OCTOBER 2015

By Lloydminster Source staff

January 5, 2016 11:22 AM

The Harvest Festival took place at Bud Miller All Seasons Park on Oct. 3, which had a list of family friendly activities like horse rides, a petting zoo, live music and food vendors. Ted Etherington was on hand to offer horse rides to those in attendance.

Police are charging five local teenagers with a total of 200 counts of mischief — 40 each — in relation to a vandalism spree which left 72 vehicles with smashed windows, mirrors and lights in the early morning hours of Aug. 23.
The Lloydminster RCMP are asking all victims of the crimes to submit any photographs, damage estimates and invoices to help with the investigation.
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The 2015 Jarita Naistus Memorial Walk for Murdered and Missing Aboriginal Women took place on Oct. 2, and saw supporters walk from the Lloydminster City Hall to Onion Lake, where they stopped at Naistus’s grave site for a memorial ceremony.
“This marks the tenth year anniversary of her murder, which is now a cold case,” said Gord Schreyer, Naistus’s step-father.
“There was an arrest and (the accused) was released a couple years later and released on all charges. It was technicalities with the judge, he just got off is all.”
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Members of Lloydminster’s municipal government gathered at Lloydminster City Hall on Oct. 8 for a special council meeting to address the controversial contract made between the city and former mayor Jeff Mulligan’s consulting group AHHA Moments Inc.
This time around city officials, including Mayor Rob Saunders, city manager Glenn Carroll took questions on the issue.
The contract, which was signed in 2013 at the same time Mulligan was stepping down as mayor, had the city of Lloydminster paying AHHA Moments Inc. for work on an unspecified local project.
This was perceived by many as a conflict of interest and caused a degree of outcry from the public.
“We wanted to address our residents’ concerns and what we wanted to do was recognize that there’s been mistakes made,” said Saunders.
“We are now taking steps to absolve that risk of anything like this happening going forward and so we’re reviewing our policies, our code of conduct and our procedure policies on procurement.”
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What a difference a year makes in the Saskatchewan oilpatch.
The recent October sale of petroleum and natural gas rights generated just $9.8 million in revenue for that province compared to $21.6 million from the same sale a year ago when oil prices were much higher.
After five sales in 2015, land sale revenues totalled $45.5 million compared to $179.6 million in October 2014.
According to statistics from the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors, 2014 ended with a total of 11,226 wells drilled compared to the current 2015 projected total of just 5,531 wells across in Canada.
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Saskatchewan’s Metis Economic Development Sector hung up a business shingle at the Indigenous Economic Partnership Summit in Lloydminster to promote its programs and services.
The 2015 I-Summit was an opportunity not to be missed as it brought together Treaty 6 First Nations, Metis and non-Indigenous industry leaders to explore businesses partnerships.
The event drew more than 200 delegates to the one day conference at the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds on Oct. 15.
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The more things change the more they stay the same, at least for the riding of Lakeland.
The Liberals may have walked away with a majority government in the 2015 election, but Conservative candidate Shannon Stubbs walked away with the majority of votes in the Lakeland constituency.
Stubbs finished with 73.6 per cent of the electorate behind her while Liberal candidate Gary Parenteau followed with 13.7 per cent.
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Lloydminster has slipped from first to sixth among Canada’s top ranked mid-sized cities to start and grow a business in 2015 with low oil prices and economic uncertainty to blame.
Despite the lower rank in the Canadian Federation of Independent Business report, the Lloydminster Economic Development Corporation says our city hasn’t lost its entrepreneurial spirit.
“Given all that’s gone on, all the changes in the economic conditions and the price of oil - going from first to a few down the list— we’re still top 10 in Canada which is pretty darned good,” said corporation CEO Ward Read.
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Lloydminster officials are hoping the city’s upcoming Your Voice public feedback night will fare better than its 2015 Dollars and Sense budget survey campaign.
Only 550 residents completed surveys on priority spending for the city’s 2016 budget in a final report presented at a city council meeting on Oct. 26.
Coun. Linnea Goodhand said the city is not likely to hike property taxes by 2.32 per cent in its budget with that recommendation made by so few respondents.
The tax increase would generate an estimated $455,985 in additional revenue.
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Between valve train issues and a broke blower shaft, things weren’t looking too promising for local racing truck Blown Smoke at the National Hot Rod Diesel Association (NHRDA) World Championship races.
But through luck and some mechanical ingenuity, the truck from Lloydminster not only crossed the finish line, but won two different titles. Driven by Border City’s Brian Spooner, Blown Smoke managed to take both the 2015 Pro Stock World Championship and the 2015 National Points Championship, with many thanks to his pit crew who managed to find the right parts to keep the truck running until the end. 
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The Alberta NDP has finally released its long awaited first budget this week, which focuses on front line services, job creation, economic growth and diversification and, according to finance minister Joe Ceci, the eventual balancing of government finances.
Ceci says Budget 2015, released on Oct. 27, reflects the values and priorities of Albertans while striking the right balance between Alberta’s fiscal, economic and social priorities.

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