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Ratepayers to pay                                                                                This is fun!                                                           Province
5.2 % more in ’06                                                                                                                                                       toughens
                       BY TRACEY DUGUAY
                   TRACEY@NORTHERNLIFE.CA                                                                                                                               fire safety
                                                                                                                                                                        regulations
    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
                                                                                                                                                                             BBRADLEY@NORTHERNLIFE.CA
    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.

				
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