Vegreville Invites Prime Minister to the community as part of cross-country tour
January 11, 2017
Vegreville invites Prime Minister to the community as part of cross-country tour
(Vegreville) – The Town of Vegreville is sending an invitation to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to visit the community and discuss the loss of up to 280 jobs due to the closure of the federal government’s Case Processing Centre (CPC).
“Last week, the Prime Minister announced he is touring the country to engage directly with Canadians,” said Mayor Myron Hayduk. “Middle class Canadians live in the community of Vegreville and our community risks losing up to 10% of its entire workforce based on a single federal decision – one made without consultation. The federal government decided to close the CPC and now it is time for the Prime Minister to listen to the facts. We are losing important, sustainable jobs when better options exist. We want a chance for the Prime Minster to discuss the threat to our community’s viability.”
There was no consultation with the Town over the decision, despite the fact officials from the department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) contemplated the closure for over one year. The Town of Vegreville was not contacted by IRCC staff about the office closure and the Mayor and Councillors only learned about the decision from staff when they were told at a meeting in late October.
While the department has said it developed a detailed business case, it has not shared this information with the community. In addition, there was no assessment of the economic consequence created for Vegreville by closing the community’s largest employer.
The rationale provided by IRCC officials for moving the CPC suggested that Edmonton made more sense for the Centre, since the proximity to universities, the availability of public transit and housing options, and career growth opportunities within the federal government were readily available. Since Vegreville is just over an hour from Edmonton, these criteria do not make sense.
Adds Mayor Hayduk, “It is hard to understand how any of these criteria are critical to the future of the CPC. The CPC provides administrative services, there is no direct contact with clients and no need for walk-in service by the public. There is no demonstrable improvement in client services from this move.”
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Town of Vegreville Municipal Enforcement department spearheads SADD Paper bag campaign.
SADD Alberta, in partnership with the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, has implemented a liquor bag campaign whereby Alberta students of all ages can add their personal message on the dangers of impaired driving to a paper liquor bag. This activity assists educators in continuing the conversation about the dangers of drinking and driving. This campaign started in Alberta in 2012 and has continually grown in success and interest. This is Vegreville’s 3rd year participating in the paper bag campaign.
Community Peace Officer Ken Podoborozny along with school resource officer Constable Jay Gagnon, delivered over 1500 paper bags to the 4 schools in Vegreville, and the one school in Mundare. All the completed bags will be submitted to be judged by members of SADD Alberta and the AGLC. The overall winner will receive $500 gift certificate and other category winners could win up to $200 in gift certificates. Winners will be announced by March 31, 2017.
Community Peace Officer Ken Podoborozny delivered the colourful bags to the Liquor Den in Vegreville, Salty’s Liquor in Vegreville, Vegreville Liquor Store and Mundare Liquor Store.
Friends Don’t Let Friends Drink & Drive!
Provincial Door-to-door energy sales ban will protect consumers
Door-to-door energy sales ban will protect consumers
Starting Jan. 1, 2017, Alberta will prohibit unsolicited door-to-door selling of energy products to protect people from misleading, high-pressure sales practices.
Alberta is banning door-to-door sales of:
- natural gas and electricity energy contracts
- water heaters
- air conditioners
- energy audits
Full details Alberta Government
Vegreville resident’s concern changes safety at intersection
Safety for children is a concern of all parents, and Vegreville resident Shirley Kercher is no different. Back in 2014 Shirley expressed in a letter to the Town of Vegreville that she was concerned about her children crossing Highway 16A at 51 Street to get to AL Horton School. In the letter, Shirley was requesting the Town of Vegreville make the crosswalk more visible.
This is where the process began for the Town of Vegreville. During the 2015 budget process the Public Works Department reviewed the options for this intersection. The option of a hard wired flashing indicator would have the cost of approximately $50,000 per side, so the department decided to look at a more affordable alternative. The solution was solar powered Rapid Rectangular Flashing Beacons, at the total cost of just under $10,000. Due to the fact that it was installed on an Alberta Transportation numbered highway, Vegreville was to be the trial location for these systems across Alberta.
In order to be approved by Alberta Transportation, the Town was required to perform a pedestrian count at this intersection. The count was performed in spring of 2016 when the foot traffic would be higher, as school was in. The pedestrian use at this intersection during a weekday count from 7:00 am – 7:00 pm revealed an average of 100 uses per day. The count was submitted to Alberta Transportation for review, and the proposed installation received approval.
The Rapid Rectangular Flashing Beacon indicators were to be installed on a current ATCO Electric light standard on the South side of the intersection, and a completely new installation on the North side. So with ATCO Electric crews graciously assisting the Town of Vegreville, the indicator was installed on November 22, 2016.
Shortly after installation, Shirley was notified that the indicators were operational at the intersection. She expressed to the Town of Vegreville a huge thank you for completing this project and that she definitely feels a lot safer crossing this intersection. The Town continues to receive positive comments regarding the new indicators.
This story starts with the pen of a concerned mother and ended with the installation of a system that will make life safer for everyone. Hopefully for Alberta Transportation, this is a new solution for many more unmarked intersections across Alberta.
Outdoor skating ponds are open for the season