More proof in the Star Phoenix that Saskatoon's so-called boom is anything but--the money numbers might say one thing but demographics say another... people are STILL leaving the province by the thousands! The ship might not be sinking still but the rats--or prairie dogs perhaps--are still fleeing! Get out while you can!
City population sinks: Estimate shows decline of 2,000 people since Jan. 2007
Rod Nickel, The StarPhoenixPublished: Thursday, July 24, 2008
Slow down that swagger, Saskatoon. The economy may be booming, but those counting heads suggest that doesn't mean the population is doing the same. The most recent estimate of Saskatoon's population from a Toronto analytics firm caused jaws to drop in the city planning department when it reported a decrease of 2,000 people between January 2007 and spring of this year to about 212,000 in the city proper. Anyone, including city officials, watching new neighbourhoods fill in and traffic back up might be skeptical that 2,000 souls have gone missing.
"We talked to (the firm) and said, 'We find this surprising,' " said Bill Holden, manager of the city's research and information resource centre. "They said, based on the stuff we do, that's the number we got."