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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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Don’t feed the animals – it’s that simple

Killing an animal in a national park is illegal, however under certain circumstances Parks Canada is left with few other options. That was the case on May 21, when a human wildlife specialist with Parks Canada was forced to shoot and kill an aggressive black bear near the Valley of the Five Lakes. According to Parks, the agency had received several reports during the past few weeks that the bear had been ap ...

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Pipelines are a necessary evil

The debate about oil pipelines is one of the most divisive issues plaguing the country today, yet when it comes to the cold hard facts it seems people are missing some very important information. The issue reared its ugly head again this week after the National Energy Board (NEB) conditionally approved Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline that runs through Jasper National Park. The conditional approval i ...

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Jasper leads by example

While Jasper might be known for its snow-capped mountains and its abundance of wildlife, it’s clear our tiny mountain town is also becoming known for our friendly LGBT attitude. Earlier this week Jasper made history as the town hoisted–for the first time ever– the pink, blue and white colours of the transgender flag for all to see. The flag was raised alongside the pride flag to mark the International Day A ...

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Jasper’s generosity something to be proud of

As tragic and heartbreaking as it has been to watch Fort McMurray and the surrounding area smolder and choke from a massive wildfire, we should be proud of our response as Jasperites and Canadians. Within hours of the mandatory evacuation residents and businesses in Jasper were already stepping up offering accommodations, food, clothing and raising money to support the relief effort. Everywhere we went we h ...

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