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Health and safety top priorities in new cannabis laws

Ralph Goodale Minister of Public Safety If your objectives are to protect public health and safety, keep marijuana out of the hands of minors and cut illegal profits flowing to organized crime—then the law as it stands today has been…

Joe McWilliams Slave Lake Lakeside Leader I know for a fact people still read books. I met one of them the other day. He had no friends and the neighbours were throwing rocks at him. The neighbourhood dogs were howling…

There seems to be no getting away from hemp these days. In one form or another it keeps showing up – in the news and even in M.D. of Lesser Slave River council meetings. Take the April 12 meeting, for…

Richard Froese For the Lakeside Leader Who says small rural and northern communities are not supported by provincial and federal governments? Residents in the High Prairie region have great reason to celebrate, not one, but two big-news stories. After waiting…

Notwithstanding a bit of recent good news on the litter front, the volume of trash around Slave Lake can seem overwhelming. You definitely wouldn’t want to invite anybody to town right now – not if you care about their opinion.…

To the Editor: When Premier Notley and Environment Minister Shannon Phillips claim climate science is settled, in effect, they’re justifying just about any government action, expense, or tax policy that they say will slay the climate dragon. As we all…

There’s something perverse about business executives getting huge bonuses just after they’ve laid off thousands of employees. It rubs people the wrong way like not much else. One of the grosser examples of it happened recently with Bombardier, the Quebec…

It’s tough to criticize a fellow who is willing to give away millions of his own money to help less fortunate folks get healthier. And to be fair, nobody is accusing former CNRL boss Allan Markin and his Pure North…

Jennifer Beaulieu Alberta Health Services Despite improvements in oral health, dental cavities continue to be common in childhood. To maintain those beautiful smiles, adults need to provide oral health care for their infants and young children and help brush and…

Derek James Troy Media Alberta is all abuzz. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is back from her trip to Washington. She was there to advocate for the province’s economic interests against the rising tide of American trade protectionism and to explain…