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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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Editorial: Gearing up for summer

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Don’t be fooled by the flurries. Spring is here, meaning Jasper is starting to get ready for the summer wave of tourists. This isn’t an exhaustive breakdown but rather a taste of what this mountain community is doing to prepare for a safe season. Parks Canada is launching campground reservations for Jasper National Park starting April 9 at 8 a.m. Reservations will open for ...

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Editorial: Dessert for every meal

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca In the 2000 film Finding Forrester, the protege of the reclusive and titular author questions why his mentor is sullying his mind by reading the National Enquirer and not, say, the New York Times instead. “I read the Times for dinner,” Forrester replies. “But this… (chuckles) this is my dessert.” This exchange touches one of the main problems with media consumption today, ...

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Editorial: The evolution of books

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Although readership for print books has waned over the past decade, physical books are refusing to go away so easily. According to Statista, book consumption in the United States still lends towards print with 65 per cent of survey respondents in 2019 saying they read at least one print book in the past year. This is 40 per cent more than those who had read an ebook in the ...

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Editorial: Looking at the stats

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca As the Fitzhugh is updating its media kit, we requested updated website statistics from our IT people, which yielded rather odd results. Our old statistics were about four-years old so some differences were expected. However, when it came to what devices readers are using to read the Fitzhugh online, the new percentages between desktop and mobile were practically reversed ...

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