Saskatchewan is growing
Regina Mayor Pat Fiacco is revealing a solid plan to try and move forward with a massive inner city revitalization project.
At a meeting on Monday, city council will vote on a three-phase plan that could see work begin on a new stadium as early as next spring.
Half a million dollars would be set aside to fund the first portion of the project. The city will begin formal negotiations with CP Rail to buy the container yards north of downtown right away.
In a news release BHP Billiton reveals it's moving its diamonds and specialty products division -- which includes potash, to Saskatoon.
That will mean another 30 jobs at the Saskatoon office, on top of the 69 already there.
Premier Brad Wall insists the news vindicates the position the government took last year...encouraging the feds to reject BHP's take over bid of Potash Corp last year. He says that hasn't halted investment -- like some predicted.
At 38.4 million tonnes, it’s the largest crop Saskatchewan has ever produced.
On Wednesday, Statistics Canada released its November report on principal crop production that showed that this year’s crop is the largest Saskatchewan has ever produced.
Their estimates show a 40 per cent overall increase in production from 2012, which is about one-and-a-half times the 10-year production average and outpaces goals set by the province for 2020 by nearly 2 million tonnes.
If it has a furnace or a drain, it takes a pipefitter to build and maintain.
And a booming economy has created a backup of demand for the trade right across the province.
That's prompted SIAST to expand its Kelsey Campus. The revamped training centre will increase the number of plumbing and pipefitting students the college can accomodate by 210 people, for a total of 1120.
Ken Busch with the Plumbers' and Pipefitters' Union was impressed with the new facility and said the move couldn't come soon enough.
The Saskatchewan Government has signed a new agreement with all emergency room doctors in the province in the hope that higher salaries can help with recruitment efforts.
On Thursday, Premier Brad Wall announced that the government has signed an agreement to bring emergency room doctors up to a salary between $300,00-$400,000 a year depending on the number of hours that they decide to work.
The province insists its budget remains right on track despite a couple of bumps along the line.
The mid-year report released today says a surplus is still expected on both sides of the ledger despite the expectation that government revenues will come in nearly $34 million lower than originally predicted.
It’s been 43 years since the Canadian Western Agribition had its humble beginnings in Regina, and on Monday, it begins again for another year.
There will be a couple new events and exhibitions at this year’s Agribition, according to CEO Marty Seymour. It includes two equine events, the first being a horse training show.
“A couple horse trainers will take an animal that’s never been trained before and teach that animal a bunch of skills so they can ride (it),” said Seymour. That event will happen over the noon hour each day.
Reginans who hate getting parking tickets while downtown could have even more to get angry about if City Council goes ahead with a plan to double illegal parking fines.
After months of disagreement between the City of Regina and the RM of Sherwood, the two municipalities have finally reached an agreement on land annexation.
Regina’s mayor is insisting a two-day "Regional Planning For Growth Summit" in the city won’t be all talk.
“One of the issues you (could) have is a talkfest but nothing happens,” admitted Michael Fougere. “My plan, and I know the plan for all the leaders that are in this room, is to talk about how we can do it and then act on it.”