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Located in southern Alberta, Hussar's economy
is based on agriculture, oil and gas, services and retirement. The Village is 100 km east
of Calgary. The population of 157 has been increasing slowly in recent years. Hussar and
area residents are actively raising money to replace the arena and sports complex to meet
local needs and as a business opportunity selling ice time as far away as Calgary.
The forthcoming removal of the grain
elevators, with the imminent closure of the CPR branchline, weighs heavily on the
community. Loss of the elevators will result in a substantial reduction in the tax base
for the Village. This uncertainty mirrors anxiety over a loss of governing autonomy and
control for the Village. A continuing struggle to retain the high school has unified the
wider community, providing much of the social glue holding the community together. At the
same time the academic achievements of the graduates and lack of employment have
contributed to outmigration of the youth.
Farms are consolidating as farmers retire
without a willing successor or give up because of high land prices. Very large commercial
private operations and Hutterite colonies compete for the land. The Colonies are
relatively closed communities with their own schools and social arrangements.
Consolidation and considerable historical foreign ownership are weakening commerce,
thinning the school population and diluting the social life for Hussar.
Good road transportation, low cost housing
and lifestyle are attracting people who work elsewhere to live in Hussar. The wide open
rolling topography with its grassland ecology and the large dried marshy bed of Deadhorse
Lake are viewed as amenities by the citizens. The economy is restructuring as its former
commercial hinterland gives way to the influence and opportunities of its adjacency to
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