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GREATER SUDBURY’S COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER
www.northernlife.ca FRIDAY EDITION December 16, 2005 75 cents, GST included
Ratepayers to pay This is fun! Province
5.2 % more in ’06 toughens
BY TRACEY DUGUAY
TRACEY@NORTHERNLIFE.CA fire safety
The only thing left to do in order to finalize a 5.2 percent
municipal tax increase was to rubber-stamp it at Thursday’s
city council meeting.
Council signed off on the 2006 Draft Budget, including
a series of enhancement and budget reduction options,
Wednesday night. The increase consists of a 2.9 percent base
operating tax and 2.3 percent capital levy. BY BILL BRADLEY
Total expenditures for the city in 2006 are expected to be
$452.2 million with $294.7 million in revenues, leaving a net Its the law. Every residence in
operating tax increase of $157.5 million, or 2.9 percent. Ontario must have a working smoke
The 2.3 percent capital levy for 2006, which works out to alarm on every floor and outside all
$3.3 million, will go directly to road construction. sleeping areas, according to the Office
When factoring in the potential of the Canada-Ontario of the Fire Marshal of Ontario.
Rural Infrastructure Fund, whereby all three levels “Early warning gives people time to
of government contribute 1/3 of the costs to approved escape to safety,” said Doug Crawford,
infrastructure projects, the $3.3 million can morph into $10 deputy fire marshal of Ontario. He
million. was commenting on new amendments
With total capital levy funds sitting around $44.5 million, to Ontario’s fire code to fire officials
and around $21 million in total going toward roads-related and staff at the Van Horne Fire Station
projects, that leaves around $23 million to spend on new Wednesday.
projects, which will be discussed in January. After March 1, 2006, for homeown-
■ ers, tenants and individual landlords,
The enhancement options - some of which are one-time non-compliance can result in a ticket of
funded through the 2005 surplus, while others are permanent $235 or a fine up to $25,000 for individual
additions to the tax levy, included: landlords.
“We know working smoke alarms
■ $250,000 to increase related community events save lives, but we know that 50 percent
the Arts and Culture Grant (levy) of fatal residential fires are in homes
program (levy). ■ $2,400 to Valley East
MARG SEREGELYI which do not have working smoke
■ $158,000 to the Walden Youth Centre (levy) Perhaps Collège Boréal president Gisèle Chrétien could have a future in the alarms. People living in those homes,
Day Care to cover tax arrears ■ $100,000 to perform construction industry. She hams it up at the official sod-turning ceremony for the including children are at greater risk
(surplus) roadside ditching and than those with smoke alarms that
college’s Trades Training and Apprenticship Centre. work,” said Crawford,
■ $25,000 to upgrade the brushing along rural roads
Lively Ski Hill (surplus) (levy) Crawford said functioning smoke
■ $36,440 to purchase
e q u i p m e n t f o r H ow a r d
Armstrong Centre (surplus)
■ $30,000 for establishment
of Northern Ontario Medical
School Bursary (levy)
College to build trades centre alarms have been required by law since
1998 outside all sleeping areas, but this
week an amendment to the Ontario fire
code mandates a smoke detector on
■ $5,400 for a crossing ■ $66,0000 to hire a
guard at Algonquin Public b o o k i n g c l e rk f o r t h e Collège Boréal’s new 20,000 on the southern side of the main every floor of the building.
School (levy) community halls (levy) square foot Trades Training and campus on Lasalle Boulevard. The “We know from experience that
■ $38,000 for the Rayside- ■ $245,000 to expand
Apprenticeship Centre will feature cost of construction of the first phase having one smoke alarm is not enough.
B a l f o u r Yo u t h C e n t r e programs identified in Fire a couple of multi-functional is estimated to cost $3. 7 million. If there was a fire on the ground floor
(surplus) Master Plan (surplus) workshops, two classrooms, an office The project is expected to be where a fire starts, having a second
■ $160,536 homeless ■ $25,000 for site and a rest area. completed by August 2006. The smoke alarm there gives the sleepers
initiatives (surplus) improvement to Minnow “There will be an increasing college will welcome its first students upstairs extra time to evacuate the resi-
■ $64,687 to increase the Lake Place (surplus) shortage of qualified workers in in September. dence,” he said.
city’s share of the rates for ■ $100,000 to implement
trades for the next five years. With The workshops will be used for Residents should be especially con-
emergency shelters security firms pilot project the creation of a Trades Training the heavy equipment mechanics cerned about fire safety during the holi-
■ $289,000 for Rainbow for city parks (surplus) and Apprenticship Centre, we course, the welding and fabricating days and in winter months in general
Routes (surplus) ■ $20,000 for the Lake
are helping young francophones course as well as apprenticeship and said Sudbury Fire Chief Donald Don-
■ $250,000 to the Nickel Water Quality Pro g ram interested in learning a trade to gain pre-apprenticeship programs. aldson.
District Conservation (surplus) access to training in their mother The project was made possible “At Christmas there is a lot more com-
Authority (surplus) ■ $10,000 to Volunteer
tongue,” said Gisèle Chrétien, with funding from FedNor, the bustibles in the home. You have trees, can-
■ $4,000 to offset Sudbury for an operating president of Collège Boréal. Northern Ontario Heritage Fund, dles, lights, presents wrapped in paper.
insurance costs for liquor- grant (levy) The building will be located and Union Gas. Let us not forget about alcohol too.Taken
together you have a serious risk.