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Report from the Legislature

September 11, 2013

Report from the Legislature, September 4, 2013

As summer winds down and students head back to school, many of us return to our routines with fond

memories of time spent with friends and families at Saskatchewan Provincial Parks. With more than

3.5 million visits last year, our government recognizes that these parks are among our most popular

attractions and we're making capital investments to ensure that they not only meet demand

but enhance our visitors experience in the parks for years to come.

We recently proclaimed the 35

Park, giving us one more summer destination to enjoy. Our government has also started work

on many projects to improve our provincial parks. Some of these improvements include

upgrades to the potable water system at Pike Lake to meet current drinking water standards,

as well as the main boat launch at Good Spirit Lake Provincial Park will be upgraded. These

enhancements are part of a four year, $10 million investment to bolster an already enhanced provincial

parks capital budget. Since 2008, our government has invested almost $44 million to improve

provincial parks.

As people explore all there is to see and do in our province, traffic safety should always be top of mind.

In an effort to make our roads and highways safer, a Special Committee on Traffic Safety has made 26

recommendations after closely examining factors such as impaired and distracted driving, excessive

speed, intersection safety, collisions with wildlife and as well as education and public awareness.

Recommendations, which include permanent photo radar zones and tougher penalties for drinking and

driving, focus on additional enforcement, deterrence through stronger punitive measures such as fines

and administrative sanctions and more public awareness. The recommendations, included in a special

report, will be considered during the upcoming session of the Legislative Assembly.

As many of us get busy again at work, post-summer vacation, figures from Statistics Canada show that,

in Saskatchewan, we're earning more than ever before. Both average earnings and retail sales are up,

while the number of EI claims is down from June of last year. Average weekly earnings were above the

national average at $952.63 in June while, at the same time, Saskatchewan recorded $1.6 billion in

retail sales. There was also a 3.0 per cent drop in employment insurance claims. This means

more Saskatchewan families are earning more, contributing more to a thriving economy and

enjoying more financial security than ever before.

Looking for their 9th win in 10 games this Sunday, you'll notice a new logo on the chests of

our Saskatchewan Roughriders. The logo, which reads thinksask.ca, is actually a partnership

between the team and our government that highlights Saskatchewan's unprecedented growth

and opportunities to a national audience on a weekly basis.

Thinksask.ca was launched as part of our government's Real Growth. Real Opportunity

campaign that encourages people from across the country to live, work and do business in

Saskatchewan. We believe that this partnership will be beneficial in "getting the word out"

about our quality of life as well as ample employment, education and investment opportunities

leading up to the 101st Grey Cup in Regina November 24th.

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Provincial Park in Saskatchewan, Great Blue Heron Provincial

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