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There’s no doubt a lot of people are in denial about all sorts of things. It’s inconvenient and uncomfortable to face some things head on, so the natural human tendency (apparently) is to come up with alternative stories to justify…

We like to give the benefit of the doubt, but this is a tough one to wrap the head around. Think about this for a minute. What if the council of the Town of Slave Lake or the M.D. of…

Who do we have so far who wants to be the new leader of the United Conservative Party? Travis Toews, who served until recently as minister of finance. Todd Loewen, the renegade MLA from Valleyview, who disagreed so strongly with…

The problem with living in northern/rural/remote communities is you can’t always get what you want. If a doctor on call at three in the morning is what you want, for example, you might be out of luck. You might be…

“In this town, all the wheels are squeaking and we’re running out of grease.” – So says a fellow we ran into the other day, whose main beef actually seems to be with the M.D. He said truckers with loads…

With the industrial economy humming along the way it has in the past year or so, you’d expect it to be reflected eventually on the commercial and industrial side of things. That’s what generally happens, as investors tend to like…

The Town of Slave Lake and the owners of Big Fish Bay Resort have got their work cut out for them, figuring out how to make things work for all concerned. One of the concerned parties is the Slave Lake…
Fifty years and still going strong

Last week on Friday, Lakeside Leader owners/publishers Jeff and Mary Burgar of High Prairie received Gold Quill awards from the Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association, at that organization’s annual general meeting in Edmonton. It’s given to people who have stuck it…

Jason Kenney probably did the right thing by resigning as leader of the United Conservative Party. A slim majority of party members voted for him in the UCP leadership review, but the writing was on the wall. What will he…

The last thing anyone wants to see is a forest products mill on fire. But the good news about the May 20 fire at Tolko’s High Prairie OSB plant (or appears to be) is that it wasn’t as bad as…

There’s been some movement in the cannabis retail scene in Slave Lake lately. A new store is opening up (not sure exactly when, but the sign is up) in the space formerly occupied by Mary Brown’s Chicken. Hot on the…

Elsewhere in this edition of the Lakeside Leader you’ll see a story about the 2021 federal census data, as it pertains to the area. It’s good to keep in mind, though, that the census is an imperfect process. The data…

As this was written it appeared quite likely new pavement was coming to a stretch of Hwy. 2. That will be a very big relief. How about this for a prediction: We’ll get used to having the smooth driving on…

If you go to a barbecue, you just might learn something you didn’t know before. Such was the case at the emergency preparedness chow-down at the Slave Lake town office last week. In between sleet showers, it was actually pretty…