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Leader staff All three occupants of a vehicle died on June 29 when it collided with another vehicle on Hwy. 33, 25 kilometres south of Hwy. 2. According to an RCMP news release, the victims were a 61-year-old resident of…
Feds to Marten Beach: ‘You’re on your own’

Leader staff The federal government has decided Marten Beach doesn’t rate any funding for flood mitigation. The negative response to an application to the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF) came in about a year after the M.D. of Lesser…
Youth arrest for using bear spray at Riverboat Daze

Submitted by the Slave Lake RCMP On July 6th, 2024, at approximately 10 p.m., Slave Lake RCMP were notified of a disturbance at the Slave Lake fair grounds. Officers were informed that an individual had discharged bear spray among the…
Slave Lake added to the pre-charge assessment program

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader Slave Lake is one of the last communities in rural Alberta to start using the pre-charge assessment process, which allows police officers to get feedback from an experienced Crown prosecutor before laying charges. Ramona Robins is…
Northland has a new land-based learning coach

Submitted by Northland School Division Northland School Division is pleased to announce the appointment of Melanie Lapp as the new Indigenous Cultural Land-Based Learning Coach. Melanie is a proud Métis iskwew (woman) from Paddle Prairie Métis Settlement, where her roots…

Kris Sims Canadian Taxpayers Federation Thousands of people are hoping to hit the open road this summer and head to Drumheller to see the dinosaurs or to the Western Development Museum to learn about the olden days. There’s just one…

Rebecca Johnson Alberta Health Services Summertime fun almost always involves getting outside and enjoying the beautiful weather. But it’s important to remember to protect yourself and loved ones from the sun’s potentially harmful effects. Start off by trying to stay…

Regional commentary by Jeff Burgar Lately, both my laptop and my work computer are acting up. Familiar with the Windows ‘Blue Screen of Death’ that shows up when something is wonky? Usually, it’s just a reboot and back to playing…

Disagreements and difficulties with its location notwithstanding, the effort by the Town of Slave Lake and the Province of Alberta to fund, set up and run a shelter for homeless people was worthwhile. When the cold weather sets in next…

The definition of insanity, people are fond of saying, is to do the same thing over and over again, expecting different results. It’s a clever little saying, but of limited usefulness. Sometimes, doing the same thing over and over does…

Submitted by the Slave Lake RCMP On June 26, 2024, Slave Lake RCMP received a report of a suspicious male. Police arrived and observed that the suspect was on house arrest for offences including attempting to punch a police officer…
M.D. of Opportunity Council notebook

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Council’s June 12, 2024 meeting took place in council chambers in Wabasca, with seven members present in person, with two more via teleconference and two (Leo Alook and Tahirih Wiebe) absent. Also present were nine M.D.…
Bigstone chief calls for boycott of Slave Lake

Leader staff Two weeks after calling out a Slave Lake town councillor for a social media post, Bigstone Cree Nation Chief Andy Alook went on the offensive again, calling for a boycott of Slave Lake. On June 14, Alook demanded…
Town of Slave Lake Council notebook

July 2, 2024 meeting Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader It was a meeting with a short agenda, but long reports. Council received two of them – one on Sunset Place and one on the homeless shelter. Back to what they were…