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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 Tribal Council to review reserves' fire services

Even before the deaths of two toddlers in a house fire on a Saskatchewan First Nation, the Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC) has been working to improve fire prevention strategies on its seven reserves.

STC grand chief Felix Thomas said the council is set to review services and standards on its reserves. They include Knistin, Mistawasis, Muskeg Lake, Muskoday, One Arrow, Whitecap and Yellow Quill.

AFN chief meeting Aboriginal Affairs minister over Sask. reserve fire

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt will meet face to face in the wake of a deadly fire that killed two toddlers on the Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation.

Mulcair slams anti-terror bill

The Conservative's anti-terror bill C-51 has cleared second reading, moving a step closer to becoming law.

The bill would grant the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) the power to 'disrupt' potential terrorist attacks.

That worries Opposition leader Thomas Mulcair.

Speaking to John Gormley Live on Tuesday, Mulcair said the bill risks effectively turning CSIS spies into police officers without subjecting them to the same oversight.

Saskatchewan 1st among Canadian provinces for mining: Fraser Institute

Saskatchewan is the belle of the ball when it comes to mining operations, according to The Fraser Institute.

Its recent mining survey of 122 jurisdictions around the world found that Saskatchewan is the most-popular place in Canada for mining operations, and the second-most-popular place in the world for mining operations behind Finland.

The survey said it's because of Saskatchewan's abundance of minerals, and provincial government's approach to mining practices.

PHOTOS: Regina city council joins call for MMIW inquiry

The City of Regina is now joining the call for an inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women.
Council passed a motion to send a letter to the federal government Monday night.
Regina joins other Saskatchewan cities like Saskatoon, North Battleford and Prince Albert, along with Premier Brad Wall and the premiers of Ontario, Manitoba and Nova Scotia in calling for an inquiry.

Sask. police, teachers ill prepared for autism cases, advocates say

Saskatchewan parents and autism advocates say the province’s teachers and police are ill equipped to handle cases of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the classroom.

The reaction follows the story of an Ottawa police officer who handcuffed a nine-year-old autistic boy who reportedly threw chairs in the principal’s office during an outburst.

Many favour selling liquor in Saskatchewan grocery stores

In the future, a Saskatchewan grocery store shopping list could have milk, eggs, bread and a 12 pack of Pilsner on it.

The Saskatchewan government recently made the results of a survey public of how the future of liquor sales should look, and people seem to favour being able to buy booze in grocery stores.

Saskatoon surveyed ahead of national MMIW roundtable

Even if they aren't in Ottawa, Saskatchewan residents may still have their voices heard at the national roundtable on missing and murdered indigenous women (MMIW).

The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) held its first roundtable discussion at the Saskatoon Indian Métis Friendship Centre Thursday.

Around 150 people gathered to fill out a survey and take part in group discussions and interviews on how to end violence towards aboriginal women.

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