That's Life - November 17, 2021

A STATE OF PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY was declared by THE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA back in September of this year. The Fourth Wave of COVID-19 has been brutal.

Along with the Public Health Emergency comes mandatory Mask/Requirements. First, Let's review the meaning of the word “mandatory”. It means required by a law or rule. You know, like wearing seatbelts in a vehicle or a helmet on a motorcycle. If you don’t comply , you get a ticket because it’s the law.

Masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces, work places, and places of worship including eligible businesses that implement the restriction Exemption program. I’ve often heard that, “there is no law that says you have to wear a mask. Well, that’s where you are wrong. As long as there is a state of Public Health Emergency in the Province of Alberta, wearing a mask is mandatory unless you are unable to do so due to an approved medical condition. This will require a medical exception letter from an authorized medical professional such as a nurse practitioner, physician or psychologist. Their letter mabe presented when in a public setting if requested by enforcement officials, or retrospectively in court if a ticket is issued.

It has been noted that an ever increasing number of individuals are not complying with the mandatory mask order in many places of business. Due to that, please be warned that police officers will begin clamping down on offenders with violation tickets.

So whether you are picking up your mail, buying your weekly groceries or grabbing something at a convenience store, it’s mandatory that you wear a mask. It’s the Law.

On another topic let’s focus on kids, kids that are from less fortunate families.

This Christmas the Three Hills RCMP, Victim Services, The Bargain Shop and The Capital have partnered for their first-ever Children's Toy Drive.

On Saturday, December 11 you are urged to bring unwrapped gifts, for kids newborn to 17 years, to the Bargain shop, in Three Hills, from Noon to 5pm. Unwrapped toys can also be dropped off at the Three Hills RCMP Detachment anytime between now and Saturday, December 11th. Members of the Three Hills RCMP and Victim Services will greet you in the Bargain Ship Parking Lot with an RCMP Truck. They are excited to accept your unwrapped toys and they will also have a donation box for your cash or cheque donation. Let’s fill that truck multiple times. The toys collected will be distributed with the Three Hills Food Bank Christmas Hampers on December 18th.

Every child needs to open a new toy at Christmas. Join us in making that Christmas wish come true.

Kick off your Christmas shopping this Friday and Saturday at the Three Hills Christmas Market. Head to the Bethel Evangelical Missionary Church Friday, November 19 from 4pm to 9pm and Saturday, Nov 20 from 10am till 4pm, for a great selection of homemade baking, gifts, decorations and so much more. Enjoy live music while you shop. Don’t forget to wear your mask and remember that social distancing will be in effect. If you have and questions, call 403-443-1685. That’s Life.