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T H E B AT T L E F O R D SRegionalnews-optimistNE RYOEVETheDSNEErds o f e tl Bat 077-6 5 4 406-3mplu.luk wwm.cog binwServing the Battlefords since…
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T H E B AT T L E F O R D SRegionalnews-optimistNE RYOEVETheDSNEErds o f e tl Bat 077-6 5 4 406-3mplu.luk wwm.cog binwServing the Battlefords since 1908www.newsoptimist.ca|Thursday, March 14, 2019BATTLEFORDFURNITURE“Where the difference is worth the drive” “Where the difference is worth the drive”COOK UP THESAVINGSSNC-Lavalin % SAVE 25 controversy takes back seat at Sask. Hospital opening|Published every ThursdaySAVE25UP % TO ON SELECT KITCHENAID® MAJOR APPLIANCES*ON NOW UNTIL APRIL 3 2019Skate Battlefords Hosts Stars on IceUP TOON SELECT KITCHENAID ® MAJOR APPLIANCES** Before taxes. See in-store sales associate for instant savings details and list of available qualifying models.30-year contract at SHNB By John Cairns Staff ReporterWhile the controversies surrounding SNC-Lavalin have dominated the news out of Ottawa, there was barely a mention of the company’s involvement with the Saskatchewan Hospital during the grandSportsNorth Stars vs Flin Flon Page 9NewsDowntown delivery dilemma Page 3SpecialSHNB project timeline Page 7opening of the new facility last Friday. The only mention came from Andy Trewick, chief operating officer of Graham Construction. Graham is one of the partners in Access Prairies Partnership, the P3 consortium awarded the 33-year design-buildfinance-maintain contract for the facility. Trewick acknowledged there had been some challenges along the way during the construction, including their original partner Carillion going into liquidation. “I’m pleased for the province of Saskatchewan that the private-public partnership model protected the province from these issues,” said Trewick. He also voiced optimism about the future maintenance of the facility. “Looking ahead to our operations and maintenance partner SNC-Lavalin, we are excited to continue collaborating and leveraging our collective expertise to operate and maintain Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford facility for years to comeHOUSE FOR SALE Great Family Homeand for you all.” SNC-Lavalin was selected by Graham Capital Partners LP to take over as facilities manager of Saskatchewan Hospital in January. The contract runs for 30 years. Since that announcement, SNC-Lavalin has been embroiled in a scandal centred on charges of fraud and bribery in connection to dealings in Libya. Last month, the provincial NDP pointed to the SNCLavalin involvement in Sask. Hospital as they called for a moratorium on all further dealings with the company. The party also pointed to SNC-Lavalin political contributions to the Sask. Party in making their call for campaign finance reform. “When we look at the history between the Sask. Party and SNC-Lavalin over the past decade, with nearly $10,000 in publicly disclosed donations going one way and three quarters of a billion dollars ($765,846,640) in contracts going the other, it’s Continued on Page 6FREE FURNACE FEBRUARY WINNERCongratulations Steven Ufor winning $4200!Tuesday, Skate Battlefords hosted the 2019 Saskatchewan Stars on Ice Road Show featuring young talent from across the province and performances from local skaters. Above, local skater Nova Hansen performs. For more photos, visit our website for a photo gallery. The local CanSkate club’s finale is March 24 at the Civic Center. Photo by Averil HallNew inspector named By John Cairns Staff ReporterA new inspector has been announced for Battlefords RCMP detachment. Tom Beck is currently staff sergeant with the RCMP in the Victoria, B.C. area. The news of Beck’s appointment to the Battlefords was shared by S/Sgt. Darcy Woolfitt at Monday’s North Battleford city council meeting. Mayor Ryan Bater noted Beck also has experience in regional hubs inrural British Columbia, including Prince George and elsewhere. More recently Beck has been stationed with West Shore RCMP detachment. According to the RCMP website, that detachment serves Colwood, Highlands, Langford, Metchosin, View Royal, Songhees First Nation, and Esquimalt First Nation. Woolfitt said the new inspector was identified through a selection and promotion process within the RCMP.ABC’s of Computer Literacy You have a computer... you can turn it on... type on the keyboard... use the mouse...just not much else? Take this series of five, hands-on, beginner classes. Topics: Email, Internet, Windows 10 & Word, Intros to Excel & PowerPoint. When: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm March 20th, March 27th, Apr. 3rd, Apr. 10th & Apr. 17th Cost: $135 for all 5 classes Where: North West College - Battlefords Campus Some experience with computers recommended2201 DOUGLAS AVE. 1,920 sq. ft.32200 SQ. FT. HOT TUB ROOM, 7+ PARKING, FULLY RENOVATED MLS®SK758817306-481-HEATVisit FurnaceAndWaterHeater.com for details info@furnaceandwaterheater.com 802 - 105th St North BattlefordTo register visit www.northwestcollege.ca or call Battlefords Campus 306.937.5100 NWC reserves the right to make any changes deemed necessary.“I think his experience will pay dividends for us as well,” said Woolfitt. It is not yet known when Beck will arrive in the Battlefords, but Woolfitt said he hopes it will be before the summer hits. Beck fills the role left vacant after Insp. John Sutherland transferred from Battlefords detachment to Saskatoon last year. Woolfitt has been acting as commanding officer for the Battlefords detachment in the meantime.CJV is READY to help you with your 2019 RENO PROJECTS! FREE ESTIMATES FOR • Flooring Covering • Blinds & Window Coverings • Drapery/Curtains • BacksplashesKaila Owen INTERIOR DESIGN CONSULTANTThe Carpet People306.445.12212741-99th Street North BattlefordPage 2 - The Battlefords, Thursday, March 14, 2019Regional News-Optimistw w w. n ew s o p t i m i s t . c aSpring is in the Air@citynb City of North Battleford (Official)City Bulletin SNOW ANGEL MAIL NOMINATIONS TO:The Snow Angel Program encourages healthy, willing residents to help others when clearing snow from sidewalks — especially elderly residents or anyone with health or mobility restrictions. HOW IT WORKS Lend a helping hand to a resident who needs it and then tell us about it, and if you receive help from someone, nominate them as a “Snow Angel.” Write or email your Snow Angel story to us. (North Battleford residents only) • Include the name and address of the Snow Angel •City of North Battleford, P.O. Box 460, 1291 - 101st Street, North Battleford, SK S9A 2Y6 OR EMAIL NOMINATIONS TO: dmacdonald@cityofnb.ca The City of North Battleford will send a thank you to the Snow Angels and enter them into monthly prize draws.COUNCIL MEETINGMonday, March 11 at 6:15 pm Open for the public to attendWith the nicer weather this week, photographer Averil Hall thought a trip to Finlayson Island was in order. This little chickadee was enjoying the warm sun as well as the generous people who left seed out for them. Photo by Averil HallTHE CHAPEL GALLERYHwy 4 passing lanes to get another layer of asphaltGood Luck Finding It An arts collaboration between&Wendy SharpeMarcel PetitExhibition opens Friday, February 1st, 2019 until Sunday, March 24th, 2019 Reception Friday, February 8th, 5pm -8:30pm Gallery Hours are Wednesday - Sunday, Noon - 4pm Closed Statuatory Holidays.By Josh GreschnerFor more information call 306-445-1760 or email sapp5@accesscomm.ca The Chapel Gallery is located at 891-99th St. In the Don Ross Centre, North Battleford, Sk.Staff ReporterHAZEE2019 Hazee Award Prizes• Artist of the Year Award $500 • Runner Up $300 • Creative Excellence - two award of $100Open to youth between Grade 7 - 12 Submission deadline is April 21, 2019Exhibition Dates: April 26 to May 12, 2019 Reception and Award Presentations: May 2nd from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm WHO: The competition is open to youth in grades 7-12 and who reside within a 100 km radius of North Battleford. THEME: My Connection to my Community - See official rules and guidelines. WHEN: Submission Deadline is Sunday April 21, 2019 For more information please call Raven or Leah at 306-445-1760 or email sapp5@accesscomm.caAQUATIC CENTRE & NATIONSWEST FIELD HOUSERegistration forSPRING LESSONS IS OPENLessons begin March 30th & run for 10 weeks Find the schedule at cityofnb.ca or on Facebook @Ba�lefords CO-OP Aqua�c Centre Register by calling 306-445-1745, visi�ng the Aqua�c Centre or register online at cityofnb.ca *Registra�ons must be paid for at �me of registra�on.*swimming*crafts*snacks*fun* ST. PADDY'S DAY THEMEMARCH 18 | 9AM-5PM PICK UP & DROP OFF 1/2 HOUR BEFORE & AFTER$45/ child ages 6-12 Snacks Lunch Provided REGISTER BY CALLING 306-445-1745, 306-445-1790 OR ONLINE AT CITYOFNB.CAARENAS CIVIC CENTREFree Public Skating Monday, March 18 1:30 – 3pm Helmets recommended, no sticksAdults and Preschool W Wednesdays 1:30 - 2:30 pmDrop in Shinny Hockey 12:00- 1:00 pm Tuesday - Friday $3.00 Bring your own sticks, skates, gloves and helmets are mandatory Ice times are subject to change call 306-445-1755 for more informationPUBLIC SKATINGSaturdays 12:15 - 1:45 pm Helmets recommended.FREEFree Public Skating is possible thanks to the generosity of the following service clubs: Bonaventure Lions Club, North Battleford Lions Club, Kiwanis Club of the Battlefords, North Battleford Kinsmen Club, The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #70, North West Hockey Development, Rotary Club of the Battlefords, North Battleford Elks Club, St. Josephs Knights of Columbus #7336DON ROSS ARENAThursdays NOON HOUR SHINNY 10:00 am - 11:30 am & 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Don Ross Arena FREE (Adult & preschool) Mondays 12 – 1:00 pm Helmets are recommended Check outwww.cityofnb.cato find comprehensive and up to date information for everything that matters to you as a resident, business or visitor and connect with us on social media. To book a Leisure Services facility, please call 306-445-1755 or email centralbooking@cityofnb.ca1291 - 101st Street | PO Box 460 | North Battleford, SK S9A 2Y6Some nearby roads will see updates due to provincial and federal funding, although drivers might not realize the benefit of the roadwork for a couple years. The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan issued a press release Monday stating about $81 million will go toward road projects, mostly on highways. Crews will repave 14 kilometres of Highway 4 between North Battleford and Cochin, 11 kilometres of eastbound lanes of Highway 16 west of Paynton to Maidstone, 24 kilo-metres of westbound lanes along Highway 16 between Waseca and Marshall, and eight kilometres of eastbound lanes along Highway 16 east of Delmas. Doug Wakabayashi of the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure said final paving work needs to be completed on Highway 4’s passing lanes. Last year, crews “got the first layer of asphalt down before the freeze up,” Wakabayashi said, and said passing lanes should be completed this construction season. “What you’ll see this year is the work we did last year,” Wakabayashi said, adding recent funding will go toward paving 14 kilometres of Highway 4, to becompleted in 2022. The passing lanes, Wakabayashi said, may appear rough to drivers and “it might not ride the greatest,” as work on the passing lanes isn’t finished yet. The roadwork west of Paynton, Wakabayashi said, and the roadwork near Delmas, is scheduled to be complete in the upcoming construction season. Updated roadwork between Waseca and Marshall is scheduled to be done in 2021, Wakabayashi said. Funding will also go toward paving highways near Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Regina and small towns.Cox speaks in the leg on new Sask. Hospital By John Cairns Staff ReporterBattlefords MLA Herb Cox has lauded the completion of the new Saskatchewan Hospital in the legislature. Cox made his remarks Monday, immediately after Friday’s grand opening ceremonies at the new hospital. The opening was attended by Premier Scott Moe and several other Saskatchewan Party cabinet ministers and MLAs. Here are Cox’s remarks about the grand opening as recorded in Hansard. Mr. Cox: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, last Friday saw a landmark achievement in mental health for this province, and that was the grand opening of the new Saskatchewan Hos-pital North Battleford. For those in need of psychiatric rehabilitation, it is more than a hospital — it is a home. Rooms are spacious and private. Natural lighting is a feature throughout, and the facility itself overlooks the beautiful North Saskatchewan River Valley. Mr. Speaker, all patients from the old Sask Hospital North Battleford have been relocated and settled into the new facility. Mr. Speaker, mental health is a priority for our government, and that is why we are pleased to support this facility with $407 million in funding for construction and maintenance to keep it in like-new condition for decades to come. Mr. Speaker, the new Sask Hospital North Battleford is among themost advanced mental health treatment centres in Canada. It represents the single largest investment in mental health in the history of this province and the cumulative efforts and vision of so many people over the better part of a decade. Mr. Speaker, while many were involved in this project, I would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at the new Sask Hospital North Battleford. By all accounts, Mr. Speaker, they have done a great job making this transition smooth and comfortable for the patients. I am confident that their compassion and professionalism will have a lasting and positive effect on their lives, their families, and our communities. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.Regional News-OptimistThe Battlefords, Thursday, March 14, 2019 - Page 3w w w. n ew s o p t i m i s t . c aDelivering downtown more difficult than ever Courier calling for special zones By John Cairns Staff ReporterA delivery courier went before North Battleford city council Monday calling for changes to allow him to do his job. Tracy George, a courier for 28 years in the city, advocated for some sort of “delivery zone” to be set up on 11th and 12th Avenues for couriers to service downtown customers. George wants to see a dedicated delivery zone set up and council has shown interest in the idea. George made clear in his presentation to counciland also in correspondence to City Hall that couriers are having a harder time doing their jobs safely downtown. He cited changes to parking and sidewalks, plus the stepping up of enforcement by North Battleford’s community safety officers. “The CSOs are on us, and I get they have their job to do,” said George. “But we’re trying to do our job as well for our customers downtown so that they can get their freights in and get their stuff and get it out onto the shelves as fast as they can.” George acknowledgedthere is a 10-minute loading zone downtown by the Royal Bank, but added that it is usually taken. “Everybody parks there,” he said. Using back door entrances isn’t a viable alternative for couriers, George noted, as most stops along the 1100-1200 block of 101st Street do not have back alley entrances due to safety concerns. That forces the couriers onto the street, he said. George explained he now has to double park in the street and rush through traffic to make deliveries. He said his companyhas indicated it will pay double-parking tickets, but he pointed to an encounter where the CSO was going to write a provincial parking ticket instead of a bylaw infraction, which would have meant points off George’s licence. Other couriers are receiving provincial tickets as well, he said. The suggestion of setting up a “delivery zone,” as opposed to “loading zone,” was one that interested council. Mayor Ryan Bater wanted to know if other cities had such zones. Director of Planning and Development JenniferDowntown Revitalization Incentive Policy. The current policy, already in place for 24 months, will extend another 24 months at the current rates. The policy covers building façade and site improvements, building improvements and expansion, vacant properties, brownfields, new construction and new residential, all downtown. City officials say they have been encouraged with what they see as robust development downtown under the existing policy. Also approved was a three-piece tax incentive policy for the key commercial corridors of 100th Street and Railway Avenue:• A building improvements and expansion program for interior, exterior, structural or additions with a three-year tax exemption for projects valued between $250,000 and $499,999 and $500,000 for four years; • A renovations and demolition incentive for projects where a building is demolished and followed by new construction within 12 months – 100 per cent for the first two years, followed by 75 per cent, 50 per cent and 25 per cent in subsequent years. • A brownfields tax incentive of 100 per cent for the first four years and 75 per cent for year five. Council also approved a city-wide residential incen-tive policy. The incentive applies to the residential mill rate only and runs at 100 per cent for the first three years, 75 per cent in year four and 50 per cent in year five. The incentives will apply to the improvements on the land, not the land itself. The incentive is coming in to address a slow housing market in North Battleford, and the indication from administration is that the proposed policy has sparked some interest. The policy is being introduced for a 12-month term, which is shorter than the downtown policy. City Planner Ryan Mackrell explained the real estate market is cyclical, so administration wants to be ableTracy George, a delivery courier in North Battleford, went before city council Monday calling for “delivery zones” to allow couriers to do their jobs downtown. Photo by John CairnsNiesink stated their research found other cities had loading zones that could be used as delivery zones, but were not courier-specific. In other cities that don’t have delivery zones, couriers can park in a specificlocation and use a dolly to transport merchandise to various businesses. That is an option, Niesink indicated. “I think we have to look at this and find a common sense solution,” said Councillor Len Taylor.Council passes land pricing, tax incentive resolutions By John Cairns Staff ReporterSome new incentives as well as a 15 per cent lot pricing discount have been given the official approval by North Battleford council Monday. Council passed several resolutions related to downtown and commercial corridor incentives, as well as residential incentives and land pricing, at their latest meeting. These had already been discussed at length at their previous planning committee meeting on Feb. 19 and there were no major changes to what was proposed at that time. First, the city passed a resolution to extend theCity Planner Ryan Mackrell says the 15 per cent off sale of lots in Killdeer and in Fairview Heights has generated at least seven inquiries to his office. Photo by John Cairnsto review the policy on a quick turnaround. Finally, council has approved the residential land pricing, with a sale price of 15 per cent off all lots in Killdeer and in Fairview Heights for a 12-month period. Each lot already had a 20 per cent profit margin built in, so a 15 per cent discount will not result ina loss for the city. The sale price was described as “aggressive” by city officials. It comes after a year when the city sold zero lots in Killdeer and Fairview Heights. Interest has since picked up. Mackrell noted that since news broke of the sale price, they’ve had at least seven inquiries.Downtown BID looks toward more initiatives in 2019 By John Cairns Staff ReporterThe Downtown North Battleford Business Improvement District has a number of initiatives set to go for 2019. Misty Lavertu, executive director of Downtown North Battleford, outlined their plans before city council Monday, a day in advance of the organization’s annual general meeting. There have been a few changes internally with the BID. The board has a new chair, Devan Oborowsky, recently installed. Lavertusaid the organization has been spending the past year focusing on improving pol
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