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“Economies of Scale” is a distant 2nd to “Political Control”

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“Economies of Scale” has been the go to response by politicians when they want to centralize operations. There is some validity to this response.

Wal-Mart is in a scale all it’s own, so big it controls the pricing of items around the world. The local mom-and-pop store cannot compete.

Pension funds are so large they monopolize the markets and small fund managers cannot compete.

Provinces quote; “Economies of Scale” when they centralize purchasing, education, health care and other services.

The E.U. benefited from large scales in business, health care and even immigration.

So in all intent and purposes there is some validity in “Economies of Scale”.

There have been many tales of businesses raiding their employees pension funds for expansion, to cover losses, to cover bonuses, or to keep the doors open.

The C.P.P. is a huge national pension fund, well managed with double digit returns which is often 3 times the returns of a smaller Alberta provincial pension fund.

Now we are hearing tales of Alberta Oil & Gas businesses needing or wanting to raid pension funds to cover losses, to cover bonuses or to keep the doors open. There is discussions in political circles of raiding the Alberta provincial employees pension funds to the tune of a billion dollars for oil and gas investments. These same political circles are looking at the C.P.P. or Alberta’s citizens portion of.

The C.P.P. enjoys “Economes of Scale” and in a large diverse market offers envious returns on investments. Unlike smaller, less diverse pension funds.

The Alberta politicians know this but they want control of the pensions to subsidize businesses for political reasons. Having control is much more important than “Economies of Scale” to a politician.

Control is most important to other levels of government, too. The city of Red Deer is looking at establishing a new police force other than the RCMP. They know it will cost more in taxes and they will have less access to more specialized services but the city will have more control.

Fiscal conservatism is much less important than having control.

Politicians of all levels will take our tax money to hire lawyers and fight for control of everything.

We only have one pocket to draw from to pay for all these services and court cases and political control issues.

What ever happened to the much lauded; “Economies of Scale”? Too many political kings wanting control of too many things, all putting their hands in our pocket, that’s what.

When the world is becoming more globalize-oriented it appears politicians are striving for isolationism to feed their need to control. All at our expense.

 

Political editor/writer and retired oilfield supervisor

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Sweet February Bake Sale for CA Humane Society

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Issue: 2023-2 February

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Visit CA Humane

We are here for you!

Tuesday – Saturday

10 am to 6 pm

Cat cuddling, Dog License renewal, Retail store and Bunny cuddles!

Dog viewing is by appointment only,

we do this to reduce the stress on the dogs.

View Available Animals for Adoption 
Cats
  • Altered Adult $125
  • Altered Kitten $175
  • Senior +8 yrs $60
Dogs
  • Altered Adult $375
  • Altered Puppy $475
  • Senior +8 yrs $250

Cat & Dog Adoption prices include:

  • Initial Vaccinations & De-Worming
  • Complete Health Examination
  • Any procedures required for the health and wellness of the animal.

(Dental, treatments etc.)

  • Microchip Implant (pet identification device)
  • Spay/neuter
  • Complimentary Vet Exam within 3 weeks of adoption
  • Initial de-worming
  • Some medications (if necessary)
  • Starter food kit provided

We feed our pets Hills Science Diet!

View Available Animals for Adoption 

Morti Dog of the Month February!

Just in time for Valentine’s Day Morti may be the love you are looking for!!

No more eating alone, he could keep you warm at night, and you could go on adventures together! He is just over 1 year old and is a Shepherd/Border Collie Cross and is extra handsome with 1 bright blue eye!  If you’re looking for an active buddy to take hiking or swimming and then come home to snuggle with on the couch, he may be your perfect match! Morti has lots of energy but he’s also just the sweetest boy! He would just love to meet you! If it sounds like he could be a good fit for your life, please call and book an appointment. Who knows, it could be love at first sight!

For the coming months, Energy Effects & One Smart Cookie K9 Services Inc. are offering a lucky adopter ONE COMPLEMENTARY session of K9 Training and ONE COMPLEMENTARY session of Jin Shin Jyjitsu ~ PLUS discounts on more sessions!! Their goal, as well as ours, is to help new fur families have all the tools to create successful live-long relationships.

If you are interested in meeting Morti, please contact us at

403-342-7722 ext 0

This program is a collaborative effort between Central Alberta Humane Society, Energy Effects & One Smart Cookie K9 Services Inc. to promote one adoptable dog each month.

Foster Families

If you’d like to make a big impact on homeless animals in Central Alberta, consider becoming a foster family.

The ability to provide a temporary home to a shelter

animal in need is an immensely rewarding experience!

We are looking for dog fosters that are interested in having weekend sleepovers with one of our shelter dogs. Specifically, homes with no other pets and children for our long-timers in our care.

Please send in your application to be a part of our Foster Team!

Telisha ~ Animal Care Assistant Manager & Foster Coordinator

403-342-7722 ext 212 E: [email protected]

FOSTER APPLICATION

Volunteer Opportunities!

Volunteers are an important part of the Central Alberta Humane Society. We need volunteers to assist with everyday operations.

Shelter Helpers – We are always in need more volunteers for shelter support. We have various roles that are always needed. Cat Cuddling, Kennel Care, Laundry and some administrative support. Training privided!

Bingo – CA Humane needs more volunteers for our monthly Bingos. The Central Alberta Humane Society is a charity and not-for-profit so it is important for us to do community events and fundraising to make the funds that will keep our shelter running throughout the year. Each bingo requires 4-8 volunteers and has various roles.

Dog Walking/Enrichment – Would you like to help our shelter dogs get out of their kennels, all while enjoying some canine bonding time and sharing some great exercise endorphins?  We need dog walkers to help our shelter kids get some much-needed outdoor enrichment time.

Amber ~ Volunteer Coordinator

403.342.7722 ext. 216 E: [email protected]

VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

Birthday Pawty!

CA Humane is the perfect place to host a birthday party!

2 hours of ‘Pawty’ fun!

$175 Includes

  • room set up and clean up
  • space for up to 15 children
  • lightly decorated room with your choice of tablecloth colour
  • children’s craft
  • mini tour/presentation of the CA Humane Society.
  • Animal visits
  • One hour for your food, cake, and presents.

Book your party now to be assured of your chosen date!!

Contact Lindsay for more information!

[email protected] 

Upcoming dates:

4-day camp February 21-24 (Tuesday-Friday)

Single days also available

CA Humane offers camps for children aged 6-10 on pd days and school breaks that coincide with both the Red Deer public school board and the Red Deer regional catholic school board!

Register early to ensure your spot!

Contact Lindsay for more information!

[email protected] 

Register for Camp

January Volunteer of the Month!

Nicole is the CA Humane Volunteer for the month of January!

Nicole is a cat cuddler volunteer and helps our CA Humane team by doing laundry and dishes. She loves animals, caring for them, and of course cat cuddling! She began volunteering to gain experience as she would like to work in the animal field someday. Nicole loves to help organizations that care for animals by doing anything she can do. In 2022 Nicole made 15 blankets for our animals in care! Nicole is a bright light to have around the shelter and is a huge help to our staff every time she is in. Thank you, Nicole, for your service within CA Humane and our community!

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Red Deer Mayor Shares Message on Mentoring

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In an effort to help Youth HQ and Big Brothers Big Sisters recruit more mentors for the kids on their waitlist, Red Deer Mayor Ken Johnston took a moment to record a video and speak on the matter:

There are currently over 70 kids in Red Deer on a waiting list, hoping for a mentor.

Anyone looking to become a mentor can visit the Youth HQ website, or reach out directly to Volunteer Resources Coordinator, Janessa McCormack via email at [email protected]

Big Brothers Big Sisters has been active for over 100 years. The organization came to the Red Deer & District region in 1976 and has been at work in this community ever since. Several programs and services are available to young persons and their families, including in-school mentoring.

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