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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.

Saskatoon city council to vote Monday on support for photo radar

The final decision may not rest with councilors, but Saskatoon city council may vote Monday on whether to support photo radar in the city.

“I don’t think we get the final say for what (Police Chief Clive Weighill) does, but the administration is coming to us asking us questions on photo radar, so to me, that means we are involved,” Ward 5 councilor Randy Donauer said. "You can argue jurisdiction all you want, I think at least we have the ability to tell administration ‘you're not doing any of this,' and I think we can pass a motion saying that we don't support photo radar."

UPDATE: Saskatoon Councillor facing sanctions after leaking confidential documents

Councillor Pat Lorje may soon face sanctions for leaking confidential documents to a member of the public.

In a report going to city council on Monday, the city recommends council vote to restrict how confidential documents are provided to Lorje before and during in-camera portions of meetings of executive committee, and standing policy committees for one year.

The report says a potential breach of confidentiality was reported to the executive committee on Sept. 22.

Sask. MP touts proposed law for resources companies

A proposed bill winding its way through Parliament is expected to help Canadian companies protect themselves from corruption when they operate overseas.

Labelled the Extractive Industries Transparency Measures Act, it would require mining, oil and gas companies to report payments made to foreign governments.

Saskatchewan MP and member of the House of Common's Standing Committee on Natural Resources Brad Trost, said the proposed measure is a win for businesses, who will be able to use the law as a shield against attempts to solicit bribes or divert funds.

Atchison seeking re-election in 2016

Don Atchison says he’s running for a fifth-term as mayor of Saskatoon in the 2016 election.

Atchison was first elected mayor in 2003 and has kept the seat ever since. The announcement came at a North Saskatoon Business Association luncheon on Thursday at TCU Place in Saskatoon, when a member of the audience flat out asked the mayor if he planned on running again. He later confirmed his intentions with reporters.

In 2016, Atchison will have served as mayor for 13 years, holding the record for the longest-serving mayor in Saskatoon.

LISTEN: Sask. government asks for investigation into senior's care

The health minister has asked the provincial Ombudsman to investigate care provided by Santa Maria Senior Citizens Centre in Regina.

Shortened deer-hunting season opens Thursday in Sask.

Things will be a little bit different for hunters as white-tailed deer season opens in Saskatchewan on Thursday.

The Ministry of the Environment is taking action after a few harsh winters that have impacted the province's deer numbers.

“Population-index surveys for white-tailed deer do indicate an overall decline of roughly 30 per cent compared to the long-term averages across the province,” explained wildlife ecologist Allison Henderson.

Care home improvements already being made: RQHR

The Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region (RQHR) says concerns were already raised by a care home following a woman's death, whose care is now being questioned in the Saskatchewan legislature.

The NDP brought Margaret Warholm's story forward during question period on Wednesday. She had lived at the Santa Maria Senior Citizens Home in Regina from the fall of 2011 until she was taken to hospital in October 2013 where she died three days later.

Senior's painful end shows need for senior care standards: Sask. NDP

Margaret Warholm’s story is the evidence the NDP is bringing forward to prove Saskatchewan needs minimum quality standards in senior care.

Her story was brought forward in question period on Wednesday. Warholm was a resident of the Santa Maria Senior Citizens Home in Regina from the fall of 2011 until she was taken to hospital in October 2013 where she died three days later.

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