Business is about to pick up at Mission Ridge Winter Park and while skiers and boarders don’t depend on natural snow it certainly doesn’t hurt.
Crews are busy making more snow and the park should be ready to open by Saturday. Snow School Director Anders Svenson is confident the opening date will stay the same.
“So far so good. We’re at about 60 per cent of our snow-making right now is complete; we should be about 90 per cent done by the weekend,” he said.
According to a BMO survey, 41 per cent of people on the Prairies plan to shop
online for Cyber Monday and a local clothing store in Saskatoon is seeing extra
traffic on their website.
"First thing this morning, I was noticing the orders coming in," said Roxanne Woodley, the owner of Tonic.
After being revealed in June, the CRTC's new Wireless Code comes into effect Monday and will apply a two year contract cap to anyone starting or renewing a wireless phone contract.
The code itself is somewhat complex and includes a number of provisions some of which have already started to be implemented by providers in Saskatchewan. CLICK HERE to read more.
With the first day of December comes what is for many the official beginning of the holiday season, and also the beginning of a financial drain.
A new Scotiabank poll released on Friday looked at how much Canadians plan to spend on Christmas this year. The national average is up from last year, sitting at about $899.
But people from Saskatchewan plan to spend a little more than their national counterparts. According to the poll, people in the Prairies plan to spend about $931 on the holidays with 71 per cent of that planned for gifts.
When Kara Krahn started sewing baby bibs and blankets in her home she never dreamed her side projects would one day turn into a booming international business.
Six years ago, the Saskatoon mom of four ran a daycare when she began sewing baby gear for friends. Soon after, she found herself moving from full time mom to full time entrepreneur with her business Polka Dot Piggy.
“My friends started giving my name out and the ball started rolling,” Krahn said.
Roughrider fans in Saskatoon can still buy clothing with the phrase "2013 Grey Cup Champions," but stores have been extremely busy since getting the merchandise on Wednesday.
"It's been crazy, we've been swamped with lots of people," said Kirsten, an employee at River City Sports in Saskatoon.
An employee at the Rider Store on 8th Street East said it was "insane" on Friday afternoon, with two line-ups of people inside the store for most of the day.
The price of crude oil may be down and gas prices up, but one analyst doesn’t think we’re being gouged at the pumps in Saskatchewan.
The average price across the province for gas on Friday was $1.17 a litre. In the previous week, the price had gone up roughly six cents despite crude oil being lower than it has been in the last several months at $93 a barrel.
Black Friday lineups in Saskatoon are nothing compared with the U.S. yet many
retailers in the bridge city are taking part in the shopping craze.
Most stores in the Midtown Plaza have Black Friday deals, according to Daisy Lieu, the marketing director. "There are some great deals out there like up to 60 per cent off entire store or buy one, get one free," Lieu said.
Black Friday may inspire mob-like crowds in the U.S., but so far the discounts, not the pandemonium is making its way into Canada.
"Last year, we were really busy for Black Friday," said Colter Wood, owner of Coda Clothing in Regina, "We don't just do Friday we do the whole weekend. We saw a substantial amount of traffic through it."
Wood wasn't the only local business owner following the Black Friday movement. As Dutch Growers sends out email information to its customers about the special sales, owner Tim Van Duyvendyk says people are getting excited.
There just isn't money for everything.
That's the message from Don McMorris, Saskatchewan's Minister of Highways and Infrastructure.
The minister tried to clear up confusion around a request from the City of Saskatoon for the province to kick in $70 million towards the building of the proposed North Commuter Parkway Bridge.