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Minister announces new fines for tax-dodging businesses

The consequences are about to get pricey for businesses using technology to avoid paying all of their taxes.

After an eight month awareness campaign about electronic suppression of sales (ESS) software, new monetary penalties and criminal offences under the Excise Tax Act and Income Tax Act will come into effect in September.

SaskEnergy upgrades not affected by smart meter recall

SaskEnergy will continue installing its electronic gas modules, saying it is unaffected by the massive recall of SaskPower's smart meters.
Both devices use wireless technology to communicate with cell towers and are made by the same company, Sensus. But instead of using smart meters, SaskEnergy is simply attaching an electronic module to its existing meters.
Dave Burdeniuk, spokesperson for SaskEnergy, said that could be why the natural gas company hasn't had any safety issues with the modules.

Employees groups return to table for pension plan negotiations

The City of Regina had been putting pressure on employee groups to get back to the bargaining table to discuss how to fix the pension plan and now those groups have agreed to talk.

The Civic Employees’ Pension Plan is under a $290 million deficit and in danger of being cancelled for that reason.

“Well they’ve agreed to come back to the table and this week we’ll be talking again which is a very good sign,” commented Mayor Michael Fougere. “We’re very pleased and very hopeful that we’ll have a conclusion very quickly.”

Premier puts PA second bridge back on radar

A new shift in talks about a second bridge in Prince Albert may bring the city one step closer to making this dream a reality.

Premier Brad Wall was in Prince Albert Monday morning at Prince Albert Northcote MLA Victoria Jurgen's constituency office with an announcement that could be a game-changer in the bridge debate. 

Family farm allowed to employ kids in chicken farm

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Labour has reached a compromise in the case of the Covlin family farm in Endeavour, Sask., who were employing kids in their poultry processing plant.

"What we decided to do was just treat this as a simple extension of a family farming operation," Saskatchewan Labour Minister Don Morgan told News Talk's John Gormley Live Monday, "We've told the occupational health workers, 'no more investigations, this is a family farm, leave it alone.'"

Mine workers vote in favour of strike action

Workers at McArthur and Key Lake uranium mine sites in Saskatchewan could go on strike by the end of the month if talks are not successful.

In a statement to News Talk radio, the United Steelworkers Union (USW) Local 8914 said 92 per cent of workers voted in favour of strike action.

The bargaining committee has been meeting with Cameco's management team since the workers collective agreements expired Dec. 2013.

Suspended STF president talks about forced leave

The president of the Saskatchewan Teachers Federation (STF) was stripped of his power and today he spoke out about his forced leave of absence.

"I have no explanation whatsoever, although I've asked for it several times," Colin Keess said at a media conference this afternoon.

The action against Keess was confirmed by STF xxecutive in a statement Sunday after an internal letter sent to STF members on Friday was leaked to the media. According to the letter, the decision stemmed from circumstances related to his conduct as president.

25 years of the cell phone in Saskatchewan

Most people may feel they can't live without their cell phone, but it's something people in Saskatchewan have only had for 25 years.

SaskTel marked the silver anniversary of the cell phone in Saskatchewan on Friday.

Reasons for Sask. unemployment unchanged

The unemployment rate in Saskatchewan may be half what it was 20 years ago but the reasons people don't have jobs remain pretty much the same.
In July 1994, 267,800 people were unemployed and not in the labour force, in July 2014 that number was at 273,400.
In both those years, approximately 11 per cent of those unemployed were because people had left their jobs. In both time periods, the top two reasons for leaving were "going to school" and "retiring." But in those 20 years "retiring" surpassed "going to school" for the number one spot.

School bus drivers heavily regulated in Sask: SGI

SGI says bus drivers undergo stringent testing despite concerns after a fatal crash near Biggar. 

Monica Domes was hit and killed by a bus that her twin boys were riding in a tragic crash in February. Her father, Gary Eaton, told News Talk Radio Thursday he would like to see stricter regulations for bus drivers including the addition of a log book.

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