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UPDATE: Workplace accident in Fox Valley kills two men

The RCMP have released more information about how two men died in what Mounties are calling a "workplace accident" Monday night.

Three men were apparently working on sewer lines near the west access road in the village of Fox Valley. A partial collapse happened and two of the men fell 12 feet into the sewer lines.

Police say it happened around 6:20 p.m. The third man at the scene called for help.

Late crops in Sask. could suffer from early frost

The combination of a late crop and an early frost could create headaches for Saskatchewan's farmers this week.

Environment Canada has issued a frost advisory for areas like Prince Albert and Spiritwood for early Tuesday morning. A cold front moving into the province from Alberta is expected to create below-average temperatures until the weekend.

"The cold air will be more over western sections early on in the week, then it will spread to more easterly sections towards the end of the week," said Environment Canada Meteorologist Terri Lang.

Report: Teachers' pay reflects on grades

A Canadian think tank says if student achievement is high, then teachers should be getting more than just a gold star.

“There’s been the question: will it reduce focus on contributing to social good if we start monetizing that?” said Deani Van Pelt, director of the Barbara Mitchell Centre for Improving Education at the Fraser Institute. “I think it’s time to take a look at that.”

The Fraser Institute released a report Monday pushing for financial incentives for teachers, adding that evidence shows a link between higher student achievement and teacher incentives.

City, transit union remain at impasse over wages and pensions

A contract dispute between the city of Saskatoon and the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) appears no closer to a resolution.

"Unless the ATU has decided to substantially change its bargaining position on wages, and what now appears to be pension issues, I can't see any benefit of returning to a bargaining table," City director of human resources Marno McInnes said.

Prairie grain backlog easing

Just over a month after new regulations for the country's railroads came into force, farm groups say the shipping crisis is ebbing.
 
Grain Growers of Canada president Gary Stanford said the rules, which require the country's two major railways to move a million tonnes of grain a week or face fines, have helped ease a situation that saw 20,000 rail cars worth of product unable to get to port at the height of the crisis this winter.

Transit union rejects latest City offer

President of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 615 isn’t surprised 90 per cent of its members rejected the City of Saskatoon’s latest collective agreement.

“I think it’s indicative of how important our pension plan is to our members and how important it is to be paid in accordance to what other Canadian cities are getting paid,” union president Jim Yakubowski said Friday.

Chinese parents yearn to live in Sask. to give kids better education

Many wealthy Chinese parents such as Lisa Wang are sending their kids to Saskatchewan for a good education and coming along to supervise.

The problem lies, according to Wang, in the length of the parents’ visa. She arrived in Saskatoon in July with her 12-year-old daughter Lily Chang but she will have to return home to Beijing in December.

“She wants her daughter to get a better life when it comes to education in western countries like Canada. Canada is one of the best in the world,” Michael Xiao, her agent and translator, said.

City files lawsuit over Shaw Centre defects

The City of Saskatoon is taking a pair of companies involved in building the Shaw Centre to court.

The facility, built in partnership between the City and Saskatoon's public and seperate school boards, houses a fitness centre and swimming pools.

A statement of claim filed by the city solicitor's office at Saskatoon Court of Queen's Bench alleges problems with the building's heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system became apparent shortly after the facility opened in 2009.

Oil and gas safety association office moves to Weyburn

From Saskatchewan's capital to a small community in the southeast, Enform, the safety association for Canada's upstream oil and gas industry, has relocated.

The company has a number of offices across Canada, and it did have one in Regina, before transferring to Weyburn. The new digs officially opened on Thursday.

Employee groups disappointed with city's solo pension plan submission

Employees enrolled in the City of Regina’s pension plan are once again disappointed in the city’s actions, claiming it’s again walking away from the table.

On Wednesday, the city went straight to the Superintendent of Pensions—the province’s regulator of pensions—with a set of proposed changes in the hopes of fixing the plan, which carries a deficit of $290 million.

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