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Tom Henihan With every passing day, United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney’s credibility issues become more apparent. What is it about conservative politics in general that Kenney has been caught lying again, this time while trying to justify cutting overtime…

Jeff Burgar If clapping hands and hoots and cheers at last weeks all-candidates forum means anything, it’s going to be a close race in the High Prairie region between incumbent MLA Danielle Larivee and UCP candidate Pat Rehn. Going one…
Did we honestly need another bylaw?

Editor’s note: The column published in the print edition of South Peace News did not clearly identify the conversation had with the HP RCMP Staff Sergeant was several years ago, not with the current Staff Sergeant. I covered court for…

Where is the equal in equalization? I have concerns regarding our current economic challenges in Alberta. Still in a recession and the challenges of job creation, energy investment, pipeline approval and international trade continue to plague us all. More importantly…

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to resign his office and sit as the Member of Parliament for Papineau. * Puglaas [Jody Wilson-Raybould] be appointed interim leader and acting prime minister. * Parliamentary dignity, integrity, respect – a certain cure to far…

Jeff Burgar You may find yourself in a strange chit chat with a person who never lived or travelled north of Red Deer. We have. More than a few times, actually. “So,” half-jokingly one asked, “Does anybody live in igloos…

Jeff Burgar There is sort of a standing joke in circles travelled by town, county and city councillors and officials. This is a 20- or 30-year story. Maybe longer. It goes like this: Places like Grande Prairie and Leduc and…

Jeff Burgar Federal and provincial elections bring out many ideas. Yet so far, not much mention of the Alberta old boy’s club of fat cronies. After 42 years of the Conservative dynasty, the number of leeches and porkers sucking the…
Clegg – We have to get Quebec’s attention

If anyone thinks politicians from smalltown Alberta are going to get Quebec’s attention I don’t want to sip the water they’re drinking. Nonetheless, it appears Alberta will send a healthy contingent of politicians to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities conference…

Chris Clegg I am fascinated on how much money we spend on garbage. Think about it. We buy a product, then toss what’s left in the trash bin. If you live in a town or city, you usually pay someone…

Jeff Burgar We country folk might be our own worst enemies. This idea came up when hearing the problems some local businesses hoping to attract new people to work for them are having. One can make a huge list of…
Problem is not entirely our fault

High Prairie RCMP S/Sgt. Warren Wright hits the nail on the head when he says the reason the RCMP can’t fill the dog handler position is no one wants to move here. “The problem is attracting and retention,” Wright told…

Joe McWilliams A landslide in the Peace River valley near Fort St. John last fall wiped out the ‘Old Fort’ road altogether. It led from the modern city down to the original site of Fort St. John – back when…

Jeff Burgar We love Jason Kenney’s new idea! Kenney has an idea to stop, or at least maybe slow, declines in rural population. It all has to do with bringing new overseas immigrants to rural Alberta. If it works, Peace…
The dodo bird is losing its feathers

Several years ago at an East Peace 4-H Achievement Day I made a comment to Michael Ochran. I asked him where all the potential 4-H members were. His reply? “There are no more farmers!” The answer was so stark-raving obvious…