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Northern Boaters Survive Three Nights In Cool Weather After Being Stranded On Island PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Smith   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:05

The Canadian Rangers group from Wollaston Lake was called into action last week to help the RCMP locate some missing boaters.

A group of three adults and one youth left Barge Landing headed to Wollaston on Tuesday, but ran out of gas and became stranded on an island.

Canadian Rangers spokesperson Captain Steven Parker says the Wollaston Rangers group helped organize a search team and set out on Thursday.

He says poor weather conditions then delayed the effort until Friday.

"We sent out four boats and two different search parties.  And what we do is we make sure there is an RCMP member with each of the search parties, and then the remainder of the people in the boats are Canadian Rangers".

Parker says they searched a number of islands without finding the group, and resumed the search Friday morning -- and that is when the missing boaters were located.

"They had actually got back into their boat and made an impromptu sail using a tarp and other equipment they had and were attempting to sail back to the community, and that's when the search party found them in the lake".

Parker says the group of four managed to start a fire and stay warm, spending three nights in the cold weather.

He says this is the third official search this year which involved members of the Wollaston Rangers group.

 
La Ronge Residents Could See Monthly Water Bills Triple In Five Years PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kelly Provost   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:03

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is calling a planned water rate hike in La Ronge "astronomical" and "very unusual".

The flat monthly water and sewer bill homeowners pay will be increasing 30 per cent next year and another 30 per cent the following year.

But if the town isn't able to implement water meters or some other cost-saving measure by then, the water bills will triple within five years.

La Ronge customers currently pay $55 a month for water and sewer services. By 2019, it could be $170 a month.

Taxpayers federation spokesman Colin Craig says a normal scenario would see the town index the rate hikes with inflation.

"It's not uncommon to see rate increases that are sometimes higher than inflation -- maybe, 3 or 4 per cent -- that type of level. But to hear that it's 30 per cent over multiple years, I mean, that just seems very unusual and odd and completely out of line with what we usually hear about."

La Ronge mayor Thomas Sierzycki says the problem is current water bills only cover 51 per cent of the cost to produce water.

"So, really, it's not a popular thing for council to do, to look at, increasing costs. However, the realistic approach to this situation is that you do increases over time and then you do look at options that hopefully will be cost-effective to the average user, the average family, but also environmentally-friendly."

Craig says with an increase like this, property owners should be paying less tax. But the mayor says the water rate hikes are designed to hopefully keep property taxes at current levels.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 16:18
 
Cameco Reveals Impact On Production From Recent Labour Disruption PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:00

Cameco has reduced its production forecast for the upcoming year because of the recent labour disruption at McArthur River and Key Lake.

According to the company’s third quarter financial report, production for the last quarter was 18 per cent lower than the same period last year.

Cameco says this drop was partially due to the labour dispute, which accounted for a reduction of 300,000 pounds.

The company says it has decreased its uranium production outlook to between 22.6 million and 22.8 million pounds from a forecast earlier this year.

McArthur River and Key Lake employees accepted a four-year contract on October 6th after an 18-day shutdown due to the labour disruption.

Cameco posted a $146-million net loss in the third quarter as revenue fell 57 per cent from a year earlier.

The Saskatoon-based company's adjusted profit was $93 million.

However, revenue for the world's largest uranium producer was down two per cent from a year earlier to $587 million, well below the general estimate of $628 million.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 17:22
 
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