Thursday, September 3, 2015

Crowsnest Pass feeling the economic downturn.

Bad news this week our Super Value (formally Extra Foods) is closing down. Back in July Loblaws had announced that they would be closing 52 stores over the next 12 months (see story below). We were hopeful that ours would survive.

Unfortunately I think the moment Wal-Mart opened in Pincher Creek a lot of people that used to shop here drive that extra 30 minutes down the highway to do their shopping.
I feel very bad for the people that worked there, they had some excellent employees I also feel bad for our community it's always good to have choices.

Now we join the ranks of our neighbors to the west Sparwood and Elkford that have had one grocery store for the last twenty years.  It's a story that's going to be repeated many times, in many other communities.

Just had a discussion this morning with somebody that tells me that half of Teck's employee's don't even live in this area any more. They commute from Lethbridge, Calgary, Cranbrook etc.

Loblaws closing 52 unprofitable stores over next 12 months

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Crowsnest Pass Fall Winter Guide and Ski Hill Pass sale.

Please check out the new Fall/Winter guide for the Crowsnest Pass, highlights all our various community groups, facilities, FCSS and Recreation programs etc .

Awesome deal on ski passes for the coming season.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

OFF-SITE LEVY in the Crowsnest Pass

Good news if you paid an off-site levy in the Crowsnest Pass during the period of 2001 to 2011 you may be eligible for a refund. Council recently passed a policy to refund this regressive, anti development form of taxation.

Check out the following:

If you feel you qualify or have questions contact the municipal office.

My opinion of an off-site levy is based on the fact that we has a community are not growing in the sense that the number of people utilizing our Infrastructure is not increasing. We are being forced to replace Infrastructure because it is old, antiquated and does not meet today's standards. Not because we have a population that is 20% higher than it was 20 years ago.
Communities that have tremendous growth impose off site levies because they are growing rapidly they have more people flushing the toilets, turning on the taps, driving on the roads.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Getting the answers you want! Alberta climate change

Remember the Prentice survey not too long ago, prior to his financial plan being released to the taxpayers. A blatant exercise in presenting the questions in such away to achieve the answers that fulfill your political objectives. (Would you be willing to pay more taxes? or shut schools, and throw seniors out on to the street, that kind of stuff)  

Well I didn't think Prentice could be out done until I got the email today on the new governments "climate leadership discussions".

Check it out for yourself, if you believe that Alberta should increase taxes to subsidize green energy, allow Ontario and Quebec to set energy policy for us through "cap and trade". This is the survey for you, I am sure that every environmental group in the province and beyond our borders are filling out the survey as we speak.

At the end of the day these survey's mean nothing if 100% of the responses said expand the "oilsands" "build more coal mines" and "do not" use our tax dollars to subsidize green energy (check out Ontario if you want to see how well that worked). What do you think the government would do?

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Annexation the answer? Why not?

I was recently asked why we had dropped the previous council's proposal to annex part of  the MD of Ranchlands.

I will comment more shortly but in the mean time I would draw your attention to the following links:

The first link provides numerous examples where annexation as been successful, if you click on the board order number it provides all the background on each annexation.

Please pay special attention to the following in particular Appendix "B" on Page 22:

Monday, June 1, 2015

Rum Runner Days, Summer event???????

Open Discussion/Meeting for Marquee Summer Event 2016

Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Elks Hall, 2025 129 Street, Blairmore

The Municipal Council of Crowsnest Pass would like to invite all interested User Groups and Non-Profit Organizations of the Municipality to a meeting to discuss the possibility of a marquee Summer Event in 2016.Interest in moving forward with this event will be determined at the meeting.
Thursday night you get to be part of the decision, you could be part of the event.
Got an idea drop by share it, put your name on the list.  

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Crowsnest Pass Service Plus program 2015

The big green bins will be at the following locations:

Coleman Sportsplex

June 11-13  9am-3pm

Blairmore Shop

June 15-17  12pm-6pm

Hillcrest Shop

June 18-20  9am-3pm

Toxic and E-waste Round-up

Coleman Sportsplex   June 13  9am-3pm