Saskatchewan is growing
Construction isn’t just happening on city streets, the CN rail yards in Saskatoon are getting a facelift too.
Earlier this year, CN announced the company would be investing $1.9 billion in capital improvements across their network.
“We are making investments right across our network in Canada and the United States to improve the fluidity of our network and to manage the growth that we are seeing in certain commodities,” Warren Chandler, CN senior manager for public and government affairs, said.
In order to keep up with short and long term growth, the City of Regina is proposing to expand its boundaries in to the RM of Sherwood. But while many favour that plan, not everyone’s on board.
The annexation plan has drawn some opposition and because of that, the city was forced to hold a public meeting Thursday night where interested residents could weigh in.
Lois Kerr lives in the RM, just beyond the southeast corner of city limits near Highway 33 and Tower Road. She worries the expansion would effectively cut her land in half.
Growth at the Regina International Airport continues to soar.
The airport recently had an economic impact study conducted that gave a snapshot of 2012. The study indicated that each year, roughly $746 million worth of economic activity was generated there.
“The airport’s economic activity represents now, eight per cent of Regina’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP),” President and CEO Jim Hunter announced.
Like it or not, Conservative MP Tom Lukiwski will have to prepare for his riding to be cleft in twain.
The federal electoral boundaries commission has finished redrawing the federal election riding map in Saskatchewan. Their report was tabled in the House of Commons Wednesday and we should see the new lines drawn in September.
The new boundaries create two primarily urban ridings in the Queen City: "Regina - Lewvan" covers most of west Regina, and "Wascana" covers most of southeast Regina.
Saskatchewan is on pace to surpass the annual export record set last year thanks in large part to the province's producers, potash and trade in Asia.
The first six months of 2013 has generated $17.5 billion in exports, up 4.3 per cent from last year's record.
"Yes it’s oil and potash, but (also) agriculture significantly and a number of other products on the list that we're exporting around the world that demonstrate the diversity of our economy and its strength," Premier Brad Wall told reporters at the legislative building Wednesday morning.
New rules allowing U.S-based mobile phone provider Verizon to squeeze into the Canadian market have some people uncomfortable.
In Saskatchewan, Premier Brad Wall says he is keeping an eye on the situation but says he sees the positives.
"(The people of Saskatchewan) want to see lower cell costs and so to the extent competition can help,” he said.
Regina's borders have been growing for years, but now it’s time to hammer out the details on a long term plan for growth.
The city's official plan for growth called ‘Design Regina’ has been in the works for years but Tuesday night is having one last public hearing before voting later this month or in September.
“This is our blue-print for the next 25 years, so tonight we’re having delegations come in and it’s sort of the public consultation phase,” Mayor Michael Fougere explained in an interview Tuesday morning.
We’ve been hearing the story of Saskatchewan’s booming economy for a few years now but that story just got personal for one MLA.
“The number of jobs for youth skyrocketed this month (July) in Saskatchewan and it is certainly consistent with what I am hearing anecdotally and seeing in our province when I meet young people,” said Tim McMillan, Minister of Energy and Resources at a recent news conference about job numbers.
As the small town of Radisson, SK, celebrates its centennial, residents gathered to watch one very special hometown boy marshal their parade.
Col. Larry Crabb was born and raised in the small town of 500. His parents moved to Radisson in 1904, a year before Saskatchewan was even a province.
Seventy-three years young, Crabb returned to his hometown once more to a hero's welcome.
For the City of Regina, less is more.
A report released by the City on Friday shows that they’ve handed out about 46 less building permits this year compared to the 713 at this time in 2012. But the value of those projects and the number of units that will eventually be available was up by about 22 per cent. In total, 1,688 housing units will be built as a result of permits given in the first seven months of 2013.