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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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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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