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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.

Talks continue between transit union, city

After nearly eight hours of negotiations, the amalgamated transit union (ATU) and the city of Saskatoon still haven’t drafted a contract, but meetings will resume Thursday morning.

“It’s no secret that we have differences to make up and we’re going to continue those discussions tomorrow,” union president Jim Yakubowski said outside a hotel in downtown Saskatoon. “Anytime you’re talking you like to think you’re moving closer and certainly that’s why we’re here and we’ll see how things evolve and we’ll continue those discussions.”

Savings continue for Regina's P3 wastewater treatment plant

Regina taxpayers are saving an abundance of money after choosing a public-private partnership (P3) funding model to finance the new sewage treatment plant.

A report from city administration outlines how a P3 method will save $138.1 million over the Design, Bid and Build procurement model traditionally used for public projects. The savings include $48.2 million from the federal government through PPP Canada Ltd.

The P3 Canada Fund Financial Agreement requires the city to report the value for money analysis publicly.

Sask. increases financial support to victims of crime

After Wednesday, victims of crime in Saskatchewan will be able to get more compensation.

The province has changed portions of The Victims Compensation Program which helps victims with expenses after a crime and during the criminal process. Amendments have been made to The Victims of Crime Regulations, 1997 and related policies.

Sask. minimum wage up to $10.20 per hour

Starting Wednesday, those earning minimum wage in Saskatchewan will be earning a little bit more.

The province has increased minimum wage to $10.20 per hour, a hike of 20 cents.

“Saskatchewan’s economy has been growing and it is important that the minimum wage increases as well,” Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said in a statement.

New regulations were passed by the government this spring; changes to wages must be announced prior to June 30 to take effect on October 1.

Saskatchewan businessman watching office in Hong Kong

One Saskatchewan businessman is keeping a close eye on the political protests in Hong Kong.

Grant Kook has an investment office in the city where hundreds of thousands of young people are protesting to demand greater electoral reforms. 

“The first thing I did was phone and check that our staff were still working, so I’m pleased to know that they’re not on the street but they’re actually being very productive,” explained Kook.

Wordwide attention focusing on Sask. carbon capture launch

Delegates from around the world are gathering in Saskatchewan, anxious to get a look at the world's first-ever $1.4 billion carbon capture and storage facility at the Boundary Dam near Estevan.

“SaskPower and the Province of Saskatchewan is a leader, we are the leader in the world so they want to know it works,” explained SaskPower CEO Robert Watson on Tuesday. The crown corporation is hosting a symposium Tuesday and Wednesday at Hotel Saskatchewan with about 130 delegates from roughly 20 countries including China, Japan and Turkey.

Sask. looks to strengthen ties with Asian countries

The Saskatchewan government is considering ways to improve relations with Asian countries.

“Asia beckons us as never before but there’s really a lack of urgency in national efforts. We believe that Saskatchewan can and should lead the nation in Asian engagement,” said Grant Kook, co-chair of the Saskatchewan-Asia Advisory Council.

The council was struck 16 months ago to come up with ways to improve trade and relations.

PHOTOS: Regina students learn about carbon capture

Carbon capture is so simple even a kid can understand it. At least that’s the idea behind a presentation to students at the Saskatchewan Science Centre.

About 100 grade 7 students within Regina’s Catholic School Division are learning about carbon capture and storage. The kids got to go to the Saskatchewan Science Centre Monday morning to watch a presentation in the IMAX theatre and to participate in various table-top experiments.

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