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Jeff Burgar According to simple numbers, right now there should be about 35 men and women from the High Prairie region serving in the Canadian Armed Forces and Reserve. Their duties would be everything from computer repair people, heavy-duty mechanics,…

Welcome to our Local Polls – Sometimes fun and sometimes serious. As we add Polls, some will be single choice, some will be multiple choice. You do not have to register to vote. Usually, you will be allowed only one…

Richard Froese Now that the new municipal councils and school boards have been elected and sworn in for a four-year term, it’s time to move forward. Councils and boards can accomplish many positive things by working together with residents and…

Jeff Burgar Congratulations to the High Prairie & Area Chamber of Commerce for their Small Business Week Celebration and Gala. There were three guest speakers: Lesser Slave Lake MLA Danielle Larivee, Chief Clarence Louie of the Osoyoos First Nation in…

Tom Henihan Under most circumstances, any show of goodwill is welcome and beneficial if that display of respect or kindness is genuine. If expressed as a vain demonstration of one’s own virtue then it is exploitive and selfish. The Toronto…

This month, our NDP government took steps to protect and strengthen property rights and make life better for rural Albertans, but the United Conservative Party MLAs opposed it. At a recent meeting of the Standing Committee on Resource Stewardship, we…

Jeff Burgar It’s open for argument if, following the municipal elections last week, the dust will settle completely by the time the next elections happen four years from now. After all, people are still arguing and complaining about the provincial…

Why is it that American President Donald Trump supporters don’t want to admit a theory that is coming into more and more commonplace acceptance – that is there is no real right wing and/or left wing divide in politics? If…
Clegg’s Corner – There is reason for optimism

As always, the next four years for High Prairie town council will be interesting. Now that the election smoke has cleared, many are predicting what the next four years will bring us. Some good, some bad, everyone has an opinion.…

Jeff Burgar The hand wringing over what went wrong isn’t quite over. The shoulder shrugging that it doesn’t mean very much isn’t quite over. Some people now say they got so few votes is because people hate them! Some people…

Jeff Burgar The saying sort of goes, “People usually get the government they deserve.” The source for this saying runs from the biblical Book of Judges to Socrates, to Toqueville. People not only cannot not agree where the saying comes…
Clegg’s Corner – Let’s proceed

I hate it when everyone is right. The squabble between some members of High Prairie town council, Northern Lakes College and High Prairie School Division over where to put the new college campus, and hopefully an Integrated College Campus, is…

Mac Olsen A century after the Red October Revolution, I am satisfied with the collapse of the Soviet Union and that its communist government has wound up in the landfill. But what a surprise it was to witness the decline…

Why is it that Big Lakes County can’t do as good a job of getting rid of excess water as the M.D. of Lesser Slave River does? Is it because of incompetence or sheer stupidity, or both? I think Big…

Jeff Burgar “Motherhood and apple pie!” – “Let’s all work together!” – “We are moving forward!” – “This is a good town!” – “We are making great progress!” And, oh, so much more! All of course, said at the High…
Clegg’s Corner – Words of wisdom from Tommie Smith

There are citizens who desperately try to bring about change for the better. Then there are those who sit back and do little. Very little! Next week, High Prairians will vote for a new council. Eleven individuals have stepped forward…