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What your MLA has been up to lately

People talk about the Lesser Slave Lake MLA as if he is completely absent. That isn’t true, of course. He does attend the occasional event. For example, he laid a wreath at the High Prairie Remembrance Day ceremony on Nov.…
Have we been here before?

When you’ve been writing editorials for 30 years, chances are good you start to repeat yourself. Sort of like history does. Have we been here before? Yes, we have! Have we faced similar difficulties? We have. Spanish Flu, 1918 –…
Something good may come out of this

Staying on the positive side of things…… some injudicious remarks by a town councillor a couple of months ago may result in something good happening. That’s our view and it is shared by Marilyn McRee and others. McRee got an…
Approaching the edge of a cliff: time to get serious

COVID is surging pretty much everywhere. Last week, when this was being written, cases in northern Alberta were climbing and so were deaths caused by the virus. Everybody was hoping it wouldn’t get back to this point, after some success…
Wading through garbage

Slave Lake needs a lot of things to make it a more attractive and appealing community. Many of them are complex, involving long-term effort and investment that never really ends. One example: dealing with homelessness. The state of highways is…
The struggle continues

So what is ‘the way forward’ in Slave Lake when it comes to dealing with homelessness and vagrancy? This is what mayor Tyler Warman says the community needs to figure out, following council’s rejection of a zoning change on a…
‘Them’s the breaks’

The great thing about being the Opposition is you don’t have to make any tough budgeting decisions. That’s something to keep in mind, as a way of providing some balance to the overwhelmingly negative response to government cutbacks. That, of…
Envisioning a downtown facelift

On the beautification front, Slave Lake’s downtown needs work. Town council has acknowledged this and spent some money on a ‘visioning’ exercise. Some money is also earmarked for spiffing up Rennie Hall Plaza (that’s the open area in the middle…
The new economy?

How about this new(ish) vision of a ‘hydrogen economy’ that both the Premier of Alberta and the leader of the Opposition have been touting lately? Is it realistic? Well, why not? We have lots of natural gas. Strip away the…
What to do about plastics

When it comes to plastics, there’s a lot to like and a lot to hate about them. Or maybe not the plastics themselves – but the thoughtless, irresponsible way people dispose of them. Plastic junk is choking the oceans, steams…
Where have all the truck drivers gone?

Alberta is, or will be, short around 11,000 truck drivers, says Alberta Labour & Immigration. So if you’re looking for work…..The 11,000 number is a guess. A few years ago, experts were predicting the shortage would be about 6,000 by…
It has to be about saving money

What’s the deal with Fish & Wildlife officers and Alberta Sheriffs being lumped together by the province? It won’t change anything for Albertans, says the government blurb on it. So then why do it? It has to be about saving…
Let’s get on with it!

How about that proposed rail line between Fort McMurray and Fairbanks Alaska? There are a lot of ‘ifs’ in the scenario, but let’s say it gets built. The idea is to create a conduit for bitumen to world markets without…
So long, and thanks for all the stone soup

All the best to Allan Winarski, who just resigned after 17 years as chief administrative officer of the M.D. of Lesser Slave River. That’s a good run, in a job that is no walk in the park. Winarski will be…
On the ec/dev front

Municipal councils talk a lot about economic development. Sometimes they even invest money in it. But what can a town or M.D. realistically do to attract industry? One thing is to have a regulatory framework in place that at least…
Not a suggestion

Looking around for ideas for this space last week we came across an ad (or was it what they call a ‘meme?’) on school bus safety. ‘This is not a suggestion!’ said the caption under a picture of a bus…