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Letter to the editor

Dear Editor, Part of Jasper Brewing’s goal is to showcase our community – to share with the world all that is special and unique about this place. Jasper is our home, we were born and raised here and we have a responsibility to the community because we’re a part of it. At its simplest, we make and serve good beer and we have a good time doing it. We’re always happy to crack a joke and share a laugh with our ...

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Letter to the editor: Remembrance Day

As we approach Remembrance Day, I’d like to pay tribute to the veteran members of The War Amps. The War Amps was started by amputee veterans returning from the First World War to help each other adapt to their new reality as amputees. They then welcomed amputee veterans following the Second World War, sharing all that they had learned. These founding members then established the Key Tag Service, which is st ...

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Suzuki: Why not leave those leaves alone?

David Suzuki | Special to the Fitzhugh As autumn brings cooler, shorter days, people in Canada will rake, mow and blow leaves from more than six million lawns. It’s a task you might want to ignore. Leaving the leaves can save you time and help pollinators like butterflies and bees. Why do leaves fall in the first place? It starts with photosynthesis, which is how plants make their own food using energy from ...

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Editorial: A healthy election

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Jasper is preparing to have an election that is looking to be healthy in more ways than one. First, the sheer number of candidates running this election is pleasing to see. Three mayoral candidates will be on the ballot with long-time incumbent Richard Ireland up against Paul Butler and Basil Byrd. There will also be 11 candidates vying for six councillor positions. Whethe ...

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Op-ed: MP Soroka expresses his grief over the tragic loss of Mchale Busch and Noah McConnell

As the Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, I am completely heartbroken over the heinous crimes that took place in our community of Hinton. I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mchale Busch and Noah McConnell. Knowing that a convicted sex offender had the freedom to commit two counts of second-degree murder and take two innocent lives is a complete failure of our justic ...

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Editorial: A worse-than-useless election

Justin Trudeau and Andrew Weaver speak with media in Richmond. September 14, 2021. | Adam Scotti / Liberal Party of Canada The polls have closed, and what has changed? In terms of pure results, little if anything. The Liberals called this snap election in hopes of securing a majority, but despite the hopeful polls, they ended up only mirroring the results of 2019. Justin Trudeau’s Liberals got a third term ...

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MLA Newsletter for August

MLA Martin Long and Jason Luan, minister of Community and Social Services, visit Jasper on July 29. | Supplied photo August was a busy month! West Yellowhead was fortunate to host a visit from Hon. Jason Luan, Minister of Community & Social Services, in Jasper and Edson. We toured the Edson ShelterPod Project with Edson Mayor Kevin Zahara, and other community stakeholders. Productive, thought-provoking ...

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Letter: An Update on the Pathway to the Park

Dear Editor: A while ago a small group of volunteers launched an ambitious project known as the “Pathway to the Park”, to create a comfortable 3-meter-wide, multi-use asphalt trail with a painted yellow line on which you could bike all the way from Hinton to Jasper National Park.  You can just imagine the fantastic mountain views along the way. And the idea was to include strategically placed picnic ta ...

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Coal policy engagement – Coal Policy Committee

Over the last few months, it’s been made clear to the Coal Policy Committee that the topic of coal development is important for Albertans, who hold many views and opinions on the subject. That’s why the committee has been tasked by Alberta’s Energy Minister Sonya Savage with leading a widespread public engagement to inform a modern coal policy. The independent committee is comprised of five members who repr ...

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Letter to the editor: COVID precautions

While Alberta is, according to Premier Kenney, “open for business”, the group of which I was a part last evening (Aug. 6) were shocked and more than a little dismayed at the “party central” atmosphere in one of the popular, well-known local restaurants where we had booked a table last night . The servers were not masked, there was a constant stream of traffic passing our table. In fact, we made our choice a ...

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