‘I’m never going to work for them again’ – Jasper Parks Canada employee quits dream job

‘I’m never going to work for them again’ – Jasper Parks Canada employee quits dream job

  Working for Parks Canada this summer was supposed to be Christine Westall’s dream, but a week into her new job the Ontario native is already heading home disappointed by the ...

New housing developments on the horizon

New housing developments on the horizon

More than 12 months after first proposing two new housing developments, the Jasper Community Housing Corporation (JCHC) has updated its plans.   The plan now includes the possibili ...

Canada Day faces funding shortfall

Canada Day faces funding shortfall

  Organizers for Canada Day are sounding the alarm after learning they will have to do more with less this year. “I’m feeling various shades of disappointment,” said Pattie Pa ...

Bare shelves at the food bank

Bare shelves at the food bank

The Jasper Food Bank has found itself in dire straights, its shelves bare. Minutes before opening up the doors on May 18, Rachel Heckbert, the food bank’s new volunteer coordinator ...

Jasper stands up against homophobia

Jasper stands up against homophobia

  “I’m just so proud of Jasper.” Those were the words uttered by Ottawa resident Marty Callsen as he watched his hometown mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transp ...

Parks stops accepting permits for new events

Parks stops accepting permits for new events

  Jasper National Park’s management team has stopped approving any new special event permits this year. It’s not clear why the decision was made, however in a statement from P ...

Tete Jaune fire nears 600 hectares, but is ‘being held’

Tete Jaune fire nears 600 hectares, but is ‘being held’

Update May 27: Two helicopters and more than 90 firefighters are now on scene beating back the wildfire east of Tete Jaune. The size estimate of 574 hectares hasn't changed from tw ...

Hail storm marks Spring Run Off

All hail the winners of the 33rd annual Totem Ski Shop Spring Run Off. Literally - runners were less than halfway through the 10-k more ...

May 17, 2017

Parks Canada more of a hindrance than a help

  It goes without saying that the number one issue facing Jasper is housing. Whether it’s finding a place for a seasonal empl more ...

May 24, 2017

Small improvements could have major impact

Dear editor, The Icefields Parkway is supposed to be one of the most scenic drives in the world, but as it becomes busier and busi more ...

May 03, 2017
  • From the new guy

    It was about 20 years ago that I first encountered Jasper. Back then I was a tourist enjoying one of my first exciting excursions through Northern Alberta and British Columbia. Engraved in my mind is the indelible memory of riding the Jasper Tramway. I remember being in awe of the breathtaking scenery. I vividly remember the mountains, the river, and the unique configuration of the town-site.

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    August 16, 2012
  • A Few final words

    Before I spill the things 

    I mean to hide away

    or gouge my eyes with platitudes of sentiment,

    I’ll drown the urge for permanence and certainty,

    crouch down and scrawl my 

    name with yours in wet cement.


    – Sounds Familiar by the Weakerthans

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    August 08, 2012
  • Government jargon limits accessibility

    In journalism school, you’re taught to write at a Grade 8 level.

    That’s not to say journalists are incapable of using or understanding academic language. In fact, many, and I’d even go so far as to say most, journalists are highly educated people. 

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    August 01, 2012
  • Natural beauty right under our noses

    Like most people, a big part of what attracted me to Jasper was the natural beauty of this place. Exploring the rugged mountains, the crystal-clear lakes, and the vast forests is an awe-inspiring experience.

    Personally, I prefer the mountains in the winter but in the past few weeks it has been nice to see the variety of wildflowers blooming in the valley and up in alpine meadows. While hiking along any of Jasper’s trails, you can’t help but notice the splash of colour they add to the landscape.

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    July 25, 2012
  • Parks interpreter produces rare kayak video

    The unusually high water in Jasper in the past few weeks may have created problems for motorists and campers, but for kayakers it created a once-in-a-decade opportunity.

    An exhilarating route known as “Excalibur” follows the outflow of Medicine Lake and enjoys an almost mythical status in the kayaking community, as it so rarely exists.

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    July 19, 2012

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