A process which began last January to ensure the Grain Growers of Canada are truly the united voice of Canada's grain farmers was recently completed. The organization's new governance structure has been unveiled following a strategic review.
The Grain Growers of Canada launched its strategic plan around this time last year and it has now been completed following the announcement of the new chair and board of directors.
Jeff Nielsen - a farmer from the Olds area - was elected as chairman for the GGC. Nielsen is pleased to be part of the rejuvenated organization.
According to Nielsen, there was a desire to seek new members in their review. He says they have 3 new members with the GGC: Grain Farmers of Ontario, Quebec Grain Producers, and Saskatchewan Pulse Growers Association.
Nielsen notes they have build a strong framework for an organization that will be a strong voice for farmers in Ottawa.
He discusses some of the notable accomplishments for the GGC this year.
Another 2018 highlight for the Grain Growers of Canada was the new federal transportation act.
It is the busiest time of year for the Olds & District Christmas Angels Society and you can make donations at the Alberta Junior Hockey League game between the Olds Grizzlys and the Camrose Kodiaks at 7:30 on Friday, December 14th or by stopping by the annual stuff a bus event in the Canadian Tire parking lot from 10am until 4pm on Saturday, December 15th.
The upcoming budgets for the town of Olds were approved as presented during the regular town council meeting on Monday, December 10th. The 2019 operating budget is $29.5 million dollars while the 2019 capital budget is $7.8 million and for 2020 its $11.8 million. Chief Administrative Officer Michael Merritt says a large portion of the 2020 budget is earmarked for the operations centre. He adds a cost of living adjustment (COLA) had to be made and as a result there will be a 2.5 percent tax increase in 2019.
Olds RCMP say 37 year old Robert John Poole from Wimborne - who was wanted on several outstanding warrants for arrest - was apprehended by Sherwood Park RCMP and RCMP Police Dog Services on December 8th.
Devin Dreeshen has been acclaimed as the UCP candidate for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake for next year's Alberta election. United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney issued a statement following Dreeshen's nomination as the party's candidate for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake on Friday, November 30th. Dreeshen says anytime between February and May of 2019 is when Premier Rachel Notley could call a provincial election.
The 2018 edition of the Crazy Carstairs Christmas is slated for Friday, December 7th. Businesses will be open later to help you get your holiday shopping done, plus there are many fun activities, entertainment and more.
About 90 presents were handed out to residents at the Mountain View Lodge last year thanks to the Senior Secret Santa program, according to Steven Bowie with the CLC Fitness Centre. He says they are back to do it again as 2018 will be the program's third year.