Oct. 28 was a day Lorna McEwan had waited for literally her entire life.
That was the day she began using Trikafta to treat her cystic fibrosis (CF) — a genetic disorder she was diagnosed with at birth.
“I started noticing changes within the first 24 hours,” McEwan, who was raised near Francis, wrote on her Facebook page. “I could actually take a deep (breath) without having a coughing fit.”
Twelve days later McEwan, along with her parents Frank and Barbara Leier, were introduced as guests in the Saskatchewan legislature by Regina Rosemont MLA Trent Wotherspoon, shortly before a petition with over 1,000 signatures was presented to the government.
New signage at Strawberry Lake Pasture north of Odessa has become a source of local debate in recent weeks.
The pasture is currently classified as a patron-operated pasture (POP), as it has since it was phased out of the provincial government’s Saskatchewan Pastures Program in 2019.
Up until that time the Strawberry Lake land had been classified as Crown (government-owned) land and was open to use by livestock farmers, hunters, berry pickers, bird watchers, and all-terrain vehicle users, among others.
Since the transition however, while the land continues to be owned by the provincial government, it is currently being leased to private citizens.
“… It’s about showing kids there is a different way and helping them out however I can.”
The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced during their Nov. 13 game against the Edmonton Elks that defensive lineman Makana Henry had received the team’s “Community Player of the Year” award for the fourth year in a row.
Henry, a new resident to the hamlet of Riceton, explained that the award holds a different meaning to him.
Indian Head and Montmartre RCMP responded to four new files in the Montmartre detachment’s coverage area along Highway 48 from Nov. 15 through Sunday according to the most recent weekly report as submitted by Indian Head detachment Sgt. Ryan Case.
Balgonie’s council has given third reading and assent to a bylaw proposing an increase in local water and sewer rates for some ratepayers and decreases for others. Those changes, as approved at the town’s Nov. 8 council meeting, will be minimal for residential customers and more significant for commercial, out-of-town or larger-scale users.
Town administrator Karen Craigie explained in a follow-up interview that the biggest reason for the increase is that council has not adjusted these rates since 2017. A one-page overview prepared by the town details other factors as well, including an end to the town subsidizing water and sewer rates through the general tax levy, as capital projects (new building projects) will now pay for infrastructure fees.
Following third reading of Bylaw 427/2021, council made a motion for the proposed rate changes to be sent to Saskatchewan Municipal Board (SMB) for review. If approved, rate changes would become effective January 1, 2022. The SMB has not given a timeline as to when the town will receive the board’s decision.
The new bylaw lays out water rates and sewer charges from 2022 through 2024.
The White City Emerald Park Business Association shared several concerns with RM of Edenwold staff regarding the proposed development of the Municipal District of Edenwold at the association’s monthly meeting Nov. 10.
Keith Comstock, a public policy consultant from the University of Regina, first spoke on behalf of the RM, providing an overview of the process and implications of the ongoing amalgamation talks between the Village of Edenwold and the RM, which would create the province’s first Municipal District. In particular, Comstock spoke to goals of improved service delivery, better utilization of resources and opportunities for economic growth under a new governance structure.
However, several members of the White City/ Emerald Park Business Association expressed concern that the restructuring will actually have the opposite effect.
Jennifer Taylor, a senior planner with Regina firm Associated Engineering addressed the White City Emerald Park Business Association at its monthly meeting Nov. 10 regarding the Emerald Park Sector Plan.
The sector plan was an initiative brought forward by the RM of Edenwold in July 2021. The project is intended to map out the land use, integration, infrastructure, utilities and transportation needed in the lesser and undeveloped areas south of Highway 1 and east of Range Road 2185. Associated Engineering was hired by the RM to prepare the sector plan and offer guidance on the development of the area.
A public survey on the matter closed Oct. 24, and last week the business association was asked for further feedback on the requirements, concerns and improvements that they saw to be necessary for this plan.
Minister of Government Relations and Indian Head-Milestone MLA Don McMorris knows exactly what he would do if he could snap his fingers and make it so as Saskatchewan’s latest legislative session gets underway.
“I would get another 15 per cent of our province’s population vaccinated,” he said in a recent interview with The Forum. “Never since I have been in politics has there been so many promising economic announcements than there have been in the last six months and yet all of it has been overshadowed by COVID. It is time to be done with this pandemic and start to focus again on the prosperity in this province.”
Sedley village council discussed plans at its Nov. 18 meeting to have the Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency (SAMA) conduct a community property assessment in 2022. The last time the community had an official assessment was in 1989 and chief administrative officer Samantha Gillies said an updated report is long overdue.
41-year-old Alphonse Stanley Traverse, from Winnipeg, Manitoba, has been charged with:
• Manslaughter, Section 236(b) of the Criminal Code; • Failure to stop after an accident resulting in death, Section 320.16(3) of the Criminal Code; • Theft of a motor vehicle, Section 333.1(1) of the Criminal Code; • Possession of stolen property over $5000, Section 354(1) of the Criminal Code; • Breach of undertaking – Leaving the Province of Manitoba, Section 145(4) of the Criminal Code.
42-year-old Marlene Velma Louise Pagee, from Winnipeg, Manitoba, has been charged with:
• Manslaughter, Section 236(b) of the Criminal Code; • Failure to stop after an accident resulting in death, Section 320.16(3) of the Criminal Code; • Theft of a motor vehicle, Section 333.1(1) of the Criminal Code; • Possession of stolen property over $5000, Section 354(1) of the Criminal Code; • Possession of a controlled substance, Section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act; • Breach of undertaking – Possession of controlled substance, Section 145(4) of the Criminal Code.
The accused are scheduled to make their first court appearance Monday, June 14, 2021 in Regina.
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