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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…

2019 is going to be an interesting year. For some, it’s going to be a tough one, if business and employment trends continue. Efforts to get Alberta oil to market may or may not pay some dividends in 2019. It’s…

Slave Lake Mayor Tyler Warman asked some useful hypothetical questions recently in a discussion on economic development. Specifically, it had to do with the town’s role. What is that role? How does council see it? There’s always a lot of…

The world is full of a number of things, and one of them is homelessness. No more than an irritant to a lot of us, it is a matter of life and death to those who are out on the…

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…