South Peace News
Learn to ice fish Feb. 17
Want to give ice fishing a try under some expert supervision?
Join the Lesser Slave Watershed Council and its sponsors at the Joussard Community Association Hall at 10:30 a.m. Fishing gear will be provided, as well as free hotdogs, snacks, and hot chocolate.
Ice fishing is not the only activity, however. The outdoor skating rink will be ready for use. Participants can also take part in games, wilderness crafts, and other activities.
Ice fishing will take place about 50 metres from shore.
The event is held in conjunction with Alberta’s Free Family Fishing Weekend so no licence is needed.
Lenten Lunches begin Feb. 21
An annual series of lunches to celebrate the pre-Easter season begins again Feb. 21.
The St. Mark’s Anglican Church Lenten Lunches are held each Wednesday from Feb. 21 to March 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the church hall.
Homemade soup, sandwiches, sweets and beverages are on the menu for only $8. Each week, patrons can choose amongst six soups, as well as egg salad and meat sandwiches.
Everyone is welcome regardless of denomination.
St. Mark’s also holds its Shrove Tuesday pancake lunch at noon at the church hall.
Meet the MLA at the library
Lesser Slave Lake MLA Danielle Larivee will be meeting with her constituents at the High Prairie Municipal Library March 2 from 1-3 p.m.
Join Larivee for a leisurely visit over coffee. She will be willing to discuss all issues important to constituents.
Valentine’s Day Farmer’s Market
Marigold Enterprises is hosting its Valentine’s Day Farmer’s Market Feb. 14 from 1-6 p.m. at 4932-51 Ave.
Everyone is invited to attend and check out the tables, which have many homemade baked goods, and home-based items for sale.
For further inquiries, or to rent and reserve a table, please call Marigold at  523-4588.
Viersen combats child sexual abuse
On Feb. 5, Parliament held its first Abuse Awareness Day to educate legislators and leaders about reducing the long-term impact of trauma on abused children.
Peace River – Westlock MP Arnold Viersen was joined by Liberal MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette, NDP MP Christine Moore, Bloc MP Rheal Fortin, and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May at an all-party press conference to call for action to combat child sexual abuse. They were joined by former NHLer and child advocate Sheldon Kennedy and former Great Big Sea lead singer Sean McCann.
After meetings, Viersen moderated a panel on child abuse.
“Our society has yet to grasp how extensive and far reaching child sexual abuse is,” says Viersen. “One in three girls and one on five boys are sexually abused in Canada. That is, millions of Canadians have experienced or are currently experiencing this destruction of their well-being, their health, and their lives.”
Viersen remains committed to do all he can to combat and bring awanreness to the problem.