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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.

Some in Sask. raise concerns over firefighting policy

There has been a lot of discussion online following a post in an evacuation group about a "let it burn" policy but Daryl Jessop with the Ministry of Environment said it is misunderstood.

"There is no such policy," he said. "Our policy that we do have is that we have zones and all fires are assessed and looked at the proximity to people and property is carefully considered and then the appropriate response is determined depending on location, circumstances, conditions, and available equipment."

Saskatoon woman living in Greece says voters are confused

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is urging people to vote "no'' in Sunday's referendum.

The vote asks Greeks to decide whether to accept creditors' proposals for more austerity in exchange for more bailout loans. That will give the prime minister a mandate to negotiate a better deal for Greece within the euro zone.

Katerina Antonopoulos is from Saskatoon, but is living in Greece right now.

“Saying yes would make more tax hikes. They are already paying 23 per cent on everything, so to increase that obviously is even more of a problem,” she said.

Sask. steps closer to independent teacher regulatory board

Saskatchewan is another step closer to having an independent body regulate its teachers.
 
On Thursday, The Registered Teachers Act was proclaimed into force, extablishing the Saskatchewan Professinoal Teachers Regulatory Board.
 
A nine-person board of directors was appointed:

Greek U of S prof reacts to debt crisis

As the Greek debt crisis unfolds, a U of S professor worries about the fate of the small European nation.

Jason Zorbas teaches political science, with a specialization in global politics and Canadian foreign policy, at the University of Saskatchewan. He said as an academic, it can be easy to get caught up the raw numbers.

"Twenty-five per cent unemployment in Greece right now. And 50 per cent unemployment for people under 30," he explained.

Saskatoon United Way houses 24 people in 12 months

The more homeless people that can be housed in Saskatoon, the more taxpayers stand to save.

On Tuesday, the United Way released its first-year report on its three-year Plan to End Homelessness program. Dubbed the ‘Journey Home,’ the United Way’s goal was to find safe and stable housing for the chronically homeless. They reported housing 24 of Saskatoon’s worst-case homeless. They plan on housing up to 100 over the next two years. 

Human remains found on sandbar north of Beaver Creek

Police are investigating after the grisly discovery of human remains on a sandbar just outside of Saskatoon.

The scorching heat brought many swimmers to cool down in the South Saskatchewan River, but Saturday afternoon someone called RCMP after finding the remains just north of the Beaver Creek Conservation Area.

RCMP said officers and members of the Forensic Identification Section went to recover the body near Victor Road in Corman Park. 

VIDEO: Obama sings 'Amazing Grace' during eulogy

U.S. President Barack Obama joined mourners in remembering a state senator who was one of the nine people killed in South Carolina.

During his eulogy for the pastor, President Obama started singing Amazing Grace before thousands joined in.

U.S. same-sex ruling continues Regina's 'pride high'

People in Regina's LGBTQ community are thrilled that people in the U.S. will have the same marriage rights as same-sex couples in Canada do.

On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court gave same-sex couples right right to marry in all 50 states.

"To see our brothers and sisters down south there being able to have the same rights that we have now here is very exciting and enlightening," said Jesse Ireland, co-chair of Regina Pride Inc.
 

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