It's a busy year in the oil and gas industry for drilling, but Saskatchewan is making less on land sales.
April's sale of Crown petroleum and natural gas rights brought in $16.4 million. That's compared to $110 million in April of last year.
The Energy and Resources ministry says there were fewer hectares on offer for the April sale.
It adds that companies are busy drilling on what they already have -- which the ministry describes as considerable.
This sale allowed them to add to their inventory.
The David Suzuki Foundation has placed Saskatchewan and Alberta as the highest greenhouse gas emitters in the country.
In its 2012 ‘All Over the Map’ report, the organization indicates that Saskatchewan tops the list at 71 tonnes per capita with Alberta following at just over 63 tonnes per capita.
“The leadership of the Saskatchewan government has really lagged behind other provinces in the country when it comes to addressing climate change,” said Ian Bruce, climate change specialist at the David Suzuki foundation.
Thousands of new immigrants entering Canada under the revised immigration program will be required to demonstrate basic language skills, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced on Wednesday.
Speaking to a crowd in Saskatoon about changes coming to the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), Kenney said the program will provide quicker processing times for skilled immigrant workers who qualify to enter the country.
It's been a strong start to the year for the Saskatoon airport.
"Domestic traffic is up as well as our transborder, which is the US traffic, as well as our charter traffic to sun spot destinations. So all three of those sectors have increased for the first quarter of the year," said Drew Britts the chief financial officer at the Saskatoon Airport Authority.
The number of people flying in and out of Saskatoon is up close to 8 per cent for the first quarter of this year, he said.
The latest addition to the Regina city skyline -- Hill Tower three -- is almost finished, but Harvard Developments is not done building yet.
It's being called the perfect storm for business in Saskatchewan.
"We have lots of people unemployed, lots of jobs available, but they're not eligible for those jobs. They don't have the skills," said Steve McLellan, the CEO of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce.
There is no question about it, Saskatchewan has a labour shortage, he said.
Saskatchewan's oilpatch production hit the second highest levels on record last year.
Government figures show producers pumped nearly 158 million barrels in 2011 which is up by about 3 and a half million from the previous year.
This marks the second highest production - coming close to the record year of 2008, when producers pulled 161 million barrels from the ground.
The Prince Albert Pulp Mill, now under the ownership of Paper Excellence is set
to fire up the first stages of its new iteration by mid-May.
Mill general manager Dave Patterson said by May 15, the site should be ready to turn on the first of its biofuel power generators.
They’ll be testing its operation for a few weeks and, if everything goes well, they’ll hook up to the SaskPower grid to begin selling back that power.
Saskatoon is on the cusp of a becoming a major center, according to Wally Mah, president of North Ridge Development Corporation.
Mah just purchased the city’s largest industrial building, the former Lablaw’s Distribution Centre west of the Stonegate shopping area.
You'll have to buy yoga pants elsewhere in Regina.
Representatives from clothing company lululemon say they are not looking at opening a permanent store in Regina any time soon.
A public relations employee for the company says it is focusing on expanding in the U.S. at the moment.
Regina, the employee says, isn’t a priority despite high sales in a pop-up store downtown during the winter.
Edited by News Talk Radio's Karen Brownlee.