Editorial — July 11, 2014

Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald
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The potential solution to a thorny community problem could lay a mouseclick away.

Actually a lot of mouseclicks away.

As reported in the Daily Herald on Thursday, Prince Albert is mobilizing to vote in the Kraft Celebration Tour on July 21-22. The winner among the 10 communities that were chosen will pocket a cool $100,000 to go with the $25,000 that the Kinsmen Water Park has already won.

If Prince Albert is successful, that would get us halfway home in rebuilding the waterslides, which were closed early this summer. They need a massive rebuild as the aging structure is no longer safe to use.

We have Prince Albert resident Shannon Hurl to thank for getting us this far. She was the person who nominated the water park for the contest.

“The day they phoned, it was like someone had given me $25,000,” she told the Daily Herald’s Jodi Schellenberg on Wednesday. “I was super pumped. I didn’t think anything would happen from it.”

If Prince Albert does one thing really well, it’s mobilizing its forces when they are needed.

As a result, voting stations are being set up around the city and volunteers are being sought for Aug. 20 when Kraft and TSN come to Prince Albert for a live broadcast.

That event will include a barbecue for 500, along with games and samples.

You can find more information on Facebook on a page called Save Our Summer, Save Our Slides.

It’s certainly an unorthodox way to save the slides but if it proves successful, it will almost certainly prompt a campaign to raise the rest.

Those slides are a giant symbol that the community cares deeply for the recreational needs of its youngest citizens.

On July 21-22, we have two bits of advice.

Vote early. And vote often.

 

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The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group purchased seven FM, two AM radio stations and a news blog from Rawlco Radio Ltd. on Thursday.

The sale, which was made pending CRTC approval, will see the Jim Pattison Group adding to its radio properties in Manitoba, Alberta and B.C.

The company comes with a reputation as an aggressive but fair competitor with roots in magazines and other periodicals.

In other markets, Jim Pattison Group radio stations have actually worked with the local newspaper on community projects, an unthinkable proposition as things currently stand in Prince Albert.

It will be interesting to see how things change with a new corporate presence in the city, although it’s important to note that existing staff will be kept on.

We’re genuinely happy to see that no jobs were lost in the transition; despite years of attack ads, we don’t want to see anyone without work.

Hopefully this will usher in a new attitude of positivity and co-operation in the community.

 

Prince Albert Daily Herald

Organizations: Prince Albert, Daily Herald, Jim Pattison Group Rawlco Radio CRTC

Geographic location: Kinsmen Water Park, Manitoba, Alberta B.C.

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