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  Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Running would be more fun if there was a shelter at the start and end The weather isn’t always as nice as ‘fun run’ organizers would like. It would be handy to have a shelter…

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Can homelessness be eliminated in Slave Lake? Jamie Linington of the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre thinks so. As she explained to town council last week, it would happen in three stages. The first – already…

Dr. Graham R. Jones showing a lethal dose of heroin versus fentanyl   Katrina Owens Lakeside Leader Fentanyl – a drug 100 times more potent than morphine and caused over 300 Albertans to die in 2016. Last week Edmonton’s chief…

Do this without a permit and you’ll be getting a visit from the forest protection people.   Leader staff March 1 marks the official start to the Wildfire Season in Alberta. That means burning permits are required. “Last year in…

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader   Parking in Smith Council reviewed the issue of parking in front of the Smith Half Century Plus hall. Apparently the angle parking that is customary there is not safe, because longer vehicles backing out of…

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader M.D. of Lesser Slave River bridges are taking a beating from heavy haul traffic in the winter. This is nothing new, but the M.D. is starting to take notice and worry about the liability and the…

Slave Lake Bantam “A” team against Sexsmith   Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Slave Lake’s Bantam ‘A’ Team got into a bit of trouble on Sunday. One solid game away from advancing to the provincials, they fell behind and looked to…
Chamber business awards bash a night to remember

Stefan Plouffe of Slave Lake Chrysler, the award sponsor, Chamber president Brittany Giesbrecht and Rose and Bruce Whitney of Water Pure & Simple, the Business of the Year.   Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader It’s fair to say a good time…

Picture-collecting campaign Katrina Owens Lakeside Leader Christopher Brown, Town of Slave Lake communications co-ordinator, popped by The Leader last week and updated us on a few things the Town is planning to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. To start, Brown says,…

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader All sorts of services Council got the latest version of what Community Futures is and does, right from the horse’s mouth – that being its executive director, Christopher Robblee. Mostly he focused on services CF provides…

Katrina Owens Lakeside Leader Folks from Stollery Children’s Hospital were in town earlier this month and hosted a day-long event. “We reached out to Treaty 8 communities to see how they think we can provide better services to Indigenous children,”…

Two-year contract extension Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader By a 3 – 1 vote, Slave Lake town council approved two-year contract extension with Global Traffic Group last week. Global is the company that operates photo laser enforcement for speeding and stop…
Gretzky (Wayne) confirmed for Ice Breaker in August

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Slave Lake’s Ice Breaker hockey game and banquet keeps going from strength to strength, but it’s going to be hard for organizer Shawn Gramlich to top his most recent accomplishment. Gramlich confirmed the rumours last week,…
Frost Fest in Slave Lake

Frost Fest wasn’t very frosty this year – more like a ‘slush fest,’ but that didn’t stop people from having a lot of fun at the various events. See next week’s Leader for more coverage. These kiddies were all bundled…

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader M.D. of Lesser Slave River council agreed last week to an unprecedented $20,000 allocation of M.D. FCSS funds to a single applicant – that being Smith School. The decision followed an impassioned plea from school principal…