Saskatchewan is growing
Saskatchewan is racking up some big numbers in the population department in 2013.
Back on July 1, 2013 the province hit the 1.1 million population mark, setting a new all-time record. New numbers show that between then and Oct. 1 the population grew by another 5,867 people. The year-over-year figures from Oct. 2012 to Oct. 2013 show Saskatchewan's population grew by 19,797 people. Both of those numbers were the second highest in Canada, trailing just behind Alberta.
Along with a plan for growth over the next 30 years, Regina's City Council approved a proposal to grow downtown on Monday night.
A new office building was given the thumbs-up by Council for Rose St. between 11th and 12th Avenues. Once built, it will be one of the biggest office buildings in Saskatchewan at 400,000 square feet.
This is actually the second application for the product. The original plan was approved two years ago but didn't gain any traction.
Regina's future is set and the city's population could hit a record number.
On Monday night city councillors voted to approve the official community plan. Within the next 30 years, 70-per cent of the city's expansion will take place outside current city limits.
“This is our blueprint plan over the next 25 to 30 years, it reflects consensus among the public,” said Mayor Michael Fougere.
Fougere noted that over the years, council hasn’t heard from one person who has completely disagreed with what they're trying to do.
The Saskatchewan Government is joining the mobile age, thanks to its new million dollar web site.
On Monday the province launched www.saskatchewan.ca, a new website aimed at modernizing the government's web site and making the space more effective. Terri Harris, the province's chief of operations in Executive Council, says in the past people have complained that the old site was "frustrating, overwhelming and ineffective."
An American expert who has grown concerned with the high house prices facing people trying to buy into the market in Regina has said the city itself is partly to blame.
Wendell Cox, senior fellow with the Frontier Centre For Public Policy, has released a report on the affordability of housing in Regina. His report found that there's a fundamental issue with the cost of land in Regina.
Saskatchewan was certainly wringing out every drop of juice they could get from SaskPower on the weekend, thanks to an Arctic cold snap.
The province hit a new record-high level of power consumption Friday night when the temperature fell to -26, or -37 with wind chill . Just after 5 p.m. Saskatchewan's power usage peaked at 3,543 megawatts (a single megawatt can power about a thousand homes, according to the Crown power company).
SaskPower's Tyler Hopson said the cold weather obviously played a big part.
At 38.4 million tonnes, it’s the largest crop Saskatchewan has ever produced.
On Wednesday, Statistics Canada released its November report on principal crop production that showed that this year’s crop is the largest Saskatchewan has ever produced.
Their estimates show a 40 per cent overall increase in production from 2012, which is about one-and-a-half times the 10-year production average and outpaces goals set by the province for 2020 by nearly 2 million tonnes.
If it has a furnace or a drain, it takes a pipefitter to build and maintain.
And a booming economy has created a backup of demand for the trade right across the province.
That's prompted SIAST to expand its Kelsey Campus. The revamped training centre will increase the number of plumbing and pipefitting students the college can accomodate by 210 people, for a total of 1120.
Ken Busch with the Plumbers' and Pipefitters' Union was impressed with the new facility and said the move couldn't come soon enough.
The Saskatchewan Government has signed a new agreement with all emergency room doctors in the province in the hope that higher salaries can help with recruitment efforts.
On Thursday, Premier Brad Wall announced that the government has signed an agreement to bring emergency room doctors up to a salary between $300,00-$400,000 a year depending on the number of hours that they decide to work.