Saskatchewan is growing
Tis' the season for shopping.
It's also a very important season for most businesses, as for some it could be the difference between finishing the year in the black...or in the red.
With Saskatchewan's economy being red hot, it appears Regina's businesses are booming this Christmas shopping season.
"The fact that were another year into business, few more people know who we are," said Colter Wood with Coda Clothing.
Causing a problem for landlords in one city in Saskatchewan could mean you'll have trouble finding a place in another.
During a Saskatchewan Rental Housing Industry Association (SRHIA) luncheon in Regina Tuesday, the landlord lobby group's executive director encouraged local members to take advantage of a tenant registry featured on its web site.
It was announced late last week that the City of Regina is pumping $200,000 into Agribition to help make things better.
While this years show was once again a huge success, it certainly came with its share of problems, especially leaky roofs on a number of the buildings.
"We have to fix our aging infrastructure, no question," said Mayor Michael Fougere on Regina's Morning News on Tuesday. "The barns are leaking, we saw what happened, we don't want to see that."
People who opposed Mosaic Place coming to Moose Jaw can't deny that since it's been open for business they've booked some big name acts.
They've already made four major concert announcements for next year, the biggest one being Carrie Underwood. They managed to snag her when she added three new venues to her tour dates. Tickets sold out within an hour on Friday.
The most recent announcement, made Monday morning, was for shock rocker Marilyn Manson.
The demand for skilled tradespeople is something we are familiar with in Saskatchewan’s booming economy where the government predicts we will need up to 90,000 new workers in the next five years.
Now the federal government is jumping on board to help by introducing a new skilled worker program to streamline the immigration process for workers in the trades.
It's hard to picture, but a small town south of Saskatoon could soon house a grand shopping complex with over 700 outlets.
Felipe Yanez with Brightenview Development said that ground is expected to break for the Dundurn International Exhibition Centre this summer.
"We're going to build by stages. Phase one will be the first exhibition centre and as things progress we will go for the second one," he said.
The doors have opened on one of the newest downtown towers in Regina – Hill Centre Tower III.
Located at 12th Avenue and Hamilton Street, the 20-storey building saw a number of dignitaries cut the official grand opening ribbon Friday morning.
“It’s 81 metres tall, and with the right spin, you could say it’s the tallest building between Winnipeg and Calgary,” said Rosanne Hill Blaisdell from Harvard Developments Inc., would lead the project.
The building’s main tenant will be Mosaic Company while other occupants include Canadian Western Bank and TD Waterhouse.
Frustration is high for some looking to secure a hotel room in Regina for the 2013 Grey Cup.
Nearly all are already booked and rumours are swirling the reason for this is because tour companies have snatched them all up.
“No, it’s absolutely not true at all,” said Dash Tour’s David Ash, who many are pointing the finger at.
“There are about 3,400 hundred rooms in Regina. About of half of those are downtown,” he estimated. “The entire downtown core of hotels has been taken by the CFL and Grey Cup Committee.”
Energy companies are looking at opening up more of Saskatchewan's oil sands potential in the coming years.
The government's last oil and gas land rights sale of the year saw two permits for exploratory oil sands work granted, in addition to about $10.5 million in other sales. The land involved is in the north, north of the Primrose Lake Air Weapons Range, which straddles the Saskatchewan/Alberta border. The successful bids are contingent on the buyers carrying out a "minimum work commitment expenditure" over the next five years.