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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.


Sask., B.C. remove barrier on wine trade

Many in Saskatchewan are raising a glass to the announcement that Saskatchewan and British Columbia are removing trade barriers on locally-made wine and craft spirits.
It means people in Saskatchewan will be able to legally order B.C. wines--and vice versa-- and have them delivered to their doorsteps.
The agreement was announced Friday at the premiers meeting in Charlottetown. Premier Brad Wall said B.C. Premier Christy Clark has been a voice for more "common sense" when it comes to free trade.

Transit unable to run full service for start of school year

A lenghty lineup of city buses needing repairs has forced bus route cancellations just in time for the beginning of a new schoolyear.

Late blight popping in Sask. gardens

Wet weather and cooler temperatures at night is causing late blight to pop up in gardens across the province.
Rick van Duyvendyk with Dutch Growers Garden Centre in Saskatoon said that blight will start in the stems and then spread through the plant. Affected tomato and potato plants will have black and brown lesions on the leaves. Eventually tomatoes will get a brown, leathery look and the fruit will rot. Potatoes turn grey and brown on the skin and also rot.

Update: Saskatoon police release dramatic footage from shooting

Saskatoon police released video of the dramatic moments during last Friday’s standoff in Saskatoon’s north end where five people were pinned behind a truck dodging bullets, and police moved in for a rescue.

Government covers expensive cystic fibrosis drug

An expensive drug used to treat a rare form of cystic fibrosis is being added to the province's drug plan.

Effective Monday the province will cover the cost of Kalydeco, an oral medication which up until now was only covered by drug plans in Alberta and Ontario.

If patients had to buy the drug on their own the cost would be roughly $300,000 for a one year supply.

A government spokesperson said the province negotiated a better deal for the medication but were not allowed to reveal the price.

Shipping containers used to make giant Blades' fan

A massive Saskatoon Blades hockey fan made of steel shipping containers is now visible from Highway 11 north.
The World's Biggest Saskatoon Blades' Fan stands 52-feet high and is comprised of thirteen 10-foot containers and three 20-foot containers according to Bob Anderson, marketing director with BigSteelBox, the company behind the structure. It set up shop north of Saskatoon in June and already has a partnership with the Saskatoon Blades.

Solar panels coming to the Broadway Theatre

The Broadway Theatre in Saskatoon is hoping to cut costs with the help of the sun.

"We're planning on covering our entire roof with solar panels," Kirby Wirchenko, the theatre's executive and artistic director, said.

The theatre is looking to install 40 to 50 solar panels that will potentially cut the power bill by 50 per cent.

"Anything that we can save on the energy side, it's all going to get plugged back into the building," Wirchenko said, adding that could include more live shows and a renovation of the lobby and concession area.

Regina Tim Hortons customers not concerned by Burger King takeover

Burger King's $12.5 billion purchase of Tim Hortons isn't creating whole lot of concern in Regina.

"I don't really care," was the common answer on the street Tuesday afternoon.

There isn't really much reason for customers to worry about the sale. The Miami-based burger chain said there are no plans to do any co-branding or start mixing the food from either side.

"As long as they don't change my ice caps I've got nothing more to say," said a customer at the Broad Street and 11th Avenue location.

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