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M.D. council quick to support forest industry

AESO proposal could kill the pulp mill, council hears Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader M.D. of Lesser Slave River council heard last week from Brock Mulligan of the Alberta Forest Products Association. He was there (via Zoom) to share the dire news…
SL Lodge COVID outbreak and four in nearby municipalities

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader The week of January 8 to 14, there were new COVID-19 outbreaks at Vanderwell Heritage Place (aka. the Lodge) in Slave Lake, Westlock acute care, and Extendicare Athabasca. Westlock Continuing Care and Smithfield Lodge (in Westlock)…
Former Slave Laker returning for book signing

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader Niki Lee has family in Slave Lake and lived in Slave Lake off and on since she was a teenager. Now she lives in Camrose, but will be back to do a book signing for her debut…
Your new pickup truck might take six months to get here

Microchip shortage the main culprit Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader Colin Parada, the Whitecap GMC owner says he has people asking him if Whitecap is going out of business. The reason? So few vehicles on display in the Whitecap lot lately. The…
Back to school shifted a week, but in person

Leader staff Preschool to Grade 12 students are back in the classroom after an extended holiday. On the evening of Thursday, December 30th, the Alberta government announced that classes wouldn’t start again until January 10th in response to the Omicron…

Leader staff The Town of Slave Lake is participating in the Recreation Energy Conservation Program for projects at the Multi-Recreation Centre. For upgrades that reduce energy use, or cut greenhouse gas emissions, federal grants are offered.It started with an ‘energy…
Slave Lake still lags behind province for COVID vax

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader As of January 7, 73 per cent of Albertans had two-doses of COVID-19, says alberta.ca. However, only 59.9 per cent of people in the Slave Lake AHS local geographic area (LGA) were fully vaccinated. The Slave Lake…
Alberta RCMP kicks off the new year with intersection safety

8,000 injuries per year Submitted Alberta RCMP is ringing in 2022 with tips and reminders around intersection safety. These busy, high-traffic areas require all road users to be cautious and practice smart driving behaviour. Unsafe left turns, speeding, and violating…
RCMP launches mobile app

Submitted Alberta RCMP has officially launched their brand-new mobile app for iOS and Android devices. The app has been developed to simplify the online user experience on mobile devices to ensure that Albertans can access information quickly and conveniently. The…
Former M.D. councillor loses shop, vehicles in fire

Leader staff Nobody was hurt in a fire that destroyed the shop of Flatbush couple Robert and Jean Esau on Jan. 3. But not much was salvageable, the fire having gotten too well established by the time the fire department…
ESL teacher takes on Métis job supports in Slave Lake

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader For the last eight years, Samar Baalbaki worked at Northern Lakes College and taught ESL part-time in Slave Lake. Now, she’s the Rupertsland Institute employment counsellor and job coach for Slave Lake, Wabasca, Red Earth Creek, Smith,…
Novelist teaching workshop at Slave Lake writers’ group

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader Katie Bickell grew up in Slave Lake. Her first publications were ‘flash’ fiction. Now she’s a novelist with a Canadian independent publisher. Bickell’s debut novel Always Brave Sometimes Kind came out September 2020. The Rotary Club of…
Mayor looks ahead: roads, economy, personnel, etc.

Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader Politicians normally don’t make the mistake of making predictions. However, Slave Lake mayor Tyler Warman’s annual look ahead for The Leader hasn’t gotten him in too much trouble yet, and last week he consented to take a…