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You may notice no coverage this week of the Slave Lake candidates’ forum that happened last Thursday. We thought long and hard about it and came to the following conclusion: There’s no way to do an honest job of reporting on the proceedings without sounding as if we favour some candidates over the others.
We don’t like to do that, so we’ll just say it’s as impressive a field as we’ve ever seen and there are probably no bad choices. Which isn’t exactly the same thing as saying some wouldn’t be better than others. Some combination of fresh blood and experience might be the best outcome.

Here’s some news you can use. If you need something to get in The Leader, submit it the previous week! It’s hard to think that far ahead, but with a bit of effort, it is possible to do it.

Brad Pearson’s visit to The Leader office last week coincided with a car problem one of our staff members had. No problem, says Brad, rolls up his sleeves and gets the vehicle started. Thanks!

We notice M.D. council candidate Darcie Acton has overcome her aversion to social media and set up a Facebook account (maybe just for the duration of the campaign). Actually it was her young campaign manager who did it, or at least talked her into it. Good luck to all who are campaigning, however they do it!

Chatting with Ash Arora last week about the conversion of part of the Northern Star Hotel to apartments, we learned the company also owns a hotel near the Edmonton International Airport, called the Wingate. It’s due to become a Radisson Hotel soon, he said. Ash’s other bit of news was that he’s set up a new Indian restaurant in the hotel. It’s called XI Spices (as in the number 11) . Why that number? Because the famous Indian spice mixture garam masala has 11 spices, he says. Come on by and check it out if you’re in the area, says Mr. Arora.

We hear from a semi-reliable source that some voters in Slave Lake are planning to vote strategically. For example, voting for only one candidate for councillor instead of six. Or voting for three instead of six. Our source tried to explain how this could produce a particular result if enough people do it, but we failed to understand it and wouldn’t change our voting even if we did. Six council seats available; six picks. Seems simple enough.

October 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. there is a Halloween All Seasons Market at the Slave Lake Multi Rec Centre Fieldhouse. For more information call Melissa 780-805-6415 or email [email protected]

Someone on social media recently suggested the idea of a ‘Trash to Treasures’ event in Slave Lake. It’s like a community-wide free yard sale with people picking a date and putting things on their lawn for free. The response was positive; no word yet if anyone is organizing such a thing, but its an idea.

TOPS (Take off Pounds Sensibly) is so popular in Slave Lake, that it has added another meeting time. The new one is Monday evenings. The first one is Oct. 25 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Slave Lake Alliance Church in NE Slave Lake. For more information call or text Kim Spencer at 780-849-0768 or email [email protected]

Mini Monster Halloween (Slave Lake businesses handing out candy) will be Saturday, October 30 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is because Halloween is a Sunday, and many businesses are closed on Sundays. Local businesses can sign up on

Last week, Global and other news sources ran an article about a young woman in ICU with COVID who has a Slave Lake connection. The article is called “‘All I hear is the ventilator’: 24-year-old Alberta woman in ICU after putting off COVID-19 vaccine.”
The woman’s name is Shakira Oar. She has been in ICU in Edmonton since Sept. 10. The main person quoted in the article is her sister, Jilleen.

More Albertans can now receive a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine. All Albertans 75 and older and First Nations, Inuit and Métis people age 65 and older can book a third dose of COVID-19 if their second dose was at least six months ago. Immune-compromised Albertans can also receive a third dose.

As of October 6, outdoor social gatherings are limited to 20 people (a decrease from 200). People are also expected to keep two metres (six feet) between households. A full list of COVID-19 restrictions are available on

Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park and the Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory made it on to the October 4 list of 50 Things to Do This Thanksgiving Weekend in Alberta on

Hey, how about that new paved trail joining 6th Ave. NW with Caribou Trail? It’s not open yet, due to fencing that needs finishing. A crosswalk too, for that matter. But looking good the other morning when we stopped for a photo.

Beware of ‘phishing’ scams involving gift cards, say Slave Lake RCMP. They come via email and request the recipient to buy and scratch cards. Then they’re asked to take a photo and send it and they’ll pay the victim back. Except they don’t. The release doesn’t say what the perpetrators gain from the scam.

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