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PROVINCIAL / FEDERAL POLITICS

MLA LOEWEN PROMOTES REGIONAL COVID APPROACH

February 18, 2021 – Restrictions in the COVID-19 pandemic were top of the order as Town of Falher council spoke with Central Peace – Notley MLA Todd Loewen at its regular meeting Feb. 8.
“It’s a battle in the community and in the government,” says Loewen, who notes he disagrees with Premier Jason Kenney and other MLAs in the United Conservative Party who support a provincial plan.
“I would like to have a regional approach.”

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TRI COUNCIL WANTS TO DO BUSINESS WITH HP

February 11, 2021 – Let’s do business!
It’s what the Slave Lake Region Tri-Council wants to do with High Prairie town council.
A letter sent to council Jan. 22 from Slave Lake Mayor Tyler Warman, M.D. of Lesser Slave River Reeve Murray Kerik, and Sawridge First Nation Chief Roland Twin, asks High Prairie to join them in an economic endeavour.

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TAKEN FOR GRANTED?

February 10, 2021 – Alberta NDP leader Rachel Notley held a town hall meeting via Zoom Feb. 3 with residents of the Lesser Slave Lake riding.
Sitting in with her was Richard Feehan, MLA for Edmonton-Ruther- ford, and former Indigenous Affairs Minister.
Both made brief statements – as did former Lesser Slave MLA Danielle Larivee – and then responded to questions.

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PROVINCIAL OPINIONS

MORE DO AS I SAY

Feb 19, 2021 – We always say volunteers on local government boards, like museum and library and other groups that operate on taxpayer money, should be paid to attend the meetings.
An argument is often made, if you want good councillors, you have to pay.
So why not extend that to other people going to meetings and sitting on committees and boards? When such committees are handling taxpayer money, pay should be normal practice. It often is not.

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EDITORIAL – A LIVING HISTORY LESSON

February 11, 2021 – Bill Murray fans enjoy his old movies! Ghostbusters holds up well. Caddyshack is great and of course, Groundhog Day is an annual favourite when Feb. 2 rolls around.
It being the season, and seeing it was on many channels, we had to catch the show. Again. Déjà vu all over again!
Among lead roles, Andie MacDowell has many shows to her credit.

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NOTHING TO LOSE BADMOUTHING

January 27, 2021 – Last week, we wrote about different approaches to Lesser Slave Lake MLA Pat Rehn used by some local governments.
The Town of Slave Lake threw Rehn under the bus. Town of High Prairie not at all. Big Lakes County sent a secret letter. M.D. of Lesser Slave River sent a critical letter but left it at that.
At the end of the day, it seems local governments really working hard to deal with our provincial government were the most unhappy. And those the least miffed were the ones who barely tried to connect with Rehn, and thereby the provincial government. Barely at all.

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LOCAL INTERESTS
High Prairie & Big Lakes County

BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD

February 18, 2021 – Big Lakes County attempted to embark on a policy to remove dangerous trees on county property requested by residents.
However, a draft policy recommended by administration was cut down by council.
At its regular meeting Feb. 10, council defeated a recommendation to approve a draft tree removal policy as recommended by CAO Jordan Panasiuk.

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BYLAW NEEDS UPDATING TO MEET CURRENT REGULATIONS

February 11, 2021 – Big Lakes County plans to amend its land-use bylaw to meet updated regulations for storing pressure vessel containers.
At its regular meeting Jan. 27, council gave first reading to Bylaw 02-2021 to amend the section related to storing pressure tanks.
The bylaw would also update the section regulating recreation vehicles to clarify that an approved development permit is required to store or park an RV on a developed or undeveloped….

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WATER RATES RISING IN BIG LAKES

January 27, 2021 – Water rates have officially increased in Big Lakes County, short of cost recovery.
At its regular meeting Jan. 13, council adopted a bylaw to raise the water rate to $6.05 per cubic meter from $5.45.
The rate is just over an 11 per cent increase.

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TOPICAL POSTS

LOCKDOWNS DON’T WORK, THEY SIMPLY CRIPPLE THE ECONOMY

February 19, 2021 – The public will be praised for enduring all of the hardships, including school and business closures, an almost complete surrender of civil liberties, and emptying the treasury to pay healthy people to stay in their homes.
The precedent will have been set: Lockdowns work. When the next virus comes along, do it all again.
Sweden is best known. Critics note that Sweden’s death rate was higher than that of nearby Norway. That criticism is valid, because Sweden – like us – failed to properly protect nursing home residents.

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REALTORS OPTIMISTIC FOR MARKET IN 2021

February 11, 2021 – Sales of real estate and property surged upward despite the economic downturn elevated by the coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic.
Several realtors who serve the Peace River, Falher and High Prairie regions remain optimistic that the market will continue to show more positive signs in 2021.
Misty Gaudet opened Grassroots Realty office in High Prairie as an associate broker Sept. 1 after many years in local real estate.

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