You Are Here: Home » Opinion » Editorial (Page 8)

Editorial: An ode to hometown hockey

‘Go to a hockey game in Canada,’ used to be on my bucket list. Now I’m at the Jasper rink every week. My handful of NHL-spectating experiences have been fun, but my love of the game came from witnessing the speed and ferocity of players - even if I didn’t understand the rules past ‘get the puck in the goal’. “Can you even follow the puck?!” My family used to ask me. Yes, and these days I do it with a camera ...

Read more

Editorial: In the deep midwinter

Parks Canada/R. Bray photo Yikes. I don’t know about you but I always forget quite what it’s like when the deep cold hits. Frosty fingers, nose icicles, frozen hair and that chill you can’t quite shake. This week has certainly been a cold one with -45 degree celsius lows and wind chills making it feel even colder. Environment Canada issued frostbite warnings on the -30C and below days, Sunday to today (Thur ...

Read more

Editorial: Keep safe this holiday season

Please don't drink and drive. Creative Commons photo. The holidays are upon us. In England we called this time of year “silly season” because of boozy Christmas parties and reunions as friends and family come to town. It is a fun time of year - but it comes with dangers too, and I would like to take this space this week to plea to keep our roads safe this winter.  Every week I sit in Jasper court there ...

Read more

Blessings of the budget

Creative Commons. I know, it’s the time of year that the council and municipal departments probably dread. Numbers, spreadsheets, presentations, asking for money - it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. But here’s what I love about it. While coordinators, chairpersons and directors pitch for their department or community group, we hear about all the wonderful work they have done over the past year - their projects ...

Read more

Editorial: Happy Halloween!

File photo ‘Tis Halloween night and little ghouls and goblins are set to roam the streets of Jasper looking for a treat or two. But it won’t be just the little trick-or-treaters knocking on your door tonight as the older youth will be going house-to-house collecting for a cause. Students from Jasper High School are taking part in Trick or Eat to gather food to donate to the town’s food bank.  So get ov ...

Read more

Editorial: Help save Canada Day in Jasper

The Jasper Canada Day Committee has decided to step down, it's time for new volunteers to step up | File photo It would be a sad day in Jasper if there were no celebrations on July 1. With the announcement that the Jasper Canada Day Committee has decided to step down, this is a fantastic opportunity for new faces to take the helm. Our Canada Day celebrations are organised solely by volunteers who put in hou ...

Read more

Elusivity in the electorate: Where are our candidates?

Only one of the seven candidates for Yellowhead has confirmed they will be attending the Jasper federal election forum next week  | File photo We are less than three weeks away from the Canadian federal election. The national politicians are ramping up their campaigns, but where are our local candidates? In Jasper we have seven confirmed choices for our votes: Gerald Soroka for the Conservatives, Jerem ...

Read more

Water flowing underground

  A series of fortunate events has the crew here on the second floor at 626 Connaught reflecting like a solar eclipse on the inside of a pinhole camera. If you found yourself in Fitzhugh voicemail jail this week, we apologize. The quick set-up cards have been excavated from parts unknown and all will be well and reflective of who is actually there now, which as is want to happen in the wiley world of w ...

Read more

What’s in a name?

Over the past four weeks residents have had a chance to make a lasting impact on the community by putting forward suggestions to rename the exchange lands, a parcel of land that will eventually play host to sports games and community events. While the vast majority of the submissions it received were serious suggestions a handful of people attempted to make light of the contest with submissions such as Wast ...

Read more

Mountain pine beetle a natural phenomenon

While it may be alarming to see Jasper’s pristine forests fall victim to the mountain pine beetle it’s important to remember that the beetle is a naturally occurring species in Western Canada. In fact the mountain pine beetle epidemic that is sweeping through Jasper National Park should in many ways be a welcomed sign for a forest that is long past its due date. The problem is that decades of fire suppressi ...

Read more

© Jasper's Independent Newspaper - Powered by Aberdeen Publishing                                                                                           Terms of Use | Privacy Policy

Scroll to top