Sask. throne speech focuses on COVID

The Nov. 30 speech from the throne in Saskatchewan reiterated a Sask. Party government promise to work to reduce the spread of COVID-19. “In recent days, new public health orders have come into effect and more will be added if required,” the speech said as it was read by Lt.-Gov. Russ Mirasty. Other items in […] Read more

Josh Hourie, community relations co-ordinator at the Saskatchewan SPCA, said people shouldn't have to decide between feeding themselves or their pets if they find themselves with financial problems. | Screencap via saskspca.ca

Pet food banks planned for Sask.

Eight Saskatchewan food banks based mainly in rural areas have signed on to establish emergency pet food banks. The intention is to keep pets with their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Josh Hourie, community relations co-ordinator at the Saskatchewan SPCA, said people shouldn’t have to decide between feeding themselves or their pets if they find […] Read more

Foodgrains bank ready to address threat of rising hunger

Organization had feared the pandemic might reduce the number of growing projects this year, but that didn’t happen

The global pandemic has increased the number of hungry people in the world and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank is preparing to meet the challenge of helping to feed them. Until 2014, there had been a 30-year decline in the number of hungry, but violent events in Yemen, South Sudan and Syria, among other countries, changed […] Read more


Empty store shelves early on in the pandemic were one example of the lack of resiliency in the supply chain. The problem was eventually solved, but there are examples that would be more expensive to fix.  | File photo

Resiliency is a great idea, until you have to pay for it

Other than “unprecedented,” the term “resiliency” has been the biggest buzzword of the pandemic — at least in agriculture. I doubt I’ve taken part in a webinar, Zoom call or online press conference since March without the term being used prominently repeatedly. Resiliency is a hot concept right now, but what does it really mean? […] Read more

While fresh and frozen beef prices increased for consumers, the average price of cattle dropped 11 percent year over year. | File photo

COVID-related plant problems helped boost spring beef prices

Increased prices reflected decreased supply when slaughter plants slowed production or closed due to COVID-19 infections

Prices for fresh and frozen beef rose 13.7 percent in May, reflecting decreased supply when slaughter plants slowed or temporarily closed due to worker illness from COVID-19. Statistics Canada issued a report Nov. 17 showing the May price increase was followed in June by the largest month over month price gain in five years of […] Read more


The new orders take effect Friday and last until Dec. 17. At that time, they will be reviewed. | Screencap via Facebook/Gov't of Saskatchewan

New COVID restrictions announced in Sask.

Saskatchewan has implemented a new set of restrictions to help control the spread of COVID-19. The new orders take effect Friday and last until Dec. 17. At that time, they will be reviewed. The restrictions include limiting all indoor public gatherings to 30 people. Weddings, funerals and worship services are limited to 30, and no […] Read more

Entry regulations around the world vary widely and change quickly, which is something travelers must follow closely.  | Getty Images photo

International travel promises to be extra challenging this winter

The official Canadian government travel advisory is clear: “Avoid non-essential travel outside Canada until further notice.” Yet many Canadians are either making plans or thinking about a winter vacation in warmer climes. Most face a mind-boggling array of constantly changing regulations as to where they are allowed to go, where it might be safe to […] Read more

Second COVID-19 wave brings new challenges

It was less than a year ago when the Wuhan virus, as it was first known, was first discovered. In February, the World Health Organization named it COVID-19. In March, it was declared a pandemic and the world has been forever changed. Within agriculture, the meat-packing industry faced serious hurdles as workers became infected and […] Read more


The plant employs about 250 people and is owned by Donald's Fine Foods. It's unknown how many employees have tested positive, but the plant is still operating. | Screencap via discovermoosejaw.com

COVID outbreak declared in Sask. meat plant

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at the Thunder Creek Pork plant in Moose Jaw. The Saskatchewan Health Authority declared the outbreak on Nov. 16. It does so when two or more people in a non-household setting test positive. The plant employs about 250 people and is owned by Donald’s Fine Foods. It’s unknown how […] Read more

The government announced more restrictions today as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise and hospitalizations increase. | Twitter/@SaskHealth photo

Indoor masks now mandatory across Sask.

Masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces in Saskatchewan effective Thursday, Nov. 19. The government announced more restrictions today as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise and hospitalizations increase. As of Tuesday there were 2,055 active cases in the province, with 71 in hospital and 15 of those in intensive care units. There have […] Read more