Lions, and barbers, and bears, oh my!

Brand new barber shop in town gets an unexpected visitor Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader Hassan ‘Sammy’ Assaf and his wife Amal Sleiman moved to Slave Lake from Edmonton at the beginning of August to open LionsDen Barbershop. On August 21,…

The good thing about bears at this time of year is they are mostly indifferent to humans. They are so focused on eating berries that they don’t care much about what else is going on. That’s why, year after year,…

We wish the new provincial government the best of luck in its ‘common-sense’ approach in re-tooling some of the legislation left behind by the government it replaced. There’s a lot of wishful thinking involved, but that doesn’t mean something useful…

Substance abuse a factor in all crimes, from DUI to assault causing bodily harm Slave Lake Provincial Court August 14, 2019 Judge G. W. Paul presiding Kolton Peter Lazaruk (26) appeared via closed circuit camera from Edmonton Remand Centre to…
Slave Lake and area Muslims celebrate ‘greater’ Eid

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader There are two Eid (Islamic festival) celebrations in the Muslim calendar. The timing is dependant on the Muslim lunar calendar. On Sunday August 11, the Slave Lake Muslim Society Mosque hosted a Eid al-Adha celebration. Mohamad…

Leader staff Sixteen members of the Slave Lake Sharks did well enough at the Aug. 10 regional meet to qualify for the provincial championships in Edmonton. That was this past weekend, Aug. 16 – 18. Unlike the usual workload, the…
Bears everywhere; town closes trails

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Prompted by the early arrival of bears in town along the creek, the Town of Slave Lake last week announced it was closing a portion of the Allarie Trails. It was a joint decision by the…
AHS suggests four ways to complain about care

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader A few weeks ago, advocates from Edmonton came to Slave Lake to meet with seniors about their needs. The biggest need raised was health care. At the same time, AHS announced a temporary decrease in the…

Aug. 14, 2019 meeting Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Hello from Baptiste Lake Leading off the Aug. 14 council meeting was a delegation from the Baptiste and Island Lakes Watershed Management Stewardship Society. This group has developed a management plan for…
Beautiful Gardens of 2019

Garden number five in our series belongs to Darrell and Joanne Walde in Slave Lake. They have many flowers including various types of dahlias. Dahlias and gladiolas don’t winter here, but can be stored over the winter in a cool…
Second annual Big Latch On supports breastfeeding

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader For the second year, Natural Strength Birth Services sponsored and organized The Big Latch On in Slave Lake which is an worldwide breastfeeding event. “The purpose is to bring awareness to breastfeeding,” says organizer Pam Hahn,…

Economic development in a First Nations community Part II: Reserve petroleum (Brian Pitcairn worked for Loon River, among several other First Nations, over a 40-plus-year career in north central Alberta in a variety of roles. This is the second of…
Trail opens in area ravaged by fire in 2011

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader On the same day that one trail was closed (temporarily) in the community, another one was opening. Aug. 12 was the day for the grand opening of the FireSmart Interpretive Trail at the Slave Lake Visitor…