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PROVINCIAL / FEDERAL POLITICS

RCMP RESPONDS TO FAIR DEAL PANEL

June 25, 2020 – The RCMP has responded to Alberta’s proposed plan to ditch RCMP services and set up it sown police force.
June 17, the Government of Alberta released its response to recommendations made by the Alberta Fair Deal Panel, one of which was to undertake a study examining the creation of a provincial police force.“The safety and security of citizens has always been the number one priority of the Alberta RCMP, and it will continue to be as long as we have the privilege of being Alberta’s provincial police pervice,” says Deputy Commissioner Curtis Zablocki, Commanding Officer of the Alberta RCMP,.

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OIL WELL RECLAMATION MAY START SOON

June 26, 2020 – In response to low oil prices and COVID-19, the Alberta and Canadian governments made a grant program for oil well reclamation.
Companies which work in the Lesser Slave Lake area have applied for funding. This is different from the Orphan Well Association, which also received a loan.
Dr. Dean MacKenzie lives half the time in Marten River and the other half in Sherwood Park. He is vice-president for Northern Environmental at Vertex Resource Group.

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PROVINCIAL PAROLE BOARD SHOULD HELP WITH PROPERTY CRIME FRUSTRATION MINISTER SAYS

June 16, 2020 – Alberta’s Minister of Justice continues to pound the pavement (so to speak) to promote his department’s efforts to put “more Alberta and less Ottawa” in the justice system here at home. Last week he was on the phone (again), talking to weekly newspapers about recent developments.
The establishment of an Alberta parole board and 2. The establishment of an advisory board on gun control.

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PROVINCIAL OPINIONS

ON RACISM: WE REJECT OPPRESSION IN ALL ITS FORMS

June 26, 2020 – To the Editor:
We reject oppression in all forms.
We call out all racism that occurs against minorities in Canada, especially the Indigenous and African communities. We call out all discrimination that occurs between marginalized communities which is often ignored. We also call out the current systemic racism and discrimination that still exists in Canada in the year 2020, such as Bill 21 in Quebec which separate people from being able to exercise government functions purely on the basis of what they look like.

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STRUGGLING ALBERTANS CAN’T AFFORD A SALES TAX

June 24, 2020 – Every single time Alberta faces a financial challenge, some academics recommend the same pseudo-solution: a provincial sales tax.
They seem blissfully unaware that governments are struggling because Albertans are struggling and a PST will make hard times even harder.
Here’s proof of that disconnect: these academics always demand a provincial sales tax [PST] but never call for a referendum to ask Albertans for permission.

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THE PRIME MINISTER MUST ALLOW PARLIAMENT TO RESUME

June 16, 2020 – Since the beginning of this crisis, our entire Conservative Caucus has been calling for more oversight and accountability through increased in-person sessions in Parliament. We have been focused on ensuring families, seniors, and small businesses get the help they need.
But earlier this month, with the help of the NDP, the Liberals shamefully shut down Parliament until the fall and continue to limit questioning to the Covid-19 Committee.

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LOCAL INTERESTS
High Prairie & Big Lakes County

2 ARRESTED, DUFF STILL AT LARGE

June 26, 2020 – Two men were arrested by High Prairie RCMP June 25, but Bradley Duff still remains one step ahead of the law.
High Prairie RCMP report that on June 25, following a lengthy search, police, along with the assistance of the RCMP Police Dog Service, arrested two men without incident, south of High Prairie in the Gilwood area. Police said little about the incident except they continue to investigate and the two male suspects remain in custody. Their names were not released.

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DISCARDED GLOVES, MASKS A POTENTIAL NIGHTMARE

April 24, 2020 – You can’t miss them; they seem to be all around High Prairie.
People are discarding their disposable gloves and leaving them in parking lots and on streets all over town.
Town of High Prairie peace office Alan Bloom says it is an issue in town. People are not only leaving gloves on the streets and sidewalks but masks.

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GUN SHOW ORGANIZERS NOT GIVING UP

April 17, 2020 – Plans are still underway for the 19th annual High Prairie Gun and Sportsman Show in June despite uncertainty about the coronavirus [COVID-19] pandemic.
High Prairie Fish and Game Association postponed the show, originally set for April 18-19.
“We’re still hoping we can hold it June 13-14,” says Darrell Basarab, who chairs the organizing committee.

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TOPICAL POSTS

TEEN CLAIMS HE’S TESTED POSITIVE

June 26, 2020 – As the province continues with its relaunch after a shutdown to stop the spread of coronavirus, people in Grimshaw and Peace River have been asked to monitor for symptoms and get tested because of two potential exposures to COVID-19.
Posts to Snapchat, Facebook and other social media claim a teenager who was in attendance at a party at the Lac Cardinal campground on Saturday evening, June 13, went on to test positive for the virus on Monday morning, June 15. The teen is urging anyone in attendance to get tested and consider self-isolating.

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PRESCRIPTION LIMITS LIFTED BUT SOME DRUGS SHORTAGES REMAIN

June 17, 2020 – On June 15, Albertan pharmacies can fill 100-day prescriptions, not just 30 days as has been the rule since March, says a June 10 Alberta government media release. The 30-day limit was imposed to ensure that there were enough drugs to go around during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This measure and the changes in the COVID-19 situation have improved the supply of drugs, the release says.

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