Category: Featured

POSTPONED Received at press time:  Due to the revised Alberta Public Health measures announced September 3, the Kinosoo Performing Arts Tim Tamashiro show scheduled for Saturday, September 11 and the Karac Hendriks performance on Saturday, October 9 have been postponed to a future date.  Kinosoo Performing Arts presents Tim Tamashiro: When You’re Smiling Saturday, September […]

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The Métis flag now occupies a place of honour outside the Town of Bonnyville’s administration building as well as in the council chamber. Town Council, the Métis Nation of Alberta, local dignitaries, and community members came together for the flag raising last Thursday. The ceremony holds historic significance for the municipality. “These are lands that […]

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The sun always shines on the St. Paul Rodeo! Okay, not always. Maybe not even most of the time. But it was a beautiful weekend to celebrate the town’s rodeo tradition this year, with events through the week culminating in the colourful parade on Saturday. And, of course, the rodeo itself. Not all events were […]

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St. Paul sits on the edge of the “borsch belt” of early Ukrainian block settlement. While touring the local People’s Museum as a newly retired resident, I was surprised to see how little Ukrainian content there was in it, given the ethnic mix of the community. It struck me that something of great value was […]

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Although we are eternally interested in all birds, every now and then an obscure, unique, or unusual-looking bird catches the birdwatcher’s eye.   Such was the case in 2017 when Elaine and I were in Red Deer at the Gaetz Lakes Migratory Bird Sanctuary one smoky morning, peering over a dried-up oxbow. Elaine spotted some […]

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For some, retirement is a time to enjoy some well-deserved rest. For others, like Rose-Marie Cameron, it’s time to get to work.  Cameron, a resident of Bonnyville, retired from teaching in 2007. Her newfound freedom gave her the impetus to apply herself to two of her lifelong passions—music and art.  “In 2007, I started making […]

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Open Farm Days is one the best ways to spend a day outside, get to know your region, and have fun learning.  Open Farm Days is on Saturday, August 14 this year. The province-wide initiative is supported locally by Community Futures Lakeland and by the M.D. of Bonnyville. There are five venues participating through Community […]

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Live theatre is coming back to Elk Point this fall. Elk Point Allied Arts is bringing back its Christmastime dinner theatre production, with a play called In-Laws, Outlaws, and Other People (Who Should Be Shot). The play is written by Steve Franco. “It’s very exciting,” said director Don Conrad. “But there’s mixed feelings because just […]

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Canadians are opening their eyes to Indigenous cultures, including the important story of the Métis people. It’s a commonly-told joke that the first Métis arrived in Canada nine months after the first European fur trader.  In a more serious vein, Canadian thinker John Ralston Saul suggested in his 2008 book A Fair Country: Telling Truths […]

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