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If there were such a thing as a United Conservative Party strategist in Lesser Slave Lake riding, you’d think they would want to get the lead out on the candidate nomination process. Why? Because look at NDP candidate (and former…

The Leader has been reporting on the proceedings in Slave Lake Provincial Court for at least the past 40 years. Our readers expect it. And, the case could be made, deserve to know what people are convicted of.Simple enough, you…

Back when families of 10 kids were common, there were lots of dirt-poor Canadians, living off the land and hoping for better times. But because families were so large, there was also a deep labour pool for a growing industrial,…

These days it seems conversations often turn to the topic of how much oil production activity is going on in the Marten Hills. It’s tapping into something called the Clearwater Formation, and it is very busy out there. Much of…

Does the NDP have a chance of winning the provincial election next spring? A lot of Albertans must be asking that question right about now. NDP leader and former Premier Rachel Notley is certainly sounding perky in her radio ads.…

It’s a very good thing for some vulnerable people that Slave Lake’s homeless shelter was approved to open last week. Three or four days after it was, the nighttime temperature plummeted into the mid-teens below zero. People have their survival…

We’re hoping this is just our imagination, but it does seem a certain municipal government around here is dealing with more agenda items in camera than previously. Not that it isn’t allowed by the rules laid down in the Municipal…

We tend to stick to local news at The Leader and ignore the crazy stuff going on in the wider world. But once in a while something from the big wide world reaches close to home. For example, the other…

The newspaper that became the Lakeside Leader was born on Sept. 27, 1972. Add 50 to that year, and voila, it brings us to 2022. It seemed a risky venture at the time. Many newspapers were started by people who…

People have been predicting ‘paperless’ offices and so on for at least the past 30 years. It must have been 25 years or so ago that then Slave Lake town manager Pat Vincent was enthusing about it. Come to think…

It would be nice if you could figure out exactly how much credit government policy deserves for economic activity. Certainly governments like to take credit for it when times are good. And when they aren’t, they point to factors out…

Could last week’s news that the M.D. of Opportunity has raised the bar when it comes to incentivizing doctors and other such professionals to come and stay create a ripple effect? Maybe, but most municipalities don’t have as much cash…

We reported last week that the recent Bigstone Cree Nation election was being appealed. It turns out only the electronic voting portion has been deemed eligible for appeal. In-person votes and mail-in votes “did not meet the threshold for consideration”…

The standard joke – or complaint – about campaigners for public office is how quickly they change their tune once they get elected. All that ambitious talk about reforming this, fixing that and radically changing that other thing suddenly disappears.…

Say what you will about opposition politicians (we have, many times), but our Member of Parliament, Arnold Viersen, does a decent job of letting his constituents know the various pieces of federal legislation he supports. His latest newsletter (which many…

Last week in Airdrie, a man was convicted for the 13th time for distracted driving. He got a $2,000 fine, a $300 surcharge and three demerit points on his license. Will it be enough? A dozen previous convictions apparently weren’t.…