What to Expect
News in Saskatchewan will be focused on the tragic stabbings that took place over the weekend on the James Smith Cree Nation and in Weldon. With 10 dead, 18 wounded, and one suspect still at large, the province will be in mourning with few thoughts on politics.
With Labour Day now in the rear-view mirror, municipal elections in Manitoba will really start heating up. Voting will take place on October 26.
The Week That Was
The provincial government announced an additional $10 million under the First Nations Stewardship Fund within the Accelerated Site Closure Program (ASCP). Now totaling $30 million, this funding will support additional abandonment and reclamation activities at inactive oil and gas sites in First Nations communities.
Saskatchewan is expecting 90,000 doses of a bivalent vaccine from the federal government this month as the province braces for another wave of the COVID-19 variant, Omicron. The vaccine was approved by Health Canada on September 1 and is the first such bivalent vaccine for COVID-19 approved in Canada.
Premier Heather Stefanson released a statement on her bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, which took place on September 1. During his daylong visit to Winnipeg, Trudeau accused some politicians, including Stefanson, of being dishonest about the effects of the federal government’s carbon tax.
Manitoba MP and interim federal Conservative leader Candice Bergen announced she will not run in the next federal election. She will, however, stay on as an MP after a new leader is selected on September 10. Bergen has represented the constituency of Portage-Lisgar since 2008.