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When the going gets tough, the tough get praying….

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Amidst the turbulence of our present medical situation in the world, fear and panic is the easy way out.

We, in Alberta, are blessed with a Premier who has stood up for the common man.  He has never advocated tough measures nor walking lockstep with our Prime Minister and Dr. Tam.  Dr. Hinshaw has maintained a calm response in the face of public pressure.

People of all stripes have an opinion on the origins, prevention and cure for Covid 19.

We can talk about this until the end of 2020, but when the going gets tough, the tough get praying.  Petra, a popular Christian rock group, wrote a song called “Get on your knees and fight like a man.”

It is now time to fight like men and women who believe in God and His power to change the world.  The only way we, as human beings can change the world is to stand up the bullies, to those who would force their will on us when we do not and will never agree.

Our provincial leaders are now in that place.

Earlier tonight, November 22, I received a whats app message that stated the following:

A friend whos sister- in -law is a neighbor of Jason Kenny just texted me tonight – she said he is asking for prayer tonight and tomorrow. He is feeling intense pressure to bow to the feds to shut Alberta down.

They are also urging people to send him a quick email….telling them they’re praying for him and stand with him for no further lockdowns. Share with others

[email protected]

Now is the time to fight on our knees for OUR province and country.

We do not want a lockdown like Manitoba or Toronto.

There is NO blood running in the streets, patients are not waiting outside hospitals with covid/flu symptoms and nor are schools shut down with no teachers or students.  Stores till have staff and our economy is still alive, for now.

This is NO emergency.  But it could be if a lockdown is imposed.

PRAY like your life depends on it, because it does.

If the federal government defies the constitution and forces a lockdown, PRAY still that God will heal and protect as he has promised.

Part of a church? Organize a prayer night or get together with your friends.  This is the time to act.

If you do not believe in God…pray to your god, send good thoughts and an email supporting NO lockdown if you feel that is right.

There are no atheists in foxholes.  I believe that this is a crucial time in Alberta history.

Be part of the victory over Ottawa and help us protect democracy in our province.

 

Tim Lasiuta is a Red Deer writer, entrepreneur and communicator. He has interests in history and the future for our country.

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Are you an essential worker in the time of COVID?

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This is thought provoking article from 19 time Emmy Award winning journalist John Stossel.  You may be familiar with Stossel who spent decades with 20/20 and Good Morning America on ABC.

The Dallas Morning News called him “the most consistently thought- provoking TV reporter of our time.” The Orlando Sentinel said “he has the gift for entertaining while saying something profound.”

Stossel left television news to create Stossel TV.  He’s hoping short videos and the freedom of not working for a network will help him educate young people in a way not possible when he worked with television news shows.  John Stossel started a non-profit to educate youth about the free market.  About 10 million students a year discuss liberty and free markets through Stossel in the Classroom.

While his weekly videos are both entertaining and informative, this particular video will certainly appeal to a much wider audience during the days of restricted businesses and higher unemployment due to the COVID19 crisis.

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THERE’S A BETTER WAY

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There's a Better Way
Open Letter to Central Albertans
 
February 26, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Red Deer – Mountain View, AB
 
I spoke with an Alberta government official in mid-December 2020 re: the status of the proposed recovery community facility in Red Deer, as originally announced in mid-July 2020. I was informed that the project is bogged down in the bureaucratic process. The official hoped that there would be a public update prior to Christmas but this has yet to occur.
 
With that being said, I wanted to propose a project that I came across that may be beneficial for Red Deer and Central Alberta.
 
To my knowledge, the project originated in Albuquerque, New Mexico and is called “There’s a Better Way”. Please see this YouTube link for a short video on the project.
 

 
In a nutshell, the program aims at providing flexible work opportunities to those experiencing homelessness in order for them to earn some cash and be better connected with services. The ultimate goal of the program is to provide a base for which these individuals can move into permanent housing and full-time employment.
 
I truly feel that giving people the dignity of work makes an immense difference in their life. This is very evident in 2020-21 as many people have lost their jobs, their businesses and ultimately, their sense of purpose in life.
 
I have reached out to representatives from Safe Harbour, Turning Point and the Mustard Seed as I feel their involvement would be crucial. All three organizations expressed interest in pursuing a similar program for Red Deer. The major concerns they expressed in seeing this program get off the ground were twofold:
 
  1. Funding for staff to facilitate the project along with funding to employ individuals through the program.
  2. Partnership with the City of Red Deer to provide opportunities to complete manual labour tasks within the community. (cleaning up garbage, shovelling snow, etc.)
 
I reached out to the City of Red Deer (including the Mayor and all city councilors) along with Red Deer North and South MLAs on February 10, 2021 to discuss the merits of the program in light of the delays to the proposed recovery community facility. I have yet to receive a response.
 
For 2021, Red Deer City Council is recommending funding of $516,974 for Urban Encampment and Debris Cleanup on Public Lands. My initial thoughts were to see if the “There’s a Better Way” program could be funded through an allocation of some of the funds earmarked for the rough sleeper and drug debris cleanup. Additionally, the program could be funded through private sector donations to the previously noted organizations. Amounts donated to these organizations would qualify for a donation tax credit regardless of whether the funds were donated personally or via your corporation.
 
If you, your organization or anyone you know feel that there would be an opportunity for a program such as this to operate within Red Deer, I would love to discuss this further with you.
 
Thank you in advance for your consideration in this matter.
 
Sincerely,
 
Jared Pilon
Libertarian Party Candidate for Red Deer – Mountain View, AB
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