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Disagreements and difficulties with its location notwithstanding, the effort by the Town of Slave Lake and the Province of Alberta to fund, set up and run a shelter for homeless people was worthwhile. When the cold weather sets in next…

The definition of insanity, people are fond of saying, is to do the same thing over and over again, expecting different results. It’s a clever little saying, but of limited usefulness. Sometimes, doing the same thing over and over does…

Surveyors have been out, we’re told, doing work along Hwy. 88 through the provincial park. It’s assumed this is part of the design process for an upgrade of the first 30 kilometres (roughly) of that highway, promised by the province.…

We mentioned elsewhere in this newspaper the big number of female high school graduates who plan to go into the trades. It was one outstanding feature of the Roland Michener School grad that had people raising eyebrows and saying (or…

What’s your view about urban poultry? The Town of Slave Lake would like to know that, along with any number of other things as part of its updating of the Land Use Bylaw and the Municipal Development Plan. These are…

Last week‘s hot topic was about a Slave Lake town councillor getting blasted by a First Nations chief for allegedly slanderous remarks online. Racism, etc. Having read the original social media post, it’s tough to see any racism or slander…

So….do we feel safer in Slave Lake this week because the so-called Flat Top encampment has been shut down and the people (whoever they are) moved on? Unlikely, although things might be a bit more peaceful in the immediate neighbourhood.…

Last week, Slave Lake’s town council again discussed the pros and cons of spending unbudgeted money to beef up security for the public. More law enforcement, in other words, or at least more eyes and ears out there. The town…

Those rumours of a bid for a Slave Lake senior hockey team to enter the North Peace Hockey League turned out to not have any substance. At least there was no rep for the Slave Lake project at the spring…

You have to be careful on a stretch of highway 88. Well, any section, but there’s a section through the provincial park where heavy trucks keep going off the edge with startling regularity. The shoulder is not worthy of the…

Participation in fishing tournaments seems to be down across the board, and nobody seems to know exactly why. COVID certainly didn’t help, but the trend was already underway. The Anglers Cup used to shoot for 100 boats, and it seemed…

A developer has applied to the M.D. of Opportunity to re-zone a property for the purpose of building a 45-unit apartment building in Wabasca. Assuming the project goes ahead, it raises a few questions, especially in light of the fact…

The evening of May 21, a very small Town of Slave Lake council (four instead of seven) voted to close the Slave Lake Homeless Shelter the next day at 8 a.m. until November 1 pending review. Deputy Mayor Shawn Gramlich,…

The other front page article on the May 24, 2023 Lakeside Leader was about the three candidates in the 2023 provincial election. United Conservative Candidate Scott Sinclair won that election. People can stop by his constituency office to let him…

A year ago, the top front page headline in the Lakeside Leader was ‘Wildfire crisis continues: new ones near Smith.’ Alberta Wildfire is still monitoring seven wildfires in the Slave Lake Forest Area from the 2023 wildfire season, and our…

The ways we help destitute people have improved over the years. Let’s not lose ground. The oldest surviving poor house in Canada is Wellington County House of Industry and Refuge in Ontario. It is now a museum. The museum’s website…