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Regional commentary by Jeff Burgar I figure I used to get four, and sometimes even five major things done during an average day. As I got older, things slipped. In time, I was lucky to get four tasks finished. Then…

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…
Consultation open house on permanent shelter location is Feb. 28, 29

Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader The much-anticipated consultation on a permanent site for Slave Lake’s homeless shelter starts this week.The town’s engagement program is in two parts: one in-person, one online.The in-person, town hall meetings are this Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 28…

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader In the M.D. of Lesser Slave River budget this year is money for the purchase of four pickup trucks and two graders. These items were put out to tender early in the year, due to the…
M.D. of Lesser Slave River Council notebook

Feb. 14, 2024 meeting Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Meet the new guy Council’s meeting started with the introduction of the M.D.’s newest management-level employee. He’s Christiaan Rudolf Liebenberg, and is in charge of quite an array of departments – apparently…

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader ‘Something had to give’ was the quote from the Town of Slave Lake’s CAO in a story in last week’s Leader about the possible cut of one of the town’s peace officer positions. That was perhaps…
Fire season started early, on Feb. 20

Leader staff Updated Feb. 23 at 2:45 p.m. Fire season in Alberta used to always start on April 1. Several years ago the government moved it to March 1, to give Forestry a better jump on the season. But this…

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Details are still scarce, but The Leader has gotten official word on the Northern Star Hotel affordable housing project: It’s dead in the water. Or, in the words of Alberta’s Minister of Seniors and Housing Jason…
Fun for all at Frost Fest 2024

Leader staff Frost Fest is an annual event which runs for 10 days ending on Family Day. This year it was from February 10 to 19. Here are some photos from the week. Photos from the last weekend will be…

Richard Froese For the Lakeside Leader Big Lakes County is hoping to score another large FireSmart grant, to help it improve fire protection in the region. At its Jan. 24 meeting, county council passed a motion to apply to the…