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Federal government could address high gas prices

There's usually a painful grimace when we spot gas signs reading $1.36 a litre in Saskatchewan.

Now, the federal government claims they'll be investigating those high prices through a parliamentary committee. Industry Minister Tony Clement says he'll be grilling distributors and retailers on their pricing methods.

But the Ruth Robinson, from the Consumer Association of Saskastchewan, says this isn't the first time the government has looked into pricing - and found nothing wrong.

Gas prices start to rise in Saskatchewan

It appears as though the rise in gas prices has made its way to Saskatchewan.

News Talk Radio has been tipped off that prices in Regina have gone from 1.31 to 1.36. Saskatoon prices are showing a jump from 1.32 to 1.37.

Edited by News Talk Radio's Sabeen Ahmad.

 

Smell of smoke sends Vanscoy potash mine into lockdown

It was a false alarm, but work at the Vanscoy potash mine came to a halt Wednesday afternoon after an employee reportedly smelled smoke.
 
Agrium said 150 miners retreated to underground emergency shelters after someone smelled smoke around 12:30 p.m. After inspecting the mine, the mine rescue crew found no smoke or fire and gave the all clear around 3:45 p.m. No one was hurt and all the miners were allowed to return to work or head to the surface.

Human resources manager Gavin Rans said everything the workers did was to protocol.
 

Saskatoon's Jordan Cook of Reignwolf opens for Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath could choose any opening band in the world but the iconic rock group has hand-picked Reignwolf, with Saskatoon frontman Jordan Cook.

“We asked no questions and thankfully took the gig,” Cook said, laughing. “Let’s be honest, this is a dream gig. The fact that they chose Reignwolf is just, to me, the very best thing.”

Acclaimed for his guitar playing at a very young age in Saskatoon, Cook is now getting the attention of the highest of critics. Just this year, Rolling Stone magazine named Cook one of the top 10 artists to watch for.

Recycling fund confirmed for Saskatchewan

The city’s multi-unit-dwelling (MUD) recycling program needs to collect over 16,000 tons of recycling if they expect $1.5 million each year from the multi-material recycling program (MMRP).

On Tuesday the Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance (CSSA) presented its plans to deliver the Multi-Material Stewardship Western (MMSW) program, known in Saskatoon as MMRP. Acting managing director for MMSW Karen Melynchuk explained the two sides of the MMRP program, the stewards and the municipalities.

Regina home sales down in early 2014

A new report expects home sales in Regina will bounce back this spring.

Re/Max's latest housing trends report found that sales were down six per cent early this year. But while overall sales volume is down year-over-year, sales prices in March increased nearly five per cent compared to the year before.

Re/Max's Rob Nesbitt said that the number of people "moving up" in the market has resulted in growth in the number of listings.

"We're over 20 per cent on listings coming on the market, so we have a really large inventory right now."

Procrastinators expected to delay after tax deadline extended

The scramble is on for last minute tax filers in Regina as the deadline for filing approaches.

For many of the businesses who file those tax returns this is their busiest time of the year.

“Right now will be our heaviest rush, from the 15th down to the 30th with most people actually showing up in this time frame to get their taxes done,” explained Marla Vervalcke with Meyers Norris Penny, a national chartered accounting and business advisory firm.

Saskatoon ink addicts flock to tattoo expo

Just as tattoos continue to grow in popularity, so too does the Saskatoon Tattoo Expo, with a record number of artists coming out over the weekend.

More than 160 artists from across the country brought their talent and equipment to the decade-old bridge city expo and filled the Prairieland Park hall.

“I think that’s just because it’s getting so popular. People want to showcase their work here,” expo organizer Jody Spychaj said.

Saskatchewan's liquor pallette grows up

With Saskatchewan’s population continuing to grown in population and diversity, it seems so too has their taste in hooch.

New numbers released by Statistics Canada show an increase in the amount of alcohol sold between Mar 31, 2012 and Mar. 31, 2013. But the increase hasn’t typically come in the way of the standard brands like Smirnoff, Wisers or Coors.

“Customers in recent years have been purchasing better products, moving into more of the premium brands in all categories,” said David Morris from the SLGA. “And that might be wine and spirits or even beer.”

Riversdale Delicatessen brings sweet smell of culture to 20th Street

Riversdale got another boost of culture when the doors to a new deli opened on Friday.
 
Riversdale Delicatessen, located at 20th Street and Avenue A South, offers Saskatoon a wide selection of fine food and sandwiches.
 
Co-owned by two Darbys – Darby Taylor and Darby Kells – the deli bakes all its bread in house and imports much of its cheese selection from specialty producers in Italy.

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