The Saskatchewan Rattlers rookie head coach is embracing the unique challenges that come with playing a condensed season during the COVID-19 pandemic.
An outgoing MLA has received criticism over his use of the phrase “All Lives Matter” in his departing remarks.
In the heat of a July Friday, the Saskatchewan legislative assembly finished its spring sitting, about three months after it started. This sitting was a continuation of the sitting that had to be cut short in March because of the pandemic. The house leaders negotiated and decided to bring everyone back in mid-June to pass the budget and complete the legislative agenda. Premier Scott Moe on Friday touted the passing of the budget, indicating he believes it will show the voters which party is best to lead the province's economic recovery from COVID-19. Moe said the sitting was a little more challenging though, because of the gathering and distancing limits due to COVID-19. Only 10 government members could be in the House at one time and Moe said even their caucus meetings had to be divided up into different rooms and video-conferenced together. “It was a different session. And I found that challenging, not to have the same camaraderie and everyone around all of the time and that’s the normal that is here for the time being," said Moe. The Sask. NDP has been saying since the budget was tabled, that there are holes in it in the lack of financial projections in the coming year, but Moe said any lack of clarity in the budget is reflective of a lack of clarity everyone has about the future. “No one knows for sure where our economy is, how it is going to come back, how robust it is going to come back and to what level it is going to come back … and we share that uncertainty with everyone across Canada and around the world," said Moe. The NDP has said the Sask. Party will raise taxes, cut budgets and sell off Crown corporations to balance the budget if it gets into power again. But Moe disagreed, saying he has faith the recovery will come. “We don’t feel that there is going to be a reason for increasing taxes, we don’t feel that there is going to be a reason for any of the NDP are talking about," said Moe. The NDP had asked for another sitting in the fall before the upcoming election, but Moe dismissed the idea, saying there's no need. “The debate that we are going to have in the months ahead is not going to happen in the legislature, it’s going to happen in the communities, on the doorsteps, and in front of the people in this province," said Moe. Meili on the sitting Sask. NDP leader Ryan Meili said having this sitting was really important, that it was a chance to provide some scrutiny and accountability - Meili said it was the highlight of the sitting for him. "That we got to look part-way in and have a better understanding of what it is this government is hiding and be able to communicate that more clearly to the public," said Meili. Meili claims Moe doesn't want to share a lot of his plans, pointing again to the lack of fiscal projections in the budget, and saying the government is hiding how it plans to get back to balance if it wins the fall election. He argues the government will sell off Crowns, will raise taxes, and cut ministry budgets. "We've seen this movie before, we know this is how they operate, they will tell us that everything is going to be fine, that they won't do those things - right after the election the tune will change, they'll tell us 'oh we have to now, we have to take these measures we have no choice,'" explained Meili. There likely won't be a fall sitting before the election, which Meili said is unfortunate. But over the summer he said he'll be out working in his constituency, working on the campaign, and continuing to push for answers on tough questions. "I firmly believe that as we go forward with a plan that Saskatchewan people can get excited about, as we present our vision for the future, and that clear contrast with a government that's out of vision, out of ideas, that we will be very competitive and, really, the main message that we have to say is 'we're ready to do this, we would form a far better government than the incompetent and frequently dishonest governance that we've seen from Mr. Moe,'" said Meili.
It has been a stressful ordeal for the Pastoor family trying to bring their bison back to their farm.
The Saskatchewan Ministry of Parks says it has seen over 9,800 reservations in less than a week since opening up the remaining campsite inventory at provincial parks.
A family near Dalmeny has spent the week searching for their 52 bison that escaped after they say someone cut one of their fences sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning.
Some areas of the province could see some thunderstorm activity tonight. Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Moose Jaw, Pense, Central Butte, Craik, Assiniboia, Gravelbourg and Coronach. Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain. Thunderstorms are developing over south-central Saskatchewan along a trough of low pressure. Some of these thunderstorms may become severe this evening or overnight.
July 3 has movie theatres opening up in the province, and Landmark Cinemas Canada has a long list of new protocols in please.
Saskatchewan doctors and the official Opposition say they're disappointed the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) has opted not to renew pandemic services contracts for physicians. Read More
VANCOUVER - Businesses in Vancouver's Gastown neighbourhood honoured the provincial health officer on Friday with a sneak peek at a mural exhibition featuring her image. Dr. Bonnie Henry visited the new Murals of Gratitude exhibition, which is organized in an alleyway by the area's business improvement association and opens to the public on Monday. There's at least one portrait of Henry alongside paintings of health-care workers, said Walley Wargolet, a board member with the business improvement association. "It really started with thanking our health-care heroes who are getting us through the pandemic," said Wargolet, who owns Dutil Denim. About 40 local artists created more than 60 murals when businesses boarded up their storefronts after the COVID-19 pandemic forced B.C. into a state of emergency in March, he said. "The vibrancy that we come to expect here in Gastown came back because you had all this beautiful artwork as opposed to just plywood." As the province has eased restrictions and businesses have reopened, Wargolet said the Museum of Vancouver helped curate a selection of the murals. They're set to be on display throughout the summer and the museum plans to keep some in its collection once the exhibition is over, he added. While in Gastown, Henry also donned a new pair of shoes she inspired in the wake of the pandemic. Local designer John Fluevog dubbed the two-tone pink leather heels "The Dr. Henry." The province's top doctor has gained scores of fans for her calm demeanour during frequent media appearances, as well as her flair for colourful shoes. The inner soles of the limited edition Fluevog shoes are stamped with a reminder from Henry to "be kind, be calm and be safe," a phrase she has repeated often. The designer's web page for the shoe says Henry has been "an outstanding source of knowledge and reassurance during the current fight against COVID-19." It says all profits from the sale of the shoe will support Food Banks BC. Gastown is a hot spot for tourists and Wargolet said business has slowed while more people are staying home because of COVID-19. But he's hopeful that new patio spaces will encourage people to visit the neighbourhood. He said businesses, restaurants and pubs in Gastown have worked with the city to create about 500 new patio spaces that are set to open next week. This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 3, 2020. The Canadian Press
BERTHOUD, Colo. - Canadian Taylor Pendrith is in contention for his first Korn Ferry Tour victory with one round to go at the TPC Colorado Championship at Heron Lakes. Pendrith, of Richmond Hill, Ont., fired a 5-under 67 on Friday to reach 11 under through three rounds - leaving him in a tie for second place only one stroke back of leader Will Zalatoris. Pendrith began the day in sixth after shooting 68-70 in the first two rounds. He followed that up on Friday with his best round of the tournament, going bogey free with five birdies to climb the leaderboard. Zalatoris got to 12 under by shooting 70, while Erik Barnes sits tied with Pendrith after matching him with a 67. Pendrith's best finish this season came two weeks ago at The King and Bear Classic at World Golf Village, where he placed 14th. Pendrith, who earned two victories last season on Canada's Mackenzie Tour, is the top-ranked Canadian on the second-tier Korn Ferry Tour, sitting 49th. Meanwhile, Adam Svensson of Surrey, B.C., has moved into the Top 10 with 18 holes to play. He is 7 under following a 4-under 68, while Vancouver's Stuart Macdonald is 2 over after firing a 75. This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 3, 2020. The Canadian Press
Opening afternoon at the Cinescape Cineplex movie theatre on Eighth Street in Saskatoon was decidedly un-Hollywood; there were no huge lineups, no couples arguing about whether to see a romantic movie or an action flick, no children tugging at their parents’ pant legs, begging for candy and popcorn. It was all very…low key. Only about a dozen patrons came to the theatre for the first showings of “Sonic the Hedgehog” and “The Invisible Man.” Both movies had short runs earlier this year, and were pulled from the big screens when the COVID-19 pandemic hit Saskatchewan and most businesses shuttered their doors in mid-March. Those who did show up though were excited to be there, and to have the big screen – almost – all to themselves. Inder Khra and Kayla Poorman were the first who arrived to see “The Invisible Man,” a movie they both wanted to watch months ago, but never got the chance. “I’m SO HAPPY,” shouted Poorman as she got out of her vehicle. “I just wanted to be back in the theatre,” said Khra. “Like, I wanted to watch it the first time it comes out, so this is the first show I’m going to watch.” “I miss the feeling of just like walking in there and watching the movie. It feels so great,” added Kayla. While Kayla said she was a little bit hesitant about whether physical distancing would be enforced, Khra said he’d viewed the seating chart which showed that just 40 out of 200 seats were available. He also said he didn’t believe cleaning or disinfecting would be an issue since he used to work at the same theatre. “They are going to be cleaning properly. Because I was the one cleaning earlier so I know they’re good people, so they’re going to do their best.” “I’m just excited to get in there,” said Kayla. “I watch all the movies in the theatre,” Khra chimed in. “So, let’s hope more movies come soon.” For now, Cineplex will continue to show recent releases, while Landmark Cinemas will play classic movies like “Star Wars,” “Ghostbusters,” and “Dirty Dancing.”
CALGARY - The 2020 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge scheduled to take place in the fall has been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic Hockey Canada made the announcement on Friday. The annual, week-long tournament was set to open October 31 in Charlottetown and Summerside, P.E.I. "Hockey Canada's priority remains the health and safety of all participants and the general public. We believe the decision to cancel the 2020 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge is the safest decision given the ongoing uncertainty of the pandemic at a local level, as well as the international implications associated with this event," Hockey Canada said in a statement. Charlottetown and Summerside will still host the 2021 edition of the event. Russia is the defending champion at the tournament after beating the United States last year in Saskatchewan. The U17 program will continue with its virtual summer camp, with the hope of being able to compete in a local environment in the fall. The remaining 2020 event schedule is still set to run, including the National Women's U18 Championship in Dawson Creek, B.C., in November, the Para Hockey Cup in Bridgewater, N.S., and the World Junior A Challenge in Cornwall, Ont., both in December, and 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alta., that opens Boxing Day. This report by The Canadian Press was first published on July 3, 2020. The Canadian Press
The community of Beardy’s and Okemasis Cree Nation (BOCN) is mourning the loss of 33 year-old Dale “Duder” Mike, a community sports leader and role model for First Nations youth.
The vast majority of Saskatchewan’s judges and justices are white. Anna McMillan reports on the value diversity brings to the judiciary and the communities it serves.
The Saskatchewan Health Authority is expanding visiting guidelines for people to visit their loved ones in hospitals, long-term care homes and other protected facilities starting as early as next week. Read More
The novel coronavirus poses a heightened threat to Indigenous communities because of limited access to health-care services and socio-economic factors have made them more vulnerable.
Saskatchewan's privacy czar is worried the pandemic is creating a plague of privacy risks as more and more work — and data — shifts online. Read More
WATCH: Over 50 bison escaped from a farm near Dalmeny after someone cut open the fence and it hasn’t been easy to bring them home.
The RCMP says it will respond this fall to the Civilian Complaint and Review Committee's report on the service's investigation into the 2016 death of 22-year-old Colten Boushie, according to a spokeswoman. Read More