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February 4, 2009

Conrad Smith of Evesham, at left watches as his grandson Nathan Knox tests his fishing skills in their ice fishing shack at Dilberry Lake on Sunday—and the pair seemed to be doing well with a rainbow trout and four perch caught. The nine year old boy who lives south along Highway 17 “saw a big fat fish, but didn’t catch him” as as he peered through the icy clear water to the bottom. Smith used an auger to cut holes through the 18 to 20 inch thick ice. There are nine ice shacks on the lake this winter. More pictures inside. ©Provost News Photo.

Unsure if Budget Will Allow Cash for Sports Building—MP
It’s too early to tell if Provost can expect federal money coming from the latest 2009 federal budget that was recently announced, says Member of Parliament Leon Benoit.

The MP for this constituency was interviewed by The Provost News in a telephone interview on January 28 after the budget was passed by the House of Commons and Benoit said, referring to the budget “ I hate it, I hate it. I never thought I’d be part of a governing party that would be governing a deficit.” But his party had done consultation across the country and constituency and “most seem to support this direction.” The Prime Minister and the finance minister do not like it added Benoit.

“This is a mess that was not caused by the government of Canada and the people of Canada. It was caused elsewhere, we are victims, we have signed on through the G20 to deal with this approach and this is our approach based on input we got.” He says that he doesn’t expect this situation will make many people happy. “Will it work? We will find out in a year or two or five, we don't know. I’ll never like this.”

The News explained to Benoit that the community was trying to build a new arena and swimming pool and that much of the money for the Regional Activity Centre, valued at $11.5 million is in place but $2.5 million is yet to be raised.

Although no details have been announced, Benoit said that “if you are ready to go and money committed, you’re probably in better shape than 90 percent of the projects.” He however hinted that overall across the country for the money allocated and throughout this constituency there may be room to support only one such project.

Two other arena projects are being talked about in the constituency and representatives had approached the MP before the budget though none had since the budget and at the time of the interview. He said that the committee should contact him about the Provost project. “We could sure help” with forms and getting groups pointed in the right direction. “This is a rush thing and the money can only flow if these things are built by a certain date.”

Full story in February 4 edition of The Provost News.
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Provost and District Chamber of Commerce Hears From Military
About Supplying Base With Goods and Services

Major George Garrard, deputy commanding officer of CFB Wainwright spoke to members of the Provost and District Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, January 28 when he was an invited guest.

He explained to chamber members different parts of the military base and its functions regarding possible purchases from private businesses.

Full story in February 4 edition of The Provost News.
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Charges Laid Over Ice Shack Vandalism
Photos and story in February 4 edition of The Provost News.
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This week we ask : "Is the Economy’s Recession Having an Effect on You?"
. . . and we heard answers from Mary-Ann Doetzel, Richard Turko, Jerry Fischer, Kevin Elliott, and Mark Samson. Check out the February 4 edition of The Provost News for their answers.
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