Through the Years: Squash court, Kub Kar races, and RCMP at the Olympics

Snippets from the February 17 Lakeside Leader


Assembly of First Nations Grand Chief Ovide Mercredi visited Wabasca schools. He was there to support the Bigstone Cree Nation land claim of about 500,000 hectares. In 1899, the nation signed Treaty 8. It had land around Wabasca Lakes and Calling Lake, but not Trout, Peerless or Chipewyan Lakes.

Not all hearts were for Valentine’s Day. Bernard Auger, 39, was waiting for a heart transplant. He urged people to sign their donor cards.

Alberta Treasury Branch was planning to add an agency (a satellite branch) in Kinuso.

Slave Lake Kinettes was five years old. Its motto was “helping the community’s greatest needs.” It had rebuilt the ‘tot lot’ in the SE after the 1988 flood. Members also greeted each newcomer to Slave Lake and gave them a welcome present.

The Slave Lake Kinsmen were active building community as well. It built a sauna at a wilderness camp in Kinuso. It was fundraising to build a rink in Hilda Eben Park in the SE.

Rita’s Boutique and Tea House was open in ‘downtown’ Widewater next to the fire hall. It was a “country style tea house” looking over the lake.

Two Slave Lake dancers (Jennifer Hanson and Rheanna Maitland) auditioned for a summer dance program with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

There was talk about adding a squash court to the Northern Lights Leisure Aquatic Centre.

“A League of Their Own” was playing at Rex Theatre in Slave Lake. The film is about a female baseball league during WWII.

There was a funding disparity between rural and urban school boards, so 29 rural boards (including local ones) went to court to try to get more money. However, a judge ruled that they were not suffering discrimination under the Charter of Rights.


The Cubs and Scouts held their annual Kub Kar races at E.G. Wahlstrom School. The participants in the picture had made ‘big rigs.’ Each vehicle was carved out of wood.

A prenatal project was coming to Slave Lake. The focus was to help pregnant “women living in poverty, isolation or violent home situations” with nutrition, vitamins, cooking classes and counselling as needed.

An article entitled ‘Escaped prisoner nabbed at old ski hill’ said, “Slave Lake RCMP captured an escaped prisoner on Feb. 9, after he jumped from a moving paddy wagon and ran off.”

A decrease in pike numbers meant a commercial fishing spring closure and a lower limit across all styles of fishing. Bow and spear fishing were banned.


Four Slave Lake RCMP officers were policing the Olympics in Vancouver and Whistler, BC.

There was a fire truck in the Slave Lake library and it was very popular. Various local organizations and businesses were involved.

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