Pretty much every event or meeting has been cancelled in the Slave Lake area. However, some things were still scheduled to go ahead, as of the time this was posted. So we’ll add the standard caution that the information may change at any time.

Having said that, the M.D. of Lesser Slave River council meeting on March 25 is going ahead as usual, at 10 a.m. All events scheduled for M.D. rec or community facilities, on the other hand, have been canceled or postponed.

The same situation prevails at the Town of Slave Lake. Nothing at the rec centre, nothing at the Legacy Centre. Swimming pool closed. Library closed.

The volunteer tax prep program for seniors, on the other hand, is still happening, but in modified form.

Also not cancelled: a webinar on bird migration, by the Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation. It’s on March 25, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Ideas for online activities are popping up. Town of Slave Lake program coordinator Taylor Tonsi came up with the following last week.

“I am planning to share content of how-tos, easy crafts, easy meals, challenges, brain teasers, and videos of local people and businesses that can entertain you and/or your family to get your mind off things. Some videos will be uploaded and be 10 min. or less and some will be live so you can ask questions and follow along. I know there (are) tons of things you can google and learn on the Internet but I was thinking it might be cool to see some familiar faces, learn a couple new things, and have one place you can check to get some new content.”

Interested? Tonsi can be reached by email at

The Slave Lake RCMP is reducing the services it offers at the detachment. Call 780-849-3999 for details.

The Slave Lake & District Chamber of Commerce meeting on March 30 has been canceled. As for the trade show scheduled for the second weekend in May, Chamber manager Kimberly Hughes says it’s a “play-it-by-ear” situation at this point. The same goes for Riverboat Daze.

“We don’t want to cancel, but we will if we have to,” she says.

The same goes for the Leadercast event, which is scheduled for May 12 at the Legacy Centre. Nobody seems to be outright canceling or postponing anything scheduled that far out, but anything is possible.

The April 11 Charlie Major show in Smith won’t be going ahead as scheduled. It will likely be rescheduled in the fall.

Tryouts and training camp for Slave Lake Minor Baseball have been canceled, per Baseball Alberta recommendations. No decision has been made about the season.

As for the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre, all programs except for the food bank and the mat program (overnight homeless shelter) are canceled for the time being. Donations can still be made to the food bank’s line of credit at Sobey’s, mailed to the Friendship Centre or dropped off at the front desk.

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