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Sask. wild rice producers facing increased crop insurance premiums PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Friday, 24 February 2017 12:32

Wild rice harvesting in northern Saskatchewan.  Photo courtesy of Kandis Riese, Riese Photography.

For the third straight year, coverage for wild rice producers under the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Program remains the same.

However, premiums are on the way up.

For the maximum 70 per cent coverage, wild rice harvesters in the central region have to pay a premium of $2.74 per acre -- up from $2.41/acre last year.

In the western region, the premium is up to $1.46/acre this year. That is up 38 per cent from the $1.06/acre premium last year.

Wild rice producers in the eastern region have to pay a premium of $1.28/acre for maximum coverage this year -- up from $1.14/acre in 2016.

Meanwhile, the insured price is once again $1.20/acre.

Claims are triggered when a region's reported annual production is less than the average historical production, not by an individual producer's loss.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 February 2017 13:08
Unique recovery project in Pinehouse expands PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Friday, 24 February 2017 12:30

Glen McCallum, Pinehouse Director of Social Development. Photo courtesy of Manfred Joehnck.

A unique addictions recovery project run by the Village of Pinehouse has expanded, but village officials would like to expand even more.

It used to run only for a couple of months in the summer, but this year, for the first time, it is being utilized year-round.

It is called the Recovery Lake Project, and is located about 19 kilometres south of Pinehouse. It began in 1987, but because of the cold winters, it only operated during the summer for a month or two.

Now, three winterized cabins have been added, allowing the first of nine winter clients to check in.

Glen McCallum is the village’s director of social development. He is also a medicine wheel councillor. He says the traditional approach is proving very successful in treating addiction.

"People say you have to take ownership of your own life, and yes we have," he said. "It is very hard when policies are very restricted in getting capacity in order to do these programs in our own communities."

McCallum says Pinehouse used to be known as the drinking capital of the north in the 80’s. He says there is still a problem, but it is much better than it was. He credits that to the success of Recovery Lake and the many volunteers who help run it.

"Oh yeah, people are very enthusiastic about it," he said. "Every time, Recovery Lake is open -- everyone wants to help."

Right now, about 14 volunteers are helping out delivering food and doing other chores.

McCallum would like to see federal and provincial funding so the centre could expand to accommodate even more people in the north.

Not only is McCallum a Medicine wheel councillor at the treatment facility, he is also a former addict who helped establish the centre with his brother Leonard thirty years ago.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 February 2017 12:46
Ben wins close election in Makwa Sahgaiehcan PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 24 February 2017 12:24

Makwa Sahgaiehcan Chief Richard Ben.  Photo from Facebook.

Richard Ben is still the chief of the Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation -- but it was a close election result yesterday.

The official results haven't been made available, but the chief electoral officer tells MBC that the final vote count between Ben and challenger Ronald Mitsuing was "very close".

Mitsuing says he fell 12 votes shy (341 to 329) and is considering an appeal of the election.

This will be Ben's fifth term in office.

The First Nation made headlines in the fall over plans to banish residents because of drug activity.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 February 2017 13:09
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