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Moose Jaw city council against losing door-to-door mail delivery

With nationwide changes coming to the way mail is being delivered, the City of Moose Jaw will be sending a letter to Canada Post and the federal government voicing disappointment in a move to cancel door-to-door service in the near future.

The move will see community boxes used in bigger centres, similar to rural communities. Councillor Patrick Boyle was opposed to sending the letter saying it's a done deal and the wheels have already been set in motion. Even the Federation of Canadian Municipalities decided against sending a letter to Ottawa.

Keystone XL Pipeline bill falls one vote short in U.S. Senate

The U.S. Senate has rejected a proposal to fast-track the approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

Pipeline supporters needed 60 votes to win approval for the bill, but it went down to defeat by a margin of 59-41.

Had it passed, U.S. President Barack Obama was widely expected to veto the bill, which was designed to short-circuit the White House's own environmental review process.

Proposed changes could mean no hunting for those who owe

Hunters who owe child support or fines won't get a hunting license if changes proposed by the Saskatchewan government are approved. 

The province wants to tighten up hunting laws with The Wildlife Amendment Act, 2014.  The proposed changes include:

Sask. working to prevent spread of deadly swine disease

The province of Saskatchewan is putting more money into preventing a deadly swine disease.

The province is providing $100,000 to help prevent the spread of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) during transport. The new phase created in the Saskatchewan Swine Biosecurity Program will provide for truck washes, transport audits with veterinarians, and follow-up veterinary visits.

Regina area to develop regional-growth plan

A two-day regional growth summit has wrapped up in Regina and now the communities involved have a clearer direction on how to move forward and work together to get things done.

“It’s all one thing to talk but it’s about action and I think it’s time for action for us,” Mayor Michael Fougere told the crowd during the summit’s closing moments.

P.A. calling on province to make bike helmets mandatory

Prince Albert plans to put pressure on the Saskatchewan government to enact mandatory bicycle helmet laws, with the help of a provincial association.

On Monday, the executive committee recommended a draft resolution that would see the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) ask the province and Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) in particular to change the Highway Traffic Act to make it mandatory for all cyclists to wear a helmet. City council is expected to approve the draft resolution at next week’s meeting.

NDP calls for inquest into Saskatoon homeless man's death

Saskatchewan NDP leader Cam Broten opened Question Period at the legislature Monday by calling for a formal inquest into the death of Jerry Peequaquat.

The 42-year-old, homeless man was found dead in an abandoned semi truck on Saturday. Police said it appeared as though he had been living there for some time; no foul play is suspected.

Broten called the case "absolutely heartbreaking."

Alberta community sees changes after plastic bag ban

The Saskatchewan government may not be considering a plastic bag ban but the bylaw implemented by a municipality in northeast Alberta is making a big difference.

“There has been a drastic change even from our community cleanup groups. We are getting a lot of feedback in the spring and fall. We don’t see the plastic bags in the tree lines anymore,” Jarrod Peckford, supervisor of environmental and public services with the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, said.

Service Canada offices moving to Market Mall Dec. 1

Saskatoon's Service Canada offices will have a new home come December.

The offices, currently located in the Federal Building at the corner of 22nd Street and 2nd Avenue will move to Market Mall at 2325 Preston Avenue on Dec. 1.

The old location will close Nov. 28 at noon.

In a statement, the federal government said the mall provides more parking, which is free of charge, and is still on a main transit route.

Sask. premier will keep close eye on U.S. senate vote

Premier Brad Wall says he’s discouraged by President Barack Obama’s final push against the Keystone XL Pipeline.

“What the president’s been saying is not very encouraging,” said Wall on Friday. “He is digging in, in opposition. He’s now more overtly opposed to this pipeline than I’ve actually heard him in the past.”

A bill that would force approval of the pipeline passed in the House of Representatives Friday. The Republican-led senate will vote Tuesday. The project appears to have overwhelming support from the senate.

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