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…

County honouring agreement Chris CleggSouth Peace News 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…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News 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…

On racism: we reject oppression in all its forms 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…

Franco Terrazzano,Alberta Director,Canadian Taxpayers Federation,Courtesy of Troy Media. 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…

Interest shown in projects around Lesser Slave Lake Pearl LorentzenFor South Peace News 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…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News 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…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News 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…

Susan ThompsonSouth Peace News 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…

Letters to the Editor – from Arnold Viersen, MP To the Editor: 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…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News 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…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News The Government of Alberta has plenty of masks to give away to Eastern Canada but not any for High Prairie firefighters. It’s the message High Prairie town council heard at its April 14 meeting. Fire chief…

Susan ThompsonSouth Peace News Services and supports for families across the Peace are going to be provided by two larger regional networks after a reorganization of family and parent supports. The Alberta government announced in late 2019 that the existing…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Big Lakes County will not create an inter-municipal develop plan with the M.D. of Lesser Slave River. At its regular meeting April 8, council agreed with the M.D. of Lesser Slave River that an IDP between…

Pearl Lorentzen “It is the ability to choose which makes us human,” says Madeleine L’Engle in Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art. Throughout our lives, we make millions of choices. We can’t control the outcomes of our choices,…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News 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…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News High Prairie town council will have at least one new face after the next election. Debbie Rose announced on Facebook this week she is not seeking re-election. In a response to Sheila Jaworski, Rose wrote: “And…

SPN Staff People who have placed hearts in their windows in High Prairie may be getting a small gift from the High Prairie Community Beautification Association. The community group has decided to present certificates of appreciation to residents who have…

Jeff Burgar The story from the small-business owner a few weeks ago was not unusual. The owner talked about how she faced enormous costs trying to keep all her staff working in the face of declining sales. She says one…

To: Hon. Tyler Shandro,Minister of Health of Alberta;Hon. Jason Kenny, Premier of Alberta;MLA David Shepherd,Opposition Health Critic;Dr. Christine Molnar, President of the Alberta Medical Association;Hon. Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health of Canada Dear minister of health, premier and leaders of…

Jeff Burgar The “models” predicted at least 250,000 American deaths and possibly as high as 450,000. These generated predictions, by computer, napkin scribbles, or fiddled about on a slide-rule or a handy calculator, might follow the old rule of number…

Susan ThompsonSouth Peace News A proposed Peace River airport solar project has been denied grant funding. The solar farm planned by the Peace Energy Renewable Energy Cooperative and supported by the Town of Peace River made it to the final…