Song of the Month – Editorial

So it has come to my attention and most likely yours as well that our newly elected UCP candidate, Dale Johnson, for Lac Ste. Anne/Parkland County riding, has been disqualified for sins of the past. Oddly enough that seems to be the song of the month for the UCP Party. More than one candidate has been disqualified and it would seem that although it has not happened yet, folks are screaming that at least one more should be on that chopping block. I am not going to go into details of Dale’s banishment, you can research that on the internet yourself if your interested. Now I would have expected in this case that the runner up in the election should have gotten the candidacy but apparently that is not how the game is played. We are waiting for nominations to open yet again for this riding and I know I am hoping to see a bit more political correctness and integrity in this next race. I have been a conservative girl for a long time and I am feeling very disillusioned with the UCP. They need to reassess their rules and policies for nominees and it would appear that a more stringent screening process be applied and should apply to all political parties. Perhaps then we might be able to avoid the splashy headlines announcing embarrassing and humiliating pasts – embarassing not only to the candidate but to the party as well. The UCP needs to call a family meeting and remind the kids how to behave in public and perhaps remind them not so gently of the rule our parents taught us…Sticks and stones, or maybe the other rule…If you can’t say something nice, then maybe just shut up!

That is my short but opinionated point of view this month!

On a lighter note, I would like to wish all my readers and their families a wonderful Thanksgiving! I hope that you will take a moment to reflect on all  the wonderful blessings in your life. I know I will be. Although
we all, myself included have our moments of complaint, we need to remember we live in an beautiful and amazing country. Although we have poverty, most of our poverty is no where near that of other countries,
although we have troubling politics, it is nothing like many countries who are in all out war! We have freedom here that many will never get to experience like freedom of speech, religion beliefs political choice, the
privilege of advanced education, gender equality more so than many places, and the list of reasons to be thankful goes on and on. Maybe this weekend we could remind ourselves of the things each of us has to be thankful for. God bless you all!

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Editorial Point of View

Responses to July 2018 Editorial

I am responding to your editorial in the last issue. You are right on in your comments. I have said similar things for years. People just don’t seem to care. There is a whole different attitude towards this govt by people in eastern  Canada. I have been unfriended on Facebook and unfollowed by relatives and friends ,even called a racist. None of my comments were  even close to being racist. If they were Facebook would have let me know. I spoke the truth ,just like you have. The eastern media especially the CBC will not  report anything negative about our current govt.. I have lived through many liberal governments and they are pretty much all the same. If you speak out against the current immigration decisions you will be called uncanadian  by Trudeau himself. I applaud you  Jill for your  views   ~ Mark Boon; Roydale

Read your editorial in your July paper. Was so impressed as this is exactly what our friends and us discuss all the time. I would like your permission to forward this to our local paper and our MLA and MP and any one else I can think of. Thank you for your honest opinion. ~ Maggie Morin; Spruce Grove

Thanks for the responses folks!

Now let’s get down to the business of this months editorial! So a week or so ago a guy walks down a busy street filled with restaurants and cafes in Greektown, Toronto. And proceeded to open fire into the businesses killing two and wounding 13 more. As alarming as that is, what is also alarming to me was that I was not as mortified and grief stricken as I should have been. There is so much of this sort of thing today that I was just not. I was like “What! Your kidding, that’s awful!” but I feel there should have been a bigger outpouring.

When the Humboldt hockey team had their terrible accident we were all grief stricken and that was as we should be. There was an outpouring of grief, sympathy and compassion from across the nation, and in some cases worldwide. But a man walking down the street openly firing on the public has become old news already. The odd follow up story and that’s all we will hear. There is a bit more to find if we research the incident on the internet but as far as TV and radio news, that has quieted down considerably only a week after the incident. I guess what I am saying is we should be more shocked than we are when these things happen. The news reported that possibly ISIS was going to take responsibility but again I say, who is shocked at that? Was he part of the 1% of Islam radicals that are under the radar in our country. The radicals, the percentage of radicals in this country is a topic that is far to deep for this short editorial.

I am going to move along to the next point. The young man apparently suffering from mental illness used a handgun in the shooting and now we are seeing and hearing about Toronto City Council all up in arms that we need better gun laws. Numerous politicians all up in arms about having a gun registry. Boy, is this a repeat bull…t subject. They think we need to have all guns, restricted, non restricted, short , long, tall, fat and thin guns registered. Because as you all know, only those registered guns will kill people! Oh for crap sake…guns do not kill people! People kill people! And when people make a decision that they are going to kill someone, is the fact that it is registered or not registered, legal or illegal gonna mean a crapload of anything. Of course not! The last gun registry was supposed to only cost 2 million and by the time all was said and done it was over 2 billion! That was back in 2002, what the heck will it cost this time. Canada does not have 2 billion dollars to spend on this nonsense. Although I am sure Mr. Trudeau will say we do. We have all kinds of money to spend on ridiculous programs but we sure do not seem to have enough to help our families who live in poverty, our seniors who cannot afford to retire, or to educate the girls in this country. We have lots to send out to other countries!

Third and final point…it really pisses me off when they can so easily say that that young man in Toronto went on that shooting spree because he had mental issues. It does not seem like rocket science to me that the boy had a problem of some sort. No normal personal wakes up one day and decides this is the day we are going to walk down a busy street in our city or town and just kill anyone and everyone. I guess what bothers me is that as a parent of a mentally ill child, I feel this labels our mentally ill in general as being dangerous.

The general public will be scared as hell to have anyone around them diagnosed as mentally ill. Not everyone, in fact I suspect that not 1% of mentally ill people would do this sort of thing. My child is not a danger to the general public or himself. There are varying levels of mental illness and I feel that they need to be very careful when saying things like that to the public. Anyone who kills another human intentionally I think we could class as unstable but I don’t necessarily think we announce to the world that he was mentally ill. Just my opinion that we need to always approach that subject carefully so as not to cause more of a stigma. Many have tried to reduce the stigma that goes along with those two words…mentally ill.

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G7 Summit Editorial

This time of the month is always crazy busy for me and trying to decide what I want to have an opinion about can be somewhat daunting!  Or rather I should say , something I want to have an opinion about publicly! This last month I was witness, as were most of you, to our government yet again making million and billion dollar decisions for this country.  At  the G7 summit, our country very generously offered to be a part of a multi million dollar project that is looking at educating girls from other countries.  What about the girls from this country?  What about the approx. 13.5 percent of Canadian children living in poverty.  Maybe we could look after them first.  What about the 12 percent of seniors which amounts to almost 600,000 seniors, mostly women that live in poverty.  Those numbers are according to Stats Canada.

The majority government is made up of 184 Liberal men and women.  184 men and women speaking for the entire population, making decisions like this one, for the entire population of this country! Entire population according to the latest UN estimates is 36.95 million.  Does that seem completely reasonable to you?  I think once upon a time perhaps it was. But that is before technology started ruling the world.  That is before we started bringing in immigrants by the mass quantities, according to the 2016 census, 1.7 million in 5 years.  Immigrants accounted for two thirds of that increase and the rest is what is referred to as natural increase (the difference between births and deaths).  We are the fastest growing country in population in the G7.

So lets look at that immigration thing for just a brief moment…there are rules in place when moving to

Canada that certain expectations have to be met before the immigrant can become a permanent resident.  First they have to be here a minimum period of time, a minimum of 183 days per year for 4 out of 6 years.  They have to prove that they have strong attachments to Canada and they have to pass a knowledge and language test to become Canadian citizens.  So that means newcomers only need to live her for 4 years and they get a deciding vote on who they want deciding what that happens in Canada.  I do not consider that near long enough for someone to be able to make informed decisions regarding what is best for this country.  I feel that their votes are going to be based on what is best for their particular culture in this country.  I get that at some point in time our parents, grandparents and great grandparents were very likely immigrants to this country, but does anyone else feel like they are quickly becoming a minority in their own country where they were born, raised and educated, sang O Canada every morning before school started and said the Lords Prayer to start the day. We hear it over and over again, our country is culturally changing and if we don’t change with it we are racist and prejudice. I do not care about your religion, I care about mine and the right to follow it freely.  I don’t care about the colour of your skin, but I do care when you use it against me.  I don’t care what language you speak but I do care when you use it to talk about me behind my back and insist that our country and gov’t should cater to you by having interpreters in every possible scenario so that you can “fit in comfortably”  AND I do care that all your religions, skin colours, languages and your cultures are used against us and force us to change this country’s cultures and traditions that have been in place long before you came to our country.  I have a problem with our immigrants getting a vote in in this country after having only been here for a fairly short period of time.  And the problem is magnified when after becoming a Canadian citizen they can hold political office. No wonder financial decisions are made sending the money from Canada’s already empty coffers to other countries. They are definitely speaking for the masses.  The masses are their own people from their home countries.  I am not prejudice or racist, I just think we have lost sight of who should be running our country and that is the people who have invested in this country by living here  and invested in this country for the long haul. There should be more stringent rules pertaining to the length of time you need to live in this country before you can start making decisions on behalf of this country.  Four years does not cut it!

Well that was definitely a rant!  Probably one that should be done by more and maybe the someone’s higher up would start listening.  Everybody thinks they need to be so politically correct.  How’s that worked out for us?  We have freedom of speech for a reason folks.  You all have the right to be heard.

Ok, additional food for thought where the voices of the people could count….if American Idol, The Voice, Canadian Idol, America’s Got Talent, etc., can bring the entire country on board when it comes time to vote for the best singer, dancer, talented whatever, then why can we not utilize that same technology and vote on the issues at hand.  Why do we still have to have paper ballots and why does it have to cost millions and billions to get decisions for elections and referendums.  Why can we not use that technology  allowing the people of Canada to have their say individually.  Before our prime minister says “yep let’s help girls around the world” would it not be great if Canadians could say yep lets do that or nope lets help our own first.  Mr. Trudeau promised that he would have a look at the way the voting system was laid out.  I guess he never promised to make any changes but I don’t think he has even had a look.  An additional issue is  that only two provinces really speak for this entire country. And that’s not right either!

We all know that, we have been saying it for years but what is it going take to change that.  We all need to throw political correctness to the wind and start saying it out loud.  Loud enough that they hear all of us in Ottawa!  Our country is governed by one small piece of the pie.  We need to find a way to make the rest of the pie count.  And we need to make sure we are educating our children to do their research.  Don’t leave the governing of our country to a just a few.  That’s my rant! And my editorial opinion!

Change starts with each of us.  Change start with you!

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.  Barack Obama

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Pipeline Editorial – June 2018

Well it would seem that the big news this week, this month is pipeline.  The ongoing and unending saga of how we get our oil through the all the roadblocks that our seemingly unfriendly neighbor, BC, keeps throwing up.  The pipeline seems to me like it is essential to Canada. Until now almost all of our oil has been sold to the US but if we expand our customer base into the Pacific Rim we will make more money.  Seems logical to me.  Kinder Morgan’s original application was submitted back in 2013 and they have played by all the rules both provincially and federally since.  They have had to exercise much patience only to find themselves constantly wrapped up in sticky myriad of bureaucratic red tape. Last week they delivered an ultimatum, which in actuality does not seem entirely unreasonable, that if they did not receive some assurances that the project would be able to move forward without all of the significant obstacles that they have been faced with, they would walk away from the project.

In steps the federalists to save the day…Reportedly, Ottawa is now spending 4.6 Billion of taxpayers money to buy not only the pipeline but all of Kinder Morgan’s other core Canadian Assets. Then what? Will all the problems of building and moving forward suddenly disappear because of this little move.  Ok, not so little, since those are our tax dollars that the government is freely spending.  And why in all the reports does it say that Ottawa bought the project, Ottawa will invest, and Ottawa will take care of sorting this out.  Is Ottawa not made up of Canadians that represent this country from east to west.  I  wonder why I get really irritated by the term “Ottawa”.  Oh boy… That is likely a whole other editorial in itself.

This blurb from the Edmonton Journal Editorial Board pretty much says all :

The federal government announced Tuesday it is buying the Trans Mountain pipeline, the expansion project to twin it, and all of Kinder Morgan’s core Canadian assets for $4.5 billion plus other costs.

That’s one way to get a pipeline built.

Nationalizing a major infrastructure project from Canada’s private sector is certainly not how the process is supposed to work, but little about the Trans Mountain expansion has gone the way it ought to according to either rule of law or convention.

Instead, an energy company which has followed the rules in good faith, spent nearly a billion dollars in development and undergone exhaustive vetting to win regulatory approval has been impeded at every turn by opponents, including the government of British Columbia and the cities of Burnaby and Vancouver with what amount to nuisance court actions, given how Kinder Morgan has so far won 16 of these legal challenges in a row.

For its part, the Trudeau government greenlighted Trans Mountain in November 2016 and has long insisted the project is in the national interest because Canada loses $15 billion every year as a result of currently limited access to export markets outside the U.S

But before Tuesday’s announcement, Ottawa has done little to advance the project. Despite its constitutional authority over the interprovincial pipeline, the federal government brushed off the impasse as a sibling spat between B.C. and Alberta — ignoring or failing to recognize that by stalling Trans Mountain, B.C. Premier John Horgan was thumbing his nose not at Alberta, but Ottawa.

Perhaps when the federal government is paying the bills, it will take B.C.’s stonewalling of Trans Mountain more seriously.

So instead of settling these jurisdictional issues or enforcing its will, the Trudeau government has decided to spend its way out of trouble. The project will proceed under the ownership of a Crown corporation with hopes of eventually finding new buyers.

Direct government investment is far from the preferred solution but not entirely unprecedented either. Justin’s father, Pierre Trudeau, created Petro-Canada in the 1970s to further domestic energy interests while the Alberta government rescued Syncrude by bringing in other government partners to take ownership stakes. And let’s not forget 2009, when the federal and Ontario governments spent more than $13 billion to bail out North American auto makers.

Nationalizing Trans Mountain is a drastic and costly step but this is a case of the end result justifying the means so vital is this pipeline to the Alberta and Canadian economies.

What’s ironic is that by obstructing Trans Mountain so effectively, Horgan and other B.C. pipeline opponents will now be among its part-owners.”

Local editorials are the consensus opinion of the Journal’s editorial board, comprising Mark Iype, Dave Breakenridge, Sarah O’Donnell and Bill Mah.

 

Minor Sports at Risk; More Volunteers Needed

So. It’s a very sad day in Sangudo when we don’t actually have enough parents stepping up to the plate to volunteer for their kids sporting organizations.  It was the decision of the Sangudo Minor Sports, at their meeting on April 16th, to dissolve the hockey portion of the organization.  The softball part of the organization is yet to be determined.  A special meeting is being held on May 10th, 2018 at the former David Ovans School in Sangudo to make a decision regarding the future of kids softball in Sangudo as well.  If enough parents and members do not show up and step up then the board will proceed to make a motion to dissolve the entire Sangudo Minor Sports organization.  I had a meeting with three of the executive members to learn more about this decision and was informed that unfortunately this has been a long time coming.  At last year’s AGM much of the same occurred and in desperation a couple of parents stepped up to save the day.  Hockey Alberta attended that meeting last year and saw the difficulties at the time so that they would be aware of the possible direction and the difficult decision the board could be faced with this year.  The AGM was poorly attended even though it was advertised in the Freelancer, on the website, on Facebook and every member received an individual email.

I asked the board what they felt this would mean for our Sangudo Arena. They said that it will be up to the Ag Society to determine that.  Mayerthorpe will be the destination hockey club for many of our children and they already have a shortage of ice so it could mean that we will rent our ice to that club going forward.  The bigger cities, like Spruce Grove and Stony Plain also suffer from a shortage of available ice time. If made known and available to them perhaps they would consider renting here as well.  Our men’s teams including The Raiders and the fun hockey league we hope to see continue this next season.

I also asked the question “What about the funds that the Sangudo Minor Sports has? How will  they be dispersed?” “We are a ways from making that decision” the board told me.  “Still a lot to be determined in the next few months.”  They did tell me they would keep me apprised of any decisions going forward.  Watch the paper for updates.

April 2018 Editorial

Well here we are and it is already April! Where does time go? March came in like a lion and it felt like she went out like a lion as well. I am not sure, does that saying even apply any more with climate change?

So this month I have been thinking about what to write in my editorial. Sometimes I have to think pretty hard! But just when I am not sure what to write about, my phone rings!

 

Last month I did a short blurb on how a few of the businesses and buildings around town need a little TLC. One of my readers decided to call me out a little on that article. And bless her heart, I love when you, my readers, do that. She challenged that I was perhaps writing based on rumour and gossip…. nope, absolutely not the case. Please be assured, I will never write anything based on rumour or gossip. My sources were solid. The information in my article was confirmed again for me this past week by an additional source. I write the news as the news is reported to me. If necessary, I will research and ask the questions needed to verify the validity of a story. I was told that the owner of these buildings was in essence a hero to Sangudo a number of years back when Sangudo needed a hero. Well I was not here 10 years ago to see that heroism in action, however I will tell you…. and this is my point of view, he or she is no hero now. Businesses managed poorly and vacant buildings in disrepair do nothing to help this community. The outside world looks at us like we are a dying community. Those issues cost each and every one of us directly in the pocket book. It decreases the value of our real estate and it deters any new entrepreneur or businesses from wanting to set up shop in our little community. I do not care what this individual did 10+ years ago. In their mind they probably think their a hero as well… “I saved Sangudo.” If you are reading this Mr. or Mrs. Hero, then do us all a favour – either clean up your businesses, or sell your businesses and property and stop being a roadblock to a town that has a lot to offer. Right now you are only a hero in your own mind! But you could be a hero to us again if you were to take a little positive action.

As a side note to a comment from above. I want my readers to know that although the outside world may think Sangudo is a dying town, not everyone shares that sentiment. I prefer to think of our little hamlet as a place that is experiencing some change and a transition time. Let’s face it, it will never be the Sangudo of days past, with 3 equipment dealerships, and a creamery, grain elevators, and 3 grocery stores, etc. But I think that with our lower property taxes, lower real estate prices, a great school and the few amenities we do have, this place could become a great bedroom community to the city or a perfect place for those people that work from home. We have some great things happening. The move of the public library to up town is a great thing. The new Fitspiration exercise class club that opened last summer is a great thing and I am not afraid, obviously, to put my money where my mouth is. I am proving this with the acquisition of Connections. We all have to work together to make Sangudo great and we need to keep working to make sure it stays that way. I am willing to commit the time, and do the work… are you?