Community clean-up to be a bit different

Week of May 4 – 11

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

The good news is nobody is suggesting a spring community clean-up should be canceled. The Town of Slave Lake put the speculation to rest last week with an announcement about a modified clean-up campaign. It will be like usual, only different.

What’s similar is the town will be providing gloves and bags. What’s different is a chance to win prizes!

“Pick up a bag of garbage or more, take a picture, tag the Town of Slave Lake on Facebook, and you will be entered to win (a) $50 gift card (from) a local restaurant of your choice!” says the promotional blurb from the town.
There will be six draws in three categories: most bags picked up in a photo, most colourfully dressed and most interesting item found.

Another thing different is participants are not to leave the bags on the side of the road. Instead, bring them to the MRC parking lot, where a dumpster will be provided. This, by the way, is during the week of May 4 to 11.

Questions: email Taylor Tonsi at

In the Municipal District of Lesser Slave River nothing major is being planned (at least not by the M.D.). Alanis Marleau of the M.D. says M.D. staff are planning to pitch in and clean up some areas as they usually do.
Otherwise, the M.D. encourages people to clean up their neighbourhoods and of course to do it safely.

Bad spots
There are certainly areas in Slave Lake in dire need of attention. The ditches alongside Hwy. 2 as it approaches Main St. are choked with garbage, making a bad impression for visitors.

The same goes for areas around creek crossings – including the hanging bridge behind the Hotel Northern Star, 6th Ave. SE and the railway bridge near downtown. Up and down Main Street is filthy with litter, with the west side being worse than the east thanks to the wind. A lot of that junk ends up blowing into the bushes along the creek.

Another bad spot is along the railway tracks, especially near Main St. and the creek crossing near downtown. Tonsi says a time and date has been arranged with CN Rail to get the job done on the CN right of way. It’s this Thursday, May 7 at 10 a.m.

The CN Rail right of way through Slave Lake is filthier than usual at this time of year. CN and the town have designated Thursday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. as the time to clean it up.
Nothing quite says ‘Welcome to Slave Lake!’ like litter-filled ditches. (Pardon the sarcasm). Hopefully this one and others will be cleaned up this week.

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