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Local voters make election predictions

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The federal election is coming up on Monday, September 20, and midway through the campaign, it has become more competitive than first thought. While the Liberal party remains slightly favoured to win the most seats, the popular vote has swung to the Conservative Party of Canada. The NDP has been slowly gaining momentum. To win a majority, the party must win 170 seats.

The Mail asked a few politically-minded residents their take on the campaign, and their projections heading into the final week of the campaign.

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Chris Bobra has been following the race, and he thinks it is going to be close. He says it will be a minority, but can’t say whether it will be the Liberals or the Conservatives who will be asked to form government.

“I wouldn’t be shocked if the Conservatives win with a minority,” said Bobra. “ I think from what I am hearing, the country is going into a tremendous amount of debt because of CERB and that is continuing into the latter part of October. Because of CERB there are people happy with the Liberal Government, but on the negative side I think people are getting tired of Mr. Trudeau and the things he has done.”

One thing is for sure, he says is the west’s voice will be muted.

“The election will be decided once they get just west of Ontario. Ontario and Quebec have the most MPs,” he said. He adds in Nova Scotia, the provincial Liberals were defeated by a majority.

“The Maritimes are always very Liberal, so that could be something to watch.”

He doesn’t believe the Green Party or the People’s Party of Canada (PPC) will get any seats.

“If I was a betting man, I wouldn’t bet on the election.”

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John Sparling has been observing the election and he is confident the Conservative Party will win, but it will be a minority government.

“The Conservatives will get 140, the Liberals, 130, and the rest will be split out among the other parties,” said Sparling.

He said the question is whether the NDP will support the Conservatives if they form government, as they indicated, or will they support the Liberals.

The PPC has been making modest gains during the campaign, going from about 3.4 per cent support when the election was called to hovering around five per cent currently. Sparling doesn’t feel they will siphon on too many voters from the Conservatives.

“I don’t think their numbers are strong enough but I could be proven wrong,” Sparling said.

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Jim Fisher seems to be in the same camp as Sparling in projecting a Conservative minority government.

“And that’s not based on any research,” he chuckles. “I would say the Conservatives would get 140 seats. It depends on how many seats the NDP takes from Trudeau. It is really hard to call.”

He feels Trudeau didn’t have to call the election and, as the campaign progresses, it appears it might not have been a good decision.

He does predict the Battle River-Crowfoot riding will be won by Conservative Damien Kurek.

“That’s one prediction I can make.”

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Bryce Nimmo has been watching the campaign and he believes the Conservatives will form a majority government.

“I honestly think there are going to be 178 Conservatives. I think the last week will make a world of difference,” said Nimmo.

“I think you have more people voting for than against, and I think you are going to find more and more people saying ‘we didn’t need this election, why did he call it?’”

There have been predictions the Conservative Party might be peaking in the polls too, soon.

“I don’t think that matters too much, truthfully. I think you are going to find they are not going to drop, and I’m not sure the others are going to catch up,” he said.

He sees more support for the Conservatives in the Maritimes, and in Quebec, the Bloc Québécois and NDP could siphon votes from the Liberals. The west will stay the way it is.

“I don’t think the Liberals have a chance in Western Canada, I don’t think they do anything to make people happy.”


Town recreation facilities respond to new COVID-19 measures

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The Town of Drumheller’s recreation facilities will continue to remain open with capacity and operating restrictions in response to the provincial COVID-19 update on Wednesday, September 16.
Drumheller’s recreation department will continue to welcome all members of the
community in a safe manner by enhancing cleaning, physical distancing measures, one-third capacity limits, and encouraging users to stay home if unwell.
“At this time, we can better manage capacity restrictions and increased cleanliness than assessing users’ medical information by activating the Restriction Exemption Program,” says Darren Goldthorpe, manager of Recreation Arts & Culture. “Our facilities have always been an inclusive space where all citizens and visitors feel welcome, and have the opportunity to increase their quality of life in our community facility.”
Members and visitors must complete a COVID-19 assessment prior to attending any municipal recreation facility, and must not enter if presenting any symptoms.
As of Thursday, September 16 youth group classes, training and competitions are permitted. Participants are required to screen for symptoms, maintain a two metre distance and wear a mask while engaged in physical activity--this restriction does not include youths.
Spectator attendance is restricted to one-third fire code capacity and are limited to a single household or two close contacts if living alone, and must maintain a two metre physical distance and wear a mask.
As of Monday, September 20, adult indoor group classes and activities are not permitted and indoor competitions are paused, except where vaccine exemptions are granted; adult indoor one-on-one training and solo activities with three metre social distancing are still permitted.
Outdoor activities are permitted with no restrictions.
Those registered in fitness classes will be credited or refunded. Drop-in activities will also be postponed until further notice.
Swimming lessons will continue, with participant and instructor safety to be top priority.
With regards to indoor and outdoor events, the Government of Alberta has additional restrictions.
Indoor wedding and funeral receptions are prohibited. Outdoor ceremonies, services, and receptions are permitted with up to 200 people and must follow liquor sales and consumption restrictions. Indoor wedding ceremonies and funeral services are permitted up to 50 people or 50 per cent of fire code occupancy, whichever is less.
The Town of Drumheller’s Oktoberfest event has been postponed until further notice.

Dragons finish exhibition season with winning streak

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The Dragons wrapped up the exhibition season with a winning record, notching wins in four of their six games, with three straight wins last week.
The Dragons were in Olds on Wednesday, September 8 to take on the Grizzlys. After a scoreless first period, the Grizzlys scored two in a row in less than five minutes. The Dragons answered back with two straight goals from Sam Lozinski, and then Myles Hilman. Olds scored again to briefly take the lead, but with a minute left, Tanner Willick tied it back up.
In the third period, Jarred Schrock put the Dragons up 4-3, and Will Christian added one more. Olds came back with two goals to end regulation time tied at 5. Hilman scored his second, and the game-winner, 1:36 into extra time.
On Friday, September 10, the Dragons were back on the road to take on the Calgary Canucks. Cyle Clayton put the Dragons up by a goal to lead the first period. Hilman scored 1:44 into the second period. Calgary answered back, but Vann Yuhas found the net unassisted with 1:15 left in the period to put the Dragons up 3-1.
Kody Willick added an empty-net goal at the 18:45 mark of the third, and Calgary added one 19 seconds later. The Dragons won 4-2.
The Dragons were back on home ice on Saturday, September 11, this time to host the Canucks. The Dragons jumped out quickly and took the lead with goals from Lozinski and Willick, but Calgary tied it up by the end of the first. The Dragons rattled off four straight goals in the second, from Luke Fennig, Moe Hakim, Lozinski and Zach Burns. Calgary scored one, to end the period up 6-3.
Carter Belitski put the Dragons up 7-3 just 53 seconds into the third period. Calgary added two more in the third. Final score was 7-5 Dragons.
The Dragons’ regular season begins this Friday, September 17 when they take on the Calgary Canucks at home. Game time 7 p.m.


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