News from Swift Current and Southwest Saskatchewan
HEADLINES FOR THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
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As we make our way through the middle of September, Environment Canada is calling for a typical autumn forecast. Ongoing cool and rainy conditions have slowed the 2014 harvest ranking well below the five year average. Promoting safety for healthcare workers and the general public was the focus of a two day safety expo in Swift Current.
Mayview Man the Victim of Farming Accident Near Coleville
23 year old Kelly Bruce Rolston from Mayview, Sk. has been identified as the victim of fatal farming accident near Coleville. On Monday around 4:30pma five man work crew were assembling grain bins for a farmer on private land on a farm near Coleville. The metal bins were being moved by a crane that came into contact with an overhead power line. The crane's contact resulted in the electrocution of a 23 year old Male escorting the bin from the ground. Kerrobert Fire Rescue and EMS responded to the scene, but could not revive the male. The other workers were not harmed in this accident. The next of kin have been notified and Mr.Rolston worked for a construction company from Shellbrook at the time of the accident. The investigation into this workplace accident has been handed over to the Occupational Health and Safety Division in the Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety for the Province of Saskatchewan. An autopsy was set for today and the investigation continues with the Office of the Chief Coroner.
Reduced SaskPower Rate Increase Announced
The Province of Saskatchewan has announced its decision concerning SaskPower's multi year rate application: Approval of the system-wide average rate increase of 5.5 per cent that was effective January 1, 2014. This will not affect current billing as it has been in effect since January 1, 2014, on an interim basis; Reduce SaskPower's system wide average rate increase of 5.0 per cent, previously conditionally approved, to 3.0 per cent effective January 1, 2015. SaskPower submitted its application in October 2013 to the Saskatchewan Rate Review Panel (SRRP) to fund ongoing major investments in the province's electrical system and keep pace with the growing economy and population base. After a thorough review of the application, the SRRP recommended government approve the requested 2014 rate increase and conditionally approve the requested system wide average 5.0 per cent increase for 2015. After careful consideration, the Government of Saskatchewan has approved the 2014 increase request as submitted, but due to an improved financial outlook for 2015, a 3.0 per cent system wide average rate increase instead of the conditionally-approved 5.0 per cent has been approved.
Mild Temperatures Continue for Southwest Saskatchewan
Above seasonal temperatures remain in the forecast through the coming week for the Swift Current area. Mainly Sunny Today and a High of 27. Clear Tonight and a Low of 10. A High of 22 in the Sunshine for Friday. Saturday's outlook calls for a High of 26 and 27 by Sunday. Looking ahead to Monday 30 in the Sunshine and a High of 28 by Tuesday.
Continued Population Growth Forecast for Saskatchewan
According to the latest data from Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's population could exceed 1.5 Million by 2038. StatsCan issues its population projections every five years, outlining seven possible scenarios for population growth in Canada and the provinces. Its' projections for Saskatchewan range from the province having a population of anywhere from 1,174,000 people to 1,527,000 people by 2038. The lower growth projections are based on population trends dating back to Saskatchewan's zero growth period of the 1990s and early 2000s, while the higher growth scenarios are based on
Saskatchewan's strong population growth trends in recent years. Premier Brad Wall said he believes the strong growth scenarios are more likely, based on the experience in Saskatchewan in the past few years: Saskatchewan is strong and growing, Wall said. These projections show we are expected to keep growing and that's a good thing. There are many challenges that come with growth, but I would rather deal with those than the challenges of decline our province was facing just a few short years ago.
Southwest Youth Advance to SHSAA Provincials
The SWAC district grass green golf championships were held on Monday at the Chinook Golf Club in Swift Current. Four youth from Southwest Saskatchewan will now advance to the SHSAA provincials in Nipawin on Sept 26-27 along with their coaches.
Jackie Powell National Swim Coach for 2014-15
Swift Current's Jackie Powell will represent Saskatchewan once again as the Swimming Coach for the Special Olympics National Team. Powell will join her other colleagues from across Canada as a member of the National Team in 2014-14.