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The M.D. of Bonnyville council has approved annual funding for seniors’ societies in Bonnyville, Cold Lake, and Glendon. The Bonnyville Seniors Drop-In Centre, the Cold Lake Seniors’ Society, and the Glendon and District Seniors Citizens Club will each receive $15,000 per year to support their operations. “We’re thrilled,” said Germaine Prybysh, president of the Bonnyville […]

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“There’ll be bluebirds over The white cliffs of Dover Tomorrow, just you wait and see.” Remember Vera Lynn? During the darkest days—or years—of the Second World War, the songstress had an uncanny ability to rally Britain’s courage, and to muster hope for victory and a return to peace. There have been many comparisons between our […]

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Respect Residents and staff at Sunnyside Manor in St. Paul are doing their best in trying times. “We have not allowed visitors for a while now, and have restricted the residents from going out,” said manager Kerry Trottier. In accordance with the Chief Medical Officer of Health’s directives, everyone has started to practice physical distancing […]

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Jeff Gaye The Government of Alberta imposed a compensation framework on the province’s doctors effective April 1, replacing the previously-existing agreement between the government and the Alberta Medical Association. The framework includes reductions in fees, insurance reimbursements, and continuing education funding. The government has temporarily suspended changes to “complex modifiers” in the fee schedule, which […]

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“Rural health care under siege!” MD of Bonnyville reeve Greg Sawchuk admitted the title for a regional physicians’ presentation on March 11, was a bit dramatic. But then the doctors spoke. A dozen practitioners from St. Paul, Bonnyville, Cold Lake, and Lac La Biche laid the facts bare. Rural doctors are working dangerously long hours. […]

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Jeff Gaye St. Paul Champions for Change held its annual general meeting March 16. The community organization  reflected on its accomplishments over the past year and looked ahead to new initiatives and ongoing projects. President Penny Fox said the organization had a bit of a quieter year, but two highlights stood out: the installation of […]

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Jeff Gaye Lorane and Willie MacGregor chose an inauspicious date for their wedding: April 1. “My aunt said, ‘you can’t get married on that date!’” Lorane recalls. “I said why not? She says ‘it’s April Fool’s Day.’ “I said, that makes no difference to me, we’re going to get married. And we did.” That was […]

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Jeff Gaye A late-season snowstorm didn’t keep a sold-out crowd of 320 people from attending the annual St. Paul Hospital Gala Saturday night. “It’s typical foundation gala weather,” said Noreen Brousseau, president of the St. Paul and District Hospital Foundation. “Every year we have either a blizzard or 40 below, you name it. We’ve never […]

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Jeff Gaye You’re never too old to learn something new, and several residents at Elk Point Heritage Lodge are taking up painting for the first time. Local artist Dawn Bruins teaches regular Tuesday painting classes at the lodge, and she says the residents are taking to it.  “I have met a lot of seniors that […]

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Jeff Gaye Service clubs like the Lions, Elks, Optimists, Kinsmen, and many others have a long history in communities across Canada—in fact, around the world. The clubs provide a way for community-minded citizens to pitch in and help out. Some have specific mandates, but all share a general desire to serve.  Most of them have […]

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