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National park no place for laissez-faire attitude

We hate to be the bubble-bursting barons of the obvious but when it comes to Banff’s struggle with regulating franchises or souvenir shops it is much more complicated than an argument about free market economics.

Charging for wildlife harassment a suitable option

Parks Canada is vowing to throw the bylaw book at photographers who are harassing bears in search of that award-winning, holiday-capping, money making photo of a grizzly in the wild, and RMO supports the decision (page 4).

Saving bunnies presents problems

Whether you love or hate Canmore’s feral rabbits, and there’s little wavering from one of those opposing viewpoints, the thought of culling them, or not, from the town presents all manner of interesting aspects.

Park performance a hit, activities questionable

Here at the Outlook, we hope that Banff residents and others who have been voicing their displeasure with chain stores, and their possible proliferation, will take a similar stance as to the likelihood of Parks’ embracing of thrill-seeking activities

Disappointing vote by Canmore council

Being that both Banff and the MD of Bighorn are on board with providing funding for a Bow River Lodge expansion which will keep seniors from all communities in the valley, it’s disappointing that Canmore council balked at doing the same thing.

A week of newsy Valley happenings

Wow. Just like that, we have a Canmore council decision to rid the town of the feral rabbits which have been a fixture of the community for years. It’s a gutsy call by our elected representatives.

Games goal good for Valley

It would appear the pieces are falling into place regarding the Bow Valley’s hosting of the 2014 Alberta Winter Games.

Tracks claim another grizzly

Once again, our mountain parks have taken a hit, both literally and figuratively, with the death of a grizzly bear on the Canadian Pacific Railway line east of Lake Louise.

Spending and cutbacks always in the news

Spending and cutbacks; it seems there’s just no getting away from the two issues these days. And they’re back.

An interesting week in our Valley

Bears, school cuts and corporate school support; there are all manner of interesting items to comment on in this space this week.