Saskatoon weather outlook – July 18

Chance of thunderstorms tonight as the heat returns this week!

Saskatoon Forecast

Today

The day began in the fog around 12 degrees until mid-morning when mostly sunny skies overtook.

We then quickly warmed up into the mid-20s by noon in the sunshine, feeling like 27 with humidity.

We’re shooting for a high in the mid-to-high 20s in the sunshine today, which is expected to feel like the low 30s with humidity.

Tonight

Clouds will roll back in overnight along with a pulse of thunderstorms that may bring some strong wind gusts as they pass by through the overnight period as temperatures fall back toward the mid-teens.

Tuesday

We may see a few lingering morning showers or thunderstorms before clouds clear out of the area midday to give us some sunshine to end the afternoon.

Chance of thunderstorms from the overnight period into the early morning in Saskatoon Tuesday.

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We’re also looking at quite a warm day – exactly how warm is dependent on how long the cloud cover and shower/thunderstorm activity linger in the morning.

If the storms end overnight and are done by morning we could shoot as high as the low 30s tomorrow, but if they linger a little longer into the morning along with the clouds, we may only hit a high in the high 20s.

One thing is for certain, we are expecting humidex values in the low 30s tomorrow afternoon, so prepare for a hot day!

Wednesday-Friday

Mostly sunny skies look like they’ll stick around both Wednesday and Thursday with temperatures in the high 20s, possibly popping up into the low 30s, but humidex values should be in the low 30s under mostly sunny skies and just a few clouds through the afternoon.

There is a slight chance of late day thunderstorms on Wednesday, but otherwise the main thunderstorm risk is Friday as an upper trough destabilizes the atmosphere.

At this point, we’re looking at a daytime high in the upper 20s with clouds building in through the day with a chance of late day showers and thunderstorms for Friday.

Weekend Outlook

Depending how long it takes the upper trough to swing through, we may see some showers and thunderstorms lingering through Saturday with temperatures in the mid-20s.

Sunday looks more stable at this point with some upper ridging moving back in, clearing skies back out to give us a mostly sunny day with a daytime high in the high 20s, possibly even into the low 30s.

July 18: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Carol Langenberger at Blaine Lake.

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Russian doping scandal: Canadian experts ‘repulsed,’ ‘disheartened’ by report’s findings

They swapped samples, tampered with them and some even “disappeared.” The findings out of an independent investigation that confirmed Russia cheated at the Olympics has left Canadian leaders in the anti-doping field “repulsed,” “astonished,” and “devastated.”

The investigation, led by Canadian law professor Richard McLaren of Western University, concluded that Russia carried out widespread, state-sponsored doping that led to 312 falsified results spanning from 2011 to 2015.

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    In the report’s Monday unveiling, McLaren said that labs in Moscow and Sochi protected Russian athletes.

    “No one would ever assume that a country hosting an Olympic Games would work so actively to sabotage the doping controls that surround the event…I’m repulsed and astonished. It’s like something out of a spy novel in some respects,” Dr. Andrew Pipe told Global News.

    READ MORE: How Russia pulled off state-sponsored cheating at the Olympics

    He’s a physician at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute who has spent decades in sports medicine. Since the 1980s, he’s taken part in 11 Olympics, helped to construct world anti-doping measures and led the formation of Canada’s own anti-doping agency.

    Paul Melia, president of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sports, said he was “disheartened” by the findings.

    WATCH: An independent investigation led by a Canadian law professor has confirmed widespread, state-sponsored doping in Russian sports. 

    He said he thinks of the response from “clean” athletes who jump through so many hoops to play their sport on a global stage.

    “Everything we do is to try to ensure that not just Canadian athletes, but athletes around the world, have a level playing field. We demand so much of them to apply to this world anti-doping code – we take their blood, urine, check on their whereabouts, look at their medical records,” Melia told Global News.

    “All of that is very intrusive, and they do it willingly because that’s the price they pay for a clean sport. So for them to do that and to hear a country was undermining everything they were doing and they were competing against these athletes…that must be discouraging for them,” Melia said.

    Melia said world officials made huge strides in anti-doping measures. Athlete biological passports – or ABPs, for example – were implemented. They act as identity cards containing each athlete’s blood profile in its uninterrupted state. Athletes have to be tested at random and often to create a baseline of what their typical blood makeup looks like. Then, officials can easily detect an aberration.

    READ MORE: Who is Grigory Rodchenkov?

    But the report found that Russian athletes circumvented most of this – in the lab, the “disappearing positive methodology” meant that samples of positive test results were turned into negative ones.

    “Laboratory staff was under strict instructions to report all positives to the ministry of sport, whatever the circumstances,” McLaren said.

    In summary, samples were swapped out to cover up doping.  Russia’s own secret service, called the FSB, was even tasked with figuring out how to swap dirty urine with clean urine, the report said.

    “They [FSB] developed a method for surreptitiously removing the caps of the bottles for use at Sochi,” McLaren said. “As a result there were no positive samples at the Sochi Games for Russian athletes.”

    READ MORE: Report confirms Russian sample-swapping, widespread doping during Olympics

    Pipe called the swapping system “deceptively simple” – a quick “switcheroo” that took place in the middle of the night.

    It’s the scale that’s troubling, too. While single athletes or a unit led by coach may be found guilty of doping, this is a “whole new scale.”

    “No one has been brazen enough to do this in an Olympic Games…we put great faith in the lab scientists and lab apparatuses around the world. It’s appalling to learn what has taken place in this setting and the architecture behind it all,” Pipe said.

    Melia called the findings “disillusioning.”

    WATCH: According to a WADA report, the drug testing lab at the Sochi Olympics “operated a unique sample swapping methodology” that allowed “dirty” Russian athletes to compete at the 2014 Winter Games.

    “We were developing new test techniques and it felt like we were moving forward and making progress to stop doping in sport. To think this kind of doping was going on and it was run by the government of Russia and their lab with no regard for the code or integrity of the sport,” Melia said.

    READ MORE: World Anti-Doping Agency wants IOC to ban all Russian teams from Rio Olympics

    The bottom line? He suggests that while world anti-doping codes have been put in place, it doesn’t mean countries are abiding by the rules.

    “We’ve naively believed they’ve adopted the code and they say they’ve been following the code, but they’ve been doing the opposite,” Melia said.

    Following Monday’s report, the WADA’s executive board wants the IOC to ban all Russian teams from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

    WADA also wants Russian government officials to be denied access to international competitions, including the upcoming Olympics.

    With files from Adam Frisk and the Associated Press

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New trend giving the finger to engagement rings

Why wait for someone to “put a ring on it” if you could do it yourself?

That’s the idea behind the “self love” pinky ring that’s popping up on social media threads as a testament of a woman’s commitment to herself.

“An engagement ring is external love, whereas the pinky ring is entirely self-sufficient love,” said 23-year-old Aaryn Doyle of Ontario.

She and her best friend Vita Chambers showed off their matching bling on Instagram last month.

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Laura Chambers, who lives in Maine, recently bought one for her daughter’s university graduation. She says she fell in love with the simple design as much as the message behind it.

“What better gift can one give to their daughter… a daily reminder to smile and put yourself first,” she said. “The ring represented everything we’d spent the formative years quietly instilling in our daughter: to be strong, do what makes you happy, be you and follow your instinct.”

Laura Chambers and her daughter Hannah.

All the women admit to having their own struggles with self-love at times. But the triangular trinket is supposed to serve as a daily reminder to love and honour oneself.

Melody Godfred came up with the idea for it after treating herself to a pinky ring, shortly after giving birth to her now-four-year-old twin girls.

“I… found myself drowning because I was never on my own priority list,” the 34-year-old L.A. entrepreneur said, looking back at the difficult time of managing life with two newborns.

READ MORE: Balancing business and motherhood: how female entrepreneurs are making it work

She eventually learned to let go and accept herself (along with all her shortcomings) — a tough feat after having grown up surrounded by “super women” who held themselves to an ideal of perfection, even if it was to their detriment.

Seeing the stone on her little finger every day and remembering what it’s supposed to be convey, proved to be powerful for Godfred.

And when she launched her company Fred + Far with her friend Samina Far this past February, her hope was to help other women make that same mental shift.

“Up until now the only ring women have been taught to wear represents a symbol of commitment to someone else. And it’s also very contingent on being chosen.”

“We’ve been taught that we all need a ring, and it needs to be big and …that if it’s not big and we’re not chosen then we’re not of value.

“We’re kind of taking that narrative and turning it over, saying, ‘you know what, I’m going to use this as a tool for empowering myself.”

The Fred + Far rings are all 1.5-carat conflict-free white sapphires that either come in a sterling silver setting (for USD$150) or solid gold for roughly double the price.

Each purchase comes with a “pinky promise pledge card to commemorate the commitment” a woman is making to herself.

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Skeptics might be asking themselves: “Isn’t this just another ploy to sell rings?” After all, diamond engagement rings became part of our culture when the diamond company De Beers instilled in us that “A Diamond is Forever.”

READ MORE: What to spend and how to save on a diamond ring

Godfred doesn’t mind the criticism.

“At the end of the day, our goal is to spread the mission of self love,” she said.

“We’re happy this conversation is happening even if it’s not always taken in a positive light. I still think it’s spreading the message and that, for us, is absolutely the most important thing.”

She also points out that she and her business partner are not jewelers by trade. In fact, down the road, they may even sell something entirely different to remind women of their relationship with themselves.

As for Doyle and Chambers, as much as they love their pinky rings, both admitted they wouldn’t shy away from posting their engagement rings online when that moment comes.

READ MORE: Moissanite and coloured gems big in engagement ring fashion

“I believe both rings go hand in hand,” 23-year-old Chambers said. “Both should be celebrated.”

According to mythology, she added, the Greeks believed we were born as a whole but were then ripped apart into two, leaving us to search for our other halves (i.e. our “soul mates”).

“I think for you to find your other half,” she said, “you need to find yourself first.”

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SaskGaming profit rises to $65.4M

SaskGaming is declaring a profit of $65.4 million for the 2015-16 fiscal year. That’s up $15.6 million from 2014, according to its latest annual report.

In the 15-month period ending on March 31, the Crown corporation recorded revenue of $158.2 million, a $30.2 million increase compared to $128 million in 2014.

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    This is the first year that SaskGaming is reporting annual results as of March 31, which is why the latest figures cover a 15-month period. The Saskatchewan government decided last November that Crown corporations’ fiscal years should match the government’s budget cycle, which is April 1 to March 31.

    SaskGaming, which owns and operates Casino Regina and Casino Moose Jaw, said it had a total guest count of 4.39 million people in the fiscal year ended March. In 2014, the guest count was 3.54 million.

    As for expenses, SaskGaming reported $92.8 million in the 15-month period compared to $78.2 million in the 12 months.

    Income before payment to the General Revenue Fund (GRF) was $65.4 million in the 15-month period. In the 12-month period in 2014, the income was $49.8 million.

    The payment to the GRF came to $32.7 million, split between the First Nations Trust and the Community Initiatives Fund. A portion of the Community Initiatives Fund goes toward the Clarence Campeau Development Fund, also known as the Métis Development Fund.

    The First Nations Trust distributes the funding to all First Nations in the province and requires those funds to be spent on economic, social, recreational facilities and educational development. The money also goes toward justice, senior and youth programs, health initiatives and community infrastructure.

    The Community Initiatives Fund is overseen by the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sports, It provides grants for human development and community vitality.

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Moncton cat rescue group makes plea for more foster parents

A Moncton animal rescue group is having to turn animals away for the first time in more than 20 years.

According to Annick Le Parque, who started Sasha’s Cat Rescue, the not-for-profit rescue is unable to take in any more stray cats or kittens until it finds more volunteer foster parents.

“Right now we are at capacity” Le Parque said on Monday.

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Le Parque said her group has rescued and adopted out more than 400 stray, abandoned or neglected cats in the last two years alone.

But, she said, this spring has been her busiest breeding season yet.

“Winter was very mild and a female can have three litters in a season,” Le Parque said.

As a result she currently has 35 cats and kittens in foster care.

Moncton’s Caroline McGraw recently fostered her first litter of kittens. The young mother was a little apprehensive about the idea at first.

“It is a big responsibility. But for us, we have kids and we have animals, so what is one more,” she said.

She said the hardest part of being a foster parent was giving them up when they are finally adopted out.

“I cried of joy and cause I was a little sad, but then you are so happy,” she said.

LeParque said the kittens are easier to adopt out due to their “cute factor”.

It’s the adult cats, like “Chase and Carter” —; the 8-year-old brothers she currently has up for adoption (pictured above) —; that are harder to find homes for.

“We are looking for homes for them. They are bonded brothers. Chase has an eye missing, we don’t know what happened. He came to us that way. Chase needs Carter to move in life and because of that we cannot separate them.”

Le Parque said she hopes that an adoptive parent for the brothers will come along soon.

“I know there is someone out there for Carter and Chase.”

She said she’s also hopeful that more people will step up to become foster parents soon, because having to turn away these innocent little faces because of a lack of volunteers simply breaks her heart.

Le Parque can be reached at [email protected]@com.

Crown to seek adult sentence for teen if found guilty of killing Saskatoon baby

The Crown will seek an adult sentence for a 16-year-old girl accused of killing a baby if she is found guilty of the crime, according to a prosecutor at Saskatoon provincial court Monday morning.

The notification was given to the judge while the girl made a brief court appearance via video. The prosecutor also asked for a psychological assessment on the accused to be ordered.

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    On July 3, police responded to an injured baby in the 200-block of Waterloo Crescent. The six-week-old boy, Nikosis Jace Cantre, was found and taken to Royal University Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

    The teenager has been charged with second-degree murder. Her name cannot be released under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

    Earlier this month, the great-grandmother of the Nikosis Jace called for the accused to “to get charged as an adult” while speaking to reporters outside of court.

    Defence lawyer Jay Watson said “it’s not out of the ordinary at all” for the Crown to notify the judge it will seek an adult sentence for a youth accused of murder. He pointed out that the gap between youth and adult sentences for serious crimes can be huge.

    “The toughest youth sentence that you could get would be a total of 10 years; six years in custody and then four with various other procedures thereafter,” said Watson, who is not affiliated with the case.

    “Whereas with an adult, it’s [a] life sentence with no applicability for parole in the most serious circumstance for 25 years.”

    READ MORE: Candlelight vigil held in Saskatoon for slain baby boy

    Watson said one of the ordinary conditions to have a youth sentenced as an adult would be if they had committed a serious crime, like murder or aggravated sexual assault. The youth must also be at least 14-years-old, according to the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

    “The onus is on the Crown to prove to the judge the presumption that there’s less moral culpability and reduced capacity to some degree,” Watson said.

    “They look at the accused record, if there’s been any type of other serious offences and all of the other personal circumstances.”

    The teenager is scheduled to be back in court on Aug. 24.

Shoppers Mall in Brandon to get a $30 million facelift, new stores

At least half a dozen new stores and restaurants are about to set up shop at The Shoppers Mall in Brandon.

The new additions are just one major change to the 367,000-square-foot building. Morguard Real Estate announced Monday it plans to redevelop the main entrance as well as other common areas.

A release said the changes are part of a “remerchandising strategy” by the building’s owner.

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“This transformation signals a new era at Shoppers Mall,” said John Levac, Vice President, Asset Management at Morguard REIT in a news release.

“The investment is designed to cater to the demands of the community and attract new shoppers seeking exceptional choice and diverse retailers.”

All of the construction is estimated to be finished by the middle of 2017 and cost around $30 million.

A Sobeys Extra will take over the 62,000-square-foot location left vacant when Target closed down. It is anticipated the store will be open this winter.

GoodLife Fitness plans to convert the former Safeway store space into a co-ed gym. It is expected to open in early 2017.

A new building for Swiss Chalet and Harvey’s will also take shape on the property. It will be Brandon’s first location for the restaurants.

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Several new restaurants are also planned for just outside the mall in hopes of increasing density on the property.

East Side Mario’s will open its first Manitoba location in the mall’s parking lot. It will share the space with Fionn MacCool’s.

East Side Mario’s will open its first Manitoba location in the mall’s parking lot. It will share the space with Fionn MacCool’s.

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A new building for Swiss Chalet and Harvey’s will also take shape on the property. It will be Brandon’s first location for the restaurants.

Thai Express will open a location inside the mall’s food court.

The mall’s owners anticipates more retailers will be announced later this year because of the redevelopment.

Nova Scotia boosts next year’s film fund for international series

The provincial government is adding almost $6 million more to next year’s film and television production fund to allow for an international TV production.

The large production, based on a Stephen King story, began filming in Nova Scotia on Monday. The government says The Mist is one of the highest budgeted productions ever to film in the province.

The government has approved $5.9 million in funding through the province’s Film and Television Production Incentive Fund. It says the funding will be provided in addition to the $10 million budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year, leaving capacity for other productions in 2017-18.

While the production starts in July, the government says the money will only be paid out next year. The increase for 2017-18 comes one month after the government also increased the amount of money available in 2016-17 from $10 million to $11.5 million.

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The controversial incentive fund was introduced after the Liberals cut the film tax credit. Since the tax credit was axed, the industry has raised concerns about workers leaving the province, a dramatic drop in wages, and film and TV production companies leaving the province because of a lack of work.

Monday’s announcement comes as a surprise because the rules don’t say that large productions can get funding from outside the fund. However, the government says in this case the exception was warranted.

“It’s one of the biggest productions ever to film in Nova Scotia,” spokesperson Heather Desserud said in an email. “This demonstrates our willingness to be flexible within the new fund, and to work with industry to help them be successful and sustainable.”

King’s horror novel follows the happenings in Bridgton, Maine after it’s enveloped in a mist that houses otherworldly monsters. Horrible things ensue.

Another film based on the novella was made in 2007.

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Staff ‘deserved what they got’: Man told police after ramming truck through Petro Canada station

WARNING: This video contains graphic content that some may find disturbing.

Steven Cloutier told police he was “past the breaking point” the day he drove his Ford F-150 through an Edmonton Petro Canada gas station, severely injuring two employees; a man and a woman. Two other female employees were also injured.

Cloutier, 39, was originally facing a long list of charges, including four counts of attempted murder.

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    On Monday, he pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated assault, dangerous driving causing bodily harm, mischief over $5,000 and assault.

    On Nov. 19, 2015, Cloutier didn’t run from police. In fact, he watched from across the street as emergency crews arrived at the Petro Canada at 96 Street and 118 Avenue. Once in police custody, he told the investigator he should be in a mental hospital.

    “There is a breaking point and everyone has it,” he said.

    “Mine came a while ago and something just snapped in my mind and that’s it,” Cloutier said.

    He said his downward spiral began after his sister died by suicide.

    In an agreed statement of facts, Cloutier admitted to getting frustrated after he arrived at the gas station on the morning of Nov. 18, 2015.

    He left his driver’s licence with the store clerk and went out to the pre-pay pump, but it still didn’t work. The clerk thought Cloutier left a credit card and told another staff member to advise Cloutier over the intercom. By this time, Cloutier had moved his truck to a different pump, but it also required pre-payment. After alerting Cloutier over the intercom, he became upset and went back in the store.

    Watch below: Global News now has the shocking surveillance video of a truck ramming through the front of a gas station. The man behind the wheel told police the employees he injured deserved it. Kendra Slugoski was in court on Monday as he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and other charges. WARNING: Video contains disturbing images.

    The agreed statement of facts online that Cloutier slammed his fist on the counter and yelled at the store clerk. He left the store without his driver’s licence. Fearing for their safety, staff locked the front door, then attempted to return his driver’s licence by sliding it through the after-hours payment slot. By that time, Cloutier was at his vehicle and drove off.

    About a minute later, Cloutier cut across three lanes of traffic and returned to the store. It was determined Cloutier was travelling at least 47 km/hr when he drove his truck through the Petro Canada.

    Yeon Kim was pinned underneath and Joseph Loutitt was pinned between the truck and the steel rubble. The workers weren’t freed until someone came in the store and slowly reversed the truck.

    A 38-year-old man is facing a slew of charges after police say he intentionally drove his truck into a gas station convenience store, seriously injuring two people inside.

    Crown evidence/surveillance photo

    A 38-year-old man is facing a slew of charges after police say he intentionally drove his truck into a gas station convenience store, seriously injuring two people inside.

    Crown evidence/surveillance photo

    A 38-year-old man is facing a slew of charges after police say he intentionally drove his truck into a gas station convenience store, seriously injuring two people inside.

    Crown evidence/surveillance photo

    A 38-year-old man is facing a slew of charges after police say he intentionally drove his truck into a gas station convenience store, seriously injuring two people inside.

    Crown evidence/surveillance photo

    Steven Cloutier is facing four counts of attempted murder, four counts of assault with a weapon, four counts of aggravated assault, four counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm and two counts of assault.

    Crown evidence/surveillance photo

    A black, Ford pickup truck slammed into a Petro Canada store near 97 Street and 118 Avenue just before 11:50 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2015.

    Crown evidence/surveillance photo

    A black, Ford pickup truck slammed into a Petro Canada store near 97 Street and 118 Avenue just before 11:50 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2015.

    Crown evidence/surveillance photo

    A black, Ford pickup truck slammed into a Petro Canada store near 97 Street and 118 Avenue just before 11:50 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2015.

    Crown evidence/surveillance photo

    A 38-year-old man is facing a slew of charges after police say he intentionally drove his truck into a gas station convenience store, seriously injuring two people inside.

    Crown evidence/surveillance photo

    In November 2015, a black, Ford pickup truck slammed into a Petro Canada store near 97 Street and 118 Avenue just before 11:50 a.m. This is what the business looked like July 18, 2016.

    Kendra Slugoski, Global News

    Loutitt was visibly shaken during Monday’s court proceedings and told reporters he just got out of a wheelchair in April.  Loutitt suffered two broken legs, a broken knee cap and broken shoulder blade. He is now using a crutch to help him walk.

    After the crash, Cloutier left the vehicle and punched one of the other female workers in the face stating: “How do you like that?”

    During his police interview, Cloutier said he was trying to leave Edmonton and hoped he didn’t hurt any customers. He said he had no conscience anymore.

    “In my opinion, the staff members in the store deserved what they got.”

    “I have no hard feelings about it,” he told police. “The guy that locked the door behind me, he deserved what he got too.”

    Yeon Kim suffered broken legs, a shattered pelvis, compound ankle fracture, kidney damage, a blood infection and a broken jaw. Her shoulder was also injured and she is still recovering from eye damage.

    The two other employees are also still recovering from their injuries.

    Cloutier remains in custody and will be back in court for sentencing on November 28.

SGI posts $84.5-million profit in annual report

SGI Canada released its financial results for 2015-16, posting a profit of $84.5 million.

The Crown corporation says the period of January 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016 showed the profit came despite significant storm losses across the prairies and forest fire claims in Northern Saskatchewan.

SGI CANADA highlights for 2015-16 include:

$46 million in investment earnings, resulting from a well-managed and diversified investment portfolio;$42.4 million underwriting profit;$797 million in premium written; $235 million of that premium written outside Saskatchewan;$55.1 million in claim losses due to summer storms and wildfires in Northern Saskatchewan;$47.3 million dividend paid to Crown Investments Corporation to benefit the people of Saskatchewan.

“SGI CANADA’s profitability is due to both favourable underwriting results and investment earnings,” Don McMorris, the minister responsible for SGI, said.  “In addition, SGI CANADA achieved growth in all provinces where it operates, despite economic downturns in Alberta and Saskatchewan.  This growth is a direct result of the positive partnerships SGI CANADA has built with its broker partners across the country.”

SGI says the other side of its operations, the Saskatchewan Auto Fund, also showed strong results.

The Auto Fund saw its reserve increase by $159.1 million to a balance of $377.2 million. The fund is in place to ensure there is enough money to pay future claim obligations.

SGI says an unusually mild winter and recent traffic safety initiatives has contributed to relatively low damage and injury claims.

Auto Fund highlights for 2015-16 include:

$111.8 million in investment earnings due to strong foreign equity returns and positive fixed-income results;$934.3 million in claims ($25.7 million of those claims resulting from summer hail storms);$155.7 million in discounts provided to customers with safe driving records through the Safe Driver Recognition and Business Recognition programs.Follow @BrandonGonez
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