HALO news disappointing and concerning for many

HALO news disappointing and concerning for many

By Anna Smith, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Concerns have been expressed by both Cypress County and the Alberta Opposition regarding a report released at the end of June, regarding  helicopter emergency service in Alberta. The Helicopter Emergency  Medical Services (HEMS) report contains 11 recommendations for change in  currently available service, but concerns have been raised surrounding  the proposition to make Shock Trauma…

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Whitecourt Town Council is applying for a federal grant to tackle a huge project, linking downtown Whitecourt with Rotary Park

Whitecourt Town Council is applying for a federal grant to tackle a huge project, linking downtown Whitecourt with Rotary Park

By Serena Lapointe, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter During the July 19, 2021, Regular Meeting Whitecourt Town Council discussed an opportunity to apply for funding from the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF). The fund aims to help communities build and improve infrastructure projects, rebound from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, support building new community infrastructure to revitalize downtowns, safely bring people back…

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Big Valley cats need tags after council tweaks animal control bylaw

Big Valley cats need tags after council tweaks animal control bylaw

By Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Big Valley village council addressed a feline issue in town by tweaking its animal control bylaw. The bylaw was approved at the July 22 regular meeting of council. Village Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Tracy Mindus provided councillors with the updated animal control bylaw and noted there have been recent cat issues within the village.  Mindus…

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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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Negotiations with government employee unions could wreck province’s path to a balanced budget

Kevin LaceyCanadian Taxpayers Federation Like boxers standing in the middle of the ring before a big fight, Premier Jason Kenney and government union bosses are in a stare-down before the big battle of 2021: government employee contract negotiations. For years, these negotiations were forgone conclusions. Premiers would talk tough and then cave. Politicians weren’t betting with their own money and the…

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Town of Bashaw council decides treatment centre will have to wait to re-apply

Town of Bashaw council decides treatment centre will have to wait to re-apply

By Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Bashaw town council turned down a request from an addictions treatment program to reconsider its denied application to operate a new program at a retreat centre in town. T he decision was made at the July 22 regular meeting of council. Town Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Theresa Fuller presented councillors with an application for a…

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Food hub being launched for Peace producers

Food hub being launched for Peace producers

By Tom Summer, Local Journalism Initiative The Northern Cohort launched the roll out of its plan for a food hub in the Peace region on Wednesday, which would see local producers work together to make their products available under one banner. The aim of a food hub is to allow multiple producers, processors, and distributors to share facilities, equipment, and services to…

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Kneehill County says residents need to get involved in water system talks

Kneehill County says residents need to get involved in water system talks

By Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Kneehill County councillors want more information from their staff and directly from “Three Hills east” area residents before moving forward with any water system work.  Councillors had an intense discussion at their July 20 regular meeting on the issue. Council heard a report from John McKiernan, manager of environmental services, on water delivery options for…

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Salvage yard allowed to expand

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News A salvage yard northwest of High Prairie has changed land-use districts in the Big Lakes County land-use bylaw to allow the business to add some buildings. At its regular meeting July 14, council adopted a land-use bylaw to redistrict NW-09-75-18-W5 to rural industrial [RI] district from agricultural [AG] district. The application came from property owner Anthony Matula…

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