Morrin Community Calendar
Hey there! Happy hearts week! The annual Morrin Lions Valentine Breakfast is coming up this Sunday at the Community Hall... time to take your ‘sweetie out to eatie’ and donate to the worthy cause of the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
And to Morrin School students and staff...hope you all have a nice rest and enjoy a much deserved mid-month break from February 15-19, I know our family certainly will!
So, not too much to report today but I would like to make the comment that I do enjoy writing the Morrin news and I also really enjoy reading the paper each week. As I browse through the Mail this first Wednesday in February, have to say, I appreciated the Editor’s “read all about it” bit about the Oscars and the black and white minority thing that seems to be happening...my word. I echo the sentiment to just be good at what you do instead of complaining and protesting. It all works out somehow...God says, ”you reap what you sow.”
Also, kudos to reporter Patrick Kolafa on his front-page piece, “NDP Royalty Review keeps status quo.” Good writing, well done. For several years as an opposition leader, Rachel Notley claimed oil companies weren’t paying enough to the province on the money they were making... that their royalty rate was too low. Part of her election platform was to order another review. Once elected, she quickly hired a panel of analysts who in turn took 8 plus months to tell us that (in Patrick’s words), “Alberta’s royalties are comparable to other jurisdictions but the industry’s costs are substantially higher.” Really...so, this is good to know. After all this time we have learned that Alberta oil producers were in fact paying their fair share and compared to other jurisdictions, their costs were higher...perhaps because they spend so much on reclamation contracts. They are not good at bragging about it but they are held accountable environmentally to ensure they restore the land and oil-sands they brilliantly mine to extract the resources. At any rate, the Alberta Premier was forced to admit she was wrong and to her credit she did. I think we all breathed a sigh of relief that not too many changes were called for...just wish it hadn’t taken SO long. It has been an extended unstable time for many in the oil and gas industry awaiting the results. Alberta’s crippled economy, (especially in regard to the energy sector) might be faring better if this review had happened quicker or not at all. With all the talk on one hand about carbon emissions and so-called global warming and on the other, the thousands out of work in the oil-patch in our province...companies losing contracts, going elsewhere or under this past year...makes one wonder...why did it take so long? Small consolation to all those unemployed, but hopefully we will bounce back and not have to endure another review for a few years...hang in there Albertans.
And just wanted to give a shout-out to the Drumheller Mail on 105 years of service to our valley community and area...I didn’t know Ossie was that old...ha ha! Might have to bake a cake for my boss...cheers!