Saskatchewan MLA dies suddenly

Flags at the Saskatchewan legislature are at half-mast after Kevin Phillips, the Saskatchewan Party MLA for Melfort, died suddenly Nov. 13. He was 63. Premier Brad Wall expressed his condolences to Phillips’ family. “Kevin was back in Regina yesterday, getting ready for another week of doing what he loved to do — representing the people […] Read more

Saskatchewan harvest well head of average pace

Sept. 14 (CNS Canada) — Last week’s warm, dry weather perfectly suited for combining pushed harvest progress in Saskatchewan well ahead of average for this time of year. According to today’s Saskatchewan crop report, 65 percent of the crop was in the bin as of Sept. 11, compared to the 2012-16 average of 40 percent. […] Read more

Wall shuffles cabinet

Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall shuffled his cabinet Aug. 30 after five ministers stepped down to run to replace him. Wall will resign after the Saskatchewan Party leadership convention Jan. 27. The cabinet now includes six ministers who retained their current positions, five current ministers who changed portfolios, and five new members, four of them first-time […] Read more

Deputy minister to Premier – Koch seeks top Sask Party post

Long-time agricultural insider and most recently top civil servant, Alanna Koch wants to be Saskatchewan’s next premier. She announced her candidacy for the Saskatchewan Party leadership Aug. 28 at a farm south of Regina. Flanked by her family she told a crowd of supporters, including caucus members Dan D’Autremont and Don McMorris, that she has […] Read more

Wall announces retirement

Aug 10 (Reuters) – Saskatchewan’s premier Brad Wall resigned unexpectedly on Thursday, saying he was quitting politics after nearly 10 years as the leader of the resource-rich western Canadian province. Wall, who has been one of Canada’s most popular provincial leaders and was once considered a top contender for leadership of the Conservative party, did […] Read more

Seeding progress well behind average

Planting is underway in Saskatchewan but seeding progress has been slow and wet field conditions have delayed field operations in many areas. As of May 1, just one percent of the province’s 2017 crop had been seeded, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s first provincial crop report of 2017. That’s down from 15 percent as of May […] Read more

Saskatchewan flood risk low

Last week’s blizzard likely didn’t add enough to the snow pack to change the spring runoff forecast, says Saskatchewan’s Water Security Agency. Officials were already expecting above-normal spring flows for southeastern Saskatchewan based on wetter than normal conditions last fall and above-normal snowfall. “A lot of that snowstorm … there wasn’t a whole lot of […] Read more

Will amalgamation affect rural health?

The Saskatchewan government’s move to consolidate health-care services have rural residents and communities on edge

There are still many unknowns as Saskatchewan moves to a single provincial health authority from 12 regions later this year, including what financial savings there might be and how rural residents might be affected. The provincial government announced its decision last week, saying it had accepted recommendations from a three-member panel to better co-ordinate health […] Read more

Sask. eliminating health regions

The Saskatchewan government has accepted the recommendations of an advisory panel and decided to move from 12 health regions to one provincial health authority. The transition will occur by fall 2017. Health Minister Jim Reiter said the change will result in better co-ordination of health services. “This change represents a consolidation of administration, not a […] Read more