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Wordwide attention focusing on Sask. carbon capture launch

Delegates from around the world are gathering in Saskatchewan, anxious to get a look at the world's first-ever $1.4 billion carbon capture and storage facility at the Boundary Dam near Estevan.

“SaskPower and the Province of Saskatchewan is a leader, we are the leader in the world so they want to know it works,” explained SaskPower CEO Robert Watson on Tuesday. The crown corporation is hosting a symposium Tuesday and Wednesday at Hotel Saskatchewan with about 130 delegates from roughly 20 countries including China, Japan and Turkey.

Sask. looks to strengthen ties with Asian countries

The Saskatchewan government is considering ways to improve relations with Asian countries.

“Asia beckons us as never before but there’s really a lack of urgency in national efforts. We believe that Saskatchewan can and should lead the nation in Asian engagement,” said Grant Kook, co-chair of the Saskatchewan-Asia Advisory Council.

The council was struck 16 months ago to come up with ways to improve trade and relations.

Marijuana activist talks legalization at Harvest Cup

The legal battle for the right to grow medical marijuana took centre stage in Saskatoon this weekend at the Prairie Medicinal Harvest Cup.

Medicinal Marijuana Access Regulations Coalition Against Repeal (MMARCAP) activist Jason Wilcox spoke at the cannabis event, addressing his organization's lawsuits against the federal government; in particular their class action lawsuit against the recent ban on personal plants.
 

Bedford Road Collegiate gym floor gets new life at Brainsport

The old Bedford Road Collegiate gym floor is getting a new lease on life in the retail sector.

Pieces of the floor without the old logo have been repurposed and now lay at the new Brainsport location at 616 10th Street.

The floor, along with other school memorabilia including clothing and other equipment were sold or thrown out when the school changed its team name from the Redmen to the RedHawks last spring.

Sask. to benefit from new Canada-Europe free-trade deal

Saskatchewan's agriculture and mining equipment exporters are big winners in the new Canada-Europe free trade deal.

The deal was reached Friday at the Canada-European Union Summit hosted by Prime Minister Stephen Harper following negotiations with the EU on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.

New project for Brightenview Developments

The company behind the Dundurn International Exhibition Centre has also started a massive project in Ontario.
 
Saskatoon-based Brightenview Developments held a ground breaking ceremony in Chatham-Kent on Friday.
 
According to Blackburn News, the $45 million dollar manufacturing centre is slated to open there in 2016.
 

Marketing guru offers advice at STEP trade conference

Saskatchewan exporters received some handy advice from one of Canada's top marketing gurus on Wednesday.

Ron Buist, better known as the man behind Tim Horton's Roll Up the Rim to Win contests, was the keynote speaker at the Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership (STEP) trade conference.

The event, which takes place roughly every two years, brings together leading Saskatchewan exporters to network both amongst each other and with businesses from across the globe.

Aboriginals in Regina check out new career paths at expo

Work opportunities for aboriginal people in Regina were on display at the All Nations Jobs Expo on Wednesday.

PotashCorp, Canada Post and Maple Leaf Foods all had displays set up, along with trucking companies who say they have a desperate need to fill positions.

 David Roy with D.J. Knoll Transport says First Nation groups are solving the problem by helping a large number of aboriginals get training.
 

SIAST renamed Saskatchewan Polytechnic

The Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) has changed its name becoming Saskatchewan Polytechnic as of Wednesday morning.

“As a polytechnic, we are student-focused and employer-driven,” said Dr. Larry Rosia, president and CEO of Saskatchewan Polytechnic. “What makes us different is our emphasis on applied learning that meets labour market needs, thus equipping students to build rewarding careers.”

Moody's upgrades Sask. credit rating

Saskatchewan's credit rating from Moody's Investor Services is now at the highest-possible level.

The province has been upgraded to Aaa, the same given to the governments of Canada, Alberta and British Columbia.

In a release, Saskatchewan's Finance Minister Ken Krawetz says the upgrade confirms the province's strong economy and the government's good job managing finances.

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