National Newswatch

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 […]

First Nation says 54 potential graves at former Saskatchewan residential schools

Feb 15 2022 — Mickey Djuric, The Canadian Press — KEESEEKOOSE FIRST NATION — A First Nation in eastern Saskatchewan says it has found 54 potential graves believed to hold the remains of children who attended two former residential schools. Members of the Keeseekoose First Nation held each other and wept Tuesday as photos were revealed one by one of the locations from a ground-penetrating […]

Saskatchewan residents share mix of fear, hope as province lifts COVID-19 measures

Feb 9 2022 — Mickey Djuric, The Canadian Press — REGINA — Colin Hall's business was one of the first in Saskatchewan to require customers to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination last summer. The co-owner of Bodhi Tree Yoga in Regina said he wanted to keep his customers safe and he knew governments, including Saskatchewan, would soon follow with their own policies. But come Monday, […]

Saskatchewan premier says he will remove vaccine mandate, but won’t commit to a date

Jan 31 2022 — Mickey Djuric, The Canadian Press — REGINA — Premier Scott Moe says Saskatchewan's proof of vaccination against COVID-19 has run its course, but he wouldn't commit Monday to removing the requirement before the public health order expires at the end of the month. Moe said the government doesn't make decisions overnight, but discusses them with health officials who provide input.  "Looking […]

Saskatchewan bracing for more COVID hospitalizations; Omicron peak weeks away: doctor

Jan 18 2022 — Mickey Djuric, The Canadian Press — REGINA — The Saskatchewan Health Authority says health-care services may be interrupted in the weeks ahead when a tide of COVID-19 hospitalizations and absenteeism among workers is expected to hit. Derek Miller, the authority's interim chief operating officer, says health teams are putting together plans for service slowdowns that could affect surgeries.  In the first […]