Social media and search engine giants, Meta (Facebook and Instagram) and Google have decided to no longer share Canadian news links after the Online News Act, or Bill C-18, was passed in June. 

Does this mean the end of access to local news for you? 

In short, NO. 

Here are some of the frequently asked questions we get surrounding the stories we tell and the changing landscape of news on social media in Canada. 

If Facebook blocks Sun Country 99.7 FM/AM 1140 posts, how do I find my local news? 

While local news links are often shared on social media, those are just the links to the original story posted to HighRiverOnline or shared from the HighRiverOnline app.

The best way to make sure you don’t miss out on anything happening in your community is to: 

  1. Bookmark 
  2. Download the HighRiverOnline app

We’re posting new stories about our community many times per day so check back often. 

Is HighRiverOnline a Facebook page? 

HighRiverOnline has been regularly sharing some of our stories on our social media accounts but our Facebook and Instagram accounts are not HighRiverOnline.

All of the local news, sports, weather, community events, radio stations and more reside on and the HighRiverOnline app.  

Optimized for your phone or tablet, the HighRiverOnline app gives you direct access to local news, weather and radio stations at the touch of a button. Plus, when you sign up, the HighRiverOnline app also provides notifications for breaking news, amber alerts, contests and more. 

I am still seeing some posts from HighRiverOnline on social media. Does this apply to everyone? 

Meta and Google are rolling out their response to the Online News Act to a percentage of Canadians first then, they claim, to all.  

Going directly to your trusted local news source remains the best way to ensure you don’t miss any important or interesting local information.  

Instead of waiting for a social media algorithm to determine what you read about your community, visit or download the HighRiverOnline app and see it all for yourself. 

How can I share the stories from HighRiverOnline? 

Each of our stories include ‘Share this story’ links under the headline. You can use this share quickly and simply. Alternatively, you can use your mobile device share features to email, text or post the story. We encourage you to continue to share what you can on social media while Facebook allows it.  

What does this mean for my local radio station(s) Facebook pages? 

Meta and Google appear to be defining all media organizations, including broadcasters, in Canada as the same. National, local, newspaper or radio, access is being limited.  

Thankfully, there continue to be many ways to connect with Sun Country 99.7 FM and AM 1140.

Our signal remains strong and you can listen on traditional radio, or by streaming via the HighRiverOnline app or on your desktop computer.  

Sun Country 99.7 FM and AM 1140 remain deeply connected to our community and regularly post stories about interesting guests, fun events and contests on HighRiverOnline. Check the ‘Community’ news under the menu at the top right of the website or app.  

How do I comment on local news stories from HighRiverOnline if Facebook won’t allow posting? 

We still want to hear from you. Click on ‘Contact Us’ in the menu or email: 

You can also join the conversation on our Talk and Text lines, 403-652-4997 (Sun Country) and 403-652-3333 (AM 1140).

I’m travelling to the United States, why can I see your Facebook posts? 

The reaction from Meta and Google to Bill C-18 is in Canada only and only applies to Canadian news outlets. You, as a Canadian, may not see Canadian news on their platforms (including local news from HighRiverOnline) but everything else is still allowed by Facebook and Instagram. 

I would like more information on the HighRiverOnline app 

Please don’t hesitate to contact HighRiverOnline by emailing: