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Procrastinators expected to delay after tax deadline extended

The scramble is on for last minute tax filers in Regina as the deadline for filing approaches.

For many of the businesses who file those tax returns this is their busiest time of the year.

“Right now will be our heaviest rush, from the 15th down to the 30th with most people actually showing up in this time frame to get their taxes done,” explained Marla Vervalcke with Meyers Norris Penny, a national chartered accounting and business advisory firm.

Job market continues to flourish in Weyburn area

Saskatchewan may have the lowest unemployement rate in Canada, but people in the south east feel it could be even lower if they could draw more people.

There are currently about 1,700 online job postings for the Estevan and Weyburn region, spanning industries from energy, trades, health care, retail, food service, office administration and more. Jeff Richards with the Weyburn Chamber of Commerce said on any given day there are at least 500 postings within the city alone.

Spending, demand, and debt all grow in SaskPower report

High debt, record demand and record investment made for a tight year for SaskPower in 2013.

The Crown power company released its annual report on Monday, looking back at the previous calendar year. It continues to deal with heavy infrastructure demands and the consequences of Saskatchewan's growing population, which contributed to a rate increase request of 5.5 per cent last year.

New electronics recycler opens in Saskatoon

A national charity wants to help rid your closets, garages and attics of old electronics.

The Electronics Recycling Association (ERA) is opening a new depot in Saskatoon Monday.

The non-profit group takes unwanted equipment, fixes it up, then donates it to other charitable groups.

Director of community investment Alistair Noble said the group has a different mandate than SARCAN, which also has an electronics recycling program.

Dance studio bringing Indian culture to Saskatoon

In a bright room, pillows lie on the floor in one corner, instruments in another and the walls are covered in bright pictures of dancers. It is the brand new studio for the Mudra School of Performing Arts.

With a shop filled with beautiful costumes and jewelery in the front and a spare room for children in the back, the studio is the colorful dream of Sneha Mukherjee.

Saskatchewan's liquor pallette grows up

With Saskatchewan’s population continuing to grown in population and diversity, it seems so too has their taste in hooch.

New numbers released by Statistics Canada show an increase in the amount of alcohol sold between Mar 31, 2012 and Mar. 31, 2013. But the increase hasn’t typically come in the way of the standard brands like Smirnoff, Wisers or Coors.

“Customers in recent years have been purchasing better products, moving into more of the premium brands in all categories,” said David Morris from the SLGA. “And that might be wine and spirits or even beer.”

Assisted living centre gets tax money for renovation, new unit

A commitment from the provincial government means a major facelift for the Lighthouse Supported Living facility in downtown Saskatoon.

Health minister Dustin Duncan was on hand to announce $1.5 million in funding from the Government of Saskatchewan.

"It's just a very worthwhile program and organization that's been serving the people of Saskatoon for many years," Duncan said.

Site preparation work underway at stadium grounds

It might not be visually enticing at the moment, but work is well underway at the site of the new home of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The $278 million stadium is still a while from being erected, and we don’t even know what it will look like until mid-May. However, crews have been busily doing preparation work. Work on utilities such as water and sewer, along with work to road systems is happening.

Regina restaurant to be featured on national TV show

A locally-owned business in Regina is finally getting some recognition after over a decade of slugging it out in the food industry in the form of some national TV time.

Fresh N Sweet will be featured on the Food Network's You Gotta Eat Here on Friday night.

“Nobody gets into the restaurant industry to get recognition, because it’s just such a tough life. But it was pretty cool,” said Beata Thompson, who co-owns the company.

'Heartbleed' bug has computer users on edge

More people are becoming aware of a new computer glitch that has the potential to threaten our security and personal information online.

The “Heartbleed” bug was discovered by researchers in Finland, along with a separate researcher from Google. Passwords, credit card information and other personal details could be at risk of being stolen on compromised websites. It was even serious enough for the Canada Revenue Agency to temporarily shut down its e-filing services.

The bug is essentially described as a vulnerability or weakness.

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