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May 26, 2010
But He’s Innocent
Three and one half year old Tymber Isaacson brings a message while reaching for her dad Curtis who was doing time with nine others in “jail” beside ATB Financial in downtown Provost on Wednesday, May 19. Participants were detained at various places around Provost and brought to the makeshift holding pen in handcuffs by RCMP Const. Darcy Soloninko. This man was sprung after $500 was bid for his release in a Main Street auction. The Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation in Edmonton will receive $4,885 from the Provost event. More pictures in this week's paper. ©Provost News Photo.

Chamney Conducts Review of International Social Service Group
Geneva.— Former Provost area resident Dick Chamney is currently heading the Canadian board of directors of an international group that “works to protect, defend and support children, families and individuals in disadvantaged situations as a consequence of global movement, whose circumstances have lead to the separation of families and children.”

Approximately 90 percent of the Canadian work is centred on child welfare and child protection.

Chamney was nominated to the board of directors of the International Social Service (ISS) Canada in 2004 and elected as president in 2007 (see PN January 28, 2009).

International Social Service is a non-government organization headquartered in Geneva. It was formed in 1924 in the aftermath of World War I when large-scale migration left children and families separated from their homeland and, often, from each other.  The original mission of ISS was repatriation.  ISS now serves 50,000 people each year in 150 countries through a network of national branches, affiliated bureaus, affiliated NGOs and correspondent agencies.  All those served are individuals, children and families in distress compounded by the crossing of international borders.

The ISS Canada branch handled 250 case files in 2009, 53 of those for Alberta child and youth authorities.  An overwhelming majority of Alberta cases dealt with child welfare and child protection and most cases involved more than one child.  2010 cases to date indicate those numbers will be exceeded this year.

A member based organization; ISS is guided by its International Council.  The council assembled for an “Extraordinary Meeting” in Geneva on May 6 and 7 to consider significant revisions to the ISS constitution aimed at streamlining governance, expanding the global reach of coordinated social services and broadening world-wide representation in its governing body.  A year-long exercise of constitutional review and revision was coordinated by ISS Canada president, Dick Chamney, formerly of Provost.

Complete story in May 26 edition of The Provost News.
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Police Lay 2,839 Charges Over Long Weekend in Alberta
As part of National Road Safety Week RCMP and sheriff integrated traffic units cracked down on unsafe drivers over the Victoria Day long weekend.

Between Friday, May 21 and Monday, May 24, traffic units laid more than 2800 charges across the province including:

• 2,269 speeding violations; 102 seatbelt infractions; 27 child restraint infractions; 57 Gaming and Liquor Act violations; 55 failing to stop at a stop sign infractions; 29 other hazardous violations (e.g. careless driving, stunting); and 300 non-hazardous violations (e.g. no insurance, suspended drivers).

Rest of story in May 26 edition of The Provost News.
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‘Privatization Creeping in Everywhere’ Says Union Head
Complete story in May 26 edition of The Provost News.
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Street Spokesman
This week we ask: "Why Do You Like Track Meet?"
. . . and we heard answers from Christa Craig, Nikki Chopek, Cassidy Sirdar, and Taylor Johnstone. Check out the May 26 edition of The Provost News for their answers.
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