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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…

Jeff Burgar South Peace News There are so many exciting things these days. Outraged folks will picket a shop because they don’t like a sign in the window. Meanwhile, I’m wondering where the outrage is over one of our favourite…

Don’t bring a pet to the North Country Fair. If you do, “you will be turned away at the gate,” says the warning on the NCF website. One would think there are worse things than having your doggie with you,…

Walk down Whyte Avenue in the Old Strathcona on a pleasant spring day and you can see why automobiles and pedestrians don’t mix. It was a bad idea to begin with. At the best of times it is just dangerous,…

Mac Olsen Smoky Rive Express Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Rachel Notley appear united in their determination to see the Trans Mountain Pipeline upgrade proceed. But I will reserve judgment until they provide details about how they will make…

There’s something to be said for folks who don’t waste time pointing fingers, finding villains and assigning blame for the various ills of the world. Instead, they simply roll up their sleeves and do things to help make things better…

Several hundred people came together last week to remember Conner Lukan, the young hockey player who lost his life along with 15 others in a bus crash in Saskatchewan on April 6. Lukan, his teammates and others associated with the…

Monday, April 9 was Vimy Ridge Day in Canada. It passed without much or any comment, but since it came to our attention (via a calendar), let’s take a moment to reflect. There’s no need to go too far into…

It was heartening last week to see the outpouring of support – there may be a better word than support, but we can’t think of it – in the wake of the awful highway crash in Saskatchewan that claimed 16…