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Involvement is key to keeping people

One issue that people often talk about in Slave Lake is how hard it is to recruit and keep: doctors, lawyers, nurses, engineers, teachers, social workers, psychologists, mechanics, waitresses, cooks, truck drivers, retail workers, welders, pretty much any type of…
Fried chicken and rain in moderation

Nature is a good reminder that there can be too much of a good thing. With the recent heat wave, rain barrels are drying. Gravel roads are extra dusty, and the number of wildfires has increased. However, if we get…
Like looking for a needle in a haystack

When this was written, the search continued for Leard Robertson of Slave Lake, whose boat was discovered nearly two weeks ago on Lesser Slave Lake with nobody in it. Usually stories like that don’t end well. Searching continued through last…
On destroying things: there must be a better way

A correspondent of The Leader’s editorial writer vehemently objects to calling the burning of Catholic churches the behaviour of ‘extremists.’ Considering what was done to the original inhabitants of this continent, she said, it’s not extreme at all. Well, the…
Moving the problem along

Residents of a certain southwest Slave Lake neighbourhood are probably very relieved to finally have a notorious ‘drug house’ shut down. So is the Town of Slave Lake. No doubt the local RCMP are as well. It’s only for 90…
Making a statement

Contrary to earlier reports, there weren’t any official Canada Day celebrations in M.D. of Opportunity communities. As late as June 23, a whole slate of activities was being planned, including fireworks and a concert in Wabasca. But following a meeting…
People will make up their own stories

We didn’t include much last week about a tragic situation that was unfolding north of High Prairie. Apart from mentioning that a police dog named Jago had died in the line of duty, we held off reporting, and here’s why:…
Different, but connected

Further on the idea of people making up their own stories, the discovery of unmarked children’s graves continued last week. Dealing with this seems to be an idea whose time has come. A lot of people are understandably shocked about…
So far, so good on natural disasters

It’s great when things on the wildfire suppression front go as smoothly as they have been recently. Maybe we shouldn’t say anything about it, but…. Pretty much every fire that has broken out in the region hasn’t had time to…
It’a all a matter of perspective

It’s a municipal politician’s prerogative to be skeptical about the promises and intentions of higher levels of government. You can’t say they don’t have plenty of reasons. But what’s up with M.D. of Opportunity councillors slagging off the province on…
Costs rise; revenue goes in the other direction

If oil and gas ever goes in the tank (so to speak), rural municipalities might as well close up shop and turn the keys over to the Department of Municipal Affairs. That’s the kind of talk not uncommonly heard around…
Not safe in Canada

‘We came to Canada to be safe. But we aren’t safe.’ That’s what one woman said to a TV reporter in the wake of what appears to be a targeted killing of a Muslim family in London, Ontario on June…
Thoughts on a situation

At The Leader we’re always looking for the middle ground. The more delicate and potentially inflammatory the matter is, the more it seems to us the middle ground is the only sensible place to be. Stirring up unpleasant subjects can…
Classic dilemma: environment vs. economy

The Regional Environmental Action Committee is proposing what amount to radical changes to how the forest products economy works. REAC came out recently with all guns blazing against current logging practices. To be fair, clear-cutting is destructive. It can be…
Making it work, so far

If the Slave Lake Icedogs can come out of their COVID season debt-free, imagine what they could do in a normal season, with the stands full of paying customers. People involved with the team and the league are probably imagining…
Alternatives to wood?

We’ve heard recently about one couple’s plans to build a home being put on hold due to the high cost of materials. Where there is one, there are usually more. It’s the classic ‘two-edged sword’ of pretty much every trend.…