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New report shows 2013 a tough year for Saskatchewan Crown corporations

REGINA - A new report says Saskatchewan's Crown corporations had substantially higher net earnings last year. The Crowns reported net earnings of $566 million in 2013, up $128 million from 2012. But the results are not as rosy as they appear, and include $156 million in net proceeds from the sale of shares in the Information Services Corporation. Donna Harpauer, minister of Crown Investments Corporation, says 2013 was actually a challenging year. She says earnings were down at SaskPower, SaskTel, SaskEnergy and SGI.

New report shows 2013 a tough year for Saskatchewan Crown corporations

REGINA - A new report says Saskatchewan's Crown corporations had substantially higher net earnings last year. The Crowns reported net earnings of $566 million in 2013, up $128 million from 2012. But the results are not as rosy as they appear, and include $156 million in net proceeds from the sale of shares in the Information Services Corporation. Donna Harpauer, minister of Crown Investments Corporation, says 2013 was actually a challenging year. She says earnings were down at SaskPower, SaskTel, SaskEnergy and SGI.

A look at the findings of audits of Metis organizations in B.C., Saskatchewan

OTTAWA - Two newly released audits raised questions about the management and finances of the Metis Nation Saskatchewan and the Metis Nation British Columbia. Here are some of the audits' findings: — The Saskatchewan executive was paid 34 per cent more than required under the province's labour standards;

SaskPower annual report shows record demand for power, net income $167 million

REGINA - SaskPower says 2013 was a record year for power consumption with peak demand reaching 3,543 megawatts — a seven per cent increase over last year. The figures are in the Crown utility's annual report released Monday, which shows a net income of $167 million. The report also shows that there could be a big drop in the net income for 2014, down to $27 million. The 2014 budget is based on SaskPower getting its requested rate increase.

Livestock insurance rolls out for Western Canada cattle and hog producers

REGINA - Cattle and hog producers in the western provinces can now apply for help to deal with unexpected price drops such as those that were seen during the BSE crisis. Applications are being accepted for the Western Livestock Price Insurance Program first announced in January. The program, which has been operating in Alberta since 2009, lets producers in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, ensure a price for their animals by buying insurance.

Livestock insurance rolls out for Western Canada cattle and hog producers

REGINA - Cattle and hog producers in the western provinces can now apply for help to deal with unexpected price drops such as those that were seen during the BSE crisis. Applications are being accepted for the Western Livestock Price Insurance Program first announced in January. The program, which has been operating in Alberta since 2009, lets producers in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, ensure a price for their animals by buying insurance.

Saskatchewan politicians point fingers over ministerial travel costs

REGINA - The finger pointing over ministerial travel expenses is ramping up at the Saskatchewan legislature with the government and Opposition suggesting each misused taxpayers money on trips. Premier Brad Wall says taxpayers were on the hook when former NDP premier Lorne Calvert and industry minister Eric Cline went to Paris in 2006. Calvert and Cline had business meetings, but Wall says documents show they also used a rented van for a sightseeing tour and charged taxpayers.

Three young men who saved family in sinking car among those awarded by premier

REGINA - Three young men who rescued a family of four from a car sinking in a water-filled ditch are among the first to receive a Premier's Commendation Award in Saskatchewan. Brett Opikokew, Devin Knot and Josh Lasas were teenagers in April 2009 when they came across a car sinking in a deep ditch near Meadow Lake. It was dark, but the trio didn't hesitate to jump into the icy water to save a mother and three children trapped in the car. Another award recipient is Dwight (SY'-muhn) Siman of Regina.

Saskatchewan premier orders ministerial travel expenses to be publicly posted

REGINA - Premier Brad Wall is ordering travel expenses for Saskatchewan cabinet ministers and any government staff who accompany them on trips to be made public as more costs came under scrutiny Monday. Wall says reports for out-of-province travel will be posted semi-annually starting with this fiscal year, so the expenses for the period from April to September will be posted in October.

Fewer riders, lower revenue hit bottom line at Saskatchewan Transportation Co.

REGINA - Operating expenses are up, but revenue and passenger numbers are down at the Saskatchewan Transportation Co. STC says in its annual report that the number of riders fell 2.1 per cent to just over 276,000 passengers last year — about 6,000 less than the year before. The Crown bus company says ridership has been difficult to recover because of a decreased number of connecting schedules in neighbouring provinces. It also says a growing affluent population often has access to private vehicles and air transportation.
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