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We wish the new provincial government the best of luck in its ‘common-sense’ approach in re-tooling some of the legislation left behind by the government it replaced. There’s a lot of wishful thinking involved, but that doesn’t mean something useful…

Speaking of elections, the federal one is not far off. On or before Oct. 21, but hardly a peep from anyone in these parts. Is that because the contest is more or less conceded already to the incumbent Conservative Party…

We’re getting the impression of a provincial government that is leery about spending money. That’s good as far as it goes. Getting costs under control is at least part of what the UCP campaigned on and must be part of…

Every time somebody steps up at a conference on the environment or climate change and calls for a stop to this or an end to that, it sparks a by-now-predictable response; i.e. ‘How did you get here? Did you walk?…

Westlock got hit hard by flash flooding in 2016. That was a surprise, because where’s the river? Where’s the creek, even? There isn’t one. But it happened, and it showed Westlock’s storm water management system left something to be desired.…

The Leader has been swapping papers with the Rocky Mountain House Mountaineer for decades. Why we are doing this nobody can quite remember, but it might have something to do with our former editor, Marilyn Richer, having once worked for…

What are we going to do about the garbage problem? We recycle some of it, but that isn’t actually going so well. Instead of being paid for it, we have to pay somebody to take it. Apparently it’s still cheaper…

Good for the concerned citizens of Driftpile in taking a stand against the ravages of illegal drugs in their community. As one lady said, her grandson has been taken away from her. The drug called ‘crystal meth’ didn’t kill the…

Chris Clegg South Peace News I never knew I was so lovable! It is truly an effort to remain humble. If you had access to my email account, you would know why. In just one day last week I was…

‘Here’s a story for you!’ somebody said to a Leader reporter the other day. ‘I went to the clinic for a walk-in appointment and there was a sign that said ‘Closed due to staff shortage!’ Or words to that effect.…

Everything has its pros and its cons. For example there has to be a down side to a big crowd of people getting together in one place, no matter what the occasion. But where the Riverboat Daze Block Party is…

It’s impossible, these days, to not think about drugs and their corrosive influence on society. Or more generally about addiction and the human tendency to fall into it. If it’s not one crippling dependency, it’s another. The misery caused by…

People are agitating online (and elsewhere) for an end to herbicide spraying in the forest. This is a tough one for the forest companies, which rely on such treatments to meet their reforestation targets. Simply put, the conifer seedlings don’t…

Here’s an example of how we shouldn’t be taking things for granted. It is very much in human nature to do that, in spite of the frequent reminders that it is unwise to do so. Being constantly on edge because…

About that weird crime phenomenon that’s been noted in Slave Lake by the RCMP and others recently: apparently it’s happening elsewhere too. Searching online, if you can manage to get past all the articles on the 1948 Italian movie, news…

There’s a bit of talk around the area these days about the Women’s World Cup of Soccer, which is going on in France. Canada is a contender and as of this writing at won its first two games, pretty much…