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Unequal representation for Alberta: what else is new?

There’s no need to read too much into the fact that rural Alberta MPs don’t get much prominence when the federal Conservative Party hands out shadow cabinet posts (or cabinet, if and when it forms government). At least it doesn’t…
Wake me up when we get to Calgary

How about that Tesla car driver who decided to put his car on automatic and have a nap while cruising down the QEII south of Edmonton at 140 kilometres per hour? When the police turned on their lights and siren,…
Bears are everywhere

Bears everywhere. It’s one of the things that makes life interesting in this part of the world, adding a bit of excitement. It gives us something to write about as well, which we do pretty much every year. It pays…
The $300M question

Has enough already been said about tax breaks for oil companies? Maybe not, if there’s a chance the government will ease off on its plan. An increase in the price of a barrel of oil might make the whole thing…
Fiscal reckoning

That’s the term used by the current provincial government. It refers to the reality it is (and we are) facing. Billions in the hole and the hole is getting deeper. Expectations of revenue were too high. The price of oil,…
Collisions, not accidents

The MVA is out; replacing it is MVC, or ‘motor vehicle collision.’ This is a minor thing, but it does make sense. Don’t call them accidents, when in the great majority of cases, they are avoidable. That’s why the trend…
Gone but not forgotten

We lost two Brians in one week. Brian Rosche and Brian Pitcairn. Both came from points east to make a career in the Lesser Slave Lake area of Alberta and spent over 40 years contributing in various ways to their…
The fuss over masks

What all the fuss is about wearing a mask is hard to figure out. Arguments against it are being blared all over social media, pretty much constantly. Apparently it’s a hill worth dying on for some libertarian types, who see…
Once in a while….

We’re fond of ignoring international politics. But once in a while….The incumbent President of the U.S.A. has declared that if he loses in the November election, it will be because the election was ‘bogus.’ That is a firm step onto…
What you see is what you pay

Canada could learn from countries that don’t tip and have taxes included in the price. “The dark side of tipping your server”, an opinion column in last week’s Leader, says “studies show that tipping promotes age, race and gender bias,…
Know your plants, trim bird-wise

As the ‘2020 Slave Lake elm kerfuffle’ indicated it is important to prune trees or bushes in the correct season. Nesting birds are another consideration. It is illegal to interfere with nesting birds. Some nest in trees and bushes and…
Mingling but not infecting or being infected

A cover illustration from a 1962 edition of an Italian magazine is making the rounds of social media lately. It shows people driving little, glass-encased pod vehicles on a busy street (maybe in New York City). It was apparently illustrator…
Shrinking here, but expanding there

It’s interesting to track the shifts in economic (and maybe other) activities in the COVID era. As we’ve noted in other articles, some of it is surprising because nobody saw it coming. While some industries (air travel, hotels, etc.) have…
Hockey gets complicated with COVID

The weirdness of social-distancing practices hit home recently when town council discussed re-opening hockey rinks in the COVID era. It could get so awkward, so inconvenient that some teams or leagues might wonder whether it is worth the effort. For…
Be careful how you vote

Last week we reported on the Slave Lake Municipal Planning Commission voting down a proposal to include FireSmart principles in new construction in town. Citing discomfort with adding to the cost of development, the two town councillors on the MPC…
Hammering on weeds

We’ve been hammering on the weed theme pretty hard in recent weeks – possibly to the point some readers are sick of hearing about it. But it’s not over yet! Blame it on COVID – not much else is happening.…