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Just remember ‘Ali-Moe’, when ordering pizza, so you don’t end up feeding firefighters in San Antonio.

For those who don’t know the story, the Lesser Slave Fire Department decided to order 18 pizzas from Alimo’s Pizzeria in Slave Lake, which is named after owners Ali and Moe Mouallem. An ‘a’ instead of an ‘i’, or maybe autocorrect, and Google’s propensity to think the world revolves around the US, meant they ordered pizza from San Antonio – by the Alamo.

Moe’s a comedian and into social media. Both brothers are community minded. With the blessing of new fire chief Alex Pavcek, whose mentioned numerous times in this particular paper, they made a fireman’s mistake pizza. $2 from each pizza goes to Friends for Learning.

Ali and Moe also started ‘random acts of pizza.’ By Friday afternoon, they’s matched $500 in donations and given away $1,000 worth of pizza around town. Moe hopes to get other Pizzerias on board.

The pizza the The Leader received was delicious.

Early Texans, including Davy Crockett, fought the Mexican army at The Alamo. The Texans lost, to say the least. The expression ‘Remember the Alamo’ remains as a battle cry to this day.

Side note: Google Maps has finally figured out most people, especially in Canada, mean Vancouver, BC, not Vancouver, Washington.

For those of you who care, Vancouver, WA is the fourth largest city in Washington, with a population of 161,791, on the Columbia River. Slightly smaller than, the 2.463 million of Greater Vancouver, which is what most people west of the Rockies mean by Vancouver.


Congratulations to Sheila Willis of Smith and her History Check app for making it to the shortlist for the 2019 Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Community Programming. Not entirely sure why canadahistory.ca lists the app as coming from Kinuso, AB. It’ll be something to investigate in a lull between the hectic news gathering at The Leader.


The Sixties Scoop Indigenous Society of Alberta and the Rotary Club of Slave Lake Public Library are hosting an event called “What was Lost: Reflections from the 60s Scoop”, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre.
This is a kid friendly event to share experiences about what was lost when Indigenous children were taken from their families and communities. There are also free hands-on learning activities to help children understand the effects of the 60s Scoop on Indigenous people in Alberta.


Halloween is less than a month away. Stores have had Halloween candies for a while.
Some things only happen once a month. With this in mind, organizers can be forgiven for not waiting until after Thanksgiving.
On Oct. 11, the Town of Slave Lake PD Day Camp is all about Halloween. In the morning, there’s a costume party followed by crafts and bingo with seniors; not sure if the seniors are required to wear costumes. The afternoon has a Halloween Nerf war. This may or may not be different from a normal Nerf war.


If you are interested in learning how to effectively advocate for yourself or your community, the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights is offering “Stride Slave Lake: Advocacy in the Health System” on Nov. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre.
This is a workshop that is put on in partnership with the Alberta Health Advocate and Alberta Health Services. The goal is to provide advocates with a deeper understanding of human rights and health, the Alberta Health Charter, role of the Advocate, and provide strategies on how individuals can self advocate. AHS gives information about its patient concern system, and how that can support the community.
Tickets are available at eventbrite.ca.


For Women in Leadership, Community Futures is hosting Leadercast Women at the Legacy Centre. It is on Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Until Oct. 17, early bird tickets are $70. Oct. 18 and later, tickets are $80. Lunch is included.


For people who are on a non-profit board there’s a workshop coming to Slave Lake. The conference is hosted by the Slave Lake Ukrainian Cultural Society and presented by the Alberta Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women’s Board Development Program (BDP).
The conference is Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Northern Star Hotel and Convention Centre. It is open to anyone on any non-profit board. There is room for 30 people. The cost is $20, which includes coffee and tea all day. Lunch can be pre-ordered or brought from home. Contact Karen Babiy to register at kbabiy2@hotmail.ca.
The email should include name, email, phone number, age rang: 20-35, 36 to 45, 46 to 60, 61+, gender, organization you are representing, role on the board, and dietary restrictions.


In October, Ford across Canada, and Revolution Ford in Slave Lake, have a food drive. Boxes are set up around town. This is a month long food drive. Businesses and individuals interested in contributing can contact Audrey at 780-849-4419.


Slave Lake Gymnastics Association registrations opened on Oct. 3.


There’s a lot of crafty people in Slave Lake and they are working to keep the community warm. There’s the Slave Lake Knitters Circle, which is mostly a Facebook group.
Knitters, crocheters etc. meet Monday evenings at The Flipside, Wednesday evenings at the Wesleyan Church, and there’s a group at Vanderwell Lodge. Also, quilters and knitters meet all day at the Pioneer Seniors Centre on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
There may be more groups.
The Vanderwell Lodge group has funds from the Rotary Club of Slave Lake to buy yarn to make toques for every kid in Slave Lake for next winter.
The Knitters Circle recently donated various toques, sweaters, scarfs, and socks to the Women’s Shelter, Friendship Centre and other organizations.

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