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Bike path contradicts management plan

Dear editor, They are at it again. In the March 9 issue of the Fitzhugh Parks Canada was still trotting out the same old misinformation about the Jasper and Banff management plans and the Icefields Parkway strategic concept being the basis of the proposed Icefields bike trail. They seem to have succeeded in pulling the wool over their own eyes. On the contrary, the current proposal is clearly counter to the ...

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Kudos to Parks for denying film permit

Dear editor, “You don’t always have to make great representations of Native people. We’re not asking for that. We’re not asking to be nobles, or righteous, or good all the time. We’re asking to be human.”  - Reel Injun, 2009 Canadian documentary. I wanted to write a piece in favour of Parks Canada’s decision that disallows the film Hard Powder from being shot in Banff, and the Columbia Icefield. While it is ...

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Schaefer should apologize

Dear editor, As we approach the 100th anniversary of Canada’s involvement with the “creeping barrage” military victory at Vimy Ridge between April 9 to 13, 1917, I am reminded of the absolute horror of the First and Second World War, or any war, for that matter. When the Second World War ended in 1945, we were a world that was sickened by the bloodshed, the loss of loved ones and yet, so thankful to be aliv ...

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Tour of Alberta is a boon for Jaspe

Re: Editorial on March 9 Dear editor, I believe a newspaper should unite, work together with their community and come up with solutions to mutual problems. This is what the municipality does, and I don’t imagine this is an easy job in a town full of strong willed, and very opinionated people. I am grateful for the work they do on our behalf and know that every one of those people are doing the very best the ...

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Free speech has limitations

Dear editor, I see again that Monika Schaefer is once again claiming free speech for an opportunity to spout her hatred of people of the Jewish faith. Free expression means, in its simplest terms, that the government cannot arrest you for those views. Canadian law does have exceptions, such as child pornography and hate speech. In Canada, Section 319(2) of the Criminal Code “makes it an offence to communica ...

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The vanishing wild

Dear editor, For love of Canada let’s sit upon the ground And tell sad stories of the death of Parks How some have been destroyed, some despoiled By unseemly structures on the shores of misty lakes, Where moose once nursed their young but come no more; Where the loon’s cry no longer wavers o’er the land And where the shy bittern calls in vain. Where commerce builds a shrine of rusting steel To unseen glacie ...

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Artist’s work worth more than the paper it’s on

It wasn’t until she moved to Jasper about four years ago that it occurred to Rico to include landscapes in her art. The Japanese-born, Dutch-trained artist has been drawing since before she can remember. As a child she picked up painting and more recently began working with backlit layered paper collages with a technique called hikarie. A lot of the pieces from her time in Europe focus on a single character ...

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Prohibition dims glow of Legion

Dear editor, In your extensive coverage of Jasper’s Royal Canadian Legion last week (Fitzhugh Feb. 23, 2017), there was not a word about the uncomfortable fact that there is a continued prohibition against me entering their premises. Because I have reached different conclusions about the events of the Second World War, Ken Kuzminski has declared me persona non grata in a place which honours the veterans, wh ...

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Schaefer pleads with “thought police” for busking licence

Dear editor, Congratulations to the town of Jasper for shutting down the notorious Monika Schaefer once again. Her repellent views are a painful anomaly in a multi-dimensional community that believes in tolerance, equality, justice, and truth. Schaefer’s “alternative facts” and her comments about “thought police” are nothing less than ridiculous nonsense. It should also be noted that one of her most notorio ...

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Re: Trans Mountain confirms six oil spills in Jasper National Park

Dear editor, I commend Kayla Byrne on her fact-checking article that appeared in the Feb. 9 edition of the Fitzhugh. Kinder Morgan’s failure to be transparent with the Jasper community about its pipeline’s spill history in the park leaves me wary about any information they espouse on the project. Their blunder only serves to uphold the unfortunate standard of deceit in the oil industry, which is to appear a ...

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