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Regina's patios start opening up

Patios are starting to open up across the Queen City as people emerge from hibernation through the winter.

Tuesday was the warmest day of the year so far reaching 15 degrees. That's nowhere near Regina's record high set on April 8, 1977 at almost 28 degrees.

Regardless, people still took advantage of the warm weather staking out a spot on a local patio.

A group of friends visiting from Winnipeg for a ringette tournament threw back a few pints and some munchies at O'Hanlons during lunch hour.

"How's the sunburn?" they asked.

Saskatoon man remembers Rwandan genocide

It's a tragic anniversary for the country of Rwanda where it has been 20 years since the start of a genocide that killed about one million people.

Alexis Nyandwi, who now lives in Saskatoon, saw things he tries to forget.

"It was pretty graphic. You could see people on the streets, some of them not alive. That's a few of the things I remember, I try not to remember it too much," he said.

PHOTOS: Regina crews patch 1 million potholes every year

If it feels as though the problems with potholes are never-ending, there’s a reason, the City of Regina patches about a million potholes a year.

Street full of potholes in Regina's south end. Kevin Martel/CJME

Street full of potholes in Regina's south end. Kevin Martel/CJME

Parking rates double in downtown Regina

In an effort to stay competitive and make more parking available, Regina's parking rates are going up.

As of Monday, it will cost $0.25 for seven minutes of parking, $1 for 30 minutes, and $2 for one hour.

"This recommendation actually came out of the downtown and vicinity parking study," explained Kelly Scherr, director of construction and compliance with the City of Regina.

Although the entire report has yet to be presented to City Council, Scherr explained this information was completed by the consultant and included in the budget.

Bill Doyle to step down as PotashCorp CEO

One of Saskatchewan's mining giants is in for a change of leadership.

Late Sunday afternoon, PotashCorp announced that President and Chief Executive Officer Bill Doyle would be stepping down effective Canada Day.

Doyle has been with the company for 27 years, the last 15 as the company's top man. He'll stay on as a senior advisor through June of 2015, the company said, "allowing for a planned and seamless transition".

Saskatoon rockabilly fashion designer goes to Vegas

A Saskatoon fashion designer's latest collection is set to hit the Sin City runway this month.

Melissa Squire's rockabilly fashion collection will take centre stage on April 18th at the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender.

“My line generally is pin up rockabilly clothing so it’s a lot of cutesy dresses with polka dots, leopard print and bows,” she said.

Her Vegas Vixen collection includes several skirts and a wedding dressed inspired by the 'marriage-capital-of-the-world'.

Brit Foods closes doors amid battle with CFIA

Monetary and trade loses have forced a popular British specialty food store to shutter its doors.

The lights at Brit Foods will go dark Saturday evening following months of legal and financial woes that started when the Canadian Food Inspection Agency confiscated a shipment of product because they said some of the products didn't conform to Canadian food regulations.

“Basically the lack of being able to put any product on the shelf any more has made the decision very easy,” Brit Foods owner Tony Badger said.

Safeway shoppers bid farewell to Cumberland store

Cumberland Square Safeway shoppers were sad to see their long-standing grocery store close its doors for the last time on Saturday.

The location, along with the Centre Mall Safeway, is one of 23 across Canada to shutter their doors following Sobey’s purchase of Canada Safeway. Canada’s competition bureau ordered the closure as part of the $5.8 billion purchase.

“It was a surprise, I don’t know why they would do it but I guess the bigger companies are buying the smaller ones out,” 50-year shopper Orest Papish said as he was headed into the store on Friday.

Ituna water problems will continue into second week

Almost a week after Ituna’s water system fell into disrepair and they are still hauling water from Melville to meet needs.

The perfect storm of problems all started on Sunday when a water main broke and began draining the town’s supply. Alarms that are supposed to warn of low water reserves malfunctioned and the town continued on using water. Eventually, their reserves went dry.

Pair cast fishing lines into Saskatoon potholes

This time of year, potholes really bite and two Saskatoon friends are taking advantage of that.

Jason Stevens and Mark Kincade are turning potholes in Saskatoon into urban fishing spots.

"We're both fisherman and we both icefish and when you see a pothole, it looks like a hole you drilled in the ice," Kincade said.

The two men both drive trucks delivering mail for the Saskatoon Public School Board, so Kincade said they find a lot of potholes to turn into fishing holes.

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