Federal announcement on lagoon funding is old news

$14m project should be mostly done next month Leader staff On September 14, the Government of Canada sent out a news release -entitled, ‘Sustainability gets a boost in Alberta with federal funding for green projects through FCM (Federation of Canadian…
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This Friday, Sept. 25, from 5:30 to about 8 p.m., volunteers are needed to do a survey of homeless persons in Slave Lake. Groups of two or three will conduct the survey throughout town. Volunteers will meet at the Slave…
Orange Shirt Day will look a bit different this year

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader September 30 is Orange Shirt Day. Area schools and other organizations often have events to remember residential school survivors. With health protocols this year, schools are getting creative. St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School is still…
And now for something (somebody) completely different….

Icedogs’ new coach is not who we were expecting Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader “We’ve got a long ways (to go),” says new Slave Lake Icedogs’ coach Joey McEwan. That was his answer to a question about his impression after the junior…
Weekly COVID: First Lesser Slave death

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader A COVID-19 death has been added to the M.D. of Lesser Slave River (which includes Slave Lake) on the regional map. Local AHS were not aware of this case, but are investigating, says Town of Slave Lake…
Local animal collection used in grizzly research

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader The biggest value of the Eben-Ebenau collection is scientific, says Roland Eben-Ebenau. A few years ago a grad student at the University of Alberta contacted him to see how many grizzly bear skulls were in the…
Great Trail construction happening around Slave Lake

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader On paper, the M.D. of Lesser Slave River has three organized sections of the Great Trail connected by M.D. roads, the Lesser Slave River, and Town of Slave Lake trails. However, all three are in various…
Big Lakes council selects priorities for special grant

Road work and airports; nine projects not eligible Richard FroeseFor the Lakeside Leader Big Lakes County has finalized its priority list for capital projects to be funded by a provincial government stimulus program. Plans to replace an aging culvert, repairs…
Bird report: Owl banding begins

Sachi Schott For the Lakeside Leader On September 1, the Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory began its fall owl banding program. While we never capture huge numbers of owls, this year had an especially slow start – it wasn’t until…
Wartime bridge still in use – how long can it last?

Big ticket item for M.D. Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader The bridge over the Athabasca River at Smith comes up every now and then in M.D. council meetings. The message usually along these lines: ‘That thing will have to be replaced pretty…