National Newswatch

Canada celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day with ceremonies feasts

Jun 21 2022 — Mickey Djuric, The Canadian Press — REGINA — On the longest day of the year, communities across Canada embraced National Indigenous People's Day by celebrating the contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples. The Summer solstice is a time of spiritual significance for many Indigenous peoples and the day offered the opportunity to learn about their culture. "We want to […]

Taxes potentially uncollected: Saskatchewan years behind on potash, oil audits

Jun 8 2022 — Mickey Djuric, The Canadian Press — REGINA — The Saskatchewan Ministry of Energy and Resources is years behind on auditing potash, oil and uranium companies, potentially leaving millions of dollars in royalties and taxes uncollected, says the provincial auditor.  As of March 2021, there were 101 audits filed before 2020 that remained outstanding, Tara Clemett said in her most recent report […]

Federal public safety minister says proposed gun reforms not meant to target farmers

Jun 2 2022 — Mickey Djuric, The Canadian Press — REGINA — Canada's public safety minister says a proposal to reform the country's gun laws isn't meant to target farmers or other rural gun owners who use firearms recreationally or to help keep wildlife off their properties.  Marco Mendicino met with community leaders in Regina on Thursday at the annual conference of big-city mayors. He […]

Parks Canada returns Chief Poundmaker’s staff to family at Saskatchewan ceremony

May 4 2022 — Mickey Djuric, The Canadian Press — BATTLEFORD, Sask. — An artifact believed to have belonged to a 19th-century Plains Cree leader who played an important role in treaty talks and was known as a peacekeeper has been returned to his descendants. Parks Canada transferred a staff ascribed to Chief Poundmaker from a collection of historical objects under the agency's care. The […]

Old scandal raised with Saskatchewan government bill on legislative security

Apr 28 2022 — Mickey Djuric, The Canadian Press — REGINA — An Independent member of the legislature has revived a 20-year-old scandal involving the Saskatchewan Party to show her concerns about a bill that aims to reform legislative security. Nadine Wilson suggested in the house Thursday that history could be repeated and staff spied on should the bill aimed at having security officers report […]

‘We should be able to manage:’ Provinces experiencing rise in COVID hospitalizations

Apr 19 2022 — Mickey Djuric, The Canadian Press — Hospitals across Canada are facing a resurgence of patients with COVID-19 that some health officials say will likely continue for another month. Latest data from the Public Health Agency of Canada shows hospitalizations due to COVID-19 rose about 18 per cent across Canada between April 4 and April 11 — to 6,020 people needing beds. […]

Saskatchewan farmers pinched by inflation, drought say carbon tax hike another drag

Apr 2 2022 — Mickey Djuric, The Canadian Press — REGINA — Dickson Delorme, who farms near the town of Foam Lake, Sask., says he stockpiled fuel weeks ago to prepare for the federal carbon tax increase. With seeding season about to start, many Saskatchewan farmers are looking to save where they can, as inflation, rising fuel and fertilizer prices and last year's near-record drought […]

Gym-goers, sports fans, smokers face more taxes in Saskatchewan budget

Mar 23 2022 — Mickey Djuric, The Canadian Press — REGINA — Working out or going to a professional football game could cost more this fall with proposed new taxes outlined in Saskatchewan's budget. Starting in October, the province plans to add the six per cent provincial sales tax to admissions fees and entertainment, including Saskatchewan Roughriders CFL games, other sporting events, concerts, museums, rodeos […]

Gym-goers, sports fans, smokers face more taxes in Saskatchewan budget

Mar 23 2022 — Mickey Djuric, The Canadian Press — REGINA — Working out or going to a professional football game could cost more this fall with proposed new taxes outlined in Saskatchewan's budget. Starting in October, the province plans to add the six per cent provincial sales tax to admissions fees and entertainment, including Saskatchewan Roughriders CFL games, other sporting events, concerts, museums, rodeos […]