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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.

Regina father hopes extended federal benefits will help more families

A Regina father hopes the federal budget's extention of the compassionate care benefit will give other families the same support as his had during his son's battle with leukemia.

Terrance Williamson's son Lucian was diagnosed with leukemia when he was just six months old. Lucian lost his battle last summer when he was two years old. Thanks to donations given to the family, Terrance and his wife, Kelsi, were able to be with Lucian throughout his fight.

Regina burlesque business owner married to Hells Angels member

The owner of a burlesque business in Regina who says it's ridiculous to link stripping to organized crime says her husband being a member of Hells Angels is just coincidence.

Poll shows support for Saskatchewan Party remains strong

If a provincial election were held today, the Saskatchewan Party would again be easy winners.
 
A new Insightrix poll shows the governing party would get 58 per cent of decided voters. That said, their support is down a little from the heights of November 2009 - when the same poll showed support from 67 per cent of those asked. Support is also down slightly from the 64 per cent who actually voted for the Sask Party in the November 2011 election.
 

Regina mayor: The money in federal budget should flow earlier

It's not clear if or when the City of Regina will benefit from the new mass transit funding announced in Tuesday's federal budget.

"There's no immediate impact for the cities," said Mayor Michael Fougere shortly after the budget came down.

He's interested in the new urban transit fund which will provide financial support for new roads, bridges and mass transit lines. The problem is, this new fund doesn't kick in until 2017-18, with $750 million earmarked over two years and $1 billion every year afterwards.

UPDATE: Federal budget's EI changes could save Saskatoon big money

Changes to Employment Insurance (EI) announced in the 2015-16 federal budget is expected to save the City of Saskatoon "significant" money going forward, Mayor Don Atchison said Tuesday.

The government plans to cut EI premium rates by 21 per cent between 2016 and 2017. Generally, employers must pay 1.4 times the amount that employees pay in premiums.

A cut to those premiums quickly adds up for the City of Saskatoon, which is expecting to employ 3,260 full-time employees in 2015, accounting for over 58 per cent of their total annual spending.

Social Services: Changes already being made to foster care system

The Ministry of Social Services is already working to make changes to comply with many of the recommendations from the coroner's inquest into the death of Lee Bonneau.

Children's advocate: Multiple failures led to Sask. child's death

Saskatchewan's children and youth advocate, Bob Pringle, said not enough was done to prevent the tragic death of a child in foster care.

Six-year-old Lee Bonneau was allegedly beaten to death by another boy, known as LT, on the Kahkewistahaw First Nation in August of 2013.

Pringle said there were many "turning points" where the story of Lee and LT could have turned out differently.

RQHR finally meets surgical wait-time target

It took an extra year, but the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region is now closing in on the provincial government target to reduce surgical wait times.
 
Chuck Stewart has experienced the difference first hand. He was invited by the health region to share his story.
 
"I had a back fusion in 2007 and I waited for that surgery for over a year. I was actually off work for one whole year waiting for that surgery," he said.
 

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