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Richard Starke MLA for Vermilion-Lloydminster Wayne Drysdale MLA for Grande Prairie-Wapiti The Alberta Teacher’s Association (ATA) recently came to an agreement with the government on a renewed employment contract for teachers across Alberta. This deal is retroactive to September 1,…

Commentary by Tom Henihan One of the first casualties of ludicrous, self-indulgent trends is language. To announce the latest asinine attempt at defying propriety and commonsense, a new linguistic mutation must be imposed on an already overburdened and desecrated English…

You probably heard the story of the uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean that had an estimated 38 million individual pieces of plastic junk washed up on its beaches. Apparently somebody counted them. The story went that then they cleaned…

The federal government’s recent bailout of Bombardier looks bad and smells funny, no matter where you are and what angle you look at it from. The best you could say about it is that maybe it’ll save some jobs in…

RE: A made-in-home solution, by Mac Olsen May 17 Lakeside Leader Mac, I hate to say it but you do have a point. We do need to be energy self sufficient. To me, that means not shipping the oil down…

The first step in overcoming an addiction, say the experts, is to admit that you have one. Judging by how many people can’t seem to resist their cell phones while driving, eating supper, working (or whatever), they are addicted and…

Jeff Burgar South Peace News Most people heading for a fill of gasoline head to their usual pump station. We are all resigned to the inevitable fact we are going to be hosed without mercy. Pump prices in Edmonton last…

Mac Olsen Smoky River Express The Wildrose Party certainly made the right call last week with their motion to encourage the federal government to end the purchase of ‘dictator oil.’ Wildrose Shadow Economic Development Minister Prasad Panda made the following…

Two staff members at schools in Slave Lake have recently been slammed by the teachers’ union for what it deems inappropriate behaviour. Fair enough – unions have rules and disciplinary procedures. If you break them, punishment follows. But in these…

The Woods & Water Recreational Trails Association held its annual general meeting last week. This is the group that hopes to develop a section of the Trans Canada Trail across the north shore of Lesser Slave Lake. The good news…

Katrina Owens Lakeside Leader Mother’s Day is quickly approaching (May 14th for those who aren’t aware). I figured a gentle reminder about important female role models are for us younglings couldn’t hurt. I’ve learned the majority of my life lessons…

This is Pitch-In Week. You’ve probably already seen groups of people picking up litter around town. However, it’s not too late to register with the Town, pick up some bags and get out there and do your bit to make…

‘There are three kinds of people,’ a fellow once said to your editorialist. ‘The crooks, the cops and the people. I’m a cop. Which one are you?’ Maybe journalists need their own category. They’re the ones, to quote the late…

If you can imagine a scam, so can somebody else who is willing to try it out. Not to mention a lot you couldn’t imagine, even if you tried. There’s a whole universe of people out there trying hard to…

To the Editor: (Premier) Rachel Notley and Environment Minister Shannon Phillips claim that climate science is completely settled, and that it’s useless to question, investigate, or inquire further. Last year, when an opposition member of the legislative asembly sought cabinet…

To the Editor: The Progressive Conservative Party (PC) and the Wildrose Party (WRP) are engaged in talks to unite conservatives into one political entity. Presumably the proposed talks are based upon the commonly held belief that all conservatives conform to…