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On March 20, 2019, suspects broke into the Fas Gas service station on Main Street in Slave Lake. They entered the business by drilling a hole in the roof. While in the building the suspects stole money from the ATM…

Leader staff A local group announced last week it is putting on a two-day ball hockey event on the first weekend of July. They’re calling it the Reed Churchill Memorial Ball Hockey Tournament, in memory of a former member of…

Getting them off the street is the hard part Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Staff Sgt. John Spaans of the RCMP paid a visit to town council last week for one of his periodic updates. This one focused quite a bit…

Flood mitigation plan for Marten Beach delayed for a bit May 8, 2019 meeting Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader The Lesser Slave Regional Fire Service responded to 121 calls in the first four months of 2019, council heard. Chief Jamie Coutts,…

Leader staff The Slave Lake forest protection district has seen 24 wildfires so far this spring. Or rather ‘had,’ since the report is already a bit dated. With the fire hazard rated as ‘very high’ towards the end of last…

The forests hereabouts provide a good living for a lot of people and have for many decades. Some of them get together every so often to celebrate and reminisce. When it comes to Slave Lake history, forestry goes back much…

You may have already seen the piece on the editorial page about the current issue of the Alberta Forest History Association of Alberta magazine, Trails & Tales. But there’s more! Such as this one, from Oliver Glanfield: “At one time…

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader “I like acting and dancing,” student Jolie Osadchuk says. “(People should come to Aladdin Jr.), because it would be nice to watch a play and get away from work a bit.” Coming up on May 23…

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Ozzie the pet rabbit chews quietly in his cage, as former Lesser Slave Lake MLA and Minister of Child Services chats about what her plans are since losing in the April 16 provincial election. Ozzie is…
Rob from movies to give to the poor

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader Spoiler alert: Friar Tuck is really the sheriff in disguise. Heavily influenced by ‘cult classics’ and Slave Lake inspired humour, Robin Hood-Jedi Knight is about what you’d expect from the title. Upon learning of the existence…

Jeff Burgar South Peace News Arguing with one’s “better half” should count as exercise. Now, I think I get a decent workout during the week. Take feeding the dog. It’s really hard bending down, picking up that doggie dish, then…

Aaron Wudrick Canadian Taxpayers Federation They say misery loves company and for the Trudeau Liberals that apparently includes miserable tax policy. It hasn’t even been a month since Ottawa imposed its hated carbon tax on much of the country and…

Stephanie Chamberlain Carole Estabrooks Troy Media What happens when a person grows older and can no longer make health and financial decisions for themselves – but also doesn’t have family or friends who can make those decisions on their behalf?…

Rebecca Johnson Alberta Health Services In rural Alberta, people look out for each other. Your neighbours know your story. They celebrate success beside you and recognize when you need a hand. Your family doctor or regular healthcare provider can be…