Skip to content’s top stories of 2022: $500 affordability cheques

Everyone was wondering when they would get their money. — Three out of’s four most-read stories for 2022 are a good indication Saskatchewan residents have been preoccupied with their pocketbooks.

Three $500 affordability tax credit cheque stories together got more attention than any other story on the website. The three stories were:

These three stories were number one, two and four, respectively. The announcement that cheques were coming was made by Premier Scott Moe in August, leaving the public constantly curious as to when they could be expected.

Our fifth most-read story was also about government payouts:

As with the affordability tax credit cheques, the reading public was eager to find out when they would be receiving those long awaited funds.

Number three and Number 6 were indicative of some of the angst the pandemic had created amongst the population. In third place was:

This story was one of the top-read stories for days on end, bumped out of the top spots only when the $500 cheque stories captured the public’s attention. It continues to be in the top 25 frequently to this date.

Again reflecting the public’s frustration with the pandemic, number six was:

As in most years, our top stories also included crime, cop and court stories (prompting us to create a dedicated category for these popular stories. Following are top stories seven, eight, nine:

With some more about government money, crime, controversy and catastrophe, here are the top stories in 10th through 20th place:

Following are top read stories 21 through 50:

  • Good news: $500 tax credit cheques coming starting Nov. 14, dated Nov. 2;
  • Highway Hotline update: Some roads have reopened, many still hazardous, dated March 8;
  • Turtleford RCMP seek missing 48-year-old woman, Nov. 27;
  • Family of Trent Angus mourn his death after he was shot by RCMP at Waseca, March 9;
  • Update: Five-year-old Frank Young found deceased in river, July 10;
  • Protests planned at police stations across country, July 31;
  • Updated: Nine-hour stand-off in Estevan comes to a peaceful end; individual taken into custody, Feb. 8;
  • Highway Hotline now showing road closures all over Saskatchewan, Jan. 31;
  • Man who had 'torture chamber' in basement gets light jail sentence, April 15;
  • Kurt Miller charged in another large drug bust, Dec. 5;
  • 15 basic physics concepts to help you understand our world, Nov. 13;
  • Update: Dangerous person alert, 10 dead, 15 wounded, Sept. 4;
  • Fire breaks out at Forget's Happy Nun Café, Dec. 15;
  • Thunderchild F.N. woman survives ride with 'The Truck Stop Killer', Oct. 23;
  • Updated: N.B. residents charged in $55M drug trafficking, money laundering, organized crime bust, Sept. 29;
  • Cougar caught on camera during the day southwest of Estevan, Aug. 22;
  • Couple preserves ghost town in southwestern Saskatchewan, Aug. 19;
  • Missing: RCMP looking for 38-year-old Assiniboia man, July 23;
  • Protesters could be lured into violence warns counter-terrorism expert, Aug. 5;
  • Cat café to open in Saskatoon, March 12;
  • Missing: RCMP look for 16 year old last seen in Balgonie, Aug. 4;
  • Tribune man goes missing during blizzard on Monday night, Feb. 1;
  • Battleford man charged with assault after video goes viral, July 20;
  • Cabin owners evicted from Suffern Lake Regional Park, May 30;
  • Good morning, Battlefords!;
  • RCMP: Tons of canola stolen in RM of Rudy, Jan. 6;
  • Winners of $1 million lottery ticket unveiled, Oct. 14;
  • Saskatchewan ending COVID-19 passport, lifting mask requirement, Feb. 8;
  • Megan Gallagher homicide: Who are the eight accused?, Oct. 2; and
  • Saskatoon resident wins $200,000 instant prize, Dec. 28.