National Newswatch

Sides in Regina refinery labour dispute lay down conditions for talks to resume

Jan 23 2020 — Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press — REGINA — The owner of a Saskatchewan oil refinery where workers are locked out in a contract dispute says there has been a discussion with Unifor about returning to bargaining, but the union wants the premier to step in. Federated Co-operatives Ltd. says it won't bargain as long as union members continue to block access to the Regina plant. "We respect Unifor's […]

Union fined for violating court order in Regina refinery labour dispute

Jan 22 2020 — Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press — REGINA — A judge has fined a union that represents more than 700 workers at a Saskatchewan oil refinery $100,000 for violating a court order that set limits on picketing during an ongoing contract dispute. Court of Queen's Bench Justice Timothy Keene found Unifor intentionally and deliberately disobeyed an interim injunction limiting the time members can hold up traffic going in and out […]

Union fined for violating court order in Regina refinery labour dispute

Jan 22 2020 — Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press — REGINA — A judge has fined a union that represents more than 700 workers at a Saskatchewan oil refinery $100,000 for violating a court order that set limits on picketing during an ongoing contract dispute. Court of Queen's Bench Justice Timothy Keene found Unifor intentionally and deliberately disobeyed an interim injunction limiting the time members can hold up traffic going in and out […]

Police chief says refinery labour dispute holding city of Regina hostage

Jan 21 2020 — Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press — REGINA — Leaders in Saskatchewan are urging both sides in a labour dispute at an oil refinery to resume talks following comments by Regina's police chief that the escalating fight is holding the city hostage. Premier Scott Moe said Tuesday the government is mindful of public safety concerns and continues to support police in upholding the law. "Our government asks that […]

Saskatchewan microdistilleries focus on homegrown recipes for spirits

Dec 31 2019 — Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press — REGINA — The grains grown in Saskatchewan's fertile farmland have become the not-so-secret ingredient behind some one-of-a-kind vodka, gin and whisky. In recent years, microdistilling in the province has boomed. In the last nine years, 15 microdistilleries have opened. They produced nearly 501,000 litres of spirits last year, says the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority. Production so far this year has increased […]

‘I was burned:’ Men say they were denied service at Saskatchewan detox centre

Dec 16 2019 — Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press — REGINA — Two Saskatchewan men say they were unfairly kicked out of a publicly funded detox centre where they were seeking help with their addictions. Jeff Brown says he entered Wakamow Manor Social Detox Centre in Moose Jaw in October after hitting rock bottom from alcoholism. The government pays the Thunder Creek Rehabilitation Association to operate […]

Brad Wall not interested in Conservative party leadership, hopes Rona Ambrose is

Dec 13 2019 — Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press — REGINA — Former Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall says while he's not interested in running for the federal Conservative party leadership, he knows someone who should. Wall said Friday he's honoured people are thinking of him, but he's finished with elected politics and is enjoying life in the private sector. But he could possibly become involved if the right candidate came along, he […]

Brad Wall not interested in Conservative party leadership, hopes Rona Ambrose is

Dec 13 2019 — Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press — REGINA — Former Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall says while he's not interested in running for the federal Conservative party leadership, he knows someone who should. Wall said Friday he's honoured people are thinking of him, but he's finished with elected politics and is enjoying life in the private sector. But he could possibly become involved if the right candidate came along, he […]

Some staff not trained enough to help suicidal patients: Saskatchewan auditor

Dec 5 2019 — Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press — REGINA — The Saskatchewan Health Authority isn't giving enough training to staff working with patients in areas struggling with high suicide rates, the provincial auditor said in her latest report. Judy Ferguson's report released Thursday focuses on how patients at risk of suicide in communities including North Battleford, Meadow Lake and La Loche are treated at local health facilities. […]

Some staff not trained enough to help suicidal patients: Saskatchewan auditor

Dec 5 2019 — Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press — REGINA — The Saskatchewan Health Authority isn't giving enough training to staff working with patients in areas struggling with high suicide rates, the provincial auditor said in her latest report. Judy Ferguson's report released Thursday focuses on how patients at risk of suicide in communities including North Battleford, Meadow Lake and La Loche are treated at local health facilities. […]