Provincial Politics

Melanie Quintal, the owner of Funky Fresh Café and Bistro, says she was surprised to have learned the PST was added to restaurant meals.
Melanie Quintal, the owner of Funky Fresh Café and Bistro, says she was surprised to have learned the PST was added to restaurant meals. Jeff Labine/paNOW Staff

P.A. restaurants surprised by PST addition

By Jeff Labine
March 24, 2017 - 5:00pm

Restaurants in Prince Albert didn’t expect the provincial sales tax to be on the menu.

Earlier this week, the province announced restaurant meals would no longer be exempt from PST. This means starting April 1 the now six per cent PST will apply to all meals.

Minister of Finance Kevin Doherty stopped into the Prince Albert Inn to address the Chamber of Commerce on March 24, 2017 just three days after the provincial budget was tabled. He was questioned by business owners on the closure of STC, and the impact of the one per cent increase to the PST.
Minister of Finance Kevin Doherty stopped into the Prince Albert Inn to address the Chamber of Commerce on March 24, 2017 just three days after the provincial budget was tabled. He was questioned by business owners on the closure of STC, and the impact of the one per cent increase to the PST. Bryan Eneas/paNOW Staff

Doherty appears in P.A., provides answers to business owners

By Bryan Eneas
March 24, 2017 - 5:00pm

This year’s “tough budget” features a variety of cuts which had members of the Prince Albert Chamber of Commerce and business owners curious as to what the minister was going to say during his P.A. visit today.

Despite a mixed reaction after appearing on stage, people were grabbing photos with Premier Brad Wall on March 24, 2017.
Despite a mixed reaction after appearing on stage, people were grabbing photos with Premier Brad Wall on March 24, 2017. Arielle Zerr/CJME News Staff

Premier Wall met with applause, boos at CFL Week after budget

By CJME News Staff
March 24, 2017 - 3:23pm

With all the different players at CFL Week, you can expect to hear a mix of cheers and boos — and the premier wasn't an exception.

Brad Wall was invited on-stage during a panel with Anthony Calvillo, Warren Moon and Mike Reilly and was met with applause and boos.

Premier Brad Wall remains unchallenged as the most popular provincial leader in Canada, but he did see a drop in support ahead of the provincial budget.
Premier Brad Wall remains unchallenged as the most popular provincial leader in Canada, but he did see a drop in support ahead of the provincial budget. submitted photo/Angus Reid Institute

Brad Wall most popular premier but saw pre-budget drop: report

By CJME News Staff
March 24, 2017 - 3:19pm

Premier Brad Wall remained the most popular premier in Canada, according to the latest study from the Angus Reid Institute. The study was conducted before the provincial budget was announced on March 22.
 

Wapiti officials say the fate of regional libraries, their staff and programs are completely up in the air.
Wapiti officials say the fate of regional libraries, their staff and programs are completely up in the air. file photo/paNOW Staff

Cuts to library funding done 'with no notice or consultation'

By Sarah Wallace
March 24, 2017 - 2:00pm

Cuts to provincial funding have left regional library officials caught off guard, without clear plans for the future.

According to Cheryl Bauer-Hyde, chair of the Wapiti Regional Library, funding has been cut by $3.5 million.

On April 1, PST will be expanded to include children's clothes, impacting Cecilia Kautzman, owner of Kids Trading Company in Regina.
On April 1, PST will be expanded to include children's clothes, impacting Cecilia Kautzman, owner of Kids Trading Company in Regina. Kevin Martel/CJME News Staff

Kids clothing store owner says PST expansion could be hit to families

By Kevin Martel/CJME News Staff
March 24, 2017 - 12:20pm

Provincial sales tax being applied to kids clothing could come at a significant price to some families, along with businesses.

The newly increased six per cent PST will be expanded to cover children's clothes beginning April 1.

Ben Stadnyk, owner of Budget Builders, says PST expanding to construction services will cost consumers more and potentially bring his sales down. The PST expands April 1.
Ben Stadnyk, owner of Budget Builders, says PST expanding to construction services will cost consumers more and potentially bring his sales down. The PST expands April 1. Kevin Martel/CJME News Staff

Renos, new builds to cost more as Sask. PST expands

By Kevin Martel/CJME News Staff
March 24, 2017 - 12:14pm

Those pricey home renovations are about to get a little more expensive and that stands to negatively impact Saskatchewan’s construction sector along with those paying for the work.

Bus service was moving again Thursday at STC bus depot's after routes were closed on March 22, to let employees know the company was shutting down.
Bus service was moving again Thursday at STC bus depot's after routes were closed on March 22, to let employees know the company was shutting down. Daniella Ponticelli/CKOM News Staff

Rural seniors hit hard by STC shutdown

By JT Marshall/CKOM News Staff
March 24, 2017 - 12:05pm

Elsi Kowalenko takes a Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC)  bus once a month from Perdue to Saskatoon for medical appointments. But now, the 92-year-old will have to find a different way to get around.

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