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To the Editor: Trade is critical to the Canadian economy; in fact, one-in-five Canadian jobs and 60 per cent of Canada’s GDP are dependent on trade. Global trade tensions and diplomatic failures have created pressure on Canadian producers of products…

Rebecca Johnson Alberta Health Services It’s time to turn on the tap and fill up that water bottle. Your mouth is dry. Your throat is parched. Maybe you lick your lips. Your body is telling you that you need to…

To the Editor: My colleagues and I requested an emergency committee meeting to ask the Liberal Government for their plan on how they will build the Trans Mountain Pipeline. A recent ruling from the Federal Court of Appeal overturned the…

Mac Olsen Smoky River Express Once again, there are calls for a total ban on handgun ownership in Canada, but don’t believe for one moment that this will completely eliminate gun violence and tragedies from occurring, or that their use…

National Archives Week is the first week of October, and the Rotary Club of Slave Lake Library is getting in on the act by holding a special event on Oct. 2. It’s a showing of a film by the Archives…

Some things make you wonder. One of them is the apparent contradiction between what appears to be overwhelming community support for something (say speed limit reduction) and what all that support implies; i.e. – that there’s a speeding problem, so…
Unwelcome interruption

Reports of bears in and around Slave Lake were rampant in the past week or so and for once, we got a decent picture of one of the berry-seeking visitors. This snow-dusted black bear was eating chokecherries a few metres…

Callie Hermanson Lakeside Leader The Lesser Slave Lake Regional Fire Service is doing a recruitment drive for volunteer firefighters. Deputy Chief Alex Pavcek says the department is losing five of its members due to their full-time jobs. Pavcek says that…

Francesca Giroux, CGA For the Lakeside Leader What is an RRSP, and how does it impact my personal income taxes? An RRSP is a retirement savings plan that is registered with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). You, your spouse or…

This is not a NIMBY (‘Not in my back yard!’) issue, says one of the opponents of proposed gravel and sand pits in the Tawatinaw Valley. Of course it is. On the other hand, it is representative of something universal:…

To the Editor: Yesterday, Justin Trudeau was given multiple opportunities in Edmonton to outline his plan to get the Trans Mountain Expansion built and Canadians back to work. Instead, he chose to rely on empty rhetoric. That is unacceptable. The…

Danielle Larivee, MLA for Lesser Slave Lake During the 2015 election, Conservatives told Albertans to “look in the mirror.” After years of a booming economy, global oil prices were slipping. Alberta was on the brink of the greatest recession in…
30th annual Golden Walleye Classic held at Shaw’s Point

Mac Olsen For the Lakeside Leader Fishermen travelled from all over Canada, and some came from the U.S., to Shaw’s Point Resort for the 30th annual Golden Walleye Classic. Fifty-eight two-man teams participated each day, and they divided into two…

There’s considerable discussion around town these days on the topic of cannabis legalization. That may not even be the right term, but it’ll do for now. In fact it’s not a free-for-all, and plenty about it will still be illegal.…

Nicole Krikun For the Lakeside Leader Weather has played a big role in our birding success (and lack of) this week. On every calm, dry day we experienced heavy overhead migration coupled with excellent banding totals. On the windy and/or…

Matthew Lau Troy Media American taxpayers and workers won a big victory recently, with the United States Supreme Court ruling 5-4 that government employees not part of a union could not be forced to pay union dues. Previously, government employees…