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Richard Froese For the Lakeside Leader Local farmers pitched in ideas as government drafts the new provincial Farm Freedom and Safety Act – Bill 6. About 20 farmers and ranchers shared their views and a consultation meeting Aug. 23 in…

Richard Froese For the Lakeside Leader High Prairie School Division’s board of trustees was back in the boardroom Aug. 21 for its first meeting to start the new school year. Advanced Education Minister Trustees discussed a recent meeting with Advanced…

Courtesy Alberta Environment & Parks For the 2019 hunting season Alberta Environment and Parks has implemented regulation requiring mandatory harvest and effort reporting on all special hunting licences purchased. It will soon be easier to complete Harvest and Effort reporting!…
Justice minister pledges action on rural crime

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Alberta’s Minister of Justice and Solicitor General Doug Schweitzer was in Slave Lake on Sept. 11. It was one stop in a tour of the province to talk to people about rural crime and other related…

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader Leslie Penny from Barrhead has put her hat in the ring to be the Liberal candidate for Peace River – Westlock riding. She joins incumbent Arnold Viersen (Conservative), Peter Nygaard (Green Party) and John Schrader (People’s…
Series of reconciliation workshops start with climate action

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader The first in a series of seven workshops called “Flowing into Right Relationships: Truth Comes Before Reconciliation” had less than anticipated attendance, but lots of useful information. Keepers of the Athabasca puts on the workshops at…

Leader staff It was over two years ago that the body of Nicole Robar of Spruce Grove was found floating in the Lesser Slave River. She had been murdered and dumped there. Three people were charged in the murder –…

Richard Froese For the Lakeside Leader Big Lakes County has taken steps to become more energy-efficient in its operations. At its Aug. 28 meeting, council set a target of 25 per cent greenhouse gas emissions reduction by the year 2028.…
Game on! Federal election called – vote on Oct. 21

Viersen on the attack Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader As you would expect, the incumbent MP for Peace River-Westlock was fast out the gate when the federal election announcement was made on Sept. 11. Team Viersen had campaign signs up and…
All suited up: college firefighting course held here

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Slave Lake’s fire hall and associated training facility is being used by Edmonton’s Norquest College for a training course in firefighting. According to Sean Morstad of Norquest, “The current course being held at the Slave Lake…
Gloryland road re-hab gets the nod for 2020

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader It wasn’t unanimous, but Slave Lake town council voted to finally do something about the roads in the Gloryland subdivision. These have been causing problems for years. Various minor fixes have been attempted, but the problem…
Air show pilot dies in crash at Smith-Hondo Fall Fair

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader One of two pilots putting on a show for people at the Smith Fall Fair and Rodeo crashed on Aug. 31. RCMP Confirmed that it happened about 12:30 p.m., but did not release the name. However,…

Submitted Over the long weekend members of the Athabasca/Boyle RCMP Integrated Traffic Unit teamed up with Alberta Fish & Wildlife Officers to patrol the waterways in the area. It was suspected that boaters may have been consuming alcohol and officers…