GRANDE PRAIRIE NEWS - 2008 ARCHIVED Holiday Inn Express and Paradise RV open. Grande Prairie Nissan new location.
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GRANDE PRAIRIE NEWS 2008

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GRANDE PRAIRIE NEWS - 2008 ARCHIVED

Jan 2008- Effective January 1, 2008, the GST will be reduced from 7% to 5%. Also the general federal corporate income tax rate will be reduced to 19.5 % and small businesses throughout the Peace Country will also benefit with their income tax rate going down to 11%. -Effective January 1st the Alberta Smoke Free Places Act becomes law throughout the Peace Country. It is now against the law to smoke inside a public place or workplace or within 5 metres of an entrance of the same. Also one cannot smoke in a public or work vehicle.
Jan 08- There are obvious indications that the housing market is slowing down by the number of homes being built. Statistics indicated that there was a drop of 61.1 per cent in housing starts in Grande Prairie for December of 2007. (CMHC statistics of combined single and multiple family homes)


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Jan 08- Standard Auto Glass is constructing a new building just west of the current location of 124 Avenue and 101 Street Grande Prairie.


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Jan 08- The Commonwealth Credit Union has started construction of a new north location, just west of the Super 8, along 102 Street.

Jan 08- This year the Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce awarded the Clem E. Colins award to Jackie Clayton. The Dan H. Minchin was presented to Curry's Jewelers and Business Citizens of the year went to Glen and Judy Keddie, owners of Keddies. -Augustine Ebinu is now the new Liberal leader of the GP Wapiti area of the Peace Country. - Changes at Q99, one of the newer radio stations in Grande Prairie, sees their morning show hosts Crash and Mars leaving for Saskatchewan. They have been replaced by Tyler Wold and the Q99 Morning Show.

Feb 08- 1st Annual Murray Sutherland Memorial Hockey Tournament to take place March 7-9 at Clairmont Lake. Raise money for the Clairmont Community Centre and Arena. - The Provincial Election will be held March 3rd, 2008. Candidates in the Grande Prairie area are: GRANDE PRAIRIE-SMOKY Alberta Liberal - John Croken, Green Party - Rebecca Villebrun, NDP - Neil Peacock, PC - Mel Knight, Wildrose Alliance - Todd Loewen. GRANDE PRAIRIE-WAPITI Alberta Liberal - Augustine Ebinu, Green Party - Art Proctor, NDP - Manuella Campbell, PC - Wayne Drysdale. (Alberta Leaders: Kevin Taft - Alberta Liberals, Brian Mason- NDP, Paul Hinman - Wildrose Alliance, George Read - Green Party, Len Skowronski - Social Credit, Ed Stelmach - PC.)


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The Holiday Inn Express in now open on the north end of Grande Prairie along the Highway By-Pass. You can find it directly west of the Pomeroy Inn and Suites (117 Avenue and 102 Street)


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Redwood Inn and Suites is getting closer to completion. Located north of the Ramada Inn near the 4-mile corner at 84 Avenue and 99 Street, Clairmont.

Feb 08- Music Centre Canada has opened a franchise in Grande Prairie selling all kinds of musical instrument. It is located at 103 Avenue and 100 Street (the old CFGP building) -This year Grande Prairie is celebrating its 50 Anniversary as it became a city back in 1958. Many events are planned for Aug 2-4 to help celebrate this milestone.

Mar 08- The Progressive Conservative Party wins the election in Alberta. Mel Knight (PC) is re-elected in the Grande Prairie-Smoky riding, while Wayne Drysdale (PC) wins Grande Prairie-Wapiti. -Best Buy will be coming to Grande Prairie. A 25,000 sq ft building is to be constructed on the west side of Grande Prairie. -The QEII Hospital Foundation Dream Home is scheduled to open May 2, 2008 and will be located in West Lake Village. Tickets are on sale.

Mar 08- A new RV business, Paradise RV, has opened on the north side of Grande Prairie selling 5th wheels and trailers. Located at 13701-99 Street, near the UFA Cardlock, it also has locations in Red Deer and Leduc. - Minimum wage will increase April 1, 2008 to $8.40 but won't be much a factor in Grande Prairie because most people are paid well above that. - Gas prices have now reached an all time high in Grande Prairie with the cost at most pumps near $1.14 a litre for regular gas.

March 08- Peppermint Twist Hair Design and Day Spa has a new location in the Cobblestone Plaza on the far east side of Grande Prairie. TD Canada Trust opens another location at Cobblestone Plaza as well. - City manager Dave Gourlay retires after 19 years with the city. -City of Grande Prairie has approved a $1.9 million new animal pound. The new building will be located next to SPCA on the west side of the City.

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July 08- The 2008 Street Performers Festival has been the most successful in eight years with thousands more people attending the performances each day. 100th Avenue of Grande Prairie was closed from 99 Street to 101 Street during the three day event. (July 18-20). (View more pictures of the Festival)

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The Canada Day Parade drew thousands of people on a hot sunny day in Grande Prairie - July 1st.

April 08- Another new hotel is getting closer to getting completed. Motel 6, located north of Peace Farm Power along 100 Street almost at the 4-mile corner. -Construction continues west towards the Airport with a new Esso and another Tim Hortons to open later this year. Located at approximately 120 Street which is across the road from Stahl Peterbilt Truck location. -Peace Wapiti School Division has made the decision to close the Valhalla School at the end of July 2008. -More changes at the radio stations in Grande Prairie. April Lyn has left the morning show at Free FM to move to Vernon BC. -Taylor Wold who joined the morning show at Q99 just last January has decided to get out of radio completely. -Canfor Mill is reducing its production in Grande Prairie by 20 per cent. No layoffs but they will move towards a 32-hour work week. -Boucher Brothers Lumber in Nampa laid off 28 people.



April 08- Just when most of us had done our spring cleanup and were out golfing, mother nature gave us quite a few days of blizzard conditions with snowfall warnings (April 19-22) dumping 20-30cm of snow with temperatures of -10 degrees Celsius. This storm not only hit the Peace Country but included all of Alberta.

May 08- Royal LePage in Grande Prairie is now one of the major supporters of DiscoverThePeaceCountry.com and is now the exclusive Real Estate Company featured on every page of this website. (close to 300 pages) ROYAL LEPAGE WEBSITE -Effective September 8, 2008 ten digit dialing will be mandatory in the 780, 403, and 250 calling areas. That means all local phone calls will have to include the area code. All speed-dials will require reprogramming, which will also affect fax machines, alarm systems, and even internet dial-up phone numbers. -More street lights are to be installed on Grande Prairie's west side around 120 Street, west of Costco on the Highway 43. It will give access to the Brochu Industrial Park area and the new Central West development on the south of the highway. -A new school is now under construction along Lakeland Drive in the Lakeland Subdivision in the northeast corner of Grande Prairie. -ATB Financial opened another Branch in Grande Prairie Southview, 6801-Kateri Drive. -M & M Meats has opened a second location in the small Cobblestone Mall (east side

May 08- The 2008 Grande Prairie Dream Home is now open located near the 4 mile corner north of Grande Prairie in the new West Lake Village subdivision. Draw date is June 24, 2008.enlarge picture
- Also in the same area Fountain Tire opened its doors of its Brand New Building, 10205-156 Avenue. Just west of this location, it won't be long before construction will begin on the New Alliance Church.

June 08 -DiscoverThePeaceCountry.com celebrates its 5th Anniversary. This website was launched in 2003 with only 50 pages and has now grown to include close to 300 pages of information and 1,500 pictures. -Derek Taylor Public School located in the Mission Heights area 7321-104 A Street, had its official Grand Opening. -Grande Prairie Subaru had its Grand Opening of its new location 11445-104 Avenue, west end of Grande Prairie.

June 08- Construction continues at a rapid face just west of Costco and 116 Street on the far west of the city known as Centre West Business Park with a new Future Shop, Best Buy, and Work Warehouse. (read more). -Grande Prairie and Peace Country Relay for Life had more than 1,500 participants and raised over $500,000.

June 08- The Dream Home was won by Russel Lightfoot of Grande Prairie. Statistics Canada survey indicates two-thirds of adults who live in the Peace Country Health Region are over weight. About 25 percent of adults in the region are regarded as obese. -Red light cameras are now operating in Grande Prairie. (list of intersections)



July 08- After 35 years, Lauzons Home Appliances will be closing its doors at the end of September 2008. The Lauzon family tried selling their business but decided to not wait any longer to retire. -Amanda Boivin of Grande Prairie was the Grand Prize winner of the 9th Annual Cash and Camping Super Lottery. She won the Larson motorboat and Tioga Motorhome. $147,000 was raised for 12 local charities.
Complete list of winners.


July 08- The 2008 Street Performers Festival has been the most successful in eight years with thousands more people attending the performances each day. 100th Avenue of Grande Prairie was closed from 99 Street to 101 Street during the three day event. (July 18-20). (View more pictures of the Festival) - Tirecraft Group Inc recently filed for bankruptcy which affected the Grande Prairie location. The Smith's changed the store's name to Tiresmith and will continue operating. -Rona has announced it will be constructing a 62,000 sq ft building on the west side of Grande Prairie. Other businesses that will also appear west of Costco is another Pomeroy Inn and Suites, a Pet Smart, and a Super Wal-Mart. -Northwest Company located for what seemed forever on the corner of 100 Avenue and 101 Street has closed its doors. -Many businesses have moved to the 4 mile corner (near Clairmont) One of them, now located in a brand new building and has recently had its Grand Opening, is Brandt Tractor.

Aug 08- A newly constructed street now connects north/south to the Highway Bypass. 102 Street extends from 113 Avenue to 116 Avenue where there is also more street lights. -The Grande Prairie Rotaract Club has moved the Duck Race to a new date because of the lack of water in the reservoir and low ticket sales. The Duck Race is now scheduled for Sunday September 21. -The Sunrise Car Lottery draw was made and Chantal Soucy of Guy, Alberta, wins the 1967 Camaro RS/SS350 valued at over $50,000. -The Downtown Association office has moved from 214 place to O'brien Place, 201, 10135-101 Avenue. -Shoppers Drug Mart at Aberdeen Centre will be closing their store.

Sept 08- First week of September saw police issuing 388 speeding tickets in school zones. 11 drivers were arrested for outstanding warrants. - Dr McCrum passed away at the age of 88 years in Edmonton Alberta. Dr McCrum was a very notable family Doctor who practiced medicine in Sexsmith from 1946 to 1969. -The Grande Prairie Shopper has temporary suspended its publication. The Quarterly direct-mail glossy advertising magazine was based in Beaverlodge, Alberta. -Rumors of another giant store could be coming to the west end of Grande Prairie. Pier One is a well know home decorating store.

Sept 08- There is word that Costco will be opening a Liquor Store. -Free FM 104.7 Morning Man, The Moose, has left Grande Prairie to do the morning show at CJUI-FM 103.9 in Kelowna. The radio station, also known as The Juice, is a brand new radio station and is owned by VIsta Radio which also owns Free FM. -The 2008 Duck Race Winners are: Dave Doar winner of 2007 Mazda RX8, Stacy Doyle won the 2007 Suzuki ATV, Deegan Pope won the 52 inch Projection TV, Frank Fraser won the Edmonton Oilers Package, Jackie Rycroft won the Okanagan Wine Tour, Ada Ray and Kevin Rawchuk each won $500 Gift Certificates, Sara Warr won the Prairie Mall $500 Shopping Spree, Simonne Beaudin won the Family Portrait Package, Lucy Ramirez won the Framed Robert Bateman Print, Darlene Conley won the Framed Heather Soos Print, and Karen McClelland won the Framed Claudio D'Angelo Print.

Oct 08- The Federal Election takes place October 14, 2008. Peace River candidates to choose from are: NDP Adel Boucher Rymhs, Green Party Jennifer Villebrun, Liberal Lilian Maisonneuve, Canadian Action Party Edwin Siggelkow, Libertaian Party Melanie Semard and Progressive Conservative Chris Warkentin. -The Brad Mates (Emerson Drive) Golf Tourney raised $90,000 for Parkinsons Disease. CMT host Casey Clark was one of the celebrities to take part in the event.

Oct 08- The building that Quality Vacuum was in on the corner of 100 Street and 97 Avenue has been torn down. A new building will be constructed that will include an East Indian Restaurant as well as Quality Vacuum. Quality Vac has a temporary location on 100 Street next to the Daily Herald-Tribune on 106 Avenue. -Clem Collins has passed away. He was well known in the community being involved in the cultural scene as well as the Grande Prairie Regional College. -Q99 FM was winner for Best New Business at the GP Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards. nine10 Inc won for Business Under 10 Employees, while Radium Industrial Solutions won for More Than 10 Employees. The Human Resources category was won by New Horizon Co-operative. Bethe Goldie won Employee of the Year, Carla Rakestraw of Ultimate Promotions won for Young Entrepreneur Category.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
December 31st Fireworks in Grande Prairie help bring in 2009. More full size Pictures




Oct 08- The 2008 Canadian Hot Air Balloon Championships took place over 5 days in Grande Prairie with 17 pilots from across Canada competing. -Chris Warkentin of the Progressive Conservatives took 70 per cent of the vote to win the election in the Peace River riding. Jay Hill of the Conservatives was re-elected in the Prince George Peace River riding. -Downtown Co-op Gas Bar has been torn down to make way for a brand new gas station. -The Grande Prairie Inn has done a major renovation to the hotel inside and out- At the entrance of Westpointe subdivision, corner of 116 Street and 84 Avenue, a Commercial Business Centre has been approved. It will include a carwash, liqueur store, fast food restaurant with drive through, as well as a gas station.


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Nov 08- A concerned group of demonstrators paraded the streets of Grande Prairie on November 12 carrying signs in protest to Nuclear Power. (Solar Not Nuclear, Co-Generation Not Nuclear, The Unborn are the Panel, Come Clean Stelmach, Make the Right Choice No Nuclear etc)
There has been concern about Nuclear Power since it was announced one of the locations being considered for a Nuclear Power Plant is near Grimshaw, Alberta.
NUCLEAR POWER In the Peace Country.

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Nov 08- Thousands of people lined the streets of Grande Prairie on Sunday November 30, 2008 for the annual Santa Claus Parade. Santa and Mrs. Claus made their appearance..

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Nov 08- Central West Business Park, on the west side of Grande Prairie, has its first major building completed. Work Warehouse is now open at their new location. The Sears Mall, next to Superstore on the north end of the City, is getting a major uplift. All the businesses in that Strip Mall are getting a new face lift. It wasn't that long ago that the Grande Prairie and District Credit Union, changed its name to Commonwealth Credit Union. Now it has changed again to Servus Credit Union.

Nov 08- Grand Opening took place for Grande Prairie Nissan, with a brand new building located on the Highway ByPass, 10314-116 Avenue. - First snowfall of the year in Grande Prairie that fell and iced up the roads happened on November 5th. -Grand Opening took place for Future Shop, brand new building west of Costco on the west side of Grande Prairie. Best Buy is now open in the same area. Also Subway opened another location there. The owners of the Subways in Grande Prairie recently purchased Fairytales Store located downtown.

Dec 08- Francois Fournier was named new general manager of the 2010 Arctic Winter Games and fills the position of Bryan Elliott who resigned last November. Fournier has been at the Grande Prairie Regional College since 1996. -The United Way of Grande Prairie Region raised over $800,000 to help the less fortunate.


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