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Richard Froese South Peace News Local government elections return Oct. 16 and the campaign has already started. Elections can get heated and contentious, particularly if elected officials have made questionable or objectionable decisions in office. No other community process seems…

There’s a lot of talk these days about where we are headed in terms of jobs and the economy. On one hand is the ominous and growing reality of robots taking over jobs from humans. On the other is the…

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…

To the Editor: It’s been five years since the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) monopoly passed into history. Even so, according to the Edmonton Journal there are still some who long for the days when western farmers were required by law…

A lot of people got worked up over the total eclipse of the sun earlier this month. ‘Totality’ was the term, and people were saying it in awestruck tones, down there in Oregon, as reported on every television news program.…

Well, well. Sometimes you get the impression incumbent councillors are swamped with the work the job entails. And that after four years of it, or seven years, they would look forward to not having all that on their shoulders on…

Mac Olsen Smoky River Express Until recently, I took it for granted that the discs I use in my coffee maker go right into the garbage and then into the landfill. But given a report I’ve seen about the calls…

In hockey you have the defending champion – that’s like the party in power. Trying to replace the champ is the opposition – much like the Opposition party or parties in politics. Like hockey, politics can get dirty. There are…

Katrina Owens Lakeside Leader For pete’s sake ladies and gentlemen, please teach your kids that shoe laces do not (and should not) count as leashes for dogs or cats. If I have to hear about one more preventable canine or…

Readers probably noticed last week a story on the front page of the Spotlight section about a novel called ‘Oil Change at Rath’s Garage.’ We’re hoping author Shari Narine will come through the area on a promotional tour one of…