By David Redman and Brian Giesbrecht,Frontier Centre for Public Policy,Courtesy of Troy Media. 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…

Request to remove dangerous trees refused by council Richard FroeseSouth Peace News 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…

Jeff Burgar 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…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News 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…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News 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…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News 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…

Jeff Burgar 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…

NDP Opposition Leader Rachel Notley says government feels they don’t have to earn rural Alberta’s support Joe McWilliamsFor South Peace News Alberta NDP leader Rachel Notley held a town hall meeting via Zoom Feb. 3 with residents of the Lesser…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News 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…

By Peter Holle,President, Frontier Centrefor Public Policy,Courtesy of Troy Media. Despite the relentless media drum-banging around the alarmist COVID-19 narrative, this virus is not the Black Death. Official numbers have the Canadian death count so far just over 14,000. Bad…

Jeff Burgar 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…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News The news was not surprising regarding the cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline after Joe Biden’s election, but that should not stop Canadians from pursuing the important project. Peace River – Westlock MP Arnold Viersen said…

Even after increase, rate does not recover full cost Richard FroeseSouth Peace News 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…

SPN Staff Alberta’s government has secured or maintained partnerships for 170 parks and public recreation area sites across the province under a model that began in 1932. As a result, no sites included under the Alberta Budget 2020 optimization plan…

UCP Travelgate brings up some interesting issues. I have been thinking about this since it hit the news and have come to some conclusions about my feelings and opinions on this. My feelings and opinions may not reflect the views…

Jeff Burgar Two weeks ago, you might have said, if the name came up, “Pat who?” Now? Well, he apologized for his trips out of country and his Christmas photo from Mexico, even while telling his people ‘Save Lives. Stay…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News A long-time Conservative who quit the UCP party executive late last year says Lesser Slave Lake MLA Pat Rehn and the party cannot recover from the recent controversy. “No!” he emphatically replied to the question Jan.…

Jason Kenney posted this on Facebook the morning of Thursday, Jan. 14. Jason Kenney: “The most important job of a Member of the Legislative Assembly is to represent his or her constituents. It has become clear that Lesser Slave Lake…

Susan ThompsonSouth Peace News Peace River MLA Dan Williams has confirmed his whereabouts over Christmas after scandal erupted over multiple government MLAs and staff members travelling to tropical locations even after introducing stricter new COVID restrictions for Albertans. The scandal…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News 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…

Jeff Burgar 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!…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News 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…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News 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…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News 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…