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City doesn't need millions to fix parking, downtown BID says

The solution to a lack of parking downtown doesn’t need to cost us $5 million, according to Dave Denny, board chair of Saskatoon’s Downtown Partnership.

“A lot of cities will build a large parkade on one block and that will be all of their money for 10 years for parkades, but that doesn’t distribute parking all around downtown,” Denny said, adding the City of Saskatoon can get more bang for their buck by buying up a couple of floors of parking in new buildings.

Honour Walk for Marlene Bird in Saskatoon

As Marlene Bird continues to recover in an Edmonton hospital dozens of people gathered in Saskatoon to honour her and bring awareness to the violence that indigenous women face everyday.

The Honour Walk for Marlene Bird and Tribute to Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women saw the group of around 60 people walk from the Farmer's Market to the Vimy Memorial bandshell Wednesday morning.

Labour board challenged as unions vie for potash workers

Labour troubles have led to a subcontractor -- at the Agrium Vault potash mine near Vanscoy -- being taken to the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board (SLRB).

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 529 is accusing Alliance Energy Industrial (AEI) of unfair labour practices as it seeks to unseat the Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC) as the representation for about 700 electrical workers employed by AEI at the mine.

Warman looking to acquire more land for expansion

The City of Warman is looking to expand by about a third by acquiring around 900 acres of land to the south and north.

The land will expand the Traditions and Southlands neighbourhoods with mostly residential development, two new elementary schools in Traditions and a small, light industrial and commercial area in Southlands.

"We're looking at probably about seven to seven-and-a-half units an acre and it will about double our population," Brad Toth, manager of planning and development with the City of Warman, said.

Saskatchewan bull rider competing at Stampede

With the Calgary Stampede once again attracting millions of fans, a Saskatchewan bull rider is ready show them what he's made of.
"I'm just going to let my riding do the talking," Tanner Byrne said.
Last year the Prince Albert product rode his way to second place at the Stampede -- this year he's hunting for the title.
"Last year it kind of fueled my fire, I want to go out and try to win first this year," said the 22 year old who has been riding bulls professionally for four years.

Health Region bill hits $934M, report

Saskatoon hospitals and health care facilities are in dire need of repair, according to a newly-released report which states the region represents nearly half of a $2.2 billion provincial repair backlog.

The health care facility assessment report, prepared by VFA Canada, found Saskatoon facilities need $934 million in maintenance repairs. Of the total, Royal University Hospital (RUH) alone would require $436 million to bring structural, mechanical, and utility structures up to date.

Nigerian cuisine bound for Saskatoon

Business is in Grace Mbuekor's blood.
Ever since she was a child she knew she wanted to run her own business. She immigrating to Saskatoon from Nigeria 17 years ago, but decided now was the time to open her own restaurant.
"My dream would be my business growing to support my community and my family, to be able to give to a little to my community and have a little for my family."
She is now is the process of opening Mama G's Authentic Nigerian Cuisine.

Photos: Nexus Building expected to turn heads

Walking into 450 Second Ave. N., the first thing one might notice is the huge hand-made chandelier hanging in the entryway, hundreds of unique glass tubes and dance light across the white polished floors.
This is the entrance to the Nexus building, a project that took more than four years to complete, according to Ken Achs, president and CEO of Mid-West Group. Mid-West Group shares the building with Meridian Development.
"It took two weeks just to put that chandelier together," Achs said.

PCS recalls 47 workers to Lanigan mine

After shedding 18-percent of it's work force due to weakening markets, PotashCorp (PCS) is bringing some back to work.

PCS announced Monday on their website 47-employees have been recalled to the Lanigan mine.

Public Affairs Director Bill Johnson said hiring back the employees was in response to increased demand in Brazil, Asia and the U.S.

"Particular what's called the granular potash market. We needed to bring a little bit more production on and to do that we recalled some of the dolls at Lanigan."

Johnson added more recalls would be unlikely.

Sheepdogs' Ewan Currie to throw first pitch at Jays game

From Saskatoon’s east side Blue Jays to the real deal in Toronto, the lead singer of the Sheepdogs will be using his baseball skills to throw the first pitch on Sunday.

Ewan Currie is hoping to avoid highlight reels of bad first pitches and is hoping his baseball experience will help.

“Everybody that I tell about this thing, they are like, ‘Oh don’t pull a 50 Cent or be like Carly Rae Jepsen or some of the worst first pitches in history,” he said. “I’ve got a decent arm I think I can pull it off.”

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