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Local historian concerned about future census data

A Saskatoon history professor is concerned with the direction Canadian census data is headed.
Bill Waiser appeared on John Gormley Live (JGL) Tuesday to discuss his recent opinion piece Let's Protect Future Census Data.
When households filled out the short-form census in 2006 and 2011, they were asked if they would allow their personal data to be made available 92 years later.

Third generation takes over Saskatoon bowling alleys

For one Saskatoon family, bowling is in their blood. The Hunter family has owned the Eastview and Fairhaven bowling centres for more than six decades and plan to keep up the tradition with a third generation is taking over.

"Hunter's bowling has been around for 64 years. It started out with my great uncle Bill and my grandfather Ken Hunter," said Allison Hunter.

Letter claims Hockey Canada will blacklist Moose Jaw and Mosaic Place

Moose Jaw and the city's facility Mosaic Place may now be blacklisted by Hockey Canada after the organization was allegedly overbilled for the Telus Cup.

News organization CHAB received a letter, dated May 7, from the Telus Cup committee which hosted the National Midget Hockey Championship from April 21 to 27. Addressed to the Mosaic Place Board of Directors, the letter says the committee saw cost overruns for facility rentals.

City of Regina aims to shape new developments

While it may be hard to stop Regina’s growth, the city is aiming to help shape that growth so that taxpayers don’t bear any unreasonable financial hardship.

The city is taking steps to decide which new developments move ahead in the short term and which neighbourhoods will be put on hiatus for the future. On Monday, the city’s executive committee passed a motion that looks at developing a new Interim Phasing and Financing Plan. It’s being recommended the city uses a phased-in approach to develop new land, essentially managing development in more of an orderly manner.

Mineral rights owners block Fortune Minerals refinery plans

Fortune Minerals’ plans to build a metal refinery in Langham have hit another road block as locals remain skeptical about the safety of the plant.

A couple mineral rights owners in the area haven't consented to the company's plans to dispose of saline solution byproducts in deep underground wells under their property.

The Oil and Gas Conservation Act says a company has to get the consent of every mineral rights owner who may reasonably be negatively affected by the well. In this case it includes all owners within a 1.6-kilometre radius of the proposed well site.

Interim U of S president responds to TranformUS letter

It's been a while since anyone could say it, but a glimmer of optimism appears to be coming out of the University of Saskatchewan in the wake of an open letter demanding an end to the controversial TransformUS program.

CFL labour situation still unclear with first pre-season game nearing

The dark cloud of labour negotiations continues to hang over training camps across the CFL.

The latest report comes from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press and TSN Radio where he has been told that the players association could be going on strike on Tuesday (June 10). That's the date that's kind of been floated around for a while because of timing with Alberta labour laws and other factors.

Saskatoon brothel owner slams new prostitution law

The owner of a Saskatoon brothel is calling Wednesday's announcement of a proposed new prostitution law a dark day for Canada.

The new bill is the federal government's response to a Supreme Court of Canada decision in December 2013 that struck down several Criminal Code provisions that applied to prostitution. The bill would criminalize the purchase of sexual services and bring in provisions that would once again outlaw communicating for the purposes of prostitution, albeit with the focus on clients, rather than sex workers.

Author offers inside perspective of Sask. potash industry.

Author John Burton laments in his new book that the province might have more strength today if it had held on to the potash industry.

In Potash – An Inside Account of Saskatchewan's Pink Gold, he argues there is still a strong case for government ownership in the industry.

"It's the only way for the province to get a full return from the resource that's there," Burton said in an interview on John Gormley Live.

Public opinion mixed on more private liquor stores in Sask.

Many people in Saskatchewan love their liquor, but when it comes to the question of privatizing sales, there's a mixed cocktail of opinions.

Earlier this week, Premier Brad Wall said he was considering further privatizing the province's liquor business.

A few people who stopped by the liquor board on Broadway Street in Regina Tuesday afternoon thought it was a good idea.

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