Jobs threatened in Brandon by impending closure of Federated Co-op feed plant

Aging facilities and business consolidation are being cited by Federated Co-operative Limited as reasons for its decision to close three of its six livestock feed production plants on the Prairies. FCL says its Co-op Feeds operations in Melfort, Sask., and Brandon, Man., will shut down in August and October respectively, while production at a facility in Edmonton will be moved south to Wetaskiwin. Manufacturing will continue at plants in Calgary, Saskatoon and Moosomin, Sask. Prairie Palate Grass-fed and grass-finished beef growing on Sask. producers The plants produce cattle, horse, sheep…

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Saskatchewan Premier plans to appeal carbon tax decision to Supreme Court

Saskatchewan’s Court of Appeal has ruled that the carbon tax imposed on the province by the federal government is constitutionally sound and falls within the legislative authority of Parliament. The ruling was released Friday. Lawyers for the provincial government had argued the tax is unfair and unconstitutional. The 155-page decision was not unanimous as three appeal judges ruled in favour of the federal government while two others ruled the federal government’s law was wholly unconstitutional. Justices Ralph Ottenbreit and Neal Caldwell were the dissenting opinions as they argued Part 1 of The Greenhouse Gas Pollution…

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Carbon tax is constitutional, Saskatchewan Court of Appeal rules

Saskatchewan’s Court of Appeal has ruled that the carbon tax imposed on the province by the federal government is constitutionally sound and falls within the legislative authority of Parliament. The ruling was released Friday. Lawyers for the provincial government had argued the tax is unfair and unconstitutional. The 155-page decision was not unanimous as three appeal judges ruled in favour of the federal government while two others ruled the federal government’s law was wholly unconstitutional.  Justices Ralph Ottenbreit and Neal Caldwell were the dissenting opinions as they argued Part 1 of The Greenhouse Gas Pollution…

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Time to take a hike: Book highlights 110 adventures in Sask. and Manitoba

Local listeners were eager to share their favourite spots, but people that don’t live here can overlook Saskatchewan, travel writer Jenn Smith Nelson said. “Sand dunes and desert landscapes, to grasslands and beyond,” she said. “There’s so much to uncover for those who aren’t familiar with our province.” TRAVEL 5 easy summer day trips from Regina That’s one thing she hopes to change by co-authoring a new book, 110 Nature Hot Spots in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Doug O’Neill wrote the Manitoba section. Smith Nelson said the two provinces are a perfect pairing. “We’re two of…

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‘It’s about feeling seen’: Métis collective hopes to bring young people together online from across Canada

A new Métis collectives hopes to connect young people from across Canada to build on their sense of identity and build a stronger Métis Nation. The Mamawi Project launched on Instagram this month and Facebook soon after. The online collective members are all around early 20s to early 30s. “As a collective we can make important things happen,” Justin Wiebe said. Wiebe is from Saskatoon, Sask. and currently lives in Toronto. The idea was to connect people who are already online to support each other, Wiebe said. They looked at…

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OPINION | Earth Day is no longer serving us — the house is already on fire

Ah, Earth Day: that one day a year devoted to patting ourselves on the back for recycling our milk jugs and installing LED bulbs. But most of us spend as much time thinking about the Earth on Earth Day as we do woodchucks on Feb. 2. The focus of last year’s Earth Day was to end the use of single-use plastics. As a result, you can find me at restaurants sucking pop through a cardboard straw while grimacing at the taste. I don’t like to see an animal in the…

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Earth Day is no longer serving us — the house is already on fire

Ah, Earth Day: that one day a year devoted to patting ourselves on the back for recycling our milk jugs and installing LED bulbs. But most of us spend as much time thinking about the Earth on Earth Day as we do woodchucks on Feb. 2. The focus of last year’s Earth Day was to end the use of single-use plastics. As a result, you can find me at restaurants sucking pop through a cardboard straw while grimacing at the taste. I don’t like to see an animal in the…

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Earth Day is no longer relevant

Ah, Earth Day: that one day a year devoted to patting ourselves on the back for recycling our milk jugs and installing LED bulbs. But most of us spend as much time thinking about the Earth on Earth Day as we do woodchucks on Feb. 2. The focus of last year’s Earth Day was to end the use of single-use plastics. As a result, you can find me at restaurants sucking pop through a cardboard straw while grimacing at the taste. I don’t like to see an animal in the…

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Winnipeg-bound flight makes emergency landing after smoke seen on board

A flight from Vancouver to Winnipeg was diverted to Regina on Thursday after smoke was seen on board.  “We are very happy to report that the aircraft did land safely on our main runway and was able to taxi on its own power to the terminal building,” said James Bogusz, president and CEO of Regina Airport Authority, adding that all 146 passengers aboard disembarked safely. The pilot declared an emergency after smoke was seen coming from a galley oven, according to the airline. The Regina airport was notified of the need for…

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‘Disgusting and opportunistic’ $2M Humboldt Broncos-inspired fund embroiled in conflict

Former Humboldt Broncos board members say a fund set up in the days after the fatal bus crash was an attempt by the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League president to go behind their backs and capitalize on the tragedy.  They say they’re talking about this now because they didn’t have the energy to do it at the time, as they were dealing with the fallout.  On April 9, 2018, just days after the crash that killed 16 people, Bill Chow stood in the Humboldt Broncos arena, team jerseys hanging behind him, to…

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