COVID weekly: Here we go again…

Surges in COVID cases prompts return to tighter restrictions Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader “This wave is here,” said Alberta Premier Jason Kenney in an April 6 press conference. The return to Step 1 of COVID-19 restrictions on April 7 is to…
New group eligible for vaccine

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader On March 30, Phase 2B of the COVID-19 vaccine strategy started in Alberta, but appointments in Slave Lake didn’t start until April 5. This means that any Albertan over 16 who has one of a list of…
Spring ice is rotten ice; mind where you step!

Leader staff Ice surfaces are not safe as spring arrives. Many factors affect ice thickness: the type of water, location, and time of year. Other environmental factors also affect ice thickness, such as the size and depth of the body…
No North Country Fair – again

Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader For the second year in a row there won’t be a North Country Fair. The popular music festival, held annually on the weekend closest to the summer solstice in the Driftpile Valley, has fallen victim to the…
Word of the Week: Spanish Lesson

Week 47: Spring cleaning – Part 1 Lili NormandExpresiones: Spanish Language and Mexican Arts In Canada, spring is the perfect time to scrub, sweep and store away your winter stuff for another year.In many countries in Latin-America people do not…
Town pulls plug on spring ice: Icedogs to use HP rink

Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader Citing the high costs of maintaining ice in the arena for a single user group, the Town of Slave Lake has decided against an extended season. As a result, the Slave Lake Icedogs won’t be playing any…
Two people from the area reach the 103-year milestone

Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader We’ve checked in with Mary Giroux of Slave Lake three times in the past four years upon her reaching milestone birthdays. Another one is coming up this week (April 6). She turns 103 and the folks at…
Council Notebook: Interagency

March 30, 2021 Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader Interagency is a monthly meeting of ‘helping’ agencies and companies in Slave Lake. Slave Lake Adult Education Slave Lake Adult Education has online courses and some in-person courses. On April 17 and 18 it…
The Page

April 5 to 9 was National Wildlife Week. The Canadian Wildlife Federation is offering free black-eyed susan seeds and has various ways that people can be involved in supporting wildlife. The 2021 theme is #DoMoreForWildlife. It was started in 1938.…
Court Report

Man learns to attend court after being in custody, says defence Slave LakeProvincial CourtMarch 31, 2021Judge G.R. Ambrosepresiding Dwayne Mark Noskiye (32) appeared via closed circuit video from Edmonton Remand Centre. He pleaded guilty to three crimes. The Crown prosecutor…
Cold weather in late winter/early spring is very welcome

(If you want the mountain pine beetle to be slowed down) Jennifer MacCormickFor the Lakeside Leader Mountain pine beetle (MPB) larvae spend the winter under the bark of pine trees. They are able to do this because they produce ‘antifreeze,’…
Loon River chief joins discussion on homelessness

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader “I’m here to bring solutions to the table,” said chief Ivan Sawan of Loon River First Nation, at the March 25 Homeless Coalition meeting. Sawan is also the grand chief of the Kee Tas Kee Now Tribal…