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If anyone can afford to stay on the high ground, politically speaking, it should be the United Conservative Party. It leads the polls and appears likely to win next spring’s election. So it was disappointing to see the new UCP…

If you’re wondering (okay – even if you weren’t) why municipalities are talking about not putting their public notices in the local paper, here’s why: the provincial government revamped the Municipal Government Act last year. The new MGA no longer…

Speaking of protests, how are those boycotts of products from Quebec going? Or for that matter, boycotts of gas stations charging too much in Slave Lake? This is the perennial thorn in the side of people in this area. They’re…

All those pro-pipeline rallies were kind of fun, but did they accomplish anything? Maybe they did, if getting on the news is an accomplishment. At least you know somebody heard about it. There’s talk, we hear, of a cross-country convoy…

So…. Any new year’s resolutions out there? No? Probably just as well. Who keeps those things anyway? Still, there’s something to be said for trying to improve one’s life. One area a lot of people (including the author of this…

Here’s something a bit unusual: Big Lakes County is thinking of hiring a ‘climate change officer.’ The first thought that occurs is, ‘How in the world can they afford another position when there’s never enough money for road maintenance? Well,…

A few weeks back, we ran a front-page story in which Friendship Centre ED Barb Courtorielle was quote saying how dire the situation was. Donations for the Christmas hamper program were nowhere near what was needed, given the expected applications.…

As you listen to this, said author Yuval Harari on the radio the other day, governments and corporations are trying to hack you. If they succeed, they can sell you anything they want. That might be aiming a bit high…

There’s a lot of talk about treaties these days. Unresolved issues, new interpretations and so on. There are certainly no experts at the Lakeside Leader, but we were recently provided with the notes of Charles Mair, who was a Queen’s…

2019 is going to be an interesting year. For some, it’s going to be a tough one, if business and employment trends continue. Efforts to get Alberta oil to market may or may not pay some dividends in 2019. It’s…

Slave Lake Mayor Tyler Warman asked some useful hypothetical questions recently in a discussion on economic development. Specifically, it had to do with the town’s role. What is that role? How does council see it? There’s always a lot of…

The world is full of a number of things, and one of them is homelessness. No more than an irritant to a lot of us, it is a matter of life and death to those who are out on the…

Complaints about how elections are run are more common than not. In fact it would be strange if there weren’t any. This is especially true in Bigstone Cree Nation elections where there are some sticky issues that seem to defy…

Human remains……. People want to know more about that story. ‘You should be on it!’ said one avid reader the other day when she stopped by the office. We are on it – at least to the degree of regularly…

Any change can be good, say the optimistic types. The departure of long-time Lakeside Leader ad manager Tamara Leslie will certainly be good for her new employer, but not so much for us. However, we wish her well and are…