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To the Editor: How disappointed I was to read in The Leaders Council Notebook that Town Council had voted in favour of restoring the speed limit from 60kms to 80kms between the bridge over Sawridge Creek to Highway 2. I…

To The Editor Re: Alberta Bill 17 – The Fair and Family Friendly Workplaces Act I am writing to comment on the efforts by the Government of Alberta to modernize labour legislation in the province and extend it to farm…

To the Editor: Re: “Agreement with teachers does not respect rural realities” Lakeside Leader, May 31. MLAs Richard Starke and Walter Drysdale use factual errors, incorrect assumptions and faulty logic in their poorly researched article that absurdly claims the recent…

Tom Warshawski and Mary Lewis Troy Media We shield our children and young teenagers from many things: overt portrayals of sex and violence on TV and in movies, drinking alcohol, smoking, owning guns and signing contracts, to name a few.…

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader It’s a useful exercise, I’ve always found, to look at things from the other person’s point of view. You may not agree with what they do, say, or think – but at least you can understand…

A lot of fuss is being made about the proposed provincial electoral boundary changes. Too much fuss, in our opinion. The proposed change to the Lesser Slave Lake riding is not that great. The commission obviously tried hard (or is…

Richard Froese South Peace News What is fair and equitable representation for rural regions in the provincial legislature? Is fair and equitable representation important, valid, or essential in rural areas where the population is much more sparse and communities are…

Locally, the pressures faced by municipal governments mirror those Alberta and B.C. are experiencing. What’s at stake is a lot smaller, of course, but the situation is similar. When times are good and money is flowing into municipal coffers, cooperation…

There’s an interesting scenario shaping up in which adjacent NDP provincial governments may be promoting agendas completely contrary to each other. We’re talking of course about Alberta and B.C. You would think that the NDP, traditionally a party of ‘labour,’…

Open letter to Municipal District of Lesser Slave River: Individuals and groups around Lesser Slave Lake have been concerned about the Swan Hills (hazardous waste) Treatment Centre (SHTC) since before it opened 30 years ago in 1987. When the Keepers…

Jeff Burgar (Reprinted from the High Prairie South Peace News) It’s no secret the Alberta economy was in the tank the past two years. Store and restaurant sales dropped. Travel dropped. In fact, just about everything dropped, except perhaps collection…

Richard Starke MLA for Vermilion-Lloydminster Wayne Drysdale MLA for Grande Prairie-Wapiti The Alberta Teacher’s Association (ATA) recently came to an agreement with the government on a renewed employment contract for teachers across Alberta. This deal is retroactive to September 1,…

Commentary by Tom Henihan One of the first casualties of ludicrous, self-indulgent trends is language. To announce the latest asinine attempt at defying propriety and commonsense, a new linguistic mutation must be imposed on an already overburdened and desecrated English…

You probably heard the story of the uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean that had an estimated 38 million individual pieces of plastic junk washed up on its beaches. Apparently somebody counted them. The story went that then they cleaned…

The federal government’s recent bailout of Bombardier looks bad and smells funny, no matter where you are and what angle you look at it from. The best you could say about it is that maybe it’ll save some jobs in…