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Sask Polytech's Natural Resource Technology Program Getting New Equipment PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Friday, 31 July 2015 16:47

Ottawa is providing $348,952 in funding so that Saskatchewan Polytechnic can purchase new equipment for its Natural Resource Technology programs.

It will enable Sask Polytech to purchase hydroacoustics equipment and unmanned aerial vehicles, enhancing its ability to conduct aquatic habitat surveys and airborne terrestrial mapping activities.

According to a government release, hydroacoustics will further broaden student capabilities to include sonar data and its many applications for lake and river mapping, fish population assessment, and reservoir monitoring.

The government also says training on the new equipment will provide the students with the skills necessary to meet the increasingly sophisticated demands of the natural resource management, conservation law enforcement, and environmental service industries.

Faculty and students will also be able to collaborate with industry on applied research projects in the field using the new equipment.

Meanwhile, an expansion of the school's NRT programming will include 12 new spots for Aboriginal students to be offered as an extension course in Buffalo Narrows.

Millions in Federal-Provincial Infrastructure Funds Earmarked for Northern Saskatchewan PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kelly Provost   
Friday, 31 July 2015 12:47

La Ronge and Meadow Lake are two of the big winners in a multi-million-dollar infrastructure announcement today.

The federal and provincial governments are providing a combined $23,034,672 for 26 infrastructure projects across the province.

A total of $4,011,000 is going to sewage pumping stations and the sewage treatment plant in La Ronge.

Meadow Lake is receiving $4.7 million for water quality and organic removal upgrades to its water treatment plant.

The projects are being funded under the New Building Canada Plan's Small Communities Fund.

The projects approved for funding in Saskatchewan include drinking water, wastewater, highway, disaster mitigation and solid waste management projects.

Meanwhile, Prince Albert's Kinsmen Park is getting a $250,000 upgrade to its pathways under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.

Over $315,000 from the same program is being committed to 12 projects in northern Saskatchewan, including $25,100 for a sports field upgrade in Air Ronge.

A Badge of Honour for New Police Recruits in Regina PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Friday, 31 July 2015 12:46

They have their work cut out for them, but they are up to the challenge.

This morning, seven new recruits were sworn in to the Regina Police Service.

It was quite an accomplishment to make the final cut and for all of them the really hard work is about to begin.

It starts at the police college -- 20 weeks of training, lots of it physical.  Then they will be on the streets working in a city with the second-highest crime rate in Canada.  To even be selected, candidates underwent rigorous screening, including polygraph tests to make sure they have what it takes.

One of the new members, Jesse Pentz, is following in his father's footsteps.  He decided he wanted to be a police officer when his dad retired a few years ago.

"I just saw the respect he got from his colleagues and I saw the satisfaction he got from the job," he says.  "I want that 30 years down the road."

Bradley Pentz is proud of his son, and proud of his decision to join the Regina Police Service.  It was a special day for the family.

"From a family point of view, we are very proud of him," he says.  "I think he will enjoy his career and it will be good for him.  It's a good day."

The department is attempting to increase the number of Aboriginal and female recruits.  About 10 per cent of the department is Aboriginal.  The goal is to boost that to about 14 per cent.

One of the oldest recruits to be sworn in today was Stewart Bear.  He is Metis and worked as a deputy sheriff before being hired on as a Regina police officer.

"It's been a long time for me and I am one of the more senior people," he says.  "I am chasing a dream and it means a lot to me and my family."

The department's recruitment officer, Sgt. Kelly Benting, says the Regina Police Service is always looking for ways to increase the number of Aboriginals -- but, ultimately, she says it is the best person that gets hired for the job.

"It's a very daunting process to go through," she says.  "So whoever makes it to the end stages deserves to be there."

Five men and two women were part of the latest group of recruits to join the RPS.  Women currently make up 25 per cent of the department.  The goal is to increase that to 45 per cent.

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