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Federal Minister And Conservative MP Host Meeting With Business Stakeholders In PA PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Monday, 20 October 2014 14:30

The Federal Minister of State for Finance was in Prince Albert last Friday meeting with local business leaders.

Kevin Sorensen and Prince Albert Conservative MP Randy Hoback hosted the meeting which discussed business, budgets and taxes.

Sorensen says these meetings are conducted each fall to discuss the needs of different groups prior to the spring budget.

Hoback says First Nations stakeholder groups were not represented at this particular meeting but local First Nations businesses were.

He says the Northern Lights Casino shared how they focus on the development of the person above profits.

“They have gone and developed skill sets in the casino and people have taken those skill sets to other jobs outside the casino,” he says. “You have your first job and then you want your second and third job and each time you advance your income level goes up and your ability to provide for your family goes up and gets better.”

All information collected through these meetings will be taken back to Ottawa for further discussion.

Saskatoon Event Aims To Get More Women Involved In Mining Sector PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraser Needham   
Monday, 20 October 2014 14:29

Getting more women involved in mining is the focus of a Saskatoon event this week.

“Mine Your Potential” takes place on Thursday at the Radisson Hotel.

The annual event is put on by Women in Mining and Women in Nuclear Saskatchewan.

Co-chair Anne Gent says women currently make up about 15 per cent of the workforce in the provincial mining sector and this is largely in administrative and support roles.

“We are an organization, everybody from every background in mining and nuclear is welcome to join us but we’re really trying to push for women to move into some of those more technical and leadership roles,” she says.

Gent says they also want to show women the mining industry offers something for everyone in terms of career choices.

“When you’re moving into some of the more technical or management roles, there’s a wide variety in environment, metallurgy, engineering and there’s a lot of backgrounds that come into mining. Really, whatever people are aiming for, there’s probably something that we can work with them to find.”

She adds the mining industry is no longer the blue collar and male dominated industry it has traditionally been seen as.

This year’s keynote speaker is Betty-Ann Heggie, a member of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame and former senior vice-president at PotashCorp.

The event starts at 8 a.m. Thursday morning and is followed by a networking event in the evening.

Regina Repeats As Food Bank Challenge Champion PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Monday, 20 October 2014 14:28

Local residents pulled together to help the Regina Food Bank collect more than 300,000 tonnes of food over the weekend.

The annual drive is part of the Great Canadian Food Fight where cities challenge each other to see who can raise the most donations.

With its strong showing, Regina retains the title as most caring city.

Regina Food Bank CEO Steve Compton says it was a real community effort involving local churches, 29 schools, the business community, Scouts and Girl Guides and lots of volunteers.

“Well is there something special in Regina,” he asks? “We talked about this internally about our secret recipe and I think it is because we have so many different groups in the city involved.”

The non-perishable food items will last for several months but Compton says work at the food bank does not slow down.

He says they still need bread, milk and other perishable food items on a daily basis.

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