Thousands of Saskatoon bus riders will be forced to find other modes of transportation until further notice after contract negotiations between the City and transit union broke down again Saturday.
The City of Saskatoon announced last-minute negotiations with the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) 615 had failed to produce a contract agreement.
The University of Saskatchewan has drawn up a contingency plan if
Saskatoon Transit services are suspended Monday morning.
The plan was revealed just hours after a lockout of transit workers was expected to take effect because of an on-going labour dispute.
Any day you get an award is a pretty special day, but to get that award from royalty is a once in a lifetime moment.
His Royal Highness Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex continued his three day royal tour of Saskatchewan with a stop at RCMP Depot Division and Government House in Regina.
Charges were laid after a fiery crash Thursday blocking both lanes of traffic on Highway 7 between Rosetown and Harris for a few hours.
At around 4:30 p.m., Rosetown RCMP, fire departments and ambulance services responded to a multiple-vehicle collision three miles west of Harris, Sask. Police say three vehicles were involved including were a semi, SUV, and a truck.
Saskatchewan's photo-radar pilot project is already expanding even though the project hasn’t even actually begun yet.
On Monday, the government announced two new locations for photo radar in the province. Cameras will be set up on Highway 1 between Pilot Butte and White City, and Highway 12 at Martensville.
Everywhere you drive in Regina these days it seems like another new hotel is being constructed.
Now we’re learning that might not even be an exaggeration.
Regina Hotel Association CEO Tracy Fahlman explained in the last 10 years the city has added roughly 1,000 more hotel rooms. In the next two years alone she said more than 800 rooms will be built. That includes about 360 in 2014 as the city welcomes three new hotels along with a big expansion to an existing hotel in the east end.
By 2016 another 450 rooms are expected.
While some may question the City of Saskatoon’s move to purchase 20-year-old buses, there’s a rare breed of tourists salivating over the city’s acquisition.
“Unlike most tourists I don’t go to a place to go check out the sights; I’m a think-outside-the-box kind of guy," Elton McFall, 38, from Montreal said. "I’m just amused to be in a place and watch the kind of traffic. I came to Saskatoon to check all that out and I was aware that because of the dry climate, vehicles don’t rust so there are a lot of old buses.”
Drivers who commute along Ring Road in north Regina are getting frustrated waiting for trains during rush hour.
Trent Oppeboen was among the long line of drivers stuck in a traffic jam for 15 minutes between Albert Street and Park Street Friday morning.
“Then when I got to Park Street, there was another train but (it) was just pulling ahead and backing up again,” he said. Oppeboen said the issue happens all too often during rush hour.
“Oh I’d have to say five to eight times a month,” he said.
A busy highway linking Saskatchewan and Alberta is the next to get passing lanes in the province.
The provincial and federal governments are sharing the cost of the project that will see four sets of passing lanes built on Highway 7 between Delisle and Rosetown. The estimated cost is $7.6 million split evenly.
"We've really seen a need for this. We were actually going after twinning, that was our dream, but these passing lanes are a major advance to the safety on Highway 7," Rosetown Mayor Brian Gerow said.
This summer has seen 22 deaths on Saskatchewan highways with six people killed over the September long weekend alone.
“Obviously the latest one, the Labour Day weekend was quite tragic for us," said Staff Sergeant Stephane Caron is the unit commander for traffic services for central and northern Saskatchewan. "This year was actually fairly high compared to previous years."