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MLA Rehn gets booted from the UCP

Will continue as an independent MLA Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader Questions were swirling last week, in the wake of Slave Lake town council calling for the resignation of Lesser Slave Lake MLA Pat Rehn to resign. Would other municipalities follow suit?…
Ski and snowshoes hot items at the Boreal Centre

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader It’s not open to the public, but the Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation (BCBC) staff is still scheming up ways to serve the public. Just before the Jan. 9 weekend they announced free cross-country ski and…
Alberta RCMP promoting intersection safety

Submitted To kick off the new year, the Alberta RCMP is promoting intersection safety. Often busy, high-traffic areas, intersections require motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians to exercise caution and be mindful of the rules of the road. According to the Government…
More physicians needed in the north, county tells minister

Richard Froese For the Lakeside Leader A shortage of physicians in the High Prairie region and throughout northern Alberta is prompting a letter to the provincial health minister.At its Dec. 9 meeting, Big Lakes County council decided to send the…
Word of the Week: Spanish Lesson

Week 38: What would you like to do after COVID? Lili Normand Expresiones: Spanish Language and Mexican Arts What’s the first thing you’ll do when this is all over? What do you daydream about between Zoom meetings, laundry folding, dish…
Icedogs waiting for restrictions to be lifted

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Slave Lake’s junior hockey team is in limbo like every other team in town. But a few things are happening behind the scenes, according to team owner Lauren Barr. Player movement is the big one. “We…
MLA holiday ‘unacceptable,’ says former Wildrose candidate

Chris Clegg For the Lakeside Leader A long-time Conservative who quit the United Conservative Party (UCP) party executive late last year says Lesser Slave Lake MLA Pat Rehn and the party cannot recover from the recent controversy.“No!” Darryl Boisson, of…
Laboucan back as Driftpile FN chief

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Dwayne Laboucan was re-elected to the position of chief by Driftpile Cree Nation (DCN) voters just before Christmas. It’s his third two-year term as chief of the first nation that is located roughly halfway between Slave…
Got COVID symptoms? Don’t visit the clinic!

Call 811 Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader You might think if you are feeling sick, the Family Care Clinic in Slave Lake is the right place to go. In normal times, yes; but not now. Thanks to COVID, the rules are…
‘Social enterprise’ in Slave Lake leaves its mark

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader A public company which started as a ‘social enterprise’ in Slave Lake in 1969 has closed. However, many of the buildings it built are still being used in Slave Lake. In early November 2020, SpruceLand Properties…
The Page

You’ll notice a slightly new design on the top of the front page of The Leader this week. The logo is bigger and the two ‘events’ boxes are gone. Why? Blame it on COVID! No events, so it was just…
Child safety seats can make the difference

Submitted Alberta RCMP wants to ensure you and your little ones are properly buckled up. During the colder months, there is an increased risk of motor vehicle collisions due to snow and ice – when used correctly, child car seats…