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Regina mayor announces formal plan for inner city revitalization project

Regina Mayor Pat Fiacco is revealing a solid plan to try and move forward with a massive inner city revitalization project.

At a meeting on Monday, city council will vote on a three-phase plan that could see work begin on a new stadium as early as next spring.

Half a million dollars would be set aside to fund the first portion of the project. The city will begin formal negotiations with CP Rail to buy the container yards north of downtown right away.

FSIN Chief Guy Lonechild upset over name change

Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) Chief Guy Lonechild is upset after Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the federal department that deals with Canada's indigenous people is changing its name from Indian and Northern Affairs Canada to Aboriginal Affairs.

Prime Minister Harper made the decision during Wednesday's cabinet shuffle.

Province tables amendment to allow school to start before Labour Day

The Saskatchewan Party is proposing an exception to their rule that the school year always begin after Labour Day.

It would apply to years when Labour Day falls later in the month, such as 2015, when the holiday falls on Sept. 7.

"We heard from school divisions that this was going to pose a real problem for them to try to get the requisite number of days in," Education Minister Don Morgan explained Tuesday. "By moving back, we'll be able to start classes on Sept. 1st, and have four teaching days before the long weekend."

Saskatoon looking for long-term recreation strategy

Does the City of Saskatoon need another curling rink, hockey arena or baseball diamond?

The city’s manager of community development Lynne Lacroix said there is no easy answer, and that’s why the city is hiring a consultant to develop a parks and recreation Master Plan.

“What are people looking for, what are we missing, where do we need facilities or improved facilities and services -- these are all questions we’re hoping to have answered in the master plan,” Lacroix said.

Paperwork, process delaying mental health support to veterans

Canada's auditor general is calling out Veterans Affairs for the delay in getting veterans the mental health support they need in a report being welcomed by Wounded Warriors.

Federal Agriculture minister keeping pressure on rails

As regulations regarding grain movement in Canada come to an end, the Federal Agriculture Minister won't be taking the pressure off of rail companies.

Gerry Ritz spoke to reporters in Regina on Monday ahead of Saturday's grain-movement deadline. The regulation put in place in August required Canadian National Railway Co and Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd to each move 536,250 tonnes of crops each week.

"We continue to work with the railways promoting the weekly amounts that they are to move," said Ritz.

Sask. films celebrated at Regina screening

The sound stage in Regina was filled with actors and film makers once again Monday night for a celebration of the film industry.

Two Saskatchewan-made films were shown: WolfCop, which premiered in select Canadian theatres in June and has since played in the U.K. and in Germany, and Big Muddy, which was filmed at the Marquis Downs racetrack in Saskatoon and in the badlands around Assiniboia. Big Muddy has since been shown at the Toronto International Film Festival.

More staff, care standards needed for seniors' care: NDP

The opposition NDP is calling on the provincial government to increase staffing levels and enact minimum-care standards after three special-care aids came forward with disturbing allegations about Santa Maria Senior Citizens Home.

One worker said she’d “rather have assisted suicide” than be a patient at the Regina care home.

“I would not put my own family in that home,” said another.

Regina city council approves pension deal

Regina city council is unanimously supporting a recent deal struck on the civic pension plan.

After months of talks, employee and employer groups finally reached an agreement last week on the deficit-laden plan, which the city estimated carries a deficit of $224 million.

Regina police investigate Coun. Pat Lorje document leak

An investigation has been opened after Saskatoon Councillor Pat Lorje breached city council’s code of conduct when she emailed a confidential city report to a member of the public.

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