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Richard Froese South Peace News What is fair and equitable representation for rural regions in the provincial legislature? Is fair and equitable representation important, valid, or essential in rural areas where the population is much more sparse and communities are…

Locally, the pressures faced by municipal governments mirror those Alberta and B.C. are experiencing. What’s at stake is a lot smaller, of course, but the situation is similar. When times are good and money is flowing into municipal coffers, cooperation…

There’s an interesting scenario shaping up in which adjacent NDP provincial governments may be promoting agendas completely contrary to each other. We’re talking of course about Alberta and B.C. You would think that the NDP, traditionally a party of ‘labour,’…

Open letter to Municipal District of Lesser Slave River: Individuals and groups around Lesser Slave Lake have been concerned about the Swan Hills (hazardous waste) Treatment Centre (SHTC) since before it opened 30 years ago in 1987. When the Keepers…

Jeff Burgar (Reprinted from the High Prairie South Peace News) It’s no secret the Alberta economy was in the tank the past two years. Store and restaurant sales dropped. Travel dropped. In fact, just about everything dropped, except perhaps collection…

Richard Starke MLA for Vermilion-Lloydminster Wayne Drysdale MLA for Grande Prairie-Wapiti The Alberta Teacher’s Association (ATA) recently came to an agreement with the government on a renewed employment contract for teachers across Alberta. This deal is retroactive to September 1,…

Commentary by Tom Henihan One of the first casualties of ludicrous, self-indulgent trends is language. To announce the latest asinine attempt at defying propriety and commonsense, a new linguistic mutation must be imposed on an already overburdened and desecrated English…

You probably heard the story of the uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean that had an estimated 38 million individual pieces of plastic junk washed up on its beaches. Apparently somebody counted them. The story went that then they cleaned…

The federal government’s recent bailout of Bombardier looks bad and smells funny, no matter where you are and what angle you look at it from. The best you could say about it is that maybe it’ll save some jobs in…

RE: A made-in-home solution, by Mac Olsen May 17 Lakeside Leader Mac, I hate to say it but you do have a point. We do need to be energy self sufficient. To me, that means not shipping the oil down…

The first step in overcoming an addiction, say the experts, is to admit that you have one. Judging by how many people can’t seem to resist their cell phones while driving, eating supper, working (or whatever), they are addicted and…

Jeff Burgar South Peace News Most people heading for a fill of gasoline head to their usual pump station. We are all resigned to the inevitable fact we are going to be hosed without mercy. Pump prices in Edmonton last…

Mac Olsen Smoky River Express The Wildrose Party certainly made the right call last week with their motion to encourage the federal government to end the purchase of ‘dictator oil.’ Wildrose Shadow Economic Development Minister Prasad Panda made the following…

Two staff members at schools in Slave Lake have recently been slammed by the teachers’ union for what it deems inappropriate behaviour. Fair enough – unions have rules and disciplinary procedures. If you break them, punishment follows. But in these…