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Weekends tend to be busy at this time of year, and the one coming up is certainly one of those, with the Anglers Cup going on Friday and Saturday. Best of luck to all participants and be safe out there!
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Other things that are coming up: Riverboat Daze, of course, which is the 7 – 9 of July. The Petroleum Association is having a trap shooting day on June 24 at the gun range on the Marten Hills Road. Of course Canada Day celebrations will be going all out on July 1. At least we’re assuming there’ll be one as usual in Slave Lake and one in Canyon Creek. Others? Maybe and we’ll pass them on as they come to our attention.
And don’t forget about the North Country Fair, happening in the Driftpile Valley as usual on the June 24 weekend.
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A headline in another newspaper last week: ‘Barbecue plans finalized’. No disrespect to the paper in question or the people putting on the event, but if anything fails to meet the standards of actual news in the month of June around here, it would have to be that a barbecue is happening. Much more newsworthy, in our opinion would be a day when a barbecue isn’t happening. You could promote it as the only barbecue-free day in the entire month, with the proviso that it could change. Until it actually happens, there’s a good chance somebody will slip a barbecue in at that last minute. Usually for a good cause, of course, and lots of people enjoy these things. But they are so numerous and so predictable, you start wishing for a bit of a break, or at least a bit of variety.
Here’s an example of variety: a couple of years ago there was an East Indian barbecue of sorts, held in conjunction with a cricket demonstration during Riverboat Daze. It was quite the novelty and the food beat the heck out of the standard burgers, dogs, mustard, ketchup, relish scenario.
On the other hand, it’s easy to advocate for more variety when it’s somebody else doing all the work.
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Those TV folks who are shooting a ‘reality’ series based on the regional fire department seem to be having a lot of fun. One thing they are wishing for (but not too loudly) is wildfires. So far, though, pretty much zilch in that line in the Lesser Slave Lake area. No doubt it would add a lot to the eventual TV series to have the fire guys and gals pitching in on a forest fire, but you can’t tell Mother Nature what to do. She does whatever the heck she wants.
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Thanks to our colleague at the South Peace News in High Prairie, Chris Clegg, who let us know last week The Leader had a podium finish in the Editorial Page category in the Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association’s Better Newspapers Competition. Third place in our circulation category, behind the Athabasca Advocate and Westlock News. Congratulations to them; also to Chris and the team over there at the South Peace News, who took top spot in the same category in their circulation class.
Now we just have to figure out what they’re doing that is better than what we’re doing. Stop going so easy on municipal councils? (Somebody actually told us that.)
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We’ve often wondered if there is any need to say both ‘fair’ and ‘equitable’ in the same sentence, referring to the same thing. It happens often and ‘legalese’ is presumably to blame. Lawyers are known for straining for precision in their statements, often to the point of sounding goofy. The effort often gets mixed up with a related one, which is to sound impressive, or sophisticated. This results in the use of terms such as ‘expeditious,’ when ‘quick’ would work just as well.
‘Your Honour, Mr. ____ hopes to complete his restitution on an expeditious basis (as soon as he can).’
But fair and equitable – is there any reason to need both? Wouldn’t what’s fair be equitable, and vice versa? Well, ‘fair,’ says one expert, is more of a moral concept, whereas ‘equitable’ usually has a financial connotation. So what’s morally fair may not be financially equitable. So as a person concerned with legal niceties of a case, you might want to use both and cover all the possibilities. As a regular person? Fair covers it.
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The fire department showed up to help put together the community garden boxes in Slave Lake on Monday last week. This was a big job, involving heavy patio blocks and the project was a bit behind schedule due to the difficulty of recruiting a team of volunteers to do the heavy lifting. All done now and ready to go, thanks to los bomberos.
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