Smoky Lake honoured to be included in Métis Crossing groundbreaking ceremonies
“Piquette thanked Elder Crerar for the beautiful blessing to open the ceremony and, speaking from the heart, pointed out that we had all gathered on this land, under this tent for a reason.
We were not there because we answered an incite or to report on the event.
We were there because, ‘This is where the Métis culture began, and it contintues to be an improtant place of traditional culture and commerce.’
Piquette continued by saying Métis Crossing is an important time and place in Albertan and Canadian history, and will be now always be a gathering place to education, celebrate, and continue making history.”
On March 10th I had the pleasure of presenting a Community Facility Enhancement grant for $21, 552 to the St. Elias Orthodox Church Society in Pakan. I was touched when the congregation sung “Many Years”, a traditional Ukrainian celebratory song for me. I could not have felt more welcome. Afterwards, I was honoured to attend the 40 day Memorial Dinner for John Edward Chinery. Mr. Chinery had in fact worked on the CFEP grant application with his wife Sylvia so it was wonderful to be able to present it on his memorial day. Thank you to the Chinery family, Archimandrite Gerasim, and to the St Elias Orthodox Church Society for your hospitality and kindness. Thanks also to Ron Rosychuk for the great photos. Mnohaya lita!
Colin Piquette, MLA for Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater, was also present at the Sept. 19 Chamber meeting, taking questions and giving an update on the upcoming session .Piquette started out with a light-hearted jest, saying that the re-entry into the Legislature was a birthday present to him as it fell on his birthday – Oct. 30. He doesn’t anticipate anything too controversial coming up, as the budget will be released next spring. One of the items to be discussed is a private member’s bill regarding insurance and registration.
He mentioned that too many people don’t have insurance and it is dangerous for everyone on the roads.
Piquette went on to talk about the economy and how it is growing well, positioned to come out of the recession on track for growth and currently has the fastest growing economy in the country based on a recently released report.
He also talked about the roads and repairs that have been done recently, which was a topic that some of the members in attendance had questions and comments about.
Pat Palechuk, Smoky Lake Town councillor, mentioned that the work recently completed on Highway 855 was very well done and that the contractor was amazing. Highway 28 near Warspite has also had some upgrades done, and Waskatenau’s roundabout to slow down people at the intersection of Highway 831 and 28 has made it on to the provincial government‘s “sunshine list” – or the un-funded list.
Piquette mentioned that it may be able to be pushed onto the funded list with some work. He is also still advocating for H.A. Kostash to be replaced, as the school has numerous upgrades that need to