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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.

 

Lowe's announces arrival in Saskatoon

The do-it-yourselfer in Saskatoon will soon have more choice for buying tools and materials for their home renovation project.

American home improvement retailer Lowe's announced Thursday its second Saskatchewan location in Saskatoon will open next summer.
 
The store under construction in the city's Blairmore neighbourhood is "50 per cent complete", said Sandy Indig with Lowe's Canada.

It will have approximately 86,000 square feet of retail sales space, with an adjacent 15,000 square foot garden centre.

Why more Canadians are Black Friday shopping

Retailers across the country are expecting about half of all Canadians are getting their wallets ready for some Black Friday shopping, according to the Retail Council of Canada.

"It's long been a U.S. shopping holiday but in the past five years you have really seen it become part of the narrative in Canadian retail,"  senior vice-president of Digital Retail with the Retail Council of Canada Michael LeBlanc said.

Saskatoon SPCA seeking public's help reuniting family

The Saskatoon SPCA needs the public’s assistance reuniting a dog with her pups.

Executive Director with the SPCA, Patricia Cameron, said a good Samaritan brought in the lost German Shepherd Wednesday afternoon, after finding the dog in distress at busy corner of 33rd Street and Idylwyld Drive.

“The dog was trailing a long chain and a post so it could be she was tethered and broke the post or someone let her off,” Cameron said, adding the dog’s mammary’s are all full of milk, meaning she’s nursing pups.

P.A. doctor’s licence pulled for sex with patient

A well-regarded Prince Albert doctor’s confession to having sex with a patient has led to a more serious penalty than a similar case less than half a year ago.

Dr. Nigel Painter’s doctor’s licence is revoked for a year after he pleaded guilty to having a sexual relationship with and helping one of his patients provide false information on that relationship.

He was last listed as a physician with Physio Fit Therapy and Fitness.

Festival of Trees opens in Saskatoon

Those looking to buy a fully-decorated Christmas tree, might want to schedule a trip to the Festival of Trees in Saskatoon.

Established in 1986, the festival donates its proceeds to the Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation, which funds multiple sclerosis research and breath health.

The event at the Western Development Museum includes decorated trees and displays, entertainment, a photo booth with Disney characters from the hit movie Frozen, decorated gingerbread houses, and recyclable holiday displays.

PHOTOS: Sask. man's ice-dam damage remains 2 years later

One Saskatchewan man is hoping to get his SGI ice dam claim cleared up before winter really hits - but he’s running out of time.

“It’s been nothing but a headache from the start,” chuckled Bryan Bosley during a recent phone interview.

The roof of Bosley’s house was invaded by an ice dam nearly two years ago. He says an adjuster came out and assessed the roof soon after. But he says it took a long time to get contractors out to give him quotes.

When the quotes came in, three of them were in the $50,000 range and one was around $27,000.

Sask. Ag startup pitches at national event

A 27-year-old product of Foam Lake is out to tip the grain trading business on its head.

Brennan Turner said growing up in a farming family, he came to realize producers often find themselves chained to the phone when it comes time to line up buyers for their grain.

"You have to make a lot of phone calls. The opportunity cost, basically, the time, the energy you have to spend trying to find that better price. Or you could use a broker which is potentially going to cut into some of the margins," he said.

Regina gas-price dip a hiccup: analyst

Gas prices in Regina rest between $.99 and $1.07 per litre and one petroleum analyst says you should enjoy the low gas prices while you can.

“This is a little bit of a hiccup. What we have here is a crude-oil price war,” said Roger McKnight, senior petroleum analyst with Enpro International.

McKnight says Saudi Arabia has flooded the market but that could end Nov. 27.

“OPEC is going to meet and decide whether they’re going to cut production and get the prices back up or continue on this crazy thing they’re doing right now,” said McKnight.

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