Saskatchewan is growing
Saskatchewan may have the lowest unemployement rate in Canada, but people in the south east feel it could be even lower if they could draw more people.
There are currently about 1,700 online job postings for the Estevan and Weyburn region, spanning industries from energy, trades, health care, retail, food service, office administration and more. Jeff Richards with the Weyburn Chamber of Commerce said on any given day there are at least 500 postings within the city alone.
A commitment from the provincial government means a major facelift for the Lighthouse Supported Living facility in downtown Saskatoon.
Health minister Dustin Duncan was on hand to announce $1.5 million in funding from the Government of Saskatchewan.
"It's just a very worthwhile program and organization that's been serving the people of Saskatoon for many years," Duncan said.
When you dial 911 in a rural community to report a fire or a crash, chances are the fire truck is staffed by volunteers, but getting people to take on that job is becoming a struggle in some places.
Doug Lapchuck is the President of the Saskatchewan Volunteer Firefighters Association. He says the challenge to recruit new volunteer firefighters varies for different communities.
“There are some that are excelling and there are some that are having issues,” he said. “Across the board we’ve got really good situations and really bad.”
A new report on how Saskatchewan can keep growing has been released, calling for a greater focus on quality of life in order to get there.
A new 50-page report released by the province's Certified Management Consultants states current growth is 'based on commodity cycles that can turn against us'. It details recommendations on how to better sustain growth.
One of those recommendations is to build bigger and better urban economic regions of half-a-million people.
Builders in Regina are working on some less-expensive projects this March than the previous year.
The City's monthly building permit report shows the value of permits issued in March was less than half of those approved in 2013. While the overall number didn't change much, the City only issued just under $33 million worth of permits this March, compared to more than $72 million worth the year earlier.
The biggest reason appears to be a drop of more than $29 million in apartment bulding permits.
The provincial government has laid out a plan to get traffic off Regina's main thoroughfares and around the city's outskirts.
On Monday, the Saskatchewan government released its plan for a route for the Regina Bypass highway project. The massive infrastructure project should re-route traffic around three quarters of the city via the new highway built a few kilometres outside the city's borders.
The voice of opposition is getting louder over a proposed development in Emerald Park that would see an apartment complex and a care home built.
Some residents of the Regina bedroom community aren’t happy that the two storey care home and four storey apartment building are being built amidst middle of $500,000 to $1 million priced homes.
“Why are all the neighbours all mad? This is not something that we knew was coming into our backyards,” said Jason Rumpel, who lives adjacent to the proposed development site.
The City of Regina needs hire more bus mechanics and engineers, so this week city staff joined a business delegation on a trip Ireland to see if they can find anyone interested in moving here.
The Saskatchewan government has announced four new highway improvement projects this year with money left over from Building Canada Fund.
Highways Minister Don McMorris says the province saved $16.5 million on two other projects that were previously approved under the federal program. The provincial government will also kick in another $18.5 million to make up the total estimated cost of $35.1 million.
“It’s great that we can see some of the savings we had on other projects and reinvest it into highways,” McMorris said.