A fire smoke advisory has been issued for northern Alberta, including Grande Prairie and area. Air quality is expected to deteriorate over the next few days, due to fires burning in northwestern Alberta.
For up to the hour Air Qualtiy Health Index (AQHI) ratings in our area please visit www.paza.ca. Air quality information is also available by phone, toll-free, at
In severe smoke conditions, even health individuals may experience irritation of eyes, throat and possibly shortness of breath. Learn about what you can do to protect yourself. The following information is courtesy of Alberta Health Services:
While Grande Prairie continues to enjoy a low risk Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) rating, Alberta Health Services has issued a precautionary Air Quality Health Advisory for the region. Smoke in the air due to uncontrolled fires in northern Alberta may cause deterioration of air quality into the weekend.
For up to the hour AQHI rating please visit www.paza.ca
The following information is courtesy of Alberta Health Services:
PAZA has been awarded a $10,000.00 grant from Alberta Environment and Water for public education and outreach. On June 5th and 6th in partnership with the City of Grande Prairie and Canfor, PAZA will host the first ever vehicle emissions clinic in Grande Prairie! Check out our web page for details on the Free Vehicle Emissions Clinic.
Sharon Nelson, councillor for the County of Grande Prairie was elected Chair of PAZA at our Annual General Meeting on April 23, 2012. Sharon is very passionate about the organization and we welcome this enthusiasm. “I campaigned in my constituancy on improvements to the environment so I am very pleased to be a part of the PAZA organization”. Sharon told members at the meeting. Sharon Nelson is a long time resident of the County.
If you share Sharon’s enthusiasm please attend one of our upcoming board meetings!
Bob Savage was one of a handful of forward thinking individuals to sit in a tiny office and dream up PAZA. Mr. Savage gave members at PAZA’s Annual General Meeting a brief summary of PAZA’s beginnings in his last act as PAZA member and director. “It took a long time to get PAZA off the ground”.
Mr. Savage served on PAZA’s board wearing many different hats from 1999. First as a government representative with the Energy Resources Conservation Board, then an industry representative and finally as a public member. Bob’s guidance will be greatly missed at the PAZA table.
Everyone at PAZA wishes Bob and Mary Jane all the best!
PAZA invites you to read through our 2011 Annual Report to the Community. This document provides a brief summary of any air quality events, how PAZA air compares to other areas in the province as well as our accomplishments. It also highlights some fantastic photography from our photo contest.
PAZA thanks everyone for entering photos in the 2012 photo contest. It was amazing the number of stellar entries we received. Thank you! Take some time to finger through the PAZA 2011 Annual Report to see just a few of the entries. Winners will be presented with their prizes at the Annual General Meeting on April 23, 2012.
And the winners are!
First Place Winner "Spring is in the air" by Katalin Ormay ~ 2012 Photo Contest
Second place "Winter Fence" by Janice Kretzer-Prysunka ~ 2012 Photo Contest
Third Place "Age gracefully" by Andrea Brown ~ 2012 Photo Contest
The Peace Airshed will be hosting our Annual General Meeting on April 23, 2012! And you are invited to learn about the air quality in the peace region over the past year. It will be a great event with lots of opportunities to speak with local municipalities, government agencies and industry.
Big thanks to the County of Grande Prairie and the City of Grande Prairie for partnering to put forward this fun event. Come out and learn about the unlimited options for going GREEN! PAZA will participate by providing a presentation and having a booth. Please stop by and say hi!
April 21, 2012 at the Muskoseepi Park Pavillion in Grande Prairie!
12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
You can learn more about the Earth Day Events by going to the City of Grande Prairie’s web page or by visiting the County of Grande Prairie’s web page.
Bring your travel mug and get a free hot chocolate, coffee or tea!