There isn’t a whole lot in the provincial budget that’s catching the eye of the Saskatchewan Federation of Indian Nations.
Chief Perry Bellegarde said he does like how the budget is specifically providing $3 million towards addressing future recommendations of the Joint Task Force on Improving Education and Employment. But aside from that there isn’t much that Bellegarde could speak positively about.
He was hoping to see a similar agreement with the province in terms of revenue sharing, like the one municipalities have now.
Every 10 minutes, about 2,000 subdivision lots are approved in Canada. A former chief planner for the City of Vancouver says they are all unsustainable.
Larry Beasly will be talking about transforming suburban Saskatoon at a free presentation Wednesday night at the Roxy Theatre.
Saskatoon is not only one of the country's fastest growing cities, it's also being called one of the best places to live in Canada.
The city of bridges is ranked as Canada's fifth best mid-sized city to live in by Money Sense Magazine. The annual survey looks at a range of factors including jobs, taxes, home prices, access to health care, crime and weather.
Calgary dethrones Ottawa to take over top spot as the best large city in the country to live in. Edmonton comes in third.
This year's snowfall is making for rough roads, but a great time for snowmobilers in Saskatchewan.
Sales and registration are at record levels.
"We're over 20,000 now and the year's not done," said Chris Brewer, president and CEO of the Saskatchewan Snowmobile Association.
"We have the numbers from March yet to come in, they're not tallied but we're already past the record."
However that's not even the best news, according to Brewer.
"We haven't had a big number of fatalities reported, less than other years," he said.
One of two people charged in a drug bust on January 6th is going to jail.
27 year old Kashif Thomas racked up 16 different drug and weapon charges after police raided a pair of Regina apartments.
They found a bunch of cash, cocaine, ammo, and three loaded assault rifles.
On Tuesday, Thomas pleaded guilty to some of those charges and was given a concurrent sentence of 33 and a half months in a federal prison.
23 year old Melanie Rope was also charged after the bust. She'll be back in court March 26 on 14 drug and weapon-related charges.
SGI is working to tighten up its monitoring of independently-operated inspection stations.
The provincial insurer ran a pilot project on the equivalent of a mystery shopper program back in January.
A bulletin sent out to all vehicle inspection stations noted the pilot project found 70 per cent of the stations that were audited failed to meet requirements of SGI's inspection program.
Ciaran Downs, SGI's manager of vehicle standards and inspections, said no inspection stations passed vehicles with safety issues.
Winter will eventually end and construction season will start in Saskatchewan, once again CAA is looking for the worst highway in the province.
As part of the worst roads campaign, they will start taking votes on their website on Monday.
CLICK HERE to see the CAA Worst Roads Campaign website.
You might remember last year's "winner" was Highway 22 near Earl Grey.
Edited by CJME's Adriana Christianson
Saskatchewan needs to reduce its dependence on revenues from natural resources, according to a Calgary think tank. The Canada West Foundation says the government should start with this budget.
Saskatchewan Finance Minister Ken Kravetz agrees in theory, but says that would mean revenue to balance the books would have to come from somewhere else.
A Regina teenager is facing arson charges after a fire at an apartment building.
It was Sunday March 10 when fire crews were called to the 2800 block of Parliament Avenue, not far from the Golden Mile shopping centre.
Smoke and flames were seen coming from the top floor units. Everyone made it out okay, but damage was estimated at $80 thousand.
After an investigation by the police arson investigator, the 15 year old boy was arrested on Saturday. He was in Youth court Monday morning.
The Saskatchewan government is handing over a record amount of money to municipalities in 2013.
Armed with a new formula for revenue sharing and a record amount of money in the pool, $264.4 million will be handed out to communities across the province.
The money is based on one per cent of PST revenue.
Under regulations the formula had to be reviewed after the 2011 census. During the review the Saskatchewan Rural Municipalities Association (SARM) and the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) wanted different things.