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The Lakeland’s Royal Canadian Legion branches are reopening as conditions permit. Bonnyville Branch 183 has been opening for its Friday steak nights for a few weeks, and Cold Lake Branch 211 has just resumed modified Monday-to-Saturday hours. St. Paul Branch 100 is assessing the ongoing pandemic situation, and won’t offer their biweekly fundraising suppers until […]

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Age Friendly Cold Lake will be lending a hand with the Cold Lake and District Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) Meals on Wheels program within the city and into the MD of Bonnyville.  The grant comes from money that the provincial government has earmarked to address Covid-related priorities. The grants are distributed by the […]

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With Cold Lake and its hospital continuing to lose doctors, the mayor is asking the provincial government and Alberta Health Services to stop the bleeding. The City of Cold Lake and the Municipal District of Bonnyville form the largest part of the hospital’s catchment area. Cold Lake mayor Craig Copeland and MD of Bonnyville reeve […]

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If you’re sick, stay home. If you need care, go to the hospital. The messages may seem contradictory, but they’re really not. During the first stage of stay-at-home precautions against the spread of Covid-19, Albertans were wary about burdening clinics and hospitals for fear of taking capacity away from people who “really need it.” At […]

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Around the time the Major League Baseball season was supposed to start, Lakeland Credit Union (LCU) welcomed a free-agent signing of its own. Kelly McGiffin started work as LCU’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in April. He has been involved with credit unions since 1976, and has spent almost 25 years as a CEO with […]

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Coots and Cameras with Don and Elaine Cassidy A sure sign of spring in Alberta is the migration of the wide variety of hawks from their winter residences, flying north to create the next generation. My fondest memories of this late April migration were seeing the raptors perched seemingly on every fence post along the […]

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Shocking revelations from Canadian Armed Forces members about the state of care in five Ontario long-term care facilities during the Covid-19 crisis have Albertans wondering if the same things could happen here. Could they? Irene Martin-Lindsay, executive director of the Alberta Seniors Communities and Housing Association (ASCHA), says no. “Ontario and Quebec have very different […]

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All in all, it’s not a terrible time to go golfing. Restrictions for golf courses to operate during Stage 1 of Alberta’s relaunch strategy mean some changes to the way the game is played. Butless-frequent tee times also mean there’s no crowding, even during peak times. Restrictions include one person per golf cart, unless they […]

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In late April the government of Alberta made several adjustments to the doctor compensation framework it had imposed through its 2019 budget bill. Some of these were specifically introduced to address the concerns of rural physicians. Attracting and retaining doctors in rural Alberta has been a growing problem. When the government halted negotiations with the […]

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