Letter – Principles worth protecting

The municipal elections that will occur later this year [Oct. 18] present you and your neighbours with a golden opportunity to discuss the future of your municipality amongst yourselves and with your local candidates. It is an ideal time to determine how municipal decisions and infrastructure: support your family; enhance your personal well-being; support your business; improve your community. Unfortunately, there…

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Gun grab ineffective, very expensive

By Franco Terrazzanoand Kevin Lacey,Canadian Taxpayers Federation,Courtesy of Troy Media. Here we go again! Ottawa’s budget watchdog is on the trail of another big taxpayer boondoggle in the making with the federal government’s latest gun policy. First, a Liberal government introduced the gun registry in the 1990s. That was supposed to cost $2 million but by the time it was abolished…

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Grassroots farmers, ranchers in Saskatchewan share lands to honour treaty rights

Grassroots farmers, ranchers in Saskatchewan share lands to honour treaty rights

By Shari Narine, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Win Correction: Second last paragraph: Change the word in first sentence to elegantly from inelegantly.  As the province of Saskatchewan verges on making land less accessible to Indigenous hunters and gatherers through pending trespassing legislation, a group of farmers and ranchers are acting as a “counterpoint.” “It’s really, really amazing,” said Bradley Desjarlais, who is…

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The Loop has funding revoked; city set to close drop-in centre for homeless

The Loop has funding revoked; city set to close drop-in centre for homeless

By Michael Potestio, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The City of Kamloops is planning to close The Loop drop-in centre in North Kamloops. The decision comes on the heels of an altercation at the centre on Thursday morning (July 22) involving a group of people, with a community services (bylaws) officer trying to keep the peace. The drop-in centre at Tranquille Road and…

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Town introduces formal election sign bylaw

By John Watson, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter To help organize and keep campaigns fair during the upcoming municipal election, the Town of Strathmore is implementing an election sign bylaw to clearly dictate rules on the topic. According to Director of Strategic and Administrative Services, Kara Rusk, the bylaw is meant to essentially represent housekeeping efforts for clarification, rather than imposing notable restrictions…

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A Conservative Government will always respect Alberta

Arnold Viersen, MPPeace River – Westlock Albertans quite reasonably expect the rest of the country, including the federal government, to be in their corner. Albertans have contributed more than $600 billion to the rest of Canada since 1967. But when Albertans went through tough economic times in 2015-16 and 2016-17, caused in no small part by the anti-energy policies of the…

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UCP claim unfounded

UCP claim unfounded

Chris CleggSouth Peace News Recently reinstated Lesser Slave Lake MLA Pat Rehn did not receive any letters of support from Lesser Slave Lake municipalities as the party claims. United Conservative Party caucus chair Nathan Neudorf made the announcement July 14 and claimed in part that letters of support for Rehn came from “several municipalities.” However, the Town of Slave Lake, Town…

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Editorial – Apology required but unlikely

Chris Clegg The United Conservative Party owns an apology to Lesser Slave Lake constituency municipal governments. In their July 14 news release announcing MLA Pat Rehn’s reinstatement to the party to media outlets in Alberta, they wrote letters of support for Rehn came from “several municipalities.” The statement is false. No other way to put it. The Town of Slave Lake,…

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Premier devotes $150 million to overcome digital poverty in rural Alberta

Premier devotes $150 million to overcome digital poverty in rural Alberta

By Jennifer Henderson, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter On Thursday, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced the province would be investing $150 million to help connect rural Albertans to better Internet services. He said he hopes the money will inspire the federal government and the private sector to bring the total investment up to $1 billion. “We want to ensure that all Albertans in…

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More continuing-care beds for rural communities

More continuing-care beds for rural communities

By Jennifer Henderson, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Thousands of new continuing care beds will be added in facilities across Alberta over the next few years, with many going to rural areas of the province. On Friday Alberta Minister of Health Tyler Shandro announced more than 6,000 continuing-care beds would be built across the province in the coming years, with 343 beds added…

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