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Feds ask Sask. for Pakistan adoption clarification

A long road to reunite a Pakistani boy with his adoptive parents in Saskatoon is hitting yet another road block.

R.M. of Sherwood review will not be made public

The investigation into the RM of Sherwood and its massive Wascana Village proposal is being expanded, and a closer look will be taken into the conduct of the municipality.

Saskatoon councillor eyes seat in federal politics

Saskatoon city councillor Randy Donauer hopes to make the jump from city hall to parliament hill next year.

The Ward 5 councillor was officially named the Conservative candidate for Saskatoon-West riding for next year’s federal election. 2015 will be the first federal election with the new boundary lines drawn.

“I’ve really been enjoying my time in municipal government and to be honest I’ve had several people ask if I would consider representing them in Ottawa because I think they would feel comfortable as a representative,” Donauer said.

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.

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