May 14, 2024 meeting

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

Northern Haven Support Society

Representatives from Northern Haven Support Society explained the various ways this Slave Lake-based organization helps victims of intimate partner abuse.

NHSS runs a women’s emergency shelter which provides housing and other supports to women in physical danger or likely to be killed.

In Canada, a woman is murdered by a domestic partner or former domestic partner every six days, said Shelly Ferguson, NHSS executive director.

Women can bring their children and pets to the shelter. If a female senior is being abused, they can also stay at the shelter.

Community services helps women and men who are victims of abuse with support services, but not housing.

Outreach raises awareness about domestic violence and teaches people of all ages ways to prevent it.

Homeless shelter location

Town council decided to start the process to rezone the area by the Slave Lake firehall to have a long-term permitted use of a homeless shelter. See articles on Page 1 and 3.

CAO Report

The Rural Renewal Stream is an immigration program to bring workers into rural communities. It is open to businesses in Slave Lake and High Prairie. High Prairie was just recently added. The town has offered to administer the program for other communities for $10,000 per community. M.D. of Lesser Slave River declined. The others haven’t responded.

Since it started, it has 49 employers participate (12 new in the last month). Of the new ones, 10 are from High Prairie and two from Slave Lake. The program has issued 88 letters of endorsement to immigrants (18 of these are new). Of the new ones, 12 are for High Prairie and six for Slave Lake.

Councillor Steve Adams asked that in the future all numbers be divided by community, not just the ones from the recent month.

Councillor Ali Mouallem commented on the pound being empty. It had been full for a very long time.

The town has worked with the Animal Rescue Committee of Slave Lake and other animal shelters to get the dogs adopted.

Indigenous People’s Day

Councillor Adams asked how planning for Indigenous People’s Day on June 21 was going.

The town is working with Métis District 21 to organize a big event at the Multi Rec Centre, said Mayor Francesca Ward. It is a school day, so the organizers have reached out to the schools to bring classes for part of the day.

Committee reports

Lesser Slave Watershed Council – the AGM is June 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Slave Lake Inn and Conference Centre. It is free to attend, but people need to register at

Tri-Council Health – May 24 from noon to 1:30 p.m. is a free EMS Appreciation and Rural Healthcare Week Barbecue in front of the Town of Slave Lake office.

Slave Lake Region Tourism Society – The Beach Fest schedule should be released by the end of May. The Visitor Information Centre is open. The society is putting a self-serve kayak rental kiosk on Devonshire Beach.

Slave Lake Library Board – the Slave Lake Library has art by local artist Lisa Lukan on the art wall until June 10. Also, 1994 Arctic Winter Games memorabilia has been put in the display case.

Municipal Planning Commission – approved two applications.

Slave Lake Airport – has a surplus from last year because of more landing fees and selling more fuel because of the record-breaking 2023 wildfire season. The end of the runway is eroding into Lesser Slave Lake. The permit to do shoreline stabilization is with the Alberta Ministry of Arts, Culture, and the Status of Women, to see if any archeology needs to be done.

State of the Lake

Councillor Ali Mouallem congratulated the Lakeside Leader on winning first place in for two Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association awards – best sports section and best editorial. He also welcomed Millar Western to the community, which has bought Slave Lake Pulp, one of the mills in Mitsue Industrial park east of Slave Lake.