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Op-ed: Newspapers are not packaging

Across the world, municipalities and provinces have been moving their recycling programmes to Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). EPR is great in theory and in practice. It levies fees on manufacturers and retailers for the packaging that wraps everything from the food we eat to the toys our kids play with. Any parent who has helped their child open a new toy knows that between the thick plastic that pr ...

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MLA newsletter for May

Alberta at Work As part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan, the Alberta at Work initiative will announce investments in various job-training programs to get Albertans the employment supports they need, so they can take advantage of this economic boom. Five ministries are working together to support new and transitioning workers to help them succeed in a rapidly changing job market. Labour and Immigration is investi ...

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Opinion: Can Musk save Twitter?

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Twitter is about to get a new owner. Entrepreneur Elon Musk is buying the social media platform for $44 billion, an announcement that has gotten mixed reactions from the public. In a TED interview taped before the announcement, Musk said there was a need for “an inclusive arena for free speech,” provided the speech in question aligns with the laws of the country that Twitt ...

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Op-ed: OUT Jasper Speaks

The Pride Awards recognized four recipients at the Forest Park Hotel on April 3. From the left: Mychol Ormandy, Mollie LaLonde Lynch, Anika Lodge and Lynn Wannop. | P.Shokeir photo Hello Jasper Friends, I would like to start by saying, what an amazing Jasper Pride & Ski Festival 2022. It was so good to see friends from all over celebrating Jasper’s Pride. My hat goes off to the Jasper Pride Board and es ...

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Opinion: Rules of the road

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca For the most part, drivers slow down when passing wildlife, but not often enough. Last year, 121 animals were killed by vehicles within Jasper National Park. That is a lot of unnecessary animal death, especially considering this is a protected area. Wildlife-vehicle collisions often occur because of irresponsible wildlife viewing. However, let’s not forget to point the fin ...

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LaGrange: One teaching profession needs one strong process

Recently, I was proud to introduce Bill 15, Reforming Teacher Profession Discipline Act. Since I first took office, I have been focused on reforming the process of discipline for the teaching profession. In December, I released a statement outlining my commitment to bring legislation forward this spring to improve this process in part due to the Alberta Teachers’ Association’s (ATA) statement that they felt ...

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Editorial: Snow, please go away

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca When I was a kid living in Washington State, snow was a rare and treasured phenomenon, and I would always make the most of it. But just when I grew out of my snow-loving phase, my family moved up to Alberta, and now I’m stuck with the white stuff every year whether I like it or not. I used to think of snowmen and hot chocolate when I thought of winter. That’s the consequen ...

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Opinion: Don’t let your guard down

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca After two unpleasant years, we’re seeing a supposed end to the pandemic as jurisdictions around the world begin to relax health rules and people peel off their masks. In Canada, Alberta is the most gung ho to the point where the Kenney government is introducing legislation to limit the authority of municipalities to impose mask mandates or vaccine passports. Let’s just hop ...

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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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Editorial: Avoiding the apocalypse

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca As Russia’s assault on Ukraine enters its third week, it has become all the more apparent just how stupid and cruel the whole invasion is—thousands dead, over 1.5 million refugees, civilians taking up arms, the shelling of a nuclear plant. With all that in consideration, it’s understandable that so many of us are emotional over this crisis and simply want the horrid thing ...

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