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Ukrainian ambassador visits Sask. in midst of country's crisis

In the midst of volatility not seen in his country for 20 years, Vadym Prystaiko, Ukrainian ambassador to Canada, took his first trip to Saskatchewan.

Prystaiko spoke to reporters in Saskatoon ahead of a public event at the Ukrainian Museum of Canada Monday night. He is slated to speak at the Ukrainian Orthodox Hall in Regina on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

Transit union rejects city's final offer

Contract talks between bus drivers and the City of Saskatoon remain gridlocked after the transit union overwhelmingly rejected the city's final offer on Friday.

Union members voted 94 per cent to reject the offer which included a 10.38 per cent wage increase over four years and pension reforms to a defined target plan.

“The package that we put forward is fair… To have it rejected like that, I think it was a bit disappointing,” human resources director Marno McInnes said.

Doctor raises concerns over acute care beds at City Hospital

A long-time Saskatoon doctor says half of the 64 rooms designed for acute care at City Hospital are being used for offices.

Doctor Nawal Sharma, an internal medicine specialist and chief of medicine at City Hospital for 18 years, said the other rooms are being used for storage and programming.

The NDP raised the issue Thursday in the legislature. Opposition NDP Leader Cam Broten asked why beds intended for acute care are being used for office space when Royal University Hospital and St. Paul's Hospital are "bursting at the seams."

U of S dean clarifies law library's future

The dean of law at the University of Saskatchewan is clarifying future plans for the law library.

“It is not closing. There will continue to be study space in what is the current law library space. In addition, students, faculty and practitioners will continue to have access to core legal services of high demand material on site,” said Sanjeev Anand.

Saskatchewan marks lowest unemployment rate on record

Saskatchewan has broken a record when it comes to unemployment rates but it may not be a great sign.

In the employment numbers for April 2014, Saskatchewan reported an unemployment rate of 3.4 per cent, a huge drop from 4.5 per cent in March. It's the lowest unemployment rate in Canada by far. According to the government of Saskatchewan, it's the lowest unemployment rate ever recorded since data started being collected in 1976.

SIAST reaches tentative deal with academic staff

There aren't many details available, but SIAST has announced it has reached a tentative deal with the union representing its academic employees.

Friday morning, SIAST announced a tentative collective agreement had been reached with the SIAST Faculty Association (SFA).

"I would like to recognize the hard work and cooperation shown by both negotiating teams," said Dr. Larry Rosia, SIAST president and CEO. "Next steps include ratification by members and approval by the SIAST board of directors."

Seeding just beginning around province

Crop seeding around Saskatchewan is just beginning thanks to a cool and wet start to spring.

According to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report, the southwestern part of the province is reporting about two per cent of the crop is now in the ground.

Shannon Friesen, cropping management specialist for Saskatchewan Agriculture said for the northeast region, it’s been cool and wet so seeding hasn’t really begun.

2013 Grey Cup huge financial success

It turns out the huge win for the Riders in November's Grey Cup was a huge win for Saskatchewan too.

In a news release, the Saskatchewan Roughriders said the economic impact of the Grey Cup and its festival was equivalent to a $93 million shot in the arm for the province; $68 million of which impacted Regina, specifically.

The Riders compared that to 400 full-year jobs, $21 million in wages and salaries, and over $14 million in new tax revenues.

Unlicensed company attempts to sell stock in Sask.

The provincial government is warning people about a company trying to sell stocks without a license.

Regina City Council approves new crude oil tank

A decades-old crude oil tank in Regina's industrial district will be torn down and replaced after City Council approved the project Monday night.

Enbridge will be demolishing a 50-year-old crude oil tank. A new tank, roughly four times bigger, will be built in its place.

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