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How Industry and the Environment came together to make something beautiful for Central Alberta

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  • As battle lines draw ever deeper between industry and environmentalists..  there’s a unique and world class example of how both can thrive side by side, right here in Central Alberta.

    40 years ago, Union Carbide.. a huge multinational company was looking for a new home in Central Alberta.  Union Carbide wanted to set up an ethylene glycol plant along the Red Deer River, right smack in the middle of some of the best agricultural land in the country.  It wouldn’t be easy finding farmers willing to sell their beloved land to an industrial giant.

    The last person many would expect to deal with the company was a slight and aging farmer, a bird lover named Charlie Ellis.   Actually, bird lover was an understatement.  In the years after their parents died, Charlie and his sister Winnie stayed on the Ellis farm and cultivated their passion for nature.  Charlie started innocently enough with a few birdhouses, and a strong urge to protect native birds… tree swallows, chickadees, purple martins, flickers, and especially Mountain Bluebirds.  The birds flocked in record numbers to Winnie’s orchards and flower gardens as well as Charlie’s growing number of birdhouses stretching acre after acre.  The birds became permanent residents of the land just like the Ellis’.  Now Charlie was growing older and his concern for the future of his birds was growing stronger.   When an agent of Union Carbide came for a visit.. to everyone’s surprise, Charlie proposed a deal.

    If the company was willing to take care of his birds, if they’d promise to keep up what Charlie had built up… well then Charlie would sell his land to the company.  The company agreed.. and that’s when things truly got complicated.

    The Red Deer River Naturalists caught wind of the deal and they rushed in to make sure the company was dealing honestly with Charlie Ellis and his sister Winnie.  The Naturalists were highly skeptical of industrial giants like Union Carbide.  This might have been a recipe for disastrous meetings which could have killed Charlie’s plan.  But someone proposed they bring in a young man from Red Deer who everyone agreed would treat both sides fairly.   Morris Flewwelling was approached to chair the meetings overseeing negotiations.  Here’s what happened.

    Sponsored by DOW Chemical Canada and Ellis Bird Farm, Todayville is proud to present a series of features on the history of Central Alberta’s incredible prairie oasis and nature preserve… The Ellis Bird Farm.  In this first part we hear from Morris Flewwelling.


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    The future is here! Mind-blowing driverless farm implements featured by Know Ideas Media

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    ***Thanks to Pattison Liquid Systems for sponsoring the video. Checkout liquidsystems.net to learn more about the CONNECT sprayer. Pattison also makes all kinds of other Ag gear, so if you’re in the market for liquid fertilizer application systems, liquid handling products, or spray management systems, Pattison has you covered. ***

    **To learn more about the DOT platform, visit seedotrun.com**

    *To support our video work visit patreon.com/knowideasmedia*

    A special thanks to Luke Silinski for being the reason I made this video. Your Lego creation is amazing, and it was a great reason to get into telling our audience about the DOT platform. As you’ll see in the video, DOT is changing the way we approach growing food, by automating some of the most labor intensive parts of farming. It’s also enticing kids to consider applying their love of technology to the Ag industry, and maybe end up following a career in Ag.

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    Update 3: “Second Arrest” Evansburg RCMP lay charges in animal cruelty investigation

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  • January 10, 2019

    Evansburg RCMP lay charges in animal cruelty investigation *update 3*

    Parkland County, Alberta – A male previously charged in an animal cruelty investigation has turned himself in and is facing new charges.

    Ross Andrew Atkinson (50) of Parkland County has been charged with 60 counts of permitting and/or causing unnecessary pain, suffering, or injury to animals contrary to section 446(1)(a) of the Criminal Code.

    Atkinson was released from custody after a bail hearing to appear in Evansburg Provincial Court on January 14, 2019.

    The public is reminded that the RCMP nor the SPCA is soliciting funds, feed, or supports of any kind. The animals involved are in appropriate care and necessary supports are in place.

     

    January 9 Evansburg RCMP lay charges in animal cruelty investigation *update 2: new charges*

    Parkland County, Alberta – A female previously charged in an animal cruelty investigation is now facing an additional 60 Criminal Code charges as a result of a continuing investigation by Evansburg RCMP.

    On January 8, 2019, a collaborative effort involving Evansburg RCMP, RCMP Livestock Investigations, Alberta SPCA, Brand Inspectors, Sangudo Veterinary Clinic, Parkland County, and Lac St. Anne County resulted in the removal of a total of 65 horses and 6 dogs from a rural property. The animals were alive but in varied states of health. The animals were taken to appropriate locations for care and medical treatment where required.

    Patricia Lynn Moore (48) of Parkland County has been charged with 60 counts of permitting and/or causing unnecessary pain, suffering, or injury to animals contrary to section 446(1)(a) of the Criminal Code.

    Moore remains in custody and is due to appear before a Justice by phone in Stony Plain Provincial Court this morning.

    RCMP would like to advise that they are not seeking donations and arrangements for the care of the animals has already been made. The public should be aware of any potential fraudsters seeking to benefit from this incident.

    January 7, 2019

    Evansburg RCMP lay charges in animal cruelty investigation *update second arrest*

    Parkland County, Alberta – A second person has been arrested and charged in relation to an animal cruelty investigation.

    Ross Andrew Atkinson (50) of Parkland County has been charged with three counts of permitting and/or causing unnecessary pain, suffering, or injury to animals contrary to section 446(1)(a) of the Criminal Code.

    Atkinson was released from custody after a bail hearing to appear in Evansburg Provincial Court on January 14, 2019.

    As this matter is now before the courts no further information will be provided.

    Parkland County, Alberta – An adult female is facing charges after Evansburg RCMP launched an investigation surrounding allegations of mistreatment of horses on a rural property.

    RCMP began a criminal investigation after receiving reports of starving horses on a property. On January 4, 2019, an adult female resident of the property was arrested without incident.

    Patricia Lynn Moore (48) of Parkland County has been charged with three counts of permitting and/or causing unnecessary pain, suffering, or injury to animals contrary to section 446(1)(a) of the Criminal Code.

    Moore was released from custody after a bail hearing to appear in Evansburg Provincial Court on January 14, 2019.

    As this matter is now before the courts no further information will be provided


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