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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…

“Start walking now,” begins a Canadian Geographic article on ‘The Great Trail,’ “and you’d finish sometime in 2020.” That’s assuming you don’t take time off for hip or knee surgery, get mauled by a bear or get fed up with…

It’s pointless to talk about the weather, maybe. But it’s hard not to when it’s been raining hard for over 24 hours and the wind is blowing off branches and knocking over trees on fences and powerlines. Not to mention…

Going away for the weekend and leaving your dog without food and water in the back yard – and in cold, rainy conditions on top of that – is pretty irresponsible behaviour and is bound to draw attention you would…

This just in from somewhere…. Something positive and hopefully non-contentious on the topic of restoration of caribou habitat. A pilot project of restoring seismic lines to forest has been completed, with the planting of 80,000 trees along 59 kilometres of…

It’s been about 15 months since a Slave Lake man was charged in a bizarre series of incidents involving a police chase, theft of a vehicle, a standoff on Hwy 33 and more. The justice system, overburdened and undermanned as…

The Leader is occasionally urged to ‘take the town to task’ (or whatever or whoever). We’re in the habit of giving the benefit of the doubt, where municipal governments are concerned, having observed over time that they do a decent…

A Slave Lake specialty shop says it is closing due to competition from online shopping. There may be more to it than that, but it’s getting to be a fairly common story. It comes at the same time as a…

Nice weather around here lately, but we really need some rain! Of course the day this paper comes out is the seven-year anniversary of the day a wildfire blew into Slave Lake and another one got into Widewater and Canyon…

It’s nice to know how much economic impact an institution of higher learning can have on a community and a region. What Northern Lakes College said in its April 27th news release was that in 2015/16, the college, its students…

Will robots replace historians? That’s the provocative and kind of funny title of an article in a history magazine. Provocative because the notion seems absurd. Or does it? Funny because the likely answer of most people would be along the…