Saskatchewan Budget 2017

PST on insurance premiums 'doesn't add up': finance expert

June 13, 2017 - 6:32am

Provincial sales tax (PST) will be applied to insurance premiums in Saskatchewan come August 1, and at least one financial expert believes it will backfire.
According to the finance minister, adding the six per cent tax to premiums will bring in $230-million a year for the province.
Brian Mallard, former chairman of the Financial Advisors Association of Canada, is skeptical.
"Mathematically, the numbers just don't add up," he told Gormley Monday.

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Supporters rally in one last attempt to save STC

May 31, 2017 - 1:07pm

It might as well have been a funeral in a very quiet Saskatchewan Transportation Company bus depot in Regina.

Wednesday is the last day for passenger service and apart from about a dozen people, the building was near to empty.

"The most saddest and terrible day there is in Saskatchewan that I have experienced in my lifetime, even after losing my dear parents and relatives and close friends and everything," Percy Legebokoff exclaimed.

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As STC ends, passengers left waiting for new service

May 31, 2017 - 10:44am

The last Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC) bus rolls out of the barn Wednesday evening.

As of now, no private company is offering any bus routes although 11 have applied to do so through Saskatchewan's Highway Traffic Board (HTB).

One of those is Carpe Diem who has applied to run a service on most major routes in the central and southern parts of the province.

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Sask. budget cuts hospital chaplain services

April 29, 2017 - 12:41pm Updated: April 29, 2017 - 1:12pm

Provincial budget cuts have left yet another service slashed, this time it's spiritual care.

The move to eliminate chaplains and other religious leaders from health care facilities is expected to save the province $1.5 million dollars.

According to Simon Lasair, with the Canadian Association of Spiritual Care, this will affect patients.

"We know that this decision is going to be depriving patients in Saskatchewan of a very important service, and we're very disappointed with the government's decision," he said.

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Province's fine program cut hammers Friendship Inn

April 25, 2017 - 11:02am Updated: April 25, 2017 - 12:22pm

Saskatoon's Friendship Inn stands to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of volunteer hours due to provincial cuts to a program allowing people to work off parking and traffic fines.

The province indicated at budget time tickets would no longer be payable through the fine options program, administered through the John Howard Society of Saskatchewan.

The program placed community agencies on a list with people then able to choose a place to work off their fines at a rate of $10 an hour.

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Province reviewing library cuts made in budget

April 20, 2017 - 3:45pm Updated: April 21, 2017 - 4:33am

The Saskatchewan government is reviewing its decision to cut library funding in the provincial budget.

The premier has tasked Education Minister Don Morgan with looking into "the library funding issue."

As part of a number of measures to reduce the nearly $1.3 billion deficit, money for regional libraries was cut by 58 per cent and Saskatoon and Regina libraries saw their funding scrapped.

Since the March 22, 2017 budget there have been a number of protests to the cuts including a "read-in" at MLA offices across the province.

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Corman Park reeve worries about river access closures

April 17, 2017 - 11:26am Updated: April 17, 2017 - 1:43pm

The reeve of the Rural Municipality of Corman Park is concerned about plans to close several popular spots along the South Saskatchewan River.
The Meewasin Valley Authority (MVA) recently announced it would close the Paradise Beach, Poplar Bluff and Fred Heal canoe launches to help address a $409,000 cut delivered in the provincial budget.
Paradise Beach and Poplar Bluff are in Corman Park's jurisdiction.

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South Sask. river access impacted by MVA cuts

April 13, 2017 - 1:34pm Updated: April 17, 2017 - 8:22am

The recent cutbacks by the Meewasin Valley Authority will have an impact on how people access the South Saskatchewan River this summer.
The river authority is closing the Paradise Beach, Poplar Bluffs and Fred Heal canoe launches as it tries to reduce costs after receiving less funding in the provincial budget.

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