NEWS FROM THE FIELD
“We are extremely pleased to partner with the Government of
Saskatchewan on this project,” said JNE CEO Adam Logue. “This provides
an opportunity to diversify our business and create employment opportunities
for Indigenous people. As well, this underscores the success of economic
development initiatives on the part of our majority owners – Peter
Ballantyne Cree Nation and English River First Nation.”
The pilot project has created two new jobs at SAGE Roadway Signs,
with additional positions to be added as the business grows.
SAGE Roadway Signs is a division of JNE Welding. JNE Welding was
founded in 1980 and provides custom fabrications to mining, oil and gas,
oil sands and utility industries in Saskatchewan and Alberta. JNE employs
more than 140 people, many of whom identify as Indigenous or Métis.
There are roughly 120,000 provincial road signs in Saskatchewan. The
province repaired or replaced 13,000 of them last year.
SaskTel investing more than $70
million to construct 74 new cell
towers in rural Saskatchewan
SaskTel recently announced plans to increase its investment in the Wireless
Saskatchewan initiative by more than $70 million. As part of this additional
investment, SaskTel plans to build 74 new macro cell towers in underserved
rural and resort communities by early summer 2021. This brings
the total investment in rural connectivity over the last three years to more
than $107 million.
“In 2017, our government launched the Wireless Saskatchewan initiative,
which has provided nearly 200 new towers in rural areas,” said Minister
Responsible for SaskTel Don Morgan. “It is a top priority to enhance access
to communications services in rural Saskatchewan. While these 74 towers
will be the final phase of this initiative, we will continue to work with
SaskTel and our rural stakeholders to continue to improve communication
within the province.”
Originally announced in 2017, Wireless Saskatchewan is a multi-phase
initiative designed to increase connectivity in rural parts of the province.
Once this final phase of the program is complete, SaskTel’s wireless network
will grow to include approximately 1,000 cell towers province-wide.
“We are very proud to continue expanding our cellular network to more
rural communities, increasingly busy highway corridors and resorts to provide
world-class wireless services,” said Doug Burnett, SaskTel president
and CEO. “These new towers will help to bolster and add capacity to our
network so that we can continue to meet the ever-growing demand for
Graham improving water quality for all
Graham was recently awarded the Stanley Mission First Nation Water
Treatment Plant Upgrades project, located in Stanley Mission, Sask.
Graham’s scope of work includes building a new reservoir, expanding and
renovating the existing water treatment plant and a new raw water intake
building. Additional water treatment equipment, along with a revamp of all
mechanical and electrical services, will also be completed, as well as a new
lake intake and discharge structure into the Churchill River.
Excavation is currently underway on this approximately $11 million
contract. Graham will execute all work while maintaining service to the
community of Stanley Mission.
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