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.
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