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City planners hope for definitive answers from parking study

The City of Saskatoon hopes a year-long parking study will help them plan for the future of a rapidly growing city and dispel the notion that there’s no parking downtown.

On Monday, the city’s administration will recommend city council enter into a year-long $179,000 contract to BA Consulting to conduct a long-term parking study and develop a strategy on how to increase availability of parking in the city centre.

Atchison says labour board “erred” in lockout decision

Saskatoon Mayor Don Atchison said it was the city executive committee’s decision not to move forward with a second transit lockout, and the city is seeking a judicial review of the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board’s (LRB) decision on Oct. 17

UPDATE: Saskatoon city council lifts transit lockout

Less than 48 hours after issuing the transit union a second lockout notice, Saskatoon city council ordered an end to the transit lockout Saturday night and they announced bus service for the rest of October will be free for everyone.

“We have 105 buses prepared and ready to go, what we require now are the operators to put on those buses,” Mayor Don Atchison said. “Monday first thing is when we want to have the buses up and running again.”

Saskatoon's new parking system about six weeks away

The days of digging for change to pay for parking in Saskatoon are numbered.

“Over the next month, we'll see a number of things happening,” the city’s director of transportation Angela Gardiner said. “You'll see the actual (pay) stations pop up towards the end of November and our intent is to have everything operational in December.”

One-day detours slated for Highway 12, 16

Expect some delays heading in and out of Saskatoon on Thursday.

CN Rail in conjunction with the Ministry of Highways will be closing off sections of Highway 12 north of Martensville and Highway 16 east of Saskatoon from dawn to dusk, making way for rail-crossing repairs and track replacement.

North and southbound traffic on Highway 12 will be detoured north of Junction 305 to allow CN to make repairs to a road-level railway crossing.

No Ebola screening at Regina International Airport

In the wake of the Ebola crisis, six Canadian airports are screening for the virus but Regina's is not among them.

"We don't anticipate anybody that would reach this airport that wouldn't have already been screened due to those protocols at other major airports in Canada," said Regina Airport Authority (RAA) President Jim Hunter.

Montreal, Toronto, Halifax, Vancouver, Ottawa and Calgary will be doing the screenings lead by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Semi fire restricts Highway 1 near Moose Jaw

Traffic was restricted on the Trans-Canada Highway near Moose Jaw after a semi truck caught fire Wednesday morning.

Mounties and fire crews were called to the eastbound lane of Highway 1, about two miles east of the Highway 39 turnoff, before 7 a.m.

"Flames were coming out of the trailer about six, eight feet (high)," said Doug Lawrence who drove by the scene.

RCMP say the blaze was caused by some sort of mechanical issues.

Delays lasted several hours while the fire was put out.

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.

No end to Saskatoon transit lockout as sides remain "very long ways apart"

Despite a third week of negotiations and the help of a prominent mediator, the City of Saskatoon and the transit union “remain a very long ways apart” on a new contract to end the lockout and bring back buses.

The city and the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) local 615 met again on Friday, with the help of mediator Vince Ready, to try and get buses running after the Thanksgiving long weekend but were unsuccessful in finding common ground.

Campaign aiming for safe Thanksgiving travels

As people travel for the Thanksgiving weekend, RCMP across the country will be paying special attention to how safe they're traveling.

Operation Impact will focus on impaired driving, seat-belt use, aggressive and distracted driving. In Saskatchewan, Mounties say they'll keep an eye out for how both drivers and passengers are following these laws.

The national campaign is sponsored by the Canadian Association of Chief's of Police and member agencies of its traffic committee.

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