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It took two tries, but Melanie Leclair of the NorthEast Teachers’ Convention finally got through to The Leader last week. She called to ask if we’d done anything with the news release on this year’s convention she’d sent us a couple of weeks earlier. She reminded us she’d followed it up with a phone call. Zero recollection on this end, so we had a chat about it. Apparently there are a couple thousand schoolteachers in the northeast part of the province and they are trying to improve things for each other by convening once per year and talking various things over. This year one of the big topics was reconciliation between Indigenous people and others. The use of technology was also discussed, as was something called ‘Makerspace’ education. Keynote speakers at the Feb. 15 – 16 conference were Corey Poirier, David McLauren and David Mitchell.
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We hear there won’t be a Slave Lake Junior Heat baseball team this year. It’s unfortunate, since the team did so well last year, winning the provincial championship. But the numbers don’t work this year, says Cody Stasow, so the six guys from the area that do want to play will be joining forces with some others from Barrhead and making a Barrhead team. Stasow figures he’ll help with the coaching and is going to try to get a set of games in Slave Lake some weekend this summer.
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Something we’re hearing (and reading) a lot lately. The word ‘emergent’ as synonymous with ‘emergency.’ As in ‘if an emergent issue arises.’ Or (as in the Town of Slave Lake website), ‘Please use this form to report non-emergent issues only.’
What the town is means there is ‘urgent’ issues or ‘emergency’ issues. Emergent is somehow related, etymologically, but its more common use is in the sense of ‘newly arising’. Emerging, in other words. Showing up on the scene. ‘Emergent vegetation’ is one use that you hear fairly often. It means plants that emerge out of the water.
You could make an argument that an emergency is something that is arising, but that’s a stretch, in our opinion. If you mean emergency, say emergency. If you don’t like the sound of ‘emergency issue,’ say ‘urgent issue.’ Or better yet, don’t say ‘issue’ at all, because it isn’t necessary.
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And as long as we’re ranting about words, we notice ‘Rene’ Hall Plaza is starting to creep back into use in town reports. The man’s name was Rennie Hall.
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The TOSL has a questionnaire on its website asking for submissions under the following headings: Top five things to do in the Slave Lake area and Top five things to see.
These will be compiled and used to launch a more formal survey, or something along those lines. The tourism promotion people are interested in the results. Of course we went to the town website and couldn’t find the darn thing and as soon as we asked somebody it became obvious. On the right, next to the calendar on the town’s home page it says ‘Things to do, things to see’. Click on that.
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Work on the big power line from Wabamun to Fort McMurray is more or less shut down until the fall. That’s what an ATCO person tells us. The extra-long winter was helpful, she says, but construction is now on hold until next October or November. There will be ‘minimal work’ over the summer, including some at the Mitsue yard.
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You never know who you’ll run into at the coffee shop or the supermarket or, for that matter, the local pub. The other day at Dog Island Brewing’s tap house, Taylor Kelham was introducing patrons to Jim and Sandra from Las Vegas Nevada. They were following the Las Vegas Golden Knights on their two-game tour through Alberta in the last week of the regular season, and came up to Slave Lake to visit their friends the Kelhams. Nice people.
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Your local ink-stained scribblers are working on an couple of informal polls, the results of which will probably show up on these pages in the next few weeks (depending on how it goes). One asks whether people would keep working, or keep living where they are if they won $10 million in the lottery. So far the responses are running pretty evenly between those who would and those who wouldn’t. The other is on the cannabis question. Stay tuned.

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