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Southeast Saskatchewan oil patch slows down due to flooding

A soggy oil patch makes for an empty oil patch, as accessibility has dwindled to almost nothing after recent floods.

“You’ve seen basically a complete shutdown in production. A lot of guys were expecting to get back to work last week. That’s not happening anymore,” said Michel Cyrenne, executive director of the Estevan Chamber of Commerce.

Sudden bridal store closure leaves many panicked

It's news that's left dozens of brides panicked and scrambling. E-mails went out Tuesday stating that the bridal store, Simple Sentiments, had gone bankrupt.
 
For brides like Cassandra Herbert the news couldn't have come at a worse time. She's getting married on Saturday, just three days away.
 
"I've had everything booked since June last year, so it's kind of a kick in the pants to have to worry about this now," she said Tuesday.
 

SaskPower halting smart meter installations after 6 fires

SaskPower has suspended its installation of smart meters after several of the meters have caught fire.

Both SaskPower and SaskEnergy have been replacing their old meters with new technology. However, six of the smart meters being utilized by SaskPower have caught fire across the province so far.

“By and large the meters are safe,” said SaskPower Spokesperson Tyler Hopson.

World Cup brings business boost for sports store

Regardless of who comes away with the trophy after Sunday's FIFA World Cup final, a Saskatoon business is winning big.

Shaun Eaton, co-owner of Xtra Time Sports Soccer Locker said they've seen a surge of interest during the tournament.

"Probably in the ballpark of plus 30 per cent in sales," he said.

And while new Canadians who've brought their love of soccer with them to Saskatoon are helping to keep the tills ringing,  Eaton said there's also a big uptick in home-grown fans of the beautiful game.

Sask.'s jobs at all-time high again

Saskatchewan is celebrating its second-consecutive month of job numbers sitting at an all-time high.

In June, 576,900 people were working across the province, 8,700 more than June 2013.

Saskatchewan's unemployment rate is the lowest in Canada for the 18th consecutive month at 3.9 per cent. The national unemployment rate, meanwhile, sat at 7.1 per cent.

New Wascana Lake facility could attract more events

A small, new facility at Regina’s Wascana Lake could help attract bigger sporting events to the city.

The ribbon was cut to officially open the Pine Island Finishing Line Facility on Thursday morning. The $250,000 building will allow judges, officials and volunteers to watch rowing, canoe and other racing events inside an enclosed facility.

“This is a facility lake users have been waiting for and wanting for years,” said Wascana Centre Authority CEO Bernadette McIntyre.

Human rights complaint leads to giant penalty for hotel owner

The owner of a Saskatoon hotel has been ordered to pay a giant penalty after the Court of Queen's Bench ruled he had violated an employee's rights.

A complaint of gender-based discrimination and sexual harassment from a female employee to the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission (SHRC) will cost Northwoods Inn and Suites owner-manager John Pontes $44,900.

Calgary company fined $14,000 after Sask. worker hurt

A Calgary company has been fined several thousand dollars after a worker fell through the floor at a job site at the Boundary Dam.
 
It was January 22, 2013 when a worker fell five meters through a hole in the floor at the Boundary Dam's Carbon Capture Project. Sulzer Chemtech Canada Inc. pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that any opening or hole was securely covered and/or protected. One other charge against the company was stayed.
 
The company was fined $10,000 with a $4,000 surcharge.

City doesn't need millions to fix parking, downtown BID says

The solution to a lack of parking downtown doesn’t need to cost us $5 million, according to Dave Denny, board chair of Saskatoon’s Downtown Partnership.

“A lot of cities will build a large parkade on one block and that will be all of their money for 10 years for parkades, but that doesn’t distribute parking all around downtown,” Denny said, adding the City of Saskatoon can get more bang for their buck by buying up a couple of floors of parking in new buildings.

Wall, western provinces urge revamp of Canadian trade agreement

It's sometimes easier for Canada to trade with other countries than it is to trade within its own boundaries.

That’s part of the reason why leaders from the western provinces want an overhaul of the country’s Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT).  The New West Partnership, which includes Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, are calling on premiers from across Canada to help break down those walls of free trade to reduce the costs of doing business and improve the economy.

The group is sending a joint letter urging them to change the AIT.

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