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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 are tested on animals, and it is legal to do so. The answer is out there somewhere.
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Other news: a bear was seen waltzing (or maybe just ambling) along 3rd Ave. NE in Slave Lake the other night. At least that’s what we heard. It is not big news that bears are in the community. But reminders may help. For example, don’t tempt the bruins by leaving apples lying in your yard. Don’t leave smelly garbage either. It’s not a good idea to give bears the idea there is good stuff to be had around human habitation.
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‘The leaves are gorgeous! You should put them on the front page!’ Thanks to a resident of the Slave Lake Legion Manor for tipping us off on that one. We agree, the leaves are gorgeous this year – or at least they were last week. By now they’ve probably mostly disappeared.
The day she called couldn’t be called gorgeous. It was about two degrees above freezing, cloudy and blowing hard. But the leaves were still gorgeous.
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Who should drop by The Leader last week but former hard-hitting reporter Maureen Mariampillai, who worked at The Leader for a couple of years before taking a position in communications with the Alberta Government. She may be looking for work again in 2019, but she says she’s okay with that – she’ll take it as it comes.
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The moderator at last week’s election candidates’ forum in Slave Lake took the opportunity to plug the RCMP Regimental Ball that is coming up this Saturday, Oct. 14. It’s for a good cause – to support the Victim Services unit that operates in the area in conjunction with the RCMP detachment. Doug Babiy, working the microphone on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce at the Oct. 2 forum, urged those in attendance to consider buying tickets to the event, which he assured them would be a great experience. Dinner, improv comedy entertainment, a dance, a live and silent auction and so on. So there you go…. Still time to get in on it!
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Things were getting a bit crazy last week. Maybe they are always getting a bit crazy, somewhere. But the closer it is to home, the more unsettling it is. Edmonton, then Las Vegas. When something big happens in either of those places, it’s bound to affect somebody you know.
Mental illness and guns is a bad combination. Probably mental illness and anything is a bad combination.

 

 

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