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Support for business means support for employment. The provincial and federal governments are offering that, given the extraordinary circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 virus. The numbers of layoffs being talked about are shocking. Even unprecedented, which is a word…

The spread of COVID-19 is such that it appears unstoppable. In spite of all the measures to contain it, the numbers keep galloping upward. But it isn’t unstoppable. And it’s not as if all this isolation and disinfection stuff isn’t…

The urge to take political advantage of a crisis is apparently too strong to resist for some people. One could hope that in the face of the challenges every single one of us is facing, that the mud-slingers would take…

Thanks to the miracle of modern telecommunications, up-to-the-minute updates are possible. They are mixed up on social media with rumours, alarmist rants, frightened outbursts, inappropriate jokes…..the whole smorgasbord. That’s humanity for you. Take it or leave it. A few people…

If this isolation business drags on too long, people are going to need activities that allow them to get out and do things, but that aren’t too risky. Golf might be one of them. The folks at Gilwood are thinking…

It’s risky business editorializing about a health crisis that is developing quickly. For a couple of days late last week, even social media posts were becoming obsolete before the ink had dried on them. One minute (or so it seemed),…

Here’s an interesting scenario. Folks in a rural area west of Slave Lake are bothered by some unpleasant smoke wafting through the neighbourhood. They suspect it comes from a property that is connected to a contractor doing demolition work for…

It’s been 15 years since the deadly shooting of four Mounties near Mayerthorpe. A lot of other people have died in a lot of other situations since then – some of them because guns were in the hands of the…

The Town of Slave Lake is committed to spending a few tens of thousands of dollars this year on economic development. It may or may not work, but you have to give them credit for making the attempt. The belief…

Handwriting is certainly not given the attention in elementary school classrooms as it once was. It is still in the Alberta curriculum, but has had to give way to what are perceived to be more pressing needs – keyboarding skills…

Sobering news on the crappy highway front this week comes to us from our sister paper down the road in High Prairie. A story in the Feb. 19 South Peace News has Transportation Minister Ric McIver flat out telling the…

A lot of people are howling for tough measures against both pipeline protesters and rail line blockaders. Sweep ‘em up and throw ‘em in jail, etc. There might be a better way to do it and if our Prime Minister…

Hot diggity was it ever cold on the first day back to work after the long weekend. Cold enough to freeze the * off a brass monkey, as the saying goes. We hope everybody made it through. There are quite…

It’s so easy to take things for granted. Homelessness, for example. ‘Oh yeah, the Friendship Centre is taking care of that.’ Well, as last week’s front-page story in The Leader revealed, the Friendship Centre executive director and staff are putting…

Other things that are happening: one is a March 29 fundraiser for a young Slave Lake woman who was badly injured in a collision with a moose. Carolyn Sloat is the person to contact if you want to help out,…

Where is this all headed, anyway? By ‘this,’ we refer to life in the modern age. Alberta’s unemployment rate inched over eight per cent last week, if reports are to be believed. Probably not a lot of those newly unemployed…