What a year

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Here’s to surviving 2017, a year we entered with high expectations after a rather dismal 2016. Sadly, 2017 was also a trying year.

The 2017 Election was rather nasty and the last-minute mailer that is currently being investigated was some low, low, American-style political garbage.

There was also the racist comments shared by a then-City councillor that turned our stomachs.

On the provincial level, the cancellation of the Energy East Pipeline was a huge hit as it would have provided much needed jobs and an injection of funding our province desperately needs.

Federally, there was Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who now holds the dubious title of being the first prime minister ever found guilty of ethical violations while in office, related to his 2016 Bahamas vacation.

And we can’t forget the controversy that continues to swirl around Minister of Finance Bill Morneau and the potential conflict of interest surrounding the timing of the sale of shares from his family business.

It wasn’t all doom and gloom, though. Airdrie finally got 24-hour health care and curbside recycling.

There was also the incredibly cute Kindness Ninjas out of R.J. Hawkey Elementary School. The group of kindergartners are on a mission to spread kindness through movements such as Spread the Love Day and the Rainbow Rock Project.

And, of course, the numerous charity events Airdronians generously participated in.

We can’t predict what 2018 will bring, but we can – as individuals – choose to promote kindness, joy and goodwill.

Wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2018.

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