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North Portal border crossing by the numbers

Canadian Border Services is tallying up numbers for 2013, and a whole lot of people came to Saskatchewan.

Regina taxpayers react to proposed 7 per cent rate hike

The Mayor of Regina may be standing behind the city’s 2014 proposed budget but not all taxpayers feel the same way.

The city is proposing a property tax hike of seven per cent. That is among the highest rate the city has ever seen, at least in recent history. The city’s average rate hike has been 3.27 per cent over the last five years.

Add an eight per cent increase on top of that in the water and sewer utility rate and the average ratepayer with a $300,000 home can expect to pay another $220 out of pocket this year.

Motorcycle review committee proposes test for new riders

There are some new ideas for the provincial government to consider regarding motorcycle safety in Saskatchewan.

A Motorcycle Review Committee released its recommendations Tuesday morning.

“There’s a balance there in terms of encouraging riders to do the right thing, and also starting new riders out on the right path,” said SGI President and CEO Andrew Cartmell. “So it is a balance and a compromise.”

Proposed Regina city budget includes 7 per cent tax hike

The average homeowner in Regina could be paying approximately $220 more a year for property tax and water and sewer utilities combined.

Regina city council released the 2014 Municipal Budget on Tuesday morning with a proposal for a seven per cent property tax increase. The first six per cent is for general property taxes but revenue from the additional one per cent would be put into a special reserve that would pay specific attention to improving residential streets sooner.

Canada Post stamp honours curler Sandra Schmirler

A new series of stamps to recognize pioneers of winter sports is honouring the late-Saskatchewan curler Sandra Schmirler.

Schmirler's family and former teammates gathered at the Callie Curling Club in Regina Monday as Canada Post unveiled the stamp.

"You don't think of it being a big deal," said Sara England, Schrmirler's daughter, "but then you realize, not many people get a stamp."

Infrastructure issues top concerns by Saskatchewan mayors

Mayors of towns and cities are gathering in Regina this week for the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) convention and the leaders are finding they have quite a bit in common—especially when it comes to infrastructure issues.

“It’s a big concern because I hate to see us raising the taxes but yet, to do these other things like to do our lagoon and our water, we have no choice,” said Elrose Mayor June Harsch.

One month in to Regina parking fine increase

The city will wait a few more months before coming to any conclusions about raising parking fines.

On January 1, parking tickets increased on most levels, including a jump from $10 to $20 if the ticket is paid in the first 14 days.

Andrea McNeil-Wilson, manager of parking services for the City of Regina, reported that January saw 9,272 parking tickets issued compared to the previous month at 8,178.

Saskatchewan in Sochi: Regina's Ryan Getzlaf shooting for gold again

He’s having one of his best seasons in the NHL and now Ryan Getzlaf from Regina will compete in his second Olympics.

Getzlaf will compete with Team Canada at the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia after winning gold at 2010 Vancouver games.

Growing up in Saskatchewan, Getzlaf learned to skate when he was three years old at an outdoor rink in Avonlea.

"We'd go out there and the kids would play hockey for eight hours," said his father Steve Getzlaf.

University of Regina highlights collection linked to 'Monuments Men'

It's not every day a George Clooney movie has a Regina connection but one of the real life ‘Monuments Men’ lived in the Queen City for a while.

The World War 2 action drama will be out in theatres on Feb. 7. It is based on the true story of an army platoon that was tasked with rescuing historic artwork stolen by the Nazis before it was destroyed. As it turns out, one of the Allied Army's 400 Monuments Men was once a professor here at the University of Regina.

Cowessess First Nation steps up for volunteer firefighters

While some people in Saskatchewan are calling for a change when it comes to firefighting resources for First Nation reserves in the province, the Cowessess First Nation is already making sure its members are protected.

"It's more knowing you're helping your community," said Tanya Quinney, speaking about the volunteers who sign up to be part of the First Nation's firefighting service.

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