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.
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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

Saskatchewan’s decision to consolidate its 12 health regions into one has rural residents questioning whether services will deteriorate and if they will lose a voice in decision-making.  | Getty photo

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

The advisory panel also recommended consolidation of services such as laboratory and diagnostic imaging, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and co-ordination of tertiary acute care services. | File photo

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

China is Saskatchewan's second largest export market, and Wall said improved access under the new free trade agreement with South Korea should provide better opportunities for beef and other commodities. | File photo

Sask. premier to talk trade in China, S. Korea

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is heading to South Korea and China this month to help build export markets for the province’s agricultural and mining products. The 11-day trip, which was scheduled to begin Sept. 17, will cost taxpayers $130,000 and coincides with a trade mission led by the Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership that includes […] Read more

David Marit being sworn in as Saskatchewan's new highways and infrastructure minister Aug. 23.  |  Karen Briere photo

Stewart remains ag minister following Sask. cabinet shuffle

Lyle Stewart remains at the helm of Saskatchewan’s agriculture ministry after premier Brad Wall shuffled his cabinet today. The Lumsden-Morse MLA is one of four ministers retaining their responsibilities as Wall downsized cabinet by one and added four rookies just elected in April. Wall said the government must find savings of five percent across the […] Read more

Author aims to alter view of forest edge farming

Change perspective | Mixed farms on the edge of the boreal forest play a valid economic role in Canadian agriculture, says historian

Thousands of northern prairie farms have been treated like marginal agricultural economies, but a just-released history book attempts to give them their due. Forest Prairie Edge by historian Merle Massie examines decades of farming history in the small area due north of Prince Albert, Sask. It challenges widespread perceptions that farming along the edge of […] Read more

While Manitoba farmers fight for flood relief, flooding was also causing problems in Saskatchewan. The townspeople of Borden, Sask., ran pumps and put sandbags around homes last week to try to prevent massive flooding when nearby sloughs overflowed their banks.  |  William DeKay photo

Officials shift focus as flood threat declines

Saskatchewan waterways | Worst-case scenario avoided, says Water Security Agency

The threat of widespread flooding in Saskatchewan eased earlier this week, but emergency management officials were still watching several trouble spots as the last of the snow melted. “Overall, we’re seeing a decrease in the overall threat of flooding,” emergency management commissioner Duane McKay said in a May 6 flood update. “I think a lot […] Read more