A Lethbridge Herald photojournalist has earned an opportunity to hone her skills on a national stage.
Tijana Martin is this year’s winner of the Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award. The award is presented by the Canadian Journalism Foundation and The Canadian Press.
Martin is headed to The Canadian Press head office in Toronto for a six-week paid internship this summer, where she will cover news, sports and cultural events on a national level.
“The jury was really impressed with Tijana’s portfolio,” said Graeme Roy, director of photography with The Canadian Press and chair of the jury in a recent news release. “It showed a strong desire to tell stories and went well beyond the confines of daily assignment work in a smaller market.
“It showed a photographer working really hard to make images that told great stories.”
Martin previously interned at the Montreal Gazette and spent time as a freelance photographer prior to her arrival in Lethbridge. The Herald is her first post.
Child dies skiing
A 10-year-old girl has died after striking a pole while she was on a school ski trip in southwestern Alberta.
The Grade 6 student at Canyon Elementary School in Pincher Creek was on the planned outing Tuesday at the nearby Castle Mountain Resort.
She had taken a mandatory ski lesson in the morning with other students, said resort spokesman Jason Crawford.
“We have school groups almost every day,” he said Wednesday. “Once they’re through their lesson, they’re able to ski on the hill.”
The school provided chaperones, either teachers or parents, he added.
He didn’t know the girl’s level of ski experience but said she had skied at the resort before.
The resort is investigating the accident, Crawford said, and it appears the girl was alone on a beginner run when she lost control and went off the run. She struck a wooden pole that was part of a fence marking an out-of-bounds area.
School celebrates Olympics
As Team Canada continues to rack up the medals in Pyeongchang, Lakeview Elementary School joined in the action with a day of their very own Winter Olympics.
Students kicked off their Olympic event Feb. 12 with an opening ceremony filled with cheering, songs, performances, a torch lighting and inspirational messages.
The inspiration included the chance to see two authentic Olympic medals. A Team Finland hockey bronze won in Lillehammer by Mikko Makela was displayed by his daughter, Sophia, a former Lakeview student. A curling bronze won in Turin by Shannon Kleibrink was brought in for the ceremony by her nieces and current Lakeview students Kaitlyn and Makayla Doyle.
Classes were assigned one of four countries to represent in the day of activity and exercise, including Canada, Korea, Great Britain and the United States.
“One of the secrets to a happy child is exercise. Exercise is great for the brain, it’s great for the body, the mind, the soul, the spirit,” said Grade 4 teacher Marlin Howg.
The games also give the students the chance to experience Olympic aspects such as unity, opportunity and equality said Howg.
“It just is so exciting for us to support our Canadian Olympians who have athleticism and have worked so hard over the years in their training.”
Attempted murder charge laid
A 28-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder after his elderly parents were stabbed the weekend of Feb. 10-11.
Police report that a man entered a westside home and stabbed a 72-year-old man and 62-year-old woman while they slept in their bed.
The elderly man sustained serious, but non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to hospital where he was treated and released. His wife was treated on scene by EMS. Police located the couple’s son a short distance away and he was arrested without incident.
The man, whom police have not identified, is charged with two counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault. He has also been ordered to undergo a psychiatric assessment before his court hearing.
Daycare project expanding
Opokaa’sin Early Learning and Child Care Centre is one of the 22 existing early learning and child-care centres offering a max of $25-a-day child care, but the Alberta government is hoping the number will rise.
The project is expanding after an agreement was made with the federal government. Interested non-profits, or those interested in moving to the not-for-profit sector, had until the end of January to apply.
A total of 159 applications were received; 13 came from the south region, which includes Lethbridge.
“Every centre that’s opened has a waiting list because parents are really excited about it as well,” said Danielle Larivee, the Minister of Children’s Services, during a visit to the Opokaa’sin Early Learning and Child Care Centre on Wednesday morning.
“I’ve heard from parents all across the province and as a mother of three myself, we just know that child care really is too expensive across the province.”
“Costs vary from across the province, but it’s not unusual to pay over $1,300 for a single child for a month, which is a huge cost,” said Larivee.
With costs that high, it can be impossible for some to find affordable child care. The possibility of securing $25-a-day child care could have drastic impacts on parents and families, especially for those looking to go back to school or work.
Transit plan not finished
The Transit Master Plan provides strategies for potential future changes to public transit in Lethbridge, and should not be considered a final draft, says the City’s Transit manager.
On Monday, the City held a Transit Master Plan Community Issues Committee meeting in order to provide information and collect input from the public regarding public transit in the city.
Transit manager Kevin Ponech said a number of residents brought up a concern that the Transit Master Plan was being treated as a finished document. This is not the case, however, as the plan is considered strategic in nature.
“It gives you strategies on how to improve your system,” Ponech said. “It’s not necessarily what you exactly need to do. A lot of people (thought) when they saw the maps or scheduling that it was taking away service (from those areas), but it is just a strategy moving forward — not necessarily the direction we’d be taking.”
He noted the City will make internal reviews of Transit strategies before implementation.
“We wouldn’t just take a document from a consultant and say that’s perfect for (Lethbridge),” he said.
Art competition staged
The Interfaith Food Bank wants to see what kind of art local high school students can create that sends an important message: “Food for All.”
The food bank held its inaugural High School Art Competition last year to coincide with their annual charity dinner and silent auction, but they have their eyes set on something a little larger this year.
“This year we’re doing it on its own as a separate entity, just to try and engage young people in what we do, as well as encouraging creativity,” said Joani Neufeldt, donor relations with the Interfaith Food Bank.
The chosen theme — Food for All — aims to get “young adults thinking about food security,” said Neufeldt. “What we have can be so much greater than what other people have.”
The competition includes cash prizes for the top three art pieces. First-, second- and third-place winners will take home $300, $200 and $100, respectively.
On top of that, all entries will be on display.
The deadline is still months away but Interfaith is searching for a gallery location.
“We’d like to have a gallery opening where we would work with a local business or agency to give us some space and we would display the artwork. It would provide family, friends and local community members a chance to see how creative high school students can be,” said Neufeldt.
Cadet program starts
A new police cadet training certificate program is officially underway through a partnership with local law enforcement agencies and Lethbridge College.
The program, which is one of a kind in Canada, is a partnership between Lethbridge Police Service, Blood Tribe Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, Taber Police Service, and the Canadian Pacific Police Service.
This year, eight MHPS cadets and three BTPS cadets will be part of the 20-week program. When complete, both MHPS and LPS will recruit from the cadets to fill vacancies in their organizations. At the same time, the cadets will receive academic credits toward the Criminal Justice Program at Lethbridge College.
Lethbridge Police Chief Rob Davis told the Lethbridge Police Commission recently the program is intended to provide a means for police training to be accounted for in academic pursuits.
“One of the frustrating things about police training is that the training does not equate well to the accreditation system used by post-secondary institutions,” he said.
“When you try to continue your education to use your police training in a post-secondary institution environment, so you can work towards a bachelor’s or master’s (degree), it’s rarely recognized. Very few courses in the police environment are recognized by the academic institutions.”
An important addition to the program is the opportunity for First Nations cadets to train locally with a municipal force. Prior to this, FN cadet training took place at RCMP Depot in Regina.
New meters being installed
Looking for a parking spot? The City has a new system to handle your payment.
And for drivers not familiar with parking systems in other cities, officials are providing demonstrations of how Lethbridge’s new digital system will work.
Two of the new parking kiosks are now up and running — no charge — in advance of their installation throughout the downtown area this spring. They’re set up in the city hall foyer as well as the Downtown BRZ office on 6 Avenue South for self-guided demonstrations.
The new machines will accept credit cards as well as coins, and officials say motorists will also have the option of paying for parking — and checking on their time remaining — using their smartphones.
Like the kiosks in Calgary, the payment terminals will prompt drivers to identify their parking zone, then key in their licence plate number before making payment. About 170 of the “pay by plate” kiosks will be provided in the city centre, replacing the old meters currently installed at more than 1,900 parking stalls.
Canadians across the country took time on Thursday to honour the flag and celebrate Flag Day.
Flag Day was established in 1996 and commemorates the first time a maple leaf flag flew on Parliament Hill — Feb. 15, 1965.
This year, Flag Day has taken on additional significance as it is taking place during the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Each year, the Government of Canada encourages Canadians to celebrate Flag Day and the Canadian flag as a symbol of Canada’s national identity.
This year, the government is also encouraging Canadians to celebrate their pride on social media and to cheer on Canadian Olympic and Paralympic athletes.
The iconic red and white maple leaf flag was designed by Jacques St-Cyr, veteran of the European campaign of the Second World War.
“It’s a beautiful flag,” said Legion president Michael Cormican. “Many people around the world are envious of it. They even wear it on their backpacks and wherever. They feel it’s a sign of safety.”
The declaration of Flag Day in 1996 was overseen by then-Prime Minister Jean Chretien.
Humour key to success
Your education and skills are important in finding a job. But the attitude you show in your workplace may be your key to success, Lethbridge students heard Wednesday.
And the best way to enjoy your work, suggested Michael Kerr, is to engage your sense of humour.
Kerr, a “recovering government worker” based in Canmore, was speaking to a group of students at Winston Churchill High. Earlier Wednesday, he shared his insights during a fundraising breakfast sponsored by Lethbridge School District 51 and the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce, in support of student scholarships.
While high school seniors are often asked what career they’re choosing, Kerr said they’ll likely encounter many employment choices and chances through their years. How much satisfaction and enjoyment they get from those assignments, he predicted, will depend on their frame of mind.
“Bring your sense of humour along for the ride, whatever you do,” he urged.
Humour not only helps people manage the stresses their job may entail, Kerr said, but it can also ease the tension when something goes wrong. And a good belly laugh can burn as many calories as two or three minutes in the gym, he added.
It’s also important to be able to laugh at your own mistakes, he added.
A well-travelled speaker, Kerr recalled the time he fell off the stage — while speaking at a safety conference, no less.
“I’ll now be taking questions from the floor,” he deadpanned.
Some companies make a point of using humour, Kerr said. He cited one that invites callers to press 9 if they wanted to hear their telephone options again, in a pirate’s voice.
In Brandon, he continued, a motel manager was besieged with complaints about flies one summer — until he offered a 10-cent “bounty” on each one brought to the front desk.
But you don’t have to be a manager to make a change in your work environment, Kerr pointed out.
“Don’t let anyone else control your happiness.”
LC magazine honoured
Communications staff at Lethbridge College have been recognized for their work in Wider Horizons, the college’s community magazine.
A Wider Horizons cover story featuring Clarence Slomp, a long-time Lethbridge College Facilities department employee and alumnus, received a bronze award in the Feature Writing category at the CASE District VIII 2018 Communication Awards ceremony in Seattle recently.
The winning submission, “Whistling While He Works,” was written by senior communications specialist Paul Kingsmith. It appeared in the fall 2016 issue of Wider Horizons.
Slomp’s cheerful whistling has echoed through hallways and stairwells of the college for more than 35 years.
Kingsmith shadowed Slomp for a day and provided insight into the many ways he keeps the physical and emotional heart of the campus humming along.
“Paul wrote a wonderful story about one of the most respected and valued members of the Lethbridge College community, and in the process let readers have a better sense of what makes the college such a special place,” Wider Horizons editor Lisa Kozleski stated.