The original Dr. Phil | DrumhellerMail
02112016Thu
Last updateWed, 10 Feb 2016 11am

Latest News

Gerling

Gerlings volunteer at Kenyan School

A pair of Drumheller teachers are planning to lend their skills to help students in Kenya, volunteering at an orphanage and school. Irv and Corrine Gerling are heading to the Our Lady of Grace Children’s Home and the Our Lady of Grace Academy in Marimba to… Read More
Silcox peering at teeth photo by Ken Jones small

Double feature at Royal Tyrrell Museum Speaker Series to focus on the Earth’s earliest animals and the evolution of primates

This week’s Royal Tyrrell Museum Speaker Series hosts two sessions. The first presentation, held on Thursday, February 11, will feature Calla Carbone, Royal Tyrrell Museum Technician, who will present “The Ediacaran Period – Glimpses of the Earth’s Earliest… Read More
sieppert pic fr website

Community rallies around Glover family

Drumheller resident, Brian Glover has terminal cancer and is fighting for his life. Brian’s wife Corri told The Mail, “In September 2014, doctors found a growth on his right lung and was classified as stage 4. In December he had radiation followed by four… Read More

More Local News

Update: Rodent discovered deemed a roof rat

r
The Town of Drumheller has issued a press release stating that a rodent discovered by a Drumheller resident is a roof rat,…

Possible rat discovered in Drumheller yard

r
On Saturday morning a Drumheller resident trapped what appears to be a rat in his yard, although it has not been confirmed…

ATB’s Raptor Financial at St.anthony's celebrates first year

Raptor FinancialDragons
On Thursday, January 28, St. Anthony’s School Jr. ATB Branch, called Raptor Financial, held a meet and greet day with the…

Yemen’s 9-1-1 complaint still not resolved

yemen feb 1 mug
Municipal Affairs Communications Team Lead Kathy Kiel has responded to Mayor Terry Yemen’s request to find out why he was on…

Readers weigh in on dog breed question

myranda
The Drumheller Mail/inSide Drumheller received great response to last week’s poll question addressing dog breeds. By and…

FOR Club at DVSS staging 24-hour famine for students in Roatan

Fore rachel
The Friends of Rachel (FOR) Club at DVSS are helping to fill the cups of students in the Roatan, by emptying theirs for 24…

More Local Sports

Coach Martin McSween Special Olympics bound

SpecialO
Coaching for the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games, for over twenty five years, Drumheller resident Martin McSween is…

Dragons fall to Saints

image
Despite leading for most of Friday night, a late surge by Spruce Grove, dashed the Dragons' hope for a home victory. The…

Injuries slow Dynos at Superman tourney

dynos cropped
The DVSS Dynos Senior boys played well at this year’s Superman Tournament in Three Hills, but injuries contributed to a…

DVSS Dynos defeated by Trochu

Karis Hilchey Sr Dynos
On Wednesday, January 27 Drumheller Valley Secondary School (DVSS) Sr. Girls hosted a basketball game against Trochu Valley…

St. Anthony’s Sabres smooth and in-sync against Beiseker

St As sabre jv boys
On Thursday January 28, St. Anthony’s hosted Beiseker School to a basketball competition. Coach Joey Browning: “The Final…

St. Anthony’s annual alumni game date set

alumni
St. Anthony’s Sabres and Saints from bygone eras will be back on the court come Friday, February 12. The school is hosting…

Obituaries

GALLAGHER, BRITTANY JOYCE

BrittnayGallagher
GALLAGHER, Brittany (Joyce) January 29, 1992 - January 31, 2016 It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of…

CRAIG, BYRON TREVOR

DOVE 1
CRAIG, Byron Trevor April 30, 1946 - January 18, 2016 Shaun, Darren and Danielle Craig sadly announce the sudden passing of…

DIETRICH, GORDON

GordonDietrich
DIETRICH, Gordon (Gordie) June 22, 1954 - January 22, 2016 It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Gordon…

SCHEIFELE, CHRISTINE

ChristineScheifele
SCHEIFELE, Christine June 13, 1964 - January 14, 2016 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beautiful…

The original Dr. Phil

phil-bryant.jpg 

    While television’s Dr. Phil has made a career of finding unity and balance in people’s lives, Drumheller’s Dr. Phil considers his greatest political achievement was unifying the valley.

    Now 80, you’ll find Dr. Phil Bryant at the Pioneer Trail Centre in downtown Drumheller. Usually the morning sees about a dozen men playing snooker or cards, enjoying coffee, often discussing the municipal, provincial and federal political problems facing citizens.
    Bryant has always loved politics and has been active most of his life. He was part of a chapter of history which saw the amalgamation of the Municipality of Badlands and the new Town of Drumheller.
    “I was involved in bringing the valley together, of anything I have done (politically) I am most proud of that,” he said.
    Dr. Bryant, originally from Rosedale, B.C., came to the valley in 1958-1959 to work as a veterinarian for the federal government.
     He went on to practice privately in  Bow Island. There he became mayor. He came back to the valley in 1976 and settled in Rosedale as the area’s district veterinarian. He jokes that his hometown of Rosedale, B.C. had four churches, while Rosedale, Alberta has  four bars.
    Politically he didn’t rest. He was appointed to the second Advisory Council for Improvement District #7. He explains that at the time, there was no formal council for the area, which included the areas in the valley surrounding Drumheller.
    There were local advisors, but the Minister of Municipal Affairs acted as the political head. In 1983, the position became elected, and Bryant continued.
    There was a sense in the Improvement District that it needed more influence politically. Bryant said there was a feeling that land was often annexed for the City of Drumheller’s own good.
    “Whenever they wanted more land they would go to Edmonton, talk to the Minister of Municipal Affairs, our legal leader, and ask for some more land and  there got to be some bad feelings that they were gradually chipping in on us,” he said.
    In 1991 The Municipal District of Badlands was formed.
    “At that time we became a legal municipality with an elected government making our own decisions,” said Bryant who served as reeve.
    He said the arrangement was good, but the MD had too small of a base and found themselves losing money each year, eating away at its reserves.
    Bryant, and then sitting Drumheller Mayor Brock Wood, could see the valley were better off with amalgamation.
    “After about two or three years of negotiations and a lot of publicity and arguments as politics does, we made an agreement to join with the city,” he said.
    Part of the negotiators guaranteed staff severance pay or a new job within the new municipality for Badlands employees, they also retained the Ward System. The City of Drumheller became a town, according to Bryant, was so the province would be responsible for the major highways through the valley, saving the municipality.  The MD of Badlands also gave up some land to Kneehill County, which also realized savings.
 In January 1 1998, a new combined council was sworn in with 13 members. That fall, the first election for councillors of the new look town took place and Bryant became Mayor.
    He says there are sill rumblings from some that were not happy with amalgamation.
“There are some who feel we sold out, but of course they don’t realize we were going broke,” he said, adding he believes they made one mistake. He would have liked to see the Ward System stay in place. The 2004 election was the last election that allowed residents to vote for candidates in their direct community.
    “I thought in the span of six years we would all get to love each other and all be mature enough to enjoy open voting, but that didn’t happen,” he said.
    Dr. Bryant served for one term and was defeated by Paul Ainscough in the next municipal election. By then, he had been retired professionally for four years.
    “I always liked politics and I always liked promoting the town,” said Bryant.
    While he has retired from the political realm, he has remained active in the community. He served as president of the Pioneer Trail Society for about five years. He believes in this institution.
    “To me this is the ideal place for seniors that are retired. It is a recreation room, we have the quilters and shuffle boarders, we have the card players and the pool players,” he said. “To me it’s a coffee row, but it is also a place to do things.”
    The Pioneer Trail Society became a registered society in 1974, but its roots go back to the 1950’s when it was started by the Elks Club.
Looking at his career in service, the people have been important to Bryant.
    “It is the satisfaction of doing your part and working with good people,” he said.
    As for the Town of Drumheller, it is on the right path.
    “I like to think that the political group can’t cause a lot of trouble.  This is true because you can be mayor or you can be councillor and you can give them your advice, but when it comes right down to it there is a bureaucracy there that is working and it is our job as elected officials to make sure that bureaucracy is on the right track. If they are on the right track; and this is true in Canadian government and anywhere else, you can’t change that overnight, and once you find out how it works, you probably don’t want to change it.”

Are you concerned about the discovery of a rat in the Valley?

54362338 [{"id":"80","title":"Yes, being rat free is all we have left.","votes":"2","type":"x","order":"1","pct":20,"resources":[]},{"id":"81","title":"No, the Rat Patrol does a good job.","votes":"0","type":"x","order":"2","pct":0,"resources":[]},{"id":"82","title":"I am more concerned with the two legged rats in this province. ","votes":"8","type":"x","order":"3","pct":80,"resources":[]}] ["#ff5b00","#4ac0f2","#b80028","#eef66c","#60bb22","#b96a9a","#62c2cc"] sbar 200 200 /component/communitypolls/poll?id=23&task=poll.vote&Itemid=490 MSG_ERROR_NO_SELECTION Please select either existing option or enter your own, however not both. MSG_THANK_YOU_NO_RESULTS COM_COMMUNITYPOLLS_LABEL_ANSWERS Votes ...

2015 Tourist Map

2015 Drumheller Tourist Map