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Revised Problem Wildlife Policy


At the February 9th, 2021 Council Meeting, Council discussed the effectiveness of the current Problem Wildlife Incentive Policy and the benefits of a new pilot program focusing on areas where the County cost shares control measures with applicants.
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Bridge Repairs and Road Closures


The County of Northern Lights will be performing major bridge repairs to 6 individual bridge crossings throughout the County, and temporary road closures will be in place at the following sites:Bridge File 70795, Range Road 232 over Stowe Creek - February 18 to March 6, 2021, between Township roads 921 & 922 
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Office Hours Change: Effective March 7th, 2021


 Over the past year, the County of Northern Lights administration office has seen a reduction in-office visits and telephone calls, due in part to COVID, but more likely due to the overall economic effects being felt throughout the province.  The Council has directed staff to find ways to become more efficient, and over the past several years we have reduced our budget wherever possible.
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Stats Canada Employment Opportunity


Stats Canada is hiring for the upcoming census. Approximately 32,000 people will be hired across Canada to assist in census data collection activities.
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2021 Shelterbelt Program


Looking for some trees for the shelterbelt you have always dreamed of? The County has a program for that! The County’s Shelterbelt Program is in full swing (even if it is still winter here!) An order form can be found here. Orders will be accepted until Friday, March 5th. Please do not include payment with your order. Payment amounts and payment methods will be provided when staff contacts you to make seedling pick up arrangements.  
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2021 Manning Regional Tradeshow Update


The County of Northern Lights, along with the Manning & District Chamber of Commerce, have chosen to not move forward with a tradeshow for 2021, given the current circumstances with the ongoing pandemic.
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Government of Alberta Seniors Property Tax Deferral Program


Through the Government of Alberta, the Seniors Property Tax Deferral Program allows eligible senior homeowners to voluntarily defer all or part of their residential property taxes, including the education tax portion. This is done through a low-interest home equity loan with the Government of Alberta.
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North Star Outdoor Rink: OPEN December 23, 2020!


The North Star Outdoor Rink will be open for use as of December 23, 2020. In addition to the general rules and guidelines, the following COVID guidelines are in effect: - Maintain a physical distance of 2 meters- Wear a mask if physical distancing requirements cannot be met- Practice good hygiene; sanitize your hands before and after equipment use and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth- Use your own skating equipment- Use caution around commonly touched surfaces- No more than 10 people on the rink, benches, and seating areas at one time. Remember; current provincial restrictions do not allow gatherings with others who are not in your household DO NOT ENTER/USE IF YOU:- Have a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, or shortness of breath- Were in close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 For more information related to COVID-19 Guidelines, visit www.ahs.ca/covid  
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Facility-Based Continuing Care Review Surveys


The Government of Alberta is conducting a survey regarding continuing care facilities and is seeking input from a variety of stakeholders.
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Togetherall: Free Anonymous Support 24/7


In an effort to enhance mental health supports for Albertans, Togetherall has partnered with Alberta Health Services and the Alberta Government to offer an online anonymous network that offers, peer-to-peer mental health services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Best of all, Togetherall is FREE to ALL Albertans aged 16+! Register today using a valid Alberta postal code or learn more at ahs.ca/virtualmentalhealth
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Revised Beaver Control Policy


To maintain the effectiveness of programs and to take targeted control measures to protect County infrastructure, the Beaver Control Policy will no longer include a beaver bounty. This amendment will be in effect on March 1st, 2021. 
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Planning & Development Department Service Changes


Anyone wishing to obtain a development permit, subdivide lands, or obtain general information on the Land Use Bylaw and Municipal Development Plan, are asked to call Derek MacDonald at ISL Engineering and Land Services at 1-833-260-7201 or via email at isl@countyofnorthernlights.com Derek will be in the County office 2 days a month.
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Peace River Flood Study Update and Public Engagement


The Government of Alberta has released draft flood maps meant to improve public safety, support emergency management, and help build safer and more resilient communities over the long term. 
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Rural High-Speed Internet Testing


Highspeed rural internet is critical for economic development, engaging in the digital economy, and working and learning from home. The Government of Canada has announced the goal of providing access to 50 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload speeds to all Canadians by 2030. RMA, in partnership with CIRA, is conducting internet speed testing. Please note that tests should be run using a computer – either a laptop or desktop. Learn more and test your speed here.
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Carcajou CWS Down


The Carcajou Community Water Source (CWS) is down due to mechanical issues for the foreseeable future until repairs are complete. Once the repairs are complete, an update will be posted on the County website and Facebook page. Thank you for your patience.
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Free Masks


Under the Province’s “Masks for Albertans” program, the County has free non-medical face masks available for County residents. You can pick up your free masks at the Manning Post Office, Dixonville Post Office, and the County of Northern Lights office in Manning. 
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