Chrystal Davis Alberta Health Services According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, in the last 50 years vaccination has saved more lives in Canada than any other health intervention and is estimated to prevent 2-3 million deaths worldwide per…

Charles Lammam and Ben Eisen Troy Media On the campaign trail in 2015, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals promised to hold federal deficits to $10 billion or less during their first few years in office before returning to a balanced budget in 2019-20.…
Mushrooms and folklore

For most people, seeing mushrooms in an arc or circle isn’t anything to write home about. But for folklore lovers it sure is a sight to see. A fairy ring (also known as fairy circle, elf circle, elf ring, or…

Richard Froese South Peace News Canada Day on July 1 has come and gone for another year. As Canada celebrates its 150th birthday in 2017, the day was probably bigger and more memorable than in many years or decades. Canada…
Quack quack

The winners of the Rotary Club of Slave Lake duck drop contest popped by the Leader last week to get their picture taken. Local Rotarian Harry Bartlett (left) handed out the winnings; Lisa Russell (centre) collected $1,500 on behalf of…

The world is full of a number of things (as RL Stevenson is supposed to have said) and one of them is books. There are some very good ones by Canadian authors that deal with Canadian (even Western!) subjects. One…
Lebanese mayor visits ‘the Kab Elias of Canada’

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Kab Elias, a city of about 60,000 in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon, is home to many of the Mouallems of Slave Lake. Lots of other Mouallems too – one of whom is Jihad Mouallem, the…

Leader staff It was a bad few days on the water in lakes east of Smith. A canoeist and a diver drowned in separate incidents on lakes between Smith and Athabasca – one on July 13 and the other on…

Katrina Owens Lakeside Leader Corporate Culture was the hot topic at the July 20th Slave Lake Business Support Network meeting. Doug Babiy of SL Ford spoke to attendees about the ins-and-outs of why it’s important to create a pleasant work…