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1,000 line hits in 2013 for SaskEnergy, SaskPower, SaskTel

All three Crown utility companies are urging people to call before they dig after a high number of buried lines were cut in 2013.

Over 1,000 power, natural gas and telecommunications lines were cut or damaged last year and the Crown utilities want to see than number significantly reduced in 2014. SaskEnergy, SaskPower and SaskTel are expanding their efforts this year to try to stop the rising trend of damage to their infrastructure over the last five years.

Saskatoon shop's future uncertain after banned products pulled from shelf

The future of a Saskatoon British specialty shop is in limbo after several of its most popular foods were deemed illegal and pulled from the shelves.

Brit Foods owner Tony Badger said he’s sold products like Irn-Bru, Marmite and Ovaltine in his three stores since 1997, but according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) some of their ingredients are illegal in Canada.

SGI showing extra interest in people driving out of province

When you go to renew your license plate you might notice that SGI suddenly seems to be taking a greater interest in your travel plans, asking more specific questions about how you will use your vehicle outside the province.

Snakebit charity truck sells for $450,000 at auction

The Wheels of Dreams Snakebit truck will return to Saskatchewan after it fetched a pretty penny on the auction block.

The custom ride brought in $450,000 at the Barrett-Jackson Car Auction in Scottsdale, Ariz on Friday with the winning bid coming from a Prince Albert businessman. Gordie Broda, president of the Broda Group of Companies, had the highest bid when the gavel crashed down, meaning the car will return home following its three-year journey from concept to auction.

“We’re ecstatic,” Wheels of Dreams’ Vaughn Wyant said.

WestJet running direct route from Regina to Winnipeg twice a day

Starting on Wednesday travellers flying WestJet will no longer have to back-track through Calgary to get between Regina and Winnipeg.

Ferio Pugliese is the President of WestJet Encore and was at the Regina International Airport to celebrate the official launch of twice daily flights between the two prairie cities. He explained that the route using larger planes was cancelled five years ago because it wasn’t considered economical. But they are bringing it back thanks to a new fleet of smaller airplanes called the Bombardier Q400.

Wireless auction could improve cell service in rural areas

Wireless service in Canada is expected to take a big step forward as those in the telecommunications industry prepare to bid in Tuesday’s wireless spectrum auction, and that could have a major impact on anyone who uses a cell phone or tablet.

Grain industry meets in Saskatoon

 

Sixteen thousand people are expected to come through the gates at Prairieland Park for this week's Western Canadian Crop Production Show.

Agriculture Manager Lori Cates said every square inch of floor space is spoken for with a total of 336 companies using more than 1,000 trade show booths.

The show annually draws farmers from the three Prairie Provinces and companies from across North America. Twenty U.S. companies will be at this year's show.

City website undergoes maintenance

Saskatoon residents might have trouble accessing the city's website Sunday night.

Saskatoon.ca will undergo maintenance beginning at 10:30 p.m.

During maintenance, the website’s online service applications for parking ticket payments, meter reads,  Leisure Online and email will be unavailable.

The service disruption is expected to last approximately 30 minutes.

However, the city warns further interruptions may occur through midnight until the maintenance work is complete.

SaskPower can't turn off lights overnight at main office

It appears the old lesson to ‘turn the lights off when you leave the room,’ isn’t a lesson lived by SaskPower. On any given night and weekend, nearly all of the lights at the head office on Victoria Avenue downtown Regina are left on.

"I'm sitting in my office right now and I don't have a light switch,” said Heather Johnson, spokesperson for SaskPower.

The 12-storey building is about 50 years old. Johnson says the lighting system is in need of an upgrade.

New focus on travel insurance amidst wide-spread delays

The sight of thousands of travellers stranded across Canada at airports has been commonplace lately, as a variety of causes have forced numerous delays.

During all their spare time waiting, those grounded might be wondering if travel insurance would compensate them for lost vacation time and other costs associated with being delayed. It could, under the right circumstances.

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