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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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An all-new theatre experience is coming to Grande Prairie with Shrek The Musical bringing a special treat from Broadway itself.  “We are including in the show a digital design that hasn't been done in Grande Prairie before, said Jennifer Robertson, director. She said this production of Grande Prairie Live Theatre purchased projections from the Broadway […]

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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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Grande Prairie city council made several motions last Monday (Jan. 23) that could see a new stormwater utility bill coming to residents next year. Currently, the city’s stormwater system is funded through municipal property taxes and provincial grants.  “If we adopt a utility model, instead (of using municipal taxes), you'll receive a bill that reflects […]

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Rail advocacy comes from local municipalities and organizations

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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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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