Year in review: Nov. 2013

Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald
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Mike Modano speaks prior to his No. 9 being retired by his former team the Prince Albert Raiders on Friday at the Art Hauser Centre. A banner bearing Modano’s number was lifted to the ceiling after a 40-minute ceremony at the game. His wife Allison is seen at right watching a video feed on the scoreclock. 

The following are some of the more noteworthy items that made headlines in the Prince Albert Daily Herald during the month of November, 2013. 

November 1

A problem in the new laboratory system resulted in delayed results or incorrect information being transferred to physicians in the cases of 30 patients. The error occurred when Prince Albert Parkland Health Region transferred to a provincial lab information system, which entails sending lab tests out-of-province to be processed.


November 2

Dr. Lalita Malhotra was selected by a production company out of Montreal to be part of a documentary focused on the experiences of Canadian immigrants. Some of the criteria for the film included those who had found success in Canada, as well as those who came into the country through Pier 21, and Maholtra, whose family moved to Prince Albert about 50 years ago, fit both those criteria perfectly.

The Prince Albert Raiders retired No. 9, the jersey once worn by WHL and NHL great Mike Modano.


November 4

A local workshop called “Building Your Market for Local Food” was held in the city to help connect local producers to business opportunities outside of the Farmer’s Market. The workshop provided information to producers while also connecting them to each other to share stories and marketing experiences.


November 5

Overcrowding in winter months at the SPCA results in upper respiratory problems for cats that leads to many having to be euthanized. The poor ventilation and air exchange systems are made worse by overcrowding, and the shelter is currently well over capacity. The SPCA looks forward to their early-spring move to the new facilities on North Industrial Drive, where there will be proper ventilation and lots more space to take in strays.


November 6

St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church closed for reassessments after structural problems in the beams in the roof were discovered. In the meantime, the congregation will join those at Wesley United Church, which is conveniently situated next door, until Reverend Randy Scott returns from his leave of absence. There is no official date of re-opening at this time.


November 7

A significant diamond find that promises good news for local Adamas Mineral Corporation was made by North Arrow Minerals Inc. at the Pikoo Diamond Project site just north of Deschambault Lake. The core sample returned 745 diamonds larger than the .106 mm sieve, and 23 that were larger than the .85 mm sieve. In addition, 95 per cent of the haul was fit for gem use.


November 8

Community Mobilization Prince Albert began putting together a comprehensive alcohol strategy to address issues related to chronic alcoholism, impaired driving, underage drinking and binge drinking. The study is one of the responses to a motion passed by city council to investigate possible solutions to homelessness in Prince Albert.


November 9

Construction began on 30 new social housing units in the East Hill area. The $5.6-million project, built by RNF Development Company and managed by Prince Albert Housing Authority, will include 28 three-bedroom units and two wheelchair-accessible two-bedroom units.


November 12

Dr. Farrah Mateen, a neurologist who was born and raised in Prince Albert, was recently awarded the 2013 Young Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Saskatchewan for her work studying the intersections between large scale natural disasters and the brain. Mateen’s research has taken her to China, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and India, among others.


November 13

City council motioned to issue a Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) resolution to support Prince Albert’s request for a second bridge. Council is pushing the point that the bridge is not just a Prince Albert issue, but a Northern Saskatchewan issue, and SUMA will lobby to the provincial government on the city’s behalf.


November 14

Robert Henry, a University of Saskatchewan PhD student, signed copies of his book Brighter Days Ahead, which is an offshoot of his research regarding ex-members of indigenous street gangs and the commonalities between their childhoods. Henry began researching gang activity 13 years ago, and his primary focus is an examination of how gangs help aboriginal men to form identities and a sense of masculinity.


November 15

Riverside Community Public School and Holy Cross School became the latest public buildings to be equipped with automated external defibrillators (AEDs). The devices were donated by the Rock ‘n’ Road Cycle Club and Pine Needle Mountain Bike Festival. Students were also taught how to use them in case of emergency.


November 16

The newest iteration of city council turned one year old today. Some of the changes implemented by council so far include a civilian chair for the city police commission, Richard Ahenakew, a change to monthly water billing to begin in January 2014, and a change in security service at city hall from local Absolute Identification Security and Investigation.


November 18

A group of local activists protested in solidarity with other groups across Canada, voicing opposition against oilsands expansion. The group rallied in front of MP Randy Hoback’s office as part of the national day of action.


November 19

Prince Albert Parkland Health Region began their Addictions Awareness this week with a presentation at PACI providing information on addictions and recovery options. Presentations will be taking place throughout the week at other schools in the city, and will also include information on how and where to receive help for an addiction.


November 20

Filipino residents are coming together with city hall to plan a series of events to raise money for Canadian Red Cross relief efforts in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. The first of four events in the series will be a bottle drive, and will include an afternoon of refreshments, a bake sale, and culminate in a benefit concert at Rivier Academy.


November 21

Parkland ambulance paramedics Sheldon Hirschfeld and Kelly Straf were honoured with a Royal Humane Society Bronze Medallion for Bravery, as a result of their rescue of five children from a burning apartment building in June.


November 22

There’s a possibility for a slight reduction in commodity costs as a result of the twinning of Highway 11. The twinning has made is accessible to turnpike double long-combination vehicles, which save on driver and fuel costs.


November 23

Mayor Greg Dionne announced that the city will meet 99.6 percent of this year’s record $4 million asphalt paving program. Mayor Dionne cites the goal as one of the most important for his council.


November 25

The Saskatchewan Roughriders take the Grey Cup at home in a 45-23 win against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Rider fans from all over Prince Albert took over bars and restaurants to watch the game and get straight to the celebrations afterwards!


November 26

It was announced today that Bryan Adams will play the E.A. Rawlinson Centre on February 18th as part of his Bare Bones Tour. The tour is being billed as an acoustic show featuring a variety of guitars—somewhat of a departure from his usual arena rock.


November 27

The grand opening of Good Will House featured the presentation of a cheque for $66,353.30 to the Victoria Hospital Foundation. The house was built by North Ridge Developments as a fundraiser for the ICU in the hospital.


November 28

With the help of a $100,000 donation from Malcom Jenkins, the fundraising campaign for the furnishings of Pineview Terrace exceeded its $975,000 goal, coming in at around $1 million. The additional money will be used for any extras needed to make the home as comfortable as possible.


November 29

Acting city manager Chris Cvik, former corporate services director for the city, resigned after filling the interim position since early September. Director of financial services Joe Day will take over until new city manager Jim Toye officially begins on January 2.


November 30

Mayor Dionne officially introduces the Regional Economic Action Committee along with a general economic action plan. He outlined the plan for local stakeholders, which includes renewed partnerships with surrounding RMs, municipalities, and First Nations groups to initiate investment. The committee will serve as an advisory board to city council. Mayor Dionne is chair, while Prince Albert Shopper owner and publisher Jerry Paskiw is vice-chair.

Organizations: Prince Albert, NHL, Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association University of Saskatchewan Presbyterian Church Wesley United Church Adamas Mineral North Arrow Minerals Inc. RNF Development Company Community Public School Holy Cross School Rivier Academy Royal Humane Society Bronze Medallion for Bravery Hamilton Tiger-Cats E.A. Rawlinson Centre Good Will House Victoria Hospital Foundation Regional Economic Action Committee First Nations

Geographic location: Canada, Montreal, St. Paul Deschambault Lake East Hill China Bangladesh Sri Lanka India Northern Saskatchewan

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