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Councillors recommend CSOs stay until end of 2015

Pending city council approval, Saskatoon’s community support program will continue to the end of 2015.

Originally set to finish at the end of July this year, the community support program (CSP) has been pushing the city to extend its pilot project term to the end of 2017. However, councillors felt that length was too long for a pilot project and have asked for some minor policy tweaks and more information on the success and shortfalls of the program.

Saskatoon hosts regional qualifiers for bike polo

With cracking mallets, flying balls, and bike tires spinning, Saskatoon's bike polo teams are fighting for the top spots in the regional qualifiers.

The bridge city is hosting the tournament at Gurgulis Park tennis courts over the weekend with nine teams competing to move forward to the North American competition.

Saskatoon program will help ease women into construction industry

More Saskatoon women could soon be working in the construction industry thanks to funding from the federal government.

Status of Women Canada is providing just over $246,000 to the YWCA Trade Journey Saskatoon pilot project, set to begin in 2015.

Dr. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Status of Women, made the announcement at the YWCA in Saskatoon on Friday.

Local group donates $100,000 to extend Meewasin Trail

The campaign to extend the Meewasin Trail got a financial bump Thursday after the Saskatoon Road Runners donated $100,000 to the project.
The money will help build a trail from Saskatoon to Wanuskewin in the northwest and to Chief Whitecap Park in the southeast.
The Meewasin Matters Trail Campaign needs to raise $8 million to complete the project.

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Sask. business celebrates new name

As Saskatchewan continues to grow and evolve, so do some of its staple companies.

On Wednesday morning, an evolution was marked with a celebration in Regina as Dundee Developments and Homes by Dundee changes its name, now operating as Dream Development and Homes by Dream.

"We became a fairly large company and Dundee claimed its name back," explained Ned Kosteniuk, vice president of land in Regina for Dream. "It's essential to us to have an independent identity."

Sask. should capitalize on export opportunities

Canada’s breadbasket is one of the first places a hungry world will turn to.

The growing middle class in emerging markets will command more food exports from the agri-food sector in Saskatchewan, according to Peter Hall, vice-president and chief economist with Export Development Canada (EDC).

“When they cross that middle income threshold there, they do two things. They consume more and they consume higher quality. The place they start is food,” Hall said on John Gormley Live.

Fortune Minerals Director highlights economic benefits of Langham plant

While in the process of finalizing a rezoning application for the Saskatchewan Metals Processing Plant in Langham, Fortune Minerals Ltd. director Richard Schryer spoke in Saskatoon Wednesday, touting the economic benefits for the $200 million plant.

“We’ll have over 100 jobs and a lot of them are well-paying jobs over $90,000 in salary,” Schryer said at a North Saskatoon Business Association lunch at the Ramada Hotel.

Photos: Workers 'glad to be home' as Big River saw mill reopens

Tuesday was a big day for the community of Big River. The local saw mill, located a short distance from town, officially reopened to large-scale production.

Carrier Forest Production Ltd. bought the Big River saw mill in 2010. Since then they have upgraded equipment, received an allocation from the Prince Albert Forest Management area, and renegotiated a collective agreement with steelworkers.

Land bridge brings staggering price tag to north downtown project

The north downtown project is estimated to cost $130 million and take 25 years to complete.

The development, bordered by 33rd Street, Idylwyld Drive, 25th Street and First Avenue, will see a unique land bridge with a park build over the existing Canadian Pacific railway paralleling Idylwyld Drive.

Slated to hold 7,600 people, the development is still in its infancy as project managers continue to hammer out the finer details of the project.

Unlicensed company attempts to sell stock in Sask.

The provincial government is warning people about a company trying to sell stocks without a license.

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