Record retail sales in December for Sask.

Retail sales were on the rise in December, increasing 4.4 per cent (seasonally-adjusted) over December 2011– the highest on record jump for the province in more than 20 years.

According to a report released today by Statistics Canada, this ranked Saskatchewan in first place among the provinces in terms of percentage change.  Nationally, retail sales fell 0.7 per cent for the same time period.

“Consumer confidence is a surefire sign of the strength of our Saskatchewan economy,” Economy Minister Bill Boyd said.  “We have plenty of good paying job opportunities in every corner of this province, and this is reflected in the spending habits of our Saskatchewan residents.

“More money in our pockets yields a higher quality of life for everyone who calls Saskatchewan home.  Based on the strength of December’s year-over-year numbers, we are optimistic that retail sales will continue to see gains well into 2013.”

via SW Sask News – Prairie Post – Prairie Post

Dr. Clare chosen as spokesperson for Think Saskatchewan campaign

As part of Saskatchewan’s “Real Growth. Real Opportunity” campaign, the government website offers information on jobs in Saskatchewan, investment in Saskatchewan, and life in Saskatchewan. A special feature includes video testimonials from various residents, including Gull Lake’s own Dr. Clare Kozroski.
Kozroski talks about her initial concerns in moving to Gull Lake. “I didn’t know about farming,” she says, “and I didn’t know about living in a place quite this small. But it’s really turned out for the best, professionally and personally.”
She speaks highly of the professional aspect, saying, “Saskatchewan has the most health professional-friendly environment I’ve ever worked in.” And when it comes to choice, she says that a new physician coming to the province “would really have a choice of where they’d like to work and the type of task they’d like to do.”
In the end, however, her message boils down to three words: “People should come.”

Daycare coming

Gull Lake has been approved for a 25-seat, funded Day Care Centre and the initial stages of planning are now taking place. “This is welcome news for parents with small children in our town who need day care,” said Mayor Campbell.

This need has been growing in the last few years. “This year Gull Lake saw a significant increase in the number of children enrolled in school. This signaled a positive increase in the number of new families that have moved to Gull Lake, and a Day Care Centre will help meet the growing demand for childcare in our community.”

Although Town Council will not be operating the day care, it has struck a committee to help the community establish a Board of Directors. Those interested in sitting on the board are invited to leave their names at the town office.

“Both myself and Council are excited about this news and are committed to helping get this Day Care Centre up and running ASAP,” said Campbell.

To help establish the day care, and to determine what needs it must meet, surveys were recently mailed to households. Completing and returning them is the first step toward establishing this important service. If you have not completed your survey, it is not too late to do so and mail it to the town office.

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