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New lawyer beings articles at Kloot and Associates

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The firm of Kloot and Associates has fortified its ranks, bringing on Jaco (Jack) la Grange.
la Grange is originally from South Africa, and he practiced law for about nine years in Bloemfontein, the judicial Capital of South Africa. He also has a masters in International Trade Law.
Prior to coming to Canada, he spent three years teaching on Jeju Island in South Korea, where he met his partner, and they eventually settled in Calgary.
He connected with Kloot and was welcomed into the practice.
“I actually found Colin online as another South African, and I was intrigued because I had visited Drumheller in the past, and I found it lovely. So I thought this is a very interesting route I could take," he said.
While he has experience in law, to practice, he was taken on to article under Colin Kloot, who has experience as a principal for Students at Law.
“He will probably be my final student. I am very excited to have him on board and to create continuity in the firm. I have nothing but the highest expectations for his abilities,” said Kloot. “We are looking forward to the next year of him completing his article successfully and joining our bar.”
To get to this point, he had to complete a number of NCA exams and take a course to get what is equivalent to a Canadian Law Degree.
“I have my qualifications, and now I am just doing my articles," said la Grange.
He will fill an important role in general practice at the firm as Bill Herman is planning to end his practice at the end of March.
So far, he is enjoying the small-town life of Drumheller and the friendliness of the residents, even enjoying an impromptu offer to help him move in.
“It is so refreshing… the city is still in my blood, so I am adapting to life here. It’s not hard, but I think the people make it very easy to as well. Everyone has been so nice.”

Government outlines drought relief program for livestock

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The federal and Alberta governments are partnering on a $165 million program to support livestock producers affected by this year’s drought and extreme growing conditions.
The two levels of government have partnered on the Canada-Alberta Drought Livestock Assistance program.
“Many Alberta livestock producers have faced multiple challenges this growing season. This year’s drought and excessive heat have resulted in our ranchers facing extra costs due to lost grazing days. We recognize their stress as the winter-feeding months approach. This program will help alleviate some of the cost pressures, and support producers in protecting their livelihoods while they continue to put food on tables around the world,” said RJ Sigurdson, Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation.
Funding for this joint AgriRecovery initiative is cost-shared through the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP), with the federal government providing $99 million and Alberta’s government providing $66 million. Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) will administer the program.
“I’ve had the opportunity to meet with farmers and producers from across Western Canada and they’ve shared just how challenging this growing season has been for their operations. With a total federal investment of $219 million for the western provinces through AgriRecovery, we’re helping them recover so they can continue to feed Canada, and the world,” said Lawrence MacAulay, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
Sustainable CAP is a five-year program, beginning this year, and includes a $3.5 billion investment by federal, provincial and territorial governments to strengthen competitiveness, innovation and resiliency in the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector. This investment includes $1 billion in federal programs and $2.5 billion in cost-shared programs funded 60 per cent federally and 40 per cent provincially-territorially.
Livestock producers with grazing animals will be able to apply for financial support to cover losses they incurred to manage and maintain their breeding herds. For example, eligible producers could access up to $150 per head for breeding animals. Program details are still being finalized with the Government of Canada, and more information will be available soon.
Drought-relief supports currently available for producers include:
AgriStability, a business risk management program, was reopened until Sept. 29 for late participation. This gave Alberta farmers and ranchers more time to reassess business risks and enrol to protect their operations.
Livestock Tax Deferral, a federal provision that allows livestock producers who are forced to sell all or part of their breeding herd due to drought to defer a portion of their income from sales until the following tax year. As of Oct. 20, there are 57 prescribed Alberta regions for the federal Livestock Tax Deferral.
Low Yield Allowance, which allows for additional cereal or pulse crops to be salvaged for livestock feed, was doubled by AFSC for 2023.
Water Pumping Program, which enables producers to rent pipe and pumping equipment from the Alberta government to fill dugouts from nearby water sources.
Temporary Livestock Water Assistance program, which enables livestock and poultry producers affected by water shortage and drought conditions to receive streamlined support.
Sustainable CAP Water Program, which helps producers adopt agricultural water management practices to manage risks to water quality and supplies and adapt to climatic variability.
AFSC’s Moisture Deficiency Insurance (pasture) and Moisture Deficiency Endorsement (hay), which compensates producers when precipitation falls below the normal expected amount at selected weather stations. Producers can also buy production insurance on hay crops.

Information session held for Delia viability study

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A viability study of the Village of Delia is continued, as Municipal Affairs looks into the health of the village.
The Village had a second informational meeting about the viability study and the future of the village
According to Municipal Affairs, a viability review analyzes the municipality’s governance finances, infrastructure and services. Its purpose is to evaluate whether a municipality is viable and can provide recommendations to achieve this.
Former acting CAO Bill Wulff explained the meeting was informational, as a previous meeting was not well attended. It was a chance to share more information as the study continues.
“It is the same one we had last time, what a viability review actually is,” explains Wulff. “We’ll talk about where we're at in the situation, but nothing new. It is just a refresher of what is going on because so few people attended last time.”
A viability review can be instigated through council, through a resident petition, or at the Minister of Municipal Affairs’ discretion. In this case, the village asked for it.
“The audits are continuing, we have a CAO on staff, and the viability infrastructure review is well underway,” said Wulff, noting a presence from Municipal Affairs was in attendance.
The report when completed, provided two options for the municipality; recommendations for the municipality to reach viability, and a description of the changes and impacts to residents if the municipality was dissolved. The report is sent to the residents and presented at a public meeting.
The final decision is put to a vote of residents.


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