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Workers wanted: Elections Saskatchewan recruiting up to 17,000 for pandemic vote

Sep 23 2020 — Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press — REGINA — Returning officers in Saskatchewan are beginning to recruit what the province's elections agency expects to be thousands more volunteer workers needed to work the polls during October's pandemic vote. Chief Electoral Officer Michael Boda with Elections Saskatchewan said the number of polling locations have been dramatically increased to meet safety requirements for casting […]

Demand expected for subs in Saskatchewan but funding not a priority: minister

Sep 8 2020 — Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press — REGINA — Saskatchewan's education minister said he expects the COVID-19 pandemic will lead to a need for more substitute teachers but funding for those staff isn't an immediate priority. On Tuesday, as thousands of students were back in school for the first time in almost six months, Gord Wyant said officials don't yet know what the impact will be. "We do […]

Saskatchewan NDP leader, former cabinet minister at odds over candidacy

Sep 2 2020 — Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press — REGINA — Saskatchewan's NDP leader says his decision to block a former cabinet minister from running in the upcoming provincial election is legitimate. But the candidate says the move isn't justifiable. Sandra Morin won a contested nomination to represent the party in the Regina constituency of Walsh Acres in the October election. She held the seat from 2003 to 2011, […]

Saskatchewan to expand naloxone access as advocates call for more action

Sep 2 2020 — Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press — REGINA — Saskatchewan's health minister says the government will expand access to the life-saving antidote naloxone as a record number of people are dying from drug overdoses. Although pharmacies in the province don't usually distribute free naloxone, some started to when the COVID-19 pandemic arrived to limit the number of people in hospitals and clinics. Jim Reiter says about 12 […]

Saskatchewan headed for austerity as it deals with $2.1B COVID-19 deficit

Aug 27 2020 — Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press — REGINA — Spending restraint is on the horizon in Saskatchewan as the province begins to dig itself out of a deficit Premier Scott Moe's government blames on the COVID-19 pandemic. On Thursday, Finance Minister Donna Harpauer delivered the first-quarter update for 2020-21. It predicts $2.1 billion in red ink, down from the $2.4 billion initially expected in the June budget. The government at […]

‘This is normal for us:’ Indigenous leaders want help to end suicide crisis

Aug 11 2020 — Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press — REGINA — Indigenous leaders from across Saskatchewan are crying out for governments to help their communities deal with what they are calling a suicide pandemic. The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, which represents 74 First Nations in the province, hosted several chiefs at a news conference Tuesday near a teepee erected on the lawn across from the legislature to draw attention […]

Saskatchewan leaves making masks mandatory up to school divisions

Aug 11 2020 — Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press — REGINA — The Saskatchewan government is leaving it up to school divisions to decide whether to make masks mandatory when classes reopen in September. Some teachers, doctors and parents have voiced concerns over the government's back-to-school plan, which doesn't make masks mandatory for students like several other provinces. People have also called for reduced class sizes and better building ventilation. […]