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Editorial: On mandatory masking in Jasper

So, council made the big decision: Wearing a mask or face covering is now mandatory in indoor public spaces in Jasper. If you have followed my editorials over the last few months, you will know I am an advocate for public mask-wearing. I have felt exasperated by excuses against mask-wearing and the politicization of the practice. It seems like such a simple thing to do to help keep others safe and, to be ho ...

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Editorial: Keeping the numbers down

Yikes. That hike in COVID-19 cases over the weekend was a little scary. On Friday, 858 active cases were reported in the province, on Monday, there were 1,116. But we are still sitting at zero active cases of COVID-19 in Jasper, after our last recovery was reported May 16. Yes, these figures reflect cases of Jasper residents, not those who pass through - and we have heard rumours about guests who have teste ...

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Editorial: How can we help defend our wildlife?

A grizzly bear eats dandelions on Maligne Lake Road, June 6, 2020.  | F.Dragon photo The wildlife is one of the most enchanting elements of Jasper National Park. I fall in love with every critter, every black nose and furry butt I see. Witnessing our creatures in the wild, from hoary marmots to grizzly bears, pikas to moose, gives me a great sense of pride and responsibility. We live in their home, we ...

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Editorial: Here’s to Jasper

Mini Mounties take part in Jasper's Canada Day Parade in 2017. | File photo Happy (belated) Canada Day! This year's July 1 was different to usual, with Jasper’s traditional activities and events cancelled due to the pandemic. But our new Canada Day committee was not going to let the day go by unannounced. Yesterday, we saw yards decorated in plaid and red, and local musicians performing from their porches. ...

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Editorial: Where are the masks?

Do you wear a mask to the grocery store? At all levels of government we are being encouraged to wear non-medical masks in public when we can’t maintain physical distancing of two metres.  But take a walk downtown and you will see that mask-wearing appears to be the anomaly, and not the trend. It is not the law, but our top provincial and federal doctors have agreed with the idea that wearing a homemade ...

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Editorial: New reporter joins the Fitzhugh team

You might have noticed a new name between the pages of the Fitzhugh. That’s right, we have a new reporter! Thanks to News Media Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative, we have hired Joanne McQuarrie -  a reporter and photographer with 30 years’ experience on local newspapers in Alberta and British Columbia. As well as being a highly accomplished journalist, Joanne worked for eight years as a victim servi ...

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Editorial: Continuing the conversation

Over the past few weeks we have seen anti-racism protests and vigils held all over the world - including here in Jasper. Now we can look at ways to turn that momentum into real change. Social media activism isn't enough to address injustices plaguing our society today, and we now, more than ever, need to practice what we preach. This week I read Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race, a 2017 b ...

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Editorial: I can’t breathe

There is only one topic fit for this space this week. BLACK LIVES MATTER I thought for a moment, is this the right platform to be talking about this?  The answer is yes. Absolutely it is. Every platform is appropriate.We should be shouting for justice from the rooftops - in every form we can think of. “To be silent is to be complicit. Black lives matter. We have a platform, and we have a duty to our Black m ...

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Editorial: Promoting kindness

“Be kind” was the message from the municipality on Friday. “The past two months have been stressful for all of us. In the days and weeks ahead, please be kind to each other and remember that we don't know the circumstances of every person we see on the street.” That about sums up the topic of this editorial - one which is a culmination of many conversations I have had over the past few weeks. We have all be ...

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Touched by your continuing support of local journalism

Fuchsia Dragon | publisher@fitzhugh.ca It has now been a month since we launched the Fitzhugh’s first ever reader support campaign. And thanks to more than 100 people who have contributed, we have raised nearly $11,000 to help the Fitzhugh overcome a collapse of local advertising revenue due to COVID-19. We were about to go digital-only with our Thursday editions but, you, our readers stepped in. We raised ...

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