Thursday, April 26, 2018

The Flood of 2018!

It's been quite a week in Beiseker!  Village council declared a local state of emergency when flood waters started filling basements and crossing roads!  I was most impressed with Public Works this week.  That tiny force of less than a half dozen started battling flood waters last Sunday and they never let up until they won!  If you meet Public Works Foreman Dave, give him a hearty "well done!"  He and his crew deserve that!

I was also very impressed with the Emergency Management Team made up of many different agencies and departments who set up in Council Chambers on Tuesday and ran the whole operation under the leadership of Mike Richter!  Mike; you and your team were awesome!  Throughout the crisis our CAO and her staff, the mayor and councilors were very much in the loop helping out everywhere and maintaining a high profile!

We had our own crisis brewing at the Beiseker Airport!  Several hangars, and our meeting house were flooding and some aircraft were in danger!  The quick actions by volunteers who pumped water for countless hours saved the day!  At one point Rocky View County sent out a huge pump which moved a ton of water and gave us chance to get ahead of the situation!

Overall it was an incredible operation and one which saved our village!  Thank you all for your efforts.

Bad news:  Several homes ended up with flooded basements!  At one point overland floodwaters compromised our sanitary sewer and several basements were flooded with sewage!  All is well again now but these folks will need help to get their lives back to normal!  If you are one of those misfortunate residents please register with the village office as soon as you can!  If you know of someone who has been affected by the flooding please check with them to make sure they're ok and that they've registered.  Red Cross clean-up kits are available from the Beiseker Fire Department and the Village Office. 

Now is the time for us to help our neighbors!

Well done everyone!

p.s.  As you know, I'm retired from village council;  I stayed out of way, and watched.  I was curious to see how this council would react to this serious crisis.  They and our Village staff were incredible!  I was very proud of them all!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Ridiculous!

I have heard that Dr. David Suzuki told a large gathering of Calgary teachers at their convention last week that "Alberta's oil must stay in the ground!"

What is the matter with this guy? 

What was even more alarming was that very, very few teachers walked out on him and many gave him a standing ovation!

What's the matter with those Albertans?

Sunday, February 4, 2018

NDP vs. NDP!

Alberta's NDP Premier Rachel Notley is going head-to-head with British Columbia's new NDP Premier John Horgan over the building of a new pipeline from here to the coast! 

After very extensive research and study, the pipeline has been approved by the federal government and was accepted by the outgoing B.C. premier!

This ridiculous impasse has brought up some very thought provoking questions!
  • Can one Canadian province hold another for ransom over access to markets?
  • Can a province (in this case B.C,) simply thumb their nose at our federal constitution?
  • Can a newly elected provincial government simply cancel agreements made in good faith by its predecessor?
  • Can a very small group of radical environmental types derail a plan which has been accepted by both federal and provincial governments?
  • Can two provinces in this kind of dispute simply be allowed to slug it out with each other without federal intervention?
If the answers to these questions are "Yes", we're in big trouble!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Coffee With Council a Huge Success

Photo from Arcadia Cafe, via Facebook
Last Saturday morning, our Village Council instituted "Coffee with the Councillors"!  We were able to get together in the Arcadia Cafe and discuss issues affecting the village over a cup of coffee. 

I thought it was a huge success!  There were some barbs and some kudos thrown about but overall it was an excellent informal gathering!

Something I said might have been taken as a criticism of council but I did not intend it in that way.  I mention that the Village of Beiseker is owed almost a quarter of a million dollars in unpaid back property taxes!  That's a lot of money to a small village like ours! 

I certainly did not mean that information as a criticism of our council.  It's not their fault!

Think of how your life might be affected if your employer told you one day that he was going to withhold up to 20% of your wages and pay you sometime in the future; maybe three years in the future!  How would that affect your planning and your budgeting?  That's exactly what this village faces every year when dozens of folks here don't pay their taxes on time!

Think about it!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Natural Selection

I have heard that there are some young people (mostly young men) who are trying to eat those laundry detergent pods while photographing themselves doing so!  There are plenty of warnings printed on the box telling us these things are very dangerous and poisonous!  Yet these folks are still trying to eat them!  They can cause serious injury and even death if ingested!  Why?

My only explanation comes from a book written by Charles Darwin called the On the Origin of Species.  It's colloquially called "natural selection"!  Read the book.  I think it fits that criteria perfectly!