Our Future As Predicted By History: COVID-19 And The Spanish Flu

Emergency Hospital during influenza epidemic, Camp Funston, Kansas in 1918. Photo Credit: National Museum of Health and Medicine Individuals worldwide are constantly being subjected to coverage of COVID-19 and what it means to economies, businesses, schools, and our own personal lives. As Alberta goes through phase one of reopening and plans a second and third phase of their relaunching strategy, what can we expect our future to look like? According to Alberta.ca, phase three (timing to be determined) of relaunch will entail “opening all workplaces and relaxing public gathering restrictions”. However, our global history predicts a different future. The Spanish Flu (or influenza) pandemic, al

Bill C-7: Law Amendments Regarding Medical Assistance In Dying

Bill C-7, which first reached Parliament February 24, is an amendment to some clauses in Bill C-14. Bill C-14 is a law that decriminalized medical assistance in dying (MAID) that was passed in June 2016. Bill C-14 allows MAID to be administered exclusively to patients with incurable conditions and reasonably foreseeable natural deaths. According to Canada.ca, individuals who request MAID must review all means of relieving their ailments before giving informed consent. They must include a written request witnessed and signed by two witnesses, confirmation of eligibility by two independent practitioners, permission for withdrawal of the request at any time, complete a 10 day reflection period

Webbs's Machinery Grow Business

Webb’s Machinery assumed ownership of Tri-Ag Implements in Wainwright, Consort, and St. Paul on March 16. According to Webb’s Machinery president, Scott Webb, the opportunity came about after they were approached by the owner of Tri-Ag in January. After expressing interest, they completed inventory, assessments, etc. throughout February and March. “This was an ideal opportunity because their locations surrounded our current location in Vermilion, making it a good strategic move to purchase the businesses. It was an opportunity that we felt we needed to take advantage of,” said Scott Webb. He was pleased that most of the transition had taken place prior to COVID-19, and said they weren’t

Upcoming Booster Juice

Cornerstone Co-op is thrilled to be offering a new Booster Juice location in their Vermilion Gas Bar as of May 30. With the finishing touches coming together, the staff are looking forward to having new options available in the community. Supervisor, Mackenzie McIntyre said, “We are pretty excited to be getting close to opening, and are looking forward to serving the community.” She went on to say that they will serve smoothies, juices, and wraps as part of a healthy alternative and quick service option in the area. #BoosterJuice #CornerstoneCoop #UpcomingBusiness

Seeding Begins For The Ice Plant

The Vermilion Curling Club’s Grow The Ice Plant Fund Committee began seeding the land previously donated by the Ferbey family on May 14. The 100 acre donation was followed by several other community donations including Syngenta for the seed, Webb’s Machinery for the seeding equipment, and Co-op and UFA for the fuel. The first pass of chemical was donated by Bayer and FMC, and was applied by Agland. Richardson Pioneer donated the fertilizer at the time of seeding. “We are thankful to have a lot of sponsors. We are excited about this project and everyone seems really on board and has given us a really positive response. Hopefully we get some rain and it grows,” said committee member, Andrew

Mannville's Anti-Aircraft Gun

For over 50 years, a World War II anti-aircraft gun has acted as a memorial and landmark anchor to Main Street, Mannville. According to area resident, Jim Storch, the (1942) American 90-mm M1A2 anti-aircraft gun (Serial No. 3465) arrived in 1967 by way of delivery from Jack Cochford, Howard Stevenson, and Pat Cotter. He noted that all three men were service men who had previously made arrangements with the Military to pick up the unit from CFB Shilo, Manitoba. To make the journey possible, they used Mac MacLeod’s B184 four ton International truck. “They had taken the sides off of the truck to make it like a flat deck, but when they loaded it not realizing just how extremely heavy it was, t

G3 Terminal Beginning Construction

G3 began construction of their grain terminal in the County of Vermilion River, just outside Vermilion at the end of March. According to Brett Malkoske, Vice President of Business Development and Communications. the most noticeable stage in construction will be seen when the concrete is poured for the silos later this year. He said with public health protocols in place to protect against COVID-19, that work is continuing and the facility is scheduled to open in 2021. “G3 Vermilion is located in a large and productive grain growing region and we look forward to serving farmers over a wide area. G3 Vermilion is being built with the same high-efficiency features as our other new facilities in

Town Of Vermilion 2020 Budget

At the May 05, 2020 meeting Council approved the final 2020 budget. The budgeted expenditures for operations are $14,217,341 with capital acquisitions planned at $1.6 million. In response to the COVID19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic and the severe challenges faced by residents and businesses in our community, Council challenged administration to forego the 1.9% tax increase proposed in the preliminary budget of December 17, 2019 minimizing the impact to service levels with a zero tax increase. The budget as approved aims to do just that. Key projects during 2020 include road work on 57 Street, north of College Drive; 47 Avenue from Hwy 41 to 50 Street; and 50 Avenue from Hwy 41 to 51 Street. Also i

Rotary Flag Project

The Vermilion Rotary Club has begun their 4th Annual Flag Project. Kicking off the season, previous flag subscribers will receive a flag from May 8 - 10 to thank them for their support last year and help celebrate Mother’s Day weekend. “The primary reason we are running this project is because we want to spread some cheer around town. People want normalcy, and we are happy to be able to still offer the program,” said project chair, Erwin Warkentin. To ensure everyone’s safety, Rotarians will take extra precautions by creating smaller teams and using more vehicles to deliver. Deliveries can only be made within town limits and to immediate surrounding areas. The Flag Project allows the Ro

Kathy‘s Greenhouse – Now Open

Kathy’s Greenhouse opened for the season on April 27, and will be open seven days per week until the end of June. Owner, Jason Andersen, has been looking after things for the past 10 years when he took it over from his mom (Kathy), and the greenhouse has been in business for the past 35 years. They offer a large variety of bedding plants, vegetable transplants, and a gift store. They will soon have seeds and seed potatoes available and offer custom pot planting; trees, shrubs, and perennials. They feature some pieces locally finished by Strippin & Flippin Furniture in Kitscoty. This fall, Kathy’s Greenhouse will still be offering strawberries and pickling cucumbers. New this year will be

Lawns Gardens Landscapes

Lawns Gardens Landscapes in Vermilion is open for the season, and celebrated 30 years of business on May 1! According to Jim Williams, they were established in the spring of 1990 when they entered into business offering supplies, services and landscape design, installation and consulting along with their garden center. “At that time, with two young boys, Bonnie operated the shop down in the airport subdivision. The following year we moved to what is now the Boston Pizza area that at the time was property of Vermilion Manufacturing & Machine Ltd. At that point we also began to have a few lawn equipment rentals and moved into higher end Lawn specific fertilizers and expanding with a larger s

Canadian Forces Snowbirds Launch Cross-Canada Tour

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds will cross the country to salute Canadians doing their part to fight the spread of COVID-19. This unique mission is being aptly dubbed Operation INSPIRATION. “We’ve been asked to do what we do best… inspire Canadians. Through Operation INSPIRATION, we not only want to salute the front-line health care workers, first responders, and essential workers, but also all Canadians doing their part to stop the spread of COVID-19. We want Canadians to know we’re in this with you,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Mike French, Commanding Officer of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds. The team’s signature nine-jet formation, with trailing white smoke, will fly over cities across the c

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