Campsite reservations for the 2019 season kick off on Tuesday, April 2 with seasonal bookings.
“After a long winter, many campers are eagerly anticipating those warm days on the beach and evenings around the campfire with family and friends,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said. “We are looking forward
to welcoming many new and returning visitors to our beautiful parks this summer for another great camping season.”
For the first time, seasonal campsites will be booked on the new online reservation system. Due to high demand for these sites, a queuing system will be used to ensure a fair process.
Reservations for seasonal campsites open Tuesday, April 2 at 7 a.m. Reservations open at 7 a.m. on April 4 for group camping sites, and April 8 to 18 for nightly sites.
The schedule for nightly reservations:
2019 Camping Season Important Announcements (click the link)
On the day of reservations, campers will want to enter the campsite reservation service queue between 6:40 a.m. and 7 a.m. Those who enter the queue during this window will be randomly assigned a position in line. Anyone entering the reservation site after 7 a.m. will be placed at the back of the line.
With the newly upgraded online reservation system, available at https://saskparks.goingtocamp.com, all campers need to create a new account.
For a smooth booking process, campers are urged to create a new account and become familiar with the new system prior to reservations opening. All reservation information, including tutorials for creating a new account, are available at www.saskparks.com by clicking “Important 2019 Camping and Reservation Info” on the home page.
The Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority (FCAA) wants to remind Saskatchewan workers about the importance of saving for retirement.
“Saving for retirement is important and not something you should overlook,” FCAA’s Pensions Division Director Leah Fichter said. “Joining your company pension plan, contributing the maximum amount and making sure your investments are the right fit are essential to help you get the best results and meet your retirement goals.”
Tips for Defined Contribution Pension Plans:
1. Join your company pension plan
It’s important to invest in your future and joining your company pension plan is a great way to save for retirement. Take advantage of this opportunity to help you meet your financial goals upon retirement.
2. Put in the maximum amount
In a defined contribution plan, the employer will set the employer and member contribution rate. It’s a good idea to make the highest pension contribution that your plan allows, if you can afford to. In some plans, the employer will match up to a certain amount of what a member contributes. Understand what your plan says, so you are putting as much as you can toward your retirement.
3. Make sure your investments are the right fit
Make sure you are comfortable with your pension investments. Most plans offer a selection of funds so it’s important to know your options. Think about the length of time to your retirement and your risk tolerance, and choose the most suitable investment option for you. Consider obtaining financial planning advice from a qualified advisor and contact your plan administrator if you have any questions.
For more pension information, visit www.fcaa.gov.sk.ca/consumers-investors-pension-plan-members/pension-plan-members.
A Warman company was fined $17,500 after being found guilty of one count under Occupational Health and Safety regulations in Saskatoon Provincial Court on March 21, 2019.
Norred Contracting Ltd. was found guilty of contravening clause 124(1)(b) of the regulations (fail to ensure that any opening or hole in a floor, roof or other work surface into which a worker could step or fall is provided with a guardrail and toeboard, thereby cause serious injury to a worker).
The company was fined $12,500 plus a surcharge of $5,000. They were found not guilty of one other charge.
Charges resulted from an incident that took place on August 2, 2017, at a worksite in Saskatoon. A worker sustained multiple injuries after falling through a staircase opening.
Labour Relations and Workplace Safety, in partnership with the Workers’ Compensation Board, supports and promotes Mission: Zero – zero workplace injuries, zero fatalities and zero suffering. We are all responsible for keeping ourselves and each other safe and healthy at work.
To learn more about safety in the workplace, visit www.worksafesask.ca.
To report an incident to the Occupational Health and Safety Division, please call 1-800-567-SAFE(7233).
Residents will have their opportunity to engage Warman RCMP on April 17, 2019. The event is scheduled to take place at the Brian King Centre in Warman at 7:00pm. Local issues, policing priorities and public safety items are on the agenda for discussion at the event.
Warman Fire Rescue reports:
Last night 4 Intermodal cars had a wheel come off the track at the siding switch on the East end of Warman last night. Cars stayed upright, no Hazardous Materials and no risk to public safety. We were only on scene 20 mins as CN had it handled. Road was closed for a few hours.
No injuries reported.
From April 1 to August 31 every year, it is illegal to prune elm trees in Saskatchewan.
The ban coincides with the time of year when the elm bark beetles that spread Dutch elm disease (DED) are most active. Fresh cuts from pruning can attract the tiny insects, increasing the chance of an infection.
In addition to observing the ban, there are things you can do to help protect your community’s elm trees. Prune your elms before or after the ban period to keep them healthy and better able to resist all types of disease, including DED. Removing dead and dying elm wood means fewer places for beetles to breed, which reduces the risk of an infection. Properly dispose of DED-infected elms promptly throughout the year, including during the ban period.
If you see an elm showing signs of DED – wilting, yellowing leaves on one or several branches near the top of the tree, usually beginning in late June – report it to your local municipality. Infected wood spreads DED.
Therefore, it is illegal to use, transport, store or sell elm firewood.
Regulations also restrict the use, transport, storage and sale of elm logs. Dispose of elm wood promptly and properly; check with your local municipality for designated disposal methods and locations.
If you hire a professional to prune your trees, make sure they are qualified. In Saskatchewan, commercial pruners of elm trees must complete a recognized training program or be under the supervision of someone who has the necessary training. Improper pruning can spread DED and other diseases.
For more information, contact your local municipality or the Ministry of Environment at 1-800-567-4224 or visit www.saskatchewan.ca/forestry.
The Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport launched a new, upgraded online reservation system today for the 2019 camping season.
“With campsite reservations kicking off in just a couple of weeks, we are excited to offer our customers a new reservation site with a fresh look and feel,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said. “The new system will provide more online services and a better overall experience when campers are booking their favourite campsites.”
All customers will be required to create a new account with the upgraded system. For a smooth booking process, campers are urged to set up their accounts prior to reservations opening.
It is also suggested that campers take some time to browse the site over the next couple of weeks to become familiar with the new design and features.
Campers can access the reservation site at saskparks.goingtocamp.com. Reservations open April 2 for seasonal sites, April 4 for group camping sites, and April 8 to 18 for nightly sites.
For more information, visit www.saskparks.com.
Released on March 15, 2019
Today, the Government of Saskatchewan and the Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC) officially signed agreements to work toward “meaningful improvements in the lives of children, youth and families.”
“These agreements demonstrate our government’s unwavering commitment to putting children, youth and families first, and to strengthening services for First Nations families,” Premier Scott Moe said. “This is an important step toward a new working relationship between the province and the Saskatoon Tribal Council, and I am proud to be part of it.”
Social Services Minister Paul Merriman, Tribal Chief Mark Arcand and STC Chiefs signed a new Delegation Agreement, Children and Families Reconciliation Partnership Agreement and First Contact Panel Protocol.
“The documents we have signed today provide the province and Saskatoon Tribal Council with a vision, principles and actions that will guide our work in the days ahead, based on mutual respect, understanding, collaboration and dialogue,” Social Services Minister Paul Merriman said. “This is a significant moment and a tremendous opportunity to do things differently and make real change in the lives of Indigenous children, youth and families.”
“The signing of this reconciliation partnership agreement today signifies a new era in the advancement of the reconciliation process, where we all work together to put children first,” STC Tribal Chief Mark Arcand said. “As leaders for First Nations communities within the Treaty 4 and 6 territories, our Chiefs want nothing more than to develop and maintain a positive nation-to-nation relationship with the Government of Canada and the province of Saskatchewan, and today begins a journey together toward our shared responsibility to protect the best interests of our children and families, now and for generations to come."
The partnership agreement identifies a number of short-term and longer-term priorities, including:
The First Contact Panel Protocol formalizes the agreement between Social Services and STC to include families involved in child protection matters in planning and decision making for children.
For more information, contact:
Saskatoon Tribal Council