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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Spring Registration and Info night 2017
The Town of Vegreville Recreation & Facilities Department is currently planning the annual Spring Registration and Information Night. Once again this year the event will be held in the Vegreville Social Centre on Tuesday March 21, 2017 from 4:30-7:00pm.
We would like to take this opportunity to welcome back organizations who have previously used this night as their registration night, and to any and all organizations that may have events during the spring/summer/fall, or would like to get more information to the public. This is a great opportunity to showcase your organization and what it has to offer the community during the summer months.
The cost will be $25 per table. Payment can be made at the Vegreville Aquatic & Fitness Centre (Visa, Mastercard, Debit, Cash, Cheque) with cheques being made out to the "Town of Vegreville". Deadline to register is March 15, 2017. Each group or organization will be required to provide a sign that iden-tifies your group, placed prominently at your table. One table and two chairs will be provided. There will be only one organization allowed per table, though groups may purchase more than one table. Your organization will be able to begin setting up starting at 3:00pm.
Registration forms will be available online at www.vegreville.com or at the Vegreville Aquatic & Fitness Centre (4509 48St).Register early as information received after March 15th will NOT be included in the brochure at the event.
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
Town Administration Office Holiday Hours
Administration Office Hours:
December 23 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
December 26 & 27 CLOSED
December 28 - 30th 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
January 2 - CLOSED
Resume normal business hours January 3rd
Mondays - Fridays 9 am - 4:30 pm Closed on Stat. holidays