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A recent trend in asks for funds from local municipalities has had a focus on recreation, couched in its role to boost the attraction and retention of medical professionals. According to a Rural Health Professions Action Plan (RhPAP) study, recreation is a factor for health professionals, but not a priority. “A welcoming community was the […]

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The Town of Spirit River is finding regional support after the province removed medevac fixed-wing air ambulance service there in November 2022. The medevac fixed-wing air ambulance service is slated to resume April 1, pending appropriate weather conditions. In the same period last year, 15 incidents used this service. STARS helicopters and ground ambulance continue […]

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After an ambitious effort by a local parent group, Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWPSD) is asking the community its opinion.  The PWPSD survey, tasked to explore the possibility of bringing junior high classes to Beaverlodge, was launched online Jan. 24.   Community members can attend meetings at the Beaverlodge Elementary School on Feb. 14 […]

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The way South Peace residents mark the death of their loved ones is evolving, largely due to the two-year pandemic. Oliver’s Funeral Home director of operations Chris Clements says that he has seen a dramatic effect on local services during the pandemic, when service sizes were at times mandated to a maximum of 10 people. […]

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The City of Grande Prairie announced it is joining the Community Rail Advocacy Alliance (CRAA) on Friday (Jan. 27). The city says the rail system has faced a lack of investment, seasonal service as well as capacity and is calling on the federal government to take action.  “With railway legislation under the federal government's responsibility, […]

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Province puts $1 million into options to train rural physicians

The province announced a $1-million investment to explore options of delivering medical education at Northwestern Polytechnic (NWP) and the University of Lethbridge (U of L) last Thursday (Jan. 26).  The nationwide shortage of healthcare workers disproportionately affects rural areas, said the province.  The University of Alberta (U of A) and the University of Calgary (U […]

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Bringing wetlands back to the South Peace

Underneath the snow at Shannon Peterson’s farm southwest of Beaverlodge is a swath of black dirt which she hopes will spring into new wetland. It’s the work of Alberta Environment and Parks’ (AEP) Wetland Replacement Program (WRP), hosted in conjunction with the County of Grande Prairie and Associated Environmental Consultants. Peterson says that she decided […]

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Lend a hand and a friendly face: AHS looks for volunteers

Volunteers young and old are being asked to help their community by lending a hand to their local hospital. Volunteer resources co-ordinator Mavis Mintenko says that spare hands are needed at both the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital (GPRH) and the Queen Elizabeth II Ambulatory Care Centre. “We have a volunteer resources office at both locations […]

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