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February 11, 2009
Keeping His Eye on The Prize

This youngster looks like he’s home on the gun range as he takes aim as part of the games at the St. Thomas Aquinas’s annual bazaar. The school’s popular bazaar attracted another big crowd of students and adults this year. It was held Friday, February 6. ©Provost News Photos.

Provost Region Still Statistically in Labour Shortage
— Reports Alberta Employment Representative
Working hard, or hardly working may be an issue, however most people in the Provost region are able to say the former rather than the latter as depression-like symptoms have yet to hit home. In fact, the region is still technically in a labour shortage.

Alberta Employment and Immigration reports Statistics Canada data from the Drumheller-Camrose region — which includes Provost — had the lowest unemployment rate in Alberta in January at only 3.1 per cent. This area has consistently had the lowest rate provincially. The provincial unemployment average was 4.4 per cent while the national average was 7.2 per cent.

The Drumheller-Camrose region also includes centres such as Wainwright, Lloydminster, Oyen, Stettler, Hanna, Strathmore, Vulcan, Coronation, Vegreville, Vermilion, among others.

No data is reported specifically for Provost — only regional information is available.

The regions with the second lowest unemployment rates in Alberta are nearly a full percentage point higher than this region. The Medicine Hat-Lethbridge, Banff-Jasper-Rocky Mountain House, and Wood Buffalo-Cold Lake regions saw unemployment rates of 4 per cent.

This region may or may not have the lowest unemployment rate in the country as there may be anomalies that stick out from the pack in other provinces, but it appears the local situation would be the envy of the vast majority of regions across the country.

Gloria Plaxton, business and industry liaison with Alberta Employment and Immigration told The Provost News in a telephone interview that “the oilfield has slowed down, but outside of that I haven’t picked up a real sense of a big slow down.” Plaxton’s office is in Wainwright and she studies Provost, Wainwright, and Flagstaff (which includes Hardisty, Killam and Forestburg) areas.

“You recognize different kinds (of changes), like seasonal things, but I haven’t gotten any sense yet (of significant changes).”

Full story in February 11 edition of The Provost News.
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Elderly Residents Keep Busy, Informed During Weeks of Activities
Residents at the continuing care section of the Provost Health Centre have a variety of activities to keep them busy during most of every week.

In addition to regular care by staff, four others from a recreation department based in the building co-ordinate activities such as reading, baking, exercises and other entertainment.

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Students Learn About Wonder, Danger of Electricity
Photos and story in February 11 edition of The Provost News.
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This week we ask : "Where Would You Like to Go in Canada?"
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