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SASKATCHEWAN PROCLAIMS OCTOBER AGRICULTURE MONTH Print this Article   Back To Top

SASKATCHEWAN PROCLAIMS OCTOBER AGRICULTURE MONTH

Today, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart proclaimed October as Agriculture Month in Saskatchewan.

"Agriculture has an important role in the new Saskatchewan, where there are more opportunities and an unparalleled quality of life for people in both cities and on farms," Stewart said. "Saskatchewan's farmers and ranchers are stewards of the land whose products feed a growing population at home and around the world."

Agriculture is a vital contributor to Saskatchewan's economy accounting for one-third of the province's exports and one quarter of the province's jobs. For the first time ever in 2011, Saskatchewan was Canada's top exporter of agri-food products reaching $10.2 billion worth of exports.

Agriculture has a bright future and many opportunities in Saskatchewan. The jobs created across the province in farming, ranching, research, processing, finance and other areas demand well-trained graduates and entrepreneurs who share a passion for agriculture.

Over the past five years, the Government of Saskatchewan has made agriculture a priority with record crop insurance coverage levels, record funding for agricultural research and the largest education property tax reduction in the province's history. Farmers and ranchers have also benefited from expansion of regional agriculture extension offices, programs such as the Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program and the recently announced International Market Development Program.

"Agriculture will continue to be important to our province's growth," Stewart said. "I would like to extend my appreciation to the farm and ranch families of Saskatchewan for their ongoing dedication to our agriculture industry and province."

Throughout the month of October, the Ministry of Agriculture is planning events and announcements that highlight the industry and those involved with it. You can stay connected on Twitter @SKGovAG.

For more information, contact:

Jonathan Tremblay
Agriculture
Regina
Phone: 306-787-5155
Email: Jonathan.tremblay@gov.sk.ca
Cell: 306-529-4199

 
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NEW SEGMENT OF YORKTON WEST TRUCK TRAFFIC RELIEF ROUTE OPENS Print this Article   Back To Top

NEW SEGMENT OF YORKTON WEST TRUCK TRAFFIC RELIEF ROUTE OPENS

New Link Named Highway 52A; Phases 1 and 2 Now Fully Serving Traffic

A new segment of the estimated $14 million Yorkton West Truck Route Project opened to traffic today - now known as Highway 52A - and will make travel easier for motorists and shippers.

"It's good to see truck traffic now able to use this route, which supports local canola crushing facilities, the agricultural sector, the province's export-based economy and the Saskatchewan Advantage," Yorkton MLA Greg Ottenbreit said on behalf of Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris. "With both phases now open, it'll help relieve truck traffic around Yorkton, reduce traffic congestion and improve safety."

The $5.4 million Highway 52A project - also known as Phase 2 of the Yorkton West Truck Route Project - saw a 6.0 kilometre (km) long bypass built to connect Highway 16 and Grain Millers Drive to Highway 52. Turning lanes were also built. Construction of Phase 2 began in October 2010. Final cleanup work in the ditches is expected to be finished during the 2012 construction season, depending on weather.

"LDM Foods wishes to congratulate the provincial government on the opening of this highway project, as it will be of great benefit to our employees, our company and the local community," Canadian Oil Seeds, LDM Foods Vice President Brian Conn said. "We also want to acknowledge our ongoing good working relationship with the local levels of government that contributes to our success."

"One of the key factors in building a world-class canola crushing facility here in Yorkton was having good access to main highways, which allows for safe, efficient transportation of people and goods to and from the facility," Richardson Assistant Vice-President - Operations Darrell Sobkow said. "The opening of Highway 52A certainly enhances that access and we appreciate the provincial government's investment in transportation infrastructure."

The $8.6 million Phase 1 portion of the project opened in the fall of 2010, after construction began in 2009. Construction work included: moving a 5.3 km long segment of Highway 16 about 400 metres south; re-aligning Highway 16's access to Grain Millers Drive; and re-aligning a portion of Grain Millers Drive.

For more information, contact:

Dan Palmer
Highways and Infrastructure
Regina
Phone: 306-787-4805

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NEW CEO TO LEAD SATCC Print this Article   Back To Top

NEW CEO TO LEAD SATCC

The Board of Directors of the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission announced today that Jeff Ritter has been named Chief Executive Officer of the Commission, effective September 1, 2012.

Ritter has extensive experience in strategy development, finance and organizational performance management in Saskatchewan's public service. He is currently responsible for delivering PRIME, the Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy Process Renewal and Infrastructure Management Enhancement project, which is a multi-year, multi-project, multi-million dollar program to renew the ministry's oil and gas business processes and supporting technology.

"The SATCC has experienced exponential growth in the number of apprentices registered and trained in the past five years and we anticipate continued demand for skilled tradespeople to meet Saskatchewan's labour market development needs," SATCC Board of Directors Chair Garry Kot said. "I look forward to working closely with Mr. Ritter to assess training needs and deliver apprenticeship training that meets the demands of Saskatchewan's growing economy."

The SATCC Board of Directors established a board sub-committee to conduct the national search for a CEO. The board was pleased to offer the position to Ritter, who calls Saskatchewan home.

"An extensive and thorough search process was undertaken," SATCC Board of Directors Vice-Chair Doug Christie said. "The board is pleased to continue its record of strong leadership at the commission with the appointment of Jeff Ritter. Mr. Ritter's skills and experience in designing, developing, implementing and administering programs will lead to continued success and advancement of the apprenticeship program."

"This is an exciting time for apprenticeship in Saskatchewan," SATCC incoming CEO Jeff Ritter said. "I look forward to working with the Board of Directors, senior management, staff of the SATCC, our partners and stakeholders to continue building a more efficient, effective and adaptable organization that delivers outstanding service to our clients."

Ritter will succeed current CEO, Joe Black who has led the SATCC during a period of exceptional growth and innovation over the past five years by generating greater awareness of the apprenticeship system. Black will facilitate the transition over the next several months.

The SATCC manages and administers the apprenticeship system within Saskatchewan. Apprenticeship is a workplace based mentorship training model which combines workplace training and technical training in Saskatchewan's 47 designated trades and 23 sub-trades. Currently, SATCC serves more than 10,000 apprentices in the skilled trades.

For more information, contact:

Julie Folk
Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission
Regina
Phone: 306-787-0187
Email: julie.folk@gov.sk.ca
Cell: 306-537-4692

 
 
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SOCIAL HOUSING CHANGES TO HELP MORE PEOPLE IN NEED Print this Article   Back To Top

SOCIAL HOUSING CHANGES TO HELP MORE PEOPLE IN NEED

Saskatchewan citizens facing the greatest housing need will soon have better access to social housing thanks to program changes announced today in Saskatoon.

"It is our responsibility to make sure that Saskatchewan people with the greatest housing need, such as those fleeing domestic violence, or those struggling with homelessness, low-income, or a permanent disability, have better access to the Social Housing Program," Social Services Minister June Draude said. "These changes will help make room in our social housing for those truly in need by encouraging people with adequate resources to move into the private market."

"Saskatchewan's Social Housing Program hasn't significantly changed since the 1950s," Saskatchewan Housing Corporation Board Chair Keith Hanson said. "These changes are necessary when you consider how much Saskatchewan's housing market has evolved over the past several years and factor in our record-level population growth."

New social housing tenants will be selected based upon a more balanced approach that considers more than their financial circumstances, such as the safety, condition and crowding of their existing home. Consideration will also be given to those who are homeless or victims of domestic violence.

Other changes to the Social Housing Program include transparent eligibility criteria that better targets people most in need, and fair rents for people accessing the program. Taken together, these changes make Saskatchewan's social housing policies more consistent with other provinces in western Canada. Saskatchewan currently has the most social housing units per capita in western Canada.

"We want to ensure that our most vulnerable citizens have access to safe, adequate and affordable housing, and we must do whatever it takes to make this happen," Draude said.

Program changes will be introduced this fall in the largest urban centres. Over the course of the next year, the program changes will be introduced throughout the rest of the province and discussions will take place with local housing authorities in smaller and northern communities to develop a solution to address the specific housing needs of seniors.

For further details on the new social housing policies, please see the attached fact sheet or contact the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation toll-free at 1-800-667-7567.

For more information, contact:

Pete Paczko
Social Services
Regina
Phone: 306-787-0531
Email: pete.paczko@gov.sk.ca

 
 
 

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GOVERNMENT SPENDING $1.2 MILLION ON UPGRADES TO CROOKED LAKE PROVINCIAL PARK Print this Article   Back To Top

GOVERNMENT SPENDING $1.2 MILLION ON UPGRADES TO CROOKED LAKE PROVINCIAL PARK

Visitors to Crooked Lake Provincial Park will see $1.2 million worth of improvements to the park in the upcoming year, including the construction of a new campground service centre, the addition of new and upgraded electrified sites and upgrades to the potable water system.

Weber Construction Ltd. of Yorkton has been awarded a contract to construct a new campground service centre building. Campground service centres house flush toilets, sinks and showers. The existing facility was initially constructed in 1976 and is ready for an upgrade.

"Our park users have asked for improved washroom facilities at provincial parks," Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Bill Hutchinson said. "This new service centre is another example of our government's commitment to enhancing our provincial park system, by providing our visitors with clean, modern facilities."

In addition to the new campground service centre, Crooked Lake will also be getting new and upgraded electrical campsites and a new water system.

Mid City Electric Ltd. of Air Ronge has been awarded a contract to provide electrical service to 21 newly developed campsites and 72 existing campsites. Crooked Lake Provincial Park currently has a limited number of electrified sites available and many of those cannot support the significant electrical demands required by large recreation vehicles.

Morsky Development Corp. of Regina has been awarded a contract to upgrade the existing water system and renovate the existing water treatment building at Crooked Lake. Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport operates 66 potable water systems at various locations throughout the park system. Along with annual water testing and maintenance, a percentage of the potable water systems in the parks are upgraded yearly.

These improvements fit with government's goal to continue improving Saskatchewan's provincial parks. Providing electrical service to these non-electrified campsites will contribute to the government meeting and exceeding their commitment of providing 1,000 more electrified sites in parks over four years. Along with adding and upgrading electrical service, the ministry is also replacing or upgrading some service centres, potable water systems, historic facilities and some picnic tables and barbeques.

For more information, contact:

Tiffany Stephenson
Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport
Regina
Phone: 306-787-3506
Email: tiffany.stephenson@gov.sk.ca
Cell: 306-550-5927

 
 
  


 



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