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SGI: Photo radar costs worth it

While the NDP thinks Saskatchewan is paying too much for photo radar, the province is defending the pilot program.

On Tuesday, the NDP said paying Xerox Business Services Canada $4.5 million over two years to process the tickets was just too costly. However, SGI's vice president of Auto Fund argues it's the most-effective option.

Regina city council approves northwest development

The City of Regina is going ahead with the development of a new neighbourhood in the city’s northwest, but some believe it may interfere with the overall plan for growth.

On Tuesday night, council voted 9-2 in favour of seeing a parcel of land known as Rosewood Park - located within the larger Coopertown - move forward despite a recommendation from city administration against it.

Photo radar pilot program in Sask pricey: Opposition

Saskatchewan’s Opposition thinks the SaskParty government is paying way too much for its photo radar pilot program.

The total cost of the program over two years is $4.5 million. While part of that money will used for advertising, signage and the actual cost and installation of the eight cameras themselves, the majority of that total will go to the company in charge of processing the tickets, Xerox Business Services Canada. It’ll get about $3.8 million to do that.

“Right now that’s a lot of money,” said NDP Deputy Leader Trent Wotherspoon.

NDP child-care plan would double Sask. spots

The federal NDP unveiled a child-care plan Tuesday that promises parents would pay no more than $15 a day per child.

The multi-billion-dollar plan that would add 370,000 new spaces across Canada in the first four years should the NDP form government.

“We’re talking about a doubling of the number of child-care spaces in Saskatchewan,” said NDP Regina-Lewvan candidate Erin Weir.

City council considers new development in northwest Regina

The City of Regina is looking at developing 20 hectares of land in the city's northwest but the project still needs approval from council.
 
Within the neighborhood of Coopertown is Rosewood Park, where the development will take place. The city's executive committee stated they were in favour of the plan earlier this month.
 

Will SaskPower's CO2 capture facility impact your bill?

Despite the $1.4 billion price tag of the world’s first carbon capture and storage power plant at the Boundary Dam outside of Estevan, SaskPower maintains that massive cost won’t be passed on to customers.
 
“This will not seriously impact their bills at all,” insisted CEO Robert Watson. “Customers’ bills will be what they’ve already been approved (for). We’ve had approval, a three percent rate increase next year and they won’t go any higher.”
 
That translates into about $3 more per month on average for residential customers.
 

October petroleum and natural gas right sales worth $21.6 million

The province brought in another $21.6 million in sales of Saskatchewan petroleum and natural gas rights in October.

The month saw 120 leases and two licenses bought. That includes 29 leases and two licenses in the area south of Carnduff along with land north of Moosomin along the Manitoba border.

The Weyburn-Estevan area saw the most bids in October bringing in sales of $14.4 million.

Altogether in 2014, land sales have totalled $179.6 million. The last sale of 2014 will take place December 1.

Sask. communities continue call for rail-content information

Municipalities across Saskatchewan are keeping a close eye on the fallout of the fiery train derailment near Clair Tuesday.

Cities and small communities alike are questioning what can be done to increase safety or even let the public know about what materials are being shipped near their own homes.

Regina mayor not worried about delayed downtown buildings

Development of two buildings in Regina's downtown are on hold for the moment but the delay doesn't concern the city's mayor.
 
An affordable housing development was demolished on the 1700 block of Hamilton Street to make way for a mixed-use building but the lot is currently only being used for parking. A proposed 16-storey office building on the corner of 12th Avenue and Rose Street is also having trouble finding tenants.
 

Regina tenants hold forum on public housing

The Queen City Tenants Association held a public forum at the Albert Scott Community Centre on Monday to discuss the concept of Crime-Free Multi-Housing in Regina.

The idea of the program is to have tenants and landlords sign an agreement banning any criminal activity in the residence. If anything criminal takes place, the tenant would be evicted.

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