(13 May 2011)
No More SGI Benefits for Car Thieves
It was recently discovered that a loophole exists in SGI’s no-fault insurance coverage through which criminals who steal cars and cause collisions also receive coverage. That’s why we have made amendments to The Automobile Accident Insurance Act. Formerly under the act, criminals who stole cars and injured themselves in collisions could access all of the same benefits through SGI's injury coverage as law-abiding citizens who actually pay insurance premiums. The amendments to the act ensure that criminals who steal cars cannot collect injury benefits.
As flood waters continue to rise in many areas of the province, including our own communities, more communities are looking for assistance under the Emergency Flood Damage Reduction Program. Since the damage mitigation program was announced in February, the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority (SWA) has received more than 700 requests for help under the program. The safety of you and your family, as well as your home and property, is a top priority for our government as we face the challenges caused by unusually high spring runoff. Further details about the Emergency Flood Damage Reduction Program, up to date flood forecasts, free well testing and important safety information are available at the provincial flood website.
With last winter’s record snowfall melting, the province’s pothole patrol is swinging into action. Highway crews and contactors are making temporary road repairs to cracks, breaks and potholes revealed by the spring thaw. When the roads get drier, long-term repairs will begin. Our government anticipated potential flooding this spring by doing aggressive surveillance of problem areas, arranging for additional equipment and supplies to be ordered or on standby, assembling emergency repair trailers and re-deploying staff from drier areas.
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