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SL library deliverying books

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader The Rotary Club of Slave Lake Library now offers contactless delivery and curb-side pick up. All holds and books are renewed until July 31, so there are no late fees during this time. Books can be returned…
Kids Letters to the Editor

Gardening Grade 4 students at E.G. Wahlstrom To the Editor: The purpose of gardening is to create more healthy foods for people to eat, and planting flowers adds more oxygen into the air. It is also a time to have…
Helium: the next black diamond?

Commentary by Pearl Lorentzen On May 13, the Alberta government announced a royalty rate for helium because of “soaring helium interest.” In the not-so-distant past, oil was in demand. Years earlier, coal was the hot ticket item. Now, it might…
Rural shrinkage

A bit of idle research that started out with the relative sizes of Alberta and Texas (Texas is bigger) somehow led to a list of Alberta municipalities by population. It shows 2011 and 2016 federal census figures and the percentage…
An ember in your eavestrough

Speaking of wildfire, one question property owners should be asking themselves is this: if embers start falling out of the sky, what are the chances of something in my yard catching fire? The same question can be asked about a…
Weekly COVID

North Zone COVID curve flat, for now Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader The North Zone curve is almost flat, with even fewer cases than last week. Stage I of Alberta’s COVID-19 relaunch is underway. On May 13, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney…
Slave Lake medical businesses opening back up

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader Dentists, physiotherapists, chiropractors, optometrists, and other medical practices were closed for a while because of COVID-19. Starting May 4, these professionals were allowed to reopen once they received directions from their professional associations. This permission takes…
Is the lockdown just delaying the inevitable?

Brian GiesbrechtFrontier Centre for Public Policy We are in lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Schools are emptied and businesses deemed non-essential closed. We must know that we are saddling the next generation with crushing debt and enormous…
Act now to end Alberta’s economic nightmare

Gwyn MorganTroy Media Albertans are living a five-year nightmare that just keeps getting worse. The nightmare started in 2015 when our newly-elected Prime Minster Justin Trudeau appointed Gerald Butts, head of the Canadian arm of the anti-fossil-fuel World Wildlife Fund,…
May 19 COVID-19 update: North Zone stable

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader As of May 19, Slave Lake remains at five cases – all recovered. Like last week, there are very few new COVID-19 cases in the Alberta Health Services North Zone. Since May 15, there is only…
May 13 COVID-19 update: relaunch Stage I a go

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader Today, in a COVID-19 update, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced that Stage One of Alberta’s economic relaunch would start tomorrow. This means that non-essential retail, some sit-down restaurants, barbers, and some other businesses can open. This…
Kill two birds with one stone with food scrap composting

(Getting rid of food scraps and enriching your garden soil are both accomplished by the simple and time-honoured method of composting.)Composting is a great way to use the things in your refrigerator that you didn’t get to, therefore eliminating waste.…