Dalum Dis­patch

The Drumheller Mail - - MAIL WORKS - Ger­ald Ras­mussen 403-823-2036

If there were any crops left stand­ing af­ter the three inch snow­fall of Septem­ber 22 the next dump of more than half a foot flat­tened the rest. Not­with­stand­ing Leonardo DiCaprio’s con­fu­sion over the dif­fer­ence be­tween cli­mate change and weather events, a strong chi­nook would do a world of good right now.

Plan­ning for the “Pump­kin Party” was the main topic of dis­cus­sion at a re­cent meet­ing of the Dalum Com­mu­nity Hall Board when Satur­day, Novem­ber 3, was cho­sen as the date for the pot luck sup­per and Hal­loween party to be held at the hall. As al­ways, guests may bring their fa­vorite dishes and it was sug­gested that desserts be of a pump­kin theme, whether they be pies or some other vari­a­tion, with anony­mous judg­ing to de­ter­mine the win­ner of a suit­able prize. The evening will in­clude pump­kin carv­ing, games, and, for those who wish to dress in cos­tume there will be ex­tra treats. Also noted at the Board meet­ing was the up­com­ing Casino date which is sched­uled for Fe­bru­ary 20 and 21 at Cen­tury Casino in Cal­gary. Vol­un­teers are al­ways needed to help with these events which pro­vide the ma­jor­ity of the funds which sus­tain our op­er­at­ing bud­get. Af­ter the suc­cess­ful “Grinch Tree” project which was held at the Dalum Com­mu­nity Hall prior to Christ­mas last year, Stephanie Hol­men is or­ga­niz­ing a sim­i­lar evening of fun this year. The event is sched­uled for Tues­day, Novem­ber 27, and those in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing may con­tact Stephanie at 403-823-9296.

With only six­teen Ti­tans dressed for their Satur­day game against Can­more, the stout six­teen stood strong against the vis­i­tors and came away with an­other vic­tory. While the of­fense some­times had trou­ble hold­ing on to the ball, a few fum­bles could be for­given as the de­fense con­trolled the Can­more at­tack. A game sav­ing in­ter­cep­tion by Raiden Ki­pling stopped a late drive by the Can­more squad and a strong run­ning per­for­mance by Con­ner Enns com­bined to sal­vage a 25 to 20 vic­tory for the home team. The Ti­tans next game will be in Olds, next Satur­day, with Taber vis­it­ing Drumheller on Oc­to­ber 20. League play­offs will be­gin af­ter the Taber game and the Ti­tans coaches are hope­ful their small but mighty crew will en­joy con­tin­ued suc­cess.

Birth­day greet­ings this week go out to some former and some cur­rent Dalum ladies with best wishes to Stina Nor­man, Joyce (n. Jensen) Teskey, Linda (n. Merkel) Chris­tensen, Vir­ginia (n. Vogstad) Redel, and Sarah Beth Ras­mussen.

With only hours re­main­ing be­fore the Trump im­posed dead­line for an agree­ment to be reached, the North Amer­i­can Free Trade Agree­ment (NAFTA), was re­worked to be­come the United States, Mex­ico and Canada (USMCA) agree­ment. Nat­u­rally Pres­i­dent Trump would in­sist that U.S. come first in nam­ing it but USMCA is not the only com­bi­na­tion of let­ters which could be used to de­scribe the agree­ment. USCAM ( You Scam) im­me­di­ately comes to mind and only time will tell how badly Canada is get­ting scammed. Through­out the ne­go­ti­a­tions Don­ald Trump re­peat­edly re­ferred to the high tar­iffs on dairy prod­ucts which are driven by our sup­ply man­age­ment sys­tem in or­der to in­flu­ence the Cana­dian bar­gain­ing po­si­tion and when the eleventh hour com­pro­mise was reached some con­ces­sions had been made and Justin Trudeau was on hand for a photo-op, eager for an op­por­tu­nity to take credit for what is yet to be proven as a good deal for Canada. The Cana­dian sup­ply man­age­ment sys­tem which ben­e­fits our dairy pro­duc­ers at the ex­pense of do­mes­tic con­sumers in terms of higher prices and fewer choic- es of im­ported prod­ucts such as cheese goes back to 1972 when it was in­tro­duced by the Pierre Trudeau gov­ern­ment. It is just an­other form of sub­sidy which ar­ti­fi­cially sup­ports that in­dus­try and has been a po­lit­i­cal tool used by both the Lib­er­als and the Con­ser­va­tives ever since. So, with some con­ces­sions made in re­gard to dairy, the milk pro­duc­ers in Que­bec feel their fu­ture is now in jeop­ardy while steel and alu­minum man­u­fac­tur­ers who con­tinue to be hit by Amer­ica tar­iffs feel they were left un­pro­tected in favour of the farm­ers. Mean­while, the Cana­dian auto in­dus­try which rep­re­sents a huge part of the On­tario econ­omy and an equally large num­ber of votes seems happy while Mex­i­can man­u­fac­tur­ers are forced to in­cur greater costs by agree­ing to an in­crease in labour costs. Hid­den in the depths of USMCA is a clause which at­tempts to block Canada from seek­ing a free trade agree­ment with China, a U.S. de­mand which is linked to their cur­rent trade dis­pute with that coun­try. With all three North Amer­i­can coun­tries work­ing to­ward a deal which ben­e­fits both their economies and their po­lit­i­cal fu­tures one might keep in mind the fol­low­ing quote from Os­car Ameringer, an Amer­i­can po­lit­i­cal com­men­ta­tor of the early twen­ti­eth cen­tury: “Pol­i­tics is the gen­tle art of get­ting votes from the poor and cam­paign funds from the rich, by promis­ing to pro­tect each from the other”. This re­cent episode of in­ter­na­tional deal mak­ing has demon­strated that pol­i­tics is not al­ways a gen­tle art and, in this case, what is not so ob­vi­ous is who is be­ing pro­tected from whom.

You may call Ger­ald Ras­mussen with your news items at 403823-2036 or e-mail to ger­mar70@ magtech.ca.

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