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NorthernersAwardWinner2TuesdayMay212013NEWSBRIEFSFundingformulaforAlbertaoilsandsmonitoringestablishedTheAlbertagovernmentpassednewlegislationallow-ingtheprovincetocollectholdanddisbursefundsfromtheoilsandsindustrytopayforenvironmentalmoni-toringprograms.Bill21theEnvironmentalProtectionandEnhancementAmendmentActwaspassedbytheAlbertaLegislatureonMay8.CollectedfundswillgotowardstheoilsandsmonitoringprogramajointplanfromtheAlbertaandfederalgovernments.Theoilsandsindustryhasagreedtoprovideupto50millionayearforthreeyearstosupporttheprogramwhichmonitorswaterandairqualityalongwithbiodiversity.ProvinceacceptsrecommendationsonSlaveLakewildresAlloftherecommendationsputforwardinanexternalre-viewoftheMay2011LesserSlaveLakewildreshavebeenacceptedbytheAlbertagovernmenttoimproveitsabilitytorespondtoemergencies.TheLessonsLearnedReportBuildingonourStrengthswasrequestedbythegovernmenttolearnfromtheunprecedentedwildresandtomaketheemergencyresponsesystemstronger.The237-pagereportcataloguesandcomparestheactionstakenagainstestab-lishedprotocolsandbestpractices.ForexamplelessonslearnedfromtheSlaveLakeexperienceforevacuationreceptioncentrecoordinationandre-entrycanbeusedforbestpracticesandwereaccessedduringrecenteventssuchasthe2012MackenzieCountyres.SubmissionsopenforYKIFF2013Filmsubmissionsarenowopenforthe7thannualYel-lowknifeInternationalFilmFestivalYKIFF.YKIFFislookingfordocumentariesanddramaticinteractiveandexperimentallmsfromtheglobalpolarregionsinclud-ingCanadaRussiaScandinaviaGreenlandIcelandandtheUS.SpecialconsiderationwillbegiventocontentfromtheNorthwestTerritoriesYukonandNunavut.YKIFFgetsunderwayOct.1-6attheNorthernArtsandCulturalCentreinYellowknife.Formoredetailsortosubmitalmvisitwww.wamp.ca.TwolocationstoserveyouinHighLevelandLaCretewww.northstarchrysler.caWHEREPEOPLEBECOMECUSTOMERSFORLIFEITSFINALLYSUMMERSALEGREATREBATESONALLNEWRAMTRUCKSLETSMAKEITACOMBOFREETVorBBQor500instorecreditwitheveryRVpurchaseSALESTARTSMAY11THANDRUNSTHROUGHMAY18THGETGEAREDUPATNORTHSTARCHRYSLERHideoutsCougarsMontanasBulletPremierTorquesCyclonesandRoadWarriorsFREENightStayinHighLevelwitheverypurchaseFortSmithmangivenOrderofSt.JohnformedicalserviceCurrieservedasmedicininternationalconictsByMEAGANWOHLBERGOneofthehighesthon-oursbestoweduponindi-vidualsformedicalser-vicethroughouttheworldhasbeengiventoaFortSmithman.M-Cpl.retiredPaulCurriewhoservedasamedicwiththemilitaryfromtheFirstGulfWarin1990toBosniain2000hasbeennamedrecipientoftheMostVenerableOrderoftheHospitalofSt.JohnofJerusalemaroyalorderofchivalryestablishedin1831.HewillatsometimeinthenearfuturebepresentedthemedaleitherbythepremierorthecommissioneroftheNorthwestTerritories.Curriewhobeganteach-ingrstaidcourseswithSt.JohnsAmbulancein1991saidhewasdrawnintotheworldofemergencymedi-calserviceEMSbyhisfatherwhowasoneofthefoundingmembersoftheFortSmithvolunteeram-bulanceservice.Itwasinteresting...Itsnotabehind-the-deskjobitssomethingnewevery-day.EMSandfireareprob-ablyoneofthefewjobswherepeopleareactuallyhappytoseeyou.Youreseeingpeopleattheirlow-estandyouretryingtohelpthemhesaid.AndImabitofanadrena-linejunkieheadded.TheOrderofSt.Johnisnottherstrecognitionbe-stoweduponthehighlydeco-ratedofcerwhoseuniformisadornedwithmedalsfromKuwaitCroatiaRwandaandBosniaalongwiththemorerecentawardofaQueensDiamondJubileeMedalwhichwaspresentedtoCur-rieinMarch.Allofhismilitarymedalswerereceivedwhileserving14yearswiththeCanadianForcesMedicalService.ThoughhealreadyhasanimpressiverackofmedalshesaidtheOrderofSt.Johnisdifferentasitisspecicallyforindividualsinthemedi-calservice.ImproudthatIwasnominatedbecauseIwasnominatedbymypeergrouphesaid.Theydonthandoutverymany...Itcamefrommypeergroupitcameforrecognitionofhardwork.CurriesaidbeingamedicinconictsliketheBosnianWarandfollowingthegeno-cideinRwandawasattimesextremelydifcult.Hesaidhestartedex-periencingsymptomsofpost-traumaticstressdis-orderPTSDfollowinghismissioninCroatiain1993whereheservedinOperationMedakPocketconsideredoneofthemostseverebattlesfoughtbyCanadianForcessincetheKoreanWar.ItwasthefirsttimesinceKoreathatCanadianforceshadreturnedfireandactedasinfanteersandhelplesstodoanythinghesaid.Ninemonthsafterhere-turnedfromCroatiaCurriewasonaplanetoRwanda.Therehewasfacedwithoodingwaterwhichwipedouttheircanvastenteldhospitalandmassgravesofbodies.Ihavepicturesofussurfingontablesinthehospitalbecausetheresthreefeetofwater.Sohowdoyoutreatpatientshesaid.Latrinesoverflowed-choleradysentery-soyourestandingliterallyinfecalmatter.Thoughhewasalreadysufferingitwasntuntil2000whenhecamebackfromBosniathathewas-nallydiagnosedwithPTSDresultingfromsomeofthedisturbingthingshesawwhileabroad.AtthatpointIrealizedIcouldntbeamedicanymore.Ijustlostmyempathyandcompassion.Heenlistedasareghterforanumberofyearsfol-lowingnallyretiringfromthemilitaryin2008buthecouldntstayoutoftheemergencymedicalworldforlong.AfterhegotoutoftheservicehejoinedAl-bertaHealthServicesinYouseethatnomatterhowbadyouthinkyoumighthaveittheresusuallysomeoneouttherethatsalotworseoffthanyouare.M-Cpl.retiredPaulCurrieoffensivesoldiersasop-posedtop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