Saskatchewan is growing
The debate continues as to whether the NHL could work in Saskatoon.
The city was once again treated to some pre-season action Sept. 28 as the Edmonton Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks played in front of over 10,000 fans at Credit Union Centre.
John Graham with On Ice Mangement, who has helped bring NHL pre-season play to Saskatoon, firmly believes the city is the strongest Canadian market option.
The Saskatchewan government is considering ways to improve relations with Asian countries.
“Asia beckons us as never before but there’s really a lack of urgency in national efforts. We believe that Saskatchewan can and should lead the nation in Asian engagement,” said Grant Kook, co-chair of the Saskatchewan-Asia Advisory Council.
The council was struck 16 months ago to come up with ways to improve trade and relations.
Saskatchewan's wide open spaces may be filling up fast as the province's population growth continues.
Between April 1 and July 1, 5,281 people moved to Saskatchewan bringing the population up to 1,125,410. Between July 2013 and July 2014 the population grew by 19,163 people.
The hike continues a seven-year growth trend for Saskatchewan. In the seven years before that, Saskatchewan's population was falling.
The bigger, faster and more rugged air ambulance added to Saskatoon's STARS fleet takes off for the first time.
"We're pretty excited this is an awesome day for STARS," president and CEO of STARS, Andrea Robertson said. "It's going to allow us to reach more communities, faster and with less time needed to refuel, we'll be able to get there more quickly."
A pair of Saskatoon deaths may be part of a national problem.
Saskatoon police reported Monday they're investigating the deaths of two men in their 20's. They're believed to have overdosed on what they may have thought were prescription drugs.
While police haven't confirmed what drugs the men may have taken, they did describe the pills as green with the number 80 stamped on one side and the letters C-D-N on the other.
As hundreds of newcomers start school in Saskatoon, both school divisions now have centres to help with registration.
It takes a lot of dance-a-thons and bake sales to raise money for a school playground.
That’s what parents at Saskatoon’s Ecole Lakeview School are learning. The province doesn’t fund school playgrounds and school boards are not allotted enough money for big renovations.
A year and a half ago, Liz Allen decided to spearhead the Lakeview Park Enhancement Committee. Parents such as Jana Kinar joined the effort to raise enough money to add more playground equipment, and repair and expand the tarmac to include basketball courts.
If Saskatchewan keeps up current growth trends its population could reach 1.5 million by 2038, according to new numbers released by Statistics Canada.
The agency releases population projections for provinces every five years. Wednesday's outlines seven different possible scenarios for Saskatchewan over the next 24 years. Each shows growth with the lowest estimate at 1,173,900 and the highest at 1,527,000 compared to the current population of 1,108,000.
Phone books are not yet a thing of the past in Saskatchewan because there's is still a demand and need, according to Sasktel.
Michelle Englot with Sasktel said they distribute around 194,000 phone books in Saskatoon, another 44,000 in the Saskatoon district, and just over 800,000 provincially.
"We do continue to print the same number each year and we find that for the most part a lot of our users are still requesting phone books," Englot explained.
The Prairie Valley School Division is preparing for growth in communities east of Regina with a submission to the Ministry of Education to build a new high school.
The idea of the new school was first brought up to the ministry in February 2013. Ben Grebinski, director of education for the school division, said a change in how capital projects are proposed led to Prairie Valley submitting the idea again on September 5 listing three options.