Swan Hills town council news – May 8, 2024

Mayor Wilson absent. Request For Decision (RFD) Council reviewed 3 RFDs: · National Public Works Week: May 19 – 25 is recognized as National Public Works Week for 2024. The Alberta chapter of the APWA (American Public Works...

Swan Hills School volunteers beautify Highway 33

On Saturday morning, a dedicated group of volunteers from Swan Hills School and the local community gathered to begin a busy day of beautifying the highway approaching Swan Hills from the east. With 9 participants, including...


Balance between teens, technology goal of Sunrise workshop

Nampa/Northern Sunrise County Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) is offering a unique workshop for people to learn about Creating Boundaries around Children, Teens, and Technology. The workshop is set to be held May 29...

Mental health issues focus of Sunrise FCSS workshop

If you’re looking for a workshop that will teach you how to be more compassionate to yourself, Northern Sunrise County Family and Community Support Services has got you covered. “Moving from Self-Care to Self Sustainability is a...

May the 21st Be With You: Celebrating Talk Like Yoda Day

In a galaxy not so far away, a little green Jedi, whose unique syntax and sage advice captured the hearts of audiences worldwide, made his unforgettable debut. Master Yoda, the beloved character from the Star Wars saga, has been...

Province supports caribou program in Cold Lake area

Alberta has invested more than $30.2 million in the caribou habitat restoration program since 2018, which includes $30.2 million in provincial funding and $700,000 from industry. Budget 2022 included a commitment of $10 million...

Smoky River Ryders charity golf fundraiser June 1

Smoky River Ryders is hosting its third annual Fundraiser Golf Tournament at the Smoky River Golf Course in McLennan, and the club is hoping many will participate for the great cause. The tournament will be on June 1, with a...

Self-identification a mess, Indig summit hears

After decades of hiding their identities, Indigenous leaders say communities are now experiencing a “new identity crisis” as more and more Canadians falsely and fraudulently claim Indigenous ancestry for personal gain. “Today...


With plans for EDF Renewables to possibly build a solar farm on the former Terrace Bay Airport property, The Superior Classics Car Club annual Terrace Bay Drag Fest may only have three to five years left unless they can find a new race track.Ray Gionet, the car club president and organizer of this year’s 25th […] ...More

After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19 and wildfires, an annual meeting for fishers made a virtual return last week. The meeting of the Great Slave Lake Advisory Committee, or GSLAC, wasn’t supposed to take place virtually. That was a late change from an in-person gathering at the Hay River Legion after “safety concerns” were […] ...More

Late powder made great spring skiing at Marmot Basin

It was up-and-down on the slopes for Marmot Basin as the 2023-24 ski season took skiers to new heights. Marmot’s vice-president of marketing Brian Rode recapped the last five-and-a-half months. Things got off to an early but slow start on opening day in mid-November. “The ski hill managed to open on Nov. 16, which is […] ...More

Retired Hawks to play major role in RCAF training program at Borden

Retirement doesn’t have to be the end of the road. In fact, it could be the beginning of something new, something fresh, something wonderful. Take the CT-155 Hawk jet, for example. A mainstay of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) since 2000, the entire fleet of CT-155 Hawks were officially retired March 8.  Fifteen of […] ...More

A moonlight serenade by a chorus of frogs just doesn’t add a bit of charm to a warm summer evening. It’s also a good sign that your favourite pond or lake is healthy.Lakehead University biology Prof. Adam Algar would like it to stay that way, although he laments that amphibian choruses were probably more robust […] ...More

A Yellowknife MLA is becoming involved in efforts to amend rules that restrict some nurses’ ability to get the licence they need to work in the Northwest Territories. Sarah, not her real name, previously shared her experience trying to apply for an NWT licence as an internationally educated nurse, or IEN – a nurse who took their […] ...More

Métis, First Nations and Inuit leaders call out Indigenous identity theft

Métis, First Nations and Inuit representatives from across Canada are gathering in Winnipeg this week to discuss Indigenous identity theft, and what they say is a growing and disturbing trend of individuals and groups using false claims of Indigenous ancestry for personal benefit. The two-day Indigenous Identify Fraud Summit co-hosted by the Manitoba Métis Federation […] ...More

Nipawin Helipad project receives $50,000

NIPAWIN – The Nipawin Heliport project received a boost in funds from SaskPower on May 6. SaskPower donated $50,000 towards a new helipad at the Nipawin hospital. SaskPower was joined by Fred Bradshaw, MLA for Carrot River Valley, Jerry Kindrat, Chair of the Twin Lakes District Planning Commission, and representatives from the Nipawin hospital at […] ...More

New research on bird diversity in east-central Alberta could help rural municipalities and conservation groups improve bird conservation efforts. The study, published in The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, measured species richness in the mixed-use habitat characteristic of central Alberta, where the landscape transitions between grassland, farmland, aspen parkland, and boreal forest. Each of these habitats has bird […] ...More

The Township of Terrace Bay is feeling the crunch from the shutdown of the Terrace Bay pulp mill as businesses reduce operating hours and people relocate to find work.Jonathan Hall, the town’s chief administrative officer, said there’s not a lot of change in information.“We’re in regular contact with (AV Group, which is part of Aditya […] ...More

Two months after approving a motion to consider reducing the number of Councillors and reviewing current ward boundaries, the issues were put on ice at the April 29 meeting. Administration responded to North Kent Councillor Rhonda Jubenville’s motion from the February 26 Council meeting to hire a third-party outside consultant by recommending Strategy Corp. be […] ...More

If spent nuclear-reactor fuel rods are ever transported to a proposed underground storage site near Ignace, communities along the transportation route will be just as much at risk as those who live closest to the disposal site, opponents to the plan contend.That’s the gist of a petition bearing more than 3,300 signatures that was tabled […] ...More