THE YEAR IN REVIEW: January 2013

Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald
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Local entertainer Les Pavelick, also known as “Metro” died at his winter home in Arizona at age 71.

January 4

2013 was the full year with Greg Dionne as mayor. Former Mayor Jim Scarrow reflected on his six years in office, saying he took great pride in what he accomplished as mayor, including improvements to the West Hill area and the Victoria Hospital Foundation.

 

January 4

The Idle no more movement continued to press on, with a protest outside Prince Albert MP Randy Hoback’s office. Protestor Kevin Joseph said he felt these protests were just the beginning, saying “You’re going to see a lot more zeroing in on MPs, because I think they kind of have been getting off “scot-free.”

 

January 8

A record amount of false 9-11 calls in Prince Albert were reported to have occurred, with 11 instances reported over the course of one weekend. Prince Albert police attributed the spike in fake calls to be “kids playing with the phone” or “people trying to dial 922 and ending up contacting 911.”

 

January 9

The debate on fluoride in the city’s water was once again brought up at city council. Councillor Charlene Miller said she spoke to severl dentists on the matter, and they all had varying opinions. Director of public works Colin Innes said that the city had not been adding fluoride to the water due to ongoing upgrades. Council was to contact dental professionals at the University of Saskatchewan for further insight.

 

January 11

Idle no more protests continued with a traffic slow down on Highway 2. It was promised that demonstrations would continue

 

January 11

The possibility of a second bridge in Prince Albert was clinched by a government report deeming it unessessary. Mayor Dionne insisted a second bridge was needed, saying “to me, personally, I don’t care what the report says.”

 

January 14

Blue Rodeo performed visited P.A.. for the first time since the band’s formation. The band passed by on their 25 anniversary tour and played to a sold out Rawlinson Centre.

 

January 21

P.A. resident Patrick Boland made a vow to fix problems in Kinsmen Park. Citing maitence problems such as rotting benches and overgrown weeds, Boland vowed to put the pressure on city council to fix up the park.

 

January 23

The Prince Albert SPCA was put into crisis mode after the aging facility reached capacity. The discovery  of four abandoned puppies led the facility to have to consider euthanizing the dogs. Fortunately, the puppies were taken in by New Hope Dog rescue.

 

January 24

Local Entertainer Les Pavelick, also known as “Metro” died at his winter home in Arizona at age 71. Pavelick was best known for his comedy album “Metro’s 11 days from Christmas, which sold more than 50,000 copies in Canada.

 

January 25

Mayor Greg Dionne annocunced that Prince Albert wasn’t growing fast enough, noting that while Saskatchewan’s population increased by 6.7 per cent between 2006 and 2011, P.A. only grew by 2.94 per cent. Dionne introduced a restructuring of the city’s economic development, hoping to give Prince Albert a more “open for business” mentality.

 

January 29

The amount of snow in the city reached “crisis levels,” with the city looking toward the possibility of closing one side of some city streets and pushing the snow over to that side.  Mayor Dionne said that removing all the snow was just not possible, and stated that another 10 to 20 cm snowfall would be a huge issue for the city.

 

January 30

Justin Trudeau, a candidate for the leadership of the Liberal party of Canada, visited P.A. with MP Ralph Goodale.

 

Compiled by Eric Bell

 

 

Organizations: Prince Albert, Victoria Hospital Foundation, University of Saskatchewan Metro inc. Rawlinson Centre

Geographic location: West Hill, Canada, Kinsmen Park Arizona Saskatchewan

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