Monday, 31 December 2012

Saturday, 29 December 2012


Another fun PA Herald editorial cartoon. 

 We wish all a prosperous and safe 2013 

 Start it out by using the provided rides home. 

Ding in the New Year

The "Ding in the New Year" program offers free bus service from 7:45pm  - 3:15am on New Year's Eve.  Let Prince Albert Transit be your Designated Driver this New Years Eve!   

Click the "Ding in the New Year" link:

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Well it is official

I am now a full politician I guess. 

Today the Prince Albert Herald included a character that resembles me according to my family.

It truly is an honour to be portrayed in humour. We need to laugh at times and enjoy the humour in everyday life.

Not sure the name of the artist BUT GOOD ON YOU... keep challenging us.

I hope you have time over the holidays to laugh at life and enjoy your family and especially the children. If you don't have family around find others to be with. It is a hard time to be alone. 

Bless all that make the day so special for others like Charlie Squires over at the Northcote who for the last many years along with the Mayor cooks breakfast Christmas morning for the people that are not away. 


PA Herald Saturday December 22, 2012

Friday, 21 December 2012

It is about great people

34th Street West December 19th, 2012

At this time of year we should talk about people. We also should take time to think about how much we depend on each others.

Just before Christmas I was touched by how caring and dedicated our civic employees are. I had the opportunity to work with the most engaged and creative people inside city hall. These unsung heroes work quietly and skillfully and many of us never get to talk to them. When I do I am greeted with smiles, quick responses and desire to perform their jobs above and beyond.

Our outside workers are more visible but many don't know many work for us 24 hours a day. They work in our sewage treatment and water plants, they clean our streets, repair and maintain our infrastructure, they repair our equipment, machines and vehicles. They do this always under the sometime critical and watchful eye of you the citizens. Our people care about our city and have pride in how it looks, how it runs and how visitors see it.  Next time you see them working for you think about how cold, slippery and dangerous it can be delivering service to us. Do you work outside in any weather, in any condition, in any circumstance?

Just after one of our huge snow falls in December someone called from Birch Lane and wanted to ask if the new council had changed the snow clearing program or cut the budgets because their lane normally is cleaned the 2nd or 3rd day after a winter storm. Well how is a new councillor able to handle this response? I simplely used email and sent a request to our Director of Public Works and the City Manager. I got a quick response stating that no changes have been made but we are down one grader and it was to be back into action on Monday morning. Monday our Operations Manager called and told me he traveled out to Birch Lane Friday  night to check it  out (Friday nights where are you? Are you worrying about your customers?) and found one of the wonderful residents had gone ahead and cleared the road for their neighbours. See this is what our city is about neighbours helping each other out.

The same week I had a call from a concerned citizen living around the water treatment plant. They were concerned seeing hazmat, police and ambulances arrive sirens and all. What would happen if they needed to be evacuated? How come no warning systems? Over all they were worried about their families and neighbours. I sent off an email at 9pm to the Fire Chief, City Manager and Director of Public Works to answer the questions. Again I was amazed to get a response within an hour from the Fire Chief letting me know how safe the plant is and how if it were needed, such as if there was a natural gas leak somewhere in the city how they would evacuate people by going door to door. I also got a technical update on the safety measure from our City Manager, who is a professional engineer with years of experience working with complicated utility plants and it's superior safety systems.  The point in talking about this is we have experienced professionals that when the unforeseen happens they react and do the best they can to protect us and maintain our services. 

The emergency at the water treatment plant shows how well our EMO system works. We have firefighters that don't just train for fires they train in the treatment plants, know the layouts, know the chemicals, know how to protect us and the workers from spills such as before Christmas. The firefighter and our staff are constantly training to keep us safe and when needed get us out of our dilemmas. Great people doing a fantastic job. 

Another department is always in dangers way and on guard 24/7, answering phones, enforcing bylaws, helping families deal with the hardships of life and protecting us. Our Police Services allow us to feel safe and secure. We can never say enough about the rewards we get from our protective umbrella of men and woman there for us all the time.  Without their caring and superb professionalism we would not be the city we are. Thank you one and all.

Last but not least I want to thank you the citizens that have endured and shown the world how we can handle adversity and challenge. We came together, supported each other and yes had patience to allow things to progress as it had to. You are the spirit and make Prince Albert the best place on this earth to live.

Thank you for allowing me and my fellow council members to represent you. It is going to be a challenging year we will need your confidence and understanding to be able to fund the challenges of our crumbling infrastructure demands and huge increase in union demands. At the end of the day it is you and I that must pay the bill. I ask for your understanding and confidence.

Rick Orr

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Orientation with City Manger and council

Council met with the city manager at 8am Saturday morning. Frank and great dialogue. We all had opportunity to express what you told us at the door and discuss ward and city priorities. Every day we learn more about the complexities of running such a complicated corporation. I feel that we have a mayor and council willing to look at and deal with issues inclusively. Great start to the next four years.

Enjoy your holidays we will get at it in 2013 and try to make a difference that will prepare Prince Albert to be the best it has ever been in the future.

Please provide feedback and ideas.

Have a very Merry Christmas and fantastic 2013. Stay safe and warm. Rick

Central Fire Hall Museum - December 2012

Thanks Northcote Manor for Christmas Dinner

The Mayor, Kathy and I enjoyed our evening with the residents of Northcote. What a  fun loving community. Laughs, mostly at the Mayor expense, and great food.

You all enrich our lives and we value your input and friendships.

Love to all over the Christmas season. May you have love of family and Peace On Earth.

Rick and Kathy

Central Avenue in December just after our 60th cm of snow dump. By December 15th we have had the same amount of snow fall as in all of 2011. Great work city snow removal employees. Your pride and dedication is admired. Good job everyone from the inside workers to the mechanics a real team effort. Enjoy your Christmas hopefully Mother Nature will cooperate and give you a much needed break.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Christmas at city hall

Christmas at city hall Mondy December 10th 2012

Holly Cross School student kicked off this year concert series. The event was organized by the Prince Albert Multicultural Council. 

What a sight, happy excited children and family filling city hall foyer. Everyone including our hard working inside workers enjoyed the music and joys of the season.

Merry Christmas Everyone.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Main Street Prince Albert Downtown Project

Thanks for the invitation to learn and support our downtown strategy.

I look forward to the third webinar:

Downtown Business Tips – DDI Team

Rogers Rules 20/20 Signage Equals $$$ Three Statistics All Downtowns Should Live By Repetition Gets Results   Video Tips Power Of Curb Appeal Perpendicular Signs...

What's Up On Main Street Prince Albert

Click link below.

Thanks to the volunteer association and members of the board for all your hard work and dedication to making our downtown the best it can be in the future.

Busy times as a rookie councillor. I have started meetings with department heads to learn about their huge responsibilities and also bring your concerns and wishes forward before budget processes start.

Our city manager has proposed a very in depth budget process that is about to start in December and continue right through to March. This will allow us all to review by line and department the complete city budget. A mountain of detail and work. The learning curve will be big.

In the last month I have also had the opportunity to ride our transit system and talk to users. They had great suggestions and our Transit Manager is terrific and very interested in listening and coming up with solutions and improvements. We hope to drop in and talk to seniors over the next while to discuss usage and safety when traveling by public transit.

Make sure you let me know your thoughts and ideas.

Thanks for your support.

Kathy and I attended "Snow White" on Sunday and it was outstanding.

The Mad Hatter Theatre Company-Christmas Pantomime-Snow White

December 1 and 2 at 2 PM

Mirror, mirror, on the wall who is the fairest of them all? Start your Christmas season by entering a delightful world of magic and fun! The Mad Hatter Theatre Company returns to the E. A. Rawlinson Centre for our fourth season and proudly presents the Christmas Pantomime Snow White. This interactive family entertainment production follows the wicked Queen as she seeks to destroy her rival in beauty. The Dwarfs are stubborn, generous, mean, kind and totally appealing. The Prince is a true Prince, sometimes foolish, always brave and Snow White is a lovely and lovable as legend says. Children of all ages and the young at heart will enjoy the antics of the characters in this light hearted rendition of the story. Return to the innocent world of childhood literature as the story comes alive on the stage in our fun filled matinee performances. Imagination has no age and dreams are forever