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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 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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Tete Jaune fire nears 600 hectares, but is ‘being held’

Update May 27: Two helicopters and more than 90 firefighters are now on scene beating back the wildfire east of Tete Jaune. The size estimate of 574 hectares hasn't changed from two days ago but the "incident took substantial precipitation on Tuesday night that has currently reduced any significant fire behaviour." BC Wildfire crews are making good progress on the fire creating hand guard and fuel free area ...

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Prescribed burns could be postponed

Two prescribed fires that were expected to be burned this spring could be postponed until the fall after a significant amount of rainfall over the weekend dampened expectations. Parks Canada’s fire crews had hoped to carry out a prescribed fire near Fiddle Creek, but will likely have to wait after 37 millimetres of rain was recorded in the area. “We’ll have to run our numbers, but before it comes back into ...

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More businesses in decline than growing: Survey

A recent survey by Community Futures West Yellowhead found nearly a quarter of businesses in Jasper were in a state of decline in 2016 compared to 13 per cent that were growing. The new information is based on interviews with 113 local businesses conducted in 2014 and again in 2016. According to the survey, 58 per cent of respondents reported that they were maintaining their business while 24 per cent repor ...

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Radio-Canada to begin broadcasting in June

Radio-Canada, CBC Radio One’s French counterpart, will begin broadcasting in Jasper on 101.1 FM starting in June. CBC first announced its plans last summer, which includes adding new antennas to existing transmission towers already located within Jasper and Banff National Parks. Listeners will also be able to listen to French programming in Banff on 105.7 FM and Lake Louise on 102.7 FM. CBC will begin testi ...

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