Revamped health advisory system gives voice to rural Albertans – minister

4/16/24By: George Lee, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Revamped advisory councils blanketing the province will help ensure that the government understands and addresses rural health-care challenges while improving service, the health minister said Monday. Rural Alberta will be heard through 13 new advisory councils – 12 regional and one Indigenous – that give traction to diverse concerns and ideas, said Adriana … Read more

Local MLA named parliamentary secretary for health engagement

By Rob VogtThe MLA for Livingstone-Macleod has been given a new role by Premier Danielle Smith to ensure front-line health-care workers remain engaged with decision-makers.On March 21, the provincial government announced Chelsae Petrovic, a licensed practical nurse with more than 13 years’ experience, and MLA for Livingstone-Macleod, has been appointed parliamentary secretary for health workforce engagement.It was noted the provincial government … Read more

Process beginning to re-zone land for solar farm operation

By Rob VogtWith a solar farm southeast of Claresholm already approved by the Alberta government, the Municipal District of Willow Creek has begun the process of re-zoning the land from rural general use to direct control, which makes council the final approval authority.At its Jan. 31 meeting, M.D. council reviewed a report from Diane Horvath, the M.D.’s planner from the … Read more

Town council to discuss ‘Coffee with council’ sessions

By Rob VogtSoon, residents of the Town of Claresholm may have a regular opportunity to meet with mayor and council on a less formal basis to discuss issues in the community.At its Jan. 22 meeting, after a discussion on the topic, Claresholm town council directed administration to prepare a formal proposal for future council discussion on “coffee with council” events.Abe … Read more

Alberta wildlife is ready for its close-up

Researchers are using remote cameras and cutting-edge tools to better study and monitor Alberta’s wildlife. January 26, 2024 Researchers have used remote cameras to monitor wildlife in Alberta for many years, and for good reason: the technology is cost-effective, efficient and safe while enabling researchers to observe multiple species at the same time. However, collecting the data, coordinating with other … Read more

Livingstone-Macleod MLA opens office in Claresholm

By Rob VogtThe constituency office for the MLA for Livingstone-Macleod will be in downtown Claresholm.Chelsae Petrovic officially opened her constituency office on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 4927 – First Street West.“It’s a way for us to open the door and welcome the constituents in,” she said.Previously, there were two constituency offices, in Pincher Creek and High River, but Petrovic has amalgamated … Read more

Albertans offered chance to look at study on pension plan

By Rob Vogt; Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of AlbertaThe provincial government will provide Albertans the chance to look at a study examining the feasibility of a provincial pension plan replacing the Canada Pension Plan in the province.On Sept. 21, the provincial government issued a release stating the report, created by the independent consultant LifeWorks, suggests an Alberta Pension Plan could … Read more