Winnipegger ready for liftoff

Winnipegger ready for liftoff

By Maggie Macintosh, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter14-Jul-21 A British billionaire’s successful trip to the edge of space has left one Winnipegger over the moon about the ticket she purchased to get aboard his rocketship. “It seems much more feasible now to go up in space,” said Judy Anderson, a self-described amateur astronomer who made a down payment on such a voyage via…

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New book by Darrel McLeod provides insight into Indigenous life in Canada

New book by Darrel McLeod provides insight into Indigenous life in Canada

By Jacob Cardinal, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter (ANNews) – Peyakow: Reclaiming Cree Dignity, A Memoir is a new memoir from the award-winning, Cree writer Darrel J. McLeod. He is from Treaty 8 territory in Northern Alberta. Before his retirement, McLeod was chief negotiator of land claims for the federal government and executive director of education and international affairs with the Assembly of First Nations.…

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Editorial – Enjoy freedom after pandemic

Richard Froese20-Jul-21 Summer is almost half over as people enjoy more freedoms. Life in Alberta is mostly back to normal after COVID-19 restrictions were lifted three weeks ago, on July 1, Canada Day. Many people are taking advantage of that to get together with their family and friends for the first time since before the pandemic started in March 2020. Alberta…

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Female patients prefer female doctors – Gilroy

Chris CleggSouth Peace News20-Jul-21 No one disputes having a female doctor in High Prairie is a vital need, but how far is council willing to go to support the idea? It was a contentious question at council’s July 13 meeting after Brian Gilroy proposed writing a letter to Alberta Health Services [AHS] asking them to ensure the area is served by…

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Treaty 8 law to ‘bring our children home’

Treaty 8 law to ‘bring our children home’

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 Legislation at a naming ceremony. Willow Point is the site where Treaty No. 8 was entered into on June 21, 1899.…

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Northwest B.C records dramatic real estate boom in first half of 2021

Northwest B.C records dramatic real estate boom in first half of 2021

By Binny Paul, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter10-Jul-21 Northwest B.C. is witnessing a dramatic real estate boom in the first half of 2021 as the COVID-19 pandemic-induced recession slowly begins to wane across the province. While the number of properties sold in 2021 has doubled since 2020, the real estate prices have significantly increased too. Realtors in the Terrace area sold 200 properties…

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Woodlands County residents dealing with dust issues now have a more cost-effective solution

By Serena Lapointe, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter During the last Woodlands County Council meeting of June, Councillor Dave Kusch inquired about bringing in a user-pay dust mitigation plan for area residents seeking refuge from clouds of kicked-up dirt on their roads. He made a fully-supported motion to have Administration look into the matter and bring forward potential solutions with costs fully recovered…

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Court rejects County of Newell’s redrawn electoral boundaries after residents’ lawsuit

By ALEX MCCUAIG, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter A redistricting of County of Newell electoral boundaries is being rejected by an Alberta court after legal action was taken by two rural residents. Late last year, County of Newell council passed a bylaw which would have realigned electoral boundaries while also reducing the number of councillors and divisions from 10 to seven. But in…

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Getting down and dirty at Triangle

Getting down and dirty at Triangle

Triangle’s popular weekend of mud bog racing returned July 3-4 after being ditched in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions. Vehicles charged down the muddy lanes as the Pioneer Threshermans Association hosted the annual event. The mud bog weekend west of High Prairie was the first major event in the area since COVID-19 restrictions in Alberta were lifted July 1. Several hundred…

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Commentary – Busyness isn’t necessarily bad

Pearl Lorentzen14-Jul-21 Recently, I realized that my pat answer to the salutation, “How are you?” is “Busy, but good.” I also realized that often I mean “busy, and good,” as I find a certain level of busyness fulfilling. At other times, I mean “busy, but surviving” and sometimes what I really mean is “busy and stressed.” Much of what I am…

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