Politics

High Prairie taxes rising

Residents in High Prairie will be paying a bit more for taxes this year.
Council passed its mill rate bylaw May 13 at a special meeting after agreeing to a two per cent increase in the mill rate for both residential and commercial properties.
The two per cent increase will generate $74,149 which is earmarked for reserves for future projects.

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An independent Alberta is a prosperous Alberta

The best way to a more prosperous Alberta in the future is to leave Canada and go it alone.
So says Paul Hinman, the interim leader of the Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta.
“The central government [in Ottawa] is the demise of our country,” says Hinman, who delivered a speech to a small group at Brandy’s in High Prairie April 28.

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Shandro hears concerns from BLC

Concerns about reduced services and a shortage of physicians and staff at the High Prairie Health Complex have become a priority for the provincial health minister.
Big Lakes County council shared issues with Health Minister Tyler Shandro at its regular meeting March 24.

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Old hospital slated for demolition

Almost four years after the buildings were vacated, the old High Prairie Health Complex will be demolished in the coming months.
The Government of Alberta announced plans Feb. 3 to level the old hospital, J.B. Wood Nursing Home and the old EMS station and garage, all owned by Alberta Health Services.

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Town of HP giving Rehn a second chance

Make no mistake about it!
The Town of High Prairie is unhappy but willing to give Lesser Slave Lake MLA Pat Rehn a second chance.
Council held a special meeting Jan. 7 and discussed the Rehn matter after the Town of Slave Lake asked for his resignation Jan. 5.

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Statements ‘racist’, says HP councillor

The Town of High Prairie will be issuing a carefully worded statement on its website against comments made at a September meeting by Town of Slave Lake Councillor Joy McGregor.
Council decided at its Nov. 10 meeting to make a statement, albeit not unanimous, after inappropriate and racist comments were made as viewed by the Indigenous community.

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Town of HP passes mandatory mask bylaw

Get your masks ready!
The Town of High Prairie passed a mandatory face covering bylaw at its Nov. 10 meeting.
Citizens will be required to wear a mask if COVID-19 cases in the Big Lakes County region reported by Alberta Health Services reaches 15.

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COVID puts freeze on HP Light-Up

The Christmas lights will still shine brightly in the High Prairie Civic Square this holiday season, but almost all other events usually held during Light-Up are cancelled.
“None of our members are happy we have had to cancel many events, but the pandemic is a reality we must consider,” says High Prairie Community Beautification chair Chris Clegg.