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Record exports in SK putting pressure on rail capacity

It’s the story of an economic boom - in Saskatchewan we have what the world wants - but getting our commodities from a landlocked province to markets around the world is becoming a greater challenge with record exports putting pressure on railways.

Grain farmer still waiting for pay-off from record harvest

For Saskatchewan grain farmers the phrase ‘waiting for a train’ takes on a whole new meaning when your yearly income depends on the railway.

Jobs in doubt as province eyes private food services in Sask. jails

Food services jobs at Prince Albert’s provincial corrections facilities are in limbo now that the province is looking to contract food preparation work to a private company.

Broadway Theatre first in Saskatoon to sell alcohol

From plot twists to the twist of beer caps, a Saskatoon theatre is changing how you can watch movies.

As of Friday, the Broadway Theatre will be the first in Saskatoon to serve alcohol during select shows after changes to Saskatchewan's liquor laws.

"After doing some research and looking into it, we discovered that if we made our movies 19 and up, we could actually serve liquor. We figured we could accommodate that just by limiting our late night screenings," said Alison Whelan, assistant manager at the Broadway Theatre.

Canada Post looking for solution to absenteeism

Is hiring temporary or term workers the best way for Canada Post to catch up on a backlog of mail in Regina? The union representing carriers in the Queen City says it's a solution that comes too late.

Taiwanese ambassador concludes Saskatoon visit

A visit from a Taiwanese diplomat could spell big bucks for the Bridge City.

Dr. C.K. Liu is the ambassador for the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO).

He said that he and a delegation of other TECO officials liked what they saw on a two day visit to Saskatoon.

"Over the past two days, we're very impressed (with) the city... we see that the city is growing," he said. 

The ambassador said he spent the visit meeting with local members of the Chinese and Taiwanese communities, touring companies and research facilities and meeting with business leaders.

Grievances remain following U of S layoffs

The University of Saskatchewan is still resolving disputes with a handful of ex-employees who lost their jobs last year.

About 200 people were let go as the school scrambled to address a projected deficit of $44.5 million. 

Vice-President of Human Resources Barb Daigle said it was a difficult process for everyone involved. 

"Principal to all this work was to treat people with dignity and respect and compassion," she said.

Wireless auction could improve cell service in rural areas

Wireless service in Canada is expected to take a big step forward as those in the telecommunications industry prepare to bid in Tuesday’s wireless spectrum auction, and that could have a major impact on anyone who uses a cell phone or tablet.

Investigation into Christmas Eve explosion begins

Investigators are now on the scene at the Co-op refinery complex, searching for what brought the ignition and the fuel together in an explosion that could be felt across Regina on Christmas Eve.

"My investigators have been able to access the physical scene," said fire marshal Randy Ryba. "When I say the physical scene, it's the entire footprint of the damage area including some surrounding areas."

Saskatoon company manufacturing name for itself

Saskatoon is now home to the world's largest Elliptical Polarizing Undulator.

Local firm RMD Engineering built the machine for the Canadian Light Source (CLS) synchrotron.

Owner Jim Boire says it acts in a manner similar to how a rumble strip sucks the energy out of a moving car, except in this case,  the machine uses high power magnets to shape the synchrotron's beam -- generating four times as much light as the sun for researchers to play with.

Grain industry meets in Saskatoon

 

Sixteen thousand people are expected to come through the gates at Prairieland Park for this week's Western Canadian Crop Production Show.

Agriculture Manager Lori Cates said every square inch of floor space is spoken for with a total of 336 companies using more than 1,000 trade show booths.

The show annually draws farmers from the three Prairie Provinces and companies from across North America. Twenty U.S. companies will be at this year's show.

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