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Different notions of representation

Lesser Slave Lake MLA Pat Rehn certainly has his work cut out for him.It seems Rehn’s idea of an MLA’s job was quite different from certain other parties, the council of the Town of Slave Lake being one. As reported,…
Good news on parks

It looks as if the provincial rec areas at three lakes in the M.D. of Lesser Slave River will be left alone by the provincial government. For now. An announcement from Environment and Parks Minister Jason Nixon just before Christmas…
Doh!

One thing we do every year at The Leader in the last week of the year is go through all the papers (51 of them) from the year just ending and produce the ‘Year In Review’ section you see in…

by Jeff Burgar People may as well start calling it the Twitverse and FoolsBook. Because that’s where, it seems, an awful lot of twits and fools show what they are made of at one time or another. MLA for Lesser…
Smart people

Smart people are getting into the delivery business. That’s what we hear. Or driving generally. Maybe drone ownership and operation as well. Robotics, now that we think of it, probably has a pretty good future as well. Then there’s a…
What a year it’s been

This will be our final edition of the Lakeside Leader for 2020. Thanks for sticking with us for another year – one that has been unusual to say the least. There are no guarantees in life or business, except for…
Issues on the ice

New restrictions from the province on gatherings include limits on the number of people who can be on an outdoor ice surface at the same time. Ten is that number (or was when this was written) and as anyone who…
Somebody must know something

Sure enough, we put a notice of a missing person in our paper and the day it goes to press, the RCMP inform us the person (Lauren Ossimeemas), has been found. That is very good news, of course, but the…
Meetings

If you’d asked a year ago if we’d prefer to cover municipal council meetings via something called ‘Zoom’ technology….well, you can guess what the answer would have been. But as it turns out, it’s not bad! There may be drawbacks…
We can keep local businesses alive if we want to

If there was ever a good time to spend your money locally, this is it. Why? For one thing, COVID restrictions are hurting the small, local business a lot more than the big national or multi-national ones. The huge online…
Clamping down

The M.D. of Opportunity and Bigstone Cree Nation have teamed up to come down hard on COVID in Calling Lake. It makes sense they would cooperate, because it would be pretty useless to try to do something in one part…
Have we been here before?

When you’ve been writing editorials for 30 years, chances are good you start to repeat yourself. Sort of like history does. Have we been here before? Yes, we have! Have we faced similar difficulties? We have. Spanish Flu, 1918 –…
What your MLA has been up to lately

People talk about the Lesser Slave Lake MLA as if he is completely absent. That isn’t true, of course. He does attend the occasional event. For example, he laid a wreath at the High Prairie Remembrance Day ceremony on Nov.…
Something good may come out of this

Staying on the positive side of things…… some injudicious remarks by a town councillor a couple of months ago may result in something good happening. That’s our view and it is shared by Marilyn McRee and others. McRee got an…