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New home construction on decline in Sask

Sometimes there’s no alternative but to tough it out.
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Making sense of fluctuating job numbers

Here we go with another big swing in the monthly job numbers. It is getting to the point where we can’t really rely on this particular metric to help us understand the current marketplace.
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Price to build on decline in Sask

There are four markets in the country where the price of building a new home is going down. Regina and Saskatoon are among them.
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Construction industry sees building permits stall

The second half of this year is going to be comparatively quieter for Saskatchewan’s construction industry.
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Ready, set, eat

People in Quebec know how to take their time and enjoy a meal. Not so much in this part of the country.
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Brace for impacts of trade tariffs

In the topsy-turvy world of international trade, we saw some interesting numbers on how tariffs are affecting both our imports and exports. They come from June, the first month where the tariffs went into effect.
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What does future hold for carbon tax?

Saskatchewan’s stand in opposition to a carbon tax earned a big checkmark this past week when the federal government announced a retooling of its tax structure for industry. Ottawa’s announcement amounts to a declaration that the whole carbon tax idea is wrong. In less than a year it is being overhauled because it effectively undermined the economic capacity of the nation.
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Tariffs impacting American firms

There’s a hidden gem in introduction of tariffs between the United States and its international trading partners. Because the U.S., is so dominant in global commerce, the tariffs are actually hitting American firms.
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Bright economic forecast for Saskatchewan

Sometimes only an economist could find this stuff.
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More Canadians choosing 'Gig Economy'

We probably should start getting used to this term – the Gig Economy – because the phrase is popping up more frequently to describe a cohort of people who like to deal with the economy in their own way.
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Injecting life in Canada's trade market

The headlines in the next week or two are going to centre on Canada’s ability to compete in global markets.
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Saskatchewan trade gets boost on GTH ruling

Global trading patterns are taking new shapes these days with the introduction of a range of tariffs by the Americans. Decisions emerging from the White House are causing everyone around the world to rethink how they approach the international marketplace.
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Economic forecasts showing consistency

We’re starting to get a little symmetry in the provincial economic forecasts flowing from the chartered banks.
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Canadian exports in Trump's crosshairs

There’s an old saying that sacred cows make the best hamburger. And more than a few sacred cows are being cooked up these days.
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Saskatchewan wholesale sector is red hot

Leading in a hot market.
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A pivot in trading patterns

It has become so clear that even the Prime Minister named a cabinet minister to look after it. The latest cabinet shuffle included a minister responsible for diversifying our trade relationships. This seems almost a no-brainer as Canada is a trading nation - we have a small population spread over a large land base and we’re extremely productive. We make far more than we can consume so we export the excess, making us the No. 1 trading nation on earth. But our list of clients is lopsided with the U.S., not surprisingly given their size, proximity and cultural similarities, taking a disproportionate amount of our goods. This is especially true in the centre and east. The west tends to look more effectively towards the Pacific Rim. Saskatchewan, interestingly, is the least reliant on the USA of all the provinces. America is still our top customer, but it accounts for a smaller share of our book of business than any other province. Because of our production of things such as potash and grain, we have strong relationships with Asia. China is our second biggest customer, and Japan is our third. And now that America is challenging our role as a supplier to that country through tariffs and by potentially ending NAFTA, the need for more emphasis on the Pacific Rim has never been more apparent. For small- and medium-sized businesses, it can be daunting to contemplate taking on China. But it really is no different than dealing with the US - it’s international and Saskatchewan is good at doing that. Tying up with some of the new arrivals – firms such as the ones populating the Global Trade and Exhibition Centre at Regina’s Global Transportation Hub can shorten the journey. These are smaller Chinese firms doing what we need to do – heading to another continent in search of opportunity. Partnering with them closes the distance immensely – we help them and they help us. They represent a ready solution in a world where traditional trading patterns appear to be undergoing unprecedented change.
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What to make of recent consumer spending stats

The trend on retail or consumer spending in Saskatchewan is starting to tilt towards expansion.
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It costs less than a house

We’ve been seeing a fair number of reports lately that point to Canadians harbouring a secret desire to own their own businesses.
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Who's the boss in business leadership?

Don’t count on the boss to be the ethics watchdog in your organization.
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TD Bank's SK Growth Forecast

1.6 and 1.8. Those are the percentage increases we should expect to see when tracking economic growth in the province. The figures come from the economics unit at TD Bank. The bank’s report says last year was a pleasant surprise and growth was stronger than had been anticipated. So, while this year and next year will see slightly slower expansion, the current growth in on top of last year’s performance. We can anticipate expansion of 1.6 percent this year and a further 1.8 in 2019, according to the report which highlights rising oil prices and a strong agricultural sector for the strength. We will not, the bank says, get much of a boost from the housing sector or job creation. New home starts will retract while job numbers are only starting to show some gains after a pull back. The reduction in uranium mining activity – in mining as a whole – will weigh on the province’s performance this year, but we should start to see some improvement next year and that is the reason for the slightly higher expectations in 2019.
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Saskatchewan job vacancies

There’s a mix of indicators that give us some insight into the condition of the job or labour market in our economy. One is the Employment Survey – we often call it the unemployment rate measure – and another is based on vacancies. The number of jobs going unfilled provides an indicator of how employers are creating or eliminating jobs and the talent available to fill any openings. The latest vacancy rating we have is from the first quarter of the year so it is a bit behind the job numbers….nonetheless, it gives us a hint about which direction things are going. And this report says employers were adding jobs compared the last quarter of 2017. There were 11-percent more job vacancies in Q1. That suggests new positions being created and the big expansion was in construction followed by transportation and warehousing. Professional and Scientific positions also jumped while administration positions and the wholesale sector saw vacancies decline. In these fields it meant they were finding workers to fill spots. And for the first tie we had a region on the top 10 list of areas with the fewest vacancies….that was Yorkton-Melville which stood at #6 in Canada.
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No pay rise in 2 years? Time to look for a new job?

If you're working in an office environment take look around, if one in seven of your coworkers is not looking for a new job you are.
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Greystone purchased by TD Bank

Saskatchewan’s importance as a financial centre went up this week. This province’s leading financial asset management firm – Greystone – announced it had been purchased by TD Bank. The deal, which officially closes later in the year, will be felt in a few places. First of all, the company’s employees hold the largest block of shares in the firm so there will be a lot more personal wealth in the province as the transaction price is just under $800 million. It’s a reminder to all of us that creating a company and doing well can be rewarding. Another significant shareholder group is the pension funds owned by teachers in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Their share of the purchase price will be in the neighborhood of 20-percent of the total value. The firm will stay in Regina and be called TD Greystone and the buyer says they plan to grow its asset base….Greystone is a top tier performer operating from a Regina base and the bank wants it not only to stay that way but to see it deliver that performance to a wider client list and more assets. That will result in more jobs in the firm’s offices, especially its headquarters in Regina.
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Farewell Greyhound

We’ve got a volume problem. Greyhound’s decision to abandon Western Canada pretty much vindicates the government decision to pull the plug on STC. Clearly there is no market for a bus service in a region where the distances are large and the population is thin. Years ago, Saskatchewan boasted a rail passenger service between Regina and Saskatoon. Low passenger counts brought about its demise. Now the same fate has affected bus service. Back when SouthWest Airlines in the US and then WestJet in Canada got started, they very vocally said they were doing short hauls and pricing the trips to compete directly with buses. Simply put, they wanted bus passengers to move iup to jet travel. And it has succeeded. The airlines are seeing passenger counts grow while buses are becoming extinct. This speaks to an underlying problem in this province, though. It’s our low population. Yes, we’ve grown but even major US air carriers have all but given up on us….simply because we don’t have enough people to fill seats.
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US - Canadian Trade Tariffs Kick In

Now that tariffs are starting to hit selected products imported to Canada from the US in retaliation for the American tariffs on steel and aluminum, we are starting to pay attention to value of trade between us and our trading partners. We exported $48 billion worth of stuff in May and we imported $49 billion. So we have a trade deficit with the world….buying more than we’re selling. And the biggest piece of that deficit is with the US… They sell us $3.8 billion more than we sell them. And that gap is growing …the previous months were $3.7 billion and $3.3 billion. Now Canada has responded with tariffs of our own so in the coming weeks we will begin seeing the price of selected imported good going up….basically we will be paying more. The idea is to discourage us from buying those goods – or if we do we pay a premium which can be used to offset job losses or lost business income. So it might feel good that we’re whacking the US….but on this file, we actually whacking ourselves to move us to different suppliers like China or Europe …and punish the US for its tariffs.
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SK Job Numbers Rebound

The challenges with Statistics Canada’s job numbers don’t want to go away. The latest figures were released on Friday showing Saskatchewan with one of the strongest performances in the country – generating 8,300 new positions in the past month. So, first the monthly number. For several months now we’ve been getting erratic or big swings on a month-to-month basis – certainly bigger swings than you’d expect in this economy. A gain of 8,300 in June, a reduction of 2.100 in May, 4,900 fewer in April and an increase of 4.200 in March….thousands of jobs coming and going each month. And, all the while the year-over-year figure remains almost unchanged… suggesting the survey tool being used to collect this data is getting distorted. But if we accept the figures for last month, we saw positives all over the place. Not only did we create 8,300 new jobs, the biggest gain in half a decade, full-time was up 12,000 and part-time declined. The overall labor pool – that’s the number of people available for work – rose by 6,000 and the unemployment rate fell by half a percentage point.
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RBC: Homeownership only for the frugal or wealthy?

Its almost like they’re ganging up on prospective home buyers in this country. First, there were the tightened rules for mortgages. The idea was to cool some of the overheated markets – places like Toronto and Vancouver. And now, interest rates have begun to rise making home ownership even more costly. And we even have some forecasters suggesting we could see three, four or even five more rate hikes in the coming year. All of this is starting to show up in the quarterly Affordability Index prepared by RBC Royal Bank. They say these trends are something of a mixed bag. The tighter rules are actually helping pricing in Toronto making them more affordable but Vancouver is still seeing home values increase and less affordable. In Saskatchewan, the bank says the issue is soft demand and excess supply. It has left the market in what the bank calls ‘Neutral’ meaning affordability – which measures home prices against incomes – almost unchanged for three years now. Saskatoon has a rating of 33 % which means the average home takes one-third of the average income while in Regina it’s a couple points lower. Source:  http://www.rbc.com/economics/economic-reports/pdf/canadian-housing/house-jul2018.pdf
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Saskatchewan's Recession Risk

A study of the impact a carbon tax would have on the provincial economy suggests we would see a contraction of more than two percent. That is more than enough to put us into recession. The latest forecasters to issue their outlook for the province are at BMO Bank of Montreal. They say we can expect the economy to grow by 1.5 percent this year….and a further 1.9 percent next year. Neither of those forecasts is strong enough to offset the study’s projection of the drag of a carbon tax. The BMO report has the province is middle range of the provinces this year and in the top three next year. Only BC and Alberta are expected to do marginally better than us next year. Job numbers will start to grow again this year after a couple of down years but new home starts will not move much. And the province’s public debt will rise to 15-percetn of GDP. That will put us in third place behind Alberta and BC but well ahead of central Canada….Ontario is 38% and Quebec at 43.
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CIBC: Canadians fail to see the points...

If you’re like most Canadians, you probably have half a dozen or more credit and loyalty cards that are accumulating points. But are you planning on using them? That’s the key premise of a survey by CIBC. They polled Canadians to find that about three-quarters of us are gathering or collecting points that are really ‘about the same as cash’ but were not doing much about converting them from points to value. About half of us saying we’re aimlessly collecting points while almost 40-percent say they rarely redeem or cash them in. On average, we have a primary credit card with about 50,000 points on it. That’s enough for a couple short haul flights and, as you’d expect, the bank is encouraging people to think about redeeming them for fear of missing an opportunity. But there is another side to this equation. That’s the fact that credit card companies, airlines and the like owe you for those points. So they’re carrying huge liabilities on their balance sheets and they’d like to see that reduced….in other words, they’d like you to cash them in.
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Seeding: Farmers opt for wheat over soybean, canola remains unchanged.

This is not the final report but it does provide a fairly good indication of how farmers went about making their seeding decisions this year with many entering the season with drought-like conditions .
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Gauging Saskatchewan's economic growth

The economics unit at RBC Royal Bank continues to be among the most bullish on Saskatchewan’s outlook.
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Where does your hourly wage rank?

This is the kind of stuff guidance counsellors can use.
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Saskatchewan landlords share optimistic outlook

Despite what some see as a grim outlook, landlords are more upbeat right now than they were last year.
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Saskatchewan manufacturing flexing muscle

Saskatchewan’s manufacturing sector continues to exhibit its strength.
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New vehicle sales hitting higher gear

If you have a friend who sells cars, you’ve probably noticed their outlook on the world is improving.
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Trade & Exhibition Centre taking shape

The first tenant has been given the keys to their unit at the Global Trade and Exhibition Centre, which is found just outside Regina.
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World's richest uranium found in Saskatchewan

We’ve always known the Athabasca Basin is pretty special – it has produced a handful of uranium mines that stood out as world class. But now it has been recognized by an industry publication as the globe’s richest.
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Canadians getting the message about personal debt

The average Canadian may be starting to heed the advice we’ve been hearing for months now - start trimming the amount of debt you’re carrying.
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What Saskatchewan's population trend is telling us

Saskatchewan’s population continues to grow, but the pace of expansion is slowing noticeably.
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Breaking down Canada's minimum wage earners

A lot of attention has been devoted to minimum wage rates in Canada as some provinces have begun to push rates up quickly to as much as $15 an hour.
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Workplace safety message top of mind

This is Charter Signing Day.
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Saskatchewan a week early on Tax Freedom Day

It was Tax Freedom Day in Canada over the weekend. But here in Saskatchewan, it was actually about a week earlier.
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Making sense of labour force stats

After months of inconsistency in the Labour Force survey results, StatsCan has revamped the way it reports employment numbers.
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Gig Generation changing workforce trends

They’ve coined the phrase the Gig Generation.
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Good news for Saskatchewan construction sector

There are hints of a bit of a turnaround in Saskatchewan’s construction sector.
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Yard, home renovations top to-do list in Saskatchewan

With the warm weather upon us, we’re working in our yards and making improvements around the place. But not all Canadians are doing that, apparently.
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Losses adding up for Canada's television industry

Canada’s television industry has been cutting costs but not fast enough.
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New housing construction sees decline

Matching supply and demand can be a challenge for people in business. Too much of a gap in either direction can cause shortages and price jumps or excesses which undermine pricing.
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Apprentice programs see declining enrolment

The curve tracking the number of people signing up for apprenticeship programs appears to have peaked.
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More challenges face today's job seekers

Getting a job – a good job – is not as easy as it used to be. Or it might be better.
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Farm operation getting more expensive

The cost of running a farm in Saskatchewan is chipping away at profit levels.
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Saskatchewan facing potential economic challenges

There seems to be a bit of a mood change going on in Saskatchewan.
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Making cents in the business world

Sometimes the world of business and finance can be complicated or just plain hard to understand for real people. Accounting and tax rules are getting more complex, making it even more difficult for the average person to understand.
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Death and access

Death and access: It’s the $380,000 question.
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A new one per cent

Everyone in business dreams of coming up with that next big idea. After all, that’s why they went into business in the first place, to take a better mousetrap to market.
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Consumer spending in Saskatchewan stalled

Spending by consumers in Saskatchewan slowed in March.
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Saskatchewan's manufacturing picking up the slack

Saskatchewan’s manufacturing sector continues to flex its muscles.
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Innovation investment lost on small business owners

Innovation is not a particularly big priority for most small business owners.
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Good news for home buyers, not sellers, in Saskatchewan

This is a bit of a push-and-pull affair.
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Consumer trend reveals auto sales slow in Saskatchewan

Consumer spending patterns are showing some early signs of change.
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Saskatchewan employment rate rides roller coaster

It’s getting harder to discern a trend in Saskatchewan’s employment situation. 
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Wine outpacing beer in Saskatchewan liquor sales

When we talk about liquor consumption in Saskatchewan it tends be in connection with our inordinately high impaired driving statistics. That tends to create the impression that we drink more than the rest of the country. But the numbers on booze purchasing suggest we’re headed in the other direction.
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Real estate value in Saskatchewan sees big jump

Real estate, especially residential property, is one of those basic or foundation assets in an economy. For most people and families, it represents the single biggest investment in their lives and the primary source of wealth.
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Martin Charlton Proud Sponsor of IABC Conference

IABC Regina is hosting the 2018 Dare to Lead conference May 25 - 27, 2018.
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Saskatchewan's trade deficit balloons

All the noise about the railroads and grain movement appear to have had the desired effect.
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Canadian home buyers not deterred by rising interest rates

What goes up must come down, and vice versa.
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Saskatchewan's economic growth better than expected

We now have the official economic growth numbers for 2017. It usually takes a few months for StatsCan to put together its assessment and, while it might be subject to some adjustments down the road, this is the one that will go down in the record books.
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Retaining head offices in Saskatchewan is a challenge

One of the topics that gets talked about in business circles is how we attract and retain head offices. For a province like Saskatchewan, this can be challenging as we have a long list of strong players. However, we’re in a small market and often large national or international players will buy up our best and brightest firms.
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Developers take cautious approach to new building

Many sectors in Saskatchewan are riding the backside of the wave of growth we saw through much of the past decade. One notable example is industrial real estate.
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Seeding value projections offer a shakeup

This is going to be the year of coarse grains.
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Consumer spending in Saskatchewan on the rise

There was a little zip in our step in February when we were headed to the local malls.
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Report shows employment growth nationally

Now that we’re into the second quarter of the year, we’re starting to get some more detailed numbers on how the economy performed last year and some of the implications for that activity.
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Wascana Park already home to commercial activity

The CAVE dwellers – Citizens Against Virtually Everything – are back at it. This time it’s about a development in Wascana Park.
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Outlook of Saskatchewan's economy, according to major banks

Two more major banks have issued their quarterly updates on the outlook for the Saskatchewan economy. Both are among the least upbeat about our prospects.
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Manufacturing leads the way

One of the few segments of the provincial economy that has been showing considerable strength and expansion in recent years is manufacturing. Last year, for example, revenues generated by this sector rose more than 12-percent. That was the best performance by an of the larger elements of the provincial economy…the wholesale sector saw growth of 7 percent and exports rose about 8 percent by comparison. In real terms, sales for manufacturers were almost $16 billion. And this year looks to be even better. The latest figures show monthly sales of $1.4 billion for both January and February. At this pace, the sector could see revenues touching $17 billion which will result in more hiring and job creation. The wild card facing this industry right now is the threat of tariffs and a trade war. Even since the US President announced plans for steel tariffs, for example, farm machinery makers in this province have seen increased uncertainty from speciality steel suppliers who say they really can’t offer their customers solid pricing ….meaning manufacturers can’t establish prices for their customers, putting sales in jeopardy.
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Are other investors missing opportunities? Vermillion Energy moves on Spartan Energy

If you subscribe to the theory of buy low, sell high, a transaction this week probably caught your attention.
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Will RBC's View of Saskatchewan Growth be Proved Correct?

The analysts are now offering some insights into the provincial budget tabled last week.
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New housing construction in Saskatchewan cities stalled

Home builders in Saskatchewan are heading to the sidelines for a while as they wait for the market to perk up.
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Saskatchewan budget easier to digest

Compared to the provincial budget of a year ago, the one delivered in the Legislature on Tuesday was much kinder and gentler. If you buy or sell used cars or new appliances, you’ll see a difference on the PST. Though everything else is relatively untouched.
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Accurately assessing the labour force in Saskatchewan

The relationship between employers and members of the labour force continues to be a ‘steady as she goes’ situation in Saskatchewan. Depending on the metric you look at, the job market is either flat or is exhibiting slight upward momentum.
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Saskatchewan rallies to support Humboldt

That place or sense of place we call community took on a heightened meaning this past weekend.
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Saskatchewan housing market, affordability could change

One of the by-products of a relatively quiet residential real estate market is affordability.
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Saskatchewan farmers may get caught in potential trade war

With the possibility of an all-out trade war between the world’s two largest economies growing increasingly possible, economies like Saskatchewan’s, which rely heavily on trading activity, are playing close attention.
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Diverse skillset carries competitive advantage

The age of working for one company or organization your entire life and then retiring with a gold watch is long gone. It has been for a while, as today’s workers face the reality of changing careers several times in a lifetime of work.
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Weekly wage earnings in Saskatchewan on the rise

Employers in Saskatchewan are rapidly closing in on a new milestone.
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Good news for Saskatchewan's resale housing market

We should expect to see some strength in the residential resale market in this province as we move through this year and next.
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Consumer spending malaise, not the full picture.

Consumers in this province showed a little gusto in January.
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Immigration and Babies ensure population Growth

One of the more interesting non-economic measures of how the provincial economy is performing is population.
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TD Canada Trust value Saskatchewan's Ag Outlook

Another of the major banks has issued its update on the outlook for the provincial economy. And this is probably evidence that not all economists think alike or, as one wag once said, it you put all the economists in the world end-to-end, it would come to no conclusion.
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Restaurant Sales Down 

Business owners in the restaurant trade have had their work cut out for them this winter. Food costs have been rising. The usual winter challenges of importing fresh produce always leads to higher prices but the falling Canadian dollar has made imports even more expensive which, in turn, has led to higher menu prices.
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Saskatchewan's Financial Hotspot

For those of us who are characterized as being in the economic nerd category, we tend to look at some of the more minute details of how our provincial economy is built….which industry is biggest and so on. If you do that, you’ll find that the province and, more specifically Regina, has a very strong financial sector.
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Manufacturing Growth Continues

The month of January was a solid one for this province’s manufacturing sector.
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Saskatchewan will lead the way - RBC

The economists at RBC Royal Bank have reaffirmed their view that Saskatchewan will lead the nation in economic growth this year.
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Sask Car Sales Steady

Consumer spending patterns as we entered the new year can best be described as steady and sure.
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People in Saskatchewan appear to be doing well financially.

 
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Can Ryan Meili lead the NDP out of the political wilderness?

Third time was the charm for newly minted NDP leader Ryan Meili when he won the NDP leadership convention last weekend in Regina. The NDP contest was between Regina MLA Trent Wotherspoon and Saskatoon based Meili. This was the third time running for the leadership for Meili and the second time for Wotherspoon.
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How much are Marijuana users paying in SK?

In the run up to the legalization of marijuana for recreational use this summer, this has become a significant business story as well as a legal and cultural one.
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The Problem with the Labour Force Survey

Trying to assess the state of the employment market by relying solely on the monthly unemployment numbers can leave your report card with some big holes. The monthly figures are built from a survey - they call it the Labour Force Survey – and it comes complete with all the problems of surveys….sometimes they are skewed.
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Housing starts in Regina ahead of last year's mark

The new home construction market in the province is charting some new directions.
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Trade deals crucial to Saskatchewan economy

The importance of trade agreements has probably never been more evident than it is right now.
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How Saskatchewan cities rank for commuting time

We’re no more than seven minutes away.
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Canadians warm to TFSA, unclear on details

As the RSP season ends, we now start thinking about filling out our tax returns for last year. And one of the tools that will increasingly show up in the process is the TFSA or Tax-Free Savings Account.
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Saskatchewan economy improving, nearing national average

One of the first economic forecasts of the year was recently unveiled.
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Technology hasn't slowed agriculture's trade value

The farm is far from out of touch.
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Capital spending in Saskatchewan to see a drop: Forecast

Capital spending is a key economic driver that played a big role in the expansionary period Saskatchewan went through from 2004-2014.
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Top financial advisors call Saskatchewan home

You can add a couple Saskatchewan names to the list of the Top 50 financial advisors in the country.
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Saskatchewan a world leader in mining 

Saskatchewan has claimed first and second spot.
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Saskatchewan's labour market gaining strength

The year-end figures on average weekly pay for wage earners shows Saskatchewan completed 2017 with a flourish.
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Saskatchewan bucks trend in holiday consumer spending

For retailers in most of Canada, Christmas 2017 produced a lump of coal. Saskatchewan, however, was one of the exceptions where retailers actually saw an increase in sales volumes.
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Do you know what today is? It's all about branding

Branding is a topic that might not get a lot of attention, but it’s in our faces all day, every day.
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Canadians need answer to million-dollar retirement plan question

With a blitz to get us in the mood for retirement saving ahead of the RSP deadline in a week or so, the perennial question that dogs this topic is: How much is enough?
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Profit margin shrinking in food, beverage industry

Revenues are up and profits are down.
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Saskatchewan a big player in super cluster initiative

It was in the works for months and was finally confirmed on Thursday.
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Auto sales see rise in consumer spending

The mood of consumers has been coming under scrutiny lately as retail spending has been relatively flat. But if the automotive market is any indication, consumers are feeling just fine.
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Average Canadian spends around $175 on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is one of the big four.
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January job numbers show Saskatchewan could be changing

One month does not make a trend, but the figures for employment in Saskatchewan in January were headed in a new direction.
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6 Reasons to Hire a Corporate Event Planner

Events aren’t just the big things but rather are the execution of dozens of small elements blended together to create one cohesive final product.
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Cost of building new home in Saskatoon no longer dropping

The cost of building a new house. It’s an interesting way to monitor differences in the major markets across the country.
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Saskatchewan's marijuana buyers paying less than most of Canada

It turns out marijuana in Saskatchewan and across the West is cheaper than in the east.
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While fingers point to infrastructure, labour data could also impact budget planning

Governments at all levels are preparing their budgets for the coming year and municipalities in particular are signalling noteworthy tax rates are on the horizon.
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Saskatchewan's labour market virtually unchanged through 2017

We’re now starting to get some year-end numbers on how things performed in 2017. The first and most readily available covers the labour market. In fact, we are now starting to get the first of the revisions for last year.
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Single Canadians concerned they may outlive their retirement savings

Now here’s a group you don’t hear much about -- people who will be retiring solo or single. 
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Losing NAFTA could cost Saskatchewan 36,000 jobs

The importance of trade and, more specifically trade agreements that provide some formalized structure for that type of commerce, are critical to a province like Saskatchewan, which relies so heavily on exports.
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Fewer head office jobs as oil price drops

Challenges in the commodity sector, especially oil, have been taking their toll on the number of head offices and corporate office employees in some parts of Canada.
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Canadians neglecting advice about saving for retirement

For some people, I suppose, this might be a legitimate position to take but a new survey conducted for CIBC shows that fully one-in-ten Canadians expects to fund their retirement with an inheritance.
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Canadians' marijuana use shows business potential of cannabis

There was a big win for Saskatchewan investors last week when Saskatoon-based cannabis supplier was taken over in a $1.1 billion deal.
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Saskatchewan consumers demonstrate restraint

The spending patterns of consumers in Saskatchewan look a lot like the landscape around here -- flat.
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Saskatchewan's first $1 billion deal pulled off by CanniMed Therapeutics

The marijuana business in Canada took a completely new complexion yesterday and, in the process, the biggest Saskatchewan name in the industry has been acquired by an Alberta firm.
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What wholesale numbers in November says about Saskatchewan's economy

One of the leading indicators of how the retail sector – or consumers – is performing is the wholesale trade.
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Saskatchewan company Brightenview sues CBC

Infrastructure and politics coupled with claims of racism on the part of the CBC have been mixed into a brew that has led to charges that a Saskatchewan-based company, Brightenview Development International Inc., has been defamed by Canada’s national broadcaster, according to a Statement of Claim filed in Regina court.
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Growing manufacturing industry in Saskatchewan recording strong revenue growth

2017 was a good year for the manufacturing sector in Saskatchewan. Over the course of the year, it posted positive revenue growth numbers and increased its importance to the overall economy.
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Saskatchewan farmers' assets exceed $100 billion for second year

Saskatchewan farmers were holding assets worth more than $105 billion at the end of 2016. And their equity position has never been higher.
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Value of resources has shifted dramatically in recent years

We often talk about Saskatchewan or Canada for that matter relying heavily on the resource sector pay the bills – to create jobs, wealth and tax revenue.
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November auto sales in Saskatchewan in line with recent figures

Tracking the movements of an economy has become something of a science.
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Canadians unfamiliar with higher interest rates risk difficulty ahead

That sound we hear in the distance may be a warning bell.
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CIBC forecast puts Saskatchewan in top five provinces for growth

Another of the major banks has issued its forecast for Saskatchewan's economy and while this one is not the rosiest of them all, it leans towards the high side.
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Facebook's news feed change encourages relationships over content marketing

Simon Sinek, Gair Maxwell and Ted Rubin all speak of the relationships behind the communications. Simon says focus on the why, Gair says people don’t care what you do, they care who you are and finally Ted talks of the return on relationships.
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When planning the mother of all events, these skills are crucial

Hello 2018! With a full year ahead, does your team have any events on the horizon?
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Report suggests where to look for a job in Saskatchewan

For anyone looking for a new job in Saskatchewan, the best places to start your search would be in the corridors between Saskatoon and Biggar or Moose Jaw and Swift Current.
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Saskatchewan sees spike in building permits

There was an encouraging report on the outlook for the construction sector from StatsCan this week.
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Commodity prices, including potash and oil, rebounding 

We may have turned the corner.
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Stock shortages suggested as cause of record gains

The supply and demand equation is getting some unusual attention these days as stock markets post record gains.
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Saskatchewan job numbers stay near even in 2017

It was a bit of a roller coaster ride – with some ups and some downs through the course of the year – but Saskatchewan ended the year basically where it started when counting the number of people with a job in the province.
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Home ownership in Canada most affordable in Saskatchewan

It is easier to buy a home in Saskatchewan than it has been in quite a while.
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Paying down debt primary financial goal of Canadians in 2018

It’s time to pay the piper.
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What the "The Year of Events" proved is essential when planning your 2018 event

What a year! Designing and executing 27 events in 12 cities is why our event planning team dubbed 2017 “The Year of Events”.
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Changes between U.S. and Canada story to watch in 2018

As a new year begins we often use this opportunity to review the big stories of last year and to speculate on what the big stories of the coming year will be.
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Saskatchewan inventor continues to create products

Other than players in the dryland farming industry, we don’t have too many people who list their occupation as inventor.
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Economic growth in 2018 forecast to be better than 2017

As we wind up the year, we have a new forecast on the outlook for the coming year or two…this one from the economists at BMO Nesbitt Burns, the investment division of Bank of Montreal.
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Population growth in Saskatchewan equals small city

Think of it as a new Swift Current or Yorkton.
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How a CEO’s personality shapes business

If you’ve ever worked in a place where the boss happened to show up in a grumpy mood and brought the whole organization down, you’ll understand the findings of a new study from an American university on the personality of CEOs and the corporate culture that results from it.
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5 Christmas stories that got our attention this holiday season

Right now, almost everyone's attention is on the holiday ahead. 
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CIBC issues 'Goldilock' forecast for Saskatchewan's economy

It’s interesting to get the various takes on the state of Saskatchewan's economy as seen through the eyes of the economics units at the chartered banks.
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TD Canada Trust forecasts stable growth for Saskatchewan economy

The latest bank to update its forecast for the Saskatcewan economy is TD Canada Trust. And it is somewhat less bullish than its blue competitor across the street.
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Saskatchewan sees increase in manufacturing revenues year over year

The month of October saw a bit of slowing in the manufacturing sector.
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Increase in new vehicle sales demonstrates confidence in Saskatchewan

Big ticket purchases such as new cars are continuing to demonstrate the strength we saw in a report this week suggesting Saskatchewan’s economy is doing better than expected.
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Red hot growth forecast for Saskatchewan economy by RBC Royal Bank economists

The economists at RBC Royal Bank have issued something of a smoking hot outlook for Saskatchewan
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Being educated improves job opportunities for Canadians

We often hear about the correlation between education and job prospects. But that point was driven home soundly in a report on how Canada stacks up against other OECD countries when measuring educational attainment and work.
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Regina's ISM mining information to extract value from data

There’s a new industry emerging in Saskatchewan centred on Big Data.
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Transformation to digital not improving Canadian newspapers revenues

The demise of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald, a longstanding member of Saskatchewan’s media community, is the embodiment of a bigger transformation that is gripping the traditional media.
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Net worth more than doubles for Saskatchewan families since 1999

The first sixteen years of this century have been good ones for Saskatchewan families’ pursuit of wealth.
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Good-bye Moose Jaw Times-Herald: What a community loses when its newspaper closes

When was the last time you saw a roll of film? You know, the kind you load in the back of a camera.
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Better than expected crop good news for Saskatchewan

In spite of the drought seen in many parts of southern Saskatchewan this year, farmers produced a better than expected crop this year.
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Lessons for Canada from U.S.: How policy can impact GDP growth

It’s called political risk. And it’s real.
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How to communicate with confidence during a crisis

There is a lot of interest in crises during this latter half of 2017. 
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Operating margins down for Canadian businesses as inventories, wages rise

The third quarter was not nearly as robust as the one before it when measuring economic growth across Canada.
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Fewer Saskatchewan jobs as Canada sees increase

We are starting to see some signals that the labour market is tightening up.
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Average weekly wage continues to rise in Saskatchewan

Sometimes the headlines and the rest of the story don’t match up.
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How to foretell the future of retailing using one indicator

Everyone in the business world is looking for a leading indicator – something that will help them forecast the future and guide their decision-making.
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Saskatchewan farmers ready for declines thanks to 2016 financial performance

Last year was a carbon copy of 2015 for Saskatchewan’s farm enterprises.
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Canadians say they could save hundreds more each month

This is the last week of financial literacy month, a time when the focus is placed on helping people become their own financial support team.  Topics such as saving and investing are highlighted, along with basic concept such as pay-yourself-first which means saving is the first thing to do with a pay check. Spending is second.
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A case study in Saskatchewan politics: How social media with an agenda accelerates a crisis

We have seen politicians and business leaders over the years making statements to small fringe groups, and then being surprised when what is said goes public.
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Saskatchewan families saw income grow since 2005

A vibrant private sector is probably more important in helping people overcome poverty than any government program.
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Discretionary spending at Saskatchewan's bars and restaurants holds steady

We continue to see signals that the provincial economy’s holding up well.
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Canada increasingly popular to tourists, especially Chinese visitors

The tourism industry experienced a bit of bump in September.
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U.S. government decision helps Western Canadian oil producers

Access to global markets for western Canadian oil just got a whole lot easier -- and it took a foreign jurisdiction to make that happen.
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Canadians hesitant to relocate for jobs

One of the big plays in the world of economic development is investment attraction: getting a company to relocate to your jurisdiction.
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Manufacturing growing in importance in Saskatchewan

The sales chart for Saskatchewan’s manufacturing sector would warm the heart of a banker.
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Saskatoon's CanniMed in the middle of takeover bids

A Saskatoon company has found itself in the target of a take-over bid estimated by one side at more than a half billion dollars.
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Brandt Industries planning U.S. expansion with Illinois plant

Brandt Industries, one of Saskatchewan's biggest business names, is looking to expand into the U.S. with a manufacturing plant in Illinois.
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Construction in Saskatchewan steady year over year

There’s still some volatility on a month-to-month basis but the longer term trend for construction in Saskatchewan appears to be settling in to a steady rhythm.
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IntraGrain's latest award recognizes Saskatchewan technology firm's leadership

It’s been quite a fall for Kyle Folk and the team at IntraGrain in Regina. They’ll need a new trophy case in their new headquarters building under construction in the city’s north end.
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Low uranium prices push Cameco to make difficult decision

The only cure for low prices is low prices. That old adage has been at play for some time in Saskatchewan’s resource industries.
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Slow and steady expansion of Saskatchewan's economy forecast by BMO Bank of Montreal

As we approach the end of the year, economists are now able to forecast out into 2019 with projections of how Saskatchewan’s marketplace will perform.
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How accumulating riches comes down to one simple secret

Some years back I was invited to speak to a group of teachers in Moose Jaw and joining me on the stage was a stock broker from Regina.
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How brainstorming can lead to jaw-dropping corporate events

Event planning can be daunting but here’s a trick our team uses to help us get started.
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Saskatchewan labour market contracted in October

One of the problems with looking at only one metric in isolation when measuring things such as the labour market is that it can be confusing.  October’s labour force survey or unemployment report is a case in point.
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Canada could see growth due to oil

Every now and then it is interesting to get a ‘big picture’ view of how the marketplace is performing. Are we headed up or down and how does that match up with other parts of the world?
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Labour data reveals mismatch between jobs and qualifications

The labour market in Canada is improving but there is still a bit of a mismatch between job openings and talent available to fill them.
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How well is your website telling your unique story?

How well is your story being told by your website?
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Start young when educating children about money and financial literacy

You’re never too old to learn but it sure is easier if you start early. This is Financial Literacy Month in Canada.
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Season of Halloween shaped by retailers' determination

While at least one critic in Saskatchewan has begun to bemoan the fact that Halloween is turning into a season rather than an event or a day, it is also turning into an economic engine for the retail economy.
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Professional development resources to improve your communications

At this time of year, we all seem to renew our focus on the work at hand and what we intend to accomplish.
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Pay increases demonstrate strength of Saskatchewan economy

There must be significant underlying strength in Saskatchewan’s economy because wage rates are continuing to rise -- and at a rate that is outpacing inflation.
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Wayne Clifton recognized for lifetime achievement in consulting engineering

In every community there are a few names that, while well-known, have quietly shaped or changed the landscape.
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New leader not held to agenda outlined in Saskatchewan throne speech

Given that Brad Wall’s tenure in the Premier’s office is now measured in weeks, it is a bit surprising that the government bothered with a Throne Speech to open the Legislature. 
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Translating your business pitch in a new market

When you want to expand into new markets where your primary language isn't common, having your marketing and business communication materials translated is a necessity.
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Young entrepreneurs more likely to be global exporters

Youth and globalism seem to go hand-in-hand.
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How an outside perspective can spark a communications breakthrough

We all want to be better at what we do -- to become smarter, spend less, move more quickly, and create more of an impact. 
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Spending at bars and restaurants signals end of PST protest

There have been concerns that consumers might be losing their mojo. Rising interest rates and economic uncertainty are the kinds of factors that tend to clip the wings on spending.
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2 awards in 1 week for Saskatchewan company

This is a name to watch for. After taking over the family’s electrical business which operated in the Holdfast area, Kyle Folk parlayed his knowledge of electronics and his upbringing on the farm into another business that mixed the two.
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What new vehicle sales numbers show about Saskatchewan consumers

Highways in Saskatchewan saw a big surge in shiny new vehicles this summer.
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What sharing information does to attract and convert customers

How much knowledge is too much to share with potential customers?
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Varying forecasts for Saskatchewan economy from Canada's big banks

The outlook for the Saskatchewan economy is providing some fodder for the economists at Canada’s major banks.
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How to create communications strategies and improve relationships in less time

We all want to be better at what we do -- to become smarter, spend less, move more quickly, and create more of an impact. 
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Singapore an example for Canada on supporting middle class

There is probably no more powerful individual in political circles than a majority prime minister in the parliamentary system. And that is even more pronounced when the Senate is appointed.
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HOW TELLING YOUR STORIES INVITES YOUR NETWORK TO JOIN YOUR JOURNEY

SUMMARY: Bring others up to speed on your organization’s current status by consistently sharing news about your people and their activities. The Martin Charlton Communications Newsroom journalists work with you to identify and create a volume of stories. This series of blogs explains why that matters.
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WHY YOUR WEBSITE NEEDS A NEWS BLOG

SUMMARY: Bring others up to speed on your organization’s current status by consistently sharing news about your people and their activities. The Martin Charlton Communications Newsroom journalists work with you to identify and create a volume of stories. This series of blogs explains why that matters.
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HOW NEWS STORIES BOOST YOUR PUBLICITY, MARKETING AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS

SUMMARY: Bring others up to speed on your organization’s current status by consistently sharing news about your people and their activities. The Martin Charlton Communications Newsroom journalists work with you to identify and create a volume of stories. This series of blogs explains why that matters.
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HOW TO THINK LIKE A JOURNALIST TO TELL YOUR STORIES

SUMMARY: Bring others up to speed on your organization’s current status by consistently sharing news about your people and their activities. The Martin Charlton Communications Newsroom journalists work with you to identify and create a volume of stories. This series of blogs explains why that matters.
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Why key messages during media interviews matter to journalists

Journalists are on the hunt for interesting stories and engaging personalities each and every day.
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Job vacancies signals better times ahead in Saskatchewan

 There may be a signal that Saskatchewan's labour market is turning with more job openings available to prospective workers.
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Small business confidence down as corporate tax changes proposed

There’s a famous comedy act about timing. Getting it right is the key to success. Get it wrong and your effort turns out to be a dud.
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What value buying social media followers offers

Should you buy followers for your social media accounts? 
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Outgoing Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall outspoken about Canada

In the weeks since Brad Wall announced his departure from politics in a few months, he’s become a lot more outspoken on his Twitter and Facebook accounts.
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Renewed interest in house construction in Saskatchewan

It’s not universal, but the bulk of Saskatchewan’s construction industry is riding a wave of renewed investment by property owners.
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Free tools and resources for communications professionals

At this time of year, we all seem to renew our focus on the work at hand and what we intend to accomplish.
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Giving thanks for a column by Ron Petrie

Over the past weekend of Canadian Thanksgiving many of us take time to pause and reflect on the things we are thankful for.
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Saskatchewan creates more full-time jobs in September

The number of people holding a job in Saskatchewan last month did not change. But the unemployment rate did.
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When telling your story needs journalism rather than content creation

Creating content or telling stories? There is a difference and it’s for this reason we hire journalists for our Newsroom.
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TransCanada Pipelines' Energy East decision reveals split in Canada

The decision by TransCanada Pipelines to throw in the towel on Energy East is much more than a business or economic decision.
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TD Bank takes dim view of Saskatchewan's anticipated economic performance

There is some interesting divergence appearing among the private sector economists who forecast provincial economic performance.
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How to overcome your fear of negativity on social media

If concerns about negativity are holding you back from using social media for your business, Dan Gold, Martin Charlton Communications' Director of Digital Strategy gives some advice that he recently shared with some small business owners .
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How to draft a holding statement to communicate in a crisis

Today we were in front of a great group of communicators in Saskatoon sharing some insight into crisis communications. 
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More than half of foreign investment in Canada by Americans

It turns out Americans owns a bigger piece of Canada than we originally thought.
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Housing more affordable in Saskatchewan cities than Canada's biggest cities

The quarterly update on housing affordability in this country shows Saskatchewan on a different track than we’re seeing in the major cities of Vancouver and Toronto.
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5 elements to consider when deciding to plan your crisis communications

A crisis can occur anytime, anywhere and it often occurs when least expected and when staff is least prepared to respond.
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Labour data explains Saskatchewan workforce  

When economists and policy makers look for indicators on how the marketplace is operating, they have a range of reports and data to pick from, but they can also combine reports to get a general flavor for big picture trends.
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Inflation rising in Saskatchewan

Over the past decade or two, we’ve had a couple thorough assessments of the Saskatchewan's taxation system.
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5 tips for making better videos for your business

Are you interested in making videos for your business or organization? Have you tried, but weren't satisfied with how they turned out? Dan Gold, Martin Charlton Communications' Director of Digital Strategy, has some tips to help. 
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Pace of population growth up again in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan has pretty much gained a new Swift Current.
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Saskatchewan's restaurant, bar spending out of the norm in July

Saskatchewan produced an interesting anomaly in July. We trimmed back our spending at bars and restaurants.
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Saskatchewan's income growth unmatched during boom years

We all know that Saskatchewan had a very impressive growth cycle lasting a decade from roughly 2005 to 2015. But sometimes it is difficult to understand just how that spurt stacked up to other regions and how it moved us in terms of interprovincial comparisons.
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How to hire for communications within a tight budget

Not long ago, Paul talked about the second New Year.
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Saskatchewan turns heads with July wholesale figures

The month of July was a big one for Saskatchewan's wholesale sector.
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Proposed corporate tax changes protested by business owners

It’s not every day that the suits grab picket signs and march down the street.
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School trustees' conference brings out C.A.V.E. dwellers

In the political and public relations game, it’s called low hanging fruit. It’s also called a cheap shot because it plays on our basest instincts of jealousy.
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Saskatchewan's dominance in agriculture attracting global attention

Sometimes you have a better perspective from a distance.
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Trucks, SUVs popular in Saskatchewan where sales are growing

An increasing number of motor vehicle owners in Saskatchewan updated their units in July. Numbers for the month have just been released.
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Protectionism of Canada's provinces impacting internal trade: Statistics Canada

The challenges of regionalism in Canada are well known.
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Housing starts in Saskatchewan trending upward after slower period

After a couple years of tough sledding, the home building industry in Saskatchewan has regained its footing.
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Impact of drought in Saskatchewan appears in economic forecast

The drought in some parts of the province has made its first appearance in an economic forecast for Saskatchewan.
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Russians get afternoon off to bump up the population

This is the day to make a baby for Mother Russia.
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What employment numbers said about Saskatchewan in August

The monthly employment numbers from Statistics Canada showed Saskatchewan was about average in August. Some categories saw us improve, others backed up a bit.
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How high will the Canadian dollar go as interest rates climb?

For the longest time it seemed like interest rates would never move. Then, without much notice, they’ve moved twice in a short period of time and further moves are expected, perhaps as early as next month.
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Interesting change beginning for Canadian interest rates

The Bank of Canada took the hawkish approach yesterday when it raised its overnight rate.
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Proposed corporate tax changes could push professionals to leave Canada

The push back federal politicians have been getting on proposed changes to corporate taxes for small businesses has finally been acknowledged by the Prime Minister.
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What this 'knight in shining velvet sweat pants' teaches us about mentoring

It is often at the end of the school year that we think about the impact that our teachers had on our lives.
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Signs that Canadian economy gaining strength

There are a host of signals telling us the Canadian economy has turned on the after-burners.
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Entrepreneurs solving world problems

After feeding 700 million meals – the equivalent of 20 for every Canadian – to Syrian refugees and saving millions in food distribution costs for the United Nations, Murad Al-Katib has concluded that it will be entrepreneurs who will solve the world’s problems. (L to R - Brent Loucks, host of The Brent Loucks Show at AM 650 CKOM, Murad Al-Katib of AGT Foods and Ingredients and Keith Moen of the North Saskatoon Business Association.) Speaking at a North Saskatoon Business Association event on entrepreneurship in Saskatoon, Al-Katib – who earned both the Business Peace Prize and Global Entrepreneur of the Year awards – said that’s what entrepreneurs do. They identify and then solve problems.
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Hurricane Harvey: Planning your crisis communications before natural disaster strikes

Hurricane Harvey has reminded us all about the importance of planning for natural disaster.
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Soft landing expected for Canada's housing market

Yes, Virginia there is a soft landing. That’s the bottom line of a new and detailed analysis of Canada’s housing market prepared by the economics branch at TD Bank.
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Fewer in Saskatchewan receiving employment insurance benefit payouts

We’ve been watching a fairly steady and uneventful labor market in Saskatchewan for months.
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Increases in resale values of houses slowing in Saskatchewan

A couple years ago a caller to a talk show was complaining that the price of homes in Saskatchewan was moving up so fast they were out of reach of young people.
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Operating margins and corporate profits raise interesting questions for business owners

With the banks delivering their quarterly financial results this week, the topic of profits and how much is enough is quite timely.
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Online shopping growing, but still small part of retail economy

Volumes at retail outlets in this province seem to be on auto-pilot.
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Future for manufacturing unclear to TD economists

They’re calling it a summer speedbump. The manufacturing sector in Canada and, in Saskatchewan, has been chugging along a solid pace, providing much needed support to the broader economy.
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Sask. wholesale revenues exceed $2 billion in June

The softer summer wholesaling season turned up as expected in June, although the decline was lower than experts had been forecasting.
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Hog production growing in Canada as beef withdraws

The traditional terminology would have been mixed farming where a producer had income from both crop and livestock production. But, in recent years, farmers have become much more specialized as operations grew in size.
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Increase in Saskatchewan manufacturing revenues greater than national average

One of the sectors that has been showing quite well in Saskatchewan lately is manufacturing. Plants producing things such as farm machinery have been pushing out product to meet global demand.
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Race for Saskatchewan Party leadership gives candidates little time

With the resignation of Premier Brad Wall, the Saskatchewan Party leadership campaign has started to pick up.
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Self-sufficient post-secondary students more confident about financial decisions

There’s just no substitute for doing it yourself. Pride of accomplishment can be a powerful tool in confidence building.
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Saskatchewan baseball fans eager for Andrew Albers' start with Seattle Mariners

Just a few months ago, Andrew Albers found himself in the middle of the classroom at John Paul II high school in North Battleford.
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What Saskatchewan political parties gain from social media videos

As you know, our current premier, Brad Wall, announced he is leaving politics once a new leader is chosen for the Saskatchewan Party.
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New home costs down in Saskatoon, slightly up in Regina

When we look at the housing market in Saskatchewan, we look at just that – the provincial market. Sometimes, it is helpful to see how we stack up in Canada so we can put local trend developments into context.
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Inspiring confidence in Saskatchewan a highlight of Brad Wall's legacy as premier

Trying to assess a decade of work as Premier in one minute is a bit daunting.
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Replacing Brad Wall as Saskatchewan Party leader

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall announced his retirement from politics this week. It looks like there will be a healthy race to replace Wall and not the coronation that he received from the last Saskatchewan Party leadership outing.
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Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall's timing of his departure from politics

Today Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall announced his retirement as Premier. Although the last provincial election was just a year and four months ago, people should not be overly surprised at the announcement.
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TRANSCRIPT: Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall announces departure from politics

Here is a full transcription of the live announcement Saskatchewan's premier, Brad Wall, made on Facebook about his departure from politics. (The original video is below.) 
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How will you prepare for second New Year?

There’s a saying in southern Saskatchewan that summer is over when the Regina fair closes down.
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Economist predicts strong growth for Canada

In a remarkably upbeat report on the outlook for the Canadian economy, a prominent economist is offering a somewhat different angle on where we’re headed.
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Student summer jobs up in Canada

The month of July was rather uneventful when it comes to employment numbers in Saskatchewan.
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Saskatchewan destination for Filipino immigrants

Several decades ago when policy makers began to recognize the need for increased immigration as family sizes in this country were declining, Saskatchewan found it difficult to attract foreigners to take up residency in this province.
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Direct flights to Phoenix from Regina continue

The seasonal direct, non-stop flights to Phoenix served up by WestJet are on this winter.
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ATM celebrated for 50 years of service

This is the 50th birthday of the ATM, the automated teller that changed the way we did our banking.
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Buying an empty nest

Parents looking to experience that empty nest feeling are willing to pay for it.
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A rise in consumer spending

There is no sign of a let up in the gusto being exhibited by consumers in this part of the world.
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Top-selling books in Saskatchewan

Looking for a good read this summer? 
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Bank of Canada interest rate move signals new direction

It took seven years – a lot longer than many had expected – but the Bank of Canada has finally moved its benchmark interest rate.
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Saskatchewan rail cars privatized with no protest

When the Saskatchewan budget came down this spring, virtually all the attention given to Crown closures centred on STC, the bus company. But there was another corporation that found itself in a similar situation – the railcar corporation.
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Saskatchewan workforce experienced tough June

The labour market in Saskatchewan had a tough month in June. There were 1,900 fewer people holding a job compared to May and it was about 1,700 below the level set a year ago.
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What U.S. foreign ownership means for trade talks with Canada

A debate over trade talks – notably the possibility of reopening the NAFTA agreement – has followed the election of Donald Trump as US President leaving many in Canada talking about how closely tied the two economies are.
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Housing more affordable in Saskatchewan

The quarterly assessment of housing affordability in Canada is something of a mixed bag. Rising prices in Toronto are skewing the national market as affordability gets more challenging.
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Business ownership seen as job security by Canadians

There’s a new kind of job security emerging with entrepreneurship growing in appeal.
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How one introvert networks

It’s all about the questions.
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New Saskatoon office for Martin Charlton Communications

Dan has moved to a new location in downtown Saskatoon. Stop by to say hello!
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Agriculture in Saskatchewan rapidly changing

The on-going release of information on the state of agriculture gleaned from last year’s census is painting a picture of an industry that is changing rapidly and not a business captured by tradition.
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7 stories of Canadians the world should know

If you want to get to know Canada, you need to get to know its people.
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Service sector benefits from lower Canadian dollar

Conventional wisdom suggests that the declining Canadian dollar is good for exports and hard on imports as they become more expensive.
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Another bank forecasts growth for Saskatchewan economy

Another major bank has added its voice to the chorus of economists predicting that Saskatchewan has emerged from the economic downturn.
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Use summer vacation to become better in business

One of the problems many people in business face is their inability to turn it off.
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How inflation in the 1980s impacts Saskatchewan today

If you’re more than 50 years old, you might remember hearing about something called inflation.
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Lower auto sales drag down Saskatchewan retail revenues

Changes to sales taxes in Saskatchewan's budget took some of the wind out of the retail community’s sails in April.
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Risk and reward: How telling her story paid off 

Rachel Mielke got a big opportunity -- one that would cost her $10,000 to seize -- but she saw the potential for a huge pay-off for taking the risk.
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Saskatchewan farmers net worth rising

Every couple of weeks Statistics Canada released a round of data on agriculture drawn from last year’s census. The latest one looks at farm balance sheets across the country.
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Economic momentum drawing people to Saskatchewan

The new population figures that came out a few days ago are signaling an important development in the Saskatchewan economy.
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Why difficult budget doesn't doom Saskatchewan Party

This week the Angus Reid Institute came out with a poll on Saskatchewan politics.
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Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce up for award

It sounds a bit like a championship final in lacrosse – Saskatchewan and Georgia going head-to-head – but this time it’s Chamber versus Chamber.
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Growth forecast for Saskatchewan economy

A mid-year economic forecast on Saskatchewan’s performance shows a marked improvement over the last report three months ago.
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PST impact on new vehicle sales in Saskatchewan

Changes to the PST contained in the Saskatchewan budget caused consumers to rethink their buying decisions when it came to new cars.
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Rain needed by Saskatchewan farmers

You could hear the sigh of relief in many parts of the province over the past day or two as a long awaited rain covered a big swath of Saskatchewan.
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Job numbers steady in Saskatchewan

After a couple months of relatively large swings, the job numbers for May in Saskatchewan were quite steady.
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Saskatchewan food innovation inspires world's entrepreneurs

When Regina’s Murad Al-Katib walked to the stage in Monaco last week to accept his award as the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year, his acceptance speech was a little unconventional. 
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Why an early UK election failed to pay off

Every poll indicated that the government with a new leader would be returned to office with a strong and safe majority if the election were to be held now rather than at the set election date.
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Regina home to world's best entrepreneur

The world's best entrepreneur this year -- Murad Al-Katib, founder of SaskCan Pulse and Alliance Grain Traders -- calls Regina home.
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New home pricing pushed down in Saskatchewan

Buying a new house in Saskatchewan is getting slightly cheaper.
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Construction investment in Saskatchewan getting back on track

Investment in new construction has begun to regain its footing in Saskatchewan.
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How values focus your crisis communications

Crisis communications can be the most rewarding work that we do here at Martin Charlton Communications.
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Saskatchewan's trade balance and NAFTA

Saskatchewan is a trading province and, while we devote relatively little attention to the volume of imports and exports in this region, the fact that we rely so heavily on foreign buyers makes the trade balance an important metric.
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What lower commodity prices did to Saskatchewan incomes

We now have some information on the significance of the commodity price declines two years ago on income levels in the province.
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When life in the bubble gets awkward

We’re all in our own bubbles.
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Construction investment pulls back in Saskatchewan

The development community started the year quite cautiously. Investment in every category was behind the pace we saw a year ago.
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Fewer renovations for Sask homeowners

This is going to be the year of the renovation.
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Sask optimistic: Discretionary spending up

The tracking of consumer sentiment is big business in the world of business.
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Winning story out of Saskatchewan

At this time next week, Regina’s Murad Al-Katib will be in Monaco, representing Canada as our nominee at the global Entrepreneur of the Year awards.
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Put a pilot in charge of innovation

For boards of directors and shareholders in general, finding the right CEO is not only an important job, it’s a challenging one.
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How Andrew Scheer won the Conservative leadership

This past Saturday, the Conservative Party of Canada selected Regina Qu’Appelle Member of Parliament Andrew Scheer as its new leader -- to the surprise of more than a few people.
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Changing population of Sask

Twenty years ago one of the big issues influencing the economy of Saskatchewan was something called the ‘hollowed out’ population.
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How the Saskatchewan Party can stop the slide

A new poll should serve as a wake-up call to the Saskatchewan Party. 
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Average weekly earnings up in Sask

Once a month we get a snapshot of wage rates in this country. StatsCan compares the performance of wage-earning workers in each province to offer some insight into how the regions are performing within the national umbrella.
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Good year on the farm

Agriculture in Saskatchewan could be called the quiet contributor.
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Home construction finds balance

Have you ever driven through a new neighborhood, a place where new houses are under construction, and wondered, 'How much do we spend on housing in Saskatchewan?'
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Sask. economy rebounding

The economic rebound in Saskatchewan is taking hold.
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Preparing ahead of a crisis

When crisis hits, you want to be ready.
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New TV show ZERO launched

Yesterday was a big day for Safe Saskatchewan as the red carpet was rolled out for guests arriving at Access Communications to watch the premiere episode of ZERO, a new TV series that aims to spread the message of Mission: Zero. 
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Fiery Joe

You may not know Fiery Joe by name, but you would recognize the institutions he helped initiate in Saskatchewan.
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Canada popular vacation destination

Canada’s going to be a popular place this summer.
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Innovative tax credits

While much of the fall-out from the Saskatchewan budget has centred on government expenditures – notably cuts to lower levels of government – there are a few aspects to the provincial budget that are catching attention in other circles.
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Spike in new vehicle sales

The month of March represented something of a sea change for Saskatchewan's auto dealers.
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Passing the business to the next generation

The idea of leaving a business that you built up appears to be a daunting one, a topic that nearly half of business owners have chosen to ignore.
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Something different in B.C. politics

Late last evening in British Columbia, Liberal Leader Christy Clark responded to the results of the general election by stating that this was "the beginning of something very different.” For B.C. this is true, as it has not elected a minority government for over 65 years.
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More jobs being created by small business

We often hear that small and medium-sized businesses are the engine of the economy, that they create the jobs and so on. But we don’t always have numbers to back up that assertion.
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Dealing with emotion in investment decisions

The world of money and investing – whether for big organizations or individuals – is fairly cold. It’s about numbers and performance. The problem is people are involved and they can inject emotion into the equation.
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Working after age 65 in Saskatchewan

Statistics Canada has just released its assessment of all things related to employment last year. Analyzing the nuances of the labour market in this country provides some interesting insights into some broader traits about our population. 
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Wage growth stagnant in Saskatchewan and beyond

2016 was not a stellar year for wage increases in Saskatchewan. Neither was 2015, but we’re not alone on this front.
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Saskatchewan restaurants see increase

Discretionary spending is showing no signs of eroding in Saskatchewan.
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Canadians' spending power in the U.S.

 We often think about the value of the Canadian dollar when we’re looking to travel abroad or are thinking about an online purchase from the U.S. Lately, it has not been in our favor.
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Wholesale revenues in Saskatchewan continue to climb

 The wholesale sector in Saskatchewan is seeing sustained momentum as revenues for companies in this part of the economy continue to rise.
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Transformational change in Saskatchewan

When the Saskatchewan government kicked out the term "transformational change" prior to the budget, it did not define that phrase. About all it said was "everything was on the table."
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2017 seeding intentions in Saskatchewan

There’s a hot new crop emerging in the Saskatchewan -- soybeans.
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Spring travel to the U.S. less popular

With the arrival of spring, thoughts of travelling south generally drop off. But, have you ever wondered how many of us in Saskatchewan do actually take the southern winter break?
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Housing market improving in Saskatchewan cities

The housing market in Regina and Saskatoon appears to have bottomed out and is now beginning to move upward.
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Saskatchewan manufacturers picking up the pace

Saskatchewan manufacturers are seeing a significant surge in activity.
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Job options shrinking in Saskatchewan

The labour market in Saskatchewan is getting tighter.
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Advanced education key to employment

If there is anything that is abundantly clear from the big picture job numbers in Saskatchewan, it’s that education makes a difference.
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Jocelyn's top 5 tips to make your next event great

Have you got a big announcement coming up? Are you looking to engage your customers, celebrate your employees or organize a charity event? Don’t know how to get started? Here are just a few tips for planning a great event.    
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Saskatchewan budget missed HST opportunity

While the relationship between the Saskatchewan government and local government seems to have taken over the news cycle from issues related to the changes in the PST, sales tax remains a topic for discussion in many places these days. And, in particular, how the province missed a chance to improve the consumption tax system.
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Home starts and the commodity price downturn

 
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Where should I distribute video?

So you have invested time and money in having a video produced, what now?
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Paying off debt 2017 goal of Canadians

The heavy weight of debt continues to bother Canadians. A year-end poll by CIBCasked 1,500 people chosen at random what their top financial priority would be for 2017. Once again, paying down debt topped the list.
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How an item can tell a story

Ever see an item on someone's desk and wonder why it's there? Ask for the story.
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Pick The Winner

  Of course, as a Canadian, you can’t vote for your pick for president of the U.S. But you can pick who you believe the Americans will choose.
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Saskatchewan's Growth and Prosperity - The Next Steps...

How can Saskatchewan best continue to grow its population and economy while creating new jobs and prosperity?
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Is the new shiny dome an indication of things to come?

This week saw the resumption of the Saskatchewan Legislature following the April provincial election. Coinciding with the reveal of the refurbished dome on the Legislative Buildings, the governing Saskatchewan Party and the opposition New Democrat Party unveiled their new caucus members that will work to govern Saskatchewan for the next four years.
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Job Market Remains Steady

Trying to track the state of the labor market is not all that easy. There are a host of indicators that have to be weighed and they can sometimes tell their own stories rather than dovetailing into one that we generally consider to be true.
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New Vehicle Sales Holding Up

An early spring improved traffic at automotive dealerships in this province.
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Members of the Legislative Assembly 2016 Election

April 2016
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Interest Held, Dollar Up

It comes as no surprise that the Bank of Canada held its benchmark rate unchanged. The central bank announces its rate every few months and this stay-the-course decision was flagged for some time.
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Post Election Tax Rates

With all the talk of tax changes in the recent federal election and then delivery of the first budget by the Trudeau administration, you might not know just what tax rate you’re actually in. At least that’s the view advanced by a wealth management specialist at CIBC.
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Is the Party over?

At what point does the word “New” in New Democrats become irrelevant? The 2016 provincial election has ended and the results are almost identical to the results of the previous election. The Saskatchewan Party now holds 51 seats in the Legislative Assembly with the NDP at 10. The previous election gave the Saskatchewan Party 49 seats and the NDP nine. This election had the addition of three new urban seats put into the mix and, like the last election, saw the NDP Leader lose his own seat.
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Corner Turned

Another of the major banks has issued its updated forecast for the provincial economy. TD Bank says Saskatchewan is feeling the effects of lower oil prices more than it earlier expected, yet they are also projecting some modest growth this year.
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Hail The Canuck Buck

Things are looking up in the manufacturing sector.
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Brad Wall - Election Night Speech 2016

Watch the speech Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall gave Monday night as he acknowledged his landslide third victory in our province’s election.
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Smaller is Cheaper

It’s called the 100-mile commute.
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Wages Holding Up

With all the controversy over extending Employment Insurance benefits, the state of the labor market in this province is getting more than its share of attention. And while there are some regional disparities, in broad terms the market appears to be holding its own.
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Winners and Losers

The brief election campaign comes to an end on Monday, April 4. To say that most of the campaign had a zombie-like feel to it would be an understatement. At times you could witness candidates and voters going through the motions with such low energy that the late departed Jeb! campaign looked like the Red Bull Games in comparison.
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Martin Charlton is six years old!

As we celebrate our sixth anniversary it is important we take time to express our gratitude to our clients. Our clients are the only reason we are in business and it is important we express how thankful we are for the wonderful people that we work for. Not only do we value and appreciate the people we work for, but we are so lucky that our clients allow us to explore businesses or experiences that we would otherwise not know. Clients teach us things on a daily basis, sometimes several times a day. And, we are very fortunate to report, many clients become friends. We are so fortunate. Thank you.
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The big shrug

The Saskatchewan provincial election has entered the home stretch towards April 4th. To many in the province it may come as a surprise that we are actually in the middle of an election campaign.
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Gold in the Golden Years

With the RSP season behind us, the topic of financial planning for retirement generates little in the way of headlines, however, a new report from StatsCan on how prepared we are for that eventuality might bring more attention to the topic.
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What about the other ones?

The past week on the campaign trail saw the NDP lose four candidates due to bad behavior on social media and the Sask Party and NDP coming clean on who in their stable of candidates had drinking and driving charges against them in the past. Following this bump in the road each campaign settled into the usual routine of making a promise a day. And were the NDP and Sask Party went, the media would follow, but what about the other parties?
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Mixing Business and Politics

Politics and business can be like oil and water – they don’t mix well.
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Week One – Where’s the excitement?

As expected the Saskatchewan provincial election was called earlier this week. There was no mystery to the writ being dropped around this time due to the fixed election date. However, Tuesday was the final day to begin the campaign officially and that makes for a short campaign period in the lead up to Election Day on April 4.
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Build, build, build

One of the measures of economic performance is investment. This is what is known as a balance sheet item – it is the creation of assets such as plant, equipment and technology that will last for years and provide a source of income or capacity for businesses.
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3 Fun Storytelling Apps You Need

With more data coming through confirming that 'Generation X' will outnumber 'Boomers' in the workplace and outspend them during 2017, it's important to look at how we're going to connect and stay connected with the leaders of tomorrow.
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Manufacturing Gaining Momentum

There are continuing signs of improvement in the manufacturing sector in this country.
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The race may show movement

Each passing day and each passing poll shows that the Saskatchewan Party government is headed for reelection on April 4. They maintain a healthy lead over the rival New Democrat Party (NDP) across the province that is almost unheard of for a government seeking their third mandate from the electorate.
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Can the Saskatchewan Party Defy Political Gravity?

The Saskatchewan Outlook Can the Saskatchewan Party Defy Political Gravity?
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Use the Great Outdoors for Events - Marsha

Do you feel the heat? OK, maybe it isn’t quite hot but it definitely isn’t cold. In the midst of the mildest winter in memory, Saskatchewan is enjoying amazing spring-like temperatures.
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Who is the Saskatchewan Party running against?

Seven weeks out from election day and both parties that will once again sit in the Legislature, the governing Saskatchewan Party and the opposition New Democrat Party, continue with the unofficial campaign.
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Cam Broten: One and Done?

Once the dust had settled from the 2011 provincial election it was clear that the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party was in desperate need of a new leader. In March of 2013 the NDP chose their new leader from a stable of three. One candidate had withdrawn during the lead up to convention.
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They are off and running (sort of)...

The Saskatchewan political scene has entered the official/non-official season of the election campaign. The governing Saskatchewan Party and the NDP Opposition have been both filling the airwaves with advertisements on why you should vote their way.
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The Secret to Being a Networking Machine: Giving is Receiving

Building a network designed to enhance or strengthen your business is a critical element of any business plan. But turning the desire to build a network into reality takes some skill and, interestingly, is a counter-intuitive exercise.
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Does my business need hashtags? What are they?

[ View the story "Q: What is the point of a hashtag?" on Storify]
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Government 101

As Alberta's Bill 6 winds its way through the legislative process, it is fascinating to watch from a public relations perch how poorly the government handled public engagement in the process.
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Martin Charlton Communications Growing

Martin Charlton Communications today announced that it has opened a permanent office in Saskatoon and has hired three new employees to join its growing full-service public relations and communications agency. Based in Regina, the firm is one of the largest public relations companies on the prairies.
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The Times They Are a-Changin

We live in a time of unprecedented technological change and these changes are coming so quickly that it’s hard to keep up.
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Hollywood's storytelling is a lesson to us all

The 2014 film Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck, has won praise not only from film critics but also from public relations professionals. Few other movies have so thoroughly explored the influence of story-telling on perception.
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New Era of Communications

Take note – we have entered a brand new age of communications, public relations and marketing.
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Hiring a public relations firm? Three things to consider

Look for a company that’s honest, with a good track record and one that has experience that matches your needs. For example, do you need a national firm or a regional specialist? Does the firm have experience in your sector? Meet the people you would be working with and make sure you can talk to them and that they understand your needs. Do they understand your business and your goals? When you talk do they listen? Do they ask good questions? Look for in-house knowledge that will help you meet your goals. Often, what clients need is effective storytelling. Make sure that skill lies in-house and that the storytellers are competent across all modern platforms such as digital media, social channels as well as traditional sources. Mary-Lynn Charlton President and CEO, Martin Charlton Communications
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Shania Twain and The Dilawri Foundation launch Shania Kids Can Clubhouse in Regina

Regina, SK– Kids at risk in the Regina area will have a new source of hope thanks to an initiative driven by Shania Twain’s Shania Kids Can Foundation and The Dilawri Foundation. The two charities, along with Regina Public Schools, today announced the launch of a Shania Kids Can (SKC) Clubhouse at Judge Bryant Elementary School. Both Twain and The Dilawri Foundation co-founder, Ajay Dilawri, were on hand for the announcement.
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Dreaming of being the Boss

Mowing the lawn may be the ticket to the future.
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Sask Wallets Fatter

There were no signs of income levels declining in this province over the first half of the summer.
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On to Calgary

Five Saskatchewan entrepreneurs have been named to represent the province in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year program next month. They will be participating in a Prairie-wide program that leads to the selection of a national and, ultimately, a global entrepreneur of the year.
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Tale of Two Cities

Trying to get a read on the economy can be a difficult question to answer….sort of like, how long is a piece of string….it’s all about what indicators are being measured.
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Leaving on a Jet Plane

The value of the Canadian dollar may be putting a damper on the number of us heading to the States for a holiday but it certainly is not hindering our willingness to visit other countries.
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A Wholesale Reduction

The dry weather in the first three weeks of July slowed sales of wholesale agricultural supplies, according to a new report from StatsCan.
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Nothing Unusual to Report

The manufacturing sector across the country – in particular the aerospace industry which is primarily located in central Canada – is in the midst of a period of significant ups and downs but manufacturers here in Saskatchewan seem to be travelling a period of relative stability.
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Badly Made Video Destroys Business. The five most common mistakes that can ruin your message and how to avoid them.

A well made promotional video can tell your story in an easily consumed and shared way. However a badly produced video is (at least) distracting and at worst destructive to your marketing.
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The Summer of Trump

Howard Beale is alive and well in American politics. You may remember the character from the 1976 movie Network so expertly played by the late Peter Finch. Howard Beale was an anchorman for a national news network who was slowly slipping from reality. During a live broadcast, Howard crossed over into never never land and started yelling at his viewing audience to go to the window, open it and yell “I am mad as hell and I am not going to take this anymore!”
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Housing Market Crash - Are we really doomed? - Paul Martin

The headline suggesting Regina may in a residential real estate bubble and is subject to a significant drop in prices is about a year too late.
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Moose Jaw-Swift Current: Canada's #1 for employment opportunities.

If you’re a job seeker looking for employment anywhere in Canada, your best bet would be to look in the Moose Jaw-Swift Current corridor.
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Going in to debt for a vacation?

Just like good and bad cholesterol, there’s good and bad debt.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – August 12th, 2015

It’s not what he’s saying….it’s what he’s talking about.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – August 11th, 2015

All the talk about the pace of construction activity slowing in this province is being confirmed by the latest figures on building permits. The June numbers came out yesterday showing a decline of $8 million on a total of roughly $200 million for the month.
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Saskatchewan Grows Again.

This province’s population continues to grow – at a slower pace – but the number of people available for work is shrinking.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – August 7th, 2015

We’ve all heard of Tax Freedom Day but what about Debt Freedom?
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – August 6th, 2015

It’s starting to look like the Bank of Canada’s ploy to stimulate exports by allowing the Canadian dollar to slide is starting to work.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – August 5th, 2015

Consumer confidence in this province is showing no signs of flagging.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – August 4th, 2015

This probably will come as no surprise …Saskatchewan is an economy of small businesses. But now we know just how it breaks down.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – July 31st, 2015

The average weekly pay package in this province is still growing.
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Watch: Cara Delevingne highlights the importance of media training

Good Morning Sacramento interviewed Cara Delevingne during a satellite media tour (SMT). She was promoting the new movie Paper Towns. Sadly the wheels fell off the PR wagon with such a thud, the interview has gone viral.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – July 30th, 2015

This province’s reliance on commodity markets – for energy and agricultural markets in particular – makes the regular report on Commodity prices by ScotiaBank especially important.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – July 29th, 2015

One of the few tools or vehicles available to the average person looking to build their financial wealth is the TFSA or Tax Free Savings Account. Along with RSPs this provides a tax-friendly place to earn money.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – July 28th, 2015

One of the big differences between the North American economy and Europe’s is the stickiness of borders. In the European Union, for example, people can pass through national boundaries without even stopping.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – July 27th, 2015

The seasonal adjustments made by StatsCanada when it tallies up a wide range of economic metrics can sometimes provide a different view of reality. That is, after all, what seasonally adjusted means….adjusted from straight up data to provide some context.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – July 24th, 2015

While some are worried about the dreaded ‘R’ word – recession- as the economy slows down but it turns out the ‘O’ word is also once again in play in Saskatchewan.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – July 23rd, 2015

The older you get, the lower your expectations.
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Missing Minions and what this means for our businesses.

Minions are the must-have movie toy of the moment. The obligatory fast food chain tie-in for the Minions movie is with McDonald's®. The branding, online, in-store and advertising campaign all points towards the little yellow chaps and the joy that they bring.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – July 21st, 2015

The wholesale sector in this country – usually an indicator of where retail and export activity is headed in the coming months – was holding its own in May, the latest data we have available.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – July 20th, 2015

The economics unit at another major bank is saying Saskatchewan’s economy will grow this year, despite the challenges in the commodity world.
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Eastern Canada’s pipedream - Kelly Gallagher

Way back when, then Prime Minister Trudeau figuratively and literally gave western Canada the finger when he brought in his National Energy Program. So here we are again having the Premier of Quebec and Ontario both giving western Canada the finger. For good measure they have recruited their new left of centre ally, Premier Rachel Notley of Alberta who presents one face to the oil industry and quite another to the environmental movement. The Alberta economy may be down but it is not out. It will come back with a roar when oil starts to pick up again however a permanent crippling of that economy could be in the offing if the likes of Premier Wynn, Couillard and Notley get their way. The Council of Federation Premier’s meeting is taking place in Newfoundland this week and the lone voice to counter the three left of centre Premiers is Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall. His assertion is correct when he states that the Energy East pipeline project benefits all of Canada. The Energy East project is being proposed by TransCanada that would result in a $12-billion investment converting 3000 km of existing natural gas pipeline and 1400 km of new pipeline that would run from Quebec to refineries in New Brunswick. According to a Deloitte study conducted to evaluate the benefits of the Energy East project, Quebec would see a $6 billion bump to its GDP and a $13 billion to Ontario’s GDP over its life-span. However, according to Wynn we need more solar, wind and Skittle fueled Unicorns to meet our energy need in order to save the planet. Often political rhetoric does not meet reality. Mr. Couillard and Ms. Wynn should take a moment and ask themselves who has been picking up the tab for their messy spending habits for the past decades?
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – July 17th, 2015

Most of the talk about the real estate industry these days centres on residential property. Activity in Saskatchewan is generally down on the residential side which has led to softening prices while places Vancouver and Toronto are seeing home values continue to rise.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – July 16th, 2015

It’s hard not to feel like we’re taking a summer class in economics this year.
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Adobe Flash - is your website safe?

For a long time web developers have been trying to encourage clients to move away from Adobe Flash elements on their websites. There are a few reasons:
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – July 15th, 2015

Much has been made of debt levels in this country. We’re carrying too much is what the financial gurus tell us. After all, interest rates are at historic lows so the only way they can go is up. Or least that’s the theory but there seems to be more pressure towards a reduction in interest rates rather than an increase.
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First impressions after dark - Dan Gold

Coca Cola's marketing department looks beyond selling the taste of the product and more at selling the brand values of Coca Cola.
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How community norms impact journalism and social media

The Wild West of the social media world is gradually being tamed -- one small step at a time. When the power of social media turned anyone with a smart phone into a citizen journalist, these new scribes were largely unfettered in what they posted to the cyber world.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – July 14th, 2015

With all the talk of recession in this country, largely because of the drop in oil prices, Saskatchewan is a unique position.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – July 13th, 2015

The easiest way to make sense out of last Friday’s employment numbers is to take a high level look.
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Saskatchewan Wildfires, YouTube and Frankie.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the events in the north of Saskatchewan. We thank the professionals, non government organizations, government and volunteers for the great work that they're doing for our fellow Canadians.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – July 10th, 2015

Leaving a legacy. It’s a bit topic for many of us as every generation wants to see the next one do better. One element of making that happen is to pass along family wealth – effectively to have the wealth of more than one generation added together to help that ‘doing better’ concept along.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – July 8th, 2015

Tracking investment or capital spending is going to be a bit different in the coming years, largely because StatsCan has restructured the way it reports this information. This is vital to monitoring Saskatchewan’s economic performance as investment has been the key factor in boosting our economy’s growth over the last decade.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – July 7th, 2015

We now have our first estimate on investment spending in the province for this year.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – July 6th, 2015

This province blazed a trail that is now bringing some new entrepreneurs to town.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – July 3rd, 2015

Don’t count on the boss to be the ethics watchdog in your organization.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – July 1st, 2015

Maybe it was that April was cold.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – June 30th, 2015

Now that we’re at the mid-point of the year, it’s a good time to examine where things are headed and whether we will have favorable or head winds.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – June 29th, 2015

If you’re wondering how much it will take to pay for your retirement, you’re not alone. There is a whole industry built around answering that question.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – June 26th, 2015

Pressure on employers is easing in this province.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – June 25th, 2015

Sometimes things start out small but don’t stay that way.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – June 24th, 2015

One segment of the provincial economy that is showing remarkable vitality is the wholesale community. Often these figures provide us with a forecast or indicator of what retail sales will look like in a couple months but they also can be a bellwether for the global economy because so much of our wholesale output is destined for export markets.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – June 23rd, 2015

We’ve added roughly the equivalent of a new Swift Current or a Yorkton to the province’s population in the past year.
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Where is our Churchill?

Where is our Churchill? At times it feels like the world is unravelling and we are helpless bystanders watching it come apart. Some of the angst can be attributed to the twenty-four hour news cycle that has become a permanent part of our lives. The void has to be filled with something, so news organizations feed us minute by minute on all of the horrible things that are happening around the world. But still, there is a sense that the thread has already been pulled and all is not right in the world today.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – June 22nd, 2015

Our interest in spending money at the local mall or gas station appears to be flattening out.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – June 18th, 2015

The purchasing power of the average worker in this province is on the rise, maintaining a trend that has been in place for nine of the last ten years.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – June 17th, 2015

The global stature of this province’s agricultural sector is on display this week.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – June 15th, 2015

Residents of this province score well on a new evaluation of our ability to manage our wealth.
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Live-Tweeting? Not at my event!

Wait...The digital world has changed the events industry. Unless you're holding a confidential event with no public interest, you must be active on social media.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – June 12th, 2015

It’s been 30 years since the price of a newly built home has fallen as much as it did in April.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – June 11th, 2015

Everyone in business dreams of coming up with that next big idea. After all, that’s why they went into business in the first place…to take a better mouse trap to market.
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Oil Sector Update - Kelly Gallagher

The slow down in the oil sector and a change of government in Alberta has accelerated the government of Saskatchewan’s desire to lure more resource sector offices and jobs here. Part of that push was on display this week in Calgary where Saskatchewan Minister of Economy Bill Boyd spoke at the Global Petroleum Show. In his speech, Boyd made reference to Saskatchewan’s “safe and secure” royalties for producers, a slight at the new Alberta NDP government who has pledged a royalty review for the oil and gas sector.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – June 10th, 2015

The provincial economy is expected to grow a bit faster than many had expected, according to the latest update from RBC Royal Bank. The bank issued its quarterly provincial outlook report a few days ago suggesting growth of 1.6 per cent this year and 1.9 in 2016.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – June 9th, 2015

One of those underlying business issues that never goes away is succession. As the baby boom generation heads into retirement, those who are business owners have to think about how they will the equity built up over a lifetime in business into cash to fund their Golden Years.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – June 8th, 2015

The job market in this province is now beginning to look different.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – June 5th, 2015

A new study on how prepared Canadians are for retirement is one of the first to blow the whistle on Ontario’s unilateral decision to create its own provincial pension plan.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – June 4th, 2015

The amount of money flowing into construction of new houses in this province might be declining but the total amount we’re spending is not.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – June 3rd, 2015

Some parts of the provincial economy may be levelling off but our willingness to patronize bars and restaurants is showing no signs of letting up.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – June 2nd, 2015

If you’ve ever wondered how the rich organize their personal financial affairs, you might want to check out a series on high net worth individuals put together by BMO Bank of Montreal’s Private Banking group.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – June 1st, 2015

We’ve got another indication that the provincial economy is moving into a plateau stage.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – May 29th, 2015

Four Saskatchewan business owners have made the list of the Top 100 Canadian Women Entrepreneurs.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – May 28th, 2015

With summer holidays right around the corner, this is the perfect time for anyone in a leadership position to think about time and responsibility management.
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Awareness doesn't just happen - Dan Gold

As the old saying goes, sometimes it’s hard to see the forest for the trees. And when it comes to planning a special awareness event, there are a lot of trees:
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Political Campaigning and Social Media - Kelly Gallagher

Social media is starting to play a larger role in political campaigns as this piece from aframe.com talks about. It will be interesting to see how things change in Canada as politicians ramp up their campaigning for the fall federal election.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – May 27th, 2015

Sometimes it takes a year or more to get a final tally on just how an overall economy or its parts are performing. Such is the story on capital spending for construction and so on. StatsCan has just released its official calculation for 2013.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – May 26th, 2015

After years of playing catch up the province’s new home builders have begun to rein in their activity.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – May 25th, 2015

Consumers appear to be holding the line on their purchases.
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Brand Reputation and Your Digital Security - Dan Gold

Let me ask you a serious question: What if someone saw a post on your social media feed mocking a person with disabilities or a post making defamatory allegations or an update featuring a pornographic image?
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Cabinet shuffle blog - Kelly Gallagher

As the provincial government heads towards the next election set for April 2016, Premier Brad Wall put his election Cabinet in place today. While not surprised by the change of Finance Minister, as outgoing Minister Ken Krawetz had already announced his retirement from politics, the choice of Kevin Doherty, Minister of Advanced Education, was interesting. Also surprising is taking the duties of Deputy Premier, which was held by Krawetz, and giving them to Minister of Crown Investment Corporation, Don McMorris. Interesting as well is that although he now holds the title of Minister of Finance, Doherty will not be delivering a budget prior to the next provincial election. What is surprising of the choice of Doherty is that other names in the current Cabinet had been discussed to replace Krawetz however it could be possible that Doherty, with a tough Regina urban constituency to defend, may have got the added boost that he needs for the next election. Doherty’s old portfolio goes to rookie Cabinet Minister Scott Moe who was Minister of Environment. Herb Cox from the Battlefords enters Cabinet from the backbench to take over from Moe. Again, the Battlefords has never been a sure thing for the governing Saskatchewan Party and this move may have helped Cox cement his place as the Battlefords MLA.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – May 21st, 2015

If you are one of those interesting in dissecting the blizzard of numbers that are gathered by economists and policy makers in their efforts to improve their decision-making processes, you can also find some intriguing facts about the economy.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – May 20th, 2015

This province’s labor market is beginning to tilt towards employers.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – May 19th, 2015

The east-west thing in this country has reversed itself after the better part of a decade of the West being the economic dynamo in this country. At least that’s what the latest figures on manufacturing would suggest.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – May 15th, 2015

Automotive dealers in Saskatchewan had their best month in half a year in March.
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Preston Manning: Double Agent Saboteur

Looking at the ashes of the Alberta election, I have come to the realization that a double agent is sabotaging the conservative movement in Canada. In 1987, disillusioned with the federal Progressive Conservative government, many conservatives formed a new political movement called the Reform Party of Canada, led by Preston Manning.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – May 14th, 2015

One of the misconceptions held by those who are not in business is that commercial enterprises are a sure-fire ticket to riches. Actually, it’s not quite that simple.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – May 13th, 2015

Ask any business owner about the cost of losing an employee and they’ll say it is a lot.
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Alberta’s Orange Chinook

The dust has finally settled on the Alberta election from last week. Unless you were living in a cave with no contact with the outside world, you would have heard that the NDP had won a majority putting an end to the Progressive Conservative dynasty that ruled Alberta for over four decades. The lesson to be learned from the election for all politicians is: don’t take the electorate for granted. Premier Jim Prentice went into the election with what was perceived as an insurmountable lead in the polls. As the election wore on that lead all but disappeared for the ruling Tories. The reason behind such a dramatic turn of events can be pointed to three missteps taken by Prentice. First he attempted to cut the Opposition off at the knees by convincing a large portion of the Wildrose MLA’s, including their leader, to cross the floor and join his government. Second, Prentice released a budget that appeared to please almost no one in the province. And last, Prentice called the election a year earlier than its legislated date to try and catch the Opposition off guard. These actions led the governing Tories to an historic defeat on election night, placing third place behind the NDP and Opposition Wildrose. This is what happens when cynicism becomes the prevalent modus operandi of a government. Like Ontario David Peterson before him, Jim Prentice learned the hard way that you should not take the voters for granted.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – May 12th, 2015

With the residential real estate market doing its impression of a ping pong ball, many homeowners are looking to renovate their existing properties while they wait for the market to stabilize.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – May 11th, 2015

The size of the labour force in this province cracked the 600,000 mark for the first time in April. That is the pool of people available to fill a job but is generally considered to be the population that is 15 years of age and older.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – May 8th, 2015

This is the time of year when tax refunds are arriving and the big question: what to do with it?
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – May 7th, 2015

We tripped but we’re wearing knee pads.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – May 6th, 2015

Saskatchewan exporters sold more than $3 billion worth of goods in March, the first time this year that sales hit the $3 billion mark.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – May 5th, 2015

More than two-thirds of farmers have not given the idea of succession planning or an exit strategy much thought.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – April 27th, 2015

All the talk about restricting who can own farm land in this province seems to defy the impression left by some new numbers on broader investment patterns. The year-end stats on foreign ownership of assets – Canadians owning things abroad and foreigners investing here – show we have almost caught up to the Americans in the foreign ownership relationship between our countries.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – May 4th, 2015

Local real estate associations are getting much better at putting out their month-end data these days. We already have a full report on April from Saskatoon and a virtual full-month report from Regina and prices appear stable at this point despite warnings of a bubble.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – May 1st, 2015

The first talk of a real estate bubble in this province has come from no less an authority than Canada Mortgage and Housing.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – April 30th, 2015

A business owner who on his or her toes can increase their market share when the economy is sputtering. And, it seems, the bulk of small business owners in this province are taking that approach.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – April 29th, 2015

We now have the official economic growth numbers for last year. Each spring StatsCan issues what is generally viewed as the last word on economic performance and it shows Saskatchewan posted growth of 1.5 per cent last year.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – April 28th, 2015

The lifeblood of innovation in the world of business is research and development or R&D. And it’s been a significant driver in the Saskatchewan market over the last half decade.
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Lyle asks "Who’s Your Daddy?"

Who’s Your Daddy?
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – April 24th, 2015

Tracking the job market is an important assignment for people like economists and policy makers these days. Given that the bulk of the economy is generated by individuals, employment numbers are critical.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – April 23rd, 2015

No wonder I feel like retirement will never arrive.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – April 22nd, 2015

Despite all the turbulence in the resource sector, Saskatchewan’s manufacturers seem to be charting their own course.
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Wowing the Pros – the Canadian Society of Professional Event Planners Conference

We know how great it is living in Saskatchewan but it’s always a pleasure when you get to share your home province with Canadians from across our nation.
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PAUL MARTIN’S BUSINESS UPDATE – APRIL 21st, 2015

Fighting to keep small towns alive has long been one of those issues that has played a key role in Saskatchewan life. And we’ve had some success at it.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – April 17th, 2015

The world of housing in this province has changed remarkably in the past decade. After long periods of inactivity, we experienced a massive expansion with new homes springing up in every corner of the province.
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6 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Making a Promotional Video.

Open up any tip-sheet on business strategy or public relations these days and you are likely to hear the same advice over and over: you need to produce more video.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – April 16th, 2015

With all the attention oil has been getting, some of the other sectors of Saskatchewan’s resource economy have been overlooked. But one that has vaulted back into the headlines is uranium.
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Brad Wall’s Wonderful, Great, Good, Very Good Week or Cam Broten’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

To look at what transpired this week in Saskatchewan politics is a lesson on what and what not to do. Even though the Premier was absent from the Legislature for most of the week he reaped the political windfall that most politicians can only dream of.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – April 15th, 2015

It’s going to be hard to get used to this.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – April 13th, 2015

Last month was a strong one for job creation in the province.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – April 10th, 2015

The topsy-turvey residential real estate market in this province is sending out some mixed signals.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – April 9th, 2015

The idea of leaving a business that you built up appears to be a daunting one, a topic that nearly half of business owners have chosen to ignore.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – April 8th, 2015

Another major investment is coming to the province.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – April 7th, 2015

Last year was a good one for Saskatchewan workers.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – April 6th, 2015

There’s an interesting push-pull influencing exports from this province, a key factor in the overall health of the provincial economy. Saskatchewan is, perhaps, the most susceptible of all the provinces when it comes to changes in global market conditions. As much as 70-percent of our economy is trade-dependent so, we go as the world goes.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – April 2nd, 2015

Constant pressure on the public treasury is prompting some novel ways to foster social improvement in the province.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – April 1st, 2015

For those of us waiting to the last minute to file our tax returns, the issue of charitable donations will hit us right in the face….no doubt many of us will be wishing we had given more so we could have a bigger deduction.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – March 31st, 2015

This is one of those touchy political subjects that does not lend itself to an easy solution.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – March 30th, 2015

In the blizzard of information and data that dominate the business world, it is sometimes good to remember that sometimes we need to dissect the numbers a bit to appreciate what is REALLY happening.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – March 27th, 2015

If you’ve ever worked in a place where the boss happened to show up in a grumpy mood and brought the whole organization down, you’ll understand the findings of a new study from an American university on the personality of CEOs and the corporate culture that results from it.
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Mary-Lynn's Friday Thought.

Mary-Lynn has had the good fortune of visiting with many of the people who run our chambers of commerce in Saskatchewan over the past year. Whether it is the overall provincial body, the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce, or the individual chambers who exist across the province one thing is clear – the province is very well served by these people who are either general managers, CEOs or executive directors.
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Martin Charlton – Five Years Old

I don't now where the time has gone but this month marks Martin Charlton Communication's fifth anniversary.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – March 26th, 2015

A pair of studies looking at the springtime travel plans of Canadians has come up with a couple interesting findings… that our reasons for travel might be unusual and the falling Canadian dollar is prompting changes in our plans.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – March 25th, 2015

It’s a glass half empty and half full.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – March 23rd, 2015

The falling price of gasoline is leaving more money in the pockets of consumers which is translating into lower retail sales numbers in this country. The latest figures, from January, were down 1.7 per cent nationally and 1.6 percent in Saskatchewan when compared to December.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – March 20th, 2015

Signs of caution are to be found everywhere in the latest report on sales volumes by the country’s wholesalers. Traffic at the wholesale level can sometimes be a barometer for retail activity down the road but it also offers a bit of an indicator on the way retailers are responding to their consumer traffic.
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2015-2016 Budget - Kelly Gallagher

The Saskatchewan Party government released the 2015-16 budget yesterday at the provincial legislature. The budget could be the final budget before Saskatchewan voters head to the polls if the government decides not to release an early budget next year prior to an April election.
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Paul Martin's Business Update - March 17th, 2015

Employers appear to be reining in their payrolls.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – March 16th, 2015

One in five retired Canadians received a month or less notice that they would be put out to pasture.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – March 13th, 2015

One of the key drivers, if not the most important one, that has helped reshape the provincial economy over the past decade is investment.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – March 12th, 2015

We lost one of the legends of this province’s banking community last week.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – March 11th, 2015

We could see inflation fall into negative territory in the near future.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – March 10th, 2015

We probably should not expect the price of a steak to go down when Bar-B-Q season arrives.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – March 9th, 2015

The pace of construction in this province appears to have shifted from feverish to moderate.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – March 6th, 2015

Is that dress white and gold or black and blue? Is the glass half full or half empty?
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – March 5th, 2015

There are some gaps in the arguments being made about farmland ownership, in particular the role of institutional investors in this part of the economy.
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Clarity, flexibility and freedom keys to employee happiness

Skip the bonus. Be the coach.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – March 3rd, 2015

The complicated and ever-changing world of social media, on-line marketing and generally dealing with things that fall into the rubric of digital marketing is one of those things that most business people know they have to embrace. But figuring out where the handholds are is not as easy.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – March 2nd, 2015

Tracking consumer confidence is getting more important these days with all the gloomy talk surrounding declining oil prices and what it means to the economy. This is especially true for the public sector which has been telegraphing cost containment and spending freezes.
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Marsha – Blog – Café Francais

As professional event and project managers we are always looking at the finer details everywhere we go, whether an event, retail store or restaurant. Details are important. They are the difference between good and marvelous.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – February 27th, 2015

The latest figures on payrolls in this province debunk any suggestion that the provincial economy is in decline.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – February 26th, 2015

One of the country’s most high profile entrepreneurs takes the podium in Saskatoon tonight to share his secrets on succeeding in the competitive world of business.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – February 25th, 2015

When making an investment we need a couple key answers before making any decision. First…is there something worth investing in? Second, will I be able to predict the rules won’t change before I see a return on that investment?
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – February 24th, 2015

A couple more voices have been added to the chorus that Saskatchewan is not headed for a recession this year.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – February 23rd, 2015

Perhaps the most confusing month to track retail sales numbers is December.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – February 20th, 2015

What goes around comes around.
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Martin Charlton – Five Years Old

I don't know where the time has gone but this month marks Martin Charlton Communication's fifth anniversary.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – February 19th, 2015

The diversity of the provincial economy was evident in the wholesale numbers posted for December.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – February 18th, 2015

Watch for the Canadian dollar to extend its decline.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – February 17th, 2015

The falling price of oil and the trickle down that has seen gasoline prices decline took a bite out of the province’s manufacturing numbers in December.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – February 13th, 2015

The price of building a new house is going down. At least that’s the case in Regina, according to a new report released by StatsCan.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – February 12th, 2015

This province’s two largest metropolitan centres are among the five fastest growing communities in the country.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – February 11th, 2015

It may be a waiting game.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – February 10th, 2015

Another commercial real estate broker has added an optimistic voice to the outlook for the property market in Saskatchewan’s capital city.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – February 9th, 2015

The January job numbers in this province provided a different look from the one we’ve been accustomed to seeing. The numbers were down.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – February 5th, 2015

With all the talk about the impact of lower oil prices on the provincial economy, a national real estate firm has offered a slightly different view of our prospects.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – February 4th, 2015

Being able to avoid the pressures of deadlines and be in a position to do nothing. That is the ideal view of retirement for some people. But, it turns out, that is a nightmare for a big percentage of millennials.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – February 3rd, 2015

Every once in a while StatsCanada revises the way it tracks some of its numbers. When they adjust one of the major indices, it can provide a new historic view of the way the economy has been performing.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – February 2nd, 2015

The falling price of oil has prompted the economists at TD Bank to revise their forecast for the provincial economy and, as you’d guess, its downward.
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Media Relations Takes Work – Lyle Hewitt

Those of us in the public relations industry have long had to cope with the mainstream media mentality, “if it bleeds, it leads.” Bad news, sadly, often sells more newspapers than good news. This can lead people to believe that the world is going to hell in a hand-basket when that really isn’t the case.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – January 30th, 2015

Workers in this province fared as well as anyone in the country – or perhaps even a bit better – in terms of wage increases last year.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – January 29th, 2015

Last year was a good one for full-time work.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – January 28th, 2015

With RSP season descending upon us, we’ll be hearing plenty about the issue of retirement planning and, more specifically, being able to pay for retirement.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – January 27th, 2015

There is no sign of a recession on the horizon.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – January 26th, 2015

Revenues at the province’s retail outlets saw a bit of a pullback in November when compared to October.
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When workplace technology bites back - Dan Gold

Have you ever caught yourself thinking “Wow! We are living in the future!” For me, even though public relations-related technology is a big part of my life, I still often find myself gobsmacked by the latest apps and gizmos on the newest smartphones.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – January 22nd, 2015

With all the volatility in stock markets and the broader economy these days, those nearing the end of their careers are wondering whether retirement is really a viable option.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – January 21st, 2015

This province’s manufacturing sector continues to punch above its weight class.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – January 20th, 2015

One of the most useful indicators to track the performance of the Saskatchewan economy is investment. It was the bellwether metric that changed ten or twelve years ago when the economy began its upward shift.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – January 19th, 2015

The month of November was tough on the province’s car dealers.
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We Tell Your Stories. The importance of our motto.

When Martin Charlton was created almost five years ago, we had a lengthy and in-depth look at what our motto ought to be. This might seem like a small consideration compared to all the practical tasks of merging two long-standing companies - getting cards printed, opening a new bank account, finding office space and so on. Yet, in a way, it was perhaps the most important task we had.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – January 16th, 2015

The long-awaited softening of housing markets in most of the country appears to have arrived. But it was not brought on by interest rate movement as most people had expected.
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – January 15th, 2015

Depending on your perspective, a volatile investment market can be a good thing or a bad thing. For some, constant movement – especially downward trends – are unsettling. For others, the notion of stock prices going down, for example, means shares in businesses are ‘on sale.’
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Paul Martin’s Business Update – January 14th, 2015

It might be the value of the Canadian dollar or it could just be that we are more interested in seeing our own country but tourism spending by Canadians who have opted for domestic travel is rising.
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Paul Martin's Business Update - January 13th, 2015

The biggest change in the provincial housing market in 2014 was seen in North Battleford, more particularly in the multi-family unit segment of that city’s residential market.
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Paul Martin's Business Update - January 12th, 2015

Falling oil prices have not yet had any effect on job creation in the province.
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SASKATCHEWAN ELECTION WATCH

Below is a list of nominated candidates for the next provincial election from the Saskatchewan Party and the New Democrat Party. There are a total of 61 provincial seats up for election.
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Paul Martin's Business Update – January 7th, 2015

How do you define being well off?
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Paul Martin's Business Update – January 6th, 2015

They are called informal leaders. Sometimes they’re known as pride builders.
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Paul Martin's Business Update – January 5th, 2015

When the headlines are dominated by challenges, it is sometimes easy to overlook things that are working well.