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County plants new trees to celebrate Canada’s 150

Richard Froese South Peace News Several new trees planted by Big Lakes County to celebrate the 150th birthday of Canada were showcased in a ceremony Sept. 15. Funding was granted to the county from Tree Canada in the Tree to…

Richard Froese South Peace News A workshop on climate change will be presented to the new council of Big Lakes County and other stakeholders in two months. At its regular meeting Sept. 25, council set the date of Dec. 11…

Chris Clegg South Peace News Years ago, High Prairie town council decided to include the cheque listing in its agenda in an effort to be more accountable and transparent to the public. Sept. 26, council voted unanimously to remove the…

Chris Clegg South Peace News The Town of High Prairie is proclaiming Oct. 6 as West Fraser Day in recognition of the company’s contributions to the community. While council was unanimous in its support for the proclamation, a long debate…

Chris Clegg South Peace News Town of High Prairie Mayor Linda Cox is facing a challenge from current Councillor Brian Panasiuk in the race for the mayor’s chair in the Oct. 16 municipal election. Meanwhile, the other five councillors are…

Editor’s note: South Peace News was provided with an updated list of candidates for the East Prairie Metis Settlement election Oct. 16. Below is the updated list: East Prairie Metis Settlement [Chair elected from within council] [5 to be elected]…

Richard Froese South Peace News Big Lakes County council appears to be split on the issue of climate change. At its regular meeting Aug. 30, council marginally accepted an opportunity to have a one-day workshop to study climate change. It…
Some councillors feel snubbed

Lack of input on Integrated College Campus has some members fuming Chris Clegg South Peace News Plans to build an Integrated College Campus in High Prairie are proceeding without input from town council. And some councillors are very unhappy about…

Richard Froese South Peace News A proposal to lower speed limits in hamlets has hit a speed bump. At its regular meeting Sept. 13, Big Lakes County council tabled third reading for a draft bylaw to decrease the speed limit…

Editor’s note: Following is the official list of the candidates in the municipal elections. Town of High Prairie Candidates for Mayor [1 to be elected] 1. Linda Cox 2. Brian Panasiuk Candidates for Council [6 to be elected] 1. Ross…
Mayor’s Report – August 16 to September 5, 2017

Linda Cox, Mayor, Town of High Prairie Following is a portion of Town of High Prairie Mayor Linda Cox’s report to council for Aug. 16 to Sept. 5. In keeping with policy, should Cox decide to seek re-election, her column…

Chris Clegg South Peace News   High Prairie Mayor Linda Cox is the only incumbent so far to officially declare her candidacy for mayor in the Oct. 16 municipal election. Meanwhile, at least five of the incumbent councillors are seeking…

Richard Froese South Peace News Tenders have been awarded for three water projects in Big Lakes County that will include support from government funding. At its regular meeting Aug. 9, council approved a tender for engineering services for the Joussard…

Richard Froese South Peace News Advance voting will be offered for electors in the Town of High Prairie for elections in October. At its regular meeting Aug. 8, council approved a recommendation by administration to set the advance poll for…
Slow down in hamlets in Big Lakes County

Richard Froese South Peace News Speed limits could soon be the same in hamlets in Big Lakes County, and lower in some hamlets. At its regular meeting Aug. 9, council gave first two readings to a bylaw to lower the…