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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 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 residential customers currently pay $55 a month for water. 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, incresasing 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 property tax. But the mayor says the water rate hikes are designed to hopefully keep property taxes at current levels.

 
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
 
Suspect In Sucker River Shooting Incident Receives Fine PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Smith   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 14:59

The 39-year-old man charged after shots were fired in Sucker River last month has been handed a fine.

Craig Larson appeared in La Ronge Provincial Court on Monday.

He was arrested on September 13th after RCMP received complaints about a person firing shots at several houses, a vehicle and into the air.

There were no injuries in the incident.

Larson was later arrested and faced a total of five charges, including possession of a weapon dangerous to the public and careless use of a firearm.

Two charges were eventually dropped and Larson received a $500 fine for each of the three remaining charges.

He was also ordered to pay a $100 surcharge.

Meanwhile, an RCMP spokesperson says the force continues to investigate derogatory remarks about the case that were allegedly posted on Facebook by a Mountie.

 
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