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Cycling gas prices brings more fluctuation across Sask.

While travelling on Saskatchewan highways, drivers might notice gas prices go up and down more than the speed limits do.

Jason Toews, founder of GasBuddy.com, explained that the province normally sees a bit of variance for gas prices.

"It's typically around 12 or 15 cents per litre across the province," Toews said.

Regina restaurant feels restricted by specialty liquor licence

Advent calendars bring daily chocolate to children in the month of December, but what about adults who would like a treat?
 
Beer Brothers Gastropub and Deli in Regina is selling a beer-filled advent calendar. For about $220, you can taste beers from all over the world while you count down the days to Christmas.
 
Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) rules requires customers buying the calendars to also purchase food, as Beer Bros. only has a specialty-order liquor licence.
 

Saskatchewan leads in job growth among Canadian provinces

Saskatchewan continues to lead the country when it comes to job creation, adding 14,000 full time and 5,700 part time jobs compared to last October.

“(It's) the greatest employment growth in the entire country by an entire per cent at 3.5 per cent. I think Alberta was at 2.5 per cent,” commented Jeremy Harrison, Saskatchewan’s Associate Minister for the Economy.

Western premiers ask Ottawa for over $1 billion in transportation funding

The premiers of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan are asking the federal government for between $1 billion and $1.5 billion to help address transportation infrastructure in the region.
 

Canadian Taxpayers Federation questions ministry sick days

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is taking a closer look as to when government employees in Saskatchewan are taking their sick days.

CTF prairie director Colin Craig highlighted how the top days for ministry employees to call in sick included the days of and after the Grey Cup Parade, the day of the CFL expansion draft, days around several holidays like Christmas and New Year’s, and even on the day the video game Grand Theft Auto V was released.

Craig thinks it’s more than just coincidence.

Focus on transportation as western premiers meet in Regina

The premiers of the three western provinces are meeting in Regina to discuss transportation of goods for Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C.

The New West Partnership Summit is taking place Thursday and Friday.

Christy Clark and Jim Prentice arrived in Regina Wednesday night. Along with Brad Wall, the three highlighted some of the main issues to be discussed over the following two days.

Facebook 'likes' mobile app created by Regina trio

The creators of a Regina-based social networking app are getting ready to network with the pros.

RealTalk is a mobile app that was launched at the end of October. It connects you with a random person in your area for a 60-second video call. Successful interactions will result in a match and allow both users to chat through the app.

"The idea behind it is getting away from the behind the picture profile messaging and talking to real people," said CEO Anthony Haid.

Former liquor store owner favours privatization

As Saskatchewan debates on the future of liquor stores, one former owner is chiming in with her opinion.
 
Darlene Heimlick used to own two stores in Alberta. She says the provincial government could have the best of both worlds by keeping the current stores as is and letting a number of private stores go up.
 
“There’s nothing wrong with government owned stores,” said Heimlick.  “They have the more generic items.  When there’s privatization it allows for expansion of selection and who doesn’t like selection.”
 

Reginans unsure if liquor sales should change

The Saskatchewan Government has laid five options out regarding how liquor might be sold in the future.

The province launched a website on Tuesday where it will collect feedback from the public on which option they like the best. Choices include maintaining the current system, moving to an Alberta-style of fully privatized retail, or expanding the government retail system.

Regina 'Isis' salon changing name

A Regina business has decided to change its name because it is similar to the one representing a terrorist group in the Middle East.

A salon located in University Park used to be called Isis Beauty and Day Spa - but not anymore.

Owner Lori Pawson said there is negativity towards the name for both clients and staff.

"They say, 'where do you work,' and they have to say, 'Isis,' and again they're shadowed by this name Isis and it just doesn't seem like there's any getting away from it," Pawson said.

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