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Piece of history leaving Riversdale

After 40 years occupying 337 Avenue A South, the familiar Modern Spring Works sign is coming down.

“It's a ying and yang sort of thing with what's happening here,” said Riversdale BID director Randy Pshebylo.

Regina restaurant creates 'Toronto-style' burger in honour of Rob Ford

A restaurant in Regina has taken the misfortunes of headline heavyweight Rob Ford and turned them into the day’s special.

Nicky’s Café on Winnipeg Street in Regina has begun selling a Toronto-style “Crack” Pepper Burger.

“With my specials, I like to incorporate a little laughter whenever I can,” said owner Perry Makris. “Blue collar and white collar people come and they talk about the day’s events and what’s going on. The hot topic has obviously been Rob Ford.”

Province makes asbestos registry mandatory

The Saskatchewan government is marking the death of a man who advocated for asbestos safety measures by announcing a new measure making asbestos reporting mandatory.

On Thursday the government proclaimed the new law, which is named after Howard Willems. It makes it mandatory for crown corporations, school districts, health regions, and the provincial government to ensure their buildings are listed on the province's on-line registry if there is asbestos present anywhere in their facilities.

Homestead, Inc. Pt. 5: The changing face of family farms

The landscape of rural Saskatchewan is changing; could it be the end of a long-time way of life?

The number of farms in the province has been cut almost in half since 1991. As the number of individual farms shrinks significantly corporate farms are growing by leaps and bounds. That shift is fundamentally changing the landscape of farming and rural life in our province. It begs the question: is this the end of the family farm? Is the homestead becoming Homestead, Inc.?

U of S announces land-lease agreement with hotel company

Friends and family will soon have somewhere to stay on campus when visiting the University of Saskatchewan.

The school announced Thursday it has signed a long-term lease with Saskatoon-based P.R. Hotels Ltd. to build a 10-storey, 203-room building that will house two separate hotels at College Quarter.

James Cook, manager of business opportunities at the University of Saskatchewan, said the lease means work can begin.

City makes progress on labour deals

While relations between the City of Regina and the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) remain rocky City Hall is making headway with other unions.

The ATU is back at the bargaining table Thursday trying to reach a deal after several days of action. Bus drivers have been refusing to drive above the speed limit and reporting more mechanical issues with city buses in the hopes of impacting the service and putting pressure on the city to make a deal.

Sask. beer industry employs nearly 4,000: report

Saskatchewan residents worried about the economy should sit back and have a cold one.

The country’s beer economy accounts for roughly one in every 100 Canadian jobs and almost one per cent of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP), according to a new report by the Conference Board of Canada (CBC) that measured the economic impact of beer from field to fridge.

Homestead, Inc. Pt. 4: The inevitability of corporatization

The landscape of rural Saskatchewan is changing; could it be the end of a long-time way of life?

The number of farms in the province has been cut almost in half since 1991. As the number of individual farms shrinks significantly corporate farms are growing by leaps and bounds. That shift is fundamentally changing the landscape of farming and rural life in our province. It begs the question: is this the end of the family farm? Is the homestead becoming Homestead, Inc.?

Regina bus drivers take action; not everyone notices

Transit bus drivers may be trying to put more pressure on the city but not all of their passengers are feeling it.

The Amalgamated Transit Union recently voted to take strike action; they've gone months without a contract. The dispute is so firmly entrenched that the city has filed a grievance with the Labour Relations Board, accusing the union of unfair labour practices.

Company breaks ground on Global Transportation Hub project

The Global Transportation Hub (GTH) west of Regina will have some new structures up by next May.

On Tuesday, a ground-breaking ceremony was held by Morguard—a real estate and property management firm from Ontario—as they begin the construction of four brand new buildings on the GTH.

Morguard finalized the deal with the GTH this spring, grabbing 50 acres of land initially with a promise to purchase 50 more in 2014.

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