Despite being ticketed for contravening the Public Health Act, Benita Pedersen is forging ahead with several more ‘anti-COVID’ rallies, including one in Slave Lake on March 4. She’d held one the day before in Whitecourt and was moving on later in the week to Peace River and Fort McMurray.
The helping organizations in Slave Lake meet monthly to discuss upcoming events, services, and for support.
Habitat for Humanity
Tanya Edison, with Habitat for Humanity in Edmonton, announced that construction of a new house in Slave Lake was set to start in March. Habitat for Humanity hired a contractor to build the house, but is looking for local volunteers to be on a selection committee and do a few odd jobs.
On Feb. 24, Aaron and Winnie Lehman, of Slave Lake, had a bit of trouble booking an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine, but finally managed. They were set to get their first shot on Feb. 27 and the second in April.
This was the first day that all Albertans born in 1946 or earlier (turning 75 this year or older) could be vaccinated, says an Alberta government news release.
Slave Lake’s monthly Municipal Planning Commission meeting (Feb. 1) was busier than usual. It included five home-based business items, plus a couple of industrial business applications.
Starting with the industrial ones, the MPC decided against making a decision on an application for permission to run an asphalt plant, by a company in the northeast industrial area.
The main purpose of the Town of Slave Lake’s traffic safety plan is to guide efforts in reducing collisions. But when it comes to data on collisions, there aren’t many that actually happen on town property. Most fender-benders, it turns out, happen on private property. Or – in other cases – on the highways, which belong to Alberta Transportation.
Like most things, Frost Fest looks a little different this year, but it is still the week leading up to Family Day (Feb. 8 to 15). Many events are online, but some are also in-person, just separate. For example, the Town of Slave Lake and the Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation are holding scavenger hunts.
Town council is not keen to meet with Lesser Slave MLA Pat Rehn. At least not until he has something to show them.
That was the consensus when the matter was discussed at council’s Feb. 3 meeting.
There’s not a lot of optimism going around about hockey or figure skating getting re-started. Based on last week’s government announcements about the gradual easing of restrictions, plus Hockey Alberta pulling the plug on the season (there goes minor hockey), things look pretty gloomy.
Lisa Vance of Slave Lake has been helping teachers in far-off Myanmar become better teachers. And it has not gone unnoticed. Next month, the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation (ACGC) will present Vance with its Top 30 Under 30 award for 2021, recognizing the work she has been doing.
A recent article in The Leader about the demand for oriented strandboard products being very hot could have included the plywood story. But information from that side of the industry came in a bit later, in the form of an email from the manager of West Fraser’s Slave Lake Veneer mill.