Community Connections

  • January 14, 2015

    This is our Community a Celebration of Cultures

    Community Connections is pleased to invite you to our 4th annual event "This is our Community a Celebration of Cultures".  This event will be held on March 15, 2015 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Glencairn Neighborhood Centre - 2626 Dewdney Ave. East

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  • September 14, 2012

    Special Olympic Truck Convoy & Truck Pull

    A TRUCK CONVOY of close to 70 trucks with large trailers left Saskatoon in the morning and arrived in Regina at the Turvey Centre at 1pm.

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  • September 8, 2012

    Canadian Paraplegic Association Relay

    I was honoured to attend and bring greetings to this fun event

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  • Chinese Freemasons of Regina

    We were pleased to attend their 4th Anniversary Banquet and Celebration

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  • June 23, 2012

    Aboriginal Day Live & Celebration

    I had the honor of attending the Opening Ceremonies of the National Aboriginal Day Live & Celebrations.

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  • K+S Potash Legacy Mine Ground Breaking Ceremony

    K+S Legacy Project near Bethune, Saskatchewan

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  • Feed the Kids Night

    At North Central Family Centre.

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New Impaired Driving Laws Take Effect January 1

Released on December 28, 2016

Cellphone Law Also Changing

SGI is reminding Saskatchewan residents that impaired driving laws are changing in the new year.  Tougher legislation was passed earlier this fall, with strengthened laws taking effect January 1, 2017.

“These changes reinforce that driving when you’ve been drinking is the wrong decision,” Minister responsible for SGI Joe Hargrave said.  “Tougher consequences around vehicle seizures, licence suspensions and mandatory ignition interlock drive home the point that you risk not only your life but the lives of everyone else on the road when you choose to drive impaired.  Don’t risk it.  Make a New Year’s resolution to plan a sober ride – every time – so you and others get home safely.”

Changes build on laws implemented in 2014 to strengthen impaired driving legislation in Saskatchewan.


Starting January 1:

  • Experienced drivers who are charged for the first time with having a blood alcohol content (BAC) over .04 will have their vehicle seized for three days;
  • There will be zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol for all drivers 21 and under and all new drivers; and
  • Ignition interlock laws will be the strongest in Canada, with mandatory ignition interlock for drivers who register a BAC of .16 or greater or refuse to provide a breath sample (1st offence - two years; 2nd offence - five years; 3rd and subsequent offence - 10 years).

“New laws take effect at 12:01 a.m. on January 1, so make sure to plan a safe ride home from any New Year’s Eve celebrations if you plan on drinking,” Hargrave said.  “If you’re 21 or under or a new driver, remember that zero tolerance means you can’t consume any alcohol or drugs before driving.”

Safe ride options include: taking the bus with Ding in the New Year in Regina, Saskatoon, Moose Jaw and Prince Albert; Operation Red Nose in Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert and The Battlefords; planning for a designated driver or using a designated driving service; calling a cab, friend or family member for a ride; or, planning to spend the night.  Residents are reminded they can report suspected impaired drivers to police by calling 9-1-1.

In 2015 in Saskatchewan, there were nearly 1,200 impaired driving collisions, killing 54 people and injuring 580 others.

A new cellphone law is also in effect January 1.  To help prevent distracted driving, the cellphone law is expanding from “using” a cellphone while driving to “holding, viewing, using or manipulating” a cellphone while driving.

The following applies under both the current and new cellphone law:

  • All drivers are prohibited from using hand-held cellphones.
  • Experienced drivers can use hands-free devices, but new drivers can’t.
  • If the cellphone is mounted on the dash, clipped to the visor or in a cradle, it's considered hands-free and it’s OK for an experienced driver to use it, provided they can access the phone with one touch of a button or voice commands.

Visit SGI’s website at for more information about the changes.


For more information, contact:

Kelley Brinkworth
Phone: 306-751-1837
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Cell: 306-535-6207

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