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National Teen Driver Safety Week

fb-post-distraction1Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 15- to 19- year olds in the Canada. Parents need to take the time to talk with their kids about the many dangers of driving. Those dangers include alcohol, lack of seat belt use, distracted driving, speeding, and extra passengers.

The Town of Viking is recognizing National Teen Driver Safety Week with a Proclamation.

Town of Viking Proclamation.

WHEREAS, driving is an Important and exciting right of passage for youth. It is also one of the riskiest activities for young people to engage in;

WHEREAS, teen driver safety is a significant issue in Canada. Young drivers are over represented in all road-related injuries and fatalities.

WHEREAS, National Teen Driver Safety Week ¡s a week dedicated to raising awareness and seeking solutions to preventable teen deaths on the road across Canada. Everyone has a role to play in creating change amongst their peers, in classrooms and in their communities.

THEREFORE, I, We, Mayor David Zayonce & Council of the Town of Viking, do hereby proclaim the third full week ¡n October as National Teen Driver Safety Week.

October 19, 2016

2016 Tax Notices Sent Out

viking signThe tax notices for 2016 have been sent out June 30th. 

The Town of Viking property tax rates stayed equal to last year’s tax rates for both residential and non-residential properties.

If your property tax is higher than last year, the assessment on your property may have increased.
You may appeal your assessment; however before appealing ask yourself this question…
“If I were to sell my house today would I be able to sell it for the assessed value?”
If YES – there are no grounds for appeal
If NO – then pick up the appropriate form at the Town Office, complete and return it (with the fee) showing why you feel your property was assessed too high.

The appeal must be received at the Town Office by August 31, 2016. If people have question and concerns about their taxes they can contact the Town Office (780) 336-3466.

Tax Assessment Complaint Procedure Form

Here is more information on your property taxes.

Join Us to Celebrate Paramedic Services Week

Beaver EMSBeaver Emergency Medical Services invites you to a Pancake Breakfast to celebrate EMS Week 2016.

Come to our open house - see equipment demonstrations and have an Ambulance tour.

At the ambulance station - 5419 - 50 Street, Viking Alberta.

Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Cost: Adults $5, Kids $3  

All proceeds from the breakfast go towards the Alberta Help Fund - Helping Every Local Paramedic.

Viking RV Park - Free for Fort McMurray Residents

Alberta StrongThe Town of Viking's Eastview RV Park will be open and free for residents of Ft. McMurray. All they will need is ID.

If anyone has a 5th wheel or an RV they are willing to lend to fire victims, please contact the Town Office until 4:30 today or contact Amber Henning at 587-256-0524. We will relay the information to people in need.

Alberta Labour Workforce Initiatives

AB-LabourfAlberta Labour Worforce Initiatives has some new updates:

Canada Alberta Job Grant Program

Canada Alberta Job Grant program has reduced the hours necessary for training to 21 hours.

You are able to bundle short courses together and for full details on the program, check out the website at http://www.albertacanada.com/opportunity/employers/jobgrant.aspx

We are in a new budget year with over $20 million available for employers in Alberta.

Federal Work Sharing Program

The Federal work sharing program is designed to ease the pressure of lay-offs.

Work-Sharing is a threeparty agreement involving employers, employees and Service Canada. Employees on a Work-Sharing agreement must agree to a reduced schedule of work and to share the available work over a specified period of time.

Here is the link to the Applicant Guide for the Work-Sharing program: www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/work_sharing/ws_applicantguide.pdf

Help for Albertans Affected by Lay-offs

Please see the attached “Help for Albertans affected by lay-offs” resource pamphlet. Contact information, programs and services are outlined and you are welcome to forward this information to anyone you know of who is affected by lay-offs.

For more information, please contact the Workforce Initiatives Branch, Ministry of Labor, Alberta Government.   Box25, 4701 - 52 Street, Vermilion AB, T9X 1J9