Dalum Dis­patch

The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ESTATE - Ger­ald and Maryann Ras­mussen 403-823-2036

A re­minder to the mem­bers of the Friend­ship Club who are not away en­joy­ing win­ter va­ca­tions, that the reg­u­lar meet­ing for Fe­bru­ary has been post­poned un­til March.

Birth­day greet­ings this week go out to two for­mer Dalum boys, Leonard Chris­tensen and Bob Turner as well as to Mar­i­lyn Nielsen (n. Ax­elsen) and her sis­ter, Dar­lene McIn­tyre. Dar­lene states that with this birth­day she will of­fi­cially be­come an old geezer; con­grat­u­la­tions and en­joy the ben­e­fits that come with it. The re­cent warm weather has many folks imag­in­ing that we are hav­ing an early spring but the ver­nal equinox is still thirty two days away and we all know that March can­not be trusted any­way. I did hear of one per­son who claimed to have heard Robins singing in Drumheller but the only pre­cur­sor I have seen is a pair of mo­tor­cy­cles and they only go into a par­tial hi­ber­na­tion, mak­ing ap­pear­ances through­out the win­ter when­ever a bit of warm sun­shine and a stretch of dry road can be found.

I had an in­ter­est­ing con­ver­sa­tion one evening last week which be­gan when the phone rang and I was asked to an­swer a few ques­tions for a sur­vey. My usual re­sponse to th­ese calls is a quick “not in­ter­ested” but this time I de­cided to give it a few min­utes and it turned out to be a Govern­ment of Al­berta study to de­ter­mine the im­por­tance of parks, recre­ation, cul­ture, leisure ac­tiv­i­ties and vol­un­teer­ing across our prov­ince. It amounted to more than a few ques­tions and took al­most a half hour to com­plete but the in­ter­viewer was pleas­ant and the ques­tions were rel­e­vant to the sub­ject. The caller had a very dis­tinc­tive French ac­cent so at the end of our con­ver­sa­tion I asked where she was lo­cated and she replied that she was based in Mon­treal. I was told that the com­pany con­duct­ing the sur­vey has of­fices in Al­berta as well as other provinces but I don’t know when or how that com­pany was se­lected and I don’t know why, at a time when jobs in Al­berta are dis­ap­pear­ing faster than a snow­bank dur­ing a Di Caprio chi­nook, the govern­ment could not man­age to have this Al­berta sur­vey con­ducted by Al­berta res­i­dents. On a re­lated topic I asked if she had an opin­ion re­gard­ing the En­ergy East pipe­line which Mayor Coderre of Mon­treal had so strongly con­demned but she was not aware of the dis­cus­sion and seemed not to know any­thing about the pro­posed pro­ject. This was not a sur­prise to me since I had re­cently seen sta­tis­tics from an­other sur­vey which in­di­cated that out­side of the political cir­cles in Que­bec, the pro­ject is not widely dis­cussed. I fol­lowed that ques­tion by ask­ing if she was aware that when she filled her car with gaso­line that the fuel was very likely pro­duced from im­ported oil which had been pro­cessed at the Irv­ing re­fin­ery in New Brunswick but nei­ther was she aware of that. So, there is a prob­lem to be solved. How can the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion which is not political or as­so­ci­ated with en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivism be ed­u­cated to the ben­e­fits of En­ergy East and, whether one sup­ports a slow or a rapid move to a re­duced de­pen­dence upon car­bon based en­ergy, be en­cour­aged to take a po­si­tion which leads to strength­en­ing the Cana­dian econ­omy by elim­i­nat­ing the need to im­port oil when we have enough of our own? The power of so­cial me­dia to in­flu­ence a seg­ment of the pop­u­la­tion which may not be reached by tra­di­tional news sources could be a use­ful tool em­ployed by the en­ergy pro­duc­ers and the en­ergy pro­duc­ing provinces to reach out to our east­ern part­ners in con­fed­er­a­tion with the hope that their level of aware­ness on the topic can be raised.

It seems that there is less to re­port dur­ing this “quiet” part of the win­ter but Maryann would be happy to re­ceive your calls with news about the peo­ple and ac­tiv­i­ties in our com­mu­nity so re­mem­ber, please call 403-823-2036 with your news items or, e-mail to ger­mar70@magtech.ca.

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