Monthly Archives: September 2015

Sask. minimum wage will increase to $10.50 tomorrow

Sask. minimum wage will increase to $10.50 tomorrow Government  Saskatchewan Government of Saskatchewan

Effective October 1, 2015, Saskatchewan minimum wage earners will earn $10.50 per hour.

Since 2007, Saskatchewan’s minimum wage has increased by 32 per cent, with eight increases from $7.95 to $10.50 over the past eight years.

“We would like to remind employers and employees of the minimum wage increase that takes effect tomorrow,” Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said.  “This increase reflects the growing economy and will benefit our province’s minimum wage earners.”

The Government of Saskatchewan previously announced the increase to minimum wage in June of this year helping business prepare for the change.

Each year, minimum wage is reviewed using an indexation formula which is based on equal weighting of the change in Consumer Price Index and the Average Hourly Wage for the previous year.  Changes are subject to Cabinet approval and are to be announced by June 30 each year.

These changes would take effect October 1 of the same year.

There are approximately 23,800 minimum wage earners in Saskatchewan’s workforce who will benefit from the minimum wage increase.

For more information about Saskatchewan’s minimum wage, please visit www.saskatchewan.ca.

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Classroom Champions mentoring program returns to southwest Sask. schools

Canada’s summer athletes inspired the nation during the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.

 Luckily for some students the excitement didn’t end with the closing ceremonies.
Classroom Champions and a group of dedicated athlete mentors have taken an active role in education, and students now experience the power of sport all through the school year.
Students at Shaunavon Elementary, Gull Lake School and Consul School will have the opportunity to get in on the experience this school year thanks to the renewed commitment of Crescent Point Energy. These fortunate classrooms have been partnered with World Cup Bronze Medal and Olympic Doubles Luge team, Tristan Walker and Justin Snith.
“Classroom Champions is one of our most important and influential community partners. We’re excited to support the program again for this school year,” said Scott Saxberg, president and CEO of Crescent Point Energy.
“Our company has always emphasized giving back and making a difference in the areas where we live, work and operate. Connecting the children of Shaunavon with a world-class athlete who can serve as a role model, mentor and leader for their classroom is a unique opportunity for everyone involved.”
Classroom Champions connects top performing athletes with students in a type of virtual pen pal relationship. Using video lessons and live video chats students are motivated to recognize their potential, set goals and dream big. It’s the first and only in-school program that brings Olympians and Paralympians into the classroom to provide ongoing mentorship.
As part of the program, participating classrooms are equipped with the latest technology tools — tablets, televisions, laptops — to help teachers incorporate digital literacy into their curriculum.
“We’re excited for another year that brings more students, more teachers and more schools to the Classroom Champions family. The amazing success teachers across Canada have had using the lessons from their Athlete Mentors to improve goal setting, perseverance, and leadership in their classrooms continues to be something we are really proud of. It truly shows the power of connecting athletes doing big things with kids who need inspiration,” said Classroom Champions President and CEO, Olympic Gold Medalist Steve Mesler.
Laurie Benjamin, a returning teacher at Consul School, is just one of the educators participating in Classroom Champions who has seen major positive changes in her students throughout the program.
“Our first year as part of this program was fabulous. The kids responded so well to the lessons taught by our athlete mentor. They could remember all of the themes we worked on throughout the year and were so excited to be able to meet him in person at the end of the school year.”
“We are beyond amazed and proud at what our students have achieved,” stated Tristan. “We are always excited to see the work of the students we mentor, and to see them take our words and put them into action. It’s what makes Classroom Champions such a unique program for me as an athlete to be a part of.”

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Gull Lake Town Council Raises Landfill Rates

The Town of Gull Lake owns and operates its landfill and is responsible for ensuring that it operates in an environmentally-sound manner.  The Ministry of Environment (MOE) is responsible for regulating landfills to ensure landfills do not contaminate the air, groundwater or surface water.  The MOE issues permits (construction/ expansion, operating and closure), reviews environmental monitoring results, inspects landfills and enforces permit requirements.

All future trenches require a Permit to Construct and Approval from the MOE under The Environmental Management and Protection Act 2010 .  This involves an engineered site assessment and design plan which may lead to the installation of seepage barrier systems, groundwater monitoring systems, and leachate collection and management systems.  The costs for this process will be significant.  The current trench was dug in 2014 at a cost of $12,000.00.  Costs for a site assessment alone could reach $45,000.00.

The Town of Gull Lake has funded the landfill through the collection of fees and property taxes. Unfortunately, the increase in rates will not raise enough funds to cover the cost of future trenches. Council will need to explore the best options for continuing the operation of the landfill which could mean the digging of another trench or possibly moving to a transfer station. Both options will have significant costs associated with them.

The plan for now is to prolong the life of the existing trench for as long as possible. Council immediately stopped the dumping of commercial garbage originating from the town in the landfill by Waste Management. Additionally, anyone wanting to haul demolition materials (excluding shingles) to the landfill will need to obtain permission from Council.  Non-residents will also pay more to help offset the costs of accepting waste originating outside of town limits.

The Town Council thanks you for your understanding, and if you have any questions please call the Town Office at 306-672-3361.

Mayor Campbell

The information that follows will also be available on the Town Website and at the Town Office.

 

Town of Gull Lake

Landfill Fees

Effective October 1, 2015

Resident: Refuse originating from within the limits of the Town of Gull Lake

Non-Resident: Refuse originating from outside the Town of Gull Lake

Fees:

Residents

Non-residents

1 Ton & Under

(pickup trucks, single axle trailers)

$10.00

$20.00

Over 1 Ton – 3 Ton

(grain trucks, tandem axle trailers, end dump trailers)

$150.00

$300.00

Tandem & Over

$300.00

$600.00

Appliances Containing Refrigerant (Freon)

$40.00/ appliance

$40.00/ appliance

Shingles

$150.00 per house

$300.00 per house

Waste must be sorted & designated area must be utilized (metal, clean wood, waste).

Leaves and garden refuse must be in clear bags, deposited in designated area and removed from bags – NO CHARGE. Trees, branches and clean, unpainted, untreated wood  – NO CHARGE.

The following materials will NOT be accepted at the Landfill:  Grain bags, hazardous materials, contaminated soils, asbestos, animal carcasses, grain, straw, oil, oil filters, oil jugs, vehicle batteries, propane tanks, fuel tanks, wire, chemical containers, electronics, paint or tires.

Demolition material accepted only with prior Council approval (excluding shingles).

Access outside of normal operating hours: $40.00 Access Fee + Applicable Landfill Fee

NO CHARGING – loads must be paid prior to unloading.

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