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On January 4, at least one woman was spotted going into the post office in Slave Lake wearing a ribbon skirt. The Page reporter forgot to ask, but this was most likely for National Ribbon Skirt Day.
A Métis Nation of Alberta social media post about the day says, it was sparked by a Grade 5 student named Isabelle from Cote First Nation in Sask. In January 2021, she wore a ribbon skirt to her school’s formal day because she was proud of her culture. However, staff told her that her outfit didn’t match.
On March 16, 2021, the Canadian Senate did the first reading of an act to create National Ribbon Skirt Day as a day of acknowledgement of the importance of ribbon skirts in Indigenous cultures in Canada and the women who wear them.
Among other things, the proposed act says “the ribbon skirt is a centuries-old spiritual symbol of womanhood, identity, adaptation and survival and is a way for women to honour themselves and their culture.”
The bill is still before the senate.

Are you interested in learning more about depression, anxiety, or managing difficult emotions?
Slave Lake AHS Addictions and Mental Health has three online workshops on the topics in the following weeks. The dates are January 12, 26, and February 9 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
There’s also a ‘quit smoking’ presentation on January 19 from 1 to 2 p.m.
To register call 780-849-7127 or email [email protected]

Hunting season may be over, but that doesn’t mean people aren’t interested in firearm safety. This coming Saturday, Slave Lake Adult Education is offering a Firearms Safety Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL). It is an all-day course and costs $175. To register call 780-849-8625 or got to

Is there such a thing as a webinar that isn’t ‘virtual’? Asking for a friend who doesn’t like redundancy.

Suddenly ‘snow showers’ is the term being used in online weather reports. It seems to have replaced ‘flurries.’ Somebody said they thought it meant snow mixed with rain, but this seemed unlikely at -26C on Jan. 3. So, what do you do when a new term shows up? Conduct an online search, of course. The result: a snow shower is intermittent snow from ‘cumuliform’ clouds. A flurry, on the other hand, is from ‘stratiform’ clouds. Other than that, there doesn’t seem to be much difference.

We heard from the regional fire chief the other day that 2021 was another record year for calls for service, at 500. That beat last year’s record of 460-something (if we remember correctly). The first few calls of 2022 all had to do with incidents on the highways. “Road conditions,” says chief Pavcek. “Give yourself extra time.”

If the forecast is correct, people are going to be complaining pretty soon about it being too warm for this time of year.

This fearless prediction just in from somewhere in the vicinity of the front of the Lakeside Leader office: ‘If we can just get through January…’ll be February. After that comes March.’

Following up on a news item from before Christmas, we heard back from a West Fraser communications person the other day about laid off workers at Slave Lake Pulp. They are all back, she said, as of a couple of weeks ago (the message came on Dec. 30). The mill had curtailed its production due to the inability to get its product to port in Vancouver, after raging rivers damaged rail lines and highways in southern B.C. in mid-November. CN had resumed rail traffic by early December, and commercial highway traffic was being allowed through the Coquihalla shortly after that.

The Rotary Club of Slave Lake Public Library is organizing a writing/art installation. The theme is ‘Healthy Connections and Positive Activities’ (courtesy of the Slave Lake and Area Mental Health Network).
The deadline for a short story and poem is January 31. Once the writing is done, local artists will make a piece of art based on the writing. The two will be displayed on the library art wall. To participate as a writer or artist, email Suzi at [email protected]

In other library news, January 17 to Valentine’s Day is Blind Date with a Book. Step out of your comfort zone and check out a book without seeing the cover. In the past, they were wrapped in brown paper. Give the book a try and see how you like it.

How we got Peggy Laing’s name wrong in the M.D. council notes in the Jan. 5, 2022 Lakeside Leader will remain a bit of a mystery, but it happened, and we’re sorry about it. The item was about Peggy having retired from long service with the M.D. We wish her all the best!

Alberta Healthy Living Exercise Programs start on Jan. 24 and 25 on Zoom. These are free to anyone in the AHS North Zone. There are four time slots. Register at

Just in case anybody did want to go skating, S.L.I.P. volunteers were out clearing ice surfaces last week, during the cold snap.

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