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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.

Homestead, Inc. Pt. 3: The new family business

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.?

Homestead, Inc. Pt. 2: Saying goodbye to the family farm

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.?

DoubleTree hotel expected to open Tuesday

An intensive $30 million renovation is about to be complete, resulting in a drastically new look for a long-standing Regina hotel.

The DoubleTree by Hilton replaces the former Regina Inn, which existed under that name for 45 years before it was bought by Hilton. The DoubleTree should open Tuesday, provided Hilton inspectors don’t find any major issues in the renovations.

“That’s everything from as small an item as making sure the DoubleTree cookie warmer at the front desk is working properly. And, course, life safety is very important,” said Manager Mike Wurster.

Homestead, Inc. Pt. 1: Land for sale

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.?

Diesel shortage has Co-op refinery rationing fuel

A diesel shortage in Western Canada has the Co-Op refinery on rations.

Trucks were seen lining up the refinery in the last few weeks waiting to get their rations from the 78-year-old refiner.

“This is an integrated industry in Western Canada, and what happens in one part of the sector can drive sales in other parts of the sector,” refinery spokesman, Daryl Oshanek, said.

Labour minister in hot seat at SFL convention

Tina Vuckovic said her 14-year-old son Jacob is already worried about the cost of tuition.

Vuckovic and several other people attending the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour convention voiced their concerns to Don Morgan, minister of labour relations and workplace safety, during a question-and-answer period Thursday morning.

Vuckovic said she is a single parent to Jacob, whom she has had discussions with about post-secondary education.

PHOTOS: look inside Regina's witchcraft store The Broom Closet

You don’t have to get a letter from Hogwarts or go to Diagon Alley to go find a witch shop. In fact, there is one in Regina.

The store is unremarkable from the outside, inconspicuous among the other businesses, and people driving by giving it the cursory once over would never know all the tools for witchcraft can be found inside.

Province opens bidding for new off-sale businesses

The province is expanding the number of off-sales in Saskatchewan, but there won't be any more allowed in the biggest cities.

The government has opened up a bidding process for 17 new off-sale endorsements. Any bar or restaurant with a liquor license can potentially run an off-sale as well in those areas, provided their bid is selected.

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