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Fire department responds to call with emergency boat

Fire department responds to call with emergency boat

The Drumheller and Munson Fire Departments responded to a call shortly after 12:30 ...

Trailer freed from ditch on South Hill

Trailer freed from ditch on South Hill

Drumheller RCMP responded shortly before 3 pm on June 30 to a traffic mishap on the S...
Laughlin sentenecd to five years for manslaughter

Laughlin sentenecd to five years for manslaughter

Calvin Wade Laughlin was sentenced to five years today for manslaughter.

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Rural Crime Watch launches new Website

Rural Crime Watch launches new Website

Area residents have another portal to learn about some of the goings on in their co...

Sorenson announces  employment program $450k investment into Drumheller youth

Sorenson announces employment program $450k investment into Drumheller youth

The Harper Government is helping equip youth in Drumheller and the surrounding area...

Former East Coulee residents create historical street map

Former East Coulee residents create historical street map

A couple of former East Coulee residents have taken an active role in remembering t...

Alberta RCMP – Man Wanted for Dangerous Driving, Flight from Police

Alberta RCMP – Man Wanted for Dangerous Driving, Flight from Police

 

 

 

 

Alberta - RCMP are seeking public assistance in loc...

Drumheller Town Council Meeting

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Preventing Childhood Obesity - Jamie Oliver on TED Talks

Preventing Childhood Obesity - Jamie Oliver on…

Jun 26, 2015
In a world where not only adult obesity, but also childhood obesity, is a common and serious health concern, strategies are urgently needed to help to combat this epidemic.Jamie Oliver, chef and advocate against childhood obesity, has provided a riveting TED talk about childhood obesity that is well worth watching. A few points that... Read More
Keeping Kids Active This Father's Day - And All Year!

Keeping Kids Active This Father's Day - And All…

Jun 20, 2015
In the fight against childhood obesity, it's important to promote an active lifestyle for kids. Studies show that family based interventions work best to prevent and treat childhood obesity. Recently, I participated in a fantastic family-oriented triathlon weekend, where kids raced one day and adults the next. What a great way to... Read More
Keeping Kids Active This Father's Day - And All Year!

Keeping Kids Active This Father's Day - And All…

Jun 20, 2015
In the fight against childhood obesity, it's important to promote an active lifestyle for kids. Studies show that family based interventions work best to prevent and treat childhood obesity. Recently, I participated in a fantastic family-oriented triathlon weekend, where kids raced one day and adults the next. What a great way to... Read More
We Think Fat. Why?

We Think Fat. Why?

Jun 14, 2015
While the balance between calories in and calories out is closely monitored by our brains, our brains tend to ‘think fat’ – meaning that this regulation favors an accumulation of fat stores. The extent to which our brains ‘think fat’ is very different from person to person – genetics may in fact underlie as much as 70% of human obesity. ... Read More
Chew Your Smoothie!

Chew Your Smoothie!

Jun 07, 2015
I came across the interesting concept of chewing a smoothie in my online travels, and I feel it's a concept well worth sharing!In my weight management counselling, one thing I will often mention to my patients is not to drink calories (with the exception of skim milk). There are a number of reasons for this:1. It takes about 15 minutes... Read More

Lots of excitement at the Tyrrell Museum this week

Jun 05, 2015
Check today's inSide Drumheller for the story about Regaliceratops peterhewsi. Read More
Peeing At Night? Could Be Sleep Apnea

Peeing At Night? Could Be Sleep Apnea

May 30, 2015
Many people get up to pee at night. This could simply be a reflection of drinking water before bedtime, caffeine, or alcohol, or it could be a symptom of a medical problem, one of which is sleep apnea.Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition where the upper airway is obstructed during sleep, causing pauses in air intake despite an effort... Read More
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Science erupts in the minds of students

May 29, 2015
Grade 7 students at DVSS have been busy with their latest science project. They had to select a volcano and then reconstruct it and make a poster answering questions about their volcano. Here is a picture of Mrs. Palomaki’s Grade 7 class of girls with their projects after they erupted them outside. Some used a combination of baking soda and… Read More
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Car colides with parked truck

May 29, 2015
Drumheller RCMP responded to a two-vehicle collision shortly after noon Friday. It appears that a Black Ford Fusion was travelling North on 1st Street SW when it collided with a parked truck. It appears that any injuries would be minor. Police are investigating. Read More
Could Artificial Sweeteners Cause Diabetes?

Could Artificial Sweeteners Cause Diabetes?

May 24, 2015
Artificial sweeteners are commonly touted as a healthy alternative to natural sugar. Sweeteners contain low to no calories (read about the types of sweeteners here), and they do not make blood sugars spike in diabetics. However, a growing body of research lends a growing amount of concern to possible negative side to artificial... Read More
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Trican VP doesn’t expect more cuts in 2015

May 22, 2015
Trican vice president of the Canadian Region expects there will be no more reductions in its business in the near future. This comes after it released the results for the first quarter of 2015. During that time, the company undertook a number of actions to streamline its operations. VP Robert Cox tells inSide Drumheller that the majority of the… Read More
Eating Disorders and Obesity

Eating Disorders and Obesity

May 17, 2015
As regular readers will know well, obesity is much more than just an imbalance between calories in and calories out. Amongst the list of possible contributors are a number of eating disorders which often go overlooked, and are important to identify so that a person suffering from these conditions can be helped and treated. Two of the... Read More
What Determines Our Daily Energy Burn?

What Determines Our Daily Energy Burn?

May 10, 2015
Whether we gain, lose, or maintain weight depends on the balance between calories in, which is what we eat and drink, and calories out, which is the energy that we burn.So, what exactly determines the calories out side of the equation? Our daily calorie burn, also called energy expenditure, is divided into several components: 1.... Read More
Obesity Management In Canada - A Long (But Promising!) Road Ahead

Obesity Management In Canada - A Long (But…

May 02, 2015
At this week's Canadian Obesity Summit meeting, I have had the great pleasure of chairing, speaking, and participating in a diverse array of educational sessions, ranging from studies of lifestyle alterations, to government policies, to medications treating obesity, to bariatric surgery. One of the themes that rang strong is this: Canada needs... Read More
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Advance polls open today

Apr 29, 2015
Advance polls are opening this week for what could be one of the most exciting provincial elections in quite some time. Election Day is Tuesday, May 5, however advance polls in the Drumheller-Stettler Riding open as early as today, Wednesday, April 29 and run through Saturday, May 2. Advance polls in the Drumheller-Stettler Riding are at the… Read More
Why Weight Loss Increases Gallstone Risk

Why Weight Loss Increases Gallstone Risk

Apr 26, 2015
As for everything in life, weight loss too has its pros and cons. While the health benefits of weight loss are numerous and powerful, there is an increased risk of gallstone formation, particularly if the weight loss is fast.Gallstones are very common, being present in 17% of women and 8% of men (most don't know that they have them!).... Read More
Gut Bugs and Obesity

Gut Bugs and Obesity

Apr 19, 2015
There is a lot of interest and excitement in the research going on about the microscopic organisms that reside in our intestines (called 'gut microbiota'). And so there should be! Did you know that human beings are not actually 100% human, but that we are actually made up of 90% gut microbiota cells and only 10% human cells? Mind... Read More
Gut Bugs and Obesity

Gut Bugs and Obesity

Apr 19, 2015
There is a lot of interest and excitement in the research going on about the microscopic organisms that reside in our intestines (called 'gut microbiota'). And so there should be! Did you know that human beings are not actually 100% human, but that we are actually made up of 90% gut microbiota cells and only 10% human cells? Mind... Read More

Obituaries

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ORIENTPICKERING

PICKERING, ORIENT JEANIE

Jun 30, 2015
PICKERING, Orient Jeanie November 14, 1929 - June 27, 2015 Mrs. Orient Jeanie Pickering, a long time resident of the Drumheller Valley passed away after a lengthy illness in Drumheller on June 27, 2015 at the age of 85 years. Ora was born to Bill and Jean Waring in Calgary, Alberta on November 14, 1929. Being that is was the “dirty 30’s”, the… Read More
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KELLEY-OXBURY, DEBRA

Jun 26, 2015
KELLEY-OXBURY, Debra January 17, 1971 - June 20, 2015 Debra Diane Kelley-Oxbury of Drumheller, beloved wife of Darren and mother to Drake, passed away after a long and brave battle with multiple sclerosis on Saturday, June 20, 2015, at the age of 44 years. Debra was born January 17, 1971 and raised in Calgary, AB. She lived the majority of her… Read More
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OTTO, HELEN

Jun 23, 2015
OTTO, Helen November 1, 1923 - June 8, 2015 Helen Otto died peacefully on June 8, 2015 in long term care at the Lamont Health Care Centre where she had been a resident for the past two years. She was surrounded by family at the time of her death at the age of 91. In recent years dementia had influenced her ability to fully participate in life but… Read More
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WALKER GRACE ANNA

Jun 18, 2015
WALKER, Grace Anna July 15, 1951 - June 15, 2015Gleichen, AB It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Grace Anna Walker on June 15, 2015. Grace was born in Drumheller, Alberta on July 15, 1951 to Ingeborg and Peter Koustrup of Dalum. Grace is survived by her loving husband Bruce, her son Jim (along with his wife Sarah and their… Read More
HENRYWULFF

WULFF, HENRY CHARLES FRED

Jun 09, 2015
WULFF, Henry Charles Fred June 4, 2015 Henry Charles Fred Wulff, beloved father, grandfather, and great grandfather, passed away in his sleep on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at the age of 88 years. He was predeceased in June 2010 by his wife, Joyce of 60 years, and in March 2015 by their son, Lawrence. He leaves to mourn his loss their children,… Read More
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BRAUNBERGER, C.G. (BUCK)

Jun 09, 2015
BRAUNBERGER, C.G. (Buck) August 3, 1924 - May 31, 2015 C.G. (Buck) Braunberger passed away peacefully at the Drumheller Health Centre on May 31, 2015 in his 91st year. Born in Drumheller on August 3, 1924, Buck was the youngest of 3 sons born to Frederick and Gertrude Braunberger. He grew up on the farm near Horseshoe Canyon, attended the local… Read More

The original Dr. Phil

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    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.”