Kids learn life skills and math in the EGW kitchen

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader EG Wahlstrom Elementary School students have the opportunity to learn a bit about cooking. For the last three years, Lynn Bain, education assistant, has run the nutrition program at the school. Every day for three periods, small…
Graffiti-style names, animals and more art

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader Smith School students have been busy making art. When The Leader stopped by in January, the school was starting up a new semester, but even with less art than normal there was a lot to choose from.…
Beating the January blues

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader The third Monday in January is known as Blue Monday because of a variety of factors from lack of sunlight to being a few weeks after Christmas. However, just because a day is rumored to be blue,…
Kids, others paint tiles for community mosaic

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader Community members and some school students painted small squares last week to be part of a mosaic, which will be put up in Slave Lake. Karen Lamarche, Grade 1 teacher at C.J. Schurter Elementary School in Slave…
HPSD buses will not run at -35°C

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader Going forward, High Prairie School Division (HPSD) buses will not run if the temperature is -35°C or colder, before the windchill. Previously, the cut off was -40°C. On January 17, 2023, HPSD board of trustees passed a…
Census shows unemployment rates from zero to 85.7 per cent

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader This article is part of a series on the 2021 Canada Census. Unless otherwise indicated, all data is from the Census. Unemployment in the Slave Lake, Wabasca and surrounding areas varied wildly in the 2021 Census. On…
Unemployment improved in western Alberta in December

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader In December 2022, the unemployment rate in the economic region which includes the Lesser Slave and Peace regions was better than it had been in November or the year before. Alberta is divided into seven economic regions.…
Student-led clubs return to EGW

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader After a few year break, the E.G. Wahlstrom School students once again have the opportunity to lead clubs during breaks. EGW is a Grade 4 to 6 public school in Slave Lake. Principal Lisa Palko says, “During…

Commentary by Pearl Lorentzen A few years ago, I was hanging out with a friend at college. We thought we were in the mood for some mindless entertainment, so we watched a romantic comedy which she had enjoyed a few…
HPSD and Swan River recognize Ribbon Skirt Day

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader Some area schools celebrated the second annual National Ribbon Skirt Day on January 4. Ribbon Skirt Day was started in response to an eleven-year-old First Nations girl in Saskatchewan being shamed by a staff member for wearing…
Slave Laker a panelist at UN biodiversity conference

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader Walter Andreeff, from Slave Lake, is involved in environmental stewardship in his work for Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) Region 5. Recently, he was a panelist at an international conference on biodiversity called COP15. COP15 stands for…
Pine beetle levels decreasing in Slave Lake area

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader Alberta Forestry, Parks and Tourism controls mountain pine beetles (MPB) throughout Alberta. This winter in the Slave Lake Forest Area, the number of infested trees is very low. Jenn McCormick is the forest health officer for the…