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Scots in Regina watch independence vote closely

People in Scotland are heading to the polls Thursday to vote in a referendum that could change the course of a 307-year union with the United Kingdom.

Scottish ex-pats who now call Saskatchewan home are watching the news of the historic vote from a distance. Paul Nairn moved to Regina from Scotland in 2003 but he knows how he would vote if he was allowed to.

Pakistani journalist weighs in on deported woman case

A Pakistani journalist, author and blogger says there isn't much hope for a woman deported back to that country from Saskatoon this week.

Bina Shah said 65-year-old Jamila Bibi, who was working as a cook in Saskatoon, is going back to a country where there isn't much support for women.

PHOTOS: Prince Edward arrives in Moose Jaw

Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, landed at 15-Wing Moose Jaw Wednesday afternoon to start his three-day visit in Saskatchewan.

His Royal Highness was greeted on the tarmac by Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield. Following a short welcoming ceremony, the prince inspected the parade consisting of members of the Saskatchewan Dragoons and the Royal Canadian Air Force.

"(The prince is) always very personable and willing to meet the public so it's good to have him here," said Moose Jaw Mayor Deb Higgins.

Premier optimistic about Sask. growth projections

If Saskatchewan keeps up current growth trends its population could reach 1.5 million by 2038, according to new numbers released by Statistics Canada.

The agency releases population projections for provinces every five years. Wednesday's outlines seven different possible scenarios for Saskatchewan over the next 24 years. Each shows growth with the lowest estimate at 1,173,900 and the highest at 1,527,000 compared to the current population of 1,108,000.

Saskatoon Scot favours independence as vote nears

With Scots set to vote Thursday on a potential split from the United Kingdom (UK), a Saskatoon man is watching intently as events there unfold.

Paul Smart has lived in the Bridge City with his Saskatoon-born wife for the past five years.

"We're both sitting constantly on Facebook, listening to the radio. You know, getting as much information as we can and thinking 'I wish we could be there,' said the 39-year-old product of Aberdeen, Scotland.

Deported woman’s lawyer claims feds did not follow due process

Jamila Bibi will land in Pakistan with little support or money after being deported from Canada Tuesday.

The 65-year-old woman who worked as a cook at Meg’s Restaurant in Saskatoon was sent back home after her refugee claims were rejected.

Sask. gov't approves reduced SaskPower rate hike

The Saskatchewan government has decided to reduce the rate increase that had been approved for SaskPower.

In April, the Saskatchewan Rate Review Panel approved a 10.5 per cent system-average rate increase. A 5.5 per cent increase already went into effect on January 1, 2014; the remaining 5.0 per cent was approved for January 1, 2015.

Province to review mandatory licensing for foster homes

Saskatchewan’s Advocate for Children and Youth wants the province to make it mandatory for foster homes to get licensed.

The recommendation follows the release of a detailed report about a toddler who died in care in 2009.  Bob Pringle says we license day cares, so why not license foster homes?

“We see it as an accountability issue,” said Pringle at a news conference Tuesday.

Zero tolerance coming with photo radar

New photo-radar systems coming to Saskatoon, Martensville, Regina and Moose Jaw come with zero tolerance for speeders.

Saskatchewan Government Insurance’s (SGI) two-year automated speed enforcement program is delivering photo-radar cameras to four cities in Saskatchewan, monitoring high speed traffic areas. While the announcement was made in June, cameras won’t be installed until October.

Statistics show few speed-related crashes at photo radar sites

While the province is expanding its photo radar pilot program to two new areas it deems “high-risk”, statistics from SGI suggest the areas might not have an overwhelming problem with speed-related crashes.

Since 2009, Highway 12 at Martensville has had zero deaths, zero injuries and just one crash where speed was a factor. On Highway 1 east of Regina between Pilot Butte and White City you can essentially count on one hand how many speed-related crashes there have been in each of the last five years. However, one person did lose their life in a speed-related crash in 2009.

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