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ATCO camp workers vote to unionize in Blue River

Trans Mountain’s Twitter photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca ATCO camp workers in Blue River, B.C., have voted by over 93 per cent to join UNITE HERE Local 40. Robert Demand, Local 40 executive director and BC Building Trades executive board member, congratulated the camp workers who voted to unionize. “The high percentage who voted yes to join our union goes to show that camp workers are ready to come ...

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Editorial: Avoiding the apocalypse

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca As Russia’s assault on Ukraine enters its third week, it has become all the more apparent just how stupid and cruel the whole invasion is—thousands dead, over 1.5 million refugees, civilians taking up arms, the shelling of a nuclear plant. With all that in consideration, it’s understandable that so many of us are emotional over this crisis and simply want the horrid thing ...

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Editorial: Don’t forget what just happened

With so much chaos in the world, it’s rather easy to forget about the trucker protests and the government’s response to them. Of course, the Ukraine situation is far more urgent of a matter and deserves the coverage that it’s getting, but it also diverts the attention of politicians and the media, both domestic and abroad, from discussing what just happened to Canada. This Ukraine crisis may have also saved ...

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Editorial: Support what you enjoy

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca People don’t appreciate what they have until it's gone. Last week, news broke that the Chaba Theatre would be sold and converted into a restaurant. The news created waves on social media, with some commenters offering their support and others complaining that one of the last indoor activities and cultural attractions in Jasper is closing in favour of another restaurant. I ...

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Op-ed: OUT Jasper Speaks

Hello everyone, We would like to let you know about OUT Jasper LGBTQA2S+ Society. We are a non-profit organization for the Gay Community and our Allies. OUT Jasper is pushing the movement of the LGBTQA2S+ and human rights through the mountains. OUT Jasper is a peer and advocacy group for the LGBTQA2S+ living, working, and passing through Jasper, Alta. We also extend our reach as requested into the Yellowhea ...

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Editorial: Renaming and reconciliation

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Sometimes, we are so habituated to the objectionable that many don’t even notice it even as they drive by it. Such was the case with the former Pocahontas Campground, which has been temporarily renamed “Miette”, as has the area’s warden cabin and hiking trail. This came after discussions between Parks Canada and the Advisory Group of the Jasper Indigenous Form. Pursuit has ...

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Editorial: Ain’t she a beautiful sight? Maybe not

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Unless you’ve been actively avoiding the news (as many sane people do these days), you will have heard about the trucker convoy and protesters in Ottawa last weekend, and as of Jan. 31, it looks like they plan to stay. Ostensibly, it’s because of the federal vaccine mandate for truckers, but like many mass movements, it quickly becomes about many different causes and gripe ...

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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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