Author: James Skarnikat

At another new seniors’ home concert venue in Aurora, Ontario, I was loading my gear in extra-early—typical of me when visiting for the first time, to build trust with management and rapport with the residents. A stern man named Walter cast austere advice before I even took the stage: “Don’t blow the roof off!” I […]

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Je vous écris aujourd’hui de l’aéroport. Je quitte ma campagne et ma fratrie pour quelques jours. Un voyage d’affaire. Une petite bouffée d’air frais dans mon quotidien de travailleuse en virtuel. Mon mari aussi est à l’extérieur de la maison pour des ateliers cette semaine. Nous avons donc laissé notre marmaille aux bons soins de […]

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Bird names that describe a physical feature are especially helpful when one considers that 310 species make Alberta home and another 110 species visit our province from time to time. Not having thought deeply about the number of toes on birds by species, our curiosity about a sixth species of woodpecker, this one having only […]

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The Bonnyville Friendship Centre has moved back into its newly-expanded facility, and its director of operations Janet Gobert says the changes reach far beyond the Centre’s walls. The addition to the old Friendship Centre building adds capacity for more programming while improving both the practical and esthetic quality of the space. “We’re glad to be […]

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When it comes to food, everybody—producers, processors, retailers, and especially consumers—is a stakeholder. The Connect For Food symposium in Vermilion April 15 will bring individuals and groups together to discuss the food business and our region’s place in it. Connect For Food workshops were something of a roadshow the past couple of years, with organizers […]

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The Bonnyville – Cold Lake chapter of l’Association Canadienne-Française de l’Alberta (ACFA) welcomed the community to its annual “sugar shack” celebration on Saturday.  The springtime sugaring-off tradition coincides with Francophone Month, which is celebrated everyMarch by French-speaking people around the world. This year is especially significant for the Bonnyville – Cold Lake ACFA chapter as […]

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At their annual awards ceremony March 8, the Cold Lake Women of Influence Committee honoured local women for making a difference in their community and in their chosen fields. Fifty-four women were nominated across seven categories, representing almost every facet of community involvement in a professional or volunteer capacity. Audrey McFarlane was named the Overall […]

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“Bugs in the bladder” are not necessarily an infection A new study from the University of Alberta shows that roughly half of older patients admitted to University Hospital with urinary tract infections (UTIs) have been misdiagnosed. Dr. Bill Gibson is a geriatrics specialist and Assistant Professor in the Medicine and Dentistry faculty at U of […]

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