Jeff Burgar A sharp fellow said years ago, “If you want to get people to do things, first of all, you need a project.” Those weren’t a former MLA’s exact words from years ago, but summed up what Dennis Barton…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News High Prairie RCMP are investigating an incident where it appears some culprits were helping themselves to some free steaks and hamburgers. RCMP received a report regarding the death of a cow located on the side of…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News The Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta are calling on the Government of Alberta to suspend new forestry legislation until concerns about impacts on inherent and Treaty rights are addressed. In December 2020, Alberta enacted Bill…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News The physio department at the High Prairie Health Complex is not closing, despite the worst case of scenarios presented by the rumour mill last week. Instead, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the level of service was…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Big Lakes County continues to lobby the provincial government to protect land west of Grouard that has a long history of flooding. At its regular meeting March 24, council approved a letter to Environment and Parks…

Ian Madsen,Senior Policy Analyst Frontier Centre for Public PolicyCourtesy of Troy Media The long-suffering citizens of Alberta recently learned they’re on the hook for yet more billions of dollars via an ill-advised investment in an oil pipeline. The Keystone XL…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News High Prairie is losing its Agriculture Financial Services Corporation branch office. On April 30, the High Prairie branch will close and amalgamate with the Falher office. In a news release issued by Big Lakes County March…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Concerns about reduced services and a shortage of physicians and staff at the High Prairie Health Complex have become a priority for the provincial health minister. Big Lakes County council shared issues with Health Minister Tyler…

Of course we have a problem with people dumping their garbage by the road! We had this problem before, and our solution was to have a dump in our area. Our dump was closed with no regard to residents who…

By Gwyn Morgan,Contributor,Troy Media. The essence of good journalism is diversity of opinion. This was demonstrated by two columns in the last National Post after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that international air travellers arriving in Canada would be confined…

Over 100 attend rally that was held against Public Health Act guidelines Joe McWilliamsFor South Peace News Despite being ticketed for contravening the Public Health Act, Benita Pedersen of Westlock is forging ahead with several more anti-COVID rallies. One such…

Viersen opposes proposed legislation Chris CleggSouth Peace News The ruling federal Liberals have misfired on recent firearms legislation, says the Peace River – Westlock MP. Arnold Viersen says in a news release Feb. 23 that the proposed legislation [Bill C-21]…

Jeff Burgar The common story is “Alberta doesn’t have an income problem. It has a spending problem.” That wasn’t always the case. In fact, as little as 20 years ago, our provincial government actually spent less per person than other…

Officially neutral, but opinionated Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader M.D.s and counties in Alberta are officially neutral on the quesiton of a provincial police force. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have an opinion. “Municipalities should not face increased costs,” is what…

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…