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  • Housing Transition Will Help More People in Need

    Released on January 22, 2015

    More people in need will have access to housing due to a decision to transition the Affordable Housing Program into the Social Housing Program in Saskatchewan’s largest centers.
    “It is our intent to ensure that Saskatchewan people with the greatest housing need, such as persons with disabilities and families with low-incomes, have better access to safe, quality housing,” Social Services Minister and Minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation Donna Harpauer said.  “At the same time, we also need to ensure that our government housing remains truly affordable for those who live in it, and that is why this transition is so important.”

    “It makes sense to have one housing program that makes it easier and more affordable for households in need,” Saskatchewan Housing Corporation Board Chair Keith Hanson said.  “This transition will result in significant reductions in monthly rents for hundreds of Saskatchewan seniors, families and individuals and will convert 2,700 housing units for people who need them the most.”

    Beginning March 1, 2015, anyone who applies for government-owned rental housing in urban centres will only be eligible for the Social Housing Rental Program, where rent is based on 30 per cent of income.
    Existing Affordable Housing tenants will have the opportunity to transition to the Social Housing Program.  Many existing tenants should benefit from a rent decrease immediately, based on their income.  Tenants who remain in the Affordable Housing Program will pay a lower market rent, but these rents will increase over time.

    “This transition will reduce, or have no change, on the rent of almost 1,300 low-income households, putting more money in their pocket and ensuring that more vulnerable people have access to social housing,” Harpauer said.

    For further details on the transition and the communities where the Affordable Housing Program is transitioning, please contact the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation toll-free at 1-800-667-7567.
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    For more information, contact:
    Leya Moore Social Services Regina Phone: 306-787-3610 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Another Tool Now Available for Saskatchewan Students to Report Bullying

Released on February 26, 2015

Today, Education Minister Don Morgan joined Saskatoon Crime Stoppers President Mark Dolan, as well as students and teachers at Brunskill Elementary School, to celebrate another community partnership in the government’s response to address bullying and cyberbullying.  The Government of Saskatchewan is committing $107,500 over two years to Crimes Stoppers Saskatchewan to allow students to anonymously text or phone in reports of bullying behavior.
“The government is committed to ensuring that students feel safe and welcome in their schools and communities, and this is another way we are continuing to address bullying and cyberbullying in our province,” Morgan said.  “While we launched an online anonymous reporting tool last spring, this new service from Crime Stoppers will provide students with even more choice when reporting these instances safely and anonymously by phone or text.”
 The Ministry of Education values the working relationship with a number of community partners and this additional partnership with Crime Stoppers demonstrates the ongoing commitment to address bullying and support the children and youth of Saskatchewan.
"Crime Stoppers is pleased to support students by providing a tool to safely and anonymously report bullying,” Dolan said.  "The hallmark of Crime Stoppers is anonymity and students can feel confident in this as we have no method of tracking who provides information.”
“On behalf of Commissionaires North Saskatchewan Division and our 1,000 employees, we are pleased to be able to offer our sponsorship to such a meaningful initiative,” Commissionaires North Saskatchewan Division Chief Executive Officer Mike Cooper said.  “This is our way of giving back to the community which we have been a part of for the past 67 years.  We feel very strongly that with the government’s commitment, and using the Crime Stoppers Program as a tool, that we will be successful in curbing this serious problem of bullying and cyberbullying in our province.”
“Reports concerning bullying and cyberbullying are something our officers respond to on a regular basis,” Saskatoon Police Service Acting Chief Mark Chatterbok said.  “The government’s commitment to youth safety, partnered with the effectiveness of the Crime Stoppers program, will benefit young people and the community as a whole.”    Reports made by students through text or by phone to Crime Stoppers will be redirected to the appropriate group, school division, ministry or law enforcement, based on the nature, severity and location of the incident, as well as the needs of the caller.
This effort is a result of the recommendations outlined in Saskatchewan’s Plan to Address Bullying and Cyberbullying.  To find out more about the plan, visit www.education.gov.sk.ca//Anti-Bullying/campeau-report.pdf.
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For more information, contact:
Kelly Johnston Education Regina Phone: 306-787-1069 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

News Release - February 6, 2014

MOST POPULAR BABY NAMES IN SASKATCHEWAN IN 2013

For the fourth year in a row, Liam was the most popular name for baby boys born in Saskatchewan.  Emma was the most popular girl’s name for the last five years.  The second most popular names were Carter and Sophia, which moved up several spots from 2012.

There were 92 baby boys named Liam in 2013, followed by Carter, Noah, Lucas and Ethan.  Ethan held the honour as most popular boy’s name for eight years, from 2001 to 2009.  There were 80 baby girls named Emma, followed by Sophia, Emily, Olivia and Lily.  Olivia and Emily remained among the top five popular names from 2012.  Lily moved up from the sixth spot.

To date there are 15,222 live births registered in Saskatchewan in 2013, which is an increase from 15,046 in 2012.  These numbers do not include Saskatchewan mothers who gave birth outside of the province. 

Top 20 Baby Boy Names (by count): Liam (92), Carter (69), Noah (65), Lucas (65), Ethan (60), Jacob (55), Mason (54), William (52), Owen (52), Jace (50), Alexander (49), Jaxon (49), Bentley (47), Benjamin (45), Jase (45), Logan (44), Hudson (43), Ryder (42), Hunter (42), Samuel (40).

Top 20 Baby Girl Names (by count): Emma (80), Sophia (72), Emily (64), Olivia (64), Lily (53), Ava (52), Brooklyn (45), Zoey (43), Brielle (40), Avery (38), Grace (38), Hannah (38), Mia (37), Hailey (37), Isabella (37), Aubrey (33), Ella (33), Abigail (33), Sadie (32), Chloe (30).

For more information on the most popular baby names and to see the list of popular names from previous years, visit the eHealth Saskatchewan website at www.ehealthsask.ca/vitalstats/births/BabyNames/Pages/default.aspx.

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For more information, contact:

Joan Petrie
eHealth Saskatchewan
Regina
Phone: 306-337-0976
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News Release - January 30, 2014

SASKATCHEWAN POSTS LARGEST SALARY INCREASES IN NOVEMBER

Average weekly earnings in Saskatchewan took a jump in November 2013, up 4.7 per cent over last November, the highest increase among the provinces and well ahead of the 2.5 per cent increase nationally.

Saskatchewan’s average weekly earnings were $967.45 in November 2013, the second highest in the nation. On a monthly basis, wages were up by 2.3 per cent between October 2013 and November 2013, the second highest percentage increase in Canada.

“Clearly, Saskatchewan’s workforce is benefiting from the province’s strong economic growth,” Economy Minister Bill Boyd said.  “Rising wages are leading to increased spending, further stimulating growth and diversifying our economic base, and more importantly has a positive impact on quality of life.”

“Having the highest annual wage growth in the country is an enviable position to be in,” Boyd said.  “It helps us attract the skilled workforce needed to maintain our economic growth and is good news for workers right here, right now.”

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For more information, contact:

Deb Young
Economy
Regina
Phone: 306-787-4765
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