Saskatchewan Budget 2017

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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Pelican watch program among cuts at Meewasin Valley

April 11, 2017 - 5:02pm Updated: April 13, 2017 - 7:48am

The recent provincial budget is putting pressure on the Meewasin Valley Authority.

The province cut $409,000 from the MVA, which amounts to a 17 per cent reduction in statutory funding.

Meewasin CEO Lloyd Isaak said the change is making this year’s MVA budget the most challenging in the organization’s nearly 40-year history.

Council keeps tax increase low in proposed budget revision

April 10, 2017 - 8:37pm Updated: April 11, 2017 - 11:29am

It was a confusing afternoon for Saskatoon City Council Monday, but a solution to handle the provincial budget fallout in the short-term may be just around the corner.
 
The governance and priorities committee, which consists of the mayor and all 10 councillors, forwarded a slew of recommendations that aimed to keep property tax increases to a minimum while making up for the $9 million funding gap left by the province this year.
 

City council to begin looking at budget shortfall options

April 10, 2017 - 8:25am

Saskatoon councillors have some major decisions to make about the city's finances in the wake of the provincial budget.
 
The budget released in mid-March contained two items that are particularly significant for Saskatoon's bank balance:  a one percent hike to the provincial sales tax and the elimination of millions of dollars in grants paid by SaskEnergy and SaskPower in lieu of property taxes.
 

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Saskatoon public schools out $11.5M after provincial budget

April 5, 2017 - 6:14pm

The fallout from the provincial budget has made it to the classroom.

Saskatoon Public School Board Chair Ray Morrison told 650 CKOM Wednesday that everything is on the table.

"I've been on the board since 2003 and this is the most difficult budget that I've seen. So yeah, it's going to be a challenge," Morrison said.

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Unions, bus riders protest STC shutdown in Saskatoon

March 31, 2017 - 5:12pm

Saskatchewan is not for sale.
 
That was the message from several provincial unions, weekly bus riders and average citizens regarding the Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC) shutdown set for May 31, 2017.
 
"They have the greatest impact on low-income families, and it's not fair," said protestor Carrie Klassen.
 
People chanted, "Take our Wall please," and "Stop the transportation cuts” outside the STC depot in downtown Saskatoon around noon Friday.
 

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