Seventy-nine-year-old Dan Danaher is ready to spend more time on the golf course and less
time mowing lawns and shovelling snow.
"Today's 80-year-old is more like the 65-year-old of 25 years ago," he said in an interview held after he completed 18 holes with a group of friends.
Danaher said he and his wife want a smaller place, but are facing the crunch as their fixed incomes run up against rising prices for seniors' living spaces.
"They're talking about, per-person, about $3,000 a month. Now how many people can afford that?"
There should be some happy travellers at Regina International Airport now that WestJet has announced direct flights to Winnipeg and more flights to Alberta.
The expansions are part of the company's WestJet Encore service, a regional division of the airline that offers more localized flights. In addition to twice-daily weekday flights to and from Winnipeg and once-daily on the weekend, the carrier also announced that there will be more flights to Calgary and Edmonton as part of the airport's winter schedule.
In an effort to sell the few remaining city-owned homes in Pleasant Hill Village, council approved a motion to introduce rent-to-own provisions to Saskatoon’s housing program.
The seven remaining units continue to sit empty since the City purchased 18 unsold homes from developers in December 2010. The city promised to buy any unsold units in order to attract developers.
It turns out not even bad weather can stop Rider fans from taking in a home game.
A storm rolled through Regina Friday and caused the benches on the temporary stands at Mosaic Stadium to dislodge. Saskatchewan Roughriders President Jim Hopson said Saturday that repairs have been completed and the stands will be ready for game day Sunday.
That was confirmed later in the day when the City of Regina signed off on the work that was done, officially clearing the use of the seats.
Unlike some eastern companies Saskatchewan's crown telecommunications firm is not looking at doing away with pay phones.
SaskTel says pay phones are an "essential service" for some people in the province and there are no current plans to reduce the amount that are still in service.
After a scramble this spring, local farmers say their crops have bounced back.
At the Regina Farmers' Market you can see lettuce, carrots, beets, chard—all sorts of fresh stuff. But Popeye would be disappointed. The spinach is late.
Kim Sakundiak farms near Lumsden.
"It was really touch and go for us," she explains. "Because we had that flood in 2011, that really hurt our bottom line."
Sakundiak says crops got in the ground a little late but they’re coming along nicely.
Roughly four or five dozen people lined up in advance of the opening of Regina's first Target store Tuesday morning.
The previously-U.S. only chain retailer opened it's shop in the Northgate Mall at 9am Tuesday. But plenty of people wanted to be the first in line. Tara Boutin wasn't about to miss it so she lined up before 6am.
"We're pretty excited," she laughed. "It's just great to see that it's here and it's great for the mall."
"I really love Target stores and the image they uphold," explained another woman.
The driving time to get to a Target store is dropping from three hours to about 15 minutes with the U.S. retail giant opening it’s doors at Northgate Mall on Tuesday.
Derek Jenkins is the Vice President of External Relations for Target Canada. He is expecting a bit of a lineup when they open at 8:00 a.m. He toured a few reporters through the newly renovated store on Monday.
“We always know there’s going to be interest in the new kid on the block however ours is more about sustainability,” Jenkins explained.
As if home improvement projects didn’t cause enough stress.
One family in Saskatoon regrets ever doing business with Marshal Paving.
“A guy came up and he seemed pretty nice and he tried to sell his product to get the driveway paved and they came up with a good price,” said Shane Martinka, a close friend of Heather Nesbitt, who was offered the discount paving.
“The next day they came by and paved for a few hours and said they were done.”
But in Martinka’s eyes, the employees with Marshal Paving didn’t do a good job on his close friends’ driveway.
Around 23,000 tickets will be sold at the Craven Country Jamboree this year, and all of those people will be spending a lot of money in southern Saskatchewan.
According to Tourism Saskatchewan CEO Pat Fiacco, the jamboree creates about $3.3 million is gross domestic product and about 93 jobs—not to mention about $800,000 and $589,000 in federal and provincial taxes respectively.
“Not only is it a huge boost to the economy but it’s also a huge boost to both the federal and provincial government in respect to revenue,” said Fiacco.