More to sin tax than it seems

Nothing is certain except death and taxes. And nothing could be worse, except perhaps death by taxes. And there is no tax more related to its grim counterpart than the sin tax. We’ve already heard much weeping and gnashing of teeth over the provincial government’s plan to run Alberta’s highest deficit ever, while taking on debt to pay for capital … [Read more...]

Music power couple rise as Moon Vs Sun

For a band made up of two of Canada’s biggest stars, the duo behind Moon Vs Sun is surprisingly down to Earth. Solo artist Chantal Kreviazuk and Our Lady Peace frontman Raine Maida will be performing as Moon Vs Sun at the Beaumont Blues & Roots Festival on Sunday night. The Juno award-winning artists, who are married, have performed in … [Read more...]

Seeking spirits in Beaumont

Greg Pocha believes the truth is out there. He's just not sure where. The paranormal investigator, who teaches ballroom and Latin dance in Beaumont when he's not chasing spirits, has been searching Alberta's nooks and crannies for signs of paranormal activity for more than 15 years. Just don't call him a ghost hunter. Rather, he seeks to … [Read more...]

A Christmas wish

Richard Grayson still has the shoes his son was wearing on the day of his life-altering accident. The Grayson family moved to Beaumont in late June of this year. Six days later, on July 4, they had their lives changed forever when their 13-year-old son Lincoln got in a severe bike accident, severely damaging his neck and spinal cord after … [Read more...]

Beaumont man defies odds to celebrate life

When Beaumont resident Joe Spaziani was first diagnosed with brain cancer on Dec. 11, 2011, the doctor told his wife there was a good chance he would not make it through treatment. They later revised their prognosis to say he had roughly 12-14 months to live. In March, Spaziani celebrated his third birthday with brain cancer. Spaziani … [Read more...]

Playing with history

Jowi Taylor spent 11 years, drove and flew hundreds of thousands of kilometres, and spent an immeasurable amount of money to build a guitar that he can’t play. And he doesn’t regret it one bit, but this is no ordinary guitar. Six String Nation, which goes by the nickname Voyageur, contains historically-significant materials from all of Canada’s … [Read more...]

Local Man Accuses Police of Racial Profiling

This story was originally published in the Meadow Lake Progress. Claims officer said “I know a drunk Indian when I see one” as he suffered epileptic seizure A Meadow Lake man is accusing the local RCMP of arresting and charging him with public intoxication when he claims he was actually having an epileptic seizure. Darrell Runningaround … [Read more...]

Makwa Sahgaiehcan Celebrates Culture

Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation, in Loon Lake, Saskatchewan, held their 15th annual powwow on May 17-19. The event celebrates Aboriginal culture and heritage, honours elders and pays homage to the Creator. The powwow attracts First Nations from all over Canada. Photos and video by Omar Mosleh. … [Read more...]

‘Absent No More’ workshop seeks to break single parent cycle

It’s a subject not everyone wants to talk about. A 2011 Conference Board of Canada report found northern Saskatchewan had by far the highest rate of single-parent families in the country, at 37.5 percent, ahead of northern Manitoba and Kitikmeot, Nunavut. The issue does not affect everyone equally. Aboriginal women, in particular, are … [Read more...]

Sounds to Soothe the Soul

Psychosomatic therapist Lorrel Elian had enjoyed a successful career in the beauty industry, as an educator and in real estate when she realized something was missing. And then everything became crystal clear. “One day, you just realize ‘How come it feels so empty?’ So I began this search,’ Elian said. That search led Elian to try and get … [Read more...]