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Jeff Burgar We got lost in the numbers. You might also, so skip the next paragraph if big numbers bother you. Basically, it just adds up all the money our province spends on health care each year. It’s a lot!…

Pearl Lorentzen Canadian and American histories are linked, but not identical. This means the current impact of the history isn’t identical. As Canadians, it is important to learn from our own history. Recently, there’s been talk about Juneteenth [June 19],…

Jeff Burgar Well, the people aren’t staying home! Back in April, news reports were filled with community leaders in places like Sylvan Lake, Jasper and other places in central and southern Alberta pleading for people to stay home. The argument…

Chris Clegg In this week’s High Prairie South Peace News, and next week’s Slave Lake Lakeside Leader, we present a two-part series on the 1904 Charles King murder story. The murder of Edward Hayward has a significant place in Alberta’s…

Jeff Burgar Optics: Looks good to voters? Check! Payoffs: Rewards our friends? Check! Can’t Hurt: Just a few nasty editorials and columns? Check! Tiny Costs: Against the rest of our spending? Check! Yup, the new Invest Alberta Corporation, which will…

Jeff Burgar Falher businessperson Jean Nicolet once said, “Give me $10 million and I will show you economic development!” Well, he might have said a million! Or maybe it was two or three million. No matter the amount, he was…

Richard Froese “O Canada!” “The True North, strong and free.” “God keep our land glorious and free.” Those are some lines in our national anthem. Canada Day on July 1 traditionally kicks off the summer to celebrate our great nation…
Editorial – We love the north

Jeff Burgar Many people from Alberta love to spend summer weeks taking holidays in the northern regions, in the Shuswap or Okanagan. There is also a clutch of southerners that love Saskatchewan’s Last Mountain Lake region. Or northern Saskatchewan with…

Jeff Burgar I was being “Karened.” Oh no! Of course, I didn’t know it was that at the time. Whatever! Something was happening. And I was the target, just as if I had a bull’s-eye drawn on my forehead. It…

Jeff Burgar A Joussard property owner asked a question last week: “Is Joussard a destination recreational area?” It’s an excellent question. The answer, looking at the planning map, is a wiggly “It depends.” It changes from one plot of land…

Pearl Lorentzen The book Cheaper by the Dozen is about a husband and wife who were efficiency experts in the early 1900s and had 12 kids. The narrator is one of the kids remembering their childhood. In the book, the…

Jeff Burgar Feel sorry for Jasper? The town! Not Jasper the Bear! Both Jasper and Banff are tourist towns. Both are hard hit by our provincial lockdowns. Hotels and restaurants are closed. Souvenir shops have no customers. Streets and local…

Chris Clegg Golden years, schmolden years! Phooey! OK, I’m not there yet, but this getting old is not all the glory it’s cracked up to be. If 65 is the cutoff to be a Golden Ager, I’m less than seven…

Subject: Is Joussard a destination recreational area? It was with great disappointment this morning [June 10] that I watched a live stream of Big Lakes County councillors defeat a bylaw amendment we supported as the vote came in with a…

Jeff Burgar “This time it’s different.” Those dabbling in stock markets have probably heard those prophetic words. As in, as markets go up and up and up, naysayers keep saying, “Look out. Everything points to coming collapse.” But optimists keep…