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The best in local business in 2018

The Slave Lake & District Chamber of Commerce held its annual business awards gala on March 9 at the Legacy Centre. Awards were presented in a dozen categories, representing a broad sampling of the types of business operating in the…

Submitted The Alberta Forest Products Association has some issues and wants provincial political candidates to know about them. To that end, it recently released Help Alberta’s Forest Industry Thrive. The document outlines actions that government can take to ensure a…
Fears eased on caribou range planning

M.D. council notebook Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader M.D. of Lesser Slave River councillors were among the stakeholders at a recent meeting with the province’s point man on woodland caribou range planning. Judging by reeve Murray Kerik’s comments (prior to and…

Leader staff Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar are playing at the Legacy Centre in Slave Lake on March 21. It’s the latest (and last of the season) show put on by the Stage North Association. Martin – who grew up…

Assaults dominate court docket: alcohol may have been involved Slave Lake Provincial Court March 13, 2019 Judge G. W. Paul presiding Appearing in court via closed circuit television from Fort Saskatchewan Correctional Centre was Daphney Lindsey Auger, to enter guilty…
Derelict motel now a pile of rubble: who cleans it up?

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader The Lakeside Motor Inn is one of a couple of ‘eyesore’ properties in Slave Lake. The Town of Slave Lake (and others) has been wishing for some time the owners would do something about it. Maybe…
Pee Wees win their league: hosting provincials next

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Slave Lake’s Pee Wee 1 Thunder capped off a splendid season of league hockey by winning the Northern Alberta Interlock Pee Wee A Tier 1 championship on Saturday. They did it by beating Drayton Valley two…

To the Editor: Grant Lacombe here. We talked a few years back in regards to the Black Knot Fungus in Slave Lake. Home owners and businesses don’t seem to understand that this is very transferable to healthy trees predominantly by…

Town of Slave Lake Council notebook Mar. 12, 2019 meeting Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Complaints about vagrants were through the roof in 2018, senior town peace officer Mark Becker told council. Becker presented statistics showing 118 investigations on homelessness/vagrancy issues,…
Business thrives at Heavy Equipment Repair

Local company bucking the trend Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader There’s a bewildering array of shops and equipment over at Heavy Equipment Repair (HER) in Slave Lake. Owner Herb Gehrling leads the way on a tour of the property, from the…

Leader staff This just in from Lauren Barr, who will serve as general manager of the new Slave Lake Junior A hockey team: Voting on the five finalists for team name goes on from March 15 – 19. “We had…

Moe Mouallem of Alimo’s Pizzeria is bringing a stand-up comedy show to Slave Lake’s Legacy Centre next month. The headliner is Sean Lecomber, with He Fangzou and Mouallem himself on the undercard. The show is called ‘Stand Up Guys’ and…

To the Editor, In 2003 George W Bush invaded Iraq. Every newspaper and TV broadcaster in the U.S. supported that invasion with the exception of Phil Donahue, who was fired for his troubles. The ostensible reason for the invasion was…

In his column in the March 13 High Prairie South Peace News, Editor Chris Clegg tackles the ticklish topic of the decline of rural populations generally, and of the sport of curling in particular. What prompted it was the cancellation…

Chris Clegg South Peace News I am fascinated on how much money we spend on garbage. Think about it. We buy a product, then toss what’s left in the trash bin. If you live in a town or city, you…

To the Editor: Recently, the Chinese government canceled the canola import permit for one of Canada’s largest grain processors, Winnipeg-based Richardson International, citing insect infestation concerns. This cancellation weighs heavily on the minds of the many canola farmers across our…

Francesca Giroux, CPA For the Lakeside Leader Don’t be fooled by the most recent phone scam where callers are pretending to be an agent with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and issuing threats such as court charges, asset seizure, deportation…

Rebecca Johnson Alberta Health Services Teens can be under a lot of pressure as they deal with hormonal changes, heartbreaks, anxiety about school, relationships, etc. With so much going on in your teen’s life, it is important to watch for…