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Spheres of Influence – Government


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Spheres of Influence-Government
Canada is a free country.
As such, our system of governance can be categorized into four broad levels of government or “spheres of influence”.
Self: Personal freedom allows you to decide what to eat, how to dress, what level of education you want to complete, what career you want to pursue, where to live, among other decisions.
Family: This freedom affords you the right to determine the structure of your family, how to raise your children, the ability to make healthcare decisions that impact the family unit and others.
Church: Freedom of religion in Canada is protected by the Canadian Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms. This applies to all religions, and to those who choose atheism. Religious organizations have the freedom to support their members and should not be restricted unless they infringe on other rights.
Civil: This sphere of influence is different than the others. Civil government, within a free nation, receives power through appointment. Civil government is to act within the best interests of those they represent. The spheres of “self”, “family” and “church” should prosper through good leadership demonstrated by those elected to civil government. As civil government has the authority to tax and legislate, it needs to be reminiscent of where its power originates and mindful of the impacts it has on the other spheres.
Each group has authority to act within its sphere. When one group acts beyond its sphere of influence, it is incumbent on the other groups to push back. This is the premise of a democratic nation.
In 2020, civil government has been afforded significant influence outside of its sphere. With this extended power, civil government has restricted individual movements, limited family gatherings and shuttered churches.
Expanded influence was initially granted in March 2020 on the premise that civil government was acting in society’s best interest and with the “greater good” in mind. Ten months later, the world has gained significant information relating to COVID-19. With the knowledge gained, why are the spheres of “self”, “family” and “church” still restricted?
  1. Why has civil government not relinquished its temporary boost in power?
  2. Why is civil government looking to further expand this power now?
  3. What is the impact of short-term spending on the long-term health of the economy?
  4. Why are we valuing lives lost today over lives lost in the future?
  5. Why are those willing to work not allowed to do so?
  6. How will our great-great-great grandchildren repay the debt of 2020?
  7. Why are some businesses deemed “non-essential”?
  8. What is the long-term impact of lockdowns on the most vulnerable?
  9. Why are we not allowed to make decisions in line with our own risk tolerance?
  10. Why do the goalposts keep moving?
In a democratic nation, you are afforded the freedom to make decisions that align with your values. Are you being afforded this freedom?
Fear does not stop death. It stops life. (Vi Keeland) And worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles. It takes away today’s peace.

I have recently made the decision to seek nomination as a candidate in the federal electoral district of Red Deer - Mountain View. As a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), I directly see the negative impacts of government policy on business owners and most notably, their families. This has never been more evident than in 2020. Through a common sense focus and a passion for bringing people together on common ground, I will work to help bring prosperity to the riding of Red Deer – Mountain View and Canada. I am hoping to be able to share my election campaign with your viewers/readers. Feel free to touch base with me at the email listed below or at Thanks.

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‘Trojan Horse:’ Alberta to argue in court federal assessment law unconstitutional

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Alberta is in court fighting against Ottawa’s law on environmental assessment.

Arguments in Alberta’s Court of Appeal are expected to last all week.

The Alberta government calls the Impact Assessment Act, or Bill C-69, a “Trojan Horse” that attempts to invade provincial powers by a back door.

The bill allows the federal government to consider the impacts of new resource projects on issues such as climate change.

Alberta claims the bill uses those concerns to greatly expand the range of federal oversight into areas of provincial jurisdiction.

The province is being supported in its case by the governments of Saskatchewan and Ontario.

A wide array of environmental and legal groups are intervening in Ottawa’s support.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 22, 2021.

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First Nation applauds new initiative protecting boreal forest in the Kitaskino Nuwenene Wildland Park

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February 11, 2021

Fort Chipewyan-AB-Mikisew Cree First Nation applauds a major expansion in protecting the boreal forest area in the Kitaskino Nuwenene Wildland Park initiative.

The announcement to expand the protected area by nearly 150,00 hectares means more of the area south of Wood Buffalo National Park will be protected along with the headwaters, which flow into the Delta area. This marks a key step in a collaborative effort between Mikisew Cree First Nation, Government of Alberta, Government of Canada, energy, mineral and forestry companies.

Today’s announcement is about protecting the land and celebrating partnerships between First Nations, government and industry,” said Mikisew Chief, Peter Powder. “We wouldn’t be on the doorstep of this significant expansion without cooperation. We hope this means we can move forward with the western expansion of the Kitaskino-Nuwenene Wildland Park as part of Mikisew’s stewardship vision for our lands, waters and iconic species such as woodland caribou and wood bison.”

After engaging with the community, it was clear leaders and land users wanted to protect this area for future generations. The overall goal of the Kitaskino Nuwenene Wildland Park ​is for Mikisew Cree First Nation and other Indigenous groups to play a key role in safeguarding the area and the traditional resources within it. The expansion has received a strong endorsement from the Athabasca Chipewyan Cree First Nation, Fort Chipewyan Metis, Fort McKay First Nation, Fort McKay Métis, and Fort McMurray Métis. Kitaskino-Nuwenene translated means, “Our Land” in Cree and Dene.

Moving this forward is another step in implementing the Nikechinahonan Framework, which is the vision of the Mikisew to ensure our cultural survival. We look forward to building on this momentum by working to protect more habitat of the Ronald Lake Bison Herd and by continuing our efforts to save the Peace Athabasca Delta‘ said Melody Lepine, Mikisew Cree First Nation director.

Kitaskino Nuwenene Wildland Park is located along the southern border of Wood Buffalo National Park in northern Alberta. Phase 1 was established in 2019. This project was undertaken with the financial support of Environment and Climate Change Canada through Canada’s Nature Fund.

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