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Just missed in last week’s rush to print was a reminder from the Rotary Club of Slave Lake that its ‘Rotary Duck Drop’ fundraiser kicked off recently. This is the one that replaced the long-time ‘duck derby’ in the river. Insteadm, all the numbered yellow duckies are dropped from a helicopter, onto the driving range at Gilwood. Every number corresponds to a $10 ticket held by somebody. Several of those somebodies (three, if we remember correctly) will win money when their ducks land closer to the centre of the target than the other 997 (roughly) ducks.
The money raised by the Rotary Club is donated back to the community. The club also supports some of Rotary’s international projects, such as the eradication of polio.
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Warning: rant coming…..
This’ll sound cranky and probably trivial, but some people should take a step back from themselves and listen to how they talk. Your Page 9 correspondent was at a workshop last week, at which the bright and apparently well-educated facilitator was using the word ‘like’ as a crutch. He could not complete a sentence without using (actually mis-using) it at least once and usually several times, as in ‘you know like,’ or ‘sort of like.’ ‘Like’ to start a sentence, ‘like’ to end a sentence and ‘like’ in the middle, just in case. It got ridiculous pretty fast and hard to take the guy seriously. A tally taken during the last two or three minutes of his presentation recorded 59 unnecessary ‘likes.’ At that rate it must have been said several hundred times overall. Talk about cluttering your presentation with useless shite. People who care about how they come across should give a bit of thought to sounding at least half as intelligent as they apparently must be.
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Moving right along, we hear from a concerned citizen about creek-bank erosion making things unsafe in spots in town after last month’s high water. No doubt the town is thinking about it and talking about it too. Maybe that’s one of the topics at all those meetings council has been having outside of the regular ones……
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Peace River-Westlock Member of Parliament Arnold Viersen has been pestering federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Jane Philpott about financial transparency (or the lack of it) on the Bigstone Cree Nation. His main point of contact on the matter appears to be Bigstone member Travis A. Gladue, who works as an accountant in Edmonton. Gladue has been pushing every button he can think of over the past while, trying to get fuller disclosure of financial info from the BCN. Last week he posted online a recording of Viersen grilling the minister on the topic in a committee meeting. Viersen’s main tactic, it appeared, was to paint the government as hypocritical for not enforcing the Financial Transparency Act, and if they won’t, for not repealing it. It was annoying political game-playing (and Philpott was clearly annoyed by it). But of course she was doing her own game-playing, refusing to admit to any failing and trying to make her government look better by comparing it to the past government’s failure to accomplish much on the same file.
The net result? Maybe it will do some good to bring attention to the lack of financial transparency. Gladue certainly seems determined to push this thing as far as he can. Good luck to him. As for Bigstone, “There’s s*it disturbers in every nation,” says Chief Gordon Auger.
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Apparently the purging of the Barton garage continues, because Dennis brought in yet another historical document last week. This time it’s a program from the ‘Twenty-Ninth Annual Kinuso Sports and Carnival’ from the July 1 weekend in 1940.
The line-up of games is pretty impressive. Stuff you wouldn’t see nowadays, but it was probably all kinds of fun. Baseball, of course, and horseshoes, and a parade. Then there was ‘Indians only Pugeecee Game.’ (‘????’, says Google) a bicycle relay race, a ‘Fat Men’s Race’ and a ‘Fat Ladies’ Race,’ (with the apostrophes in the right place!), a ‘Husband Calling Contest,’ and something called ‘MOOCHIGAN ON THE GROUNDS,’ (must have been important to rate all those capital letters).
And how about this one? ‘Tug-O-War. Indians and Scotch vs. Whites.’ Can somebody explain how that was decided? Were there a lot of non-white Scotch around?
‘Come and stay a week,’ says the program.
‘Good Camp Ground.’
Some of the ads are amusing: ‘We try to satisfy,’ says one from Walker’s General Store. Another ad by the same firm says ‘satisfaction guaranteed.’
‘We don’t have to advertise,’ says one from Schurter’s Garage in Slave Lake. ‘But we know it pays.’
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