Throne speech pushes for economic growth
REGINA - The Saskatchewan government is planning to introduce a tax incentive to double exports by 2020, amend legislation to "modernize" Saskatchewan's organ donation system and vows to never spend another tax dollar on building publicly owned liquor stores.
News from Swift Current and Southwest Saskatchewan
HEADLINES FOR WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22
Chicken Barn Fire at Swift Current Hutterite Colony
On Tuesday around 9:00pm, Swift Current Rural RCMP and Fire Department responded to a chicken barn fire at the Swift Current Hutterite Colony. The barn caught fire and burnt rapidly, killing approximately 1,000 chicks. There were no injuries reported. The building was completely destroyed in the blaze. Swift Current Rural Fire Department and members of the Swift Current Hutterite Colony managed to contain the fire to the chicken barn, preventing it from spreading further. The exact cause of the fire is unknown, but is not considered suspicious. The exact value of the building is also unknown at this time.
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A Swift Current Judge approved bail for 38 year old David Lee Little in connection to charges for a high speed chase and vehicle theft. Swift Current Businesses were honoured for their achievements during the annual SCBEX awards in a number of categories. Additional bus routes and a transition of students into various schools continues as Chinook restructures its plans for the future.
Kelvington Man Victim of Workplace Fatality
A 43 year old Kelvington Man is dead following a workplace accident near Mankota. On Tuesday around 12:34 p.m., Ponteix RCMP responded to a fatality approximately 2km West of Mankota on Hwy #18. Initial investigation has revealed that a 43 year old Male from Kelvington was working at a construction site when he became trapped under some machinery. He died at the scene as a result of his injuries. The name of deceased will not be released at this time. The other workers were not physically harmed in this accident. The highway was closed for the investigation and re-opened at approximately 6:40 pm on Tuesday. 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.
Saskatchewan Legislature Begins Today With Extra Security
As Saskatchewan MLA's regroup for the 4th Fourth Session of the 27th Legislature today, the outdoor ceremony originally planned has been moved indoors. This change in plans follows the shootings on Parliament Hill this morning. Heightened security measures are in place in Regina and in all other provinces and territories due to the incident in Ottawa.
Slow Down in the School Zones
The latest traffic blitz in Saskatchewan resulted in 760 drivers receiving tickets for speeding through school zones. Speeding in a school zone results in a fine of at least $190 under The Traffic Safety Act and three demerit points under SGIs Safe Driver Recognition program. Motorists area reminded to slow down and stay alert in school zones. Additional tickets during the September province-wide traffic blitz included: 1,226 tickets for exceeding the speed limit, 425 tickets for improper or non-seatbelt use, 164 tickets for failing to stop at a red light/sign, 160 tickets for cellphone use while driving and 71 impaired driving-related offences.
SGI Promotes National Teen Driver Safety Week
New driver August Becker leaves his cellphone alone every time he drives. You just shouldn't text and drive, it's a stupid thing to do. I put my cellphone in my pocket where I cant get at it to make sure it doesn't come out, said Becker, 16, who received his driver's licence two months ago. The week is organized by Parachute Canada, a national injury prevention organization, and focuses on increasing teen driver safety awareness, safe driving choices and habits. This includes things like putting away cellphones, driving sober, wearing seatbelts and not speeding. To give teens some extra incentive to take part in the promotional week, SGI is offering a draw to win one of three $200 VISA gift cards as part of the week-long campaign. Teens ages 15 to 19 can enter to win by posting their pledge to drive safely using the #mysafedrivingpledge hashtag on: SGI's Facebook page timeline, Twitter mentioning @SGItweets, or Instagram mentioning @sgiphotos during National Teen Driver Safety Week (October 19 to 25). The draw will be made on October 28.
Potash Corporation Fined for 2012 Fatality
On Tuesday, Potash Corporation Inc. of Saskatchewan pleaded guilty in Saskatoon Provincial court to one count under Occupational, Health and Safety (OHS) legislation. The court imposed a total fine of $280,000. Three other charges were withdrawn. Potash Corporation was charged with failure to comply with occupational health and safety legislation pertaining to the health, safety, and welfare at work of their workers. Charges were laid against the company on September 12, 2013, after a workplace fatality at the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. Allan mine site on June 25, 2012. The Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety recommends prosecutions where individuals or companies refuse to comply with the provisions of legislation or where significant risk of injury to workers is present as a result of non-compliance. Since April 1, 2014, there have been 38 convictions for occupational health and safety violations with total fines of $454,570.
Small Businesses in the Provincial Spotlight
Now through Saturday has been recognized as Small Business Week in Saskatchewan. Small businesses account for over 98 percent of all businesses in Saskatchewan, or over 107,000 businesses in all corners of the province. Each year that number increases grows and Saskatchewan now has the highest concentration of small businesses in the nation, with 97 small businesses per thousand people.
Cooler Weather Trend on the Horizon
Environment Canada is calling for Sunshine Today and a High of 15. A Few Clouds Tonight with a Low of 7. Sunshine for Thursday and warming up to 17. Looking ahead to Friday a High of 13. Showers roll into the area on Saturday and a High of 10. Sunday's outlook includes Sunshine and 9 for the 9. Mainly Sunny with a High of 7 by Monday.
Broncos Host Portland Tonight
The Swift Current Broncos will be back on the ice on tonight hosting the Portland Winter Hawks. Game time is 7:00 at the iplex. The remainder of the week includes entertaining the visiting Regina Pats on Friday followed by a rematch on Saturday in Regina.