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Calkins … Currently (for January)


In 2017, we will be celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday.  There are plenty of events happening all over Canada and in Central Alberta.  If you have any event and you would like it published here in Calkins…Currently or on any of my social media outlets, please contact me by replying to this email and I will be sure to help spread the word.  I am looking forward to visiting as many events as I am able as we celebrate all year long.

Carbon Tax = A Tax on Everything!

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Prime Minister Trudeau and his government will be imposing a national carbon pricing scheme on all jurisdictions across Canada by 2018, despite having promised to work collaboratively with provinces and territories. In fact, while the PM announced his plan in the House of Commons, provincial and territorial environment ministers were blindsided during a simultaneous meeting held in Montreal.

Under the Conservative Government, we fought hard to keep money in the pockets of hardworking Canadian families – this Liberal scheme will cost Canadians more than 11 cents per litre when they fill their vehicles and the carbon tax will cost the average Canadian family $2500 a year.

My colleague, Shannon Stubbs, Member of Parliament for Lakeland and Official Opposition Deputy Critic for Natural Resources is sponsoring petition e-585 that was initiated by Bernard Hancock, an oil and gas worker from Vancouver, BC currently employed on a rig near Grande Prairie, who has struggled to find work during the downturn.  It is crucial that we stand up to the Trudeau government and show united opposition against this tax that will make life more expensive for all Canadians.

If you agree that Prime Minister Trudeau is wrong to unilaterally impose this job-killing, cash-grabbing tax, please sign this petition and please take the time to share and promote this petition.

 Canada Summer Jobs – Employers

The 2017 Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) application period for employers is from December 7, 2016 to January 20, 2017.

Canada Summer Jobs is a Government of Canada initiative. It provides funding for not-for-profit organizations, public sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees to create summer jobs for students between the ages of 15 and 30.

The application form as well as the applicant guide are currently available at You can submit your application online, by mail or in person at any Service Canada Centre.

We encourage you to submit your 2017 application online. By doing so, you will benefit from a fast, easy-to-use, and secure way of applying as you will:

  • have access to the Canada Summer Jobs application 24/7, from any location, allowing you to complete it at your convenience;
  • ensure your application is received immediately by Service Canada;
  • receive an instant acknowledgement confirming that your application has been received; and,
  • avoid postal delays.

There are two systems available to enable you to apply online:

  1. Grants and Contributions Online Services (GCOS): If you already have a GCOS account, please use this online platform to submit an online application; or
  2. CSJ online application form.

 Are You Ready for Canada’s 150th Birthday?!

What are you doing for Canada 150 in your classroom or in your group?

Experiences Canada 150&Me is a federally-funded Signature Canada 150 Initiative offering an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young Canadians to join in a national conversation about the future they want for their country.

Canada 150&Me starts by inviting youth ages 14-19 to answer the simple question, “What is the greatest challenge or opportunity facing Canada for your generation?”   They can reply online using whatever creative media they choose – video, music, written word, or visual art.  It’s an ideal way to integrate Canada’s 150th celebrations into any classroom.   Deadline for submissions is February 1, 2017.

If you are between the ages of 14 – 19, you could be selected as one of the first group of 150 youth offered the chance to travel and experience a week of amazing cultural and educational activities, joined by like-minded youth from across Canada, at one of four Regional Experiences Canada150& Me Forums in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Montreal or Halifax.  Each regional event will be themed on one of the broader topics the youth themselves have identified as the most important with the intention of inspiring them to convert a passionate interest into a life-long commitment to community engagement.

The second leadership group of 150 youth will be chosen to travel to Ottawa, to represent their community, share their ideas with government and business leaders, and throughout the rest of the week, take on key volunteer roles in the Canada 150 celebrations.  This will be a Canada Day to remember!

For more information on this exciting program, go to

Compassion Project – A Better World Canada

The head offices of A Better World Canada are located in Lacombe, Alberta, but for more than 25 Years, Eric Rajah and his volunteers have been making a difference around the world.  In recognition of Canada’s 150th Birthday, Eric and a Better World have launched the Community Compassion Project which encourages people to show compassion and make a different right here at home.    A Better World Canada offers a variety of ways people can show they care and encourages all participants to submit their acts of kindness through their website, emailing, or by phoning 403-782-0325.  If you use social media, you can follow along with the hashtag #compassion12.

Family Literacy Day – a Nationwide Reading Contest

Family Literacy Day is on January 27, 2017.  Families are encouraged to report reading for 15 minutes as part of Family Literacy Day.  Last year several communities participated in a contest to see which communities read the most on a per-capita basis.  Last year the community of Donalda won the competition, but from what I understand the riding of Red Deer – Lacombe has several communities participating in this event.  For more information on Family Literacy Day, visit the website by clicking here and if you are wondering if your community is participating the in the Read for 15 Challenge, contact your local library.

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Forum for Young Canadians

Would you like to contribute to the future of your community and your country? Are you interested in decision-making and politics? Forum for Young Canadians offers a fun and exciting opportunity to meet other engaged students. Take part in an incredible week behind the scenes of the world of federal politics on Parliament Hill. For nine months, Forum will support you in your effort to make a difference. You will learn to communicate, collaborate and transform your ideas into meaningful community action. Find below some of the exciting activities that take place during the sessions. On top of all these meetings and discussions, you’ll also have the opportunity to get to know your fellow participants through social events.  If this sounds like something for you, click here for more information and to apply. 

Action for Happiness

Action for Happiness, Blackfalds, encourages members to create more happiness in their community while promoting sharing, helping out others and getting to know others friends and neighbours in the community.  Members are Blackfalds’ children ages 2 and up.  For more information on the Action of Happiness program, check them out on Facebook!

Crimewatch Meeting – Lacombe

  • Ponoka Secondary Campus Remembrance Day – Ponoka
  • Remembrance Day Service – Ponoka
  • Remembrance Day Cenotaph Service – Sylvan Lake
  • AgriTrade Meet n Greet – Red Deer
  • Alberta Jobs Taskforce Roundtable
  • Town of Bentley Santa Claus Breakfast
  • Village of Alix Parade of Lights
  • Town of Blackfalds Christmas Party
  • Sylvan Lake Chamber of Commerce Jingle Mingle
  • Red Deer – Lacombe Constituency Christmas Open House
  • Hope Mission Christmas Open House

Constituency Job Connection

If you are an employer looking to hire, let us know!  I will publish 3 positions for jobs in the constituency – Calkins…Currently will be published on the 15th of every month.  Submit your employment opportunities by clicking here.

Red Deer  –  Trail Appliances in Red Deer is looking for a Journeyman Lineman.  If you are interested in more details on this position, click here.      

Lacombe –  Boston Pizza in Lacombe is looking for a cook.  Click here for more details.   

Eckville – The Eckville Family Restaurant is looking for a manager.  If you have experience and want more details on this position, click here.

We would appreciate it if you tell others about receiving Calkins…Currently.  We have added a link on so that others can join the mailing list.  Thank you!



Drive in Christianity!  Coming soon to a church near you!



On March 20 more than 60 vehicles gathered on the corner of 39th Street and 30th Avenue at 10:15 a.m. for a unique experience.

It was not a family comedy, nor an adventure film that brought folks out, but rather the bold proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ by Pastor Ben Elliot of Deer Park Church (formerly the Deer Park Alliance Church) via FM transmission (88.5 FM) for those in the parking lot and nearby neighbourhood.

Four rows of cars filled the lot with anywhere from 1 to 4 people per vehicle for an hour.

“This week I had the privilege of being home and was invited to be part of a province wide conference call with Premier Kenney and Minister Dr. Deena Hinshaw,” said Elliott during his sermon on Sunday.  “I was nervous when I suggested what we were planning for our service and we got the thumbs up from everyone.  He also asked us as faith leaders to pray for government and ministry leaders to make good decisions in this difficult time.”

He added that the church was going to ensure that the maximum number of 15 people was observed with only 4 volunteer parking attendants, 3 musicians and 1 pastor.

More than 60 vehicles attended a drive in church service

“I know it is tempting to get out of your car and chat with your friend but please don’t, be like our youth and chat with them across a window,” said Elliott who is also head of the Red Deer Ministerial Association.  “We want to honor the restrictions while honouring God by gathering together.”

Elliott spoke on cabin fever, an experience citizens across Canada are well familiar with.

“Robert Service wrote about cabin fever in a poem called Pious Pete and we are well familiar with the phenomena,” he said.  “Even King David, in 1 Sam 25 was not immune to the effects of continual exposure to the same people, except he lived in a cave!”

Pastor Ben Elliott reflected on a believers role in this crisis

He noted that the good news is, that even while he was not in the public, David sought God and was corrected by God!  He concluded his message by challenging us to honor God by being agents of peace and his salvation in our families.

Meanwhile, this particular drive-in was one of many services throughout the city and one of many formats.

Churches like Crossroads have live streamed their services for some time to service their growing congregation and others have moved to youtube presentations for viewing anytime.

Unity Baptist Church in north Red Deer has gone to Zoom for their services.

“This morning there was 40 people who logged into the sermon,” said Kent Lindsay, a

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Unity Baptist congregant.  “It was a great interactive way to experience a service without being there.”

Meanwhile, prayer groups like the Red Deer Catholic Mens Group have moved to Whatapp for communication and alerting members to Zoom sessions with other believers for rosary prayers and other intercessions.

“There are many ways for believers to meet and encourage each other during this time,” said pastor Andrew Rilling of Deer Park Church.  “From live streams to youtube personal phone calls, to our drive in format, Gods people need to encourage each other.  His word is always working and He meets us in our needs.  As a believer and a pastor I am encouraged and know that God is always working among us.”


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Keep an eye out for the kids!



This message is for all teachers and all adults in Alberta.  This is an unprecedented time when children in our province are asked to stay home.  That means they won’t be “seeing” their support systems in their schools and their community.  Please pay attention when you do see the children you encounter.  Some may need help.  Please keep your eyes open for vulnerable youth.

Message from Minister of Education Adriana LaGrange and Minister of Children’s Services Rebecca Schulz

“We are humbly asking for your help as we look to continue to protect those that need our help the most”

Thank you Minister of Education Adriana LaGrange and Minister of Children’s Services Rebecca Schulz for articulating the importance of watching out for our little ones, our vulnerable ones, during this time of crisis.

It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes a community to keep them safe.

If you suspect abuse or are in need of help, please reach out.

▪️Child Abuse Hotline (Local 24 Hrs): 1-800-638-0715
▪️Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868
▪️Children’s Services: 403-340-5400
▪️RCMP Complaint Line: 403-343-5575

#RedDeerStrong – Adjusting to isolation? Now’s the time for new habits. Studio Pilates will help make fitness part of your new routine.

Alberta imposes more measures to deal with pandemic, says landlords can’t evict

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