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It’s an awfully long time until spring rolls around – not that we’re writing off the possibility of a nice fall – but cool weather last week was definitely provoking thoughts of how to get through the cold months. Many…

Callie Hermanson Lakeside Leader Here they come again: grey days, foggy, muggy and murky mornings, sludge, mud and the days to be spent stuck indoors… If you can feel those thoughts creep up on you already and you find little…

Okay, the big topic of discussion around Slave Lake a week or so ago was how it got dark at four in the afternoon. Weird, weird, weird. Nobody had seen anything like it. Heavy smoke, sure. Dark clouds – plenty…

All the best to the Bigstone Cree Nation in figuring out what to do next when it comes to elections. There appears to be a conflict shaping up between off and on-reserve members. The on-reserve ones want control, understandably enough.…

Wildfire risk reduction is a serious business, that a lot of us don’t take very seriously until we have a close call. We’ll make some effort for a while after that – trim back some of our conifer trees, rake…

There’s something to every point of view. There’s also quite a lot to be said for considering a range of views on any subject, so as to arrive at a more balanced perspective. Take the tourism situation in the Lesser…

We live in troubling times. Whether they are actually more dangerous or violent than previous eras is debatable, but the availability of guns probably isn’t. So alienated, angry or just plain crazy people may be choosing random or targeted shootings…

Finding easier, more comfortable ways of doing things is killing us. Slowly, but surely. Small example: remote control channel changers. No need to get up anymore. Result – hours of inactivity. Example #2: smart phones. Same result. Where we had…

Such as? Such as passing school buses when they are loading or unloading kids. Such as dumping your unwanted junk outside the Friendship Centre after hours and placing a big unwanted burden on the employees and volunteers. Such as tossing…

It has come to our attention that certain readers of the Lakeside Leader are displeased that we run opinion columns from the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. The reason being that the CTF is (they say) supported by somebody called ‘The Koch…

Here’s an idea: ignore social media chatter altogether. See how you get by for a week. Would the world stop turning? Would things stop working? There are benefits to ‘spreading the word’ quickly, no question. Apparently they are too good…

Apparently there’s been a kerfluffle on social media about the Regional Housing Authority’s plans to build a couple of apartment buildings in town. We haven’t been following it. So perhaps our view that the idea of replacing costly, inefficient single-family…

It’s kind of strange to see that the Lesser Slave Lake Economic Alliance still exists. All the news in the past couple of years has been about one municipal member after another abandoning that ship. Nobody ever says on the…

Forest products companies talk a lot about ‘due diligence.’ You could add another ‘d’ word to that to make it a triple ‘d’ – the ‘due diligence dilemma.’ Part of due diligence is ‘engaging’ the public in forest management planning.…

‘Why don’t they just straighten the damn river?’ That’s a question that comes up a lot when flooding happens. If only it were that simple. When you straighten a meandering stream, it may indeed reduce the flooding over the land…

The op/ed department at The Leader is like Basil Fawlty of Fawlty Towers fame, in the episode with the German guests. Fawlty is determined and keeps saying to his staff, ‘Don’t mention the war!’ But the temptation is too great…