COVID Weekly: Nipisi rig outbreak

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader On May 11, an outbreak at Tamarack Valley Energy Drilling Rig Nipisi was added to the list on alberta.ca. This means that this workplace had 10 or more cases. Outbreaks remain on the lists for four weeks…
Freedom for lodge residents

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader Some good news on the COVID-19 restriction front. The May 5 restrictions (see above) don’t impact the new freedom for residents of the Lodge. Things aren’t back to normal, but after months of lockdown, residents can be…
Swan River First Nation working toward ecological reconciliation

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader Reconciliation is a term that is used often, but what is ‘ecological reconciliation’? On April 29, 2021, Swan River First Nation, Project Forest, IKEA Edmonton, and Environmental Services Association of Alberta held a webinar called “Ecological Reconciliation…
The Sky was on Fire

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader “Shortly after the fire, people started sharing their stories,” says Nicola Ramsey, one of the four people who wrote The Sky was on Fire: Slave Lake’s Story of Disaster, Exodus, and New Beginnings. “I do know there…
Homeless Coalition continues without chair for now

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader Late last month, Barb Courtorielle stepped down as chair of the Homeless Coalition in Slave Lake. On April 29, the coalition met and decided to focus on formulating a vision and terms of reference. Also, to reach…
Your garden can help wildlife without breaking the bank

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader “You don’t have to spend a lot of money on this (Gardening for Wildlife),” says Sarah Coulber with Canadian Wildlife Federation (CSF). “These little simple choices we make have great potential for doing good both near and…
Slave Lake and District Chamber of Commerce Council Notebook

April 26, 2021 meetingPearl LorentzenLakeside Leader Old business Shop Slave Lake – the board will look at various online platforms and bring a recommendation to the next members meeting, said Kimberly Hughes, Slave Lake and District Chamber of Commerce executive…
Legion raising funds for long-term care

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader The Slave Lake Legion has earmarked $5,000 from the Poppy Fund for the Slave Lake long-term care. They are also accepting donations from community members and businesses until May 30, 2021. One of the members brought the…
Group aims to improve the community’s mental health

Submitted Berry picking in the jack pines, trails (cross-country ski, in town, and others), the lake, and other outdoor activities were mentioned by several people as assets in Slave Lake that promote mental health. This discussion was part of the…
Interagency may move beyond event reports

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader Interagency may become the core group for collaboration on implementing the recent Town of Slave Lake social needs assessment. “I would like to see our Interagency as the core,” said Garry Roth, Town of Slave Lake director…
Know thyself for harmony

Commentary by Pearl Lorentzen Years ago, I went out for dimsum with a group of Vancouverites of Chinese descent in Vancouver’s Chinatown. It was fun, but if I had poor emotional wellbeing going into it, I would have felt worse…
First virtual Native Friendship Centre youth event a success

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader “The online, interactive Knowledge And Art Workshop went fantastic,” says organizer Neika Courtorielle, in a news release. “Especially for it only being the first, to hopefully many more virtual youth events. With COVID causing so many rifts…
August Slave Lake volleyball camp hopeful

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader As of April 27 in Slave Lake, indoor youth physical activity is limited to 10 people, including teachers, physically distanced by three metres at all times. In Edmonton, Calgary, and Fort McMurray, only private lessons were allowed.…