The Page – February 14, 2018

South Peace News is still looking for pics of folks enjoying themselves ice fishing. We want to post them on our website at southpeacenews.com, where there are already lots of photos.
Take a snap and email it in using the contact form at our Website, or bring it into the SPN office in downtown High Prairie.

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There’s still time to get your Valentine’s Day gifts. Socks. Gift certificates. Chocolates. A nice scarf. Flowers are always nice, as is a nice dinner at one of our local establishments.
Plus, check out the sweetie greetings online at our Website. Listings are free and will be up all week. You still have time to get yours in.

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Well, you can’t get more disgusted with weather forecasters and groundhogs than what is happening this week. Seriously!

weeks ago, on Groundhog Day, all of our local rodents without doubt did not see their shadows. So, the end of winter, according to tradition, was just around the corner.
Two weeks ago, the long range forecast by professionals across Canada was, Eastern Canada would be seeing cold, cold weather. But, as predicted by the furry crew, Western Canada would be entering a warm spell right about now. In fact, so warm, it was predicted by several of the paid, professional weather folks, there would not be a daytime below zero temperature at all!
And what do we get? -29C. -25C heading into this week!
One day maybe above zero. Then below zero all the way to March 3. Then back below zero until March 10 when winter finally breaks. Which, by the way, is almost six weeks after Groundhog Day, which would have been the result if the little varmints had seen their shadows.
Ridiculous!

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So, this column has no shame at all in predicting that right about the end of this week, we will be getting balmy, short-sleeve and short pants weather.
We get it every year right about now. We earned it. We deserve it. So there!

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It might be the middle of winter, but it’s never too early to raise money for summer projects.
So, it is the High Prairie and District Regional Recreation Board having an organization meeting to work on the hoped-to-be-built Splash Park in High Prairie and talk about fundraising plans.
Estimated cost is about $300,000 and that will, of course, depend on how fancy the park gets. There are facility grants and such to help with the cost.
The rec board says all money raised will be set aside in a capital reserve account “earmarked for this specific project”.
The organizing meeting is Sunday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. at the High Prairie Aquatic Centre.

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You have to have heard about the international, not to mention the domestic, ribbing our Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is taking over his “peoplekind” comment.
For those just coming in from some fantastic snowmobiling, it was a town hall meeting in Edmonton. A lady was speaking, and making a good point, when she said a sentence that ended with “all mankind”.
Trudeau interrupted her and said the word should be “peoplekind”.
To which a great number of the audience cheered and clapped. Quite a few didn’t.
Our two cents? Trudeau has already been ridiculed enough by international media so we don’t need to go there. But do any of the people who clapped and hooted feel bad?
Instant, silly, unthinking, fools with no minds of their own following the clappers. Or just as ridiculous as Trudeau for thinking “peoplekind” was a good idea. After all that, Trudeau spent all of last week telling people his comment was a “bad jok”.
How would you feel if you clapped and cheered somebody who said, “All people who shoot moose should be beaten half to death?”
And the next day, the speaker said, “Hey, it was just meant to be a joke. Sorry if it was a bad one.”
You can see how this could really get out of control. That is, if you stopped to do your own thinking, right?
Have a great week!

 

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