Social Services

Saskatchewan changing how it procures hotels for those on social assistance

Saskatchewan changing how it procures hotels for those on social assistance

Feb 14, 2024 | 5:45am
The Saskatchewan government says it’s changing how it procures hotels for those on social assistance after a motel owned by a legislature member raised rates when the province paid.  The Saskatchewan Party government says in a letter released Friday it will now get quotes from three hotels and direct people to the cheapest one while also considering their safety, […]
Saskatchewan auditor reports longer waits for neurosurgeries; more homelessness

Saskatchewan auditor reports longer waits for neurosurgeries; more homelessness

Dec 6, 2023 | 2:12pm
Saskatchewan’s auditor says wait times have spiked for people needing brain and spine surgeries, and there has been a sharp increase in detox clients reporting they are homeless. Tara Clemett said in her report tabled Wednesday there are 722 people in Saskatchewan waiting for a neurosurgeon, with one third waiting more than a year. She said the […]
People ordered out of apartment building in Moose Jaw, for safety reasons

People ordered out of apartment building in Moose Jaw, for safety reasons

Oct 3, 2023 | 3:13pm
An apartment building has been evacuated, because it doesn’t meet fire code. According to the City of Moose Jaw the downtown building  at Stadacona Street and First Avenue was not meeting fire codes. The city noted there was a also a gas leak in the building at the time of the inspection Other safety risks noted […]

Ministry of Social Services receives six recommendations from Provincial Auditor to improve SIS program

Jun 6, 2023 | 11:03am

Provincial Auditor Tara Clemett looked at the Ministry of Social Services’ process of delivering the Saskatchewan Income Support Program (SIS). Clemett found that the Ministry needs to improve in six key areas. Provide potential clients with better access to apply for SIS benefits Establish a reasonable timeframe for completing initial planning meetings with SIS clients […]

Temporary shelter set to open in Regina

Jan 27, 2023 | 10:31am

A new temporary shelter will open its doors next week in Regina. The 40-bed shelter called the Gathering Place’s New Beginnings Centre will be operated by RT/SIS, with the Nest providing the space at the former downtown YMCA building, which the health centre now owns and is in the process of renovating. Erica Beaudin, the […]

Sask. NDP wants better treatment for people with intellectual disabilities

Jan 17, 2023 | 4:07pm

The family of a woman with a developmental disorder and the Offical Opposition are calling for better treatment of people with intellectual disabilities. The call comes after Jessica Stuckey, who has Smith-Magenus Syndrome and lives at the developmental stage of a six-year-old, was jailed for 36 days and is now being detained in a psychiatric […]

Real estate developer criticizes the provincial governments commitment to affordable housing

Mar 16, 2022 | 2:06am

Last week Avana Developments announced a 116 unit apartment complex in Regina, with 39 of those units dedicated to women and children fleeing domestic violence. The Federal Government provided $30.8 million while the City of Regina provided $1.9 million, with the Government of Saskatchewan not providing any funding to the project. Jennifer Denouden, the president […]

Auditor’s report brings up several government deficiencies

Dec 8, 2021 | 5:33pm

Provincial auditor Tara Clemett has come out with her first report since assuming the position and it is one that paints several government agencies in a bad light for practices being done. One of the areas Clemett focused in was enforcement of the sale of tobacco and vaping products saying a better job is needed. […]

Positivity burning bright at Camp Marjorie

Oct 19, 2021 | 4:27pm

Camp Marjorie has been a very busy place over the last 12 days. The camp in Pepsi Park has been seen over 100 different individuals spend at least one night inside of a tent since opening up on October 8. One of the volunteers at Camp Marjorie, Kelsey Dumont says they have received a lot […]

Sask. Advocate for Children and Youth making recommendations to provincial social services

Mar 3, 2021 | 10:57am

A report from Saskatchewan’s Advocate for Children and Youth recommends the Social Services Ministry enhance its group home oversight and accountability structure to make sure there are enough people to provide care and enough financial resources. Lisa Broda’s report stems from an incident in June of last year when a seven-year-old child with complex care […]