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Reflections

By Bonnie Hutchenson

Grandmothers go digital

This week, an internet provider switched my email to servers which I do not wish to be on. I do not like how my emails look on the screen. Plus, I can’t find my contacts.
One choice is to have my email controlled by a multi-national mega-corporation about whom I do not have good feelings in regard to privacy and security. My other choice is to change servers, which would mean changing my email address and risk losing contact with many people I like. I dislike having to choose the “least awful” option, as opposed to having a “best” option.
In the same week, I’ve been trying to figure out a new online appointment booking system. I’m having trouble finding my way around the site. I’m having even more trouble understanding the instructions. Let’s just say it has not gone well–at least not yet.
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I have enough experience learning other new things to believe that eventually I will figure out these technologies. I’ll even be grateful for the automated systems. In the meantime, my unfortunate teeth have been subjected to a fair bit of gnashing.
This week, I also had a dental appointment. The dentist observed that I appeared to be an “aggressive” tooth brusher. Apparently, this is not a good thing. I was going to tell him about gnashing my teeth because my internet provider forced its email customers to be controlled. I couldn’t tell him, though. It was too hard to talk, what with my mouth being propped open and all.
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In principle, I’m in favour of serenity about things I cannot control. Unfortunately, there are parts of my brain that have not mastered serenity. At least I’m aware of my inconsistency. My mom once said, “If you want to know what you’ll be like when you’re seventy, think what you were like when you were thirty. That’s what you’ll be like when you’re seventy, only more so.”
Sigh. Here I am, deeply into my seventies. I was hoping for maturity. With all my tooth-gnashing this week, I’ve been forced to realize something. I’ll have to settle for awareness of immaturity, at least when trying to learn new technologies.
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In that context, my heart was warmed by a story in the Edmonton Journal about a group of Edmonton area grandmothers (and grand-others who don’t have grandchildren). They are mastering technical skills in support of grandmothers in Africa.
For the past few years, the Edmonton GANG (Grandmothers of Alberta for a New Generation) and the East Side Grannies of Sherwood Park have put on an annual Makers and Shakers Market craft sale.
Both groups are members of the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign. The Foundation supports grandmothers in Africa caring for their grandchildren whose parents have died of AIDS. The GANG, since it began in 2006, has raised more than $1 million. A major fundraiser has been their annual craft sale. When this year’s sale had to be cancelled because of COVID-19, the members decided they would take on the challenge of learning how to run an online store.
The group was able to use some federal grant money to pay for training videos on how to set up and run an online store. It was a steep learning curve. How do you describe each product? How do you load the photos? How do customers order? How do they pay?
One of the group’s 86-year-old members spent hours on the computer figuring out how to fill out the form to describe her handmade toys. Then she had to upload the photos. She said it was worth the time it took, teaching herself how to do it. It was worth it to support the grandmothers in Africa who’ve stepped up to raise their grandchildren while grieving the deaths of their adult daughters and sons. Maybe we can do anything–even learn frustrating complicated new technologies–if we have a good enough reason.
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I’d love to hear from you! If you have comments about this column or suggestions for future topics, send a note to Bonnie@BonnieHutchinson.com. I’ll happily reply within one business day.

Supporting local businesses has reciprocal effect

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During a visit to Camrose this summer, provincial government representative Tanya Fir, front left, joined Camrose MLA Jackie Lovely, front right, middle row: Camrose and District Chamber of Commerce president Jason Heise, executive director Sharon Anderson, Tourism Camrose executive director and Downtown Camrose manager Jennifer Filip, City of Camrose Mayor Norm Mayer and, back row: Bailey Theatre president David Francoeur, in celebrating Shop Local.

By Lori Larsen

According to the Government of Canada, Small Business Statistics January 2019 (based off 2018), Alberta had 161,337 small businesses (1-99 employees) of a total of 164,667 businesses. Small businesses accounted for almost 98 per cent of businesses in Alberta. They are the backbone of the province, therefore it is incumbent on everyone to ensure they survive.
By shopping local, you are not only supporting the local economy, but you are supporting the families, friends and neighbours of your community.
“Especially in the current economic climate, shopping local and supporting the local businesses is critically important to our local community,” said City of Camrose Community Development general manager Patricia MacQuarrie. “There are less visitors coming to the community due to COVID, so we need to support them even more.”
The owners, operators and employees of local businesses and services care about and are invested in the well-being of the community and its future.
“Shopping local and investing in your home community is always important, but never as much as now with the effects COVID-19 is having on our business community,” commented Camrose and District Chamber of Commerce executive director Sharon Anderson. “Businesses have had to restructure, re-imagine, strategize and learn how to do business in new ways.”
Local businesses and services are dedicated to the success of the communities in which they live and do business, and are often counted on for support for not-for-profit through donations and volunteering.
“Camrose has the reputation of being a great place to live in with great services and shopping options, but we are already seeing changes take place to our business landscape,” added Anderson. “Many of our not-for-profit organizations are suffering, not only from the reduction in fundraising opportunities, but the level of donations they rely on has also decreased.”
Small local businesses provide personal face-to-face service that often means quicker, easier and better response to the consumer’s needs and concerns.
“Our local business community is very eclectic,” noted MacQuarrie. “We have such a wide variety of shopping and entertainment options within the City of Camrose that there is very little that can’t be found locally.”
By shopping local, consumers are spending less time on the road and more time in their own hometowns, which allows for more quality time with family and friends. As well, because smaller businesses tend to have smaller infrastructure needs, they have less impact on municipal services and leave a smaller carbon footprint.
Local businesses and services employ members of the community which, in turn, contributes to the stability of the local economy.
“Competing against retail ‘giants’ is especially difficult for our retailers who do not have an online presence,” explained Anderson. “Supporting local not only sustains Camrose businesses and their employees’ jobs, it creates a healthy community environment.”
More often than not, small local businesses source out locally or Canadian-made products which means more work for local and Canadian employees.
Generally speaking, small local businesses support other small local businesses. “Money regenerates in a local economy,” said MacQuarrie. “When you spend money at a local business, they are likely reinvesting that money in other businesses in the community, in our sports and cultural activities, and through the local tax base. If you spend that money in another community, you are supporting the reinvestment of cash into that community. There is a multiplier effect to where you choose to spend money.”
Competition and diversity can lead to more choices for consumers. A marketplace consisting of a variety of small businesses can ensure innovation and competitive pricing over the long term.
Small local businesses and services are a vital part of every community. Their success means the community thrives and succeeds as well.
“I encourage everyone to choose Camrose when they are choosing where to shop,” encouraged MacQuarrie. “This includes services, entertainment, retail, groceries, you name it. It all adds up.”
Anderson added, “Investing in our community today will help ensure it’s vibrancy in the future. We encourage everyone to Gift Camrose Christmas: Shop Local.”

Chamber accepting nominations for small business awards

By Lori Larsen

Like so many other events and activities this year, Small Business Week has taken on a new twist.  The premise is the same, celebrating the amazing contributions the small businesses of Camrose make to this community, however, without the gathering.
During Small Business Week, the Camrose & District Chamber of Commerce recognizes and celebrates business and individual excellence. “We’ve postponed our Awards Gala until May 2021,” said Camrose and District Chamber of Commerce executive director Sharon Anderson. “But we are accepting nominations in all categories.”
The categories include:
- Innovative Marketing (individual), this is a brand new category.
- Home Based Business (3 employees or less)
- Small Business (0-24 employees)
- Business Excellence/Franchise (25+ employees)
- Community Spirit (Not for Profit)
- Customer Service (Individual)
- Ambassador (Individual)
- Woman in Business (Individual)
- Young Entrepreneur
During Small Business Week, Camrose and District Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a free daily Lunch and Learn Zoom webinar speaker series which began on Oct. 19 and runs until Oct. 23, from noon until 1 p.m.
The online event includes the following topics:
Tuesday, Oct. 20 – Utilities for Small Business;
Wednesday, Oct. 21 – VP and Chief Economist for ATB Financial;
Thursday, Oct. 22 –Keeping Employees Happy with Access to Financial Support and Advice;
Friday, Oct. 23 – Speaker Series Panel Discussion.
It is vital to network with other like-minded small business operators and exchange information and ideas especially during these challenging times.

 

Preparing for the colder months

By Lori Larsen

Before adjusting that thermostat, here are a few tips to help you prepare your home’s heating/ventilation system for the long, cold months ahead.
Changing the air filter often (especially if it is dirty) is one of the most important things you can do to support your home’s heating/ventilation system and ensure you are breathing the cleanest air.
“Check your filter once a month and if it is dirty, replace it right away,” suggested Ken Gourlay of Ken E. G. Mechanical. “Filters should be changed at least every three months.”
While replacing your filter, take time to vacuum around the furnace and all the air vents within the home. This will allow warm air to flow freely and will regulate the home’s temperature.
Once a year, have your system inspected by professionals to ensure all mechanical parts of the system are working properly and efficiently.
Check the pilot lights on your gas furnace and fireplace to make sure they are working properly. If your system is older, then you may want to consider replacement.
Hot water heating systems also require regular maintenance to ensure they are working at optimum efficiency.
Gourlay advises yearly servicing on condensing boilers. “The heating coil needs to be cleaned and checked for leaks. As well, the combination space heating and domestic hot water heating boilers should have the domestic hot water heat exchangers flushed and water and or glycol makeups should be checked and adjusted and the auto and manual air vents need to be checked for leaks.
“In general, condensing and atmospherically vented boilers should be checked over in the fall to help prevent any problems that may arise when you least expect it.”
Installing a programmable thermostat will allow you to maintain the proper temperature in  your home. For example, if no one is in the home, the temperature can be programmed to be significantly lower than the “living area” temperature.
If the attic in your home is not sufficiently insulated, you may be losing a lot of heat and upping your energy costs. Proper insulation also means less strain on your HVAC system, prolonging its life and making is more efficient.
Ensuring all your windows and doors are sealed properly will also help keep the warm air in and moderate your home’s internal temperatures.
By doing a little preventative maintenance, you will save yourself the stress and risk of having to deal with a midwinter breakdown.

Recycle your used containers

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Centra Cam helps City residents recycle various products to keep them out of the landfill.

By Murray Green

Recycling your used items can help the environment.
Remember to rinse, or even better wash, your empty beverage containers to make the depot a cleaner, more inviting place. Cleaning your beverage containers means less odour and germs.
Leave tabs, labels and lids on plastic containers. While it is okay to squish plastic milk jugs, don’t crush cans or bottles, they need to remain as is.
Nearly 96 per cent of materials in a cell phone are recyclable. The Recycle My Cell program has set up 315 free collection sites across the province to help Albertans conveniently dispose of unwanted devices in an environmentally responsible manner. Centra Cam takes all cell phones.
The Recycle My Cell program continues to operate and provides Albertans with an opportunity to recycle their unwanted cell phones.
Alberta’s electronics recycling program is managed by the Alberta Recycling Management Authority. The program includes televisions, computers and computer equipment (including printers and scanners).
“We take all electronic materials now including microwaves, blenders and televisions,” said Centra Cam recycling manager Terry Vickers. “The only thing we won’t take is light fixtures.”
Centra Cam doesn’t take VCR tapes. If they are in good condition, they can be dropped off at the Emergency Clothing and Furniture Outlet. If they are not in good condition, the tapes are considered garbage.
The City of Camrose has two collection dates every year. The Household Hazardous Waste Round Up is on the third Friday and Saturday in June, and the first Friday and Saturday in October. LED lights must be taken to the hazard sites on the dates allowed.
Paint and anything connected to paints such as thinners, varnish and paint strippers can be taken to Centra Cam throughout the year. “They just need to have the original label on them, so they can be properly identified,” added Terry.
Alberta Environment and Parks encourages all Albertans to use reusable shopping bags and to recycle your single-use plastic bags.
You can recycle old tires at your local tire shop when you purchase new ones, or take them to your local landfill site.
Used oil filters and oil containers can be taken to the Universal Bottle Depot (old site) and Drever Agencies.
Garden organic waste and grass clippings must be taken to the landfill for composting.
Centra Cam accepts, in sorted bins, newspaper materials, clean cardboard, glass, tin cans, paper office products, including spines or staples and shredded paper. Books can be dropped off at Centra Cam during regular hours.
“For most items, we get paid and those funds help run the program,” explained Terry. “Some things such as glass and plastic, we don’t get paid for, but we collect it as a service because someone is willing to take it at no charge to us.”
White shredded paper is accepted if it is in clear plastic bags at Centra Cam. You can also use cardboard boxes and paper bags.
Cardboard is accepted in both flattened and unflattened versions. Try to keep plastic lids on the containers for recycling, and trap tin lids with the can to avoid them becoming loose.
Plastic containers with the numbers one, two or five on the bottom are recyclable.
Car batteries and household batteries are accepted, as well as fluorescent tubes. Film plastics (black garbage bags, grocery bags, stretch and shrink wraps) are also accepted.
The following items cannot be recycled at depots. Waxed cardboard, paper towels or tissues, ceramics, china, light bulbs or mirrors, styrofoam packaging of any kind, clothing, disposable diapers, kitty litter, hypodermic needles, syringes or medical supplies, aerosol cans, hazardous materials,  no liquids of any kind, household décor (carpets, rugs or curtains), gift wrap, gift bags and wrapping tissue are not accepted.
Containers such as aluminum pop or beer cans, plastic water and juice bottles, milk jugs and cartons,  tin juice cans, and juice pouches can be taken to the local bottle depot for refunds.
Centra Cam, at 4402-51 Avenue in Camrose, is open for City residents only, Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Police contact numbers

By Lori Larsen

In the event of any emergency situation, dial 911.
Any other contact with your local policing agencies
can be made through the following numbers.

Camrose RCMP Detachment: 780-672-3341.
Camrose Police Service: complaint line 780-672-4444,
General inquiries 780-672-8300.

Operation Impact for safer roads

By Lori Larsen

From Oct. 9 to 12, Camrose Police Service took part in a nationwide public awareness campaign, Operation Impact 2020, aimed at making Canada’s roadways the safest in the world.
“Our goal is always  to promote safe driving behaviours, and help prevent collisions, save lives, and reduce injuries on our roads,” noted Camrose Police Service traffic enforcement officer Constable Sarah Day.
During the four day traffic safety blitz, the police focused on behaviours that put drivers, passengers and others at risk including: impaired driving due to alcohol, drugs or fatigue, aggressive driving, distracted driving, and driving without a seat belt.
“Most collisions are not ‘accidents’, they are generally the direct result of a conscious decision an individual driver has made,” explained Day, adding that  this year’s campaign emphasized the accountability and the role each driver has to play to support traffic safety on the streets and highways in the community.
It was by no coincidence that the campaign was initiated during the Thanksgiving long weekend. Traffic statistics have shown that there are more vehicles travelling the roadways during long weekends, thus increasing the probability of incidents occurring.
Alarming statistics
Motor vehicle collisions kill approximately 2,000 Canadians, seriously injure another 10,000 people, and injure about 165,000 citizens in Canada each year.
According to the 2018 Canadian Motor Vehicle Traffic Collision Statistics, in 2018, the number of motor vehicle fatalities in Canada was 1,922, up 3.6 per cent over 2017 (1,856).
In 2018, there were 9,494 serious injuries due to motor vehicle collisions in Canada, down 6.1 per cent from 2017 (10,107).
“On Thanksgiving weekend, CPS conducted over 100 traffic stops in an effort to ensure everyone was able to safely get to their destination, celebrate with their family and share the things that make them grateful.”
Despite unfavourable weather conditions, Day reported that during the Oct. 9 to 12 Operation Impact Campaign, there continued to be a significant number of vehicles speeding on roadways.
“Speed is one of the major causes of fatalities and collisions resulting in injury,” said Day. “Despite an extensive police presence, motorists were still failing to slow down.”
Day indicated that Wetaskiwin Integrated Traffic Unit members were also in Camrose Thursday and Friday, conducting traffic stops alongside CPS.
“We did not have any impaired driving charges,” said Day, noting that it may be a combination of people being wiser and not risking getting an impaired, and the fact that the weather was poor in the evenings, which may have kept many people indoors.
“The Alberta Sheriffs Impaired Detection Unit was in Camrose on Saturday evening doing enforcement. They are part of an Alberta enforcement initiative to decrease the number of impaired operators on our roadways. It is important for members of our community to remember there are multiple agencies working within our province that all have the same goals in mind: to keep our roadways safe and ensure the public is taking every step necessary to make sure they are doing their part as well.”
With winter weather quickly approaching, residents will be faced with more hazardous road conditions and are reminded of the importance of abiding by all traffic laws and using the utmost care while driving.
“If you have consumed alcohol or drugs, don’t drive. If you are too tired, don’t drive. If you are overly nervous about the road conditions, don’t drive.
“It is plain and simple,” said Day. “Make the right choices for all of the right reasons, so everyone can celebrate the joys of the seasons together without having to invite tragedy to their festivities.”
Keeping roadways safe for all users is every person’s responsibility. If you observe someone you suspect is driving while impaired, call 911 and report the last direction the suspect vehicle was traveling, the make of the vehicle, and a license plate number. The police advise citizens to obtain this information only if it is safe to do so, and to never put themselves or others at risk.

A slice of happiness pie

By Lori Larsen

Serving up a “Slice of Happiness Pie” was the theme of a special evening, honouring what is hoped to be the first group of outstanding community members and their service to not only the community, but the many individual lives they have touched.
Hosted by the office of Camrose MLA Jackie Lovely, the celebration was held at the Norsemen Inn on Oct. 6.
The evening’s recipients were: City of Camrose Mayor Norm Mayer; retired executive director of Camrose Adult Learning Council Diane McLaren; Camrose resident, business owner and volunteer Ken Drever (accepting on his behalf was son Cliff); Killam RCMP Corporal Trent Cleveland; Flagstaff Family and Community Service director (Lougheed) Holly Bovencamp; Flagstaff teachers (retired) Heather Cheavraux (Central High  Sedgewick Public School), Ian MacEachern (Central High  Sedgewick Public School) and Marilyn Kuysters (Killam Public School); Flagstaff Family and Community Services executive director Lynne Jenkinson; and entrepreneur and volunteer Jarad Collins.
For the most part, the honourees were none the wiser as their names were called for them to come forward and accept a beautifully crafted scroll on behalf of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, congratulating and thanking the named recipient for their service to the community.
“We wanted to do a COVID-friendly event to celebrate and recognize so many wonderful people whom we have in our community(s),” said Camrose MLA Jackie Lovely.
“I put out a call to the mayors, councillors, reeves, CAOs, chambers and social service organizations throughout the entire constituency to provide me with a list of some people they thought we should recognize, and we received a very long list.”
Lovely indicated they would like to make the celebration a regular event. “We want it to grow into an event that we can repeat and rotate around the constituency.”
The room was set up with tables displaying wares and material from local Downtown businesses, invited to come and share a little bit about their respective businesses with the goal of encouraging everyone to shop local.
“Over the past several months, our local businesses have suffered with a loss of business due to isolation and we want our locals to succeed,” said Lovely. “That is why I started doing short videos with local businesses. It began with the Downtown Camrose Business Association, and that is who we invited here today.”
Special guest Minister of Community and Social Services Rajan Sawhney drove up from Calgary to partake in the evening events and offer her congratulations to the recipients on behalf of the Alberta Government.
“It hasn’t been an easy time with COVID-19 and all the public health restrictions,” said Sawhney. “But as a community, as a government, we have done a phenomenal job in actually managing the spread of the virus.
“The reason why we are here today is to recognize community leaders. The most profound joy and purpose I have ever experienced was through my volunteer activities. I know that many of you who are here tonight do the things you do because it comes from the heart and it means something to you personally. But what it does for community and the impact it has on community is immeasurable  and you will never know, some of you will know, but a lot of you will never know about the multiplier affect of doing good work and giving back.”
Along with thanking volunteers for the investments they make to their communities, Sawhney also offered a shout out to the social service sector for the tremendous work they do. “If we all come together and we synergize and talk to one another and identify those gaps, we can actually create magic that is the power of civil society.”
Mayor Norm Mayer, on behalf of City of Camrose and council, welcomed guests to the evening and thanked and congratulated the recipients for their contributions to community.
“We have very strong support in volunteers in this community. It doesn’t matter what the problem  or needs are, there will be a force behind it to make it happen and I think we can all be proud of that.”
Mayer referenced the challenging times that COVID has created, reminding guests that everyone is in it together, and how working together through the challenges is vital.
“We have to keep our heads up and keep going in the direction we feel we have to. That is what is going to make our community stronger. Continue moving forward in tough times–we are not quitters.”
Prior to beginning the recognition of honourees, Lovely explained that all of the evening’s recipients were nominated by fellow citizens. “We are so fortunate in our constituency to have so many people who contribute to making our communities what they are.”
Presenters read a short narrative on each respective honouree who was then called forward to accept their scroll depicting their name and their service to their community.
In conclusion, Lovely quoted Minister of Municipal Affairs Tracy Allard. “‘Hope is the currency of the future.’ 2020 has been an exceptionally difficult year for each one of us.  This evening, it is my intention to give hope and thanksgiving to the community.”
In hopes of continuing the recognition of those of all ages and from all sectors of the community, MLA Lovely encourages citizens to nominate people they would like to see receive recognition by emailing camrose@assembly.ab.ca. and include a bio of the nominee.

CRE supporting the growth of tomorrow’s leaders

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Students of the Training Tomorrow’s Leaders program participate in a mock City council.

By Lori Larsen

Camrose Regional Exhibition (CRE) has taken a supportive role in the future of youth by providing the Training Tomorrow’s Leaders, A Practical Skills Program Designed for Life initiative, sponsored by Camrose County and the City of Camrose, for 13 very tenacious local Grade 9 to 11 students.
The idea was spurred by the staff at the CRE when executive director Dianne Kohler asked them what they felt was missing  from the teachings of youth in hard life skills.
“We (CRE) have a young staff here, so I asked them, ‘What would you want to learn before moving out on your own?’”
Together, Kohler and CRE agriculture liaison Megan Lethbridge developed what Kohler refers to as a “Common Sense University” program that provides the participants with a set of life skills that may not necessarily be covered in depth in their formal schooling.
“We are preparing our youth to survive, and learn all the things they may not necessarily be taught in school.”
In referring to the difference between this program and what is offered by 4-H, Kohler said that today’s 4-H concentrates more on agriculture, specifically grain and cattle. “There are some multi- clubs, but very few. Not like when I was in 4-H and we were taught sewing, cooking, gardening, more life skills.”
Every month from September 2020 to May 2021, running every two weeks, the Training Tomorrow’s Leaders program features a different theme.
In September, the theme was Take Home Skills; October, Political Action; November, Agriculture; December, Good Deed; January, Leadership Skills; February, Life On My Own; March, Career; April, Financial and Tax; and May, Gardening and Food Prep.
“During the first session in September, the students learned how to cook macaroni and cheese from scratch and make tomato soup from a recipe.”
 Not only did it provide the students with basic cooking skills, but it taught them how to follow a recipe and make healthier choices by cooking from scratch.
“The second session in September was learning to back up a trailer. Derrick Mickasko, CRE operations, spent two hours of his own time teaching the students how to back up trailers,” explained Kohler.
“It was a nice comfortable environment for the students to come in and make mistakes and figure out they could do it. And they were amazing at it.”
At the same session, Camrose County assistant fieldman Corey Stuber  also volunteered his time teaching the students on how to properly secure a load in the box of a pickup truck.
During the first session in October (Political Action Month), the students were given an opportunity to role play during a mock City Council meeting, hosted by the City of Camrose at Council Chambers.
“After the session, we asked the students to do some homework and come back with what they feel are the issues impacting youth (in the City) right now. Then they will come back and actually present it to the City.
“They are driving what they want to learn,” remarked Kohler. “We give them the theme, and they tell us what they want to learn.”
During November, Agriculture Month, the students will be visiting Vermeer’s Dairy Farm where they will experience how a dairy operations works. “It will teach them where their food comes from and about the importance of agriculture, specifically to them.”
To apply for the program, the students had to fill in an online application prior to Aug. 20, and answer a few questions, including what they felt were the biggest issues impacting youth today and why they wanted to be part of the program.
“We have 13 students  this time around, we would have maxed out at 15. We want to keep it small so each individual student gets value out of it, plus this is our first tester year.”
Kohler, Lethbridge and Justin Demish, along with guest participants, all volunteer their time to work with the students and act as support through the program, but Kohler is quick to point out that the students are the ones in control of the specific topics and the future success of the program.
“They are amazing. They are more than I could have ever hoped for. They are so bright, so talented and they are thinking in ways that are going to change this world.”
Kohler indicated that it is the students who are designing the program for next year and they will all be offered alumni status, “So they can become mentors and the CRE board is looking at having a junior member from this group on board.
“I think we are barely scratching the service, and this will grow into something even bigger, even more impactful.”
The goal of the program is to prepare youth  for life and all that it hands them, to give them some hard life skills that will help them survive as they move forward as the leaders of their own futures and of our communities.
“We have to start paying attention to this age group and let them design the world they want to live in. Our job is to fulfill it.”
It is obvious these intuitive young people have imprinted on Kohler that there is great hope for the future.
“I am honoured to work with them. This truly is  soul feeding–to be part of their journey is such an honour.”

Government 211 service assists with support navigation

By Murray Green

Everyone in Canada will soon have access to 211, a free confidential information navigation service that connects people to critical government and community-based health and social services in their community, thanks to funding from the Government of Canada.
Whether you are a parent worried about your child’s mental health, a senior feeling isolated or anxious about getting basic necessities, a family struggling to put food on the table, or an individual looking for help to better understand what financial support is available to you, 211 is the front door to support.
The 211 service helps people navigate the complex network of government and community programs and services quickly and easily, and promises access 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in over 150 languages. Across Canada, the service is offered through a variety of ways including phone, chat, website and text. In all cases, 211 confidentially connects people who are seeking support to the right information and services.
As part of its COVID-19 response, the Government of Canada provided funding to United Way Centraide Canada to increase the capacity and expand access to 211 services for all Canadian residents. This will be even more valuable as the country enters the second wave of the pandemic. Existing 211 services across Canada saw a dramatic increase in the number of people reaching out for help during the first wave. Overall, calls and website visits to existing 211 services increased by 31 per cent and 45 per cent, respectively, in the March to August time frame.
“The Government of Canada created the Emergency Community Support Fund to help charities and nonprofit organizations adapt frontline services to address the evolving needs of Canadians throughout the pandemic. We are proud to support programs and services like the 211 telephone line and online directory. With the ongoing pandemic, the 211 service is more important than ever, helping get information about community services to the Canadians who need it,” said Canadian Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Ahmed Hussen.
“Every year, United Way Centraide, through the contribution of our donors and partners, ensures that individuals and families have access to a strong network of essential local community services.  United Way Centraide created the 211 service to help everyone, especially our most vulnerable, learn about available community services and get access to the help they need when they need it. By calling 211, people are connected with a real person who will ask questions about their situation and then suggest programs or services that can help. Whether it’s through the phone, website, text or chat, 211 will be there to help people connect to the services they need for themselves, their family or friends,” said Dan Clement, president and CEO, United Way Centraide Canada.
The free and confidential service can be accessed 24 hours a day, in more than 150 languages, by phone, chat, text and web. It helps connect people to the right information and services, making their pathway to care and resources a guided and trusted one. Visit 211.ca for more information.

Safety first for trick-or-treaters

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There are some spooky settings around the City in preparation for All Hallows’ Eve. This Halloween, the province is offering extra tips on keeping trick-or-treaters and treat givers safe.

By Lori Larsen

This year’s Halloween festivities come with a little extra caution as people toy with the decision to let their little trick-or-treaters go door to door.
The following are some suggestions from the Province of Alberta Halloween During COVID-19.
Trick-or-treaters
Do not go trick-or-treating if feeling ill, even if symptoms are minor. Choose costumes that allow a nonmedical mask to be worn–make sure you can see and breathe comfortably. It is not recommended to wear a nonmedical mask or face covering over or under a Halloween mask, as it may make breathing difficult.
Minimize contact with others: trick-or-treat with your family or cohort, remain within your community, and stay two metres apart.
Avoid touching doorbells or railings: call “Trick or treat” from two metres away, knock instead of using doorbells, and use hand sanitizer after touching surfaces. Wash hands and disinfect packages before eating candy.
Treat givers
Do not hand out candy if you are feeling ill or isolating. Turn off your porch light and lock your front door. Wear a nonmedical mask that fully covers your nose and mouth.
Ask trick-or-treaters to knock or call out instead of ringing the doorbell. Tape a piece of paper reading, “Do Not Ring Bell” over your doorbell.  Use tongs to hand out prepackaged candy to avoid handling treats.
Find creative ways to maintain distance from trick-or-treaters such as: handing out treats from your driveway or front lawn; if weather permits, setting up a table or desk to help keep yourself distanced; make candy bags and space them out on a table or blanket; do not leave out self-serve bowls of bulk candy; build a candy slide, candy catapult or other fun, non-touch delivery methods.
Halloween parties
Stay home if feeling ill, even if symptoms are mild.
Spend time with people you know–the smaller the group, the better.
Choose games and activities that don’t use shared items and allow people to stay two metres apart. Don’t share drinks, food, cigarettes, vapes or cannabis. Host your party outdoors, if weather permits. If you must stay indoors, reduce your gathering size.
Choose a location that allows for physical distancing between people from separate families and cohorts. Provide hand sanitizer. Wash or sanitize your hands often. For more information on the recommendations by the province, visit the website at www.alberta.ca/halloween-during-covid19.aspx.
Parents are also reminded to ensure their children are safe while trick-or-treating with the following tips.
Make costumes that  are easy to walk in and highly visible and ensure that children are dressed for the weather, which may mean toques, gloves and comfortable, safe footwear. Advise children to stay on planned routes, not to go into unlit areas, and stay together in their cohorts. Tell children not to go to homes that are darkened, or do not have a clear and well lit pathway.
Have children carry a flashlight and wear reflective material on their clothing.  Carry water with you so children can hydrate while trick-or-treating.
Remind children to use caution when crossing roads and not traverse across lawns, and to not approach unfamiliar or stray pets.  Advise children to not eat treats until they have been inspected and disinfected by an adult.
Do not allow children to eat any unwrapped treats.
Motorists
Motorists are advised to use extreme caution and slow down when travelling around City roads on Halloween night, especially between 4 and 8 p.m. when younger children are out trick-or-treating
If you are driving children to a variety of subdivisions or streets, park your vehicle to the side of the road to let children exit and board the vehicle and remain parked while the children trick-or-treat. Ensure all children are safely onboard and seatbelts are fastened before driving away. If you must pass a stopped vehicle, do so slowly and with extreme caution.
Always yield to pedestrians. On Halloween night, children may forget pedestrian safety rules.   Ensure your vehicle’s lights and signals are working properly, so your vehicle is highly visible to others.  Never drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. All motorists must abide by all traffic laws, signals and devices.
As you prepare for Halloween, make safety a number one priority for everyone.

Churchmice Players prepare for a Christmas classic

By Murray Green

The Churchmice Players are back in action, and plans are underway for a holiday season show at the Bailey Theatre on Dec. 3, 4, 5, 10, 11 and 12.
Emily Rutledge was named the director, and Brian Dumont is moving from the stage to the producer’s chair for A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play.
“We wanted to do the radio play version because of the simplicity of it, but it is still really fun and engaging,” said Emily. “It is our foray of getting back into theatre in the post COVID-19 era of shutdown. We can get away with a small cast with a number of people doing several voices. We can rehearse remotely, because it is dramatic reading without a lot of movement and direct acting.”
A handful of actors bring dozens of characters to the stage as the familiar story unfolds: Three ghosts take Ebenezer Scrooge on a thrilling journey to teach him the true meaning of Christmas. It is a charming take on a family favorite.
The actors will have their scripts with them as they read the play. “If an actor gets a cold or something, another person can take over the voices easier without affecting the production,” added Brian.
“The lines don’t have to be fully memorized like they do in a play. We are watching the news live from the entertainers,” said Emily. “The difference between the play and the radio version is that we take breaks and play Christmas jingles or advertisements mixed in, so you are getting two plays in one. You are getting the story of Scrooge that everyone knows, and then the 1940s jingles.”
The Charles Dickens holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast, complete with vintage commercials for fruitcake (extra-fancy) and the magic of live sound effects and musical underscoring.
“We will have props on stage for making various sounds, so that adds a lot of interest to the show as well,” said Brain.
“A person will be providing the sound effects on stage, rather than canned sounds coming from the speakers,” chipped in Emily.
Emily usually is on stage, but has experience as a director as well. This is the first time Brian will be the producer. “This is all new for me, because I’m usually up front acting and singing. This year, I want to learn a different side of the production,” he shared.
All rehearsals will follow COVID protocols. The shows will be dinner theatre performances Thursday to Saturday at the Bailey Theatre.
“Following all of the protocols that are in place will be a challenge because of the number of people that we can have at each show. We have to maximize the numbers that we can get in because we have to deal with cohorts at each table,” said Brian.
The dinner will be served to each individual, so no lineups or sharing of utensils will take place.
“We have had really good support from the Bailey Theatre and the caterers,” said Brian.
Emily is currently taking auditions through videos. The size of the cast hasn’t been determined yet.
“A Christmas Carol is a story that everyone knows, but each season you expect to see it again. We have never done this version of it, so we wanted to have a radio version of it to keep it new for everyone,” said Emily.
“The last time we performed the play, it was very successful, so we wanted to continue with that too,” said Brian. “It’s really exciting to return to performing arts and that people are willing to support us.”
Arts on the Bailey stage have been missing since mid-March. “We are taking the COVID-19 protocols seriously and putting safety precautions in place,” said Emily, who is also the artistic director for a theatre group in Leduc. “We want to keep theatre going, but do so responsibly.”
Celebrate the Christmas season with the Churchmice Players this December.

World ends at Rainbow Bar

By Murray Green

Trevor McTavish, local business owner and co-creator of Infinite Imagination sets the tone of the play Early One Evening At The Rainbow Bar And Grille. Trevor is playing Willy who, after realizing it’s the end of the world, needs to deal with his anger issues.
Janette Groenewold is part of Infinite Imagination’s Improv team, and has participated with Wetaskiwin’s Waterworks Players as well, where she performed in Love, Sex and the IRS. Janette is playing Shirley. Knowing the time is near, she is doing all the things Tony never let her do. She also wants to visit with Shep (played by Mike Hicks).
This play is directed by Cole Olesen. He is doing double duty in both directing and playing Joe.
“I was eager to get back on stage as my last show (for the Bashaw Community Theatre) had been put off due to COVID in the spring,” said Cole.
Casting fell into place quite quickly as people leaned towards certain characters early. There was some question, however, as to who would direct.
“I didn’t jump into this show planning to direct because I just wanted a chance to be up on stage again. The last show I directed I acted in as well, and I told myself then that I had no interest in being in a show I was directing,” explained Cole.
“Fate, being what it is, has drawn me to the directors’ chair as well as with a part in this show, and I couldn’t be more happy with how this has worked out.
“With the support of Mike and Trevor with Infinite Imagination, we started rehearsals at the end of September with a very ambitious opening date of Oct. 29. It has been a great experience doing this show from the start of the process all the way through to current rehearsals.”
Working to build a reputation under the shadow of the ever-popular Churchmice Players, Infinite Imagination has slowly been building a reputation on smaller productions and improv performances. “I have been part of the improv shows in the past, and this is my first scripted show that I have done with them. I am very proud of the work we have put in.”

Plymouth Fury offers style, smooth ride

By Murray Green

Judy and Dennis Brown of Camrose County own a beautiful 1968 Plymouth Fury III two-door convertible coupe.
Their car was assembled in Windsor, ON, and is one of 4,483 similar units made in Canada.
“I purchased the car in 1969, only one year old and had 9,000 miles on it at the time, from the original owner in Edmonton. The owner wouldn’t consent to a pre-purchase test drive because it was his son’s car and he lived on Vancouver Island. He told me that what you see is what you get. I knew the car was worth about $3,800 new and he wanted $1,900 for it,” said Dennis.
“The car looked pretty good and was stored in a garage. It was used as a daily driver for Judy going to work, family vehicle and it was repaired as needed.”
The Plymouth Fury line was created to drive as if there were no such thing as a bad road. “It has a torsion bar suspension system that makes it smooth and a joy to drive.”
The convertible has a durable soft top that works electrically. The Fury features a 318 motor and an automatic transmission.
The car came from a garage and the Brown’s have always stored it in a heated garage as well.
“In 1973, at a friend’s wedding in Calgary, the Fury was hit en route to the wedding with the top down. It was hit by another vehicle, no one was hurt; however, it was written off at $1,800. I didn’t know what to do with it,” shared Dennis.
He brought the car back to Camrose and had it repaired by Bob Bruneski at E & L Autobody for the same amount.
As years went by, some minor repairs were made to remove rust spots. “As we went, we lost the body lines.”
Several years later, a major body restoration was completed by Deny Dupuis and staff at Lamb Ford. “It was then discovered that a sidebody line (a piece from the door to the rear bumper) had disappeared. From literature and photos, they formed a piece to fit the original style. Later, the 318 motor was rebuilt by Canadian Tire and a new top was installed by Russ Griepl. It is still a great cruiser today,” said Dennis.
“Camrose people have really helped us with the car. Now it has 150,000 miles. We were looking for a convertible. The people who lived next door to us  at that time had a 1959 Buick convertible and we went to a movie in it. The movie featured Elvis Presley, and in that movie was a 1967 or ’68 Plymouth Fury convertible that we liked. So I started to go through ads in the paper. That’s when we found this one. We even pulled our band trailer with this car. At one point, we almost gave up trying to fix it, but we are glad we did. We use it for weddings including our grandson’s last summer.”
Dennis and his friend Dwight Myers were the founders of the Camrose Cruise Show. The Browns still enjoy going to car shows when they can.
FUN FACTS
In 1965, Chrysler returned the Fury to the new, full-size Chrysler C-body platform. The new Plymouth line included three special Furys: the Fury I, Fury II and Fury III. The Fury I was the basic model, while the Fury II and Fury III offered more trim and features.
The 1968 Furys received only minor grille updates up front, along with side marker lights and shoulder belts for front outboard occupants (except the convertibles). At the rear, however, all models except the station wagons received new sheet metal, including reshaped rear doors on four-door models. Meanwhile, the Suburban badge returned to station wagons after having been retired in 1961. The Suburban, Custom Suburban, and Sport Suburban corresponded to the Fury I, II, and III models.

Prepare your vehicle, winter has arrived

By Lori Larsen

The dropping in temperatures is a reminder that people need to prepare their vehicles for the long “road” of winter weather ahead.
Servicing your vehicle will ensure it runs smoothly and is safe and reliable.
The following are a few tips to help ensure your winter ride is ready.
Install winter tires. Winter tires improve traction in snowy, slushy and icy road conditions. Begin by checking your winter tires to ensure they have a good amount of tread left and check the air pressure. Air pressure decreases in cold weather, so tires should be checked frequently throughout the winter.
Ensure your vehicle’s  oil is full and clean. Get regular oil changes and consider using synthetic oil, especially in the winter months. Consult with your local mechanic shop.
Ensure all other engine fuels and liquids are topped up as well.
Complete a preventative maintenance check on your vehicle. Make sure your brakes, battery, lights, heating and electrical systems, belts, hoses and exhaust systems are all functioning properly.
Check your wiper blades for wear and tear. Consider changing your wiper blades to winter blades, which are heavier and more effective at pushing heavy snow and ice buildup.
Top up your windshield washer reservoir with winter grade fluid and always carry a windshield scraper and brush in your vehicle.
Always clear snow and ice from your windows, mirrors, and overall vehicle, and wait for your windows to defrost prior to travelling roadways.
Have an emergency  kit in your vehicle at all times. Suggested items include: nonperishable food (granola bars), blankets, extra clothing and footwear, first aid kit, matches or lighter, flashlight and extra batteries, battery jumper cables, traffic safety triangle, flares, spare tire, wheel wrench and jack, extra windshield washer fluid, shovel, traction mat or sand or kitty litter, fuel line antifreeze, flashlight and sandbags.
If you have a cellular phone, make sure it is fully charged at all times.
Keep your gas tank topped up at all times. Not only does this help to avoid condensation and moist air building up inside the tank, which could cause fuel lines to freeze, but it will reduce the dangerous risk of running out of fuel.
Should your vehicle break down, drive your vehicle out of traffic to a safe location if possible, activate emergency flashers, telephone for assistance, and remain in your vehicle with your seatbelt fastened. Stay dry and warm by wrapping as much clothing and blankets as possible around you. Use extreme caution when running your vehicle to stay warm, ensuring there is proper exhaust ventilation and fresh air in the vehicle.
Winter weather can be unpredictable and, while you may think you can hike home, the safer choice is to stay warm and wait for help. Exiting a vehicle into traffic, especially during stormy conditions, is extremely dangerous.
If your vehicle is prepared, your winter travelling will be that much safer.

Kodiaks take on Drumheller

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A Camrose Kodiaks shot deflects behind the Drumheller net in action at the Encana Arena.

By Murray Green

The Camrose Kodiaks and Drumheller Dragons are a near perfect match for the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) exhibition season.
Although Camrose won the first two games, the teams have shown to be evenly matched so far on the ice. The Kodiaks won 4-3 at home and 3-2 in Drumheller.
“I was happy that we could close it down once we  got the lead, but I was happy with about 50 per cent of our play,” said coach Clayton Jardine. “That is going to happen since we haven’t played five-on-five hockey against another team since last March.”
Camrose scored two goals in the first and third periods to win at home on Oct. 10. Lynden Grandberg netted the winner on a penalty shot after he was hooked on a break towards the Dragon’s net in the third period. Ryan Sullivan, Reece Becker and Mathieu Gautier garnered the other Camrose goals.
The middle frame belonged to Drumheller as they scored all three of its goals. Two tallies came from Sam Simard. “We then played two games in two nights, and the conditioning came into play. We are dealing with that in practice. It was a combination of two games in two nights, and not enough mental stamina right now.”
At times, the Kodiaks were outshot by a wide margin. “I thought we passed up on some shooting opportunities,” suggested Clayton. “That is tough to simulate in practice. You come down the ice and then look for a pass. In the game, you have to have that sense of urgency to shoot the puck.”
Camrose played well on the defensive side of the games. “For the most part, our defensive game was good and Logan bailed us out a few times. But other than that, we didn’t give up much.”
Kodiaks’ goalie Logan Willcott stopped 26 of 29 shots directed his way. Camrose only managed to fire 13 shots on goal, but they made the shots count.
In the first game, Drumheller scored first in the opening period, but Camrose roared back with two in the middle frame to provide all of the scoring they needed to win.
Brett Wieschorster and Sullivan scored for the Kodiaks. Willcott stopped 29 of 30 shots he faced, while Camrose counted 25 shots on the Drumheller netminder Ryley Osland.
“Sullivan and Carson Whyte, I was very happy with as rookies, and Logan in net, that they stood up and made a difference. The thing is they show up for work every day in practice. Their work ethic in practice correlates with how well they do in games. I knew they could be our best players because of how they have worked over the past few weeks,” added Clayton.
Camrose and Drumheller will play each other two more times as cohort teams in exhibition play. The clubs will not mix with any other teams until further notice.
“I wasn’t overly happy with our power play, and it started with our face-offs, so we are working on that as well. Not just winning them as a centre, but as a five-man unit.”
Coach Clayton said the Kodiaks and Drumheller match up well because they are similar, in having good goaltending, good team defence with veterans and some upcoming rookies up front.
The Dragons and Kodiaks will play Oct. 23 in Camrose, and Oct. 24 in Drumheller. All games in both arenas begin at 7 p.m.
Limited tickets are on sale at the arena office. No phone orders will be taken. A total of 100 tickets will be sold and there is a limit of two tickets per person.

You decide top budget items

By Murray Green

You have a say in democracy in Alberta. If you don’t like the direction the budget is going, then tell the government your ideas.
Alberta’s government is asking Albertans to help set the direction of the upcoming budget.
The world has changed since the last provincial budget in February. Alberta now faces a very different set of circumstances and unique challenges. Albertans can share their views and priorities for the province by taking part in an online survey and telephone town halls with finance minister Travis Toews.
“I’m looking forward to working with Albertans as we develop a fiscal plan that enables the sustainable delivery of services to Albertans now and into the future. The province’s deficit and growing debt clearly show that fiscal responsibility and accountability to Alberta taxpayers is more important than ever. I encourage all Albertans to provide their input and help shape the future of our province,” said Toews, president of the treasury board and minister of finance.
Alberta’s government is interested in Albertans’ spending priorities, as well as their ideas about where to look for savings and how to strengthen the economy. The online survey is now live until Dec. 4, and the telephone town halls will take place on Nov. 30, Dec. 2 and Dec. 3. More information is available at alberta.ca/Budget Consultation.
Minister Toews will be touring communities across the province to hear directly from Albertans. Stay tuned for details on how to participate in your community.
Alberta’s government will also be launching a digital ‘build a budget’ tool in mid-November that will ask Albertans to make choices about spending and revenue and then show the resulting impacts on the overall budget.
Alberta is confronted with an extreme fiscal challenge after being hit by a triple threat: the global health crisis, worldwide economic depression and the collapse in oil prices. Alberta’s government recognized the severity of the situation and was the first province to announce a plan for economic recovery.
While Alberta’s Recovery Plan is getting people back to work and positioning the province for future economic prosperity, Albertans must make some difficult decisions and take steps to improve government finances.

Royal Purple ready to serve

By Murray Green

The Canadian Royal Purple Society (CRPS) president MaryLou McCarthy visited Camrose to help the local club launch its return to service after several months in hiatus.
“This is my official visit to Camrose. Every three to five years, we (presidents) visit all of the lodges in Canada to let them know what is going on at the national level,” said MaryLou, who was installed last July in Regina.
She is from Elbow, Saskatchewan, so she understands the importance of clubs in smaller centres.
“With COVID this year, it is hard for the lodges to get out and have their meetings. I sent out a letter to find out who is starting again, and that is when the Camrose lodge invited me to come out,” added MaryLou. “I try to find out what they have done, and if they are struggling, to have fundraisers during this time and offer some advice.”
She wants to keep in regular contact with the various clubs. “I want the lodges to know that business is done differently now and they have to think outside of the box. Fundraising is difficult this year, but there are still ways of fundraising for the charities they support. It is just thinking differently.”
She suggested virtual events, a charity auction over several weeks, virtual ticket selling, raffles and steak suppers where people can go out over several weeks to avoid everyone going at one time or even as takeout orders.
“It is extremely important right now for us to remain strong. We encourage the ladies to get together for social distancing to connect with one another again. The small lodges need to just have a meeting and talk to each other,” shared MaryLou.
“Royal Purple in Canada is the fastest growing service club right now. Even though we have had setbacks because of COVID, we are 63 lodges strong from BC to Ontario, and we have added some new lodges in the last few years.”
In 1914, the Royal Purple was the female auxiliary to the all-male Elks Club of Canada, complete with their own uniform and nearly religious adherence to rituals and formal rites of operation. When the public no longer accepted gender divisions in their community institutions, and developed an aversion to ceremonial protocols, a choice had to be made by the Royal Purple.
 In 2014, the CRPS was created as an independent, all-genders, all-ages (membership starts at 14 years old), all-inclusive new charitable organization. Each chapter still enjoys a good working relationship with the Elks Club, they still use purple as a theme colour, but they are free to raise money or volunteer hours for whichever causes matter most to their local membership.
MaryLou McCarthy started her Royal Purple journey 42 years ago in Medicine Hat.
Even during her studies at Mount Royal University and the University of Calgary, she transferred to Calgary to serve as president.

Diploma exams will be optional

By Murray Green

Grade 12 students may not have to write diploma exams this November.
Alberta Education Minister Adriana LaGrange is making diploma exams optional this fall.
“Teachers have advocated for a suspension of provincial testing programs since the summer, in light of COVID-19, and we are pleased to see the minister make the right choice. COVID has created so much uncertainty and anxiety in schools, and many students and staff are missing large chunks of school time as a result of requirements to quarantine or self-isolate. Diploma exams would not be fair to students and, this year in particular, would not produce reliable results,” said ATA president Jason Schilling.
Teachers are also worried that the pressure of diploma exams might induce symptomatic students to attend school when they should stay home and isolate instead. Schilling added that provincial testing should be suspended for this entire school year.
“The priority for this year must be on student wellness and well-being. We would have preferred a clear and definitive decision that took all provincial testing off the table this year, but this is an important first step,” Schilling said.
Currently, provincial achievement tests (PATs) in Grades 6 and 9 can still be implemented at the discretion of individual school divisions, but Schilling reminds parents that they can exempt their own children from writing PATs.
A recent survey of teachers found that three in five teachers strongly disagreed with the continuation of PATs in the current school year, while only 10 per cent agreed with maintaining them. With regard to diploma exams, 18 per cent of teachers supported maintaining the program, and nearly half of teachers disagreed strongly with their use this year.
The Alberta Teachers’ Association, as the professional organization of teachers, promotes and advances public education, safeguards standards of professional practice and serves as the advocate for its 46,000 members.

Births and Deaths

Births
- To Micheyl and Mark Reinhart, of Camrose, a son on May 14.
- To Krista and Brandon Stenlund, of Donalda, a daughter on October 8.
- To Amanda and Kendall Friesen, of Camrose, a son on October 8.
- To Krista and Spencer Soucy, of Irma, a daughter on October 10.
- To Chantelle and Scott Ritchie, of Camrose, a daughter on October 10.

Deaths
- Elnora Mitts of Camrose, on October 7, at 79 years of age.
- Darren James Daniels of Camrose, on October 8, at 43 years of age.
- John Joseph Kleppe of Ryley, on October 10, at 76 years of age.
- Vern Tweedy of Camrose, formerly of Killam and Lougheed, on October 13, at 64 years of age.
- Adele Eleanor Jensen of Camrose, on October 13, at 92 years of age.
- Joyce Nelson of Killam, on October 13, at 64 years of age.
- Greg Olson of Bashaw, on October 14, at 65 years of age.
- George Heck of Daysland, on October 14, at 91 years of age.
- Norma Elaine Hayden of Camrose, on October 14, at 80 years of age.
- Nellie (nee Chomic) Warwa of Edmonton, on October 16, at 84 years of age.