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Trouble brews when minds collide

Commentary by Chris Clegg The war of words between common citizens, politicians and scientists continues over the COVID pandemic. It should be no surprise to anyone I am not an expert on this matter. I have no significant training in…
Clamping down

The M.D. of Opportunity and Bigstone Cree Nation have teamed up to come down hard on COVID in Calling Lake. It makes sense they would cooperate, because it would be pretty useless to try to do something in one part…
We can keep local businesses alive if we want to

If there was ever a good time to spend your money locally, this is it. Why? For one thing, COVID restrictions are hurting the small, local business a lot more than the big national or multi-national ones. The huge online…
An overview of new COVID-19 restrictions

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader Editor’s note: A complete list of COVID-19 mandate restrictions are available on alberta.ca. Within the new COVID-19 public health measures, all indoor social events are now illegal, but very few business are required to close. Sports…
Santas for Seniors in Slave Lake looks a bit different

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader The main focus of Santas for Seniors is “building bridges between the community and seniors,” says organizer Brenna Emes. In past years, one of the main ways the group did this was by visiting seniors with…
COVID case causes closure for cleaning

Other closures, lockdowns follow Leader staff On November 23, an employee from the Slave Lake McDonald’s restaurant reported that they tested positive for COVID-19. The company announced on Nov. 24 that the restaurant was immediately shut down for a thorough…
What the mayor promised Driftpile to make the boycott go away

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader ‘Difficult but productive’ was how the Driftpile Cree Nation characterized a meeting with Slave Lake Mayor Tyler Warman on Nov. 12. It resulted in Driftpile rescinding a boycott of Slave Lake, which had been prompted by…
Faith: The law of agency and human conflict

Jana Hyer McDonaldSlave Lake, Alberta I ask myself; ‘How did it come to this? How did our world become so conflicted?’ I reflect back on how this all started, “In the beginning…” so to speak. We were all gathered in…
Mental health in the workplace

Rebecca Johnson Alberta Health Services Mental health is our ability to cope with the normal stresses of life. We all have mental health. But we all have varying levels of wellness. One in five Canadians experience mental illness each year.…
Nuclear industry could boost Canada

Alexandre Massaux Troy Media The COVID-19 crisis has dominated most recent media coverage but environmental concerns remain. Friday for Future, the movement launched by Greta Thunberg, has come back to protest the federal government’s inaction on earlier green promises such…
High Prairie RCMP looking for missing woman

Leader staff On Nov. 24, 2020, High Prairie RCMP received a complaint that 29-year-old Nepin Sage Gambler was missing from the High Prairie area. She was last seen at the hospital in High Prairie on Nov. 24, 2020; however, she…
Dec. 1 COVID update: M.D. jumps to 31

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader As of Dec. 1, there are 31 (six more than yesterday) active COVID-19 cases in the M.D. of Lesser Slave River. These cases could be in the M.D., Town of Slave Lake, Sawridge First Nation, or the surrounding…
Found: Woman missing

Update: Nov. 30, Ossimeemas has been found. She is safe. On Nov. 19, 2020, RCMP were notified that Lauren Ossimeemas (33) had not been seen by family since July, 2020. There is a general concern for her safety and well-being…
Nov. 30 COVID update: M.D. jumps to 25

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader As of Nov. 30, there are 25 active COVID-19 cases in the M.D. of Lesser Slave River. These cases could be in the M.D., Town of Slave Lake, Sawridge First Nation, or the surrounding hamlets (Assineau, Canyon…