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Coalition of Inclusive Municipalities June 30, 2021

On June 30th, 2021, City of North Battleford Mayor David Gillan and Town of Battleford Mayor Ames Leslie, in a joint declaration signing ceremony on Finlayson Island, officially join the Canadian Coalition of Inclusive Municipalities membership alongside eighty-two other Canadian municipalities who are dedicated to the elimination of racial discrimination, the promotion of social inclusion, and supportive of human rights and diversity.

Racism, discrimination, and exclusion are significant barriers in society that substantially impacts our multicultural groups and marginalized populations in all facets of their lives. Committing to the implementation of policy and programming that is dedicated to improving the cultural fabric of our region while building an inclusive Battlefords is a benefit to us all.

The City and Town will each develop their own unique plans of action to meet the 10 Common Commitments of the Coalition of Inclusive Municipalities. Those commitments are:

The Municipality as a guardian of the public interest

  1. Increase vigilance against systemic and individual racism and discrimination.

  2. Monitor racism and discrimination in the community more broadly as well as municipal actions taken to address racism and discrimination.

  3. Inform and support individuals who experience racism and discrimination.

  4. Support policing services in their efforts to be exemplary institutions in combating racism and discrimination.

The Municipality as an organization in the fulfillment of human rights

  1. Provide equal opportunities as a municipal employer, service provider and contractor

  2. Support measures to promote equality in the labour market.

  3. Support measures to challenge racism and discrimination and promote diversity and equal opportunity in housing.

The Municipality as a community sharing responsibility for respecting and promoting human rights and diversity

  1. Involve citizens by giving them a voice in anti-racism initiatives and decision-making.

  2. Support measures to challenge racism and discrimination and promote diversity and equal opportunity in the education sector and in other forms of learning.

  3. Promote respect, understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity and the inclusion of Aboriginal and radicalized communities into the cultural fabric of the municipality.

Mayor Gillan on signing the declaration

Municipalities around the world are joining an international movement willing to take up the challenge of creating inclusive, equitable municipal organizations and communities free of racism and discrimination. The City of North Battleford is committed to a shared process of learning and exchange to advance work within our community that leads to access, inclusion, equity and justice for all residents”.

The City would like to thank the Town of Battleford for being a partner in this commitment to improving our region.

 

For more information:

Dustin Tungilik MacDonald, Communications Administrator
306-445-1713 | dmacdonald@cityofnb.ca

Pop-up Spray Parks June 29, 2021

The North Battleford Fire Department will be hosting Pop-up Spray Parks.

Please maintain physically distancing, with a maximum limit of 150 kids. Bring your own water, keep hydrated.
Date: Wednesday, June 30th
Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
 
AND
Location: Bready Elementary School
Date: Friday, July 2nd
Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

High Heat Forecasted June 28, 2021

The City of North Battleford is forecasted to reach 31°C on Monday, June 28th and the mid-30s for the rest of week with humidity making it feel even hotter. The City is urging residents to take precautions to protect themselves, family, friends, neighbours and pets during this heatwave.

 

Cooling Sites

If you do not have air conditioning to cool down, consider a cooling site. North Battleford Public Transit is a great way to get to and from these cooling site locations visit: www.cityofnb.ca for routes and pricing.

 

The Kinsmen Park Spray Park, Centennial Park Spray Park and Senator Herb Sparrow Spray Park are open daily from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. Please follow all posted COVID-19 Guidelines.

Other cooling opportunities are the Credit Union CUplex Battleford CO-OP Aquatic Centre and the NationsWEST Field House. The Aquatic Centre is an excellent place to cool down in the water and water features. The Field House provides a cooler than outside environment, perfect for light activities. Both facilities will remain open during regular summer hours at regular admission visit: www.cityofnb.ca for hours and prices.

 

Protecting Yourself and Others

It is important that people keep hydrated and modify their activities, especially if they know they are at increased risk because of high temperatures.” Fire Chief Lindsay Holm advised and added, “We are asking residents to keep tabs on friends and neighbours who might be at elevated risk during this heatwave.”

 

Watch for symptoms of heat illness, which include:

  • Dizziness or fainting

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Headache

  • Unusually rapid breathing and heartbeat

  • Extreme thirst

  • Profuse sweating & flushed coloured skin

 

The City North Battleford suggests residents take the following precautions:

  • Drink plenty of cool liquids before you feel thirsty

  • Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated beverages, as they will dehydrate you

  • Wear loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing

  • Consider rescheduling activities to cooler hours of the day

  • Do not leave any person or pet inside a closed vehicle for any length of time

If you experience any heat illness symptoms during extreme heat, immediately move to a cool place and drink cool liquids. Increased observation is urged for vulnerable people, including children, seniors, those with mental health conditions, people with pre-existing lung, heart, kidney, nervous system or diabetic conditions, outdoor workers as well as those who are socially isolated.

Heatstroke is a medical emergency. Dial 911 immediately if you are caring for someone who has a high body temperature and is either unconscious or confused. While waiting for help, cool the person immediately by moving them out of the heat and to a cool place if possible. Have them rest and apply cold water to large areas of the skin or clothing and fan the person as much as possible.

The City of North Battleford Fire Department is thankful for residents checking in and caring for others who are at elevated risk of heat exposure.” expressed Fire Chief Holm.

Please call the Saskatchewan HealthLine at 811 for advice on health risks, symptoms and precautions associated with heat.

Keep up-to-date with emergency alerts with SaskAlert by downloading the app in the iOS or Android store by searching “SaskAlert”.

 

Protecting Your Pets

Young, elderly and overweight animals and those with thick or dark coats are at the most risk of overheating. To protect your pet from overheating, please take these precautions to keep them safe:

  • Provide plenty of clean water

  • Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle

  • Limit exercise on hot days

  • Know the symptoms of overheating

    • excessive panting or difficulty breathing

    • mild weakness

    • excessive drooling

    • increase heart and breathing rates

Resources:
HealthLine881 https://www.healthwise.net/saskhealthauthority

SaskAlert http://emergencyalert.saskatchewan.ca/

Health Canada https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/sun-safety/extreme-heat-heat-waves.html

North Battleford Public Transit, routes & fares https://www.cityofnb.ca/resident_services/public_transportation.html

This news release was completed using files from Health Canada.

For more information:

Dustin Tungilik MacDonald, Communications Administrator
306-445-1713 | dmacdonald@cityofnb.ca

Council Agenda for June 28 June 24, 2021

June 28, 2021, Full Agenda - https://www.cityofnb.ca/mrws/filedriver/Agendas_and_Agenda_Sheets/C15_-_June_28_2021_-_Website.pdf
Zoom meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81771879492
Webinar ID: 817 7187 9492 NO PASSCODE REQUIRED
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City Extends Condolences June 24, 2021

On behalf of City Council, City staff and the residents of North Battleford, Mayor David Gillan, expresses heartfelt condolences in recognition of the discovery of 751 unmarked graves located in a cemetery near the former Marieval Indian Residential School. Discoveries like this cause deep sadness and pain for all of us. North Battleford grieves with all who are suffering and enduring during this painful time.

The flags at City Hall have been lowered to half-mast in recognition of the children discovered.

The City continues to partner with our regional First Nations and Indigenous neighbours to better understand our past and bring positive change to the future.

Resources

There are resources available for those who need crisis, emotional, or spiritual assistance:

The Residential School Crisis Support Line is open 24/7 and can be reached at
1-844-751-2133.

Individuals can also reach out to the following organizations for help:
The First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line: 1-855-242-3310.

Indian Residential School Survivors and Family can contact:
Toll-Free Line: 1-800-721-0066.
24-Hour National Crisis Line: 1-866-925-4419.

Native Youth Crisis Hotline: 1-877-209-1266.

 

For more information:

David Gillan
City of North Battleford Mayor
306-445-1725

Flags at half-mast June 24, 2021

The flags at City Hall have been lowered following the discovery of unmarked graves at the former Marieval (Cowessess) Indian Residential School site.
 
There are resources available for those who need crisis, emotional, or spiritual assistance:
The Residential School Crisis Support Line is open 24/7 and can be reached at 1-844-751-2133.
 
Individuals can also reach out to the following organizations for help: The First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line: 1-855-242-3310.
 
Indian Residential School Survivors and Family can contact:
Toll-Free Line: 1-800-721-0066.
24-Hour National Crisis Line: 1-866-925-4419.
 
Native Youth Crisis Hotline: 1-877-209-1266.

Planning Committee Meeting Date Change June 15, 2021

PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING

 

DATE CHANGE

 

The City of North Battleford Planning Committee meeting date scheduled for Monday, June 21st has been changed.

New Date: Tuesday, June 22nd

The start time of the meeting remains the same, at 5:15 pm.

 

The meeting will be conducted via electronic means, Zoom information to watch or listen to this meeting live can be found here https://www.cityofnb.ca/city_government/committee_meetings/planning_committee.html

 

For more information:

Stacey Hadley, City Clerk
306-
445-1719 | CityClerk@cityofnb.ca

Smart Water Meter Upgrade Process June 15, 2021

The City of North Battleford is now in the fourth month of our MANDATORY Smart Meter Installation. The City has installed over 10% of meters throughout the city. Some of our installation zones have several properties that have yet to book their meter changeouts.

Installs Ending in Zone 1

Residents in Zone 1 have received a minimum of three communications delivered to their property asking them to contact KTI Limited to have a new water meter installed, free of charge. Zone 1 is entering the last phase of meter installs in the area. Anyone who has not booked an appointment in Zone 1 will be receiving notification of their pending water shut-off this week. To avoid having your water shut off please call the KTI booking number or visit their website to book your appointment.

Installs Soon Ending in Zone 2

In Zone 2, those residents who have not booked or had their water meters already installed will be receiving notice of water shut-off next week. Residents will have 1 week after receiving their notification to book their appointment. To avoid having your water shut off please call the KTI booking number or visit their website to book your appointment

Zones 3 through 6

Zones 3 through 6 are actively booking appointments.

Booking
Properties in Zones 1 through 6 may book their smart meter installation appointment by calling KTI at 1-833-543-8807 or booking online at www.ktiappointment.com. Your booking password is included with your notifications. Residents living outside of the open zones will receive notification in the mail once their zone is open.

Background
The meters are being upgraded from ageing analog meters that are nearing their end-of-service-life to smart water meters.

The new meters will provide property owners on-demand information about their water use and detailed statistics of previous use. Meaning, residents will have tools to identify if they have a water leak on their property. With current analog meters, a small leak is easily unnoticeable, wasting money and resources. Further, the new meters will allow the City to optimize our water infrastructure and reduce our environmental footprint. Just like residents, the City will have tools to assist in identifying small leaks.

Upgrade Process

Upgrades are being completed by zones. When your zone is active for booking and installation, each property in that zone will receive a series of communications over 6-8 weeks, notifying you that you can now schedule the installation of the new meter. The information delivered to your property will include information on how to book your upgrade. Booking can be completed by phone or online, through KTI. Installation for residential properties is estimated to take between 30-minutes to an hour.

Book your upgrade at your soonest convenience with a time that best meets your schedule. Appointments are available in 4-hour blocks morning, afternoon, evening, and on Saturdays. Households or businesses that fail to book the installation of the new water meter will have their water shut off until they book the upgrade. Delays of the project because of the individuals failing to book will cause additional costs to all ratepayers.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

The health and safety of our citizens and our installers are a priority of this project. Our installers follow detailed COVID-19 plans and precautions to help keep you and themselves safe. KTI Ltd COVID-19 practices are available on our website www.cityofnb.ca/smartmeter.

 Map of active zones

For more information:

Dustin Tungilik MacDonald, Communications Administrator
306-445-1713 | dmacdonald@cityofnb.ca

Council Agenda for June 14 June 10, 2021

June 14, 2021, Full agenda https://www.cityofnb.ca/mrws/filedriver/Agendas_and_Agenda_Sheets/C14_-_June_14_2021_-_Website.pdf
Zoom meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81969687284
Webinar ID: 819 6968 7284
NO PASSCODE REQUIRED
Or telephone: 1-647-558-0588 or 1-778-907-2071 or 1-204-272-7920 or 1-438-809-7799 or 1-587-328-1099 or 1-647-374-4685 or 855-703-8985 (Toll-Free)
International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/ktiasGC74
Or One tap mobile: +16475580588,,81969687284#  or +17789072071,,81969687284#

Weather Watch June 9, 2021

The City of North Battleford is under a severe thunderstorm watch with a significant amount of rain forecasted.

Residents are encouraged to safely ensure that their eve troughs are clear and surface water flows away from their property.

For real-time public alerts of an emergency, install SaskAlert on your mobile device today. Learn more about SaskAlert here http://emergencyalert.saskatchewan.ca/.

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