The Saskatchewan Health Authority released its modeling data April 8, including how its facilities will handle an increasing number of positive cases. | Government of Saskatchewan graphic

Rural health facilities part of COVID-19 plans

Rural health facilities are part of provincial pandemic plans, if COVID-19 cases overwhelm larger centres. The plans are based on models that are always changing depending on the severity of the pandemic, officials say, but have a role to play in surge capacity. In Manitoba, for example, Health Science Centre in Winnipeg is the main […] Read more

Sask. hopes to help farmers monitor mental health

Innovation Saskatchewan wants to find a way to help farmers monitor their mental health. Tina Beaudry-Mellor, minister responsible, said the challenge is intended to address concerns that have arisen after calls to the Saskatchewan farm stress line in 2018-19 doubled from the previous year. “Mental health is a concern within every industry but particularly acute […] Read more

Construction is resuming on the Golden South Wind project just outside the town. It broke ground last summer and when complete it is expected to provide 200 megawatts of wind power through 59 turbines. | Screencap via potentiarenewables.com

Wind farm construction project raises COVID-19 concerns

The proponents of a large wind energy project near Assiniboia, Sask., have moved to calm fears about an influx of temporary and out-of-province workers amid COVID-19. Construction is resuming on the Golden South Wind project just outside the town. It broke ground last summer and when complete it is expected to provide 200 megawatts of […] Read more


The Saskatchewan Health Authority released its modeling data April 8, including how its facilities will handle an increasing number of positive cases. | Government of Saskatchewan graphic

Rural hospitals see changes as COVID-19 plans continue

Some hospitals in rural Saskatchewan are already making changes as the province prepares for more COVID-19 infections. The Saskatchewan Health Authority released its modeling data today, including how its facilities will handle an increasing number of positive cases. The models are what-if scenarios, not predictions, officials cautioned, and continued compliance with physical distancing and isolation […] Read more

The SHA released modeling data Wednesday that show it's no time to be complacent. | Screencap via Facebook/Government of Saskatchewan

Sask. releases COVID-19 projections

Continued compliance with physical distancing and self-isolation measures are key to saving lives and protecting health care workers, says the Saskatchewan Health Authority. The SHA released modeling data Wednesday that show it’s no time to be complacent. The models suggest between 153,000 and 408,000 people could be affected by COVID-19, with deaths ranging from 3,075 […] Read more


25-year-old Brock Weston would typically be completing classes at the Wisconsin university where he was set to finish a biology degree and was also playing hockey. Instead, he is on the family farm near Maidstone, Sask., trying to stay as far away as he can from his parents after testing positive for COVID-19. | Supplied photo

Pandemic fears hit home on Sask. farm

A young man returns to the family ranch after university is cancelled and then tests positive for the COVID-19 virus

Brock Weston is unexpectedly home helping with calving after COVID-19 ended his university semester and then laid him low. The 25-year-old would typically be completing classes at the Wisconsin university where he was set to finish a biology degree and was also playing hockey. Instead, he is on the family farm near Maidstone, Sask., trying […] Read more

Saskatchewan Health Authority chief executive officer Scott Livingstone said rural facilities began a slowdown in non-essential services earlier in March to create capacity. | Screencap via saskhealthauthority.ca

Rural health facilities part of COVID-19 plans

Rural health facilities are part of provincial pandemic plans, if COVID-19 cases overwhelm larger centres. The plans are based on models that are always changing depending on the severity of the pandemic, officials say, but have a role to play in surge capacity. In Manitoba, for example, Health Science Centre in Winnipeg is the main […] Read more

Payton Molnar of Melville has established her own bison herd, following in her family's footsteps. | Karen Briere photo

Young bison producer has deep roots

MELVILLE, Sask. — There was no question what Payton Molnar would do once she finished high school. Growing up in a family of bison ranchers, her career path was likely set before she was born. She bought her first 12 females in 2015 and now, at 21, she is one of the youngest bison producers […] Read more


Ag vulnerable to absenteeism

The most pressing issue facing Canada’s agri-food sector during the COVID-19 pandemic is likely absenteeism within the supply chain, says policy analyst Al Mussell. Livestock industries such as chicken and hogs would be among the most vulnerable, given the protocols around their movement, he said. Biosecurity dictates that once hogs, for example, leave the barn […] Read more

Less spending anticipated

The Saskatchewan budget scheduled for March 18 turned out to be a non-event as the legislature shut down amid COVID-19 concerns. Earlier that day the government announced a spending plan of $14.15 billion, but couldn’t say how much the virus will cost the health system or how much revenue the province could expect to take […] Read more