Policy risk chases away investment: Brad Wall

Former Saskatchewan premier says government needs to send a strong signal that it intends to be competitive

Policy risk chases away investment: Brad WallFormer Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall recently joined Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt LLP as a special adviser to the firm and its clients. He is based in the firm’s Calgary office. Wall spoke with our Associate website Calgary's Business about politics and the economy. Calgary's Business: Why did you decide to choose this new position and what do you see are your…

Premier makes stop in Kindersley

Scott Moe in riding to support Saskatchewan Party candidate Ken Francis. Byelection set for Thursday

Premier makes stop in KindersleyKenneth Brown of The Clarion The province’s new premier was in Kindersley last week to support the Saskatchewan Party’s byelection candidate and to greet citizens. Scott Moe, who won the party’s leadership race in January, replaced the popular Brad Wall as the province’s premier. Moe was in town on Feb. 23 and it was the…

Saskatchewan top spot for mining investment in Canada, Alberta 11th

Alberta placed 49th internationally and 11th in the Canadian rankings, with only Nova Scotia worse

Saskatchewan top spot for mining investment in Canada, Alberta 11thSaskatchewan is the world’s second most attractive jurisdiction for mining investment after Finland, according to the latest Annual Survey of Mining Companies released on Thursday by the Fraser Institute. Alberta placed 49th internationally and in the Canadian rankings, the province was 11th of all jurisdictions, with only Nova Scotia worse. “Rich mineral reserves, competitive taxes,…

Kindersley athletes compete in Winter Games

Five male and female hockey players are members of the Team Rivers West squads

Kindersley athletes compete in Winter GamesClarion staff The Saskatchewan Winter Games kicked off in North Battleford on Saturday with more than 1,700 athletes representing nine districts in the province and competing in 17 sports. Five athletes from Kindersley will compete with Team Rivers West in male and female hockey. In male hockey, players Ethan Hilbig and Carter Cormier will compete.…

Local Rural Crime Watch group forms inaugural board

‘We believe Rural Crime Watch can be the eyes and ears for the RCMP in Saskatchewan’ and lead to ‘amazing’ results

Local Rural Crime Watch group forms inaugural boardKenneth Brown of The Clarion Crime in rural Saskatchewan has been on the rise in recent years so Kindersley-area citizens are starting a Rural Crime Watch association. About 30 people attended an organizational meeting on Jan. 17 at the Kindersley Masonic Lodge. Cpl. Mel Zurevinsky of the RCMP’s Crime Prevention and Crime Reduction unit attended…

Could Canada’s costly innovation help solve China’s coal dilemma?

Saskatchewan's $1.5-billion CCS demonstration facility at Boundary Dam in the southern part of the province is the first commercial-scale CCS project in the world

Could Canada’s costly innovation help solve China’s coal dilemma?If Santa brought you a lump of coal this Christmas, maybe you shouldn’t feel so bad about it. That coal might actually come in handy as an acceptable part of our energy future. Technology exists that can transform coal from environmental villain into a fuel that at least won’t make things worse than they already…

Canada’s economic dilemma: resource rich, investment poor

Across the country, governments seem intent on discouraging investment, and that hurts job creation, productivity and wage growth

Canada’s economic dilemma: resource rich, investment poorWhat drives business investment? Even after the precipitous decline in the price of oil in the second half of 2014, the answer in Canada is still natural resources. As newly-released data from Statistics Canada shows, in 2016 business investment per capita was highest in the energy-producing provinces. It was around $21,400 in Newfoundland and Labrador,…

Why Saskatchewan’s Meadow Lake pulp mill was doomed

How the Saskatchewan government’s predatory lending practices doomed the Meadow Lake pulp mill

Why Saskatchewan’s Meadow Lake pulp mill was doomedSaskatchewan’s Meadow Lake pulp mill was doomed from the beginning. The repercussions are still being felt, according to a new research paper. It’s been decades since the government of Grant Devine (he was premier from 1982 to 1991) was in power in Saskatchewan. But traces of the Conservative premier’s economic decisions remain. The Meadow Lake…

Rural Crime Watch considered for Kindersley area

RCMP working to restore the once-popular program as rural crime rises across Western Canada, including in this region

Rural Crime Watch considered for Kindersley areaKenneth Brown of The Clarion Property crime in rural areas is a growing concern, so the Rural Municipality of Kindersley is encouraging its citizens to start a Rural Crime Watch group. The RM of Kindersley held an information meeting on Nov. 7 at the Masonic Lodge. About 30 people attended the meeting, where a member…

Wanted: A global energy sector leader

Assume that Canada was sent a job posting by a headhunter. It sought applicants for the world’s top oil and gas jurisdiction

Wanted: A global energy sector leaderHere’s a project for my energy and social media colleagues. Let’s build a tool for Canadians to understand how important the oil and gas sector is to this country – and will be for decades. We can pass it on to Canadian politicians who need to upgrade their energy-related knowledge. Assume that Canada was sent…

KCS student leaders earn provincial award

Award goes to the council that shows great student leadership, community involvement and volunteer work

KCS student leaders earn provincial awardKevin McBain of The Clarion Six members of the Student Leadership Council at Kindersley Composite School attended the Saskatchewan Student Leadership conference held in Tisdale. The annual event was held Sept. 20 to 22 with more than 700 students, plus advisers, attending from across the province. Students attending from KCS were Kali Sproule, Courtney McKenzie,…

New math doesn’t add up but can something be done?

Saskatchewan's new education minister wants a back-to-basics approach to math instruction that would give students much-needed skills

New math doesn’t add up but can something be done?After enduring years of fuzzy math, Saskatchewan parents may finally have cause for hope. Not only did the provincial government’s latest throne speech acknowledge that Saskatchewan students have the worst math skills in the country, it pledged to address the problem with a “common-sense” plan that focuses on the basics. That’s good news for parents…

Ottawa’s Supercluster initiative a mess of monumental proportions

The Liberal's Great Supercluster Screw-up just another drain on Canadian taxpayers

Ottawa’s Supercluster initiative a mess of monumental proportionsGovernments always want to look like they’re implementing good ideas and accomplishing important things. Take the Innovation Superclusters Initiative (ISI) for example. The federal government plans to throw almost a billion tax dollars at non-profit groups to create jobs and help Canadian companies dominate the world. As crazy as it sounds, that’s the ostensible reason…

Council approves fall recipients of community grants

12 community organizations get funding under semi-annual Kindersley Community Grant program

Council approves fall recipients of community grantsKenneth Brown of The Clarion The town’s elected officials have passed a resolution to approve funds for 12 community organizations under the semi-annual Kindersley Community Grant program. Council members approved the grants at a meeting on Oct. 10 and a total of about $7,690 was approved for the 12 recipients in the fall intake. Each…

Alberta still loses if resource revenue removed from equalization

Options for reform are severely limited so long as a rule requiring program costs to escalate every year remains

Alberta still loses if resource revenue removed from equalizationBy Ben Eisen and Joel Emes The Fraser Institute Jason Kenney, candidate for the leadership of Alberta’s United Conservative Party, recently called for reform to Canada’s equalization program. Specifically, he suggested a referendum in Alberta to force the federal government to consider removing non-renewable resource revenue (in Alberta’s case, mostly revenue from oil) from calculations…