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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 Candidates unfazed with potential early election call

All signs suggest Stephen Harper will drop the writ on Sunday kicking off an 11-week election campaign.

Whether the writ is dropped on the August long weekend or later in September, a handful of Saskatoon candidates running in the fall federal election say it won't change their gameplan.

Sask. Liberals still need 6 candidates for federal ridings

If the longest of federal election campaigns gets underway as of this long weekend, the Conservatives and NDP in Saskatchewan are ready.

Both parties have candidates nominated in all 14 ridings. The Liberals still must name candidates in six ridings. Even the Green Party is ahead of that number with nine candidates named.

U of S awarded $37M for crop research

With $37 million coming from Ottawa, the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) looks to build a one-stop shop for famers looking for ways to improve their crop and ensure global food security.

Announced on Wednesday, the federal government granted five Canadian universities $350 million for crop and plant-breeding research. Of the $350 million, the U of S is slated to receive $37.2 million over seven years.

New Regina school location moving

One of Regina's new joint-use schools is already moving.

The City of Regina had slated one of schools to be built in the Skywood area, a new development north of Lakeridge.

In November 2014, the city approved fast tracking the new school in order to be eligable for $6 million from the province to go towards finalizing the project.

Sask. MP sues House over residency expenses

An outgoing Saskatchewan Member of Parliament has filed papers to the Federal Court accusing Ottawa of rejecting three years’ worth of travel allowances.

Sask. to ask for federal support as wildfire costs top $100M

While the Prime Minister visited Saskatchewan on Friday, Premier Brad Wall started a conversation on how fighting wildfires in the country can be improved.

Stephen Harper and Wall toured La Ronge to see some of the destruction caused by the massive fires.

"Our government does stand by and is ready to assist any province or territory that requests federal assistance in fighting forest fires," Harper told the media later in Regina. "We're happy to work with the provinces and territories on ways to better help them respond to forest fires in the future."

Stephen Harper happy to let Senate fade away

Prime Minister Stephen Harper plans to pressure the provinces to get rid of the Senate by doing nothing, essentially formalizing the current position to not appoint any new senators.

Early reports indicated that Harper might use his meeting Friday with Premier Brad Wall to announce plans to abolish the Senate. In November 2013, Wall led the Saskatchewan government to pass a motion to support the abolition of the Senate.

Prime Minister making stop in Regina Friday

The Prime Minister is going to be making a stop in Regina on Friday.
 
According to the public events on his website, Stephen Harper will "deliver remarks" at the Saskatchewan legislature at 2 p.m. Premier Brad Wall will also be in attendance.

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