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May 11, 2016 – Some Northern Alberta communities say they are challenged trying to attract doctors. A big part of the problem, according to former High Prairie mayor George Keay, Alberta Health Services is in the way.


September 6, 2017 – I took this stand a few years ago and wrote a column on the matter. This week, I do the same. Last week, Councillor Brian Gilroy asked if I would sign his nomination papers to run for the High Prairie town council. I did.

TOMORROW’S NEWS MADE TODAY: September 1, 2017 – How does one decide what to put in a time capsule?
A few days ago, about 150 (a fitting number, it being Canada’s 150th anniversary) watched excitedly as the High Prairie time capsule, was cracked open. The actual time capsule was in a small lead box that had to be broken open. This was after about three hours of previous work breaking apart the cement that was poured around the box.


ALL COUNTY COUNCILLORS PLAN TO SEEK RE-ELECTION: September 16, 2017 – All nine members of Big Lakes County council are seeking re-election in the municipal elections as nomination day approaches on Sept. 18. Reeve Ken Matthews indicates he will be in the running. “Yes, I am running again,” says Matthews, who has served as reeve for four years and represented North Gilwood – Triangle for 11 years.

CAMERAS HELP TRAFFIC FLOW IN HIGH PRAIRIE: September 4, 2017 – Special cameras are up and operating at two major High Prairie highway intersections to improve traffic flow. Cameras were installed Aug. 23 on Highway Two at the intersections of Secondary Highway 749 and at 50 Street.

ODOUR IN TOWN WATER DRAWS CONCERN: August 27, 2017 – An unusual odour in drinking water in High Prairie late last week caused some concern for residents. People were being advised the water was still safe to consume, despite the odour.

FEATHERS FLY IN CHICKEN DEBATE:  August 26, 2016 – After some vigorous discussion, Slave Lake town council has pretty much decided to give back yard chickens a try. It’ll be a small number, for a trial period, but it’s a definite step forward for proponents of urban poultry.

THE FIELDMAN’S FILES – LOOKOUT!: August 25, 2016 – It’s not that I want to try and make it sound like weed and pest inspectors are important, at best I expect most people consider them to be a necessary evil, however I would not have devoted over 25 years of my life if I didn’t think what we do is important.




August 3, 2016 – After a period of inactivity on AlbertChat.com while we worked on other projects on other websites, we are now ready to start testing online with this website. So, let’s see how it goes! As usual, any comments or questions, contact us Here.

May 10, 2016 – Added several new items to our “back end” where our forums actually run. Edited some of our items above and below for clarity. Having some issues with handling moderating tasks. If we get this sorted, we should be going live beta no later than May 16, perhaps sooner. Any comments or questions, contact us Here.

April 29, 2016 – Under construction continues. Added some menu items. At present, although we accept advertising, Alberta Chat is at this time non-profit. This means until we can cover our expenses, outside contributors are currently unpaid. We do however welcome submissions if you are happy with the exposure. To get in touch, please use the contact form Here.

Community forums – this will be a list of Alberta communities that have their own section on this site. More information is coming on how to get your community its own section.

Submit Content – this will have a guide for sending Alberta Chat your writings and thoughts with the intent they be turned into formal pages on this site. It is nice if submitted content overall attempts to be worthy of publication in any general interest media, from your local weekly newspaper to national press or television. Note – this is a moderated site.

Debates-For/Against – this is a more formal discussion, between two parties, or people who want to help make the case for one side or the other, of topics that by their nature are important, but may not be in the headlines of today’s media. An example would be, “Do we need an Alberta Heritage Trust Fund?” We accept ideas for topics. We also accept a “first” contribution for one side of the debate, simply to get it going if the contributor wants to take a side.

April 26, 2016 – Welcome to Alberta’s new discussion board. Here you will find topics of interest to all Albertans. Visitors and travellers to Alberta we hope will also find items they like. As well, observers of the many varied segments of our province, from politics to sports to entertainment and more we hope will find things of interest. For now, we are building out our board. Soon, you will be able to post and comment.