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Immigrant Nominee Program changes impact Regina restaurant

Recent changes to the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program could have a major impact on some businesses in the province.

The program is putting a cap on the number of applicants in various categories like skilled workers, family referrals, and students from now until the end of the year.

The student category is where Rick Kruesel finds many of his employees. He runs the Greek Restaurant OPA! in the Cornwall Centre in Regina. The cap for this category is now 175 until December 31, 2013.

Wall signs action plan with U.K. for mutual economic benefits

Premier Brad Wall and Member of Parliament from the United Kingdom, Alistair Burt, signed an action plan to exchange economic, trade and investment expertise, with a special interest in energy innovation.

“This is the start I think of significant progress and action together on economic opportunities and innovation,” Wall said.

The action plan will aid in Wall’s plan to expand Saskatchewan’s exports.

Southeast Sask's campgrounds overflowing with transient workers

Finding a campground could prove to be a challenge this summer if you’re travelling to southeast Saskatchewan.

Many transient workers in the Bakken Oil Formation can’t find a place to live and as a result, they’re turning to campgrounds.

“All of the people that are here are either truckers or they work on the oil field,” said Leo Grossman with the Carlyle Lion’s Park Campground.

He said it’s currently full there, adding it becomes a full-time job looking after everything.

Former gas station lots staying vacant in Regina

They dot different areas of the city: vacant lots that seem to stay vacant despite the hot real estate market.

Brownfield lots, former gas stations that haven't had any environmental remediation done, were part of a debate about parking at Regina City Council's meeting Tuesday night. During a discussion about a lack of parking in the area of the 1400 block of Albert Street near downtown, councillor Mike O'Donnell asked about a vacant lot on the south-east corner of the block.

Portion of Highway 1 project to be finished this fall

Soon you'll have a brand new overpass to drive on at highway 1.

Bridge work, as well as the ramps and connecting roadways should be done by the fall.

The new lanes from highway 1 to Dewdney Avenue and the overpass over the CP rail lines will take a little longer though. They're expected to be finished by the fall of 2014.

The province is spending $113-million on the project in total. $27-million is coming from the federal government.

Increased number of immigrants welcomed into Saskatchewan in 2013

More immigrants will be allowed into Saskatchewan this year than originally thought.

On Tuesday, the provincial government revealed that an additional 450 nominees will be added to the program in 2013, raising the total allowed by the federal government to 4,450.

More millionaires in Saskatchewan than we think, business analyst.

There could be more millionaires in Saskatchewan than a British study suggests, according to a prominent business analyst.
A study by WealthInsight, a U.K.

Day care boost welcomed; but likely not to meet demand

A big boost in the number of child care spaces in Saskatchewan but it won't be enough to meet the ever-increasing demand.

On Friday the province released the breakdown in new spaces, the result of spending in this year's budget. In all 537 new spaces will be created, spread throughout the province. Lumsden will see the highest number with the addition of a new 51-space at the local elementary school. Saskatoon will see 50 new spaces at Caroline Robins School. Regina's Kids First Day Care Centre will see one of its locations expanded to add 33 new spaces.

Province releases this year's highway work projects

The summer highway construction season is already a few weeks behind before most work even starts.

The government rolled out this year's highway work plan on Thursday afternoon. More than 100 major road upgrades, repaving, bridge and culvert, and maintenance projects are planned for around the province. Of those, 33 are considered "major" highway upgrades.

Speaking to reporters highways minister Don McMorris admits the late spring means crews are already two or three weeks behind where they would normally be starting.

Regina mayor pledges more work on housing, selling city lots to non-profit groups

Regina Mayor Michael Fougere is pledging that action will be taken after this week's two day housing summit.

Two days of talks presented local politicians, developers, and builders with a host of new ideas to consider to improve Regina's abysmal one per cent rental housing vacancy rate. They ranged from suggestions for different housing forms, like the use of pocket suites and shipping container units, to forming different kinds of partnerships with charitable organizations and the private sector.

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