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As promised, the provincial budget affects all Albertans
Albertans will be taxed more this year for living and dying.
Over the last three or four months residents have heard from government that the province is $7 billion in debt and it has to get off its dependence of revenue from oil and gas.
At the same time Albertans told government they did not want a provincial sales tax so instead the province increased user fees.  Full Story >
Bassano facility a reality, says Newell Foundation chair
The Newell Foundation’s aging in place facility got a $9.6 million boost by the federal and provincial governments last week.
In addition to the $4.8 million from each government last Friday, earlier this month the foundation received $3.4 million from the province through an Affordable Supportive Living Initiative (ASLI) grant to fund 30 supportive living units and four long term care units.  Full Story >
City to play Q & A with community
The City of Brooks wants answers from residents — all residents.
Later this year, the City of Brooks will be forging ahead with a municipal census.
Mayor Martin Shields said it was decided to conduct one this year in an attempt to get more information, including the number of families living in Brooks.
“This is an opportunity to get more information from residents.”
What that more information is will be comprised of nine questions. Councilors looked at a handful of questions and last week at committee.  Full Story >
Daycare abruptly closes doors
Terri McGinn didn’t plan on taking Wednesday off.
However, a late night phone call on Tuesday evening informing her that Little Ducklings Daycare was closing effective that night, made her Wednesday morning a bit more stressful.
The business is located in Sunrise Gardens and home to 32 children each day.   Full Story >
Province approves Bassano Dam upgrades in 2015 budget
The Eastern Irrigation District will receive $30 million over the next two years for upgrades at the Bassano Dam site.
As a result of the June 2013 flooding which almost destroyed the 100-year-old dam, the EID became eligible for provincial funding and will construct an emergency spillway about 250 metres northwest of the existing dam.  Full Story >
Three men charged in local hash oil lab bust
A hash oil lab was busted by the Brooks RCMP and ALERT (Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team) members shortly after 5 p.m. on March 20 and three local men were arrested.
Inside the home police seized numerous butane canisters, other equipment used in the extraction process, drugs, cash and a prohibited weapon.  Full Story >
Daycare abruptly closes doors  

Three men charged in local hash oil lab bust 

McDonald shuts door on Bandits 

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