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Is Slave Lake underexposed? Promoters of tourism certainly think it is. There’s big potential in this region, they say, and they may be right. But how exactly to go about ‘branding’ an area so that when people sit down to…

Here it is March already and we don’t have nearly enough nominations for Slave Lake’s two big volunteer awards – Citizen of the Year and Lifetime Volunteer. The awards are presented during National Volunteer Week, on April 19. The deadline…

There were ups and downs in the recent Olympic Winter Games for Canada’s athletes, for sure. After the big high of the first few days in curling, Rachel Homan’s crash and burn in women’s curling was a notable disappointment. But…

To the Editor: On Monday, Parliament held its first Abuse Awareness Day to educate legislators and leaders about reducing the long-term impact of trauma on abused children. I was joined by my colleagues, Liberal MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette, NDP MP Christine…

To the Editor, Re: “Clean-up of contaminated site in Faust is progressing” I find the headline of this article to be very misleading. The Request for Proposal put out by Alberta Environment last fall doesn’t actually call for any clean-up,…

Everybody and his dog, it seems, is getting on the marijuana bandwagon. Investors from the U.S. are apparently lining up for some of the action, visions of large profits dancing in their heads. Are we going to have another one…

A story we ran about management of walleye and pike in certain lakes drew a response. The reason those two species are in trouble, said the caller, is because there are so many whitefish in the lake, competing for the…

Premier Rachel Notley’s retaliation against B.C. last week will give that province’s wine producers a shock, but will it do any good? Will the B.C. Government buckle and back off on its opposition to more oil pipeline capacity to the…

There is a lot of talk about sexual harassment and abuse going around. Such accusations are not new, but they seem to be coming thick and fast lately, with fast and hard consequences for the accused. Apparently the far reach…

A word of recognition is in order, we think, for unselfish people who do good things to make their communities better places to live. Who knows what motivates them, and frankly, who cares? It’s what they do that counts. One…

Slave Lake is getting a bad reputation due to the speeding tickets so many people passing through are getting. That’s the view of one old-timer on the scene who made the point in a rant the other day that covered…

Everything costs uncomfortable amounts of money these days. Maybe it always did, and maybe it’s no worse than it ever was. But it’s still tough! For businesses, it’s a pretty basic calculation: Revenues must exceed costs, or what’s the point?…

Edmonton police are being criticized for not releasing the names of murder victims. There is no legal requirement, apparently, either to do it or not do it. It’s probably being done out of respect for the wishes of the bereaved.…

If everybody behaved rationally, running a town would be a lot simpler and cheaper. No crime, no litter, no need for expensive structures to deal with all the stupid things we do. The world is a mess and our little…

A map of the United States showing each state’s largest employer was making the rounds recently on social media. It’s a bit of an eyebrow-raiser. For example, the largest employer in 22 of the 50 states is Walmart. The largest…

Who would have bet money on Junior ‘B’ hockey ever returning to Slave Lake? Maybe you still shouldn’t, but that isn’t stopping a local group from getting organized to make it happen for the 2018/19 season. And if we’ve learned…