Mor­rin Com­mu­nity Cal­en­dar

The Drumheller Mail - - DRUMHELLERWORKS.COM - Darcy Gra­ham 403-772-3747

Hey, we are an­other week into spring and that much closer to sum­mer, yes! Windy and warm... Lord please bring some rain to soak the fields and clean up the dust of win­ter and help us get the ground ready for the new seed... thank you!

So big news is 4H is wrap­ping up with their year-end Achieve­ment Night Show at the Mor­rin Com­mu­nity Hall. This ex­cit­ing pre­sen­ta­tion is sched­uled for Wed­nes­day April 27 at 6:30 p.m. and ev­ery­one is wel­come. Also they have their fi­nal push on pick­ing up all your re­cy­cling. 4H mem­bers are will­ing to run around and get your stuff and spend a day sort­ing in an ef­fort to raise money for the club so give us a call if you want us to stop by, Melanie 772-0000 or me, Darcy 772-3747. And as the 4H year winds down I have to say, we have been very im­pressed with the 4H multi-club con­cept and how the or­ga­ni­za­tion has branched out into so many dif­fer­ent ar­eas to draw more kids out... rock-band, ca­nine, equine, pho­tog­ra­phy, small en­gines, sewing, cleavers etc. Each group has vol­un­teer in­struc­tors that give freely of their time and skill to men­tor our kids and we re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate you... thank you! The sewing class met for a few hours at the school on Satur­day to com­plete their sewing projects. My daugh­ter skipped home with a beau­ti­ful-fash­ion-fab­ric-per­fectly-tailored poo­dle skirt that she made with her skilled lit­tle hands un­der the watch­ful eye of Suzie and Diana... can’t thank you ladies enough!

And Chev­elles are com­ing to town again this Satur­day, April 16 as part of a big fundraiser for the Mor­rin AG So­ci­ety. The non-profit com­mu­nity group re­ally needs a boost to get to work on some much needed re­pairs to the arena struc­ture so come out if you can on Satur­day night. The fundrais­ing con­cert will be held at the won­der­ful new Bad­lands Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity in Drumheller.

And folks, I have to say...it is hard to keep up in this ev­er­chang­ing world. I am still re­ally strug­gling with this whole Bill 10 thing and the as­so­ci­ated govern­ment guide­lines as it has the po­ten­tial to rad­i­cally change a lot of things in our pub­lic schools. I wrote a few weeks ago about the Al­berta govern­ment or­der­ing all Al­berta schools to come up with new pol­icy to cre­ate a “safe learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment for all sex­ual ori­en­ta­tions, gen­der ex­pres­sions and gen­der iden­ti­ties” (LGBTQ, two spirit etc.) by March 31. Bob and I went to the Par­ent Coun­cil/School Board rep meet­ing for Mor­rin School on this as they al­lowed com­mu­nity feed­back be­fore for­mu­lat­ing pol­icy in our divi­sion. Our Deputy Su­per­in­ten­dent Steve Neilsen who at­tended the Mor­rin School Par­ent Coun­cil meet­ing that night on Tues­day, March 8 was kind but said our school divi­sion had been told to scrap years of re­search and plan­ning and take this ex­treme step... now. Anti-bul­ly­ing poli­cies were al­ready in place and now this new lan­guage has be­come school pol­icy across the prov­ince. Gen­der neu­tral is be­com­ing the new norm. The new best prac­tice guide­lines (sounds so gov­ern­menty) penned by the NDP govern­ment go so far as to say if my daugh­ter is un­com­fort­able with a boy com­ing into her bath­room, she is the one who has to leave and the par­ents... are not to be told??? Our Mor­rin School prin­ci­pal said this will not hap­pen at our school but the ide­ol­ogy is out there. Some­one asked me... “What if it was your daugh­ter who re­ally didn’t feel like she fit in with or iden­ti­fied as a girl?” My an­swer is... ei­ther way, leave things alone and let kids get through child­hood school years, which is hard enough with­out the added pres­sure from govern­ment in­ter­fer­ence and in­doc­tri­na­tion. If my daugh­ter went through this, we would talk about it at home. It is not the govern­ment’s job to re­de­fine gen­ders and iso­late kids from their par­ents... wrong on both counts. It both­ers me deeply to have our fam­ily free­doms be­ing taken away be­cause of po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness and re­lent­less pres­sure from mi­nori­ties.

A re­lated ar­ti­cle in the Toronto Star re­ported that the Univer­sity of Toronto was re­minded of why we have men’s wash­rooms and women’s wash­rooms as this new “pro­gres­sive pol­icy” is back­fir­ing. Two sep­a­rate in­ci­dents of ‘voyeurism’ (had to look that one up... al­most makes spy­ing on peo­ple sound like a no­ble thing) in Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber 2015 were re­ported to po­lice that men were tak­ing cell phone videos of women in the show­ers at the post sec­ondary school in On­tario. It is trou­bling that univer­sity stu­dents are be­ing tar­geted and threat­ened in this way. Has this overly tol­er­ant men­tal­ity now crept into our Al­berta schools? The pen­du­lum swings too far... I hope and pray that it starts swing­ing back as we speak up and stand up to preserve and pro­tect our be­liefs and val­ues. We are called to re­spect and pray for our lead­ers and we also have God-given in­stincts that may im­part wis­dom and di­rec­tion to them as well. An Ed­mund Burke quote goes like this... “The only thing nec­es­sary for the tri­umph of evil is for good men to do noth­ing”.

And that is all my news and heart­felt thoughts for to­day.

On a less se­ri­ous, more cel­e­bra­tory note for Al­ber­tans... con­grat­u­la­tions to Team Canada who won a gold medal for our country at the world curl­ing cham­pi­onships this past week­end in Basel, Switzer­land. The com­pe­ti­tion was pretty stiff through­out the week but Kevin Koe and com­pany made us proud and came through with a big win! Cheers!

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