Staying close to home

While things are still busy on the political front, I wanted to write this week’s column about experiencing what East Central Alberta has to offer during a time when travel options are more limited than normal. There is a lot to do locally and it has been interesting to hear from a growing number of folks who, after having their summer travel plans canceled due to COVID-19, found some of the best experiences imaginable, only an hour or two from home.

In all corners of Battle River-Crowfo

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School health measures now include mandatory masks

As part of a number of new school safety measures to combat COVID-19, mask use for Grade 4 to 12 students, and all school staff, will be mandatory when school returns for the 2020-21 year.

While mandatory mask use is for students in Grades 4 to 12 and all staff, all students and staff in public, separate, Francophone, charter and independent schools will receive two reusable masks from Alberta’s government. More than 1.6 million masks will be distributed to 740,000 students and 90,000 sta

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Improving student learning in Alberta

A new vision to guide education will transform student learning, update curriculum and strengthen the K-12 system.

Alberta’s government is honouring its commitment to end the focus on so-called “discovery” or “inquiry” learning by repealing the 2013 ministerial order on student learning and replacing it with one that will give students a foundation of literacy and numeracy and a knowledge of the rich and diverse history of Alberta and Canada. The new ministerial or

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Kneehill County Lobbies Province against Oil and Gas Assessment Changes

On Tuesday, August 4, 2020, representatives from Kneehill County and Wheatland County met with Nathan Cooper, MLA for Olds/Didsbury/Three Hills, to lobby against the proposed changes to Oil and Gas Assessment announced by the Province of Alberta.

These assessment changes would reduce property taxes for some oil and gas companies, shifting the tax burden from industry to County residents, commercial properties and local businesses.

The four assessment scenarios proposed by the Province would res

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