Category Archives: SouthWest Saskatchewan

Provincial Government Punishing Hometowns

Saskatchewan hometowns are reeling this week as the reality of the provincial budget continues to sink in. The 2017 provincial budget stripped $36 million of payments in lieu from Saskatchewan’s urban municipalities — a move that the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) is calling on the provincial government to reverse.

“We expected last week’s provincial budget to be tough, but nothing prepared us for the crisis some of our members now face,” SUMA President Gordon Barnhart said. “The province has eliminated $36 million in funding from more than 100 hometowns without consultation after most municipalities’ budgets have already been finalized. Many councils will need to hike property taxes to stay in the black.”

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Source: Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association

CAMPSITE RESERVATION LAUNCH AND CANADA 150 CELEBRATIONS | News and Media | Government of Saskatchewan

The Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport will be launching its provincial park campsite reservation system for the 2017 summer season on Tuesday, April 4.  The launch will be staggered, with different parks opening for reservations over a 10 day period.

The launch schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesday, April 4: Blackstrap, Pike Lake
  • Wednesday, April 5: Buffalo Pound, Danielson, Douglas
  • Thursday, April 6: Echo Valley, Rowan’s Ravine
  • Friday, April 7: Duck Mountain, Good Spirit Lake, Greenwater Lake
  • Saturday, April 8: Crooked Lake, Moose Mountain
  • Sunday, April 9: Cypress Hills
  • Monday, April 10: The Battlefords, Saskatchewan Landing
  • Tuesday, April 11: Meadow Lake
  • Wednesday, April 12: Bronson Forest, Chitek Lake, Lac La Ronge, Makwa Lake
  • Thursday, April 13: Candle Lake, Great Blue Heron, Narrow Hills

During the launch period, a queuing system will be implemented, as it has been in the last two years, to help manage the demand and ensure technical stability.

Reservations will open at 7 a.m. each day, with the queue waiting area opening at 6:40 a.m.  At 7 a.m., customers in the queue waiting area will receive a random place in the queue and will the enter reservation website in staggered batches based on their position.  Anyone accessing the reservation website after 7 a.m. will be placed at the end of the line.

In order to be prepared for launch, customers can visit the reservation website a few days in advance to create or update their user account, familiarize themselves with how to use the website and view potential campsites that best fit their camping needs.  Campers can find more information about the launch, including tutorials and booking tips at http://www.saskparks.net/Reserve-a-Site.

This year, online reservations will be available at six parks past the Labour Day long weekend.  Campgrounds at Blackstrap, Buffalo Pound, Cypress Hills, Duck Mountain, Moose Mountain and Rowan’s Ravine will offer online reservations until the third week of September or later.  Details are available at www.saskparks.net.

This year, Saskatchewan’s provincial parks will be celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary.  On Canada Day (Saturday, July 1) and Canada’s Parks Day (Saturday, July 15), entry to all Saskatchewan provincial parks will be free.  In addition to these free entry days, there will special events throughout the provincial park system, including a province-wide geocaching program and a scavenger hunt to “Picture Yourself” in a Saskatchewan provincial park.

More details on these programs will be announced later this spring, and information will be available on www.saskparks.net.

Source: CAMPSITE RESERVATION LAUNCH AND CANADA 150 CELEBRATIONS | News and Media | Government of Saskatchewan

A Message for all Chinook Regional Library Users

A message for all Chinook Regional Library users:

As you may have heard by now, the current provincial budget presented on 22 March 2017 has resulted in significant cutbacks to regional library funding throughout Saskatchewan. We are very disappointed that Education Minister Don Morgan has cut about 60% of the provincial funding to our region, and at this time, we are uncertain what will become of our 32 rural public libraries and 14 corner libraries in Southwestern Saskatchewan.

The small rural communities throughout our region depend on our public libraries for Internet access to online banking, as well as access to online government services and for submitting online job application to businesses.

In addition, we provide a variety of inclusive programs and learning opportunities for all ages and abilities in our library facilities. Last year in the Chinook region, we circulated almost 300,000 items, issued 1,200 new library cards, and 664 local children read 8,000 books and participated in 92 free library event with the TD summer reading club. None of this would have been possible without the “brick and mortar libraries” that Minister Don Morgan thinks the current government should no longer support.

On behalf of the more than 100 employees of Chinook Regional Library, we encourage you to contact your local town council and your local MLAs, to let them know how much you value saving your rural library services. Information regarding local MLAs is available online: http://www.legassembly.sk.ca/mlas/current-mlas-print-version or alternatively, please contact us directly and we will forward your concerns to the Provincial Librarian.

Dr. Jean McKendry,
Director, Chinook Regional Library
jmckendry@chinook.lib.sk.ca
306 773-3186

Source: Chinook Regional Library

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