Prince Albert civic election 2020

Explore candidate profiles and questionnaires below, or keep scrolling for stories about some of the top issues that have arisen this election campaign. Voting day is Nov. 9.

Election issues

  • Local philanthropist throws support behind new entertainment district, takes aim at anonymous pamphlet authors
    Local businessman and philanthropist Malcolm Jenkins gave full support to city council’s decision to build a new arenas and aquatics recreation facility in the southeast corner of Prince Albert. Jenkins released a Facebook video on Friday encouraging residents to support the project. He also criticized an anonymous group of citizens for releasing a pamphlet questioning […]
  • Assessment compares 18-acre city property to PA land purchases over past 10 years
    An assessment conducted by a Saskatoon real estate appraiser and released by an anonymous Prince Albert citizens group used comparisons with 10 different properties before determining the value of an 18-acre parcel purchased by the City of Prince Albert. An appraiser from Brunsdon Lawrek and Associates estimated the value of the land at around $3.5-million […]
  • Morrow makes case for overseeing development of new $60-million recreation facility
    Prince Albert mayoral candidate Josh Morrow made his pitch for why he’s the right person to oversee the future development of the City’s new $60-million arenas and aquatics centre on Friday. Morrow, who is one of four people running for the mayor’s seat in next week’s municipal election, said his background in project management makes […]
  • Wide array of topics in RM of Prince Albert virtual forum
    Candidates for reeve and councillor in Division 3 and Division 5 took their case to the people as the Prince Albert and District Chamber of Commerce hosted a virtual forum for the Rural Municipality of Prince Albert on Thursday, Oct. 29. Division 1 councillor Michael Grassick has been elected by acclamation. Reeve candidate Eric Schmalz, […]
  • Mayor challenges anonymous appraisal pamphlet authors to public debate
    Mayor Greg Dionne has challenged the anonymous authors of a pamphlet questioning the appraised value of land the City of Prince Albert purchased for the new arenas and aquatics complex to come forward and debate him. The group “Concerned Residents and Taxpayers of Prince Albert” issued the pamphlet earlier this week. In it, they released […]
  • University students, friends organize ‘Helping Hand Initiative’ to help people experiencing homelessness
    A group of university students and friends came together this week to organize care packages and serve food for people who are in need on Friday night. Jonathon Cook, a First Nations University of Canada (FNUC) student started a GoFundMe page earlier this week to raise money for the initiative. He said seeing a photo […]
  • Ward candidates discuss issues in virtual forum
    Potential city councillors shared their visions during the ward candidate forum held by the Prince Albert and District Chamber of Commerce Wednesday. Candidates in all seven contested wards introduced themselves and outlined their platforms before discussing crime, downtown revitalization, business supports during the pandemic and other topics. Candidates in Ward 1 included three-term incumbent Charlene […]
  • Crime severity index up in Prince Albert
    Prince Albert saw its crime severity index increase to 279.58, the latest data from Statistics Canada shows. The 2019 crime statistics and crime severity indices were released Thursday. The data comes from police-reported crime statistics from each jurisdiction across Canada. Crimes are then sorted and assigned a value, or severity index, based on the average […]
  • Police say new integrated crime reduction teams showing success
    The Prince Albert Police Services (PAPS) held a press conference Wednesday to address recent actions taken to curb violent crime. Insp. Brent McDonald spoke to reporters Wednesday to highlight the service’s “intelligence-driven” approach to gang and gun violence and the work done by some specialized teams. PAPS introduced its Integrated Crime Reduction Team, or ICRT, […]
  • Crime rates, business development, residency requirements and COVID-19 recovery plans among topics covered at mayoral candidate forum
    Crime rates, business development, employee residency requirements and the COVID-19 recovery were just a few of the issues Prince Albert’s four mayoral candidates weighed in on at the Chamber of Commerce virtual forum on Tuesday. Incumbent Mayor Greg Dionne and challengers Darryl Hickie, Josh Morrow and Dennis Nowoselsky spent roughly 90 minutes outlining their plans […]
  • Hickie defends police board plan after criticism from Dionne
    Mayoral candidate Darryl Hickie defended his plan to step in as chair of the Prince Albert Board of Police Commissioners should he be elected on Nov. 9. Incumbent mayor Greg Dionne called Hickie’s proposal “a dangerous road to go down” during an interview on Thursday. Dionne also said he was proud of the current police […]
  • Dionne says province needs to chip in to help reduce crime
    Incumbent Mayor Greg Dionne said the City of Prince Albert needs to look to the provincial government for help lowering crime rates instead of paying for more police officers. He also defended the current Board of Police Commissioners model, saying an alternative proposal put forward by challenger Darryl Hickie would be “a dangerous road to […]
  • Drones, stronger neighbourhood watch and an open-door policy for youth part of Morrow’s crime-reduction plan
    Mayoral candidate Josh Morrow showed off a small-scale version of his solution for a large-scale problem Thursday. Morrow, who is running against incumbent Greg Dionne, former MLA Darryl Hickie and current city councillor Dennis Nowoselsky, stood in the centre of the Alfred Jenkins Fieldhouse, a drone hovering a short distance above his head. As he […]
  • Morrow releases 10-point platform with focus on financial management, community cooperation and city services
    Prince Albert mayoral candidate Josh Morrow pledged to reduce utility bills, improve police and fire response times, and turn Prince Albert into the most business-friendly city in Saskatchewan if elected. The promises were part of a 10-point policy platform released on Monday. The list of priorities also included a pledge to reduce taxes, spend tax […]
  • Mayoral candidates speak on senior health and safety issues at forum
    Mayoral candidates answered questions about health, safety, and social issues during a Thursday afternoon forum on senior’s concerns hosted by the Seniors Advocacy Centre. A major question in the forum surrounded senior health issues and the lack of specialists at city hospitals. “So far the city has no active cardiologists in the city, though heart […]
  • Acorn attempts to address RM of PA meeting
    Division 5 councillor Wayne Acorn appeared for the first time since being kicked out of the RM of Prince Albert’s regular meeting in February to address council last Thursday.  Acorn has been suspended from all council matters since February. The first item after on the agenda  after the meeting was called to order was an […]
  • City of Prince Albert in discussions with investors group to open forestry sector ‘production facility’
    A new group of investors have expressed interest in starting a “manufacturing production facility” in Prince Albert’s forestry sector, but further plans about the development won’t come until after the provincial and municipal elections. Mayor Greg Dionne said the facility will bring more than 750 jobs to Prince Albert, but declined to release more details. […]
  • Morrow says lessons learned in 2016 will benefit mayoral campaign in 2020
    After a combative election campaign in 2016, Prince Albert mayoral candidate Josh Morrow said he’s eager to focus on the positives in 2020. Morrow filed his paperwork on Tuesday to become the fourth and final candidate seeking the City’s top job. He called the 2016 campaign—where he declined nearly all interview requests from the Daily […]
  • Hickie releases economic development platform
    Mayoral hopeful Darryl Hickie unveiled his economic growth platform for Prince Albert Thursday, including a realignment of the economic development office, the cancellation of a proposed eight per cent levy on new businesses coming to the entertainment complex planned for the southeast part of the city, tax incentives for businesses that meet certain job creation […]
  • Hickie vows to implement spending freeze, audit city finances, and walk away from $6.5-million land deal if elected
    Mayoral candidate Darryl Hickie turned his guns on the City of Prince Albert’s finances during a campaign event on Thursday, and unveiled several new projects he would support if elected mayor. Hickie, the former provincial cabinet minister and one of three candidates running for Mayor of Prince Albert, said the City is wasting too much […]
  • Not city’s role to fund health, social services issues, Dionne says
    Prince Albert’s mayor says supporting local not-for-profits battling homelessness is important, but that stepping in to fund provincial or federal responsibilities would be a mistake. Mayor Greg Dionne’s comments come as more and more mayoral and council candidates are advocating for increased spending on housing, social services and mental health-based needs ahead of the November […]
  • Council approves proposed aquatic and arena rec centre site despite objections over lack of public input
    Prince Albert’s new $60-million aquatic and arenas recreation centre will be built in the southeast portion of the city between Highway No. 3 and Marquis Rd. Council voted by a 5-4 margin to purchase an 18-acre parcel of land from local developer Signature Development Corporation for $6,525,000. The decision came after more than an hour […]
  • Rinks, diamonds and re-election: Mayor Greg Dionne reflects on 2019 and looks ahead to 2020
    Mayor Greg Dionne says there will be changes around City Hall in 2020 if more projects start to run over budget. Dionne made the comments during a year-end interview with the Daily Herald. The mayor said he was pleased with many of the City’s accomplishments in 2019, and felt council was heading in the right […]