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The Leader unwittingly set off some political sniping last week. It had to do with carbon tax-impact claims made by Lesser Slave Lake candidate Pat Rehn, that appeared in a Lakeside Leader story. The news release was a reaction –…

Cold weather. Everybody hates it, right? Wrong. People who make their living in the winter months in the bush and depend on frozen ground love it. They probably prefer minus 15 to minus 30, but still, the longer the frost…

A certain amount of skepticism is expected when somebody from out of town comes along with what they say is a better idea. In this case it’s the people from elsewhere who want to plant a Junior A hockey team…

CN Rail has been sending its enforcement personnel around periodically for years to remind people to stay away from the tracks, except to cross – carefully – at designated crossings. The message always comes with the warning that tickets can…

Those who looked to the Alberta Party as a ‘middle-of-the-road’ alternative in Alberta politics might not be having a good week. Party leader Stephen Mandel learned earlier this month he isn’t even eligible to run in this spring’s election, due…

No, electric vehicles are not a communist plot. It appears, however, that widespread use of them is still a bit of a pipe dream – at least for small-town rural northern Alberta. It just isn’t practical. Yet. It may become…

Reports last week of yet another multi-billion-dollar upgrading plant for the Edmonton area is more good news for the province. Pembina Pipelines is one-upping Inter Pipeline by a billion dollars (4.5 to 3.5) in its plans for turning propane into…

Slave Lake residents will notice no more Lakeside Leaders appearing in their mailboxes, this week. The past five years or so the town was paying to have the papers delivered like that, as way of ensuring town news and notices…

When it comes to politics, a lot of people have their heels dug in. Probably when it comes to all sorts of other things as well. They may see Jason Kenney as a villain no matter what he does or…

Apparently the debate here is about cost vs. the chance of saving lives in extreme cases. Advocates on the safety side of things say belts on buses are long overdue. Opponents point out that on the whole, school buses are…

Whether the recent challenge of the Bigstone Cree Nation election is prompting similar efforts, we can’t say. But it seems likely, given the result in the Bigstone situation. You’ll recall that due to Bigstone flubbing its voters’ list, some members…

Those who enjoy political campaigns as a spectator sport (there are plenty of similarities) are in for some fun over the next few months. The jockeying for advantage in the Lesser Slave Lake provincial electoral division is well underway and…

Peace River-Westlock MP Arnold Viersen stopped by Slave Lake last week for a coffee shop chat. Coffee was on him, and the talk was about the usual topics – pipelines, carbon levy, transfer payments and such. Alberta is getting a…

It seems unfortunate that the RCMP have to take time from doing all the other things they have to do to engage in a public relations exercise to protect us from our own carelessness. But that’s what it comes down…

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…