Alta. park plan results in political turmoil

Government cancels town hall meetings on the Bighorn Country proposal, citing serious harassment of government employees

Tensions over the future of Bighorn Country in Alberta have increased dramatically, resulting in dramatic responses from the province’s two major political parties. Turmoil over the proposed parks area, situated between Jasper and Banff national parks, began to bubble last week when NDP Environment and Parks Minister Shannon Phillips announced that upcoming in-person town hall-style […] Read more

Turmoil over the proposed parks area, situated between Jasper and Banff national parks, began to bubble last week when NDP Environment and Parks Minister Shannon Phillips announced upcoming in-person townhall-style meetings would be cancelled. | Jeremy Simes photo

Political turmoil reaches boiling point over Bighorn plan

Tensions over the future of Bighorn Country in Alberta have increased dramatically, reaching hysteria from the province’s two major political parties. Turmoil over the proposed parks area, situated between Jasper and Banff national parks, began to bubble last week when NDP Environment and Parks Minister Shannon Phillips announced upcoming in-person townhall-style meetings would be cancelled. […] Read more

Carlier said farmers have a right to be concerned about the proposal, which is currently the subject of consultations by Agriculture Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. | File photo

Alta. ag minister cool on seed royalties

Alberta Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier says he has reservations about a proposal that could see royalties collected on farm-saved seed. Carlier said farmers have a right to be concerned about the proposal, which is currently the subject of consultations by Agriculture Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. “I don’t represent Monsanto and I don’t […] Read more


One course will teach farmers how to maximize revenue while the other will focus on processing.  |  File photo

Alta. college launches hemp program

Edmonton’s NorQuest College has launched an online program for people looking to farm hemp. The Hemp Farmer course became available in January and is designed to show people how to maximize revenue. Classes will feature research on the crop’s growing season, and current farmers will offer advice via video. “It will delve into everything from […] Read more

Alberta Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier helped Skeena Ngo transfer dough to a mixer during a visit to Crust Craft last January. The minister said 2018 didn’t start off so well but managed to improve by the end.  |  File photo

Alberta ag minister calls 2018 a year of ups and downs

For Alberta Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier, 2018 was a mixed bag. While speaking with The Western Producer in a year-end interview in December, he suggested the year got off to a shaky start. He said trade uncertainty loomed large as governments were negotiating a new North American Free Trade Agreement. High tariffs on pulses from […] Read more


RCMP Cst. Rob Eberly inspects a problem property near St. Paul, Alta. He is a member of the eastern rural crime reduction unit in Alberta, which is tasked with investigating, suppressing, apprehending and offering ways to help rehabilitate the five percent of individuals causing 95 percent of the crime in rural communities. |  Jeremy Simes photo

On the ground: Alta. RCMP tackle rural crime

The police force reports that the rural crime rate is down, but officers on the ground say more work needs to be done 


ST. PAUL, Alta. — While driving along lonely prairie roads in eastern Alberta, RCMP officers Rob Eberly and Tony Knowles are on their way to check on problem properties and individuals in the community. Their mission isn’t necessarily one of doing a high-profile sting operation, but one of gathering information and reaching out to residents […] Read more

Two people are facing numerous animal cruelty charges after Evansburg RCMP launched an investigation into allegations of mistreatment of horses on a rural property. | Facebook/Lauren Nagel photo

Animal cruelty charges laid in Alberta

Two people are facing numerous animal cruelty charges after Evansburg RCMP launched an investigation into allegations of mistreatment of horses on a rural property. RCMP said in a news release today that Patricia Lynn Moore, 48, and Ross Andrew Atkinson, 50, of Parkland County have been charged after 65 horses and six dogs were removed […] Read more

Missing Molly found in Alberta

In what can only be described as a Christmas miracle, Molly the Clydesdale has finally been found after being missing for more than three months. Owner Cindy Thomas said Dec. 27 that the bay-coloured mare was found Christmas Eve in good shape in a neighbour’s yard. “Tears started to flow and I started to laugh […] Read more


Mountains surround Abraham Lake near Cline River, Alta., in the province’s Bighorn Country.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

Opinions clash over Bighorn parks proposal

Many Alberta residents are worried that the plan would negatively affect their livelihoods, while other see benefits

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE, Alta. — Opinions over the future of Bighorn Country clashed last month when residents met with government officials over potential changes to the proposed wildlife and recreation area. Many residents who live in the proposed parks area, which is situated between Jasper and Banff national parks in western Alberta, raised concerns at […] Read more

Humic acid in soil may help reduce CWD

Scientists from the University of Alberta say they have discovered a property in soil that could potentially help reduce the spread of chronic wasting disease. While they aren’t exactly sure how the soil property, known as humic acid, is reducing the infection, their research shows it is able to break down the abnormal protein that […] Read more