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Exceptional weekend weather conditions for the southwest

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Sun shining through pine trees. (File photo)

Southwest residents are pleased to be looking at well above-average temperatures and sunny weather coming up this weekend.

The warmer temperatures will be caused by a ridge of high pressure, an area of warm air coming into the prairies from the southern US.

Natalie Hasell, warning preparedness meteorologist with Environment and Climate Change Canada, encourages people to spend some time outside during this nice weather because it won't be here to stay.

"Looking at some very warm conditions, already today we're expecting a high of 17," said Hasell. "Some places might see a little bit of cloud but most places should see mainly sunny conditions."

Hasell notes that Saturday and Sunday will see daytime highs around 19 or 20 and Monday should reach a whopping high of 23 degrees.

"With the weather being so benign it would be a good time to take advantage and get ready for the next season," she said.

"For tomorrow Swift Current is just on the edge of the area that could see thunderstorm activity, so not expecting it in Swift Current but areas East of you might see some cloud."

Following the warmer weather, the southwest can expect thunderstorms and a good chance of precipitation.

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Prince Albert Daily Herald

Prince Albert police searching for robbery suspects who pulled door off business with truck and chain

Prince Albert Police are searching for two suspects who robbed a business in the 500 block of 10th Street Northwest by pulling the doors open with a truck and a chain. Officers were called to the scen ...
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3 hours ago

Swift Current Online

Student protest erupts at the Swift Current Comp.

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Student protestors gather in the back of a pick up truck at the Swift Current Comp. (photo by Kirsty Hanson)

Students at the Swift Current Comprehensive High School have taken to protesting outside the school this morning.

They are taking a stand with their teachers, supporting the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation in its ongoing dispute with the provincial government over class complexity and sizes.

Comp students could be seen outside the Aquatic Centre, standing in 'P' lot. Karter Petras, a student who was mixed in with kids from grades 9 all the way up to grade 12, shared some of their frustrations with how the sanctions put in place by the STF have affected extracurriculars.

"Whether we agree with them or not, we want our extracurriculars back," said Petras.

Things like HOOPLA and other sporting ventures have been cancelled or delayed due to the STF ban on members' volunteer efforts. For the students, this has resulted in missing key experiences in their school lives.

Even things like being able to eat lunch at school, which has been suspended previously due to the STF withdrawing noon-hour supervision, have been affected.  

"We're hoping that whether the government agrees with the teachers or if the [STF] gives us extracurriculars back, [either way]," said Petras. "We just want to get our sports and our band trips and all the stuff after school, and lunch, back."

3 hours ago

Swift Current Online

STF suspends job action with resumed bargaining table talks

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Protests about class size and complexity have stormed up and down Central Avenue North in downtown Swift Current multiple times since this dispute began. (photo by Hayden Michaels)

The Saskatchewan Teachers Federation is reeling back job action after resuming bargaining.

The STF and the Government of Saskatchewan were able to once again open negotiations earlier today.

According to a Chinook School Division release sent to parents, this means work-to-rule job action will be suspended, allowing for regular teaching practices to resume. 

The release stated that the Government-Trustee Bargaining Committee indicated they have a renewed mandate. It's with this they extended the invitation to the STF to resume talks. 

It also confirmed that all supervision and extracurricular activities will resume as normal. Schools will be individually making plans for any upcoming activities based on this. 

Chinook expects to communicate further, depending on whether the STF decides to resume job action. 

3 hours ago

Swift Current Online

City and IAFF strike new deal for the next two years

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The Swift Current Fire Department had all of its IAFF members agree to the tentative agreement, giving the go-ahead on the final collective agreement. (photo by Hayden Michaels)

The City of Swift Current and its locally employed firefighters have struck a red-hot deal.

The old collective agreement between the City and the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1318 expired on Dec. 31, 2023.

The City of Swift Current and the IAFF Local 1318 entered into a tentative agreement, which was implemented on March 28. Membership agreed to the new arrangement on March 29.

Yesterday, Swift Current city council approved the tentative agreement and authorized the signing of a collective agreement incorporating revisions outlined in the memorandum of agreement, dated April 8, 2024.

Vicky Sutherland, manager of human resources for the City of Swift Current, was adamant that the City and Local 1318 relationship remained amicable and respectful throughout the bargaining process.

"As such, all negotiations were completed without the use of external representatives for either side," said Sutherland.

The final agreement is for a term of two years, starting on Jan. 1, 2024, and ending on Dec. 28, 2025.

"Changes include general wording to update the language in the agreement, monetary items, as well as two letters of understanding for a trial 24-hour shift and lateral move incentive," said Sutherland. "Both letters of understanding will result in two working committees to determine the terms and conditions of both items."

The monetary items stipulated are as follows.

The monthly cell phone fee will be increased from $25 to $30 a month for the life of the agreement.

A decrease in qualification requirement from 15 years of service to 10 years of service to become a lieutenant.

Service pay increase from $10 per month to $15, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2024.

A decrease in the accumulation of hours in lieu of overtime worked to a maximum of 48 hours a week from 72 hours a week.

A new signing bonus of $1,200 for all IAFF members. This will not apply to non-IAFF, out of scope members.

An annual wage increase of 3.25 per cent from Jan. 1, 2024, and again on Dec. 30, 2024. This will be applied to non-IAFF, out of scope members as well.

 

City council voted in favour of the new agreement, moving it from tentative to a collective agreement.

3 hours ago

Swift Current Online

A bit of rain helps dent the drought in Southwest Saskatchewan

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Agricultural producers will be glad to hear that they may have more moisture to work with than last year, if the weather holds out. (photo by Hayden Michaels)

The ongoing drought has been a little gentler in southwest Sask. so far this spring, but not by much. 

Over the last month, Swift Current and the surrounding prairies have seen a slight bump in precipitation and moisture, compared to the last few years. 

Environment and Climate Change Canada has been keeping close track, monitoring conditions in what has up until now been an extremely drought-affected part of the province. Warning and Preparedeness Meteorologist, Natalie Hasel, isn't ready to call off the drought quite yet though. 

"According to the 1981-2010 Canadian Climate Normals, in March, you folks usually see about 18 millimetres of precipitation," said Hasel. "You're just over half of that."

This March saw 10.9 millimetres fall at the Swift Current observation station. April has so far received 1.7 millimetres, as of April 10. 

"I don't know if this is capturing all of the precipitation you have had recently," allowed Hasel. "I think this is still a pretty low number."

April would typically, in a non-drought year, see 19.9 millimetres of rain around Swift Current. 

Hasel cautioned that at Environment and Climate Change Canada, their three-month forecast doesn't account for precipitation predictions. The idea that they can accurately forecast rain that is still months away is a false one, in that they can only observe what is actively forming at any given time, and monitor how a system travels from its point of origin. 

Any rain that does come will be welcome, as the environment continues to try to climb back to normal precipitation during the drought. 

3 hours ago

Swift Current Online

Night photography class coming to Swift Current

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Some of Saskatchewan photographer, Chris Attrell's work. (Photo courtesy of Chris Attrell)

Swift Current and area aspiring photographers and photography connoisseurs will have the opportunity to attend a class to learn night photography coming up towards the end of the month. 

The two-hour-long presentation and workshop will be held in cooperation with the local Image West Camera Club on April 23 at 6 p.m.at the Art Gallery in the Swift Current Branch Library.

Chris Attrell is a local photographer who travels all around western Canada, taking stunning photos and teaching his craft to others.

"It's for any skill level, so beginners will really like it a lot because I'm a very hands-on instructor and I show them with their own camera," said Attrell. "Even experienced people will enjoy it because I do go into how I do some of my painting with light at night stuff."

The detailed presentation will highlight tips on photographing certain constellations, the camera settings, safety tips, and how to manually focus when doing night photography.

"Sask. is a great place to do night photography," he said. "At night time it's so calm and peaceful, it's an overall enjoyable experience, it's almost like meditation and you get some great looking pictures when you shoot at night."

Attending the class costs $25 per person and the proceeds will go to the Swift Current SPCA, as Attrell is a resident of the area and often supports this staple non-profit.

Anyone interested in learning night photography can register for the class on Attrell's website, anywhere.ca or call (306)297-9005.

3 hours ago

CBC Saskatoon

PM says he doesn't 'understand' NDP's climate stance as Singh appears to shift on carbon tax

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he sympathizes with NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh but no longer understands his party's position on climate change after Singh appeared to vacillate on his support for ...
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he sympathizes with NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh but no longer understands his party's position on climate change after Singh appeared to vacillate on his support for the consumer carbon tax.

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Sask. Teachers’ Federation announces end of sanctions with negotiations set to begin next week
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Sask. Teachers’ Federation announces end of sanctions with negotiations set to begin next week

The Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation announced that they will resume bargaining negotiations with the province for a new collective agreement. The decision results from ongoing discussions w ...
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The Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation announced that they will resume bargaining negotiations with the province for a new collective agreement.

The decision results from ongoing discussions with the government, which have addressed teachers’ concerns regarding funding accountability to address class size and complexity.

The negotiations with the Government-Trustee Bargaining Committee are expected to resume on Tuesday, April 16. This means that the current job action by teachers will be suspended effective after Friday.

STF President Samantha Becotte said they had been assured that the Government-Trustee Bargaining Committee has a new mandate to adequately address all issues important to teachers.

“The Teachers’ Bargaining Committee believes this commitment by the government is a positive step,” said Becotte. “Teachers have maintained that accountability measures must accompany government funding in order to ensure resources go to support students and improve their learning experience. We are optimistic that this understanding represents a significant step forward in negotiations and brings a tentative agreement within reach.”

The STF will not implement sanctions while negotiations are taking place.

Becotte says teachers’ efforts have created a valuable conversation about class size and complexity and the importance of providing learning environments that best support students.

The active participation of parents, caregivers, students, businesses, and community organizations has been instrumental in pushing the government back to the bargaining table.

STF President Samantha Becotte reiterated the unwavering commitment of their 13,500 members and the strong support for teachers within the wider community, underscoring the value Saskatchewan people place on education and the learning experience of their children.

4 hours ago

Prince Albert Daily Herald

Sask. NDP question lobbying in lead up to $6M-contract with Calgary clinic

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5 hours ago

Prince Albert Daily Herald

New to Canada? Beware, you’re twice as likely to become a fraud victim, survey reveals

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5 hours ago

Prince Albert Daily Herald

Wildfire report reveals 6.6 per cent of Alberta’s forested area burned last year

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5 hours ago

Prince Albert Daily Herald

Carbon tax increase met with peaceful protests

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5 hours ago

Prince Albert Daily Herald

Northeast short lines receive funding for infrastructure

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5 hours ago

Prince Albert Daily Herald

Dave Thomas introduced as new play-by-play voice of the Roughriders

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Prince Albert Daily Herald

The use of GLP-1 drugs such as Ozempic is surging among Canadians

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6 hours ago

Swift Current Online

Ex Maple Creek Teacher hit with fourth historical sexual assault charge

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Dexter Bacsu was first arrested on April 26, 2023, and has since been rearrested three additional times.

An RCMP release this morning stated that another report of a historical sexual assault received in July has led to more repercussions for the former teacher.

Bacsu appeared in Maple Creek Provincial Court yesterday, he was charged with one count of sexual assault and one count of sexual interference. 

Investigators believe there are other victims and encourage survivors of sexual assault to contact Maple Creek RCMP. 

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Prince Albert Daily Herald

We need to address the mental health and wellbeing of Canada’s women entrepreneurs

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Prince Albert Daily Herald

Two universal truths that lead to a successful job search

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Prince Albert Daily Herald

Education minister sends letter asking school board trustees for support

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6 hours ago

Prince Albert Daily Herald

Ministry approves Catholic Division 2024-2025 school calendar

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6 hours ago

Prince Albert Daily Herald

RCMP make arrest after officer and suspect exchange gunfire

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6 hours ago

Prince Albert Daily Herald

Studio 1010 Art Show and Sale hosts opening reception

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6 hours ago

CBC Saskatoon

Saskatoon police issue alert about stolen veterinary drugs

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8 hours ago

CBC Saskatchewan

Some U.S. clinics offer routine sedation for IUD pain, saying it 'shouldn't feel traumatizing'

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The pain has been described as agonizing, searing and excruciating. Now, some Planned Parenthood locations in the U.S. offer routine sedation to patients during IUD insertions and removals. But what are the options for Canadians?

8 hours ago

Ford is under investigation for Bronco Sport gas leaks. US says its remedy doesn’t fix the problem
CKRM News

Ford is under investigation for Bronco Sport gas leaks. US says its remedy doesn’t fix the problem

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government’s auto safety agency has opened an investigation into a Ford recall for gasoline leaks from cracked fuel injectors that can cause engine fires, saying in doc ...
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DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government’s auto safety agency has opened an investigation into a Ford recall for gasoline leaks from cracked fuel injectors that can cause engine fires, saying in documents that the remedy doesn’t fix the leaks.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in documents posted Friday that the probe will “evaluate the adequacy and safety consequences of the remedy” that Ford specifies in the recall.

File -A Ford Bronco is displayed at a Gus Machado Ford dealership on Jan. 23, 2023, in Hialeah, Fla. The U.S. government’s auto safety agency has opened an investigation, Friday, April 12, 2024, into a Ford recall for gasoline leaks from cracked fuel injectors that can cause engine fires, saying in documents that the remedy doesn’t fix the leaks. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier, File)

The agency moved with unusual speed, posting documents detailing the “recall query” just two days after the recall was made public.

The recall covers nearly 43,000 Ford Bronco Sport SUVs from the 2022 and 2023 model years, and Escape SUVs from 2022. All have 1.5-liter engines.

NHTSA said that fuel injectors can crack, causing gasoline or vapors to leak at a high rate onto hot surfaces in the engine compartment.

The Associated Press reported Wednesday that Ford’s remedy for the leaks is to add a drain tube to send the gas away from hot surfaces, and a software update to detect a pressure drop in the fuel injection system. If that happens, the software will disable the high pressure fuel pump, reduce engine power and cut temperatures in the engine compartment. Owners also will get a “seek service” message.

But the U.S. said Friday that Ford’s fix lets fuel drain from a cylinder head hole to the ground below the vehicles. “The recall remedy does not include replacement of the cracked fuel injector,” the agency said.

Ford said Friday it is working with NHTSA on the investigation.

The company said in documents that it has reports of five under-hood fires and 14 warranty replacements of fuel injectors, but no reports of crashes or injuries.

In an email on Wednesday, Ford said it is not replacing fuel injectors because it is confident the recall repairs “will prevent the failure from occurring and protect the customer.” The new software triggers a dashboard warning light and allows customers to drive to a safe location, stop the vehicle and arrange for service, the company said. NHTSA documents filed by Ford say the problem happens only in about 1% of the SUVs.

The company also said it will extend warranty coverage for cracked fuel injectors, so owners who experience the problem will get replacements. Repairs are already available, and details of the extended warranty will be available in June, Ford said.

The recall is an extension of a 2022 recall for the same problem, according to Ford. The repair has already been tested on vehicles involved in the previous recall, and Ford said it’s not aware of any problems.

The company also said it isn’t recommending that the SUVs be parked only outdoors because there’s no evidence that fires happen when vehicles are parked and the engines are off.

NHTSA said in documents that in the 2022 recall, which covered nearly 522,000 Bronco Sports and Escapes, Ford had the same remedy as the latest recall.

Michael Brooks, executive director of the nonprofit Center for Auto Safety, called Ford’s remedy for the fuel leaks a “Band-aid type recall” and said the company is trying to avoid the cost of repairing the fuel injectors.

8 hours ago

NDP grills government over Doherty lobbying
CKRM News

NDP grills government over Doherty lobbying

 It was a heated exchange in the Legislative Assembly to close off the week Thursday, as once again Opposition New Democrats zeroed in on the lobbying efforts of former Sask Party Finance Ministe ...
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 It was a heated exchange in the Legislative Assembly to close off the week Thursday, as once again Opposition New Democrats zeroed in on the lobbying efforts of former Sask Party Finance Minister-turned-lobbyist Kevin Doherty.

The Opposition had been hurling questions at the government in recent days over the $6 million sole-source contract for private hip and knee surgeries that was secured by Clearpoint, a private Calgary health care deliverer represented by Doherty’s firm Prairie Sky Strategies. The NDP have been grilling the government on Doherty’s involvement in lobbying the government on that file, and have painted the private clinic as a “Sask Party donor” who received a “sweetheart deal” from the government. 

Minister of Health Everett Hindley and Opposition Ethics and Democracy Critic Meara Conway tangled in Question Period Thursday, April 11. John Cairns

Health Minister Everett Hindley had denied being lobbied by Doherty on that particular file when he stood in Question Period on Wednesday. But on Thursday, Opposition Leader Carla Beck resumed the Opposition’s attack, firing several questions at Premier Scott Moe on the involvement of Doherty. 

The exchange was recorded in Hansard, which is a transcription of everything uttered in the house.

Ms. Beck:- “Yesterday we learned that a private company, a Sask Party donor, secured a $6 million sole-source contract for private surgeries. This after former Sask Party cabinet minister Kevin Doherty was hired as their lobbyist…

“Mr. Speaker, it makes you wonder. Is this what Saskatchewan people are going to have to do to get a break on the fuel tax? Do they have to hire Kevin Doherty as a lobbyist to get this Premier’s attention?”

Hon. Mr. Moe: — “Clearpoint surgical centres was one that we used to reduce some of that wait time, Mr. Speaker. Yes, they are represented by a former MLA, Mr. Speaker. Associated Radiologists is also a publicly funded, private deliverer that we use to the tune of, I believe, budgeted about $22 million this past year, Mr. Speaker. And they are also represented by a former MLA in this House, former leader of the opposition Cam Broten.”

Ms. Beck: — “Mr. Speaker, they really want the job of opposition, and they’ll get their chance. But right now Saskatchewan has the worst wait times for hip and knee replacement in the country, and that is the record of this tired and out-of-touch government…”

Hon. Mr. Moe: — “Mr. Speaker, there’s a number of entities and individuals, Mr. Speaker, that are on the lobbyist registry discussing — and not only discussing — discussing solutions that they might have with the government. But I would suspect that they’re also discussing some of those opportunities and solutions with the opposition as well, Mr. Speaker.”

“We are looking at innovative ways to reduce our surgical wait time that will include expanding the publicly funded, privately delivered surgeries, Mr. Speaker . . . [inaudible interjection] . . . Well if they don’t want the answer, Mr. Speaker, they should not ask the question…”

“So my question is this: 161,000 publicly funded, privately delivered surgeries have been offered to and received by Saskatchewan residents, many of them by Associated Radiologists, some of them now by Clearpoint surgical centre, Mr. Speaker. Is it the view of the opposition that they would remove all of those 160,000 surgeries in the province?”

Ms. Beck: — “Mr. Speaker, they’re so eager to ask the questions. You’ll get your chance. Don’t worry.

“But yesterday we saw the Minister of Health state in this Assembly that there was no sole-source contract for surgeries. He said there was an RFP [request for proposal] and everything was above board; the NDP is just grasping at straws, Mr. Speaker. Then that minister went out into the rotunda, and what did he say out there? He said he got it all wrong, that there was a sole-source deal with a Sask Party donor. What does the Premier think about this mix-up?”

Hon. Mr. Moe: — “ …Yes, there are lobbyists that are lobbying government and opposition in that publicly funded, private surgical area, Mr. Speaker. But also on the lobbyist registry are entities like CUPE [Canadian Union of Public Employees] and SUN [Saskatchewan Union of Nurses]. And those that are working strictly in the publicly funded, publicly delivered health care scope, Mr. Speaker, some of which are going to be working in the urgent care centre on north Albert Street here as well as we drastically expand the services available to Saskatchewan people.”

Opposition Ethics and Democracy Critic Meara Conway then took her turn to roast Health Minister Hindley. In doing so, she referred to an incident earlier in the week in Question Period in which Speaker Randy Weekes had rebuked Government House Leader Jeremy Harrison for slouching after asking Harrison to withdraw and apologize for remarks made in the House.

Ms. Conway: —  “…Whether it’s slouching in their chairs, muttering blah blah blah when we’re talking about health care closures, or making statements that are completely inconsistent with the facts, they show day in, day out that it’s time for a change in this province, and that this Sask Party government, this tired and out-of-touch government has got to go…

“The Minister of Health signed a sweetheart deal, a sole-source contract with a Sask Party donor, and when pressed for answers made statements that are demonstrably incompatible with the facts. If he can’t keep his facts straight about his friends and donors, what else is he getting wrong on this file?”

Hon. Mr. Hindley: — “Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Speaking of things that are wrong, the Minister of Health does not sign contracts. The Minister of Health, we don’t do that. The ministry officials in the Ministry of Health would engage with organizations like this, but it’s not through the minister. It’s not myself sits down and negotiates contracts. So the member opposite is incorrect in that statement, Mr. Speaker. And that’s why she sits in opposition and will continue to sit in opposition for a long, long time, Mr. Speaker.”

Ms. Conway: — “ …Let’s look at the facts. There is entry after entry after entry in the lobbyists registry of Kevin Doherty lobbying that government on behalf of their Sask Party donor to ‘work with the Ministry of Health to assist in the surgical backlog.’ This is a great deal for the Sask Party. This is a great deal for their donors. But it’s a terrible deal for the people of Saskatchewan — worst in the nation results — who are left to wait longer and longer, often in pain, and then they’re left to pick up the tab.

“Who should Saskatchewan believe on this matter, Mr. Speaker — the Minister of Health or Kevin Doherty’s own filings with the lobbyists registry?

Hon. Mr. Hindley: — “Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would hope that the member opposite is prepared to make those allegations outside the Chamber, and I would encourage her to do so, Mr. Speaker.”

In speaking to reporters following Question Period, Minister Hindley again insisted that he did not speak with Doherty or his firm Prairie Sky Strategies about the surgeries issue.

“I have not, as the Minister of Health, I have not met Prairie Sky Strategies to talk specifically about surgeries,” said Hindley. 

He also said he didn’t recall meeting them on that issue as Minister of Rural and Remote Health, either — “going from memory,” he said.

He did say he spoke with Prairie Sky Strategies on other issues, pointing to a conversation a couple of weeks ago regarding Medavie who provide EMS services. “We talked about healthcare and EMS and those sorts of topics.”

In speaking to reporters, Conway accused Minister Hindley of lying.

“The Minister of Health on this matter has now lied twice. He said in there there was an RFP. We now know there wasn’t an RFP, it was a sole-source contract. A sweetheart deal with a Sask Party donor. He also said that Kevin Doherty didn’t lobby on this issue. There’s multiple entries in the lobbyist registry beginning around the time that the Minister of Health said himself he started looking at other options around the time that this contract was signed with this private company out of Calgary. We haven’t heard confirmation that the Premier or Minister (Paul) Merriman who was the minister at the time didn’t meet with Kevin Doherty on this specific contract, and we haven’t gotten details about Mr. Hindley‘s role as Rural and Remote Health Minister at the time — what his conversations with Kevin Doherty amounted to. The people of Saskatchewan, rightly so, have a lot of questions around what went down and it’s incumbent upon the Sask Party government to explain themselves.”

9 hours ago

Swift Current Online

War Amps Key Tags hit southwest mailboxes

(photo courtesy of Martine Lepine).captiontext { font-size:90%;font-style: italic;margin-right:20px; } A non-profit that supports Canadian amputees is gearing up for its annual Key Tag Service.  ...
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(photo courtesy of Martine Lepine)

A non-profit that supports Canadian amputees is gearing up for its annual Key Tag Service. 

The War Amps provides all amputees, including children, with financial assistance for artificial limbs and resources that address all aspects of amputation – funded solely by donations. 

Public awareness specialist with the War Amps, Bob Maguire, said each tag mailed out has its own coded number specific to the address it's mailed to.  

“The War Amps Key Tags started over 75 years ago when we wanted to provide employment to our war amputee veterans,” he said. "If anyone loses their keys, all the finder has to do is call the number on the back or throw them in any red Canada Post mailbox and the War Amps will return them free of charge.” 

Since the service’s inception, more than 1.5 million sets of lost keys have been returned to their owners. Key tags are produced in Canada at The War Amps workshop, employing people with disabilities. 

While it’s a free resource, the charity accepts donations online, over the phone, and via paper form in the mail.  

Key tags will be arriving in Swift Current and surrounding area next month, but anyone that doesn’t receive one and would like to can do so here.  

"Thank you for everyone that's supporting the warrants year after year, we really do appreciate it," Maguire added.

9 hours ago

CBC Saskatchewan

Sask. greenlights deal with Alberta, Manitoba to manage underground water reserves on Prairies

Saskatchewan's provincial government has greenlit expanding a key water deal to include cross-border groundwater reserves, aiming to ensure they are managed and shared sustainably amid growing threats ...
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Saskatchewan's provincial government has greenlit expanding a key water deal to include cross-border groundwater reserves, aiming to ensure they are managed and shared sustainably amid growing threats posed by drought, pollution and climate change.

9 hours ago

Swift Current Online

Swift Current Creek set to receive rehabilitation to prevent debilitation

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Rehabilitation will help to prevent scenes like this one on Sixth Avenue Northeast during the last flood. (photo by Hayden Michaels)

Anyone who remembers last summer's creek floods will understand why the City of Swift Current is paying nearly $194,000 to stay ahead of issues on the banks.

Creek bank rehabilitation is done in order to maintain spots the City has identified in surveys. They work to ensure all 14.5 kilometres of the Swift Current Creek are in stable condition to handle high water levels, as well as for general management and upkeep.

Depending on high rainwater volumes, release from the Duncairn Damn, or snowpack runoff, flooding and damages can debilitate the banks of the creek. In order to stay ahead of some existing areas of concern, the City is contracting Vitae Environmental Ltd. to rehabilitate three sections of the creek.

Greg Parsons, general manager of infrastructure for the City of Swift Current, reported that seven contractors applied for the rehabilitation contract. 

"Five of which were over budget and therefore not evaluated. Vitae Environmental Ltd. of Pinch Creek Alberta was the lowest submitted proposal at $193,572.32."

The three locations that will be addressed this year are Crawford Avenue, South Service Road East, and North Hill Drive. All of these segments are adjacent to the creek, and have strict regulations to be maintained during the work.

Vitae Environmental has previous experience with this kind of work, which is part of the reason why the City agreed to hire them. They will be doing the same labour at all three locations. The work will involve slope grading, installation of geosynthetic fabric, installation of riprap, and landscape restoration.

The total allocated budget for this project was $200,000. Vitae Environmental coming in just under this amount does reserve some of that money for the City to save in the budget.

9 hours ago

Swift Current Online

Astonishing need for trades workers sparks scholarship opportunities

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A student at the Great Plains College in Swift Current practices his welding skills. (Photo by Kirsty Hanson).

With this month being National Welding Month, it's the ideal time for Southwest students and young adults considering a trade career to learn more or even take action. 

According to a report from the Canadian government, over 256,000 new apprentices are estimated to be needed to meet the demand for skilled trades workers in 2026.

Stephen Schober, president and chief executive officer of Metal Supermarkets, hopes to inform young people of the need for welders and what kinds of benefits are out there.

"If you look around there's so many things that have to be done by welders and other tradespeople just to keep things going," said Schober. "The water systems, the electrical systems, so much of what makes life easy and comfortable for us is ultimately done by tradespeople.

"Welders in particular, they're looking after machinery to make sure it's working, they're fixing infrastructure like water and sewer systems."

He notes that the industry is facing a demographic challenge, as a large majority of welders are retiring at a rate greater than the youth entering the industry.

"We're trying to encourage people to hang in and to take the education and get out and have a good trades career, which is surprisingly well paid," Schober said. 

In addition to being a financially sustainable job, training for trades usually takes significantly less time than traditional college or University programs, and these positions are more than often in high demand.

"There's probably even a stronger demand for these [workers] in Sask. than other parts of Canada and North America," said Schober.

Metal Supermarkets is one of the many companies or organizations that are offering incentives to trades students, to celebrate National Welding Month they're investing $10,000 into trade school scholarships. 

"The scholarships are $2,500 to give somebody a good start in paying their tuition," he added. "We're looking for evidence that the applicants are committed and take it seriously, and then we look at their personality and financial need."

For more information or to apply for a Metal Supermarkets scholarship, visit their website at metalsupermarkets.com under 'trades scholarship' and apply before the June 28 deadline.

"We'd love to find a good applicant in Sask. to help out with a scholarship."

9 hours ago

CBC Saskatchewan

University of Regina now using 'barnacles' to collect money for unpaid parking tickets

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The University of Regina is using barnacles, devices that cover a windshield to block the driver's view, as a way to collect unpaid parking fines.

11 hours ago

Prince Albert Daily Herald

Youth talent to light up stage at PACMA Showcase

The Prince Albert Country Music Association (CMA) hopes to give prospective musicians a boost to start their careers with a Youth Showcase Event on Saturday. Five local bands and three singers will ta ...
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18 hours ago

Prince Albert Daily Herald

Efforts to honour Weldon man who died in mass stabbing to receive boost from James Smith Cree Nation

Efforts to honour Weldon’s Wesley Petterson will receive a big boost on Saturday from James Smith Cree Nation. The 78-year-old Petterson was one of 11 people murdered during the stabbing massacre in ...
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19 hours ago

CBC Saskatoon

Man charged with attempted murder after shots fired at Sask. RCMP officers on Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation

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A 24-year-old man is facing several charges, including attempted murder, after police allege he shot at Saskatchewan RCMP officers trying to arrest a wanted man on Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation Wednesday.

20 hours ago

CBC Saskatchewan

Former friend says man accused of abduction mentioned taking daughter to live 'off the grid'

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A witness and former friend of Michael Gordon Jackson said the accused often spoke about taking his daughter away. He said Jackson was "dead set" on the girl not being vaccinated against COVID-19.

21 hours ago

CBC Saskatchewan

'You have gutted local news': Saskatoon MP and former CTV reporter blasts Bell CEO

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Conservative MP Kevin Waugh told Bell CEO Mirko Bibic that he should be ashamed of himself while questioning the CEO about job cuts during an appearance before the Canadian Heritage committee. Waugh worked for decades as a sports reporter for CTV in Saskatoon.

21 hours ago

Saskatchewan village raising funds for playground to honour mass stabbing victim
CKRM News

Saskatchewan village raising funds for playground to honour mass stabbing victim

Residents of a village in Saskatchewan are raising funds to build a lasting tribute to one of their own who died in a mass stabbing attack. A committee in Weldon, northeast of Saskatoon, seeks to r ...
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Residents of a village in Saskatchewan are raising funds to build a lasting tribute to one of their own who died in a mass stabbing attack.

A committee in Weldon, northeast of Saskatoon, seeks to raise $150,000 to build a playground to honour the memory of Wesley Petterson — and the nearby James Smith Cree Nation is supporting the effort.

Petterson was one of 11 people killed in a stabbing rampage by Myles Sanderson in Weldon and on the James Smith Cree Nation in 2022.

Sanderson died in police custody a few days after the killings.

The fundraisers say the 78-year-old Petterson was loved by many and was often the first person up to make coffee for friends and neighbours as they gathered to visit at the local seniors centre.

22 hours ago

CKRM News

Canada’s Farm Show to focus on AgTech, innovation

AgTech is being billed as a particular focus for the 2024 edition of Canada’s Farm Show, which is back in Regina on June 18 to 20. The annual show brings together farmers and ag industry professi ...
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AgTech is being billed as a particular focus for the 2024 edition of Canada’s Farm Show, which is back in Regina on June 18 to 20.

The annual show brings together farmers and ag industry professionals to see and display the latest in innovation and cutting edge technology for the agricultural sector. The launch event was held Thursday at Mosaic Stadium highlighting the new and returning features at this year’s show coming to Viterra International Trade Centre.

Here is a look at what to expect this year:

This year’s focus is on AgTech. According to show officials, this is where traditional farming meets technology, spotlighting the latest advancements shaping the future of farming.

Returning will be Cultivator’s 24 Hour Start Up|AgTech. According to their news release this will bring together the best and brightest in agriculture, technology, and business to pitch ideas, form teams, and build a minimum viable product in just 24 hours.

The Global AgTech Summit will include a one-day session, featuring industry guests and experts sharing insights into ag tech and innovation.

The Premier’s Breakfast is back on the first day of the Farm Show June 18, with Premier Scott Moe set to deliver the State of Agriculture in Saskatchewan address. This event in organized in partnership with Regina and District Chamber of Commerce.

One aspect of the Premier’s Breakfast will be presentation of the 2024 Innovation Awards sponsored by Farms.com and Greenwave Innovations. According to the Farm Show’s news release, those awards will be selected by a panel of judges with a practical understanding of how productivity on farms can be improved through innovation.

The Launch Pad presented by Deloitte will be the showcase for innovation at the show, and feature a wide and diverse variety of speakers. A particular highlight on the first day June 18 is what is being billed as the exclusive Canadian introduction by Degelman Industries of their next line of high-performance tillage equipment: the HDSR Series of Heavy Duty Staggered Ripper.

A sneak preview video of that reveal was shown at the launch event Thursday, along with their marketing slogan “Let ‘er Rip”. According to the company, this new product will address a definite need in the field.

“We were looking at compaction issues in the US primarily, and looking at that we just noticed there wasn’t a lot of good products for guys that would fit a Degelman moulded product — not engineered tough enough, not durable enough,” said Derek Molnar, Marketing Manager with Degelman Industries.

“We started looking at options we could put into a deep tillage system and that’s when we started looking at our HDSR Series of staggered rippers. And in those conversations with customers and farmers in the US, we started to notice a lot of tendencies that we’re seeing up in western Canada as well when it came to compaction. So as we developed that product, we’ve gotten more and more interest from western Canadian farmers for it, and what better time to introduce it to western Canada than one of the premier farm shows at Canada’s Farm Show in Regina.”

Plenty of other exhibitors will be returning the Farm Show to showcase their products, and to further those efforts a new event is being launched on Wednesday, June 19 called the Exhibitor Reception.

This is likely to become a regular feature of the show, and will replace the PBR Bull Riding event which was staged coinciding with the Farm Show the last two years.

For those looking for jobs in the agriculture sector, the 2024 show also will include Launch your Career Agto recruit people into ag careers. A career fair is being hosted on the Thursday of the event in partnership with the Agricultural Manufacturers of Canada; students will be given complimentary entrance to the show that day.

Once again, Viterra will be title sponsor for Canada’s Farm Show.

The launch event included dignitaries such as Mayor Sandra Masters and Saskatchewan Minister of Agriculture David Marit. Marit has frequently attended the Farm Show and he told a story to the audience about a line his brother would use to describe it: the “ooh-aah party.”

“We’d go up there and go ‘ooh,’ look at that, ‘aah,’” said Marit.

In speaking to reporters, he pointed to the importance of the Farm Show in highlighting the innovation and ag technology going on in Saskatchewan.

“What you’re seeing is technology and innovation that comes through the show by inventors here in the province, the new technologies like zero till, minimum till. You saw the launch today of a new apparatus by Degelman Industries as well. That’s the kind of innovation and technology that’s leading ag not only here in Saskatchewan, not only in western Canada, but really in North America and around the world. That’s why it’s important for the Farm Show and the respect it has by the ag industry as a whole. I mean, that’s why farmers come to see what’s going on, they want to see the new innovation, new technology and it’s really changing fast.”

Roberta Engel, Acting President and CEO of REAL, has recently taken over that role following the departure of Tim Reid. With the multitude of changes and turmoil within REAL over in the past year there were questions raised about whether regular events at REAL might be impacted, but Engel maintains there was never a question that Canada’s Farm Show would go ahead.

“Not at all. As I said earlier today, agriculture is extremely important to our province to our city and to our organization and it’s really the pillar of REAL,” said Engel.

“And so based on that there was no question in our mind as an organization, that Canada’s Farm Show is here to stay. It’s a pillar, and we will continue to deliver on an amazing show.”

With the launch event marks the official start of ticket sales for the Farm Show.

22 hours ago

Prince Albert Daily Herald

Ivkovic re-signed as PAYSA technical director

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22 hours ago

Prince Albert Daily Herald

McMillen made most of second chance in Prince Albert

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22 hours ago

CBC Saskatchewan

Sask. students to protest for teachers, against loss of lunch break

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Students from Tisdale Middle & Secondary School in Tisdale, Sask., and Sheldon Williams Collegiate in Regina are planning to walk out of school Friday. Some say they are protesting to show support for teachers and others say they are speaking up because their lunch break has been taken away.

22 hours ago

CBC Saskatoon

Regina woman says Air Canada emergency landing was her 'worst nightmare coming true'

A Regina woman who was on an Air Canada flight from Mexico City to Vancouver is recovering from a "surreal" experience after an in-flight emergency led to an unscheduled landing Tuesday morning. ...
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A Regina woman who was on an Air Canada flight from Mexico City to Vancouver is recovering from a "surreal" experience after an in-flight emergency led to an unscheduled landing Tuesday morning.

22 hours ago

Regina city council commits to Wascana Pool elevator
CKRM News

Regina city council commits to Wascana Pool elevator

Regina City Council is committing $175,000 towards an elevator allowing people with disabilities to access the waterslide at the new Wascana Pool. The decision also comes after numerous delegates s ...
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Regina City Council is committing $175,000 towards an elevator allowing people with disabilities to access the waterslide at the new Wascana Pool.

The decision also comes after numerous delegates spoke about the importance of the water slide.

That includes 5-year-old Blake Turnbull, who has Spina bifida and uses a wheelchair.

“I’m here because we need the elevator. It’s because other people like me need it, and nobody wants to be left out,” Blake said to council.

Councillors Terina Nelson and Dan LeBlanc crafted a motion that asked the city to commit capital funding for the elevator.

“What’s super exciting is there is a possibility that we can do it,” Nelson said. “The design with the right engineers and the right consultants, it’s possible to build an outdoor accessible water slide with an elevator.

Council organically voted for an elevator in March of last year for $550,000, but in December, that cost was said to have doubled, making the council reconsider the funding.

The project’s funding was shelved as the council voted to proceed with other accessibility upgrades for other facilities instead of the accessibility elevator for the waterslide.

The $175,000 will help fund the elevator. It will come from the 2024 and 2025 recreational funds.

If something is selected but costs more than $175,000, then fundraising could help cover the difference.

Nelson believes that the community would have no problem stepping up to help fund the waterslide.

22 hours ago

Women who fled in stolen vehicle from Moose Jaw police now facing drug charges
CKRM News

Women who fled in stolen vehicle from Moose Jaw police now facing drug charges

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Moose Jaw police have arrested a 29-year-old woman following an evasive encounter on April 7th.

According to the Moose Jaw Police Service, the woman initially fled from police in a stolen vehicle, prompting a pursuit and was later arrested. A search warrant was then executed at a downtown establishment on April 9th.

During the warrant, officers seized a variety of illicit substances, drug paraphernalia, and approximately $2,000 in Canadian currency, in addition to an extendable baton.

The woman faces charges including possession of cocaine, methamphetamine, and morphine with intent to traffic, possession of a prohibited weapon, and possession of property obtained through criminal means.

She has also been charged with fleeing from law enforcement and recklessly operating a motor vehicle.

Furthermore, police revealed that a firearm was discovered inside the stolen vehicle, resulting in additional firearms-related charges against the suspect.

The accused appeared in court for the first time on Thursday and is scheduled to remain in custody until her next court appearance on April 25th.

11 Apr 2024 21:08:00

CKRM News

Regina Police launch arson investigation into fire at Cornwall Centre

The fire that damaged The Bay at the Cornwall Centre has the Regina Police Service investigating after it was found to have been deliberately set. The fire was ignited in a clothing rack near one o ...
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The fire that damaged The Bay at the Cornwall Centre has the Regina Police Service investigating after it was found to have been deliberately set.

The fire was ignited in a clothing rack near one of the store’s exits.

Firefighters responded to the blaze Wednesday afternoon. No one was injured, however, significant smoke and water damage were reported on the store’s main floor.

Due to the fire, the province announced that its eHealth head office, which is in the same building, would be closed to the public for the rest of the week.

Regina Police say anyone with information is asked to contact the Regina Police Service at 306-777-6500 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

11 Apr 2024 19:28:00

CBC Saskatoon

'We want to be heard': Northern Sask. students protest loss of extracurriculars

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Students at a school in northern Saskatchewan held a protest to bring awareness to the negative effects of the dispute between teachers and the provincial government.

11 Apr 2024 18:30:20

Swift Current Online

Smile for Rhonda looks to brighten the smile of those in need

Rhonda Haroldson (left) with her daughter Jenna Notenbomer (right). (photo courtesy of Jenna Notenbomer).captiontext { font-size:90%;font-style: italic;margin-right:20px; } In memory of a smile that w ...
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Rhonda Haroldson (left) with her daughter Jenna Notenbomer (right). (photo courtesy of Jenna Notenbomer)

In memory of a smile that was always present, Smile for Rhonda looks to start sharing smiles with those who need them most.

Rhonda Haroldson has been a staple of the Swift Current dental profession since 1975. Her work spanned 46 years, in which she helped people as a therapist and hygienist to make their smiles the best they could be.

It's in her memory that her daughter, Jenna Notenbomer, has partnered with First Avenue Dental to help repair people's teeth through the Smile for Rhonda Foundation.

"It's just something where if somebody needs some dental care work, we're going to work with the dentist and see who we can give a Smile for Rhonda," said Notenbomer.

Smile for Rhonda has been accepting donations, of which First Avenue Dental has agreed to match the first $2,500. They will be putting this money towards fixing someone who normally may not be able to afford the extent of dental care they need, to ensure that they can smile again without worry.

Notenbomer feels this work is an honest testament to her mother's legacy, as she worked at First Avenue Dental for 22 years.

"Dental was everything to mom," said Notenbomer. "Growing up I remember brushing and being told to brush and floss more times than not. Teeth and dental hygiene were really important to her. Many people are not lucky enough to be able to get the dental hygiene care that they need."

Donations are held in a trust account at Innovation Federal Credit Union. People looking to donate can do so by emailing [email protected].

As for how people will be chosen for dental work, it's a matter still being discussed and developed.

"I do hope to carry this on for years and years to come," said Notenbomer. "This year we are working hand in hand with First Avenue Dental and Doctor Thiessen and see if they can help the process of finding the right candidate or candidates to select."

11 Apr 2024 18:00:00

Swift Current Online

Local youth turns snow it SPCA funds with hard work

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Luke Perrault making his donation at the Swift Current SPCA. (photo courtesy of Ashley Muhle)

A local youth has shovelled away some of his hard work and gifted the results to the Swift Current SPCA.

Luc Perrault had spent the winter clearing snow in his spare time, outside of class and extracurricular activities. He set aside 20 per cent of his funds, of which he donated to the Swift Current SPCA totalling $250.

Ashley Muhle, fundraising manager for the Swift Current SPCA, was thrilled to see a local youth taking an interest in what they do, and taking action to contribute to their efforts.

"It's really nice to see that the young people are getting involved and helping with donations for the SPCA," said Muhle.

This money will be going to general expenses at the SPCA. Things like food for the animals, covering operating costs, or perhaps even new toys for the cats and dogs staying there.

Muhle hopes to see even more kids making donations as the summer continues. Previously, the young people of Swift Current have held lemonade stands, done bottle drives, and made other efforts to help make life at the shelter a little easier.

If anyone would like to donate money, the shelter is always appreciative of any amount they get. Whether it's planned out, or unannounced like what Perrault did.

"He just kind of came in with the cheque," said Muhle. "We were extremely surprised and happy. Happy to see another young person involved with the SPCA."

11 Apr 2024 18:00:00

Swift Current Online

Nominate and vote for the worst roads in Saskatchewan

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File photo of potholes in Swift Current

Now that winter is officially in the rearview mirror, it's time to take a look at the roads ahead -- and decide which ones are in the roughest shape. 

CAA's annual Worst Roads Campaign is back for the tenth year, inviting residents from all across the province to submit what they think is the most dangerous road.

Director of corporate communications for CAA, Christine Niemczyk, explained that submissions can include streets or highways with potholes, crumbling pavement, cracks, disrepair, poor signage, congestion, or unsafe infrastructure.

"Saskatchewan is a landlocked province; we have about 250,000 kilometres of roads, and I've learned a lot through the campaign that we have more roads than any other province in Canada," she said. "We do share the results with those who are handling the budget. They probably know which ones might be on their list, but this is an opportunity to say, 'That road is still a safety concern ... road users in that community have voted, results indicate that is still a safety concern to them.'"

The campaign opened on Tuesday and will be accepting votes until the 29th with the top 10 roads being announced the following day.

New this year, CAA will award a $1,000 Shell gift card to one random eligible voter for some relief of the increasing gas prices, also on the last day of the month. 

The insurance agency's advocacy initiative is open to all road users including motorists, cyclists, pedestrians, and passengers. Individuals have one vote per road every 24 hours.

"I've checked our site and I see that the nominations and votes are coming in pretty strong," Niemczyk said.

To enter a road in the running, click here.

11 Apr 2024 17:35:40

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