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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…

If you’re wondering (okay – even if you weren’t) why municipalities are talking about not putting their public notices in the local paper, here’s why: the provincial government revamped the Municipal Government Act last year. The new MGA no longer…

Speaking of protests, how are those boycotts of products from Quebec going? Or for that matter, boycotts of gas stations charging too much in Slave Lake? This is the perennial thorn in the side of people in this area. They’re…

All those pro-pipeline rallies were kind of fun, but did they accomplish anything? Maybe they did, if getting on the news is an accomplishment. At least you know somebody heard about it. There’s talk, we hear, of a cross-country convoy…

So…. Any new year’s resolutions out there? No? Probably just as well. Who keeps those things anyway? Still, there’s something to be said for trying to improve one’s life. One area a lot of people (including the author of this…

Here’s something a bit unusual: Big Lakes County is thinking of hiring a ‘climate change officer.’ The first thought that occurs is, ‘How in the world can they afford another position when there’s never enough money for road maintenance? Well,…

A few weeks back, we ran a front-page story in which Friendship Centre ED Barb Courtorielle was quote saying how dire the situation was. Donations for the Christmas hamper program were nowhere near what was needed, given the expected applications.…

As you listen to this, said author Yuval Harari on the radio the other day, governments and corporations are trying to hack you. If they succeed, they can sell you anything they want. That might be aiming a bit high…

There’s a lot of talk about treaties these days. Unresolved issues, new interpretations and so on. There are certainly no experts at the Lakeside Leader, but we were recently provided with the notes of Charles Mair, who was a Queen’s…