By Sheldon Spackman
Council for the Town of Blackfalds would like to see the name “Blackfalds” be part of a new Electoral Boundary name. This, after the Government announced this week that the Electoral Boundaries Commission is undertaking a review of the Province’s Electoral Constituencies. The last one took place in 2009/2010.
In a Provincial Government release, Honourable Justice Myra Bielby, Commission chair, says “Given that our population has grown by more than 20 per cent in the last eight years, a review is key to ensuring fair and effective representation for all Albertans,” Bielby adds, “Now is the time for Albertans to share their thoughts as to how constituency boundaries should change through oral or written submissions.”
Public hearings will be held in 15 locations throughout the province during January and February. One is slated for the Baymont Inn & Suites in Red Deer on January 20th. At their regular meeting this week, Blackfalds Town Council asked that administration register to make a presentation that day to the Electoral Boundary Commission. The presentation would be to request that “Blackfalds” be included in the electoral boundary name. That motion was carried unanimously. Another Electoral Boundary Hearing will take place in Olds on January 25th.
Any Albertan can take part in the process by providing a written submission by February 8th. Submissions and the identities of the authors will be made public. Officials say the Commission will ultimately make recommendations to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta as to the areas, boundaries and names of the existing electoral constituencies of the province. The Commission will consider public input, population figures and relative population density throughout the province, common community interests, existing municipal and natural boundaries and effective representation.
Other notes from the Blackfalds Town Council meeting this week include that Administration undertake a Request for Proposal process for LED lighting conversion of municipal facilities. Also, a request that Council support a recommendation from the Rec, Culture and Parks Board to undertake a Request for Proposal process for the development of the Bike Skills Park within All-Star Park.
John Stossel: Megyn Kelly On Media Bias
Megyn Kelly is well known for working at Fox News & NBC. Now she’s her own boss, and feels free to call out bias wherever she sees it.
Today, big media has an agenda. It’s not just, “give the news.” Fox News and a few others spin right. Almost everyone else spins left. That’s why I’m glad we have independent journalists like Megyn Kelly. We worked together at Fox, and then she went to NBC. She felt pressure from her bosses to stick to a certain agenda. Not pleasing the network got her fired from NBC. Now she has her own podcast, The Megyn Kelly Show. “I’m totally uncancellable,” she tells me. “That was my only mission in coming back into our business. I didn’t want a corporate overlord.”
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John Stossel created Stossel TV to explain liberty and free markets to young people. Prior to Stossel TV he hosted a show on Fox Business and co-anchored ABC’s primetime newsmagazine show, 20/20.
Stossel’s economic programs have been adapted into teaching kits by a non-profit organization, “Stossel in the Classroom.” High school teachers in American public schools now use the videos to help educate their students on economics and economic freedom. They are seen by more than 12 million students every year.
Stossel has received 19 Emmy Awards and has been honored five times for excellence in consumer reporting by the National Press Club. Other honors include the George Polk Award for Outstanding Local Reporting and the George Foster Peabody Award.
Severed pig’s head leads to investigation of possible hate crime
Parkland County, Alta. (from Parkland RCMP)
On Oct. 16, 2022, at approximately 10 a.m., Parkland RCMP received a report of a severed pig’s head that had been left on the rainbow Pride crosswalk painted at Graminia School in Parkland County.
The pig is believed to be a domesticated pig. Its head was severed with a bladed instrument. Its placement in the center of the crosswalk appears to have been intentional and designed to disturb students, staff and parents. Due to these circumstances, investigators are treating this incident as a possible hate crime targeted at the school, which has a Gay-Straight Alliance.
“An unsophisticated person might think this was a prank. An objective viewer would see it as highly intolerant and provocative,” says Staff Sergeant Ian Gillan of Parkland RCMP.
Parkland RCMP are seeking any information that may assist the investigation. In particular, police are seeking the following information:
- Any suspicious activity in the area between the evening of Oct. 15, 2022, to the late morning of Oct. 16, 2022
- Information pertaining to recently missing or mutilated pigs
- Butchers and meat packers who recently sold, or had a pig’s head stolen, are also asked to contact Parkland RCMP
The RCMP encourages all victims and witnesses to report any hate-motivated crime or incident to their local police of jurisdiction. Reporting hate-motivated incidents, no matter how minor they may seem, can help Police better target crime prevention efforts in the communities. It can also help identify trends and prevent a possible escalation towards violence.
If you can provide information regarding this incident, please contact the Parkland RCMP at 825-220-2000. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.
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