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Pillar of the community, Stella Boisvert passes at age 89

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Longtime Slave Lake resident Stella Boisvert passed away on July 30 after a short battle with illness. She was a few months shy of her 90th birthday. Boisvert – born in 1928 to Widewater residents Paul…
Intentionally lit fire sends residents into a frenzy

Leader Staff Thompson Landing apartment residents were in for a surprise last weekend when the building had to be evacuated after a fire broke out on the second floor. We hear from sources that the incident is under investigation; however…

Richard Froese For the Lakeside Leader Big Lakes County council is concerned about the possible closure by Canada Post of rural post offices. Accordingly, council approved at its June 28 meeting a recommendation to support a request from the Canadian…

Katrina Owens Lakeside Leader Kendra Mcree, the new regional manager of the Rotary Club of Slave Lake Public Library, Smith Library and Flatbush Library, chatted with your Leader reporter last week and told us about how she’s finding the new…

Katrina Owens Lakeside Leader Over 400 community members filled out the Town of Slave Lake’s survey regarding Devonshire Beach. According to Christopher Brown, TOSL communications co-ordinator, it’s one of the best survey responses the Town’s received in the last three…
Wabasca-Desmarais students attend WIP Conference

Katrina Owens Lakeside Leader Student mentors from Mistassiniy School in Wabasca-Desmarais travelled 3,727.6 km down to Toronto, Ont., earlier this month to attend the World Indigenous Peoples Conference (WIPCE). Curtis Walty, communications co-ordinator for Northland School Division (NSD) No. 61…

Katrina Owens Lakeside Leader If anyone knows about misbehaving dogs, it’s this Leader reporter, whose beagle gets into everything and anything. It’s hard to get your dog to act the way you’d like, especially if there aren’t any bigwig training…
‘Historical highs’ in plywood business, says new mill manager

‘We’re always hiring!’ Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader One comment you hear a lot these days goes something like: ‘The forest industry is keeping the local economy from collapsing altogether.’ That may be over-simplifying the matter – for one thing because…
Dental hygiene business opens in downtown Slave Lake

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader By now you’ve probably noticed a sign in downtown Slave Lake that reads ‘Jack Pine,’ and something else harder to make out as you zoom by in your car. ‘Dental Hygiene’ is the rest of it,…
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…