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Ten years ago this week

Ten years ago this week, two separate fires swept into Slave Lake and the south shore communities of Widewater and Canyon Creek. When the smoke cleared, something like 400 homes were charred ruins, along with a church, a library, the…
The big lake is constantly changing

Lesser Slave Lake isn’t going anywhere. But (to put a finer point on it), it is constantly in a state of flux, pushing at its boundaries, while at the same time getting filled up with silt. So it isn’t going…
Your local newspaper

Did you know you can subscribe to an electronic version of the Lakeside Leader? Not many people (so far) have taken advantage of this option, but there’s one fellow in town who made a point of asking about it. He’s…
Waiting for the chickens to come home to roost

Making life easier for people is a commendable role played by government. But it costs money.In the case of the current federal government, who can fault it for wanting to ease the sting of the pandemic? Who can say affordable…
Slave Lake’s sweet spot

You have to wonder how long Slave Lake can remain in its ‘sweet spot,’ with regard to COVID cases. Big outbreaks in Athabasca and High Prairie suggest it’s really a matter of how the dice roll. There’s nothing about our…
911 is not for reporting UFOs

Hey! Leave those 911 operators alone! Reasons not to call 9-1-1: this is something the RCMP sent around to its contacts last week. Some of the examples of the calls are pretty funny. To whit: ‘My phone settings are all…
Hoping all the excitement turns into something workable

It’s fair to say the folks at Expander Energy are excited about the prospects for their bio-diesel plant proposal for the Mitsue Industrial Park. In fact Expander Energy VP Gord Crawford uses the term several times in the course of…
Hanging in there

Heading into our second straight year of dealing with a deadly pandemic, what have we learned? How have we changed? Or have we? Some people have decided it’s all a sham, they aren’t going to be fooled and are behaving…
It’s how the process is supposed to work

The above item probably applies to how people react to the news a new K – 6 curriculum is in the works. A few people howl about it being inadequate, ideologically-motivated and what have you. But most of us probably…
Are we ready?

It’s human nature to expect things to be more or less normal. In other words, being in a constant state of vigilance because some disaster or other might happen is not what we do. Most of us don’t. Some do,…
What next?

How slow was the internet the other day? A knitter could have made a good start on a sweater in the time it took to load a page. Come to think of it, having a hobby such as knitting might…
Poor alternative

Alberta’s Health Minister Tyler Shandro gets points this week for taking the trouble to travel to Slave Lake. He was here to announce a $4.7 million government commitment for a new ambulance facility. Shandro needs all the help he can…
Wake-up call for the Kenney government?

It was quite interesting and surprising to read in the Edmonton Journal the other day that the governing UCP in Alberta is trailing the NDP in a popularity poll. What’s the world coming to, you might wonder. One thing it’s…
Getting into the recall business

Again, say what you like about our current government, but the recall legislation – promised in the last election – appears to be going ahead. Probably not many people were thinking about municipal and school board elected people when they…
Easy to take water for granted

An outfit called the Council of Canadians is calling on the federal government to come up with a national policy on water. Your first reaction might be: ‘You mean there isn’t one already?’ Actually there is, but the C of…
A number of things

There are a number of things that could be said about a large gathering of people, un-masked, in defiance of the health regulations. One is that it is reckless, inconsiderate, etc, etc. We’re referring of course to the ‘All Fired…