That's Life - April 22, 2020

April 19-25, 2020 is National Volunteer Week in Canada.

At last, something that hasn’t been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s time to applaud our amazing volunteers. Don’t forget to give yourself a hand.

We want all of our readers to cut out and/or print out the clapping hands image, available on the back page of this newspaper and personalize and decorate your windows with them. I’m suggesting that you smother your windows with them. With all of that clapping it’ll be more like a standing ovation.

You know, volunteering is something we can all do for our communities. Former Three Hills Mayor Myrna Bauman once said, “Volunteers are what make this town tick.” Yes Myrna, I’m pulling that quote out of my memory files once again. If it didn’t mean so much to me I never would have repeated it so many times. And to think there is a National Week set aside every year that gives me cause to use those words over and over.

As Mayor of the Town of Three Hills I would like to thank our citizens for being so mindful of social distancing. As many of you know I am a daily walker. It gives me an opportunity to see who doesn’t comply with our winter sidewalk shoveling bylaws, who runs extension cords over sidewalks, who parks against oncoming traffic in front of their house and, oh, you’d be shocked at the data I collect as I walk around town.

Lately I have noticed groups of all ages, not complying with social distancing. This is not a good thing. The pandemic is not over. The threat of COVID-19 arriving in our communities is very real. We are home to a great number of senior citizens. We also are home to a large number of people who live with pre-existing conditions. If you and your friends think this pandemic is a joke you need to wake up and smarten up.

For those non-compliant types I would like to remind you that this town is continually encouraging residents to maintain social distancing requirements as mandated by the Province of Alberta. Anyone who feels that social distancing requirements are not being maintained can report violations on the Alberta Health website. From there they will assign it out to the RCMP or a Level One Peace Officer who will then decide on the fine.

This is serious business, take it that way.

Flags are now at half mast in memory of the victims of Canada’s largest mass murder in Nova Scotia, where, at press-time, the death toll had climbed to 23 people. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those whose lives were taken in this tragic event.

Be nice to each other. Help each other. There is a light at the end of this tunnel.

That’s Life