Volume 13, Number 7 November 18, 2005

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Speech mentions new initiatives

Saskatchewan universities received few mentions in the Speech from the Throne delivered Nov. 7 in Regina, but one was a commitment by the NDP government to “provide for” significant support for the Academic Health Sciences Centre at the U of S.

The speech, delivered by Lieutenant Governor Lynda Haverstock to open the second session of the Legislature, pointed out the health sciences centre will bring together educators, research and students, and that “in this session (of the Legislature), a major investment will be made toward this project”. Another key initiative was increased government support for the College of Medicine and its program to train doctors for the future.

The speech went on to say the government will pursue investment in value-added food production in the province, and will highlight work being done, particularly at the U of S Food Centre, around food processing opportunities.

The government also committed to work with universities, among other institutions, to ease the transition for immigrants to Saskatchewan by connecting them with jobs, communities and cultural groups.

And, there was mention of the government working with universities and other educational institutions to ensure access for Aboriginal and Métis students.

For more information, contact communications.office@usask.ca

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