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Canada Post sends letter touting benefits of junk mail

Canada Post continues to experience troubling times financially, losing of millions of dollars a year. Now it’s making a pitch to thousands of homes.

A letter was sent out to about 900,000 homes across the country which are on the Consumers’ Choice program for those not wanting unaddressed ad mail—or junk mail.

Updated: Burst pipe leaves CNIB clients in limbo

Editor's note: After an investigation, it was determined that a burst pipe at the private property is to blame for the flooding. It was not a city water main break .

A burst pipe has left operations at the Saskatoon Canadian Institute for the Blind on hiatus for the time being

“At about 10 to 5 p.m., Monique started to leave, she said she heard a noise, she felt the water and got out of the building and phoned me,” said office administrator Cheryl McBean.

McBean quickly got to the scene and found a total mess coming out the front door.

All Saskatchewan health care laundry to be done in Regina

A new laundry facility will soon be built for Saskatchewan health care regions.

3S Health and the Provincial Government announced on Wednesday that private company K-Bro has been chosen to build, own and operate the facility that will be built somewhere in Regina. Where hasn't been decided yet.

The new facility is expected to open in two years, in that time 3S, the Province and K-Bro will be working with the health regions and their unions to figure out what to do with jobs at similar facilities, that will then close, across the province.

Regina's mosquito population lower than normal

Regina residents might have noticed the lack of a perennial pest as mosquito populations in the city have been much lower than recent years.

City of Regina pest control manager Ray Morgan said a dry fall and a slow spring melt have allowed the soil to soak up much of the water that the bugs normally breed in.

Saskatchewan government investing in wheat research

The province is investing in your food starting with how it grows.

The Saskatchewan government is putting $5 million toward wheat research projects.

The first three projects will receive about half that money. The researchers are focusing on improving wheat breeding, higher quality and performance wheat varieties, and looking at wheat fungicide strategies.

The money is coming from the province's agriculture development fund, and will be combined with another $5 million from the Canadian Wheat Alliance.


Saskatchewan Party planning referendum on abolishing Senate

The Saskatchewan Party is planning to hold a referendum among its party members about abolishing the Senate.

The voting will be conducted via mail-in ballots, with the results to be announced in July.

The referendum comes as the federal Senate is embroiled in an ethics scandal. A number of senators are currently under investigation for improper living expenses.

Clean up at possible illegal chemical dump site near Strasbourg

For three days, RCMP, fire trucks and Hazmat crews have been parked at an abandoned homestead north of Strasbourg, cleaning up unknown chemicals.

Mounties said somebody first noticed strange chemical containers at the farm along Highway 20 on May 22 and called the police. The evidence found led officers to believe the area may have been used as a clandestine lab site or an illegal chemical dump.

Regina Mayor defends annexation plans for R.M. of Sherwood

Regina's mayor is firing back at the Rural Municipality of Sherwood after leaders claimed they didn't know anything about the City of Regina's plans to annex land over the next 40 years.
"I think we have a different level of understanding of where we're developing as a community with the R.M. of Sherwood. We want to respect the R.M. of Sherwood's rights but we also want to respect our right to go as well."
Mayor Michael Fougere said the city can't be boxed in.

Saskatchewan recognizes 355 century farms in 2013

In a time when it may seem like the family farm is fading away, Saskatchewan is seeing 355 families celebrating working the same land for at least 100 years.

This spring, Information Services Corporation (ISC) is recognizing each of those families with an ISC Century Family Farm Award.  On Monday, a celebratory luncheon was held in Regina to honour a portion of those families, with luncheons to be held in Swift Current on Tuesday, and in Saskatoon on Thursday.

Fort Qu'Appelle mayor excited for passing lanes on Highway 10

Delighted is not usually the word that comes to mind when you hear the words ‘highway construction’ but for Fort Qu'Appelle Mayor Ron Osika it’s true.

On Monday the Ministry of Highways announced they are investing $16.9 million to build passing lanes on the busy section of Highway 10 between Fort Qu’Appelle and Balgonie.

“This is awesome, people will just be very happy about it,” Osika said, commenting that it’s good news for all the resort communities in the valley along with plenty of people who commute every day.

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