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MLA Newsletter for January

Alberta is the place to be for people seeking opportunity and prosperity. With companies making massive investments in tech, clean energy, manufacturing, oil and gas, and film and television, our province is once again expected to lead the country in growth in 2022. The opportunities being created in our province have led to an increase in people moving to Alberta. U-Haul’s annual growth index indicates Alb ...

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Editorial: Necessary, but mandatory?

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca During the early days of the pandemic, officials were urging the public to wait for the vaccine, because once it came, a return to normalcy would soon follow. Indeed, the vaccine has significantly improved the situation, with the lower death rates in continuing care centres more than enough evidence of this. And yet, the pandemic continues, and new regulations are coming d ...

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Editorial: Another rough patch

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca This time, it’s due to the surge in cases caused by the Omicron variant. The return to school was delayed by one week, events have been postponed or flat-out cancelled and, of course, people are getting sick. Not a great way to start out the New Year. I myself have been mainly working from home since the start of January, and it’s been going well for the most part, as I ha ...

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Suzuki: Everything under the sun

David Suzuki | Special to the Fitzhugh As light slowly returns to the Northern Hemisphere, we anticipate brighter days ahead. It’s a good time to consider the wondrous combination of forces that make life on Earth possible. Above all is the sun — the ultimate source of all our energy. But we rely on plants, algae and some bacteria to obtain this energy through photosynthesis. According to a Lumen Learning a ...

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Editorial: Introducing Jason Stockfish

Hello Jasper!  My name is Jason Stockfish, and I am proud to say that I have taken part-time employment as a reporter and as an advertising sales representative with the Fitzhugh. I have lived in Jasper for the better part of 23 years now, and it feels very much like home for me and my family.  Some of you may recognize my name from my recent run for town council in Jasper’s municipal election back in ...

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Op-ed: A message from MLA Martin Long

As Christmas approaches, we have an opportunity to reflect on the successes of the past year, while looking forward to what lies ahead.  These past few months have been a juggling act, balancing constituency work and sessional duties, along with the various committees I serve on, but through it all I’ve been fortunate to be able to represent my constituents in West Yellowhead. Connecting with my communities ...

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Editorial: The role of experts

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Contrary to what many commenters say on social media, browsing WebMD and listening to podcasts doesn’t make you a medical expert. In fact, while that type of education isn’t inherently bad, it seldom bestows expertise on most subjects—health care, policing, foreign affairs and so on. The most humbling fact of all is that it’s impossible to be an expert on everything. Much ...

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Op-ed: MP Soroka comments on the Speech from the Throne

The 32-minute Speech from the Throne was more or less a repeat of the Liberals’ major platform promises focusing on the economic recovery from COVID-19, reconciliation, and climate change, reiterating the Liberals’ electoral promises. The political priorities announced by the Liberal government do nothing for Canadians worried about the cost-of-living crisis pricing families out of homes and driving the cos ...

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Editorial: Not as bad as it looks

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Here’s a controversial opinion: the government has been fairly reasonable with its COVID-19 restrictions, and most people have been good at following them. There are a hundred caveats to this opinion, of course. The authorities have not always handled the virus well, such as the ill-conceived quarantine hotels and the massive amount of public spending, much of this due to ...

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Editorial: Celebrating our 18th anniversary

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca On Thursday, Nov. 3, 2005, the Jasper Fitzhugh published its first issue. We’ve now reached our 18th anniversary and wanted to extend a big thank-you to the community and all the businesses that have supported local news over the years. The history of newsprint in Jasper dates back to almost a century ago. In 1927, the Jasper Signal began to provide much-needed local news ...

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