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A summer back to normal

Commentary byRichard Froese It seemed that the summer of 2021 was mostly back to normal and busier after events were cancelled in summer 2020 because of COVID-19 restrictions. Just look at the July and August issues of the South Peace News and Lakeside Leader and readers quickly discover more events, even some new events. As COVID-19 restrictions in Alberta were dropped…

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All candidates are welcome

Jeff Burgar There are organizations, like clubs, military, businesses and schools and such, where it is a real asset to know one’s way around. Meaning, it probably is a bad idea to let a 25-year-old write specifications for a new Canadian ice breaker. Not that there are not intelligent mid-20 experts on many things out there. It just seems, if one…

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Commentary – A note from my vacation

Jeff Burgar So what does a writer like myself do for a holiday? What do I do after after a steady stream of newspaper copy, week after week, month after month, and year after year? What do I do for a break? Well, as most authors will tell you, we mostly keep on writing! Seriously! Of course, this is in between…

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Editorial – Pt2: City vs country

Jeff Burgar Last week, we commented on a real estate “boom” happening in many small cities and big towns across Canada. It’s all due to sky-high home prices in some places, combined with business and government willing to accept “work from home” policies. Is this whole transition sustainable in the long run? In places like Fairview and Peace River, Alberta, it…

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Commentary – Blame the water, not the horse

Pearl Lorentzen In a discussion about a homeless shelter in Slave Lake, someone mentioned the old adage – ‘you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.’ I’d already started this regional with the same adage. I wonder about this adage. Why doesn’t the horse want to drink? When using the adage, people seem to blame the…

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Why Canada’s oil and gas sector gets so little respect

Mark Milke and Lennie KaplanCanadian Energy CentreTroy Media Want to know why Canadian oil and gas gets so little respect from anti-oil and gas activists? It’s not because Canada’s main energy sector is somehow a miscreant on measures of carbon emissions or anything else. Instead, it is often due to three approaches: focusing only on absolute emissions and ignoring the effect…

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Bureaucrats living high off the hog at taxpayers expense

Franco TerrazzanoTroy Media COVID-19 has shone a light on a fundamental divide within Canada: the growing government bureaucracy and those forced to pay for it. This contrast is illustrated by Statistics Canada’s latest jobs report. The private sector, including the self-employed, has shed 520,400 jobs since COVID-19 hit us, while the number of government jobs across the country has increased by…

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Editorial – United we stand, divided we fall

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 local business organizations. Smoky River Regional Chamber of Commerce based in Falher is apparently closing shop because of a lack of…

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Politics – annoying but necessary

On one hand, it is nice when ministers of the provincial government visit your town and region. The more they know of what’s ‘outside the dome,’ the better off they and we are, is the conventional wisdom. So last week’s tour of the Lesser Slave area by three ministers of the Kenney government was welcome. It was of course also a…

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