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Albertans need municipal governments to stop overspending

Franco TerrazzanoCanadian Taxpayers Federation Alberta families and businesses have been tightening their belts for years and now it’s time for big spending municipal governments to follow that example. There’s lots of room for Alberta municipalities to save a lot of…
Efficiency isn’t everything

Commentary byPearl Lorentzen The book ‘Cheaper by the Dozen’ is about a husband and wife who were efficiency experts in the early 1900s and had 12 kids. The narrator is one of the kids remembering their childhood. In the book,…
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Remember the big toilet paper shortage crisis of March, 2020? That was nuts! We’re much smarter now than we were then, so nothing like that is going to happen again, is it? How are we feeling this week about people…
Letters to the Editor – from Mohamad Salman

On racism: we reject oppression in all its forms To the Editor: We reject oppression in all forms. We call out all racism that occurs against minorities in Canada, especially the Indigenous and African communities. We call out all discrimination…
Letters to the Editor – from Andrew Maddex

Outraged at the neglect and abuse of trees in Slave Lake To the Editor: This is addressed to future generations. While I wait for answers that are never coming regarding the destruction of trees around the town office, I will…
Wagner woman helps wild raptors and other wildlife

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader Donna Lamb lives in Wagner. She’s been rescuing and transporting raptors, small mammals and other birds for WILDNorth for the last seven years. Her favourite part is releasing the recovered animals. Located near St. Albert, WILDNorth rehabilitates…
Alberta book publishers start book club

Leader staff Albertans can support local authors and the province’s publishing industry while connecting with others at a safe distance through the Alberta Reads Book Club, says a government of Alberta media release. The BPAA’s media release says, “this online,…
We ask, you answer: Silly questions

Answers from a survey on The Leader’s Facebook page. Day 1“What mythical creature would improve the world most if it existed? Why?” “Something without fangs and claws,” said one reader. “How about a luck dragon.”The other answers were honest politicians,…
Word of the Week: Spanish Lesson Week 13

Party words Lili NormandExpresiones: Spanish Language and Mexican Arts Most Latin American people enjoy having parties with food, cake, music, decorations and many people are usually invited. Our parties are long and most of the time involve dancing and games.…
Cold, wet weather challenges for breeding migratory songbirds

Laura BrandonFor the Lakeside Leader After completing a very cool and wet Spring Migration Monitoring season, the Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory has begun our MAPS (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship) program. This is a continent-wide program that studies breeding…
Don’t be fooled by the COVID-19 cons

Sylvain CharleboisTroy Media When costs rise, most food companies adjust. Safe, fair and sustainable business practices are always a priority in this sector – almost. Several food science experts believe an increase in food fraud is inevitable due to COVID-19.…
Government shouldn’t pick winners and losers

Franco TerrazzanoCanadian Taxpayers Federation Businesses need help, but it’s important to provide the right help the right way. Premier Jason Kenney’s economic strategy has so far revolved around three core principles: lowering taxes, cutting red tape and pushing back against…
This just isn’t going well!

Commentary byChris Clegg Golden years, schmolden years! Phooey! OK, I’m not there yet, but this getting old is not all the glory it’s cracked up to be. If 65 is the cutoff to be a Golden Ager, I’m less than…
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How about the lowly earthworm? Whenever it rains for any length of time – there they are, all over the sidewalk. Apparently they can’t stand saturated earth and must escape from it. It makes you wonder. What purpose does this…
Letters to the Editor – from Dr. Terry O’Keeffe

Slave Lake’s pharmacists have gone above and beyond To the Editor: As we approach Phase 2 of ‘Relaunch’ in our province, I have been reflecting over the past three months and this difficult time. In middle of March when the…