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New council sworn into office

Jasper Mayor Richard Ireland is sworn in during a ceremony at the Lobstick Lodge on Oct. 22. | P.Shokeir photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Jasper’s new council was sworn in during a ceremony at the Lobstick Lodge on Oct. 22, four days after the 2021 municipal election. Newly elected were joined by their friends and families, along with a limited number of representatives of community organizations in ...

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Richard Ireland re-elected as mayor

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Richard Ireland will continue to serve as mayor of Jasper after residents re-elected him during the municipal election on Oct. 18. According to the unofficial election results, Ireland won 970 votes, while his contenders Paul Butler and Basil Byrd won 414 and 92 respectively. “I suppose it’s kind of equal parts gratifying and humbling,” Ireland said regarding his re-electi ...

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Editorial: A healthy election

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Jasper is preparing to have an election that is looking to be healthy in more ways than one. First, the sheer number of candidates running this election is pleasing to see. Three mayoral candidates will be on the ballot with long-time incumbent Richard Ireland up against Paul Butler and Basil Byrd. There will also be 11 candidates vying for six councillor positions. Whethe ...

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Your 2021 Municipal Mayoral Candidates

From the left: Mayoral candidates Paul Butler, Basil Byrd and Richard Ireland (incumbent). The Jasper Fitzhugh solicited profiles from the mayoral candidates for this upcoming municipal election. The profiles have been listed by surname alphabetically. Paul Butler I want to start by thanking my supporters for your support, and my detractors for your tolerance. I've heard from many of you on both sides over ...

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Your 2021 Municipal Councillor Candidates

The councillor candidates for Jasper's 2021 municipal election. The Jasper Fitzhugh solicited profiles from the councillor candidates for this upcoming municipal election. The profiles have been listed by surname alphabetically. Thomas Arkinstall When I was in university one of my roommates was elected to the Council of a town called Riley located in southern Alberta. Over the next four years, I watched him ...

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Long-time Jasperite vying for mayor’s seat

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Basil Byrd has thrown his hat into the ring as one of three mayoral candidates during this upcoming municipal election on Oct. 18. In an email interview, Byrd said the community was his motivation to run for mayor, adding how there have been few choices when it comes to electing a leader. “We all play a part in this town, and I feel like community involvement in the decisi ...

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Councillor candidates answer questions from public

The Jasper Park Chamber of Commerce hosted a municipal forum for Jasper's 11 councillor candidates via Zoom on Oct. 5. Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Eleven councillor candidates took turns answering questions on subjects ranging from Indigenous relations to street closures for pedestrians during a virtual forum on Oct. 5. The Jasper Park Chamber of Commerce hosted the forum via Zoom, with past Chamber ...

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Mayoral candidates speak on cost of living during forum

The Jasper Park Chamber of Commerce hosted a municipal forum for mayoral candidates via Zoom on Oct. 4. From the top left to bottom right: candidate Basil Byrd, moderator Richard Cooper, candidate Paul Butler and candidate (incumbent) Richard Ireland. Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca The three mayoral candidates fielded questions from the public on the cost of living and other subjects during the municipa ...

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Councillor reflects on ‘delightful four years’

Jasper Councillor Bert Journault | File photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Councillor Bert Journault has decided not to seek re-election and instead allow others to step up for the role during this upcoming municipal election. Journault described his term as “a delightful four years” that went by quickly, and he also praised the new, community-focused direction that CAO Bill Biven has taken the munici ...

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Two advanced polls this upcoming election

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Jasper’s municipal election will feature two advanced polls and health measures at the Jasper Activity Centre, while proof of vaccination will not be required. Returning officer Christine Nadon said there is usually only one advanced poll, but another was added this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We want to try to minimize the number of people who show up here in one ...

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