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Both Regina school boards welcome plans for 3 joint schools

Both Regina Public and Catholic school divisions are giving the Saskatchewan government top marks after Tuesday's school build announcement.

Regina will see three facilities built for joint-use by both divisions. The elementary school buildings will be spread across three different neighbourhoods including one in the north west, one in the south east and one in Harbour Landing.

Premier to target "challenges of growth" in Throne Speech

People in Saskatchewan are getting a glimpse into the future, or at least a glimpse into what our political leaders have planned for the future.

The Lieutenant Governor will deliver the Throne Speech at 2 p.m. today, signaling the beginning of the fall sitting of the Legislature. The speech is how the government sets out its priorities for the session ahead. While they are notorious for being vague Premier Brad Wall hinted in a recent interview with reporters that won't be the case this time around.

PHOTOS: Phase I of Saskatoon airport expansion unveiled

The Saskatoon Airport Authority is looking forward to showing the first phase of a major expansion of the Diefenbaker International Airport.

With passengers due to start using a new terminal on Wednesday, lead architect Derek Kindrachuk said there's just one problem.

"Some will probably think: 'Gee, I got off at the wrong airport," he chuckled at a sneak peak event held for media on Tuesday morning.

But, jokes aside, Kindrachuk said he was impressed with the building, which started out as a drawing in his office back in 2007.

Premier promises 1,000 new training spaces, manufacturing growth

Premier Brad Wall says Saskatchewan is right on track, according the government's growth plan.

Wall spoke to a luncheon held by the Regina and District Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, issuing a "State of the Province" speech. He focused on several initiatives stemming from the growth plan the Saskatchewan Party put forward a year ago.

The skilled labour shortage remains an area of significant concern for the government. Wall promised to add another 1,000 training spaces and pour more money into the manufacturing sector.

Regina council adopts "rooming house" plan

Regina city council is pretty sure it’s found the answer to the controversial rooming house issue.

At Tuesday night’s meeting, council agreed with a recent city administration report that would essentially see more restrictions placed on homeowners renting out rooms for the short-term—deemed by the city to mean less than 30 days.

Council voted to remove the ‘rooming house’ land classification altogether from the bylaw, and instead add a ‘short-term accommodation’ definition along with a ‘residential homestay’ classification.

Activist says immigrant families leaving Saskatchewan

Many immigrants who arrived in the province to use the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) are now leaving because they feel betrayed, according to an activist. 

Regina outreach program urges "housing first" strategy

An agency that works with Regina's needy says homelessness won't be solved as long as emergency services bear the brunt of its burden.

A new report on homelessness has been issued by Carmichael Outreach, a support program that works with Regina's homeless. It says the city and province need to work together on a "housing first" model in order to find a long-term solution for what the Outreach calls a decade-old problem.

New foundation system used in Regina affordable housing projects

Technology being introduced in Regina for the first time could mean an end to cracking foundations and shifting houses.

On Wednesday the Multipoint Foundation system was unveiled as part of an affordable housing project the provincial government is partially funding. The foundation, made up of woven steel rods, sits in a hole in the ground and is said to be impervious to the city's notorious shifting clay soil.

Increase in multi-unit construction rising significantly in Saskatchewan

The face of Regina's housing market continues to shift, which is probably good news for renters.

New data from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation shows multi-unit constructions like apartments and condos are up more than 60 per cent year over year. That amounts to more than 500 units already constructed so far this year.

CMHC analyst Goodson Male explains that continued in-migration and the long-standing rental housing shortage have finally inspired developers to look at multi-unit buildings.

Saskatoon Council on Aging opens Fieldhouse offices

The Saskatoon Council on Aging (SOCA) is officially open for business at their new location.

They'll be offering programs for seniors out of bigger offices located in the Saskatoon Fieldhouse on College Drive.

Executive director June Gaudin, speaking ahead of a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new space, said that they were well-served by their old home at the Saskatoon Service Village but, as more baby-boomers have joined the ranks of the 60-plus set, SOCA just needed more room after 23 years in operation.

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