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City pushing for more parking patios

As the weather heats up, the City of Saskatoon hopes more businesses downtown will take advantage and set up parking patios.

“I hope we do see some because it’s just the kind of thing to give that sense of activity and life in the downtown that we need,” Councillor Charlie Clark said.

In 2013 a couple of downtown businesses set up parking patios on the streets fronting their locations. The city’s administration drafted a policy then, and on Tuesday they hammered down the finer points of the policy including space, sidewalks and where these patios are permitted.

Saskatoon cancer patient gets dream backyard

Colleen Lorenzen has been planning on updating her backyard for years, but her health threw a wrench in those plans.
Fifty-three-year-old Lorenzen was diagnosed with ovarian and uterine cancer last July putting off her dream. However, her sister Frances Messier-Demers, was determined to make her wish come true, nominating her for Cameco's Touchdown for Dreams.

City of Regina finds $2.4 million surplus

The City of Regina was recently able to find an extra chunk of change it wasn’t planning on getting.

In its 2013 General Operating Fund, a surplus of $2.4 million showed up, thanks in part to higher revenues. General Operating Revenues were roughly $13.8 million higher than expected, including $2.5 million in building permit fees and $1.4 million related to facility rentals, recreation and programming fees. Expenditures were $11.3 million higher than the budget.

So where exactly did that extra money go?

Taxpayer Federation calls for gas tax transparency

As Canadians get sucked dry at the pumps for the May long weekend, a taxpayer group says most people don't know where the taxes are going.

For the past 16 years, the Canadian Taxpayer Federation (CTF) has hosted their Gas Tax Honesty Day to bring attention to the lack of transparency of where Canadian’s tax dollars are going when they fill up.
CTF reiterated its call for the federal government to pass a Gas Tax Accountability Act which would include a mandate to spend all collected gas taxes on road maintenance and a report of where the money was spent.

SaskEnergy increasing rates nearly $10 per month

People in Saskatchewan could be seeing their first SaskEnergy rate hike in six years after a winter that saw high demand for natural gas.

New SGI building project put on hold

The head office of SGI will remain in the iconic black and bronze building in Regina's downtown as the government announced Thursday it is postponing moving the Crown.

Co-op grocery store on 8th Street closes after 46 years

8th Street in Saskatoon is losing another grocery store.

On June 14, the Co-op grocery in Greystone Heights will close after being in operation since 1968.

In a release, the Saskatoon Co-op Board said a third-party assessment of the building revealed a need for extensive renovations. Issues were found with the roof, site drainage, sprinkler system, plumbing, ventilation, electrical, and refrigeration systems.

Demonstrators in Saskatoon join National Day of Resistance

With drumming, singing, and speeches, a group stood outside the Service Canada Centre in downtown Saskatoon to join the National Day of Resistance.

Around 20 people held signs and picketed to bring awareness about issues facing Aboriginal People across the country.

Mounties looking for witness after fatal crash on Hwy 27

Saskatoon RCMP are asking the public for their assistance in locating the driver of a Super B grain trailer that was travelling westbound on Highway 27, six kilometres east of Vonda, on Tuesday around 8 a.m.

SaskTel ranks third slowest for Netflix speeds in the country

SaskTel customers who use Netflix are waiting longer to stream video online according to a recent ranking across Canada.

SaskTel ranks among the lowest in the country in a list released by Netflix with an average speed of 2.24 Mbps. It ranks 12 out of 14 providers only ahead of Bell Aliant - DSL (1.79 Mbps) and last-placed Rogers (1.67 Mbps). Bell Canada- Fiber Optic has the fastest average Netflix speed at 3.19 Mbps.

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