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An outfit based in Innisfail is trying to stir up public opposition to what it calls Alberta’s ‘power monopoly.’ It may be just one angry guy with a computer who knows how to use it. But that doesn’t mean the beef isn’t legitimate. The campaign is called ‘Stop the Power Monopoly,’ and urges Albertans to demand action from their MLAs to get the government to do something about the rising ‘extra fees’ on power bills.
“With an election around the corner,” says an email sent to The Leader last week by somebody or something called ‘EQUS REA,’ “They’ll be listening.”
Equs Rea, by the way, shows up as a member-owned power-distribution firm, based in Innisfail. Equs Rea, according to an online translating service, means ‘This horse is guilty’ in Latin.

Readers may have noticed the name ‘Callie Hermanson’ does not show up in bylines in this week’s Leader. She has moved on to greener pastures and we’re short a reporter for the time being. We’ve got a line on a replacement and will duly inform you when the time comes. Until then, (and even after then, let’s face it) we can use all the news tips we can get!

It’s nice to see school basketball enjoying a bit of a renaissance in Slave Lake. Does the easy availability of courts at the field house have anything to do with that? It certainly doesn’t hurt, and we hear some of those league and zone champion kids from St. Francis of Assisi are often down there after school playing scrub games. It’s often said that it’s on the outdoor ice that kids develop the skills they use in the organized game of hockey. Surely the same thing is true of basketball. Formal practices are important, but no kid ever learned to dribble with his head up in a formal practice. The playground stuff is essential, and in winter, the field house serves as a playground. There’s a lot of impromptu badminton going on there as well.

We hear the Jackpines, Slave Lake’s own ‘boreal blues’ band (their term, not ours), had fun playing at the Canyon Creek Hotel on a recent Friday night. They say they’ve been invited back. The band is working on a summer ‘tour’ of the province, which will consist of bar gigs in Calgary, Edmonton and probably one or two other towns. The group, made up these days of Tyler Thompson, Eric McWilliams, Tanner Mouallem, Mikey Dicks and Carson Raboud, plays original music, some of which it is in the process of recording.

This just in from the Slave Lake Gymnastics Association; the group is holding a silent auction March 25 through the 29th in the Slave Lake Scotia Bank lobby. It’s a fundraiser for the new club, which hopes to get an equipped, dedicated space for gymnastics training for kids in Slave Lake set up for the fall season. So…if you’d like to donate something for the auction, call Kimmy at 780-843-6603. Otherwise, drop by and place a bid!

Speaking of fundraisers, there’ a big country music tribute show coming up on March 30 at the Legacy Centre in Slave Lake. Proceeds are to support a young boy in town who is battling cancer. Performers will be paying tribute to country greats Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings. Also performing are Slave Lake’s The Drivers. Call 780-805-4788 for more information.

We’re starting to hear bits of this and that about preparations for the Pee Wee provincials coming up in Slave Lake on the last weekend of the month. Apparently the schedule is out, though we haven’t seen it.
The thing about this team is it is not getting into the tournament just because it is the host. It is battling for a league championship (which may or may not be finished by the time this comes out). The Leader plans a series of brief player profiles, leading up to the tournament.

It was nice to see the kids out and learning about careers in the forest industry at the career fair at Northern Lakes College last Friday. A big effort is put in by a lot of people to make the fair work and it does seem to go a long way toward making people aware of the array of jobs and careers that are available, right here at home. Or at least pretty close to home.

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