YEAR IN REVIEW: December

Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald
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December 2

The Prince Albert Winter Festival has put out a call for volunteers as the February event prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

 

December 3

Mayor Greg Dionne floated the idea of a dangerous goods route with yellow cake uranium and other dangerous goods moving through the city.

 

December 4

First Nations University unveiled a five-year plan that will see it promote the institution to increase enrollment.

 

December 5

Potash Corp.’s 440 layoffs will have a minimal impact on Prince Albert, with Coun. Rick Orr noting that any displaced workers from the city who commuted south will be able to find work quickly in the province.

 

December 6

A massive harvest has broken all crop records in Saskatchewan, eclipsing the 2012 harvest by 40 per cent.

 

December 7

Wollaston Lake man John Thomas Shaoulle has been found guilty of first degree murder in the death of Margaret Sewap in 2011.

 

December 9

Lt.-Gov. Vaughn Solomon Schofield presented awards to several members of the Buckland Fire Department at a ceremony in Prince Albert.

 

December 10

Monthly utility bills will soon be the way, Mayor Greg Dionne says.

 

December 11

A debate at city hall over traffic on 15th Street West ended with a vote not to take any action on the matter.

 

December 12

Reaction to massive changes to Canada Post that will see door-to-door service phased out has been largely negative in Prince Albert.

 

December 13

An arrest has been made in the homicide of Jodi Roberts, whose body was found near home community of Sucker River.

 

December 14

From now on, tickets will be issued to anyone who disregards notices to move their vehicles when city crews need to work in the area.

 

December 16

The Santa Anonymous program will deliver $4,000 in gifts to children because of teamwork between city firefighters, the Salvation Army and Canadian Tire.

 

December 17

The Prince Albert Pulp Mill has abandoned plans to produce dissolved pulp products after high tariffs in China made that plan unfeasible. Instead, they will produce fluff pulp when they open in an estimated 18 months.

 

December 18

Saskatchewan continues to face challenges in recruiting physicians but the CEO of Saskdocs says it’s getting better.

 

December 19

The death of a group home resident recently has been a blow to the staff and residents at the home on Agnew Street.

 

December 20

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall told the Daily Herald that Prince Albert remains a priority of his government, and that a new hospital is on the government’s radar.

 

December 21

A new 10-bed cold weather shelter has opened and YWCA CEO Donna Brooks says it will save lives.

 

December 23

The Saskatchewan Trappers Fur Table Sale was held in Prince Albert for the first time, drawing buyers from three major companies.

 

December 24

Volunteers for the Christmas Day Community Dinner are busy preparing for the large annual event.

 

December 26

Mayor Greg Dionne said that in a year marked by a lot of change at city hall, the local economy remains council’s No. 1 priority.

 

December 27

Prince Albert Parkland Health Region CEO Cecile Hunt said the highlight of 2013 for the health district was the opening of the Parkland Integrated Health centre in Shellbrook.

 

December 28

Organizers say the Christmas Day Community Dinner was the largest ever, with 2,000 people attending the event and 890 plates delivered to people’s homes.

 

December 30

The Lederhouse family is closing the canteen at the Victoria Hospital after looking after the facility for 60 years.

 

December 31

Parkland Ambulance director of public affairs Lyle Karasiuk, a longtime community volunteer with many organizations, has been named Prince Albert Citizen of the Year by the local Kinsmen Club and the Prince Albert Daily Herald.

 

 

 

Organizations: Prince Albert, First Nations University, Potash Buckland Fire Department Canada Post Salvation Army Canadian Tire YWCA Victoria Hospital Kinsmen Club

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Wollaston Lake, Sucker River Parkland China Agnew Street Shellbrook

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