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April 5 to 9 was National Wildlife Week. The Canadian Wildlife Federation is offering free black-eyed susan seeds and has various ways that people can be involved in supporting wildlife. The 2021 theme is #DoMoreForWildlife. It was started in 1938.


On April 23, 2021 (4:30 to 7:30 p.m.), Neika Courtorille and Natasha Cunningham are hosting a Knowledge and Art Workshop online. It is for people aged 12 to 25. It includes a guided painting project (with supply kits provided by mail or local delivery in Slave Lake and High Prairie). Also, a presentation on UNDRIP (United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples) and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 calls to action. It is in connection with the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre. As of March 29, there were 15 spots available. To register call 780-260-0227 or [email protected]


Northern Lakes College in one form or another has been in the Lesser Slave Lake area for 50 years. It recently published NLC Community Report 2020, which is available at www.northernlakescollege.ca/about-us/publications/community-report. One interesting tidbit is that it had 2,206 continuing education students in 13 countries from Vietnam to Nigeria to Bermuda.


Here’s a fundraising idea. Alberta Transportation pays groups to clean up sections of highway each year. This year, there are kilometres of highway in need of cleaning up. To sign up a group for highway cleanup, contact the Athabasca office – 780-675-2624. The deadline to sign up is April 16. Cleanup is in May.


Mother Nature toys with us. Springlike one day; a howling blizzard the next. One good thing about living in the bush; the wind tends to not cause big trucks to jackknife on the highway, resulting in major pile-ups or just delays. Of course we get enough highway problems as it is, from other causes. But not the sort of thing that happens regularly on Hwy. 2 between Edmonton and Calgary, or on the Trans Canada out there on the bald prairie. Out of control grass fire one day; 70-vehicle crash the next, due to high wind and poor visibility. It’s springtime in Alberta!


People have been taking guesses (online) when Lesser Slave Lake will be ice-free this year. So far they range from April 28 (fat chance!) to ‘Late May’ (more likely).
But of course you never know.


Someone has been leaving apples out on the trails in Slave Lake – perhaps as a treat for the birds and squirrels? Two of them (seen so far) are stuck on willow twigs; the other sits on a stump. From what we’ve seen, they haven’t been a huge hit, but one of them had a few nibbles out of it a couple of days after we first spotted it.


Word is Expander Energy has received its permission to operate a bio-diesel plant at the Mitsue Industrial Park. It will use sawdust and bark from Vanderwell Contractors sawmill as feedstock. The last we heard from Expander, construction is expected to start this year.


Remote Helicopters has flown the coop, we hear. In fact someone told us about it a few weeks ago. The long-time Slave Lake company has relocated its operations to Villeneuve. All the best to them there. It must mean there’s some hangar space available at the airport in Slave Lake.


Let’s put in a plug for MP Arnold Viersen’s town hall meetings online. They are easy to get into and from what we’ve seen so far, informative and for the most part, not overly partisan, which is kind of a relief in its way. Typically Viersen has one of his fellow opposition MPs speak briefly about a topic of interest and then takes questions. The next one is April 8. The guest is MP Gary Vidal and the topic is living in rural and remote areas. It doesn’t get much more rural and remote than Vidal’s riding, which comprises all of northern Saskatchewan.
Better yet, the videos are available for viewing anytime you like, over at mparnold.ca.


Slave Lake Koinonia Christian School students did a reading theatre and made stained glass for Easter.

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