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When is dusk? That’s the question that was going around the newsroom early last week. Saying something is happening ‘at dusk’ is stupid, said one person who will remain nameless.
‘Nobody knows what dusk means.’
This rant may have come about as a result of the hour-long wait for the fireworks the previous Friday. No complaints about the actual fireworks, though. We heard Vanderwell Contractors was the sponsor, along with the Town of Slave Lake. One five-year-old, watching the show, said the fireworks were ‘going all the way up to space!’

You’ve probably heard this already, but the Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation in Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park is back open, after a COVID-induced shutdown of several months. Chances are good we’ve even got a story and pictures somewhere in this edition of the Lakeside Leader.

Our Member of Parliament, Arnold Viersen, has been peppering the Liberal members of the Special Committee on COVID-19 with rhetorical questions (I.e. Ones to which he already knows the answers and in fact supplied them in a recent news release). For example: ‘What is Canada’s unemployment rate?’ (13.7 per cent). And ‘What is Alberta’s? (15.5 per cent). Only the last question did not have an answer supplied by Viersen. That was ‘Will the government remove the cap on the fiscal stabilization program?’ Stay tuned for an answer on that one, but better not hold your breath on it.
On July 10, the Alberta June unemployment rates were released. Alberta remained at 15.5 per cent, but the west (including Lesser Slave Lake region), increased to 16.5 per cent, which is the highest it has ever been. (More details in next weeks Leader).

Does anybody want to participate in a spinal cord injury study? Just asking because the University of Alberta is apparently doing one. There’s an ad for it on Page 20 of this week’s Leader.

When it’s this wet in our part of the world, it stands to reason some other part of the world is not getting its share of rainfall. Or so we’ve heard. So where is it? Who is suffering drought on our behalf?

It’s back! The prohibited noxious weed called Himalayan balsam is growing by Sawridge Creek in the northeast part of Slave Lake – apparently as a result of somebody dumping yard clippings there. Municipalities are required by provincial legislation to control it and other such weeds. So are regular citizens on their own property, but it’s up to the municpality to enforce it.

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