sports here in Canada, making them all-time favorite seasonal activities. Last year Parachute Canada had the opportunity to team up with the Canadian Ski Council, the Ontario Snow Resorts Association and Technical Standards and Safety Authority to put together a film called Gravity focusing on ski safety. This film includes high level athletes, including Olympians who share their experiences and values on staying safe while hitting the slopes.

The film Gravity focuses on 5 main messages including:
  • Attire, gear and preparing for the day 
  • Protecting your brain and picking the right helmet
  • Knowing the rules
  • How to use a lift properly 
Whether you are a beginner or experienced skier or snowboarder, it is important to keep informed about ski safety, to protect yourself from injury and death. Alberta Health Services reports that there were 3920 cases of skiing and snowboarding related injuries in 2017 and 234 specifically in the South zone. 

Alberta newborns eligible for quick, pain-free hearing test

Alberta Health Services - All newborns in the province are now eligible for a quick and pain-free test to screen for permanent hearing loss with the launch of an Alberta Health Services (AHS) screening program.  Alberta’s Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Program aims to screen newborns by one month of age, although parents can have their child screened up to 90 days after birth. Babies who aren’t screened before leaving hospital, or born at a site where screening isn’t offered, can be tested at a community-based screening site.

Monday, February 11, 2019

What is Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID)?

  • End-of-life choices are important, sensitive and emotional 

MAID is a healthcare option available to Albertans at the end of life. It allows a capable adult suffering from a grievous and irremediable medical condition to voluntarily request medicine that will bring about their death.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Handling our hang-ups

Joyce Sasse -
We all have a hang-up or two – something that causes a tremor of fear. Something we try to avoid.  One of mine is claustrophobia. That’s why I like to share the story of “Franklin in the Dark” with my youngest friends. Franklin learns about his fear and figures out how to handle it.  In this story he is afraid of small dark spaces. That is a particular problem because Franklin is a turtle. His small dark shell is his home, but he has to drag it behind him.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Bellevue Legion donates $1700 to area Air Cadets

Submitted - Comrade Cody Spencer (right) of the Bellevue Legion presents a donation of $1700 to Warrant Officer 2nd-Class Braden Mitchell (center) for the 859 Crowsnest Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets, joined by Squadron Sponsor Committee representative Karen Poloni (left).

Agricultural societies to cut costs and emissions

Tim Carson (L), Debbie Ross, board president, and Minister Carlier visit in advance of the new grant announcement.
Government of Alberta - A new government program will help Alberta agricultural societies save money and reduce emissions through energy-efficient upgrades.  Agricultural societies operate more than 700 facilities across the province, including hockey rinks, curling rinks, community halls and facilities that serve rodeos and fairs. This new $10-million grant program will support technologies that help them reduce greenhouse gas emissions and facility operating cost, including improving lighting, heating, ventilation and rink/arena equipment.

Charging up in southern Alberta

Minister Phillips and MLA Fitzpatrick join partners of the Peaks to Prairies network to announce the installations of EV charging stations in Lethbridge.

  • The Peaks to Prairies network will connect at least 20 communities in southern Alberta.

Government of Alberta - Lethbridge is the first of at least 20 communities that will benefit from a new network of electric vehicle charging stations across southern Alberta.  The Government of Alberta is providing $1.2 million in Climate Leadership Plan funding to the Community Energy Association to support the Peaks to Prairies Southern Alberta Electric Vehicle Network.  When completed, the Peaks to Prairies network will cover more than 1,700 kilometres of southern Alberta highways and transition the region to full electric vehicle connectivity. The charging stations will be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy from southern Alberta.

Multicultural Friendship Group Pot-luck Supper Meeting Feb. 16

Multicultural Friendship Group
Pot-luck Supper Meeting
Saturday, February 16, 2019
5:00 – 8:00 PM
At St. John’s Anglican Church, Pincher Creek
Theme: Refugee Sponsorship and Resettlement
Special Guests in attendance
Bring a friend – Bring your questions

Tires and rims for sale

4 tires and rims for sale.  They fit a Toyota Rav-4 .  Call 403-627-6477 for more information.

Pincher Creek Weather

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Community Bible Study

James Chan photo
Joyce Sasse - I have a dream that one day people from different Christian faiths will gather together in Bible Study groups to share their understandings.

In my mind, my image of God might be likened to a gigantic multi-faceted gem. We mortals, in trying to comprehend this One-Called-By-Many-Names, can only catch glimpses of a few facets of the whole gem. For we Christians, the life and legacy of Jesus is like a prism that helps direct our focus. But, like the proverbial mouse who thinks he knows the elephant, we believe we can “know God”.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Airdrie RCMP looking for owner of copper wire

RCMP Alberta - Airdrie RCMP are looking for the owner of a spool of copper wire which was recovered on a well site north of Township 264 and west of Range Road 284 in Rocky View County.  If you have information about this recovered property or know who it belongs to, please call the Airdrie RCMP at 403-945-7200 or call your local police. Please be prepared to describe the spool as it has identifying markers on it.  If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at, or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers for instructions).

The new Canada’s Food Guide

Pat MacIntosh, Registered Dietitian with Alberta Health Services, Nutrition Services - The new Canada’s Food Guide takes a new approach to healthy eating recommendations. The food guide and other resources can be found at Here is a dietitian’s summary of what is the same and what is different from before.

Nanton RCMP arrest man red-handed stealing copper wire

RCMP Alberta - On January 29, 2019, at approximately 4:00 a.m., Nanton RCMP responded to a call of a possible break and enter on Township Road 152 near Parkland, Alberta.

Police arrived on scene and observed a suspicious vehicle at an industrial site. Police entered the property and interrupted a male suspect who was in the middle of removing several hundred feet of copper wire from its brackets. Had the suspect been successful in his attempt, the cost to replace and repair the site would have been in excess of $50,000.

Man charged with theft of ambulance, dangerous driving and more

Blood Tribe Police Service - On January 9, 2019, between 4:30 PM and 5:00 PM, Blood Tribe EMS were called to assess a person in custody at the Blood Tribe Police Service building. While EMS personnel were treating the patient inside the police building, a male walked up to the ambulance that was parked in the BTPS parking lot and drove off with it. A short time later, the ambulance was reported to have struck a vehicle along Highway 2, it failed to stop at the collision and was eventually located parked outside of a residence in the community of Moses Lake. Melvin Mountain Horse has been charged with theft of the ambulance, dangerous driving, driving while prohibited and failing to remain at the scene of an accident. Mountain Horse has been remanded into custody until January 14, 2019 where he will appear in Cardston Provincial Court. Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or has information pertaining to this incident is asked to call the Blood Tribe Police Service at 403-737-3800.

Research aims to improve Indigenous health outcomes

Alberta Health Services - Alberta Health Services (AHS) has launched a three-year research project designed to help Indigenous people navigate the health system in order to improve patient outcomes and address health inequities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations.

The Indigenous Patient Navigation Model: A Novel Approach is being co-designed by AHS teams and numerous Indigenous stakeholders. Indigenous people in the province are twice as likely to suffer from liver cancer and diabetes, and three times as likely to attempt suicide as non-Indigenous people according to a 2017 Alberta First Nations Information Governance Centre report.

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