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Ottawa, Saskatchewan, fund plan to help keep deadly pig virus out of province

REGINA - The federal and Saskatchewan governments are spending $200,000 to help keep a virus that kills baby pigs out of the province. To date there have been no cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea, known as PED, in Saskatchewan. But confirmed cases of the highly contagious virus have been found in Ontario, Manitoba, Quebec and Prince Edward Island. The government money is to be used to help pay for a PED strategy for Saskatchewan, including containment and a plan on what to do if it is discovered in the province.

Saskatchewan licenses immigration consultants, recruiters to protect newcomers

REGINA - The Saskatchewan government says it's trying to protect newcomers to Canada from scams by licensing immigration consultants and recruiters. The province has published a list of those who can provide services to employers, potential immigrants and foreign workers under the Foreign Worker Recruitment and Immigration Services Act. Economy Minister Bill Boyd says the move is about making sure people are treated properly and fairly.

Saskatchewan changes wildlife rules to let landowners kill more ravens, wolves

REGINA - Saskatchewan is changing wildlife regulations to let landowners protect their property and livestock from ravens and wolves. One change means landowners can kill ravens without requiring a permit. Ravens have recolonized agricultural areas in recent years and farmers say the birds are killing or injuring newborn livestock and damaging grain bags. Another change will designate wolves a big-game species so hunters can target problem animals where they're attacking livestock.

Saskatchewan passes lobbyist legislation, but won't come into force for months

REGINA - Legislation that would required paid lobbyists in Saskatchewan to register their activities online has passed, but it will be months before it comes into force. The Saskatchewan government passed lobbying legislation Wednesday, but Attorney General Gord Wyant says protocols still have to be set up before the law kicks in and that could take nine months. "It takes a long time to put these processes into place," Wyant said at the legislature in Regina.

Saskatchewan takes over rabies programming from federal government

REGINA - The Saskatchewan government is taking over responsibility for rabies programming from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart has announced $500,000 for new rabies response to help farmers and ranchers if their animals are exposed to the disease. Private veterinarians will collect samples from suspect animals, submit the samples for rabies testing and then follow up if there's a positive result. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says bats, foxes, skunks and raccoons are the most common transmitters of the disease.

Saskatchewan starting antifreeze, diesel exhaust fluid recycling in April

REGINA - The Saskatchewan government has announced a new program for recycling antifreeze and diesel exhaust fluid and the containers they're sold or stored in. The Saskatchewan Association for Resource Recovery Corporation will now accept the toxic liquids at EcoCentres across the province. Environment Minister Ken Cheveldayoff (SHEV'-uhl-DAY'-off) says the program builds on Saskatchewan's recycling initiatives. It's estimated more than two million litres of used antifreeze are generated each year in Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan to start posting personal care home inspection info online

REGINA - Saskatchewan residents looking for information on conditions in personal care homes should soon be able to get answers online. The Saskatchewan legislature has passed a law that inspection reports for 242 facilities be put on the Internet. Health Minister Dustin Duncan says the reports should be available in a few weeks, although there will be copies of the handwritten findings for now. He had said it would be fall before the information was made public — after the province moved to electronic reporting.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall warns rural leaders of tighter budget

REGINA - Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says the province's revenue is flat and the budget next week will be tight. Wall made the comments today to reeves and councillors at the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities annual convention. The premier told the crowd that the same thing happened in 2009 when the economy was strong, but revenue was weak. Potash revenues collapsed in 2009, leaving a big hole in the provincial coffers.

Saskatchewan continues to reject banning young people from using tanning beds

REGINA - The Saskatchewan government continues to reject a ban on young people using tanning beds despite their link to melanoma — a deadly form of skin cancer. The Canadian Cancer Society and the Canadian Dermatology Association met with lawmakers in Regina to make another pitch for legislation. They also shared the results of an Ipsos Reid poll done in January that suggests 83 per cent of adults surveyed in the province would support such a ban.

Saskatchewan to provide $60,000 for humanitarian aid to people of Ukraine

REGINA - Saskatchewan is pledging to provide $60,000 to Ukraine for humanitarian aid because the conflict there touches many people in the province. Deputy premier Ken Krawetz announced the aid Tuesday when he introduced a motion in the legislature expressing support for the Ukrainian people and condolences for those who have died in the political violence there. An emotional Krawetz said the money will flow through the Saskatchewan chapter of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress to Ukrainian social services. "Many of the needs right now are medical," Krawetz said.
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