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Chamber Matters: On behalf of the membership

Pattie Pavlov | Special to the Fitzhugh Open a business they said, it’ll be fun they said and yet here we are facing challenges that seem wildly fictional. In response to the ever-increasing pressure on Jasper’s business community in many and varied ways, the Jasper Park Chamber has your back. Here’s what we’re up to on behalf of the membership: Patio season is virtually on the doorstep! JPCC is continuing ...

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Rogers now offering 5G in Jasper

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Rogers 5G is now available to Rogers customers in Jasper on Infinite plans with 5G devices. Rogers 5G now reaches more than 1,500 communities across the country, including Jasper, Grand Cache and Hinton. “5G is a next generation wireless network technology that over time will deliver unprecedented speed, instant response times and fast, reliable connections, fundamentally ...

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Hinton pulp mill cutting 75 jobs

West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. will permanently reduce capacity at its pulp mill in Hinton. | P.Shokeir photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca West Fraser will permanently reduce capacity at its pulp mill in Hinton by the end of this year. In an April 5 news release, the company stated the capacity reduction will see staffing levels transition from 345 positions to 270, a total of 75 jobs. “Hinton Pulp has b ...

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Tourism Jasper facilitating creation of Tourism Master Plan

James Jackson, president and CEO of Tourism Jasper, stands outside the Tourism Jasper office. | J.Stockfish photo Jason Stockfish | advertising@fitzhugh.ca Tourism Jasper has begun to develop a Tourism Master Plan to create a strategic and shared vision for the future of Jasper’s visitor economy. In 2020, the Municipality of Jasper created an economic recovery task force in response to the financial and soc ...

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Business owners voice frustrations over patio guidelines

Restaurant owner Michael Cassio speaks to council at a special meeting on March 29. | J.Stockfish photo Jason Stockfish, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | advertising@fitzhugh.ca A working group will be created to study the use of public space for commercial use as businesses express worry over the new patio guidelines. A special meeting was held by council on March 29 to receive feedback from the comm ...

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Indigenous tourism gets $1.3 million investment

Joanne McQuarrie, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca The federal government has invested $1.3 million to strengthen the Indigenous tourism sector and showcase Alberta as a premiere Indigenous tourism destination in Canada. Out of this amount, $843,000 supports Indigenous Tourism Alberta’s five-year strategy and action plan to assist Alberta’s Indigenous tourism operators adapt to ma ...

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Canada’s tourism minister says recovery a team effort

Randy Boissonnault, federal minister of tourism, was in Jasper on March 18 and 19 to speak with locals about the housing and labour shortage and how the tourism sector is recovering from the pandemic. | J.McQuarrie photo Joanne McQuarrie, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca A housing and labour shortage are long-running issues in Jasper. Those realities, and the fact that tourism is ...

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Mayor asks for public input at upcoming special meeting on sidewalk seating

Sidewalk seating is being set up outside of Downstream Restaurant & Lounge along Connaught Drive on April 13. | P.Shokeir photo Jason Stockfish, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | advertising@fitzhugh.ca Seeking public consultation, Mayor Richard Ireland put forth a motion at the March 22 committee of the whole meeting to create a special meeting about sidewalk seating.  At issue was how the municip ...

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Jasper’s new hotel to open in June

In about three months, Pursuit’s Forest Park Hotel will open on the north end of Jasper. The new hotel will connect to the former Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre, and the two hotels will blend into one year-round, resort-style getaway. | J.McQuarrie photo Joanne McQuarrie, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca The first new hotel in Jasper since 1983 is scheduled to open soon on t ...

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Jasper warns of ‘severe’ labour shortage

Jasper is warning of a labour shortage as the destination expects a busy tourist season this summer. | File photo Joanne McQuarrie, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca Jasper’s labour shortage has become more acute in recent months ahead of a tourist season that is expected to be busy due to loosening health restrictions. Ginette Marcoux, executive director of the Jasper Employment a ...

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