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.
Part of the future Regina bypass route is being mapped out, giving drivers an idea of how they will some day be able to get around the city.
Work on a future bypass for the city has been on-going for years but on Tuesday morning Highways Minister Don McMorris issued a map depicting the government's preferred route. He stressed the importance of getting the bypass route established as soon as possible.
If you're looking for a job in Saskatchewan there are plenty to choose from.
Last month a record number of 17,767 jobs were posted on saskjobs.ca.
A third of the jobs posted are in sales and service with 4,007, followed closely by trades, transport and construction with 3,492 as of Tuesday morning.
Records also indicate that people are looking for these jobs as visits to the site rose by about three per cent in May from the same time last year.
A comprehensive set of new policies passed at Monday night's Regina City Council meeting could mean your children or grandchildren will have a lot of new neighbours.
A lengthy meeting saw Council sign off on a new long-term plan to set Regina's growth target at a population of 500,000 people. The ambitious target is aimed for forty or fifty years down the road.
As a means to get there Council also pushed through a wide-sweeping implementation plan for a Comprehensive Housing Strategy, formed ahead of (and fine-tuned after) the mayor's recent housing summit.
Nowadays it seems if you want a job, you should come to Saskatchewan.
New numbers from Stats Canada show the province had 560,900 people employed in May. This breaks the old record of 549,100 set back in August. The figures also show Saskatchewan has the lowest unemployment rate in the country at 4.5 per cent, well below the national average of 7.1.
Energy and Resources Minister Tim McMillan made the announcement outside of Inland Concrete Friday morning and said Saskatchewan has a lot to be proud of.
While employment numbers spiked across the whole country adding 95,000 new jobs in May, more people are earning a paycheck in Saskatchewan than ever have before.
In Saskatchewan 560,000 people were working last month. That is 2.7 per cent higher than May of last year. It’s also the second highest increase in employment in Canada.
Saskatchewan also has the lowest unemployment rate in the country at 4.5 per cent although that is up half a per cent from April.
Good things keep coming for Saskatchewan's smaller cities and you can certainly see evidence of growth in southeast Saskatchewan at the Biennial Oil and Gas Show this week.
The City of Weyburn has been booming the last few years thanks to the oil industry. There is so much activity that the population is set to almost double in the next few years.
Mayor Debra Button joined John Gormley Live in Weyburn to talk about the challenges that go hand in hand with this type of growth.
Between our car loans, lines of credit and credit cards; Saskatchewan residents owe a nice chunk of change.
On average, each of us owe $28,449; in fact.
That's according to TransUnion in a new report released Tuesday. It breaks down into four groups; credit cards, lines of credit, loans that are paid out in installments but not including mortgages and auto captive loans.
The province could be stepping into the on-going fight between the Rural Municipality of Sherwood and the City of Regina if they can't get along.
Government relations minister Jim Reiter confirms that changes made earlier this spring could allow the province to order the two sides back to the table, compelling them to hold tangible discussions on regional growth instead of just worrying about their own interests.