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Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader Members of the homeless shelter advisory council were some of the spectators at the May 14 council decision on a long-term location for the shelter. The possible creation of this council was mentioned in the fall,…

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader Homeless encampments and a long-term location for the homeless shelter have been part of public debate lately, much of it on social media. Part of this is various rumors about the number of unhoused people in…

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader Some time in the future, Slave Lake may be the pilot location for a mobile provincial response to homeless encampments. Since January 2024 and ongoing, the Government of Alberta has had a Navigation and Support Centre…

Leader staff A five-year-old died in a motor vehicle collision by Westlock. She was from Westlock, with relatives in Canyon Creek. On May 14, 2024, around 8 p.m., Westlock RCMP were called to a collision on Hwy. 2 north of…
Treaty 8 joins Woodland Cree dispute with Obsidian

Chris Clegg and Susan Thompson For the Lakeside Leader Woodland Cree First Nation (WCFN) has received support from the Sovereign Nations of Treaty 8 in its dispute with Obsidian Energy. Sovereign Nations held a news conference in Peace River May…

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader On May 15, 2024, a provincial bill which would add party politics to municipal elections hadn’t passed yet, but was likely going to. M.D. of Lesser Slave River Reeve Murray Kerik wasn’t pleased with the idea.…

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader After 10 years of having a shelter, a long-term location has been picked. This is the same place it has been for the last two winters, on the fire hall property in northwest Slave Lake. Last…

Richard Froese For the Lakeside Leader Big Lakes County has awarded four business refurbishment grants to local businesses to upgrade their facilities. At its regular meeting April 24, council approved $2,500 matching grants to Shady Orchard and Winery, B. Hunt…
Regional funder stops by Slave Lake to spread the word

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader For the second year in a row, a Grande Prairie-based nonprofit stopped by Slave Lake to let groups know about its funding options. Northwestern Alberta Foundation (NAF) met with local nonprofits on May 6 at the…

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader The first of eight Slave Lake Forest Area hold-over 2023 wildfires has been extinguished. Alberta Wildfire declared it extinguished after an infrared scan on May 10, says a Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Update says. SWF095…
The Leader wins 2023 best sports section and editorial

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader In 2023, the Lakeside Leader had the best sport section out of Alberta newspapers with a small circulation. It also has the best editorial out of all Alberta newspapers. The Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association (AWNA) has…

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader Back in April the Government of Alberta announced that the draft Kindergarten to Grade 6 social studies curriculum was ready to be piloted. The Leader reached out to local school divisions to see if they planned…