Blue Spring School in 1952, is marking her 89th birthday this week. She married Carl Miller and they farmed in Dalum and Craigmyle before relocating to her home province of Nova Scotia in 1967. Myrtle recently had a hip replacement and while she is recovering in hospital in Amherst, Nova Scotia, it has been suggested by family members that she would appreciate hearing from Dalum folks. So, if you would like to send a birthday greeting or get well wishes they may be sent to her at Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, 19428 Hwy 2, Amherst, Nova Scotia, B4H 1N6.
The Greenpeace sponsored helicopter tour of the oil sands by Jane Fonda last week raised the ire of many Albertans and it did get some national coverage but in the media world of “quickly heard and quickly forgotten”, I wonder what long term impact her comments have on public opinion. Her dramatic statement that “It’s big, it’s like someone peeled the skin off my body ….” was often repeated in news broadcasts and her swipe at Justin Trudeau by saying “I guess the lesson is we shouldn’t be fooled by good looking liberals” could as easily be directed at her. She is correct in stating “When you’re famous you can help amplify the voices of people that can’t neces- sarily get the press” and it is unfortunate when celebrity status such as her own is manipulated to present such biased information. I wonder what she thinks when she flies over a large city? It is the cities which are the destination for much of the energy; that is where the majority of the end users reside. But there is no reclamation planned for those devastated areas which, to a country dweller, appear to be sprawling, festering, scabs upon the landscape. Of course, the reality is that rural population is declining while the urban is growing and with that growth comes other environmental issues. While Fonda’s comments last week were focussed on a perceived need to halt all production of fos- sil fuels, in the past there has been a great outcry regarding the specific problem of waterfowl coming to a tragic end in the tailing ponds which are part of the Fort McMurray landscape. The oil companies invest a considerable amount of money and effort into preventing birds from setting down in those ponds and Syncrude was fined three million dollars when 1600 birds died in a widely publicized 2008 event. Associated Press recently reported that at the New York City area’s three major airports nearly 70,000 gulls, starling, geese and other birds have been slaughtered, mostly by shooting and trapping, since the well reported 2009 accident where a goose and an aircraft collided with Captain Sullenberger becoming famous for successfully putting down in the Hudson River. It will be interesting to see if Miss Fonda takes a position on such a massive loss of wildlife and whether, perhaps, airports should be banned.
In regard to changing population in Alberta, there will be a public hearing at the Jurassic Inn in Drumheller on Tuesday, January 24, from 1 until 3 pm where information pertaining to the current constituency boundaries review will be presented. Submissions to the commission may be presented on-line or by mail until February 8, 2017.
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