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.
Here’s a question: say a senator visits your town, listens to all sorts of folks and develops a decent picture of the issues. It’s all local stuff. Highways, price of a barrel of oil, reconciliation, small businesses struggling and so on.
But then what? What can the Canadian Senate do about any of that?
The weird saga of the Town of Slave Lake vs. Lesser Slave Lake MLA Pat Rehn continued last week. Mayor Tyler Warman referred to it as a “circus,” but sounded optimistic.
Rehn, meanwhile, confining his announcements to social media, had some good news about public housing and an admission of errors in his expense claims last year.
The Chief and Council of Driftpile Cree Nation wishes to condemn and express its deep disappointment in statements made by Town of Slave Lake Councillor Joy McGregor regarding the Indigenous homeless community in and around Slave Lake.
Save Chain Lakes North, a non-profit community group of concerned citizens, announced that NDP MLA Marlin Schmidt will table their petition Oct. 29. It had over 1,700 signatures demanding the provincial government keep three campgrounds and recreation areas fully open, protected and publicly managed north of Athabasca.
Support workers at the Slave Lake Health Care Centre walked off the job on Monday morning, Oct. 26. They were participating in a province-wide protest by the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) against government cuts.
As reported earlier, the Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation in Lesser Slave Lake is closed to the public for six months, as of Oct. 1. What wasn’t reported earlier is that the province had apparently changed its mind about the closure (and minimal cost-saving), after a furious lobby effort by local municipalities and others.
Once upon a time, town councillors thought it would be a very good idea to require new subdivisions – and the homes within them – to use fire-resistant materials. That, plus landscaping measures aimed at discouraging wildfire.
Here’s a question: Why swap Cranbrook B.C. for Slave Lake Alberta? For David Kim, the new Town of Slave Lake Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), the answer was a desire to return to Alberta.
“I feel at home here,” he says.
That’s despite Slave Lake being further from the family home base in Calgary than Cranbrook is. Not to mention being quite different than Cowtown.
Slave Lake should be getting some additional road repairs this summer.
Last week town council approved an amendment to the capital budget that adds nearly $400,000 for fixing bad spots around town.