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PROVINCIAL / FEDERAL POLITICS

EFFORTS CONTINUE TO DEMOLISH OLD HOSPITAL

July 31, 2020 – So far, no luck, but there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon.
Efforts by local authorities to have the old High Prairie Hospital demolished continued at a conference call meeting July 14 which included Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro.
“It is a shovel-ready project that’s been put forward,” Town of High Prairie Mayor Brian Panasiuk told council during his report July 14.

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TRUDEAU SCORES CANADIAN HAT TRICK OF ETHICS SCANDALS

July 30, 2020 – Peace River – Westlock MP Arnold Viersen launched a scathing attack on Prime Minster Justin Trudeau July 22.
At the centre of Viersen’s attack is the controversial WE organization and the federal government’s almost $1 billion contribution.
Viersen says there is no excuse, that Trudeau cannot hide from his latest scandal.

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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

NO WAY TO PICK A FIGHT

July 30, 2020 – We got lost in the numbers. You might also, so skip the next paragraph if big numbers bother you. Basically, it just adds up all the money our province spends on health care each year. It’s a lot!
According to a CBC News report, doctors sucked up almost one-quarter of Alberta’s health care budget in 2018-19. It was 23 per cent. Amounting to $5 billion.
In turn, the entire health care operating budget is $20.6 billion: or 42 per cent, almost half, of all the money the Alberta government spends in a year.

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GREATER CHANGE NECESSARY TO COMBAT DISCRIMINATION IN MEDICINE

July 29, 2020 – I very much enjoyed our recent informal chat about the economy and healthcare in Alberta.
I’m writing you today to discuss the merits of Bill 30 as it relates to racism, discrimination, and physician compensation, and why as a rural generalist physician I support your governments direction for change, but more is needed.
Primum non nocere (“first, do no harm”) is one of the ethical cornerstones that supports appropriate patient centered medical care and appropriate professional behaviour by all physicians.

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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

TOWN AMENDING BYLAW TO ALLOW DEVELOPMENT

July 31, 2020 – A proposed development permit for a cardlock facility, convenience store and sanitary dump in the High Prairie’s west end has hit a snag.
However, High Prairie town council is quickly dealing with the matter.
The applicant applied for a permit May 14. On June 10, the Municipal Planning Commission approved the “discretionary use” of the facility.

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‘EGG’CITING NEWS FOR HEN OWNERS

July 30, 2020 – High Prairie residents can now keep chickens on their property.
Hens, that is, but not roosters, after council passed its Hen Keeping Bylaw July 14.
The issue arose Jan. 28 when council discussed possibly allowing the fine-feathered foul in town. Previously, chickens, turkeys, geese and/or goose, fowl or poultry of any kind was not permitted unless part of a commercial undertaking.

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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

TAX BREAK FOR TOLKO CONTINUES

July 31, 2020 – Big Lakes County is honouring its commitment to Tolko Industries by providing a tax break in 2020.
While it may look bad in some resident’s eyes, especially since council raised taxes at a special budget meeting April 29, council committed a tax break to Tolko to help with their restart in 2017.
Council increased the 2020 mill rate 1.5 percent for residential and farmland properties, but not for non-residential properties.

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EFFORT TO SAVE BUILDINGS AT POLICE POINT RENEWED

July 30, 2020 – The historic buildings at Police Point are up for discussion.
Big Lakes County discussed the buildings after receiving a development permit from the landowner to move a manufactured home onto the property. In short, current bylaws prevent the landowner from putting the home on the property, prompting the need to amend the Land Use Bylaw to redistrict the parcel to Hamlet Residential District.
Council heard the old Police Point buildings are on the property, and in very poor shape.

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