THE YEAR IN REVIEW: February 2013

Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald
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February 2

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.

 

February 4

The 10th annual winter triathlon was held, with 15 participants running, biking and skiing through snow at Little Red River Park.

 

February 6

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.

 

February 8

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.

 

February 9

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.

 

February 10

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.

 

February 10

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.

 

February 14

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.”

 

February 18

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.”

 

February 20

A pair of puppies found in a dumpster in the city will have a new life on Vancouver Island.

 

February 21

Prince Albert Police Service Sgt. Rhonda Meakin was inducted into the Prince Albert Council of Women hall of fame.

 

February 22

The Prince Albert Parkland Health Region now offers a colorectal screening program.

 

February 24

Stefaan de Marie won the 2013 Canadian Challenge 12-dog race, finishing several hours in front of his competitors.

 

February 25

The Prince Albert Winter Festival was a big success over the weekend,  drawing large crowds to the riverbank.

 

February 26

Wes Clark and Kerry Ramsdell are the new co-managers of the Prince Albert Share-A-Meal Food Bank.

 

 

February 27

Fluoride use in city water was approved by council despite an impassioned battle against it by opponents.

 

 

 

Compiled by Eric Bell

Organizations: Prince Albert, NDP, Prince Albert Historical Society Red River Roping and Riding Club Raiders

Geographic location: Central Avenue, Little Red River Park, Moose Jaw

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