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Zoning exception request #3: former Husky building

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader For a third time in one meeting last week, Slave Lake town council was asked to go against town policy to accommodate a commercial project. In this case it was the wish of an industrial property…

The flooding Slave Lake received during the storm on Thursday, July 13 didn’t put a damper on the adventurous spirits of some locals. As quoted on  www.cbc.ca:   “Kyle Whittle and his friends took advantage of the downpour. They tore…
ATV up in smoke

Last Friday evening fire crews were called out to a vehicle fire north of the boat launch in Old Town Slave Lake. According to deputy fire chief Alex Pavcek, nobody was hurt, but the vehicle was completely destroyed. Forest protection…
‘Treatz ‘R Us’ moves across town

Shop owner Dennise McIntyre sits along side pup Oliver who was getting his hair done in the new salon area. McIntyre moved the doggie daycare and grooming service earlier in July to the same location as the soon-to-be open animal…

Richard Froese For the Lakeside Leader A Joussard woman wants Big Lakes County to do something about ATVs roaring and speeding in the hamlet; also to allow people to use golf carts on local roads. At its regular meeting on…
Dog Island Brewing gets its patio

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Last week, Slave Lake town council wrestled further with the question of whether to approve a patio for a commercial business located in an industrial area. It required a bylaw change, since such uses have not…

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Over the vehement objections of a nearby resident, town council approved the re-zoning of a downtown property, paving the way for the establishment of a rec vehicle dealership. This is the former Slave Valley Motors site…

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader When it comes to developing rural property, there is a fairly large gap between the expectations of the developer and the expectations of the municipality. M.D. council got another illustration of that in a report at…

  Leader staff The grim news got even grimmer last week when the U.S. Government added another seven per cent ‘anti-dumping’ duty onto the cost of shipping softwood lumber into that country from Canada. This comes on top of the…
Local couple making tiny homes for northern climate

Katrina Owens Lakeside Leader For some people the thought of living in a 200 square foot home seems crazy, but for others it sounds like the home of their dreams. Unfortunately, the majority of these humble abodes are catered to…

Regional tri-council Notebook June 29, 2017 Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader The bids were in for the regional waterline and pumphouse project. This is the one conceived after the 2011 wildfire disaster, when a power failure in town caused a failure…