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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.

NDP demands answers on 'smart meter debacle'

The opposition is calling on the provincial government to speak to what it calls “the smart meter debacle.”

“This premier and this cabinet have remained silent and let’s not kid ourselves, they’re there, they are pulling the strings, they’re approving the decisions of SaskPower and they’re directing some of those decisions,” said Deputy NDP Leader Trent Wotherspoon.

Specifically, Wotherspoon says he wants to know who directed SaskPower to apply for an exemption so that workers installing the meters did not have to be journeymen electricians.

Committee suggests Regina upgrades new red light cameras

The committee in charge of red light cameras in Regina is recommending the City upgrade and overhaul them because the ones set up right now don't work.
 
According to a report put together by the red light camera committee, only two of the four red light cameras in Regina work at all. The two that do partially work are only picking up about half of violations because some of the lanes don't register.
 

Premier offers condolences after former opposition leader's passing

A former leader of Saskatchewan's Official Opposition passed away earlier this month. Dick Collver died on August 7 in Thailand, where he lived. He was 78 years old.

On Monday morning, Saskatchewan's premier offered his condolences to Collver's family and friends.

“Dick Collver was a strong conservative voice who led the PC Party from zero seats when he became Leader to Official Opposition status in the Legislature,” Brad Wall said in a statement.

Sask. families pay more in taxes than basic necessities, report

The average Saskatchewan family spent more in taxes than on food, clothing and shelter combined last year, according to a new report.

The Fraser Institute’s 2013 Canadian Consumer Tax Index shows the average family of two or more people made around $117,000, and gave up 42.4 per cent ($49,608) to governments. In the same year, the average Canadian family spent 36.1 ($42,237) per cent on basic necessities.

Saskatchewan’s numbers are just behind the national tax average of 43 per cent.

Province launches review of smart meter program

The provincial government has released details on how it plans to review SaskPower’s smart meter program.

Crown Investments Corporation (CIC) will conduct the review - something the opposition NDP has criticized, suggesting a third party should do the investigation.

The province calls it a “thorough” investigation, which will include investigating whether SaskPower did due diligence when it comes to managing the smart meter program.

SK Government seeks private endoscopy partner

An endoscopy isn't exactly a procedure most people look forward to, but with a new request for proposals, the province is hoping a private clinic will help people get the procedures faster and cheaper.

On Friday, the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region issued a request for private providers to bid to provide endoscopy services like colonoscopies and sigmoidoscopies. The bid would be to work in a publicly funded, private facility, in a community clinic setting.

Currently wait times for endoscopy procedures at the hospital can top one year.

Trudeau questions federal transparency, priorities, while in Saskatoon

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says the Harper government has done nothing but raise questions of accountability and transparency in the last year.

“It’s a real concern that this government has its priorities in the wrong place,” Trudeau told reporters in front of the Delta Bessborough Hotel on Thursday.

The 42-year-old Liberal leader stopped in Saskatoon for a roundtable discussion with the country’s water and infrastructure experts looking at how the federal government could help mitigate spring flooding that’s plagued much of the province the past few years.

CEO of United Way seeks NDP nod in Saskatoon West

Sheri Benson, CEO of the United Way's Saskatoon branch, has announced that she'll seek the NDP nomination in the riding of Saskatoon West ahead of the next federal election, expected in 2015.

If she's successful in her bid, Benson will face current Ward 5 city councillor Randy Donauer in the new riding. He secured the Conservative party's nomination in July.

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