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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.

Elected officials earn more in Saskatoon than Regina

City councillors and the mayor in Saskatoon earn more than the elected officials in Regina.

For what’s considered a part-time job, councillors in the Queen City earn $35,697 per year, while the same position in Saskatoon earns $53,867. Mayor Don Atchison earns $119,171 plus $27,000 in expenses while his counterpart in Regina, Mayor Michael Fougere earns $106,680.

U of S professor supports EU sanctions against Russia

As the bodies of those killed when a Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down finally leave the war zone in east Ukraine en route to the Netherlands, the European Union has imposed new sanctions against Russian officials believed to be contributing to problems in the area.

Regina negotiating solutions to pension woes

When it comes to the City of Regina's pension woes, the mayor's response is, they're working on it.
 
Mayor Michael Fougere said they've been asked to have a decision by the end of the year.
 
"I think that that will focus the energy of all parties to come to a conclusion to keep the pension moving forward."
 
On Friday the province told the city that unless it fixed the contribution problems and resulting $290 million deficit, then it would cancel the city's pension plan.
 

Saskatoon celebrates Nelson Mandela Day

The world lost one its best known leaders last December, but on Friday, people across Saskatoon celebrated Nelson Mandela's legacy.
 
July 18 hosted the inaugural International Nelson Mandela Day. Youth around the city spent the day learning about his beliefs and created posters to present as they walked from Indian and Métis Friendship Centre to City Hall.
 

Feds, province announce plan to twin Hwy. 16 to Clavet

Construction is expected to start in the 2014 building season on twinning Highway 16 between Saskatoon and the Village of Clavet.

With many communities looking for the province to do work near them, Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner said many factors went into picking the project. 

"Primarily, my concern is safety... obviously our top priority is safety. (The project) also increases efficency," she said at a joint federal-provincial funding announcement Thursday.

Pension plan could end for City of Regina employees

The City of Regina is getting a warning about its pension plan potentially being axed.

The Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority (FCAA) says the Regina Civic Employees’ Superannuation and Benefit Plan is not in compliance with legislation and therefore is considering the unusual action of cancelling the registration, which would effectively terminate the plan.

It carries a deficit of about $290-million estimates city manager Glen Davies, adding there are around 7,000 employees within the plan.

380 vehicles seized in 2 weeks under new SK traffic laws

It has only been two weeks since SGI's new, harsher traffic laws came into effect, but already those who text and drive, or are drunk behind the wheel, are paying a higher price.

There were 271 license suspensions and 380 vehicle seizures for a total of 651. Impaired driving accounted for 189 of the seizures, 60 more were for speeding.

“We are taking these high-risk drivers off the road right then and there,” explained Kelly Brinkworth with SGI.

PHOTOS/VIDEO: Progress continues in Sask. flood recovery

Nearly two and a half weeks after heavy rainfall led to devastating flooding in Saskatchewan's south east, progress is being made in the recovery.

On Wednesday morning, the province released an update in collaboration with several agencies and ministries.

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