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‘I’m never going to work for them again’ – Jasper Parks Canada employee quits dream job

  Working for Parks Canada this summer was supposed to be Christine Westall’s dream, but a week into her new job the Ontario native is already heading home disappointed by the way she was treated. The 26-year-old first applied to work for Parks Canada as a visitor services attendant in February. By mid-March she was interviewed for the position and by April she received a confirmation email that she ha ...

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New housing developments on the horizon

More than 12 months after first proposing two new housing developments, the Jasper Community Housing Corporation (JCHC) has updated its plans.   The plan now includes the possibility of developing two new parcels of land near Bear Hill Lodge and redeveloping the land where the RCMP detachment is currently located. The detachment is slated to be rebuilt beside the Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre within th ...

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Canada Day faces funding shortfall

  Organizers for Canada Day are sounding the alarm after learning they will have to do more with less this year. “I’m feeling various shades of disappointment,” said Pattie Pavlov, general manager for the Jasper Park Chamber of Commerce. “We were unsuccessful on the federal grant application and we have just been advised that we were unsuccessful on the Canada-Alberta Canada150 application.” The commit ...

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Bare shelves at the food bank

The Jasper Food Bank has found itself in dire straights, its shelves bare. Minutes before opening up the doors on May 18, Rachel Heckbert, the food bank’s new volunteer coordinator, had to make an emergency $1,500 grocery run just to stock the shelves. “We are in desperate need for food and cash donations,” said Heckbert, who is coordinating things in president Patrick Mooney's absence. “Instead of two cans ...

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Jasper stands up against homophobia

  “I’m just so proud of Jasper.” Those were the words uttered by Ottawa resident Marty Callsen as he watched his hometown mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia with a flag raising ceremony, May 17. The day has taken on special meaning for Callsen in recent years after his 15-year-old daughter came out as trans female. “Especially in smaller places, my own experience ha ...

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Parks Canada more of a hindrance than a help

  It goes without saying that the number one issue facing Jasper is housing. Whether it’s finding a place for a seasonal employee, helping a senior find a smaller home or to ensure a young family can afford to live in Jasper, housing affects us all. Yet it seems Parks Canada, which controls land use planning and development, could care less. This week the Jasper Community Housing Corporation (JCHC) ann ...

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Edson traffic unit sees most impaired drivers

The Edson Integrated Traffic Unit (ITU) intercepted and charged 123 impaired drivers during the 2016/2017 fiscal year, greatly exceeding any other traffic unit in the province. According to a letter sent to council, an additional 8,722 charges were issued for aggressive drivers, 1,188 charges laid for occupant restraint violations and 517 charges were issues for distracted driving. According to police these ...

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New Jasper town council schedule

Municipal council has adjusted its schedule for the end of May and the month of June to accommodate absences and ensure there are enough councillors for quorum. On May 30 council will hold a regular council meeting at 1:30 p.m. in the council chambers located at 500 Robson Street. Meetings on June 6 and June 20 have been cancelled. Instead, a regular council meeting will be held on June 13 at 1:30 p.m. foll ...

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Parks stops accepting permits for new events

  Jasper National Park’s management team has stopped approving any new special event permits this year. It’s not clear why the decision was made, however in a statement from Parks the agency said it is focusing on ensuring high-quality experiences for visitors. “Parks Canada already has a number of third-party led events planned throughout the summer in Jasper National Park and is currently focused on ...

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Jasper students get their hands dirty

Students from Jasper Elementary School (JES) weren’t afraid to get a little dirty to learn about the benefits of locally grown food, May 18. Marissa Kidd and Jamie Orfald-Clarke, members of the Jasper Local Food Society, spent the morning teaching students about gardening and where their food comes from. “The goal is to get kids connected back to the Earth again and to one another,” said Kidd. Before rollin ...

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