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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

SASKATCHEWAN’S POPULATION CONTINUES TO GROW | News and Media | Government of Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan’s population continues to grow, up by 2,946 people in the last quarter of 2016 and up by 17,217 in 2016.  There were 1,158,339 people living in Saskatchewan as of January 1, 2017, according to the latest population estimates released today by Statistics Canada.

Both the quarterly and annual population gains were the third highest among Canadian provinces.

“The growing population shows that despite the budget challenges we are addressing, Saskatchewan’s economy remains strong and resilient,” Premier Brad Wall said.  “Last month, Saskatchewan led the country in job growth, so I expect the population to keep growing as new opportunities attract new people to our province.”

Over the past decade (January 1, 2007 to January 1, 2017), Saskatchewan’s population grew by more than 163,000 people – the biggest increase in any 10-year period since 1921 to 1931.  That’s a sharp contrast to the previous decade (January 1, 1997 to January 1, 2007) when Saskatchewan’s population actually dropped by more than 23,000 people.

Source: SASKATCHEWAN’S POPULATION CONTINUES TO GROW | News and Media | Government of Saskatchewan

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