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Province warns flood victims to beware of fraud

As claims for disaster assistance continue to come in for flooding damage, the province is warning people to watch out for fraud.
 
"What we want people to do is make sure that when they are doing things and repairing their homes, that they're using legitimate companies," said Karen Lautsch, Assistant Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Government Relations.
 
She said it's a good idea to talk with PDAP staff prior to signing off on repairs.
 

VIDEO: Regina's new sewage treatment plant costing less than expected

The financial details of Regina’s new sewage treatment plant were released Friday and costs are significantly lower than first budgeted.

The city announced that the project will cost $181 million, $43.5 million lower than what was planned. That’s not all; long-term costs went from $858 million to $611 million.

“The project is $248 million under budget over the 30 year span of the contract,” added Mayor Michael Fougere.

Sask.'s jobs at all-time high again

Saskatchewan is celebrating its second-consecutive month of job numbers sitting at an all-time high.

In June, 576,900 people were working across the province, 8,700 more than June 2013.

Saskatchewan's unemployment rate is the lowest in Canada for the 18th consecutive month at 3.9 per cent. The national unemployment rate, meanwhile, sat at 7.1 per cent.

Wall, western provinces urge revamp of Canadian trade agreement

It's sometimes easier for Canada to trade with other countries than it is to trade within its own boundaries.

That’s part of the reason why leaders from the western provinces want an overhaul of the country’s Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT).  The New West Partnership, which includes Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, are calling on premiers from across Canada to help break down those walls of free trade to reduce the costs of doing business and improve the economy.

The group is sending a joint letter urging them to change the AIT.

Saskatoon group not finished lobbying for car-free Traffic Bridge

Even with federal and provincial money earmarked for a project that will include cars, a group in Saskatoon hasn’t finished lobbying for other options for the Traffic Bridge Replacement project.

More funding to revitalize historic Sask. streets

A pilot project to revitalize historic downtown areas and main streets in Saskatchewan has been deemed successful and will continue.

The Main Street Saskatchewan program provides training, advice and funding to communities which then use those services to create a more vibrant, economic hub in their downtowns.

Province asking federal government for flood funding

Faced with a massive flood clean-up and recovery effort, the province is looking to the federal government for disaster assistance. 
 
Premier Brad Wall spoke with Prime Minster Stephen Harper about the flooding damage. Wall believes the cost to the province will be higher than the 2011 flood.

“Based on the widespread nature of this particular flood and depth of the infrastructure damage that’s occurred, we think the number will be a bit higher than $360 million,” he said.

Record levels at Round Lake

Round Lake is at record-setting levels.
 
The province said the lake rose five centimetres thanks to the storm on Saturday night.
 
"As a result the forecasted peak for Round Lake has been increased to 445.75 metres," said Patrick Boyle with the Water Security Agency.

Disaster Assistance Program offers help to flood victims

As flood waters begin to recede in sections of Southeast Saskatchewan, residents and insurance companies are getting a look at the damage.

Waterlogged homes, pastures, businesses and public spaces litter the corner of the province following heavy rains last weekend. As of Thursday, 68 communities had declared a state of emergency.

SARM president calls flooding worst he’s ever seen

This summer’s flooding could force Saskatchewan to take a step back and look and how they build highways and bridges.

“I can't remember anything this big and with this much rain in one region of the province,” said Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) president David Marit.

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