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BEAVERLODGE, 

WEMBLEY, 

HYTHE 

AND SEXSMITH



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Economic relief during pandemic available to South Peace residents

BY BRAD QUARIN, LOCAL JOURNALISM INITIATIVE REPORTER

Layoffs, lost income due to self-isolation and an increasingly uncertain future are the order of this new world, but governments are working overtime to set down financial relief strategies.

Parliament approved an $82 billion aid package Wednesday. The Alberta government has also earmarked millions of dollars in support to address the ailing economy.

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Beaverlodge budget marked by rate increase, few capital projects

 BY BRAD QUARIN, LOCAL JOURNALISM INITIATIVE REPORTER 

Beaverlodge has operating and capital budgets for 2020, worth a projected $7.46 million and $30,000, respectively. Council approved the budgets during its regular meeting Monday.

There are some expected rate increases with a deferment on property tax collection, said Tina Letendre, acting chief administrative officer.

There are also only two approved capital projects for 2020.

“With the economy and lack of jobs, we just couldn’t hit taxpayers with any more of an increase for capital projects),” said mayor Gary Rycroft (pictured).

“The 3.33 per cent rate increase is exactly what the province downloaded on us in cuts in funding and the addition of police costs.”

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South Peace residents are living under a state of emergency, but what does it mean?

BY BRAD QUARIN, LOCAL JOURNALISM INITIATIVE REPORTER

Though South Peace residents have been living under a state of local emergency since last Thursday, many of us aren’t sure just what that means. Councils of the city and county of Grande Prairie, Beaverlodge, Wembley, Sexsmith and Hythe each declared an emergency, in co-ordination with the Grande Prairie Regional Emergency Partnership (GPREP). 

“We’ve not used any (emergency) powers, but in the future we may need to,” said Dan Lemieux, GPREP acting director of emergency management.

“We asked our regional municipalities to declare a state of local emergency as a preparatory measure.”

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 Dan Lemieux, GPREP acting director of emergency management, said GPREP is asking families to stay off playground equipment. Playground speed zones are still in effect, said Beaverlodge peace officer Mark Morrical. 

  

  

 

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