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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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Op-ed: Stabilize Live Music Grant is sound money

Grants up to $1,500 are still up for grabs for musicians and other live music professionals.  Launched on May 14, the Alberta government provided $2-million to Alberta Music to manage the Stabilize Live Music Grant. Two streams in the grant program are supporting the live music industry adapt and relaunch following the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Individual Micro-grant stream suppo ...

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Open letter: Jasper makes Time Magazine list

Dear Mister Mayor and Town Council: My very gorgeous (and may I also add rather stunning) bride Mrs. Myrna Izzard and I were married in October 2019 in Jasper National Park and enjoy staying at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and other accommodations there, as well as visiting various tourist attractions in and around the townsite. I write to you because we heard that Time Magazine named both Jasper and the ...

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MLA Newsletter: End of session

West Yellowhead MLA Martin Long Alberta’s United Conservative government just wrapped up another busy session of the Legislature, during which we passed many bills and motions important to Albertans. I wanted to take this opportunity to share some of those accomplishments with you. To ensure we are enhancing public safety across the province, we passed Bill 61: the Vital Statistics Amendment Act. This bill ...

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