5 stories to follow in 2019
January 2, 2019
Opposition to the carbon tax continues
Trudeau’s carbon tax will be heading to court next month. Saskatchewan is inquiring the court as to whether or not the federally-imposed carbon tax is unconstitutional.
Saskatchewan premier Scott Moe, who took over for Brad Wall in January last year, declared he is as fervently opposed to federal carbon pricing as his predecessor.
The province argues that carbon pricing should fall under provincial jurisdiction rather than federal.
Expect some interesting developments later on in the year.
Ride-sharing is coming to Saskatchewan
Services such as Uber and Lyft are expected to begin operations in the province in 2019 following legislation passed by the provincial government in December.
However, municipalities still have to create rules surrounding these services. In Regina, a report regarding the services will go before city council later this month.
There is no timeline yet as to when these services are expected to begin operations.
Parking in Regina will see a revolution
Regina drivers may be able to put their change away as a new pay-by-phone parking app is likely to roll out in the spring.
For a small convenience fee, drivers will be able to stop worrying about parking metres and pay with a couple touches of their smartphone screen, which will make the annoyance of paying fees a little less annoying.
While this new app may be good news, there is also some bad news as well. The 2019 budget also mentions the possibility of installing paid parking around the General Hospital, which has been met with some backlash.
The perpetual development (or lack thereof) of Capital Pointe
The fiasco regarding Regina’s biggest eyesore, the Capital Pointe excavation pit at the corner of Albert Street and Victoria Avenue, still has no end in sight.
Westgate Properties was supposed to begin working on the hotel and condo tower back in November, but a court ruling that same month threw those plans out the window as the matter has been sent back to a provincial appeal board.
This hearing is the only certainty in 2019 which is expected to go over details such as timelines for the project. Don’t expect to see much progress on the site this year.
Chinook Power Station set to go online
The $680.5 million project is set to go online in the fall, which will run 250 kilometres of new power lines to the Chinook service area in western Saskatchewan.
The power station will be fueled by natural gas and will be able to pump out 350 megawatts into the provincial power grid.
Stay tuned to see how these stories will develop over the course of 2019. It’s going to be interesting!
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