Provincial Politics

SaskPower Minister Gord Wyant and President and CEO Mike Marsh release the SaskPower 2016-17 annual report at the legislature on July 19, 2017.
SaskPower Minister Gord Wyant and President and CEO Mike Marsh release the SaskPower 2016-17 annual report at the legislature on July 19, 2017. Sarah Mills/CJME News Staff

Carbon tax, aging grid pose ongoing challenges for SaskPower

By Sarah Mills/CJME News Staff
July 19, 2017 - 1:42pm

SaskPower has some big challenges ahead as it continues to meet growth demands, upgrade the grid and meet environmental targets.

The annual report released Wednesday showed the Crown invested $886 million in the province’s electricity system over the past year.

Inmate advocate Sue Delanoy said she expects the STC shutdown to have a negative impact on women released from institutions like Prince Albert's Pine Grove Correctional Centre.
Inmate advocate Sue Delanoy said she expects the STC shutdown to have a negative impact on women released from institutions like Prince Albert's Pine Grove Correctional Centre. File photo/paNOW Staff

Advocate predicts problems for prisoners without STC

By Taylor MacPherson
July 19, 2017 - 12:00pm Updated: July 19, 2017 - 2:54pm

Although both the provincial and federal governments said the recent dissolution of the provincial bussing system will not have a major impact on newly-released inmates, the head of a Saskatchewan prisoner advocacy grou

The Northlands College Board of directors hopes to ease the stresses of the NORTEP/NORPAC students transitioning, as they announced tuition and book costs will be covered for previously funded students.
The Northlands College Board of directors hopes to ease the stresses of the NORTEP/NORPAC students transitioning, as they announced tuition and book costs will be covered for previously funded students. Bryan Eneas/paNOW Staff

Northlands College announces NORTEP/NORPAC student funding

By Bryan Eneas
July 12, 2017 - 12:57pm Updated: July 12, 2017 - 2:13pm

Northlands College hopes to ease some of the stresses on students by announcing funding for those who are transitioning to their adaptation of the NORTEP/NORPAC program.

SaskPower reported that the province set a summer power usage record on Monday as temperatures climbed to 35 C in Regina.
SaskPower reported that the province set a summer power usage record on Monday as temperatures climbed to 35 C in Regina. file photo/CJME News Staff

Sask. expected to set another summer power use record

By CJME News Staff
July 12, 2017 - 11:05am

Saskatchewan may set yet another new record for summer electricity use as the weather warms back up this week.
 
Monday saw temperatures peak at 35 C in Regina, helping drive the province to a record for power use as people fired up their air conditioners.
 

FSIN Vice Chief Heather Bear said she's cautiously optimistic about the future of the missing and murdered Indigenous Women and Girls inquiry after the resignation of commissioner Marilyn Poitras.
FSIN Vice Chief Heather Bear said she's cautiously optimistic about the future of the missing and murdered Indigenous Women and Girls inquiry after the resignation of commissioner Marilyn Poitras. Bryan Eneas/paNOW Staff

Sask. leaders weigh in on recent MMIWG developments

By Bryan Eneas
July 12, 2017 - 10:00am

Leaders in Saskatchewan are weighing in on the departure of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls commissioner Marylin Poitras and the overall state of the inquiry.

SaskEnergy has applied to increase the delivery rate by $1.65 a month effective Nov. 1, 2017.
SaskEnergy has applied to increase the delivery rate by $1.65 a month effective Nov. 1, 2017. file photo/CJME News Staff

SaskEnergy applies to increase delivery rates

By CJME News Staff
July 11, 2017 - 11:34am

SaskEnergy has applied for a delivery rate increase to offset the cost of continued expansion.

It means about an increase of $1.65 per month for the average customer, which amounts to 2.3 per cent of the total bill, effective Nov. 1.  

A water bomber tackles a wildfire near La Ronge in July, 2015.
A water bomber tackles a wildfire near La Ronge in July, 2015. submitted photo/Ministry of Environment

Wildfires in province well below average, Sask. firefighters off to B.C.

By Tyler Marr
July 10, 2017 - 5:07pm Updated: July 10, 2017 - 5:41pm

It is a tale of two provinces when it comes to the story of wildfires in Canada.

Saskatchewan is faring quite well this season, with only 110 fires in the province to date, well below the five-year average of 308. 

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