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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.

Did Sask. gov't know about the dangers of smart meters during pilot project?

The opposition NDP is trying to pinpoint how much the government knew about the safety issues associated with Sensus smart meters when it conducted a test-run in Hanley two years ago.

According to a timeline published in the Crown Investments Corporation (CIC) review, the field test in Hanley with 3.2 version Sensus smart meters began on June 1, 2012.  By August 16, 2012 the Philadelphia Electric Company announced it was postponing its program because of overheating meters.

Sask. MP reflects on Ottawa shooting one week later

Members of Parliament gathered in Ottawa Wednesday in the very rooms they were locked inside one week ago when a gunman attacked Parliament.

Last Wednesday, Michael Zehaf Bibeau stormed Parliament Hill after shooting Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, an honour guard at the National War Memorial.

Saskatoon-Humboldt MP, Brad Trost, said there was an uneasiness in the room, a week later, as the Conservative Party caucus meeting got underway.

Memo shows SaskPower's smart meter safety concerns

Bill Boyd, the minister in charge of SaskPower, says he does not remember receiving a memo from SaskPower addressing safety concerns about smart meters two years ago.

PHOTOS: All eyes on the new Mosaic Stadium progress

While the Saskatchewan Roughriders have armchair quarterbacks, the team of trades-people working on the new Mosaic Stadium has their own group of fans.

Sean Hamelin is the district manager for PCL Construction. On Wednesday, he gave an on-site tour and update to members of the media on the progress of the construction. He says the addition of four cranes is starting to attract a lot more public attention.

Security measures reviewed at Sask. legislature

More work is being done to improve security measures at the Saskatchewan legislature, with the RCMP being called in to conduct a security threat assessment.

“We’ll be putting the resources in place that are necessary to make sure we have a secure environment here at the legislature,” said MLA Jeremy Harrison. “The government will spend what’s necessary.”

Interim SaskPower CEO looks to patch customers' views

A man who played a large role in the failed SaskPower smart meter program is now charged with fixing it.

Mike Marsh is the interim CEO of the crown corporation, promoted from his position as a vice president and chief operations officer.

“This allows us to make things better than they were in the past,” said Marsh during a phone interview Tuesday.

Former CEO Robert Watson stepped down after an investigation into the smart meter program. The final review from the Crown Investments Corporation was released Monday.

Opposition calls for SaskPower minister to resign

In the wake of what the party calls “damning” reports about serious issues with smart meters, the opposition NDP is calling on Bill Boyd, the minister in charge of SaskPower, to resign.

“The minister’s fingerprints are all over this file,” said NDP MLA Trent Wotherspoon during Question Period Monday.

“For the minister to throw SaskPower under the bus, but refuse to take responsibility himself is utterly shameful.”

SaskPower CEO resigns following smart meter review

SaskPower CEO and President Robert Watson has resigned from his position.

The resignation comes the same morning that the Saskatchewan government released a review on SaskPower's smart meter program. The review found that eight fires where meters melted or burned and damaged homes can be tied back to SaskPower’s approach to the project.

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