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Shock to the system can be helpful

There’s nothing like a sudden, drastic change in circumstances to shake things up and help you realize a few ‘home truths’ (as they say). Suddenly you get a chance to find out what’s really important to you. Not to put…
All hands on deck

The notion there could be an entirely new town council as of Oct. 19 is quite something to contemplate. You could have a rookie mayor overseeing a group of rookie councillors. They might not have graphs capable of depicting learning…
Where the rubber meets the road

Well, we’ve certainly got a couple of lively municipal elections going on around here. Lively in the sense that there’s real competition and quite interesting in that nobody knows who will be sitting around the council table after Oct. 18.One…
Forum the best way to get to know your candidates

If you plan on voting in town or M.D. elections, what do you base your vote on? One common consideration is who you know. At the municipal level, lots of voters know at least some of the candidates. But seldom…
How the new town council can solve the litter problem

Probably nobody will ask the town council candidates what they plan to do about the litter problem in town. But at the rate people are discarding masks around here, business must really be booming for whoever produces those things.It’s embarrassing,…
Will we gather for Orange Shirt Day?

Since the Kamloops 215, the collective consciousness of Canadian history has shifted. In Slave Lake alone, hundreds of people came out in orange shirts for a memorial for those who didn’t come home and those who survived Canada’s Indian residential…
Changing face of history

The old stereotype of Canadian history as being relatively pleasant has taken a beating recently. Likely for good reason. One criticism is a tendency to gloss over racist decisions. One decision was the Continuous Passage Act in 1911 which sought…
Limits of property enjoyment

Let’s give that fellow in the Flatbush area the benefit of the doubt. He buys a chunk of land and enjoys tearing around on an ATV and shooting guns. There’s not necessarily anything malicious about it. Just somebody’s idea about…
Time to roll up our sleeves

The death of a homeless man in Slave Lake recently is sad and sadly inevitable. Who takes care of people who can’t take care of themselves? A group is meeting regularly to try to answer that question. It’s called Slave…
All-out for All-In

Sometimes things just work out the way they are supposed to. When they do, most people probably don’t even think about whoever was behind the scenes doing all the work. It’s when there are screw-ups that the organizers even get…
Good news on the election front

If you believe that choice and competition are good things, you’ll be happy to know four of the five municipal elections in these parts (so far) offer both of those things, unofficially. Those are the contests for mayor of Slave…
Vote-splitting on the right could be a factor

What happened in Lesser Slave Lake in both the 2012 and 2015 provincial elections was a vote split on the right. The hard-charging Wildrose Party did well in 2012, but not well enough to unseat incumbent Progressive Conservative Pearl Calahasen.…
Maybe this time it will be different

One thing you should avoid doing in writing editorials is repeat yourself too often. For example, using the headline ‘Here we go again,’ every time an election is called. However, it does sum up the feeling, after last week’s news…
As All-In as you want to be

This coming weekend might be the busiest few days of festivities Slave Lake has seen in a long while. Ever? Maybe even that. It seems every other day a new activity or event or concert or show of some kind…
Summer events a nice change

August promises to be chock full of community events. It’s a nice change after all of the social isolation. However, these events don’t make themselves. Each one has a team of organizers and volunteers. The first weekend in August Kinuso…