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Succession planning essential for CFS

For the majority of residents in Jasper the work done by Community and Family Services (CFS) often goes unnoticed, yet in times of trouble it’s often the first place residents turn to. Whether it’s talking to an outreach worker, picking up food at the food bank, or simply enjoying a home cooked meal with 300 of your neighbours on a Sunday night in the dead of winter, CFS is the backbone of this community. M ...

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Cutting red tape a step in the right direction

There are few things as frustrating and time consuming than trying to build or renovate a home in Jasper National Park. For anyone who has ever tried to build an exterior door or put in a new bathroom, dealing with Parks Canada can be an exhausting and discouraging experience. Time and time again we’ve heard stories from locals about Parks Canada making people jump through hoops to get simple variances and ...

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Bike park a no-brainer

There are very few summer activities as popular as mountain biking in Jasper National Park, yet when it comes to the two-wheeled sport Parks Canada seems passively interested at best. In recent weeks, the Jasper Park Cycling Association (JPCA) approached Parks Canada’s Planning and Development Advisory Committee to get its blessing to build a mountain bike skills park in the west end of town. If approved, i ...

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Additional revenue key to Jasper’s future

Almost 15 years ago to the day Jasper residents made a choice that would forever change the direction of our tiny mountain community. On July 19, 2001, Jasper residents voted in favour to establish local government, setting in motion the next steps towards local self-determination. While a lot has been accomplished since then, full self-determination can only be achieved when the municipality has full contr ...

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New government, old tactics?

When Canadians went to the polls last November many voters hoped a new government would usher in an era of greater transparency and public engagement, particularly when it came to important infrastructure projects, like pipelines. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like much has changed. Last week, a federally appointed panel tip-toed into Jasper hoping they could get in and out of town without anyone noticing– ...

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Arts groups deserve rent relief

How much do we value art in our community? That’s ultimately the question council must ask itself when it considers whether or not to give It Only Takes A Dream (IOTAD) and the Jasper Artists Guild (JAG) a break on rent July 19. Both groups have asked council to consider waiving rent to help them get back on their feet after operating without a permanent home for years as they patiently waited for the new L ...

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New trail an opportunity to rebuild trust

After months of rampant speculation and rumours, Parks Canada finally released details this week about its plans to build a $66-million trail from Jasper to the Columbia Icefields. The 107-km multi-use trail will run parallel to Highway 93 utilizing portions of the old road and it could eventually stretch to Lake Louise to connect with a bike trial along the Trans-Canada Highway. In the summer, the trail wi ...

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Time to celebrate new library

The wait is finally over. The persistent headlines about missed deadlines, blown budgets and construction blunders are now behind us and there’s probably nobody that’s more excited about it than us. Over the course of the Library and Cultural Centre’s long and storied saga the Fitzhugh has written nearly 40 stories, the majority of which highlighted the latest issue to beset the beleaguered building. By now ...

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Standing up against violence

Earlier this week the world was brutally reminded about the persecution and hatred members of the LGBT community still face in their struggle for acceptance in 2016. In the early morning hours of June 12, a gunman stormed into a popular gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., killing 49 people and wounding at least 50 others. It was the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. The senseless act of violence was not only ...

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Library saga deserves public report

If you listened carefully this week you might have heard a collective sigh of relief reverberate across town upon news that construction of the Library and Cultural Centre was finally completed. After three and a half years of missed deadlines and false promises, library staff began to move stacks of books and pieces of furniture into the new building, located at 500 Robson Street, June 8. The beleaguered p ...

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