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Pakistani-Canadians react to school massacre

A Saskatoon man questions how can you reason with a group responsible for killing 141 innocent people including 130 children.

“I don’t think there are words that can describe it, it's a barbaric act nothing can be more cowardly than attacking innocent children and of course my thoughts go out to families there,” said Nasser Malik, president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim group in Saskatoon.

First female chief takes reins at FSIN

The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) has a woman in the top role for the first time in history.

Chief Kimberly Jonathan will lead the FSIN until a new chief is elected at an assembly next October. Jonathan took over the position after former FSIN Chief Perry Bellegarde was voted in as the national Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) on Wednesday.

Bellegarde will face challenges as AFN National Chief

It's a job that friends and co-workers said newly elected Assembly of First Nations (AFN) national chief Perry Bellegarde had in his sights from the beginning, but now that he has the top spot it will be a difficult role to navigate.

Bellegarde was elected at the AFN Special Chiefs Assembly in Winnipeg on Wednesday with over 60 per cent of the vote.

Saskatoon city council approves 5.34 per cent tax bump

After 14 hours of budget deliberations spanning three days, Saskatoon city council whittled the property tax increase from 7.3 down to 5.34 per cent.
The increase means the city is asking for an extra $83 base on an average-home assessed at $325,000.

Falling oil price not panicking Sask. finance minister

 Saskatchewan’s finance minister says he’s not hitting the panic button — yet.

“Not every day, I think every hour, I watch the oil prices,” said Minister Ken Krawetz.

Krawetz explains oil revenue accounts for 11 per cent of Saskatchewan’s budget. He says economic diversification has helped cushion the province from the drastic $20 per barrel drop that is worrying many.

At the mid-year financial update, Krawetz pointed out higher than anticipated potash and crown land sales, as well as the low Canadian dollar have helped offset the slump in oil.

More-accessible voting still leaves me out: Regina woman

One Regina woman says a new law aiming to help people with disabilities vote leaves her spinning her wheels.

“I’m going out to vote and I won’t be held back one iota,” said Melissa Northe during an interview Tuesday.

Northe is confined to a power chair and says the last time she voted, the polling station was not wheelchair accessible. She and three others had to wait outside while an election official came to them so they could cast their ballots.

Bringing back gun registry doesn't work for province: Sask. NDP

The Saskatchewan NDP isn't backing the federal leader on his position to bring back Canada's gun registry.

Last week, federal NDP leader Tom Mulcair said if elected to government, his party would bring back the long-gun registry. Mulcair said his party would reboot the registry as a means of ensuring police could track every firearm in Canada while trying to avoid the pitfalls that made the registry controversial.

Regina city council approves reduced tax increase

The tax increase for Regina homeowners will be lower than initially planned, but it still means residents will be giving the city another couple dollars next year.

During a special budget meeting at city hall Monday night, council finalized its 2015 general operating and capital budgets, bringing the proposed 4.3 per cent increase down to 3.9 per cent. That’s equivalent to another $92 on tax bills for the average homeowner.

Access to voting in Saskatchewan improved

Voting will be easier for many people from now on in Saskatchewan after the provincial government made changes to the Elections Act.
 
The amendments will allow elections officials to go to the home of people who aren't able to leave due to a disability to take their vote. It will allow people serving in the Canadian Forces to keep their residency when stationed elsewhere, and members who come to Saskatchewan to serve will immediately be able to vote in provincial elections.
 

MAP: Final Sask. photo-radar cameras online

The province will be keeping an eye on how fast you're driving as all of the cameras in the two-year photo radar pilot project go live.

On Monday, the last of the cameras began operating across the province; one in Moose Jaw and the Saskatoon cameras had already gone live previously.

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