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Water flowing underground

  A series of fortunate events has the crew here on the second floor at 626 Connaught reflecting like a solar eclipse on the inside of a pinhole camera. If you found yourself in Fitzhugh voicemail jail this week, we apologize. The quick set-up cards have been excavated from parts unknown and all will be well and reflective of who is actually there now, which as is want to happen in the wiley world of w ...

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What’s in a name?

Over the past four weeks residents have had a chance to make a lasting impact on the community by putting forward suggestions to rename the exchange lands, a parcel of land that will eventually play host to sports games and community events. While the vast majority of the submissions it received were serious suggestions a handful of people attempted to make light of the contest with submissions such as Wast ...

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Mountain pine beetle a natural phenomenon

While it may be alarming to see Jasper’s pristine forests fall victim to the mountain pine beetle it’s important to remember that the beetle is a naturally occurring species in Western Canada. In fact the mountain pine beetle epidemic that is sweeping through Jasper National Park should in many ways be a welcomed sign for a forest that is long past its due date. The problem is that decades of fire suppressi ...

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Election 2017: Decision day is just weeks away

It might be hard to imagine, but election season is upon us. On Sept. 18 communities across Alberta, including Jasper, will hold nomination day, the final day for candidates to decide whether or not they are going to run for municipal office. Deciding to run for office is a big decision that should be weighed carefully before deciding whether or not you want to throw your hat into the ring. For starters, it ...

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Red light for rainbow crosswalk a black eye for council

Municipal council’s shock decision this week to reject the installation of a rainbow coloured crosswalk is a stark reminder of the challenges still faced by the LGBTQ community in 2017. In Jasper we like to think of ourselves as a progressive, open-minded community, however the decision demonstrates that Jasper still has a long way to go before we can truly claim to be the inclusive community we like to thi ...

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B.C. wildfires should be a wake up call

The thick blanket of smoke that has swallowed up Jasper over the past week should be a wake up call that the threat of wildfire is a real and present danger in Jasper National Park. It should also be used as an opportunity for residents to ensure they have a 72-hour emergency kit ready to go and a full tank of gas in case of an emergency. For the laggards among us, we only need to look to British Columbia t ...

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Volunteers are a sight to be seen

Jasper’s snow capped mountains and its abundance of wildlife might get the most attention from visitors who come to our tiny mountain town, but hidden almost in plain sight is a community of volunteers that rarely get noticed. This was once again on full display during Canada Day as tens of thousands of revelers descended on Jasper to enjoy the 150th anniversary of Confederation. For those in attendance it ...

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From far and wide

What does it mean to be Canadian? It’s a question that some of the country’s greatest leaders, writers and thinkers have wrestled with since Confederation 150 years ago. At the heart of the debate is a question about our identity. Since that fateful day on July 1, 1867, Canadians have struggled to find a single narrative to define who we are as a nation, but within that struggle we have may have also found ...

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Child labour allegations are shameful

Jasper is a place that prides itself as a progressive, forward thinking community, but allegations this week that some employers may be using child labour for their own narrow self-interest are deplorable and have no place here. Not only is it morally and ethically reprehensible to hire children who are under 12 years of age without parental consent and a permit from the province, if the allegations are pro ...

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Local challenges require local solutions

Jasper’s unique location in the heart of the Canadian Rockies has earned it an international reputation as one of the most beautiful places in the world, but beyond the snow-capped mountains and meandering rivers what makes Jasper special is also its biggest challenge. Located in a national park and on the fringes of the provincial border, Jasper’s faces an unusual set of circumstances that are by and large ...

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