By Jesse Boily, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Grande Prairie Regional Hospital (GPRH) has been serving the community since Dec. 4, and Saturday marked the official opening with Premier Jason Kenney and local leaders in attendance. “Congratulations to Grande Prairie and the…

By Jesse Boily, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The Wembley Fire Department saw its busiest year yet in 2021, responding to 320 calls while seeing a decline in volunteers. “We are trending in an unfavourable direction right now with retention and recruitment…

Legality of Oct. 18 municipal election challenged UPDATE: Editor’s note – The Town of High Prairie was served with court documents Monday, Dec. 20 regarding the Oct. 18, 2021 municipal election. Barry Sharkawi says the next step in the process will…

By Jaxon McGinn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter A lack of knowledge and aggressive tactics can leave Canadians and their money vulnerable, according to a southern Alberta Police officer. Last week, the Better Business Bureau released their annual list of the top…

By Jaxon McGinn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter For the past two weeks, the polar vortex has been in full swing across the prairies, with Coaldale seeing temperatures around -30 and wind chills upwards of -40. The cold weather can have a…

By Jeremy Appel, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter (ANNews) – Edmonton Boyle Street Community Services has announced that it will be relocating to a new building downtown.  A mid-December news release from the organization that the Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society shared touts a…

Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader A Slave Lake house with a bad reputation got shut down by Alberta Sheriffs last week. Located on 3rd St. SW, the rented property was known for drug use and trafficking – it had also been the…

New position created Richard FroeseSouth Peace News A partnership to provide support for information technology [IT] for the Town of High Prairie and Big Lakes County has been initiated. At its regular meeting June 23, Big Lakes council approved an…

By Alexandre Massaux,Research Associate,Frontier Centre for Public Policy,Courtesy of Troy Media. The debt in Canada’s Prairie provinces has grown colossally during the COVID-19 pandemic, just as debt has in the rest of Canada and around the world. At the end…

Chris Clegg We should not begrudge our friends at the other end of the lake [Slave Lake] for lobbying to secure better health services. Whether you live in Slave Lake, High Prairie, McLennan, Donnelly, Falher or Peace River, it is…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News The recently completed Canadian census is not drawing a very positive response from McLennan town council. “This damn census was a joke!” stated Councillor Sue Delaurier at council’s June 14 meeting. There was no objection from…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Triangle’s popular weekend of mud bog racing returns on the first weekend of July after being ditched in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions. The Pioneer Threshermans Association will host the event July 3-4. “It’s a circuit,…

The following statement was released by the Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta June 22: We, the sovereign chiefs of Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta, mourn the recent discovery of the mass grave of 215 children at the Kamloops…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team [ASIRT] has released details in the tragic incident that left a Gift Lake man and an RCMP Police Service Dog dead. On June 17, ASIRT was directed to investigate the…

By Alexandre Massaux,Research Associate,Frontier Centre for Public Policy,Courtesy of Troy Media. At the end of 2020, Alberta’s debt was estimated at $98 billion, Manitoba’s was $28.6 billion and Saskatchewan’s stood at $15 billion. These debts are lower than Quebec’s [$220…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News A very happy High Prairie town council is still taking a cautious approach to information in a letter stating the old High Prairie Regional Health Complex will be demolished this year. “To me, it’s information but…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News The police community and High Prairie RCMP detachment is in mourning after the local police dog Jago was shot and killed while in the line of duty. Jago was on duty June 17 while trying to…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News The former principal at High Prairie E.W. Pratt High School is facing serious criminal charges. Yellowknife RCMP General Investigations Section [GIS] have laid charges of sexual assault and exploitation in a historical investigation against Neil Barry.…

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…