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If you want to see the positive side of a community, attend a provincial hockey tournament, like the one held in Slave Lake on the March 23 weekend. If you do, you’ll see all sorts of people setting aside their…

Taking things for granted is something newspapers shouldn’t do, but of course it happens. We got called on recently for an item in our town council notebook. It had to do with a councillor’s assertion that ‘council only has one…

Nobody can say for sure what sort of a world we are creating for the future. But for now it seems highly likely it’s going to be one with a lot of drugs, addiction, crime and homelessness in it. Those…

It’s interesting to compare the views and actions of neighbouring municipalities. Sometimes it makes you wonder if they are operating in parallel, unrelated worlds. Here’s one example, having to do with the idea of conducting a municipal census. Lesser Slave…

This winter has been notable for a lack of snow, and it is making people nervous. But nobody knows how it’s going to turn out. Remember the winter of 2010/11? It was a big one for snowfall. There was so…

The best will in the world will not make a homeless shelter in Slave Lake that pleases everyone. That almost goes without saying, since so many have said it, or something like it, already. But most people (as far as…

One thing about the ‘new’ oilpatch is that it’s much more of a 12-month scenario than it used to be. We heard this just recently from the owner of a service company, who said there hasn’t really been a ‘break-up,’…

Most people can probably agree nothing is more important than keeping children safe. But the way some drivers behave, you wouldn’t think so. Mind you, every driver has periods of inattention. We all have times while driving of being largely…

Somebody has come up with a list of ‘The Top 10 Things To Do in the Slave Lake Region.’ That ‘Somebody’ being the Slave Lake Region Tourism Society. The list starts with ‘The Lake & Beaches’ and ends with ‘Town…

Things do not appear to be calming down in High Prairie. Some people, no doubt, wish they would. Others, apparently, don’t think they are stirred up enough and the latest evidence is a petition calling for the resignation of Mayor…

Somebody’s going to have to organize a clean-up of Sawridge Creek. It’s not clear at this point who is responsible for such things, but the five propane tanks somebody tossed onto the creek ice a couple of weeks ago should…

The government seems to enjoy stressing out nonprofits, community groups and municipalities. It seems that the normal timeline for a one-off grant is about one month. That is not enough time to read the grant application, decide if you have…

What to do about housing? If it’s true nobody (or almost nobody) is building in Slave Lake because it’s just too expensive, a couple of questions arise. One is how the community is supposed to grow, if nobody can afford…

Rumours were swirling last week about the Town of Slave Lake cutting one of its two peace officer positions. The resulting chatter gave the impression it was a done deal. Not so. Nothing is final until the town’s 2024 budget…

It’s probably fair to say the Lakeside Leader isn’t the only one wondering what’s going on with the affordable housing project at the Northern Star Hotel. All signs are it has been going nowhere, for quite some time. Nobody is…

As a rule, The Leader steers clear of international politics; even the Canadian federal scene seems too remote to deal with much. Our reasons are perhaps not that sound, but why spend time fussing over things that are largely unpleasant,…