This past week, the Sask Party government announced that they are doing an evaluation of SaskTel. This sudden interest in the value of SaskTel is supposedly brought about by the recent sale of MTS (Manitoba's telco) to Bell Canada.
This would leave SaskTel as the only provincially-run telecom company in Canada. The government would like us to believe that this may make SaskTel uncompetitive down the road. It will be interesting to see if this evaluation is made public in all of its facets and if all parts of SaskTel are on the potential sale block.
Recently, Joanne and I had the opportunity to travel to Medicine Hat for a family function. When any of us are in Medicine Hat, we always attempt to find the time to visit one of the greenhouse operations that are very visible around that community. We stopped at one of the smaller ones on the Sunday morning before heading home. On display for the public were four kinds of tomatoes, various colours of peppers, cucumbers and lettuce. This was all available in early May and was a very welcome to addition to our dinner table after a winter of imported products.
I would say that the greenhouse industry has been one of the bright spots for Medicine Hat in the midst of a very dramatic downturn in the oil and gas industry. We could be doing the same thing in Saskatchewan using the proposal that the PC Party put forward before the last election campaign. I believe Saskatchewan consumers would support the initiative for all of the right reasons and Saskatchewan would have a new industry, new opportunities to generate electricity and certainly a new base for employment.
It's hard to believe that a modern Canadian city of over 90,000 people could be totally devastated by a forest fire. You would think with all of our technology and the resources that we could bring to bear as a society would prevent something like that from happening. When you live in the middle of a tinder-dry forest and the right conditions line up, it doesn't matter how big or how modern you are, Mother Nature can still have her way with you. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those people, their families and their way of living which has been dramatically changed for months and years to come in the Fort McMurray area.
A lot of people have various symbols and signs that indicate to them when spring has finally arrived. They look for these things on a yearly basis. If you are from rural Saskatchewan, one of those signs is the first outfit you see in a field actually seeding. As Joanne and I were driving to Regina yesterday for a family supper, I couldn't help but noticing the air drills busy putting the crop in and each one creating its own cloud of dust. It's very early and already people are commenting on the lack of moisture but one thing is for sure....we have never lost a crop in April. My Grandfather had a saying "seed in the dust and your bins will bust"..."seed in the rain and you seed in vain". I guess we will see how 2016 turns out.
“The decision by Earl’s restaurant to import beef from a Kansas supplier is very disappointing to Saskatchewan farmers.” That is the opinion of the PC Party’s agriculture critic, John Goohsen.
It's that time of the year again when the unexpected seems to happen as a matter of course when you are trying to plan things like Monday Morning Commentary. Calving is going along with the usual mixture of pluses and minuses. A set of twins last weekend which makes for some extra work and then Monday morning, one of our cows managed to drown her newborn calf in 8" of water.
I've learned over the years that you can never predict what a cow will do when she decides to calve. In my younger days, I used to get really upset about it and blame myself for not being a good stockman but there is no point in that. Sometimes it's just like politics....you can't take it personally and then you have to move on. I have to admit though that when I was dragging the dead calf out of the mud there were a few unkind comments made about that particular cow.