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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.

SaskPower confirms White City smart meter fire

Smart meters are being removed across the province, but yet another one has sparked a fire.
SaskPower said the fire happened in White City on Tuesday. The company described it as similar to the other nine fires with melting or smoke seen on the meters, but no damage to the house. Other fires have varied in size from some just melting, to others that charred the siding on a home.
SaskPower said it will inspect the meter and investigate.

Doreen Eagles won't run in 2016 Sask. election

The Saskatchewan Party will be down one of its most experienced MLAs in the next election as Doreen Eagles won't be running again.
Eagles is the current MLA for Estevan and has been the Caucus Chair for her party since 2006.
In a news release on Wednesday, Premier Brad Wall called Eagles one of the unsung leaders of the Sask Party.

Saskatoon mom waiting for son's visa terrified in Pakistan

Waheeda Afridi and her four-year-old son are terrified after the heart-wrenching massacre at a school in Pakistan. 

They were at a hospital just kilometres away from the Taliban attack when it happened. Afridi said there was a flurry of ambulances responding to the devastation where 148 people, mostly children, were killed.

“People were just trying to run and scream,” she said through tears.

Pakistani-Canadians react to school massacre

A Saskatoon man questions how can you reason with a group responsible for killing 141 innocent people including 130 children.

“I don’t think there are words that can describe it, it's a barbaric act nothing can be more cowardly than attacking innocent children and of course my thoughts go out to families there,” said Nasser Malik, president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim group in Saskatoon.

First female chief takes reins at FSIN

The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) has a woman in the top role for the first time in history.

Chief Kimberly Jonathan will lead the FSIN until a new chief is elected at an assembly next October. Jonathan took over the position after former FSIN Chief Perry Bellegarde was voted in as the national Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) on Wednesday.

Bellegarde will face challenges as AFN National Chief

It's a job that friends and co-workers said newly elected Assembly of First Nations (AFN) national chief Perry Bellegarde had in his sights from the beginning, but now that he has the top spot it will be a difficult role to navigate.

Bellegarde was elected at the AFN Special Chiefs Assembly in Winnipeg on Wednesday with over 60 per cent of the vote.

Saskatoon city council approves 5.34 per cent tax bump

After 14 hours of budget deliberations spanning three days, Saskatoon city council whittled the property tax increase from 7.3 down to 5.34 per cent.
The increase means the city is asking for an extra $83 base on an average-home assessed at $325,000.

Falling oil price not panicking Sask. finance minister

 Saskatchewan’s finance minister says he’s not hitting the panic button — yet.

“Not every day, I think every hour, I watch the oil prices,” said Minister Ken Krawetz.

Krawetz explains oil revenue accounts for 11 per cent of Saskatchewan’s budget. He says economic diversification has helped cushion the province from the drastic $20 per barrel drop that is worrying many.

At the mid-year financial update, Krawetz pointed out higher than anticipated potash and crown land sales, as well as the low Canadian dollar have helped offset the slump in oil.

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