Slave Lake added to the pre-charge assessment program

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader Slave Lake is one of the last communities in rural Alberta to start using the pre-charge assessment process, which allows police officers to get feedback from an experienced Crown prosecutor before laying charges. Ramona Robins is…
Community futures adding an economic development focus

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader Community Futures Lesser Slave Lake has added an economic development division. In filling that role, Ahmed Abunada has been hired as both a business analyst and economic development agent. He is the second business analyst at…
St. Francis teacher pivoting to business education

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader Karen Nadeau has 20 years of teaching experience, all at the two Living Waters Separate Catholic Schools in Slave Lake. She retired and is now doing a slightly related job at Community Futures Lesser Slave Lake.…
A few small, quickly extinguished wildfires

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader From June 21 to June 28, the Slave Lake Forest Area had five new wildfires. However, all of these fires were small and extinguished quickly. On June 28, the Slave Lake Forest Area had one active…

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader Local school divisions are working to align their rules about cellphones with a ministerial order made by Alberta’s Minister of Education Demetrios Nicolaides in June. Northland runs schools in Wabasca, Calling Lake, Gift Lake, and other…

Commentary by Pearl Lorentzen ‘What’s new?’ is one of the hardest questions to answer. I realize that people are being polite and don’t need a sophisticated answer, but for some reason this question fries my brain. The second someone asks…

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader A local group started out picking up rubbish, because they were sick of crime, but found various sources for the litter. Mike Prce started the Slave Lake Clean-up Crew after he was a victim of a…
Smith Bridge replacement getting closer

Funding comes through for detailed design Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader The M.D. of Lesser Slave River is one step closer to replacing the World War II-era bridge at Smith. In mid-June, the Government of Alberta announced the Strategic Transportation Infrastructure…
Organizers pleased with Flatbush Festival

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader The Hamlet of Flatbush was a busy place on June 15. That day, the Flatbush Community Association held the Flatbush Festival. “Redneck Days 2024 at the Flatbush Festival was a huge success!” says Kandee Stadnyk one…

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader People interested in mental health or addictions services can check out the following information from Alberta Health Services: “Access to mental health and addiction support is important for people in need and AHS Addiction and Mental…

More on the way Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader Slave Lake Healthcare Centre has benefited from a new program which allows internationally educated nurses to work in Alberta. The Leader emailed Alberta Health Services about this and other healthcare questions. In…

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader People looking for Canada Day fun can attend parades and other events all weekend. Kinuso is holding its parade on Saturday, with the mini bronc riding and rodeo extending the weekend from Friday to Sunday. Canyon…
Celebrating Indigenous people on (and around) June 21

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader People have the option of various events to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day, which is June 21. In Slave Lake, two Indigenous groups are holding community events. Wabasca has various events. Smith School has one the evening…
Female entrepreneurs talk about their businesses

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader A local business owner started her restaurant after reading in the Lakeside Leader that the Town of Slave Lake was looking for someone to take over the Multi Rec Centre concession. This was just one of…