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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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Editorial: A worse-than-useless election

Justin Trudeau and Andrew Weaver speak with media in Richmond. September 14, 2021. | Adam Scotti / Liberal Party of Canada The polls have closed, and what has changed? In terms of pure results, little if anything. The Liberals called this snap election in hopes of securing a majority, but despite the hopeful polls, they ended up only mirroring the results of 2019. Justin Trudeau’s Liberals got a third term ...

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Editorial: Water safety precautions

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca There are few other places in the world that have such an abundance of lakes and rivers beautiful enough to illustrate postcards. But along with the fun and health benefits of recreation activities on water bodies, one must also consider the risk of injury, accidents and drownings. Since 2016, a total of 89 people have drowned in Alberta, with 80 per cent of the drowning f ...

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Editorial: Just a little longer

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca As we bear the brunt of a third wave of COVID-19, much like castaways clinging onto a raft as yet another wave crashes into them, we can take solace in the fact that an end to this pandemic is now within sight. The province also recently released a reopening plan that is dependent upon immunization rates. For all restrictions to be lifted, 70 per cent of Albertans age 12-p ...

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Editorial: Introducing Ali Howat

My name is Ali Howat and I recently moved to Jasper and became a reporter at the Jasper Fitzhugh. I am 23-years old and a single mom to a beautiful two-year old daughter. I was born and raised in Edmonton, Alta. I come from a very big family. I have an older sister and brother along with two younger sisters and brothers. Growing up, my first love was photography and the arts. Ever since I can remember, I wa ...

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Editorial: Should Patricia Street close during the summers?

Peter Shokeir | editorial@fitzhugh.ca Another summer is just around the corner, and as both pedestrian and vehicular traffic are set to increase along Jasper’s busiest corridor, we are forced to ask if one form of traffic should get preference to the other. It has been proposed in the past that Patricia Street ought to be closed between Hazel and Miette avenues during the summer months. Last year, Banff clo ...

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Editorial: Sharing with wapiti

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca When walking along the trails ringing the town, it’s not uncommon to see elk grazing on the grass, lounging beneath the shade or wandering around aimlessly. These ungulates typically congregate on the outskirts of town or along the northern end of Connaught Drive, but they may venture into residential areas and even downtown. From what I’ve been told, elk like to use the t ...

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Editorial: Free advertising for restaurants!

Here at the Fitzhugh, we have not been spared from many of the same struggles you have faced over the last year, and without the support of the community, we might not be here now. We would like to take this opportunity to return the favour. We know that it has been a difficult year for many of our local restaurants and that you may not be in the position to advertise your businesses. So, we want to offer o ...

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Editorial: The political influence of OHV users

Off-highway vehicle (OHV) users have more sway with the UCP government than all of Alberta’s doctors, teachers and unions combined. In April 2020, the province attempted to restrict OHVs - quads, dirt bikes, all-terrain vehicles - in order to prevent Alberta from facing the double whammy of a pandemic and a major wildfire. It took less than a week for the government to reverse its decision. Ostensibly, it w ...

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Editorial: Slipping through spring

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca I’m a bit of a newcomer to Jasper, but I don’t think I’m out of line by saying spring is the worst time for hiking here. Summer is perhaps the most optimal with the warm weather and lush greenery, not to mention the glaciers exposed for viewing. Winter presents additional challenges but opens up new opportunities such as snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and the frozen spl ...

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