Snippets from September 29 Leaders

1993

Someone broke into the Slave Lake Legion and stole $2,000 raised from bingo and Nevada tickets. They used a crowbar on the doors and smashed coin vending machines inside.


The Slave Lake General Hospital was designated a learning facility, meaning that doctors could do a portion of their residency there. One of the goals was to expose new doctors to rural medicine. Throughout northern Alberta there was a shortage of doctors.


The Smith Fall Fair included a Heart Smart food category, judged by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta. Debbie Parsons won with a multi grain bread recipe. Sally Orr, of Smith, placed second.
Other competitions included citizen of the year, senior citizen of the year, a yard and garden contest, and a pet show.


Motormania moved to a new location by the Kentucky Fried Chicken on Main Street.


The Slave Lake and Wabasca branches of Native Counselling Services merged. Its best known program was a court worker who helped people navigate the criminal justice system for free. Slave Lake also ran the Sam Laboucan Group home east of Slave Lake. Wabasca had addictions counselling.
(In 2021, Slave Lake Native Counselling has a criminal and a family court worker).


Mirror Landing Historical Society planned to re-create all the important buildings in Mirror Landing near Smith. In 1993, it was a meadow with a few basement indents by the river. However, in 1914 there were three hotels, around 10 livery stables, doctors, dentists, druggists, blacksmiths, electricians, and so much more. At the time, it was called Port Cornwall.
Paul Bourgeois (96) stopped in Mirror Landing in 1914 on his way to Smoky River. Before the railway, many people used the Athabasca/Lesser Slave trail to reach the Peace region. Thousands of traders, trappers, and homesteaders went along the trail and passed through Mirror Landing.

1999

Lightning caused a wildfire 55 km southwest of Slave Lake near Jessie Lake. The lightning struck on Thursday (Sept. 16). The fire was undetected until the next Monday, when it became a larger blaze. By Thursday, it grew to 1,067 hectares. At publishing time, it was out of control, but crews were fighting it.


Town of Slave Lake sold a parcel of land to McDonalds. It was next to Hwy. 2. It didn’t have utilities, but the plan was to build in the next year.


There was an Employment Enhancement Society in Slave Lake. The manager, Ross Goering, planned to attend a meeting in Grande Prairie to give input on services for people with developmental disabilities. There was a new provincial ministry called Persons with Developmental Disabilities.


A climbing wall was to be added to the Northern Lakes College gym. It was to be built by Juggernaut Climbing Systems of Calgary in early October.


It was the 20th anniversary of the Trailduster Horse Club of Smith’s gymkhanas.


Henry Sinclair received the Leader’s Service Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service. It’s from the provincial government. He received it from Lesser Slave Lake MLA Pearl Calahasen. It was signed by premier Ralph Klein.


Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL) was growing. It had oil leases across Alberta, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia.


There was a lobby to allow the hunting of fenced deer and elk. It was opposed by many. When game ranching was allowed, paid hunting was banned.

2010

Stephen Tao, of Slave Lake, swam from the Point Restaurant to Dog Island and back. It took about two hours. Jim Meldrum was his spotter in a kayak.


The Slave Lake Kodiaks were back playing hockey, but in 2010 it wasn’t in a league. The idea was to play two games a month.
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Stephen Tao, of Slave Lake, swam from the Point Restaurant to Dog Island and back. It took about two hours. Jim Meldrum was his spotter in a kayak.


The Slave Lake Kodiaks were back playing hockey, but in 2010 it wasn’t in a league. The idea was to play two games a month.


Wear It Again: Recycled Fashion Show was coming to the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre. The idea was to take thrift store or other recycled clothes and give them a new twist. The proceeds were for an energy demonstration project at the Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation.

The Widewater Athletic Association had asked the M.D. of Lesser Slave River to take over maintenance of the Southshore Complex and Canyon Creek Arena.
The association wanted to focus on programming.


In the M.D. of Lesser Slave River, 14 people were running for seven council positions.
Seven of these were running for three seats in Division I – Smith, Hondo, and Flatbush.
Five were running for Division II – Assineau to Mitsue to Marten Beach. Two were running for reeve.
In the Town of Slave Lake, 12 people were running. There was also a mayoral race of two people.


The Lesser Slave Lake Economic Alliance (LSLEA) discussed various matters. The hottest one was the need for a bank in Wabasca.


Wear It Again: Recycled Fashion Show was coming to the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre.
The idea was to take thrift store or other recycled clothes and give them a new twist. The proceeds were for an energy demonstration project at the Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation.