Justice Minister talks bail and guns at media roundtable

Firearms and bail concerns were on the docket at a roundtable held by Justice Minister Tyler Shandro on Wednesday. On March 15, Shandro answered questions during a virtual roundtable for rural media to clarify confusion...

High Prairie looks to join Rail Advocacy Alliance

High Prairie town council will consider joining a lobby group many other Peace Country communities have already joined. Mayor Brian Panasiuk reported on the alliance at council’s Feb. 28 meeting. The group is the new Community...


1% crime increase in 2022 Peace region say RCMP

Crime was up marginally in 2022 from 2021 for the Peace Regional RCMP. “Officers in the Peace River region responded to 6,370 calls for service in 2022,” says Const. Mitch Guenette, community liaison officer. “Overall, there was...

First day of spring comes, but colder spring expected

Monday, March 20, 2023 marked the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere, but don’t bust out the flip flops just yet. Kyle Fougere meteorologist with Environment and Climate Change Canada said spring is a time with a lot...

After tailings leaks, Inuit elder says ‘stop this abuse’

Pollution from oilsands tailings dominated the agenda at the Dene Nation Water Summit the week of March 17, 2023, as northern Indigenous leaders and community members discussed how to respond to recent news of multiple leaks...

Not all municipalities have issue with unpaid energy taxes

While an uptick is being noted in the oil industry in Alberta, some companies still aren’t paying their oil and gas property taxes. A report released March 8, by the Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) showed an overall unpaid...


Crime was up marginally in 2022 from 2021 for the Peace Regional RCMP. “Officers in the Peace River region responded to 6,370 calls for service in 2022,” says Const. Mitch Guenette, community liaison officer. “Overall, there was a slight uptick of around one per cent from the previous year.” He notes police value partnerships with […] ...More

BC island says ‘feed everyone’ is answer to climate change

Quadra Islander Ramona Boyle is rummaging through cardboard boxes when her friend lets out a triumphant shout. “Look at this!” exclaims Dood, known by a single moniker similar to Madonna, plucking a package of thick-cut bacon from a box and waving it in the air. “This normally costs at least 15 bucks.”  Boyle peers into […] ...More

A Manitoba bill to create a virtual registry of teachers — resumés and disciplinary records included — has been touted as a step towards transparency, but the profession’s largest union says it must be tossed to protect its members’ rights. “Absolutely, we need to keep kids safe, but it shouldn’t come at the expense of […] ...More

Both the Government of Alberta and a rural municipality’s lobbying group seemed to agree with the oil and gas industry this past week that unpaid property taxes in industry are becoming a problem. The Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) which lobbys for rural municipalities in Alberta Mar. 7 released a statement titled, “Another year, another […] ...More

Northern housing program ‘A good program, we would like it back’

“We moved in here September 28, 1989,” says elder Martha Hickes, sitting beside her husband, elder Robert Hickes, at their dining table on a fall Saturday afternoon in Rankin Inlet. She lets out a giddy laugh, smiling at the memory and her ability to recall the date without hesitation. Nearly 35 years later, their home […] ...More

Grey Highlands council cost $210,285 in 2022. At its meeting on March 15, council received the annual remuneration report that documents all pay and expenses received by members of council in 2022. Total remuneration paid to the 10 members of council who served during the year was $181,304 and total expenses were $27,322. Some members […] ...More

Nunavut website on poverty promotes gambling after hijacking

Searching the Nunavut Roundtable for Poverty Reduction on the internet will quickly lead one to www.makiliqta.ca. The first headline on the site reads, “Nunavut Roundtable on Poverty Reduction Through Online Gambling.” It goes on to explain that one of the biggest challenges in Nunavut is poverty and that the territory is coping with high unemployment […] ...More

A 10-year-old girl from Markham, Ont., is taking aim at one of the tiniest, most ubiquitous bits of plastic pollution — the stickers on fruits and vegetables. Maya Thiru is the face of a campaign lobbying for Canada to find another way to identify produce. While the small, plastic labels attached to fruit and vegetables […] ...More

Acknowledgment of the rights of First Nations, Inuit and Metis people of Canada should be included in the municipal oath of office, Peterborough County council decided at its Wednesday meeting. But a suggestion that allegiance to King Charles be removed from the oath, made by Joe Taylor, mayor of Otonabee-South Monaghan Township, was not approved. […] ...More

Prince Rupert BC fisherman gets almost $50,000 for illegal catches

A four-time convicted commercial fishing offender is on the hook for $49,704.68 in fines and banned from fishing for eight months, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) announced on March 14. Adrian Slavko Kern pleaded guilty to violating the Fisheries Act in Prince Rupert Provincial Court on Oct. 31, 2022, the DFO stated in a press […] ...More

​The Radical Stitch contemporary exhibit is currently on display at the Art Gallery of Hamilton until May 28 and will be scheduled to tour at various locations throughout Canada until 2025. Organized and circulated by the Mackenzie Art Gallery, the exhibit showcases Indigenous beadwork ranging from traditional items, including clothing and jewelry, to more contemporary […] ...More

Immigration ‘trainwreck’ possible as Canada has jobs but no housing

Canada’s plan to open its doors to hundreds of thousands of immigrants will be a “trainwreck” if the Trudeau Liberal government does not come up with a comprehensive housing solution for the newcomers who are needed to fill jobs in the country, experts say. Housing affordability and availability are the key issues of concern for […] ...More