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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.

Two more smart meters start on fire in Saskatchewan

An eighth smart meter has caught fire in Saskatchewan since SaskPower started installing thousands across the province.

“People need to know that the failure rates are certainly within what the industry calls normal but we are concerned about any meter that is on a customer premise,” Mike Marsh, vice-president, operations and COO of SaskPower, said.

Monday morning’s incident happened in Saskatoon’s College Park neighbourhood. A seventh meter caught fire over the weekend in Saskatoon as well.

Pro-Palestinian rally held in Regina

Victoria Park in downtown Regina was full of Palestinian flags and protest signs early Friday evening.
Around 30 people gathered to show solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza.
Rally organizer Syed Shah says the people in Gaza need a cease fire that lasts longer than a few hours. 
"They need medicine, they need food, they need water. Everything should be allowed to go inside for helping the people."
Palestinians weren't the only ones at the rally.

New regulatory body to oversee teacher discipline, certification

Saskatchewan teachers will soon be certified and disciplined by a new regulatory body.

The government is creating an eight-person transition committee that will consult with parents, teachers, students and the public before creating bylaws and structure for the new body.

“There was complaints before that teachers were not being appropriately disciplined or adequately disciplined,” Minister of Education Don Morgan said.

More campsites for Greenwater Lake Provincial Park

More campers than ever before will be able to enjoy Greenwater Lake Provincial Park next year.
On Friday, Premier Brad Wall announced that $2 million will go towards major upgrades.
"Saskatchewan's provincial parks are seeing record attendance numbers, and we are responding to this growing demand with capital investments like the development of this new campground,” Wall said in a news release.
Construction will begin right away to build an additional 68 full-service campsites which will have water, sewer and electrical services.

Feds ask Sask. for Pakistan adoption clarification

A long road to reunite a Pakistani boy with his adoptive parents in Saskatoon is hitting yet another road block.

R.M. of Sherwood review will not be made public

The investigation into the RM of Sherwood and its massive Wascana Village proposal is being expanded, and a closer look will be taken into the conduct of the municipality.

Saskatoon councillor eyes seat in federal politics

Saskatoon city councillor Randy Donauer hopes to make the jump from city hall to parliament hill next year.

The Ward 5 councillor was officially named the Conservative candidate for Saskatoon-West riding for next year’s federal election. 2015 will be the first federal election with the new boundary lines drawn.

“I’ve really been enjoying my time in municipal government and to be honest I’ve had several people ask if I would consider representing them in Ottawa because I think they would feel comfortable as a representative,” Donauer said.

Elected officials earn more in Saskatoon than Regina

City councillors and the mayor in Saskatoon earn more than the elected officials in Regina.

For what’s considered a part-time job, councillors in the Queen City earn $35,697 per year, while the same position in Saskatoon earns $53,867. Mayor Don Atchison earns $119,171 plus $27,000 in expenses while his counterpart in Regina, Mayor Michael Fougere earns $106,680.

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