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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…

People are complaining about the price of gasoline in Slave Lake again, and for good reason. The price is not ‘always’ higher than it is in Westlock and Edmonton, just almost always. Not to mention other places like Peace River,…

Guest editorial by Jeff Burgar Alberta’s NDP party haters are happily smug these days. The Trans Mountain pipeline got a whacking blow from activist judges. The federal Court of Appeal ruling on Indigenous consultation was vague. Their talk about tanker…

Everybody and his dog (as the saying goes) wants to be the United Conservative Party nominee for Lesser Slave Lake. It’s good to have competition, and that is what we’re getting. May the best candidate win. Seven names had been…

It is possible, by the way, for two contradictory positions to both be true, or at least partly true. Certainly to have merit. It may be false in math or physics, but in human relations it happens all the time.…

It appears we’re being cheated out of normal fall colours this year. Is it a trend? Some people say so; i.e. that in recent; years a lot of the trees that would normally turn yellow aren’t doing that. They’re either…

A strike by postal workers (or a lockout by Canada Post) would bring all kinds of inconvenience to various individuals and organizations that depend on reliable mail service. One of these is your local newspaper and its advertisers, which are…

On a related note, here’s something to consider: people who work for the town or the M.D. don’t deserve the $#@#@ and abuse they take from disgruntled residents. Their jobs are tough enough without that, and they certainly shouldn’t have…

The murder of Nicole Robar, as shocking as it was, seems to have sort of faded into the background. Not for those who knew her, of course. But as these things go, months pass with nothing much happening. Years, even.…

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…