Court Report

Judge tells man to ‘stop spending your family’s money’ on fines Slave LakeProvincial CourtJanuary 13, 2021Judge G.W. Paulpresiding Dylan Julian Noskiye was in custody. On his behalf, his lawyer entered guilty pleas to 11 crimes, many of them weapons offences.…
Volume down, theft up

Leader staff Volume is down at the regional landfill and that hurts revenue. On the other hand, theft is a problem and it costs money. These were two of the items reported by town councillor Brice Ferguson at the Jan.…
Town of Slave Lake Council notebook

Jan. 12, 2021 meeting Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Council met for the first time since before Christmas, but somewhat surprisingly only had two new items of business to deal with. Perhaps that was just as well, because the mayor’s connection…
Changes in how municipal elections are done

Campaigning could start right away Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader If you’re thinking of running for town council, here’s some breaking news: you can submit your nomination today and start campaigning! That’s the major change in the new Elections Procedure Bylaw,…
Some things to consider about using cannabis safely

Rebecca Johnson Alberta Health Services Are you thinking of using cannabis? Are you already using? Cannabis is a psychoactive substance that has many short and long-term health risks. These include impairment, memory issues, mental health problems, lung damage, risk of…
The moral stain on Canada’s        tech sector

MP Shannon Stubbs MP Arnold Viersen On November 27, 2020, Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times wrote “Children of Pornhub” and brought international attention to the biggest moral stain on Canada’s tech sector. For years, journalists in Quebec, and…
Choose escape and engagement

Commentary by Pearl Lorentzen Last week in this space, Chris Clegg decried the invasion of serious causes within typical avenues of escapism. On the one hand, I agree. With COVID, social unrest, and economic uncertainty, it would be nice for…
Different notions of representation

Lesser Slave Lake MLA Pat Rehn certainly has his work cut out for him.It seems Rehn’s idea of an MLA’s job was quite different from certain other parties, the council of the Town of Slave Lake being one. As reported,…
Sawridge First Nation

Leader staff “We’re well ahead of the game and prepared for the pandemic,” Sawridge First Nation Chief Roland Twinn, told The Leader in a recent phone interview. Prior to the pandemic, Sawridge made an Emergency Management Act, which it enacted…
M.D. of Lesser Slave River Council notebook

Jan. 13, 2021 meeting Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Behind closed doors Council’s Jan. 13 meeting started off with councillors discussing whether a couple of additions to the agenda should be handled in open or closed session. One – raised by…
COVID: Vaccines & haircuts

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader As of Jan. 18, small outdoor gatherings (10 people or less) are allowed and barbers and other personal or wellness services can reopen, says a Jan. 14 Alberta government news release. Some Slave Lake residents have…
‘One hundred per cent capacity’ at Tolko OSB mill

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader You might have heard that home renovation activity has surged in response to COVID-induced lockdowns. Nobody predicted that, but it was certainly the case in the spring and summer and well reported on. Well, guess what?…
COVID Weekly: Big Lakes – 100+ new cases in seven days

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader From Jan. 8 to 14, Big Lakes County had 101 new COVID-19 cases. The M.D. of Lesser Slave River, including Slave Lake, had equal recoveries and new cases. More people recovered than got the virus in the…
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?…