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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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Editorial: Is it worth it? Municipal cuts run deep

Striking the right balance between spending and saving is always a challenge. But the decrease in property tax for Jasperites this year will ripple through the community as service cuts set in. In March, council was set to approve a 5.3 per cent property tax increase, about a $7 increase per $100,000 assessed value for residential properties, so an increase of $70 for a property worth $1 million. Then the p ...

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The future of the Fitzhugh, your community newspaper in Jasper

I must admit it was nerve-racking, pushing ‘send’ on the Fitzhugh’s first ever reader support campaign.  But the knot in my stomach slowly unwound as, even that very evening, donations started to trickle in with heartwarming messages of encouragement and support. The Fitzhugh is free and will continue to be free. But with COVID-19 closing our local businesses and completely upending the advertising tha ...

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From the Editor: The future of the Jasper Fitzhugh

Dear readers, We have had a tumultuous few weeks in Jasper. I, like most of you, feel like I have had my business and personal life thrown into a whirlwind. But as the dust begins to settle on our “new normal,” we have to look forward. Fuchsia Dragon, Editor/Publisher of the Fitzhugh In Jasper, community values and support are what keep us going. Literally, for us at the Fitzhugh. As a free newspaper, almos ...

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Editorial: Physical distance, social solidarity

After a hectic week of cancellations, closures and rapidly changing social guidelines, these last few days have felt decidedly more calm. We have started to settle into this ‘new normal’ and our mindsets are adjusting. The thought of going to a busy bar or crowded store somehow feels alien now. But while I haven’t seen a real human besides my husband for the last week or so, I have been having more connecti ...

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Editorial: Spread love, not germs

A lot can change in a week. By the time this week's edition of the Fitzhugh is in print, I am sure some of it will be out of date. The global and local situations are changing so rapidly it’s difficult to keep up. But keep up, the Fitzhugh will. Watch our website and Facebook page for the latest news relating to Jasper. I must say, my hero through all of this has been Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical office ...

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Editorial: Quick, get toilet paper!

Just kidding. It’s always interesting to see how people react when faced with a new situation. Yes, COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, is making people sick around the world. No, you don’t need to panic. The risk level here in Alberta is still considered low and, so far, all seven of the province’s confirmed cases are travel related.  Alberta Health is now recommending anyone who has travelled outside Ca ...

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Editorial: Homage to Alberta healthcare

Two weeks ago I was the unfortunate subject of a medical emergency.  It was a scary, traumatizing experience, but one that would have been much worse without the doctors, nurses and paramedics of Alberta who took me into their care. On Feb 20, troubling scan results from Jasper hospital got me a one-way flight to Edmonton. I was prepped for surgery in Jasper then taken by ambulance, air ambulance, and ...

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Editorial: A whirlwind trip to Jasper

Sitting in the (new) Fitzhugh office on Connaught Drive, looking out at the beautiful landscape that is Jasper National Park, myself from just days ago would be wondering how I got here. I am playing the last-minute role as publisher and editor for this week’s edition, filling in for Fuchsia Dragon, who I have heard nothing but good things about from those I have already met in the community: as well as a c ...

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Editorial: Addressing court news

Newspapers have a long history of publishing local court reports.  In Jasper, court is held every second and fourth Thursday of the month. There may be more than 100 names on the court appearance list but, spend a single day in court and you will see, only a handful of these are resolved each week.  Most cases are pushed to future dates to allow for hiring lawyers, reviewing case details, organizi ...

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