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The Second World War years – times of change

Part 3 in an occasional series on Slave Lake history and people. By Constance Brissenden The Second World War years brought huge changes to Slave Lake, Alberta. Six years of war (1939-1945) launched its transformation from an isolated town to…

Francesca Giroux, CPA For the Lakeside Leader This is the second week in our series on receipts and documentation required to support income and expense claims on your 2017 personal income tax return. Individuals with box 32 filled out on…

Last week we passed on the news that the Swan Hills Grizzly Gazette was probably closing, after 27 years in business. This week an update on the situation from the Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association. In its weekly update to its…

Driving without insurance proves costly for family man Slave Lake Provincial Court Jan. 10, 2018 Judge D. R. Shynkar presiding Kensie Nichols has been convicted of driving without insurance. Nichols plead guilty to the charge. Judge Shynkar told Nichols there…

Colin Craig Canadian Taxpayers Federation Over the past year the Canadian Taxpayers Federation has been quite critical about many of the Notley government’s major financial decisions. From her massive new carbon tax to her plan to more than triple the…

Rebecca Johnson Alberta Health Services For many people, giving up tobacco is easier said than done. Giving it up may be one the toughest challenges you face in life, but it will also be one of your most rewarding. Everyone…

Tyler Warman Mayor of Slave Lake First off, Happy New Year to everyone! And with a new year comes a new set of topics, so let’s get off to a great start with talking about something is not usually talked…

Mac Olsen Smoky River Express When it comes to left-wing/liberal media, left-wing movies and actors’ activism, now more than ever, I am on guard and tune out to ensure I don’t become a victim of their propaganda. The Golden Globe…
Bohemian rhapsody?

One of the treats of mid-winter is getting to watch the flocks of Bohemian waxwings as they ravage the moutnain ash berries.
Swan lake?

We already know from the results of the Christmas Bird Count that a few migratory birds decided to hang around Slave Lake well into the winter. On Jan. 3, one of them was still there, unwilling or perhaps unable to…

Francesca Giroux, CPA For the Lakeside Leader As we are nearing the T4 deadline it is time to start gathering documents and tax receipts to aid in the preparation of your 2017 personal tax return. While you are at it…
All shacked up

While lots of people complained about the extreme cold of the last few days of December, others were quite happy about the thicker lake ice it created. A quick tour of the south shore last week showed lots of fishing…

Aaron Wudrick, Canadian Taxpayers Federation Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau once remarked that Canada’s relationship with the United States was like sleeping next to an elephant: No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, he said, one is affected by…

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader The following was gleaned during 14 years of covering Slave Lake Provincial Court. He was middle aged, unshaven and looked as if he’d had a rough life. Charged with drunken driving, and possessing a record, it…

Rebecca Johnson Alberta Health Services It can help to talk with someone about how you’re feeling. They can listen to you or help you look at things differently. They might also be able to help you figure out why you…

Gord Fortin Lakeside Leader There is a problem in arts and entertainment today that needs to be addressed because it is getting pretty ridiculous. I remember a time when you could go to the cinema or watch a program on…

David Pfrimme Troy Media We’ve just emerged from the season when everyone wants to help support their local food bank initiatives. But ‘sharing the season’ always poses a tough question for me: How do we help our neighbours when, according…