SOS Crowns was recently informed that effective January 2, 2014, SaskEnergy will be closing cashier services to the public in every location in the province except Regina and Saskatoon. As the province continues to grow and our population expand, does it make sense to provide less and less service to Saskatchewan citizens outside of Regina and Saskatoon? Under the Brad Wall government nearly 80 per cent of SaskPower walk-in offices have also been closed to the public. SOS Crowns will continue to update as more information becomes available. ...
Another Crown subsidiary has slipped through the hands of the people of Saskatchewan. The Winnipeg Sun is reporting the sale of SaskEnergy's Swan Valley Gas Corporation (SVGC) to Manitoba Hydro for only $200,000. The small subsidiary services nearly 250 residential and business customers in and around Swan River. According to the Winnipeg Sun, Manitoba Hydro is proposing to force customers to pay a "temporary surcharge on top of their monthly bills to recoup the money spent to purchase the company." The deal will have to be approved by the Public Utilities Bo...
Get ready for your 2013 SaskEnergy rates to go up this year and next – assuming our provincial cabinet approves it. Small industrial customers will not see any increase, while residential customers will see a 4.1 per cent increase that will go into effect in September.According to a SaskEnergy news release, “to increased spending on capital and operating costs due to public safety, system integrity and economic growth in the province,” is the basis for the rate increase. The news release also states that the Saskatchewan Rate Review panel (SRRP) made their decision after a &l...
Saskatchewan is a public of working people with a strong foundation of Crown Corporations. From Stony Rapids to Estevan, and everywhere in between, Crowns work for us every single day; our families, our friends, our neighbours. Our Crowns embrace our social responsibility by developing a diverse workforce, supporting our communities financially and through volunteerism and investing in Saskatchewan’s future and environment. When Crowns generate revenue it is returned to each and every one of us. We see this in our schools, our roads, our hospitals, and many other areas. When the go...
It seems like more and more people around Saskatchewan are becoming concerned about the business practices of third party gas distributer, Just Energy. Only a few weeks ago, SOS Crowns brought up concerns of some SaskEnergy customers and asked Saskatchewan residents to send us information if they had been visited by this company as well. The stories came flooding in, many of which were from customers who were very upset and angry. One Regina resident explained, “the whole experience was VERY misleading. I do not appreciate being approached to switch my energy provider by a pers...
Recently, the 2011 Crown Corporation Payee Disclosure report was released, detail payments that Crowns have made to Board members, employees, suppliers, and sponsorships, among other things. The Payee Disclosure report has been a traditional tool of accountability and transparency for our Crowns. It also shows the immense reach that Crowns have within Saskatchewan, and one of the reasons that this province is a great place to live and make a living. One of the largest portions of the report is the employee compensation section for each individual Crown. Any employee that earns more than 50,000...
For decades, commercial and residential customers have had the ability to purchase natural gas through natural gas resellers, or otherwise called third-party gas distributors. Primarily it has been used by large, industrial customers with very little uptake from residential customers. Customers who choose to purchase their natural gas from a reseller are required to sign a contract that can only be created or terminated in November of each year. The confusing part for residential customers is that you still receive your regular SaskEnergy statement when you purchase gas from a reseller. These ...
Recently Premier Wall announced a cabinet shuffle and the creation of the Ministry of the Economy with the main purpose to make sure that “we can consistently implement our growth plan for the province” and to ensure the “government’s not getting in the way of growth.” With Bill Boyd now in charge of the new Economy portfolio, our question is this: will Crown Corporations be included in the province’s growth plan? For decades, Crowns have given Saskatchewan the advantage of being an affordable place to live and provides good jobs for nearly 12, 000 people.&n...
The results are beginning to roll in from our Crown Corporations about their performance and successes over the last year. It is undeniable that 2011 was an excellent year for Crowns in Saskatchewan, many posting higher profits than previous years. SaskPower posted record profits while SaskTel reached $1 billion in revenue for the sixth consecutive year.Crown Investment Corporation (CIC) predicts that 2012 will see a $273 million dividend to the provincial government, including a special dividend from SaskPower.What you might find in the fine print is that the government has increased Crown Co...
Last year the government of Saskatchewan declared that April would be recognized as “Safe Digging Month” in the province “to increase public awareness on the importance of working safely around underground infrastructure.”However, there seems to be more and more stories about gas line hits in the news than ever before. Previously, Crowns including SaskTel, SaskPower, and SaskEnergy conducted their own line locates, which have all been contracted out to a private company. Christy Best, President of CEP Local 649 who represents members at both SaskEnergy and SaskPower, sa...
Following approval from the Saskatchewan Rate Review Panel, the provincial government approved a SaskEnergy decrease yesterday that will take effect on April 1st. The average residential customer who subscribes to equalized payments will see a monthly decrease of just over $6.00 per month. SaskEnergy applied for the decrease in February stating low natural gas costs that are not expected to rise any time soon. This is the fourth consecutive price drop for the Crown Corporation....
Crown Corporations including SaskPower, SaskEnergy and the SGI Auto Fund regularly review their rates and pricing through applications to the Saskatchewan Rate Review Panel (SRRP). The Panel provides an opinion to the Government after review of these applications regarding the whether the rate change is reasonable – taking into consideration the interested of the customer, the Crown Corporation, and the public.Currently, SaskEnergy and SGI’s Auto Fund have pending applications that will be discussed in public meetings in the next month. If you are interested in attending any ...
Once again, a number of our Crown Corporations made the list for Saskatchewan's Top Employers including: -Information Services Corp. of Saskatchewan (ISC) -Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) -SaskEnergy Inc. -SaskPower Corporation -SaskTel With a total of 9,003 full-time employees between the 5 organizations, Crown Corporations play a huge role in many Saskatchewan communities. In October of last year, both SaskTel and SGI were also honoured as two of Canada's Top 100 Employers. ...
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