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Spotlight Staff Volunteering benefits people of all ages, but can be especially beneficial to children. Studies have indicated that teenagers who volunteer are less likely to become pregnant or use drugs. In addition, in a review of 60 studies on…

Richard Froese Spotlight Safety is a shared responsibility and when drivers and pedestrians make eye contact with each other, crossing the street is much safer. Pedestrian collisions tend to be higher in months with lower light and inclement weather conditions,…
Treaty 8 chiefs meet with Alberta premier

Richard Froese Spotlight Chiefs of Treaty 8 First Nations and Premier Rachel Notley held their first annual meeting to discuss progress on the Treaty 8 Protocol Agreement, states a Government of Alberta news release dated Sept. 27. “The chiefs of…

To the Editor: Norm Baker was the founding chairman of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. He was a dirt-poor farm kid who joined the navy during WWII. After the war, he came home and learned to be an electrician, eventually starting…
RMSS awards cont’d

Junior high vice-principal Linnea Jones (front far left) poses with her students who were awarded for academic excellence. Girl power! Another round of RMSS kids who were awarded late last month for high grades in the 2016\17 school year.  

Arnold Viersen, MP Peace River – Westlock Deputy Shadow Minister for Innovation, Science and Economic Development The Liberals’ proposed tax changes are alarming to small businesses and families across Canada. I have heard from many individuals, agricultural producers, and business…

A legitimate-looking email to Northern Lakes College turned out to be something sinister, the college announced last week. Calling it a ‘phishing attack,’ the college said in a news release that it “resulted in the compromise of an administrative staff’s…

Nicola Ramsey For the Lakeside Leader You might be a typical Slave Lake resident who waits until the last minute to buy an event ticket. Maybe you’re hoping something better will come along. Maybe you’re waiting to see who else…

Mac Olsen Smoky River Express A century after the Red October Revolution, I am satisfied with the collapse of the Soviet Union – and that its communist government has wound up in the landfill. But what a surprise it was…

Last week we reported about the M.D. of Lesser Slave River deciding to pay substantially less for its share of the cost of running rec facilities in Slave Lake – and for its share of firefighting services. Councillors there feel…

Man gets 14 days in jail for liquor theft Slave Lake Provincial Court October 4, 2017 Judge G.W. Paul presiding Maxwell R. Anderson appeared in court via closed circuit television (CCTV) from Peace River Correctional Centre (PRCC) and pled guilty…

The Leader stays away, as a rule, from endorsing one candidate or group of candidates, or party, at any level of politics. We try to inform our readers as fairly as possible about who is running. It is tempting, sometimes,…
Story time

C.J. Schurter Elementary School students had the chance to unwind last week during a day of stories with storyteller Mary Ann Lippiatt. Pictured left are kiddos zoned in on Lippiatt’s story about rain and relaxation. Lippiatt is a professional storyteller…

Are companies obligated to tell you if their products were tested on animals? That question came up in The Leader newsroom last week, and of course we didn’t have the answer. As far as we know, a lot of products…

Robert Esau for M.D. council Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Word on the street is that at least one of the three incumbents could go down to defeat in Div. 1 of the M.D. of Lesser Slave Lake. Robert Esau doesn’t…

Town council candidates try to distinguish themselves Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Last week’s candidates’ forum in Slave Lake was a fairly tame affair. Candidates for town council and public school board introduced themselves, explained why they are running and answered…