Himalayan balsam is a nice-looking ornamental plant, but it tends to escape from flower beds and take over large swaths of land, especially along water courses, crowding out native species of plants. That’s why it is considered both noxious and…

Leader staff Walking along the 17th at Gilwood these days you see numerous piles of brush and wood. It was hauled out, cut up and piled by a crew of volunteers and others on Sunday, Aug. 27. Gilwood and the…

Aug. 23, 2017 Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Adding to scope on paving Council was informed that a developer was adding six approaches off Poplar Lane, just ahead of the paving project. The timing is such that paving these approaches is…

The CN Rail track through Slave Lake is getting some new rails. Those are the very long ones lying alongside the existing track. Kate Fenske of CN says it’s a two-mile stretch through town getting the new rails. Three crossings…
FASD lunch and learn event coming up this week on Sept. 8th

Katrina Owens Lakeside Leader Looking to learn more about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and grab some lunch? You’re in luck, because The Northwest Central Alberta FASD Network is hosting such an event on Sept. 8, 2017. The Leader sat…

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Public service suits some people, and Murray Kerik seems to be one of those. He says he’s running for a second term as reeve of the M.D. of Lesser Slave River. “There are a few things…

What’s the deal with motorhomes/holiday trailers parked on Slave Lake streets for extended periods of time? Those things take up a lot of space, sometimes interfering with both street and sidewalk traffic and present visibility problems. So we’ve been hearing…

Slave Lake Provincial Court August 30, 2017 Judge G.W. Paul presiding Phillip Elwood Kotz appeared in court and pled guilty to one count of fraudulently obtaining food. According to the Crown attorney, Kotz was arrested on July 17th, 2017 after…
Kids learn interesting stuff

The Future Firefighters program was going on all week at the fire hall in Slave Lake last week. Students spent time with staff members from various agencies, learning interesting and useful things – such as (above) how a bear trap…
Survey participants favour cleaner beach

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Surveys may be taken for what they are worth, but a recent one by the Town of Slave Lake shows many people would like a cleaner Devonshire Beach. Per a councillor Brice Ferguson request, Town staff…
Steady….

Dennis Shupac takes aim at a Styrofoam deer in the Slave Lake Rod & Gun Club’s archery shoot event on Aug. 26.  

Aaron Wudrick Canadian Taxpayers Federation When news broke recently that Rana Sarkar had been appointed as Canada’s consul-general to San Francisco at a salary somewhere north of $220,000 – well above the official pay range which tops out at $140,000…

Robyn Allan Troy Media When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, he said it “will create 15,000 new, middle class jobs – the majority of them in the trades.” Natural Resources Minister Jim…

Tom Henihan Smoky River Express We accept Labour Day as the official end of summer, especially with kids returning to school the Tuesday following that long weekend. While it may remain warm in September, the weather also possesses a discrete…

The news may be a bit stale by now, but a gas line rupture in the southeast part of Slave Lake on Aug. 25 caused a few households to be evacuated for several hours while the problem was fixed. According…