Saskatchewan is growing
There's good news for buyers but not for sellers as the latest Royal LePage House Price Survey indicates housing prices are down in Regina.
The survey reports 40 per cent more properties on the markets compared to the usual numbers; Regina house prices year-over-year went down in the third quarter of 2014. The Queen city is going against the grain as house prices went up nationally.
In Regina, the average price for a two-storey home dropped 6.9 per cent to $346,450. The average price for a bungalow is at $307,350, a 7.9 per cent drop.
The City of Regina is going ahead with the development of a new neighbourhood in the city’s northwest, but some believe it may interfere with the overall plan for growth.
On Tuesday night, council voted 9-2 in favour of seeing a parcel of land known as Rosewood Park - located within the larger Coopertown - move forward despite a recommendation from city administration against it.
The City of Regina is looking at developing 20 hectares of land in the city's northwest but the project still needs approval from council.
Within the neighborhood of Coopertown is Rosewood Park, where the development will take place. The city's executive committee stated they were in favour of the plan earlier this month.
A Saskatoon author is calling for optimism in the face of a rising global population.
Paul Hanley has spent the last 25 years writing on environmental issues.
He said his new book '11' addresses a key challenge faced by policymakers and regular citizens all across the planet.
"The world's population is moving from around 7 billion today to around 11 billion by the end of this century," Hanley said. "What happens when population grows by 50 per cent and the economy is projected to grow by 500 per cent by the end of the century?"
The growth in southwest Regina doesn’t appear to be slowing down as one neighbourhood nears completion and another draws closer to beginning.
The appropriately-named West Harbour Landing would be developed to the west of the current Harbour Landing, putting it between the airport and the Trans-Canada Highway.
“If you can imagine this is a neighbourhood with an ultimate population of close to 30,000 people. Essentially, that’s a small city,” explained Paul Moroz, general manager of Dream Development.
Big, brown paper bags will be showing up at homes as the Regina Food Bank launches its 28th Annual Food Drive this weekend.
“It’s the longest-running food drive in Canada,” said Steve Compton, CEO of the Regina Food Bank.
The need for food banks has increased in recent years as a symptom of the higher cost of living in Saskatchewan. The Regina Food Bank currently serves 200 families per day, getting up to 10,000 requests per month.
Development of two buildings in Regina's downtown are on hold for the moment but the delay doesn't concern the city's mayor.
An affordable housing development was demolished on the 1700 block of Hamilton Street to make way for a mixed-use building but the lot is currently only being used for parking. A proposed 16-storey office building on the corner of 12th Avenue and Rose Street is also having trouble finding tenants.
Exactly 50 years ago Sunday, Saskatoon saw a major milestone on one of its main bridges.
It was October 5, 1964 when the last train crossed over the CNR bridge, which was then torn down and the Idylwyld Freeway Bridge, now known as the Senator Sid Buckwold bridge, was put in its place.
"(The CNR bridge) was part of the railway line that ran from Regina through Saskatoon up to Prince Albert and was the first bridge to cross the South Saskatchewan River," Jeff O'Brien, archivist with the City of Saskatoon, said.
A growing Muslim community in Regina laid the foundation stones for their own mosque on Wednesday.
The place of worship will be located on Eastgate Drive in east Regina and has been in the works for more than 25 years.
It is not the first mosque in the city, but it is the first one for the Ahmadiyya Muslim community.
Habib Rehman is the president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association Regina chapter. He has seen the membership grow from 10 to 80. Those members will be funding the construction of the mosque.
The debate continues as to whether the NHL could work in Saskatoon.
The city was once again treated to some pre-season action Sept. 28 as the Edmonton Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks played in front of over 10,000 fans at Credit Union Centre.
John Graham with On Ice Mangement, who has helped bring NHL pre-season play to Saskatoon, firmly believes the city is the strongest Canadian market option.