Published on December 19, 2013
Harris May smiles as he is honoured P.A.’s “Citizen of the Year”
Herald photo by Tyler Clarke
Published on December 19, 2013
Brothers Bart de Marie and Stefaan de Marie pose with their dogs after Stefaan won the 2013 Canadian Challenge 12-dog race.
Herald photo by Keely Dakin
Concerns about a lack of foot traffic downtown were raised when TaDa boutique announced they would close their doors at the end of the month. “It’s just dead on Central Avenue, its just dead,” TaDa owner Grace Dansereau said. Issues such as parking and a perception that downtown is “unsafe” were some of the issues raised by Dansereau.
The 10th annual winter triathlon was held, with 15 participants running, biking and skiing through snow at Little Red River Park.
A record year for crime prevention was reported by P.A. police, with chief Troy Cooper calling 2012 “the most successful year we’ve had as a police service” in terms of crime reduction. Violent crime in the city was reduced by 31.9 per cent, including a 35 per cent decrease in assaults.
Provincial NDP leadership candidates Trent Wotherspoon, Ryan Meili, Cam Broten and Erin Weir faced off in a debate in Prince Albert. Cam Broten would end up winning the leadership on March 9, beating second place candidate Ryan Meili by less then 50 votes.
Harris May was recognized as P.A.’s “Citizen of the Year.” A volunteer for many community organizations, May was recognized specifically for his work with the Prince Albert Historical Society, including his role in organizing the 2012 Centennial of Flight air show.
Continued heavy snowfall led to the collapse of the roof at the Red River Roping and Riding Club. No one was injured in the roof collapse, which did considerable damage to the building.
The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI surprised many catholics in P.A. “We all went to church yesterday. We had no idea this was going to happen to us the following day,” Prince Albert Diocese director of stewardship Lawrent Fournier said of the surprise resignation. The last time a pope resigned was over 600 years ago when Pope Gregory XII gave up his office to end a church schism.
A trip to Moose Jaw by city officials and Prince Albert Raiders to look at Moose Jaw’s new indoor rink facility grew speculation that Prince Albert could soon see a new home for the Raiders. Raiders president Dale McFee said that the tour was just a step in a long process saying “There’s still a lot of homework that needs to be done.”
The news of two people freezing to death on a cold night in the city sent shockwaves through Prince Albert. Doris Ahenakew,46 and John Dorion, 62, were found frozen to death near the train tracks behind the 100 block of 15 St. East on February 15. Ahenakew and Dorion were the second and third people to freeze to death in the city during the 2012-2013 winter. James Roberts, 49, was found frozen by the railroad tracks in December of 2012. Councillor Rick Orr said more needed to be done to prevent these deaths, saying, “Three this winter is beyond belief.”
A pair of puppies found in a dumpster in the city will have a new life on Vancouver Island.
Prince Albert Police Service Sgt. Rhonda Meakin was inducted into the Prince Albert Council of Women hall of fame.
The Prince Albert Parkland Health Region now offers a colorectal screening program.
Stefaan de Marie won the 2013 Canadian Challenge 12-dog race, finishing several hours in front of his competitors.
The Prince Albert Winter Festival was a big success over the weekend, drawing large crowds to the riverbank.
Wes Clark and Kerry Ramsdell are the new co-managers of the Prince Albert Share-A-Meal Food Bank.
Fluoride use in city water was approved by council despite an impassioned battle against it by opponents.
Compiled by Eric Bell