December 14/05 - Town Press
Release - Representatives from Alberta Infrastructure met with
Town Administration earlier this month to discuss the proposed
traffic enhancements in the area of Highway 43 and Hospital Road.
The proposed improvement involves moving the intersection of Hospital
Road and Highway 43 to the east in order to create a larger staging
area for vehicles and to enhance both traffic and pedestrian safety
in the area. Alberta Infrastructure is continuing its review of
The Whitecourt Town Council approved an Economic Development Officer
position for the Joint Economic Development Committee. The Economic
Development Officer will direct the Joint Economic Development
Department in the development of objectives, policies, plans and
projects in the area of economic development for both the Town
of Whitecourt and Woodlands County.
In response to concerns expressed at the December 12 Regular Meeting
of Council, the Town of Whitecourt will be consulting an environmental
testing firm to determine if hazardous materials are present at
the Whitecourt Twin Arenas, RCMP Century Swimming Pool and Whitecourt
Curling Rink facilities. Test results are expected to be received
before the end of the month.
Whitecourt Town Council will be presented with the information
at a Special Meeting of Council when the test results are available.
1/05 - The new Advisor is now out. Click on link at
left to read online or to print off a copy. All Advisor archives
are also available from the link at left.
November 25/05 - The
2005 Christmas Parade and Light Up were better than ever, with
many businesses and organizations participating. If you missed
the parade, you can see a slideshow by clicking here.
- Watch out for Curves!
early morning mishap resulted in a new drive-thru gym for Whitecourt.
Unfortunately, the gym had just moved there, with the building
being empty for some time previously. Fortunately, no one was
seriously hurt. At this point, it is not known if it was driver
error or mechanical failure that was responsible. In any case,
it's a reminder to drive carefully, especially now that the winter
and holiday season are coming up.
11/05 - The people of Whitecourt really came out to
pay their respects to Canadian veterans and current Canadian Armed
Forces. It was standing room only in the Community Centre. For
Remembrance Day slideshow, please click here.
- The November issue of the Whitecourt Advisor is now out, with
Remembrance Day specials, Whitecourt history series and much more.
Click on cover at left to read online.
- The unofficial election results, with first 2 people elected
as town councillors, are: Larry McConnell 541, Nieta
World 481, Bob Walker 412, Jim Ward 351, David McConnell 310,
Jeanne MacMillan 247.
- Whitecourt Town Council discussed a number of issues regarding
the indoor recreation facility projects. Council has decided to
proceed with developing the projects by hiring a Construction
Manager to manage the scheduling and tendering of
- The Alberta Provincial Government recently approved the development
of a casino establishment. The plans are currently being developed
and the casino is expected to be operational by 2007.
- Look for your new Whitecourt Advisor in your mailbox. The issue
includes a brief piece by each candidate in the upcoming by-election,
to help you make your voting decision.
- Site work for the Rotary Park Water Feature Project began in
early September. To date, the pond and water courses have been
created, and placement of gravel for the liner base has been completed.
Landscape grading and topsoiling will be completed in October.
The channel and pond liner, which was expected to be supplied
and installed by Layfield Plastics this fall, has been delayed
until early spring. Despite this delay, the project is expected
to be completed before June of next year for the enjoyment of
- The Town of Whitecourt received the following unofficial nominations
for the 2005 by-election: Jeanne MacMillan, David McConnell, Larry
McConnell, Bob Walker, Jim Ward, Nieta World.
Names will be official on Tuesday, September 20, 2005, at 12:00
12/05 - Rumours that convict labour was used to upgrade
Rotary Park are false. Right, Merv Hilland and Doug Malek of the
Rotary Club help plant one of the 30 or so new trees going into
Rotary Park. With the planned water feature and pavilion, this
area of Whitecourt's river valley is developing nicely. A road
through main street, into the park and around to 47 Street would
also be a nice addition in the opinion of some.
- The September issue of the Advisor has been mailed. Call 78-5577
or drop into K & C Graphics at 4907 52 Ave if you didn't get
your copy. Check the center spread for detailed listings of the
town centennial events, and a handy tear-off list of Whitecourt
September community events.
27/05 - The first Tournament of Aces event held at
the Whitecourt Golf and Country Club was a great success. Two
hole-in-ones were scored for prizes of a minivan and a home theatre
system. Organizers are looking forward to repeating this event
August 26 /05 - Preserving
Whitecourts History - Do you have stories or
photographs that youd like to share with the writers of
Whitecourts history book? To complete the continuation of
Whitecourt and Areas history book The Sagitawah Saga,
the Town of Whitecourt requests your contributions. The book will
focus on Whitecourts history from 1975 to the present.
Bring your Whitecourt memorabilia to the history book writers
during theCentennial Celebration Festival from 1:00 5:00
September 4th. Call Peter or Karen McFarlane at 706-3560 for more
15/05 - The riverboat races, held on August 13 &
14, were well attended by mostly local residents. For next year,
this event and others could be promoted in the city. With the
highway almost twinned, it could be well worthwhile for the town
to buy space on a billboard and/or in an ad in an Edmonton paper.
Click on the Sports and Recreation tab above to view some short
clips of last year's races.
August 10/05 - Whitecourt
Town Council was presented with an update on the Rotary Park Water
Feature Project. Construction of the water feature is scheduled
to start August 15th and the project is expected to be completed
by the end of September.
August 9/05 - The Town of
Whitecourt and Woodlands County are proud to announce that a decision
has been made in regards to recreational facilities in Whitecourt.
July 26/05 - Please click
if you are able to volunteer for Whitecourt's Centennial celebration.
July 25/05 - A concert will
be part of the Centennial Celebrations on September 4. Wide Mouth
Mason will be featured. Click here
10/05 - The Rodeo and Demolition Derby was a great
success over the weekend, with the weather cooperating nicely.
The parade was the biggest and best yet. Left, a chuckwagon team
shows off their rig, before Sunday's races. Click here
for more parade photos, including the real rodeo competitors.
July 6/05 > Whitecourt
Town Council has approved the date for the by-election. Nomination
Day Monday, September 19, 2005; By-Election Advance Vote Thursday,
October 13, 2005; By-Election Monday, October 17, 2005.
July 5/05 > The Town of
Whitecourt would like to inform residents of construction taking
place along 55th Avenue and Dahl Drive. The projects, which are
part of the 2005 Street Improvement Program, involve milling and
paving 55th Avenue, and paving Dahl Drive from the 52nd Avenue
intersection south to the railroad tracks.
July 5/05 - New issue of
the Advisor is now out. Whitecourt history, town council issue,
an in-depth look at the Kyoto Protocol and bad jokes. Call 778-3949
if you didn't receive a copy in the mail.
26 - The weather held up to make a successful day of
kid's fishing at the stocked pond at Rotary park. Additional features
planned for this area include a large pavilion and an innovative
water slide construction.
June 16 > Town Press Release
- Harold Eglinski submitted his resignation from Whitecourt Town
Council, which was accepted with regret. The Town of Whitecourt
has requested a time extension from the Minister of Municipal
Affairs to hold a by-election in the third week of October.
June 14/05 > Town Press Release -
Whitecourt Town Council discussed the Multi-Use Facility at
its June 13, 2005, Regular Meeting of Council. Council is continuing
to research and review possible site locations.
A Public Hearing was held June 13 regarding the proposed development
of the Old Forestry Site at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard
and 47th Street.
May 31/05 - June edition of the Whitecourt Advisor
is now out. Read about the launch of a local currency test, Shannon
Rosnau's resignation, Whitecourt history and the world's worst
jokes by clicking on the Advisor cover at left.
May 25/05 > Town Press Release - Shannon Rosnau
submitted her resignation from Whitecourt Town Council; Council
accepted her resignation with regret. Administration will bring
information back to Council at its next Regular Meeting with respect
to a by-election.
May 18/05 > Town Press Release
- The RCMP Fun Run was a huge success - $3,500 was raised for
the Anthony Gordon Childrens Education Trust Fund! In appreciation
of the communitys support, Kim Gordon, wife of the late
Anthony Gordon, contributed the funds back to Whitecourt in the
form of three, $1,000 scholarships.
May 14/05 - Saturday was BBQ
day, with Mayor Trevor Thain, among others, doing double duty,
at the both the firehall BBQ and the M & M meats BBQ. The
more than 395 M&M Meat Shops across Canada fired up their grills
for the 17th annual M&M Meat Shops Charity BBQ Day,setting another
record with $1.55 million raised in one day. Every cent raised
will be used to support medical research to find the cure for
Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
09/05 - There was a brief scare at the Whitecourt Trade
Fair as an innocent girl wandered too close to the caged, hardened
criminals on display there. OK, so it was actually a good cause,
with local merchants and others donating their time, and sometimes
their dignity, to raise funds for Whitecourt's victim services.
for more World of Whitecourt trade fair photos. Thanks to CyberVision
Computers for help in collecting the photos.
May 02/05 -
The May issue of the Advisor is now out. Click on cover at left,
or on Whitecourt Advisor tab on top to read online. Don't forget
the WOW Spring Trade Fair this weekend.
April 26/05 - At the April
25 Council Meeting, Whitecourt Town Council discussed the Multi-Use
Facility Project and reaffirmed its commitment to developing a
new indoor recreation facility. Council directed Management to
prepare recommendations on possible site locations that would
be viable for a new facility and that would accommodate future
growth for additional facilities.
22/05 - A fire off Trestle Road
belches smoke, while a copter hovers nearby. Early indications
are that it is a railroad trestle on fire. Emergency vehicles
blocked access to the road leading to the fire, while fire trucks
from Woodlands and Whitecourt attended the blaze.
April 13/05 - The Centennial Celebration Committee
welcomes and encourages other project or event ideas. If you or
your community group would like to organize a Centennial Celebration
event, contact the Centennial Celebration Committee.
12/05 - Yesteryears - The RCMP swimming
pool back when it was uncovered. Photo courtesy of the Whitecourt
Chamber of Commerce.
08/05 - At a meeting held on March 29, 2005, prior
to the Regular Meeting of Council, Council discussed the pecuniary
conflict of interest situation regarding Councillors Eglinski,
Rosnau and Schlosser.
- The new Whitecourt Advisor is now out. Read up on new economics,
town council, Whitecourt history and peruse some of the worst
jokes in the world.
March 29/05 - Town
Council voted to rescind the resignation requests for councillors
Harold Eglinski, Shannon Rosneau and Derek Schlosser. The Town
Council as a whole regained a positive business- like attitude
that at times went missing during the last few weeks.
26/05 - There
was a good turnout as usual for the Easter Egg Hunt at the Rodeo
Grounds. Click here
to see some photos of the event.
March 23/05 - The following
is a slide show of the service held for
the slain RCMP officers. It is making the rounds without accreditation
by e-mail and is linked to here under the fair use policy.
You can download the file by clicking Save, or watch
it on a high-speed connection by clicking open. Click
here to start.
March 15/05 - The Whitecourt Community Services Advisory Board
has been directed by the Whitecourt Town Council to pursue project
ideas for a permanent RCMP Monument to commemorate the life of
Constable Anthony Gordon and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
The Community Services Advisory Board will bring its recommendation
back to Town Council in April.
7/05 - Constables Gordon, Johnston, Myrol and Schiemann Condolence
To commemorate the lives of Constables Gordon, Johnston,
Myrol and Schiemann, condolence books are now available for the
public to sign and inscribe messages of sympathy. Condolence Books
are located at the Whitecourt Town Office and at the Whitecourt
Canada Post Office, and will be forwarded to the RCMP.
March 3, 2005 News Release
RCMP Mourn the Loss of Four Members - Update #2
On March 2, 2005, members of the RCMP attended a rural residence
outside of Mayerthorpe, in the County of St. Anne, to assist with
a court order seizure of property, with the intent of keeping
the peace. As a result of our members attendance evidence was
obtained which resulted in a search warrant being sworn and secured
for a marihuana grow operation.
March 1, 2005 - The new issue
of the Advisor has been mailed. It is also available online by
clicking Whitecourt Advisor Tab at top.
In late February of 2005, Town Administration received
a written request to hold a special meeting of Council to discuss
a possible pecuniary conflict of interest affecting Mayor Trevor
Feb 27, 2005
- There will be a town council meeting Monday, February 28 at
7:00 p.m., at the Forestry Interpretive Centre. As reported in
the Whitecourt Star and Edmonton Journal, three of Whitecourt's
six town councillors, who were allegedly involved in separate
financial conflicts of interest, have been asked to resign. It
is hoped that this unfortunate incident can be dealt with in a
manner so as to be fair as possible to all the parties involved.
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Options. You can send any comments you might have by clicking
Feb 21, 2005
- The weather was perfect for Family Day activities. Many Whitecourt
residents turned out for Rotary Pond skating, Rotary Park horseback
riding, a concert by acclaimed Canadian artist and Juno Award
winner Charlotte Diamond, and many more events.
Feb 18, 2005 -
A survey regarding Whitecourt's Multi-Use Facility Project will
be conducted in early March. The Town of Whitecourt and Woodlands
County have contracted Banister Research and Consulting Inc. to
develop, conduct and analyze a telephone survey.
17, 2005 - 100 years ago today, attorney Paul Harris
gathered 3 friends and planted the seeds of the world's oldest
and most prestigious service club organization. The meetings they
held rotated from business to business place, and the name Rotary
Feb 14, 2005
- Happy Valentine's Day. Click here
for a history of this day.
Feb 2, 2005
- February edition of the
Whitecourt Advisor now out. Bad jokes and in-depth political analysis
available at most mailboxes, restaurants and on the web. Click
here to read (requires Acrobat Reader).
26, 2005 - Thursday, January 27 is Family Literacy
Day. Library hours have been extended. Click here
to see new hours. Town Councillors will also be reading children's
stories on Saturday January 9. Selection for ages 2 - 4 at 1 p.m.,
ages 6 to 9 at 2 p.m. and ages 4 to 6 at 3 p.m.
January 25, 2005 - Whitecourt Town Council heard
the recommendation from the Joint Issues Committee regarding the
proposed Multi-Use Facility Project at the Town Council Meeting
held Monday, January 24, 2005....
January 20, 2005 - The Whitecourt Chamber of Commerce
did some brainstorming on promoting the town in the new year.
Feel free to click on the link above to give your suggestions
for downtown revitalization or other ideas.
January 14, 2005
- Woodlands County and the Town of Whitecourt are happy to announce
that the Lac Ste. Anne Foundation has forwarded the Spruceview
Lodge Expansion Project to Wilson Architects for working drawings
in order for the project to proceed to tender....
January 12, 2005 -
Whitecourt Town Council discussed the highly anticipated Multi-Use
Facility project at the Council Meeting held on January 10, 2005.
Council reviewed the most recent report produced by the Community
Services Department and Barr Ryder Architects & Planners....
9, 2005 - Hundreds turned out to support the Rotary
Fundraiser for Tsunami Relief. Over $43,000 was raised. Donations
are still being accepted. Call 204-0635 or 778-4475 for details.
You can click here
for some photos of the event.
6, 2005 - Don't Miss the Rotary Fundraiser for Tsunami
Relief, Sunday January 9, 4. p.m. to 7 p.m. Chili and buns for
a good cause at the Whitecourt Community Centre, Downtown. $10
January 5, 2005 - The Town
of Whitecourt will organize Christmas tree pick-ups between January
10 and January 31. Town employees will periodically pick up trees
across Town, Monday to Friday; there is no set schedule. Please
place your tree where you would normally place your garbage for
pick-up. Trees must be free of all decorations and tinsel. The
Whitecourt Transfer Station will also have a drop off area for
you to dispose of your tree.
January 1, 2005 - Happy 100
Alberta. You can click here
for information on Alberta's Centennial celebrations.