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33 people charged in fish trafficking

Submitted On January 23, 2020, Alberta Fish and Wildlife concluded a two-year undercover investigation focused on the trafficking of fish in northern and central Alberta. The investigation began when officers received information alleging that unlawful trafficking of fish was occurring…

(There are worse places than Slave Lake) Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Last week’s forum on community policing mostly covered familiar ground. People are frustrated with all the break-ins. The police are doing what they can. Drugs are at the root…
Idling not good for buses or the air

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Here’s a question: is there a good reason to run school buses (or any vehicle, for that matter) for hours before it gets used? That’s what one Slave Lake resident (who asked not to be named)…

The Town of Slave Lake budget for 2020 is pretty much wrapped up. Mayor Tyler Warman last week praised his council colleagues and town administration for figuring out how to run the shop without requiring much of a tax increase.…
RCMP respond quickly, but tool thieves were faster

Submitted (The following is the news release from the RCMP on a break-in and theft from an industrial business in Slave Lake. According to the owner, RCMP were on the scene 12 minutes after the alarm sounded. But by then…

Submitted In an effort to stop victims of fraud from making bitcoin payments, the RCMP has launched an initiative that will see posters with warnings placed in rural locations. Scams continue to be prevalent throughout the province, primarily scams where…

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Some relief is coming to the M.D. by way of a provincial program called PERC (Provincial Education Requisition Program). It eases the pain of having to remit the education portion of property taxes that haven’t been…

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader The M.D. is overdue for a revamp of its zoning regulations and all the other stuff that falls under its Land-Use Bylaw (LUB). It’s a big project, involving months of research, consultation with stakeholders and –…

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Internet users in the M.D. of Lesser Slave River could be getting some good news. The New Brunswick-based firm Xplornet is developing a plan to boost internet service in rural areas hereabouts. It should make a…
Region mourns loss of iconic chief Frank Halcrow

Chris Clegg For the Lakeside Leader One of Canada’s last hereditary chiefs – and a man who served Kapawe’no First Nation as chief for over 50 years – has passed away. Chief Frank Thomas Halcrow, 76, became chief in 1970…

Richard Froese For the Lakeside Leader Big Lakes County suffered a shortfall of just over $6 million in tax revenue from oil companies unable to pay property taxes for the past two years. At its Dec. 11 meeting, council approved…
Locals help with wildfire fight in Australia

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Five people in forest protection from the Lesser Slave Lake area have been helping fight wildfires in Australia in recent weeks as part of a Canadian contingent. Jason Pankratow was in the first group to go…
It’s Acton by acclamation on M.D. council

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Former three-term M.D. of Lesser Slave River councillor Darcie Acton of Widewater is back on council. Or will be as soon as she’s sworn in. Acton got in by acclamation. She was the only person to…

Peter Moore, who served two terms as mayor of Slave Lake in the 1990s, passed away in Edmonton last week. Moore had a lengthy career in business and consulting as well as public service – most of it in Slave…