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Speaking of inflation, it appears power customers got shafted royally by ATCO Electric, if reports are accurate. ‘Mistakes were made,’ says an ATCO honcho, about recouping millions it spent in an inflated deal with a B.C. First Nation by raising…

That sounds silly and probably not very interesting, but it’s one of the first things that comes to mind when you think about galloping inflation. Experts have been predicting dire increases in the cost of food for the past couple…

On the face of it, the current effort by the Alberta Energy System Operator (AESO) to change the way power transmission is paid for looks crazy. It would result (we’re told by the forest industry) in grossly inflated power costs…

You have to hand it to Slave Lake’s town council. Having its meetings available to anyone, any time on Youtube was a bold move and at least once it has gotten them in a lot of trouble. But the practice…

Suspicious drug activity: that’s what Slave Lake RCMP are interested in finding out about. What constitutes ‘suspicious,’ vs. non-suspicious activity is not set out in the RCMP’s Dec. 31 news release. Perhaps it was left vague on purpose, to allow…

‘The world survives into another day,’ said Bruce Cockburn in his song ‘Wondering Where the Lions Are.’ Here we are 42-odd years later, surviving into another year. Nobody can say what 2022 will bring, and that’s probably a good thing.…

Nobody will say that finding, funding and operating a shelter for homeless people is easy. But when it comes down to it, it’s a challenge well within the capabilities of a town the size of Slave Lake. There are lots…

Once upon a time, Slave Lakers would have considered themselves lucky to have a single doctor practicing in the community. Now? If there aren’t nine of them on the job, plus several nurse practitioners, and drop-in visits to the clinic…
Changes

Looking at the empty seats at a junior hockey game in Slave Lake can make you wonder if the good old days are ever coming back. Someone will say, ‘the good old days weren’t really that good.’ That may be…

It’s getting harder to figure out, not to mention justify, some of the harsher restrictions on people who haven’t been vaccinated for COVID. Even those who tend to accept the official version as probably the most sensible one are starting…

The Town of Slave Lake is in the process of organizing a committee of citizens to discuss and make recommendations on compensation for council members. Your Lakeside Leader editorialist has even been sounded out about the possibility of taking part,…

NDP leader Rachel Notley recently pledged top-grade broadband access in every corner of the province, by 2027. But there’s a catch: We have to elect them first, or they can’t make it happen. That’s more or less the story, or…

Jule Asterisk of the Slave Lake Homeless Coalition was making the rounds last week, seeking support for the Mat Program. You might think; ‘Hasn’t that been taken care of?’ Yes, but only temporarily, thanks to a generous donation of rooms…
Strategic shopping?

Shop locally. That’s the mantra heard a lot around this time of year – really at any time of year. Don’t rush to hand over your hard-earned bucks to big corporations who don’t do much for the community. Spend them…

The process for saving the woodland caribou from extinction in Alberta is grinding along. Range plans are being developed for each of several herds in the province. Just because the process hasn’t been in the news lately doesn’t mean it…