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Kids fishing day

  On Saturday, May 26, 2018, Whitecourt Fish & Game Association will be hosting Kids’ Fishing day. The event will be held at the Rotary Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fishing equipment will be available, or you can bring your own. Adults will be present to assist those who need it. The main […]

Whitecourt Public Transit ridership has more than doubled, new features on the way

Whitecourt Public Transit ridership has more than doubled, new features on the way

  Whitecourt Public Transit has become an integral addition to the routine of many members of the community. In fact, the difference from 2016 to 2017 is substantial with more than double the passengers riding on the bus. In 2016, there was a total of 11,433 riders and by December of 2017 a total of […]

Whitecourt Staples gives a boost to local women entrepreneurs

Whitecourt Staples gives a boost to local women entrepreneurs

  Whitecourt Staples celebrated International Women’s Day on Thursday, March 8 by inviting local women entrepreneurs to take part in a free market. Sales Manager Cody Stevenson said it’s an important event for the community. “It celebrates women entrepreneurs in our town which is great. We get to help them grow their businesses and help […]

Whitecourt Rotary Club donates $100,000 towards future projects planned for Rotary Park

Whitecourt Rotary Club donates $100,000 towards future projects planned for Rotary Park

  Rotary Park is one of the many shining lights within the community of Whitecourt. It gives residents of all ages a place to play, to enjoy the outdoors, and to get exercise regardless of the time of year. From the waterslides in the summer to enjoying the colours of fall along the trails to […]

Wolverines kick off the post-season against the Lloydminster Bobcats

Wolverines kick off the post-season against the Lloydminster Bobcats

  The Whitecourt Wolverines have entered the playoffs like lions after roaring ahead of the Lloydminster Bobcats with two commanding wins at home. By finishing third in the AJHL North, the Wolverines have clinched home ice advantage which means even more than usual when you consider that during the regular season series between both clubs, […]

Forest model lit on fire shows just how important it is to be FireSmart

Forest model lit on fire shows just how important it is to be FireSmart

  Whitecourt Deputy Fire Chief Wayne Andrusiak wanted to showcase just how important the FireSmart projects are to Whitecourt and surrounding areas, and why treating forests can make all the difference. By showcasing how quickly fire can move in a cluttered forest and how dangerous it would be to fight a fire within that type […]

Economic forum

Economic forum

  The Whitecourt Chamber of Commerce held its annual Economic Forum on Thursday, March 8 at École St. Joseph’s Hall. The six-hour event featured several different speakers from various economic backgrounds. Chamber President Paula Miller said business owners learn quite a bit at events such as this. “They learn about what’s happening in the town […]

Town of Whitecourt holds annual Budget Information Open House, attendance remains low

Town of Whitecourt holds annual Budget Information Open House, attendance remains low

  The Town of Whitecourt regularly holds Open House events on various topics to allow residents the opportunity to voice concerns, ask questions, and get answers. On Wednesday, February 28 Mayor Maryann Chichak, several councillors, and heads of various departments were on hand in the fieldhouse at the Allan & Jean Millar Centre for the […]

Hilltop students learn about bullying at 2018 Pink Shirt Day assembly

Hilltop students learn about bullying at 2018 Pink Shirt Day assembly

  On Wednesday, February 28 students at Hilltop High School were encouraged to wear pink as part of the anti-bullying movement, Pink Shirt Day. The idea for the movement came from two students in Nova Scotia after they found out that a student was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school. Tired of the […]

20+ inches of hair and over $1000 generously donated to the Canadian Cancer Society

20+ inches of hair and over $1000 generously donated to the Canadian Cancer Society

  For women undergoing cancer treatments, losing your hair is a symptom that can be emotional, bring down self-esteem and make survivors feel as though they have lost a part of what makes them who they are. With every hurdle they must bound over, treatment they must endure, pill they must swallow and ounce of […]

Boys & Girls Club is in need of new members

Boys & Girls Club is in need of new members

  The Boys & Girls Club of Whitecourt & District held its monthly board meeting on Wednesday, February 7 in the club at the Carlan Services Community Resource Centre. The group spoke about the importance of fundraisers and grants to support the services they provide. 60% of the revenue at the club comes from grants, […]

Bonspiels coming up for local curlers

Bonspiels coming up for local curlers

  Local curlers are gearing up for a couple of bonspiels that are approaching within the next two months. First up is the Whitecourt Ladies Bonspiel which starts Friday, February 23 and runs until Sunday, February 25. The three-day event always has a fun theme and this year that theme is Mardi Gras. You can […]

Lots and lots of snow: Snow clearing update

Lots and lots of snow: Snow clearing update

by Susan Hofforth   That was a lot of snow! That’s the refrain that was heard almost everywhere last week and Whitecourt was certainly no exception. Crews were hard at work last week clearing away it all out of the way. This week, it’s very likely that they are still at it.   The Town […]

FireSmart project is removing 30% of fuel from the forest behind new school, only 2% of trees affected

    Within a month since it began, the latest FireSmart project in the forest behind the new St. Joseph’s School is already well into its treating process. “They’ve probably treated about 25% of the area. They are well into it now. They have the mulchers working and they are making a couple of fire […]

MP Viersen on combating child sexual abuse

  Last Monday, Parliament held its first Abuse Awareness Day to educate legislators & leaders about reducing the long-term impact of trauma on abused children.   I was joined by my colleagues’ Liberal MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette, NDP MP Christine Moore, Bloc MP Rheal Fortin and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May.   Starting in the morning, […]