Jack Grover goes back to prison

Surely, there is a God!

The Supreme Court of Canada today reinstated Jack Grover’s obstruction of justice conviction, ruling that the Saskatchewan Court of Appeals was wrong to overturn the guilty verdict. Grover was charged following a deadly fire in one of his properties which left two children dead and an adult man suffering permanent brain damage. In June of 2006, Grover was found guilty of falsifying smoke detector maintenance records. On August 31 he was sentenced to serve one year in prison for his actions but he was released the following December when the conviction was set aside by the provincial appeals court.

Grover has a lengthy history of problems related to his real estate holdings which include single family homes and apartment buildings in Saskatoon.  In one five year period over 30 fires were reported at his properties.  He’s been convicted of making a false or misleading statement, obstruction of justice, as well as other infractions under the Fire Prevention Act and Saskatoon’s fire bylaws. This is the first conviction which came with a prison sentence. Sadly, it’s far too short.

Saskatoon housing shortage: Some people are really hurting

Saskatoon housing shortageIt’s easy to get swept up in the excitement of this booming real estate market. If you’re not careful, you can miss some really important stuff.

Some people are really hurting.

He’s here. She’s there, with the kids. They can’t find a home, but they have to be out of the one they currently own in less than a month. They’ve tried hard, sometimes bidding up to $20,000 over the asking price. Someone always seems to outbid them and the next home that comes on the market always seems to be more money. They don’t know where they’ll end up.

Meantime, investors are sending money from all over the country. They all want a little piece of the Saskatoon real estate action.  It’s the “next Calgary,” don’t you know?

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t resent you and I recognize your right to invest in this community. I just know where I want to focus my efforts right now and it’s not on spreadsheets.

If you want to talk cap rates, income and expenses, and property management, please, call another agent.  I’ll be busy helping someone find a home.

I’m always happy to answer your Saskatoon real estate questions.  All of my contact info is here. Please feel free to call or email.

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Norm Fisher
Royal LePage Saskatoon Real Estate

Proverbial poo hits the fan in Nutana, Saskatoon

New Sewage Lift Station Proposed for Nutana Saskatonn

You might say that residents of Saskatoon’s Nutana area have their “shit in a knot” over proposed plans to build a new sewer lift station in Rotary Park and who could blame them. The idea of dealing with raw sewage in your back yard isn’t exactly appealing to anyone. City administrators are recommending council approve plans for construction of the new lift station near the Senator Sid Buckwold Bridge in Rotary Park.

It seems that there are concerns about the ongoing viability of the existing lift station located across the river in Victoria Park. It’s been in operation for close to a century and the underwater pipe which transports sewage across the river hasn’t been inspected since 1911. City administrators favour the new location because the estimated cost comes in about $600,000 lower on that side off the river. The annual cost of operation will also be lower by approximately $15,000.

The new lift station would include public restrooms and the city plans to landscape to prevent the station from becoming an eye sore. Odour control equipment would be installed in an effort to minimize foul smells but it’s doubtful that it could be eliminated totally.

Councillor Charlie Clark who represents the area on City Council says he will not support the move.

Councillor Pat Lorje who represents Riversdale where the current lift station operates is fully behind the change. “Words fail me,” she said. “I understand the ‘not in my back yard’ syndrome….when you have professional engineers recommending a specific location, they’re not doing it for frivolous reasons…I don’t think it will have that large of an impact on the neighbourhood.”

I could go either way on this, as long as they keep it operating in a public park. 🙂 Sheesh!

Strange Saskatchewan Diversions: U-Pick a….Cow?

Strange Saskatchewan Diversions: U-pick a Cow

Is it just me, or is this just a really strange idea?

Saskatchewan cattle farmer, Ivan Allin has launched a new business venture called U-Pick Steak Farm, which is supposed to address consumer concerns about the quality and safety of the food that they’re eating.

The Saskatoon Sun quotes Mr. Allin as saying, “The idea just came to me one day. You have the u-pick thing with strawberries and raspberries so I thought, ‘why not beef?’”

I’m still trying to figure out how that makes sense. I think most people are pretty well qualified to pick strawberries and raspberries, but I start to feel a little out of my comfort zone picking a cow, and I can’t imagine that I might feel any “safer” for doing so.

Mr. Allin suggests that this is a way for consumers to “come back to nature, watch the calves as they’re maturing and even pick one that they might want to have.”

Perhaps it’s the city boy in me but the last thing I want is a long term relationship with something I’m eventually going to eat.

You have to hand it to Saskatchewan people for their entrepreneurial spirit and who knows, maybe this turns out to be a big thing. Strange as I may think it is, at least Mr. Allin is willing to try something different and he has managed some free ink as a result. Best wishes for your success Mr. Allin. I hope you mooove a few head of cattle. 🙂

If the idea of picking your own cow turns your crank, you can reach the U-Pick Steak Farm at 306-946-2440.