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Number of SaskPower customers with huge bills growing

More and more SaskPower customers are expressing frustration after seeing their bills more than double after the installation of a smart meter.

On Wednesday, News Talk Radio reported that a number of customers had seen dramatic increases in their power bills after their old meter was replaced by new technology.

Saskatoon man offers to purchase embarrassing items

A Saskatoon man has come up with a unique solution for people who want to avoid buying those potentially embarassing items at the store.

Some SaskPower bills double after smart meter installation

Before her new smart meter was installed, Chelsey Lemke was paying about $75 for power every month for her 1,100 sq. ft. bungalow in Regina. Then in the summer of 2013, her old power meter was removed and a new smart meter was installed. Her first bill after that was more than $1,000.

"Since then, I've seen nothing (on my power bill) under $180 a month, and some months it's $300, some months it's $280. It's double what we were paying before," said Lemke.

City of Regina attracting record number of tourists

The City of Regina saw a record number of tourists between 2008 and 2011. The latest numbers from Statistics Canada were released to Tourism Regina during National Tourism Week which runs June 16 to 22.

Regina saw a 47 per cent increase in visitors for both one day and overnight trips. In 2008, Regina saw 1.5 million visits compared to 2.2 million visits in 2011. Tourism Regina's Acting Director Deborah Rush said that is a record for the Queen City.

"That also includes friends and family, people coming for events, for conventions," she said.

SaskEnergy approved to raise rates $10 per month

SaskEnergy has the green light to raise your gas bill nearly $10 a month.
 
The Saskatchewan Rate Review Panel granted SaskEnergy its increase Monday to $4.84/Gigajoule (GJ) from the current rate of $3.82/GJ. The crown corporation asked for the hike after the long, cold winter increased demand significantly.
 
The increased demand left SaskEnergy running a deficit of $34 million.
 

Friday the 13th brings spooky new stamps

A spooky announcement from Canada Post has some ties to a famous Saskatchewan ghost story.

The St. Louis ‘Ghost Train,’ or ‘Ghost Light,’ as it’s also known has sparked many conversations around the campfire and in local taverns, as well as making it into various books about Canadian folklore.

Now, Canada Post has recently announced they will be adding this mysterious legend to a new collection of five Canadian ghost folklore-related stamps.

Mayor of the Village of St. Louis, Les Rancourt, said it adds some notoriety to his home.

Ritz suggests withdrawing Pakistan adoption appeal, lawyer disagrees

Minister Gerry Ritz said the Afridi family could speed up the process of granting a Pakistani child permanent residency in Canada as their adopted son if they withdrew their appeal before the courts.

However, the couple’s lawyer completely disagrees.

“If we would withdraw the appeal, basically we are killing the application,” Haidah Amirzadeh said on John Gormley Live Thursday.

Amirzadeh said the Afridi family submitted the application to Ottawa before the federal government decided to stop accepting adoptions from Pakistan.

Family searches for info about relative shot in 1910

A family spread out across Manitoba and Ontario is looking for any information about a great-uncle who was shot near Langham more than 100 years ago.

Archibald (Archie) Latchford worked in Hanley and then at the Langham Northern Crown Bank in 1910.

"We were told he died in a bank robbery," said Shelley Muma, who currently lives in Cambridge, Ontario.

But, Muma found out from an old newspaper article her great-uncle accidentally shot himself near Langham while he was out goose hunting.
 

Estevan rental rates higher than Vancouver, Calgary or Toronto

People renting apartments in Estevan are paying more than they would living in Vancouver, Calgary or Toronto.

According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) website, the average price of a two-bedroom apartment in Estevan is about $1,275 a month. The top three metropolitan cities in the country are Vancouver at $1,274, Calgary at $1,267 and Toronto at $1,241.

Saskatoon program helps people with disabilities build strength

Jacqueline Moir climbs into a harness and uses a modified machine to hoist herself up. The equipment has helped the Saskatoon woman with multiple sclerosis who, until recently, lacked the strength to adjust herself in her wheelchair.
 
Moir is one of 10 people who entered the Next Step pilot project, a six-month rehabilitative program at the YWCA. She has been able to work out three times a week using special gym equipment made for people with mobility issues, including a hand and feet bike, and wheelchair-accessible tricep and chest-press machines.
 

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