Mike Ferrier

Mike Ferrier

June 18, 2018

Leduc RCMP investigate small plane crash

Leduc, Alberta – On June 17, 2018 Leduc RCMP received a call of a small plane that crashed on a lake in Leduc County.

Once the RCMP members arrived on scene they were able to determine there was only the pilot onboard the plane who made it out safely. The pilot was not injured. The cause of the plane crash is still under investigation.



Wednesday, 13 June 2018 10:13

Municipal Government Day A Hit!

Municipal Government Day A Hit!

The City of Grande Prairie’s annual community celebration Tuesday attracted thousands of residents and visitors.
Municipal Government Day, held at Revolution Place, saw 4,440 burgers and 2,550 hot dogs distributed. Municipal and community information exhibits and the Kid’s Zone, featuring bouncy castles and face painting, were popular attractions. Other highlights included a City equipment display, the Grande Prairie Marching Band, and the Amazing Race.

A gathering of council members and administration from the region attracted representatives from as far away as Fort St. John.

This year’s theme was Grande Prairie – 60 Years Strong in recognition that 2018 marks 60 years since Grande Prairie became a City.

Youth Art Contest

Winners from the Municipal Government Day Youth Art Contest will be announced Monday at City Council. The overall winner will receive an iPad. The winner in each grade category will be awarded a bike and helmet. Second and third place finishers are vying for Eastlink Centre prizes.

Young artists in the community were encouraged to match this year’s Municipal Government Day theme by presenting submissions reflecting the city since 1958 or focusing on what Grande Prairie might look like in the next six decades.

Monday, 11 June 2018 13:42

Fort St. John's top cop is retiring

Fort St. John's top cop is retiring.


Fort St. John RCMP Detachment Commander Mike Kurvers stands at attention during O Canada.

Fort St. John's top cop is retiring.

Insp. Mike Kurvers, detachment commander for the Fort St. John RCMP, is retiring afters his 28-year career with the Mounties this week.

"It's been a good career," Kurvers said Friday morning.

"I've done my part for Canada and the RCMP. It's time for a change, and to try something different for awhile and experience new things."


Kurvers took command of the detachment in 2014, replacing Pat Egan after he was transferred to Ottawa.

Kurvers was Born in the Netherlands, and started his career in a Saskatchewan town in 1990, working several differnt roles from uniformed police officer to investigating economic crime and homicides. Kurvers came to Fort St. John from Victoria, and will return there with his wife Shelley in retirement.

"The Cityof Fort St.John will work with the RCMP to find his replacement. In the meantime an acting Officer in Charge will be named."

Aquatera Gearing Up for Water Meter Exchange Program

GRANDE PRAIRIE – As water meters reach their expected lifespan, which is about 20 years, Aquatera replaces them, at no cost to the property owner. This summer 1750 customers throughout the City of Grande Prairie, County and Grande Prairie, Town of Sexsmith and Hamlet of Clairmont will see their water meters being replaced.
Aquatera has contracted Neptune Technology Group to replace meters due to age and required upgrades. The benefits of these meters include high-resolution low-flow leak detection, positive displacement ensuring more accurate readings and an impact-resistant register, just to name a few.

“Water meters have a lifespan of up to 20 years and need to be replaced,” says Andrea Gallivan, Account Services Manager. “Our meter exchange program ensures continued accuracy of your water bill and improved reading efficiencies.”

“In addition, with new technology we’re able to ensure better leak detection and pinpoint how much water was lost, and when, by logging data over a 90-day period. Detecting leaks early can potentially save customers hundreds of dollars.”

All affected customers will receive an informational pamphlet in the mail detailing the process and how they can book their installation.
Meter replacement appointments can be made to fit customer’s schedules. The call centre is open Monday to Thursday, 6am to 6pm and Friday, 6am to 4pm. Appointments are available Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm and Saturday, 9am to 5pm. The work typically takes 30 to 90 minutes to complete.

To ensure timelines are met Neptune representatives will begin knocking on doors the second week of June to speak with affected customers. All technicians will have photo identification on them.

The upgrade of water meters is mandatory in accordance with the City of Grande Prairie Bylaw No. C-1365, County of Grande Prairie Bylaw No. 3070 and Town of Sexsmith Bylaw No. 938.

For more information please visit www.aquatera.ca/services/metering-services or contact our Account Services team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Join us for June's Open Door Cafe with Natasha Collins of Carter, Lock and Horrigan Barristers and Solicitors. She will be presenting on conflict of interest, what it means, how it impacts organizations and what the best tools are to engage and do business with board members. A Q&A will follow.

Date: Thursday, June 7, 2018

Time:11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

Location: Muskoseepi Park Pavillion

Cost: $10

Please RSVP here.

About Open Door Cafe

Open Door Cafe brings together community organizations to inspire partnership, collaboration and growth. Led by The United Way Alberta Northwest, Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta and Community Social Development (CSD) at the City of Grande Prairie, the initiative is about strengthening our community through connection and professional development.

GP Mayor & Home Builders Partner in Support of Children & Youth

On June 15, Grande Prairie’s home builders and suppliers will be teeing off for their annual golf tournament at The Dunes.
But, this year, they will be aiming for more than the pin. “As an industry, we decided to raise funds for a deserving local charity this year,” said local Canadian Home Builders’ Association President Jeff Johnston. “We’re really thankful Mayor Given has come forward to sit in a dunk tank for us. He’s a great sport for an incredible cause.”

All funds raised from the charity dunk tank will be going to the Cool Aid Society in support of local children and youth. “Of course, I’m hoping for sunshine, but either way, I know I’ll get soaked,” laughed Mayor Given. “It’s worth it, though. The Cool Aid Society provides vital family support in our area, and I’m happy to help. I thank local builders and suppliers for giving back in such a meaningful way.”

Cool Aid Executive Director Helen Ficocelli couldn’t agree more.“We know the need is real because our programs are bursting at the seams,” Ficocelli said. “I want to wish a big thank you to the Home Builders’ Association of Grande Prairie, all of its members and, of course, Mayor Bill Given.”

A few team spots for the golf tournament remain (membership not required) and can be purchased by calling the Home Builders’ Association office at 780-538-4494.

Tuesday, 05 June 2018 10:59

Try It Day! Set for June 16, 2018

Welcome to Try-It Day Online Registration!

Parents and Guardians please note:

Each child is welcome to register into a maximum of 2 sport sessions.

Your child can check in at the facility that is hosting his/her first sport session.
Please be early for the sessions to allow kids to enjoy a full 60 minutes.

Some sports will require you to sign waivers. Please try to print them off and bring with you. If you are unable to print the waivers please show up early to your session to do so.

Please note which facilities each sport is hosted in when you register your child and consider transition times. This year we have 14 FACILITY PARTNERS.
Please make note of the ages for the sessions you are registering for.

You will received a confirmation from Evergreen Park after you submit your registration
Feel free to contact Karna at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

Thank you for registering and have FUN!

Grande Prairie Forest Area: Wide spread showers keeps wildfire danger low June 5, 2018

While the risk of starting a wildfire maybe low, fires can happen. Remember a permit is needed to do any burning within the forest protection area. Never leave a campfire before it is completely out. Campfire safety is particularly important at this time of year.

Rainfall amounts received across the Grande Prairie area have eased the dry conditions. The change of weather recently doesn’t mean the danger of new fires is past. Put out your campfire - even if you are just going on a short hike. This means soaking the ashes until they are cool to the touch.

This wildfire season the Grande Prairie Forest Area has had 17 wildfires, burning more than five hectares. Thanks to the quick response of our crews all are extinguished. Only four of these fires is a result of lightning, all others were human caused and 100 percent preventable. Please do your part to prevent wildfires!

Keep your lawn beautiful and FireSmart at the same time! Mow grass within 10 meters of buildings regularly. Learn more easy tips at FireSmart.ca. What is FireSmart?

Preparing for the threat of wildfire is a shared responsibility. From home owners, to industry and government we all have responsibility to lessen the effects of wildfire. Managing vegetation, such as grass and address the wildfire reality by decreasing the amount of vegetation that can fuel a wildfire.

• Fire permits are free and you can get more information or request a fire permit by calling our Grande Prairie Fire Center office.
• However any requests for burning of heavy fuels will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. For more information on fire permits or to obtain one call the Grande Prairie office at (780) 538-5560.
• Please call our office in advance of when you would like to burn in order to give our staff time to make arrangements to come out to your site and issue your permit.
• Remember that you must evaluate the weather at your specific location and follow the conditions stated on your permit. You can be held responsible if a fire escapes the burn permit area.
• All permits must be completely extinguished before they expire.

Get the most up-to-date wildfire information for the entire province, download the free Alberta Wildfire Android or Apple products.

Kelly Burke | Wildfire Information Officer
Mobile: (780) 832 7235
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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Firefighters with the BC Wildfire Service say that the fire seems to be on their side right now in their fight against the Tommy Lakes Fire burning approximately 150 kilometres north of Fort St. John.


The fire, which is still the largest burning in B.C., and has been assessed at 22,583 hectares. 216 firefighters, 10 helicopters, and 20 pieces of heavy equipment working at battling the wildfire.

The fire is currently 10 percent contained, with most of the containment on the fire’s southeast flank.

The Peace River Regional District lifted the evacuation order that was in effect for the area near the fire, downgrading it to an evacuation alert


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A still frame from a video submitted to Energeticcity.ca of the Tommy Lakes Fire

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