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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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Culinary school a boon for the community

News this week that Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) has begun exploring its options to establish a culinary school in Jasper is great news for our tiny mountain community Not only would it bring young, passionate minds to town, but it could also prove to be a financial windfall for the Jasper Royal Canadian Legion, which has struggled financially since ÉcoleDesrochers moved out of the building and in ...

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See ya later, Jasper

How do you say goodbye when everyone’s telling you you’re coming back? Six weeks ago, I handed in my letter of resignation, ending my three-year tenure as editor of the Fitzhugh and my four and a half year career with the paper. My last day was April 27, making this my last issue to hit the newsstands in restaurants, shops and hotels around town. It’s a hard pill to swallow after dedicating myself to this b ...

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‘That could never happen to me’

It was a Wednesday last February. When I woke up, it seemed like any normal morning—then I looked at my phone and discovered several missed calls from my family. This was definitely not going to be a normal day. There was a voicemail from my sister in Halifax. The tone of her voice sent chills through my body. I have never heard her sound so worried and stressed. Something was wrong. In short, she asked me ...

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Breaking the silence: opening up about mental illness

In 1994, during a particularly hectic time at the start of my human services career, I was admitted to a psychiatric hospital for the first time. I was sleep deprived and overwhelmed with religious thoughts. I reached out to people in my life who I thought could help. I thought that if each of those people put their hands on me, that finally I could sleep. In the end, they weren’t able to help, and I wasn’t ...

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Stand up for healthy minds

Depression is a disorder, not a decision. Often people who have never suffered from a mental illness forget this truth, instead treating depression as a choice that can be cured with a little positive thinking. “Be positive,” they say, oblivious to the fact that those words merely place blame on the person who’s suffering. That’s the stigma that surrounds mental illness. In our society, it is viewed as a pe ...

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Vandals leave their mark on the library saga

There’s nothing quite like adding insult to injury. Just as we were about to publish a story about the library and cultural centre nearing its final completion—three years overdue and $1.5 million over budget—the fax machine churned out a press release from the Jasper RCMP, informing us that the long beleaguered building was vandalized during the early morning hours of April 19. The construction site was br ...

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