Richard Froese Businesses struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now it seems that chambers of commerce in small towns are facing a similar situation. Many businesses closed for a while and some went out of business. Now it’s starting to hit…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Big Lakes County wants to encourage more physicians to serve the High Prairie region, male and female. At its regular meeting Aug. 11, council turned down a request from the Town of High Prairie for a…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News A longtime High Prairie healthcare proponent is urging town council to lobby government to bring chemotherapy to the local region. George Keay spoke to Town of High Prairie council at its regular meeting Aug. 10 in…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Nurses at High Prairie Health Complex set up information pickets Aug. 11 to share concerns about government action with health care. Members of the United Nurses of Alberta held Day of Action across Alberta to send…

By Krystle Wittevrongel,Public Policy Analyst,Montreal Economic Institute,Courtesy of Troy Media. In 1950, Canada faced a difficult choice between the desire to be a leader in the development of nuclear energy technology and the fear that such technology would bring the…

Jeff Burgar A recent news report says the city of Lethbridge is one of many small cities and big towns across Canada seeing jumping home prices. “We’re only a two-hour drive from Calgary,” says a Lethbridge real estate agent. He…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News The owner of Shadow Creek Resort at Joussard is proposing to build a spray park. However, one local council supported the resort’s project while another did not. Big Lakes County agreed at its July 14 meeting…

MLA Rehn, Infrastructure minister hear local issues Chris CleggSouth Peace News There was no major announcement for the High Prairie region during a tour by provincial politicians July 30, but local politicians did get a chance to bend their ears…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News The old fire hall in Kinuso has been sold by Big Lakes County at a bargain price. At its regular meeting July 14, council approved a recommendation to sell the old fire hall for $1 to…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Treaty 8 First Nation chiefs and Elders from Treaty 8 communities met on July 11 at Willow Point near Sucker Creek First Nation to share their vision and ideas for the Treaty 8 Child Well Being…

Chris CleggSouth Peace News Banished Lesser Slave Lake MLA Pat Rehn is back in as a serving MLA for the United Conservative Party government. UCP caucus chair Nathan Neudorf made the announcement July 14. The UCP says since his removal…

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.…

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…