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  Sask. politicians opt for Apple over Berrys
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News DateFriday, September 24, 2010 07:45:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionREGINA — While BlackBerrys have long been standard issue for politicians across Canada, an Apple has been added to the technology mix in Saskatchewan.

In what is believed to be a first for a provincial government, all 18 Saskatchewan Party cabinet ministers and five senior officials have been issued iPads, the touchpad tablet computer introduced by technology giant Apple earlier this year.

The move will cost about $25,000 initially, but it is intended to facilitate a move to an "eCabinet" system that will lead to a drastic reduction in paperwork, cabinet secretary Rick Mantey said Friday.

Ministers will access cabinet documents electronically — rather than receive the mammoth briefing binders that typically accompany each meeting.

Mantey said his office expects to save about $50,000 annually in courier, printing and paper costs from the switch. "I will save 68 boxes of paper a year in my office alone," he said.
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