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Is anybody besides me old enough to remember Barbara Frum? Her son, David Frum, is now a naturalized American and former Bush the Younger’s speech writer. Like many Republicans, he has had his faith in conservatism shaken and therefore spends…

Jeff Burgar Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is joked about for his socks and a string of lame comments along the lines of “peoplekind”, plus international boobery surrounding his international trips to India. But last week, Trudeau put on his big…

A few years ago, I made a decision that would change my life forever. I was playing by the railway tracks with my friends when I decided to hop onto a moving train. I fell off and my left leg…
It was a very, very bad week!

It was the worst of times. Last week, I found myself agreeing with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau [gag me with a spoon, please], and Green party Leader Elizabeth May. Please, just get the rope out and get it over with!…

Chris Clegg Just how many gold mining shows are there on TV? Locally, I get to watch about five on the local boob tube: Yukon Gold, Gold Rush, Bering Sea Gold, Gold Rush: White Water, and Gold Rush: Parker’s Trail.…

Jeff Burgar “You want to see economic development?” said a prominent Falher businessperson years ago. “Everybody is talking about economic development,” he continued. “Well, give me a million dollars or two and I will show you development!” The fellow, Jean…
Rewards should go to those who pay

From time to time, The Town of High Prairie and Big Lakes County councils receive “gifts” for sponsorship of events. “Gifts” is a poor word. It is generally part of a sponsorship package. For example, the Elks Pro Rodeo offers…

Joe McWilliams Here’s a dilemma for you: our modern economy relies rather heavily on consumer spending. Buying things we don’t really need keeps millions employed, shareholders happy and so on. Good jobs, a decent standard of living, growth, prosperity, etc.…

Jeff Burgar Big Lakes County and the Town of High Prairie share something in common. In fact, they both share something in common with a great number of communities around Alberta. Fairview. Rocky Mountain House. Counties like Athabasca. Camrose. Woodland.…
Clegg – Can someone explain this to me?

Next week, our area is sending, as Diana Oliver likes to put it, a “baseball team” to Halifax to attend the Federation of Canadian Municipalities conference May 30 to June 3. Networking and getting information are the two reasons cited…

Richard Froese Tourism has great potential to boom around the Lesser Slave Lake region. The upcoming Victoria Day weekend on May 19-21 historically marks the launch of the summer tourism season, when people flock to the lake and nearby resorts.…

Jeff Burgar If a tree falls in the forest and nobody hears it, did it really fall? If a bombshell explodes in front of your face, and you just ignore it, did it really go off? Those are questions one…

Tom Henihan Sometimes we discover we have changed, that the persona we trusted as authentic and with which we presented ourselves to others no longer fits and needs adjustment. Change, especially personal change, is often discomfiting at first but when…