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The elephant in the intersection

You’ve heard of the ‘elephant in the room’ … euphemism for an uncomfortable topic that everyone’s aware of, but no one wants to address? Well, at last week’s Athabasca County council meeting, Fred Martin exposed the elephant in the intersection.

What's with all the snow?

Honestly, I thought that when I left Northern Ontario and headed west to Barrhead, I would see less snow than I was used to. Alas, that is not the case.

Money well spent

While some people may look at every expense the town runs up with concern for the taxpayer’s dime, there are some costs that cannot be avoided.

Taking a chance pays off at Boyle Employment Centre

It’s interesting to hear Jan Bridal, human resource coordinator for the Boyle Employment Centre, admit that she didn’t have high hopes when the facility first opened up last July.

Al-Pac plans for future by diversifying

Full credit goes to Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries (Al-Pac) for recognizing their need to diversify their business, and to the federal government for backing them up with last week’s $62.9 million investment.

Enjoy winter

It’s evident that this much snow in Alberta is indeed an oddity. That does not detract from the fact this area has been hard hit by winter over the past two months.

Excited for adventure

It all started about four years ago while I was at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ont. I was sitting with about 90 nervous students in a packed lecture hall when a short, silver-haired woman approached the podium.

What are they thinking?

Dear Editor, What is happening around Barrhead lately? What are our lawmakers thinking? In reading the paper, it seems they really want to hit our businesses hard.

Take it easy on the ice

It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game. So goes the age-old bit of wisdom that many parents and coaches have passed down to young players in an effort to promote good sportsmanship.

Make a resolution you can keep

Christmas has come and gone, and the New Year has been ushered in. It’s the time of the year when millions of people around the world resolve to make changes in their life for the better.