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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.

Change at Sask. long-term care facilities taking time

The government of Saskatchewan is giving the public a look at what's working and what's not working at long-term care facilities in the province.

Surgery within 3 months in most Sask. health regions

The government of Saskatchewan is boasting continued improvements in surgical wait times in the province thanks to the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative.

On Tuesday, the government said that since the initiative began, the number of people waiting more than three months for surgery is down 89 per cent from March 2010. Of the 10 health regions that perform surgery in the province, the government says seven don't have any patients waiting longer than three months.

Regina's new civic pension plan given extension

The implementation of Regina's new civic pension plan is taking longer than expected.

On Monday night, Regina city council approved an extension for implementing changes to the civic pension plan.

VIDEO: Calgary's mayor loses playoff bet, sings "Let it Go"

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi really doesn't like to sing in public, but a bet's a bet.

In city hall Monday, Nenshi donned a vintage Anaheim Ducks jersey, and with microphone in hand, started belting out Let it Go from Disney's Frozen.

The popular mayor was backed up by some old A Capella buddies, a local children's choir, the Stampede Show Band, and various other local artists.

Hundreds descend on Regina for NDP convention

A sense of excitement was in the air as delegates slowly trickled into the Queenbury Convention Centre in Regina on Friday afternoon.
 
Four hundred delegates are expected at the Saskatchewan NDP convention this weekend.
 
Provincial NDP leader Cam Broten says there's a great feeling among everyone in attendance, especially after seeing Alberta elect their first-ever NDP government earlier this month.
 

Amnesty International rally in Saskatoon

A small group of Amnesty International protestors staged a rally near the Delta Bessborough on Friday.

Members from the Saskatoon chapter brought signs and set up near the downtown hotel, with a message aimed squarely at the Harper government in Ottawa.

Bill Rafoss said they were there to call attention to the issue of torture.

Specifically, he said they want to see Canada sign on to a U.N. protocol that would see monitoring of Canadian prisons.

New Sask. deputy premier, finance minister named in shuffle

Saskatchewan's Premier Brad Wall made a couple of changes to his cabinet on Thursday, giving promotions to Don McMorris and Kevin Doherty.

Afridi family back in Saskatoon after long adoption battle

This week the Afridi family is no longer separated by red tape or the distance between Saskatoon and Pakistan.

Waheeda Afridi and her adopted son, Ajjab, are home in Saskatoon after an almost five year battle to adopt the child and bring him to Saskatchewan.

"This thing would come in my mind, did I do something wrong? All I wanted was to have a family, a child and to be a mother," Waheeda said holding back tears.
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