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Saskatoon's riverbank building slated to break ground in 2014

The developer of a $250-million office-hotel-condo development in Saskatoon’s River Landing admits the project is slower to start than he anticipated but says it isn’t delayed.

The project headed by Victory Majors Investment Corp. had its concept plan approved last year. Eyes are turning to the megaproject on the riverbank now that a new neighbouring development called The Banks has been approved by the City of Saskatoon.

Marriott Hotel proposed for site near Pasqua Hospital

Another multi-million dollar hotel development is in the works for Regina, said to be in a prime location.

A Marriott Hotel with more than 100 rooms will go up on the empty lot just off Dewdney Avenue and Pasqua Street, west of the Pasqua Hospital.

Current site proposal for new Marriott Hotel in Regina near Pasqua Hospital. Kevin Martel/CJME

Weyburn billboard about cheating husband may be just an ad

An eye-catching billboard in Weyburn is prompting a lot of questions like, "Who is Adam and why did he cheat on Cindy?"

The story of a spurned lover, however, may not be what it seems, as it actually has roots in a viral marketing campaign going back nearly a decade.

Saskatoon urban farm takes in first harvest

EcoBain Gardens in Saskatoon are gearing up for round two after their first successful harvest.

The urban farm, located at Millar Landing, is run by newlyweds Brian and Roberta Bain.

“It's been fun. It's been a lot of work a lot of hours but it's been quite the experience,” Roberta said.

She already owns a salon and Brian works for the City but Roberta said when Brian approached her with the idea for the vertical, hydroponic farm within city limits she had to go with it.

Cigar Lake start up delayed again

Cameco says it will not meet its uranium production target this year because of further production delays with its Cigar Lake uranium mine project in northern Saskatchewan.

The Saskatoon-based uranium producer owns about half of Cigar Lake and had previously forecast the mine would produce 300,000 pounds of uranium concentrate this year but now expects production won't begin until the first quarter of 2014.

Saskatoon sign smith donating time to paint iconic 7-Up sign

A Saskatoon sign expert will finally get to paint his dream sign.

The SignSmith sits just a couple businesses down from the apartment building nicknamed the "Notorious 525" on 20th Street West. The apartment also holds a giant 7-Up advertisement that was painted decades ago.

"It's so prominent on 20th Street," Dave Smith, owner of The SignSmith, said.

"I've always wanted to paint something like that because it's in great shape it's just that the paint has faded. All it needs is a new top coat of paint and it will look brand new."

Shoe repair 30 years later at the Broadway Street Fair

In nearly three decades, Jeff Wickstrom says he's watched Broadway Avenue grow from a stagnant area to a vibrant, forward-moving community.

The 28-year-old's father bought the Broadway Shoe Repair shop in 1983 and, just like the annual Broadway street fair, they're celebrating their 30th anniversary.

Saskatchewan marks 8 straight months with lowest unemployment rate in Canada

The most recent Statistics Canada numbers show Saskatchewan's unemployment rate is the lowest in the country for the eighth straight month despite increasing to 4.2 per cent from 4 per cent in July.

Saskatoon building with 'notorious' history to be given new life

A building in Saskatoon nicknamed the “Notorious 525” will be given a new life by a local developer and with the help of a city program.

The building located at 525 20th Street West was well known to the Saskatoon Police and emergency workers before it was shut down in 2009. Tuesday the city approved Stewart Properties for the Vacant Lot Adapt or Reuse Program which will provide the developer with a point system to develop the vacant building and save on taxes.

Construction pace slows in Regina in August

The red-hot pace of construction in Regina seems to be slowing for the first time in a decade or so.

The city's latest building permit report for the month of August shows there are more apartments and multi-unit homes being built than last year. The city has granted permits for 1,315 multi-family units for the year, up from 890 over the same eight months in 2012.

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