That's Life - March 15, 2017

This week’s Agriculture Outlook 2017 provides a reflection of the Agriculture Industry surrounding our Regional Communities. It shows the strength and importance that agriculture plays in our economic growth and sustainability. Without agriculture, our communities would never have been established. And without the farmers and ranchers, we would not have the many businesses, professional services, schools, medical care and prosperity that makes our region what it is today.
Please take time to read Agriculture Outlook 2017, inserted in this week’s issue of The Capital. Enjoy a special look at 4-H, in Kneehill County, as this tremendous organization celebrates its 100th Anniversary in Canada.
Now, here’s a few words on Daylight Saving Time. According to a Province of Alberta Culture and Tourism website, the Minister of Culture and Tourism, Ricardo Miranda, is committed to grow the industry and maximize the opportunities tourism creates in every region of the province. It goes on to say that tourism will be a $10.3 billion industry by 2020.
Well, my friends, it won’t hit that mark if we trim daylight hours from all or any of our province-wide tourist attractions. I have heard about NDP MLA Thomas Dang’s survey that says Albertans overwhelming agree on the abolishment of Daylight Saving Time. So far, the consultation process on NDP concerns seems to be restricted to NDP supporters. I know I didn’t get a call. Did you?
I have yet to hear anyone’s position on Daylight Saving from the Tourism industry and the only comment I’ve heard from the farming industry is “cattle can’t tell time, they’re going to eat anyway.” We’ve been falling back and springing ahead for 50 years and we’ve lived through it so far. I can’t imagine why any government would want to force a decision on Albertans, in the present economic climate, that will clearly cause further financial difficulty to already struggling Alberta businesses.
Excuse me, I guess that ship has sailed, time and time again. So enjoy your well-lit evenings in 2017, you might have to use a flashlight on the back nine next year. Let’s hope not.
While many will be busy celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, on March 17, the Three Hills Prairie Christian Academy will be in the middle of hosting the 2017 2A Girl’s Provincial Basketball Championships. Opening ceremonies take place Thursday, March 16 at 9:15 am in the Three Hills Prairie Christian Academy Gymnasium. Spectators will be required to pay a daily admission. Basketball action begins Thursday, March 16, at 11 am.
Other major events coming up include the St. Mary’s Foundation Jeans and Jewels Gala, in Trochu, on Saturday, March 25.
Don’t miss the Hockey Alberta Peewee D Provincials in Three Hills and Trochu, March 23 to 26.
Cheer on our Prairie College students as they attempt to bring a Guinness World Record to Three Hills by playing Futsal (indoor soccer) for 50 hours. Tickets are on sale now for the Three Hills Historical Society’s Spring Dinner, on April 1, and get your tickets now for the 38th Annual Three Hills Curling Club Cash Dance on Saturday, April 8. Check inside this issue for more details and even more events taking place throughout Kneehill County.
That’s Life.