Craigmyle Car­di­nal

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Craigmyle hosts a fine pan­cake break­fast the first Sun­day of each month and our neigh­bour to the west, Delia, serves up their great break­fast on the se­cond Sun­day of each month. A num­ber of Craigmyle lo­cals were found en­joy­ing the Delia break­fast this past Sun­day. You might want to mark your cal­en­dar for the two up­com­ing break­fasts: Craigmyle on March 5 and Delia on March 12. How much bet­ter can it get than to have a home cooked break­fast two Sun­days in a row?

Com­ing up quickly is the next Craigmyle His­toric So­ci­ety meet­ing on Fe­bru­ary 23 at 1:00 pm in the church base­ment. All are in­vited to come out to this meet­ing.

Best wishes go out to Ma­bel Bur­rows who, at the time of this writ­ing, is a pa­tient in the Drumheller Hos­pi­tal. I am con­fi­dent that by the time this ar­ti­cle hits the “street”, Ma­bel will be back work­ing hard for the His­toric So­ci­ety.

It is with sad­ness that I re­port the re­cent pass­ing of Noreen (Met­zger) Hill who was a long-time mem­ber of the Craigmyle com­mu­nity. Noreen, a reg­is­tered nurse, was the “go-to” re­source dur­ing the 1960’s, 1970’s and early 1980’s. Lo­cals with ques­tions about health is­sues of­ten checked them out with Noreen be­fore de­cid­ing if it was nec­es­sary to see a doc­tor. She un­doubt­edly saved the med­i­cal sys­tem sub­stan­tial money with no fi­nan­cial gain to her­self. Noreen was an ac­tive vol­un­teer in com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions and events and a val­ued and faith­ful friend to many. A cel­e­bra­tion of life ser­vice was held in the Craigmyle Church this past Satur­day. De­spite the sad oc­ca­sion it was great to see Car­men and Dale and their fam­i­lies back in the com­mu­nity.

The Delia Li­brary con­tin­ues to be a busy place. For in­for­ma­tion about the fol­low­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and pro­grams, con­tact the li­brary at 364-3777. Jazzer­cise and yoga classes on­go­ing on a reg­u­lar ba­sis Leapfrog and Tadpole pre-school story time: Fe­bru­ary 7 and 28 Mom’s Morn­ing Out: Fe­bru­ary 14 Baby Play: Fe­bru­ary 3, 10 and 17 Preschool Li­brary Visit: Fe­bru­ary 15 at 1:00 pm

Birth­day greet­ings go out to Ni­c­hole Clay­holt on Fe­bru­ary 17 and Ma­bel Bur­rows on Fe­bru­ary 22. Happy An­niver­sary to Larry and Linda Nor­lie on Fe­bru­ary 17; Tim and Carol Len­festy on Fe­bru­ary 21 and Don and Con­nie West on Fe­bru­ary 22. Have a great day!

Last month, the gov­ern­ment qui­etly ‘pulled a fast one’ on tax­pay­ers. Claim­ing to con­sult with Al­ber­tans for the up­com­ing bud­get, the Not­ley Ad­min­is­tra­tion used the pub­lic purse to fund in­vite-only cam­paign-style meet­ings with friends of the gov­ern­ment. This par­ti­san use of pub­lic funds clearly does not pass the smell test.

As a mem­ber of our Of­fi­cial Op­po­si­tion, a key part of my role within our Par­lia­men­tary Democ­racy is hold­ing the gov­ern­ment to ac­count. Fur­ther­more, one of the core prin­ci­ples of our con­ser­va­tive move­ment is fight­ing for open and trans­par­ent gov­ern­ment. So, of course, I take is­sue with gov­ern­ment’s sham bud­get con­sul­ta­tions.

In ad­di­tion, our Of­fi­cial Op­po­si­tion be­lieves that sim­ply chal­leng­ing the gov­ern­ment on such is­sues is not enough. We can’t just talk the talk, we must also walk the walk. We must go the ex­tra mile to truly lis­ten to Al­ber­tans. There cer­tainly is plenty to talk about. 2017 will be a trans­for­ma­tive year for gov­er­nance in our prov­ince. A car­bon tax op­posed by the ma­jor­ity of Al­ber­tans has been im­posed, a tax that un­fairly pe­nal­izes ru­ral re­gions.

The up­com­ing bud­get will have real and last­ing im­pli­ca­tions for our econ­omy. What is the fu­ture of ru­ral health­care? Will gov­ern­ment de­fend or de­stroy parental choice in ed­u­ca­tion? Will our youth be able to find jobs at home, or even in Al­berta?

In the midst of all of this, we know that all con­ser­va­tive-lean­ing folks will face some soulsearch­ing de­ci­sions in the weeks and months to come. What is the best path for­ward?

Over the past two years our Of­fi­cial Op­po­si­tion has sought not only to op­pose the gov­ern­ment, but to pro­vide al­ter­na­tives. I am more than happy to an­swer your ques­tions about our poli­cies. How­ever, I firmly be­lieve this is not a time for push­ing spe­cific pro­pos­als. This is a time for lis­ten­ing.

Our Of­fi­cial Op­po­si­tion wants to hear from you, from all of you, on the fu­ture of our re­gions and our prov­ince. Over the next month our MLAs are host­ing a se­ries of town hall meet­ings to lis­ten your ideas, your thoughts, and your con­cerns. I will per­son­ally be hold­ing seven of these events across Olds-Dids­bury-Three Hills. These events are open to ev­ery­one. Here is a list: Feb. 15 7-9 p.m. Cross­field Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, 900 Moun­tain Ave Feb. 16 7-9 p.m. Ir­ri­cana KIK Cen­tre, 519 1st Ave. Feb. 21 7-9 p.m. Olds Ever­green Cen­tre, 5237 52 St. Feb. 22 7-9 p.m. Acme Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, 139 Al­li­son St. Feb. 23 7-9 p.m. Dids­bury Five-0 Club, 2500 15th Ave Feb. 28 7-9 p.m. Carstairs Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, 1100 Lack­ner Way

If you are not able to at­tend, I also en­cour­age you to stop by of­fice, give me a call, write me a let­ter, or drop me an email. In such tur­bu­lent times, it is more im­por­tant than ever for elected of­fi­cials to take the time to reach out to all Al­ber­tans. This is a time for lis­ten­ing, and that’s why I’m here.

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