Saskatchewan is growing
Regina’s mayor is insisting a two-day "Regional Planning For Growth Summit" in the city won’t be all talk.
“One of the issues you (could) have is a talkfest but nothing happens,” admitted Michael Fougere. “My plan, and I know the plan for all the leaders that are in this room, is to talk about how we can do it and then act on it.”
The landscape of rural Saskatchewan is changing; could it be the end of a long-time way of life?
The number of farms in the province has been cut almost in half since 1991. As the number of individual farms shrinks significantly corporate farms are growing by leaps and bounds. That shift is fundamentally changing the landscape of farming and rural life in our province. It begs the question: is this the end of the family farm? Is the homestead becoming Homestead, Inc.?
Land contaminated by decades of industrial use sits empty in lots around Regina, and city council is still trying to determine what can be done to have these “brownfield” sites redeveloped.
Property values have doubled in the last five years and the land is needed to support a city experiencing strong growth which includes a mix of residential and commercial use.
“Beyond just being just simply an eyesore, we have a growing economy and we have the opportunity to develop within,” Councillor Mike O’Donnell said.
A need for more investment into the power grid means SaskPower is taking the unusual step of requesting a three-year rate hike.
The required upgrades the system will need to serve a growing province means power rates will go up 5.5 per cent as of Jan. 1, 2014. That will happen even before the Saskatchewan Rate Review Panel, an arms-length government body that must approve Crown utility rate increases, has a chance to decide whether or not it will approve the request (the increase would have to be rolled back if approval is not granted).
International web traffic continued to drive the number of visits to the Saskatchewan government's job listing web site last month.
According to the province SaskJobs.ca recorded more than one million visits in the month of September alone.
The provincial government said Saskatchewan's nine joint-use P3 schools will follow Alberta's model.
However, some community associations in Alberta are unhappy with the P3 schools that have opened in that province.
The Alberta government opened 18 schools in 2010 and 10 more in 2013. There are 12 under construction that are slated to open for the 2014-2015 school year.
Saskatchewan's Premier is looking to make sure the priorities of Saskatchewan people are reflected in the government's actions over the next few months.
Both Regina Public and Catholic school divisions are giving the Saskatchewan government top marks after Tuesday's school build announcement.
Regina will see three facilities built for joint-use by both divisions. The elementary school buildings will be spread across three different neighbourhoods including one in the north west, one in the south east and one in Harbour Landing.
People in Saskatchewan are getting a glimpse into the future, or at least a glimpse into what our political leaders have planned for the future.
The Lieutenant Governor will deliver the Throne Speech at 2 p.m. today, signaling the beginning of the fall sitting of the Legislature. The speech is how the government sets out its priorities for the session ahead. While they are notorious for being vague Premier Brad Wall hinted in a recent interview with reporters that won't be the case this time around.
The Saskatoon Airport Authority is looking forward to showing the first phase of a major expansion of the Diefenbaker International Airport.
With passengers due to start using a new terminal on Wednesday, lead architect Derek Kindrachuk said there's just one problem.
"Some will probably think: 'Gee, I got off at the wrong airport," he chuckled at a sneak peak event held for media on Tuesday morning.
But, jokes aside, Kindrachuk said he was impressed with the building, which started out as a drawing in his office back in 2007.