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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.

Memorial honours Sask. soldiers killed in Afghanistan

A memorial for soldiers killed in Afghanistan arrived in Regina Tuesday as family and comrades of the fallen gathered for a dedication.

“I have to say that here today was more emotional than I thought it was going to be,” said Patty Braun, mother of Cpl. David Braun who was killed in 2006. “I don’t know. The things that I think are going to be easy aren’t. And the things I think are going to be hard aren’t. But I’m so glad that the people of Saskatchewan are going to be able to see this memorial.”

Regina considers raising transit rates

Regina transit riders could be paying a bit more to ride the city's buses soon as City Council looks at raising fares.
 
On Himpe, Don and Sam Maciag Tuesday morning, Mayor Michael Fougere explained a committee with council is recommending fares rise by 25 cents.
 
"Costs go up and costs have to be paid for, either by the user or the general tax base, and the strategy is to have that increase this year."
 
Currently the cash fare for an adult on Regina's buses is $2.50.
 

Elm tree pruning ban ends

Sunday marked the end of the provincial ban on pruning elm trees.

The ban is put in place each summer to help prevent the spread of Dutch Elm Disease (DED).

Pruning the tree attracts the elm bark beetles, which spread the disease and are most active during the summer months.

Throughout the year, provincial DED regulations restrict elm storage. Elm branches, logs and firewood must be disposed of at approved sites such as the Saskatoon landfill.

The City of Saskatoon said there is no DED in any of the 25,000 boulevard and park elm trees.

SGI says they’re reviewing distracted driving law

A Saskatoon businessman’s complaint over the new SGI distracted driving laws has prompted a review from the provincial government.

“We've been inundated with emails and phone calls from Canada Post and other businesses that could be affected by this and people are very concerned this could happen to them,” Kevin Boychuk said.

SK. children's advocate seeing slight progress in recommendations

The provincial government has released details on changes the Ministry of Social Services (MSS) is making after a child was murdered by another child last summer.
 

Owner calls for re-write of Sask. distracted driving law

A vehicle seizure in Saskatoon is highlighting stiff new traffic laws.

On Aug. 21, K3 Excavating owner Kevin Boychuk received an unexpected call from one of his employees.

“He told me city police pulled him over for talking on his cellphone and they were towing the truck to the impound lot,” he said.

6 new Sask. highway cameras launched

Drivers in Saskatchewan will have six more ways to check out highway conditions before heading out on the road.

Six new roadside cameras can now be viewed on the Saskatchewan Highway Hotline website. The additions were first announced in November 2013 and were finally up and running by Wednesday morning.

Local group happy with first step to twin Hwy 39

The wheels are finally in motion to twin Highway 39 in Saskatchewan's south east.

On Tuesday, the province announced pre-design work has started on an eight kilometre stretch between Estevan and Bienfait. It's the first step towards actually twinning the first portion of Highway 39 - something some drivers in the area have been demanding for years.

Marge Young is part of the ‘Time to Twin’ group which has been lobbying for Highways 6 and 39 to be twinned for several years. She says this is a great step forward for the government.

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