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Editorial: Cases climb

Here we are, seven months later, with the highest active number of COVID-19 cases Jasper has seen yet. The rise, many would say, was inevitable. Doctors have been citing a probable ‘second wave’ since the early days of the pandemic. But just how far the numbers rise, how far the virus spreads, is up to all of us. It felt quite safe here in Alberta, watching cases begin to spike in the U.K. and the Candian e ...

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Editorial: Marking the occasions

Marking the occasion Two milestones are being noted this week. Not only was it Jasper National Park's 113th birthday on Monday, but it is also my anniversary as editor and publisher of the Fitz. This week's edition marks one year since I took the helm of this newspaper - and what a year it has been. Before my promotion I had been working part-time as a reporter here, and I was excited to step up and take on ...

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Editorial: Supporting a new skatepark

It has been a long battle for the Jasper Skatepark Committee, the group pushing for a new skatepark in town. Led by chairman Darrell Savage, the committee has worked hard to raise more than $100,000 through donations, grants and fundraising events.  Already, more than $50,000 has been spent on producing a detailed design and concept for the new skatepark - put together by New Line Skateparks, a top-rated co ...

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Editorial: Jobs these days are tricky

When the pandemic hit five months ago (I can’t believe it’s been that long), working life changed for everyone. Whether it was adapting to working from home, having to take time off to look after children, being laid off, or continuing to work in public-facing essential roles while the world was locked down - we all had to modify our lives. And now as businesses are opening back up, we are still seeing repe ...

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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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