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What the mayor promised Driftpile to make the boycott go away

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader ‘Difficult but productive’ was how the Driftpile Cree Nation characterized a meeting with Slave Lake Mayor Tyler Warman on Nov. 12. It resulted in Driftpile rescinding a boycott of Slave Lake, which had been prompted by…
COVID case causes closure for cleaning

Other closures, lockdowns follow Leader staff On November 23, an employee from the Slave Lake McDonald’s restaurant reported that they tested positive for COVID-19. The company announced on Nov. 24 that the restaurant was immediately shut down for a thorough…
An overview of new COVID-19 restrictions

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader Editor’s note: A complete list of COVID-19 mandate restrictions are available on alberta.ca. Within the new COVID-19 public health measures, all indoor social events are now illegal, but very few business are required to close. Sports…
Former Slave Laker’s novel sucks the reader right in

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader Always Brave, Sometimes Kind by Katie Bickell is a poignant collection of interconnected snapshots of northern Alberta life. It sucks the reader into a world both familiar and alien, depending on the reader’s lived experience.At a…
Cross-border dumping at the Flatbush transfer station

Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader This was councillor Sandra Melzer’s addition to the agenda at the M.D. council meeting on Nov. 25. She said people have been coming from Fawcett to use the transfer station in Flatbush, which they aren’t allowed to…
New Icedogs coach has loads of experience

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Gregg Kennedy got to Slave Lake just in time for the Icedogs’ Nov. 20 game against the High Prairie Red Wings. He watched the game from the stands, which turned out to be a rough one…
High Prairie RCMP looking for missing woman

Leader staff On Nov. 24, 2020, High Prairie RCMP received a complaint that 29-year-old Nepin Sage Gambler was missing from the High Prairie area. She was last seen at the hospital in High Prairie on Nov. 24, 2020; however, she…
Dec. 1 COVID update: M.D. jumps to 31

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader As of Dec. 1, there are 31 (six more than yesterday) active COVID-19 cases in the M.D. of Lesser Slave River. These cases could be in the M.D., Town of Slave Lake, Sawridge First Nation, or the surrounding…
Found: Woman missing

Update: Nov. 30, Ossimeemas has been found. She is safe. On Nov. 19, 2020, RCMP were notified that Lauren Ossimeemas (33) had not been seen by family since July, 2020. There is a general concern for her safety and well-being…
Nov. 30 COVID update: M.D. jumps to 25

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader As of Nov. 30, there are 25 active COVID-19 cases in the M.D. of Lesser Slave River. These cases could be in the M.D., Town of Slave Lake, Sawridge First Nation, or the surrounding hamlets (Assineau, Canyon…
Nonprofits hope to collaborate in 2021

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader Back in January, the Slave Lake Chamber of Commerce and Community Futures started a group for nonprofit groups to brainstorm and work together. Like much of the world, this was disrupted by COVID-19, but is back…