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Volume 21, Number 25, Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Fort man knifed while walking in park

The Lions Pool is about to open for another season, which brings to mind the value of local volunteer groups.

Not only this pool, but many other important public facilities were built by volunteer labour. Not long ago, volunteers build and maintained almost all of our facilities.

Things have changed. Sadly, many groups have disbanded. The Women’s Institute no longer looks after our cemetery and the Historical Society no longer runs the museum.

This is not just a matter of fewer volunteers. Statistics Canada and Volunteer Alberta say more people volunteer today than did a decade ago.

It seems the organizations themselves are in trouble, and I see several reasons for this. First is the lack of grant funding. Three decades ago the biggest grant available to Alberta community groups was $125,000 and could pay for a new arena. That same grant survives, but now can’t pay for a new playground.

New regulations make life especially difficult for community groups. It used to be you simply had to ask for barricades to get a road closed for a parade. Today the form is many pages long.

Insurance is the final problem. Not only must groups have their own insurance, they must sign it over to our local municipal government during every event. This saves Alberta towns and cities a few dollars but costs community groups much more. It is like a special tax on community groups.

The insurance decision was made by all Alberta municipal governments as a group, but remains a foolish savings. If it can’t be changed provincially, Fort Saskatchewan should get its own special extra insurance. It would be a big boost to local volunteer groups and a savings for the community.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

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Insurance still hurting volunteers

A man was attacked with a knife while walking through a local park this week.

RCMP say the victim was walking between Woodsmere Close and Woodcrest Lane in Westpark Thursday, June 16, at about 1 a.m. when he was approached by two young men, one of whom asked for a cigarette.

When the victim questioned the young man, he pulled out a knife and struck the victim in the arm. Both men then fled.

The victim was taken to hospital and with a minor wound. He was treated and released shortly thereafter.

RCMP are still looking for the two attackers. The first suspect is described as a skinny white man in his late teens. He is about five-foot, eight inches tall with dark hair, scruffy facial hair and a goatee. He wore a front-zip grey hoodie with black tribal designs on it and had skinny blue jeans and red and blue shoes make of a plastic-like material.

The other suspect was wearing blue denim jeans, a dark t-shirt and dark shoes with a windbreaker style jacket tied around his waist.

Anyone with information about the incident or the suspects is asked to call Fort Saskatchewan RCMP at 780-997-7900 or call Crime Stoppers.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016