Remember when…

The original community at the east end of Lesser Slave Lake, called Sawridge, was renamed Slave Lake in 1923. It was wiped out by a flood in the 1930s, and was subsequently moved to its current location. It was incorporated…
Firefighters storytelling

Firefighters Ryan Coutts and Logan Skahl from the Lesser Slave Lake Fire service reading books to children at the Rotary Club of Slave lake public Library on July 31.

Callie Hermanson Lakeside Leader Robin-Lee Vance says she has always been an avid reader. Several of her jobs over the years involved books and reading. Vance says when she first went to work full time, she worked in bookstores in…

Ergete Ferede and Charles Lammam The Fraser Institute Entrepreneurship remains a vital source of innovation, which helps grow economies and provide employment opportunities for Albertans. Unfortunately, several recent studies have found fewer businesses are being started in Alberta (and Canada…

Commentary by Jeff Burgar I just returned from my birthplace of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The city is as beautiful as I remember, although not keeping up with its brand as “City of Bridges.” Maybe change to something like “City of Parks.”…

Wildfire risk reduction is a serious business, that a lot of us don’t take very seriously until we have a close call. We’ll make some effort for a while after that – trim back some of our conifer trees, rake…

There’s something to every point of view. There’s also quite a lot to be said for considering a range of views on any subject, so as to arrive at a more balanced perspective. Take the tourism situation in the Lesser…

On July 29 the Slave Lake Muslim Society held a fundraising barbecue at the Slave Lake Al Ameen Mosque, to support the Slave Lake Food Bank. After it was over, Ali Mouallem presented Barb Courtorielle of the Slave Lake Native…

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader “Six-hundred thirty-eight downloads,” says Sheila Willis. That’s her answer to the question: ‘How’s your History Check app coming along?’ History Check, as some will already know, is a smart phone application that facilitates tours of northern…
Trouble in paradise: rough road deters campers

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Things could be a lot worse for the Anchor Inn Resort at the west end of Fawcett Lake. Their seasonal camping spots are 100 per cent subscribed by a solid clientele of folks who know how…
What’s with all the birds?

This question is asked every year, when the gulls hang around in large numbers on rooftops in Slave Lake. Mostly they are the Franklin’s gull and it just happens that their habit during moulting is to congregate in places where…

Chris Clegg For the Lakeside Leader It hasn’t exactly been forgotten or wiped from the map, but a former northern Alberta resident is trying to promote the Northern Woods and Water Route as Western Canada’s Holiday Highway. Dale Harrison, a…

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Kyle Campbell of Slave Lake took a break from Midget league ball to play for Zone 8 in the Alberta Summer Games. This was in Grande Prairie on the July 21 weekend, which happened to be…

Callie Hermanson Lakeside Leader Brad Miller, a salesman from Sherwood Park, Alta, has recently joined the community of Slave Lake. Miller has been in town for three weeks now and is working at Revolution Ford. Miller says he has been…

Sterling is a 2-year-old male domestic cat. He is neutered and has all his shots. Sterling lives at the Animal Rescue Committee shelter. Sterling is a gentle boy who likes to get in the way and chat with the volunteers…