New cenotaph unveiled

by Derek Cornet The unveiling of a cenotaph in Meadow Lake Oct. 3 will forever remind residents of the service veterans contributed to society. “We are finally at the completion of this project,” said zone commander Paulette Bement during the ceremony held at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 76. “It is the most exciting time for … Continue reading

Softwood lumber deal set to expire

by Phil Ambroziak Saskatchewan’s forest industry could be in for some hard times depending on what happens after the existing softwood lumber agreement between Canada and the U.S. runs out later this year. That’s how NorSask Forest Products general manager Dave Neufeld feels as the agreement’s Oct. 16 expiration date approaches. “It will definitely affect … Continue reading

Budget retains municipal revenue sharing

by Phil Ambroziak The fear of having to contend with a financial shortfall was alleviated for municipalities across Saskatchewan last week when the provincial government presented its 2015 budget March 18. “We wanted to make sure we had a balanced budget going into this thing, so everything was on the table including municipal revenue sharing,” … Continue reading

MLA hosts meet and greet with newcomers to Saskatchewan

by Phil Ambroziak “We truly appreciate the contributions you bring to this province, to this country and to the community of Meadow Lake.” Those were the words of Meadow Lake MLA Jeremy Harrison when addressing the small crowd gathered at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 76 Dec. 11 for a special meet and greet featuring the … Continue reading

Budget benefits municipalities

by Phil Ambroziak Although he hasn’t had a chance to examine the entire contents of the 2014-15 provincial budget, Meadow Lake mayor Gary Vidal likes what he sees so far. Tabled by provincial finance minister Ken Krawetz March 19, the budget features a $71 million surplus, revenue of $14.07 billion and expenses of $14 billion. … Continue reading

Province to support federal grain legislation

by Phil Ambroziak The provincial government is happy to know Saskatchewan’s grain crop will be moving sooner rather than later. Last week, the federal government announced an Order in Council has been signed that will order railways to deliver one million tonnes of grain on a sustained level to domestic, U.S. and port positions. The … Continue reading

Premier tours northern communities

by Phil Ambroziak Premier Brad Wall believes open communication is the key to building a stronger Saskatchewan. Wall was in Meadow Lake Sept. 12 as part of an ongoing summer tour that’s taken him to several communities throughout the province. While here, he attended a lunch meeting with city officials at the Bear’s Den restaurant … Continue reading

Businesses will benefit from liquor law changes: MLA Jeremy Harrison

by Phil Ambroziak The provincial government’s new liquor regulations are something many people feel are long overdue. That’s how Meadow Lake MLA Jeremy Harrison described the feedback he’s received since the province announced the regulations early last week. “So far, the response has been very positive from both consumers and businesses,” Harrison said. “A lot … Continue reading

MLA Jeremy Harrison out of cabinet

by Phil Ambroziak Meadow Lake MLA Jeremy Harrison is no longer a member of Premier Brad Wall’s provincial cabinet following a recent reorganization of government ministries. Harrison, who served as provincial enterprise minister since June 2010, was one of several MLAs reassigned as part of the May 25 cabinet shuffle. Although Harrison was unavailable by … Continue reading

Harrison retains positions

By Rhonda Cooper Meadow Lake MLA Jeremy Harrison and his Sask Party colleagues were back to work Dec. 5, 28 days after Harrison and the Sask Party claimed 49 seats giving Premier Brad Wall a second majority government. Harrison retains his duties as Minster of Enterprise, Minister Responsible for Trade and Deputy Government House Leader, … Continue reading