Mor­rin Com­mu­nity Cal­en­dar

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Darcy Gra­ham 403-772-3747

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 hap­pen­ 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.” Re­, 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 prov­­pa­nies 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!

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