Dalum Dis­patch

The Drumheller Mail - - YEAR IN REVIEW 2016 - Ger­ald Ras­mussen 403-823-2036

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.

You may con­tinue to call Ger­ald Ras­mussen with your news items or, e-mail to ger­mar70@magtech.ca.

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