Richard FroeseSouth Peace News The dust has settled on roads in Big Lakes County hamlets. Council revised the dust control policy for hamlets at its regular meeting May 12. Council changed the definition of dust control from cold mix to…

I have a friend who picks bottles in and around High Prairie. Because he is retired, his primary reason for doing so is to escape boredom. One day, I asked him how many bottles he picks are alcoholic versus non-alcoholic…

Richard Froese Are the new tightened health restrictions in Alberta working to stop the spike of COVID-19 cases in the third wave? Updated restrictions were announced May 4 by Premier Jason Kenney that many people say are too tight. Other…

Residents in communities across Canada are urged to get counted in the 2021 national census in May. Every five years, Canadians expect canvassers or a Statistics Canada envelope at their door. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has eliminated the door-to-door campaign…

Hardest hit will come from education, not municipal portion Chris CleggSouth Peace News Residents in High Prairie will be paying a bit more for taxes this year. Council passed its mill rate bylaw May 13 at a special meeting after…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News Do you think your vehicle is bouncing its way over northern Alberta’s worst road? If you think so, the Alberta Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association wants to hear from you! The association is launching a social…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News It has taken well over a decade of lobbying, a plethora of setbacks and triumphs, but the end is near! Alberta Health Services announced May 7 that construction has started at the High Prairie Health Complex…

Joe McWilliamsSouth Peace News With a provincial election two years away, it seems unusually early to be running a candidate recruitment campaign. But that’s what the Lesser Slave Lake United Conservative Party [UCP] Constituency Association is doing. Ads inviting applications…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Five charges have been dropped against a man from the High Prairie area charged in connection with a major illegal fish-poaching operation. Charges for Louis Robert Bellrose were withdrawn in High Prairie provincial court May 17.…

Susan ThompsonSouth Peace News No pharmacies north of Manning are currently offering COVID vaccinations, even as coronavirus cases continue to rise in Mackenzie County, Alberta’s largest municipality. In La Crete, Fort Vermilion and High Level, vaccinations for COVID-19 are only…

Jeff Burgar People say this will be one great big driving and camping summer in Alberta. Backed up demand, people sick of being cooped up and isolated, and the issues surrounding travel out-of-province and out-of-country. It isn’t just in Alberta.…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News A proper study needs to be done on the High Prairie Sports Palace and curling rink so council can plan for the future with the best information possible. It was the consensus after council approved to…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News Big Lakes County is not denying or confirming it may be closing the Enilda Fire Department. In a letter to the editor in South Peace News April 14, Eric Corbiere made the assertion council is “talking…

HP town council worried about services offered Chris CleggSouth Peace News Some members of High Prairie town council are not happy with what the High Prairie Health Complex has become. “We also have a hospital issue,” said Councillor Donna Deynaka…

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…