THE YEAR IN REVIEW: April 2013

Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald
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April 1

The RiverXingNorth Prince Albert Model Railroaders group hosted its third annual Model Train and Hobby Show May 4th-5th, and the event was open to a wide range of hobbies.

 

April 2

The spring thaw resulted in a rash of water main breaks throughout the city, an adverse effect of the city’s aging infrastructure. Fixing the city’s infrastructure deficit has become one of council’s main goals for their term.

 

April 3

Six SPCA dogs will be flown to Vancouver Island after having no applications to be adopted in Prince Albert since they arrived at the shelter in September 2012.

 

April 4

The Mann Art Gallery is seeking more funds, as it is the least municipally funded professional art gallery in the province. Sitting at $44,470 per year, that is significantly below the national average for comparable galleries, who see an average of $90,000 in annual funding.

 

April 5

A special concert aiming to provide moral and financial support for local Idle No More activists took place at the John M. Cuelenaere Public Library.

 

April 6

Local police called in a SWAT team in response to a disturbance complaint in the 1900 block of 15th Street West. The complaint was that a person was being held in the house against their will.

 

April 8

Coming from throughout Saskatchewan and Alberta, about 450 youth from 16 groups performed 276 dances during the Prince Albert Barveenok Ukrainian Dance Festival.

 

Harlod Linklater of Pelican Narrows and Peter A. Beatty of Deschambault Lake have entered the running for chief of Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation.

 

April 9

Throwing unanimous support behind a city budget increase of $3.9 million, city council agreed to a $189 base tax increase.

 

Mayor Greg Dionne begins launching Lookout Prince Albert, an initiative that encourages residents to call emergency services if they see someone who could be in danger of finding themselves without a place to sleep in the winter.

 

April 10

The Prince Albert Brewing Company is named Business of the Year in the Samuel McLeod Awards. The pub also took Best New Product/Service.

 

April 11

Downtown steward and Prince Albert character Herschel Davidner passed away after almost 70 years in business. Davidner took over his father’s western wear business in the mid 40s and oversaw it’s growth into a Prince Albert staple and he continued to serve customers right up until his last days.

 

April 12

A major snowstorm swept across Saskatchewan, leading to a number of falls, shoveling triggered medical emergencies and vehicle accidents.

 

The John M. Cuelenare library will receive federal funding to the tune of $100,150 on behalf of the federal government. The funding comes as part of their Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund.

 

April 13

The Prince Albert Parkland Health Region held a grand opening for a new family addictions treatment centre and youth mental health inpatient unit at Victoria Hospital.

 

April 15

Richard Ahenakew is named civilian police board chair, following a promise from Mayor Greg Dionne to end the tradition of having mayors serve as chair of the board.

 

April 16

Two bombs exploded in the crowded streets near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 130 people.

 

April 17

City high school students capped off months of social studies and international relations research with a model United Nations meeting. Students from five high schools in the city participated, representing 24 countries during debates on three resolutions.

 

April 18

The third and final phase of the New Leash on Life Fundraising campaign funds officially broke ground. The North Industrial drive property for the new Prince Albert SPCA will almost double the capacity of the old one, and should be accepting pets within one year.

 

April 19

The Prince Albert Northcote NDP held its 12th annual Northcote Gala at the Travelodge Hotel, with new NDP leader Cam Broten as their guest speaker.

 

Peter A. Beatty was elected the new chief of Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation.

 

April 20

Bonnie McLachlan was found guilty of sexual exploitation following a relationship she conducted with a Grade 9 student while also teaching Grade 9 at Queen Mary School. The relationship began in 1993 and lasted into the spring of 1994.

 

April 22

Defend Dignity, a national initiative focused on confronting issues of prostitution in Canada, had an event in Prince Albert at the Alliance Church. A panel of speakers from organizations around the province came together to share their stories and answer questions.

 

April 23

The 22nd annual Prince Albert Grand Council Fine Arts Festival, which celebrates young First Nations talent throughout northern Saskatchewan, had about 1,770 students from 28 schools.

 

April 24

The John M. Public Library is seeing increased popularity, judging from an increase in registered card owners from 16,852 to 18,994, and circulation increasing by 6,000 from 750,000 the previous year. However, the budget has remained the same, so the library will be mounting a campaign to alert the minister of education and some cabinet ministers that a funding increase is necessary.

 

April 25

Bonnie McLachlan is sentenced to an 18-month conditional sentence. The sentence entails that she not leave the court jurisdiction for the duration, in addition to performing 200 hours of community service, and will be required to undergo counseling regarding appropriate relationships.

 

April 26

The Prince Albert Parkland Health Region (PAPHR) medical health officer officially declared the breakout of enteric over, following an outbreak of the gastrointestinal disease forced them to implement visitor restrictions at the three Herb Basset Home units.

 

April 27

Prince Albert has been proactive with the testing of asbestos in city buildings, as they have already completed the tests and published the results ahead of the provincial mandate to do so that is being passed this month.

 

 

 

April 29

One of the most venerable members of the local Royal Canadian Legion Branch, Ed Laird received two medals for his longtime services: the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and another medal to commemorate 50 years of service with the legion.

 

April 30

Longtime art teacher George Glenn retired after 30 years of imparting his craft to others. His retirement was commended with a party held by the Prince Albert Council for the Arts at the Arts Centre.

 

Compiled by Kristen Bueckart

Organizations: Prince Albert, John M. Cuelenaere Public Library, Mann Art Gallery Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund Victoria Hospital Boston Marathon United Nations New Leash on Life Fundraising The North Travelodge Hotel Queen Mary School Alliance Church Fine Arts First Nations Royal Canadian Legion Branch Prince Albert Council for the Arts Arts Centre

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Vancouver Island, Alberta Pelican Narrows Deschambault Lake Canada Northern Saskatchewan

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