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Lobbying group behind mysterious Icefields Trail website

A federally registered lobbying organization with ties to some of the biggest businesses and organizations in Banff National Park recently launched a slick new website in support of the proposed Icefields Trail project. The website claims to be backed by a group called the “Icefields Trail North Support Coalition,” however the Banff Lake Louise Hospitality Association (BLLHA) confirmed it is behind the webs ...

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Bike trail tender withdrawn

This story originally appeared in the Rocky Mountain Outlook on April 27, 2017. BANFF – Parks Canada has suddenly withdrawn a public tender call for the design and delivery of a controversial $86.4 million paved trail from Jasper to the Columbia Icefield. A spokesperson for Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna confirmed the decision earlier this week. “Parks Canada has withdrawn its ten ...

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Federal report highlights local issues

Jasper’s unique and persistent problems may finally be getting heard in Ottawa. A federal report recently published by the standing committee on environment and sustainable development, touched on several important issues facing the community, including the rub between development and protecting the environment, the municipality’s land rent agreement with Parks Canada and visitation. The report noted that d ...

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Cycling associations throw support behind Icefields Trail

For months debate has swirled about the proposed Icefields Trail project, however very little has been heard from one of the largest user groups - cyclists. To get their perspective on the project the Fitzhugh reached out to several cycling organizations to find out what they had to say. Jasper Park Cycling Association The proposed Icefields Trail project would be a boon for cycling community in Jasper Nati ...

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Three arrested in high-risk chase headed towards multi-vehicle collision

It could have been worse. Much worse. As emergency personnel were on scene dealing with a multi-vehicle collision about 17 kilometres east of Jasper on April 23, police received a call for an impaired driver heading towards the collision scene. According to police, the call came in around 9:30 p.m., about three-and-a-half hours after a collision near Snaring Bridge shut down Highway 16 that sent several peo ...

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Edmonton man covers up anti-Muslim graffiti

When Tyler Johnstone noticed the word “mosque” spray painted in yellow on a public washroom along Highway 16 his gut told he couldn’t just ignore it. The Edmonton man was on his way home from Jasper on April 19 when he noticed the graffiti around 9 a.m. near Jasper House and decided he needed to do something about it. “I drove past it and I drove for about five minutes and I thought about it and I had to tu ...

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‘We’ve been making some bad decisions’ – Former Banff superintendent talks about Alberta’s changing landscapes

As a former superintendent of Banff National Park and an avid outdoorsman he has seen first hand the impact humans have had on Alberta’s landscape over the past 35 years. To share his experience and thoughts he recently published Our Place: Changing the Nature of Alberta. The book is a collection of essays and articles inspired by his experience in the wilds of Alberta and the ways in which the province hav ...

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Recognizing Jasper’s volunteers

Jasper is often defined by its physical attributes, but when you get to know the real Jasper there’s a lot more to it than snow capped mountains and an abundance of wildlife. Just take a look at last week’s annual volunteer banquet. While it may have been short on individual awards and accolades, there was no shortage of appreciation as 180 people packed the Jasper Activity Centre to celebrate Jasper’s volu ...

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Assault, impaired, flight charges after police chase in Jasper

Police were forced to use a spike belt to stop an impaired driver after he fled from officers multiple times, April 20. Jasper RCMP officers pulled over a vehicle on Highway 16 for a speeding offence around 11:45 p.m. During the traffic stop officers began investigating the male driver for impaired driving and advised him he was under arrest. According to police, the suspect allegedly resisted attempts to t ...

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Jasper grandfather plans 1,200-km U.K. trek as ‘Hazel’s Helper’

Jasperite David Hatto has high hopes for a bucket list hike he begins next week. After months of planning he will embark on a 1,200 km journey along England’s famed South West Coast to raise money and awareness for Hazel’s Heroes, a foundation started by his daughter-in-law after she lost her three-month old daughter, Hazel Rose, to Sudden Unexplained Infant Death in August 2014. Hazel’s mom, Gillian Hatto, ...

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