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Some weekends there is quite a variety of things to do in and around Slave Lake. The Mar. 17 weekend was one of those. You had snowmobile drag races on the lake. If drag racing sleds wasn’t your thing, there…
Leader shows up down south

Well what do you know, some very light-skinned folks on the waterfront in Puerto Vallarta Mexico. And what’s that they’re holding? It’s a copy of the Lakeside Leader! That paper really gets around. Thanks to Murray and Debbie Kerik (that’s…
Pick your personal pearl at the Sea Gems Oyster Bar

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Sea Gems Oyster Bar is an outfit in Slave Lake that may sound like an eatery, but isn’t. It’s what Mary Anne Bingley calls her home-based business in cultured pearls. She likes jewelry, loves pearls and…

Coyotes are making themselves quite at home in Slave Lake lately, as many people have been noticing and remarking. This one crossing Birch Road near the recycle depot last week seemed indifferent to the fact a vehicle was stopped nearby.…

To the Editor: This week, the Liberal government announced a 12-month United Nations mission which will include a detachment of helicopters and Canadian troops sent to the west African nation of Mali. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is failing to tell…

To the Editor: I have seen the impact of crime in rural communities first hand. Where I live in Boyle, I have had my own property stolen more than once. Albertans from one end of this province to the other…
Signs of spring

Searching for signs of spring last week, we found the following: two swans (or maybe snow geese) out on the lake near the pumphouse. Just out of the photo to the left were three Canada Geese. This was on March…

Francesca Giroux, CPA It is important to determine whether an individual working for you is an employee or self-employed (i.e. sub-contractor), as this affects an individual’s entitlement to Employment Insurance (EI). The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) looks at several factors…

To the Editor: RE: ‘Another case for capitalism’ [March 7, 2018 Lakeside Leader]. The American capitalism model that some people prefer to socialism is a deeply flawed concept. Socialists would be more successful if it weren’t for the American government…

Danielle Larivee, MLA for Lesser Slave Lake Rural crime is an issue I’ve heard about often in our region since I was elected, and I’ve been working closely with Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley on our shared commitment to keep rural…

This just in from the head office: the Spotlight regional supplement to this and two other newspapers in the region is being phased out, or cut out or at least terminated. This we expect to happen next week. What does…
Local couple celebrates 60 years together

Callie Hermanson Lakeside Leader In this day in age, where “Till death do us part” turns into until “our first fight,” one couple has defied those odds with their unwavering love for one another. Bud and Shirley Karst have been…

Tyler Warman Mayor of Slave Lake One of the most labour-intensive exercises I take part in being on council is budget. The idea of spending over $20-million every year to keep our community running and moving in the right direction…

Tom Henihan Smoky River Express In most major countries, there is an absence of strong, inspired leadership, giving rise to relentless conflict and deep fissures in the body politic. Here in Canada, we have a government leader with a new-age…

The provincial government is doing some remediation work, we’re told, at the old highways maintenance yard next to St. Mary of the Lake School on 6th Ave. SW in Slave Lake. The land was slated for redevelopment years ago, but…