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Sylvan Lake Focusing On The Essentials In 2017 Budget

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By Sheldon Spackman

Growth pressures such as the opening of the Nexsource Centre next spring and a larger Parks inventory in 2016, are forcing the Town of Sylvan Lake to focus only on the essentials in it’s Budget Plan for 2017 and 2018-2019.

The three year Budget Plan currently proposes a 0.2 percent tax rate increase for all property owners next year and includes some cut backs as well. They entail the elimination or postponement of operating projects and cutbacks in training and travel for all departments within the organization. Wage increases for staff are also proposed to be reduced from the 2.5 percent in the three year Budget Plan to 1 percent and to not come into effect until mid-year.

The ten year Capital Plan meanwhile is primarily focused on maintaining the town’s infrastructure. Binging neighbourhoods up to current standards and protecting and expanding the town’s water and sewer capacity.

Officials say they are projecting a 1.5% population growth in 2017 and assessment growth of $40 million. As a result, the Town is proposing a budget that includes only the essentials, namely costs associated with the opening of the NexSource Recreation Centre and necessary infrastructure projects identified in the 2014 Infrastructure Study. Economic Development initiatives are also planed to enhance business development and attraction of new businesses to the community, which in turn minimizes negative impacts on the local economy.

Currently, the total proposed Operating Budget for 2017 is $37,486, while the total proposed Capital Budget for 2017 is $11,770,00.

The public is encouraged to join Council Members and Town Administration on
November 29, between 4:30 and 7:30 at 104- 25 Beju Industrial Drive for Cupcakes and
Coffee with Council to provide their feedback, or visit www.sylvanlake.ca/government/budget for budget details.

The final three year Budget Plan for Sylvan Lake is expected to be approved at Council’s regular meeting on December 12th.

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Canada ends scoring drought at men’s World Cup but can’t hold off Croatia

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Umm Şalāl ‘Alī – Canada wasted little time Sunday ending its scoring drought at the men’s World Cup via Alphonso Davies but could not hold off Croatia, losing 4-1 to end its hopes of reaching the tournament’s knockout round.

Ranked 12th in the world and runner-up to France four years ago in Russia, Croatia is filled with talent from top clubs and its class showed in rallying from an early 1-0 deficit.

Two goals by Andrej Kramaric and one by Marko Livaja accounted for the Croatian comeback. Lovro Majer added a stoppage-time goal in the 94th minute on a two-on-none attack.

The 41st-ranked Canadians started with a bang with a Milan Borjan goal kick finding Cyle Larin at midfield. Larin controlled the ball deftly with his foot and sent it over to Tajon Buchanan down the right flank. Buchanan surged ahead, took two touches, lifted his head and sent in a cross that Davies, soaring through the air high above fullback Josip Juranovic, headed home past goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic.

The Canadians came into the contest — the first-ever meeting between the two countries — needing at least a point to keep alive their hope of advancing out of the group stage with coach John Herdman calling it “one of those do-or-die games.”

Croatia also needed a result after tying Morocco 0-0 in its opener.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 27, 2022

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Canada ends scoring drought at men’s World Cup but can’t hold off Croatia

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UMM ŞALĀL ‘ALĪ, Qatar — Canada wasted little time Sunday ending its scoring drought at the men’s World Cup via Alphonso Davies but could not hold off Croatia, losing 4-1 to end its hopes of reaching the tournament’s knockout round.

Ranked 12th in the world and runner-up to France four years ago in Russia, Croatia is filled with talent from top clubs and its class showed in rallying from an early 1-0 deficit.

Two goals by Andrej Kramaric and one by Marko Livaja accounted for the Croatian comeback. Lovro Majer added a stoppage-time goal in the 94th minute on a two-on-none attack. 

The 41st-ranked Canadians started with a bang with a Milan Borjan goal kick finding Cyle Larin at midfield. Larin controlled the ball deftly with his foot and sent it over to Tajon Buchanan down the right flank. Buchanan surged ahead, took two touches, lifted his head and sent in a cross that Davies, soaring through the air high above fullback Josip Juranovic, headed home past goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic.

The Canadians came into the contest — the first-ever meeting between the two countries — needing at least a point to keep alive their hope of advancing out of the group stage with coach John Herdman calling it “one of those do-or-die games.”

Croatia also needed a result after tying Morocco 0-0 in its opener.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 27, 2022

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