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Saskatchewan truck drivers happy with Regina Bypass plan

Truck drivers in Saskatchewan are looking forward to a time when they will be able to avoid the traffic on Victoria Avenue or Dewdney by using the Regina bypass.

The bypass will start at Tower Road east of the city and wrap all the way around the south and west side to connect with Highway 1 and Highway 11 to the north.

Federal financial support announced for Regina Bypass

The federal government will be pitching in to the public-private partnership (P3) being used to build the new Regina Bypass.

On Monday, federal Minister of Agriculture Gerry Ritz announced that the federal government will contribute up to $200 million to the build. The money is being provided through the P3 Canada Fund. The province will fund the remainder of the project's $1.2 billion cost through a partnership with a private company.

Safety Patrol to help locate power, gas and phone lines in SK

A new program is being implemented in Regina and Saskatoon is literally ground breaking; it could help stop gas leaks and power outages stemming from construction.

Sask 1st Call and the Saskatchewan Common Ground Alliance are introducing Safety Patrols to address the problem of underground power, natural gas, and phone lines being hit by construction.  In 2013, there were over 1,000 line hits that cost $10 million in repairs and lost productivity. The Safety Patrol will be in marked vehicle operating from May 1 to October 31.

SaskPower approved for 10.5 per cent rate increase over 2 years

SaskPower customers will be seeing a 10.5 per cent system-average rate increase after the Saskatchewan Rate Review Panel approved part of the provider's multi-year application.

SaskPower's president, Robert Watson, revealed a proposed 15.5 per cent rate increase last October saying the utility company needed to upgrade aging infrastructure in a growing province which is seeing increasing demand.

Weyburn Mayor defends need for TFWs in region

On Thursday afternoon, Canada’s Employment Minister Jason Kenney announced that restaurants will be banned from using the temporary foreign worker program going forward, but leaders in Weyburn say TFWs are filling a void for service sector workers.

Transit plan opened up for comment to Regina citizens

The next generation of transportation in Regina will rely heavily on input from regular citizens.

Tuesday is the last day to offer feedback on the city's Transportation Master Plan. It's a document that is a long time in the making, aiming to set out how people get around Regina for the next 25 years.

"How we get around and how we get to and from our destinations," Kelly Scherr, the city's director of construction and compliance explained. "So it's making sure we keep that focus at a high level and use this as an ability to guide our decisions."

Saskatoon's Jordan Cook of Reignwolf opens for Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath could choose any opening band in the world but the iconic rock group has hand-picked Reignwolf, with Saskatoon frontman Jordan Cook.

“We asked no questions and thankfully took the gig,” Cook said, laughing. “Let’s be honest, this is a dream gig. The fact that they chose Reignwolf is just, to me, the very best thing.”

Acclaimed for his guitar playing at a very young age in Saskatoon, Cook is now getting the attention of the highest of critics. Just this year, Rolling Stone magazine named Cook one of the top 10 artists to watch for.

Regina home sales down in early 2014

A new report expects home sales in Regina will bounce back this spring.

Re/Max's latest housing trends report found that sales were down six per cent early this year. But while overall sales volume is down year-over-year, sales prices in March increased nearly five per cent compared to the year before.

Re/Max's Rob Nesbitt said that the number of people "moving up" in the market has resulted in growth in the number of listings.

"We're over 20 per cent on listings coming on the market, so we have a really large inventory right now."

Job market continues to flourish in Weyburn area

Saskatchewan may have the lowest unemployement rate in Canada, but people in the south east feel it could be even lower if they could draw more people.

There are currently about 1,700 online job postings for the Estevan and Weyburn region, spanning industries from energy, trades, health care, retail, food service, office administration and more. Jeff Richards with the Weyburn Chamber of Commerce said on any given day there are at least 500 postings within the city alone.

Assisted living centre gets tax money for renovation, new unit

A commitment from the provincial government means a major facelift for the Lighthouse Supported Living facility in downtown Saskatoon.

Health minister Dustin Duncan was on hand to announce $1.5 million in funding from the Government of Saskatchewan.

"It's just a very worthwhile program and organization that's been serving the people of Saskatoon for many years," Duncan said.

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