Melville, Saskatchewan

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Melville
Saskatchewan Highway 15 in Melville
Saskatchewan Highway 15 in Melville
Melville is located in Saskatchewan
Melville
Melville
Coordinates: 50°55′50″N 102°48′28″W / 50.93056°N 102.80778°W / 50.93056; -102.80778Coordinates: 50°55′50″N 102°48′28″W / 50.93056°N 102.80778°W / 50.93056; -102.80778
Country Canada
Province Saskatchewan
Incorporated Village 1908
Incorporated Town November 1, 1909
Incorporated City August 1, 1960
Government
 • Mayor Walter Streelasky
 • MLA Constituency of Melville-Saltcoats Bob Bjornerud
 • MP Yorkton—Melville Garry Breitkreuz
Area
 • Total 14.82 km2 (5.72 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 4,517
 • Metro density 304.8/km2 (789/sq mi)
Time zone Central Standard Time (UTC−6)
Highways

Hwy 10

Hwy 15 Hwy 47
Pearl Park Post office established 1905
Melville Post office established July 1, 1908
[2][3][4][dead link][5][6][7][8]

Melville is a small Canadian city located in the east-central portion of Saskatchewan. The city is 145 kilometres (90 mi) north east of the provincial capital of Regina and 45 kilometres (28 mi) south west of Yorkton. Melville is bordered by the rural municipalities of Cana No. 214 and Stanley No. 215. The population as of the 2011 census is 4,517, making it the smallest official city in Saskatchewan.

History[edit]

The Via railway station in Melville, circa 1991

According to What's in a Name?: The Story Behind Saskatchewan Places and Names by E. T. Russell, People Places Contemporary Saskatchewan Placenames by Bill Barry the city was named for Charles Melville Hays, who at the time of the settlement's initial construction was the president of the Grand Trunk Railway and Grand Trunk Pacific Railway.[9][10]

Pearl Park was the area's first post office established in 1905 near the Pearl creek, a tributary of the Qu'Appelle River.[11] Melville was declared a city by the province in 1960.

Demographics[edit]

Under Saskatchewan law, a town must have a sustained population of more than 5,000 in order to apply for and maintain a city charter, Melville is a notable exception to this rule, as it has retained its charter despite dropping below the 5000 threshold.

Government[edit]

Currently the mayor is Dr. Walter Streelasky.

Provincially, Melville is within the Constituency of Melville-Saltcoats. It is currently represented served by their MLA, Bob Bjornerud.

Melville is represented in the Canadian House of Commons by its MP of the Yorkton—Melville riding, currently Garry Breitkreuz.[2][4][5][6]

Infrastructure[edit]

Melville airport

Melville's namesake was the president of the Grand Trunk Railway and Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, Charles Melville Hays.[9] Since Melville's founding in 1908, it has served as a nexus for railroad activity, currently including that of Canadian National Railway and Via Rail, the latter for which Melville effectively serves as the main rail/bus connection to Regina for its passengers. Today Melville railway station is still served by The Canadian three times per week.

The Melville Railway Museum (c. 1911) is a Municipal Heritage Property on the Canadian Register of Historic Places.[14]

Melville's connections by road to other communities include Saskatchewan Highways 10, 15 and 47. The closest major centre to Melville is the city of Yorkton, 43 kilometres to the northeast.

Melville Municipal Airport (TC LID: CJV9) is located 1.5 NM (2.8 km; 1.7 mi) east of the city.[15][not in citation given]

Education[edit]

Melville is served by public and Catholic schools: École St. Henry's Junior Elementary School, and St. Henry's Sr School are both part of the Christ the Teacher Catholic School Division[16][17] The Carlton Regional College Basic Education is located nearby in Lestock. The Melville Comprehensive School, a part of the Good Spirit School Division provides secondary education.[18][19] Parkland Regional College provides post secondary technical training and operates a branch school out of the Melville Comprehensive High School building.[20]

Sports[edit]

Melville is home to the Melville Millionaires of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, as well as the Melville Millionaires of the Western Major Baseball League.

The Building Communities Program, a provincial government initiative, has earmarked 3.7 million dollars to establish the Melville Communiplex. The communiplex will offer a new 1,700 seat ice arena, fitness and cardio care facilities, and a walking track. It will replace the existing 60 year old Melville Stadium, home to the Melville Millionaires. The communiplex is estimated to cost between 13 and 16 million dollars.[21]

The city also has an 18 hole golf course.

Media[edit]

Newspaper
  • The Melville Advance, a weekly paper.[22]
Radio

Melville currently has no radio stations of its own, but receives Yorkton radio stations:

Frequency Call sign Branding Format Owner Notes
AM 940 CJGX GX94 country music Harvard Broadcasting
FM 91.7 CBK-FM3 CBC Radio 2 public broadcasting Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Rebroadcaster for CBK-FM
FM 92.9 CJLR-FM-5 MBC Radio First Nations community radio Missinipi Broadcasting Corporation Rebroadcaster for CJLR-FM
FM 94.1 CFGW-FM Fox FM hot adult contemporary Harvard Broadcasting
FM 98.5 CJJC-FM 98.5 The Rock Christian music Dennis M. Dyck

Television

Recreation[edit]

Within 20 kilometres (12 mi) are the Melville Game Preserve, Melville Regional Park and Duff Recreation Site.[8]

Popular culture[edit]

In the film Hannibal Rising, the character of Hannibal Lecter shows up in the "hamlet of Melville" in the final scene of the movie. Oddly, the town is surrounded by forest and is referred to as "near Saskatoon."

Notable residents[edit]

Location[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Statistics Canada. Government of Canada. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  2. ^ a b Canadian Textiles Institute. (2005). "CTI Determine your provincial constituency". Retrieved 2009-09-06. 
  3. ^ National Archives, Archivia Net. "Post Offices and Postmasters". Retrieved 2009-09-06. 
  4. ^ a b Government of Saskatchewan, MRD Home. "Municipal Directory System". Retrieved 2009-09-06. 
  5. ^ a b Commissioner of Canada Elections, Chief Electoral Officer of Canada (2005). "Elections Canada On-line". Retrieved 2009-09-06. 
  6. ^ a b "Melville". Sask Biz Community Profiles Enterprise Saskatchewan. Government of Saskatchewan. Retrieved 2009-09-06. 
  7. ^ Giannetta, J. (March/03 updated September 2009). "SASKATCHEWAN COMMUNITIES - the cities (a brief history)". Saskatchewan Schools. Retrieved 2009-09-09. 
  8. ^ a b "Geographical Names of Canada". Natural Resources Canada > Earth Sciences Sector > Priorities > Mapping Services Branch > (Government of Canada). Retrieved 2009-09-09. 
  9. ^ a b E.T. Russell, ed. (1975). What's In a Name?. Saskatoon: Western Producer Prairie Books. ISBN 0-919306-39-X. 
  10. ^ Barry, Bill (2003). People Places Contemporary Saskatchewan Placenames. Regina, Canada: Print West communications. p. 230. ISBN 1-894022-92-0. 
  11. ^ Barry, Bill (2005). Geographic Names of Saskatchewan. Regina, SK: People Places Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-897010-19-2. 
  12. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. 
  13. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. 
  14. ^ Canadian Register of Historic Places.
  15. ^ Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 6 February 2014 to 0901Z 3 April 2014
  16. ^ "École St. Henry's Junior Elementary School". Christ the Teacher Catholic School Division. 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-09. [dead link]
  17. ^ "St. Paul's Catholic Elementary School". Christ the Teacher Catholic School Division. 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-09. 
  18. ^ "Yorkton Regional High School". History 20: Curriculum Guide - Acknowledgements. 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-09. 
  19. ^ "http://mcs.gssd.ca/". Good Spirit School Divisio. 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-09. 
  20. ^ "Parkland Regional College". 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-09. 
  21. ^ Hall, Angela (August 23, 2008). "New communiplex in Melville closer to reality". Saskatoon The Star Phoenix. pp. A6. 
  22. ^ http://www.melvilleadvance.com

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