Saskatchewan is growing
Tuesday was a big day for the community of Big River. The local saw mill, located a short distance from town, officially reopened to large-scale production.
Carrier Forest Production Ltd. bought the Big River saw mill in 2010. Since then they have upgraded equipment, received an allocation from the Prince Albert Forest Management area, and renegotiated a collective agreement with steelworkers.
The north downtown project is estimated to cost $130 million and take 25 years
The development, bordered by 33rd Street, Idylwyld Drive, 25th Street and First Avenue, will see a unique land bridge with a park build over the existing Canadian Pacific railway paralleling Idylwyld Drive.
Slated to hold 7,600 people, the development is still in its infancy as project managers continue to hammer out the finer details of the project.
The provincial government is warning people about a company trying to sell stocks without a license.
Truck drivers in Saskatchewan are looking forward to a time when they will be able to avoid the traffic on Victoria Avenue or Dewdney by using the Regina bypass.
The bypass will start at Tower Road east of the city and wrap all the way around the south and west side to connect with Highway 1 and Highway 11 to the north.
The federal government will be pitching in to the public-private partnership (P3) being used to build the new Regina Bypass.
On Monday, federal Minister of Agriculture Gerry Ritz announced that the federal government will contribute up to $200 million to the build. The money is being provided through the P3 Canada Fund. The province will fund the remainder of the project's $1.2 billion cost through a partnership with a private company.
A new program is being implemented in Regina and Saskatoon is literally ground breaking; it could help stop gas leaks and power outages stemming from construction.
Sask 1st Call and the Saskatchewan Common Ground Alliance are introducing Safety Patrols to address the problem of underground power, natural gas, and phone lines being hit by construction. In 2013, there were over 1,000 line hits that cost $10 million in repairs and lost productivity. The Safety Patrol will be in marked vehicle operating from May 1 to October 31.
SaskPower customers will be seeing a 10.5 per cent system-average rate increase after the Saskatchewan Rate Review Panel approved part of the provider's multi-year application.
SaskPower's president, Robert Watson, revealed a proposed 15.5 per cent rate increase last October saying the utility company needed to upgrade aging infrastructure in a growing province which is seeing increasing demand.
On Thursday afternoon, Canada’s Employment Minister Jason Kenney announced that restaurants will be banned from using the temporary foreign worker program going forward, but leaders in Weyburn say TFWs are filling a void for service sector workers.
The next generation of transportation in Regina will rely heavily on input from regular citizens.
Tuesday is the last day to offer feedback on the city's Transportation Master Plan. It's a document that is a long time in the making, aiming to set out how people get around Regina for the next 25 years.
"How we get around and how we get to and from our destinations," Kelly Scherr, the city's director of construction and compliance explained. "So it's making sure we keep that focus at a high level and use this as an ability to guide our decisions."
Black Sabbath could choose any opening band in the world but the iconic rock group has hand-picked Reignwolf, with Saskatoon frontman Jordan Cook.
“We asked no questions and thankfully took the gig,” Cook said, laughing. “Let’s be honest, this is a dream gig. The fact that they chose Reignwolf is just, to me, the very best thing.”
Acclaimed for his guitar playing at a very young age in Saskatoon, Cook is now getting the attention of the highest of critics. Just this year, Rolling Stone magazine named Cook one of the top 10 artists to watch for.