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Servus Credit Union has a new manager Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Here’s a fun fact about the new manager at Slave Lake’s Servus Credit Union: given a choice between banking jobs in Calgary and Slave Lake, he didn’t choose Cowtown.…

The one day it rains in two weeks happens to be the day of the fall fair in Smith. The same thing happened last year and the year before that. Or was that some other year? But it was fairly…

From the High Prairie South Peace News Lawrence Marvel ‘Skipper’ Villeneuve was born in Smith, Alberta on Aug. 13, 1941. He passed away on Marinduque Island in the Philippines on Aug. 2, 2017 at the age of 75 years. ‘Skip’…

Slave Lake Provincial Court September 6, 2017 Judge G.W. Paul presiding Jean P. Netowastanum appeared in court via closed circuit television from Edmonton Remand Centre (ERC) and tendered a plea of guilt to two charges, including one count of breaching…
Local mason jar decorating biz open and ready for orders

Katrina Owens Lakeside Leader Who would have thought that an American would end up here in Slave Lake and open a homemade decorative Mason jar business? Kate Stamp, of Stamp of Approval didn’t, but here she is; almost a month…

Colin Craig, Canadian Taxpayers Federation Every Canadian should reflect on four words Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin recently shared at a conference in Banff. After describing how she had heard about several oil and gas companies cancelling their multi-billion dollar projects…

Rebecca Johnson Alberta Health Services Healthy school lunches and snacks give children and youth energy and the nutrition they need for proper growth and development. Without healthy food, children may feel tired, have difficulty concentrating and may not have the…

Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre Troy Media Canadians can be excused for looking with longing at the American job market. Labour markets are one of the most important components of Canada’s economy, through which we allocate one of our most…

Richard Froese South Peace News Local government elections return Oct. 16 and the campaign has already started. Elections can get heated and contentious, particularly if elected officials have made questionable or objectionable decisions in office. No other community process seems…

There’s a lot of talk these days about where we are headed in terms of jobs and the economy. On one hand is the ominous and growing reality of robots taking over jobs from humans. On the other is the…

Sept. 5, 2017 Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader ‘Only good news’ Council received another update on what’s happening at Northern Lakes College, from its president Ann Everatt. She started her presentation by promising only good news. “The place is packed,” Everatt…
Still burning

Fire 107 – thought to have pretty much died down – woke up earlier this month and grew a bit bigger. It is located northeast of Chipewyan Lake in the extreme northeast of the Slave Lake district. Still listed as…

Leader Staff To meet increased demand for late-season camping, the province is adding three new late-season options. Crimson Lake campground and Moonshine Lake campground will now be open until Oct. 31st, 2017. Brand new year-round comfort cabins have also been…
Main St. north waterline replacement given green light

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Work on the new waterline (actually lines) on the north end of Main St. in Slave Lake and along Tamarack Road should be starting any day. Town council gave it the final thumbs’ up at its…
Busy long weekend for emergency responders

Collisions, spills and a water rescue Leader staff People have been remarking lately about how often one hears sirens in and around Slave Lake. Are there really that many emergencies? Apparently there are. Here’s a list from fire chief Jamie…