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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.

Second-hand buses require first-class inspections before hitting the road

As the City of Saskatoon awaits older, used buses from the City of Calgary – SGI says rigorous inspection standards across Canada ensure these buses will be safe and road-ready.

“Commercial vehicles are actually held to a higher standard when it comes to periodic inspection -- commercial vehicles across Canada are required to be subject an annual or semi-annual mechanical fitness inspection,” former manager of vehicle standards at SGI, Ciaran Downes said.

Sask. woman loses appeal in nanny case

A Vanscoy woman lost her appeal to the province's labour board.

Sask. NDP calls for auditor to review smart meter program

The opposition NDP is calling on the government to order the provincial auditor to investigate SaskPower’s smart meter program.

“It is a very good time for Mr. Wall and cabinet to ask the provincial auditor to do an independent investigation,” said NDP Leader Cam Broten Wednesday.

SGI to consider impound appeal

The provincial government has asked SGI to consider an appeal mechanism for vehicles impounded due to violations of distracted driving laws.

The request is a response to a complaint from a Saskatoon businessman; one of his company vehicles was impounded when an employee was caught using his cell phone while driving for the second time.

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