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It seems awfully short-sighted to turn up your nose at a chance to have 100 per cent of the cost of something paid for via a grant. That’s what High Prairie’s town council did recently, at the chance of getting…

The issue of unpaid property taxes on oil and gas installations continues to plague municipalities. The association that represents them (RMA) as been pestering the province about it and has gotten a bit of relief, but not enough. All the…

Big-hearted, generous, opinionated, community-minded. Those are some things that come to mind right away when thinking about Dennis Barton. There was certainly no more energetic a community booster. In his earlier years, Dennis seemed to be involved in just about…

There was an expert on TV last week, predicting very confidently Putin would not invade and never intended to invade, eastern Ukraine. And then it happened. What anybody can do about it is a good question. Another question is what…

Likely the notion of a college vice president being underpaid wouldn’t generate a lot of public outcry, or sleepless nights. We don’t have the numbers, but whatever they are, they probably look pretty good, to your average working Joe. One…

Human trafficking is happening within 10 minutes of where you are. That’s a line from Peace River-Westlock MP Arnold Viersen’s latest newsletter to his constituents. To underline that assertion, he names a LaCrete resident who was charged with trafficking a…

We mentioned in a Jan. 19 editorial that the M.D. of Opportunity council was contemplating an end to Zoom access to its meetings. As of Feb. 9, that is now policy. If you want to attend, it has to be…

Last week’s terrible driving and walking conditions (we hope they are firmly in the past) were nasty, no question. Mild temperatures in the middle of the winter cause havoc. Who needs them? On the other hand, home heating bills were…

The M.D. of Opportunity has been building fire breaks around Wabasca and Red Earth Creek. Paying for it are grants from an organization called F.R.I.A.A (Forest Resource Improvement Association of Alberta). A correspondent of The Leader asks why Slave Lake…

It’s not often a community newspaper finds out about a government funding story before the affected municipalities, but that is what happened last week. So we were able to surprise M.D. of Opportunity Reeve Marcel Auger with the good news…

It’s probably too early in Slave Lake town council’s mandate to start complaining about how little any of them have to say about anything, but still…. Lately town council meetings have passed often without a single question or comment by…

When this was written, that convoy of fed-up truckers on its way to Ottawa hadn’t arrived yet. So we don’t know how it turned out. Hopefully their central message didn’t get lost in all the craziness that inevitably accompanies any…

Breaking habits is hard enough, never mind addictions. There are success stories, though. The Canadian Cancer Society has combined habit-breaking with fundraising. It’s something called ‘DryFeb.’ The idea is participants announce they are ‘going dry’ for the month of February…

Speaking of inflation, it appears power customers got shafted royally by ATCO Electric, if reports are accurate. ‘Mistakes were made,’ says an ATCO honcho, about recouping millions it spent in an inflated deal with a B.C. First Nation by raising…

That sounds silly and probably not very interesting, but it’s one of the first things that comes to mind when you think about galloping inflation. Experts have been predicting dire increases in the cost of food for the past couple…

On the face of it, the current effort by the Alberta Energy System Operator (AESO) to change the way power transmission is paid for looks crazy. It would result (we’re told by the forest industry) in grossly inflated power costs…