County considers family campground at Faust

Richard FroeseFor the Lakeside Leader A request by a landowner in Faust for permission to build a 10-unit private campground for his family is being considered by Big Lakes County. At its June 10 meeting, county council directed administration to…
County supports new school for Grouard

Richard FroeseFor the Lakeside Leader Plans to replace a school in Grouard are being supported by Big Lakes County. At its June 10, meeting, county council approved a letter of support to Northland School Division (NSD) on its plans to…
County council shoots down per-lot RV increase proposal

Richard FroeseFor the Lakeside Leader A request by some Joussard residents to be allowed to have more than two recreational vehicles parked on their lots has been turned down by Big Lakes County council. Council defeated the proposed by law…
Big Lakes County declares ag disaster

Richard FroeseFor the Lakeside Leader Sopping, soaking, soggy soil has led Big Lakes County to declare a municipal agricultural disaster for all farmers. Council made the decision at its June 24 meeting, following the recommendation of acting director of community…
Scams exploiting fears and isolation of older adults amid COVID-19

Submitted by the Alberta Securities Commission The COVID-19 pandemic has affected lives around the world, including families across Alberta and especially seniors. The recent volatility of the markets has created an environment of uncertainty and vulnerability. Unfortunately, this is exactly…
Environmental monitoring returns to Alberta

Leader staff As of July 15, industry must once again fill out environmental reporting, says a June 23 government of Alberta media release. This is four weeks earlier than planned. While not included in the media release, this is likely…
RCMP recruiting for Youth Advisory Committee

Leader staff Young people interested in influencing policing can apply for the RCMP National Youth Advisory Committee (NYAC). Canadian residents between the ages of 13 and 21 can apply to be part of the 2020-21 NYAC, says the RCMP website.…
Seeking solutions to M.D. sewer pump problems

New type of pump recommended Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader As reported earlier, Brian Vance has been looking into the south shore sewage pump dilemma on behalf of the M.D. of Lesser Slave River. He had a report and recommendation for council…
Municipal Planning Commission notes

June 22, 2020 meeting Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Slave Lake’s Municipal Planning Commission had its June meeting on the 22nd of the month, with members participating from various remote locations as well as some in the town office. Most of…
Steve Adams new HPSD board chair

Richard FroeseFor the Lakeside Leader High Prairie School Division has a new chairman of the board. Slave Lake Trustee Steve Adams was elected to that position by the board at its organizational meeting on June 17. He succeeds long-time High…
No Oilmen’s golf this year

Leader staff There will be no Oilmen’s Golf Tournament this year. The annual event that has taken place in August for decades at Gilwood Golf Club will be back in 2021 “hopefully bigger and better than ever,” says the Slave…
Taekwondo clubs coping differently

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader 2020 has been a year of change for taekwondo in Slave Lake. In mid-March, both clubs were closed because of COVID-19. AB Taekwondo has been able to offer some online and outdoor classes, but Northern Spirit Taekwondo…
Rotary NHL Playoff Pool is back on

Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader “It’s a go,” says Harry Bartlett, speaking about the Rotary Club of Slave Lake’s NHL playoff pool. It had been in limbo ever since the league canceled the rest of the regular season after the COVID outbreak…