© Herald photo by Matt Gardner
Pineview Terrace Lodge director of care Marj Bodnarchuk speaks at the official launch of the furnishings campaign for the new Pineview Special Care Home on Tuesday. The volunteer fundraising committee is seeking to raise $975,000 in 60 days to furnish the new facility.
The following are some of the items that made headlines in the Prince Albert Daily Herald during the month of October, 2013.
Prince Albert firefighters make use of the soon-to-be demolished Suzy Cues for training. It’s a rare occurrence for the crew to have access to a training structure like this, let alone one right next door to the department headquarters on 15th Street.
One of the founders of the Prince Albert Raiders Hockey Club and a World War 2 veteran passed away at 91 and will be remembered in a service at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall.
The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SIGA) made the decision to pull the plug on the iconic lights that shine above all SIGA casinos, including the Northern Lights, in an effort to become more eco-friendly.
May Henderson, secretary of the Metis Nation of Saskatchewan and former executive director of the Saskatoon Indian and Metis Friendship Centre, was one of seven recipients of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit. She made a career out of the betterment of the lives of First Nations people in her community, focusing on youth, Elders, and veterans.
The Studio 1010 art group uses good company as a catalyst for great art, choosing to create in a group as opposed to individually. The group, whose art ranges from beginner to expert, held an art show at the Prince Albert Arts Centre on Saturday.
The Prince Albert chapter of Idle No More assembled for a national sovereignty rally outside of City Hall to draw attention to the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation of 1763 and a visit to Canada by UN special rapporteur on indigenous rights James Anaya, who came to Canada to assess the situation of aboriginal peoples in the country.
Brent Kalinowski, former sergeant and integral part of Community Mobilization Prince Albert, accepted a position as program manager for a community mobilization pilot project in North Bay, Ont. Kalinowski is leaving the force after about 27 years. The community mobilization model continues to spread after its inception in Prince Albert in 2011.
The Prince Albert National Park is named in National Geographic Travel’s Canada’s 50 Places of a Lifetime, alongside the likes of Cape Breton and the Thompson Okanagan.
The John M. Cuelenaere public library held an information night for those interested in the Immigrant Access Fund. The fund provides micro loans to internationally-trained immigrants so that they can receive Canadian training in their field.
The Church of Nazarene, along with city officials, has begun exploring different ways to clean up the area behind the church. The area has become one of the city’s premiere destinations for drug and alcohol abuse, as well as a place to sleep and store paraphernalia. The Church currently offers counseling services for free for those in need, and also provides food and bedding, but is hoping to see more permanent solutions implemented.
First Nations people from all over Canada and into the United States gave thanks through song and dance on Thanksgiving weekend as part of the 15th annual Thanksgiving Powwow. The event featured around 500 dancers and 10-12 drum groups this year.
The Food Security and Homelessness Action Week got underway. The week raises awareness regarding the importance of eating well for people of all socioeconomic statuses. The Prince Albert Food Coalition believes that every member of the community has the basic right to “secure, affordable, nutritious food suppy that is produced in an environmentally sustainable manner,” says coalition chair Rick Sawa.
More than 200 people came out to celebrate the first annual awards ceremony for the Best of P.A. 13, 672 votes were cast in 120 categories, and winners included Mont St. Joseph for best retirement residence and Walters Service for best auto service centre.
Many of the city’s economically-disadvantaged people and others working for change participated in a March Against Homelessness to make themselves heard. The walk stopped at city hall, where Counselor Don Cody spoke on behalf of the city, and then ended with a social at the Indian Metis Friendship Centre.
Saskatoon-based Stewart Properties has purchased the Pineland Apartments on 10th street east, which will be undergoing a $1 million dollar renovation to become affordable housing units. Rent for the units is tentatively set at $600 per month, and the projected completion date is currently early 2014.
The Prince Albert Share-A-Meal Food Bank was motivated both by need and competitive spirit during its annual food drive. The food bank participated in an initiative that started with Feed Nova Scotia, in which organizations compete with five other food banks across Canada in two categories: highest weight of food and most weight per capita. Even though Prince Albert is the smallest population, they hope to be competitive in the per capita category.
City council has already begun pre-budget discussions for prepare for next year. They have started at the base, or the exiting budget upon which next year’s will be built. Mayor Greg Dionne says that the city went into the budget process last year only asking for extras, but this year they are going to look at what they have first. The 2014 budget will begin with a reduced base budget, instead of the status-quo budget they started with in 2013.
Fundraising campaign for Pineview Terrace Special Care Home began, and is aiming to raise $975,000 in 60 days to furnish and equip the long-term care facility. The additional 26 long-term care beds will reduce wait lists and ensure that many people get to stay closer to home. The facility is set to open in May or June of 2014.
Premier Brad Wall’s throne speech gave MLAs Darryl Hickie and Victoria Jurgens much to be excited about. Two of the main items that pertained to Prince Albert included the implementation of a new home care pilot project, set to mediate the pressure on the long-term care system in the city, and the creation of one thousand new training seats in post-secondary institutions, a change that will certainly benefit SIAST and the Saskatchewan Institute of Indian Technology.
Prince Albert dropped 15 spots in the list of Canada’s best small cities for entrepreneurs to 27th place. The Chamber of Commerce has already presented city council with a list of areas to improve upon, including taxation, that could result in the city becoming more competitive when attractive business.
The twinning of Highway 11 finally reached completion with the section by MacDowall. Despite being a year behind schedule, the completion promises more economic opportunities with the ease of transport between Prince Albert, Saskatoon, and southern parts of the province, in addition to an easier commute for those travelling between those places.
The inaugural list for the Prince Albert Arts Hall of Fame is unveiled, revealing five integral fixtures in the Prince Albert arts scene whose legacies live on today: Margo Fournier, John Victor Hicks, Ed Rawlinson, Bernice Sayese and Annabel Taylor. The hall of fame was announced during the 10th anniversary celebration of the E.A. Rawlinson Centre, and the inductees will be honoured next fall at a gala event.
The city decided on a new city manager following the removal of Robert Cotterill in September: Jim Toye, the North Battleford city manager who served in that position since 2000. Mayor Greg Dionne intended to hire from within Saskatchewan so as to have someone familiar with local government, and so is pleased with the decision. Toye begins January 2.
PACI celebrated the grand opening of its new dance studio, a dream teacher Alicia Wotherspoon had been waiting to realize since January. Following a fundraiser in the spring and a generous donation from PACI alum Gary Anderson, the project was able to get off of the ground and completed in a relatively short amount of time.
A two-day suicide prevention workshop, targeting communities in northern Saskatchewan, took place at the E.A. Rawlinson Centre. The workshop brought community members, youth and government representatives, service organizations, and medical professionals together to discuss the multifaceted issue and propose prevention techniques and services.