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ATCO camp workers vote to unionize in Blue River

Trans Mountain’s Twitter photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca ATCO camp workers in Blue River, B.C., have voted by over 93 per cent to join UNITE HERE Local 40. Robert Demand, Local 40 executive director and BC Building Trades executive board member, congratulated the camp workers who voted to unionize. “The high percentage who voted yes to join our union goes to show that camp workers are ready to come ...

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International Women’s Day aims to break the bias

Staff at the Jasper Employment & Education Centre hold a banner for International Women’s Day, which took place on March 8. This year’s theme was “Break the Bias." From the left: Ginette Marcoux, executive director; Astra Fe Penas, adult education coordinator; Diane Muir, receptionist; Sabrina Kelly, adult literacy coordinator; Monica Rodriguez, operations manager; and Sarah Barteaux, employment coach. ...

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Chamber Matters: Showcasing our Chamber Champions

Pattie Pavlov | Special to the Fitzhugh Chamber Champions—that is what we call them. “Them” is the collective term for our executive and board, and it’s high time you meet the collective, on their individual merit. Tackling the many and varied activities of the executive, please meet Justin Melnyk our president. Justin, a born and raised Jasper “kid,” is the general manager of the Jasper Brewpub, and that a ...

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Logging paused in A La Peche caribou range, conservation groups call for long-term protection

Threatened mountain caribou from the À La Pêche herd near Grande Cache, Alta. | AWA/J.E. Marriott photo Joanne McQuarrie, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca West Fraser Hinton paused its controversial clearcut logging plan in critical habitat of the threatened A La Peche caribou in west-central Alberta, following the province’s creation of a temporary “No Harvest Zone” until it fini ...

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Tourism Jasper says town well-positioned for successful summer

Tourism Jasper is anticipating more visitors this summer as health restrictions begin to ease. | Parks Canada/D.McDonald photo Jason Stockfish, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | advertising@fitzhugh.ca Tourist numbers are set to increase in Jasper this year compared to 2020 and 2021 as restrictions begin to ease, particularly those involving the border. James Jackson, president and CEO at Tourism Jaspe ...

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Chaba Theatre closing at end of month, building being converted into restaurant

The Chaba Theatre will be converted into a restaurant after coming into new ownership at the end of February. | P.Shokeir photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Jasper’s movie theatre will screen its last feature at the end of this month as it comes under new ownership and is slated to become a restaurant. The Jasper Brewpub will take possession of the Chaba Theatre on Feb. 25. “I’m bittersweet about it, ...

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Speakers discuss resilience and support at Chamber meeting

Mutual support and networking were some of the key points talked about at the Jasper Park Chamber of Commerce general meeting at the Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre on Feb. 9. From the left: Jason Leslie, communications manager, Alberta Chambers of Commerce; Sgt. Rick Bidaisee, detachment commander, Jasper RCMP; Pattie Pavlov, JPCC executive director; and Alan Fehr, superintendent, Jasper Field Unit. | J ...

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Council discusses motif requirement, fee changes for patio seating

Jason Stockfish, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | advertising@fitzhugh.ca Jasper Municipal Council discussed the potential changes to the sidewalk seating and retail area extension program for 2022 at the Feb. 8 committee of the whole meeting. Complicating matters, explained Mayor Richard Ireland, is the fact that Parks Canada has jurisdiction over land-use planning and development, not the municipali ...

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ATCO camp workers vote to unionize in Valemount

Work is underway on the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion in this undated photo. ATCO camp workers in Valemount serving the project have voted to unionize. | Trans Mountain’s Twitter photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Around 60 hospitality and culinary staff at the ATCO Valemount Camp have voted by nearly 90 per cent to join UNITE HERE Local 40. This group is the first unionized ATCO camp on the Trans ...

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Chamber Matters: Welcome to 2022!

Pattie Pavlov | Special to the Fitzhugh It is no surprise that getting started is the biggest part of any challenge, agreed? Welcome to 2022! It is also no surprise that many businesses in our community are again pivoting to meet the challenges the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus presents to every person in the community as well. Hope remains eternal is a cliché to be sure, but it also provides a modi ...

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