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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.

WTO rules in Canada's favour in meat-labelling dispute

The World Trade Organization has ruled in Canada's favour when it comes to Country of Origin Labelling (COOL).

Last year the U.S. amended its COOL rules to comply with a World Trade Organization ruling saying the rules violated its trade agreements. But on Monday, the WTO released a ruling saying the amendments actually made the COOL rules worse.

Group says Kindersley hospital not meeting needs

A group of concerned community members in the town of Kindersley would like the province to come up with a long-term health care plan for the area.

"It seems that over the last decade or so, the amount of support and resources put towards our hospital ... has been, in our opinion, a little bit lacking," Tom Geiger, director of the Kindersley and District Health and Wellness Foundation Inc., said in an interview with News Talk.

Private MRIs reignite debate about Sask's public health care

As the Saskatchewan government reveals an application is in for a private MRI clinic, Health Minister Dustin Duncan is looking at patient choice while Opposition Leader Cam Broten wants all residents to have equal access to health services.

The application is for a clinic that would offer its services at a cost to patients. Duncan said the application was put in three weeks ago, but he wouldn't divulge which company made the application.

Elizabeth May jokes before book launch in Saskatoon

The only way the country can solve various issues including climate change is if Canadians head to the polls and vote.

That’s according to Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, who writes about getting Canadians engaged in politics in her new book Who We Are: Reflections on My Life and Canada.

"Most Canadians are so concerned about basic issues of pollution-- protecting areas in a neighbourhood, a community, and then at a larger scale,” she told Saskatoon Afternoon host David Kirton. However, about 40 per cent of eligible voters in Canada do not vote.

Israel, Saskatchewan forge technology partnership

Saskatchewan and Israel will be working together to grow its respective economies.

A new partnership means researchers from both the province and Israel will work together to create new technologies in areas of agriculture, clean technology, minerals, nuclear research and energy.

“It will create maybe new products. It will also create employment and economic benefits for both Israel and Saskatchewan,” Israel’s Ambassador to Canada Rafael Barak said on John Gormley Live Friday.

Wall calls Border City byelection for Nov. 13

Premier Brad Wall announced the byelection for the vacant seat in Lloydminster for Nov. 13.

“I have signed the order in council and the lieutenant governor has declared the byelection for the Lloydminster constituency,” Wall said in Saskatoon on Thursday.

Sask. nurses' union president calls for Ebola plan

The president of the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) is calling for more preperations against potential cases of Ebola.

Tracy Zambory said a recent conference call with over 11,000 registered nurses (RNs) brought the issue into focus.

"It doesn't matter even if there's the remotest of chance.  We need to be prepared for such things because we are now a global community," she said.

The call included nurses from the U.S. and a live feed from a team of nurses working in Liberia, one of the nations where the outbreak is most severe.

Sask. ministerial travel expenses now online

Saskatchewan taxpayers curious about ministerial travel expenses can now go online and see who is spending what on travel.

“I hope we’re getting value for the money,” said Premier Brad Wall. “That’s a constant review that we do to make sure that missions we go on, that trips we go on, are cost effective.”

“We’re glad to see this step forward in terms of what it means for accountability,” said MLA Warren McCall, NDP Opposition House Leader.

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